David Cook Unveils “Paper Heart” at Busch Gardens

UPDATE: Sony is pulling the videos. I wonder what that means?

David Cook and the Anthemic sang a brand-new song called “Paper Heart” tonight in concert at Busch Gardens in Willimsburg, VA.

David is currently hard at work on his second post-Idol studio album, and after he sang the song, he asked the crowd, “Maybe we should put that one on the record…”

The song is super catchy with great guitar hooks. I highly advise watching the vid, after the jump. I’m liking it. How ’bout you?

David and the band will be back at Busch Gardens Sunday night for a second concert. They sound checked another new song Saturday afternoon. Perhaps they’ll unveil it Sunday? Let’s hope so!

UPDATE:  David mentioned “Paper Heart” in an 4/12/10 interview with Michael Slezak:

“I actually worked on a few songs now with a couple guys from the UK: Jim Irvin and Julian Emery. We did a song called “Paper Heart” and one called “We Believe.” And we just finished a song yesterday called “Alibi.”

The choruses on all those songs are massive. They’re just massive choruses. And I will say they have pushed me vocally on these demos more than probably anybody else has. I’m definitely hitting high register on the choruses. The choruses are very open, very U2-esque, and the vocals are just up there, which pushes the intensity of them a little bit.”

(thanks incipit!)

via Entertainment Weekly

For more videos, check out the concert thread.

Paper Heart – via guamquilter

Paper Heart – via Suk818

  • Garnetstar

    Yep still loving it. Oh crap peeps are suggesting this is about Adam. I was all naw but seeing the lyrics written out. It really could be about the loss of a loved one and not just a lover.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Wow, a second post in one evening. Thanks so much MJ. You must really like the new song. ;)

    The lyrics (as heard by DCO site moderator) have been posted. Check it out. Paper Heart lyrics (unofficial)

  • seriously

    I can’t get it out of my head. Help. Me.

    On another note, he really looked like he was about to pass out at the end. I bet he won’t dress like that again.

  • competitivebynature

    I’m loving this song, it’s been stuck in my head for a while now. As I said in the other thread, it took me a few listens to like “You and I”, but I immediately loved this one. Hopefully it will make the record.

  • karrahbrooke

    I definitely love this already. First single maybe?

    Sidenote… Does David have a new tattoo on his forearm? I don’t remember seeing that before.

  • tierbee

    Ooh, pretty video! It took me so long to get there I was reallllly far away so it is cool to come home and watch this lovely video and hear this song again that has been stuck in my head… Love it, it sounded fantastic. I very much love when he sings in that lower register of his. Heh.

  • aga

    love, love, love.

  • ladymadonna

    I generally find that Cook’s music improves upon multiple listens. Even during his Idol run I found that his performances grew on me over time – I believe that’s what helped him build momentum all the way to the win. But it was love at first listen for me with Paper Heart. I think it’s prime first-single material – a surefire HAC powerhouse, but hooky enough that it has potential to be one of the select few pop-rock songs to catch-on on CHR each year.

    It also sounds undeniably Cookian, and really shows off the band with more dynamic instrumentation than was on display through most of the debut-album era. Pretty much everything Dave has been promising when he’s talked about the writing/recording process this year. I’m looking forward to hearing more.

  • sunchick

    I started writing out lyrics for us to chew on, but the ones that are posted above are pretty much what I hear, too, so big smooches to FoolsApril for saving me the trouble.

    Oh crap peeps are suggesting this is about Adam.

    I’m bringing part of my last post from the concert thread over. It’s more relevant to this discussion, so forgive me for quoting myself…

    “You know what image this song makes me think of now that I hear more of the lyrics? That video of the race for hope, and Dave in the rain, talking about Adam. :’(”

    I literally had this image flash listening to it and got verklempt all of a sudden. So, yeah, it struck me that way too. It’s not as literal as, say, a song like Permanent, and could totally be interpretted as a break up song, or a song about shitty stuff happening and wanting to shut it all out in general, too, if that’s what you wanted to get out of it.

    Poor soggy paper heart, y’all, is what I’m sayin. <3

    Oh, and the guitar riff at the beginning is tight.

    ETA: dhunken, I’m feelin the AH vibe, too. In fact, it occured to me that Paper Heart might even make a good album title which would be especially cool as a bookend with AH.

  • dhunken

    Really great song….Man I miss David Cook music. I burned out my Analog Heart and the self titled David Cook Albums……ok not really but wore it down a bunch and I can’t wait for new music from him….You know I just have to say that after hearing this and finding myself getting extremely enthused I realize (which I kind of already knew) you can have mad love for more then one idol at a time and actually love the music from more then one idol…..Yeah for me!! :-)

    PS I think this sound is closer to Analog Heart then Self Titled David Cook. That Makes me Happier too. Anyone else think the same or is it just wishful thinking on my part. :mrgreen:

    PSS What is the new Tattoo I can’t quite make it out anyone else figure it out. My eyes are going…. :-(

  • wordnerdarchie

    I just saw this pic & had to drop it off. Beautiful lighting & the pose is fantastic.

    http://twitpic.com/2cp2do

  • Incipit

    Sunchick, can you bring your post about the lyrics here?

    I think you may have a point – there’s more than one level there. David did say – albeit speaking of another song (“Tonight is On Our Side”)

    “It’s almost like being on that precipice of loss and that sense of calm about it. I haven’t deciphered it all yet. Probably a lot is about Adam. [David's brother died of cancer in 2009.] Yeah, but some hopefulness has come out of that situation too.” [5]“

    ETA – *chuckle* Beat me to it – Sunchick – or I have amazing mental powers. Naw, Maybe Not. ;)

  • wordnerdarchie

    Do you want to see the “Turtle” shirt that David was getting all excited about? He still has the little boy in him. LOL.

    http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/optimistictaf/Concerts%202/P1010278.jpg?t=1281243577

  • seriously

    ^^ That’s not a new tat. It’s the words to the poem “The Dash”, which was read at his brother’s funeral. I believe he got the tat around December.

