John Cale "If You Were Still Around" (video)
Published Oct 27, 2014With today (October 27) being the one year anniversary of the death of Lou Reed, former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale has marked the occasion with a tribute video updating his own solo track, "If You Were Still Around."
Markedly different than the minimalist cathedral organ arrangement that appeared on Cale's 1982 LP, Music for a New Society, this new take adds fuller rhythms, ticking guitar loops, echo chamber-birthed gospel backups and a steady jangle of tambourine.
Visually, Cale spends time in an exhibit room featuring a mix of nostalgic visuals of the Velvets back in the '60s, with the artist breaking down a couple of times as he sings his lines.
Cale added poetically of his relationship with Reed in a statement:
A Moth and a Candle met. They decided to become friends. Everyone enjoyed watching their discourse — especially the risk takers. Then one day a big rain came. The Moth couldn't fly and the Candle puttered out. Everyone laughed in bitter awe and blamed the rain. Most however knew the deeper truth — the Candle remains lit and the Moth will stay close.