Recently posted on both DIME and HungerCity is a very, very rare audience recording of the 1979 Lou Reed show Suzanne has spoken of for many years as the first rock concert she ever attended -- and the show she credits with transforming her as a songwriter, and (directly or indirectly) influencing such songs a "Cracking" and "Luka".
Now you too can hear what Suzanne heard (albeit perhaps not in quite the same quality) on that September evening 33 years ago.]]>
Remarking on her first performance on January 2, 1976, she said, "I played for half an hour at the Pit coffeehouse on 86th Street and West End Avenue. It was a church basement, and some of my friends from school came down."
She continued, "I felt really nervous, and I sang really loudly because I was afraid no one would hear me." She stated that she tried to talk between songs, but was so nervous that she mostly giggled.
However, I've long wondered whether that date is actually correct…
While researching for the "Suzanne Vega Timeline" (no longer posted on the official site, but still available, albeit now seven years out of date, through the Internet Wayback Machine), I found no reference to any 1976 show, but there was an archived show announcement from the New York Times, listing a 7 PM "Folk Concert by Seth Dean and Suzanne Vega" at "The Pit Coffeehouse", 263 West 89th St in New York City — on 2 January 1977.
Is this simply a coincidence -- a return performance on the same date the following year, or an error in the official record?
Whether this show was Suzanne's first or the first anniversary of her first, she faced stiff competition that evening, as many of her potential fans may have had to rush out early to catch Barry Manilow at 51st & Broadway an hour later.]]>
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There's just a point about the new song.
To be honest, I have a perfect live recording of "Crack in the wall" -the new song- for months, and I have asked to myself if I'd post it or not. I don't know if Suzanne would appreciate to see her work circulating like that before it is released.
I really don't want to talk for her (maybe she doesn't mind, maybe not...), but I refused to myself to do it for that reason.
To tell you my life, I'm a musician too, and few years ago, I've had the bad surprise to find one of my album in free downloading on a Russian website 8 days before it was released. I was furious, not because of the loss of money or things like that (I don't care about those financial things in music...), but just because people who would download that wouldn't have the complete thing but just a bad mp3 folder...]]>
And to develop what you say (yes, I've done psychology studies when I was in University ), such a present is the mark of something like " I appreciate you", that drive us to the constant search of our lives: to be loved. And to be "loved" by someone you "love" is the final goal of the search.
More, to be "loved" by someone you "love" but who is not supposed to even know your name cause you're a part of a worldwide mountain of "lovers" is more exceptional...
Wow… reading your words really sent shivers down my spine! What can I say but "I'm so envious"?
There is an Israeli singer I really like called Aya Korem, who is a real sweetheart with her fans. A long time ago I asked her on Twitter, before one of her many shows I went to, what it would take for her to sing one of her old songs, which is a favorite of mine, but she didn't reply. I thought that was her way of declining my request, but lo and behold, halfway through the show she said something like "There's a nice guy named Yuval who asked for this next song" and she started singing the song (it's a folk tune called "Autobiography" and it tells the story of a young girl in the late 60's in California). She got a little mixed up with the lyrics, having not sung it in quite a lot of time, but I helped her out Someone was wise enough to capture the song on video:
This is of course nowhere near your experience, which I hope to have myself one of these days, but it's something.
By the way, I see Aya on stage a lot more than I see Suzanne, obviously, but going to shows when you're a hardcore fan never gets tiring, even if it's night after night. There's something about the magic of the music and its meaning to you, on top of the sensation of being in a crowd of fans and seeing the subject of your admiration right there on stage in front of you… Is there a psychology major in the crowd to explain this better?
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I'm glad the page you have set up is working fine! Nice pic of Suzanne and Brian where she asks about the chord
I will check my achives, and if there is a nice stage photo of Suzanne (that I took) I will forward it to your email for that purpose.
Have a nice day.
Thx for your comments. I'm pretty happy. The page is working well, 38 people in 1 week and a lot of interactivity between us, it's a little club ...
And for those who read this, thx for posting your documents, there are some really great!]]>
Looking forward to the further news of that new song
As I said, facebook is not my cup of tea, but good to see the stuff there. I wish I had as much time as most of you there/ here to read all…
No youtube links included here in this post, so there should not be math problems with the post
Have a nice coming week.
Best wishes, Zoli
just go to YouTube and type Nem A'rt – In the Echo, you should find it there. Is there any problem with the math system of the Message Boards … That is, it leaves out the end of the youtube link characters… Maybe it just does not like youtube links…
Best wishes to all,
I have uploaded a part of a Nem A'rt song, In the Echo on YouTube (written by me and my guitarist friend Laszlo Balazs) you can check it out here:
Best wishes, Zoli