It’s a not so perfect day as 71 year old musical legend Lou Reed passes away from liver disease. At his intimate funeral family and fans gathered as they danced in joy and praise to his greatest compilations, in remembrance and respect of his musical genius.
His wife recently spoke publicly about her husband’s last days. She said “Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of Tai-Chi with just his musician hands moving through the air”. A picture that can bring a smile to everyone’s face.
Family and friends are comforted that Lou Reed was lucky enough to spend his final days in the comforts of his own home. He will forever remain in the musical halls of fame for his poetically haunting, monotone lyrics and for having the ability to pump his blood round his audience’s veins with every record they listened to; his voice lingering as an unforgettable memory.
Although Lou Reed never reached volumes of success like that of the Bob Dylan and the Beatles, he has certainly left his mark and has been a profound influence not only upon the development of musical genre, but also upon art, literature, experimental theatre and film.
Reed’s lyrics are renowned for dripping nothing but raw truth and striking straight to the core. If anything Lou’s disparity to commercial music makes him even more legendary and shows his music for what it was – a true reflection of the inner self that many could relate to.
His essence will continue to be screwed onto the musical industry. His presence will not be erased as he is turned into a sweet, sweet nothing. His family and fans will without a doubt remain loyal to his memory.
It is an extremely sad day as musical legend Lou Reed passes away, but at least no one can ever say that he didn’t take a walk on that wild side and live life to its full potential. RIP, Mr. Lou Reed.
By Melissa McDonald