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Suzanne Vega

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New York has often been a theme and muse for singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega. "Luka" was inspired by a child she saw on a street in the Chelsea neighborhood; "Tom’s Diner" was about an Upper West Side restaurant and her last album, "Beauty & Crime," was a collection of tunes of how the city changed by tragedies. She joins us to play live songs with a new theme, love, the subject of her new album.


Suzanne Vega

Comments [21]

Catherine Vitale from Englewood, NJ

Having listened to this song literally thousands of times, live (and in all forms), you never fail to deliver a different take, Suzanne. I think this will be a very special CD, indeed.

Counting the days to seeing you on the road!


Jan. 31 2010 01:51 PM
Kathy from Long Island

Suzanne Vega at Landmark on Main Street Street in Port Washington was amazing. Her voice is still pure.
But I also love Vampire Weekend and wish they would play on Long Island, preferably at LOMS.

Jan. 27 2010 02:26 PM
Marla from Westchester, NY

Oh yeah, one more thing...caught the end of the radio show as I was pulling into my driveway after driving my son home from hockey. I sat outside in the driveway, closing my eyes, singing along to "Small Blue Thing" and wishing that it wouldn't end.

Jan. 26 2010 11:33 PM
Marla from Westchester, NY

Saw her at Radio City in late 80's with a guy I didn't know well who didn't really know her music. He said her body movements reminded him of me and that the calmness of her voice reminded him of the way I speak...I was so flattered!
Now I go to a hairdresser who named her son Luca, and she has never even heard the song! She's about 30 :( !

Jan. 26 2010 11:30 PM
Marla from Westchester, NY

Used to listen to her in college and early days living in NY. Hearing her poetic music again made me close my eyes and soak in the quality of her lyrics. I was transported to a time when I could escape inside music and feel her poetry without thinking about anything going on around me. Such a brilliant talented woman!

Jan. 26 2010 11:25 PM
gigio from Italy

Thank for the gig, hope see you soon in my country

Jan. 26 2010 07:49 PM
Ann from Port Washington, NY

I was fortunate enough to see Suzanne Vega's excellent performance on 1/16 at Landmark on Main Street, in Port Washington, NY. My review of the show is posted here -

Jan. 26 2010 03:22 PM
Marina from Italy

I tuned in from Italy! I love you Suzanne, your music made my life even more special :)
Thanks and see you soon on the road!

Marina from Italy

Jan. 26 2010 03:04 PM
Dinky from Houston

So happy to hear Ms Vega perform today. Thanks!

Jan. 26 2010 02:59 PM
gowanna from gowanus

this is one of the more invigorating guests you've had on the show in a long time. I saw SV preform live, she looked at me - which blew my mind at the time:)

Jan. 26 2010 02:59 PM
darkviolin from Port Washington

Gladly saw her perform in Port Washington last week Echoing the lyrics of "Gypsy," Ms. Vega demonstrates that she is a quite capable "arranger of disorder" herself. And her guitarist, Gerry Leonard also featured here, was a tasteful stylist who could rock w/ her when called upon.

Jan. 26 2010 02:57 PM
Ted in Atlanta from Design dept.

agree with Shaffin (4) what a classy artist. Wow. But I do like V.W., although in moderation. In complete contrast, sorry that I missed the Bob "melodic monster" Mould interview but nice to hear another classic favorite today in Ms. Vega.

Jan. 26 2010 02:54 PM
Matt from Hell's Kitchen

Can you ask Suzanne about the role of the song Tom's Diner in development of the mp3 algorithm? Thanks!

Jan. 26 2010 02:50 PM
Yuval from Israel

Suzanne's new album is really a good approximation of how she sounds live... but I think recording the songs live in front of an audience would have been even better!

Jan. 26 2010 02:47 PM
Rich K from UC, NJ

Re: Jim DeRogatis's comment about Newark - didn't Suzanne grow up there?
And Suzanne - thank you for some marvelous music, from your debut to 99.9 F° and beyond.

Jan. 26 2010 02:43 PM
Wendy from Africa

Tuning in from Nairobi, Kenya to listen to Suzanne Vega! This is awesome! Thanks for making this possible WNYC!

Jan. 26 2010 02:40 PM
Lisa Gomberg from montclair, nj

Posted this above, but not sure it worked - the reverse snobbery of the anti critic in your smack down was KILLING ME. Will you please mention that Suzanne Vega is a Barnard grad?

Jan. 26 2010 02:40 PM
Shaffin from Lakeville, CT

Ok, enough on Vampire Weekend. You want authenticity? Here she is. Two words: Suzanne Vega. Many thanks, Suzanne, for musical enlightenment, decade after decade.

Jan. 26 2010 02:39 PM
Zeynep from Ankara / Turkey

Love you Suzanne!! :D

lots of love from Ankara/Turkey ;)

Jan. 26 2010 02:39 PM
holly Mendenhall from dumbo, brooklyn

Vampire Weekend isn't even deserving of your airtime. They are just a cheesy terrible band. It's not much more complicated than that. There, I just solved your smackdown. Next!

Jan. 26 2010 02:08 PM
Kris Marissens from planet earth

What a lovely (photograph/woman)

Jan. 26 2010 12:25 PM

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