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© ℗ 2006 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved. Words & music for all songs written by Scott Cooley, except: All For Me Grog & Over The Waves are traditional, arranged by Scott Cooley. Lead & background vocals, lead & rhythm acoustic guitar, acoustic bass guitar, acoustic lap steel slide guitar, harmonica, marimba, drums & percussion by Scott Cooley. Recorded, mixed, mastered & produced by Scott Cooley in Michigan, USA. Photo, keyboard, additional vocals & marimba by Lenore Cooley.
Behind The Music
This album should make you yearn for getting back out on the water soon. I think it's cool because it blends so many styles in one album with a common theme and with common instruments. You'll notice hints of calypso, reggae, sea shanty, surf instrumental rock, Hawaiian, Americana, folk, ballads, traditional, mento, ska, and rock - all from a midwestern, great lakes perspective. The variety and carefully selected song order holds your attention while overall, you get in a certain happy mood with positive feelings and thoughts of lakes, water, boating, summer, beaches, and love. It might remind you of fond memories of relaxation or make you want to go on a vacation.
Lakeside Landing features storytelling songs, songs about sailing, love; songs in a variety of styles that show versatility and maturity compared with earlier releases. There is a slight modern maritime theme throughout, with song stylings that float from folk rock to surf rock to unique traditional song arrangements, with varying time signatures and tempos that overall, have quite a relaxing mood about them.
From contemporary sea shanty to traditional maritime song arrangements to instrumental surf rock to ballads and folk-rock with caribbean/calypso/mento/ska/reggae flavors, Lakeside Landing represents Great Lakes-oriented acoustic rock at its best. Hawaiian lap style slide guitar and marimba complement acoustic guitar and light drums/hand percussion to back warm, emotional vocals in delivering unique tales of love and wanderlust that will leave you yearning to get back out on the water soon.
Lakeside Landing features storytelling songs about sailing, lakes and love in a variety of styles that show versatility and maturity compared with earlier releases. The follow-up to Moon Dreams, this album is somewhat of a departure from the more dark and blues-oriented acoustic rock that ventures into the realm of lightness, of summer, of enjoyment of the outdoors as opposed to dreams of outer space. There is a slight "modern maritime" theme throughout, with styles that float from folk rock to surf rock to caribbean to unique traditional song arrangements, with varying time signatures and tempos that overall, have quite a relaxing mood about them. This album should make you yearn for getting back out on the water soon.
New from micro netlabel Scott Cooley Records is the second full album release from solo artist Scott Cooley entitled Lakeside Landing. Officially hitting web retail outlets on June 21st, 2006, the follow-up to Moon Dreams doesn’t so much take things up a notch as go in a new direction. This time sailing a course for summertime fun, it is a much more sunny album than its darker predecessor, changing tack from blues to blue skies.
Great Lakes-oriented acoustic rock at its best, this contemporary maritime marvel delivers unique tales of love and wanderlust with hints of Caribbean flavor that will leave you yearning to get back out on the water soon. Scott’s better half Lenore makes guest appearances on keyboard, marimba and vocals to expand the basic guitar/bass/drums sound of past releases.
Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Scott Cooley defies convenient categorization, and Lakeside Landing makes it even more difficult. Balancing elements of Hawaiian, instrumental surf rock, reggae, traditional folk balladry, rock, and modern sea shanty, Scott uses all acoustic instruments and different vocal styles to blend subject matter with a common theme – that of having fun and not taking life too seriously. One fan said about the title track “the softness of the song is very tranquil…and (the album) was great to listen to all the way through.”
Another fan reported this about the song “Mackinac Island,” which has enjoyed a surging popularity on the web: “This is awesome…I was listening to it and my friend overheard and made me send him the link. Now all my friends are singing it. My boyfriend even sang it to me on the couch last night.” A cautionary word is in order about this song, and that is that it contains a single explicit word which is repeated throughout the tune – but trust us, if you ever visit the real place it’s about, you’ll understand why it was absolutely necessary.
Scott has many songs to his credit, and although his performance schedule has intentionally been cut back, there is no doubt songs from this album will be featured in future shows. At one recent live performance, Scott unintentionally experienced the entire crowd singing along to Mackinac Island, which was followed by almost unanimous applause, and then numerous kind compliments afterward.
Scott Cooley is available for phone interview. Please contact Lenore Cooley at (517) 333-3151 to set up a time that is convenient. Please visit Scott’s excellent website at www.scottcooley.com for much more information, including his electronic press kit, contact and purchasing info.
A live solo house concert performance of the "hit" from this album, Mackinac Island: