A quick thought on Lou Reed

You do this because you like it, you think what you’re making is beautiful. And if you think it’s beautiful, maybe they think it’s beautiful.

I’ve never given Lou Reed’s catalog more than a cursory listen. (This is a requirement for “people who care about music,” or so it would seem.) I also don’t have anything particularly novel to say about his death. But this quote from his New York Times obituary struck me as poignant, an eloquent summation of why creative people do what they do. It’s originally from a review Reed wrote of Kanye West’s Yeezus, where at age 71 he demonstrates a better understanding of West’s music than 99 percent of people my age on the Internet.