Now Hear This: Suzanne Vega’s Musical Tribute to Marlene Dietrich

Taken from Suzanne Vega‘s 1985 eponymous debut album, “Marlene on the Wall” is a fantastic song inspired by the legendary actress Marlene Dietrich. As full of passion and emotion as Dietrich’s signature tune “Falling in Love Again” (as heard in classic doomed romance The Blue Angel), “Marlene on the Wall” is a touching tribute to the woman who served as its muse.

Below, the “Luka” singer/songwriter discusses the song’s origins, followed by a live performance.

This is the debut of Now Hear This, a sporadic series of posts focusing on songs inspired by the biggest stars, films, and moments from movie history.