Suzanne Vega – 8 Reasons To Care

Suzanne Vega

Words: Ralph Mexico

Suzanne Vega brings her sweet voice, her willowy guitar and her waif-like frame to Cork Opera House on Friday, February 21st. Here’s a clutch of reasons to bound along to that venerable venue for an evening with this high priestess of pop.

-‘Marlene On The Wall’ is the greatest song of the 1980s according to the finest singer-songwriter of them all (Joni Mitchell);

-Suzanne teamed up with Joe ‘Steppin’ Out’ Jackson on ‘Left Of Centre’ which features on the soundtrack of the finest teen movie of them all (Pretty In Pink);

-Ms. Vega’s metallic ‘Blood Makes Noise’ is the closing number of a particularly stunning episode of the finest TV cop show of them all (Homicide: Life On The Street) (agreed – Ed.);

-Her biggest hit, ‘Luka’, got a grungey makeover by the finest slacker band of them all (The Lemonheads);

-Her other huge hit, ‘Tom’s Diner’, is written about the restaurant in the finest sitcom of them all (Seinfeld);

-Suzanne is a vocal campaigner for the finest human rights organisation of them all (Amnesty International);

-She has co-written a play about the finest Southern Gothic author of them all (Carson McCullers);

-Ms. Vega has penned lyrics for a couple of songs by the finest minimalist composer of them all (Philip Glass);

-Suzanne collaborated with The Smithereens on the finest heartbroken ballad of them all (‘In A Lonely Place’).

There you go. And “Go” is what you should do on February 21st. Suzanne Vega. Cork Opera House. Unmissable.

Here’s some other homework for you in advance of the show, from Suzanne’s excellent New York Times blog.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/23/toms-essay/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/18/surviving-the-hits/

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