Sunday, 26 November 2017

Vincent Adultman did a Business

Hi there,

I done a business, here it is (just don't look under the trench coat) - A Bojack Horseman musical remix of the one(three!) the only Vincent Adultman
I like blogging...transactions, and this blog seems like appropriate bloggness : so umm, would you like a alcohol?

As an adultman man it is umm... hard to write, so i'll keep this brief, I made this musical tribute to the great Vincent Adultman, and even if Bojack thinks he's just three boys stacked on top of each other doing that thing from the Little Rascals, he is a great adult. Princess Carolyn has done a lot worse before and since.

Side note: why don't Vincent Adultman and Diane ever interact on the show?
Is it because both characters are voiced by the awesome Alison Brie and they might sound too similar interacting? Maybe, maybe there was just no call for them to interact (even though they were in the same place often!). Or possibly they do interact and i've forgotten about it (i'll just have to rewatch the whole series again won't I)

Okay, thanks for stopping bye, all appropriate business taken care off

Like, share, subscribe, all that stuff, you know the drill.

Peace out other adults

Cosmic Bos

Sunday, 19 November 2017

A Mr. Peanutbutter Romp - Bojack Horseman musical remix by Cosmic Bos

Hello friend, (I know this is probably the first time we have met, but I love you very much)

Thanks for stopping by, it feels like literally forever since anyone was here, but you are here now and that's all that matters, just in time to throw this old dog a bone. Click that play button down there, go on, go on, go on.

A Mr. Peanutbutter Romp - BoJack Horseman musical remix by Cosmic Bos
Music made using MusicMakerJam app on iPhone
Bojack Horseman clips from Bojack Horseman (2014-present), Netflix
This particular musical romp is all about everyones favourite dog, Mr. Peanutbutter (Peanut butter is one word), and boy does he ever like to please. Paul F Tomkins provides the voice, and what a performance he provides.
I do not own the rights to any Bojack, Horseman or otherwise, and this video has been made as a loving fan one, love ya Bojack. The music is pretty in your face, not the kind I usually make, but it seemed appropriate to do something generic for old faithful Mr. PB. (Sorry if you hate it, but, it is what it is)

A pic I made using the Bojack Horseapp
thing, a bit of fun.
I'm guessing you are a fan of Bojack Horseman if you have made it this far down the blog, so firstly, isn't it awesome?
It sure is, well, I must admit to having a particular soft spot for Mr. Peanutbutter and his wacky antics, and I'm saying this as someone who doesn't really like dogs (I don't hate dogs, just not a big fan, I prefer the sultry purrs of the feline). They capture his dog like nature so well in the show that making this musical tribute was easily the funniest time I've had doing this. The 'tomato tomato' bit gets me every time (Classic Mr. Peanutbutter).
What's your favourite Mr. Peanutbutter moment?

Please like, share, comment, subscribe, all the good stuff
You can find Cosmic Bos on Facebook, instagram, reddit, all of those ones and probably more, I can't remember. Just do what you like, I know you will (my forever empty comments boxes prove that - if anyone ever even reads the whole thing, to be honest, I can't usually be bothered to even finish writing them sometimes so why I should expect anyone to complete the reading process is beyond me- WOW! that's depressing, I think I might have been watching too much Bojack Horseman)

Have a great day

Peace and infinite love
Cosmic Bos

Friday, 10 November 2017

Diane Nguyen's Hot Topics no.1: Hanky Panky

So friends,

Here we are, feeling like we have been living in an alternate universe these past few months, the whole world (at least, as far as we can tell) is getting served chaos for breakfast, with leaders twittering away, abuse scandals sliding about the place like abused sandals, bombs and guns and weapons built for a single purpose (the removal of life from this blue world) being used, and still we find time to watch all the cute animal videos youtube has to offer.

Well, here is another cute animal video for you, but this time the animals are from Bojack Horseman and the cuteness is Diane Nguyen standing up for what's right.

