Cohencentric Tops 4,000,000 Hits: March 29, 2018

Ah, we’re drinking and we’re dancing
and the band is really happening

Early this morning, Cohencentric earned its four millionth unique view since opening March 7, 2015. I want to thank all those who visit this site and all those who have contributed to these 6,000+ posts.

This count does not include Cohencentric’s affiliated YouTube videos, Facebook Page, Twitter account, nor, of course, the hits garnered by Cohencentric’s predecessors, 1HeckOfAGuy.com and DrHGuy.com during their many years of operation.

About The Leonard Cohen Animation Trilogy Atop This Post

Individual animations and source information:

  1. We’re Drinking
  2. And We’re Dancing
  3. And The Band Is Really Happening

View more animated gifs at Leonard Cohen Animations

Cohencentric 3 Years Old Today – And We Miss Our Audience Of One: Leonard Cohen

chucklesThe above graphic and quote from Leonard below are from Cohencentric’s first blogiversary post on March 7, 2016.

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Thanks for the many chuckles, Allan, and the sometimes embarrassing reminders of past follies. Deeply appreciate your efforts on my behalf. Brilliant work. Better than Drudge. Gratitude and warm regards to you and The Duchess.

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Leonard

 

The State Of The Blog: March 7, 2018

Since Cohencentric came online March 7, 2015, it has published over 6000 posts chock-full of information, photos, videos, animations, audio recordings, musicological and philosophical discussions, and even the occasional joke. That’s an average of 5-6 posts added to the site each day, 365 days a year. Not so shabby. And in just these three years, Cohencentric has accumulated 3.9 million hits (aka unique views). Definitely not too shabby.

History

As long-time readers know, Cohencentric.com is the phoenix version of 1HeckOfAGuy.com. The first 1HeckOfAGuy.com post went online 12 years ago – March 3, 2006. The early posts (for example, the second entry, A Heck Of A [Warm-Up] Guy) focused on my life and interests.. For those keeping score, the first mention of Leonard Cohen at the 1HeckOfAGuy URL was the July 6, 2006 entry, “Do I Have To Dance All Night” – The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve (Probably) Never Heard, and posts about him, Anjani, Lorca, Adam,  and the rest of the gang were for some time only occasional occurrences. That site closed, for all practical purposes, in mid-February 2015.1 More information about 1HeckOfAGuy.com is available here.

Cohencentric Changes Coming

I had indicated that this post would include a discussion of changes coming to Cohencentric but belatedly realized that this celebratory entry was not an auspicious occasion for such an issue, so that announcement will be published later.

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  1. 1HeckOfAGuy.com still exists, albeit only as a site redirecting folks looking for a Leonard Cohen post originally published on that site to Cohencentric []

February 14, 2015: “DrHGuy.com is now closed and 1HeckOfAGuy.com will close in a couple of days”

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The “Memories” section of Facebook informed me that my February 14, 2015 post was

As some of you already know, DrHGuy.com is now closed and 1HeckOfAGuy.com will close in a couple of days. I apologize for the abrupt termination. The reasons, which have accumulated over time, are too complex, painful, and sad to go into. As Leonard once said about losing his retirement fund, “It’s enough to put a dent in your mood.”

I have hopes of resurrecting a Leonard Cohen site at some point…

I appreciate the kind thoughts and good wishes extended by many readers.

Allan
~aka DrHGuy at Heck Of A Guy

Indeed, after nine years of publishing, 1HeckOfAGuy.com, for all practical purposes,1 closed within 48 hours.

And, with encouragement from Leonard, Cohencentric.com arose from the ashes less than a month later.  Wacky stuff, eh? On March 7, 2018 – 6,000+ posts and nearly 4,000,000 hits later – Cohencentric will celebrate its third anniversary online. But, things are changing, so …. stay tuned.

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  1. A 1HeckOfAGuy.com single post persists, informing folks about the move to Cohencentric.com and AllanShowalter.com []

January 8, 2008: GoodCleanWholesomeFun Opens – And GoodCleanWholesomeFun Begat DrHGuy.com And DrHGuy.com Begat Cohencentric

On Jan 8, 2008, GoodCleanWholesomeFun was launched as a Tumblr site. When it became evident that an effective  Tumblr blog search mechanism was  a distant dream, three years of posts were moved to Posterous where the collection was renamed DrHGuy.  All was well in the House Of DrHGuy until Twitter bought Posterous in 2012 solely to hire the guys who developed the site and acquire certain technology – not to maintain a platform for bloggers. As support on Posterous deteriorated, DrHGuy packed his posts at the end of Dec, 2012 and got out of Dodge for the more stable land of WordPress. Finally, in March 2015, DrHGuy.com and 1HeckOfAGuy.com were effectively terminated and their content became the substrate of Cohencentric.com.

Heck Of A Guy Hawaiian Honeymoon Hiatus + Honeymoon Edition Of You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If …

Update Dec 5, 2017 – Baby, We’ve Been There Before: The entry below was originally posted Jan 20, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. Its republication marks our departure for a vacation in the same Pacific paradise. Consequently, posting at Cohencentric will be much attenuated, if not absent altogether, until the new year (Full Disclosure: Cohencentric has far too many legacy Christmas posts for me to ignore; there will be a few posts).

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Here Today – Gone To Maui

DrHGuy and The Duchess are departing for the sun-drenched shores of Kaanapali Beach to celebrate their nuptials.1 One consequence of this event is that both the Heck Of A Guy and DrHGuy sites will be dormant until our return in February.2 While The Duchess and DrHGuy are wild for Leonard Cohen, it is, as they say in  those post-calculus math courses, intuitively apparent that the marriage would be best served by DrHGuy attending to the business at hand (make your own joke) rather than pounding out posts.

