I Know I Love You
"I Know I Love You"
Music & Lyrics by Scott Cooley.
Copyright © ℗ 2014 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved.
This is a simple, yet catchy song, and the story behind it involves some deep thinking I was doing about some related concepts sparked by some reading I'd been doing online. I think it was in Switzerland a year or two ago where they discovered the Higgs Boson, which was described by the media at the time as "the God particle" - a title some people had issue with.
Someone took its data and ran it through a sonification process of some kind and somehow generated a melody and arranged it in such a way that it came out sounding like a Habanera, and the midi sound they used sounded like a marimba to me. I just so happen to love this type of music, and just so happen to be a marimba player. This got me thinking deeply, which got me into a creative mood.
I thought about how I read something once about how a study of cultures worldwide uncovered the fact that even without exposure to music of any kind, civilizations tend to always find their way to discovering the pentatonic scale, and further, that blues is sort of an instantly recognizable type of music, as if it is innate within us.
Something along those lines. Anyway, I borrowed that as song starter material, working it into a complete song with lyrics that are loosely related to the layman's concept of a particle giving other particles mass, but then twisting into being about love and relationships and music and movement.
I thought about how love is mysterious, just like music, wherein there seem to be unexplainable elements that make it exist. This also got me thinking about how art is best when it imitates nature, and music based on this naturally-occurring particle that ties the world together would have potential to sound appealing.
I was also influenced by taking Physics For Poets (an informal course name) at Albion College in the late 80s, where I had fun, but learned little; and also by reading the book Cosmic Banditos by A.C. Weisebecker, which was about a drug smuggler who also studied quantum physics, quarks, and string theory, and since the story was so interesting, I actually learned more about physics from this fiction than in the college class because in between the dialog and plot there were interspersed mini lessons about physics in the book.
In thinking about these concepts, I have always seemed to relate them to vibration and what makes things be alive in nature and how this all seems similar to concepts behind music. Music is magic to me, and with all these motivating factors swimming around in my head, I wrote and recorded this song. So, you could say "I Know I Love You" was inspired by the Higgs boson.