THE FORMAL OBSERVER in which Boston musician and mental health worker JACK HOLLAND therapizes his favorite musicians via their lyrics.
Bird on a Wire – Leonard Cohen
For like a baby, stillborn,
like a beast with his horn,
I have torn
everyone who reached out for me
A wonderful treatment of the procreative imperative here. You are compelled perhaps to love and to leave—and you would not be the first. Post traumatic stress inhibits bonding and nary a soul navigates this life without feeling the pain that we suffer as witnesses to our own pain and the pain of others. What more could we say? Without the devil we wouldn’t have original sin, but without original sin we wouldn’t have Leonard Cohen…