Friday, November 29, 2013

Lou Reed: music with Marian, for Toads

Lou Reed, 1942-2013
appearing in Málaga, Spain, 2008
Wikipedia photo

in Israel
there lives a velvet spider
whose unkempt webs
are spun of
wooly silk.
spider, this one
is named loureedia
          Kay Davies, Nov. 29, 2013

Lou Reed's music spanned six generations and was influential in more ways than I or Wikipedia can count. His late-1960s group The Velvet Underground is considered one of the most influential in the history of rock music despite its lack of commercial success.
A species of velvet spider that lives underground in Israel was named Loureedia in 2012.

Still performing in 2011 and 2012, Lou Reed died of liver disease in October, 2013, at the age of 71. At the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, my friend Marian has invited Toads and other contributors to write about Reed, his music, his city (New York), or anything else we can think of in connection with the man, his work, or his life.


Anonymous said...

this is cool, Kay - a spider for Lou. ~

Anonymous said...

Isn't that so crazy? The spider I mean. Very clever poem--thanks for telling us about it. K.

Lolamouse said...

I thought you were kidding about the spider until I read your notes! Wonder what Lou Reed thought of having a spider named after him?

Hannah said...

Perfect likening, Kay...the underlying velvet webbing of the net of music Lou created spanning over such a great time period...amazing and I really enjoyed your poem.

Susan said...

Well! Don't that beat all? Velvet. Underground. Wild.

Sam Edge said...

Wow Kay this is great and interesting about the spider

Kerry O'Connor said...

Clever play on words here, kay.