5 Year Anniversary Of Leonard Cohen’s Passing: Share Your Message To Our Man On The New Memory Board

Five years ago, we lost Our Man Leonard who inspired so many through his music and words. For Instagram and Twitter users, you can mark the anniversary of his passing by taking a moment to remember the man and his legacy.

Starting today, we’re inviting fans, friends, and admirers to share their messages and memories of Leonard which will be posted on a message board.

To share your memory:

Post your message on Instagram or Twitter (your privacy settings must be set to “Public”), and use the hashtag #MessagesForLC in your caption.

You must use the hashtag to make sure it is aggregated onto this message board. The post and message are entirely up to you, but to give you a few ideas:

· A video message recording of yourself
· A visual representation by you that is inspired by Leonard
· A photo of you and Leonard together (if you were lucky enough to meet him)
· A simple photo of Leonard with a nice caption works too

Whether it’s the first song you heard by Leonard, a time you got to meet him in person or see him perform, a lyric that has special meaning to you, just share your thoughts about Our Man.





“Puppets,” the final video from the posthumous album Thanks for the Dance is released today, commemorating the fifth anniversary of Cohen’s passing (November 7th, 2016).  The video marks the return of director Daniel Askill, who also created the “Happens to the Heart” video. Daniel worked closely with Leonard’s son, Adam Cohen, on this closing cinematic vision, the last of five  videos created for the album. Watch “Puppets” here.

Shot in black and white, the emotive visual features artist and actor Bobbi Salvör Menuez, also in “Happens to the Heart,” exploring Cohen’s powerful lyrical themes of evil and control. Askill is known for his artistic creations using film, photographs, video installation, and sculpture, and has directed films, commercials, fashion films, and music videos (Sia, Paul McCartney, and Lady Gaga).

“It has been such a gift to have the opportunity to create these visual responses to the music of Leonard Cohen. Cohen has an incredible ability to create a bridge between the sublime and the prosaic — the metaphysical and political. In ‘Puppets,’ he does that while addressing dark themes with a poetic insight,” said Daniel Askill of the project.  “This video for Puppets has been born out of a wonderful ongoing dialogue with Adam Cohen. It is in some ways a darker counter point to the first film we made for ‘Happens to the Heart.’ Shot on location in New York, this film follows the symbolic journey of a single figure through darkness towards a transcendence. In many ways, it is visually pointing to the idea that Leonard often beautifully evokes in different ways — that the darkness and the light of our experience is deeply entangled — and maybe at a fundamental level they are in fact one and the same.”

Released in 2019, Thanks For The Dance was an unexpected harvest of new songs from the master Leonard Cohen. Collaborating with producer (and son) Adam Cohen, friends and colleagues gathered to support and complete the work Leonard had begun, making an album that echoes the sounds of his catalogue, while remaining fresh, current, and resonant.