This video was made possible by a huge non existent grant from AOL, TimeWarner, Pepsico, Viacom, Halliburton, Skynet, Toyota, Trader Joes. It was agreed that although Bojack Horseman musical remixes might not sell magazines, they do make for good little videos for blogs and should be celebrated as such.

Thanks for taking the time to be here and read this, you are wonderful and don't forget it.
I have a few more of these Bojack musical remixes to come, but while you are here, please leave me a comment, or a like, or some kind of interaction, a connection of some kind, no matter how small, helps build a better world (n.b - there is no science behind this claim, it has not been verified with double blind studies of comments or placebo comments).

Follow me on the social medias please @cosmicbos - instagram : @POML - twitter and like the Facebook page for Cosmic Bos (if you complete these three social media based tasks you win a special cosmic based prize)

Peace and infinite love
Cosmic Bos

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Hooray! (Todd Chavez) - Bojack Horseman musical remix by Cosmic Bos



I wish to show you something...a musical remix video I made...of Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul) from Bojack Horseman, that amazing Netflix show about a Horseman and his friends (are they friends? I wanna say 'yes' but I'm leaning towards a 'maaaaaybe?').

Now Todd has come a long way on the show, it's been 4 seasons so far and Todd has ((Spoiler warnings for seasons 3 & 4)) come out as Asexual and is learning what that means for him. It's amazing and a genuine examination of a topic that does not get much (if any) attention, and Todd has stayed as Todd, he's just become happier being just that. In my musical interpretation (or inToddpretation as he would call it) I decided not to tackle this part of the Todd tale and instead went for the story of Bekka. For the full exploration of Todd you need to watch the whole show, I can't condense that into a 3 minute musical experience (at least not yet, I'm still fumbling my way through this whole thing, whatever it is).

Sarah Lynn makes an appearance to sing the chorus, she's the chorus gal for this one (she will likely turn up again in a later musical mix).

So yeah, that's it, the 4th Bojack Horseman musical mix I done did with MusicMakerJam on my iPhone, and then a hefty dose of Bojack Horseman samples sprinkled over the top. I have a few more planned, the next one is likely to be quite topical as it is about Diane Nguyen.

Thanks for being alive,
love ya xx

Cosmic Bos

Friday, 20 October 2017

Hollywoo Stars & Celebrities, What do they know? Do they know things? Lets Find Out!

Hey friend,

How's it going? You all good? Living the dream I hope. Well, you are here, that's the main thing, just by existing you are doing something worthwhile, I applaud you for that.

So, Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities?
What do they know?
Do they know things?
Lets Find Out!

- That's the full title of the new Cosmic Bos - Bojack Horseman musical mixing shenanigans, please feast your eyes (and ears) on the video above (if you have skipped past it to come read these ever so important words, if not and you have already viewed the aforementioned video, please, tell me what you think? Did you like bits? Did you dislike bits? Let me find out (in the comments) - wow, brackets within brackets, was that really necessary? - was pointing that out really necessary? - is anything truly necessary? I don't know, and neither do you.)

Okay, this blog doesn't have anything else to say, I made the musical video, it's above if you want to watch it, there is nothing else for me to add, but you are still here reading this so I obviously did eventually think of something worthwhile to put in this webspace...I wonder what it is?

- Next Bojack Horseman song is coming soon, I'm really loving making these so expect a few more before I get bored and go and do something else.

Peace and infinite love

Cosmic Bos xx
(Andy Jackson)
Made using the Bojack Horseapp on the iPhone, easy peasy.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Blame it on the Horseman (BoJack) - Bojack Horseman musical tribute no.2

Hay Horsefans,

So Bojack got into this weird scuffle this one time with a seal, a navy seal.
It turned into this whole thing, it was in the news at the time, a few years back now.

Well, anyway, I went and set some music I made with MusicMakerJam to this altercation that Bojack had with Neil... here it is:

As you can see, fun was had all round. For more adventures of Bojack Horseman you should visit Netflix and watch it all, it's awesome.

