If life is a battlefield then I’m prepared for battle. If I were a man, I would stalk Susie Suh. If I were gay, I would stalk Susie Suh. For now, I’ll just pine and listen and dream. Susie is wonderful.
Susie Suh sings, pours, oozes. Tender. Sad. Personal. Wistful. Hopeful. Vulnerable. Honest.
Introspective songs bring submerged feelings of the past closer to the surface.
Susie Suh knows and sings from heart and soul with an urgent sexuality, both sensual and pure.
How does one sing of hope and pain and yet remain so young?
How does one display an open and world-weary heart without having traveled life’s rougher roads?
Susie is a California girl of Korean heritage, singing and performing since elementary school. An older brother gave Susie a guitar at age 13. Soon she was learning chords and writing.
Writing songs as a teenager? Avril Lavigne never put her heart so far out on her sleeve.
Susie went to Brown University and holds a degree in English, not music. Her life degree is a doctorate in historical emotional evocation. With honors.
“Your Battlefield” is a plaintive redux to the countless battles of relationship ‘he said, she said.’ “Shell” (from the movie Must Love Dogs) journeys from then to now with the tender force of a newborn robin leaving the tortuous constraints of a powder blue shell, to enter a whole new world.
And she’s hungry.
Someday I will ask myself if I was disillusioned
I will ask myself if I have proven
And I’ve made it on my own terms
May have suffered some burns
But I am living my dreams
And I am who I wanna be
Sweet. My favorite is the raucous “Lucile.” With apologies to Kenny Rogers, this Lucille befriends the side of a wild and adventurous Susie not evident in her youth.
What does she say about her own music and success? “My mission has always been to create music that transcends boundaries; to make music that is universal.”
What Susie does is give us the ability to transcend the boundaries of our own musical tastes, rooted in the past, and tempt our collective palates with a bounty; delectable morsels of song and soul.
I’m in love with contemporary music. Again.
Susie and her music can be found at SusieSuh.