Headshots

Beautiful Suzanne Vega. I love how she takes something random – a poster on a wall, not for the first time – as a starting point and works it into a love song. That’s poetry for you; building emotion out of words without stating the obvious. Vega often uses descriptive imagery in her songs. She’s got an eye for detail and notices little things that matter. Feelings don’t exist in a vacuum. They cling to everyday stuff, so that any little thing can become a talisman. That’s why gifts matter – they carry the feelings of the people who give and receive them. That’s why pictures are important. It’s as though our emotions were so strong we must place them in objects for fear of becoming overwhelmed. For the same reason we have songs and poetry. To remind to hold on to our emotions, or let go of them, as the need be.