Lou Reed: the Death of a Poet, Musician, and a Friend.
By: Al Orensanz, Director of the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts
New York, November 5, 2013.
“What a beautiful fall! Everything is shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water is surrounding us.
Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in upstate New York for 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’s 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.”
Lou Reed came often to our building in Lower Manhattan for concerts and literary presentations. We conversed frequently: he was an admirer of the art of Angel Orensanz, and we were devoted admirers of his talent and his charm.
Lou Reed, enjoy your eternal rest. Remember us; we will always be here.