I loved the concert Monday night. I was really close to the stage, so I could see and hear every little expression and nuance in the music. Mike Visceglia, the bassist, is a genius... They did "Left of Center" and "Blood Makes Noise" with just bass and voice... very cool.
The band was so tight and good... Even though they were missing one. Their new keyboardist, Laila Biali, is in the hospital with some sort of stomach problem. Let's pray for her...
I have been a huge fan of Suzanne's since I was a junior in high school. "Luka," of course, was a huge hit, and I remember having seen her on the Grammys. I got a cassette of "Solitude Standing" from the library and listened to it on my Walkman during computer class. It was really fresh and new sounding to me, and I loved her words... Still do. Every little phrase is carefully crafted. Like this one, from "Language": If language were liquid, it would be rushing in. Instead here we are in a silence more eloquent than any word could ever be. These words are too solid; they don't move fast enough to catch the blur in the brain that flies by and is gone.
Here's my attempt at a setlist, although I am sure I don't have the order right:
Tom's Diner (a cappella)
Marlene on the Wall
New York Is a Woman
Frank and Ava
(I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May
Left of Center
Blood Makes Noise
Tom's Diner (DNA version)
Zephyr and I
The Queen and the Soldier
Small Blue Thing
Here are some video clips I took at the show:
"Left of Center" - Suzanne with Mike on bass...
"Luka" - Full band. You might hear me singing along...
"Tom's Diner" - The "remix" version. It was very cool... She even took the microphone off the stand and danced around.
This closed the show and then she and the band came out for two encores. Here's Suzanne's take on the night, from her tour blog. Really glad I went, even though no one wanted to join me! It was well worth the time and money to see an artist I've admired for so long.