The late Leonard Cohen is featured in a warmly sentimental new video for "Traveling Light," a song from his final album, You Want It Darker.
The clip, which was posted online Thursday (February 24) was put together by Cohen's son Adam, who also produced the album, and director Sammy Slabbinck; It mixes archival footage from throughout Cohen’s career with more current material. It opens with Cohen on a front porch, smoking a cigarette and addressing his failing health, saying, "I feel a lot stronger, but I'm actually a lot weaker. I wake up in my bed and I feel like, 'That's how I used to feel' -- not exactly but, you know. And then I swing my legs off the bed and I try to stand up."
Slabbinck, who designed the cover for "You Want It Darker," writes on Facebook that, "As a lifelong fan myself I crated a memorial video to commemorate the man."
Cohen died November 7 in Los Angeles at the age of 82, just three weeks after You Want It Darker's release.
Music video by Leonard Cohen performing Traveling Light. (C) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment http://vevo.ly/5KdNqi
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.