Today I awoke to some tragic news. Lou Reed has passed away. Its truly as is if this bright light has faded and is no longer shining with us. There are moments in my life that I can specifically remember when artists, Legends, have passed away. Johnny Cash being one of them. I was in high school ditching my religious class (I did that often) listening to the radio in the parking lot. The announcer came on and said “Johnny Cash has passed away.” It shouldn’t have been that big of a shock to me since I knew he had been bed ridden for several weeks, but it was a shock. The radio then played Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt.” That seemed appropriate to me at the time, and it almost brought me to tears as Johnny was a big influence to me. As for Lou, it is almost exactly the same instance. I will remember the exact place I was in when I found out that he has moved on.
Sunday’s are days that I find to be relaxing as I get to some what sleep in. After a long night of writing, smoking, and drinking I don’t think I was prepared for the news. I got up and of course turned on my computer to start editing what I had written last night. Always trying to delete the trash and keep the gold. I just so happened to find my mind wondering while in the process and clicked on to Facebook. That’s the last way you want to find out that a Legend has moved on. However it was nice to see so many posts, news articles, and pictures of his historic career. As a fan I have been listening to Velvet Underground for several years now. Lou and Velvet have become amazingly influential to me over the past couple of years. The life of Lou Reed astonished me. He was a boundary pusher, a road paver, and an exceptional artist.
It is always rare to find a man who lives “on the wild side.” People like Lou are diamonds among the coals. I can’t help but feel a deep sadness that he has gone. Its funny in life that the things you love always seem to leave and maybe I’m a little bit funny for thinking of Lou Reed as someone who I’ve loved but it seems true to me that you never know how much you love something until its gone. I’ve never been to a concert of his, and I’ve never held a conversation or even met him in person. However the countless hours of listening to his music has made me feel attached to him and I like to think that I have come to know him as a person or at least as an artist. He has changed the way I look at music and Lou Reed will be missed greatly.
I figured I would share a few of my favorites from his catalog today in all this. May he be remembered forever, as that is the goal of every artist.