The Velvet Underground & Nico: I’ll Be Your Mirror

Our brief look at the iconic artist's musical legacy

In lieu of a musical guilty pleasure this week, we looked to the other aspect of our two-fold PrivateJam series; a deeply personal tune. One of music’s most revered critics, the New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones, penned a deeply heartfelt postscript about Lou Reed, which began with how Reed inspired him to propose to his wife. He explains, “I handed over a small mirror with a handwritten note, which said only, ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror.’” The song, featuring Warhol superstar Nico, shows the band’s softer side and their incredible effect on the world beyond the realms of music. And as SFJ notes, Reed told the NY Times in 1998 that out of hundreds of songs, “Mirror” was his favorite tune too.