And the Sun Sets on Brooklyn


Just when I didn’t think it possible, to feel more blessed, more grateful, more touched by minutes in time then I already had been…….and then came Brooklyn at the Barclay… As I stood to the side of the stage with my heart in my hand waiting to go on, I looked to my left to find my champion, Rodriguez, being escorted out by his daughters to be brought to the front row seats to watch our set!! His daughter told me he never does that…EVER!!!…..Time stood still for me and mine as we took the stage Wednesday night, at 8:45 in front of 6500 open hearted music lovers!
The sheer presence of acceptance filled the air ,and me, with a serenity I could not have imagined possible as we started our first song of the night…..The Flower Girl.. What came after was pure magic, and I don’t mean me… I’m talking the kind of beautiful energy that only happens a few times in a persons life , when there is nothing but a direct beam of love and encouragement being shot through you like an arrow. Yeah, that was me/us up there on those big screen thingys for all of Brooklyn to see with Rodriguez sitting directly in front of me swaying and smiling and staring a hole straight through my soul! It was 20 of the most precious moments of this time traveled artists life.
Russ was floating a few feet above the floor himself! On most given evenings while we are playing, he is usually looking at me through the whole show , locked in , trance like, on me, but last night, each time I went to look at him… Ya know to say, “holy shit, were at the Barclay”… He was just in his own zone, eyes shut or fixed on something out there… Just totally in the moment.. It was awesome… Well…. It was, but I really wanted him to look at me so I could like go, “dude, look where we fucking are!!!!” But it was as it was meant to be … We were so locked in together, effortlessly playing our hearts out, this time, we didn’t need to rely on each other that usual way, tonight we were soaring, without a net, tonight we didn’t need one.
It was over so fast, but not in the blink of an eye kind of way, we both held on to every moment for dear life, really became one with it… In the truest sense of the word. We ended with Lighthouse, A Cappella…. It was an appropriate last song…..This life is long my friends, and no matter how lost we may become, how alone we sometimes find ourselves…. There is always a life line to be dropped down, to pull you up and out of the darkness, a light to lead us to where we belong….. And usually, a fellow traveler along the way or waiting at the end of the line to lend you a hand…on this night, that traveler’s name was Rodriguez. Thanks man, …just…thank you.
Stay tuned for part two; Allow me to introduce you to SANDRA KENNEDY!
Russ and I are traveling up to Rhode Island to play in West Warwick at Manchester 65 on Saturday, then at the ultra cool Dirt Floor Studio across the border in CT on Sunday. Look on the Tour page for all details. Oh, and that will also be a Who Dat Sunday! …against my other team, at that! Oy vay. 20131011-023145.jpg20131011-023208.jpg20131011-023226.jpg20131011-023238.jpg

16 Responses to And the Sun Sets on Brooklyn
  1. Bruce Latimer
    October 11, 2013 | 7:57 am

    I have only felt that a couple of times while playing guitar. It is hard to explain the feeling. Congratulations on a magical night.

  2. Kathy Sands Boehmer
    October 11, 2013 | 8:28 am

    Thanks for this lovely commentary on your big night with Rodriguez. I hope that this gig puts you on oh-so-many-people’s radars! You deserve it.

  3. Ed Skiseng
    October 11, 2013 | 8:53 am

    Sounds like an amazing experience for you both! So glad to hear that good things keep coming your way. You and Russ are both so down to Earth, easy to talk to, and real. Keep both feet on the ground and the blessings will follow you! Peace.

  4. Gabri Rigotti
    October 11, 2013 | 10:59 am

    Fantastic article Susan … you did after all cover “I think of you” and that is perhaps the sweetest of all the songs of Rodriguez. No wonder he was so keen to see you perform.

    There were many of us who were in awe of the Cowsills too, here in South Africa, our ears glued to those ancient radios of the late 60s and early 70s (we are busy refurbishing the very same Grundig of those times)… who could ever forget “The Rain, The Park and Other Things”!?

    Best wishes for your future tours!

