Lou ReedLou Reed passed away on Sunday.
When I was younger, I always said people "died". Now that I'm older, I always say "passed away". I don't know why.
I'm not qualified to discuss Lou Reed's discography or his place in musical history (although I hope that Chris will weigh in on this at some point), because I didn't listen to enough of his music.
I will tell you, though, that the first time I listened to his album "New York", I felt like fifty tons of TNT was coming out of my speakers. That album didn't play as much as it detonated. It was rumbling and angry and raw, but unlike most anger, it was beautiful and poignant as well.