Songs I Wish Everyone Knew: “Sunday Morning” by The Velvet Underground …A Tribute To Lou Reed

Today, October 27, the music world lost another incomparable legend, Lou Reed. He was 71. Not only was Reed a founding member and frontman of the iconic and legendary Velvet Underground, but he sustained a noteworthy solo career that left critics and fans in both shock and awe on numerous occasions. Not only is the band already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Lou Reed as a solo act has appeared on the ballot and is sure to see his way into the Hall sooner than later. I’m not sure that there are many musicians out there as praised and honored as Lou to the point where his passing simply reiterates his contributions and legacy, as opposed to solidifying his importance; he was already at that point. I felt that the best way to pay tribute to the man was by singling out my favorite V.U. track, “Sunday Morning.” In the context of his death (today is a Sunday,) the song takes on an entirely new, poignant meaning that couldn’t be more fitting for the occasion. In contrast to their gritty, heavier tracks like “Sweet Jane” or “White Light/White Head,” “Sunday Morning” embodies a tranquil beauty that’s built around a simple melody that borders on a lullaby. Reed keeps his voice touchingly soft, yet he still manages to sneak in his trademark deadpan delivery; the juxtaposition is breathtaking. Despite being one of their more well-known pieces and acting as the opening track to their epic and legendary The Velvet Underground & Nico album, I felt that I still wanted to give everyone the opportunity to experience this amazing piece of music as a tribute to one of the most important musicians of the last 50 years, Lou Reed. May he rest in peace.




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