“What I did just after ruining the highly punctual Leonard Cohen’s Armani suit, only sixty seconds before he was due on stage.” Clare Bowditch (Opening Act, 2010 Australia Tour)

DrHGuy Note: Clare Bowditch is a Melbourne based singer-songwriter who was the support act during ten shows of Leonard Cohen’s 2010 Australia Tour.

“I went down on my knees and started patting the inside of [Leonard Cohen’s] legs”

I shall now reveal never before seen footage of EXACTLY what I did just after ruining the highly punctual Leonard Cohen’s Armani suit, only sixty seconds before he was due on stage. This video was captured by my friend Pikelet, in an effort to make something out of what really was one of the worst feelings of #fail I have ever had. I hoped that one day I would have the courage to show someone this video, and now I do.

What Clare did to Leonard Cohen
Video from bheartbiz·

 

At the concert-break, Leonard invited me into his room. He seemed tired. I asked him if I could make him a drink or something to eat. He paused and then said with a dry smile, “My dear, it’s probably best if you don’t”.

As I say in this video, failure is a “mixed blessing”. Wherever possible concentrate on the bit that smells good, rather than the bit that makes your cheeks red.

Excerpted from An Open Letter: What to Make of Failure, Part One by Clare Bowditch, posted at Big Hearted Business.

Photo atop this post is by Pramod Korathota via Wikimedia Commons

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Sept 2, 2016.

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