Music fans are mourning the loss of a legend today: Lou Reed died at age 71. Known for both his solo career and the music he created with The Velvet Underground, Reed’s influence extends past the industry he shook up and into the lives of everyone who has since donned a pair of headphones and hit play.
I’ll never forget the time I heard “Sweet Jane.” I was having one of those moments where you feel like you’re in a movie. A bunch of friends and I were driving in a car to Santa Barbara with the windows down and feet were pressing toes into the dashboard and someone in the backseat was asleep with their mouth open. This song came on and I did that stupid thing where you stick your hand outside to make waves on the wind, and when I caught my own reflection in the rear view mirror I should have looked away but instead, I smiled. Life is too good when this song is playing.
In his honor — and because it can’t ever get old — let’s hear it for “Sweet Jane.”
Now it’s your turn — what’s your favorite Lou Reed song?