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.

© Copyright 2009 Network Man Productions.

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Turn Off The Heat

First recorded in August 2007, lyrics were created right on the music stand while playing the guitar live. A hard look at global environmental problems.

Gotta Get Away

A composite of four short songs put together: Down by the Canary; She Wants to Go to London ; Running Down the Road; and Long Way Home. Sometimes you have to get away to find your way back home.

Riboflavin King

Lyrics written in the middle of the night (can’t you tell?). Etienne learned the guitar to create this song. One more thing, regarding the Riboflavin King, you don’t always know what you’re dealing with, do you?

Just So Fine

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Recorded live in 4 takes. A simple love song, served straight up.

Trinity

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Traditional new age style song. Written for Etienne’s late aunt, Sister Thérèse (Adéline) de la Trinité.

Big Car Blues

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The evolution of this song has seen rampant consumption, excessive energy prices, environmental concerns, and near-global economic collapse… Blues!

Lost and Found

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Created out of a desire to merge new age, trance and metal guitar styles. Quest, loss and recovery connect to the imagery and emotional drive of searching for someone dear or something important.

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Searching all through the night;
Searching all through the day;
The quest never ends.

Lost? Not lost. Found.

Found.

Coming Up For Air

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The first song of the new CD. Started in 2001. Looks at attempts to recover from the catastrophic high-tech meltdown of 2000-2002. Dedicated to Susan Kemp (I’m there for you).

Camino

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Reflecting on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Etienne’s 800km walk in northern Spain in the fall of 2006.

Misty Memories

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A reflective love ballad from an earlier time.

Mind Runners

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Multiple tempo changes & musical attitudes, refined right up to the very end of this project. The forces of the media are extremely powerful. In olden days there were rum runners; today there are mind runners beware. We don’t expect anyone to be humming this song in a downtown café.

National Goals

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Notice the majestic overtones and the similarities with Turn Off the Heat. If it sounds like a hockey anthem, that’s because it is a hockey anthem!