Video re­veals pre­vi­ously un­seen Co­hen footage

The Hamilton Spectator - - A & E -

TORONTO — A new mu­sic video as­sem­bled by Leonard Co­hen’s son and an­other long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor is giv­ing fans an in­ti­mate glimpse of the late singer.

“Trav­el­ing Light,” di­rected by Sammy Slab­binck, was posted on­line Thurs­day and of­fers an ar­ray of archival and pre­vi­ously un­seen footage.

Its open­ing scene fea­tures Co­hen sit­ting on a porch re­flect­ing on his health.

“I feel a lot stronger, but I’m ac­tu­ally a lot weaker,” he says to the in­ter­viewer while smok­ing a cig­a­rette.

“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.”

Archival mo­ments and some more re­cent footage of the poet and com­poser run through­out the rest of the lyric video.

The project was com­piled by Slab­binck, who de­signed the cover of Co­hen’s 2016 al­bum “You Want It Darker.” He said in a Face­book post that Co­hen’s son Adam of­fered “ex­cel­lent guid­ance” through­out the process of mak­ing the clip.

“As a life­long fan my­self I cre­ated a me­mo­rial video to com­mem­o­rate the man,” he wrote.

Co­hen died in Novem­ber at 82, shortly af­ter re­leas­ing his fi­nal al­bum to crit­i­cal ac­claim.

KAI-UWE KNOTH, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS/AP

A new mu­sic video is giv­ing fans an in­ti­mate glimpse of the late singer.

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