Lou Reed: Two songs

Lou Reed died two days ago. A giant has passed. I grew up in an era when musicians were directly influenced by Lou Reed and Velvet Underground. In fact, it’s been said that those who listened to them during that time went out and formed a band, many of which went on to become successes themselves. But his music — and Velvet Underground’s — is not easy to like. It requires a certain mood and outlook to get into it. They’re not really songs per se, but more like novels. As I grew older though, I finally got his music. I guess it requires a certain maturity and some living to finally get into that place where I “get” him.

Here, two songs that, while not exactly the ones that made him and his band famous, showcase his range as a musician, traveling from the dark melodies he trafficked in to almost sunny ditties that are at once melodic and melancholic. (And somewhere in Long Piddleton, Melrose Plant, Earl of Caverness and Lou Reed aficionado, must be raising a glass of Guinness to toast his fallen hero.)

 

PS: Neil Gaiman wrote a really touching tribute to the man: Neil Gaiman on Lou Reed. If not for Reed, Sandman would not exist. My universe just shifted.

 

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My name is Terrie. I write for a living and blog for pleasure. Some days, I get up in the morning and know precisely what kind of day it is. At other times, I get knocked over for a loop. People seem to like confiding in me. When I was younger, I thought I knew everything and can tell you what you need to do if you ask me. Now that I'm older, I realize I don't know anything. That's been my motivation for the blog and for writing. To figure out the unknown and unknowable.

6 thoughts on “Lou Reed: Two songs”

  1. You surprise me, Pinxy. Well said!

    If not for Lou Reed, something other than “Sweet Jane” would have been that 8-track anthem blowing out from Craig speakers in my ’67 Chevy Fleetside short wheel base pick-up truck.

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      1. “Awwww contrare” redneck filipina……….. Yes, I am country- and laid bare, my roots are so……… but peer pressure moved me from twang to crunch during the era ( you guess the years, I shall not publish ) ………… twasn’t til the progressive country era that I got the twang back……….. 🙂

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  2. hmphft indeed!

    Sorry about that insensitivity- “redneck” is an endearing word where I come from…… just sayin. 🙂 Its all good. That said, what is the word for Pinoy redneck?

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