My music

OK, I'll probably never live down the embarassment, but here's a link to a couple of finished tunes I've put together.

Well, kind of finished. The first one is as finished as it's ever going to get - because it's meant to be unfinished. I wrote it for a friend of mine who checked out of life at the beginning of this year.

The other one? Welllllll... let's just say it's my only ever attempt at rap. And frankly, I'm beginning to think I just don't have the chops for rap :) Not my thing, perhaps. Who knows? As for the subject matter, it's a long long story. And even though my sister swears otherwise, the lyrics are "Crack Whore like you, sitting in my car, don't know where you're going but you won't get very far". Not "Crack Whore like you, sitting on my cock". Sheesh. Claire - take a bow.

(I may post the full story that I'm telling in the song up here at some point in the future... and yes, it does involve a crack whore. And no, I wasn't so hard up that I needed to visit one).

I need to get back into music again. I've got two guitars I can basically just about finger pick - no chords - and a synth that's sitting in my bedroom basically up on bricks. (I use the synth as midi input to FL Studio Pro XXL - the first track's sax is a really good soundfont I downloaded from somewhere, and played freeform on the keyboard.

Of course, I can't really play the synth, but heck, it's a lot of fun and makes for a nice distraction from my day job. I should really crack all these discarded toys out again and start playing with them.

The guitars? I've got a Squirer Stratocaster I bought at the Experience Music Project on a whim, and an acoustic that I got to replace one that I destroyed to make a short film. It's a pretty basic one from Guitar Center.

The Strat appears to get quite a bit of fret noise, but I have no idea how to fix that.

I've also got a Line 6 POD - which rocks - and a harmonica. I picked up a rainstick, a set of pan pipes and a recorder while I was in Peru too.

Why do I have all these instruments when I can't play them? Because it's fun to try :)

About the author

Simon Cooke is an occasional video game developer, ex-freelance journalist, screenwriter, film-maker, musician, and software engineer in Seattle, WA.

The views posted on this blog are his and his alone, and have no relation to anything he's working on, his employer, or anything else and are not an official statement of any kind by them (and barely even one by him most of the time).

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JCE wrote on Tuesday, November 14, 2006:

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Get Barry Adamson’s Moss Side Story.

You, of all people, should like it.

Anonymous wrote on Monday, November 20, 2006:

A messasge to JCE:

You of all people should know that moss side has become a place of joy, wonder and fluffy bunnies since lord Blair took over and poverty was consigned to oblivion. I can say with a pure heart that either Manchester is a glorious wonderland or that I get lost whenever I am in the centre these days. Whichever is true I am sure that the words “Moss” and “Side” have been expunged from the english language.

If you find yourself disbelieving then send me an email and I will hammer the truth into you with my trusty iron bar…


JCE wrote on Tuesday, December 5, 2006:

You are anonymous and I have the initials DB to work with…something tells me that isn’t enough to email you even if the prospect of an iron bar was as compelling as you make it sound.

Anonymous wrote on Tuesday, December 5, 2006:

I think simon has my email address.


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