Excerpt from How Leonard Cohen Helped Us After Losing Our Son To Heroin by Bill Williams (Addiction Unscripted):
Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” compelled me. I listened to it over and over and over, lying in bed with my laptop, listening first to a gravelly Leonard Cohen himself singing it, then testing the renditions of all the artists I could find. Sampling them all to distinguish comforting subtleties… Ultimately soothed by repetitions of K.D. Lang’s rich offering, my ritual continued in the two weeks leading up to William’s memorial service. I have no memory of when the rite tapered off. I do know that I come back to the music when I need to, even finding something about the hateful embrace of heroin in all of Cohen’s lyric, most especially: “… love is not a victory march. It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah.”
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