Lou Reed: Perfect Day (sung by Helga Davis)

Written by Courtenay Casey

Director of Artistic Planning, National Sawdust

September 26, 2016

I first heard Helga at Philip Glass/Robert Wilson’s Einstein on The Beach during BAM’s Next Wave Festival in 2012. I didn’t know her personally and was incredibly fortunate to meet her a few months later. Helga is a beacon and this song captures her incredible artistry and vocal intensity.  I am very excited that Helga is a National Sawdust Artist in Residency this year and will perform in our opening night on October 1st.

The original song, sung and composed by the late great Lou Reed, was on my “mix tape” (remember those—the ones on cassettes!) when I was studying abroad in Rome and when one could have a Perfect Day. With this version it’s as if past and present combine into a perfect…

Helga Davis sings Lou Reed’s Perfect Day

Courtenay Casey

Courtenay Casey is the Director of Artistic Planning at National Sawdust, a brand new artist-led venue that hosts over 300 concerts a year, in addition to producing and commissioning works with artists from around the world. Courtenay received degrees in Vocal Performance from University of Michigan and New England Conservatory. She has worked in the arts administration field in NYC since 2005. Courtenay is particularly passionate about finding ways for art song and opera to resonate in today’s arts ecology and is thrilled that NYFOS Next is a performing at National Sawdust this season.

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