Update (2017): Introduction
This is the final post published in response to questions about how l first became involved with Leonard Cohen
- 1. Anjani – A Muse Amused?
- 2. Anjani Sends DrHGuy Pandoracious Response
- 3. Anjani Writes Dear DrHGuy Letter
- 4. The Less Dramatic, More Remarkable Aftermath
- The 2009 Beacon Theatre Show Detour
- 5. The Great Event
Touring & Blogging
After the Feb 19, 2009 Leonard Cohen Beacon Theatre show, I blogged onward. A review of 1HeckOfAGuy.com1 postings reveals that less than half of these entries spotlighted Leonard Cohen. Other posts included political corruption in Illinois, “Microsoft Software Packaging – Stupid or Malicious or Stupid & Malicious?,” college mascots, A.E. Housman, local snowfalls … .
And, while Leonard Cohen was the site’s most dependably popular topic, the individual posts that garnered the most hits were from other categories. In My Mother’s House Are Many Tchotchkes and 15 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A BDSM Safe Word, for example, had far more viewers than any single Cohen entry.
But all was not well, and by summer 2009, my enthusiasm had waned to the point that I considered giving up the blog altogether. I shared this sentiment with a long-time Cohen fan who was also active online. Shortly thereafter, this fan informed me that a backstage visit with Leonard Cohen at his October 29, 2009 Chicago Rosemont Theatre concert2 had been arranged.
Now, as rare as Leonard Cohen interactions with admirers and reporters were in the two or three years just before his death, they were even less common during the 2008-2010 tours. Stories of celebrities, old acquaintances, and government officials being rebuffed when they requested personal meetings were routine. So, this was what we folks from the Ozarks would term “a big deal.”
And, sure enough, I met Leonard at that concert, and as is my wont, I wrote about it:
- What Leonard Cohen Told Me Backstage In Chicago
- How To Win Friends And Impress Strangers With A Little Help From Lorca & Leonard Cohen
- Meeting Leonard Cohen And Falling In Love With Sharon Robinson
The photo atop this post, in fact, was taken by Lorca Cohen at that meeting (the inscription was added later).
It turns out that meeting Leonard Cohen face-to-face is a tremendous incentive to continue blogging about Leonard Cohen.
Quelle surprise, eh?
This was a turning point, impacting not only this critical juncture in 2009 but also similar episodes in the future. Over the ensuing years, I intermittently became discouraged because of real or perceived slights from readers, journalists, Leonard’s management, his record label … only to have these vicissitudes dissipated by praise from or just contact with Leonard himself.
So, here we are.
It’s been a privilege.