  • Dlynne

    Ok, that pic is drop-dead gorgeous.

    I LOVE this song. I hope it makes the album. I’d love it as his first single, too.

    That video is really good! The band sounds tight and they all look awesome. Aside from the heat, it looked like they were really enjoying themselves. I watched a lot of the live stream but missed this performance. So, thanks very much!

  • wordnerdarchie

    ETA: dhunken, I’m feelin the AH vibe, too. In fact, it occured to me that Paper Heart might even make a good album title which would be especially cool as a bookend with AH.

    The fact that you said this makes me so excited. I’ve been waiting for the “progression” from AH to this album. When I saw that the song “Paper Heart” was up on ASCAP weeks/months(?) ago I was hoping it was an indication of the direction that this album was taking. :)

  • sunchick

    Jinx, buy me a coke! If you do indeed have freaky mental powers, Incipit, can you please subliminally suggest to Dave that the band should dress more causally tomorrow? Heatstroke is not pretty. Plus, a t shirt means I might get a better look at fruits of his trainer’s labors. But mostly it’s the heat stroke possibility.

  • ladymadonna

    ETA: dhunken, I’m feelin the AH vibe, too. In fact, it occured to me that Paper Heart might even make a good album title which would be especially cool as a bookend with AH.

    Oooh I like this idea.

  • Incipit

    Does David have a new tattoo on his forearm?

    Karrahbrooke, David doesn’t have any new tats that I know of. The verses from “The Dash” have been there since December, we know it was read at Adam’s funeral…. and the 14 is from November. Not that he ever said what the 14 represented.

  • tierbee

    I just saw this pic & had to drop it off. Beautiful lighting & the pose is fantastic.

    Um, wow. I definitely need to get there earlier this time and, well, improve my view. Can’t see those damn lips from where I was sitting, after all. You know how I love those damn lips. Hee.

    Plus, a t shirt means I might get a better look at fruits of his trainer’s labors.

    LOL, vascot and I agreed that a t-shirt would be fine with us. Even though they all looked great in their dressy clothes. But man, it was *hot* out there.

  • progression

    Loving the new song. To me it ties back to AH-Dave lyrically (I also hear some echoes of Souvenir in that regard, just me?), but musically it seems more polished and radio friendly, more easily accessible. If this is any indication of what we have to look forward to on the next record, Dave’s time writing was well spent. Can’t wait to hear more.

  • tierbee

    I gotta stop listening to this darn song and go to bed, lol. So excited for this record :)

  • Incipit

    Yeah – they all looked snazzy in their B&W color scheme – but it’s too damn hot in VA for all those layers…I’m concentrating on a light woven cotton shirt – along the lines of the S&B Shirt – better even than a tee shirt in the heat, doncha know? ;)

  • tierbee

    Yeah – they all looked snazzy in their B&W color scheme

    For some reason the thought of them all getting together and coordinating their clothes is really cute, lol. So now coordinate nice summer clothes tomorrow, boys.

    Man, I need to go to bed, but I’m all wound up from caffeinating myself so I could drive home. HA!

  • tierbee

    Did anyone post this one?

    http://twitpic.com/2cnrbd

  • ladymadonna

    Yeah, this picture tells the story of why they may have run out of gas earlier than planned:

    http://twitpic.com/2cp4sk

    But he still seems pretty damn happy to be back on that stage:

    http://twitpic.com/2cp2zf

  • tierbee

    One more pretty picture, and one more listen to Paper Heart, and then maybe my caffeine will have worn off.

    That Cookie sure is purty.

    http://twitpic.com/2cno4h

  • blissful

    Wow, the lyrics are so sad. His lyrics can be ambiguous but it’s strongly suggests Adam.

    The chorus quickly grabbed me and now with the fuller version I appreciate it even more (especially the opening guitar part).

  • Fergie

    Thanks, CathyMK

    The mp3 is great. For some reason I kept getting too distracted watching the vid to really make out the lyrics, lol. It’s a great catchy song with wide appeal I think. ITA that Paper Heart would make a very good album title

  • wellhesback

    I like the new song, a lot, and enjoyed this thread too. Thanks, MJ. Now I am even more excited, anxious, and ready for the new album and lots more new Cookie & the Anthemic music to discuss and listen to!

  • wordnerdarchie

    Here’s the little girl banter – too cute.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_REOfBNrE40

  • tierbee

    OK, I think the caffeine finally wore off. To bed, then on the road again tomorrow. Today. In a few hours. YAY! Going to leave quite a bit earlier this time, must get better spot in the crowd. What an absolutely lovely weekend ;)

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/wp-admin/profile.php ercheers

    Awesome to hear from Cookie again and the song is really good. :)

  • _nyanyanie

    oh god.. i love ‘paper heart’.. imo, better than ‘you and i’ or make believe..

  • shenanigan

    Just wanted to say I love, love, love “Paper Heart”. I was listening to it and I too suddenly got the image of David in the rain at the Race for Hope. It does seem to be about Adam, about wanting not to feel so much. As usual, there are many layers. Crazy about this song.

  • karenc

    I did kind of think of the day of the Race for Hope too when I heard the lyrics more clearly. I thought David seemed emotional after the song when I saw the videos, at first I thought it was because it was the first time doing the new song, and not just because of the heat, but maybe it’s deeper than that, if it has another meaning to him.

    I agree his songs can have many layers, I think Lie has other meanings for him as well, because it could be interpreted as a break up song, but could also be interpreted as someone being ill too.

    I have also heard him say in interviews that he writes lyrics that come to him, and don’t even know where they are coming from until he reads them back, because he said a lot of what he was writing for the new album was about loss, even if it didn’t seem to be at the time he was writing it.

    And I caught the Paper Heart/ Analog Heart connection, too. I agree it would be a good name for the album for him. I also can see where this is a progression of his writing. That at least on the songs we’ve heard so far, that even though he is working with cowriters the songs still sound like his music.

    THe thing that I love about his music is that he has the rock sound I’ve always liked, and he has some intelligence to his lyrics and emotion and passion to his performances.

  • jpfan

    PH is a catchy song. It should do well on HAC, not so great on Pop. I think his sound is unique enough to stand out in a very crowded WGWG genre for Idol guys. Cook, Kris, Lee, that’s just way too many WGWG for 19 to support adequately.

  • Yvonne13

    I loved David on the show, but just haven’t been able to get into his post-Idol music. He is writing tunes that I could listen to once at a concert, but don’t really think I would download to an Ipod and listen to very frequently.

  • tierbee

    *Yawn* I need more caffeine. Can’t believe I’m driving back down there again, lol, but after getting there late and being in the waaay back well… here I go again. Curious to see what he plays today, but wouldn’t care if I heard the same setlist again, heh. Just happy to have this little treat in the middle of a Cook-drought!

  • wordnerdarchie

    The following videos showed up overnight & they are very good.

    Lie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wOG5V08Jng

    I Did it For You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP8jezihjec

    Banter w/girls & album update: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_REOfBNrE40

    Straight Ahead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkHFnwee9nI

    I Can’t wait until the album drop. It can’t come fast enough. :)

  • tierbee

    He is writing tunes that I could listen to once at a concert, but don’t really think I would download to an Ipod and listen to very frequently.

    But the concerts are fun, highly recommend one if you get a chance and haven’t gone :) . I loved pieces of his last album, and skipped over some of the songs. I would be really excited to get a little more Analog Heart and a little less overproduction this time. I like his lower register, a lot, and a little grit in his voice. And I heard that in Paper Heart so I’m really hoping we see that song again. If we wants to play it again today I’m really not going to complain! I should take my nicer camera today… I just get all wrapped up in it and forget to take pics!!

  • tierbee

    wordnerdarchie, thanks for the videos! When he stepped back from the mic on “Lie” it was hard to hear from where I was (though *could* hear him and I thought that was pretty impressive!)… so this is great watching the videos from a little (lot) closer. I couldn’t exactly see him either between the distance and the giant-headed man standing in front of me. I mean, YAY for guys, but I swear the ones in front of me were all giants. And I’m a tall girl! I love “Lie,” still my favorite off his last album. Lovely.

  • Lu

    Nice. Go Cookie! I would have so gone to see him at BG. I have season tickets to the park and everything! But my little peeps leave for camp today so it’s just not in the cards for me. Boo. Someday I’ll make it to a Cookie concert.

  • tierbee

    But my little peeps leave for camp today so it’s just not in the cards for me.

    Aw, well the good news is he seems to hit Virginia quite a bit – hopefully that will continue! I’ve enjoyed it anyway :) I got lucky, my kids are out of town this weekend at their cousin’s and my husband works weekends so I have nothing else to do… so might as well go twice!

  • fadetowhite

    I like! Much better on the music front and also loud and catchy.

    Wow – it’s so nice after all the angst to hear something new and for most Cook fans to be positive straight off! This has to be a first…:Lol

    I’ll have to listen a few more times.

  • offside

    Thank You everyone who posted links to videos/pictures, and have fun everyone going today!
    ETA- The sound mixing at this venue is exceptional; I could actually hear (in Guamquilter’s video) Andy’s acoustic guitar during Lie.

  • tierbee

    Off I go, wish me MUCH better traffic, haha. Hopefully I won’t be able to tweet from the road – could do that yesterday because I was sitting in a great traffic parking lot.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Would you all like to see a close up video of Paper Heart? Would you? Huh?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BkAB7S3ETs

  • 123abc456

    After many listens I can now say I love the song. Great guitar, great lyrics. Catchy chorus. Sounds like David Cook. Love it.

  • conchcast

    I rally like the song. Since I really liked Analog Heart I am hoping that the next album goes back to that flavor. Can’t wait. Thanks for the video.

  • SashaB

    Am loving Paper Hearts. Woke up with it. Total earworm.

    Glad you like it, too, MJ. Love the guitar hooks.

    Thanks for the thread!

  • jpfan

    He is writing tunes that I could listen to once at a concert, but don’t really think I would download to an Ipod and listen to very frequently.

    I wasn’t a fan his season but do appreciate his talent and intelligence. I still don’t enjoy his genre of rock – post grunge or whatever. And I’m slightly pissed that he began the WGWG reign of terror on Idol, but he’s a talented guy so it’s nothing personal.

  • unidentified

    I really like Paper Heart so far. I listened a few times last night, and I couldn’t wait to listen again this morning, so thumbs up from me.

    David looked so nice yesterday, all dressed up. The whole band did. Bet they were really hot though. It’s been a really hot August this year.

  • HappyDaisy

    THANKS, MJ, and all of the posters for the two wonderful David Cook threads.

    Didn’t care for Make Believe or U and I (only listened once or twice when those were performed way back when, maybe they would grow on me), but I really like Paper Heart — have watched the videos of this one many times already.

