CD REVIEW: A Little Ray Of Happiness by Des Cox

From TV shows such as Candid Camera to the Muppets and Sesame Street, Des Cox has been there and done everything under the sun and then some, as well as being a maritime film producer. He started off in the 60s when the Beatles were around, but before that he grew up with experience at sea. It’s not everyday that I come across such a talent without knowing they were even there, so it hits out of left field to hear five of the tracks from his upcoming double album, the cleverly titled  A Little Ray Of Happiness, but the results on me are fascinating.

The songs are adlibbed and recorded in live show fashion, as some of what Cox does contains comedy and some of it does not. Either way you get much to chew on before joined by other tracks on the forthcoming double album. “In My Day” gets the first song out of the way but not before enjoying it as much or maybe even more than the others. The sense of humor of Cox and the all-out jubilance of it all is what’s so enjoyable, as the whole vibe swings and entertains without hesitation from beginning to end.

With “Summer Rain” being one of the better tracks, it stops you in your tracks to smell the roses and feel the breeze on this lovely tune that could be the sleeper track of them all, especially with more listens. There is nothing not to like about this, with the backing arrangement cooking and the vocals swirling it does not get any better. I liked this right away and it’s lasting with every spin as these tracks take a few before moving onto the next, being the only way to really appreciate music enough to give an opinion worth reading.


This is not your average guitar playing, as Cox shows his skills on every track, with “Silence” being the next thing to take in and it’s a left turn from before but it is a welcomed one in what are all acoustic based songs with dual vocals. And thus far it all rings of classic showtunes era stuff with a heavy folk influence behind them, with compelling lyrics and crafty songwriting. This is proven as easily on the next one “Here I Am” with what Cox considers his version of an old fashioned or even a modern-day love song.

Much more can be said about Des Cox, his musical and maritime careers are not without prolific achievement, so it’s a pleasure to hear his music and give a solid recommendation. “At The End Of The Day” sums everything up here very nicely and finds me wanting more songs by the time it’s over. It does just the right thing in making me long for this double album and hear what else it has to offer, because these five songs would make anyone want to hear more. My hat goes off to the songwriting and production to say the last but-not least.

by Bethany Page

The music of DES COX has been heard all over the world in partnership with the radio plugging services offered by Musik and Film Radio Promotions Division.  Learn more

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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