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Out of the blue, a future album returns to the present

posted Feb 8, 2019, 12:44 PM by Scott Cooley   [ updated Feb 8, 2019, 12:48 PM ]
Bluebird Days II
Why would Scott Cooley release a new album out of the blue in January of an odd-numbered year, you might be wondering?  ...And why would that album have a roman numeral II in the title as if it were a follow-up album to one with the same name without the II when that album has not yet itself been released?  

Sometimes things don't go according to plan, and you have to roll with it.  Such is my deal in life recently, nothing but craziness and chaos since the polar vortex of last week.  Cold weather can bring about positive change, I'm hoping!

Here's the deal - I use a company called CD Baby to distribute my albums and songs to online digital music stores like Apple Music, Spotify, etc., and they allow you to upload completed albums and then specify a future release date.  My next two albums are done and "in the can" and so I uploaded them and scheduled one to be released on June 21st, 2020 called Bluebird Days, and scheduled the other to be released on June 21st, 2022 called Bluebird Days II.  

I thought it was a cool service they offered:  the ability to have albums ready to go that would automatically launch when I wanted them to in the future.  I even thought in case I die, my lovely wife will likely reap the benefits of posthumous releases - and we all know that album sales after one dies skyrocket - so the fractions of cents would surely come pouring in and set her up well after I'm gone.  These are the fantasies of songwriters.  

So, being the prolific guy I am, I figure I can rest easy, take a break, knowing I can take my time writing and recording songs for that big 2024 release.  (For those who don't know my deal as it relates to releasing new albums of original songs - I always have a new record every two years in even numbered years ready for release on my birthday - June 21st, a tradition for multiple decades now).  In a break from said tradition, they screwed up and released the sequel before the predecessor, and as a result, the original first Bluebird Days (I) still won't be released until June 21st, 2020 as planned, but its follow-up successor Bluebird Days II, has been live and released and available since Jan. 29th, 2019, approximately 3 1/2 years before it was scheduled to be released.  

So, you can get it now anywhere you listen to and/or buy music online, including these popular places:
There you have it, the story behind the future music that has come back to the here and now.  Hope you enjoy it.  In scrambling to decide whether I could issue a take down request, or just to deal with this as best I can and go ahead and announce it, I did some online searching for Bluebird Days and Bluebird Days II just to see which stores had which album(s), and I discovered an unrelated, yet similarly strange story:  A similar weird thing, no coincidence, is I'm a fan of Neil Young, who I think I read once scrapped an album called Chrome Dreams, only to later release a Chrome Dreams II album, which happened to have a song on it called Beautiful Bluebird.  I know.  

Also as a result, I've scrambled to put up an album page with song subpages here:  Bluebird Days II
And while I was at it, also did the same for the first one you can't buy or hear yet:  Bluebird Days

Hopefully this helps clarify things a bit, and who knows, it just may stir more interest in the prequel Bluebird Days as I'm now calling it.  Just in case anyone out there was interested!!!  Please feel free to share this with your friends and family if you so desire, as I will welcome the spread of news about this premature album release announcement.  Sometimes it's time to change things up in life, right?  Yep, I thought so too.