Chronology



Just like that first Casio watch you bought at K-Mart as a 10-year old boy with your lawn mowing money which didn't really tell you what time it was in other countries and as it turned out was not water-resistant as advertised, Scott Cooley's songwriting career was exciting and seemed like a bigger deal at the time than it really was in retrospect.  Each stage felt to him like he was on the verge of something big, but just like growing up as a kid, even though realities set in along the way, he never quite lost the feeling he was going to be Dick Tracy or James Bond with that watch, and who knows, someday he might write a song where all of the parts work and sound great together.  The dream lives on....



Timeline of Scott Cooley's Songwriting Career Highlights:  
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1989
Cooley buys used Yamaha acoustic in Flint, MI pawn shop, takes Intro To Guitar, learns some chords, gets a B on recital of a blues boogie instrumental.
Learns more about guitar from college roommates than in class.  Sang on stage a couple times at college parties.
Moved to Colorado.
1990
First song written entitled Sno Cone (3 chords, 7 verses, no chorus), written on legal pad w/ pen & performed live for select group of friends who tell him it's pretty good. Josh Baker shows Scott the pentatonic scale, and Scott immediately declares himself a lead guitar player.
1990-1994
Several songs per year written, lyrics written on paper w/ chords above word where played.
First takes recorded on jam box w/ built-in microphone.
Tried out many songs live at open microphone nights in CO bars during this period, also played lead guitar with various garage bands.
1995
First songs typed on a word processor at Kinko's.
Jam box replaced with Karaoke machine (essentially a new jam box w/ dual cassette and microphone/guitar jack - think Mr. Microphone).  Landed headlining regular Apres Ski gig at Sundance Saloon in Vail as 1/2 acoustic duo w/ Steve Cobb playing lead guitar and singing background vocals of classic rock and blues cover songs.  
Moved back to Michigan, playing originals at some open mics here and there. 
1996
First Calalog tape recorded with first 29 songs (archive of first takes w/ guitar & vocal) on Karaoke machine.  Couple more open mics and even a couple gigs as duo w/ Rich Marr.
1997
First personal computer purchased, lyrics typed in Wordperfect.
First Tascam 4-track recorder purchased. Stopped playing cover songs. Stopped playing live.  Bought a couple harmonicas and percussion instruments to use all 4 tracks. Wrote songs in new formats with bridges.
1997-1999
Continued filling catalog cassettes of first takes of new originals.
Recorded many 4-track casette mixdown tapes of best songs from catalog tapes, blending  individual tracks for vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar, acoustic lead guitar, background chorus vocals, occasionally some tambourine & harmonica.
2000
Reached the milestone of having written 200 original songs.
Pawned the 4-track recorder.
Purchased digital multi-track recording software, Cool Edit Pro.
Purchased first external CD burner, a gigantic monstrosity by today's standards.
Burned first CD of multi-track mixdowns.
2001
Upgraded home studio of audio interface, microphone and acoustic/electric guitar with significant instrument purchases (acoustic/electric bass, djembe, snare, and hi-hat) which allowed for recording separate tracks for each and the ability to mix them together to produce recordings that sounded more full and complete. Taught self to play bass and drums after acquiring the instruments.
2002 - present
Continued writing songs in word documents, recording 1st takes on recordable walkman, recording multitrack versions of best of tapes in computer, burned digital CDs, occasional open mic night performances, continued soliciting song critiques from select family/friends. Total original song count: 300+.
2007
Launched scottcooley.com, won honorable mention in Billboard Song Contest. Passed the 400 milestone of number of original songs written, even though most of them dreadful noise.  Some almost pass for real songs though as recording techniques improve.
2007-present
Continued to add information to website, established social media presence, averaged writing a couple new songs/month, recording them with drums, bass, occasionally harmonica and wife's marimba.
2008
Official online release of first four albums as MP3 downloads in web stores such as iTunes & Amazon. Operating at a big loss, hope to recoup investment eventually.
2010
Actually sold a few albums. Many individual songs purchased as downloads, still hundreds in the hole.  Switched from Tunecore to CD Baby as better option for getting songs on iTunes, bought a better microphone. Got wife to play accordion on a few songs.
2012
First four albums re-mastered and re-released as Compact Discs on Amazon. Also released fifth album as MP3 & CD.  Attended Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters in Harbor Springs, MI. Started selling direct to Bandcamp and Google Play.
2013
Probably through what they call viral recommendation from friends and family on Facebook, the song "Mackinac Island" finally catches on and becomes my best-seller, and one could possibly call it a regional online "hit" of sorts. Sales of new album Cherchez La Femme also actually selling a few copies in entirety. Maybe people do still buy physical CDs once in a while!
2014
Wrote and released "Smitten with the Mitten," a candidate for consideration of being designated as a state song for the state of Michigan, on the critically acclaimed Used To Be Good Looking album - the 6th record to be released by Scott Cooley Records. Sheet music for piano and guitar is also available for this song.