Video: Leonard Cohen 2013 Birthday Serenade (aka Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen – OMG!)

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While it lacks the grandeur of, say, the Amsterdam concert audience singing Happy Birthday to Leonard Cohen, Marc Altheim’s five second video of his spontaneous natal day serenade to the Canadian singer-songwriter (Altheim’s stunning sequel to his still life, Leonard Cohen & Me – OMG)  does convey a certain charm.

The auteur’s description follows:

After the [2013 Amsterdam] show we waited in the lobby to see if he would return. Waited 30 minutes. No Leonard. Went to get a waffle. Came back to lobby. Within 5 minutes he arrives! Me, Hope and three women (Ingrid, Margarite and one other) who are Cohen groupies see him and sing Happy B day to him in lobby of hotel He is tired but gracious and thankful for the birthday wishes and he is now 79. He comes over to us. I shake his hand chat for 30 seconds. The women give him gifts and then he goes to his room! What a gentleman.

Thereafter I meet the Webb sisters. How nice are they! And so pretty. The whole LC crew is so nice and polite and talented!

How wild is that? Nuts!

Note: Originally posted September 23, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Ummm Leonard Cohen!!!!!!!!!” Sighting: La Brea Bakery – May 22, 2010

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Asdeguia forwarded a link to a photo that was “in my mail this morning … the subject was ‘L.C. with cigarettes and cell phone.'”  The link led to the above photo and the caption, “Ummm Leonard Cohen!!!!!!!!!,” but there was no explanatory information other than “This photo was taken on May 22, 2010 using an Apple iPhone.”

My curiosity piqued, I contacted the owner of the Flickr account hosting the photo. On reviewing the responses to my questions, I decided to post her narrative along with the photo because

  1. Her story is interesting
  2. Fans might be interested in how Leonard Cohen was spending his time while recuperating from his tour-delaying back injury
  3. I figure folks headed to LA can always use a restaurant recommendation

The Making Of Ummm Leonard Cohen!!!!!!!!!

On a bright,clear,  sunshine-filled Saturday this past May, Amanda Kobritz, a Leonard Cohen fan, met with her friend, Darren Rademaker, member of the LA based  band The Tyde,  a huge (or, more precisely, a HUGE) Leonard Cohen fan, and, not incidentally, the photographer of today’s snapshot of the Canadian singer-songwriter,  for a late morning nosh at La Brea Bakery.

It turns out some dude dressed in a dark suit and fedora1 also had a hankering for a bite to eat at La Brea.  As Amanda notes,

We were just stunned and totally in awe.  I begged Darren to inconspicuously take my photo… and voila!  I looked like absolutely crap, but who cares, it’s Leonard Cohen!

DrHGuy:  Did you talk to him?

No, I was too shy to talk to him.  I just gawked at him and overheard other fans approach him and say, Oh this is my girlfriend, I took her to see you for the first time and it was magical… blah blah blah.

DrHGuy: Can you provide any details – e.g., what he was reading, what he was drinking/eating, … ?   And, is that a pack of cigarettes  beneath perhaps a notebook on his table?

I don’t recall what he was reading. But he was with a younger guy, a companion of some kind.  I was just so impressed with how regal he was: his posture, his swagger, his deep voice.  Lots of power in that man and he’s not very big in stature, but oh so big in presence.

And I know that his companion was smoking. I think that’s a phone.

I think he was drinking an Arnold Palmer.2  🙂 La Brea Bakery has the best and free refills too. 😉

Note: Originally posted Sep 17, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. Thank goodness for the fedora. Otherwise, we would be obligated to distinguish between Leonard Cohen and Horatio Caine (David Caruso), the CSI: Miami character also known to favor dark suits and shirts in blazing sunshine.

    OK, without the fedora, Caruso’s red hair might be a clue.  That,  and the fact that Cohen rarely carries a handgun. []

  2. A drink comprising half iced tea and half lemonade and named for golfer Arnold Palmer. (I am unsure if footnotes are properly positioned before or after smiley icons.) []

Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas Intimidate Craig – 2007

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Note: Originally posted Oct 13, 2007 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Back – As Seen From The Good Seats

The above photo, posted October 11, 2007, was itself interesting enough to catch my eye. The blogger, seated behind Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas, has, obviously, snapped a photo from his perspective.

In the title of his post, he identifies Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas. Below the photo, he enters only the brief, self-effacing text, “Yes, I was pretty intimidated …” followed by his signature, “Craig.”

That is a nicely done, clever blog entry.

The post, however, gains another a level of complexity when viewed in its entirety, as in the screenshot below.

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Oh, That Craig

“Craig,” it turns out, is Craig Alexander Newmark, as in the Craig, as in the founder of Craigslist, the handy to the point of indispensable online amalgam of classified ads, online community, forums, and more with estimated revenues of $25 million in 2006 to possibly $150 million in 2007,1 posting in craigconnects, his personal blog.2 In another post, Craig describes Leonard Cohen as “the closest thing to a rabbi I have, a really big deal to me.”

Well, Craig might have been intimidated, but if I had been there it would have been, I assure you, a different story.

Yep, I’d be the guy intimidated by the guy intimidated by Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas.

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  1. Revenue estimates are from sources quoted in Wikipedia, which is also the reference for the following data: Craigslist, a throwback, in many ways, to the earliest online, Whole Earth Catalog-flavored communities such as the WELL, and Usenet, began as a list of social event around San Francisco now operates in approximately 450 cities in 50 countries and serves over five billion page views per month to ten million unique visitors. With over ten million new classified advertisements each month, Craigslist is the leading classifieds service in any medium. The site receives over 500,000 new job listings each month. The classified advertisements range from traditional buy/sell ads and community announcements, to personal ads and even erotic services. []
  2. While Craig’s post doesn’t specify the occasion, my best guess is that it was the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass’s Book of Longing based on Leonard Cohen’s book of poems performed October 9, 2007 at Stanford. []

Photo: “Leonard Cohen Sever Beni” – Date & Location Unspecified

This photo appeared on Twitter yesterday but the date and location of the photo are not given.

According to Google Translate. “sever beni” translates from Turkish to English as “love me”

Photo: Leonard Cohen At The Rose For His Baked Potato – Palma, Majorca 2013

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Caption: LOL he comes here every now and then for his love of the jp !

Posted August 8, 2013 at The Rose Mallow Facebook Page

Credit Due Department: Esther Park – unsurprisingly – first spotted this shot and alerted me to it.

Note: Originally posted Sept 28, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric