Reblogged from rococo-girls-shrine
DEVASTATED, that Evgeni Plushenko pulled out of competition because he seriously injured himself.
If you don’t happen to know, this is what his backbone looks like currently. The fact that he got up on his feet, literally, after surgery, to skate in the Team competition and jumped quads (4 turns, basically, not many in the world can do them) is a testament of a truly remarkable, abnormally strong human character and what joy that he will still go home with at least one Gold medal.
There will never be a male figure skater as emotional, passionate, technically masterful as him.
And if this truly was his final performance, he will be remembered in history as the most artistic, talented, successful, magnetic and unforgettable figure skater to ever compete.
The most mesmerizing eyes.
(March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013)
Lou Reed was an avant-garde artist, never afraid to experiment. His music was not very complicated technically speaking. Musicianship is about expression as well as technical abilities and Lou with his band The Velvet Underground had expression in abundance. Even though he had his limitations, he always tested the limits. His musicianship was never a limitation on his ability to make great art. Not many artists can claim that.
Lou and The Velvet Underground embraced some of the atonal and noise aspects, visual and textual elements and brought music to a whole new level. The sheer honesty, depth and brilliance of Lou’s lyrics, the rawness, power, the unconventional beauty and a little bit twisted aesthetic of his music are mesmerizing, fascinating. A beauty that could never be duplicated. I have never heard such music before. So distorted, disarranged, full of raw emotions. Listening to The Velvet Underground is sometimes like learning to appreciate the beauty of deformity. Lou’s lyrics are sometimes simplistic, decadent, explicit, ironic, nihilistic and straight to the point, sometimes multi-layered, delicate and gentle. He was always true to himself. He said what he had in mind. He followed his own moral compass. He did what he wanted to.
Lou Reed was a very unique, legendary and revolutionary artist who shaped and changed music forever. A true genius.
The fact I had to write this in the past tense just breaks my heart. No words can describe how much he means to me.
~Requiescat In Pace~
You will live forever in our hearts.