Summer Session Week 8 – Early Shadows – SOSstudio

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This week’s track is the second this summer for Dan Cooper.  He returns with a soulful ballad accompanied by a beautiful string arrangement.

Dan CooperSOS: What were your main influences for writing this song?
DC:  When i wrote this song I had been listening to a lot of Sting!  There are one or two shout outs to him and his style in the song.  I guess, thematically, the song comes from the thought that I am always moving around and never really settling in one place.  Just when I get to be comfortable with who I am or where I am, something happens to change what I think about my situation.  The lyrics are not really autobiographical, it is more the over reaching tone which draws influence from my personal life.

SOS: Has this idea been in your head for a while or did you think it up especially for SOS?
DC:  I actually did write this song a few years ago.  I had not played it or listened to it in a long time and I had always wanted to have strings on the track.  When I had the opportunity to bring that idea to life I jumped at the chance.  I am really grateful for my friends, Matt, Charlie and Katie for playing the string part on the track.

SOS: Given that this is a collaboration, were there any surprises with the final production from how you envisioned it?
DC:  Yes there were.  Ben, the mixer for this week’s song, came up with some brilliant ideas, particularly for the 1st verse.  It really gave the song a sense of development and drama

SOS: Describe your experience of making music with people who are not even in the same room as you?
DC:  This is the the third song I have written for SOS now and each time I am even more impressed with how easy it is and how creative people’s ideas are.  We have such a smooth process in place for producing these songs now that it is like second nature.  I always get excited as the week goes on when different parts appear online and the song starts to take shape

SOS: Do you have a website where our audience may go to hear more of your music?
DC:  You can follow me on twitter @sirdanielcooper and on SoundCloud at .  I also write a blog, which is more about what I do and see that what music I make but if you are bored you can stop by there!

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