One of the very reasons I got into writing about music was Suzanne Vega – just a lifelong fan of her work and I remember saying to a friend, way back, that I wish there was an opportunity to write about her, like an essay or something (this was before there was anything much in the way of internet writing and when you still dreamed of book deals and getting commissioned to do things…pipe dreams of course…) and he said in reply, “make the opportunity – just do it anyway” – and that’s been something that’s sat with me ever since. When I did eventually get to see Suzanne Vega in concert, decades deep into fandom, it turned out by fluke that I would see here twice in a couple of weeks! We couldn’t take the risk that there might be a New Zealand show so we booked and flew to Australia and saw her with the full band doing an Anniversary tour with selections from two of her best albums – and even though I paid for my tickets and flights and all that I still wrote a review of it because that’s what I do – you make your own opportunities and take them whenever and wherever you get them. It really was a super gig – and Ms. Vega read my review, wrote to me thanking me for taking the time to understand her music and agreed to an interview in Wellington a couple of weeks later. That, too, was a great show – this time a different set and just her and the bassist; totally worth seeing both shows! The morning after that show we sat down in the hotel restaurant and talked for about an hour – she signed my records and my book and agreed to be recorded for my podcast. A quite unreal/surreal turn of events really.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.