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Suzanne Vega — Angel's Doorway
Album: Beauty & Crime
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Released: 2007
Length: 2:47
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Angel comes home
His clothes in a cloud
Of the dust and the dirt and destruction

She waits inside
She knows he's arrived
She feels this with no introduction

At Angel's door
You have to leave it on the floor
Don't bring it in
He can't show
What she doesn't want to know
Those things he's seen

She knows the smell
Of that life he can't tell
Of the fires and the flesh and confusion

Inside his brain
It's never the same
Though he tries to maintain the illusion

At Angel's door
You have to leave it on the floor
Don't bring it in
He can't show
What she doesn't want to know
Those things he's seen

Angel comes home
His clothes in a cloud
Of the dust and the dirt and destruction
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DocStrangelove wrote:
Cannot stand Vega — a Debbie Downer with a monotone voice — every song is the same pain.

 
I used to feel the same. But her stuff grew on me. This is a good song.
Cannot stand Vega — a Debbie Downer with a monotone voice — every song is the same pain.
This song's music file is definitely corrupt, I also can here another song overlayed at a low volume the background.  Can someone tell Bill or help fix this?  Great song, ruined by that background noise.
Same problem here, seems to have 2 songs at the same time...
 calypsus_1 wrote:


Suzanne Vega, centre, and Reed, right, with singers Kris Kristofferson, Victoria Williams and DJ Vin Scelsa in 1994/ thetimes.co.uk

Suzanne Vega remembers her friend Lou Reed:  Lou Reed changed my life.
 
Nice,  thanks.


Suzanne Vega, centre, and Reed, right, with singers Kris Kristofferson, Victoria Williams and DJ Vin Scelsa in 1994/ thetimes.co.uk

Suzanne Vega remembers her friend Lou Reed:  Lou Reed changed my life.


Mia Wallace::::: Are you related to Suzanne Vega?
Vince Vega:::::: Yeah, she's my cousin.
M.W.:::::::::::::::::: Suzanne Vega the folk singer is your cousin?
V.V.: ::::::::::::::::::I don't know nothing about any folk singing stuff but yeah, Suzanne Vega is my cousin.

These songs don't really mix. 
yup, two tracks playing at one point, possibly Beck.
OK song but the noises in the background made me check for another song playing somewhere on my PC.  Wasted time and confusion so only gets a 6
Still think Luka and Tom's Diner (DNA remix) were her best tracks....
what is that whistling?  sounds like a different tune... has that always been in this song or did a fader get nudged by accident?
I don't dislike it but if I were selecting what I thought were her best stuff for radio play it wouldn't get a mention.
Interesting lyrics....except they seem unfinished.
Reminds me of a vacation I took back in 1984.  They were playing Susan Vega in Sweden.  I recorded an interview with her done by a Swede in broken english.
 albatross wrote:
No, no, no. -- More Vega!

 
 FTFY!


 meinthecorner wrote:
Correction: all- too-common...if you want to get technical, get it right in you r own delivery, uncle. Just sayin'...
 
Thanks; I didn't do well in 7th grade typing -- too many girls prepping to be secretaries in that 1968 class, providing challenges to a boy's concentration.  Still shows; what with the four-finger-hunt-and-peck and right thumb for the space bar.
 kcar wrote:

Worthy...but if you cite your source, the graph might move away from the political towards the scientific--something many Washingtonians fear and loathe btw.  

(Oh, and economics as well. Don't confuse Beltway Bandits with facts, numbers, budgets, resource constraints, externalities, etc.)

 
To redirect this back to the topic, is the point that we're heading toward 99.9F?  ;)
 rdo wrote:


   Nordhaus-graph-032212


Yep. It's political.  I know, I know.  EWE!!!  ICK!!  YUCK!!! 
Sorry, no 8 by 10 glossies of the same rock star stuff you can get on you cable TV with any subscription 24/7.

 
Worthy...but if you cite your source, the graph might move away from the political towards the scientific--something many Washingtonians fear and loathe btw.  

(Oh, and economics as well. Don't confuse Beltway Bandits with facts, numbers, budgets, resource constraints, externalities, etc.)
 albatross wrote:
No, no, no more Vega. . .
 
Always always always more Vega....ha ha


Nice ending song to one of her more intriguing albums.
Meh.
No, no, no more Vega. . .