    Love the unique, trademark David Cook nuances and emotion he brings to the song.

    p.s. He looks so nice.

  • sma11ie

    Omg omg, catching up on this and the Busch Gardens thread. Um… new song? F-yeah! I dig it. That intro riff is awesome, and love the lyrics. I think I like the lyrics to this more than U & I, but I liked the whole song of U&I more immediately on first listen, I think. Never got that into Make Believe, but it’s not bad. Still wanna here that Johnny Rzeznik (can’t spell sorry) Greg Wattenberg co-write from the vlog snipped (Right Here With You I think?). I really like that one, what I’ve heard. I like the Paper Heart – Analog Heart thing though. It’d be a cool album title, except I guess it’s used elsewhere. Anyone see that indie movie Paper Heart? It’s in my Netflix queue =P.

    Band looks great. David looks GREAT. The – wait for it- hair looked good. Whatever product he used to spike it (man cement? ultra mega manscape? what about the flamability in that hot weather, lol!) really lasted through the sweating. I like the natural reddish color too. He does looks fitter =P/ shallow. He still stands in that weird sway back way where he sticks out his belly though. Bad habit! I still can’t believe they wore that much… David’s shirt sleeve was soaked! Hope they’re recovered for tonight! Still got lots of vids to watch. Yay!

  • competitivebynature

    And I’m slightly pissed that he began the WGWG reign of terror on Idol, but he’s a talented guy so it’s nothing personal.

    See this pisses me off. How did he start this trend? Did he tell people to vote for him? Did DC encourage people to vote for Kris and Lee? No, so why blame him? It’s the fans of Idol that caused that.

    Anyway, I can’t wait for Cook’s next CD.

  • Incipit

    A little background for “Paper Heart” – and I do mean little – but someone was asking about where it came from on the Concert Thread.

    David talked about it in an Idolatry interview on April 12th, 2010 –

    “I actually worked on a few songs now with a couple guys from the UK: Jim Irvin and Julian Emery. We did a song called “Paper Heart” and one called “We Believe.” And we just finished a song yesterday called “Alibi.”

    The choruses on all those songs are massive. They’re just massive choruses. And I will say they have pushed me vocally on these demos more than probably anybody else has. I’m definitely hitting high register on the choruses. The choruses are very open, very U2-esque, and the vocals are just up there, which pushes the intensity of them a little bit.”

    via Entertainment Weekly

    I see you never can tell what a collaboration may produce. Whodda thought – with these two gentlemen’s catalogs? Because this sounds very David Cook, as others have pointed out. Based on “Paper Heart”, I kinda want to hear “Alibi” just because of the title – and not so much “We Believe”, just because of the title – Snerk @ Myself. Naw – I’ll be happy to listen to anything I can get. That’s truth. May not prefer it all, but I’ll happily listen. Even to ballads. Some of them. ;)

    “Paper Heart” seems to be just the right amount of rock sensibility, interesting, intense vocal choices, balanced instrumentation and harmonies, and layered concepts in the lyrics – it’s a “whole Band” sort of feel too, and a subtly powerful song – just the sort of thing I like.

    The lyrics are becoming more refined and updated at DCO, as clearer audio vids surfaced through the night – if David sings it again tonight – plenty of people will be singing along….even if there’s an error or three, they’ll make up for it in enthusiasm.

    It’s been a long time since there was a cool new song to chew on – Thanks for the thread, MJ. (Oh, and I just noticed. You’re welcome. ;) )

  • seriously

    If I was a betting woman, I’d bet Paper Heart is the first single of the album, which will also be named Paper Heart.

  • HappyDaisy

    People have commented on the attire of David and band and how hot it was. Had to be tough laboring under the heat dressed like that, but they sure looked nice. Maybe they’ll dress lighter tonight and look just as fine.

    I appreciate when David and band dress sharply and think it’s smart on their part. Makes them look even more special, commands extra attention from prospective fans, conveys star quality.

  • Bethlyn

    So grateful to see that true David Cook is back. His lyrics send me.

  • sma11ie

    See this pisses me off. How did he start this trend?

    I’ve been thinking about this “trend” claim for a bit, and I think I kinda figured it out. Ever since Idol moved from backing tracks to a live band, Idol has been gradually shifting away from the big voiced divas towards the country and rock singers who benefit more from the band arrangements. At least since Bo Bice did so well in Season 4 and on, there’s always people trying to be the “rocker” on Idol. That persona has nothing to do with guitars. Daughtry blew that wide open, but it wasn’t until David that a “rocker” finally won. David happened to win in a season that allowed instruments, but his persona is very much that of the traditional rock guy. I’d argue that his biggest hits on Idol were simply good song choices arranged in a way that suited his voice, and didn’t have anything to do with the guitar. The whole acoustic guitar reign of terror/trend thing never existed in Idol until Brooke White and Jason Castro made it all the way to 4th and 5th. Kris perfected the acoustic guitar appeal and won Idol. Next thing you know, season 9 ended up with 90% (hyperbole, yes) acoustic guitar players. A dozen Brookes and Jasons and Kris’s. It was almost inevitable we’d end up with an acoustic guitar playing winner. The one who took it all happened to be a white guy rather than a white girl with a guitar, mostly because Idols have been skewing towards male winners for a while. I honestly don’t see how Kris and Lee could be. “blamed” on David. Besides which, Kris is a fine winner IMO. He was the first acoustic guitar guy to ever won and he’s pretty good. It’s just too bad we got another acoustic guitar guy the very next year.

