Vatican Culture Minister Tweets Lou Reed Tribute, Downplays The Whole Heroin Thing
This tribute to Lou Reed is several kinds of sweet:
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican’s 71-year-old culture minister, paid his own tribute on Monday to the late rocker Lou Reed, tweeting one of his best-known songs before clarifying he was not condoning any reference to drugs some have seen in the song.
Ravasi, an Italian who is the same age as Reed was when he died on Sunday, tweeted the third verse from Reed’s song “Perfect Day”.
“Oh, it’s such a perfect day/I’m glad I spent it with you/Oh, such a perfect day/You just keep me hanging on”.
The song can be read as a love song, although what with it being a Lou Reed song, the “you” could just as well be heroin as a friend or lover. Or maybe it’s just a nice song about going to the zoo and feeding the animals. As Darach McGarrigle put it a few years back,
We can’t say with complete certainty that “Perfect Day” is about heroin use, but Lou Reed only really wrote two types of songs: songs about heroin and songs about transvestites. And it’s not about a transvestite.
On the other hand, if you choose to read it without all that stuff, “Perfect Day” is also a beautiful romance song. About someone deeply in love.
(In love with heroin.)
Anyway, Ravasi later clarified that he did not mean to condone drug use, and he
tweeted a Bible passage that warns against “illusions” and noted that Reed quoted from the passage when he spoke in the song about reaping what one sows.
And just how awesome is it that this guy is the Vatican’s Culture Minister?
Ravasi is a Bible expert who represents the Roman Catholic Church to the worlds of art, culture, science and even to atheists and says he is a firm believer in the power of contemporary culture.
Wonder if he’s heard that awesome little song the Beatles did about a little girl’s colorful drawing? It’s called “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”