‘I’M RUNNING LATE’
Watch a son’s video tribute to Leonard Cohen
Three months after Leonard Cohen’s death, a poignant new video for one of his final songs, “Traveling Light,” serves as a fitting memorial to the singer-songwriter whose cagey wisdom enlightened audiences for 50 years.
The black-and-white video was co-created by Adam Cohen, the 44-year-old son of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who was 82 when he died November 7.
Adam Cohen, who co-wrote “Traveling Light,” splices together vintage clips of his father as a young man with family photos and home video to create a moving montage of poetry in motion. The song itself, a reflection on impending mortality, is preceded by a brief scene of Cohen lounging on a balcony as he discusses his failing health. “I feel a lot stronger,” he says, “but I’m actually a lot weaker.”
The self-assessment segues into the four-minute ballad from Cohen’s last album, “You Want It Darker,” which was released less than three weeks before he died.
“I’m traveling light/It’s au revoir,” he talk/sings in that familiar craggy voice as the lyrics fade in and out on screen. “My once so bright, my fallen star/I’m running late, they’ll close the bar/I used to play one mean guitar.”