Scott Cook

is creating sturdy songs for shaky times

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About Scott Cook

Welcome, friends and fellow travellers!

Over my thirteen years living on the road I've watched the music business change a lot, and during this past year off the road we've seen it change even more.  Subscriptions have become a really powerful way for people to support the artists they believe in on an ongoing, monthly basis, and in return, for creators to tend their fire by committing to release content every month.

With all the dizzying instability of this past year and the bigger upheavals to come as our climate tilts and our systems unbuckle, I'm more convinced than ever that we still need songs. Artists work in ephemera, but we're still essential workers––people need art to remind us of our humanness, and our humanneness. As the market economy infiltrates every part of society, commodifying everything, boiling down the whole beautiful range of human sympathies to the narrowest self-interest, we need reminders of what we've lost and what we still have left to lose. When scared people call for increased militarization of our borders and policing, build bunkers in New Zealand, or dream of escaping to Mars, we need songs to open our fearful hearts––to remind us that we're all here together on this Spaceship Earth, sink or swim, and that every single one of us has just as much right to be here just by virtue of having been born. We need songs to soothe our spirits, songs for grieving, and songs for marching in the long ongoing fight against meanness, cynicism, and self-destruction.

So starting this is a way of committing to creation, to showing up every day and delivering every month.  I aim to record and release a song every month to come, and if for any reason I fail, I'll pause the monthly contributions until I'm back in the saddle.  It'll keep me honest.  It'll be an inside track on all the new stuff I'm creating, before it goes out in public.  It'll be a sounding board for new ideas, and an opportunity to help me tweak things, to weigh in on what's really working and what still needs work.  I'll also be hosting something on Zoom once a month, whether it's just a hang, or a workshop on some aspect of the craft like songwriting, guitar playing, stagecraft, and even how to play particular tunes. I've loved the opportunity to teach when I've had it––at Sisters Song Camp in Oregon, various festivals around the world, and even in some folks' living rooms––and I want to do more of it, to help people enliven and enrich their own experience of music and open up the channels of communication with their own muse. It feels like worthwhile work to commit to, and I want to make space in my life for it. But this kind of thing thrives in a smaller space.  I've been really inspired by Corin Raymond's Patreon (which I'm a patron of!), to see the deep discussions about books they're reading––"the curriculum of their hearts" as Corin called it––away from the freeway noise of Facebook. Don't get me wrong, I'll still be on the socials, but I want to open up a quieter place to connect with my people in a more meaningful way.

So I'm inviting you to join me as Fellow Travellers. The whiff of socialism in the name's deliberate, 'cause I'm a big believer in the idea of from each according to their ability to each according to their need, and consequently, it's only got one tier. You give what you can, whether it's just buying me a coffee every month, or a tank of gas each month––whatever makes sense for you. In return, I promise to keep making art to open hearts. I've got plenty ideas I'd like to try down the line, including podcast interviews with some of the interesting people I meet on the road. But most of all I want to hear what I can do for you.  I want to make myself useful to the folks who got me where I am today.

As I wrote in the book that comes with my newest album Tangle of Souls, I signed onto the Giving What We Can pledge last year, to donate at least 10% of my income to the most effective charities for the rest of my life (supporting groups like Give Directly, the Against Malaria Foundation, Living Goods, and Project Healthy Children), and I encourage everyone who can afford life's necessities to do the same. I'll be doing the same with the Patreon contributions, and as that support grows, I'll be able to give more. If you want to join up as a Fellow Traveller but are of the mind that your money's better off going to people in concrete need (of which there are way too many in this world), please feel no shame whatsoever about making a mere token contribution to my work in favour of giving more to people who need it more than I do. A gift is the opposite of a commodity. I'm not keeping score. I'm just grateful to be supported, and to share new songs, online hangs, workshops, and whatever else my Fellow Travellers and I can dream up, right here.
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 27 exclusive posts
11
Audio releases
13
Images
1
Poll
4
Writings
4
Videos

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