We were at the Salsa dance lesson, Princess and I, and the instructor had just told the group to take five.
My love and I went back to our table when I felt my iPhone beep and buzz in my pocket.
I smiled at Princess and looked at the display thinking it was a message from Little A.
Or Big A. for that matter, unfortunately our relation is not going very well so any sign of life is welcome.
Lou Reed died aged 71 it read on the display.
For a moment I felt tears burn in my eyes. I gave Princess a hug and felt so sad. Stupid of course, I never met him, never saw him perform but his music was important to me.
So thank you Lou Reed, for the music and the lyrics and I know you made a difference for lots of people.
Personally I did not appreciate the hard rock ‘n roll but one can not discuss taste. I loved your ballads and love songs.
Some of my personal favourites are Songs For Drella, Coney Island Baby, The Bells and Berlin.
I was in a record store and one of my friends, a few years older, directed my attention to LP Coney Island Baby. He told me the title song was sheer beauty, something to fuck on, slow and intense. I looked at him and his words struck a chord but at that time in my life I could not relate to what he was telling me.
Boy, I was 16, hadn’t a girlfriend and I wouldn’t see nor touch naked titties for years to come.
I still have the record, the friend a long forgotten memory though but I guess that is how things go in life.
I bought the record though and yes, Coney Island Baby, what a record and what a song. Lou Reed a fascinating discovery.
So here it is.
Coney Island Baby.