Say It's Your Birthday: Lou Reed

Performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert last year.

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

Weill.