Best Halloween Ever: DrHGuy & Duchess Attend Oct 31, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin Concert, Soundcheck, Jewelry Comparison

Now, enjoying the Oct 31st 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin soundcheck as the only civilians in attendance (in the above photo, that’s, left to right: Leonard Cohen, Duchess aka Penny Showalter, DrHGuy aka Allan Showalter) and then viewing his subsequent concert are themselves enough to meet all criteria for Best Halloween Ever. But, as is so often the case on this site, there is more.

Leonard Cohen And The Duchess Admire Each Other’s Jewelry

When I was a young’un growing up in the Ozarks, I did not anticipate that one of the high points of my life would include witnessing my wife and my favorite Canadian singer-songwriter-poet-novelist-icon, having just met backstage at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, admiring each other’s most recent jewelry acquisitions.

Leonard examined and complimented a Unified Heart pendant crafted for The Duchess by a jeweler who has been a friend for many years.

And Duchess was taken with a diamond-shaped pendant sported by Mr Cohen that featured the recently canonized Kateri Tekakwitha, the Algonquin–Mohawk woman featured in his 1966 novel, “Beautiful Losers.” That medal is shown (albeit indistinctly) in the shots below alongside Leonard’s customary bolo tie.

Leonard apparently donned the Saint Kateri medal after the concert; it is not visible in photos taken during the show.


Credit Due Department: Photo atop post taken at Oct 31, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin Concert And Soundcheck by J.S. Carenza III, the Road Manager of the Leonard Cohen Tour.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This content was originally posted Nov 2, 2012 at

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