Watch John Cale’s Tribute to Lou Reed
Today (Oct. 27) marks the one year anniversary of the death of famed influential indie rocker, Lou Reed -- and to commemorate one of music's greatest songwriters, John Cale released a tribute music video for the re-recording of his song 'If You Were Still Around.' You can watch the strange, yet touching, video above.
In the video, Cale stands amongst hanging art and imagery, while grieving and singing in anguish. The photos suspended throughout the room also feature Andy Warhol, Sterling Morrison (guitarist of Velvet Underground), Nico and Edie Sedgwick -- whom Cale is also paying tribute to.
The video's release was accompanied by a statement and the simple caption, "Thinking of Lou." In the announcement, Cale wrote a short allegory in celebration of Reed:
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.
The synth-heavy song itself was originally co-written by Sam Shepard and featured Cale singing and on church organ, released for his 1982 record 'Music for a New Society'.