Thanks for your time, please like, share, subscribe but most importantly keep breathing (don't worry if you forget, your body does it for you while you think about chips covered in cheese, maybe three kinds of cheese, or chips with cheese inside them...yeah)

Peace out

Cosmic Bos
xx Smooches xx
Why do they always use the sneezing picture?

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Smooches (Princess Carolyn) - Bojack Horseman musical tribute no.1

Hello cool cats,

Thanks for stopping by my blog, you are purrfectly welcome, I hope you know/like Bojack Horseman, if not then you really should, it's probably the best adult animated show out there at the moment (calm down Rick and Morty fans, I said 'probably'!) and the 4th season (which dropped on Netflix last month) is off the hook amazing in every way. I count it as the best season of a show for 2017, with Master of None coming in second (that show is also flipping awesome).

Here is a musical tribute I made to the beautiful pink pussy, Princess Carolyn, Smooches!

She is one sassy kitty, and her story arch in season 4 is one of the strongest, a bit of an emotional rollercoaster if you know what I metaphor.

Well, I've got the next one finished too, and will release it in good time (I'm no longer subscribing to bad time, it is not welcome around here no more), it's about Bojack himself, and a scuffle he got into with a Seal over some muffins.

Thanks for being alive, you are doing a great job

Peace and infinite smooches xxx

Andy (Cosmic Bos)

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Phonotos filter fun times #2 - The Seaside

Ahh, the beach, wonderful place indeed. For the last 3 and a half years my beautiful wife and I have lived with the beach as our garden and a picturesque elevated view of the surrounding area as our window view.
It's pretty special 😁

I am a creative type (writerous-musicianous) and have been trying to capture the awesome nature of the massive art show that happens every day on the beach. Pictures speak a thousand words (if the text is small enough) and filters enhance them, but somehow the filter makes the picture more authentic to the actual experience of life. (no it doesn't)

There is sand on our beach, and billions of pebbles, if you want pebbles then we got 'em.

Sometimes though, the colours need a bit of teasing.

☕️☕️ (tea break)

I like purple quite a bit, it's probably my favourite colour, at least top 3.

Tinted purple the beach takes on a sweet tin kinda quality. Like a quality street kinda quality.
Nailed it!

The beach is so dynamic for getting all filter prankster on, and instagram offers some pretty sweet photo editing things on the phone app.
I use an app called Enlight which I downloadeded from the apple tree store. It's pretty darn good 😊

Just a couple more pics with filter tricks for ya.
Thanks for your precious procrastination time, it's valuable.

Peace and infinite love ❤️
Andy (Cosmic Bos)

Okay that's it.


Saturday, 26 August 2017

Phonotos filter fun times #1

Hello friend,

How's it going?
You keeping well in these interesting times of uncertainty and confusion? I hope so. At least there's always technology to keep us distracted and perplexed until the future is here and we can all live inside our own holographic utopias.

I got a new phone! Why is that interesting you may be asking, well, let me tell you.
I am an odd cookie when it comes to technology, I haven't had conventional TV for 17 years and my mobile phones have made children think I'm some kind of historical relic from Tudor times.

Now that I have joined the 'computer in my pocket' generation I had some catching up to do. Apps are pretty good, simple to use and they fit in your pocket, and boy do they make stuff easy.
The view from our window overlooks a park with a lake, frequently it is breathtaking to stand and look out at the shifting colours and birds flying all over the sky (of all places)

Nice view, new phone, time for some filter fun.

Gotta say, this was a lotta fun


Ahhhh, there we go. A few hours wasted mucking around on my phone 📱, and now a minute of your time stolen as well.

Peace and infinite love

Cosmic Bos
(Andy Jackson)

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Conclusion (and Track 13: Chance Encounters on the Stairs)

So friends, the final part, I promise.


When I originally handed Macey the tunes I had been working on, there was over 30 songs, plus we added loads more from Macey and Nick's musical achieve. With that much material, there would inevitably be songs that didn't make the cut and fell by the wayside. Some of those tunes never get touched, some get worked on but then dropped, others come a long way but are just not right for the project as a whole. One such song on this album was 'Chance Encounters on the Stairs', which I will perform for you now in acoustical form.

