All kind of weird icky feels. It doesn’t matter how I feel.
He’s one of my biggest influences. His LPs are forever in the soundtrack to our lives. He was our eldest son’s first favourite singer.
He’s also my go-to example of how fucked the music industry is around mental health + relationships. I remember a review of Love Is Hell saying something along the lines that his heartbreak was “our” gain.
We’ve celebrated the broken, dysfunctional relationships of our singer / songwriters since forever. Now, we’re just beginning to have a conversation about the damage that happens behind the lyrics.
It’s long overdue.