Leonard Cohen & Sunglasses: Animation, Quote, Cover Art, & The 50 Shades Of Leonard Cohen Video

secglasses2No 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.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


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

Leonard Cohen Animation: Charley & Hattie Webb Practice Synchronized Nordic Skiing

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.

Source video Antwerp 2013, shot by Wirebirds. View more animated gifs at Leonard Cohen Animations. Originally posted July 28, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Recouping His Pilfered Funds: “I did the only thing I know how to do, which is sing songs and wash dishes. Well, there’s no money in dishes.”


Quotation from Leonard Cohen Can’t Slow Down by Gavin Edwards. Rolling Stone (India): October 24, 2014. View more animated gifs at Leonard Cohen Animations

Video: Leonard Cohen Has Got The Moves – Nashville 2009


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

Animation: Leonard Cohen Thumb Wrestling Tutorial


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
Caption: DrHGuy
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