This song was dropped mainly because there was to much work needed to get it up to scratch, the song itself was fine, but the recording was wonky like a donkey. It might turn up in the future in a more rounded form, who knows, that's the beauty of music...or something like that.


So to conclude, 12 tracks (and another one), the whole album. It was a labour of time and love that I am really proud of, my ego is satisfied. Macey did all the hard work, not me, and he deserves all the credit, Nick as well helped out loads, recording bits and bobs, coming up with some licks and tricks. It has been a collaborative effort indeed, and the videos wouldn't exist without Abi & Mel both working their creative magic.
Also Charlie and Paul require shout outs for all the work in the rehearsal rooms, it is an amazing team of people that have all helped silly old me make a record, I am humbled and overjoyed.

When we had been getting close to completion it kept feeling like there was always just a couple more things to do, to tweak, to tighten, to tinker with. At the final stage, Macey did an amazing Producer display that completed the whole thing. As previously mentioned, 'Pondering' (Track 6) was an interlude song. Macey never worked on it during the development and the version that was to go on the album was my original organ and vocals only one. It didn't fit, when we did our listen throughs to the whole album it stood out. We were considering dropping it altogether. At the last minute, Macey ditched all the music, kept just the vocal, and built a whole new track out of it. It's one of the best on the album (in my opinion), I take my hat off to Macey for making such a beautiful thing.

Thanks so much for all the time you have spent reading this, it means a lot to me, even if I have no way of actually showing you it. Stay amazing in every way :)

Peace and infinite love

Andy Jackson (Cosmic Bos)
Andy covered in UV Paint of all things!
7 Billion album links

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Track 12: Everything is Okay (Live)

so friends, we made it to the last song on the album...


Although the final track on the album has a very singer/songwriter feel, it was actually written in the same way as the electronica ones. I improvised the acoustic guitar and then jammed other instruments over it, it was my 'F' song, originally called 'Focus'.

Since the original version was almost completely unusable, it was decided we would record it live in a studio. I really wanted it to have a raw feeling, stripped down, bare, so we didn't do any rehearsal prior to our studio time. Macey was on piano, Nick on bass and beardy old me (Andy) on guitar and vocals. We filmed it all as well for internet prosperity.

This is the nice little song to end the album, a hopeful happy little ditty, dreaming of a better tomorrow and remembering that actually everything is okay most of the time.

The title is in reference to the work of Danny Shine, a youtube activist that goes out on the streets with a megaphone and a big sign saying 'Everything is Okay'. He's great, you should check him out.
The title is also a nod to Rufus Wainwright, in particular his awesome song 'I Don't Know What It Is', which dreams of a beautiful headline on the New York Times. Also, the line 'As the Google Flies' is an inside joke with my wife regarding sea birds (Googull images!), and the fact that it use to be the crow that was the go to bird, but now it's google maps that do all our flying for us.

So there it is, the final track on the album. I do have one more cheeky lost tune to share with you as well as a Conclusion to this blog, so it's not quite over just yet. But the album is, that's the whole thing, track by track.

Peace and infinite okayiness

Andy Jackson (Cosmic Bos)

Friday, 4 August 2017

Track 11: Unbelievably Attractive

so friends, part 11:

Constructed more traditionally (as in, I wrote it on guitar first), the version of this that I handed to Macey was a relentless assault of guitars, drums, keys, plinky pianos, bass and other miscellaneous instruments. Macey stripped it out and gave the whole thing some dynamic which it had been in drastic need of.

For the lyric, I wanted to write about the law of attraction in a meaningful way, trying to help myself be positive, to attract the right things into my life, to understand that whatever I put out is what's coming back, not just the nice fluffy cloudy things.

This song was always destined to be the climax of the album, and as such we worked hard on getting it right. For a while it had a speaky bit over the long middle 8 break, but it never really added anything to the song so we deleted it from existence. Because it is such a long song, it took a long time to develop and we worked on it intermittently throughout the album construction process, revisiting and revising it often.

