Award-winning songwriter and independent solo recording artist from Michigan with 8 full-length album releases currently available in Amazon (CDs), Apple Music, be Music, etc. Specializing in Acoustic Garage Rock and Americana, Scott sings and plays all instruments heard on his recordings.
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Bob Seger, Grand Funk Railroad, The Stooges, The White Stripes, Jimmy Buffett, Violent Femmes, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Ramones, Bob Marley, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Police, Paul Simon, James Taylor
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Martin dreadnaught, Takamine acoustic bass, Weissenborn acoustic lap steel, Hohner Special 20 harmonicas, Fender ukulele, Deagan marimba, Godin electric, Fender Aerodyne, Remo djembe, LP congas/bongos, Pearl snare, Olympic hi-hat, Little Queen washboard
Big AirCopyright © ℗ 2020 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved. From the 2020 album "Bluebird Days". An up-tempo tune about an office worker fantasizing about skiing in the powder snow he sees coming down outside his window with unplugged guitar riffs and a solo that together mimic the adrenaline rush. Scott Cooley - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, acoustic solo
Together NowWords, music & sound recording Copyright © ℗ 2018 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved. From the 2020 album "Bluebird Days". Ski bum lingo is used to prove that "no friends on a powder day" is a myth in a song about ritualistic ceremonies to appease the gods of snow in this steady rhythmic marimba/ukulele hybrid ballad of hope. Scott Cooley - vocals, ukulele, piano, bass, drums, percussion, marimba.
It's Not Gonna Be OK
It's Not Gonna Be OKA really happy-sounding, mid-tempo Hawaiian-ish rocker w/ marimba solo that slides its way to delivering a totally pessimistic yet blatantly realistic outlook on the future with its contrasting lyrical message.
Your Own Private Island
Your Own Private IslandA somewhat sarcastic look from the outside in at the lifestyles of the rich and famous, in the form of a mento ballad with uke, marimba solo that conveys the having a lot of money does not always lead to happiness.
Smitten With The Mitten
Smitten With The MittenA modern state song for the state of Michigan written and recorded by Scott Cooley. Copyright © ℗ 2014 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved. Composer/Lyricist: Scott Richard Cooley (U.S. citizen, born 1967, CAE/IPI No. 345.88.02.44). LYRICS: Verse 1 The sun sets on one side, and on the other it rises Painting pretty pictures on watery horizons The Native Americans, the French, then all the rest Have settled in to make our state the best Verse 2 Kalkaska sand, a rare soil in this land The state that is shaped like a mitten on your hand The Painted Turtle wanders this fertile ground Where state parks and forests can always be found Verse 3 White Pines in straight lines, planted long ago with care In the sky they rise over a hundred feet in the air The Apple Blossom flowers are pretty in pink And we never run out of fresh water to drink Chorus: I’m smitten with the mitten, it’s our happy home With great lakes and great times, in cars and boats we roam If our insect was the love bug, then surely I've been bitten I’m a Michigander, ‘cause I’m smitten… with the mitten Verse 4 The Greenstone gem from Isle Royale Is the crown jewel of an island unspoiled The Petoskey stone, its namesake it’s home Can be found on its beaches when carefully combed Verse 5 With islands and waterfalls and rocky shores so nice It’s a water winter wonderland, a true paradise The great lakes are awesome, surrounding us all Lighthouses lead ships in from the squalls Verse 6 In our woods are wild turkey and white tailed deer Wildlife is plentiful and protected here Where mastodons once roamed, and wolverines called home The Dwarf Lake Iris, grows wild near limestone Chorus: I’m smitten with the mitten, it’s our happy home With great lakes and great times, in cars and boats we roam If our insect was the love bug, then surely I've been bitten I’m a Michigander, ‘cause I’m smitten… with the mitten Verse 7 The Robin’s striking beauty is a site we all treasure Just like the fall colors, both seasonal pleasures The Brook Trout swim about throughout the state A fisherman’s paradise in streams, rivers and lakes Verse 8 When it comes to automobiles, our state is the hub Their wheels bring prosperity, passion and love Our peninsulas can be seen from up high on a ridge Joined by the mighty Mackinaw Bridge Verse 9 From the song of Hiawatha to the Motown sound Up the Porcupine mountains to the Lake of the Clouds When northwinds blow cold, we get lake effect snow Skiing, snowmobiling, and sledding we go Chorus: I’m smitten with the mitten, it’s our happy home With great lakes and great times, in cars and boats we roam If our insect was the love bug, then surely I've been bitten I’m a Michigander, ‘cause I’m smitten… with the mitten
Used To Be Good Looking
Used To Be Good LookingA humorous, funky blues ballad with bongos. © ℗ 2014 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved. Words and music by Scott Cooley.
No Reason Flowers
No Reason FlowersWords and Music by Scott Cooley. Copyright © 2012 by Scott Cooley. Sound Recording published ℗ 2012 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved.This is one of my best-ever songs, and it seriously has commercial potential, both literally and figuratively. Ever since I wrote it, I've contemplated contacting the FTD marketing department about it, since it would lend itself well to an actual commercial - that is, if recorded by real pros. This I consider pitch-worthy, even in my standard rudimentary demo state. It's probably near the top of the list of songs I'd hire pros to record fully-produced demos of for the purposes of pitching to famous major-label artists to consider recording/releasing. My folk-rockish version might not reflect it so much, but I believe it could easily be cut by a country artist just as it could as more of a rock/pop/adult contemporary thing. This might best be described as an advice song, and it is based on my own real-life research and lessons learned.
