Bird on a Wire

lomography photo of bird on a wire art by paul ottaviano

“Like a bird on the wire… I have tried in my way to be free… ”

– Leonard Cohen, “Bird On The Wire”

I recently listened to this song again, after many years. Like a good old friend who you haven’t seen in a long while, it came at a welcome time, and was familiar and refreshing all the same. The lyrics have been haunting me since, but not in a disturbing way. It feels more like a reminder that we’re all human, and within that humanity, in all of its murky corners and beautiful moments, the true at heart are all yearning for the same thing.


  1. Waaaaaaaay back here in my hometown; there was a lounge. It was dark with old furniture to sit on. A great way to escape the overload going on at the nearby dance clubs.

    In the corner was an old juke box. There I discovered Leonard Cohen. The kind of music that sticks to you.

    I need to dig up some of his music I do think.

    Thanks for the reminder!


      1. Sadly, it is long defunct. The strip of buildings it was in was sold off and it became a larger bar/sports bar complex.

        The end of an original. Sadly, next to it was a late night coffee shop that also sold the best cheese cake. Another loss.

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