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Cool Down Now

The Cool Down Now project extended over the majority the first decade of the 21st century. It began in the autumn of 2001, in the midst of the high-tech meltdown, with the events of 9/11 in the all-too-recent past. Who could know what the decade would hold! But as the project progressed, themes of resolve and recovery, of journeys taken and not taken - and of attitudes and response towards the world's challenges began to take form through the music.

Cool Down Now is in many ways an extension of our 1999 album, The Network Man, the title of which we have kept as our artistic name. The Network Man captured the highs and lows of one of the most interesting periods of innovation the world has seen. Cool Down Now became the "day after the party" project. But while some tracks are not totally upbeat, there is a theme of resilience and resolve built into this work. And perhaps that is what people need to develop further as we enter the next decade.

We started this project with the song Coming Up for Air, based on recovery from the high-tech era. We then looked at media control, global warming, and a number of other issues. The last song we wrote was National Goals. This was intended to be a hockey anthem. Yes, that's right. A hockey anthem. That may sound strange - but then again, it was a strange decade. C'est la vie.

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Credits

All lyrics by Scott MacKenzie except for Misty Memories by Steve Cadenza.

All songs performed by Etienne Gibeault except for Misty Memories performed by Steve Cadenza with additional musical arrangements and backup vocals by Etienne Gibeault. All tracks produced, engineered and mastered in Ottawa, Canada by The Network Man.

Turn Off the Heat, Riboflavin King, Trinity, Big Car Blues, Camino & Mind Runners composed by Etienne Gibeault. Gotta Get Away & Just So Fine composed by Scott MacKenzie and arranged by Etienne Gibeault. Lost & Found composed by Etienne Gibeault with Jason Rusmisel. Coming Up for Air composed by Etienne Gibeault with Steve Cadenza. Misty Memories composed by Steve Cadenza. National Goals composed by Etienne Gibeault & Scott MacKenzie.

Artwork by Corinne Gibeault. Photos by Lorraine Gibeault & Marie Lefebvre.


Dedications

Thanks for all your feedback during the beta trials. We appreciated our listeners musical tastes which were all over the map. We recognize that in the end we were not able to satisfy everyone. Regardless, the polar bear was universally popular.

Scott and Etienne would like to thank their families and friends for their support in the creation of this CD. Etienne would like to thank Bob Walden, a great metal guitar teacher.

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