  • sunchick

    Dudes. Okay, I am normally not an overly spiritual person. I laughed my ass off at the double rainbow guy. But this morning, I think some higher power was trying to give me a sign… Paper Heart, it will be a single. LOL. Okay, maybe not, but this is a true story: downloaded Paper Heart last night to iPod (thx to fab Livejournal chick) and wanted to listen to it while walking the dog to see if I still flove it as much as I did last night. (All songs destined to become a favorite of mine pass the dog walking test. I get iPod ADD when I walk the dog, so if I don’t get antsy and want to skip ahead to another tune halfway through, that’s a keeper.) When I left the house it was sunny. Played Paper Heart, still loving it, passing the dog walking test. Woot. Dog does his thing, yada yada. Decided I wanted to hear PH again and replay it. WTF-the sky starts turning dark and like ten seconds later I was literally stuck in the pouring ass rain listening to David sing “stuck in the rain, stuck in the rain.” And it might have made me a skotch teary eyed. (Pertinent aside: I lost someone earlier this year in an unexpected tragic way on a very stormy day, so the rain kinda takes me there sometimes, too.) So here I am, trying to shove my ipod down my tank top so it doesn’t get wet, running in the rain while wearing flip flops mind you which isn’t easy, dragging the poor dog who btw so does not enjoy getting wet and trying to duck under trees and such, and basically looking ridiculous to the nth degree. Can I just say, damn me and my Paper Heart mp3 and the pouring rain and David freaking Cook. And my wet tangled hair which is currently a mess. Anyway, what are the odds? Well, sudden storms are common this time of year here, but still. A little freaky-ish, right?

    Okay, on to the shallow: hell yeah to whoever brought up the red tones/highlights making a comeback in The Hair. Flattering. Nuff said.

    Jp, in response to your WGWG bemoanment, I say this with no disrespect: oh hells no. Aint no other white guy who can spank himself a gee-tar quite like my man Cook. Boyfriend stands alone from Lee and Kris in that regard, is what I’m saying. (Not dissing Kris, who I think is talented in his own right.) Case in point: the angry guitar action during bridge of the new Mr. Sensitive vid, specifically “he didn’t stand a chance they said” is, um, very enjoyable and not something I would envision Kris or Lee pulling off.

  • Sydia

    Great song. I hope it is the next single. He and the boys really look good, and so seasoned and just…well they look like rock starts. The real thing.

  • mon_mon

    Paper heart videos are disappearing on youtube :(

  • wordnerdarchie

    So sad that all of the really good vids of Paper Heart are already taken down on YouTube. :( I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it means it’s on the record. :)

  • seriously

    Somebody needs to go download all the videos of PH to their computer before they disappear. If you have realplayer you can do it. But is that legal though? I just came back from church. Lol

  • mon_mon

    Done! all PH videos ever uploaded on there :P

  • Incipit

    is that legal though?? I just came back from church. Lol

    Seriously - the app I used to get two of the videos before they *poofed* has a FAQ – the answer appears to be, ‘for now’, and baring a court test. The point for me is – if something of his is for sale – I’ll buy it. Now or later. If David doesn’t want us to spread it around, I won’t. He has only to say.

    What he has said is this business is 90% PR…and that we do a lot of PR for him – but I can appreciate this may be a different situation from a song released on an album.

    Our lawyers think so. YouTube’s Terms of Use (http://www.youtube.com/t/terms) states that all content is provided for your own personal — not commercial — use. I am not a lawyer, but this is pretty clear:

    Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use only and may not be used, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any other purposes whatsoever without the prior written consent of the respective owners.
    Moving videos from your computer to your iPod is clearly personal use, so yes. Although I suppose if you’re hooking your video iPod to a theatrical video projector and playing videos to a packed house of paying patrons, then no.

    Anyway, our lawyers think there is legal precedent.

  • seriously

    Thanks Incipit. That makes me feel better about it.

  • poporange

    I never thought David Cook was wgwg he never relied on it too much mostly her vocals just imo. BTW the video message said no longer there so I missed it any other links?

  • sunchick

    The point for me is – if something of his is for sale – I’ll buy it. Now or later. If David doesn’t want us to spread it around, I won’t. He has only to say.

    Yeah, this. I’m glad I downloaded the mp3 for my own use, but I totally plan to buy the official version. It’s always a sticky wicket with this kind of stuff. Interwebs word of mouth equals good promo and viral marketing is huge, but music piracy is uncool. I remember I’m Yours concert bootlegs were floating around before it became a single and a lot of people already dug the song before it hit the radio. A live performance of MCR’s new tune Death Before Disco has been on YouTube for awhile and lord knows when that album will finally get released. Talk about your album delays. Anyway, I understand why Sony is snatching it, but it was nice to see such an overwhelming positive reaction before it came down.

  • hazuki

    Sigh FU Sony, why you gotta ruin our fun?

  • listen

    Aint no other white guy who can spank himself a gee-tar quite like my man Cook. Boyfriend stands alone from Lee and Kris in that regard

    See, I don’t think it is the guitar playing that sets Cook apart from the other two, it is Cook’s voice. He sings far better than the other two: better range, better projection, better vocals all around really… (I don’t really know much about guitar playing so those skills or lack there of, don’t make much of a mark on me anyway)

  • Garnetstar

    Yes a big suck it RCA. If they ever freakin sold any extra content I would be the first to buy it. When it comes to DC there are no extras. You get the CD and that’s it. No Deluxe CD, No remix, no acoustic versions. Yes I am bitter.

    Yeah I never think of David as a WGWG. His voice is what sets him apart. He’s a solid rhythm guitar player. He seems to like electric more than acoustic. So in that respect he’s not your classic WGWG.

  • sunchick

    ^Well, there’s that, too, listen. And it’s not really a guitar skillset kind of thing I was referencing. I think David actually uses his guitar to enhance some of his higher energy performances more than the other two guys who are also often stuck in the AI WGWG pigeonhole. And the way he does it is kinda hot. ;)

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Well, it doesn’t really matter if Cook plays acoustic or electric guitar – he plays a guitar. He is the first of three AI winners in a row that is male, white, plays guitar and sings pop/rock. I know nothing about guitar playing and it doesn’t matter to me who is the best player of the three. However, I agree that Cook is the best singer of the three. I actually think that Cook is most similar to Chris Daughtry and Lee DeWyze is somewhere in between Cook and Kris Allen.

    It just seems like every year we get a similar type of winner, just winner’s singing ability is getting worse. It’s like, we are stuck. I just hope that the producers have a plan how to solve this problem next year.

  • Zarita

    I never thought David Cook was wgwg he never relied on it too much mostly her vocals just imo. BTW the video message said no longer there so I missed it any other links?

    Here’s a twitvid, though the quality isn’t nearly as good as some of the youtubes. But beggars can’t be choosers, right? :P

    http://www.twitvid.com/T5RY2

  • fadetowhite

    Yes a big suck it RCA. If they ever freakin sold any extra content I would be the first to buy it. When it comes to DC there are no extras. You get the CD and that’s it.

    Yep – when it is made available, I will pay for it; meanwhile, the internet is my friend. And I believe it is, in many ways, the artist’s friend too, because it spreads the word.

    Not going to comment on WGWG…

  • sunchick

    Eh, IMO one can also lump Kelly, Fantasia, Carrie, and Jordin together and say AI voters used to favor chicks with big voices more often than not because four of the first six winners fell into that category. I kinda think you can throw Clay into that first group too if you consider he was pretty much a co-winner and discount gender and just say AI voters used to favor big voiced divas. And still do, sorta, if you consider Adam and even some of Cook’s more belty performances. Kelly set a standard that AI voters tended to veer towards..ie, kind of the “wow, that voice, he/she can SANG!” standard. Then Cook became the poster boy for a new standard, that an AI winner should add creativity and musicianship into the mix. He just didn’t get any immediate backlash from the people who still expected the “wow, that voice!” factor from their AI winner because he proved that he can wail. Kris was a worthy successor to the creativity and musicianship legacy but suffered a little of the “not so much wow, the voice” backlash. I don’t get Lee’s win at all because his live performances were so uneven and meh that he doesn’t really fit the “wow, that voice” or the creativity and musicianship mold, unless I consider that I read over and over that his voice recorded really well, moreso than anyone else this past season. Maybe he is actually the product of the iTunes downloading generation of AI voters who have been retrained to think about radio friendly good recording voices? Just a theory.

    I think it’s oversimplifying to blame guitar playing for the downfall of AI, though, as if guitar playing never played an important role in any popular music, and all people who play guitar are the same artist. And that’s my last thought on the subject.

  • karenc

    The similarity between David Cook and Daughtry is that they are both harder rock than the others, though I think Kris Allens original music has some songs that are more rock than I thought they would be.

    The thing is, I think that David Cook would have done well on the show even without playing an instrument, because it was his vocals that set him apart with his arrangements. He could change the mood and genre of a song just by the way he sings it. Many weeks, he didn’t even play the guitar on the show, and I think even the week of Billie Jean he didn’t. I do feel that the reason Kris did well is because he showed himself more of a musician. And I appreciate that there are different kinds of vocals now than were traditionally on this type of show.

    I think that what happened the last two years is a very indirectly related to what he did on the show, and it is more because there was a change in the show to include this type of artist. And when there is a winner, people that thought they wouldn’t fit into the show before a certain person won now think it is possible for them and audition. And producers see that a certain type of artist is popular, because they won, and cast that type of artist. And in addition to all this, a certain type of artist brings in fans that weren’t as interested in the show before, and that some of these fans remain, so the audience changes too, which may be reflected in the voting.

    ETA: And I don’t think that the type of artists the changes in AI attracted just brought in the WGWG types, because Adam Lambert has said in interviews that one of the reasons that he decided to try out for AI was because he saw that David Cook was allowed to do his own arrangements more so than in the past, and was allowed to be who he was as an artist. Which is was Adam Lambert wanted also. Even though he was a different type of artist, he was still able to rearrange songs and he doesn’t even play an instrument.

  • poporange

    Thanks Zarita!

  • Yvonne13

    RE guitar playing, I think Casey James has won the best ever on Idol award for that.

  • karenc

    sunchick:
    08/08/2010 at 2:32 pm
    Eh, IMO one can also lump Kelly, Fantasia, Carrie, and Jordin together and say AI voters used to favor chicks with big voices more often than not because four of the first six winners fell into that category. I kinda think you can throw Clay into that first group too if you consider he was pretty much a co-winner and discount gender and just say AI voters used to favor big voiced divas. And still do, sorta, if you consider Adam and even some of Cook’s more belty performances. Kelly set a standard that AI voters tended to veer towards..ie, kind of the “wow, that voice, he/she can SANG!” standard. Then Cook became the poster boy for a new standard, that an AI winner should add creativity and musicianship into the mix. He just didn’t get any immediate backlash from the people who still expected the “wow, that voice!” factor from their AI winner because as he proved that he can wail.

    Yes, I think it was because even though he was a different type of singer, he was still a really good singer, and proved that he could do a variety of genres on the show.

    Kris was a worthy successor to the creativity and musicianship legacy but suffered a little of the “not so much wow, the voice” backlash.

    I agree with this, and think he did well on the show more because of his musicianship.

    I don’t get Lee’s win at all because his live performances were so uneven and meh that he doesn’t really fit the “wow, that voice” or the creativity and musicianship mold, unless I consider that I read over and over that his voice recorded really well, moreso than anyone else this past season. Maybe he is actually the product of the iTunes downloading generation of AI voters who have been retrained to think about radio friendly good recording voices? Just a theory.

    I kind of think that this is partially right. I did see more potential in Lee after hearing what he recorded and liked his voice. But I do think at least in part, there wasn’t anyone else I liked more last year anyway.

  • Incipit

    Dee-flection – LOL –

    Can I just say, damn me and my Paper Heart mp3 and the pouring rain and David freaking Cook. And my wet tangled hair which is currently a mess. Anyway, what are the odds?

    Sunchick, the story is so much like one of those DC=42 moments that people laugh at – until it happens to them, and I never try to make sense of them – they just are…so IDK what was up with that – but I do know it meant something to you!

    That whole thing struck me as the strength to those lyrics, well, without the sudden rain – they apply however people need them to, but they are built around the concept that having a paper heart can leave one open to hurt. But it’s not angry, IMO – someone come up with a more apt word?

    I can see the application to R4H in the rain last year – but so many others as well – the one that Sunchick suddenly saw, or lovers parting, children leaving home and parents left behind, elderly relatives passing on – so much wound up in the loss of someone who is cared for.

    And the other interesting thing is that this very different, regretful song also touches on the same themes that “Light On” dealt with, but now in a more permanent way. IDK that it would be the single, but it has possibilities.

    Just My Opinion, of course.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    No..we aren’t dragging the whole WGWG debate in here are we?

    Actually? We aren’t. Please stay on topic. And the topic is David Cook’s new song.

    Seriously, the freaking obsession with that in some quarters drives me a little crazy.

    So, Sony pulled the videos? That sucks.

  • HappyDaisy

    Such a bummer that they took the fantastic videos down. SONY, why not let Cookie have some great PR, even if only for 24-48 hours?

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    REMINDER:

    NO FILE SHARING!!!!

    Sony could have my site taken down in a nanosecond!

    They took down the vids–they don’t want you passing mp3s around.

    YOU DO IT ON MY SITE. I AM RESPONSIBLE. I COULD LOSE EVERYTHING.

    And if you think I’m exaggerating. I’M NOT. There’s precedent everywhere for this sort of thing.

  • smeggingnuts

    there is another version on YT with crappy audio

    Ihave to say I like it can’t wait to here a cleaner version since I missed the first ones
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiyjtezcUyQ

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Sorry if I sound bitchy but two things:

    I am in the middle of settling a copyright lawsuit. This has been a terrible, terrible past couple of weeks for me.

    I’ve been sent a take down notice by Sony in the past, and it’s not pretty. Go Daddy literally suspended one of my servers until I took the mp3 down. I can’t have that happen again.

    You can share stuff that stays up on you tube. But, if Sony takes it down, that means THEY DON’T WANT YOU SHARING IT. Please help me keep the site safe.

  • MollyAnnMay

    ladymadonna: I generally find that Cook’s music improves upon multiple listens.

    Me too. I’ve always thought of them as growers, not showers. To um, co-opt a phrase.

    But it was love at first listen for me with Paper Heart.

    Me too again, and that’s really unusual. I can think of only a few Cook songs I tumbled into love with right off the bat — Straight Ahead, The Truth, Avalanche, Declaration and, believe it or not, Light On. (The difference being I still adore the first 4 and can take or leave the last.)

    But this song, even in the murky soundcheck vid, just reached out and grabbed me, and as I said yesterday, the damn chorus got stuck in my head, stuck in my head. I hope it tests well, because I agree it would make a good single — though that’s without hearing what else is in the running, so who knows.

    Oops. Edited after reading the second page of discussion. Sorry MJ. And sorry about the copyright thing. Wow, that must be miserable.

  • http://mollyblogsidol.wordpress.com Molly (aka sparklesgirl2)

    Jim Irvin and Julian Emery? Those guys have worked with Lissie, a really fab up-and-coming singer/songwriter. I would love to hear a Cookie/Lissie collaboration. Good choice, David!

    Digging the song, too. But I can’t help but love anything my favorite Idol sings.

  • BootStar

    Bah, missed the new song! :-(

    Oh, well, I’ll just have to wait until it’s safe and legal to hear it. Sounds like it’s getting serious consideration as the first single off the album, no?

    Can anybody put into a “Cook category” for me? Is it like any of his past stuff?

  • seriously

    Can anybody put into a “Cook category” for me? Is it like any of his past stuff?

    I’d put it in an Analog Heart catagory, no lie. The lyrics seem like late-Axium to Analog Heart, and the sound reminds me of Analog Heart. JMO of course.

  • MollyAnnMay

    A video for Declaration is finally up.

    Incipit, if you’re here, this has the intro we were chatting about yesterday — now that I can see and hear better than I could on the live stream, it turns out that it’s mainly an extension of Neal’s usual opening riff and all the ominous feel to it comes from Kyle doing an awesome turn on the drums. Really cool stuff!

  • MollyAnnMay

    I’d put it in an Analog Heart catagory, no lie.

    Me too. Coincidentally, I listened to AH in the car all week, after not listening to it a while, and Paper Heart fits right in, though I do think it’s rangier than most AH songs, by a lot.

    I was noticing how prominent the drums were on certain AH songs, and they’re quite noticeable on PH, much like the bass line is really prominent on You and I — the dynamics DC has been talking about are definitely showing up on the first few new songs.

