June 5, Birthday of Laurie Anderson (b. 1947)

Reblog: Laurie Anderson (by Kurt Nemes)

Laurie Anderson and her dog Lolabele.
(© Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times no infringement intended.)

Something different from a blogger I follow. Kurt Nemes, a man far more knowledgeable about music than I, and someone I learn from regularly, today focused on Laurie Anderson.

Laurie and her husband, Lou Reed, were never my cup of tea. This is worth reading, though, especially the lovely tribute to Kurt’s parents.

The music is worth exploring, too. I added a comment with links to two songs I like which weren’t in the original post. Happy listening.

Kurt Nemes' Classical Music Almanac

When I heard “O Superman” in 1982, I became an instant fan. “Big Science” was like nothing I had ever heard–witty spoken word pieces that commented on absurdism in the US set to haunting and sometimes minimalist inspired music. Next came “Mr. Heartbreak,” which still mesmerizes me. But I stopped there, though I knew she continued to write, tour and perform. When I heard that she had married Lou around 2008, I went, “What?” I thought he was gay. After that, I rarely listened to her.

Then in October of 2013, Lou Reed died, and I thought about her. Having lost both my parents since 2008, when people fall in love and marry and then one dies, it really makes me sad. My father was married to my mom for 67 years and took care of her until she became obstreperous at the age of 92. Even after that, he…

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