The Cowsills In Books

The Foundations of Rock: From “Blue Suede Shoes” to “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.”
Walter Everett
Oxford University Press
December 9, 2008


Page 79:
... Other monophonic oscillator-based parts are heard in the Ran-Dells' "Martian Hop," the Rolling Stones' "Please Go Home," "She's a Rainbow," and "2,000 Light Years From Home," the Mothers' "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet" and "Brown Shoes Don't Make It," the Zombies' "Butcher's Tune," the Cowsills' "Indian Lake," and the temptations' "Run Away Child, Running Wild" and "Psychedelic Shack."

Page 115:
... It signals a retransition, sometimes with cinematic pretensions, in both the Cowsills' "The Rain, the Park & Other Things" and the Bee Gees' "I Started a Joke."

Page 147:
... The Cowsills' "The Rain, the Park & Other Things" moves to a prechorus ("but I knew ...she could make me happy...") after a verse of only a single phrase, albeit one of eight bars with a slow harmonic tempo; the chorus ("I love the flower girl ...") does not yeild the catch-all title of this unusual constructed song. ...

Page 234:
... The Cowsills' "The Rain, the Park & Other Things" opens intriguingly off-tonic, with this same expansion, two bars per chord; the resulting IV resolves to I as a neighbor chord: "(ii) I saw her sitting in the rain, (iii) raindrops falling on her, she (IV) didn't seem to care, she sat there and smiled at (I) me."

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