It’s been a couple of weeks since I learned of Lou Reed’s death, the day after he died, as I returned to Paris after retreat in Portugal. And only now did I finally find what his wife, the great Laurie Anderson, had to say about his death, about him, about them. Here’s a beautiful excerpt:
« As meditators, we had prepared for this – how to move the energy up from the belly and into the heart and out through the head. I have never seen an expression as full of wonder as Lou’s as he died. His hands were doing the water-flowing 21-form of tai chi. His eyes were wide open. I was holding in my arms the person I loved the most in the world, and talking to him as he died. His heart stopped. He wasn’t afraid. I had gotten to walk with him to the end of the world. Life – so beautiful, painful and dazzling – does not get better than that. And death? I believe that the purpose of death is the release of love. »
What a marvelous teaching.
You can read the whole thing here.
Thank you Amy,
So happy to be able to read this beautiful inspiring words about these two persons two references of art poetry and life.
Thank you very much for your comment, my dear Corinne.
So happy to share these touching, inspiring, profound words with you.
thank you Amy to have posted this text!
I read the whole article by Laurie Anderson – whom I admire alot, but didn’t know, she was Lou Reed’s companion for 21 years! Shame on me 🙂
Very touching, inspiring and profound words.
Send you my love
my father died in both my hands
death is beyond words and concepts
the heart of life itself
if we can learn somewhere, it is there
and it was, as Patti Smith noted, Sunday morning
it was such a perfect day