David Cook: "I'm Very Confident in My Own Ability to Write Music"

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In this brand new interview with David Cook invites AOL music into his studio at Emblem to talk about collaborating and finding his voice as he works on his new album.

Is that a snip of new music I hear?

“Working with the talented people I did on the last album was really exciting. I definitely learned a lot from the process,” Cook tells PopEater. On his yet-to-be titled follow-up album, the singer wrote with everyone from the husband and wife team of Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk to OneRepublic vocalist Ryan Tedder. “I’m very confident in my own ability to write music, but I think anytime you can kind of bounce ideas off of other people — you know, two heads are better than one, three heads are better than two, etc.”

Watch the interview, after the jump.

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  • BootStar

    “I’m very confident in my own ability to write music, but I think anytime you can kind of bounce ideas off of other people — you know, two heads are better than one, three heads are better than two, etc.”

    Good for him! As long as it’s not “music by committee.”

    (Did they have to ruin the video with “Come Back to Me”? I so hope the new stuff doesn’t sound anything like that.)

  • tinawina

    Man, I’m really starting to get excited. They are totally ramping up the promo.

  • cheese

    That was a snip of new music! It was kind of reminding me of the beginning of Phoenix’s “1901″ and then they went and started playing CBTM, ugh. I hope he doesn’t plan to put that song on every album, haha.

    I’m of the mindset that David is only occasionally accidentally attractive, but he’s looking pretty good in these new clips.

  • BootStar

    Has anybody transcribed the chords to “Goodbye to the Girl” yet? (That’s only part-snark.)

  • Buffynut

    tinawina:
    01/26/2011 at 12:29 pm
    Man, I’m really starting to get excited. They are totally ramping up the promo.

    Yes! And he even did a Twitter party yesterday!

  • Valentin432

    Well, this looks more and more like a promo push for the release of the single/album.

    Can’t wait!!!

  • samgamgee

    Can’t wait to hear David’s new album. I like his pre-idol material but I want more. I know he has so much potential.

    So far, the only idol that has impressed me with her songwriting abilities is Kelly Clarkson. If you have never heard Irvine, I strongly suggest that you head to Youtube and listen to it. It is at par with the best songs I’ve ever heard in my life. Her guitarist said that Kelly has already nailed down the melody of the song when she came to him. And there’s other countless other songs that Kelly wrote like Chivas, Sober, Empty As I Am, Close Your Eyes, Ready, Hole, etc.

  • unidentified

    Yes! And he even did a Twitter party yesterday!

    Yeah, he did really slow down on Twitter and no Twitter parties for a while. Scared of the when is the new CD coming out questions I guess.

    Yay, stuff is starting to happen. The looooong wait my soon be over.

  • sr4mjc

    and promo has started :)

  • musicality

    Try as I might there is something about this guy that I just don’t like. I like all the idols too. I have a good majority of all the Idols CD’s throughout the years. But this guy I just don’t like. He’s similar to Daughtry who I like a lot and have everything he has ever put out. But there is something about him as a person and a singer that I can’t seem to get past.

  • suenigma

    I have lots and lots of deep and profound observations that I want to make about David Cook and this here little video, but right now, before I’ve had my first cup of coffee, all I’ve got is “awwwww, he’s sooooo purdy”.

  • sma11ie

    Haha, I’ve been trying to comment on this thread for the fourth time but keep getting flagged for moderation. All I really wanted to do is ask for a detailed recap and comment on the excess facial hair! Haha. I think I found the key word that’s giving me trouble. I will avoid using it in this comment.

    But there is something about him as a person and a singer that I can’t seem to get past.

    That’s cool. Everyone feels that way about someone. As David has said, (paraphrasing), he realizes it’s very difficult to change peoples’ minds about something they already don’t like, so all he can do is try his best to win over people who are undecided, and keep his existing fans. Pretty realistic perspective.

  • suenigma

    Hi musicality. I can’t help you in terms of his music or voice – if it doesn’t work for you, it just doesn’t work for you. Musical preference is such a personal thing.

    However, this might help you in terms of learning a little bit more about his character and perhaps(?) helping you to like him as a person a bit more. Or not. LOL.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmizGmyc6Hw

  • PomWellington

    Crossing fingers,looking skyward, hoping against hope that this is just the beginning of the way way overdue album rollout. Still just crumbs today, but can the whole Cookie be far behind now? And yes, he is looking pretty good in this vid too. Can’t argue with that.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I liked Cook at lot more on the show than his post-AI music. Still, I always thought that he was a genuine, decent guy and wish him well. Cool for his fans that promo for his next CD is ramping up. :)

  • Trina

    Either the single is happening soon or RCA realizes they better start getting him back out there and try and recapture some of that big ass fanbase of his. With the right single and good promo IMO he has a good shot doing pretty well. Not platinum again of course but reasonably well. Better than the current Idol sales perhaps.

  • LaRue

    tinawina:
    01/26/2011 at 12:29 pm
    Man, I’m really starting to get excited. They are totally ramping up the promo.

    I’ve been impresssed with how Cook is reintroducing himself. A few tidbits here and there, not too much to overwhelm anyone, just enough to get his fans excited. So far? So good, I’d say.

  • _nyanyanie

    ooohhhwaa….. i was totally suprised by this….. please keep them coming…. im so tired of a teaser one day, dead silence a week after, please please please let this go on…

  • Listening

    Oh My GOSH how cute was he when he got all flustered about the awkward wording on the only ideas that matter comment. I was LOLing hardcore. :) He’s simply adorable.

    I can’t wait for new music hope it’s closer to his Analog Heart album than his newer one though. Analog heart just came across as deeper, harder and more unique than the major label record. Don’t get me wrong David Cook the album was good but coulda been better and from the samples i’ve heard his sophomore album is gonna be much better. More Tidbits Please. Yum Yum

  • pattycake

    First, not a good idea to put the street and building pic in the video. Crazies will be there tomorrow. Second, what was he saying about Chris’ bass in the beginning? Why not Monty’s bass? Third Is it me or does each video seems to have reference to Goodbye to the Girl? Perhaps a push to make on album or single? Last and not least, I don’t like beards or hair gel, but he looks hot to me. Cannot figure it out.

  • sma11ie

    Either the single is happening soon or RCA realizes they better start getting him back out there and try and recapture some of that big ass fanbase of his.

    Here’s my question, and it’s a genuine one for those of you who are more researched in marketing rollouts, effect of social media for artists, etc. Why doesn’t David ever tweet these videos/interviews himself? Die-hard fans usually find them, and then we have the fan volunteer mod from DCO tweet it, and RCAPromo often eventually tweets it, and then it spreads to Idol blogs who also tweet it… but none of these avenues reach more than the “avid” Idol fans, really, and combined, they probably don’t even add up to David’s own twitter followers, nor is it as direct or effective as David tweeting these links himself. Is there a reason David doesn’t tweet these? Is it because it might be too much for most of the followers, for whatever reason? Maybe right now, these interviews are still fairly sparse and rare, so we don’t see any harm in him spreading the word to all his followers, but once things get going, it might be overwhelming? I’m just speculating here. Cuz mainly, I think he should tweet them, and don’t get why he doesn’t. A lot of “smaller” artists tweet every single piece of press or interview on themselves…

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    Eh, it’s been known for months what studio Cook was working at, and its address is not a secret. Calabasas is a bit of a hike.

    There’ve been hints that session musicians were being used for some of the final work, and it’s pretty routine to employ some session musicians on album tracks even when a full band is used, so I don’t make anything of Torres’ presence other than that he was there and plays bass.

    I’m a-thinkin’ that frequent GttG references are to reassure fans that a band-written track is headed for the album, as this has been an ongoing concern.

