Lou Reed may turn 54 today, but his new album Set The
Twilight Reeling is the work of a man a good 20 years younger. How does
Louis do it? Could be that he's a happy guy at the moment, whatever happy means
in the parallel universe inhabited by Lou Reed? He and the Velvet Underground
were voted and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January, which
is good for the ego. It means the body of work the Velvets created--chronicled
on the magnificent CD set, Peel Slowly And See--has attained the
permanence it's proponents always claimed for it, and that's good for the art.
Plus 26 years after the Velvet Underground fell apart, Lou gets to be vital
enough to make the music on Set The Twilight Reeling, and cool enough to
be the young man Laurie Anderson calls honey. Who wouldn't be happy with that?
Other birthdays today are Jon Bon Jovi, Eddie Money, Dale Bozzio of Missing
Persons, Jay Osmond, and dead people Karen Carpenter, Rory Gallagher, and Kurt