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Smitten With The Mitten


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"Smitten With The Mitten"


Song by Scott Cooley from the album Used To Be Good Looking
Position #14
Released 2014
Recorded Scott Cooley Music Productions studio, East Lansing, Michigan
Genre alternative acoustic, Americana, state song folk ballad
Length 7:27
Label Scott Cooley Records
Personnel Scott Cooley - vocals, guitars, bass, percussion;  Lenore Cooley - accordion
Publisher Scott Cooley Music Publishing
Producer Scott & Lenore Cooley
Format Compact Disc, MP3, FLAC, OGG
Writer words/music by Scott Richard Cooley
Chronology

"Great Lakes Blues" "Smitten With The Mitten" "Next Album Name"
(#13) (#14) (next album)

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Notes

I started writing this song back in the 90s, and even recorded a version of it back then, but it was never quite right.  At the time, I recall reading somewhere about the fact that my home state didn't have an official state song.  This served as motivation to me, along with my love of my home state, so I took the age-old advice to "write about what you know" and applied it to my ambition to write a grand song as a songwriting challenge.  I forgot all about it for many years until I rediscovered the lyric document in 2014 and decided the time spent honing my craft might allow me to revisit the song and improve it.  I was also able to locate the old recording and decided to write a completely new chord structure and melody for the verses.  I then decided the chorus wasn't quite right either, so I completely rewrote the words, harmony and melody for it as well.  

Then I did some research and learned that several new state symbols had been added since I originally wrote it, so I had to rewrite some of the existing verses, and add a few more to give it a level of completeness I was comfortable with.  I also learned that it was only in recent years that someone discovered we did in fact have an official state song after all.  Additionally, I read that there is another song that often gets confused with our official state song, and further, that one or both actually borrowed from an older European tune for the melody.  I am not sure about the validity of what I read, but in reviewing the lyrics, the language seemed archaic and incomplete, while the music a little too familiar.  

After the research, rewriting, and re-recording, Smitten with the Mitten is the result - a new song with original music and lyrics that depict what Michigan is like today while taking into account our history as well.  It covers just about everything that is official, except the scientific term for the Greenstone and the Latin motto, which I didn't think were song-friendly enough to incorporate.  Working in so many symbols and elements of what I love about our state was a challenge, and this is the best I could come up with.  After recording it and listening back to this version, I think it is just about as good and as appropriate as I can imagine a modern song for Michigan to be. 

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Sheet Music

Free downloadable, printable PDF - Smitten with the Mitten sheet music



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Scott Cooley,
Jul 25, 2014, 7:48 PM