Moon was in the 7th House

So, okay dishes done, company gone, ready to take a tub, and Russ says, “what do you think of going over to Tipitinas to see Rodriguez?  Sure wish Howe was still on tour with him.”  (Our friend How Gelb was lucky enough to open a bunch of shows with Rodriguez earlier on his current U.S. tour) We can bring your 45 and you can get him to sign it.”  The last thing I want to do is get in the car and go to Tips.  This guy is not going to know me from Adam, the show will probably be over, and I have NO clue where the fucking 45 is located.  I guess at this point I should explain…

Back in 1974, I had a “Singles Record Deal” on Warner Brothers.  I was a fledgling solo artist at 16 years old without any idea of who I was as a musical entity outside of my musical family band, The Cowsills.   I had a producer and a team (Trevor Lawrence produced, Klaus Foreman played bass, and Van Dyke Parks arranged the strings on one of the cuts.) My producer would bring me demos and recordings of songs to choose from.  Most of them were godawful.  But there were a few I could relate to.  One of them happened to written by the now known to all, singer songwriter, Sixto Díaz Rodríguez.  It was called “I Think of You” and though my singing would have probably got me on Idol but knocked out in the first round, the song was really cool.  I had no idea at the time who had written it, and only found out recently because my sister-in-law Vicki Peterson called me after seeing the documentary “Searching for Sugarman.”  She recognized the song and couldn’t place it.  But then realized it was the song I had covered on the Warner sessions, CRAZY!   So, anyway, back to the present…

I figured if Russ could find the 45, I’d put on something decent and we’d run to Tips.  Well, he found it in less the 2 minutes after suggesting we go.  Okay…meant to be.  Let’s do it I said, but I don’t want us to have any expectations.  Russ said, “okay, let’s just look at it as a joy ride.”

Long story short, we began a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon adventure within a minute of arriving.  Realizing I didn’t know anyone on the inside working at Tips anymore (or so I thought), I wasn’t sure how we were going to get to Sixto with my 45 in hand.  I ran into my dear friend Nancy who re-introduced me the sound engineer Sly, who told me, “Rodriguez doesn’t sign anything, but I’ll have my friend bring you back stage and good luck to ya.”  So, we head back, promptly run into one of the guys in the band named Matt who knew who I was, and I recognized him, but at that moment, didn’t know where I knew him from, (still working on that Matt!).  Anyway, he asked me what we were doing there, and I told him we wanted to meet Rodriguez.  “Okay, let me introduce you.”  At this point I’m thinking, “holy shit, we’re going to meet the dude.”  I was trying to figure out how to short shrift my story so I didn’t lose my nano-second with this very cool guy.  Matt says, “Rodriguez, I want you to meet my friend Susan Cowsill.”  At this point I figure I’m gonna have to start talking super quick b/c he’s walking in the oposite direction from me, but stops and turns around and says, “SUSAN COWSILL?!  Oh my God…Susan Cowsill…Wow! This is unbelievable!”  And I’m thinking hell yeah!  This guy knows who I am, this IS unbelievable!!  So, Russ and I were two of the honored chosen three people to go onto Sixto’s bus.  The other person was John Sinclair, an old friend and an American icon in his own rite.  Needless to say, this is all very surrealistic and magical.  We get on the bus and talk with Sixto, his daughter, and a nice lady with blonde hair.  He tells us how much he liked my version of his song and was so in love with my voice.  Can you believe this?!  Well, I couldn’t, and really still can’t.  It was sooo amazing to be connecting with Rodriguez almost 40 years later, with mutual admiration and gratitude.  The Universe has many gifts, and we got one tonight.

We gave him a copy of Just Believe It and Lighthouse, as well as my copy of of “I Think of You,” (signed by request), and began our farewells.  I decided it couldn’t hurt to mention how much I would loooove to sing with him sometime.  To which he responded, “there’s a lot going on.  Leave me your number and we’ll see what we can make happen.”  So, okay…I’m not saying I’m gonna sit by the phone or anything like that….I’m saying I’m gonna carry it with me everywhere I go and pray for the name Rodriguez to pop up on my screen!   And if the Universe thinks it’s a good idea for me and Sixto to sing together, then I’m in.  And if not….tonight was a really cool moment in time, the kind where everything lines up in just that perfect way.  Russ and I hopped in the car, drove home with big smiles on our faces.  Now THAT was a joy ride!

I sure wish we would’ve taken a picture.

32 Responses to Moon was in the 7th House
  1. Louis Power
    May 8, 2013 | 12:29 am

    Now that was Cool.

  2. Marina Payton
    May 8, 2013 | 5:34 am

    Dear Susan, Your voice is heard here almost every day, so I can totally relate to him saying he was in love with your voice! I hope you do get to sing with him sometime and thanks for posting great story!

  3. Marti Jones
    May 8, 2013 | 6:15 am

    Our mutual friend, Kelley, sent me a link to this blog entry. I love it. I love that you are part of his beautiful story. I love that he totally knew you had cut his song. I mostly love that he loves your voice. I love your voice. See you soon. xo Marti

  4. Gale
    May 8, 2013 | 6:41 am

    Sounds like the 2 of you should record “Instant Karma” together! (grin!) congrats, sounds like a great spontaneous evening!

  5. Ed
    May 8, 2013 | 4:37 pm

    OK, first of all, this is an amazing story, for all the reasons you stated.

    However, and I am really trying NOT to sound like a kiss-@$$….you seem to have this genuinely amazing quality where you are so humble… to the point that you can’t believe people know who you are, better yet respect your work. God I pray you never lose that down to earth, realist quality, it helps people identify with you and your music.

