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Tonight I read music critic Jon Pareles’ report in today’s print edition of the New York Times about the celebration/memorial of Lou Reed’s life on Monday at the Apollo in Manhattan.

The evening featured samples of many genres of Mr. Reed’s work, testimonies from friends, experiences of tai chi, reminders of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, and appreciations for how ruin can become glory.

Religion, love, outsider ethics, bodily askesis. These are essential elements of rock and roll. It is fitting that they show up at a service dedicated to taking the measure of a rock artist’s life. You cannot unmake the spiritual dare that rock and roll has always promised to afford. It is a dare to which Mr. Reed continually consented. It is almost too much to read that Mr. Reed’s spouse, the artist Laurie Anderson, shared that Mr. Reed’s final words were: “Take me out into the light!”

Here is rough video of Ms. Anderson talking about Mr. Reed on Monday night:

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Tommy Beaudoin, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

Lou Reed, “a prince and a fighter”

Posted in: General by David Nantais on November 1, 2013

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Many readers know that Lou Reed passed away last Sunday.  Lou and his wife, accomplished musician Laurie Anderson, lived on Long Island for the past few years.  After Lou’s death, Laurie published an obituary in their local paper, The East Hampton Star.  It is a gentle and beautiful encomium.

To our neighbors:

What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us.

Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we’re city people this is our spiritual home.

Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!

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.

Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.

— Laurie Anderson
his loving wife and eternal friend


Dave Nantais, Detroit, MI



Occupy Wall Street has been “homeless” ever since we were evicted from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan a few weeks ago, and many other Occupy sites have experienced the same fate. So while many of the original 1000+ global occupations remain in their original space, #OWS and others have become momentarily virtual, relying on social networking — Facebook, Twitter, email, texts — to rally Occupiers to regular rallies, marches, demonstrations, celebrations, and other events.

In the midst of this (hopefully temporary) “homelessness,” I find myself noticing again and again how music is associated with spiritually-identified activities at Occupy. That association is often indirect. Occupy has no hymnal other than viral media songs made for the movement, the music played at Occupations, and musicians who support the movement and, by implication, whose music can become a wellspring for those to have ears to hear it as “occupied.”

Songs made for the movement include Global Block Movement’s “Occupation Freedom”…


And Miley Cyrus let her song “Liberty Walk” get remixed and re-video’d in support of #OWS:


The music played at Occupations is usually by local musicians who play songs crafted for that moment, or invented in that moment, that are not meant for going media-viral, so are heard and then dissipate.