One year ago today, Lou Reed passed away at the age of 71. To commemorate his vast legacy, and their own rich personal history, Reed’s former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale has shared a reworked version of his 1982 Music for a New Society single “If You Were Still Around”. The profoundly touching tribute is accompanied by an equally stirring video.
Directed by Abigail Portner (of Drawlings and Rings), the clip features colorful background images of Cale’s time with Reed and the Velvet Underground mixed with Cale’s own passionate performance. It’s artfully done, with heart and a touch of edge, and thus a rather fitting tribute to one of New York City’s most essential musicians.
Cale has also released a heartfelt statement about Reed, writing:
A Moth and a Candle met. They decided to become friends. Everyone enjoyed watching their discourse – especially the risk takers. Then one day a big rain came. The Moth couldn’t fly and the Candle puttered out. Everyone laughed in bitter awe and blamed the rain. Most however knew the deeper truth – the Candle remains lit and the Moth will stay close.
Watch it below.