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Recent News

  • Read the top 5 most recent headlines-at-a-glance in the preview snippets below (headlines linked to full stories), or scroll down on this page to read all news (complete posts).
  • End-of-year stats prove interesting, once again I checked into some end-of-year type statistics recently for last year for music streaming.  For reasons that are slightly beyond my grasp, this online music streaming service called Spotify seems to be the most popular one now with most people I know.  It used to be CDs, then iTunes, and now everyone is using Spotify, but I can't really figure out why.  Despite their popularity, Spotify all of a sudden seems to be paying attention to the non-major-label artists of the world who distribute through aggregators, even though I doubt I've ever received even one single penny in royalties from people streaming me on there.  I can tell you that like Bandcamp, and Google ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2018, 11:48 AM by Scott Cooley
  • Spotify Updates - In Control of Myself Hey scottcooley.com visitors and news subscribers, I know it's been a while since I posted an item, but at least now I am finally getting around to it.  Not really "newsworthy" but nonetheless somewhat related, a new thing with me is that - can't believe I'm embracing such a service that pays me no money whatsoever, but... - I now have control of my own artist page in Spotify.  Yep, so I know a lot of you out there use that service, have an account, pay a monthly amount to stream whatever you want whenever you want, on any device you want, and I can see why music fans would appreciate those things.Hard to believe, but Spotify ...
    Posted May 15, 2017, 1:35 PM by Scott Cooley
  • More Pre-Order Options: Apple Music & iTunes! Michigan Songwriter Scott Cooley's New Album Now Available for Pre-Order at Apple Music FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Scott Cooley Records and Scott Cooley Music Productions are proud to announce that regionally known Michigan songwriter Scott Cooley is about to formally release a new album of new songs on June 21st, 2016. Containing 13 songs and titled Rest Assured, it marks his 7th such release in the last dozen years. It is now being offered on both the new Apple Music service as well as their popular iTunes service. Both online music stores offer the ability to order the album for $12.49. Why $12.49? Get the answer in Scott's recent blog post about his album pricing here ...
    Posted May 24, 2016, 5:27 PM by Scott Cooley
  • Pre-Order My New Album Starting Now! It's exciting for me to announce to you that my next album, Rest Assured, can now be pre-ordered from three different locations online! The official release date is June 21st, 2016, but pre-ordering is a thing you can do to lock up that purchase ahead of time, save money, and potentially get other bonus deals as a result.  You get the album as soon as it becomes available!On My Music Page (subdomain w/ Bandcamp checkout):  http://music.scottcooley.com/album/rest-assuredIncludes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.  Paypal is not required, but is accepted, along with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.  In addition to MP3, those of you who are audiophile nerd ...
    Posted May 3, 2016, 8:33 PM by Scott Cooley
  • Recording Completed For Upcoming Album Release What is it? Finally!  I'm proud and pleased to announce that the recording part of my next album is finished.  What this means is that I've completed the songwriting and recording of 13 new original songs.  What's left to do is the mixing, mastering, and getting it out to you.  So, I am happy to report that as long as I don't die between now and June 21st, it is highly likely that I will be releasing another record.  Why should I care?  If you're reading news posted at scottcooley.com, you probably already do care, but Rest Assured, if you're a fan of my past releases, you'll be a fan of this ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2016, 8:54 PM by Scott Cooley
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End-of-year stats prove interesting, once again

posted Jan 7, 2018, 11:40 AM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Jan 7, 2018, 11:48 AM ]

I checked into some end-of-year type statistics recently for last year for music streaming.  For reasons that are slightly beyond my grasp, this online music streaming service called Spotify seems to be the most popular one now with most people I know.  It used to be CDs, then iTunes, and now everyone is using Spotify, but I can't really figure out why. 

Despite their popularity, Spotify all of a sudden seems to be paying attention to the non-major-label artists of the world who distribute through aggregators, even though I doubt I've ever received even one single penny in royalties from people streaming me on there.  I can tell you that like Bandcamp, and Google Play, and to a lesser extent Amazon, they are starting to act like they care about musicians like me who are self-contained DIY/lo-fi/indie solo artists, though not significantly closing the gap yet.

According to Spotify for Artists, I had a whopping 235 fans in 2017, which I think is good (for me, that is).


Anyway, this post is about you reading along and wanting to join me as I pat myself on the back I guess...with some infographics.

Here are some more stats you can only be impressed with:

795 listeners and 956 streams since 2015, peaking with the mid-year release in 2016 of my last album.


Doing well with the age 35 to 59 crowd, as would be expected, but surprisingly, not bad with today's teens!  Crazy, weird, wild, wacky stuff.


As far as the geographic locations of listeners, being big in Australia and New Zealand are a thrill, but not as much of a stretch as non-English speaking countries like Germany and Mexico, which is almost shocking, but great.


The top cities were not Flint, Grand Blanc, Vail, Avon, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Cadillac, Traverse City, Bay City, or even Petoskey, although all of those were on there as expected.  Instead, the biggest cities in the US were Pittsburgh PA, Greensboro NC, Baton Rouge LA, and Tempe AZ, believe it or not.  So, on Spotify anyway, I'm bigger in those places than anywhere in my home state! 

Even more exciting than that is that I'm bigger in Herne, Germany and Bristol, United Kingdom than I am anywhere in the US!!  Thornburry and North Lakes, Australia were also areas where I'm popular.  All of this is amazing and great to hear about! 

They also had one of those "fans-also-fans-of" sections with a bunch of artists I'd never heard of before, but included was the flattering fellow Michigander, Kate Monaghan.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1un4k5w69ir0l2eVNYm4v0

If you like me, you might also like her I suppose, and although I never remember to endorse others very often, I can honestly say I'm a fan of her style and what I've heard, so check her out here if you want to:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/1un4k5w69ir0l2eVNYm4v0

Spotify Updates - In Control of Myself

posted May 15, 2017, 1:35 PM by Scott Cooley

https://play.spotify.com/artist/7vHKrgpa0sJLI7feJTakSZ
Hey scottcooley.com visitors and news subscribers, I know it's been a while since I posted an item, but at least now I am finally getting around to it.  Not really "newsworthy" but nonetheless somewhat related, a new thing with me is that - can't believe I'm embracing such a service that pays me no money whatsoever, but... - I now have control of my own artist page in Spotify.  Yep, so I know a lot of you out there use that service, have an account, pay a monthly amount to stream whatever you want whenever you want, on any device you want, and I can see why music fans would appreciate those things.

Hard to believe, but Spotify Japan contacted me to take control of my artist profile, so I did.  Said "control" simply means you can specify a featured album or track that expires in 15 days, which I did (the song "Coney" from my 2016 release Rest Assured album), and update your photo which must be gigantic (so I did - the one from my 2nd album cover with me sitting under a tree by a lake playing a guitar).  Assuming that updated the Spotify US profile as well, but I don't use the Spotify app myself.  

I think if you have an account and log in, the link would be this:  https://play.spotify.com/artist/7vHKrgpa0sJLI7feJTakSZ.  Once you've got a Spotify for Artists account (in my case, my music was already on there, I just had to claim myself), you can also see a bunch of interesting analytics, for example:

Top cities

MONTHLY LISTENERS

1 Lincoln US
2 Tainan TW
3 Bristol GB
4 Mexico City MX
5 Barcelona ES
6 Ridgewood US
7 East Lansing US
8 Melbourne AU
9 Merced US
10 Madrid ES
11 New Orleans US
12 Lebanon US
13 Hunters Hill AU
14 Atlanta US
15 Örebro SE
16 Bryant US
17 Winchester US
18 Manhattan US
19 Scottsdale US
20 Paris FR
21 Hobart AU
22 Seacliff AU

Well, first off it's always cool to see a city from the good old Midwest right at the top!  I had no idea I was big in Taiwan, Spain or Mexico (although I did release a couple singles on iTunes Mexico many years ago now).  I was psyched to see places like New Orleans and Paris on there and Great Britain of course.  Sweden too - very cool, yet not all that surprising I guess because I think I read that Spotify started there.  

Most of all, I was surprised and totally stoked to see a lot of places in Australia on there!  Really awesome and good to know.  So, g'day and no worries to the mates who like Vegemite crumbs and barbequed shrimp and Fosters down under.  

