The Space Lady w/ School Tour/ April 2014 / Photo Essay by Izabela Szczutkowska
Last April, we had the pleasure to host (alongside our friends Plugd Records) U.S. pop visionary, The Space Lady (AKA Susan Schneider) in the T.D.C, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork (with special guest School Tour). The tour was the very first time The Space Lady (Night School Records) embarked on a tour of venues, having performed on the streets of San Francisco during the 70’s and generating a near-mythical status from transfixed audiences and passers-by. “The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits” is out now on Night School Records.
All photographs: Izabela Szczutkowska
“Now I inhabit the role of The Space Lady more enthusiastically than ever, and with more intentionality – that is, to inspire people toward self-expression, love, peace, and harmony here on our very fragile planet.”
“At night I would sit down at the kitchen table, listen to a song on our boom box, and scrawl out the lyrics and chords as best as I could make them out. Then the next morning I would work out arrangements on the subway platform, trying hard to recall what the song sounded like the night before. People began telling me how “different” and “original” my interpretations were, when I was actually trying my best to recreate what the original artists had done. At any rate, I instinctively knew to keep my arrangements simple and slightly unorthodox”.
“4, 3, 2, 1
Earth below us, drifting, falling
Floating, weightless, calling, calling, home”
—lyrics taken from ‘Major Tom’
“Last night your shadow fell upon my lonely room
I touched your golden hair and tasted your perfume
Your eyes were filled with love the way they used to be
Your gentle hand reached out to comfort me
Then came the dawn
And you were gone”
—lyrics taken from ‘I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)’
All photographs by Izabela Szczutkowska. (http://www.izyandthesunshines.blogspot.ie)
‘The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits’ is available now on Night School Records.