   Nordhaus-graph-032212


Yep. It's political.  I know, I know.  EWE!!!  ICK!!  YUCK!!! 
Sorry, no 8 by 10 glossies of the same rock star stuff you can get on you cable TV with any subscription 24/7.
 sqqqrly wrote:

 
I cannot resist. Even though I believe in global warming, I have studied enough statistics to know that it cannot be proven thru graphs like this. Statistically, this could be sheer random chance. Even worse, the cause of the warming trend could be caused by something else. There are too many variables in the weather equation to know for certain. In general, it is best to assume regression to the average. Our worst fears will not be realized, but the effect of all this emitted carbon will have some effect. But I do love Suzy! :)

 unclehud wrote:
MELISMA is the technique of hitting several notes during one singing syllable; condensed from Merriam-Webster online.

HYPERMELISMATIC
would therefore be the all-to-common technique of singing with a fluttering sound that rarely hits the note squarely, cleanly, and on-pitch.  (Can you detect my dislike of this now-popular technique?)

Learned my "something new" for today.  It's terribly interesting how many new concepts I learn by hanging out here.

 
Correction: all- too-common...if you want to get technical, get it right in you r own delivery, uncle. Just sayin'...

MELISMA is the technique of hitting several notes during one singing syllable; condensed from Merriam-Webster online.

HYPERMELISMATIC
would therefore be the all-to-common technique of singing with a fluttering sound that rarely hits the note squarely, cleanly, and on-pitch.  (Can you detect my dislike of this now-popular technique?)

Learned my "something new" for today.  It's terribly interesting how many new concepts I learn by hanging out here.

 calypsus_1 wrote:

Rock N Roll Mamas - Interview with Suzanne Vega:
https://youtu.be/Ctpjqql0v8Y

Suzanne Vega talks about having a daughter, music, teeth, and her new album 'Beauty & Crime'.

"The term intellectual (she used that term) is not normally so flattering in the art world, but that is only the beginning with SusanV. The rest is simply beautiful music/lyric. a total genius."       jreeve88

 


 
As always, thank you, Calypsus_1 - what a COOL video!  I'd never thought about how a child can change a person's perspective, but this interview with Suzanne Vega gave me a lot of things to ponder.  (The whole "tooth fairy" thing was pretty funny - had I been Ms. Vega, I would have told her daughter, "I made a deal with the Tooth Fairy.  She leaves money under your pillow and brings your tooth to me. I give her a percentage, and everyone walks away happy.")


Rock N Roll Mamas - Interview with Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega talks about having a daughter, music, teeth, and her new album 'Beauty & Crime'.

"The term intellectual (she used that term) is not normally so flattering in the art world, but that is only the beginning with SusanV. The rest is simply beautiful music/lyric. a total genius."      jreeve88

 


 stino wrote:
In a way, I really like Suzanne Vega. She does shrewd lyrics. The guys that do the arrangements for her should have gotten fired before her first album, though. I have yet to listen to the Suzanne Vega song that hasn't been overproduced beyond repair. All this blingle-jingle-jangle stuff around the edges of the melodies really makes me sick.
 
Have you ever heard her first album?  It's very minimally "instrumentalized"; the production, by Lenny Kaye, is primarily acoustic guitar, with some understated strings and/or keyboards on most tracks.
 Stingray wrote:
 Cynaera wrote:
 a voice that could melt ice at the North Pole.


Needless to worry for north-pole ice!
American A/C's alone melt this - just wait 5 years!
 


 Cynaera wrote:
 a voice that could melt ice at the North Pole.


Needless to worry for north-pole ice!
American A/C's alone melt this - just wait 5 years!
Vega stands for not much,
but her first incredible album (plus "Luka")!
I am not a big Vega fan, but I really like this one.
The coyote just found out that SV is coming way up here to the frozen north!!!! Stoked enough to hoo0o0o0o0oo0wwlwwlwlllll! Sweet!
 Hannio wrote:


It's the total absence of any vibrato or voice modulation of any kind that makes her sound so prepubescent.  Of course, in these days of hypermelismatic American Idol wannabes, that could be considered a refreshing change from the norm.  But the last thing SV's voice sounds to me is sexy.
 
