Thankfully I’m not too much a caricature of myself. In spite of my political conservatism, I’ve made a certain amount of peace with the times. It’s not all bad. And I’ve always liked all kinds of popular and alternative music and took a particular liking to Lou Reed about ten years ago. His lyrics were at once comic, dark, inciteful, clever, and memorable. His music was unpretentious and innovative, and it evolved, as he did, with his times and life experience. It’s hard to understate how much he and the Velvet Underground influenced everyone from Bowie and the entire Glam Rock movement to the later New Wave of the 1980s. From a young, drug-addled and sexually experimental rocker of his youth to a more sanguine, thoughtful man of middle age, Lou Reed was very much a Baby Boomer and a reflection of his time and place in history. He loved, he hurt, and he gave voice to a great deal of his sensitivity in his music.
I’m sad he’s gone, and I’m glad he lived and gave us his music. Here’s a timely song I hope you enjoy.