One day in 2000, I dropped my daughter, Ruby, off at nursery school and was approached by one of the fathers I didn’t know very well. Imagine my surprise when he said, “Congratulations on being the mother of MP3!” he said.
“Sorry?” I said, wondering what he was talking about.
“There is an article this week in a magazine called Business 2.0, calling you the ‘mother of the MP3.’ They used one of your songs to create it.”
“Really. Well, thanks. I’ll check it out.”
I ran home and found the article online.
The title was “Ich Bin Ein Paradigm Shifter: The MP3 Format is a Product of Suzanne Vega’s Voice and This Man’s Ears.”
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Suzanne Vega, audiophile goddess....
Who knew the NYT had a songwriting blog? Suzanne Vega tells the story of "Tom's Diner" and its subsequent remixes, and reveals her role in the development of the MP3. (Measure for Measure)