2012 Leonard Cohen Austin Soundcheck: Viva Cohen Identifies Guy Singing Light As The Breeze – “Papou”

Duchess and I (in foreground of above photo) had been paying homage at the soundcheck prior to the Oct 31, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin concert for a few minutes when Kezban Özcan, Cohen’s assistant, and Viva Cohen, his 20 month old granddaughter, joined us.  Noticing the man in the suit and hat on stage, Viva began excitedly pointing at him, gleefully announcing to us,”Papou, Papou.”  This small commotion, in turn, caused the Grocer Of Despair to flash the broadest of smiles and wave happily – all without missing a beat as he continued his rehearsal of these lines:

it don’t matter how you worship
as long as you’re
down on your knees.
So I knelt there at the delta,
at the alpha and the omega,
at the cradle of the river and the seas.

Yep, I suspect the Papou version of “Light As The Breeze” is going to be stuck in my head for a while.

Note: The latest entry on the Leonard Cohen Nicknames List is

227. Papou1

Credit Due Department: Photo of DrHGuy & Duchess by  Kezban Özcan. Originally posted Nov 15, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. Viva Cohen, personal communication []

Photos: Dec 4, 2012 Leonard Cohen Toronto Show Preparation “The Young Boys Are Playing Guitar!” Javier Mas

The Triple Check: Senior guitar tech Mickey Sullivan inspects the stage and tapes down the set lists. The crowd is streaming in and wardrobe is buzzing with sounds of suiting up.

Photos and captions by J.S. Carenza III

Blues Jam in C: Dan Weingartner is on point for pick up shots during soundcheck night 1 in Toronto.

“The Young Boys Are Playing Guitar” declares Javier Mas.

Note: Originally posted Dec 7, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric