Here is our favorite violinist, Soozie Tyrell and Rob backstage spending some time together after Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s recent sold out performance in Houston at the Toyota Center in March, 2008.
Soozie is wearing the Miraculous Medal Rob gave her at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April, 2006. That was surprising but also very uplifting to know that she has kept the medal for so long. Her blue necklace has many different versions of Virgin Mary medals she has collected over the years while touring in Belgium, France, Holland, Italy, and Canada. Soozie was actually born in Pisa, Italy. We have been enjoying listening to Soozie’s great record, “White Lines,” which features a fantastic song called “Saint Genevieve” and it is a personal favorite. Her compelling lyrics offer hope and faith and love to any listener who has faced adversity, fallen down, and then gotten back up and persevered. We call it an “Ode to New Orleans” as it is reminiscent of our tremendous resiliency after the flood of 2005 destroyed our wonderful city. But thanks to people like Soozie Tyrell, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, and Brad Pitt, to name just a few, we have rebounded and are making it right with the hope and spirit “Saint Genevieve” offers:
“Oh Saint Genevieve
Sweet Saint Genevieve
That old gypsy river wants to take her share.
You, know, I’ll never leave
Oh she took her share
I’ll stay right here
I aint gonna leave.”
“Ste. Genevieve” from Soozie Tyrell’s record, “White Lines.” This beautiful ballad features Soozie on lead vocals, piano, and of course, her captivating violin. Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen can be heard in the background vocals. Jane Scarpantoni offers the cello, Tony Garnier the acoustic bass, and Richard Crooks is rocking with the percussion. We love this song, the album, and especially, Soozie Tyrell. Thank you, Soozie!