Forever A Memory
Forever A MemoryWords and Music by Scott Cooley. Copyright © 2010 by Scott Cooley. Sound Recording published ℗ 2010 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved.This is a simple song about contemplation of leaving a legacy. As a living will of sorts, it's at the same time an indirect expression of my desire for my songs to reach a wider audience. An important part of my legacy might be the songs I've written. I'm proud of them, and this is one of my best. It just worked. I don't even really know how to play harmonica, but it works on this one. The music is catchy and the message is emotion-evoking. It explores the concept of possibly having some sort of influence over the living after you die and hooking up those you sympathize with.
Torn In Two
Torn In TwoWords and Music by Scott Cooley. Copyright © 2008 by Scott Cooley. Sound Recording published ℗ 2008 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved.This was pretty much the second country-ish song I wrote, but the first serious one. Puttin' Up A Pole Barn was a country parody, but this one I wrote because I discovered that the best market for non-performing songwriters to sell their songs to famous recording artists to record and release was this genre. I took a stab at it, and I guess just wanted it to have the feel of a Clint Eastwood western somehow. I'm not even sure it qualifies as country, but what the hey. You've got to understand I grew up in a time and place where it was not cool to like country, and there was a stereotype it was for white trash, rednecks, etc. Later in life, I realized some of the old artists like Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Lefty Frizzell, and Willie Nelson (to name a few) wrote some pretty cool songs. I have no idea if this one is anything like those, but anyway, see if you can picture Randy Travis or George Strait singing it. I think it might work well.
Shoreline MilesWords and Music by Scott Cooley. Copyright © 2006 by Scott Cooley. Sound Recording published ℗ 2006 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved. Shoreline Miles is one of my best ever songs I've written. It fired on more cylinders than usual, and just effortlessly came in to being that way. Not much tweaking or rewriting at all to get to the finished product, and it didn't require many takes to record it. My lovely wife Lenore played the awesome marimba solo for the instrumental break. The story is self-explanatory, but isn't based on a real story. I've just generally heard enough stories throughout my life about men getting boats, spending too much time on those boats, paying less attention to the woman in their lives because of the boat, and scaring the women on the boat and things like that which often lead to a breakup. The moral is don't buy a sailboat if you also want to maintain a good relationship with your wife or girlfriend.
Morning StarWords and Music by Scott Cooley. Copyright © 2004 by Scott Cooley. Sound Recording published ℗ 2004 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved. This is a song that I wrote very quickly. It was one of those that felt like it just flowed through me, and afterward, it was hard to believe I actually wrote it. It sounds like a song that was already a song, like one you think you might've heard before somewhere. If it actually is just like some other existing song someone else wrote, let me know - maybe I subconsciously wrote it to sound like like a song I'd heard sometime in my past by accident, but I seriously doubt it. Geez, I hope not - that would be a bummer. Anyway, I consider this to be quite a beautiful sounding ballad, if I do say so myself. Keep in mind this is coming from someone who is usually known to be self-deprecating, for what it's worth. This is going to be funny to admit, but since launching my website, I've done some ego surfing - googling myself to see where I fall in the search results - and there's always this other Scott Cooley who works for a company called Morning Star who comes up first in the page rankings or whatever those are called, so I actually started this song by coming up with the title first, thinking that if I published a song with a similar name, somehow that would alleviate this little annoyance. Very strange, I know, but it produced a good song.
Mackinac Island (HS&F) - Live & Solo in Harbor Springs
Mackinac Island (HS&F) - Live & Solo in Harbor SpringsThis is a very low-quality solo version in front of a live audience recorded on an old Sony walkman. Due to the poor placement in proximity to the audience and the terrible built-in microphone, what you can't hear very well is that I had a huge crowd of professional songwriters in the audience singing along to the choruses with me, which was really cool and one of the best all-time highlights of my performing "career," on stage in the Birchwood Inn in Harbor Springs, Michigan at Lamb's Retreat For Songwriters which was sponsored by Springfed Arts.
Mackinac IslandWords and Music by Scott Cooley. Copyright © 2006 by Scott Cooley. Sound Recording published ℗ 2006 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved. Mackinac Island is one of the "hits" from my 2006 album Lakeside Landing, and is apparently now "going viral" six years later! These things take time. Enjoy... Lyrics: Mackinac Island (HS&F) words and music by Scott Cooley Copyright © by Scott R. Cooley. All Rights Reserved. Verse 1 We took a ferry boat to Mackinac Island We stayed where the Jamaicans work It was a grand hotel, but what a funky smell Enough to make us go berzerk Chorus Horseshit and fudge, horseshit and fudge There’s no place like it in the world Horseshit and fudge, horseshit and fudge Fun for every boy and girl Verse 2 We rode all the way around the island On a bicycle built for two Saw a rock formation, but what a stinky vacation A combination of candy and poo Repeat CH Verse 3 We saw a fort up high on the island Saw some sailors drinkin’ their rum We resisted the urge to buy moccasins But the stench we couldn’t overcome Repeat CH Bridge Somewhere in time, you’ll notice something in the air A blend of two things that look alike But if you see some chocolate in the middle of the street Before you pick it up and eat it think twice Repeat Chorus Instrumental break (marimba solo) Bridge Out Chorus