Amazing singer-songwriter and all-around fabulous lady Patti Smith, wrote a lovely piece for The New Yorker honoring Lou Reed.

Recalling their mutual love for poetry, as well as her appreciation for the late musical legend, Smith addresses both the enigmatic and beautiful qualities of Reed in her essay.

She writes, “I didn’t understand his erratic behavior or the intensity of his moods, which shifted, like his speech patterns, from speedy to laconic. But I understood his devotion to poetry and the transporting quality of his performances. He had black eyes, black T-shirt, pale skin. He was curious, sometimes suspicious, a voracious reader, and a sonic explorer. An obscure guitar pedal was for him another kind of poem.”

Though it is simple, Smith’s essay explores Reed in a wonderfully sensitive way, only further confirming the immense impact he had on both the musical and greater world.  

Read the full essay here.

Thanks to The New Yorker

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