Quotation from Leonard Cohen, Down From the Mountain by Neil Strauss (Rolling Stone: March 19, 2009). Note: Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
No one looked more stylish, more hip, more polished in sunglasses than Leonard Cohen. This fact goes a long way toward explaining the popularity of the Shades of Leonard Cohen photo collection at the late, great DrHGuy.com site.
Heck, two of Leonard’s best albums featured cover art with him wearing darkened glasses.
That said, Leonard was willing to use sunglasses, one of his favorite accoutrements, as a negative metaphor, as in this excerpt from Le Cercle de Minuit – Michel Field, Interviewer. Broadcast by France 2: December 1992.
There is only light, although people don’t look at the light. Light is the basis of everything and we all are drowned by the light, but wearing sunglasses. It’s always light. It’s only light. Men invent the idea of shadow, of darkness.
Leonard wore off the shelf and prescription sunglasses. He wore them indoors, outdoors, at midday and after dark. He donned shades onstage, in the street, in restaurants, and at home. He wore them with his formal attire (suit and fedora) and his casual wear (suit and cap).
The above gif, derived from the In My Secret Life official video, serves as lead-in for the Fifty Shades Of Leonard Cohen video, which somehow always cheers me up. View more animated gifs at Leonard Cohen Animations
Fifty Shades Of Leonard Cohen
Video by Allan Showalter
Note: Originally posted November 15, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Note: This animation was originally identified as “Webb Sisters – White Girls Dancing 2013.” On re-examination, it is apparent that this is actually, as noted in the title, is “Leonard Cohen Animation: Charley & Hattie Webb Practice Synchronized Nordic Skiing.” My apologies for the confusion.
View more animated gifs at Leonard Cohen Animations
Note: Originally posted Dec 2, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
The title of this video, Fancy Footwork, says it all, but just in case, I’ll explain:
This is the most fun you are going to get from
a 25 second video spotlighting feet without
meeting criteria for a DSM-5 fetish diagnosis.
The video excerpt is, of course, the basis for the Leonard Cohen Animation atop this post, but the original recording, which includes the audio deleted in the gif, is particularly admirable.
Leonard Cohen, Nashville – Fancy Footwork
Video of “I’m Your Man” excerpt from alkmrt, aka Linda Straub
Note: Originally posted Nov 22, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Leonard Cohen demonstrates the concept and ritual of thumb wrestling to Phil Tetrault on a park bench in Montreal. In the dialogue, Cohen also boasts of besting Pierre Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, in thumb wrestling. For more about Leonard Cohen’s thumb wrestling career, see “Thumb Wrestling” section of The Favourite Games Of Leonard Cohen – Part 2
Animation: Linda Sturgess
Source Video: Picnic in the Park. For more about this documentary, see Phil Tetrault & Leonard Cohen – Friends And Poets, From “This Beggar’s Description”
Note: Originally posted August 25, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric