David Cook Writing Songs Plus Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

UPDATE: David continues to promote “Home Edition” and his next album. More radio interviews today.

Mix 101.9 Chicago:

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News Radio 740 Houston:

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On this Sunday’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, David Cook helps build a house for the Cowan family, factory workers whose youngest child, 12-year-old Kori, suffers from a congenital blood disease.

David tells Zap2it.com that he was really impressed by young Kori, who finds time to help others as she deals with her own issues.   David calls the experience “awe inspiring” and appreciates host Ty Pennington’s “real chill SoCal vibe”.   David also managed to learn a few drywall skills!

Over the past couple of days, David has been in British Columbia writing with Brian Howes, the producer/songwriter who co-wrote “Light On” with Chris Cornell.   David tweeted that he and Howes finished up 2 songs.   “Cue celebratory fist pump, ” David crowed afterward.

On his songwriting, David tells Zaptoit, “I’m writing differently in some cases, really trying to concentrate on everything coming from an honest place, which is therapeutic and scary and all of that stuff.”

Other songwriters David has been working with lately include, Claude Kelly, Greg Wattenberg, Johnny Resnick and   Sam and Sluggo.

David’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs Sunday on ABC at 8 pm ET/PT. His album is due out later this year.

Also, check out this video interview with Wallet Pop, featuring clips from Extreme Makeover, and David talking about his life before and after Idol.

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128 Comments

  1. Thanks for the thread. I am so looking forward to seeing David on TV on Sunday. The two interviews you mention in your post are both very good interviews. Earlier in the day Cookie was tweeting about watching Doogie Howser on TV (among other random things) and Neil Patrick Harris retweeted that. So many Cookie crumbs – Yay!

  2. “I’m writing differently in some cases, really trying to concentrate on everything coming from an honest place, which is therapeutic and scary and all of that stuff.”

    be still my beating heart. i don’t think i can wait much longer for record #2. cookie better toss us a bone just to tide us over.

  3. Thanks for posting this, I am looking forward to the show. And with each interview about the new record I am getting more stoked about it. Thanks again.

  4. NPH retweeted something of David’s? DC must have been thrilled! What a wonderful month for him. I’m so glad. Can’t wait to hear the new songs!

  5. Very looking forward both to EM and to the new record. Progression, baby. It’s a beautiful thing.

  6. David was tweeting about the movie Rocky IV today, as well. Can’t wait to hear the song he writes after watching Rocky IV and Doogie Howser reruns, LOL. It’ll have to be inspirational, anyhow.

  7. I wasn’t going to watch that Extreme Makeover show, but now I think I am going to at least set the DVR. He’s just such a mensch. Excellent role model for young kids.

  8. I am looking forward to seeing David on TV again. His heart and this show are a perfect fit. I wonder if we’ll get to see Dave in a hard hat and tool belt while he’s drywalling! That would be so fun! Must set DVR now! Lol!

    I am beyond excited, hearing that he is in the studio working on his new album. I hope the new record is a mix of his Analog Heart vibe, DCTR, and is live sound on tour. He changed up some of his songs while he was out on the road, and they were amazingly cool!

  9. bad hair, but a beautiful soul. and gorgeous eyes and lips. and have you seen his butt? hair? what hair? hair shmair.

  10. Iluvai, you have me rolling with laughter at that comment in the midst of these others. Heh.

    I can’t wait for Sunday. I hope he sings. I even more can’t wait for the next record. Thanks for the thread, MJ. Yes, I know, poor grammar. I sometimes do that to emphasize a point.

  11. I would also like to ditto that butt sentiment. Plus sometimes his hair can be good.

  12. A good Cookie day! I like it.

    Some of you were discussing that quote about how he’s approaching the writing for the second album in the headlines thread and I agree with whoever said that he seems to be very aware of the pressure he’s under — and maybe feeling it a bit, too — but as long as he doesn’t let it roll over him or negatively influence him, I think he’ll be fine.

    He’s pretty tough — the pressure to get to the end of AI must have been pretty severe and he came through that, even if it was by the skin of his teeth (I’ll never forget how exhausted he looked in the clips from the post-finale interviews). This year has been pretty exhausting too, both emotionally and physically and maybe it would be better if he took some time to chill, but I don’t think he’s actually capable of that. Eh. I think he’s going to be okay, is Dave.

    As for rest of the interview, I love that he’s already getting in shape for the run and that his whole family is going to be involved. That’s going to be terrific for all of them. I also think it’s interesting that he had met the Makeover family before and none of us had heard that up till now. He does keep *some* things close to the vest.

    He has bad hair.

    NO. Really?

    Huh. You learn something new every day.

  13. Love David Cook thread. Hope we will have a lot of David air time on EM:HE. I am excited and nervous at same time for David’s next album. When you care for someone so much, you just can’t help worry about them. sigh!

  14. I distinctly remember someone (can’t imagine who it was) writing a few weeks ago about how they would never go into an idol’s thread that they were not a fan of and just be negative for the sake of being negative. Interesting.

  15. The Cowan-Brown family were David’s guests at my last concert, the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana. The kids were lined up like stairsteps with their passes on lanyards around their necks – so cute. I saw them again after the show, on my way out, they looked very excited to be there.

    That show was so high energy, with “Died in Your Arms Tonight” as the cover, and David climbing up on some very tall speakers during “Declaration”, and I guarantee, his hair never sang a note. ;)

  16. I honestly find the hair sexy. I really do. It frames those gorgeous eyes and perfect skin. And it’s a really cool color. I guess his hair sort of sings to me too! Lol! I just love everything about this dude! Especially his voice!

  17. Damn he looked good in that Skype interview. I’m liking the full beard! And on a not-so-shallow note thats one big heart he has. Cant wait for the show Sunday!

    I cant even begin to say how much I appreciate the fact that hes been keeping us so updated. and it sounds like we may get some type of vlogs for the recording process when it starts??!

  18. “I’m writing differently in some cases, really trying to concentrate on everything coming from an honest place, which is therapeutic and scary and all of that stuff.”

    I am so excited for new music. Just SO excited. Oh, and I finally really *did* wear out DCTR… interestingly it now skips on Light On and Come Back to Me, because those are my kids’ favorites so we listened to them often. Which I could deal with, but it did a *big* no-no and started skipping on Lie. Must buy new one, stat.

    Some of you were discussing that quote about how he’s approaching the writing for the second album in the headlines thread and I agree with whoever said that he seems to be very aware of the pressure he’s under — and maybe feeling it a bit, too

    He is VERY self-aware, I think. Don’t let the pressure get to you, Cookie. And can I have a little wordy Cook like on AH? Because I like that (and it makes Daily Anthem a dead giveaway that it is his song, those meandering lines.) And some of rocker Dave that I saw at the shows. Waiting impatiently…

    I love that his family is getting involved with Race for Hope! See you all there, Cookie and family. Got myself some new shoes and new workout clothes, it’s good motivation to get my butt in shape. Now if only it would not be the frozen tundra here in the DC area… guess me & the treadmill will be friends.

    He has bad hair.

    That’s all ya got? LOL. Hair, schmair. There are too much other goodies to appreciate such as… lips. Oh, ahem, and eyes, disgustingly beautiful skin, schmexy arms… yeah, ok, his butt is nice too. (Flaps arms and kicks feet in the shallow end of the pool. Splashy splashy).

    ‘Cept more than all of that, love his heart. He’s such a big marshmallow.

    These are the best Cookie crumbs today (well, yesterday). Mr. Cook, you are still my TV boyfriend, yes you are.

    I cant even begin to say how much I appreciate the fact that hes been keeping us so updated. and it sounds like we may get some type of vlogs for the recording process when it starts??!

    Hooray for Twitter! Hooray for Skype! I might make it through this break after all if he keeps it up. And vlogs would be awesome.

    And now that I have taken my shallow end swim for the night (erm, morning), off I go to get a few hours of sleep. Sweet dreams to me, hee hee.

  19. Wow. That was a long post. Maybe I should be on internet restriction at 3 am. Heh.

  20. iluvai
    01/08/2010 at 12:52 am
    He has bad hair.

    LOL iluvai, you’re being entirely too generous. He has tragic hair. But that’s what hats and stylists are for.

    That’s funny that NPH retweeted Cook’s random tweet about Doogie Howser.

    Can’t wait to see HardHat!Dave on my TV. I know it’s great for the family, yada, yada, but I am feeling rather shallow and that’s all I can concentrate on right about now. Heh.

  21. Must say I’m a little disappointed. He put out his own album beore idol, he has bandmates he worked with for a long time and have put out their own EP. I just don’t get why all this following the pop trajectory and have so many other people writing your music. I’d understand one, two, three collaborations with people he worked with before. Putting together a 2nd album and again have only 1 song you wrote by yourself or as a band on it, is trowing away the oportunity.

  22. Must say I’m a little disappointed. He put out his own album beore idol, he has bandmates he worked with for a long time and have put out their own EP. I just don’t get why all this following the pop trajectory and have so many other people writing your music. I’d understand one, two, three collaborations with people he worked with before. Putting together a 2nd album and again have only 1 song you wrote by yourself or as a band on it, is trowing away the oportunity.

    I think at this point, there’s nothing certain about what’s going to be on the 2nd record and what won’t be in it. We only know that he’s been in a writing session in New York and now this one in Vancouver. We also know that he tweeted he’ll be writing with the guys in the band some. We know that they had at least 30 songs that they had available for DCTR and many of those co-writes did not make the cut. So it is too early to say that the 2nd album will have only 1 song that he wrote by himself or with the band in it.

    Ahhh the dead horse which is David Cook’s hair. All I can say about it is that not everyone in the planet is blessed with good locks. But I think God more than made up for it in Cook’s case by giving him good looks, great talent and more than that, a wonderful heart.

  23. ^ LOL @ tierbee. There’s something about nocturnal posting that leads to verbosity. I know it well.

    Neil Patrick Harris retweeted that.

    Shut UP! Really? ~harbors NPH and DC bff fantasies and NPH introducing new bff DC to other bff Captain Tightpants causing much tight pants epicness fantasies~

    Speaking of pants, big ups to the peeps who said nice things about Cookie’s ass. Preach. Also…

    Laurie
    01/08/2010 at 2:10 am
    I honestly find the hair sexy. I really do. It frames those gorgeous eyes and perfect skin. And it’s a really cool color. I guess his hair sort of sings to me too! Lol!

    Hey, a hair fan! So nice to see, as The Hair often gets all the crap while The Ass get all the glory. I could totally buy it singing to you, as it really does have a mind of it’s own. The Hair, not The Ass.

    I am beyond stoked for this new record. Not that I won’t be all trepidatious on Cookie’s behalf as to the sales and radio play and all that stuff, but the artistic content? Only freaking out in a good way. I’m so zen about the whole thing, pretty much since he talked about brainstorming thematic ideas before he ever started the writing process. Or maybe even before that, when I heard Make Believe. I dunno. Speaking of, can I just say how much I am enjoying the peek into his creative process via the latest interviews and tweets. My favorite is still the one about bottling up liquid creativity and selling it as a cure all tonic in the old west with Sam Hollander. I can haz liquid creativity inspired song now?

  24. can not wait to see DC on my TV again….he’s a beautiful soul

  25. I follow ActuallyNPH and I don’t see where he retweeted David’s tweet. Color me confused. (Do I have the real nph?)

  26. I agree with everyone’s comments, even iluvai’s !
    ( maybe cookie needs a BumpIt ! ) … I have bad hair, too.

  27. It’s interesting that she is now “my good friend, Carrie” instead of “Ms. Underwood.” My guess is now that she’s engaged, DC no longer fears the cray crays shipping them. Be afraid David, be very afraid!

    I’m also guilty bearing of bad hair genes. I think I’m desensitized to David’s. I actually don’t notice his hair anymore until it’s really unfortunate as in the MJ premiere.

  28. I was mistaken about the NPH retweet yesterday – sorry guys – twitter, devil, you know. anyway Cookie has another interview coming up this morning with a Chicago radio station, [David Cook w/@EricandKathy @1019MIXChicago (b4 9CT/10ET): http://bit.ly/17buJw ] so we may get even more crumbs.

  29. I strongly second the idea that we don’t know what is going to make the album or not. More to the point, we can’t know how these sessions are going to have influence on Cook solo or band writes. I remember being impressed that NT and DC threw down KOTN so fast, but then when the snippets leaked, it was clear that Cook had already been wrestling with some of the ideas in one of the Maloy co-writes.

    My favorite is still the one about bottling up liquid creativity and selling it as a cure all tonic in the old west with Sam Hollander. I can haz liquid creativity inspired song now?

    And this, too.

  30. I was mistaken about the NPH retweet yesterday – sorry guys –

    Thanks, I was wondering. :)

  31. This was David’s Twitter response recently to a fan who didn’t like the idea of the co-writing sessions – “I hear you @john_socal. I’m also writing with the guys some. Just exploring many avenues. Great songs are everywhere.”

  32. We’re really just in building material mode. It’s been good so far to really get back into the creative process and to get off the road and to focus. I’m really excited with what’s coming out. I’m writing differently in some cases, really trying to concentrate on everything coming from an honest place, which is therapeutic and scary and all of that stuff.

    I love hearing about the record building process. I’ve loved some of his songs that really sounded like therapy for heartbreak or anger (“We’re Only Honest When We’re Sleeping,” or “Makeover” and of course ‘Lie!”) so I am down with that!

    Althooo then again I love a couple of his most confident and loving songs (“The Truth,” “Avalanche,” “Heroes,”) sooo consistency, get behind me.

    Mostly I’m just happy to hear him happy and giddy!

  33. I get a little nervous about him writing with other people, hope it’s not too many, hope there’s some he wrote by himself or with Neal, but I’m hopeful that he might at least co-write all the songs. Hopefully he won’t have to put out another single that he didn’t write. I only say this because he is a prolific songwriter, and that’s why they should highlight that side of him, because it’s a big part of who he is. He’s not a wannabe songwriter, he IS a songwriter and has been for a long time, starting in high school.

    I’m so excited for some new DC music. He mentioned AI and also their charity show, so I hope he’ll be promoting a new single before long. I’m so excited for the new cd and a new single. The last one came out last March, I think, almost a year ago.

  34. I could see the hair doing a killer acoustic cover of “Whataya Want From Me.”

  35. Personally, I’d like to see the hair do an up-tempo version of “Winds of Change” by the Scorpions.

  36. Claude Kelly and Brian Howes excites me a lot more than Neal O.o

    I bet they’ll do their best to have a single ready to be heard on AI. The way he’s talking about everything still being in the infancy stage and not even having a producer yet makes me think something may not be ready for IGB but I can see them making sure something will be selected and ready to go before the season is over.

    It’s interesting that she is now “my good friend, Carrie” instead of “Ms. Underwood.” My guess is now that she’s engaged, DC no longer fears the cray crays shipping them. Be afraid David, be very afraid!

    LOL well I dont ship them BUT tbh the Ms. Underwood thing was starting to annoy me, ngl. It was cute the first couple of times but then when it started becoming known how close they actually were it just seemed silly especially when Carrie herself is calling him one of her best friends.

  37. I think having a new single debut on IGB isn’t necessarily the best idea anyway. Everybody would want and expect a nice, uplifting, inspiring song, and that might not necessarily be the one that would fit best in the radio marketplace.

    Besides, I think the audience will be more attentive if it’s later in the season.

  38. I could see the hair doing a killer acoustic cover of “Whataya Want From Me.”

    LMAO!

    I want a new album era just so there can new stuff to snark on. I’m tired of making jokes about greasy hair and blondes. He needs to give me new source material… perhaps he can reinvent his look and start wearing Hammer pants or something?

    Claude Kelly and Brian Howes excites me a lot more than Neal

    I want more of the WTF! collaborations like with Claude Kelly. Add a couple of alt rock types and I’d be pretty happy. Though I do flove Kiss On the Neck and Andyone (sp?), so I trust anything he and Neal come up with too.

  39. Oh and if Cook’s hair gets its own song, it should be

    Bob Seegar’s “Against the Wind!”

  40. Good radio interview from this morning with MIX 101.9 in Chicago, courtesy of those ever-resourceful Brazillian fans: http://bit.ly/7FkA6A

    And another quick but meaty Q&A, with more interesting tidbits about the writing process:

    We’ve heard before that you kind of take a theme, and start writing off of that. Do you have a theme for this album?

    It’s forever changing. I tried to go into this record without any preconceived ideas. Because I really do feel like this is my first record, which is strange. I think with everything happening so fast last time, I was on the IDOL tour, working on the record, and all of that, so I tried to focus on the end result, as opposed to the process. This time, I’m really trying to focus on the process, which is really a bit unnerving. And so, it’s really getting into it, I’m trying to keep my options open. Right now, I’m just writing. I’m not trying to write a single, I’m not really trying to write anything, I’m just writing. I’m really excited to see what’s come out.

  41. Sassycatz
    01/08/2010 at 10:03 am
    If the hair sings at all, it sings “Respect” by Aretha Franklin.

    ladymadonna
    01/08/2010 at 10:10 am
    I could see the hair doing a killer acoustic cover of “Whataya Want From Me.”

    standtotheright
    01/08/2010 at 10:14 am
    Personally, I’d like to see the hair do an up-tempo version of “Winds of Change” by the Scorpions.

    You guys win at LYFE.

    I get a little nervous about him writing with other people, hope it’s not too many, hope there’s some he wrote by himself or with Neal, but I’m hopeful that he might at least co-write all the songs.

    NGL, ideally for me, we’d have 3-6 DC-only songs, and the rest as cowrites… but we’ll see. For the record, I’m happy about the cowrites. I do remember looking up Zac Maloy’s writing credentials back during the first record, and recalled seeing he has cowriting credits on lots of “regular band” albums, like Bowling for Soup, Cavo, Burn Halo. So I guess my point is that I learned it’s very common even for bands who write their all own songs to bring in outside cowriters for some tracks, or have the producer help cowrite. Not every band operates these days like U2 or KOL or Coldplay where every song is composed by the whole band and pretty much just the band. And not every solo artist operates like John Mayer or Mraz who (mostly) only solo write their albums. I don’t think it’s a big deal that DC has a lot of cowrites for this “make or break” album. The stakes are high, and collaboration is good. He has the rest of his life to keep growing and decide if he wants to write more exclusively with his band or by himself in the future. That’s how I feel, anyway :)

  42. And another quick but meaty Q&A, with more interesting tidbits about the writing process

    Can’t edit, but I just gotta say, I love these new Q&A’s so much. No need to edit DC’s words or try to spin anything in an article, or delay posting the interview due to edits– cuz the guy can answer a question well! So future interviewers– just keep asking good questions and posting DC’s words verbatim, cuz that’s the way we like it :).

  43. This time, I’m really trying to focus on the process, which is really a bit unnerving. And so, it’s really getting into it, I’m trying to keep my options open. Right now, I’m just writing. I’m not trying to write a single, I’m not really trying to write anything, I’m just writing. I’m really excited to see what’s come out.

    Beautiful. Keep writing, David Cook. We’ll wait patiently We’ll love the end result.

  44. We’ll wait patiently

    Take your time I won’t go anywhere. Picture you with the wind in your hair (hee). I’ll keep your things right where you left them I will wait for you.

    Haha. Those CBTM lyrics will never not be hilarious to me. And yes, I just had to Google the CBTM lyrics cuz it’s one of the DCTR songs I don’t know the lyrics to.

  45. He’s such a love. And these latest interviewers are doing a great job. It sure helps when they already like him going into the interview and they know a lot about him, so we’re more likely to get new crumbs.

    He’s such a “student” of everything. It must be thrilling for him to pick up tips from more experienced songwriters. Over time, no doubt he’ll sift it all out and keep what suits him.

  46. Also, DC bought a pillow at the auction. Hee.

    Yes, this! So cute. I’ll bet it was a $1,000 pillow, too. Or more.
    When he’s interviewed about the show, he always brings it back to the family, instead of making it about himself. Pets him.

  47. He’s fucking charming even talking about the weather.

    Seriously. Hee

  48. He’s fucking charming even when he misses something and politely says, “I’m sorry?”

  49. This was David’s Twitter response recently to a fan who didn’t like the idea of the co-writing sessions – “I hear you @john_socal. I’m also writing with the guys some. Just exploring many avenues. Great songs are everywhere.”

    Smart boy. Coming off Idol everything was good. He had a good voice and stage persona, a good band and a good record. Everything but the record improved during the neverending tour to start approaching great. The songs went from good to better with rearranging but seemed to be kind of a limiting factor. In the end they outgrew that album rather quickly. He’s right. He needs great songs to push the performance level even higher, and a great song is a rare a wonderful thing no matter who writes it.

  50. Just because David has a few co-writes doesn’t mean that he is letting other people write his stuff for him. The presence of someone else in the writing credits doesn’t mean that his part is wiped out completely. And it’s all preliminary at this point, anyway.

    I do think there is something going on with the need on the part of some fans to have Neal involved in every single song. It’s beyond insane to anyone other than a small portion of David’s fans, but there does seem to be a belief among some that Neal is a Svengali of sorts to David’s band. It’s believed that because Neal does the setlists (with David’s input) that he is responsible for all of the arrangements that the band does entirely by himself, that he’s the creative force that controls the entire band, and that he even did David’s AI arrangements for him. These fans see David as the conduit for NEAL’s ideas, and don’t seem to have much faith that he can play the guitar, write a song, or even feed and clothe himself without some assistance.

    That’s why I think it’s a shame that the Cookwood duet didn’t happen, as it would have shown to this segment that David can do things by himself and that he does have musical skills independent of the band. But it didn’t happen, and now those same people are upset that demos are being compiled without the rest of the band.

    Of course, to the rest of the world, nobody knows who these guys are. I’m kind of shocked how quickly it has spun out of control and backfired on David, even in the early stages, but I guess that happens sometimes.

  51. Oh, I don’t think the fan angst about David’s band is out of control. And I also bet the guys probably all laugh about it. anemicandholding – it is a very, very smal percentage of fans you are talking about. Most of us are just happy he’s working and travelling with such close friends who are also so very talented.

  52. Just because David has a few co-writes doesn’t mean that he is letting other people write his stuff for him. The presence of someone else in the writing credits doesn’t mean that his part is wiped out completely.

    Exactly. DC’s not like those pop stars that “co-write” a song by sitting in on a writing session and insisting on credit after changing one lyric or one note (cough Beyonce, cough). On DCTR, all of DC’s co-written songs, whether I like then or not, do sound distinctly “David Cook” to me.

    I’m kind of shocked how quickly it has spun out of control and backfired on David, even in the early stages, but I guess that happens sometimes.

    What’s spun out of control?

  53. anemicandholding

    EH, I see it differently. The people who’ve invented fan wars for and against band members are a tiny fraction of a small piece of a minute pie.

    David’s a midlevel music star and the number of people who know who his band is, let alone are overly “into” them, are tiny. Then again, the folks who make a career running around to every YouTube and thread complaining that some group of other fans are too into the band and are going to ruin everything are, if anything, more annoying.

    It IS certainly a drag for the larger group who enjoys watching Cook & band videos and interviews, etc, because the 2 dozen or so hardcore people who fanwar “for” and “against” his band certainly suck away a lot of fun and enjoyment from just watching a great guy and an awesome band.

    ETA:
    What’s spun out of control?
    Exactly. All this is in the minds of a handful of uberfans on twitter who spend time raging about who creates the setlists at the concerts of David Cook. The only thing out of control is fanwank.

  54. I think that David’s hair would sing this: http://bit.ly/124IKS

    He is so fucking charming it is unbelievable. And he truly is able to write whole albums without help examples are Analog Heart and the unreleased album which included A Daily AntheM and We’re Only Honest When We’re Sleeping. So we know David is capable and he is very serious about this new album. I think that writing with the band and the collaborations are all good things. I think that we will get some great songs.

  55. Oh, it’s not out of control to the real world . To the real world, Neal Tiemann is still the unidentified musician on the right. But how those vocal few view the band and what it will take for David’s band to grow up and be accepted as a “real band” is largely out of proportion with how the public and how David perceives the situation, and that’s why there exists some expectations about David and Neal (such as the ones that David has publicly addressed) that may not fit in line with the reality of the situation that David is facing. But that’s part of what’s behind the desire for some fans to not want David to write with other people (or I suspect, even himself) and instead rely mostly on other parts of the band.

  56. Something has spun out of control already? We are just beginning to get little tidbits about the writing process. That statement is puzzling to me. David is perfectly capable of handling the direction of his career and his music on his own. But, he grew up with sports in his life. He is a team player. I bet he loves the creative process as much as the result that comes from it. He seems so happy. What young rock artist wouldn’t be thrilled at the prospect of collective creativity with people they respect, whether they are from Tulsa, or elsewhere?

  57. anemic, I don’t recall seeing any commentary, anywhere, from people saying that they don’t want Cook solo-penned songs if that would mean that the band doesn’t get to co-write the whole album.

    I’ve heard people say that lots of bands write as a collective, and some people consider that to be a sign of band identity. I think it’s vastly overstated, but it’s not entirely untrue.

    I’ve heard people say that KOTN and Anodyne are some of their favorite songs and they want more like them as opposed to (DCTR product of sessions with co-writer X). That’s strictly a preference issue.

    And I’ve heard people say that they want less label interference in general, with the assumption being that writing with the band would be a good sign in that respect.

    So I really think that it is the most infintesimal fraction of people who feel the way that you describe. And so if promoting his band, which he has done for his own reasons, has “backfired” on Cook, then it has also backfired on any band or solo artist that has a strong identity and goes elsewhere for inspiration.

    ETA: Personally, I think Skib has a great voice, and I generally think having someone else doing backup is more likely to meet Cook’s musical goals (hard to sound “urgent” when you’ve multitracked your own vocals). But if there is a song where Peek makes more sense, use him. And if there’s a song where Cook singing a solo line makes sense, do that. I have faith in them to figure it out.

  58. He may be able to write an entire album by himself but as long as he’s signed to a major label it is NOT happening. Does anyone honestly expect RCA, who didn’t even release one of his own songs as a single to let him have that much control? Kelly and Chris Daughtry actually proved to be capable of writing actual hit songs and even they havent been granted that kind of freedom, David certainly wont be.

    Not going to get into the whole Neal thing because I’ve been pretty vocal about my indifference to him, but the last couple of days I’m also seeing lot of “OMGZ Andy better be prominent on this CD!” I want Andy singing backup!”. FWIW this mostly happening at the WNH. And for me? Andy is another one I can do without LOL I dont like his voice at ALL. The thing is fans may love the band and I have no doubt David loves his boys, but when it comes right down to it David is going to be RCA’s top priority, not the band.

  59. Well, I for one, love the Dr. and his mad skills, but DC said very early on that he is the boss, and has the last say. Neal is an important part, as are the rest of the band, but David is the one calling the shots imo. I don’t think Cookie or any artist for that matter would let a few, and I mean a very few, overly opinionated ‘fans’, change the direction of their creative process. Don’t box Cookie in darn it! Cookie… box… now I want an actual cookie! Lol!

  60. I don’t think Cookie or any artist for that matter would let a few, and I mean a very few, overly opinionated ‘fans’, change the direction of their creative process.

    There you have the crux of it. Both the factions who see themselves for and against various band members want to dictate who the poor guy sings with, how his songs are written, what format they’re in, who produces his records, and above all, to emerge victorious in online combat with other fans who annoy them.

    We’ll see if they have energy left over to enjoy the music he actually puts out . . .

  61. “David is going to be RCA’s top priority, not the band.” I am ok with that. For me it is about David and his voice. The rest is secondary imo. Don’t get me wrong, I love his band, but for me it’s about David. Ya, I am in the camp of let David and the label worry about the particulars, I just want to enjoy the outcome! And if David’s voice is on it, I will indeed enjoy the music!

    ETA: Lol at the song choices that David’s hair might be singing! That was fun! Glad my comment about his hair singing to me, brought about some clever posting! You all are great! For the record though, I am a fan of his backside as well!….Blushes….

  62. For the record though, I am also a fan of his backside as well!…. Blushes….

    It’s singing to us, too. I think I can hear, “Climb Every Mountain.” The hills are also alive with the sound of music.

    Why, yes, I can lower the tone, thank you.

  63. The band stuff can be annoying. I have to admit it has annoyed the heck out of me. And I like the band every member and I want David to write with them and I want them to stay together. And I am annoyed by it. Having said that I am going to work diligently to ignore it. I will not take the bait because a lot of it is bait and posters trying to stir things up. It really has nothing to do with the band or David. In truth I love the direction this band is going in, I like that fact that David has said he is writing with the band, and that he is writing with others. I am very happy that they are going to be with him for this next album. It is all good. : )

  64. That interview about Extreme Makeover and his plans for his new album was great. I definitely have heard comments from some people who think that Cook should write everything with Neal but fortunately, that’s not the general sentiment. Cook has a terrific band, so whatever imput they have in the album (whether it’s Neal co-writing or Andy singing) will be great, but not absolutely necessary IMO. Of all the bandmember collabs, I’m actually most interested in what Kyle might bring to the table.

    I think it’s great that Cook is openminded enough to collaborate with others, but I’m also hoping that RCA accepts at least 3 or 4 of his solo writes on his next album. Strangely, one of my favorite collaborations on his last album was the Bjorkland, Lind and Malloy collaborations that gave us Lie and LOTM (I’m ignoring the fact that they also wrote CBTM, since it was without David!). I also think a metal (or nu metal) collab would be interesting, but I’m not sure if Cook is into that. Anyway, regardless of what theme they end up with, I think that figuring out better ways for Cook to showcase his amazing vocals will be a very imporatant ingredient in the success of his next album. Can’t wait.

  65. OK, I am just passing briefly through and I need to read more of the comments but… *hugs* thread. Love him, that is all. Be back later, lol.

  66. I adore the band members too but it’s not the end of the world if none of Dave’s collabs with them end up on the record because in the end it is about Dave anyway.

    sunchick-love your middle of the night posts. Hee

    Can’t wait for Sunday! :)

  67. 123abc456

    Hoorah and well said! I will attempt to follow your good example!

  68. Oh gulp! ABC has been running lots of commercials for EMHE but dayum they just showed one I never saw before and there was some massive armporn, and he was carrying huge pieces of wood. Excuse me, I need a moment.

  69. ABC has been running lots of commercials for EMHE but dayum they just showed one I never saw before and there was some massive armporn, and he was carrying huge pieces of wood. Excuse me, I need a moment.

    And here I thought it was safe to check back in while drinking a lovely glass of water… *pppfffttt*, there goes the water. LOL!

    (Wishing that you had video of that so I could see too, hee)

  70. LOL, you guys at the “hair songs.” Can somebody animate David’s hair and have it sing “Whataya Want From Me” as ladymadonna suggested? Because that would probably make my life complete. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if one of these days David does something similar himself. I swear sometimes he leaves his bangs long and stringy just to f*ck with people.

    Re the writing process, I think as long as he’s working with folks he respects, who stir his creative juices, it’s a good thing. One decent song can spur an idea for a brilliant one down the road. And I hope he gets a chance to just jam with some of these people and see what comes about. If I read those interviews correctly, he’s approaching this album much less as a task that needs to be completed and more as an artistic venture.

    Personally, I’m hoping for an over-riding theme that originates from him (or the process) and results in a dozen or so songs of varying tempos and instrumentation. I’m not expecting a “concept album” per se, but one where each song has a genuine purpose for being on the album and where the sum of all of those songs together is much greater than any one or two singles (which we know have to be great) on their own.

  71. I adore the band members too but it’s not the end of the world if none of Dave’s collabs with them end up on the record because in the end it is about Dave anyway.

    Heh, that’s where I am… I got to be very fond of the band over the five shows I went to, but I am there to see David Cook and as long as I can have David Cook (well, his music, clearly I can’t have *him*)… I’m good.

    Dang, I really want more music. Like now. I am a greedy little booger, I tell ya.

  72. The only thing out of control is fanwank.

    Heh, love ya maturin. I mean, I’ve heard rumblings of this discussion, but TBH, maybe cuz I’m not on fanboards, or maybe it’s cuz I just read some stuff and let them slide, but I never knew there was some big fanwar over the bad. I just assumed the fanwanking was, per usual, due to very small vocal groups and ignored it all, so I was a little surprised at the strong word choices (out of control, talk of things backfiring, etc.)

    At the end of the day, while it’s interesting (for the most part) to voice your preferences/hopes/dreams for the record and read about others’, for me, they’re <i?just preferences. Some will come to pass, some won’t. It’s okay to have ponies at this stage, but I don’t really expect all my exact ponies to show up, and I won’t really care in 6 months or so as long as long as the end result is good. That’s my philosophy anyways. We don’t own David Cook. I hope that’s an obvious statement…

  73. Ahhh the dead horse which is David Cook’s hair. All I can say about it is that not everyone in the planet is blessed with good locks. But I think God more than made up for it in Cook’s case by giving him good looks, great talent and more than that, a wonderful heart.

    Well said! His big heart and his humbleness besides his amazing voice are what I love most about DC.

  74. Man, I’m so glad I don’t use Twitter. I have enough drama in my life. :D

  75. Someone on twitter did post this gem in response to people stating what they wanted David to do: “David Cook is an artist; he is not the Customer Service Department at Wal-Mart”

  76. The people who’ve invented fan wars for and against band members are a tiny fraction of a small piece of a minute pie

    Completely agree. And they are far, far less distracting from the fun of watching a talented and pretty admirable guy reach for something big if you defollow them on twitter and skip their posts I’ve found.

    One of the things I’ve always admired about Dave is that he seems like someone who approaches every new experience as a chance to learn and grow as a musician and a performer. I’m just imagining him totally picking the brains of every person he is getting the chance to co-write with. And as someone who is still a relative newbie in the world of major label music, that’s probably going to serve him very well in the long run. He’s got lots and lots of years ahead of him to write on his own or just with his band IMO.

    He’s fucking charming even talking about the weather.

    I know, right? I could probably listen to him talk about waste water treatment and find it charming.

  77. Someone on twitter did post this gem in response to people stating what they wanted David to do: “David Cook is an artist; he is not the Customer Service Department at Wal-Mart”

    :D I love that one.

  78. Seriously, people, let the guy breathe. If folks are really out there fanwaring over the tiny tiny tidbits we have about the very early stages of songwriting, that singles that this might be a good time for such people to take a Cookie break. Just step away from the Idol for a minute. He’ll be here when you get back.

  79. So after Trina hyperventilated about the promo with David carrying really big pieces of wood, I turned ABC on in the background (the benefits from working remotely from home). They’ve run 3 different promos in the last 90-minutes, all featuring the Rainbow and various shots of construction-worker Dave in his little white hardhat. I just caught a succulent glimpse of the Rock-Flag-Eagle tat as he troweled up some mortar to do some decorative stone work. Very studly. Sunday cannot come fast enough.

  80. Are there any Tubey links to these promos? I saw one of the (early) Rainbow ones, but missed the others.

  81. So after Trina hyperventilated about the promo with David carrying really big pieces of wood, I turned ABC on in the background (the benefits from working remotely from home). They’ve run 3 different promos in the last 90-minutes, all featuring the Rainbow and various shots of construction-worker Dave in his little white hardhat. I just caught a succulent glimpse of the Rock-Flag-Eagle tat as he troweled up some mortar to do some decorative stone work. Very studly. Sunday cannot come fast enough.

    OMG, I don’t even normally think of DC that way… but wanna see these promos!! I know the show is on Sunday, so pretty soon we’ll see the whole thing… but I NEVER watch ABC on the weekend– in fact I’m usually out and about and not watching TV at all, so I’m hoping someone posts some of these on youtubey soon… please :)?

  82. Oh, and ladym, heads up, if you’re still around, someone in the headlines post asked a number question about the sales boosts the Davids got last year when AI came back on air. Thought you might have the info on hand (I feel like this was asked and answered very recently…)

  83. Thanks sma11ie – I’ll check the headlines. Asked and answered just yesterday actually. I’ll copy/paste my last post if someone didn’t beat me to it.

  84. Someone on twitter did post this gem in response to people stating what they wanted David to do: “David Cook is an artist; he is not the Customer Service Department at Wal-Mart”

    I love this with the power of 10,000 suns. Also, somebody’s green eyeshade is slipping today, lol.

  85. I just caught a succulent glimpse of the Rock-Flag-Eagle tat as he troweled up some mortar to do some decorative stone work

    And here I was still stuck on the armporn and huge piece of wood.

    So what are we going to be doing more of on Sunday? Cry or objectify him drool? I’m thinking it may be a tossup.

  86. So what are we going to be doing more of on Sunday? Cry or objectify him drool? I’m thinking it may be a tossup.

    I say we can do both. Because he is, after all, awfully purty ;) (Really, though, I was hooked on him anyway but the Race for Hope speech last year… well, if I ever had any thought of quitting him, nope, not after that).

    I just caught a succulent glimpse of the Rock-Flag-Eagle tat as he troweled up some mortar to do some decorative stone work

    ~Runs to turn on ABC~

  87. Also, somebody’s green eyeshade is slipping today, lol.

    Proud to be a bean-counter for Cook.

  88. I’m really jealous of people who can run to catch the gun show on TV right now. I’m still stuck at work. *pouts*

  89. I’m really jealous of people who can run to catch the gun show on TV right now.

    Alas, I was thwarted by a Nicktoons watching 6 yr old who has a bad cold and is not feeling very accommodating, lol.

  90. Alas, I was thwarted by a Nicktoons watching 6 yr old

    Which is yet another reason to have dogs instead of kids. No opposable thumbs on the furry ones. If they did, I’d be watching Animal Planet 24/7.

    ETA: Is it sad that I just got a big ole smile on my face after I remembered that the Brazilian Word Nerds would probably have vids of the commercials up by the time I get home? How DO they do that? Sometimes, I think that if we had put the BWNs in charge of national security, we would have captured Bin Laden by now — complete with video of how the capture went down on YouTube in like 6.7 second after it happened. *shakes head in awe*

  91. Is it sad that I just got a big ole smile on my face after I remembered that the Brazilian Word Nerds would probably have vids of the commercials up by the time I get home?

    I follow them on Twitter and figure they don’t miss a thing… so I just check there when I get a chance to see what they found, lol. They are amazing, it’s crazy.

  92. So what are we going to be doing more of on Sunday? Cry or objectify him drool?

    I’ve been tearing up just reading the damned interviews so it’s going to be objectification city for me on Sunday. I deserve to get something out of this.

    Okay, that’s a lie — I’ll probably be an embarrassing mess.

    The interviews really have been terrific though. And it appears that “lofty” is holding on as one of those “I don’t think that word means what you think it means and yet, I like the way you use it” words. Sometimes I think he uses words because he likes the way they sound even more than for what they mean.

    As for what he’s working on, I feel oddly zen about the whole thing. Maybe it’s because he sounds so happy or maybe it’s because we’ve had a whole year of reinforcement that a substantial number of record and ticket buying people just plain like hearing him make music, but I do think this album is going to be good. I have my preferences for co-writers, producers and musical styles but I also love music in a lot of different flavors and that seems to be one of David’s strengths — he can make all sorts of songs sound amazing.

    So zen is good, because if I start thinking about the nitty gritty of this record and what’s at stake, it gets waaaay to intense. I don’t want commercial pap but I do want him to have a hit; I do want him to have some control but I don’t want him to feel like the whole weight of the record is on him; I want him to write with people he feels comfortably with, especially if he’s writing in a particularly open and/or therapeutic way but I’d love to hear him do something new and different. I also want a pony.

    So yeah, I’m zenning here. Zen, zen, zen.

    I think it’s a good thing I don’t twitter at him. Or anyone, actually.

  93. Noctem, I know that Silver, The Truth and Daily Anthem – all with superior melodies, I concur – are songs for which he had sole writing credit. The less melodically interesting songs you listed – again, I concur – are all cowriting credits (I think). Perhaps Cook isn’t the problem. Sometimes too many cooks spoil the broth (or at least make it a little generic tasting)? I can see another writer wanting to take advantage of Cook’s big old glory notes and plaintive wails, to the detriment of the song sometimes. Who knows? Interesting discussion…

  94. I just wanted to add that I think that Cook significantly improved upon the original melodies of several of his idol songs. I’m thinking specifically about “The World I Know” and “All I Really Need is You”.

  95. Cook seems to have a penchant for writing long, draggy choruses.

    Yeah, I can see that — or rather hear it — and it can’t be a surprise, because they fit his voice. He has that volume and power that demands long phrasing to do it justice. Although it’s an interesting question — does he write long, drawn out phrases because he *can* sing them or because he’s more comfortable singing that way, and he can’t do choppy, bouncy phrasing as well?

    But then he’s also got the wordy side to his writing, so he seems to pack all the words into the verses and let the voice go long on the choruses. I do like some of his choruses though — love “Declaration” and the building chorus in “Searchlights” is fantastic, IMO.

    professional songwriters will be able to help Cook craft some killer melodies which he will need if he’s going to have bonafied hits this time around, and they will turn the lyric-writing and song conceptualization over to Cook himself.

    I’d be okay with that. I agree that melody is one thing I struggle with on DCTR — I don’t like “Mr. Sensitive” or “Life On the Moon” much at all, and the only parts of “Make Believe” I like are the lyrics and that punch of rhythm at the end — love that bit. “Lie” and “Avalanche” have gorgeous melodies though. And to reverse the pattern, the melody in “The Truth” is all in the chorus — it’s the versus that are a little one-note is gorgeous (I just sang the song in my head and changed my mind — there’s actually a lot of melody in the verse). So I don’t think Cook is stuck in a box — or at least, not the one he may have been stuck in a wee bit while rushing out DCTR1.

    I don’t know — I just feel he has the talent and he has the resources to create great music and best of all he has a brain like sponge. If he soaks up the right lessons from the right people, the songs will be terrific.

  96. Well, Make Believe is all David, I think. Maybe the band helped him tweak it, but he said he wrote it on an airplane, so I’m guessing main melody is all him. But you’re right, suenigma, the rest are co-writes.

    What I find funny is that I distinctly recall someone a month ago saying that Make Believe has a great chorus, but the melody of the verses tends to meander. And here noctem thinks it’s the chorus that needs work, lol. Funny how we all hear different things.

    Though, I kind of thought The Truth, Silver, Lie (though not as much), AdaM and Permanent also had wailing in the choruses.

  97. Sometimes too many cooks spoil the broth (or at least make it a little generic tasting)?

    That’s a good point. It’s tough with co-writes (real ones, not vanity ones) to know who contributes what. I wasn’t around when DCTR1 was in production, but did anyone talk about how the *co-writers* approached writing with David? Did they get demos of his stuff and then decide, “Okay, this is the way this guy writes and sings, so we’ll do it this way” (and they were all influenced more or less the same way) or did they bring their own thing to the table and make it a real collaboration?

    Writing with someone you don’t know always seems so odd to me. I’m sure it can and does work, but it just seems really strange. I do think with this extra year of being in the business and knowing some of these people now as at least acquaintances if not friends is going to be really helpful though.

  98. But but but “Make Believe” has a killer, super hooky chorus!

    Can we make believe
    That we still believe
    In anything
    You know that all that I am
    Is in the palm of your hand
    So make believe that you give a damn
    And make believe (boom, boom, boom)

    Heh.

    ETA: Zarita — No, not at all! I seriously dig that song. TBH, I’m not a huge fan of the lyrics but it’s just a ridiculous earworm to me.

  99. Zarita: Though, I kind of thought The Truth, Silver, Lie (though not as much), AdaM and Permanent also had wailing in the choruses.

    True, to a certain extent, but not at the sacrifice of of the underlying melody, in my opinion. I think “Make Believe” is still a work in progress, and he was very nervous when he sang it the first time in public – his voice was rather sharp & strained to my ears. It think that it has gotten better with repeat performances. I’ll withhold judgement until I hear the final, recorded version.

  100. Wow, totally disagree. Notwithstanding some of the amateur instrument playing and back sound mixing, I think much of the Axium stuff has a very hooky, melodic undercurrent. It shone through the teenage boy thrashing, pseudo-grunge, despite their best attempts to subvert it. I still say the evidence thus far supports that Cook can hone a pretty damn fine melody on his own.

  101. noctem, I tend to agree with you with regard to the Axium songs — which were heavily influenced (it seems to me) by the local indie music scene at the time and melody wasn’t what those guys were putting their focus on.

    With regard to DCTR, I thought there were some strong melodies/choruses on a number of songs actually, but within the context of an entire album, they were hampered somewhat by the overuse of the Cook wail / glory noting in the choruses. (Like you, I thought the wail worked well in some songs like Mr. Sensitive, Declaration, etc., but took away from the song in others (LOTM, being a prime example for me, which is too bad because it’s a very good tune). It just felt like a pop A&R dude, not knowing what to do with a rock singer, thought, hey I know, let’s make him glory note his way through all the choruses! So, the end result for me anyway, is that I liked some choruses a lot but then got irked by the same formula coming through time and time again — like a lot of things on DCTR (such as song structure). By the way, you forgot to include Breathe Tonight. Good song, but damn, that’s one wailey chorus.

    (Gosh, I sound like I don’t like the album at all! I actually like it A LOT but some songs that weren’t in my top tier (e.g., I Did It For You) definitely highlighted the overuse of some formulas within the context of the entire album.)

  102. noctem, you don’t think any of the songs on Axium’s
    Blindsided album , such as Hold, Leave Behind, Just In Case and Therapy are melodious or the acoustic version of Somber from a demo record ? I don’t have a musical bone in my body, so maybe I just don’t know better, but I find those songs to have nice melodies, as well as some others I didn’t mention.

  103. The choruses are generally what make or break a Cook song for me, but I don’t think it is an issue of whether he wails or doesn’t wail. I usually like the verses of all of his songs, but I’ve noticed that the songs that I’m lukewarm about are the ones where the choruses and the verses do not seem to be in synch or do not flow together. I didn’t notice it that much in Analog Heart, so I’m not sure it’s all Cook. It’s possible that he just might like that style, since I also feel that way about Barbasol, or it could be a Neal influence (e.g. Make Me comes to mind). However, I also think that Breathe tonight, Souvenir and Mr. Sensitive all suffer from a similar problem and some of those songs are fan favorites (although Mr. Sensitive has many other redeeming qualities, IMO). Therefore, it all really comes down to personal taste. I actually like Declaration’s chorus!

  104. offside
    01/08/2010 at 9:07 pm
    noctem, you don’t think any of the songs on Axium’s
    Blindsided album , such as Hold, Leave Behind, Just In Case and Therapy are melodious or the acoustic version of Somber from a demo record ? I don’t have a musical bone in my body, so maybe I just don’t know better, but I find those songs to have nice melodies, as well as some others I didn’t mention.

    Exactly Offside! I would include Incarcerate, etc. And I even think Feed Your Ego has a great hook. Within Axium’s genre of music (Indie, Neo-grunge, Hard Rock, whatever) there are actually some very melodic little gems in there. I’d love to hear Cook do an accoustic set of Axium songs, with his improved musicianship and more nuanced voice. I also think that Cook’s “Makeover” and the elusive “Optimistic to a Fault” are well-constructed, melodic songs.

    My original point was that Noctem listed 3 exclusively Cook penned tunes with good melodies, and then about 5 DCTR songs with more generic/inferior melodies, which were all, save one, co-writes, and then extrapolated this to say that Cook’s melodies were improved by co-writing with other artists. I just didn’t follow the logic.

    I actually agree with many of the points he makes about DCTR’s relative merits and flaws, I guess I just disagree with the conclusion. It’s all good.

  105. Wow, good to have u back, noctem, great discussion stimulated! I hilariously find myself agreeing both with your posts and suenigmas– to the point where I don’t know anymore if the DC songs that lack good melodies are his fault or not… But I agree with your critiques– I’ve thought from day one of hearing it that Make Believe is a cool jam band song to hear live, the kinda song that a band throws together on the road, but not a hit single or even that good an album track. From Axium’s prolific catalog of what, 3 studio albums and more live ones plus demos, I would only be able to pick maybe a handful of songs with great melodies. A lot of DCTR suffers from not enough melody. Point is, bring on the co-writes! But I hope DC has some great solo songs on there as well, as he is capable, as proven on the best AH and Axium songs.

    I would include Incarcerate.

    I like that song too, but it’s a bit drab– anyway, I’m quite sure Jeff Shrout wrote that one by himself.

  106. Okay. That took a while. I’ve been busy all day and just finished reading all 120+ posts. All I have to say is you guyz are very enlightening. Here’s what I got.

    1. Fans think Neal feeds David and changes his clothes. Wait, no they don’t because nobody knows who Neal is.

    2. If David cowrites then he’s not Kings of Leon, Beyonce, or Jason Mraz. But then his songs sound like other peoples. Wait, no they don’t because he’s so distinct.

    3. David’s hair sings the classics, and David + wood= good.

    4. David has long melodies, no melodies and good melodies.

    5. I should be in bed.

  107. All I have to say is you guyz are very enlightening.

    LOL! Why do I have a sudden visual of David Cook fandom as thousands of people marching in lock step… in seventeen different directions *away* from each other.

    Ah well. a) Group think is creepy boring and b) talk is cheap — as a form of entertainment, anyway. : )

  108. LOL! Why do I have a sudden visual of David Cook fandom as thousands of people marching in lock step… in seventeen different directions *away* from each other.

    But at least we can always come back for a group hug ;)

  109. Lol. On another note I was eating breakfast and EMHE was on. The guy was a marine with a fake leg. And all the marines on the show we’re crying. So if those tough guys can’t make it without crying I’m doomed.

  110. 4. David has long melodies, no melodies and good melodies

    He’s such an eclectic artist :)

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