    As for hotness, quite a lot of people (both male and female) look their most appealing to me when they’re concentrating on doing something they do well.

  • _nyanyanie

    sma11ie, i have same questions as well.

    remember last year, the disappointment with katy perry’s album sales because they said that she was over exposed or something??

    my main point is, i dont get this marketing strategy. i’m worried that he’s too silent but also i don’t want him over-expose it to the point where all this excitement and anticipation will die down

  • standtotheright

    I’m just speculating here. Cuz mainly, I think he should tweet them, and don’t get why he doesn’t. A lot of “smaller” artists tweet every single piece of press or interview on themselves…

    Well, a lot of what we’ve seen recently have been puff pieces. I think he doesn’t see the value of promoting a piece on his pancake preferences, and really, even the interview questions that were about the album were so vaguely answered that it’s only the die-hards that would get something out of them.

    He did tweet about the recent studio update at DCO with a “check out the website tomorrow” mention. (I suspect he had other obligations that day and didn’t want to wait around for it.) With this one, I don’t know that they gave him a date for release other than “soon.”

    Popeater hasn’t tweeted the link to this yet, and if he’s in the studio, he’s probably not checking all his Google alerts to see if it’s on the interwebs. I’d agree this is the sort of thing that deserves a “thanks for the good hang, @Popeater!” but if he doesn’t, I’m assuming that’s because of priortizing “finishing the damn record” rather than outright unwillingness to self-promote.

  • superfudge

    I’m very confident in my own ability to buy this album and listen to it for days.

  • ri

    MUSICALITY, i’m with you. i cannot pinpoint the reason i don’t like Cook. part of it may be that i just don’t see him as sincere even though he tries to come across that way. maybe that’s it…i think he tries too hard. i’m not usually a real perceptive person about these things but i feel like i can see it and i don’t know why others cannot. he is very talented. i’ll give him that. he’s also very charming. i’ve seen the youtube from SUENIGMA and while i sympathize, i still do not see him as a genuine person. i do try. but it’s not happenin.

  • Keel

    Bwah! The awkward pause and “arrogant asshole” part was high-larious.

    Cannot wait for this album! Yessss!!

    ETA:

    So, are we 99% sure the album name will be Goodbye to the Girl? ‘Cuz it sure keeps popping up in these videos (and, umm, one of his random tweets).

  • fadetowhite

    I love this interview.

    Love everything he said. And no David, you don’t need to qualify ‘the only creative process that is right is mine – for me’!!! LOl

    Absolutely friggin’ right and I am so glad to hear him say it.

    I’m also glad that the emphasis here is on him as a writer/a creator, whilst yes being a collaborator and on finding who he is as an artist through the process of recording this record.

    It’s a very exciting message to hear as a fan, especially as it seems to be the theme for the current promo cycle, which means that 19 and RCA must be on board with it too!

    So – to sum it up: I’m happy!

  • Keel

    Has anybody transcribed the chords to “Goodbye to the Girl” yet? (That’s only part-snark.)

    Heh. I saw a fan tweet that they were already playing the chords based on that one snippet, so it can’t be far behind. Now the fan is being hounded with questions as to whether GttG is the same song playing at the beginning of the video.

    ETA:

    All I really wanted to do is ask for a detailed recap and comment on the excess facial hair!

    Just so this thread can be certified as a genuine Cook thread, I’ll join you in the hair snark and say that the excess facial hair was very disturbing . . . very Michael McDonald-esque or my junior high shop teacher. *shivers*

  • suenigma

    RI, I totally get where you are coming from. Not in terms of Cook, obviously, for me, but in terms of other individuals that everyone else seems to perceive as wonderful and likeable, and that I just KNOW are EVIL to the core. LOL.

    Perhaps part of the problem is that if you look carefully you can see Cook thinking when he speaks, even in seemingly off-the-cuff or spontaneous situations. I attribute it to his natural intelligence and forensics/debate background (he is a “thoughtful” speaker, generally) but I can totally see how some people might read it as disingenuous or smug. Politician Syndrome perhaps?

    Perceptual discrepancies like that are why actions speak louder than words for me, and I have never heard anybody who actually knows him or has worked with him say a bad thing about him.

  • sr4mjc

    RCAMusic just tweeted the link out

  • progression

    I’m very confident in my own ability to buy this album and listen to it for days.

    Lol! Are you “very confident” or “99% sure” though?

    Great to see things start to happen after the long drought. And it’s nice to get to hear him talk substatively about the process a bit. I’d imagine making this record has been very different than the rushed “get it out on time at all costs” freshman record, and it sounds like he’s learned a lot about the major label process that will stand him in good stead on the next one.

    Also, he looks fab, just sayin.

  • suenigma

    Keel…very Michael McDonald-esque or my junior high shop teacher. *shivers*

    Mwahahahah. LMAO.

  • Incipit

    There’ve been hints that session musicians were being used for some of the final work, and it’s pretty routine to employ some session musicians on album tracks even when a full band is used, so I don’t make anything of Torres’ presence other than that he was there and plays bass.

    Absolutely true, this is common practice – and even more than session musicians, it seems that David and Serletic have brought in some specialists for a particular sound they wanted. I’m lovin’ this – because one of my ponies was more diverse instrumentation – David has tweeted several times in January about tracking guitars – they imported therealPhilX to play a 12 string of David’s – “used to produce a shimmering chorus effect, generally.. in a fairly restricted role that emphasizes its strengths: rich ringing, full-bodied chords, and fast, rippling single plucked notes on the twinned strings.” (research courtesy of ImogenPH)
    There was an artist named Ray Riendeau who tweeted about one bass track – and Sal Oliveri, who works with Zac Maloy out of Nashville, has a long string of tweets about mixing piano and strings with Danny Rader for David and Tom Douglas in December and sending it to them with a “hope they like it”. (and I’m not forgetting the children’s chorus.)

    Ripe fields for speculation – but all these layers might have been synthesized – they have the equipment. It wasn’t – it’s real people, playing real instruments. The album credits ought to be fun to read. *Big Grin of Anticipation*

  • IndyMuse

    I’m excited for the ramped-up promo! I am thrilled by the emphasis on his songwriting and control in the process. It truly is a major thing he can rightly show off.

  • sma11ie

    I think he doesn’t see the value of promoting a piece on his pancake preferences, and really, even the interview questions that were about the album were so vaguely answered that it’s only the die-hards that would get something out of them.

    See, I kind of feel differently. The Hollywire interview about the album name being 99% certain, and that other interview where he said the album would drop March to May are not completely devoid of news, particularly to non-die-hards. These pieces only seem like the same-old same-old vaguaries to us die-hards because we’ve scoured the webs for every last bit of info, and have every crumb or quote from David since December 2010 memorized. To casual fans, it’s great to see him again, and get news that an album is coming. His twitter followers would enjoy seeing that, IMO.

    part of it may be that i just don’t see him as sincere even though he tries to come across that way. maybe that’s it…i think he tries too hard. i’m not usually a real perceptive person about these things but i feel like i can see it and i don’t know why others cannot.

    I definitely agree that everyone has their own internal BS meter. For whatever reason, he seems to ping yours. This is so subjective, there’s no point in debating. I just think for me, personally, that I found it really telling from a character perspective, when he refused to ever talk about Adam on the air during Idol. And it was always cool for me to watch early interviews, like the Top 24 interviews, when he was clearly this goofy, dorky, earnest fool, who goes on American Idol and yet answers the what is his pet peeve question with “meanspiritedness”. And the fact that various also-rans from S7’s Hollywood week including Danny Noriega, David Hernandez, Jason Yeager, Luke Menard, etc. used “genuine” to describe him. Or the fact that people in the Tulsa music scene who knew him before AI have always described him as a nice guy. Anyway, he’s more careful, more professional in his interviews now, but I always think of how he came across before the AI winner’s extra polish, and am reassured that I still at heart see the same guy. Wow, when did this turn into an embarrassing love letter on why I heart David Cook? That’s it, I’m putting myself in timeout until I reemerge with my sarcasm and cynicism back!

