Leonard Cohen‘s collaborator on his 2016 album You Want It Darker, Sammy Slabbinck, has shared a new lyric video for the track “Traveling Light” that is filled archival and previously unseen footage of the late, great musician and poet.
The new video serves as a memorial for Cohen and was created with the guidance of Cohen’s son, Adam Cohen, Slabbinck said in a Facebook post.
“As a lifelong fan myself I created a memorial video to commemorate the man ‘who was born with the gift of a golden voice,'” Slabbinck wrote.
The piece opens with Cohen sitting on a balcony, smoking a cigarette, saying he feels as strong as he used to in his younger days, despite being much weaker — a fitting introduction to song’s reflection on aging.
“I wake up in my bed and I feel like, ‘That’s how I used to feel,'” he says. “Not exactly but, you know. And then I swing my legs off the bed and I try to stand up!”
Cohen died last November, less than a month after releasing You Want It Darker. He was 82.
Watch the “Traveling Light” video here: