Monday, 28 October 2013

I miss Lou Reed

I am affected deeply by Lou Reed's passing. I was showing obvious signs of distress yesterday, as people walked by my shop window, many of them stopping to look at the Lou display I assembled, many taking pictures. Some coming in to buy a record, I tried to hide my tears but could not. I spent the entire day on the internet, unable to think of anything else but how much I loved that artist and how much he meant to me over so many years. How I always loved his dry style and the path he chose in Rock; not to try and act like an 18 year old all his life, but to age gracefully, and with so much vitality and wit. We should all hope to be so with it in our seventies. Compared to other aging stars who distort their image with cosmetic surgery and sell out trying to re-create their former glories, Lou gave us realism. I have heard so many news announcers talk about the dirty/drugs/sex side of his song writing... but for me it was his stark honesty, and transcendence through humor, and the idea of his songwriting being more like a job than an entitlement. I miss you Lou, I am so glad I got to see the Ecstasy tour in 2000. I am so glad I was walking by that venue in Vancouver in 1992 when a scalper sold me his last ticket for ten dollars. 

Some of my favorite Lou songs:
Busload of Faith
Mama's Got a Lover
Video Violence
M.M.M. - all of it!
Train Coming Round the Bend
Make Up
Heard her Call My Name
Sunday Morning
Magic & Loss
Doin' the Things that We Want To
I Remember
Spit It Out
My Love is Chemical
Kill Your Sons
Lady Godiva
Looking For Love
Sword of Damocles
Turn to Me
Leave Me Alone
Baton Rouge
Love is Trust
I'm so Free
Satellite of Love
Real Good Time Together...

The list goes on and on. Each of these songs and seemingly endless more have inspired my comics through the years, I would always listen to Lou Reed as I drew. I will continue to do that always.

Fly into the Sun

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