  • sunchick

    NGL, the title quote of this thread pretty much made my day. That, and accidentally assy Dave. And that they said he’s working on his THIRD album. (AH acknowledgement?!) Okay, and also the Sonic the Hedgehog meets Something About Mary ‘do coupled with the wooly bear caterpillar that made it’s home on his lip, the sum effect of which is somehow hotter than it ought to be. Plus the Troy Polamalu cameo on the couch behind Dave at 1:03. ;)

    If you have never heard Irvine, I strongly suggest that you head to Youtube and listen to it.

    Irvine is a great song, probably my favorite effort from Kelly. I would similarly throw down for Permanent- a profoundly gorgeous, honest piece that struck a raw nerve. Some artists just capture that special something that’s relatable for you and form a connection of sorts, some don’t. Such is the nature of music. And art, really. I think I’ve read compelling, impassioned, intelligent (and some, err, not so intelligent) arguments made for and against at least 8 of the 10 best picture noms since the Oscar announcements were made. And wooo do some people take it personally. (Random aside: Team Inception or Black Swan ftw!)

    So, are we 99% sure the album name will be Goodbye to the Girl? ‘Cuz it sure keeps popping up in these videos (and, umm, one of his random tweets).

    I was thinking random GttG easter eggs+emphasis on finding his own creative process= hint at first single? Or not. (Kinda hope so, though.)

  • bmms

    Try as I might there is something about this guy that I just don’t like. I like all the idols too. I have a good majority of all the Idols CD’s throughout the years. But this guy I just don’t like. He’s similar to Daughtry who I like a lot and have everything he has ever put out. But there is something about him as a person and a singer that I can’t seem to get past.

    Wow. You must be in the minority, lol. I think this is the first post I’ve seen here or at the AI site from someone that does not like Cookie. I beg to differ, I think the only similarity with Cookie & Chris D is that they are rockers. Their voices, styles, and songs are different. Even their personalities are different. They’re both unique and very talented. I’m thrilled for David’s upcoming album, yay.

  • Keel

    Anyway, he’s more careful, more professional in his interviews now, but I always think of how he came across before the AI winner’s extra polish, and am reassured that I still at heart see the same guy.

    Ya know, I tend to agree with you here. As some of the pre-Idol interviews and videos have slowly come out in past 2-3 years (the ones for his indie solo album and videos of him in his MWK days), I’m always struck by how he was saying the same thing back then that he was saying post-Idol about music, having a career in music, and his view on fans. Sure, there’s a few more “f*cks” and “sh*its” thrown in there, but he’s the same guy. It’s like his circumstances have change 1000% but his take on the whole thing has changed very little.

  • sma11ie

    Plus the Troy Polamalu cameo on the couch behind Dave at 1:03.

    Who dat? Oh, and I hear the name Chris Torres thrown around too. Who dat x2? Thanks :).

    I think this is the first post I’ve seen here or at the AI site from someone that does not like Cookie.

    Wait, are you being serious? It’s hard to read tone. Because, um, EVERY Idol has plenty of people who dislike them, everywhere, even (gasp!) Kelly, who most everyone likes.

    ETA: Dammit, my self-imposed timeout didn’t last very long at all. LOL, it’s a Cook thread on MJ’s. I can’t stay away!

  • fadetowhite

    Anyway, he’s more careful, more professional in his interviews now, but I always think of how he came across before the AI winner’s extra polish, and am reassured that I still at heart see the same guy.

    Yep good quote – that’s what I get from trawling back through the interview catalogue.

    That said: a) I have no idea whether Cook is really genuine or not. He gives the impression to me that he is for the most part, but I also think he’s very careful/guarded about what he says. I’d actually rather see more of that sly and sarcastic sense of humour and more of the ‘arrogant arsehole’ and less of the PC Cook, but my interpretation is that that is what the Idol process developed in him: a cautiousness about how much of himself to reveal.

    b) I have no need for him to be perfect in any way whatsoever and that includes in his genuineness.

    c) Ultimately, I kind of think so what? People like who they like and respond to different people how they respond. Who’s to say who’s got it right and who’s got it wrong – or whether there even is a right or wrong. All I know is that I like this man’s music…

  • Eyeswideshut2

    I’m a fairly cynical person, and I distrust my OTT passion for Cook. So I’ve been keeping a careful eye out for false notes. The thing that has struck me time and time again is how many people who knew or knows him has made a point of saying what a genuinely good guy he is. (You can even see that in the early VFTW thread). And his behaviour bears that out. But if you someone him differently, that’s fine. Some perfectly nice people just strike a nerve with me – it’s just one of those mysteries of life LOL.

    As to why Cook doesn’t tweet about interviews – I’ve developed a theory about that. It seems that he does not want to use Twitter as a direct marketing tool for himself. He’s very fast to give props to other musicians and to market them to his fans. (That’s also part of why I respect him so much. When he started off on AI, a friend of his quoted him as saying that if AI gave him greater exposure, he would use the platform to promote lesser-known musicians. And he’s kept that promise. But I digress).

    But for himself? Nada. Maybe he feels that he’s got people to do that job for him. Maybe he feels uncomfortable with pimping himself. Whatever his reasons are, I enjoy his tweets far more than I would a constant stream of self-promo (yes, I’m looking at you, Ryan Star). To me it gives the illusion of a more personal connection between him and his fans.

    Once again, this is my personal preferences. YMMV etc.

    ETA: You’d have to have walked the whole mile with us to understand why David Cook fans respect him so much. I could go on for hours, but I won’t. This video encapsulates him for me even more than the one linked earlier – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd3fQ_XiqpE

  • sylvanaire

    smallie, I don’t know who Troy Polamalu is, but Chris Torres is the bass player in Kris Allen’s band. It did look like him to me in that brief glimpse of him on the couch, and David is talking about a “Chris” bass line at the very beginning of this video. Who knows? It’s all a lot of speculation with very little to go on.

    So happy to see the promo wheels start to turn. Hopefully we will continue to get nice crumbs like these as we approach the single announcement & album launch dates. I just love listening to him talk music. *dreamy sigh*

  • bmms

    Wait, are you being serious? It’s hard to read tone. Because, um, EVERY Idol has plenty of people who dislike them, everywhere, even (gasp!) Kelly, who most everyone likes.

    (Boy I hate repeating myself) Yes! I’m serious. I don’t go around the AI site or on MJs checking and counting how many individuals do not like David or (Kelly). That is why I mentioned the person is in the minority. YES, it is the first post I’ve seen that someone does not like David. Happy now!?!

  • Eileen99

    I don’t know who Troy Polamalu is, but Chris Torres is the bass player in Kris Allen’s band. It did look like him to me in that brief glimpse of him on the couch, and David is talking about a “Chris” bass line at the very beginning of this video. Who knows? It’s all a lot of speculation with very little to go on.

    LOL, Torres does look like Troy Polamalu, who plays for the Steelers. I think he’s Samoan, and I believe Torres is Hawaiian, and yeah, they sort of look alike. It was quite a surprise to see Kris’ bass player in Cook’s studio video, but it kind of makes me feel warm & fuzzy.

    I’m really happy for all you Cook fans! Finally, the news is starting to come quickly. Even I’m getting caught up in the excitement! Hope the record’s a big success.

  • JazzRocks

    fuzzywuzzy:
    01/26/2011 at 1:20 pm

    I liked Cook at lot more on the show than his post-AI music. Still, I always thought that he was a genuine, decent guy and wish him well. Cool for his fans that promo for his next CD is ramping up. :)

    This is me. Loved him on the show (Music of the Night!!) but not post-Idol music. However I have high regard for him as a person. And I’m happy & excited for his fans.

  • sr4mjc

    Troy Polamalu

    Big haired dude who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Eyeswideshut2

    Hehehe. Cook just retweeted the Popeater tweet about the interview. *waves to David*

  • sma11ie

    Chris Torres is the bass player in Kris Allen’s band. It did look like him to me in that brief glimpse of him on the couch, and David is talking about a “Chris” bass line at the very beginning of this video. Who knows? It’s all a lot of speculation with very little to go on.

    Someone tweet him! LOL.

    LOL, Torres does look like Troy Polamalu, who plays for the Steelers. I think he’s Samoan, and I believe Torres is Hawaiian, and yeah, they look alike.

    LOL, football reference right over my head, of course.

    YES, it is the first post I’ve seen that someone does not like David. Happy now!?!

    Yeesh, sorry if I offended you =P. Like I said, hard to read tone. I was just surprised that you hadn’t seen posts from people who dislike Cook, cuz I have. That’s all. Cheers!

    Hehehe. Cook just retweeted the Popeater tweet to the interview. *waves to David*

    YAY! Hhaha…

  • Hazehel

    I find the little bit of music interesting, not quite what I would expect from him. I think however the guitar beat should be a bit heavier, would sound better that way I think (although it’s not easy to tell how it’s meant to fit on a song, so I could be wrong).

    Don’t really expect someone to be like by everyone, although I suspect some people might have interpreted that lopsided smile he sometimes gives as smugness on his part or being conceited. But for Cook fans who have followed what he does closely, he does seem to be as nice a person as he appears to be.

  • tinawina

    sma11ie has the power!

    Quick, complain about not having a release date!

  • Eileen99

    Someone tweet him! LOL.

    Sadly, Torres is not on twitter that we know of, but it is definitely him. :)

  • Eyeswideshut2

    tinawina:
    01/26/2011 at 4:29 pm
    sma11ie has the power!

    Quick, complain about not having a release date!

    I second :-)

    Also, way to ruin my credibility, Cook!

    ETA: I suck at editing my posts.

  • Trina

    I see it like this, he may very well at the core of all things be a total phony jackass
    but from all I’ve read from various friends and colleagues he sure sounds like an awfully nice person. I remember when Adam passed away Carrie posted about it on her fan club and her words were so touching, I remember her saying something like even though she didn’t know Adam, if he was anything like his brother he must have been a wonderful man. Carrie always struck me as someone who is very picky about who she is close friends with so everything she always said about him spoke volumes to me. Didn’t SImon call him genuinely nice too? Truth be told I wouldn’t care if he was a douchebag, I’ve stayed a fan for a long time because I love, love his voice.

    Random but does anyone have the A Daily Anthem montage thatplayed at the beginning of AI8? I started getting nostalgic and was searching for it. I found the thread here from 2 years ago when the premiere was on and we were all weepy over how amazing it was aww.

  • ri

    SUENIGMA, (and some others), i hear ya. and i guess it’s ok not to like him but i think i just realized that i really WANT to like him. i most definitely see intelligence, poise, charm and plenty of talent when i look at Cook. to be honest, and at the risk of sounding silly, i’m still having trouble getting past the initials he put on his guitar when he was on AI in honor of his brother Adam. don’t misunderstand me, it was a lovely thing to do, but to me it seemed like an advertisement for himself: “look how nice I am”. had the letters been a little smaller, it may not have struck me that way. his brother would have known and that’s all that’s important. but that gigantic AC on his guitars tainted the way i looked at him. i won’t go into details but i have seen him do other similar things. i would have more respect for him if he went about his charitable thoughts and deeds quietly. but i get you people who love him. i really do. (i actually feel better now that i got that off my chest! )

  • Joyed

    to be honest, and at the risk of sounding silly, i’m still having trouble getting past the initials he put on his guitar when he was on AI in honor of his brother Adam.

    ri, I want you to know, that you are allowed to feel however you feel. I respect that:)

    However, since you brought up that specific example, I wanted to give you some additional context that maybe only a fan might know.

    There are photos out there showing that those initials were on his guitar way before he auditioned for idol. He has been interviewed and has said he is superstitious and that he put his brothers’ initials (in this case “AC” for both Adam AND Andrew) on many things he owns.

    In other words, while it may seem like a potentially exploitative thing done just for AI, it was really something he was already doing.

    The other examples related to charity – obviously I don’t know which ones you are specifically thinking of, but I think he knows that he can get more people to donate when he puts his name on the cause as a celebrity. (However, that is strictly my opinion, unlike the guitar thing).

  • SybilTrelawney

    So frustrating to have those few opening chords of a new song snippet fade into “Come Back to Me.” Please, sir, can I have some more?

  • Joyed

    Also, I wanted to say that the music sounded great – I am super excited with the latest music we’ve been hearing snippets of!

    Also, I literally loled at his sounding like an asshole bit. I think he is so conscious of that now because of all the smug jerk comments he used to get on idol!

  • Eyeswideshut2

    I appreciate you being honest about your feelings. But this part i respectfully have to disagree with:

    I would have more respect for him if he went about his charitable thoughts and deeds quietly. but i get you people who love him. i really do. (i actually feel better now that i got that off my chest! )

    I did a whole blog on all the charitable endeavours David has been involved with. He never said a word about 99% of them – fans found them through serendipity. The exception is Race For Hope, which he happily publicizes because it raises funds for a cause very close to his heart – brain cancer research.

    As to the AC thing on his guitar? IIRC those letters were on his guitar long before he participated in Idols (IIRC, as far back as the Axium days). And throughout Idol he said it stood for Andrew Cook (his other brother).

  • ri

    JOYED, while i’m not sure that explains why the letters had to be that size, in fairness, i must admit that i did not know that he did that before AI so you just may have brought it down a notch for me. thanks for that. like i said, i really want to like this guy. :)

  • ri

    keep it up, EYESWIDESHUT2. he’s startin to grow on me. LOL.

  • Sydia

    I am still in awe of this man…geez. Can’t wait for his new music!

  • Joyed

    IIRC those letters were on his guitar long before he participated in Idols (IIRC, as far back as the Axium days).

    You are correct!

    Here are some photos showing him playing a gig with his band Axium (which broke up in 2005, at least 3 years before he was on Idol).

    You can see the guitar and the initials:)

  • Keel

    ri, I recall an interview with him where he said it was kind of a ritual with him — putting those initials on everything he owned. He even used to put it on his sports equipment when he was in high school.

  • oceana

    ri: Thanks for sharing your real feelings. I adore DC but he’s definitely got a few quirks that can be offputting. His tattooes, for instance, to me are too literal and large. Maybe that’s how those initials struck you.

    When he puts a large # 14 on his body, or several lines of poetry, I really do cringe inside. When he said he wanted to win grammys and oscars, and wanted his first cd to be IMPORTANT, “like the Beatles white album or U2 Joshua Tree” I cringed inside, he sounded so naive and pretentious. But there’s nobody who’s perfect, least of all me. I overlook his blind spots or youthful missteps because we all have or do them. But really if his charms don’t outweigh his faults for you, no need to apologize. Everyone has their faves and un-faves.

  • Keel

    When he puts a large # 14 on his body, or several lines of poetry, I really do cringe inside

    Correction, that would be several lines of BAD poetry. *shakes head* (I know, I know that the poem was something very personal to him, but ugh, it couldn’t be any more Hallmarkian if he bought a card from the store and brought it to his favorite tattoo artist.)

  • suenigma

    Keel:
    01/26/2011 at 5:42 pm
    When he puts a large # 14 on his body, or several lines of poetry, I really do cringe inside

    Correction, that would be several lines of BAD poetry. *shakes head* (I know, I know that the poem was something very personal to him, but ugh, it couldn’t be any more Hallmarkian if he bought a card from the store and brought it to his favorite tattoo artist.)

    Heh. I may or may not agree with you both. But he is such a sentimental dork, even at the expense of good taste and asthetics, that it somehow just adds to his charm for me. How does he do that?

    And let me add to the chorus thanking RI for sharing his/her opinions in a potentially hostile environment. It really adds to the discussion (not to mention it is fun to reminisce. :)

  • Keel

    ri: Coming at it from another view, there’s nothing stopping you from liking his music even if he turns out to be a raging asshat at his core. :) I really enjoy some of KOL’s music and just try to block out their uber toolly success-is-such-a-burden ‘tude. Same with Mumford & Sons and their ‘handcrafted’ smarm. Can still enjoy the music despite all that (just as I can enjoy Cook’s music despite the over-literalness and questionable taste in body art). Heh.

  • Incipit

    Here are some photos showing him playing a gig with his band Axium (which broke up in 2005, at least 3 years before he was on Idol).

    You can see the guitar and the initials:)

    Ahh Nostalgia – Joyed, I remember when the Axium vidos first started showing up on youtube, with songs from 2001 to 2005 – and pictures from the band were used as montages for the visuals – there were some few indignant posts saying ‘that’s not David Cook!’ (Especially Alive in Tulsa ’04 – with the “Creep” cover) In answer to which, it was pointed out that the skinny kid was playing the white Les Paul with the big black AC, and the black acoustic guitar also had the AC initials – so yes, it was indeed David Cook.

  • Hazehel

    Here are some photos showing him playing a gig with his band Axium

    Just shows that some young guys seem to have a strange liking for strange growths under their chin. At least he grew out of it. Take note Lee.

  • ri

    OCEANA, you encapsulated my thoughts better than i could. those are perfect examples of what i’m talking about. you reminded me of an interview i saw with him when he said that he was building a trophy rack for future grammys. and this was immediately after he had released his first cd. (which i still purchased despite the perceived arrogance of that statement). that is why he always rubbed me the wrong way. and i really have tried to overlook those things but i haven’t been able to. but hey, this is all very therapeutic for me. i guess it bothered me more than i thought!

  • ri

    you make a good point, KEEL. i’m gonna try. i’m really gonna try.

  • ri

    SUENIGMA, i think i may be changing my mind about Cook simply BECAUSE this was not a hostile environment. he’s got some pretty cool (and persuasive) fans. he may not know it but you’re doin him proud. :)

  • sunchick

    But he is such a sentimental dork, even at the expense of good taste and asthetics, that it somehow just adds to his charm for me. How does he do that?

    Slide over, chica. I’m there with ya. We’re a sad lot, eh? Like it’s much harder to snark on the seriously weird giant eyeball glaring from his wrist that reminds me of the dude from Pan’s Labyrinth (whose creepiness btw gave me nightmares) when he’s got his doggy’s actual paw print tatted on the other wrist.

    So that’s Kris’s base player and not Troy Polamalu perhaps wandering into the studio after mistaking Cookie’s beard for defensive end Brett Keisel? Sads.

    Other random observations…

    -Looks more and more like a Raine cowrite likely will make the record. Yesplease.
    -A cowrite with The Dred Pirate Tedder is also likely money in the bank. This still vexes me.
    -More evidence of catchy guitar riffs being a bigger factor on this album
    -Goodbye to the Girl segueing into CBTM (or is it vice versa?) is kind of hilarious. Finally grew some stones and gave that fickle broad the kiss off.
    -Did I mention they said THIRD album? And singer-songwriter David Cook? And flashed to DNA written GttG? Despite the invocation of The Tedder, I shall not swear a pox on your houses today, RCA.
    -Hmmm, I think I need to pay more attention to the dudes in Kris Allen’s band.

  • sma11ie

    When he said he wanted to win grammys and oscars, and wanted his first cd to be IMPORTANT, “like the Beatles white album or U2 Joshua Tree” I cringed inside, he sounded so naive and pretentious. But there’s nobody who’s perfect, least of all me.

    Oh man, I totally remember the uproar those comments caused! And let’s not forget the “Give Back” on the palm of his hand right after his performance on Idol Gives Back week. I mean, at first glance, to my cynical self, the writing on the hand couldn’t be douchier, but then later I find out that he and a few fellow Idols were crying during the Annie Lennox segment that they pre-taped the night before, and to this day, he talks about how that moved him, and how honored he thinks of opportunities to give back like that. When put in context, it’s like, oh my, maybe this guy really IS that damn earnest?

    And then, knowing this about him, when I think about what he said about the trophy shelf and wanting his album to be important, while my first reaction is like, dude, don’t put yourself out there like that, you’ll get sooo stomped on, upon further reflection, I have to give him props for putting his dreams out there to be ridiculed or scrutinized. Especially because it’s not something I personally have the guts to do. How many times do I really have the guts to say aloud my pie in the sky aspirations? I always keep them to myself and stick to only admitting to my lowered expectations, because I don’t want to fail and have egg on my face. But I dunno, because of everything I’ve come to know about David, I don’t immediately view those statements as arrogance, but rather a reflection of this childlike “dream big” ambition and determination that he’s got. Yeah, I know I’m giving him a HUGE benefit of the doubt, and maybe he really is an “arrogant asshole” as he says in this video, LOL, but I choose to believe otherwise, and so far, nothing has compelled me to change my mind. And yeah, even if he is an asshole, if he keeps putting out good music, I’ll keep buying his albums. I have way too many Kanye and KOL albums to judge =P.

  • progression

    And then, knowing this about him, when I think about what he said about the trophy shelf and wanting his album to be important, while my first reaction is like, dude, don’t put yourself out there like that, you’ll get sooo stomped on, upon further reflection, I have to give him props for putting his dreams out there to be ridiculed or scrutinized

    .

    Completely agree smallie. And just to add to the reminisces, a KC DJ who knows Dave from the old days has said that when she first met him she found his ambition off-putting, but that after knowing him found him to be just the nicest, down to earth guy. Dave definitely has big dreams and big aspirations, but I think in the best possible way of wanting to achieve things that matter. I actually really admire that part of him.

  • oza902

    Cook is funny as always! Can’t wait for the new album.

    Wish he’d get rid of the beard though.. he has a great smile.. and now it’s just hiding under all that fuzz. lol

  • Incipit

    So, OK – if we’re doing this – I can do this –

    The amazingly flexible versatile voice, the resonant music, the challenging lyrics, were the hook that led me to discover the humanity and courage of this intelligent and talented young man, whose integrity trumps his ambition.

    A combination of ‘worthy’, in the British sense of the word, sweet, sentimental, superstitious and sincere, a guy who has ‘dreamed big’ all his life, sometimes with not much encouragement – juxtaposed against a pragmatic, sardonic, snarky smart@ss with an assassin’s smile, whose humor doesn’t always translate well in the media, which I think he did come to realize.

    The same guy who talks about not wasting a talent he’s been given, is also self deprecating about how much he has to learn. The qualities of talent, confidence and humility have yet to disappoint; he writes crazy riffs, and lyrics that mean much more than what one hears on the surface, and gives amazingly personal, dynamic performances.

    The dude has layers. That makes him interesting, to me. My Big Pony for this Album is to hear those layers in his music and his vocals more clearly – the ‘high and low’ dynamics he spoke of – in the same song. If the homogenization and sound compression of DCTR that was overcome in concert isn’t there this time, I will rejoice, and like that – or, I’ll enjoy this one, and keep watching the ‘progression’ for the next. Either way – I’m in this for the long haul. The hair, beard, tats, etc are all peripherals.

    JMO. Of Course

  • sunchick

    ^This is true. Smallie’s bit about the fearless way he went about putting his dreams out there to be scrutinized or ridiculed actually reminded me of the Mr. Sensitive lyrics. To be honest, displays of big ambition in general don’t bug me. Shallowness does, though. And vapidity. (I don’t mean randomly on occasion, but rather as pretty much the entirety of someone’s public persona. Ke$ha, lookin at you.) Two traits I generally don’t equate with Cook. I think there’s intelligence and emotion and passion behind what he creates, and that’s probably what I enjoy most. And the funny is pretty entertaining.

  • GreenHippo

    Awwwww – finally – some more David news. I am so on edge each time something pops up. I get so dang giddy. I CANNOT wait for new music by my first American Idol crush *sighs* :)

  • pattycake

    Interesting, near the top of the thread I said I didn’t know why I found him so hot as his appearance is typically not my type. But reading the comments, the thing that some find off putting is what I think is hot. That is his confidence. I remember a Bender Magazine article quoted Neal as saying (paraphasing)he always acted as though he was a star in a concert when 5 people were in the bar listening. Always preparing himself for the day when he was. I love the confidence, the ambition, and the voice (and the lips):)

  • mon_mon

    I was going to post about how I was always sure something from his past would say he wasn’t as genuine as people believe him to be and that how he proved me wrong with every single discovery about his pre-idol interviews, personal encounters and also his pre-idol blogs. But, so many people in this thread has already put more eloquently than I ever could write. Even my cynical self and my very cynical best- friend has come to admit that he is a pretty genuine person. A little too optimistic, too heart-on-the-sleeve and yet too protected somehow, but still a nice guy so far. I am very excited about this album!!!

  • listen

    GreenHippo:
    01/26/2011 at 7:51 pm
    Awwwww – finally – some more David news. I am so on edge each time something pops up. I get so dang giddy. I CANNOT wait for new music by my first American Idol crush *sighs*

    He ws my first too….
    It was his voice, intelligence and wit, and self-confidence, and he’s kinda cute..

  • tigervixxxen

    Love the new video…hope we get the big news soon. In all the new little snippets I’m always reminded of Analog Heart. I think in this record David will be able to really show off that signature style of his. Excited!

  • Eyeswideshut2

    ri
    As others have said, I’m glad this came up – the reminiscing has given me all kind of warm fuzzies :-)

  • 123abc456

    Great video. And it was nice to see David talking about his album and the creative process. I love the “arrogant asshole” part of the tape. And I love that he caught himself and was able to laugh at himself. I am so ready for this album.

  • Keel

    Hmmm . . . is this the first time we’ve seen him actually play the piano, as opposed to just sitting in front of one (a la the Come Back To Me video)? And, oh yeah, and that one fan video of him at the Today Show immediately post-Idol playing something silly on Michael Orland’s keyboard. (I’m not a stalker, I swear! [small voice]But I may be a bit tard-ish.[/small voice])

  • ladymadonna

    Love watching the PR engines rev up. This is the second day in a row that AOL/PopEater has featured Cook – yesterday was the “have you ever been startruck” montage, today was this delectable BTS interview. This defnitely feels like part of a very steady, staged rollout. Nice media synergy too, as it was PopEater where the Rainbow was streamed a million+ times in one day after Dave’s win, and LO was premiered exclusively there too.

    Let the games begin.

  • Curlin

    I must say that a lot of Cook fans are very eloquent and I’ve really enjoyed this trip down memory lane! :)

  • sunchick

    Nice catch Keel. I don’t remember actually seeing him play piano before. I vaguely recall someone verifying with liner notes that he played the piano parts on AH, so I guess technically we’ve heard him play it, sight unseen??? Anyone, anyone, Bueller…

  • wordnerdarchie

    sunchick – You are correct, he played piano on “Silver” on Analog Heart. I don’t have a link, but here are the credits taken from the posting for Analog Heart’s “Silver” that I saw several months ago.

    Vocals – David Cook; Extra Vocals – Andy Skib; Bass Guitar – Monty Anderson; Guitar – David Cook; Drums – Josh Center; Piano – David Cook

  • 123abc456

    Have I missed the hair discussion? ;-)

  • ladymadonna

    Since we seem to be reminiscing and waxing poetic in this thread tonight, I was setting up my new Blu-ray player to connect to YouTube/Netflix/Hulu etc. and came across this video in my tubey favorites:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F8LJU5EgSY

    He had so much potential here – the voice, the writing, the emotive ability, even the look, was very much there in raw form. His arms are stiff and his eyes are closed while he sings, but there’s something there. When this crackly vid surfaced early in S7 was when I really became a fan, because I was able to see that the promise and excitement of moments like Hello and Billie Jean were backed up by true musical/songwriting talent, and not just a good voice and the right song to cover.

    Seeing this made me snap up his whole catalog (managed to get Analog Heart on Amazon before it was yanked), and was really impressed by the evolution he showed from Axium to MWK to AH, which made me anxious to see what the next step would be. Three years later, watching how in-control he is in that PopEater video, and how thoughtful he is about the creative process? It makes me extremely excited to hear this new material. [salutes Captain Obvious]

  • sma11ie

    Have I missed the hair discussion?

    I was good. I made one comment about the beard, but stayed off the hair… until NOW! OMG, why is his hair so high and fluffy?! Haha. He looks a bit crazed. Not bad, but weird. Which, I guess, is like his hair’s M.O. Yes, Cook’s hair has its own M.O., among other things ;).

  • suenigma

    Smallie: I was good. I made one comment about the beard, but stayed off the hair… until NOW! OMG, why is his hair so high and fluffy?! Haha. He looks a bit crazed. Not bad, but weird. Which, I guess, is like his hair’s M.O. Yes, Cook’s hair has its own M.O., among other things

    David Cook may not be an arrogant asshole, but his hair can definitely be a bit of a dick.

    Actually, I kinda love the whole Heat-Miser-meets-Something-About-Mary thing it has going on here. Love it or hate it, his hair does not lack confidence.

  • Curlin

    LOL Back to the hair–it reminds me of those little troll dolls! I guess it just shows he’s been working too hard in the studio and hasn’t had time to get it cut since it’s way too long to spike it like that! LOL Anyway, it looked much better in the videos posted these past few days.

  • ladymadonna

    And kudos to whoever lit the room for that PopEater video. I mean check out that screencap mj posted – maybe it’s just my monitor settings, but with the shaft of light on the hair and the preternatural skin against the shadows of the studio – the man looks like something out of a Caravaggio painting.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Wow. You must be in the minority, lol. I think this is the first post I’ve seen here or at the AI site from someone that does not like Cookie.

    I really liked Cook on AI. Voted for him all four hours on the finale. But something later turned me off of him. I don’t know if it was the Kimberly Caldwell thing, the dissapointment in his album, or some of the pretentious statements he made. Who knows.

    But like ri, I want to like the guy. I am hoping the his second album will draw me back in.

  • sma11ie

    with the shaft of light on the hair and the preternatural skin against the shadows of the studio – the man looks like something out of a Caravaggio painting.

    Yes, let’s talk about the chiaroscuro in the vid, shall we ;)? How’s that for pretentious assholery, haha.

    LOL, troll doll hair, how apt! And yes, Cook’s hair is the arrogant, pretentious asshole, we figured it out, finally :). The HAIR dated Kim Caldwell, it was not Cook’s fault! J/k, j/k, for the record, I actually love that chick. She’s hilarious.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Oh, can I be post #100?

    I like the hair, I tolerate the beard, but I so love the dimples. :)

  • Curlin

    LOL Cook’s hair is only arrogant & pretentious when he uses Man Cement by Hombre Solutions! Not sure if I remembered the name exactly from that skit but it was hilarious!

  • sma11ie

    I like the hair, I tolerate the beard, but I so love the dimples.

    I tolerate the hair, don’t like the beard, but yes, love the dimples (which are covered in excess beard!). Curlin, I think that sounds right =P. What was it, twice the flammability? Yes, the troll hair looks pretty flammable!

    Hey, did no one comment on that weird-ass lunge David does at the beginning of the video? The editor must have an interesting sense of humor, cuz including that moment was hilarious.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    The HAIR dated Kim Caldwell, it was not Cook’s fault! J/k, j/k, for the record, I actually love that chick. She’s hilarious.

    LOL! I actually like Kim. I think she works very very hard. I just thought asking her out on TV was offputting.

    Anyway, it looks like her single is getting some adds, so I’m glad for her.

  • wordnerdarchie

    For those of you not following the “Cook & DeWyze saga” by a Cook fan on DCO, you really should check some of the episodes out. She now is posting to Live Journal instead of DCO. Here are her two latest episodes:

    http://eilonwya10.livejournal.com/3919.html

    http://eilonwya10.livejournal.com/4272.html

    But if you want to go back to the beginning, she has a Table Of Contents.

    http://eilonwya10.livejournal.com/3565.html

  • ladymadonna

    Yes, let’s talk about the chiaroscuro in the vid, shall we ? How’s that for pretentious assholery, haha.

    Wow. Harsh. Guess I should have kept it to a simple squee.

  • fadetowhite

    Ah – the hair?! :lol

    I have been studiously avoiding mentioning it, despite the fact that it’s an attention whore and no mistake!

    Maybe that’s where he channels all of the ‘look at me’ tendencies he keeps bottled up with that nice guy act (j/k).

    RI: know exactly what you’re saying. The Grammy shelf and Beatle’s White Album stuff definitely made me roll my eyes. I guess there was just sufficient good stuff to way outweigh it for me and to allow me to interpret it more positively/generously. But I completely get it if that’s not the case for someone else.

    And as has been said, I really don’t think it matters. If you like the music, a level of douchiness should be irrelevant; and if you don’t, then why bother at all?

  • wordnerdarchie

    What some people attribute to douchiness, I see as admirable. Put it down to my academic training in the educational field where you’re taught to have goals, to write those goals down and speak about them to make them concrete, and then to come up with the steps to attain those goals. So Cook talking about what he would like to do with his record and the desire to attain specific honors fits right in with my way of thinking. However, I understand if that process rubs some people the wrong the way.

    But did I already say I love the dimples? Oh yeah!

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Put it down to my academic training in the educational field where you’re taught to have goals, to write those goals down and speak about them to make them concrete, and then to come up with the steps to attain those goals.

    Even for those of us who are not in an educational field, but perhaps have an education, can understand the importance of setting goals. No shame in that. Still some things do come off as, well, arrogant. But hey, people need to believe in themselves in order to reach their goals. :)

    Anyway, I hope Cook puts out a great second album.

  • competitivebynature

    I don’t understand how one day hoping to have Grammys or having an album be received as well as some classic ones makes a person arrogant or a douchebag. Why can’t DC have lofty goals? He never said “Hey my album is the best thing since the Beatles” all he said was he hopes to one day be like them. What is wrong with that? I guess he should have just said he wants to sell more than William Hung.

    Anyway, I can’t wait for his second album. It has been way too long, but from what we have heard so far it is sounding great!

  • wordnerdarchie

    I really like the guitar riff at the beginning of the Popeater video. It sounds like the bass line is going to be more prominent and I really like to blast out the bass. Bring it on, Mr. Cook!

  • http://twitter.com/maxsmom61 CathyMK

    maybe it’s just my monitor settings, but with the shaft of light on the hair and the preternatural skin against the shadows of the studio – the man looks like something out of a Caravaggio painting.

    LadyMadonna, thank you for articulating what I was thinking. He does look good, and I love beards, so no problem there. No comment on the hair.

    I think that sometimes in the past David was being humorous, but was so deadpan that people missed it. I remember him specifically saying that he realized he needed to dial back the sarcasm because people weren’t realizing that he wasn’t serious. I personally don’t have a problem with anything he’s said. The Kings of Leon have been purposely insulting people this week. David has never said anything remotely as offensive as them.

    Ready for a release date or single announcement anytime.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Prediction: There will be news next week. My sixth sense is kicking in. Magic 8 Ball has spoken. But don’t shoot me if next week comes & goes without anything happening. ;)

  • sunchick

    Love it or hate it, his hair does not lack confidence.

    LOL, it’s kind of flipping us off in this vid, which is fantastic. I’m also randomly wondering if it could double as a weapon in a fight. Like The Cape, but with more attitude.

    Random shallow confessions: I actually kinda like the post-locktopus era hair best in this new longer Dragonball Z incarnation (but with a skoch less Man Cement), am usually good with whatever facial hair mood he’s rocking at the moment, and dimples? Does anyone actually dislike dimples?

    I was able to see that the promise and excitement of moments like Hello and Billie Jean were backed up by true musical/songwriting talent, and not just a good voice and the right song to cover.

    Yip, finding the breadcrumb trail that lead to AH, that’s when I caved and punched my ticket. I still unapologetically love that album silly, and for the most part DCTR did not disappoint, so I have a good feeling about 99% Sure That My Paper Heart Doesn’t Want To Say Goodbye To The Girl.

  • tigervixxxen

    Ahh, hair and arrogance talk. Feels just like 2008. Now all I need is some new music to go with it.

  • http://whited-79.livejournal.com WD

    so I have a good feeling about 99% Sure That My Paper Heart Doesn’t Want To Say Goodbye To The Girl.

    Oh nice one!

    Now can’t wait for the new album. Really can’t wait now. And yes, the whole thread suddenly feels like 2008 all over again! :)

  • Balance

    He could grow that hair another 6 inches and carefully place a display of Fox News bobble head dolls up there and it would STILL be infinitely better than the Locktopus. I actually love the new hair, although it admittedly could use a trim.

    Hey, did no one comment on that weird-ass lunge David does at the beginning of the video? The editor must have an interesting sense of humor, cuz including that moment was hilarious.

    LOL…forget about the lunge part…were there jazz hands at the end of the lunge? I LOVE the editing on this piece. Serious, determined, involved and still always a goof. Love this guy.

  • Eyeswideshut2

    Here’s where the hair discussion becomes relevant. :-)

    I did a quick comparison of the hair in the recent album teaser, the AOL interview and the Griddle cafe interview. It’s at its shortest at Griddle Cafe, longer in album teaser and longest in AOL interview. Since we know the date of Griddle Cafe (13 Jan 2011), and it’s unlikely that his hair would have grown so much longer in the two weeks since, my conclusion is thatthe album teaser was shot first, the AOL interview thereafter, and he cut his hair before the Griddle Cafe.

    I’m pretty sure this timeline is significant – I’ll leave it to guys to figure out how.

  • sma11ie

    Wow. Harsh. Guess I should have kept it to a simple squee.

    Oh, no, I was calling myself a pretentious asshole for using the word chiaroscuro! It’s hard to read tone, so hopefully you weren’t serious either. Love ya, ladym :).

    my conclusion is thatthe album teaser was shot first, the AOL interview thereafter, and he cut his hair before the Griddle Cafe.

    Very interesting observation!

