Saturday, June 22, 2024

Bandcamp, anyone?

Have you guys ever checked out Bandcamp?  It's a really awesome place to discover music.  Personally, I pay the monthly subscription for YouTube Music and I love it, but I'm also really into Bandcamp.  

The software is designed really well, and their model for independent artists is excellent.  I use it as a fan, but I've also had my music available on there since 2010 when it was new and I became an early adopter as an artist.  Some of you have been loyal listeners for a couple decades now, but I'm not going to call you "superfans" because I'm not out to get all I can out of you by convincing you to buy t-shirts or vinyl remix records or get you to sign up for some fan club app to get "exclusive" stuff that I charge extra for.  

I'm not constantly asking people to just send me money for my hobby on one of those crowdfunding platforms, and I'm not going to make you think you're not a real fan if you don't buy all the merch. There is no merchandise.  I used to offer CDs (thanks again to the proud owners out there), but now I don't offer any physical products at all.  

Yes, there is a lack of demand :), but I'm a realist who knows you probably pay a monthly subscription to stream music (like I do), and whether on your phone, in your car, or on a smart speaker, it's convenient. I know some of you like to use iTunes and have the actual files in your possession though, so I still offer downloading.  I don't charge more for superfan subscriptions, I actually charge way less.  

What if I told you that for five bucks you could get every song from my back catalog - 154 songs I wrote and recorded?  Unlike most artists, I recently lowered the one indie subscription service I offer on Bandcamp - it's now only $5 per year for everything I make...and that includes all of my past album releases.  It's a safe bet in my case because I'm consistently prolific with a new full-length album every two years.  

You can stream it all for free right now because I allow it, or you can subscribe and download to actually own the files...and they come in high quality formats.  You become a patron of the arts!  Similar to throwing a few bucks in a street busker's guitar case, it makes you feel good afterward.  

Or you can just refresh the browser when it prompts you to pay and start over.  Otherwise, you're paying for Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, or Amazon Music anyway, and I make sure my music is there for you.  For less than the price of breakfast, you can own it all.  

You can pay more if you want to.  It would be cool if you did that.  I would like it.  You would have the huge hassle of signing up for Bandcamp fan account, then clicking Subscribe Now.  Your avatar would appear as a Supporter on my page, which is here:

Friday, June 21, 2024

Scott Cooley's "Sunrise" Debuts At #1

Chart-topping success marks 12th consecutive debut atop mental list of best new album by a solo artist named Scott Cooley

"Sunrise" (Scott Cooley Records), the acclaimed twelfth solo album from Scott Cooley, has debuted at #1 in the chart in his mind of his favorite albums he has released.  The honorable mention song contest t-shirt award winner's first all-new album in nearly two years, is available digitally now worldwide.

"Sunrise" Chart Positions:

Best Current Album by an artist named Scott Cooley - #1

Greatest Current Acoustic Rock Album by an artist named Scott Cooley - #1

Overall Top Album by an artist named Scott Cooley - #1

Favorite Scott Cooley Album by an artist named Scott Cooley - #1

Cooley and his powerful new studio outfit - Scott Cooley on acoustic guitar, Scott Cooley on bass guitar, Scott Cooley on keys, Scott Cooley on drums, Scott Cooley on marimba, Scott Cooley on harmonica, and Lenore Cooley on accordion - will celebrate "Sunrise" with an appearance at Scott Cooley Music Productions studio on June 21st, and then will embark on an epic world tour, if only in their minds, beginning in home state Michigan, then continuing through the summer with headline dates across North America, Europe, and Asia featuring multiple prominent festival performances.

"Sunrise" - which showcases 13 new tracks - has swiftly accrued critical applause from around the world:

"Sunrise is as euphoria-producing of an album as you're likely to hear anytime soon."  

-Publication name withheld

"Delightfully unlike anything else around."


"Scott Cooley has created something mysteriously pleasing.  The old Scott is still there, certainly, but we're far more excited about what the new one has up his sleeves."

-Imagined major music magazine

"Sunrise is easily one of the most compelling releases of 2024, which furthers Cooley's legacy as one of the few remaining mavericks in music."

-Another envisioned prominent music reviewer

"Sunrise carries the invigorating charge of an artist redrawing his frontiers, reinventing himself in real time."

-Another made up quote paraphrased from a real quote about a real artist by a real music reviewer, plagiarism intended for humorous purposes only

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

One-Way Communication: Anti-Social Media Doesn't Mean Anti-Social

Thanks for the interest in my music!  You know who you are.  If I don't reply to every comment or like or message right away, it's not you, it's me.  

