Suzanne Vega joined Soul Sisters one day before her debut at New York’s iconic Cafe Carlyle on March 17. The beginning of her seven-show Cafe Carlyle run comes two weeks before the 30th anniversary of her album Solitude Standing (April 1), which cemented Vega’s place in the canon of singer-songwriter fame with hits like Luka and perhaps one of the most ubiquitous songs of all time, Tom’s Diner.
We of course had to ask Vega about that ubiquity, seeing as how that last song has been sampled by an astounding diversity of artists across the years, from Tupac to Drake, Britney Spears to Fall Out Boy.
“A song like Tom’s Diner can be remixed, it can be interpolated a million ways,” she says with nothing but appreciation for the attention its been paid by fellow artists.
Vega will be performing at the Cafe Carlyle through March 25, touching on songs from throughout her catalog, including her last album Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers. The set will surely embody the sentiment Vega expressed when looking back over the past several decades of her career:
“I did a lot in between those years.”
Vega performs a live a cappella version of Tom’s Diner at the end of this conversation, recorded at NYC’s Chord Club, which you can hear in full below. Be sure to subscribe to the Soul Sisters iTunes channel for all future episodes!