    As for the arrogant comments or not from Mr. Cook, I said my peace upthread. Based on everything else I’ve gathered about the dude, I see more of an overly-earnest, determined soul who puts his heart and his dreams on his sleeve than an overconfident dick. I admire his putting himself and his goals out there, cuz I know I’m way mostly too self-conscious to myself. But then again, David’s a performer, and performers do put themselves out there all the time. I’ve heard him say that for a shy, an assuming guy like him to get up on the stage, his goal is to make himself seem 10 feet tall onstage. Now, that comment could be either presumptuous, or just honestly what he does to peptalk himself the confidence he needs before jumping off a cliff. I think about what he said about being mortified and crying after singing a solo in front f the class in second grade, and I see someone who’s overcome that by sheer determination. It’s funny, but I see in his face on Idol that right before the confidence, there’s always the mustering of the confidence. It may be my fanwanking, but i saw the same thing when he asked Kim out on TV, which for the record, he later said he regretted doing withiut thinkin it though, but doing only for the privacy reasons.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    Well, whatever Cook’s personality is, I don’t buy music based on whether the songwriter’s a nice guy… though honestly, Kings of Leon… get much douchier, and I may have to change that policy.

    Attractiveness of hair, I really use only as a criterion in choosing cats, at which point I appreciate a nice big white bib under the chin.

    ETA: Oh! [blushes] wordnerdarchie: thanks for posting links to my latest piffle!

  • standtotheright

    I ask myself what I would have done at 25 if I had been getting half the sleep I needed for four months and finally saw an entire world of possibility open after I’d been chasing it for years. I probably wouldn’t have known if I were dreaming or awake, and I probably would have felt a little bit invincible.

    If the worst thing to come out of my mouth in the middle of that hurricane was that I wanted a Grammy and that I wanted to make important music, then at 28, with a little more life experience and a few more disappointments under my belt, I would probably look back with a little embarassment, but figure I could have acquitted myself a lot worse.

    But I’d also make a resolution “to be better” going forward. Which he has.

  • Eyeswideshut2

    Now, that comment could be either presumptuous, or just honestly what he does to peptalk himself the confidence he needs before jumping off a cliff. I think about what he said about being mortified and crying after singing a solo in front f the class in second grade, and I see someone who’s overcome that by sheer determination. It’s funny, but I see in his face on Idol that right before the confidence, there’s always the mustering of the confidence.

    I can testify to that from personal observstion. On stage David is 10 foot tall. When talking to fans after shows, he just comes off as a normal (albeit super-charismatic) relaxed and affable guy. But I’ve seen a different side of him. After a show I attended, a bunch of fans were shown out through a side entrance, which very serendiptiously brought us out right by the buses. We were standing out there when David came out by the side entrance. Until that moment I never realized that for meeting the fans and the press Dave has to put on his emotional armour as much as he puts on a magnifying cloak onstage. Because he looked … kind of overwhelmed. And vulnerable. So vulnerable. My heart just contracted when I saw that look. I guess he wasn’t expecting the fans to be at the buses yet – he probably thought he was going to sneak out at the side exit and get into the buses without anyone seeing him. And my little fanwanking mind thinks that he was still in that emotional no-man’s land from coming down from the high of the show to real life and its demands. So I don’t know. Us fans have talked often about Dave the wallflower vs Dave the performer. I always thought that he really craves the energy and fan interaction he gets from performing. And I still think that. But I also think that at heart, Dave is still that sensitive, solitary introvert that shines so strongly from the Axium lyrics. I think he’s learned how to play comfortable and relaxed around strangers, but he guards his inner core very closely except with those people he’s built up trust with.

  • progression

    though honestly, Kings of Leon… get much douchier, and I may have to change that policy.

    The huge difference between Dave and KOL is that when Dave says/does things that some interpret as over-reaching, they are always about him pushing himself to be the best that he can be. He never puts other people down, and is the first one to try to give props to others whenever he has an opportunity to do so.

    I think about what he said about being mortified and crying after singing a solo in front of the class in second grade, and I see someone who’s overcome that by sheer determination

    Not to mention the much more recent dry heaves before his terrific SNL performance. Sheer deterination indeed.

  • tierbee

    Ahh, I’m so behind, and you know my life has been a mess this week if I’m this late to a David Cook thread!!

    I’m not talking about his lips anymore ’cause he hid them in facial hair. Meanie.

    But he looks pretty awesome anyway. And his hair is cute. It makes him look a little… quizzical?

    R/e him being not genuine or whatever… my brief interactions with him were nothing but positive, but I wouldn’t profess for a moment to know him. That said, although he’s of course very human and I’m sure he has his moments, he’s always struck me at the core as a sensitive, heart-on-his-sleeve kind of guy. And when I’ve seen him at shows, Race for Hope, whatever, I love watching him with kids because he totally lets his guard down. My son met him briefly at the 2nd Race for Hope (sadly, his father was with him, not ME!) and he was very friendly and kind. Made my son’s whole day. When I met him (again briefly) in Radford he was patient and kind with everyone, even though you know he was exhausted and needed to get on the road and didn’t *really* feel like hugging all those people (but thanks for doing it, David, heh). I don’t think it’s an act at all, though I’m sure if he really is an introvert (and I do think he is in many ways) it gets absolutely exhausting.

    I don’t know, I don’t worship him – he’s not a god, he’s human. And at the end of the day, I bought his music and continue to listen to it because I love his voice. But it sure doesn’t hurt that he also seems to be a really, really decent human being. I don’t expect him to be perfect; that’s not fair and it is totally unrealistic. And I love his sometimes awkward but I think totally earnest way of expressing his goals and hopes – sometimes people peg it as arrogant but I don’t really see it that way, even if it makes me cringe a little how it comes off sometimes ;) I don’t have a problem with him having lofty goals (hasn’t he called them lofty?). I think he does dream big. I think he always has… which is why I get goosebumps when he performs “Straight Ahead” ~ from Analog Heart (which I unashamedly adore) to now…

    OK, I’ll shut up. And watch the video again. Or a couple times. Or something.

    I am so ready for more music. :)

  • tierbee

    Not to mention the much more recent dry heaves before his terrific SNL performance. Sheer deterination indeed.

    I just remember the look on his face at Busch Gardens. Like he couldn’t believe that all those people came out to see him for two random dates… And I totally think that he gets really, really nervous and pushes through it. He’s a competitor, that Cookie :)

  • sma11ie

    I’m not talking about his lips anymore ’cause he hid them in facial hair. Meanie.

    Another reason for his to get rid of the excess facial hair! Dimples, hidden. Lips, hidden. You can barely see his smile anymore! I rest my case, LOL.

    I don’t know, I don’t worship him – he’s not a god, he’s human.

    Yes, thanks for saying that. I was just rereading a few of my own posts and starting to get a little embarrassed for myself LOL. It’s quite ridiculous, but I guess this guy just continues to fascinate me.

  • wellhesback

    The lines from “Straight Ahead” that make me choke up & that I think Tierbee was referring to – “Think of what you wanted and what you got instead”

  • batgirl478

    Another reason for his to get rid of the excess facial hair! Dimples, hidden. Lips, hidden. You can barely see his smile anymore! I rest my case, LOL.

    I thought the beard was ok until I clicked on the link posted upthread of him performing The Truth pre-Idol. Hello lips! So I now wholeheartedly agree the beard needs to be trimmed so we can see those lips again!

  • tierbee

    I was just rereading a few of my own posts and starting to get a little embarrassed for myself LOL.

    Welll, just because I don’t worship him doesn’t mean that I don’t gush now and then. Hee. I don’t go to multiple shows for just anyone, you know. :)

  • tierbee

    The lines from “Straight Ahead” that make me choke up & that I think Tierbee was referring to – “Think of what you wanted and what you got instead”

    Yep, goosebumps every time. I meant to put that lyric on my post but then my 5 yr old punched my 7 yr old and I had to run to the rescue lol.

  • FridayB

    I love Straight Ahead. I’m abashed to admit I have “just breathe” tatooed on my wrist because of those lyrics. (I paraphrased a bit) :)