Dublin native Fly The Nest (Stephen Cooper) has just released his new single ‘Be Mine’. The song is an emotional ballad which was written as a wedding present for Stephen’s best friend.
He started playing music at a young age, performing in various bands before starting solo project Fly the Nest, a name inspired by moving on from a previous musical journey and the adventures music has led him on. As well as writing and releasing his own music, Stephen also writes for sync, and says that writing for film and TV has opened up another facet of his creativity. Stephen now spends his time between Ireland and Denmark, and gigs regularly across Scandinavia. During lockdown, Stephen busked in apartment courtyards, setting up a busking system with some fellow musicians. He has also been focused on songwriting and recording.
As someone who was a massive fan of one of Stephen’s previous bands ‘Scoops’, I was really excited to see him venture into a solo career and wondered whether performing by himself would be a good or a bad thing. Thankfully I’m happy to say, it’s a great thing!
Fly The Nest’s latest song ‘Be Mine’ is a wonderfully sentimental performance, with all the signature sounds that separate him from other current singer songwriters. .’Be Mine’ is different to anything I would previously have heard from this artist and so I was a little apprehensive to learn that this release was a gentle love song, rather than the pop rock style I was used to. My apprehension was quelled pretty quickly as soon as the song began. I was captivated.
The music to the song is extremely simple, consisting only of piano, acoustic guitar and strings blending in with Stephen’s rock style voice, this time toned down into a soft, sweet ballad. Being a wedding song, it is of course about one person professing their unending love for the other and even if you didn’t know this before listening, the lyrics leave you with no doubt in your mind to the theme of the song.
‘Is it alright if I call you my wife? If I want to grow old with only you by my side for the rest of my life? And every time that I kiss you goodnight remember as the seasons pass and beauty fades, my love for you will never change’. The chorus of ‘Be Mine’ is by far my favourite thing about this song as in one small paragraph, Stephen manages to capture an ode to love remaining throughout time, even without the youth and beauty that once was.
As well as performing this song at their wedding, he also went ahead and recorded it for them to make the gift something they could always look back on to remember the day. In Fly The Nest’s own words “The song got an amazing reaction at the reception. I think a lot of people, and not just the newlyweds, could relate to the song: a profession and promise of love, of looking back at how far you’ve come but also forward to the future and growing old together. This made me decide to officially release the song.”
Despite being completely different to the style I was used to from his previous ventures, I fell head over heels for this release from Fly The Nest.
If you’d like to give ‘Be Mine’ a listen, you can do so over on Fly The Nest’s Spotify here.