This week, I’ve decided to hijack Manic Mondays and do a post about one of my favorite artists. I figured I deserved it since I’ve been suffering from a serious case of I Miss Theo-Itis… (I promise I’ll stop talking about Theo soon).
Anyway, the joyous Ms. Pinky has given me the reins this week so I can talk about meeting Ms. Suzanne Vega. Now, I’m sure you know suzanne from her hits Luka and Tom’s Diner.
I love both of those songs, and my friend Vanessa and I actually get goofy and will do a dramatic reading of Luka on the spur of the moment… Think about it…
My name (dramatic pause) Is Luka…. I Live (Dramatic pause) on the second floor.
I live Upstairs… From YOU! YES!! YES!! You’ve seen ME before!
Yes, this is what passes for fun here in Mike The Fanboy world.
Anyway, both Tom’s Diner and Luka are still in heavy rotation on my I-pod. Little known fact… Monk’s Diner from Seinfeld is the “Tom’s Diner” Suzanne wrote about. I know crazy right? Next time I’m in New York, I’m going to have to pay a visit!!
So, back in the day, I saw that Suzanne was doing a talk show appearance promoting the release of Beauty and Crime. This was back in 2007 or so. I had my LP of Solitude Standing.
Now, if you haven’t listened to Nine Objects of Desire, you need to pick up a copy because it’s great. Caramel is an amazing song and you should give it a spin.
Anyway, my friend Vanessa and I waited and waited for Suzanne to come out. Finally, after baking in the hot sun for a while Suzanne came out. We waved her over and she was gracious enough to come over and chat with us for a bit. Suzanne said, “Vinyl! You’re not old enough to have vinyl!” She was actually right, I’m a cassette kid. LOL…
Suzanne signed my album and we actually talking about Tom’s Diner for a second and all the different remix’s they did of the song. She said she liked them and was thankful that they were all done.
Then Suzanne Vega was gracious enough to do a photo. It was a really nice moment that I was able to spend with her and I was really grateful.
It’s so interesting. I love meeting actors from film and all kinds of people but musicians are even more poignant for me simply because a song can be so reminiscent of a place and time in my life. So, meeting artists who wrote those songs, has an extra special meaning for me.
Until next time kids…
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