Missing The Boat is the eighth full-length studio album by songwriter and acoustic garage rock solo artist Scott Cooley.  It was recorded at Scott Cooley Music Productions recording studio in Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA, and has been released on the independent Scott Cooley Records label on June 21st, 2018.  Refer to the separate Press Release document for additional, related information.

Background, Inspiration and Concept

This was recorded primarily between 2016 and 2018 as a an ongoing songwriting and recording project that included writing new songs as well as re-writing to improve older songs that were previously left on the "cutting room floor" as candidates for past album releases.  As is typical with Scott, the process of revisiting older songs with a focus on improving them to make them release-worthy often sparks the creative process from which new songs are born.  In this case, a theme began to surface wherein similar songs for a concept album were set aside.  These sessions came during a time period of personal nostalgia for sailing, which came about as a result of the physical decline and eventual demise of two close loved ones, relatives with whom Scott used to frequently enjoy the sport - his father and a favorite uncle.  In addition to revisiting fond memories, escapist thoughts crept in as a means of dealing with the grief.  Therefore, this type of experience proved to be an inspiration behind the types of songs and hence, the concept of the album as well. 

Composition, Lyrics and Genres

The compositions are tight, if one word could be used to describe them.  Although there are a couple ballads and mid-tempo tunes, the rest and majority are up-tempo numbers that do not have a lot of space for instrumental breaks or improvisation.  It worked out that the peppy melodies and musical arrangements are joined together with subject matter that includes warm temperatures, sunshine, lakes, oceans, boats, sailing, beaches, islands, surfing, vacations, fun, and love to produce a positive and powerful listening experience.  The stylistic delivery of all of the aforementioned musical and lyrical content harkens back to Cooley's sophomore effort album, Lakeside Landing, which blended aspects of a lot of loosely-related genres to give it an overall "summery" feel.  You'll hear hints of Caribbean influences - which you might want to label Hawaiian, tropical, island, beach, surf, calypso, or reggae, etc., in addition to the more typical "acoustic garage rock" style he's always been most closely associated with.

Recording, Production and Personnel

Scott did all of the recording and production himself.  He was also the only "personnel" to appear.  In this regard, it was truly a do-it-all-yourself record by a true solo artist.  As usual, the home studio in Michigan is where the magic happened, and it happened with as little trickery as possible.  Put another way, as with the 7 previous releases, this one is as real and acoustic as it could be, with the use of live recording and microphones on acoustic instruments, while at the same time introducing more piano than in the past and slightly improved effects processing.  Whether it was determining the best song part arrangements, setting up the mic placement, editing and applying minimal effects such as EQ, compression, and a little reverb to each track, mixing the volumes and panning of each track, or mastering the final stereo mixdowns, Scott physically did it all himself and/or clicked things with multitrack recording software.  The piano sounds admittedly employed the use of a MIDI keyboard rather than micing a real piano.  Even so, Scott's fingers and voice made all of the sounds happen, like them or not!  The plan for future recordings is to increasingly embrace technology for efficiency and accuracy's sake, at the expense of having it be as real and not "cheating," as has been the focus for these first 8 albums.  While lovely wife Lenore was given a break this time around from her live-in session musician duties on accordion due to Scott's increasing use of keyboard, she was nonetheless consulted for her opinion on this batch of songs, which for the most part passed her test - a very important part of the overall Scott Cooley sound and catalog.

"Overall, this is one of my best albums, with possibly the highest overall average song quality consistency, even though it doesn't really have a standout song on it.  It is the closest I've come to a real concept album, and to something that might appeal to Jimmy Buffett fans.  I took the same general approach as I did with the Lakeside Landing album, which may be the one release of mine people seem to like a little more than others, only I one-upped myself.  If this turned out to be my last album, I'd be happy, satisfied and proud because in several ways, this will be difficult to top" 
~Scott Cooley, at the completion of recording/mastering tasks in 2018
Missing The Boat
Album cover photo by Richard Cooley
Studio album by Scott Cooley
Catalog # SCR08
UPC (CD) 191091657669 
UPC (Digital) 192914185369
Released 21 June 2018
Recorded July 2016 – April 2018
Studio Scott Cooley Music Productions
Genre Acoustic Rock, Americana, Folk, Tropical Rock, Reggae, Mento
Length 51:16
Label Scott Cooley Records
Producer Scott Cooley
Personnel Only Scott
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  1. Missing The Boat - Press Release.pdf