Social media kind of freaks me out a little, and as you can probably tell, I don't use it very often, except to tell you when I have some new music available once in a while. You write some songs, you record them, you make them available for people to stream, but that doesn't mean anyone will find them and stream them, or even know they exist.  You not only have to tell people they exist, you have to market them.  

I mean, you don't have to, but now the streaming services are starting to just remove the songs if they don't get streamed enough, and I want them to remain available.  Popular doesn't always mean good, and good doesn't always mean popular, but that's how it is, and my little cult following might grow, but my music isn't the type to ever achieve mainstream success.  Of course I like the creative part of my hobby, but not the marketing part.  

When you're fiercely independent with a niche audience and zero budget, self-promotion is all you can do, but it feels weird.  If you don't really care if people discover your music or not, maybe you just don't do any self-promotion at all and hope for the best, but if you think it would be cool if your music could reach a larger audience, you bite the bullet.  Hence, my recent shameless social media posts, mostly on Facebook.  

I'm not a regular user of social media, and I typically limit my use to one-way communication announcements and for a little self-promotion and marketing.  No one wants to appear standoffish.  I'm not anti-social, but it doesn't come naturally for me to want to "engage" very much, if at all.  I welcome interaction, but I prefer email, so feel free to reach out:  

I’m more of a long-form type of poster anyway, so although I occasionally tweet, it’s usually just a link to one of my blog posts.  Aside from this blog, and my website, depending on what you consider to be social media, here are links to the main 3 that I use:

So to reiterate, I'm not an anti-social person, even though I'm not a fan of social media.  I am pretty sure I'm an introvert, although if you knew me in the late 80s and early 90s, you would probably find that hard to believe because I had a really active social life.  

I'll admit it, I liked to party.  Too much, for sure.  Partying is what we called it back then around here.  I was in my late teens and early 20s, and like a lot of people in that age range, I sought out celebratory events with peers frequently, often without anything to celebrate.

They say you have to use social media with great caution, and I agree.

I recently asked my nephew, who just finished college, what the most popular social media apps are for people his age.  His #1 answer:  Instagram.  Then he also said TikTok and sometimes Snapchat.

Over recent years, I've become aware that Instagram was popular for solo artists to have an account on.  So, I thought I'd learn more, and maybe sign up.

  • Strike One:  All about photos.  The logo appears to be a camera.  Photo sharing, filters, people tagging, geo tagging, hashtags.  I've already publicly posted way more photos of myself than I ever should have on my website and elsewhere.  I don't like my appearance, especially as I've gotten older.  I don't like seeing photos of myself, don't like getting my picture taken, don't ever take selfies.  This is for young, good looking people, so for me, I'm already thinking no way.
  • Strike Two:  Owned by Facebook. The dreaded and almighty Meta - what a dumb name by the way.  I don't need to further contribute to Mark Zuckerberg's evolution into being a Bond villain buying more islands and building secret lairs, dungeons and spaceships, or whatever the hell weird shit the ultra rich get into.  Plus, he just looks like a guy you want to hit.  How many separate apps do they need that are pretty much all about posting photos of yourself?
  • Strike Three:  'scottcooley' wasn't available.  Some other Scott Cooley beat me to the scottcooley name, so I had to pick scottcooleymusic, which is always another strike against for any social media.
  • Strike Four:  Mobile-first approach.  Seems like one of those mobile-first apps.  Which is probably why I didn't snag scottcooley when I first heard about it, because early on the only way to sign up was via smartphone.  Using the Facebook app on my phone one time years ago cured me of ever using any social media app on my phone ever again.  The endless settings and annoying UI and notifications and ads were just a terrible user experience.  If they don't have a desktop version browser sign up, I never sign up.
  • Strike Five:  Photo required?  Looks like it requires a photo to just make a post.  Like, you have to have a photo ready to go first in order to just type some text.  Again, annoying.  When you hit Create new or whatever, it makes you select a photo or video first before you can do anything else.  I do actually know how to take a picture or video on my phone, but I don't have any I want to share with anyone, so I guess I'm not going to post anything, ever.
  • Strike Six:  Videos too.  Anyone you complain to about Instagram tells you how it can do all these other great things too, and that it's not just for photos.  What they mean is that it allows videos too.  But not long ones, probably.  They mean the short ones people take of their dogs on their phones, and then you get sucked in to watching about 100 of them in a row.  If you don't like seeing yourself in photos, you don't like how you look on video either.
  • Strike Seven:  Seems to be a young person thing.  I grew up when you could enjoy your life without ever using a camera or a phone.  I still enjoy my life without ever using a camera or a phone.  We had these things called memories that were only stored in our brains.  I don't need multiple forms of instant messaging.  Send me a text, leave me a voice mail, and I'll get around to responding eventually when I feel like it if it's important.  That's how I roll.
  • Strike Eight:  You have to follow people.  When I asked someone how they use it, they said you have to follow someone to see content.  I don't want to follow anyone.