  5. Weasel Walker
    October 11, 2013 | 2:00 pm

    Thanks For Sharing With All Of Susan!!!What An Experience, Right? Happy That The Universe Took You And Russ On This Trip Successfully. Please Keep Us Posted And Ya’ll Be CAREFUL!!

  6. steve kalinich
    October 11, 2013 | 8:30 pm

    Rodriquez is one of those great souls
    who crosses the Universe every
    few thousand years.
    A man of truth with little baggage.
    A bodhisattva without pretension
    who lives an honest
    simple life
    with the wisdom of a Saint
    the humility of Sage
    who imparts his gifts
    and knows
    that these songs
    come through him
    and he does it without ego
    or heaviness
    weight or self centeredness.
    I love this guy
    and i urge everyone to see his film
    Searching For Sugar Man
    recently screened
    at Sundance 2012.


    Stephen John Kalinich
    Beach Boy Collaborator
    and many others.

  7. Cindy Craig Anderson
    October 12, 2013 | 9:22 pm

    Susan, you are magic. We are lucky you share it with us. I’m so happy for you! We’ll be waiting now for your next CD. Please record the song you wrote with Barry. Big HUG to you and Russ!

  8. Edwin Sakamoto
    October 15, 2013 | 1:04 am

    Hi there… been a fan of the Cowsills since the beginning… love your music Susan… will purchase Lighthouse… Thanks to you and your brothers for being a part of everyone’s lives… and thanks to the awesome music being a part of it… A lot of great memories of those times are in your music…. Great that you’re carrying the torch (John and the others too) and keeping your music going, and keeping Barry going too…

    Aloha Always – Edwin

  9. Edwin Sakamoto
    October 15, 2013 | 1:08 am

    Oh yes, and Aloha to Russ and your band too… and to Bill and your parents… :)

  10. Bret
    October 15, 2013 | 6:04 pm

    So happy for you guys! May it just keep getting even better. Stay safe and happy! (you’re a National Treasure) :)

  11. Brent Evans
    October 18, 2013 | 7:20 pm

    Wow!!Was that a great read!! Well said & thanks for sharing that experience….Brent

  12. David Goodreau
    October 30, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    Hi Susan,

    I was watching some youtube videos 10/19/13 with my wife (who is from England) – Chad & Jeremy, Peter & Gordon – then I noticed a black & white video of the Cowsills singing “The Rain..”. Wow, did it ever sound great. Then watched some more Cowsills and found out that you are still performing. “Lighthouse” is great -wonderful – mystical.

    Then, I read that you had performed at Manchester 65 on 10/12/13 and I have been dazed ever since. You see, I live about 3 minutes away from Manchester 65!!

    Well, looking on the bright side – I have found out about your website and “Lighthouse”. It just would have been so great to see you in person!!

    Thank you for sharing your heart & soul with us.

    God Bless you & Russ – David from West Warwick RI

  13. stan perry
    April 3, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    hi susan I hope all is well I have never e mailed in my life I am limited so forgive me. I am a fan and have been for some time. I am 54 yrs old my wife and I watched a documentary on your family. it was moving and not so different from unexpectedly helped me a little.i send my love and seems you have a true treasure of family god bess stan

  14. Ron Pellet
    May 14, 2016 | 11:50 am

    Truly meant to be. you are true an ever increasing electronic age so refreshing. One day Ill get to hear ya live…im on the road a lot and its funny keep missing out by either a few days of a week lol but thank you for making the you tube videos as they are very special indeed. I live on the Jersey Shore and lighthouse has a special meaning to me.

  15. icky scwartz
    May 15, 2016 | 8:44 am

    who is rodriguez?? never heard of him. i loved your family’s music. interesting how your bros. and you had a father so similar to murray wilson. but you seemed to have rebounded just like the beach boy’s did. good luck and God bless.

  16. Susan & Russ
    October 29, 2016 | 12:02 am

    Check out the Academy Award winning documentary, “Searching for Sugarman.” Awesome!

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