I Scream, You Scream, It’s Leonard Cohen Eating Ice Cream – With Kezban Özcan In LA 2014

Leonard Cohen!!! One of the all time greatest humans to ever exist, eats VL ice cream. #saltedcaramel #humbledbygreatness

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Photo posted April 4, 2014

Caption: “Leonard Cohen!!! One of the all time greatest humans to ever exist, eats VL ice cream. #saltedcaramel…”

Comment: “They ordered “extra small scoops”

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Note: Originally posted April 5, 2014 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 Goes Bananas: I’m Your (Banana-Munching) Man Cover Art, Banana Song Performance Video, & More


Note: Originally posted May 14, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen seems to have had an atypically high number (perhaps even a bunch) of banana connections, and where else, if not Cohencentric, are you likely to find them gathered in one place?1


The Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man Cover Has A Peel

And there is a story behind that cover art. In Various Positions, his biography of Cohen, Ira Nadel describes the scene:

At a Los Angles warehouse to watch the filming of the [Jennifer] Warnes’ video, “First We Take Manhattan,” Cohen was photographed by publicist Sharon Weisz in his dark glasses, charcoal gray pin-striped suit, and white T-shirt, eating a banana. For him, the image was precise and revealing:

Sharon showed it to me later and it seemed to sum up perfectly. “Here’s this guy looking cool,” I thought, “in shades and nice suit. He seems to have a grip on things, an idea of himself.

The only thing wrong, of course, is that he was caught holding a half eaten banana.

And it suddenly occurred to me that’s everyone’s dilemma: At the times we think we’re coolest, what everyone else sees is a guy with his mouth full of banana…”

He admired the photo so much that it became the signature image for his 1988 hit album I’m Your Man, and the poster image of his 1988 world tour.2

The same photo is shown to better advantage on the cover of the 7″ vinyl single of I’m Your Man.

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  1. Update: I’ve tracked down another banana reference or two since posting this which will be covered in future entries. All such posts can be found at Leonard Cohen – Bananas []
  2. Nadel, Ira.  Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen. Pantheon; 1st edition (October 8, 1996) 245-6 []

Leonard Cohen As Model Mandarin Orange Marketer

orangesA few months after publishing Cohensubstantiation – Commonplace Tea Becomes Sacramental Repast In Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne, I came across this post from a marketing blog which also focused on Leonard Cohen’s transformation of the Constant Comment tea Suzanne served him into “tea and oranges all the way from China.” In this case, the author was moved to present the Canadian singer-songwriter’s classic song as a model for storytelling in advertising.

The following is excerpted from Storytelling 2.0: Think Leonard Cohen by Alice Germanetti (Content Market Insider: Oct 25, 2013)

47 years ago, Leonard Cohen wrote “Suzanne,” a song about an engaging young woman who “feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China.” In those few words he painted a picture of an exotic, mysterious, romantic and desirable creature, just by having her serve him a light snack.

Every woman I knew went out and bought a can of those sweet little Geisha oranges. And you had to really look for them, too. I bought several. Along with a flowery blue kimono. I was, after all, an Italian girl from New Jersey…

Every few months I bought a fresh can. After my 11th can in two years, I assumed Leonard was in on the deal. He had singlehandedly created awareness and desire for those little oranges in our culture. He was responsible for putting Mandarin oranges on the map and in the Mayfair Market. He had to be getting a cut…

Decades later, I heard LC interviewed about “Suzanne.” He said she was a rare beauty who served him Constant Comment Tea. My heart sank. My mother drank Constant Comment. It wasn’t from China. It wasn’t exotic. It wasn’t the tea AND oranges I pictured, it was a tea bag WITH slivers of dried up orange rinds…

But I thank you, Leonard, for giving me 40 years of believing I could be somewhat magical and mysterious and exotic. And I sincerely hope the world appreciates what you did for the marketing of Mandarin oranges.

For more about Leonard Cohen changing Constant Comment from grocery to sacrament, see Cohensubstantiation – Commonplace Tea Becomes Sacramental Repast In Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne

Note: Originally posted October 25, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric