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  • New Album "Bluebird Days" Available Now! Hello everyone.  This is the official Scott Cooley News post to let you know I have a new album I'm proud of that you can listen to right now.Anyone who might run across my news page will now be aware that I've written and recorded 13 new original songs and the new music is now available.  I'm excited that I've put it out there on the web in all the main online places to get music, and that it's now ready to potentially be discovered, enjoyed, and recommended!I guess you have to actually tell people you have a new album available for them to find out about it, so here is an attempt ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2020, 7:59 AM by Scott Cooley
  • Austin's Story I recently got involved with the Sing Me A Story (SMAS) Foundation.  It's a website where they post stories that kids write, and songwriters turn them into songs, then people can donate to the charities the kids are associated with (organizations for children in need).  The story I picked jumped out at me immediately.  It was a simple, four-sentence story written by a kid named Austin, and it so far had zero songs.  It was called Austin's Story, and its title became the title of the song I wrote and recorded, and its content became the chorus.  Austin is age 11 and the charity is Gilda's Club, named for Gilda Radner of Detroit, Michigan and Saturday ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2020, 8:06 PM by Scott Cooley
  • Thumbs Up! Scott Cooley music now on Pandora The popular Pandora streaming radio service recently decided to make some of my music available on their station/site/app.  Out of all the popular places to get your music these days (Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Amazon, etc.), it was the only holdout until now.  For well over a decade now, you’ve been able to get my albums and songs as MP3 downloads in stores like iTunes or as CDs in stores like Amazon.  Now Pandora has let me in their gate, and I suppose I am happy my current and future fans who use it can now find me there.  Should Pandora consider themselves lucky to have the opportunity to take a cut when someone discovers and ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2019, 7:14 AM by Scott Cooley
  • Official YouTube Channel now has easy-to-remember URL I suppose I can now brag that I have an easy-to-remember YouTube channel URL: youtube.com/scottcooley It works, and although I’m not much of a video creator, there are in fact some videos I’ve created on there that feature my studio music recordings. So, just making you aware you can find those and “watch” (listen) to them. There’s a check mark there too, which I think means it’s “Verified.”  I’m not sure what that amounts to exactly, but I think it means they consider me an “established” creator. It’s what they call a “custom channel URL” and I guess I had to qualify as having the proper “eligibility” for it.  Not ...
    Posted Oct 20, 2019, 2:31 PM by Scott Cooley
  • Learn how to play Mackinac Island (Horseshit & Fudge) on ukulele! You can now easily learn how to play my song Mackinac Island on ukulele if you want to!  By using the lyrics with chord chart diagrams on the Ukulele Tabs website, you can hover over the chord letter placed above the word where played to view the fingering placement.  It's a simple song, and it's perfect for uke.  This is probably my most famous song, and now whether you're already a ukulele player, or are still learning, you can quickly ensure this song is in the arsenal of your live performance repertoire.  I can verify that the lyrics and chords are pretty darned accurate, and the entire song is included, except any instrumental break you might want ...
    Posted May 7, 2019, 8:43 AM by Scott Cooley
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New Album "Bluebird Days" Available Now!

posted Jun 23, 2020, 5:05 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Jun 24, 2020, 7:59 AM ]

Bluebird Days album cover
Hello everyone.  This is the official Scott Cooley News post to let you know I have a new album I'm proud of that you can listen to right now.

Anyone who might run across my news page will now be aware that I've written and recorded 13 new original songs and the new music is now available.  I'm excited that I've put it out there on the web in all the main online places to get music, and that it's now ready to potentially be discovered, enjoyed, and recommended!

I guess you have to actually tell people you have a new album available for them to find out about it, so here is an attempt to do that.  This is one of several ways I will be letting the world know that my 9th studio album, "Bluebird Days" is now ready for public consumption.  

You will be needing some links, of course, if you want to check it out, so here are some:
  • Press Release - I recently posted a somewhat official press release about it that you can read here:  https://bit.ly/2Yti4YO.
  • Album Page - It has its own page within the scottcooley.com web site here:  Bluebird Days

Well, that should cover it for the links.  Oh, you might want a simple description, so here's that:  
The 9th studio album by Scott Cooley, featuring bold acoustic ski bum garage rock songs with traces of folk, blues, funk, punk, psychedelic, reggae, art rock and Americana mostly about wanting to fly high and ski on sunny powder days in the mountains to escape the blues.

I'll even throw in the liner notes for good measure, so here those are:
Copyright © & Sound Recording Published ℗ 2020 by Scott Cooley.  All words & music for all songs written by Scott Cooley.  All rights reserved.  All songs arranged, produced, recorded, mixed & mastered at Scott Cooley Music Productions studio in Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA by Scott Cooley.  All vocals, guitars, bass, ukulele, piano, marimba, harmonica, drums, percussion & whistling performed by Scott Cooley.  Studio album released June 21st, 2020 on Scott Cooley Records catalog # SCR09 with cover art photograph by Richard E. Cooley.  Total playing time 61 minutes. 

That should just about do it.  Hope you like it!

Sincerely,

Scott

Austin's Story

posted Apr 14, 2020, 8:05 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Apr 14, 2020, 8:06 PM ]

https://singmeastory.org/stories/austin-s-story
I recently got involved with the Sing Me A Story (SMAS) Foundation.  It's a website where they post stories that kids write, and songwriters turn them into songs, then people can donate to the charities the kids are associated with (organizations for children in need).  

The story I picked jumped out at me immediately.  It was a simple, four-sentence story written by a kid named Austin, and it so far had zero songs.  It was called Austin's Story, and its title became the title of the song I wrote and recorded, and its content became the chorus.  

Austin is age 11 and the charity is Gilda's Club, named for Gilda Radner of Detroit, Michigan and Saturday Night Live fame, and co-founded by Gene Wilder, which is a free program of social and emotional support for those feeling the impact of cancer.  The idea is to expand on the child's initial imagination in their story by making it into a song that is then shared with the child and others within the organization.  

Here is Austin's story:  https://singmeastory.org/stories/austin-s-story.  

Here is how you can donate, which allows you to own a copy of the song:  https://singmeastory.org/song-payments/1332.  I've set an initial goal of $1,000.00.

Here are the song lyrics:

Austin's Story

Words by Austin and Scott Cooley, music by Scott Cooley
Sometimes life is short as we all know Sometimes there’s danger everywhere you go Sometimes we all get hungry, and want to survive Sometimes after you’re gone, you were just a guy Chorus (by Austin): There was a guy He went into a cave A bear ate him The end. Some people are careful, some like to explore Some simple stories leave you craving for more Some authors know details they don’t include Some people are spared, and some become food There was a guy He went into a cave A bear ate him The end. Austin saw the whole thing, he saw it from afar This is Austin’s story, in Austin or wherever you are He didn’t know the guy, no he didn’t know the bear He lived to tell us all about it, thank God Austin was there Some like to hideout, some like to hibernate Some are just innocent victims of fate Maybe the bear was good and the guy was bad We’ll never know if it made Austin happy or sad There was a guy He went into a cave A bear ate him The end. No one knows why Maybe he was brave No one will hate him My friends There was a guy He went into a cave A bear ate him The end.

Here is the song:

Austin's Story



All the proceeds from the song's jukebox will go toward Gilda's Club - Simcoe Muskoka in California and The Sing Me a Story Foundation. It has been sent to the organization the child is a part of for the kids! Don't forget, everyone who donates will receive the song as an Mp3 with their donation receipt. Hashtag :
#SingMeAStory Twitter : @SMASFoundation Instagram : sing_me_a_story Facebook : www.facebook.com/singmeastory I am extremely grateful for your support!

Thumbs Up! Scott Cooley music now on Pandora

posted Oct 27, 2019, 7:14 AM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Oct 27, 2019, 7:14 AM ]

The popular Pandora streaming radio service recently decided to make some of my music available on their station/site/app.  Out of all the popular places to get your music these days (Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Amazon, etc.), it was the only holdout until now.  For well over a decade now, you’ve been able to get my albums and songs as MP3 downloads in stores like iTunes or as CDs in stores like Amazon.  Now Pandora has let me in their gate, and I suppose I am happy my current and future fans who use it can now find me there.  Should Pandora consider themselves lucky to have the opportunity to take a cut when someone discovers and listens to my music on their service?  Yes, I think so, of course!

I must’ve submitted my music to them at least five times in the last decade only to be denied, but finally, I’ve been approved and accepted by their curators.  They seem to all of a sudden care about independent musicians, maybe because they got bought out by Serius XM satellite radio, but maybe as I like to think, I finally submitted the right music to them and I’ve gotten better!   Call it radio-friendly or AI-friendly, science fiction fans know you have to appease the artificial intelligence of machines for future success.

The deal with them is they say they have 1) human curators, and 2) a genome algorithm thing, that both somehow decide whether to make your music available or not.  The last time I did send them two of my most mainstream and commercial sounding songs from the Bluebird Days II album:  “Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way” and “Mountain Time,” so maybe the radio-friendliness made a difference, who knows?

So, just thought I’d let people know that if they use Pandora, they can now find me on there.  It could be a badge of honor since they’ve notoriously been annoyingly strict gatekeepers, but it could be they went after the major-label artists first, then got bought out, and then started to realize they could make even more money if they loosened their acceptance standards.  Either way, I’ll get micro-fractions of fractions of a penny each time a subscriber hits play on one of my songs I guess, which I doubt will ever amount to an actual payment, but maybe if I get a check for a dollar ten years from now, it would make up for a miniscule fraction of my labor time in submitting my music to them.

Here’s a handy link:  https://www.pandora.com/artist/scott-cooley/bluebird-days-2/AL55xcxpKZjc4vg

Official YouTube Channel now has easy-to-remember URL

posted Oct 20, 2019, 2:30 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Oct 20, 2019, 2:31 PM ]

https://www.youtube.com/scottcooley?sub_confirmation=1
I suppose I can now brag that I have an easy-to-remember YouTube channel URL:

youtube.com/scottcooley

It works, and although I’m not much of a video creator, there are in fact some videos I’ve created on there that feature my studio music recordings.

So, just making you aware you can find those and “watch” (listen) to them.

There’s a check mark there too, which I think means it’s “Verified.”  I’m not sure what that amounts to exactly, but I think it means they consider me an “established” creator.

It’s what they call a “custom channel URL” and I guess I had to qualify as having the proper “eligibility” for it.  Not sure if I really earned it or not, but maybe it makes me more of an established musical artist now.

So, if you type that into a browser address, it should resolve to this slightly longer one:

https://www.youtube.com/scottcooley

They give, they threaten to take away, people complain, then they give back.  Such is the recent deal with YouTube checkmarks.  They’re worried about you pretending to be someone you’re not, I guess, and they want you to earn it with subscribers, popularity, search hits, etc.  It’s the same dilemma Twitter had with their check marks and getting rid of their blue verified badge – it’s hard to fairly measure what is of public interest or not.  Similarly, Wikipedia has their “notability” critera, so average joes can’t claim to be important.  The internet made things weird, and allowing people to self-publish creative works and sell them online complicated the matter.  Who knows what they’ll do with the musical note channels, and whether some different rules will apply.

Also, I have a “channel” on the new YouTube Music service, which is kind of a different thing, but “pulls in” videos from the official channel:

https://music.youtube.com/channel/UCuucWWAbIKa4x0FFWzmKqbQ

I highly recommend YouTube Music and am a subscriber myself.  Like a lot of people, I’ve tried out iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, etc., and prefer this service for many reasons.  The huge difference is it gets you ad-free access to all of regular YouTube, in addition to the music part.

It’s the little wins like this that help independent musicians in their quest to have their music reach a greater audience, and so I think of it as an honor and privilege.

If so inclined, Subscribe to my new channel by clicking this:  https://www.youtube.com/scottcooley?sub_confirmation=1

Learn how to play Mackinac Island (Horseshit & Fudge) on ukulele!

posted May 7, 2019, 8:43 AM by Scott Cooley   [ updated May 7, 2019, 8:43 AM ]

https://www.ukulele-tabs.com/uke-songs/scott-cooley/mackinac-island-uke-tab-64720.html
You can now easily learn how to play my song Mackinac Island on ukulele if you want to!  By using the lyrics with chord chart diagrams on the Ukulele Tabs website, you can hover over the chord letter placed above the word where played to view the fingering placement.  It's a simple song, and it's perfect for uke.  

This is probably my most famous song, and now whether you're already a ukulele player, or are still learning, you can quickly ensure this song is in the arsenal of your live performance repertoire.  I can verify that the lyrics and chords are pretty darned accurate, and the entire song is included, except any instrumental break you might want to throw in.  On the studio recording, my lovely wife Lenore played the marimba during that part.  Although the site is named after the short version of the word "tablature," there is no actual tablature for the melody, it's only words and chords.  Let's face it, most ukulele players are going to be strumming chords as opposed to playing individual notes anyway.

The link to the page:



The site lists the difficulty as "intermediate" and rate it a 4.3, whatever that means.  I think it's much easier than that rating would indicate however.  The uke I use when playing it live here in Michigan is concert size, but it will work for most sizes of ukuleles, including soprano.  You can also click a link on the page noted above to view the chords as they would be played on a baritone uke.  They have a feature that allows you to transpose it up or down several steps, so you can play it in a key that is best suited to your vocal range.  I think they mistakenly list the key as E minor right now, and although I'm no expert in keys, I'm pretty sure it should be in the key of G.


There are only four chords used in this song:  G, C, D, and B;  and although there are variations possible in the way to play them, the site displays the chart diagrams with numbered dots for your fingers on the appropriate strings and frets as follows:

https://www.ukulele-tabs.com/uke-songs/scott-cooley/mackinac-island-uke-tab-64720.html

Appropriately, these assume you have your uke tuned to GCEA, or what is otherwise known as "Island" tuning.  To learn more about the song, see it's corresponding page of scottcooley.com here:  www.scottcooley.com/albums/lakeside-landing/mackinac-island .  Happy strumming and singing!!!  

Aloha, 

Scott

Lyrics Galore! All Lyrics to All Songs now available

posted Apr 25, 2019, 7:04 PM by Scott Cooley

Yes, you read that right:  Every single song written by Scott Cooley that is on the 10 studio albums now has complete and accurate lyrics available on its corresponding song page of this web site.  

For all those who are curious what the exact words are (in case for example, you couldn't quite make them all out while listening to the singing on the recordings, or would just like to read them in silence as if they were poems), you can now get satisfaction to your heart's content.

Some quick stats:
  • 10 studio albums
  • 131 total songs
  • 3 covers
  • 2 instrumentals (no lyrics)
  • 128 originals
  • 126 originals w/ lyrics

For your convenience, there are handy listings of both alphabetical and chronological links by album on the Songs and Lyrics pages of this site.  For even more convenience, they are also included below in album/track order.  Click away, then read away.  Happy reading!


Moon Dreams
  1. Early Mornin' Rain
  2. Midnight On The Moon
  3. Morning Star
  4. Light Years
  5. Under The Sun
  6. A Star Named After You
  7. Confess
  8. It's Been Too Long
  9. Serenity
  10. Better Days
  11. Watchin' The World Go By
  12. Blame It On The Moon
  13. Into The Sunset
Lakeside Landing
  1. Shoreline Miles
  2. What Makes The World Go 'Round
  3. Keeping Me At Bay
  4. Haul Away On The Halyard
  5. Shred Betty
  6. Lakeside Landing
  7. Wake Of A Great Lakes Freighter
  8. Lonely Lover's Lullaby
  9. Against The Tide
  10. Over The Waves
  11. Fun In The Sun
  12. All For Me Grog
  13. Mackinac Island
Drive Time Companion
  1. Torn In Two
  2. Road To Me
  3. Puttin' Up A Pole Barn
  4. Here To Listen
  5. Returning To The Scene
  6. Doin' Nothin'
  7. One More Mile To McDonald's
  8. In My El Camino
  9. So Money
  10. Cooley's Rap
  11. Too Much Coffee
  12. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
  13. Happy Go Lucky
Sense Of Belonging
  1. Forever A Memory
  2. Stay
  3. Three Mariachis
  4. Find My Way Back Home
  5. Without You
  6. King For A Day
  7. Your First True Love
  8. The River Of No Return
  9. Homesick
  10. Love Me Or Leave Me Alone
  11. What Money Can't Buy
  12. This Land Is Your Land
  13. The Invisible Man
Cherchez La Femme
  1. Forever In Shame
  2. I Did A Bad Thing
  3. Cherchez La Femme
  4. My Sweetheart, My Darling
  5. Too Close For Comfort
  6. What About Me?
  7. Hot Sauce
  8. She Got Even
  9. Please Louise
  10. With All Of My Heart
  11. You're So Beautiful
  12. No Reason Flowers
  13. If I Had Time
Used To Be Good Looking
  1. Used To Be Good Looking
  2. I Care
  3. I Know I Love You
  4. Up North
  5. Fine On A Friday
  6. B. C.
  7. Brought It On Myself
  8. American Dream
  9. Algoma Central Blues
  10. Happily Mad
  11. Magazine
  12. Goin' Up To Leadville
  13. Great Lakes Blues
  14. Smitten With The Mitten
Rest Assured
  1. I Take Some Getting Used To
  2. Show Up
  3. Burn Your Candles
  4. Good For Me
  5. So Shy
  6. Baby Please Come Home
  7. Coney
  8. Call Me Crazy
  9. Hell On Earth
  10. Whatever Floats Your Boat
  11. Where There's Smoke
  12. Something About New Orleans
  13. No One To Call
Missing The Boat
  1. I Won't Forget You 
  2. Got It Made 
  3. Missing The Boat 
  4. Your Own Private Island 
  5. Warm All The Time 
  6. Time To Get Loose 
  7. Sand In My Suitcase 
  8. Go With The Flow 
  9. A Tiki Torch For You 
  10. Rogue Wave 
  11. It's Not Gonna Be OK 
  12. Sink Or Swim 
  13. Shipwreck Waiting To Happen
Bluebird Days
  1. Together Now
  2. Too Late To Turn Back Now
  3. Birds and Worms
  4. Trampoline
  5. A Wonderful Way To Fall
  6. Blue Devils
  7. Boxed In
  8. Lonesome Hobo Blues
  9. Look It Up
  10. Big Air
  11. She’s A Dodo
  12. Love Is Like A Rose
  13. When I'm Gone
Bluebird Days II
  1. Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way
  2. Mountain Time
  3. Hope
  4. In The Winterim
  5. Forever Blue
  6. Birds Of Prey
  7. Green Love
  8. True Love
  9. Feather in Cap
  10. Stuck In The Wrong Dimension
  11. Stepping Stone
  12. Brain Dead
  13. Any Port In A Storm

Out of the blue, a future album returns to the present

posted Feb 8, 2019, 12:44 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Feb 8, 2019, 12:48 PM ]

Bluebird Days II
Why would Scott Cooley release a new album out of the blue in January of an odd-numbered year, you might be wondering?  ...And why would that album have a roman numeral II in the title as if it were a follow-up album to one with the same name without the II when that album has not yet itself been released?  

Sometimes things don't go according to plan, and you have to roll with it.  Such is my deal in life recently, nothing but craziness and chaos since the polar vortex of last week.  Cold weather can bring about positive change, I'm hoping!

Here's the deal - I use a company called CD Baby to distribute my albums and songs to online digital music stores like Apple Music, Spotify, etc., and they allow you to upload completed albums and then specify a future release date.  My next two albums are done and "in the can" and so I uploaded them and scheduled one to be released on June 21st, 2020 called Bluebird Days, and scheduled the other to be released on June 21st, 2022 called Bluebird Days II.  

I thought it was a cool service they offered:  the ability to have albums ready to go that would automatically launch when I wanted them to in the future.  I even thought in case I die, my lovely wife will likely reap the benefits of posthumous releases - and we all know that album sales after one dies skyrocket - so the fractions of cents would surely come pouring in and set her up well after I'm gone.  These are the fantasies of songwriters.  

So, being the prolific guy I am, I figure I can rest easy, take a break, knowing I can take my time writing and recording songs for that big 2024 release.  (For those who don't know my deal as it relates to releasing new albums of original songs - I always have a new record every two years in even numbered years ready for release on my birthday - June 21st, a tradition for multiple decades now).  In a break from said tradition, they screwed up and released the sequel before the predecessor, and as a result, the original first Bluebird Days (I) still won't be released until June 21st, 2020 as planned, but its follow-up successor Bluebird Days II, has been live and released and available since Jan. 29th, 2019, approximately 3 1/2 years before it was scheduled to be released.  

So, you can get it now anywhere you listen to and/or buy music online, including these popular places:
There you have it, the story behind the future music that has come back to the here and now.  Hope you enjoy it.  In scrambling to decide whether I could issue a take down request, or just to deal with this as best I can and go ahead and announce it, I did some online searching for Bluebird Days and Bluebird Days II just to see which stores had which album(s), and I discovered an unrelated, yet similarly strange story:  A similar weird thing, no coincidence, is I'm a fan of Neil Young, who I think I read once scrapped an album called Chrome Dreams, only to later release a Chrome Dreams II album, which happened to have a song on it called Beautiful Bluebird.  I know.  

Also as a result, I've scrambled to put up an album page with song subpages here:  Bluebird Days II
And while I was at it, also did the same for the first one you can't buy or hear yet:  Bluebird Days

Hopefully this helps clarify things a bit, and who knows, it just may stir more interest in the prequel Bluebird Days as I'm now calling it.  Just in case anyone out there was interested!!!  Please feel free to share this with your friends and family if you so desire, as I will welcome the spread of news about this premature album release announcement.  Sometimes it's time to change things up in life, right?  Yep, I thought so too.

1st & probably only "video" from new album is now "up" on YouTube

posted Jun 26, 2018, 7:16 PM by Scott Cooley

Yes, I've ventured into promoting my albums for several years with one "music video" from each of my last couple album releases, so I thought I'd follow suit with the latest, Missing The Boat.  First I did a follow-along-with-the-pictures video for 2014's Smitten With The Mitten, which featured each of Michigan's state symbols and took me forever and a day to synch up.  Telling myself I'd never put myself through that torture again, I decided to take it easier on myself and venture into attempting a true lyric video for 2016's Coney, and that was also very time consuming and a major hassle I said I'd never attempt again.  

Now here it is 2018 and once again, I used the free Microsoft Movie Maker I think it's called, only this time I decided to just do a bunch of pictures that change every few seconds throughout the song with nothing syncronized - way easier!  The song is called A Tiki Torch For You, and it's a personal song with special meaning for approximately 20 people in this world who will hopefully find it quite entertaining, but otherwise, people not "in the know" won't really get it.  It's not the first time I've done such a thing, but hey, maybe you'll imagine your own backstory and love it.  

Guess in my previous news, blog, and/or social media posts leading up to this album release I haven't really admitted an important aspect of my new album, but it was inevitable that I would need to eventually, so I will do so now.  So preemptively, before being called out on it, this new video features track #9 which is one song of many on the album that might be described as sort of being kind of like a Jimmy Buffett song.  In this regard, it's more of a concept album than others I suppose.  

I realize revealing this fact immediately turns off a lot of people out there in the world to never give it a listen or a chance.  To each their own.  No accounting for people's taste in music.  I prefer the fun, the simple, the nautical, the tropical, the escapism from time to time in my music listening experience.  Maybe it's because I'm a big fan of sailing and vacations and relaxing and taking it easy.  Taking it easy - in songwriting, the best songs come easily, and perhaps the same can be said for the music video - it too needs to come easily.

YouTube Video


It's Official - My 8th Album Is In Stores Now!

posted Jun 20, 2018, 11:35 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Jun 20, 2018, 11:36 PM ]

Missing The Boat - Scott Cooley Album Press Release

June 21st, 2018 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from Grand Blanc:  Michigan independent digital record label Scott Cooley Records is pleased to announce the release of award-winning songwriter and solo recording artist Scott Cooley's 8th full-length studio album, Missing The Boat.  Containing  13 new original songs, it is available from Amazon in CD format, as well as in various digital formats from Apple Music, Google Play Music, Bandcamp, Spotify, and many more.  For those who know the "Jack Johnson of the Great Lakes region" side of Scott (as he was once described),  this one packages that up well as opposed to simply having a few of those types of songs interspersed here and there on other albums.

This album's conceptual theme features a more "Buffettesque" quality than recent releases, while delivering what fans expect - great songwriting, the acoustic-instruments- only thing, and the definitive singing and guitar playing styles.  A totally individual solo artist effort, everything you hear is a result of Scott acting alone to make his vision a reality, delivering songs that while more on the positive side than usual, still bring you that rebellious attitude and very realistic outlook on life appreciators are often especially delighted by.

For newcomers to Scott's style, this collection of mostly up-tempo Midwest maritime rockers with Caribbean flavor are only slightly tamed by a couple of ballads.  As such, in many ways it harkens back to (or is at least reminiscent of) the escapism that can be heard on Cooley's sophomore effort album, Lakeside Landing, released in 2006, which also effortlessly traversed between the nautical and tropical.  Without a doubt, it has a similar overall escapist party vibe that is sure to lift your spirits and make you want to get back out on a boat on some water near you soon!

These tracks serve as the bread of the sandwich whose meat is a steady dose of emotions ranging from those you feel in romantic relationships to those you feel with close family and friends...on boats.  These songs are obviously written from the perspective of a guy who you would think is in desperate need of (but so looking forward to) a well-deserved vacation, and all the adrenaline that goes with that.  Life is never perfect, and this album uses hints of island, beach, and surf music to bring back fond memories of warm places from a cold locale in an almost misery-loves-company way you'll surely relate to and empathize with. 

Upbeat acoustic rockers will get you revved up like an electric guitar song would, while the happy mid-tempo Hawaiianish and Jamaicanish tunes employ sounds such as acoustic lap steel slide, marimba and hand percussion to give you a sampling of an important part of the Scott Cooley sound, only this time leaving out the country and punk rock influences in favor of the Calypsonian if you will.  The folk hints are certainly still present, however, which almost make these songs sound more like mento than true reggae.

Although quite pleasant and hopeful, buried in these simple, peppy tunes is a slightly subversive ugly-can-be-beautiful thread that serves to make it okay to feel depressed and wish for sunnier days in the course of expressing life's struggles and chaos.  As a result, the listener is rewarded with a therapeutic release that will ease the worries of the mind.  In turn, hearing about how bad others have it can make you focus on possibility of improving your own plight, so just as the blues can cheer you up, so too can Scott Cooley's unique brand of acoustic garage rock music.  There's a freedom in this worldview that can become contagiously encouraging. 

Missing is the Lenore Cooley accordion heard on past releases, but making more prominent contributions to the Scott Cooley sound are the increased usage of ukulele and piano blended with the staples of acoustic guitar, lap steel slide, acoustic bass, marimba, harmonica and sparse drums and hand percussion.  So what you have is an album that is at once rough (with edgy guitar work, the homegrown DIY approach, and harshly honest lyrical perspectives) and polished (with the introduction of piano and improved effects application and mastering).  To sum it up, Missing The Boat holds a place in the Cooley catalog where the fun is cranked to eleven, which is just enough of a dangerous departure from the usual fare to add excitement while still delivering the satiety for those craving the basic elements of the Scott Cooley listening experience they've become accustomed to.  

Visit www.scottcooley.com/albums/missing-the-boat for complete details.

Celebrate Fete de la Musique with Scott Cooley's latest album!!!

posted Jun 12, 2018, 7:06 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Jun 12, 2018, 7:07 PM ]

Musique des fêtes is a French term that translates into English as "holiday music."  I've tagged my latest release as such for several reasons.  A lot of my music, but in particular this album, has a holiday feel to it with steady doses of daydreaming and wanderlust.

It contains a collection of songs that are all loosely based on a theme of taking a break from the daily grind.  Starting back in the 1980s in France, World Music Day (a.k.a. Make Music Day) has happened annually on my birthday.  In even numbered years, this is also the day I release a new studio album of original songs I've written and recorded myself performing as a solo artist.  



No matter where you live, you are not only allowed, but are urged to play Scott Cooley music outside in public.  Go ahead and crank it up to 11.  My 8th such album, "Missing The Boat," becomes officially available for purchase in all your favorite online music stores, so I hereby encourage you to buy it and crank it up to 11!

Combining lyrical themes from the Great Lakes region with Caribbean-influenced garage rock played only on acoustic instruments, the style has also been neatly described as "a sober, stripped-down, Midwestern version of Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers."

For more information about my new album, see Missing The Boat.  For more information about Musique des fetes, see Fete del la musique.  Did I mention this is also my birthday?


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