Now that I've honestly described my first impression of Instagram, and now that you've likely formed a grumpy-old-man opinion of me, I wanted to let you know that my music is available for using in your reels.  I'm not sure what reels are exactly, but they look like short videos with music in the background and some overlaid text.  

So, if you have a photo or a video or a meme or something, and then you want some background music for it, you can supposedly search for and find Scott Cooley songs to select for that purpose.

Same goes for TikTok:  my music is available on there, and I've become aware that lots of people have used my songs for their short-form videos.

When MTV was new, I thought music videos were cool, and I admit I check out a lot of music that has associated videos on YouTube, mostly just live footage of my favorite bands, but as a music fan and consumer, I definitely prefer to just listen to the audio only.  I think videos can be entertaining, and if they have my music in the background, even more so, but I'm biased.

I'm grateful and appreciative of any interest in my music, whether on the streaming services, or in social media.  As always, if you're one of them who has shown interest, thanks again!

Saturday, June 15, 2024

New Music Videos from New Album "Sunrise" Starting to Trickle In To YouTube Channel

I wanted to let you readers know that this week is a good time to subscribe to my YouTube channel because I am releasing several music videos leading up to the release of my new studio album "Sunrise" on Friday, June 21st, which feature songs from that album.  So, you get to hear them early, and for free, with some visual content.

In keeping with my fierce independence, I did the videos myself, just as with everything I do related to my music, although some feature public domain visual content I mixed with my music.  Similar to writing and recording songs, I knew nothing about videos, but figured out how to produce them with free sofware and my own labor on a zero budget.  They are decidedly amateur and lo-fi, just like my music.  

I know people love YouTube and it's a popular and convenient way to listen to music, so I wanted to be sure I offer a few videos in addition to making the albums and songs available on all the major streaming places like Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, etc.  On June 21st, the new album will be on all of those, and the new videos will also become available within the YouTube Music service as well, integrated alongside the standard audio streaming of the new studio album (which is why, by the way, I myself use and recommend YouTube Music).

You can hit the Subscribe link below, use a Google account to sign in, and then the result is any time I post a new video, you get a notification.  There will only be about 7 of them.  Then, you'll probably not get any notifications for a couple more years until I decide to release another album again, so minimal fatigue.

It's annoying when artists constantly ask people to like or subscribe or share, etc. for anything online, so I'm not going to do it, but I offer the capability if you feel compelled to boost my stats or for whatever reasons.  Beyond automatically getting made aware of it when there's new content, the main benefit would be feeling like you supported me in a small way, so that's appreciated of course, if you choose to, but subscribe or not, it's free.

So, yeah, like most creative people, I like the creative part, but sort of despise having to do any marketing of my music.  However, it's a necessary evil to at least let people know about the new creative works content when you don't have a budget or anyone to delegate to.  Hence, this post.  Now you're aware there's new Scott Cooley music on the way, and it includes music videos in advance of the official release date.

Subscribe link:

Location (page tab link) of new videos:

A couple of them are live already:

Thanks for reading/watching/listening/subscribing!

Recommendation: You Should Check Out The Music Of My Good Friend Singer-Songwriter-Multi-Instrumentalist Rich Marr

I'm about to release a new album, but I'll post about that later.  In this post, instead I want to tell you about a guy named Rich Marr.  He's a cool dude I've known since he was a kid when I used to party with his older sister Kirsten in high school, and we became friends several years later while living the ski bum life in Colorado.  That's when we bonded over writing songs.  We're both back in home state Michigan now and still hang, usually making a road trip to Elderly Instruments in Lansing and then getting a Flint-style coney.

I probably wouldn't be a guy with over 150 publicly released original songs and 12 full-length studio albums if I didn't have my good friend Rich Marr in my life.  I've told some other friends, family and acquaintances over the years that I have this friend with whom I share the hobby of songwriting.  However, I've never really formally, publicly or officially acknowledged it though, until now, and it's probably overdue.  I may have thanked him in some liner notes once, but he deserves more than that.

