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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

SUV song's Unitarian Universalist connections.

When I read about "90-Pound Suburban Housewife Drivin' in Her SUV," a country song first broadcast to a wide audience on NPR's "Car Talk" in January, of course I had to hear a clip. And then, at the song's official website, I began reading the bios of the songwriters. As Mrs Philocrites read over my shoulder, I said, "There's got to be a UU connection." Sure enough: Rozanne Gates, a former big-time actor's agent, and her life partner Suzanne Sheridan, a singer-songwriter who wrote for the newly rediscovered "Electric Company," are active members of the Westport, Conn., church. Sheridan is part of The Key Ingredients, "a spiritually-based, Unitarian-gospel, three-part harmony, guitar-driven, musical powerhouse." I want to meet these people.

("Tiny women, big vehicles add up to a quirky hit song," AP, 3.19.06)

Update 5.3.06: CNN featured the songwriters in an amusing segment yesterday; see it here.

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 22 March 2006 at 7:38 AM

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Rozanne Gates:

March 23, 2006 07:10 AM | Permalink for this comment

Suzanne and I wrote the song and we are members at the Unitarian Church in Westport. Thank you for being so intuitive. Suzanne and I had our Civil Union at the UU church last October 29. "The Key Ingredients" is the best musical group in the country, as of yet undiscovered (they opened for Richie Havens last April at a church benefit). Can you help "discover" them?

You can meet us anytime you want.



March 23, 2006 07:14 PM | Permalink for this comment

I really loved your thought provoking sermon entitled The Seen and the Unseen. that is a thought I live with a lot. The authentic relationship to self is not supported in our brand of society.. gotta look good.. and the front is never as interesting as what is going on inside.. if people take the time to go there. I do believe that it is important to go within and to take time to be quiet, to find out what is happeniing so that ideally we can release the imprisoned splendor as Eric Butterworth liked to say .. thanks for the mid week sermon

[Link added. --Philo]


March 23, 2006 08:44 PM | Permalink for this comment

Don't you love the Web? I posted this entry last night and now the songwriters are both here on my blog! (Aren't they nice?)

Psst: The song is on NBC's Today Show tomorrow, the 24th, according to the song's website. Every song should have a website.


March 24, 2006 12:50 PM | Permalink for this comment

Fausto and I both grew up in the Westport UU Church. I was dedicated there. Good things come from Westport!
Suzanne and Rozanne (do people ever refer to you as the 'Zannes?'), great song! My town is heavily populated with 90 lb. Talbots-clad housewives rocketing around in their tanks with a cup of coffee in one hand (Starbucks, of course, even though there's a Dunkin Donuts on every corner) and a cell phone in the other. My little Honda and I fear them with all our hearts.


March 24, 2006 01:06 PM | Permalink for this comment

I, too, enjoyed that lovely number. I even like country music!

Here in lovely Middlesex County, MA we, too, have a remarkable number of enormous SUVs. My favorite thing is that people drive them because they feel "safe" on the icy roads. Strangely, before I moved here I lived in north western Maine where people considered them death traps and preferred the front-reinforced Volvo or Saab (if they could afford one) or at least something lower to the ground...

Ah well, we convince ourselves that we need what we want, don't we? I know that I do...


May 3, 2006 08:33 PM | Permalink for this comment

Rozanne and Suzanne and their SUV song were featured in a very entertaining clip on CNN yesterday. See it on their website. They're a hoot!

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