  • wjmtv

    Bootstar, Its vibe reminded me of “Declaration,” which was my favorite track on DCTR (with “Breathe Tonight” running a close second).

  • SybilTrelawney

    Boot Star, I’m not sure I can put it in a Cook Category. It doesn’t really sound like anything else — unlike Make Believe, which sounds a lot like Straight Ahead to me. Maybe there are little hints of Declaration in the guitar licks, but it doesn’t really sound like Declaration. I can tell you that I loved Declaration on first listen (my reaction was, “why wasn’t THAT the first single”) and I loved Paper Heart too. I think it has the potential to be a successful single, and I’m hoping that’s why Sony is beating down on everyone’s ass about the videos. Personally, having the video wouldn’t prevent me from opening my wallet when the official version was released, but apparently Sony has also been taking down Kings of Leon and Kelly Clarkson vids, and both of them have albums coming out soon too. So…take from that what you will.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Oh, the 3rd thing that happened to me? I got a very stern email from the president of Lee DeWyze’s old record label for the file sharing thing. He wanted names and addresses from me. So yeah, this stuff is getting serious.

  • BootStar

    Oh, good. I’m so relieved. I wasn’t digging some of the stuff the band had been floating out there the past year or so. Are there any official reviews up yet?

  • seriously

    The only think I don’t like about Paper Heart is the line “damn me and my paper heart”. That’s just because of my severe dislike for the word damn. Why couldn’t he have said darn? LOL

    ETA: What time’s the show tonight? And is there a cellcast?

  • SybilTrelawney

    BootStar, I wasn’t crazy about “Ewe and Eye,” and “Make Believe” is okay but too similar to “Straight Ahead.” “Paper Heart,” by contrast, definitely has a “Cook sound” but at the same time sounds new and fresh. Really good. Strong beat, catchy chorus and it uses his vocal power and range effectively.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Did you guys want a DC post for tonight?

  • MollyAnnMay

    Incipit: That whole thing struck me as the strength to those lyrics, well, without the sudden rain – they apply however people need them to, but they are built around the concept that having a paper heart can leave one open to hurt. But it’s not angry, IMO – someone come up with a more apt word?

    Rueful was the first word that popped into my head…

    I also had a video pop into my head right away, when I thought the song was more in the Loser in Love category that DC does so well, but now that I’ve looked at the lyrics, I agree that it could be about many things, not just a romantic relationship. Still, I won’t kick if this is a single, and the video features lots of DC looking pretty rueful in the pouring rain.

  • wjmtv

    MollyAnnMay: Still, I won’t kick if this is a single, and the video features lots of DC looking pretty rueful in the pouring rain.

    Preferably in a white tshirt.

  • Incipit

    A video for Declaration is finally up.

    MollyAnnMay – thank you! I was just flying by before closing down extraneous windows and listening to the Bush Gardens Show – very pleased I caught your post – there’s time to listen, and compare.

    Boot Star- David said PH was different from anything else, when he talked about the 3 songs he did with Jim Irvin and Julian Emery. MJ put his comments in the OP. I have to agree with SybilTrelawney, there are bits and pieces and glimpses of things you may recognize, but it really is it’s own entity – I can’t think of a category for it.

    Off to hear the “Declaration” opening!

  • MollyAnnMay

    seriously: The only think I don’t like about Paper Heart is the line “damn me and my paper heart”. That’s just because of my severe dislike for the word damn. Why couldn’t he have said darn? LOL

    *snort* You should consider yourself lucky, since knowing Cook, the original lyric may well have been “f**k me and my paper heart…” Heh.

    ETA: What time’s the show tonight? And is there a cellcast?

    I think it’s the same time as yesterday (3pm Pacific time — do the math for wherever you are). The livestream link MJ put up yesterday had a link for a livestream for today and I believe there is a cell cast as well.

    Wow, I am chatty this afternoon.

    ETA: wjmtv LOL! I like the way you think. : )

  • Fergie

    Do you guys want a DC post for tonight

    Yes please, MJ and thank you very much

  • fadetowhite

    Do you guys want a DC post for tonight?

    Yes please, MJ and thank you very much

    I’ll ditto that: I’ll be in bed when the concert’s on and it’s great to find everything in one place in the morning!

    PS – hope all the copyright stuff is sorted out: it’s really not fair that these huge corporations hold web hosts responsible, when they can show that they do their best to take stuff off that offends the rules…

    I also think that they’re fighting a losing battle and though I understand their desire to protect their ‘property’, I think they are missing out on a major marketing tool, if only they could think of a way to use it positively.

    Anyhow – I hope there aren’t any negative consequences…

  • seriously

    *snort* You should consider yourself lucky, since knowing Cook, the original lyric may well have been “f**k me and my paper heart…” Heh.

    Good point. Bullet avoided.

  • Hazehel

    I’m probably in the minority here but I don’t think this song is suitable as a single just yet. I think it still needs a bit tweaking in its melody, perhaps just change a few notes here and there. I really like the guitar intro and parts of the song, but as it is, I don’t see a big hit. Still needs something in there I think. (ETA, needs a good bridge? I agree with those who said it’s catchy though, just that the whole song is not quite there yet.)

  • oceana

    I love both new songs, and David looks and sounds great. Personally I like men with guitars, probably because I love rock and singer/songwriter music. So if it’s an Idol trend, I’m fine with it. Casey was great with guitar. Lee was kinda boring but not because of any guitar. Adam and Allison were fun to watch with no guitar. To me the guitar is not an issue either way. Loved Jason C with guitar, loved Brooke with piano. Just don’t see WGWG as a category that works for me.

  • Yvonne13

    Hazehel, I agree with you. I didn’t like Paper Heart.