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The Definition of Cool

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This is a collection of songs that I wrote and recorded over the past year. For ages after finishing university I couldn’t write any music at all. I had studied classical composition but ironically had left feeling burnt out and uninspired. After graduating, I tried a bunch of different things. I worked a crappy job at a supermarket (and quit); I did stand up a few times (and bombed); I played drums in my best friend’s band (and still do).

One day, I started writing pop songs again, something I hadn’t done in years. At first, every song I wrote had the same lyrics: “I am cool” repeated ad infinitum. I couldn’t treat anything I made as serious enough to write actual lyrics. Eventually, I got over my hang ups and what eventuated were embarrassingly accurate indicators of my life and my personality. Unrealistically ambitious (“I Want To Be Rich and Famous”), hopeless at everyday tasks (“So Do You”), happy-go-lucky (“I’m So Cool”), scared of heights (“Vertigo”), the list goes on. The cover I chose is a portrait that my dad painted of me a couple of years ago. I mostly like it because it makes me look more classically handsome than I am in reality. It’s also fitting because I feel like listening to these songs will give you a portrait of my personality, flaws and all.

But what is “The Definition of Cool” I hear you ask? Cool is being happy with who you are; cool is doing what you love; and cool is being honest with yourself. Also it’s me. I’m the definition of cool. Deal with it.

As for the music… Well, if you have a spare 25 minutes you can find out for yourself. Surely you’ve got 25 minutes to spare if you read to the end of this overly long description of an album you haven’t heard by someone you probably don’t even know.

For those of you that dare to dream and actually do listen: congratulations, I love you and I'm in love with you.



released November 6, 2018

Written, performed, recorded, and mixed by Fenn Idle

“I Want To Be Rich and Famous” written by Fenn Idle and Rose Chan
“I’m So Cool” mixed by Fenn Idle and Ciaran Frame

Album artwork by Tom Carment

Very big thanks to Rose, Jac, and Filip.

ZT103 ~ Z Tapes Records ~ 2018


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Track Name: Thank You For Buying This Album!
(welcome to the show)
To the show
(you are listening to Fenn is cool)
And thank you
(thank you for buying this album)
For buying
(it is much appreciated)
This album
There are lots of others
You could’ve bought
But you didn’t
So thank you
For buying this one
A good one
I think so
You are cool and so am I
Let’s be cool
Track Name: Vertigo
And I
I don’t have a lot of fear
Another day another year
I don’t have a lot of fear
But when
I’m on a roof and near a wall
I get the feeling I will fall
That’s when I start to lose it all

And in the darkness of the night
I watch TV
Channel two
And in the darkness of the night
I watch TV
Me and you

And I
I am never not prepared
But when I’m walking up the stairs
On my neck I feel the hairs
And I
I am a scholar and a gent
I’ll give you every compliment
When I’m on bridges I can faint

And in the darkness of the night
I watch TV
Channel two
And in the shadow of the night
I watch TV
Me and you
Track Name: I Want To Be Rich and Famous
I watch movies
I watch TV and then
I obsess about people I see
If I could be
I would be just like them
Rich and famous like them
Not a nothing person
So important like them
Not a waste of a person
That would be the best

Some fantasies are never realised
Some dreams are stupid
They should be left
Or never remembered

If Chris Pratt and Anna Faris broke up
How can people like you and I look for love?
We’re not worthy to kiss the ground below
Their perfect feet in a row
Look at a photograph later
My friend says I should do blow
Maybe that would be good
I don’t even know

“There’s nothing lame about ambition.”
That’s what I say so that I can feel good about
It’s hell

Keep it together
Eat some fruit, Fenn
You need to chill and not let it get to your head
You’re not that hot
You’re a six out of ten
With a weird ass name - Fenn

“Well, actually it was grandma’s last name before she was married… I think it’s Irish or Scottish. Yeah. It means bog.”
Track Name: So Do You
Got home yesterday
At 2am, a little late,
Thought of what to make
Two fried eggs, a little cake
I am a stranger to the danger of the world
I have curls like a pre-Raphaelite girl
And I’m always running late
I took the train the other way
Got out of the gate
Before I realised my mistake
I am a hopeless little person though i’m tall
I won’t call
Unless I take a fall
And if someone asks I’m feeling
Great to be away
From busy people everyday
And when they go to pay
They use their watches anyway
I am a function of the system I am in
I can’t sing
Unless I put my finger in
My ear and really listen to the sound I start to make
Looking stupid, feeling great
Written on my grave
In cursive font and music staves
Talking a lot of shit about myself today
Really I think I’m great and so do you
Track Name: I'm So Cool
I am cool, I am so very cool, I am so cool
So cool
I am so cool, I am so cool
So cool, I am so very cool
I am so cool, so cool
I am so cool, I am so

What is cool?
Cool is knowing who you are
It’s hard
And I think I’ve just begun to start
To start
Living my life the way I like
That’s right
Have not felt this good for years and years
No fear
I wish that I was a child so I could smile when people fart
Adults tend to think that I am smart

I’m cool, I am so very cool, I am so cool
So cool
I am so cool, I am so cool
So cool, I am so very cool, I am so cool
So cool
I am so cool, I am so cool

Yeah right
I sleep with the light on at night
I might
Have been a meerkat in another life
No strife
I don’t watch horror movies
I keep things light
I never fight
How do we know what we do is right?

I’m cool, I am so very cool, I am so cool
So cool
I am so cool, I am so cool
So cool, I am so very cool, I am so cool
So cool
I am so cool, I am so cool
Track Name: Cathedral
He sat opposite me on the couch
Said he could not hear the TV
I did not listen to him
Instead, listened to the sound of the man on my screen
“Did you know that In France the cathedrals are nearly 800 years old?”
“This one was built by hand, on a foundation of sand”
“One hundred years to make, not one mistake.”

I look over at him
I can’t bear the thought
Of him touching her skin to say goodbye
I know he’s blind
But that’s no excuse
Doesn’t stop his eyes burning right into mine
So I smile and pretend
Everything will all be worthwhile in the end
He looks at me and says
“Could you help me watch TV?”
“Say all the things you see”

“Alright”, I say to him
“But I might not do such a good job at this
I don’t know why
It’s unusual to do this
I’m used to leaving brain-dead things on in the background
There’s a person
And a dog
They’re entering a cathedral hall
And it’s tall
Pass your hand
Let me draw you a picture so you
Can see the lines”
For a moment I felt like there was nothing outside of me
Track Name: This Time of Year
Have you ever
Felt so alone that you could die?
Cos I haven’t
And I’m starting to understand why

Life is worth living not just for tomorrow
Life is so boring and sometimes it’s hard
People are bullshit opinions don’t matter
It’s so fucking hot this time of year
Track Name: It's Just Funny
It’s just funny how
Things can fucking turn you around so quick
It’s just money now
“Won’t make you happy now” - a trick
Who said that being broke was fun
I hope to god they choke, they’re dumb
I don’t expect you to care
About my finances anymore than my hair
It’s just funny how
Things can fucking turn you around nowhere

It’s just funny how
It’s just money now
Track Name: Cameron
Sitting at home with nothing to do
So I’m going to write this song for you
I get grades but I am not very smart
How do we know what to think when we are judging art?
I feel like Cameron in Ferris Bueller
Looking at a very complex picture
I keep on looking but nothing becomes clear

Don’t have opinions
I am like a sheep
Follower, and not so good to eat
Wish there could be a way
To observe my soul
How will I remain the same when I have gotten old?

Wandering aimlessly
I am lost at sea

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