Mike Visceglia on bass and Doug Yowell on drums rounded out her band. I'll be looking forward to that live CD from Concert Live.
She talks about Leonard Cohen interviewing her, as well. There is supposed to be a part 2, so I'll watch for that. She also reads a poem from the book.
That story shows that Suzanne is a true performer "the show must go on". That takes some guts to stand up there and possibly be a target. She leads from the front. I thought the part at the end, about the curfew being for the cows was really funny, too.
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This interview is on something called "Podmass", and can be found here
I don't know how many of you follow Suzanne on Twitter of Facebook, so I'll repeat her latest news. Yesterday she wrote a short sentence:
Working on new songs tonight... Suzanne Vega
To which I replied (on Twitter):
@suvyv that's always good news. Are these new recordings for Vol.4 or completely new songs?
and received this response:
@ymishory New! Brand new.
So Suzanne promised an album of new material in 2012, and she is true to her word. Any guesses on timeline or content?
I wish I could help you, but I can't.]]>
So is it just the download? Is there anyone I can contact about it? I dont want to get the download as well!! Both tracks should really be available on itunes.]]>
I'm 100% convinced that they are worth EVERY dime. I just find it abusive that those bonus tracks cannot be bought individually - especially for those of us who are dedicated enough to have preordered the album. You could get the bonus tracks individually on iTunes Canada for volumes 1 & 2 - why isn't it the case here ?]]>
I know it sucks to pay twice for the same product, but Language is totally worth the extra cost when you buy the digital version. Seriously. Would you like me to upload it so you can have a listen?
Penitent is very good, and the basic nature of this arrangement gives the poetry of the lyrics full exposure. The "complaint" and uncertainty of the narrator are more fully expressed without the distraction of the previous production. The strings work here, like they did on Q&tS on Vol 2, to help set the mood. However, I don't like the strings as well on Solitude Standing, which I think would have been best as a solo. She was playing it this way last year, like on this YouTube video.
Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful performance either way.
I really like Last Years Troubles, which also benefited from removing the pop song trappings and allowing the story, that human nature doesn't change and there is always evil in the world, come through. I've always loved the evocative lyrics of this song.
50-50 Chance works much better than I would have expected, absent the dominating string arrangement of Phillip Glass on the original version. It's very emotional, and perhaps leaving more to the imagination here intensifies that. The strings seem more muted, and Suzanne's voice more upfront. She draws you into it more this way.
My Favorite Plum is really great. I've been aware that this was a really good song, with marvelous lyrics, but I don't seem to listen to NOoD much, for some reason. I love it. It's done perfectly, with the right touch of minimalism. Her voice is very alluring, too. I love the "make it faaallll", the way she draws it out.
Solitaire is different, and well done, with a nice guitar arrangement. It seems more “obsessive” than the album version, and more like some of the live versions she has played in the past.
Tombstone is the best yet, just the right mixture of electric and acoustic and percussion. I'm not real fond of the album version, and the rock and roll nature of the live versions seems a little extreme at times. But it is, after all, her "most cheerful song".
Heroes is also a nice balance between the full-blown rock & roll of the original and the more emotional live versions she has done in the past. I've always been amazed at how fast she can sing this song, too. It has come to be a real favorite of mine.
Way to go, Suzanne!
As for the album itself, I am really enjoying it. The highlights, for me, are "My Favorite Plum" and "Tombstone". Maybe it's because I didn't expect to like them so much (I'm not a big fan of Nine Objects of Desire), but they really work much better here. "50-50 Chance" does miss a bit of the original's urgency, yet it got stuck in my head for the entire day. What a haunting song ! Great versions of "Pornographer's Dream", "Undertow", "Solitude Standing", "Cracking" and "When Heroes Go Down" as well. All in all, the album was well worth the wait.
Can't wait for volume 4 !!!]]>
Suzanne has written some other works that tie into some of these ideas in her book "The Passionate Eye" that I'd love to talk more about, but even here would not be the right place. Just to share them for your consideration will suffice...
cold blue steel
childhood was the forge
in which this character
was hammered out,
a place of unbearable heat,
either molten and raw,
or cold, blue steel,
to be hammered on
until you give way.
He said "We are making
the perfect sword
and for this we need
the perfect furnace.
We work at night
to watch the flame
temper the steel."
At first I thought
I wanted the sword.
Then I saw
I was the sword.