'Winners EP' - Where Love and Peace Surround Me
By Suzi B.,
you have a feeling that you are alone and your life is nothing more
than hard, crazy combination of obstacles and mountains to climb
over, then you are trying to find the brightest thing in your miserable,
hard existence. And in this little bit of expectation, you will
find in a new CD by CoolBlueExit called "Winners
EP." The stunning vocals of James V. Schappert will
often remind you of David Bowie in his 80's songs, combined with
a great composition of electro-pop music that give you a sense of
feeling the outside world.
On his last CD "Under
Blue Sky," with sounds of passion and sensitivity in both
his vocals and music, James showed us his unbelievably enormous
romantic side. With his latest CD "Winners EP," he goes a step further
into the mind of man who reaches the bottom of his life and without
any hope for the future, but at the end of the journey through the
tunnel of darkness lies a light of hope. Hope that is telling us
that there is love and happiness for us somewhere down the road.
of the seven songs on CoolBlueExit's
Winners EP CD has its own story, its own depth. But together, they
build a story. Sequences on a path that life usually takes when
we start looking for love. And when we do, sometimes we lose it
or find ourselves in a strange tornado of emotions and feelings,
many times hard to absorb. We turn around in panic feeling depressed
not being able to find the answers. But if we are strong and able
to find a way out from our tunnel of darkness, we become winners.
songs in fact were written and composed based on James and other
peoples life stories. "I think where I come up with the 'strong
feelings and emotions' comes from the fact that my wheels are always
turning. I seem to overthink at times about things that have happened
in life, mine or someone else's. I have personally had some pretty
bad traumas in my life and I think when you get through the bad
times it can help build up your understanding of yourself and others
starts with a lovely romantic song of true love 'Collide'
and he continues with 'Heavens Not In It,' the point when
after the crush and crazy first love, we realize that we made a
mistake. We said 'I Love You' too soon.
The End' is a just one of the songs where we try to pick up
the pieces of our lives after losing a special person and find meaning
in the end.
main message I think is hope. Even in some of my darker songs, there
is a tie in to a 'hang in there attitude.' I've seen it in my own
life when you find someone that has gone through the same kind of
situation, it seems to help a lot. As far as my straight out love
songs, I think I'm just a hopeless romantic."
we came to the bottom of our emotions, to the darkest part of our
tunnel. James named this song 'The Darkest Sky.'
song The Darkest Sky means a lot to me and I think it was the hardest
for me to write. The meaning for me was to show the Hell I went
through when I had depression - it got me thinking about how other
people have gone through it, but did not survive it. They were not
fortunate enough to get the help that they needed. I would hate
to see anybody endure the hell of depression or addiction if they
can be helped. That's the tie in for the song 'Winners'."
now reached the path where we never thought we would ever be. We
climbed the mountain and now, we can look back and realize what
we are made of. We reached the blue sky and become stronger. We
reach our peace and believe in love once again. That is the main
message of 'Surround Me' where James is singing "Where Love
and Peace Surround Me..."
last song 'You Are Beautiful' brings us back to romance.
We are in love with a person that accepts us for who we are and
is there for better or worse. They see our beauty as we see theirs.
spite of, or maybe because of the many crazy, deep and dark emotions
in James's lyrics, he never gives up on the rhythm of music. The
beat and flow keep pushing you forward, giving you deep down the
hope that you can make it. There is not a note that does not have
a meaning, not a note shattered. "Since I work alone I try and look
at each part as a separate musician. I walk away a lot and try to
're-focus' so as not to come across as sounding same old, same old
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