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Lou Reed, I miss you already

In Malavenda, Music, Pablo Malavenda, Pop Culture on October 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Lewis Allan “Lou” Reed

March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013

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“There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out”

– Lou Reed

Velvet Underground was one of the first bands that truly BLEW MY MIND. After a short time, the vinyl disc was noticeably worn —  and I had to listen with my headphones on or very, very loudly.

Early Lou Reed scared me — in a very good way. So real — so very real — that I was not really sure if it was safe — but I liked it — a lot. Lou was singing about sex, drugs, race, religion, bisexuality, inter-racial relationships, politics, and the dark parts of our minds. He gave us permission to be unique and be proud to be freaks. Lou Reed accepted everyone but the haters. He respected us all for just being. He gave us permission to express ourselves, appreciate the incredible beauty of the world and to live for the moment. I was also starstruck that he was friends with and collaborated with Andy Warhol. To me, he epitomized New York City and made me love NYC even more than I already had.

I never heard music the same way again. Velvet Underground and Lou Reed’s music was urgent yet folksy; genuine rock music but with pop influences and melodies; stark and beautiful; fragile yet in-your-face confident. Lou was an authentic rock star, punk rocker, story teller, glam rocker, metal head, folk star, guitar god, rapper, crooner, misfit, troubadour, and pop star. I couldn’t believe that this music was making me feel so much.

I remained extremely loyal to Lou Reed through the years; and even really enjoyed some of his later works like New Sensations and Magic & Loss. I’ve bought albums just because they featured a guest appearance by Lou Reed — one highlight is “Some Kind of Nature” on the Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach album (2010). I have grown to appreciate Lou Reed, the poet — Lou Reed, the activist — the cantankerous Lou Reed — Lou Reed, the actor — Lou Reed, the supernatural artist/human being — Lou Reed, the legend, the hall of famer.

Lou Reed has had such a tremendous impact on me that I never thought about him not being here — being real — making us face our fears, face reality — making music — blowing our minds! Luckily we will always have the music — Velvet Underground & Nico, VU White Light/White Heat, New York, The Blue Mask, Transformer, Rock n Roll Animal, Peel Slowly and See…and more.

May you be at peace, Lou.

My thoughts and prayers to your partner, Laurie Anderson.

Man — I miss you so much already.

THANK YOU, Lou Reed!


PC Pop Social Media – Update and Company Launch

In Malavenda, marketing, social media on March 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm

PC Pop Social Media

PCPopSocialMediaLogoYou may be wondering why you haven’t seen a PC Pop blog post lately. Well…I haven’t had a chance to write for myself in awhile because — good news — I’ve been hired to write for four other companies/organizations.

Although I have been consulting and creating marketing campaign using Social Media for over eight years, I have formally launched a Social Media and Marketing business – PC Pop Social Media. PC Pop Social Media offers solutions to businesses wanting to use social media to engage their clients, shareholders, colleagues, stakeholders, and employees. My specialty is working with Nonprofit Agencies to market their services and programs while cultivating a relationship with their friends, supporters, donors and volunteers. I also work successfully with educational institutions, churches, government agencies, and small businesses.

In addition to my experience with social media, I have been developing successful branding and marketing strategies for over 25 years. As a teenager I was an apprentice to a graphic designer and printer — and have had a passion for promotional design ever since.

If you’re interested in checking out my recent writing, go to this Nonprofit’s blog…

I also produce all of this Nonprofit’s eNewsletters which may be found HERE.

My specialty is working with the agency or company to develop a comprehensive marketing strategy that is align with their strategic plan and incorporates both traditional and social media marketing. In addition to E-mail newsletters and blog posts, you may check out LUM’s Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and  Linked In accounts too. The links are as follows:


Thanks for your support from the beginning and let others know about my new company — PC Pop Social Media.