David Cook’s ‘Time of My Life” Wins Song Of The Year at the Nashville Music Awards

Hooray magic rainbow!

David Cook’s winners single, “The Time of My Life” nabbed Song of the Year at the Nashville Music Awards last night, according to CMT.com.

Read about it HERE.

The announcement was made at an event at the Cannery ballroom near Nashville’s music row.

Debuting at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2008, “The Time of My Life” has sold more than 1M downloads. The song peaked at #1 on the Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, and remained there for 11 weeks. “The Time of My Life” was used during the 2008 Summer Olympics games. A few months later, David performed it on Oprah Winfrey’s 2008 premiere, honoring the Olympic gold medalists.

Songwriter Regie Hamm entered the song “Time Of My Life” to the Season 7 songwriters contest at the encouragement of his wife Yolanda. After the song was played during the 2008 Winter Olympics in China, Hamm wrote a blog about how the challenges his family faced after adopting a special needs child from China inspired him to write “The Time of My Life”.

A big congratulations to both David Cook and Regie Hamm…

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100 Comments

  1. COOKIE!

    And ppl said that ToML sucked…

    No, This Is My Now sucks.

  2. Congrats to David and Reggie Hamm, who btw cowrote Phil Stacey’s “It’s Gotta Be Love” on his “Into the Light” cd. TOML was also used at a “So You Think You Can Dance” this past season; I believe also at “America’s Got Talent,” when they were running a segment; and I may be wrong, but I think “Dancing With the Stars” also used it at some point. I think it is the best coronation song so far that Idol has had.

  3. Wow thanks MJ for this thread. The Magic Rainbow is a great song that will always remind me when David Cook won Idol. IMO it is the best coronation song ever from AI but I think others might disagree. Thanks again for the thread.

  4. Wow. I didn’t know this was considered a country song.

    I believe Regie Hamm is from Nashville.

  5. Wow, that’s quite an honor! Congratulations to Regie and David.

  6. Sniff. Seems like only yesterday I first heard TOML and predicted it would be the worst, most embarrassing coronation song to date…oops ! I’ve grown to love it though <3

  7. Wow. I didn’t know this was considered a country song.

    I believe Regie Hamm is from Nashville.

    Does that automatically make the song “Country”? I don’t hear anything Country about it, honestly. But hey, WTG Magic Rainbow that could! Whoot! This is truly the coronation song that went above and beyond its original purpose.

  8. Good Singer … Crappy Song.. There’s hope for all Idol’s.. :-)

  9. Here are the current mediabase stats (audience impressions & spins) for the week ending Oct. 7 For “Time of My Life” with accumulated totals in parentheses.

    AI: 9.891 (2,116.664)
    Spins: 1651 (285,498)
    AC: 1097 (127,662)
    HAC: 346 (66,005)
    Pop: 216 (23,665)
    AAA: 0 (7)

    That’s a a lot of spins, and it’s still getting airplay over 16 months after its release. I just love that little rainbow.

  10. Does that automatically make the song ‘Country’ ? I don’t hear anything Country about it, honestly.

    These don’t appear to be just country awards since some of the nominees in various categories are Paramore, Kings of Leon, Safetysuit, Erin Mccarley etc. Here is the link to the nominees and winners:

    http://www.nashvillemusicawards.com/

  11. Awwww. Congrats David Cook, Reggie Hamm and The Magic Rainbow That Will Never Die. Too hilarious it won for songwriting. Guess there wasn’t a category for “best vocal performance salvaging an otherwise lame song”.

  12. Guess there wasn’t a category for ‘best vocal performance salvaging an otherwise lame song’ .

    No kidding. I only recently took a listen to the version Reggie Hamm sings himslef, and it made me appreciate David’s vocals on an entirely different level. I couldn’t even make it through the whole song when it wasn’t him singing.

  13. Even if the lyrics are somewhat hokey – David’s vocals brings a certain earnest seen-it-all vibe to the song. It probably helped that he was exhausted when he sang it. If you just listen to his voice without worrying about any of the cliches – it just feels both soothing and uplifting.

  14. Wow, Magic Rainbow’s not playing! This song is almost scary in its tenacity :)

    MAJOR kudos go to David for transforming it into something palatable.

  15. I always felt like I was the only one who truly liked this song. lol. Hey, I’m a sucker for cheese. Well-sung cheese. Anyway, I think even Archie admitted in a past interview, that he kinda hoped he wouldn’t win cuz his recording of “ToML” sounded so bad/corny (of course, according to him). He mentioned that Cook’s voice gave it that oomph. I totally agree.

  16. Wow. I didn’t know this was considered a country song.

    It’s the Nashville Music Awards, not the Nashville Country Music awards. All types of music comes out of Nashville, not just country music.

  17. There were ten songs in contention for Song of the Year at The Nashville Music Awards, from all sorts of genres

    Here’s the list of nominees:

    SONG OF THE YEAR
    ‘The Climb’  Miley Cyrus
    Writers: Jessi Alexander / Jon Mabe
    ‘Decode’  Paramore
    Writers: Josh Farro / Hayley Williams / Taylor York
    ‘Give Me Your Eyes’  Brandon Heath
    Writer: Brandon Heath / Jason Ingram
    ‘I Run to You’  Lady Antebellum
    Writers: Dave Haywood / Charles Kelley / Hillary Scott / Tom Douglas
    ‘In Color’  Jamey Johnson
    Writers: Jamey Johnson / Lee Thomas Miller / James Otto
    ‘The Motions’  Matthew West
    Writer: Jason Houser / San Mizell / Matthew West
    ‘Old Enough’  The Raconteurs
    Writers: Brendan Benson / Jack White III
    ‘Sex on Fire’  Kings of Leon
    Writers: The Followills (Caleb, Nathan, Jared, Matthew)
    ‘The Time of My Life’  David Cook
    Writer: Regie Hamm

    ‘White Horse’  Taylor Swift
    Writers: Taylor Swift / Liz Rose

    “Time of my Life” also was listed as a winner on September 25th of this year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), a separate award.

    · Regie Hamm (‘Time Of My Life’  ‘“ David Cook)

    http://midtntoday.blogspot.com/2009/09/nsai-winners.html

    Haven’t figured out the links thing yet, sorry.

  18. Anyway, I think even Archie admitted in a past interview, that he kinda hoped he wouldn’t win cuz his recording of ‘ToML’  sounded so bad/corny (of course, according to him).

    Aww, I think Archie was being self-deprecating as ever. He joked in an interview with Michael Slezak that he thought an actual magic rainbow would appear behind him were he to sing the magic rainbow lyric. Funny guy, that one.

  19. It’s a great performance, IMO, not a great song.

    Well, when stacked up against the likes of NoBo, This is My Now and Inside Your Heaven, it’s practically a modern masterpiece.

  20. LOL Keel, I definitely agree with that, but that’s not saying much :)

    I really love David’s performance of that song, he saved it. The winning moment and him singing that song are one of the best Idol memories I’ll ever have. It was so touching and emotional.

  21. Go Magic Rainbow!

    Although, as noted when Ryan Star serenaded DC with ToML: It’s not Magic Rainbow unless David Cook is singing it.

  22. The Nashville Music Awards are awarded based on popular vote using online balloting. So, congratulations to the fans!! American Idol fans can online vote! It’s a great performance,

    You had to fill out the entire, many paged ballot. Hard to spam. I didn’t bother because it wasn’t important to me. If it were the Grammys, I might have given it a shot.

  23. Don’t forget how many times it got played during the Olympic coverage!

  24. David totally made that song credible. Even though on the night of the finale, I almost plotzed when I heard the words “magic rainbow” come out of his mouth. He sang the hell (or the cheese) out of it.

  25. I never understood why the David Cook fans thought this song was so awful. I didn’t watch AI the year of Archie and David. My first introduction to TOML was on top 40 radio and I liked it instantly.

    I think maybe the audience outside of AI liked it more than the followers. It played constantly on the radio station I listened to and I thought it was one of the best idol coronation songs.

  26. Congratulations. I wasn’t aware of a big fan push for voting, but I might have missed it. It was popular on AC stations too, those people might have voted for it as well.

  27. I never understood why the David Cook fans thought this song was so awful. I didn’t watch AI the year of Archie and David. My first introduction to TOML was on top 40 radio and I liked it instantly.

    Amen to this! ^ ^ ^

    I really like the song, too. Most people hated the magic rainbow line, but after hearing why it’s in the song (Regie Hamm talked about it in an interview – how he was saying that there are no metaphorical “magic” rainbows” in life that will take care of all your troubles but that people need to find their happiness within their families) I totally get it. I guess most idol fans don’t.

  28. Congrats to David and Regie. I know that it was said that this is not a country Award but I think most people outside of Nashville will associate an award with Nashville in it as Country award…I always thought this was one of the better coronation songs and David singing on it gives it credibility as a good Rock/Pop song. I hope David (Actually both Davids) wins a few Grammy’s too!

  29. Don’t forget how many times it got played during the Olympic coverage!

    IIRC, not that many? I remember two times not including the Oprah performance (maybe it was three).
    I think it was mainly Oprah anointing it a staple of the Olympic Games that made it seem like it got huge Olympic coverage.

  30. It was popular on AC stations too, those people might have voted for it as well.

    Yes. It was very popular. Rather one considered a good song or just a good performance of a bad song, overall it was just good.

  31. I never thought most fans hated the song. There was some teasing about the rainbow line, thus the affectionate nickname, Magic Rainbow.

    Myself I cringed when they gave him the song to sing on the finale, as usually the coronation song is awful, but after he sang it a couple of times afterwards, it got better and better, and the recorded version is, like someone said, soothing and warm. It goes down easy, and it’s his voice, I think, that makes it great, but it’s not a bad song to start with except for a little hokey.

  32. Congrats David and Regie!! TOML is best selling coronation song. I love, love this song and I love, love David’s winning moment. tears..

  33. I don’t dislike the song, myself. I’m just aware that it’s not David’s type of thing and so it’s kind of bittersweet that this is the first piece of work that he contributed to on this level that earned platinum. It’s like there’s a mental asterisk next to the achievement.

  34. I was just reading through Regie Hamm’s blogs. Pretty interesting reading. I had no idea that TOML apparently won the songwriting contest with over a half a million votes, there was some big thing going on about how many thought the contest was rigged, Carrie Underwoods sister was his daughters kindergarten teacher (hows that for a small world?), he said TOML was used 7 times for the Olympics, and it sounds like the couple of times he met David it was very brief to the point they barely had a conversation. By the time I got to the end of this blog I’m all weepy, especially the part about the autistic children dancing to the song
    http://regiehamm.com/blog/?p=149#more-149
    He makes a comment at the end regarding how he heard David doesn’t sing it in concert, that he doesnt blame him since hes a rock star but then says something about how when your given a gift you should recognize and embrace the beauty of it. Um yeah ok. I’d say in this case that beauty is THE VOICE that brought that song to life.

  35. Oh this makes me happy. I have rewatched David’s winning moment so many times. It is so special! I love hearing him sing this song. The acoustic version he did is esp. nice. Cook really sold the song and made it work.

  36. Reminder:

    I would have never imagined this simple little post would spark a fan war. Posts deleted.

    Please people. Give it a rest.

  37. Awwww. That is great news. I love me some Cookie and TOML, magic rainbows and all, touched a lot of people. I personally think it was the best coronation song in 8 seasons. Doesn’t hurt that David Cook is the one that sang it either. That moment behind the judges with his shirt half open, tears in his eyes, and surrounded by the other contestants remains one of my favorite idol moments ever. I can’t hear the song without picturing him in that joyous moment.

  38. I don’t dislike the song, myself. I’m just aware that it’s not David’s type of thing and so it’s kind of bittersweet that this is the first piece of work that he contributed to on this level that earned platinum. It’s like there’s a mental asterisk next to the achievement.

    I’m not crazy about the magic rainbow, but there are worse songs.

    But, I’ve always looked at it as a double edged sword. It set up an image of David to the public that wasn’t true to the type of artist he really is. Like, the success of TOML was a hole he was going to have to dig out of. ‘

  39. Good point, MJ. However, I still have to celebrate the song getting this. From what I understand, there were controls on the voting to only allow one vote per person. I know I only voted once. I am glad it’s getting recognition, on however local a level. There was some pretty good competition.

  40. I didn’t vote at all. [Slinks off, like the bad fan that she is. Can’t even vote-ho properly…. Sigh. Stupid real life.]

  41. The Nashville Music Awards are awarded based on popular vote using online balloting. So, congratulations to the fans!! American Idol fans can online vote! It’s a great performance, IMO, not a great song.

    It’s quite possible that there were a lot of Regie Hamm fans that voted for the song. When TOML won the coronation song competition – I looked at his myspace and there were congratulations from his fans that had voted for it then.

    I’m a David Cook fan – but I didn’t vote in this. I saw that I would have to vote in other categories in which I knew none of the competitors – and I didn’t want to vote randomly.

  42. There’s magic in them thar rainbows. It’s one of the great mysteries of the universe….David Cook’s raspy rock vocals + an AI coronation song writing contest winning tune with magic rainbow in the lyrics = record setting, epic homage to tasting every moment and living out loud that will never, ever die? Apparently so. Huh. Well, you know, who am I to question it. Hell, I still get a bit misty eyed when I hear it. You go with your bad ass self Skittles Song.

    (I didn’t vote either. *ouch*)

    ETA: Eh, though I have no desire to hear him sing it again, I don’t think it’s a big hurdle to overcome, really, or that he should be ashamed that his coronation tune is weirdly popular. As his original stuff gets out there, I’m sure people realize that like any other AI coronation tune, that song was a moment in time kind of thing. And it’s not like Cook is never going to sing a ballad ever again. They’ll just be ballads in the vein of his own songwriting, like Lie and Avalanche.

  43. But, I’ve always looked at it as a double edged sword. It set up an image of David to the public that wasn’t true to the type of artist he really is. Like, the success of TOML was a hole he was going to have to dig out of.

    ITA. A friend bought his cd because she loved Magic Rainbow, and then was very disappointed in the rest of it. I was all, well, you watched the show — what did you think he was going to sound like? But she just said the cd was too shouty and loud for her and she only liked TOML. So… Definitely a double-edged sword. But, hey, he can always say he had a #1 single, and I hope he made some money off it, anyway.

    I guess by the time Cook’s career is sorted out, this will all be moot. And, seriously, it’s no worse than that horrid Armageddon song that Aerosmith sang or Bryan Adams’ Robin Hood song. Everybody has something sappy and schmaltzy in their past, right?

  44. But, I’ve always looked at it as a double edged sword. It set up an image of David to the public that wasn’t true to the type of artist he really is. Like, the success of TOML was a hole he was going to have to dig out of.

    Yep, I brought my sister to a show and she couldn’t believe he was singing rock and not ballads. So… no shock that he doesn’t play it. It isn’t at all what he wants to do. But the Magic Rainbow shall not die… and I am very fond of it anyway. Like it was said earlier in the thread, it brings back very sweet memories of teary-eyed Cookie’s winning moment. And hubby’s eye roll as I jumped out of my chair and hollered like a fool. Ha! Off to watch video of the finale again, lol…

  45. It’s not Magic Rainbow unless David Cook is singing it.

    Amen my friend. Heh

    I’m very thrilled for David winning this award, but I’m glad he’s not performing on tour.

  46. It’s not Magic Rainbow unless David Cook is singing it.

    And that is the truth right there. It’s all about that voice :) .

    but I’m glad he’s not performing on tour.

    But yes, I don’t want to hear that voice sing that song at the shows. It would be… jarring!

  47. It kinda makes me sad that David doesn’t want to sing this song anymore. He’s so good at taking covers of songs and putting his own spin on them – I don’t see why he couldn’t do that with TOML. Rock it out a little, and get rid of the magic rainbow line altogether. It could be awesome, and he could make it fit his style.

  48. Another win for the Magic Rainbow? This aint the 1st, there was some other songwriters’ award earlier this year that appeared to be a bigger event where Reggie Hamm had already won for this song, y’all.

    Add me to the list of fans who didn’t vote LOL. But I loved this song right out of the gate – coz he had tears in his eyes when he sang it and looked like he meant every word as he hugged Archie and Jason and tried to hug all the other idols on that stage that night. And they all blocked the 3 stooges, *coughs* judges, out of sight behind ’em. I waltz to this song, and I never learned to waltz, so that should tell y’all something lol). It is magic.

  49. As someone who voted on VH1 for his video and, of course, on the show, I definitely didn’t vote for this. I actually wish this song would just go off into the sunset and die a timely death, but no such luck. The boy and his rainbow are forever entwined. Hope he got lots of royalties from the song.

  50. It’s the Nashville Music Awards, not the Nashville Country Music awards. All types of music comes out of Nashville, not just country music.

    Thanks for explaining this MJ. I was just as confused as the person you were responding to.

  51. But, I’ve always looked at it as a double edged sword. It set up an image of David to the public that wasn’t true to the type of artist he really is.

    Very true, but most people realize it’s a coronation song that the winners are required to sing. Anyone who watches Idol anyway, which probably includes a lot of AC listeners. The coronation songs rarely match the kind of music the Idols be doing. It’s an obstacle to overcome, and Idol fans wonder perennially why, why, why they make them sing those songs. NB this year is a fine example of that.

    But DC turned lemon into lemonade with that song. So I think it’s been all win win for him there.

    p.s. the songs they sing weekly on the show often contradict what kind of music they will do afterwards too. Little Sparrow for DC? Music of the Night? You know, he did well in staying true to himself, given the genres required, they all have to contend with that. It’s the nature of Idol. I’ve been watching P. Diddy’s Starmaker, and again wondering why Idol won’t pay for better songs. Even so, it all comes out in the wash.

    LO and CBTM, don’t exactly represent the kind of music the guys are making onstage either. David seems very eager to get to work on the next cd, I think they have a burning desire to make the next cd even more of who they are and who they have evolved to at this point. In fact that’s the one thing that would make me understand why they aren’t (apparently) putting out one more single off “David Cook.” (though there’s still a very slight chance they will)

  52. He’s so good at taking covers of songs and putting his own spin on them ‘“ I don’t see why he couldn’t do that with TOML.

