In a small white house in de Bilt, Suzy and her family lives. There she has her studio where her songs are written, the music is composed, played and recorded. From the street outside the evenings can be filled with her beautiful songs and the good sounds of a very vivid family. And they are all there in the lovely lyrics of the songs, in the worries of the almost too beautiful daughter growing up in “Stones girl”, for her son becoming a man in the “Feather From A Swan” and the deep love for her husband and the strong ties that unite them and make them unique. The song “My better days are gone” where she describes how hard it is to be strong through her husband’s serious illness is with its simple beauty and depth one of the songs that never leaves your mind.
And in a way, like for most people, that is what in the end it’s all about. The close relations that starts with the expectations of life and somewhere have to end but between the love, happiness, laughter, beauty, but also the scares, losses, pain and anxiety. Those big and small tragedies that eats us and the sweetness of joy that we often are too scared to share, unless we dare to open up and make ourselves vulnerable or one day break out and just jump from the 10 meter diving board without looking down like in “No wings or wheels”.
Suzy’s wish to comfort and protect you comes through her music and makes me relax and take down the fences. There is magic, you are not alone and you have power inside. You can stand up for the difficult choices and take the risks even though it scares you. It doesn’t matter if you are naïve or the road doesn’t bring you where it was intended. Just accept it and take a deep breath and enjoy every fragrance. Deal with it, because even sorrow and grief are the real sparkles of lived life.
To listen to the texts with the wisdom of a person that enjoys life and dares to live it and the experiences that makes a personality, is what makes a difference. To love and care, give up your dreams and stay with the wonder of giving sunshine and a helping hand to those who need it. To show emotions that go far beyond the societies absorbing focus on perfect looks and competition and to reach from there to the pride and happiness of the inner strength and solidarity that no one can buy, like in “we are all sisters”. You will recognize the story and trust the voice that is telling it. That’s why Suzy can meet the expectations of women that have parted with life. Her voice is the mirror, and you know when you listen to her that she is true. The meaningless and sadness of lost opportunities and wrong decisions are hit back with an exploding underlying power wrapped into the sweetness of compassion that can soften any pain and make you proud to be a woman.
And best of all its telling you that its ok to be vulnerable that it is allowed to be a woman, to have emotions, to be scared, to cry or scream, they are not signs of weakness, it’s to meet life as it is. And Suzy covers the entire spectrum with her magical voice and supports you with power to explore depths and paths you didn’t dare to go without the company of compassion and beauty. Her warmth walks with you even to the end in Don’t forget me when I am gone. She makes you strong and proud to have those emotions to accept them instead of hiding. In my life the good things have happened. Family and relations are good, life is beaming. I am scared of losing it, but not afraid because from the day I heard Suzy’s voice I knew I was never lonely and will never be. Because Suzy is music and knowing her music and warmth is a rich source that you can carry with you, and nothing can take that away.