Halloween 2015: I’ll Wear A Leonard Cohen Mask For You


The Leonard Cohen-Infused Halloween Celebration

Over the years, Cohencentric’s predecessors accumulated a significant number of items associated with Leonard Cohen and Halloween (how many other sites need a Leonard Cohen Halloween category?). So, as the shopping days left until DrHGuy’s birthday dwindle down to a precious few, he traditionally offers readers a Halloween distraction to bind the anxiety generated by the anticipation of the November 1st double holiday: All Saints Day and DrHGuy’s natal celebration.1 If you’ve already purchased and wrapped your birthday gift, feel free to indulge in this year’s Cohencentric Halloween Homage to Leonard Cohen.

This post features the original iteration of the Leonard Cohen Halloween Mask, first posted Halloween 2007.

The Leonard Cohen Masked Ball

If you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you

From Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man”

What better way to celebrate Halloween than to don a genuine, way cool, high quality, do it yourself,  Cohencentric certified Leonard Cohen mask?

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  1. One who speaks of himself or herself in the third person is, it turns out, an illeist, according to the inevitably reliable Anu Garg at words-at-wordsmith.org. DrHGuy is fascinated by this discovery and hopes you are as well. []

Leonard Cohen explains how it was that he “never met a woman until [he] was 65” (with followup by Anjani)

Everything changes as you get older. I never met a woman until I was 65. Instead, I saw all kinds of miracles in front of me … [I] always appreciated what they could do for me … [but saw them through my own] urgent needs and desires. Once that started to dissolve, I began to see the woman standing there.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

And I was the one standing there when that idea occurred to him.quotedown2

Anjani Thomas


Cohen’s Age Of Reason by Christine Langlois (Zoomer: Sept 6, 2006)

Photo: Leonard Cohen & Anjani After May 19, 2005 Recording Session With U2 At The Slipper Room, NYC

For more information about this episode, see U2 Teams With Leonard Cohen

Note: Originally posted June 2, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen, Anjani Thomas, & The $690,000 Hot Dog


Leonard Cohen and musician Julian Coryell at Mike’s Hot Dog stand in Toronto

The Best Hot Dog In The World – Mike’s Hot Dog Stand, Toronto

This account is from I’m your dog: Forget tea and oranges by Shinan Govani (National Post):

According to a report on Anjani’s own Web site, the Hawaiian canary-goddess and her 71-year-old bardic beau are quite taken with Toronto’s street meat. In particular, the celebrity-friendly Mike’s Hot Dog stand near John and King West.

It was Anjani who discovered it first, later introducing it to Leonard. In fact — so the unbelievable story goes — it was she who had been steadily been “losing large bets” to him over a period of time, and was in the hole for $690,000. Then, earlier this year when she was in T.O. on another visit, she “decided to go for broke,” all along “waging it on a claim to know the location of the best hot dog in the world.”

Enter: Mike’s Hot Dog Stand. The Suzanne singer was so uniformly impressed with its dogs –its “slightly grilled egg-bread bun” as well as its “bevy of unique and tasty condiments” – that he conceded it all to his sweetie. And paid off her debt!

More Leonard Cohen Hotdogging

An account of a less expensive hot dog dinner is found at Music Smarts by Mr. Bonzai: Meet Leonard Cohen:

On our way to [Leonard Cohen’s] home, Mrs. Bonzai and I stopped to pick up some greasy weiners (Pink’s famous chili dogs) and a jug of chianti. Leonard greeted us at the door barefoot in a 3-piece suit, sporting a five o’clock shadow, and led us to his sunny kitchen nook where he set out fine china and silver for our haute dog cuisine.

Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post by Marie Michele; found at LeonardCohenFiles.

Note: Originally posted November 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen, Marianne, & Anjani Leave Their Marks In Beautiful Losers Volume

frontedGeoffrey Wren reports he has discovered that someone has been scribbling in his copy of Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful Losers. Happily, the miscreants brazenly signed their own names, allowing their identification.


Anjani (page 3)


Marianne (page 5)


Leonard Cohen (page 7)




Video: Leonard Cohen & Anjani Thomas Talk About Their Musical & Personal Relationships And Blue Alert

anjani-lcNote: Originally posted November 15, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

This brief (2 minutes) video features an interview with Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas by Luce Gauthier as well as clips from Anjani’s performances. The focus is on the musical and personal connection between the two musicians and its manifestation in the Blue Alert album.

The interview took place in Toronto during the promotion of the Blue Alert album (released in Canada on May 2, 2006) and appears to have originally aired on TFO, the Franco-Ontarian public television network.

While most fans will already be familiar with the information in the interview, this opportunity to hear Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas articulate the strengths each brought to their collaboration in creating Blue Alert shouldn’t be missed.

Luce Gauthier – Entrevue Leonard Cohen – Anjani
Video from DiffusionLuce