Suzanne Vega was born in santa monica
on july 11, 1959, but moved with her mother to new york city
just a year later. she grew up assuming she was half-puerto rican
and that writer ed vega
was her biological father
, until she was told the awful truth
: her real father lived in california, and was quite caucasian, thank you
. both of her biological parents turned out to be musicians: her mother was a jazz guitarist, and her father was a drummer
in the '20s and '30s.
's parents encouraged her to become an artist, considering it "the only reasonable thing in this society that a person could do
." although she began to write poetry at nine years old, and at fourteen broadened her scope to include songwriting, vega wanted to be a dancer
for a long while. she attended new york's high school for the performing arts
and studied modern dance
. around the age of nineteen, though, her interests again shifted toward music. an english literature
major at barnard college
by day, she would visit greenwich village clubs and college coffeehouse
s by night, looking for a place to perform.
At first she was assumed to be a "'60s throwback
" due to her "folkie
" acoustic guitar approach. but around the early '80s, suzanne vega finally became part of the "scene" in greenwich village
and joined the coop/fast folk group of songwriters
: "that five years i spent there was like finding my own tribe
Because of their reluctance to sign a folk singer
to their label, A&M
turned vega down twice before manager ron fierstein finally convinced them to give her a chance. they immediately fell in love
and signed her in the mid-'80s. suzanne went on to record songs for many many lovely albums:
She even wrote a book called The Passionate Eye
, which is a compilation of her writing from 1968 to 1998.
i love suzanne vega.
(thanks, http://www.stacken.kth.se/~hugo/vega/faq/whossv.htm and http://www.vega.net/rebel.htm. oh, and thanks, godling, for telling me how to do that degree symbol!)