As this song had been written on an acoustic, it was very easy to strip it bare and give it a good old acoustic version. Here it is, the stripped bare.

So the album was all there, mostly. We had the dancey songs, the thinky songs, the inner and outer songs (and the shake it all about songs) etc.

There was one thing left to do just to finish this project in the right way. One of the songs I had given Macey was very singer/songwriter style, no drums, just a couple of acoustic guitars and a flute thing. It sucked, so we decided to do a studio live re:record. That would become the final track 'Everything is Okay'. (the next bloggington)

Thanks for your eyes

Peace and infinite cosmic dust

Andy Jackson (Cosmic Bos)

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Track 10: Equality

so friends, onwards, to part 10


This was one of the first songs Macey developed, the original version was more stripped down and built around the stop/start nature of the riff, Macey took this, added dance sections after both the choruses, and turned the electro dance vibe up to 11. The dynamics in the music are all pure Treeman goodness, turning Equality into a bouncy fun ride. I was blown away by what Macey pulled out of his musical mind for this.

As for the lyric (readable in full in the video just above), I wanted a song about the act of math, taking the 'add','subtract','multiply' approach to the human information sponge (also known as the brain or the mind, it will respond to both).
Pure scientific math applied to the chaotic mind of a modern human person, but without focusing on numbers (math without numbers?! are you mad man?!). I approached each line like an equation with each section invariably not equaling equality, except the last one (that did balance).

For a long time this song was going to be track 2 on the album, but in the end we thought it too intense to be so early in the order, we wanted anyone listening to find this little energy gem nearer the end. This was one of the songs developed further in the Bos live sessions, although the band version of it was all about the rocking guitars and pumping drum/bass combo.

Here is the acoustic version of it which has none of the previously mentioned Umph.

While I had been constructing the instrumental tracks way back in that radiant summer of 2015, I had wanted to use mainly electronic sounds because I didn't have the capability to record decent live instrumentation on my own. For guide purposes I recorded guitar acoustically using a USB microphone, I did this on a few tracks (Kiln, Warpzones, Stump the Fee!) all with the intention of replacing them properly later.

Only one of the songs was written on guitar first, all the others were constructed in logic using riffs, except the originally titled 'After Effects', which would go on the become 'Unbelievably Attractive'. (the song for the next blog, fancy that!)

Peace and equal levels of love

Andy Jackson (Cosmic Bos)

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Track 9: Kids Play Games

so, on the part 9:


When Macey gave me this song to work on, it was 90% done, the chorus was complete, it just had some space for verse vocals, which conceptually were also already there thanks to the chorus. This was an utter joy to construct, all the swirling backwards guitars and warm glowing atmosphere made me feel like I had turned up to the party very late with the cherry for the cake.

This was going to be the second single for a long time, and we had a great video idea as well, but due to complications and haircuts it never came to fruition.

This was an exercise in recognising child like innocence that permeates deep into adulthood, we are never as grown up as we think we should be, and aren't we all still just kids playing games in the great big sandpit of life? (Some of us are for sure)

This song was worked on in the Bos rehearsal sessions and we played it pretty good, probably the most like the record we managed to get a live version sounding. This didn't effect the recording though, as that was pretty much complete before I got to write the verses for it.

From the live Bos sessions, there were 7 of the songs that we worked on more then the others, they would have probably made up our set if we had done any gigs (which we didn't) and they were: Given Half a Dance, Warpzones, Kiln, Lampshade, 7 Billion, Kids Play Games and Equality. (which just so happens to be the next part of this blogthology)

Peace and infinite love

Andy Jackson (Cosmic Bos)

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Track 8: Stump the Fee!

so on to part 8...


single cover
Oh this song, this was a tough one. The original version had the working title 'X denotes the negative' and was scrappy at best. With badly recorded guitars (by me) and an overabundance of bongo tracks, it was a hard sell. Macey was not a fan, and I kept pushing him to work on it. He tried hard to get it to work, but alas, it wasn't having any of it. It was a block that I had faith we could get over.