So the deal is that we wrote a handful of songs together back in the early 90s, and they sucked, but we loved it.  We would enjoy hanging out, drinking and smoking, and then after getting buzzed, would get out acoustic guitars and a tape recorder and make up crazy ad-libbed "songs" that were intentionally funny and ridiculous about really terrible controversial subject matter with explicit lyrics.  We cracked each other up.  I'd been writing songs for a few years before that, and he was just starting out with guitar and songwriting, but suffice it to say we were both self-taught and had no idea what we were doing.  We had a lot of these living room jam sessions, and after listening back to the tapes, we agreed some aspects of some songs had potential, and some almost sounded like real songs.

We did a handful of "gigs" as an acoustic duo, some of which were actually paid, and we also ventured out to quite a few open mic nights at bars and coffee places where we sometimes got applause from mostly drunk audiences, while calling ourselves Lake Effect, Driftwood, and Acoustic Jones among other "band" names.  Since then, although realizing we weren't really all that compatible as co-writers or as an acoustic duo musical act, we each gravitated to becoming solo artists rather than being band members due to lack of confidence and being loners by nature, with him more of a performer and me more of a recording artist, but in doing so we each kept up with the songwriting hobby that we helped each other get into.

We lived in different states or cities for many years that followed, so we occasionally sent each other cassette tapes in the mail and mailed back critiques of each others' songs.  Initially, we were really harsh with each other, which could be devastating at times, but it also gave us confidence.  Eventually, I realized that positive-only feedback is best, and the negative or constructive part can be inferred from what is left out.  We evolved to swapping home-burned CDs and using email, and now all digital.  After a while, I evolved to not wanting any feedback from anyone ever, but sometimes he still volunteers it anyway, which I tolerate due to the history.  I've learned I only care if I like my songs or not, but my trust in myself and my judgement is hopefully improved from knowledge and experience.

We had a non-serious, friendly competition of sorts with reviewing each other's songs, like Lennon/McCartney did, and I'm sure it provided motivation and made us each better.  He has surpassed me on many levels since our early days.  Rich, who also goes by the monikers Ora Music Trax, Hatt Guyy, and Ora Marr, has probably written more songs than me, has a way better natural singing voice than me, invented a unique signature style of guitar playing unlike anyone I've ever heard, also a unique self-invented way of playing piano, and also taught himself mandolin, ukulele, banjo, and harmonica, and has recorded in Nashville.  He's also a music video producer, artist, decorated marathon runner, former music journalist, and published poet/author.  He convinced me to attend a songwriter retreat once in northern Michigan too.  So, hearing pros talk about songwriting for a week, and hearing Rich talk about songwriting for a few decades no doubt helped me get to where I am now.

Not saying I'm any good, but I've been prolific.  I was going to do it anyway, and I've had other things that have kept me interested.  I know it's been a passion of mine since 1989 when I first got a guitar, and I was probably hooked from the beginning to have songwriting be a hobby in my life, and I've of course learned from free info about songwriting I found on the web.  Buying myself other instruments and recording equipment helped spur on the mad scientist aspect as well.  But having someone to talk to about a creative hobby with who understands the struggle and occasional joy makes you less likely to give up.  Misery loves company I guess.

Now whenever we get together, like always, our conversations inevitably turn to music and songwriting.  We still have the occasional jam session, but it rarely lasts more than a few songs, usually includes a 12-bar blues in the key of E, and always ends with continuing to just talk about music stuff.  We talk about songwriting, and email each other about songwriting.  Obviously, it's a passion for both of us, and the biggest mutual interest.  In retrospect, having support from someone like that in my life for 30+ years who is also an introvert like me, and also in a place that is far from being a music mecca has been valuable.  So, thanks Rich for the considerable impact on my "career" in music!

Although our styles are quite different, you might like to check out his music.  It would make sense if fans of my music were also fans of his, and vice-versa, especially now that you've read this backstory.  He has gone out of his way to compliment and recommend my music, and not being much of a social media user or social person in general, I haven't returned the favor much...until now.  I am probably more familiar with his catalog than anyone.  Trust me when I tell you he's written hundreds of great songs that I previously reviewed favorably, that hardly anyone has ever heard because he hasn't posted them publicly yet, but I'll keep encouraging him.  A few of my favorite songs of his right now that are currently available are Forever Air, Spray Cheese, Surfin Tha Blue, Disconnected, and Flint Water Blues.

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