I met Mary last year when she used all my zecoopdrums in her amazing theatre production "Mat Leave - The Musical". We've become good friends and I really enjoy her creativity, talent and humor. We wanted to do a proper collaboration this year and when I looked at my folders, I saw that I had written a song on piano and electric piano the very first day of FAWM, but forgotten to do anything with it. I added drums and sent it over. Luckily, Mary liked it and immediately had some ideas on harp.
So then we went back and forth about ideas for the topic. She had gotten a bit of a noir feel and since I love the old B/W noir movies, we went with that. I suggested a conversation that sounds normal on one side but sinister on the other. Mary asked me "Could you tell me a household cleaner for serious stains?" and suggested a story that was perfect. (had to be a cleaner that was around in the 1950's, so I came up with Ajax (1947) and Formula 409 (1957). 😀
This song was probably the most fun I have had all FAWM and as a bonus Mrs ZeCoop was gracious enough to join as our Operator! Huge thanks to my lovely wife and to Mary who was the mastermind of this story. I had fun adding to it. 😀
I can’t tell you how excited I am by this song! After getting to know John last year, I really wanted to work with him on something together this year, but he is a man in high demand! When John sent the original track over, the harp line immediately sang out to me, there was nothing else it could be, it had to be that. But the fun had only just begun! To be given free reign with where to take this was thrilling, (well, Market was non-negotiable...) and as we batted ideas back and forth across the pond, this became the perfect story to tell. (We also have ajax over here so that helped!) I’m delighted that this features the voices of both Mr AND Mrs Zecoop, that was the icing on the cake! (Fellow Brits will understand the extreme difficulty I had to not roll my "r"s in the chorus... the struggle is real!)
Yamaha P-120 piano
Yamaha CP-25 electric piano
Vocals (plus Mrs ZeCoop's vocals)
Lyrics and English female Vocals
Operator: "Operator - what number please?"
Operator: "Thank you. Connecting..."
The rest is a mystery you'll need to investigate!
(ZeCoop: p,s, Market rhymes with Carpet - just ask Elvis Costello!!) 😉