That does not, however, mean that matters Cohen will be entirely forgotten. In fact, this occasion had led to another installment of  Cohenphilic Personality Disorder symptoms. That’s right, …

You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If …

When packing for your your honeymoon in Maui, you find yourself thinking

  • Is it enough to take two iPods filled with every song Leonard Cohen has performed plus all the songs recorded by his backup singers as well as a significant fraction of the 2000+ covers of Cohen’s music – or do we also pack the Complete Columbia Album Collection CD set, just in case?
  • How likely is it that there is a hula danced to “Sisters Of Mercy?”
  • If Leonard had been raised in Lahaina instead of Montreal, would his imagery and tone have been different? Instead of “You see I’m just another snowman / Standing in the rain and sleet.,” would it have been “You see I’m just another surfer / Catching a few rays and waves?” Instead of “Avalanche,” would he have written a song called “Brief Period Of Showers This Morning With Sunshine Returning By Noon?” Instead of “The Guests,” would it have been “The Tourists?” Would there have been a song about his “Famous Blue Swim Trunks?”  Would those audiences in Dublin have sung along with “Aloha, Marianne?” How about “First We Take Koolaupoko?”
  • What sort of lei goes best with a black suit and fedora?

  • How would Anjani’s family on Oahu feel about fans dropping in to say Thanks For The Dance?
  • Is there any bad karma left from the cancelled 2010 concert?

  • What are the chances that an Hawaiian slack key guitar band taking requests will know “Do I Have To Dance All Night?”
  • What size t-shirt does Leonard wear?

 

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All published You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If … entries can be found at the You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If … Page

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  1. For DrHGuy, this is a case of third marriage, first honeymoon. []
  2. Yes, that means Heck Of A Guy will be closed when the Old Ideas album is released in the US. By the time the release dates were made public, the airline and hotel reservations had been made. Once again, we all suffer when NOBODY TELLS DRHGUY NOTHIN’. []

Cohencentric Surpasses 3,500,000 Hits

Well, I missed another statistical landmark (I also overlooked passing 3,000,000 hits; see this Aug 4, 2017 post). This morning, a reader let me know by email that, according to the stats counter in the left sidebar, Cohencentric passed a milestone sometime during over the last day or two. In the 2 years & 8 months since Cohencentric published its first post on March 7, 2015,1 this site has garnered more than 3,500,000 unique page views.2 This count does not include Cohencentric’s affiliated YouTube videos, Facebook Page, Twitter account, nor, of course, the hits garnered by Cohencentric’s predecessors, 1HeckOfAGuy.com and DrHGuy.com during their many years of operation.

Given that Cohencentric has offered articles featuring not only Leonard’s concerts, albums, and honors but also esoterica such as Leonard changing a single word in his lyrics, Leonard’s two or three year stint as a vegetarian, a list of 351 of Leonard’s nicknames, and alternative cover art for the You Want It Darker album, it is clear that these hits reflect the intensity of interest in Leonard Cohen, even a year after his death, by a huge number of fans.

Thank you.

Cohencentric Post #1: March 7, 2015

Welcome To Cohencentric.com
Leonard Cohen & DrHGuy Are Back In The Cyberhood

The source video for the animation is the 2013 Leonard Cohen Lucca soundcheck video by 30gallina72, aka Szilvia Szanto .View more animated gifs at Leonard Cohen Animations

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  1. Blogs are programmed to post chronologically, the most recent posts appearing first. Because some entries from Cohencentric’s predecessors, DrHGuy.com and 1HeckOfAGuy.com, have been published with their original posting dates, some posts may appear to have been published earlier than March 7, 2015. []
  2. OK, that count is a tad low; the statistical counter was dysfunctional for a couple of weeks []

Last Week’s Top 10 Cohencentric Posts: Sept 17-23, 2017

  1. The Cohen Family Presents Tower Of Song: A Memorial Tribute To Leonard Cohen
  2. Photos: Leonard Cohen & Friends On Picnic c. 1970 + Leonard Cohen’s Inscription-Poem “For Sharon”
  3. Official Video: Leonard Cohen – Leaving the Table
  4. The I Love Leonard Cohen Happy 81st Birthday Video
  5. “Cohen’s career now enters its fourth phase, After the End” + Photos Of Leonard Cohen At Home
  6. Baby, I’ve Been Here Before – Leonard Cohen Is Back On Crescent Street
  7. New York Times Playlist Features Leonard Cohen Leaving The Table Video
  8. Leonard Cohen’s Birthday Commemoration By Michael de Adder
  9. A Week of Celebration of Leonard Cohen In Montreal
  10. Pitchfork Looks At Leonard Cohen Live Rarities

Cohencentric YouTube Videos Top 3,000,000 Views

Earlier this month, I posted Cohencentric Tops 3,000,000 Hits, noting that

This count does not include Cohencentric’s affiliated YouTube videos, Facebook Page, Twitter account, or, of course, the hits garnered by Cohencentric’s predecessors, 1HeckOfAGuy.com and DrHGuy.com.

Well, a reader wrote in to point out that “Cohencentric’s affiliated YouTube videos” had also topped three million hits. I checked, and sure enough, the videos at Allan Showalter YouTube Channel crossed the 3,000,000 some time ago.

To celebrate, I’m posting the channel’s theme video and some of the most popular selections.

Leonard Cohen’s Prince Of Asturias Speech

Leonard Cohen – Do I Have To Dance All Night (1976)

Leonard Cohen’s Elegy For Janis Joplin – Chelsea Hotel #1

Fifty Shades Of Leonard Cohen