‘Nick Cave says he doesn’t have much time for overtly narrative songs these days, that they feel restrictive: “The idea that we live life in a straight line, like a story, seems to me to be increasingly absurd and, more than anything, a kind of intellectual convenience,” he says. “I feel that the events in our lives are like a series of bells being struck and the vibrations spread outwards, affecting everything, our present, and our futures, of course, but our past as well. Everything is changing and vibrating and in flux.’ (Guardian May 5th 2017).
I really like Cave’s idea that events in our lives being like bells vibrating through time. I think that counselling is one way of making sense of bells that are ringing within us and that will not stop until we have paid them attention.