What does "hypermelismatic American Idol wannabe" mean? I'm assuming that it means show-biz moms forcing their kids to get out there and perform, and make sure to get that Liza-Minelli-vibrato because a kid your age with that talent will definitely sell the judges! For the record, I'm firmly against pushing a kid to perform against his or her wishes. There was an article by Harlan Ellison - I'll have to find it (I think it was in his "Glass Teat" compilation,) but it had to do with the "Our Little Miss" beauty pageant, in which girls not even old enough to wear makeup were being forced to parade down a catwalk in adult costumes, with false poses and garish face-paint - it was macabre and horrible and sad.  The worst part was the parents, on the sidelines, urging their children on like people betting on a dogfighting contest. It wasn't even about the child - it was about the prize.

Um, not sure from where that diatribe came, but sorry if it was too blunt. I think I understand your point.  And yes, Suzanne Vega has not much of a vibrato, but that's not a bad thing.  Jackson Browne doesn't have one, either, and look at HIS body of work...

Think I better shut up now. {#Redface}
Anyone who bases Ms. Vega's total lyrical and musical history on "Luka" is missing out on a huge treasure trove of great music. I'm only now discovering it (thanks, Mick!)  Every song I hear from her gives me a more well-rounded perspective. And it makes me want to buy every single CD she's ever done. The woman has such a perceptive mind, an incredible knack for writing lyrics, and a voice that could melt ice at the North Pole. (Poor Santa - he's got his work cut out for him.)

Suzanne Vega - a tiny little woman with a great big talent.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Yep, more good stuff from SV; always liked her.

 
Agreed

Yep, more good stuff from SV; always liked her.

stino wrote:
... All this blingle-jingle-jangle stuff around the edges of the melodies really makes me sick.



In a way, I really like Suzanne Vega. She does shrewd lyrics. The guys that do the arrangements for her should have gotten fired before her first album, though. I have yet to listen to the Suzanne Vega song that hasn't been overproduced beyond repair. All this blingle-jingle-jangle stuff around the edges of the melodies really makes me sick.
This would have been #1 for 52 weeks if it was released in 1987.
I admit that a million years ago, I could not stand Suzanne Vega. I'm glad I came to my senses. And hearing this is a great surprise. First time hearing it.
 nmcvaugh wrote:
For those interested, Ms. Vega had an editorial in yesterday's NY Times about music and 'group identity". The url is: https://measureformeasure.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/which-side-are-you-on/
 
Well worth the read.. thanks for passing this along!

 Bazooka wrote:
I just love this girl's voice...{#Smile}

 
{#Yes} Like butter! 
nmcvaugh wrote:
For those interested, Ms. Vega had an editorial in yesterday's NY Times about music and 'group identity". The url is: https://measureformeasure.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/which-side-are-you-on/

Thanks for this! It was a fascinating read, and I'm going to go back and read the whole blog.

Why does this track remind me of the Carpenters and specifically (of course) Karen Carpenter...?
After Joan Osbourne's bloody awful 'St Teresa', this comes as a great relief.  8 just for the contrast.

LOVE HER {#Heartkiss}
This is the only Suzanne Vega album i haven't got and thats only because of the lack of competition in the music retail business in the UK leads to weird stocking policies.  I haven't found it anywhere and when i go online i always find something equally cool but cheaper and buy that instead.

I've enjoyed ever one of those episodes I've read (I prefer her's, but the others' are entertaining as well.


 nmcvaugh wrote:

For those interested, Ms. Vega had an editorial in yesterday's NY Times about music and 'group identity". The url is:

https://measureformeasure.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/which-side-are-you-on/
 

For those interested, Ms. Vega had an editorial in yesterday's NY Times about music and 'group identity". The url is:

https://measureformeasure.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/which-side-are-you-on/
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:


I have to listen to twelve year olds sing every week (wife teaches voice). She doesn't sound like a twelve year old.
 

It's the total absence of any vibrato or voice modulation of any kind that makes her sound so prepubescent.  Of course, in these days of hypermelismatic American Idol wannabes, that could be considered a refreshing change from the norm.  But the last thing SV's voice sounds to me is sexy.


