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Laurie Anderson’s tribute to her husband Lou Reed

Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed at 2010 Mermaid Parade (more by Chris La Putt)
Laurie Anderson

After the passing of the great Lou Reed, many people who were in his life — like David Bowie, David Byrne, and John Cale, to name a few — have written tributes to him. Now comes one from Laurie Anderson, the art pop musician who married Lou in 2008, and has performed with him multiple times, and she’s now published one via East Hampton Star:

To our neighbors:

What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us.

Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we’re city people this is our spiritual home.

Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!

Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.

Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.

— Laurie Anderson
his loving wife and eternal friend

Watch a video of Lou and Laurie performing “I’ll Be Your Mirror” together, below…

Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson – “I’ll Be Your Mirror” live in Paris in 2009

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