- Published: Sunday, October 27 2013 00:04
- Written by Bluebird
The "Busload of Faith" with "Magic and Loss" are the vehicles we have left of Mr. Lou Reed. He died today, October 27, 2013, on Long Island, NY, after a courageous battle with liver cancer. At 71 years old, the poet, writer, singer, guitarist and cultural diplomat in some scenarios, left a legacy that was beyond music. His portraits of the human condition were seen, heard and experienced world wide, through his poetry, music, films, photography and human consultations.
Pop music fans will hum along to "Take A Walk On The Wild Side" and Velvet Underground archivists will break out their banana bearing LP's to reminisce the songs that never left their heads. The Lou Reed I know was the ultimate cool. In the late 1980's, I not only listened to his music constantly, I'd randomly buy New York for people after having just a few conversations with them about music. His creation of the world through his own view made his work a translator for other artists. If you looked at an artist through the lens of Lou Reed, things you did not understand could be clear to you. But it was a one way passage, because no one could speak for Lou Reed.