— Shannon (@slynng13) April 12, 2013
Note: Originally posted April 12, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Betty Vercauteren’s slideshow of her memories of meeting Leonard Cohen and Roscoe Beck during the 2012 Tour includes elements from at least half of the DrHGuy headings:
I Can’t Forget
Video by Betty Vercauteren
Note: Originally posted February 6, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Since Leonard started touring in 2008, this is the third time that he has come to Oakland’s beautiful Paramount Theatre, and this was my third time seeing him there. With each return, it seems like Leonard and his band are enjoying themselves even more, if that is possible, and it’s contagious! The show on Sunday night was the best ever – the most passionate, the longest, and most FUN. During Closing Time, people started dancing in the aisles and Leonard and the band seemed to love it – like it was contagious for them as well. They came back for 3 encores, playing until just before midnight.
As for meeting Leonard, I feel so fortunate – and meeting this extraordinary man truly is an “experience.” It’s hard to put into words. The man is so gracious and kind and my extreme nervousness evaporated with his calming presence. I was so grateful to have the opportunity to thank him in person for everything – the music, the poetry, the tours.
He was so humble – and thanked me too. Then he was kind enough to sign my denim jacket – while still on my back. Imagine – a Sharpie-massage from Leonard Cohen – an experience I could have gladly “tolerated” for several more hours. 😉 He took notice and seemed to really enjoy that I had a patch from the 2009 tour on the back of my jacket, and then took his time to do a beautiful job of signing his name above. [DrHGuy Note: Readers first saw that jacket in 2009: Esther Park’s DIY Leonard Cohen Tour Jacket]
I gave him a hug and his angel of an assistant, Kezban, took a photo of us. After we said goodbye, I watched the two of them leave and walk down the street. This is the image I keep remembering and love the most – Leonard Cohen walking down a Berkeley street through the rush of students and homeless people. Strolling along in his long black trench coat which is beautiful up close. Just as is he – beautiful, both inside and out.
The photo atop this post was taken by Kezban Özcan. The shots of the Oakland Paramount Theatre marquee and of Leonard Cohen walking away with his assistant, Kezban Özcan, were taken by Esther Park.
Note: Originally posted Mar 9, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Here’s how the story begins:
“Hey, bartender,” the old guy gestured at me, almost whispering in a sonorous rumble. “See those gentlemen over there? Ask them if I can have two fingers of their wine.” I looked over my shoulder to where a couple of brokers had just ordered a $700 bottle of Bordeaux, then back at Sonorous Rumble and hesitated, not sure how to politely tell him he was nuts. He looked a little nuts, all decked out in an admittedly stylish tweed in the middle of summer. Shrugging amiably, the old guy got off his bar stool and circled the big marble slab to go speak directly with the brokers. I watched the way you watch a shopping cart rattle toward a Porsche in a parking lot: morbidly curious, shoulders slightly hunched in a pre-loaded cringe.
The rest of the tale can be read at This Is the Best Story You’ll Read All Day Just Trust Us by Russ Rowlands (Roads & Kingdoms: Dec. 6, 2016).
Note: Sonorous Rumble is the latest addition (#351) to the list of Leonard Cohen Nicknames.
This photo was first posted on Instagram Oct 13. 2014 with the caption “Just me and Leonard Cohen, no big deal.” It was reposted Nov 10, 2016 with a new caption.
Note: Originally posted Oct 14, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
No singer or songwriter I’ve ever heard has sung with more honesty and wit about his own failings and shortcomings than Leonard Cohen.
Notes on the Late Leonard Cohen and Meeting Him in Montreal by Jim Algie (JimAlgie: July 26, 2017) is an insightful and entertaining personal essay about the significance of Leonard Cohen’s work and philosophy. It includes a brief account of the author’s sole meeting with Leonard, which is heartfelt as well as interesting. I especially like Jim Algie’s parting words to Leonard:
Thanks again for all the great music, books, and solace, that rapturous concert and for putting up with me for an hour. Now I get bragging rights that will certainly impress my band-mates and the cool Goth babes.
Jim Algie GoodReads Profile:
Jim Algie has been a punk rock musician, journalist, wildlife conservationist and security guard in a lunatic asylum. His journalism has been published The International Herald Tribune, and his short fiction included in anthologies, like the Bram Stoker-winning Extremes 2: Fantasy and Horror from the Ends of the Earth. His non-fiction collection Bizarre Thailand: Tales of Crime, Sex and Black Magic and his short fiction collection, The Phantom Lover and Other Thrilling Tales of Thailand, illuminate the country’s dark and sexy side. In 2017, he published On the Night Joey Ramone Died, part memoir, part punk history and part literature.