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Singer/Songwriter Suzanne Vega & The Greenwich Village Songwriter's Exchange To Release New Tribute CD Vigil For the Victims of September 11

Following the tragedies of September 11, the nation and especially New Yorkers have pulled together in a support of solidarity to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

This spring, pop/folk artist, Suzanne Vega and fellow members of the Greenwich Village Songwriter's Exchange will release a tribute CD titled Vigil, with songs written about those events. As executive producer, Suzanne has compiled several songs by the members, as well as contributed her own song, "It Hit Home."

"Vigil is a natural response to try and bring together the people who want to know how New York is doing after the attacks, and those who were writing about life in New York City, as we all attempted to return to normal." says Suzanne Vega.

Founded by folk pioneer Jack Hardy, the Greenwich Village Songwriter's Exchange has provided local New York songwriters a weekly workshop where its members share new songs and exchange ideas.

So far, the list of contributing songwriters are: Suzanne Vega, Tim Robinson, Jack Hardy, Wendy Beckerman, Bob Hillman, Jon Albrink, Ina May Wool, Dawn Landes, Brian Rose, Richard Julian, Jill Gerwitz, Amy Marie Keller, Andy Germank, Noam, Weinstein and Richard Meyer. Tim Robinson also contributes his artwork to Vigil.

All proceeds from Vigil will go to the Jeff Hardy Memorial Fund. Jeff Hardy was a local Greenwich Village musician who was working as a chef in the World Trade center-based law firm of Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11. Jeff was also the younger brother of Jack Hardy, Greenwich Village Songwriter's Exchange founder and Fast Folk Editor.

Vigil (Conscious Music) will be available to purchase through Amazon.com (Release date April 30.


As it has for seemingly every human calamity since Vietnam and Bangladesh, the music industry rallied itself in the aftermath of 9/11, though with an often remarkable self-restraint (one shudders to think how the solemn dignity of America: A Tribute to Heroes might have been tainted with but a little "We Are the World" egotism). But while the half-life of the biz's conscience generally parallels its attention span, this human-scaled project--conceived by Suzanne Vega and performed by fellow members of her Greenwich Village Songwriter's Exchange--distinguishes itself by being historically retrospective and personally introspective at the same instant. Though time has blunted the raw rage, the perspectives are still powerful: Christine Lavin details the descending gloom of her neighborhood firehouse as it discovered the true toll of the day; Bob Hillman offers a surreal, bravely whimsical take on watching the towers fall over and over again on TV, and, on "Communists," a tongue-in-cheek lament for the idealistic foes of old; Ina May Wool's "Boxcutters and Knives" coolly ticks off the weapons of terror and counter-terror with a delicate delivery that only makes the irony all the more insistent. Vega's "It Hit Home" is a public confession of naked emotion and mixed feelings that's as powerful as it is typically straightforward. It's anthology as prism for intellect and emotion, detachment, and even pretense--a much-needed reminder that this tragedy was, and is, national, yet remains intensely personal. Proceeds will go to the Jeff Hardy Memorial Fund (Hardy was a songwriter--and brother of Songwriter Exchange founder Jack Hardy--who worked as a chef in the WTC and was killed on 9/11). --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Firehouse (Christine Lavin)
  2. Ground Zero (Jack Hardy)
  3. It Hit Home (Suzanne Vega)
  4. The Beauty of the Day (Jon Albrink)
  5. You Never Know (Wendy Beckerman)
  6. World Trade Center (Bob Hillman)
  7. Louise From Her Window (Tim Robinson)
  8. No Song (Richard Julian)
  9. A Well Dressed Man (Dawn Landes)
  10. On A Clear Day (Jack Hardy)
  11. For Your Heart (Tim Robinson)
  12. Boxcutters and Knives (Ina May Wool)
  13. Communists (Bob Hillman)
  14. The Skyline (Brian Rose)
  15. Been Around (Jill Gerwirtz)
  16. Spoonfed (Andy Germak)
  17. Life Goes On (Wendy Beckerman)
  18. Today (Noam Weinstein)
  19. Never Forget (Amy Marie Keller)
  20. When Mohammed Came to (Frank Tedesso)

Product details

  • Audio CD (April 23, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Conscious Records
  • ASIN: B000066EVK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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