A week ago my wife and I went to a church in Montclair, NJ to see Suzanne Vega, and I still haven’t gotten over it. Real goosebumps.
Yep, it was an actual church, the First Congregational Church, to be specific. The stage was right up between the lectern and the pulpit. All that stone provided amazing acoustics. Seems an organization called The Outpost in the Burbs uses the space regularly for a folk series.
This actually provided one of the more amusing (to me) parts of the night. Suzanne got her start playing folkish music in Greenwich Village coffeshops. Most of the audience was 40+ folkies who came to see that Suzanne. They were quite perplexed when the set list included 99.9F and Blood Makes Noise.
The set list was mostly from her new “Best of” album called Retrospective. Not entirely, though. Some were in the set list that aren’t on the album and vice versa, and the order was very different.
This was the first stop on a new tour, so she was very open and playful with the audience. I have owned Solitude Standing and Songs in Red and Gray, but I was really surprised and impressed by how the songs were interpreted in concert. Example: Luka has always vaguely creeped me out on the radio or CD. In concert, I was downright ready to flee the building. Other songs gained similar emotional power. Gypsy brought tears to my eyes.
Anyway, I’m sure this is heading quickly down the forum lists, but I just wanted to brain dump.
This is pretty mundane and pointless, but since it’s arts, I didn’t know where a wandering modster would place it