Lou Reed, Requiescat In Pace

I just heard the news that Lou Reed passed away. Rolling Stone has an obituary up, as does every other wire service on the planet.

If he was anything like me, he was probably a big time sinner. So I said a prayer for his soul, and the souls of everyone else who have passed on to eternity with him today.

“In May 2000, Reed performed before Pope John Paul II at the Great Jubilee Concert in Rome.” As I wasn’t a Catholic at the time, I missed learning about that appearance. The NY Post had more to say on this,

Howard Rubenstein, the U.S. spokesman for the Vatican Organizing Committee, which is staging the show at Rome University, said the church is looking past Reed’s notorious days of debauchery.

“In the church, there is a spirit of forgiveness,” Rubenstein said.

“He’s repented and he’s living a very decent life now.”

Here’s a little tune he did with The Velvet Underground a long time ago. You probably never heard it on the radio.

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Here’s another poem, set to music. Yes, that’s Andy Warhol, the Catholic.

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My neighbor Simcha Fisher has thoughts and a few more selections. The Anchoress shares U2 covering Reed’s Satellite of Love, and a video duet with the songwriter.

May Jesus help us all to find our proper place. Amen.

  • Agnes Ramone

    I Pray for Lou!

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Rest in peace. I like several of his songs, even ones that certainly encourage sin. While certainly there should be forgiveness, but, of all the hundreds if not thousands of people the Vatican could have invited, it baffles me why they would invite Reed. But the Holy Spirit moves in mysterious ways and God certainly has a sense of humor. ;)

    • http://www.exclusivechurch.com/ Lorenzo Fernandez-Vicente

      Why think that he encourages sin rather than sing about its attraction?

      • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

        Singing about the attraction is in itself encouraging it. Nonetheless, the lyric “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side” is an catagorically clear encouragement.

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/yimcatholic/ Frank Weathers

          “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” –G. K. Chesterton