I'm a fan of Suzanne, but this is not one of her best.
 Excelsior wrote:
{#Yawn}
 

Really?  I would say that about R.E.M.  It just shows how two people, even people with varied musical taste, can agree on so many artists/music that they believe are great and yet disagree immensly on what they consider great artists/music (that came out very muddled, but I think you get my meaning?).{#Eek}
Shoot me, no, never mind, I'll switch to soma for a few mins...
I love her voice. While I like some of her other songs better, I haven't found anything from her that I dislike.{#Whistle}
{#Yawn}
Solid, but not one of her very best.
Fantastic, one of her best.
Bad hat day!
"sucko barfo" at it's best baby.
ugh, ugh, ugh.........so bad.
Hannio wrote:
Feminine, yes. Sexy, no. She sounds too much like a 12 year old. That somebody would find her voice sexy kinda creeps me out, to be honest.
.....I hear a grown woman singing....it worries me that you hear a 12 year old!

RobRyan wrote:
I'm a huge fan. I think she's one of the most creative artists out there.
Me too. Totally agree, one of the finest songwriters of the last 25 years.
Hannio wrote:
Feminine, yes. Sexy, no. She sounds too much like a 12 year old. That somebody would find her voice sexy kinda creeps me out, to be honest.
I have to listen to twelve year olds sing every week (wife teaches voice). She doesn't sound like a twelve year old.
Hannio wrote:
Feminine, yes. Sexy, no. She sounds too much like a 12 year old. That somebody would find her voice sexy kinda creeps me out, to be honest.
you just made me laugh out loud......
MusicRookie wrote:
Not a fan of Vega
I'm a huge fan. I think she's one of the most creative artists out there.
kindermanltd wrote:
Very feminine and sexy sounding song.
Feminine, yes. Sexy, no. She sounds too much like a 12 year old. That somebody would find her voice sexy kinda creeps me out, to be honest.
Not a fan of Vega
MojoJojo wrote:
Hey! Let's let Toonces drive the Vega!
Toonces...the driving cat...I love that cat! :notworthy:
toonces wrote:
Ok, she has a pretty voice, but how come every song sounds the same? I think a bad case of musical sameness sickness. I'm surprised Suzanee Vega gets so much airplay on RP. But, as my mom used to say, that's what makes horse races.
Hey! Let's let Toonces drive the Vega!
Suzanne for President (of our tiny country)
Suzanne writes about her creative process in a recent NY Times songwriter's blog article 4/15/2008: (click here)
I was reading other comments about everything by Suzanne sounding the same. Curious, I was just thinking this doesn't sound like her normal work. Quite likeable.
Puro ritmo para univeritarias vegetarianas que se acuestan temprano para ver un hermoso dia. Donde esta la psicodelia, semilla de muy buenas canciones, y florecimiento de muy buenos artistas. Lion Se Despide
a_genuine_find wrote:
Voice is fine tho I think she'd look better wearin' that green vega than that stupid hat on the jacket.
Very feminine and sexy sounding song.
I want to spank her  botty

toonces wrote:
Ok, she has a pretty voice, but how come every song sounds the same?
I don't think most people think "Tom's Diner" (a capella) sounds much like "99.9 F degrees" and I don't think "Marlena On The Wall" sounds much like "Headshots" or "Book Of Dreams" or even "Widow's Walk." But maybe it's just me?
Ok, she has a pretty voice, but how come every song sounds the same? I think a bad case of musical sameness sickness. I'm surprised Suzanee Vega gets so much airplay on RP. But, as my mom used to say, that's what makes horse races.
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing
Wow, two times Suzanne during one working day. Nice :)
Oh, Suzanne!! great track and still, so lovely a voice.... :sunny:
as always, pretty freaking LAME!
What's this? Miss avid Suzanne Vega fan and never heard of this?? Loving it right off the top.
And she raises the bar again!....listen to her voice all you pretenders
I saw her in concert tonight in Somerville. She explained before singing this that the song is about Angel, an NYPD cop who is on guard duty at the Ground Zero cleanup and construction site, and his wife. His wife doesn't want him to bring all of the dust into the apartment, and so he must take off his uniform outside the door before coming in.
dogpound wrote:
the whole CD is pretty good
I agree. I've been a fan of SV from her very first album. But, it's really nice to hear a different sound from her.
New Suzanne Vega CD? Someone please do tell.
the whole CD is pretty good
different sound from her....tougher.