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Suzanne Vega, Valeria Piccolo

  • Marlene on the Wall
  • How to Make a Poem (poem)
  • Small Blue Thing
  • Caramel
  • Italy in Spring (poem)
  • Some Journey
  • Penitent
  • When Heroes Go Down
  • Anti-Hero (poem)
  • Gypsy
  • Left of Center
  • Solitaire
  • The Queen and the Soldier
  • In Liverpool (poem)
  • In Liverpool
  • Luka
  • Tom's Diner

Wiener World Ltd.
Suzanne in conversation with Valeria Piccolo; Suzanne in pictures


 "Suzanne Vega Live: Solitude Standing" Released on DVD 
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Filmed in Rome in 2003, this concert offers a unique opportunity to see Suzanne Vega perform both her greatest hits and other more contemporary songs in a rather intimate venue. Interspersed throughout her performance are moving poetry readings translated on stage by singer/songwriter Valeria Piccolo. As an added bonus, Piccolo interviews Vega in a special extra that adds 12-minutes to the DVD's 62-minute running time.

A number of the songs on Suzanne Vega Live: Solitude Standing will be quite familiar including her breakout hit Luka along with Tom's Diner, Marlene on the Wall, and others. Diehard Vega fans will unquestionably recognize the remainder of the tunes, all of which are listed on the left of this review. As an artist, Vega has always had a sort of mystique about her and an intimacy and fragility to her music that makes you sort of sit back and drift into it.

To be completely honest, as I was preparing for this review I found myself completely lost in the poetry and music of this DVD and completely unable to do or think about anything else. While Vega's biggest financial success came early in her career, Suzanne Vega Live: Solitude Standing is a reminder of why she remains a popular artist to this date as she bares her heart and mind through her lyrics and, perhaps even moreso, through the ways in which she brings her music to life.

© Written by Richard Propes 
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