Even though they've yet to pay me anything at all for the seven albums available on there and having been an artist with them for many years now, thank you Spotify users anyway for listening!  Maybe they'll cut me a check some day if you keep it up.  

More Pre-Order Options: Apple Music & iTunes!

posted May 24, 2016, 5:16 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated May 24, 2016, 5:27 PM ]

Michigan Songwriter Scott Cooley's New Album Now Available for Pre-Order at Apple Music

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Scott Cooley Records and Scott Cooley Music Productions are proud to announce that regionally known Michigan songwriter Scott Cooley is about to formally release a new album of new songs on June 21st, 2016. Containing 13 songs and titled Rest Assured, it marks his 7th such release in the last dozen years.

It is now being offered on both the new Apple Music service as well as their popular iTunes service. Both online music stores offer the ability to order the album for $12.49. Why $12.49? Get the answer in Scott's recent blog post about his album pricing here!  http://blog.scottcooley.com/2016/05/1249-for-album-in-2016-are-you-kidding.html


RIGHT NOW, IT'S ONLY $9.99!!!  If you want to buy the album from these stores, even though it is not yet available, you can do so simply by clicking (or tapping) the orange pre-order button. This will work from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod as well as on a Mac or PC device.

Included as a "single" that you can download immediately when you pre-order is the song titled Coney. When you confirm the pre-order, you are only charged for this song, and the rest charges to the payment method you have on file when the album is officially released on June 21st. You'll receive an email letting you know that the full album is ready to download (or it will happen automatically when turned on).

You can read more about the advantages of pre-ordering, as well as other services such as Google Play Music that also offer pre-ordering in this related news item: http://www.scottcooley.com/news/pre-ordermynewalbumstartingnow

What you get is the ability to preview the names of tracks and cover artwork, free sample streaming of different songs, and the instant gratification track, Coney, that Michigan fans will particularly appreciate. Additionally, pre-ordering will actually help Scott rise on the iTunes charts!

More About Scott and the new album, Rest Assured:

Solo recording artist, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning songwriter Scott Cooley defies easy description in today's music world. His singing voice is not his strong suit, he is far from being a virtuoso at playing acoustic guitar, bass, percussion, or harmonica. He blends many genres and styles of music while making it distinctively his own unique brand.

It comes from the heart of someone passionate about music, someone who makes the best of the talent he has through attention to quality craftsmanship despite a lack of any formal training. Without natural gifts as tools, he makes up for it with equal parts creativity and sweat equity.

You'll hear a deep thinker, a soulful expression of a midwestern values, and a strong spirit behind these songs. You won't hear the automatically-tuned vocals, the virtual instruments, or the perfection or polish of today's popular music, nor will you hear the poor quality of songwriting that comes with it. Instead, you get a refreshingly real sound that might be described as Americana, folk, rock and roll, blues, or roots, with hints of more exotic styles here and there.

An independent, DIY aesthetic is used to deliver songs ranging from the thought-provoking to the funny to the poetic, and you can immediately hear a fun, interesting perspective on the world from a guy who majored in English in college who has since gained some considerable wisdom via both the American experience and introspection.

Quietly and without much publicity, this non-performing musician has steadily released a solid catalog of wonderful material that at once begs for professional vocalists and session musicians while at the same time allows the potential these songs would have for such people to shine through in a real and exciting way. Through word-of-mouth recommendation and social sharing, the fan base continues to grow with each release.

Scott Cooley is available for interview via the various contact information available at www.scottcooley.com/contact. Please use your preferred method to set up a time that is convenient. While you're at it, please enjoy visiting and perusing Scott's excellent website to discover much more information, including music samples, online press kit, photos, bio, etc.

If you are a record promoter, publicity coordinator, PR professional, blogger or journalist for a media outlet in the great lakes region or beyond, feel free to use the content you find at scottcooley.com or from this press release, and tweak it to represent the style of your organization as desired.


Pre-Order My New Album Starting Now!

posted May 3, 2016, 8:33 PM by Scott Cooley

It's exciting for me to announce to you that my next album, Rest Assured, can now be pre-ordered from three different locations online! 

The official release date is June 21st, 2016, but pre-ordering is a thing you can do to lock up that purchase ahead of time, save money, and potentially get other bonus deals as a result.  You get the album as soon as it becomes available!

http://music.scottcooley.com/album/rest-assured


On My Music Page (subdomain w/ Bandcamp checkout)
:  http://music.scottcooley.com/album/rest-assured

Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.  Paypal is not required, but is accepted, along with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.  In addition to MP3, those of you who are audiophile nerd types or simply prefer higher quality, the new record can also download in the following formats:
  • Subscription
  • CD
  • FLAC
  • ALAC (Apple Lossless)
  • AAC
  • Ogg Vorbis
  • WAV
  • AIFF 

Works on Mac, PC, Linux, and any device including your car (Android Auto), smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, smart watch, Chromecast, Sonos, etc., in MP3 format, and can be added to playlists.  You won't be charged until it is delivered to your app, and it can be purchased with any of the following payment options:
  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover (US only)
  • JCB (Japan and US only)
  • Visa Electron (Outside the US only)
  • Elo (Brazil only)

Last, but certainly not least, is the CD format that will be put in a box and mailed to you from the good people at amazon.com.  This is of the highest sonic quality, and gives you a nice physical product with liner notes and artwork for you to enjoy the full music buying experience.  Free shipping is available!
  • better sound quality
  • get the digital as well as the physical product
  • liner notes, artwork, info
  • you get to hold it and proudly display it

Recording Completed For Upcoming Album Release

posted Apr 21, 2016, 8:54 PM by Scott Cooley

What is it?

Finally!  I'm proud and pleased to announce that the recording part of my next album is finished.  What this means is that I've completed the songwriting and recording of 13 new original songs.  What's left to do is the mixing, mastering, and getting it out to you.  So, I am happy to report that as long as I don't die between now and June 21st, it is highly likely that I will be releasing another record.  

Why should I care?  

If you're reading news posted at scottcooley.com, you probably already do care, but Rest Assured, if you're a fan of my past releases, you'll be a fan of this one too.  If you're at all like me, you'll find as I have that when you like an artist's music, regardless of how you originally found out about them, you can only handle so much at first.  You start getting into slowly discovering the back catalog, and your favorite songs list changes over time.  At a certain point you may even say to yourself that you know enough about this artist, and pause the discovery for a period of time, only to return.  

It's whatever that thing is that makes you return and resume your fandom that is the very spark that makes you begin to crave more and look forward to upcoming releases as well.  I'm like that with a lot of artists and bands, and when I hear about a new album release, I'm faced with the buying hassle and the price, which makes me back off and procrastinate for a while.  Eventually, I come around and do the clicking and get the album though.  Usually, I need more info first, so I read descriptions and reviews and the like - this is where you can help if so inclined.  The same reason you're reading content on this website is the same reason you buy music.  You want to learn more, and hear more.  

Many reading this will already be aware of what my music is all about, and that makes you qualified to help share this information with others.  So, if you have a lot of followers and would like to let people know via social media, that would be great.  After the mastering is complete, I will be ready to distribute it to the web music stores, and update my website.  Then, I'll hope somehow I can figure out a few ways to let people know it's available.  If you know of any free, easy ways to promote/publicize/market/advertise new independent music these days, let me know.

What's Included?  

What I can tell you about this new album is that the songs pass my personal weeding out process to be release-worthy.  The sound, instrumentation, and style will be similar to my past releases, which should not disappoint current fans.  What may slightly surprise and set this one apart is that it's not as bluesy or serious as the last album, nor does it have as many slow and long songs.  The sunnier take on lighter subject matter, combined with the faster tempo and dare I say slightly more commercial pop appeal may be evident as compared with previous efforts.

You'll get your expectations met otherwise, including my unique voice doing lead and background vocals, my acoustic guitar doing lead, slide and rhythm, the acoustic bass guitar, and the real and minimalist drums and percussion as the basic foundation, topped off with some harmonica and marimba here and there.  The icing on this cake will include not one, but two songs that feature the lovely Lenore Louise Cooley on squeeze box.

The genres are varied as usual, and you'll hear hints of Native American, Americana, roots rock, folk rock, folk punk, traditional country, ballads, zydeco, and even polka.  The subject matter includes unique perspectives on love and relationships, living life to the fullest, celebration, wild-oat sewing, maturity creeping into life, regret, looks killing, vacation destination, the environment, and coney dogs.

How do I get it?  

As I have previously done with my past 6 album releases, I plan to make it available at all of the usual places where you can buy music online, including the popular ones that may be your preferred favorites, like Google Play Music, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp.  And I will of course be releasing the album on CD as well, which will be available on Amazon, so you old schoolers can add it to your collection, proudly display it in your home or car, and enjoy the high-quality sound, artwork and liner notes.  June 21st!

Smitten Video Now On YouTube

posted Apr 16, 2016, 12:01 PM by Scott Cooley

YouTube Video


Top 5 Lists: 2015 "chart positions"

posted Dec 16, 2015, 8:20 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Dec 16, 2015, 8:45 PM ]

It's mid-December, and as we near the close of another calendar year, I thought why not take a look at the charts.  'Tis the season for year-end lists, after all.  As a few of you out there may already know, my songs and albums have been available for sale for many years now in several online stores where you can buy music.  Although I haven't appeared on the Billboard charts yet, a few of these stores list songs by popularity, presumably based on sales data.  A few years ago, I posted a similar news item here, and was totally confused by which songs sold most in which stores.  Once again, I'm baffled and cannot make any sense of it.  Why are some songs more popular in some stores than others?  Why are some of my worst songs the most popular?  Why do people consistently not purchase some of my best songs?  Why do these lists fluctuate so much?  Why is there little apparent consistency between stores? Maybe I'll find out.  I just visited some of the stores that offer these lists, took screen shots of the top 5s, then for some, I also pasted in the store logos since they didn't always publish the lists near the logos, so you'd know which store they came from.  At the end of this news post, after I've inserted the list images, I'll continue typing to try to comment on any similarities, takeaways or conclusions I may find.  Here goes...

Google Play



Apple Music / iTunes


Spotify




Rhapsody




Last.fm



iHeart Radio



Microsoft Store / XBox Music


Groove



Tidal




eMusic



Juke



Medianet





In Conclusion

Let's start with the easy count-and-sort stats that can be gathered for those making more than one appearance on multiple "charts":
  • Mackinac Island - 7
  • So Money - 4
  • Cooley's Rap - 3
  • Goin' Up To Leadville - 3
  • In My El Camino - 3
  • My Sweetheart, My Darling - 3
  • Road To Me - 3
  • What Makes The World Go 'Round - 3
  • Confess - 2
  • I Did A Bad Thing - 2
  • Into The Sunset - 2
  • Midnight On The Moon - 2
  • Morning Star - 2
Important Note:  This is NOT how many downloads each song had, but rather, how many different online music store top 5 lists the song appeared in (in mid-Dec.'15, for whatever that's worth).  One song not on the above lists at all could theoretically have out-sold all of the other songs in all stores put together from a single store, for example.  So, I'm not sure what this means, except which songs are currently at the top of these lists for a December 2015 snapshot point-in-time.  Again, these are only some of the online music stores in which you can buy my music.

Reliability:
Who knows what types of algorithms these software companies might use to generate these things.  I suspect that it's complicated when people buy an entire album more than individual songs are downloaded.  From the above list then, I might wonder which album is most popular, but I can't really tell without knowing if the song was purchased with an album or not.  Microsoft, which is temporarily called Microsoft Music, appears to be the list from their previous XBox Music, which they are in the process of discontinuing, while they've already rolled out a "renamed" music store called Groove.  Interestingly, each lists the same exact songs, only in a different order!  Some of these stores say some of the information they make available is based on information they get from third parties such as Rovi, which is a company that does those AllMusic reviews.  Others are themselves services where people send data to Last.fm for example, from other music consumption apps and devices.  There may be sharing of info involved here.  So, you never know where this list info comes from or how it's arrived at exactly.  I noticed my most recent album doesn't have many multiples yet, but that could be due to some type of aggregate comparison deal, so it makes sense when you consider it hasn't been out and discoverable for as long.  The MediaNet is more of a service as well, and their list is most popular song on each album.  Of course it's also good to keep in mind these lists do not take into account the direct physical sales of my CDs from Amazon, which fans of my music seem to prefer.

Takeaways:
Well, it's no surprise that Mackinac Island appears the most.  The name recognition factor is there, as it is with Leadville and El Camino I guess, but I know there's been some viral recommendation with that one.  Interesting to see the German fans like My Sweetheart, My Darling, as well as the entire Moon Dreams album on Juke.  So Money getting a 4 is a bit of a surprise, since I didn't think it was that great, but the catchy phrase is there, so it's understandable I suppose.  What Makes The World Go 'Round wasn't one of my favorites, especially the way I sang it so poorly, but nonetheless made it onto 3 lists.  The other 3s and 2s are all good songs, so no surprises otherwise.  However, some of my greatest songs are absent from the multi - appearance totals, like:  Shoreline Miles, Forever A Memory, I Know I Love You, Torn In Two, No Reason Flowers, Find My Way Back Home, Used To Be Good Looking, and Smitten With The Mitten, to name a few.  Although, come to think of it, Smitten is the one song I've offered for free in several online places, so that one I wouldn't expect to see at all.

Survey Still Open:
For another perspective, you can view the results (over 100 responses at last count) of my ongoing "your favorites" survey within scottcooley.com:  Responses collected so far .    Perhaps a better indicator based on pure listener opinion, this I've sent out to some select family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances and fans as an ultra-easy way to get an idea of which songs people like most.  Although I know several people have submitted the form multiple times, it's probably more trustworthy, but arguably, not totally reliable.  However, it's a little more in keeping with what people have told me about which songs of mine they liked the best.  I tend to agree with the stats for the most part, and they are a little more in line with what my own personal favorites are as well.  Admittedly, I took the survey myself a couple times (only to test the functionality).  How can you listen to all of my songs free instantly before taking the survey, you might wonder?  Free streaming from the cloud on any device is always available here:  music.scottcooley.com.  If you'd like to have your opinions shape the outcome of which songs make it on to a "best of" compilation someday, you can check the boxes of your favorites and hit a submit button if you have a quick minute or two here:  Scott Cooley "Best Of" Form

Overall, you can't please all of the people all of the time, in all of the online music stores.  I'm happy to have any popularity and make it onto any list.  Happy to have sales vs. not have sales, in any store.  Happy that some people like some of my songs at least, vs. none.  You know how it is.  It's rare to ever like every song on every album you buy.  The digital online thing hasn't changed the music business that much when you think about how you've always been able to get 45 single records, it's just that albums have always been more fun.  Thankfully, I have this small following that has steadily grown a little over the years with some return customers and a little recommendation going on, but I don't have the hassles of the travelling, performing musician.  No fame, no notability, no published critiques.  I'm pretty much opposed to reading any reviews of my music that may be out there online somewhere, so if there are some, don't let me know, unless they're overwhelmingly positive, that is.  ;-)  It's been a few years since I took a look at these "top" lists, and I'm kind of glad I did.  It doesn't take much to make me want to keep writing and recording, but it's reassuring to look back on occasion like this. 

New Scott Cooley Music Subscription Service

posted Nov 16, 2015, 4:46 PM by Scott Cooley

music.scottcooley.com
You can now subscribe to me on Bandcamp! For the low annual fee, 
you not only get the satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting me in a sustainable way, you also receive:
  • All the new music I make, streaming instantly to your mobile device via the Bandcamp app, and also available as a high-quality, DRM-free download. 
  • A free full release from my back catalog, given to you immediately as a bonus when you subscribe. 
  • All tracks I designate as subscriber-only (live recordings, demos of forthcoming tracks, previously unreleased original songs, b-sides, and so on). 
  • The option to purchase any merchandise item I designate as subscriber-only (for first dibs on signed or limited edition items, etc.). 
  • Exclusive access to the Scott Cooley subscriber community, where I will be posting messages and photos, and chatting with just the paying supporters, and more.
What might one have to do to subscribe? Behold:
  
Sign up for Bandcamp to get started.  Already have an artist or fan account? Log in 


or...just go to music.scottcooley.com and click on the subscribe tab.

Things you may be wondering:

Why are you doing this?

You get everything I make, you never miss out on a release because my announcement drowned in your social media fire hose or got buried under a truckload of spam, and you don’t want the hassle of going through a transaction every time I put out something new. You own the music on your terms, your device, whenever or wherever you want it.  It's about convenience for fans, and it's the future of music.

I get a little sustainability at a time, which is quite different than some big crowdfunding campaign in exchange for you getting your name in the album credits or soemthing.  When you have a desire to help an artist you're into, you sustain the artist so they can keep making more great art.

Does it replace other buying options?

No, a subscription is just another option, just like buying the next album on CD or an individual MP3, FLAC or OGG track.

How much does it cost?

The subscription fee is 15.00 / year, and you can subscribe using a credit card.  Your payment goes straight to me, without a bunch of people taking a cut first (only Bandcamp).  It's the new way.
 

First Dozen Song Lyrics Now Available

posted Oct 24, 2015, 7:21 PM by Scott Cooley

I have finally forced myself to locate and type up the lyrics for all of the songs on the Moon Dreams album (released back in 2004).  Go the Moon Dreams album page, then click on a song title subpage from the list.  



Each individual song page now has complete and nicely typed lyrics displayed on the left pane.  Although the album has 13 songs, the last one is an instrumental, so obviously no lyrics for that one, although I did post its chords.  Heck, to make it even easier, here are the direct links:


Several people over the years have asked if my lyrics were available online somewhere, and now they are...for this album anyway.  It was just a matter of me deciding to finally do it, and it wasn't as much of a pain as I thought it would be.

I am now thinking I can do the same for the other 5 albums in the near future.  An ambitious, yet realistic expectation might be that if I do one album every Saturday, I could easily have all my released songs done by the end of 2015, this being late October.  Knowing myself, I wouldn't want to promise such a timeline, however, since I know I'll likely be prone to forget all about it, be busy with other things I'd rather be doing instead, or simply not feel like doing it during some of the next several Saturdays.  That means the great lyric posting project might spill over into next year.  Heck, I've procrastinated doing it this long - over 10 years for Moon Dreams, so what's a few more months.  The good thing about this renewed interest of mine, and for any demand there might be for them out there in the world, is that I'm now talking about months instead of years or not at all to make the lyrics to the songs I've written available on this web site for people to read.

The thing that pushed me over the edge of motivation was that I just happened to be cleaning up a few things on some song pages anyway, and decided to put a "placeholder" text box for lyrics on one song page.  Then I thought I could just do a copy/paste thing for the rest of them.  Once they all had blank lyric boxes, I then thought I would try one, which led to another, then they told two friends, and so on, and so on.  Next thing I knew, the whole album was done.  

Another motivating factor here is that I do want people to know what the lyrics to my released songs are before I die.  Not that I'm about to die or anything, but it would be a shame for the actual lyrics to remain a mystery forever and die with me.  Getting them "out there" gives me a similar satisfaction as releasing the songs themselves.  Even if hardly anyone ever buys my music, I'm glad to know it's available, just in case.  Like the t-shirt slogan I read on a shirt for sale in a songwriter magazine I was reading a while back that said "don't die with the music in you," I could relate, and now want to be sure I don't die with the lyrics in me either.  I doubt my wife would sort through my old scraps of notebook paper and attempt such a thing after I'm not around anymore, and my songs are seriously among the things I'm most proud of in my life, believe it or not.

You never know when people will misinterpret the lyrics.  I'm not the best singer in the world, and although I believe I record my vocals fairly well, and sing the lyrics in a way that make them clearly discernible, it could be some are not.  I know there are many songs out there I've gotten wrong over the years, and once I found out what they truly were, now have fun laughing about them....

"I'm not talkin' 'bout the linen (movin' in)" - England Dan and John Ford Coley

You also never know if after you're gone, your songs live on and find renewed interest and increasing popularity.  It's happened before, and will again, and it could conceivable happen to me, and when/if it does, people will want a reliable source of information to get the accurate lyics to these songs.  Lots of people like music, and lots of people are curious for more information about the music they like.  More than one might initially think.  It's why wikipedia and imdb are among the most visited websites in the world, and it's why there are so many websites dedicated to providing popular song lyrics.  I've looked up lyrics on the internet to songs I like before, from fairly reputable sources, too, and I just know they're incorrect.  Admittedly, I've gotten way, way too carried away with this website in many ways, but one major reason for its existence, now that I've released music out into the world for people to buy and enjoy, is to create and maintain a single, authoritative source of information about that music I created.  

Check back later this year, and you'll likely find a similar announcement about the next album, Lakeside Landing, as I work forward in time in release order from older to newer.

Analytics Since Site Launch in 2007

posted Sep 15, 2015, 5:32 PM by Scott Cooley

Eight years is a good enough length of time, one might think, to take a look at the Google Analytics.  I put in some dates and clicked a few things in there, and here are some statistics about visitors to this Web site.  

Global

Takeaways

The big takeaway was I've apparently got some work to do in Iceland, Greenland, Africa, the Middle East and Kazhakstan.  ;-)  It was interesting to see I am big in India, Brazil, and China...at first...until I realized those countries have a ton of people.  UK, Canada, and Netherlands were particularly pleasing to me...not sure why exactly, but I like those countries.  Russia was more surprising than Germany, I guess, since I've become aware Germans have purchased my music before via CD Baby (a good service, by the way).  870 returning visitors is all good.  The total sessions count was impressive overall.

US



Takeaways

Obviously, North Dakotans don't know what they're missing!  ;-)  California, New York, Texas and Illinois are not surprising due to population I suppose.  Aside from North Dakota, Virginia is the biggest surprise here, since I know a few people in Florida and Ohio.  #4 there on the pageviews list is from me logging in to this site and viewing 967 pages, which doesn't seem like that much, but over an 8-year span, I believe it since I log in, make a quick tweak, then log out fairly frequently, like at least once a month thinking back.  #3 on the pageviews I figure must be from those web crawling spider robot deals, because even though I provide links to the sitemap here and there throughout the site, I doubt that many people would click on it to see the directory of every single page in an expandable tree.  It was great to see so many people checking out the Store page!!

Exits



Takeaways

Ah-ha!  115 people almost signed up for my Mailing List, and then bailed out.  Damn, I gotta simplify that page.  Exiting the Store page could be a good thing, since the shopping cart exits you from that page to Amazon to check out when buying a CD.

Conclusions

This was just the tip of the iceberg as far as available intelligence data about this web site goes.  There are endless stats, charts, graphs, etc. that you can configure and create in this tool, and these were just the easy ones.  I was able to see the activity spike at around the time I added content, posted a blog, had a new album release and told people about it, or posted something to Facebook.  I should use Facebook more, but I just can't bring myself to log in more than a few times a year.  A lot of the traffic came from there, but most came from Google, Bing, and Yahoo searches.  Most people know you can also find out what types of browsers and operating systems visitors use and other things like that which didn't really interest me.  Since I don't have any ad campaigns configured in there, I didn't have the sales-oriented data available for conversions and things like that.  Amazon, Google Play/Music and Apple Music/iTunes reports are available as well, but I can see in my accounts when I have sales, which I check from time to time, and some MP3 services like Bandcamp automatically notify me, so I don't really need it.  Most of it is either confusing to figure out how to use, uses unfamiliar business or technical terminology, or just didn't seem all that important to me to drill down into or run reports against.  Not that it isn't an awesome, powerful, and free tool, this Google Analytics.  Since the domain name is a nominal yearly fee, and the rest is of no cost, the web site is just a fun way for me to mess around and pretend I'm this important indie rock artist or singer-songwriter and learn about web-related stuff, some of which I find interesting.  Now that I can just about sell enough music to cover the cost of distributing it, I'm nearing a break-even stage with this hobby from word-of-mouth alone.  If I would only invest in marketing/promotion/advertising/publicity stuff, who knows what the future upticks in the sales trends on charts and graphs would look like?  Nice to think about a little future growth with this thing.  I wonder if I could recoup that investment risk though.  Well, I'm happy with my little songwriting/home recording hobby and making the music available for people to discover for now, so I'll keep at it I guess.

Overall, I'm really happy the site I work hard on has had so many visitors - both new and returning.  I guess I need to find more free ways to promote it online to get even more...from Greenland and North Dakota!  Maybe write more songs about cold weather situations.  Hmmm...not a bad idea, I'll get to work on that.  

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