Friday, March 24, 2006

Friday Flashback "Luka"

Thanks to YouTUBE, I'm going to post a music video every Friday... just for kicks.

Here's Suzanne Vega - "Luka"

Suzanne Vega is an American songwriter and singer known for her poetic lyrics and eclectic folk inspired music.

On a 1987 Swedish television special, Suzanne Vega said this about the song "Luka" :

A few years ago, I used to see this group of children playing in front of my building, and there was one of them, whose name was Luka, who seemed a little bit distinctive from the other children. I always remembered his name, and I always remembered his face, and I didn't know much about him, but he just seemed set apart from these other children that I would see playing. And his character is what I based the song Luka on. In the song, the boy Luka is an abused child -- In real life I don't think he was. I think he was just different.

Also, in an ASCAP interview, she responded to a question about "Luka":

Interviewer: When you can touch so many people with songs like "Luka," it must be pretty rewarding.

Vega: Yeah. It's an amazing feeling. Especially since that particular song is a very special song. It's a song about child abuse, so therefore it does touch a lot of people in a different way than if it were, say, a love song or some other kind of song.

(Note: since the video takes a while to load based on your bandwidth, just hit play, then pause... while the video buffer gets full.)

Suzanne Vega website

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