Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thanks Lou Reed

A L O H A !
" A hero is 
someone who has given
 his or her life 
to something 
bigger than oneself. "

Joseph Campbell 

"A hero is 
an ordinary individual 
who finds the strength 
to persevere 
and endure 
in spite of 
overwhelming obstacles."

Christopher Reeve 

"Show me a hero 
and I'll write you 
a tragedy."

F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Lou Reed HS Yearbook
By English: Freeport High School. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

"My God is 


 It’s an obscure power

 that can change your life. 

The most important part 

of my religion 

is to play guitar."

Lou Reed

" The Velvet Underground's first album
 only sold 30,000 copies 
during its first five years
 but everyone 
who bought one of those 
30,000 copies 
started a band.” 

attributed to Brian Eno from a 1982 interview


Lou was not a loveable "Mop Top"
 playing pop.
He wandered the
 Dirty Boulevard,
talked to the prostitutes,
 drug users,
artists and poets
 he found there.

For lots of us
he let us know
that we were not


in a scrubbed,
conformist world.

Thanks Lou.

Others today are expressing
why your poetry is important
and the massive effect
you had on the culture
of our times.

I will just say:
"Thanks, Man."

LOU REED, 1942-2013
Outsider Whose Dark, Lyrical Vision Helped Shape Rock ’n’ Roll  (New York Times)   

ALOHA, Friends!


Anonymous said...

Nice tribute.
(And nice morning bird in your Paradise.)

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A fine tribute to a musical genius, Lou Reed! And wonderful thoughts on heroes and heroism.

Love that Bird of Paradise plant!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

What a wonderful tribute Cloudia..

Akelamalu said...

Yeah thanks Lou, R.I.P.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Thanks Lou Reed !

Brian Miller said...

def a sad loss...i like his goal of wanting to write the great american novel in an album....

aloha from va

Charles Gramlich said...

Being as how I tend not to listen to anything played at low volumes I'm not very familiar with his work. I like a song they did called "heroin" but otherwise I don't really know anything besides "walk on the wild side," which I really truly dislike.

Joop Zand said...

Nice tribute....... Lou Reed has made so much nice songs.

Elephant's Child said...

Great tribute, to a wonderful person.

ayala said...

A fine tribute.

Karen S. said...

I think Lou is smiling down right now at such a rich tribute! Even your bird of paradise is singing merrily along!

Cloudia said...

Thanks gang! :-)

LOLfromPasa said...

Very touching tribute.

Hilary said...

A fine tribute, Cloudia. Another legend lost but not forgotten.

Adam said...

nice quotes

sage said...

Your photos of the paradise stand in contrast to the world Lou Reed sang about--he led the way... Wonder if Tom Waits inspiration came from him?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Very fitting, Cloudia.

Here's a friend's tribute with a few more youtubers.

Cloudia said...

Thanks friends!

Pallavi said...

Nice quotes and even more wonderful tributes dear Cloudia. Enjoy reading your posts immensely :) Thanks for sharing.

Small Kucing said...

Well done. Nice tribute :)

rupam sarma said...

Great tribute...