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So…

Hello,

I’ve been a bit quiet on here of late. But I am doing…to a degree.

The Weapon of Love album has been, shall we say, re-imagined and mixed properly. The last time I heard it, it sounded very powerful, very shiny, very lovely. I hope millions of people get to hear it. Its success is due to two chaps, one of which is me, the other of which I shall hopefully blog about soon.

Also, a 3 song EP will potentially be around before long too, with songs I recorded during the remixing of Weapon of Love. They sound great too!

And I’m possibly going to try something next month. Which is to do as many little singing nights during the month as I can. 30 would be great but would also possibly kill me so I’m going to start by suggesting I will do 12 nights in September but I’d like it to get closer to 20. Any place around Bournemouth or Poole I can find that has a night for a little impromptu singing I will try to get to. If anyone knows of any that are worth going to please let me know. I’ll put the dates up here as and when they come up and if you fancy coming along that would be great. I’m calling it the September Sing and better get practicing and doing some art otherwise I’m seriously going to run out of time.

Will keep you posted!

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What on earth are you doing?

Well, I’m working in a room where I can look out onto a garden so I get all the seasons as soon as they happen as well as up to date island weather. I’m watching, and adoring, Wes Anderson films.

I’m composing loads of music, they are just tumbling from me, more tunes than words which is unusual, it’s normally the other way round. That’s what comes of being happy (I’m not complaining, it just means I have to use more grey matter to get the words out there but refreshingly it means I might write about subjects other than being heartbroken, melancholy or horny!)

One thing that’s bugging me, maybe I should look it up, is when you use brackets (or parentheses if you want to be clever) and put a full stop or exclamation mark at the end of a sentence, which comes last?

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What I do know is this looks like a pair of quizzical, perhaps annoyed, eyes:

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Where was I? Oh yes, whilst I am composing a lot, I have nothing to release or play you and it’s annoying me, like this:

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I had a conversation with someone who suggested I should release things as I finish them regardless of whether they are produced to a standard that is professional enough as it gives a snapshot of where I am at the time, but I couldn’t get along with this idea. When I ‘finish’ a piece of music, it is often not at the point I want it to be and having a fresh pair of ears in the form of someone else playing with it, mixing it differently is, for me at least, kind of essential especially since currently I have neither the actual physical tools or the abilities to get the songs to that point I need them at, hence the fact that D-Songs, Weapon of Love and the other collections of songs I’m on are currently unavailable. Weapon of Love is in the works, I am happy to report, as well as a new collection of songs. I hope it won’t be too long before I can play them to you.

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Conformity or creativity?

Tuesday evening and I find myself in the enviable position of making music again, or to be specific, mixing music I have already made, or to be more specific, spending an evening with my good friend the musical genius while he makes what is already promising sound flimming stupendous!

I got the feeling I often get when making or mixing music, that I was connecting the universe’s dots. Such excitement, such achievement. We started work on Use Me from Weapon of Love. Not quite at the finishing line yet but it sounds so sweet already.

And I could be sitting in an office right now, making money and slowly rotting. And instead I am breathing outside air, adding to the tapestry, living.

Conformity or creativity?

I’ll take creativity please.

 

Can I just point out that if you have had the good taste to download Weapon of Love already, I will happily send you a free copy of the fully finished and mixed version as well as some natty artwork and wallpapers to go with the audio loveliness.

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Some time back, in the dark recesses of 2009, I started working on a track called “My Machine Is Broken”. I was determined to ‘do a Kraftwerk’. I got about halfway through the song and stopped as D-Songs took over.

Sometime after that, I made two pieces of music which I submitted for a soundtrack. They weren’t used.

In May 2011, I went on holiday to Australia. While I was there I did some programming in my spare time. Once I had returned, I had finished the programming for Weapon, Use Me, Tranquillizer, In The City At Night, We Ran, In The Rain and Weapon Of Love.

I spent the next few months singing on the Oz tracks, programming and singing on No Connection and Arrow, and adding the latter half of My Machine Is Broken.

I took the two unused soundtrack pieces and added them to the album, renaming them “Steel Gives Tully Over To The Darkness” and “Hope It’s Raining When I Get Home”.

A friend kindly contributed some sweet vocals to We Ran.

And sometime in July I finished Weapon Of Love, a delightful confection of electro pop heaven.

Then I had a fab time taking silly photos with Wendy Buckley and used them to make artwork and wallpaper for the album.

And today you can download the album, along with the artwork:

http://coosticks.bandcamp.com/album/weapon-of-love

You can also read the blog:

https://coostickshq.wordpress.com/

Like us on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Coosticks/18179214777

And take a wander around the website:

http://coosticks.com/

On top of all of that, I’m playing a couple of tunes (hopefully more) at Camden Bar in Ashley Cross next Monday (5th September) sometime after 7pm. It would be great to see you there:

http://coosticks.com/liveupcoming.html

Enjoy!

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Weapon Of Love #4

There’s something really satisfying about getting to the point where you do the artwork for new music. Icing on the cake and all that malarkey. Just takes so long to get everything finished. But the music will be up very soon. Honest!

In the meantime, here’s some cute kittens:

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Weapon Of Love #3

So the new album is…almost finished. Listened on some different speakers today and heard things that needed tweaking and things that didn’t desperately need tweaking but that I wanted to change for my satisfaction. You could tweak forever but you gotta stop sometime. Here’s the cover, by the way:

 

 

 

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Weapon Of Love #2

The new album is finished and will be up soon!!!

I’ll keep you posted.

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