This was (in my humble opinion) the strongest song lyric set on the album, and I really wanted it on there. In a last attempt to appease me, Macey took a musical butchers knife to the song, stripping it bare and starting again.

Macey wrote this song in that move, changing the chords and structure, and coming out with a banging dance number unlike any other tune on the record. We redid the vocals and added in the sample of me pretending to be a TV economics professor from the university of selfrightousville, and BAM! it was there.

For the video for this song (see completed article just above these words), I delved into my editing past, strapped on my 'key phrases' lampshade and went spelunking at ye old prelinger archive (it's a website with copyright free video material available to anyone). Being the thrifty fellow that I am, using my free copy of windows movie maker and several copyright free hours of old footage, I constructed a nice recycled video. It took me ruddy ages to do because movie maker kept crashing and burning under the weight of all the files, by version 15 I had it locked in.

Retroactively this new version of the song was converted once more, into acoustic form. Here is the video result of that transformation. This is closer in chordage to the original version.

Moving on, as previously mentioned way back in the introduction, many songs were worked on that had been written by Macey and Nick. These songs had a different feel to my songs, and I enjoyed writing lyrics for them. While 6 or 7 were recorded and worked on, only one of them made it to the album: Kids Play Games. (coming up in the next part)

Thanks for being present

Peace and infinite loveliness

Andy Jackson (Cosmic Bos)

Monday, 31 July 2017

Track 7: 7 Billion


introverted album cover
This was the very first song written for the project. Its original title was 'Bye Bye 14' and was my test piece, I was trying out some of the instruments, mainly little drum sounds and wibbly bits, a simple bass line to tie it together, a tambourine and a little robot radio thing, nothing special.

I've always been a bit obsessed with massive numbers, those concepts that our minds can't really process, and none really blows my little mind quite like world populations. 7.5 Billion people on this planet right now, more joining the big blue ball every minute, to me, that's amazing.

While doing the Bos rehearsal sessions, we had managed to create a faithful rendition of this song, using a drum pad to have the exact plinky plonky rhythm bits. The biggest additions to this tune that Macey made was the chorus, all the sweeping strings and warming organs that burst out were not in the original version at all, they turned the song from a plinky plonky test song to an epic poignant one (good work Macey).

I wanted to do a big clever animated video for the song, using a map of the world and complex stop motion, but the idea was too big for our limited budgets on both money and time.

As this was the title track for the album it really needed a video (see just above), so I turned to the trusty old interweb, signed up to a stock video site called and made the very video referred to in the bracketed bit a couple of lines ago.

The current world population is over 7.5 Billion, but getting the 'extra half a billion' people in the song would have been clunky, so they don't get a mention, I'm giving them a shout out right here to make up for it, Sorry half a billion people, you rock and should not have been left out of this song.

Deciding what song to put out after 'Lucky Lampshade' was tricky, there were several candidates, but in the end it went to 'Stump the Fee!' (but that's the next blog...this is a little tease)

Thanks for your eyes and ears

Andy Jackson (Cosmic Bos)

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Track 6: Pondering

Hey friends, part 6 for ya


This was the interlude song, the last minute addition to the album that almost didn't make it. More a musing then a song, the original version that I had handed Macey was just three organs that I had improvised and not known what to do with, so I wrote a little poem to go with it.

When we were doing our album listen throughs to see how it sounded, this song stuck out as not quite working, so Macey stripped it down to it's knickers and gave it a complete overhaul. I'll return to this point in the conclusion to this album breakdown.

inverted mushroom pic
So last summer (the 2016 one, you know, the year that all the celebrities died), Cosmic Bos was running along side Meta-Cassette (metaphorically speaking of course, we didn't have races), a whole new batch of songs had landed in my lap and I was tasked with coming up with synth parts for them. If felt like musical Christmas, I had so many gifts to unwrap and play with. Fun times indeed.

Once it was decided that Cosmic Bos was going to release an album, only one song from the bunch felt like it could take the burden of being both it's own name AND the album name...'7 Billion' of course! (but that's the story for the next blog)

Peace and infinite sunshine

Andy Jackson (Cosmic Bos)

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Track 5: Lucky Lampshade

Howdy Doody friend, step right up for part 5:


When I was naming the instrumental pieces way back in the frantically heady summer of 2015, I was coming up with titles based on letters of the alphabet I hadn't used, by the end of it I had one song for every letter (and a few letters that got greedy and had a couple of songs).

'Lucky Lampshade' was my L title. (more of a double L title really)

While I was going through the process of writing lyrics to go with these bad boys, most of the songs would get a name change, almost all of them in fact, but this song, it was born out of it's temporary title. I played with the lyric for a long time before settling in on 'strap on' as the method one would use to keep a lampshade safely on ones head, this was logic and basic science winning out over creative whimsy.

The single cover
The song was a structural oddity. Macey had wanted to move it around a bit, make it more conventional, but I asked him to persist with it's two part, one verse, one chorus structure, to make it different from the other songs. What came out the other end was amazing, Macey built a whirlwind, layering on elements slowly and methodically until a beautiful mess of sound has you in it's clutches (a far cry from the plinky plonky nonsense I had originally given him).

I didn't know if Lucky Lampshade was ever really going to work, but after it's Macey facelift (or Macelift), I think it might be my favourite song on the album, which is a true testament to the production skills of Treeman himself.

We played this in the rehearsal sessions, in fact, we played it differently every time. We had a swing jazz version, punk rock version, dub version, country pop version, you name it, we probably tried it once. I don't know it this influenced how the recording turned out, but it was always a highlight of the live sessions.

As this was the second single, it needed a special video to go with it. Abi and I spent a long time discussing ideas that would utilise light, since the song was about lamps just as much as it was about shades and their potential luck bringing qualities. We had loads of little finger lights, and rope lights, flashing crystal maze bulbs (as used in Given Half a Dance video), light up balloons, UV paint etc.
Negative version of the single cover.

So we tried out a bunch of ideas, and quickly discovered that the UV paint stuff in complete darkness with just a UV bulb, looked freaking sick on a stick. It looked so good on its own that we ditched all our over light based ideas and went full UV. We painted ourselves all UV (well, Abi painted us both actually, I merely sat and got painted), and we painted up some lampshades we had purchased. We shot the video over two evenings using two UV bulbs and a whole load of UV paint.

This song managed to get a little bit of radio play, which was nice.

Once 'Lucky Lampshade' was out, it was decided that this whole project would become an album. Nick had returned from travelling around the world, so the Cosmic Bos live band rehearsal sessions came to an end, and I joined the 'old' band as a synth player and backing vocalist.

A still from the video shoot.
Macey and Nick have been working together for a long time, and in 2013, with Charlie Gibbs on drums and James Finburg on Bass, they had released their debut album 'Something in the Water' - they were known as 'Jipsy Magic'. James left the band the following year and the guys recruited the amazing Paul Bradley on Bass. Before Nick went travelling the guys had been working on a bunch of new material, on Nicks return, with the addition of beardy old me, a new identity for 'Jipsy Magic' was born... META-CASSETTE

While rehearsing Cosmic Bos I had gotten the opportunity to play with these amazing musicians that I admired, I have been an avid fan of 'Jipsy Magic', and I had always hoped that one day I would get to be part of it, it was, and still is, exciting and special getting to make music with such talented individuals. Bos shifted gears back to being an electronica project, but it had been infused with the live musical energies that only a band can give.

Lucky Lampshade made it to the acoustic recording sessions, it's just two chords back and forth so not the hardest song in the world (for any musicheads out there, it's Dm and G)

After such a big epic track, the album needed to calm down a bit, so we went Pondering...

Peace and infinite love

Andy Jackson (Cosmic Bos)

Me all UV painted up for the video shoot.
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Friday, 28 July 2017

Track 4: My Bruised Ego

So we reach part 4 of our musical journey, and this time we get introspective.


Probably the most personal song on the record, this one took a long time to get right. Musically it was there from pretty early on, but the lyric was a struggle. I had the 'kicking me down while trying to get back up' line going round and round in my head for ages, but the lines to follow that went through many iterations before finally settling on the whimpering sounds of a bruised ego.

