Ben Cocks – British Made

Ben Cocks is one of Britain’s finest – an East End home grown variety found working the sounds behind many a film documentary or television commercial. Whether it’s a thought-provoking car advert or an atmospheric ferry travel; the Ben Cocks brand is unmistakably British. His quaint folk strain permeates his compositions and are tastefully peppered with unlikely instrumental combinations such as a digital piano sitting side-by-side on the stave with glockenspiel and ukulele. Titles of the Ben Cocks brand are unmistakable story-tellers in their own right and somehow make us want to listen in and experience more. Example tracks like ‘Curiosity’, ‘The Dance Is Over’ and ‘Be Part Of It’ reveal a nostalgic Ben Cocks personality mixed with a snatch of tomorrow, from a composer who knows how to get under your musical skin today.   Ben Cocks - British Made

The ‘Curiosity’ Of Ben Cocks

It is our home boy’s own self-reared curiosity that has produced this charming folk-ridden ballad taking you more places than just the advertised European destinations. This is the backing track for the advertisement ‘Brittany Ferries’.

The introduction starts with a blonde, blue-eyed little chap who is encouraged to explore his surroundings from the workings of the outdoors, entrails of his robot to the contents of his toilet! The opening lyrics form the main hook and are sung in easy-going hillbilly style against a rippling movement of electric piano sounds in a lilting ¾ time signature.

    Db  B   A      A     A   A A   Gb  E

’Oh my son, stay cur-i-ous my boy’’

Staying Hooked

The hook embeds itself throughout and returns as the young boy goes from teenager to manhood. A gentle ‘brushed’ back beat and acoustic guitar strum add to the floaty-light feel of the song as the digital grand piano fingers dance nimbly around the upper register and provide a purity that permeates the whole 59 second uplifting experience.

Ben Cocks – Made In Britain

So the next time you come across a Ben Cocks original – turn it over – it may have ‘Made in Britain’ stamped on the back and bears all the hallmarks of a Ben Cocks masterpiece.

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