Thursday, October 16, 2008

Vega on Tom's Diner

“Tom's Diner” coverImage via WikipediaJust an outstanding essay by Suzanne Vega on the origin of her song Tom's Diner. Not only do you hear about her inspiration for the song, how it was remixed without her evening knowing about it and how she is the "mother of the MP3," but you get great little tidbits like this.

I noticed right away, at my shows, that whenever I opened my mouth and sang, “I am sitting, in the morning…”, people would stop drinking and talking, and immediately whirl around and stare at the stage. So I used it as an opening song. I can’t think of a single time that this didn’t work. Even at the Prince’s Trust concert in 1986, in front of 10,000 people, I went onstage as the opening act and began the entire concert with that song — and it worked!

Susan Vega - Tom's Diner (Acoustic)

Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner (Remix)

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