Sunday, May 24, 2009

A small blue thing

From Suzanne Vega's first album, a concert in 1986 at Albert Hall. Sad to say, she is pretty much out of the music business nowdays (other than occasional small side-projects). Her early success made it possible for Tracy Chapman, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, and many other female folk-pop artists to become heard outside of coffee shops, but her cool cerebral music was swiftly abandoned by the listening public after they had the warmer folk-pop ladies to listen to, and her remaining fans largely abandoned her after she went edgier with 99.1F, which was brilliant but much cooler and harder than people were comfortable with. So it goes. It seems we mostly like music that tells us what we want to hear, just like everything else in life. Sigh.

-- Badtux the Music Penguin

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