White Light / White Heat : A Lou Reed & David Bowie Tribute

(poster design by Kevin Beal)

(poster design by Kevin Beal)

Come celebrate the life of Lou Reed (also: his birthday is Sunday, Mar.2) and the music of David Bowie on Saturday, March 1 4pm at The Company House. $5 cover. Local musician Nathan Pilon will play a Bowie solo set and I’ll perform some Lou Reed tunes covering his Velvet Underground/solo material. Shake off those winter blues with a nice matinee of tunes. (PS there is also a Facebook event). Pass it on.

PPS Forgot to mention, I posted a few Lou Reed/VU tunes over on the Soundcloud page

 

Goodbye Lou Reed

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Last week I was sad to hear about the passing of Lou Reed. I heard reports that he was not well but, still, surprised me. Everyone has a starting point for an artist. Most people know the song ‘Walk On The Wild Side‘. I guess for me the New York album was my first introduction to this discography. Top to bottom, every song grabbed me. Next was Songs For Drella, then Magic & Loss. The words of a poet, telling stories of New York City, sexuality, drug use and more. Stories from another world. Then you go back to the earlier albums: Transformer, Berlin, Coney Island Baby, The Blue Mask. Even albums that get panned have a few great tunes (i.e. ‘Kill Your Sons‘). Then going back to his first band, The Velvet Underground. Launched a thousand bands. Punk, experimental, glam, new wave musical styles. Lou taught me you don’t have to use a lot of chords. Keep it simple. I can hear his influence on my songwriting. Little turn of a phrase. Its weird for me to hear an influence.

I mentioned this on my social media feeds but years ago I released an EP entitled ‘Hello, It’s Me’. It was named after the Lou Reed/John Cale song from Songs For Drella.

 

Thanks Lou.

 

Songs from ‘Hello, It’s Me’

In 1998, I performed under my own name. I made a 6-song EP entitled ‘Hello, It’s Me’ (The name comes from a Lou Reed/John Cale tune from their album ‘Songs For Drella’). I still perform ‘Time And Tide’ at every show and ‘Camelot’ at some acoustic sessions. You can listen to the songs. You can download the songs. For free. If you are inclined, and if you actually like to pay for music. I have added a ‘Donation’ button on the main page and you can throw a few coins in the coffers.

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