The Space Lady: 80s and 90s San Francisco outsider musician returns to Earth


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This is funny, me n some friends (from the Mission) just had a Facebook “remember this” about her last week.
I saw her perform countless times on Haight St in my teens and 20’s (the glorious '80’s!). I would … um … stand there for ages, listening to her play, giggling all the while, if you catch my drift.


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So freaking cool to see my Mom featured on BoingBoing! I’m so glad that she’s finally getting some recognition from the sorts of Happy Mutants that followed her during her street-music years (and whose pocket change kept my family afloat).

Also, FYI: thanks to the awesome people at Night School Records, she’s going to be on her first real, official tour in March, including a performance at the Elbo Room in San Francisco (as well as stops in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and L.A).


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Great story, but I remember this wonderful woman in Berkeley more than San Francisco. She livened up the horrible Bank of America building on Telegraph with her great vibes.


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Amazing how some people can weave a thread in our lives without even knowing it. In the early 1980’s I used to see Suzy in the Park Street subway station in Boston. I lived downtown and worked in Newton. I took the train from Park Street to Newton each morning and she was always there. Back then she had only an old, child-size accordian and she only knew one song. It was Take Me Out To The Ball Game. She would spend hours a day on that dingy subway platform beneath the streets of Boston.

Over the years her repertoir increased, she bought a new, big accordion and got a microphone and amp. Eventually she started wearing the antler hat and she traded in the accordion for a synthesyser. And then suddenly she was gone. I didn’t see her any more. Every so often I’d think about her and wonder what had become of her.

Several years later I was in San Francisco for a business conference and lo and behold I spied her on the sidewalk. It was a surprise and a pleasure to see she was doing so well. About that same time, now the early 1990’s, I had a friend who lived in Cambridge. He told me he was purchasing a painting from an artist friend who “only did paintings of street people”, and that I was going to love this painting. It was composed of tiny trapezoids, he explained, that when viewed from a distance defined the image of the painting. And so on that certain day I came by to see the newly delivered masterpiece and was again both surprised and amused to discover that Suzy was the subject!


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Wow, thanks so much for posting! Quite an amazing mom you have!


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Incredible to read this, ninzo….and really gratifying to learn that my efforts meant so much to you and others. I do have one correction to your post, however: I actually knew TWO songs back then!!! (The other was “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”) ; - ) Love & peace, Susan, aka TSL


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Thank you, Huck – and as usual, so well put. Might I also mention that The Space Lady would never have re-launched last year had it not been for THE SPACE MANAGER, i.e., ERIC, my biggest fan, best friend, relentlessly determined promoter, and devoted partner/husband!!! <3 <3 <3


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I’ve been listening on soundcloud and searched out the video of you playing this on youtube. It’s a lovely song and it’s going in my pick-me-up tunes folder, with some very select & good company. Thanks for posting.


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It’s my great joy,satisfaction, fulfillment, expression of Love to have reached out my hand to The Space Lady - once I knew that “person” even existed, three years after we married - and safely coaxed her out of early retirement, to a renewed, and ever more intentional, natural expression of her unique take on popular music. I am so proud of your courage, your ever-sweet voice, creative musical arranging, and nimble fingers, your love of and for your fans, and your willingness to break out of box after box after box. I love being your partner, mere Earthling as I am; it’s what I was made for.


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