    I am glad Russ made you go :)

  6. Nancy
    May 8, 2013 | 5:11 pm

    So awesome! Definitely meant to be!! :)

  7. Rocky Romeo
    May 8, 2013 | 6:22 pm

    Susan, what a great story. Sounds like both of you will make it happen. I just downloaded a copy of Lighthouse from your website and I’m very impressed with your voice.
    You are quite an inspiration for all of us. In fact,you inspired me to go into music and I became a voice teacher here in NJ.

  8. ponygirl
    May 9, 2013 | 7:35 pm

    That is soo cool! You rock & your voice is the greatest. <3

  9. russ
    May 10, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    Wow! That’s awesome!! Thank you so much. Wow, what a compliment!

  10. russ
    May 10, 2013 | 1:47 pm


  11. Tom & Patrice
    May 20, 2013 | 8:13 am

    Great story…and Happy Birthday!!
    Tom & Patrice in St. Louis

  12. Kathy
    May 21, 2013 | 5:37 am

    So happy to read this blog entry…and not surprised that he knew who you are! Of course he did! Keep on rockin’

  13. Daryl Patrick
    June 14, 2013 | 11:52 am

    Susan You the Women! Any guy especially us musicians would be greatful and flattered to speak to you let alone sing with you even Sixto I imagine. Yes you are right his story is a cosmic Cinderella tale but yours is a great touch to it all for both of you. I admire your whole family’s rock ‘n ‘roll history and stamina.
    Keep singing us your songs

  14. MOSS-E
    June 15, 2013 | 11:57 am

    I love this story. :-)

  15. Rose
    June 19, 2013 | 2:51 am

    Jeff and I feel that way every time we get to spend time with you and your family:)

    July 2, 2013 | 1:53 pm


  17. russ
    July 2, 2013 | 8:56 pm

    You too funny!!! Love you guys and remember…”The Saint Are Comin”!

  18. russ
    July 2, 2013 | 8:57 pm

    Thanks was pure magic!

  19. russ
    July 2, 2013 | 8:58 pm

    Me too Moss-E

  20. russ
    July 2, 2013 | 8:58 pm

    You are very sweet Ronnie York!

  21. hello ms susan cowsill,
    hope you and your family are still ingood health , i really love your familys music including indianlake iwore that out when i was 8 yrs old , my condolences to you for the singers you have known including your family members who have passed away sorry they are gone ms cowsill, you have beutifull music . um do you still send autographs
    through the mail i,d like to request one will gladly pay you, god bless sincerly yours timfaber
    thank you for the music.

  22. Jeff Gillespie
    August 5, 2013 | 3:39 pm

    Susan Cowsill, I admire you. I listen to oldies and the Cowsills come up often. I typed in “the Cowsills” on youtube and even as a kid, you were cute. I like you more as an adult.
    Please e-mail me. If you visit South Florida, look me up!
    Your biggest fan,
    Jeff Gillespie

  23. Mae
    August 10, 2013 | 10:52 pm

    A Susan and Sixto duet is what this world NEEDS!! Bring it on. Love both o’ y’all.

  24. jerry leone
    August 28, 2013 | 9:32 am

    you were introduced to me after the
    one eye jacks show by nina. i was honered and
    thought the show was very professional ( great)
    and you are verry pretty. until the next time

  25. Kate Cowsill
    August 28, 2013 | 10:15 am

    The documentary of Rodriguez, Searching for Sugerman, actually brought me to my knees- I was so grateful for the uncovering of such an amazing American treasure, and so humbled by his humility… Any how Susan Cowsill, it does not surprise me that Rodriguez loves your voice – and the recording of you at sixteen – think about it- that sort of youthful power and clarity of the voice- he must have been blown away! Like you are now. :-) All my LOVE! Kate

  26. Daryl Patrick
    September 1, 2013 | 10:37 am

    Is there anyway ih heaven to release Susan’s version of I Think Of You? I am sure Sixto would give it his blessing given his gentle nature and commitment to his art. Russ look into this even taking the 45 and putting it on I Tunes for availability would be very cool. All of us in the know would buy it! I live in Cal but would like to figure a way to go to the Oct show in NY with Susan and Sixto at the Barclay center. Hope I can figure it out………

  27. russ
    September 7, 2013 | 3:20 am

    Thank you kind sir for all of the above!

  28. Gabri Rigotti
    September 7, 2013 | 10:01 am

    What a beautiful story … !

    As a South African, we all thought he had committed suicide.

    And then he came back …

    And you never knew he loved your copy of the song!

    Oh man, some things are just too beautiful in the way they work out.

    “I Think Of You” is beyond sweetness, both the original and yours …

  29. Rich P
    October 10, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    Saw you last night open for Rodriguez at Barclay’s arena in Brooklyn. (By the way, holy crap – Rodriguez now headlines arenas?!) And I must say that your voice was incredible. Much like Rodriguez, it was long overdue for you to be in front of a large audience like that. Kudos!

  30. Howard DeWitt
    July 15, 2014 | 7:17 am

    I loved the Rodriguez story. I am finishing a book on the Sugar Man and the Susan Cowsill story of meeting him at Tipitina’s adds a lot to the book. Your career, in many ways, parallels his and your voice remains true. I love the Continental Drifters. Stay with the singing you are still a kid. Thanks for the memories.

  31. Susan & Russ
    August 23, 2014 | 10:11 pm

    Thank you Howard.

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