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I Care


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"I Care"
Music & Lyrics by Scott Cooley.














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"I Care"


Song by Scott Cooley from the album Used To Be Good Looking
Position #2
Released 2014
Recorded Scott Cooley Music Productions studio, East Lansing, Michigan
Genre alternative acoustic, Americana
Length 4:57
Label Scott Cooley Records
Personnel Scott Cooley - vocals, guitars, bass, percussion
Publisher Scott Cooley Music Publishing
Producer Scott Cooley
Format Compact Disc, MP3, FLAC, OGG
Writer words/music by Scott Richard Cooley
Chronology

"Used To Be Good Looking" "I Care" "I Know I Love You"
(#1) (#2) (#3)

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It might be weird to just come out and admit it, but I wrote this after listening to another recording artist, with the intent to write a song in that artist's style, which as it turns out, is possibly similar to my signature style to begin with.  I wasn't trying to directly copy this person in any way, but their music made me feel like writing a song, that's all.  This song was inspired by me listening to the songs of Courtney Barnett.  There may not be any similarity at all - she's a young Australian girl who plays electric guitar, I'm an old American guy who plays acoustic guitar, so there's not much in common at all really, come to think of it.

I somehow ran across a link to one of her videos online in which she was playing tennis, which I liked because I'm a tennis fan.  That led me to click a few more links here and there which allowed me to listen to more of her songs online.  This is part of the problem with the music business these days:  I was able to see/listen to her pro music videos, see/hear videos of her playing live with her band and solo, and stream audio files of her song in their entirety...all for free via online streaming in the cloud.  So, I discovered this artist, liked her, listened for free, then never bought her CD.  Why?  Because I got it all for free, and if I want to hear it again, I can repeat all of the above.  This is one of the reasons why hardly anyone buys my CDs, I suspect, and yet it's cool I can make my music available for people to enjoy.  

Anyway, those larger music business evolution issues aside, her songwriting style inspired me to attempt something similar with this song, which probably won't sound similar at all in comparison, but that's what made me come up with this song.  I guess it's a love song, with rambling lyrics, in a monotone or deadpan singing style, which is sort of my usual style anyway.  It's maybe melancholic with maybe something Dylanesque about it, one could argue.  In this way, it might be similar to her style, but maybe far from it.  Hell, I don't know what or who I sound like, just explaining the music motivation here, and being honest about it.  She looks like the kind of girl I would've enjoyed hanging out with back when I was in my 20s, and maybe people who knew me then would see why.  She just seems cool to me for reasons I can't quite explain.  

The song is an honest one too, where I'm admitting my faults, about how I get on a roll with projects (usually, music-related ones) in my free time in my personal life, and I sort of feel guilty about not spending more of that time with my wife, but hey, at least I'm acknowledging my awareness of this to her, and telling her not to get offended by it, that it's just the way I am, and it's not that I don't care about her and that I do still think about her through it all.  In reality, my wife is awesome and understands my passions and lets me do whatever I want, and I do the same for her, so we have a great relationship that way, and I know I'm lucky.  Still, you have to remember to reassure each other that everything's cool from time to time, and we do that too, but this song is a form of me doing that for her.  There you go, the story behind the song.