I think the hardest part about writing about your own ego is removing said ego long enough to honestly analyse it. Every time I felt like I had nailed it, it became clear that my ego had snuck in and tried to big itself up (probably by distracting the rest of my mind with tea and cake - damn you delicious cake).

UV Cosmic Bos artwork by Abi Jackson
There is something very therapeutic about honest self analysis, once you get over yourself enough to realise that we all have these strange struggles with ourselves internally, we all want to be special in some way or another, but really, when all is said and done, most of us, the vast majority in fact, are unremarkable, normal, boring and the same as each other. That's a good thing though, we can't all be the best, the very concept of bestiness allows for only a very select few to shine though.

I come back to this idea in my songs once in a while, as well as voicing the exact opposite idea in other songs, it's fun to bounce around conceptual spaces, language, especially, allows for multiple meanings within the same sentence, and that's awesome (in my humble opinion).

Emotionally life can be a rollercoaster (I think someone might have already said that in song form), and acknowledging our weaknesses as well as our strengths helps us grow and develop, sometimes that ego needs a bit of bruising, even if it hurts.

The built in irony here is that my ego feels warm and fuzzy when someone else gets something from this song, it heals a bit more of the bruising. This song was not attempted at band rehearsals for it's very electronic nature, but it felt necessary to include it on the album.

Retroactively I worked out an acoustic version of 'My Bruised Ego', and it was recording in the great acoustic jamboree earlier this year. Happy times.

The collection of tracks I had given Macey back in that whimsical summer of 2015 didn't really have many singles in it, with 'Given Half a Dance' already used up, working out what song to release next was tough. There was one song that Macey had been strongly draw to, which was one of the more experimental pieces, to say the least, and as it grew in stature, it became clear it would be the next thing we could release...step up to the plate 'Lucky Lampshade'.

Peace and infinite love

Andy Jackson (Cosmic Bos)

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Track 3: Kiln

So, here we go with Part 3...


This is a song of contrasts, it's a bit of an angry rant, feet stompy, but a bit non committal as well, pretty much given up in the fight, wants it all to be over, but might still have a tiny slither of rebellion to hand should an uprising occur. Not the best description of a 3 minute song ever, but it's what you are getting I'm afraid.
A visual representation of life inside an ultraviolet kiln

Musically the drums made this song shine, and the build up and drop out nature of the whole thing keeps it interesting (I think so anyway, you may very well disagree). This was one of the songs that worked nicely in the band setting, and Macey ultimately used some of the band jam to construct this song sandwich, the vocal was shaped in the rehearsal rooms, giving it that screamy edge and energy that was lacking from the original demo.

This song got chopped and changed a bit to work. From the electronica pieces that I originally handed Macey, this one needed building up, there are a lot of vocal layers swirling around right there.
With the lyric to Kiln, I was going for a need for repair vibe, via the use of fire and brimstone, the hot ovens to burn out the rebel in us all, to harden us to the harsh world, mould us to societies whim, and be damned whatever we ourselves may want. That's a bit depressing and bleak, sorry about that (there are other songs coming that are more optimistic I promise).

Just a quick aside, when I came to putting together these video's to go with the songs, I used an online video making tool called biteable (which ironically it isn't). It's a good little tool, they update its content frequently, and you can sign up to use a trial version before forking out your hard earned cash to support your online video editing habit. Okay, back to the blog...

Many of the songs on '7 Billion' were completely electronica in nature, not a real instrument anywhere near them, which fundamentally was not a problem, but when we came to try and work them in a live room setting, many of them would not translate. We had many attempts to make 'Given Half a Dance' work for a band, but we could never get it to sound good, something was always not quite working about it. 'Kiln' never had this problem, it was one of the best sounding in the live environment, like it was born there (which, it kinda was).

Check back for Part 4 where my ego is going to get a bruising,

Peace and infinite biscuits

Andy Jackson (Cosmic Bos)
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