    Neal probably put it in his contract, LOL. It doesn’t fit with the music they do, so it makes sense to me.

  53. He won over KOL? Shoot me now.

    really? eww. LOL, well gotta hand it to those idol fans they really know how to spam the polls. this is a horrible song and it being song of the year makes you wonder just how bad was the quality of music that year, LOL.

  54. This is a well deserved award. I LOVE the Magic Rainbow song! :)
    Congrats to David Cook and songwriter Regie Hamm.

  55. LOL, well gotta hand it to those idol fans they really know how to spam the polls. this is a horrible song and it being song of the year makes you wonder just how bad was the quality of music that year, LOL.

    While I certainly would never hold the song up as lyrical genius, it has struck a chord with a whole lot of people so it’s not surprising that it got votes. That ballot was way too detailed for even a dedicated fan like me to vote more than once so although most internet polls are certainly skewed, I’m not quite sure that applies here. No way to know, but it was a multi-page ballot that took some time to fill out. I only voted once anyway :) This song was — and is — *everywhere.* I just woke up to it on the radio. And just heard it yesterday at Subway. And so on.

  56. the songs they sing weekly on the show often contradict what kind of music they will do afterwards too. Little Sparrow for DC? Music of the Night? You know, he did well in staying true to himself, given the genres required, they all have to contend with that.

    Heh, I loved Little Sparrow – AcousticDave! But yeah, I’ve run into it at a couple shows where people are expecting Always Be My Baby and Time of My Life and get a rock show and they are surprised and for some folks (like my sister) they just can’t get into it. I think that’s a big impetus behind the tour-that-does-not-end and the smaller venues, trying to lay it out there what he really wants to do.

  57. That ballot was way too detailed for even a dedicated fan like me to vote more than once so although most internet polls are certainly skewed, I’m not quite sure that applies here.

    You know, I checked out the ballot also. It was page after page of categories with artists I never heard of. Of course, it wouldn’t allow you to vote on only one category, you had to complete the whole ballot. According to some, it tracked your IP address, so you could only vote once on any given computer. So yeah, for most fans that I talked to that even knew about this (and many didn’t), it was a big turnoff and quite a few didn’t bother to even vote once, let alone more than once, as noted by other posters in this thread.

    Regie Hamm is VERY respected in the Nashville music community, and the back story regarding “Time of my Life” has been circulated widely. When taken with DC’s vocal performance on the vocal track it doesn’t surprise me at all that it was voted in as “Song of the Year”

  58. I voted for it…once on like the last day you could. I only went through the trouble because I had another pony in the race…in the Americana category. Alas, he didn’t win but I didn’t expect him to. It said one vote per IP Address. I don’t know if you can spam that. Sure you can vote at work and at your local library, your parents’ and all your siblings’ houses. I seriously doubt David Cook’s fans cared enough about the song to go through all that trouble. The song has been played everywhere and for 16 months. I don’t think it’s a far fetched idea to think that it just possibly could have won on its own.

    I’ve grown to love that song like the step-sister you didn’t want and resented but then learned she was an awesome person. I remember at the win how Cook snickered a bit right before singing that magic rainbow line. I though, “Poor guy, saddled with that.” I was mentioning to my sister, who hates all things American Idol, a few weeks later about those two unfortunate words, and well she loves rainbows and magic ones are even better…but then she’s a lesbian and has a different perspective on rainbows.

  59. Very true, but most people realize it’s a coronation song that the winners are required to sing. Anyone who watches Idol anyway, which probably includes a lot of AC listeners.

    Folks who aren’t Idol fans don’t make that distinction–that’s where the problem lies. The song was played on the Olympics, on a couple of dance shows, on the radio station that might be playing in a person’s office. People whose first association with David Cook who heard this song got the wrong idea.

  60. Yay for ToML. Yay for David Cook. And Yay for Reggie Hamm. Seems like Hamm’s career had a phenomenal renaissance with this song. He got a publishing deal and was able to get back into the industry. It’s a feel good song and people seem to really love it. Olympians and the like.

    As for associations, I have no issue with it. *shrug* David Cook has other songs on radio. And will continue to do so. It’s the beginning of his career, and hardly the end. As he develops more of a sound and identity for listeners, they’ll see it evolve.

    Wonder how Kara must feel that her song is arguably the worst coronation song ever written. And I thought “This is My Now” was bad.

  61. Folks who aren’t Idol fans don’t make that distinction

    You’re right. I forget that a lot of people don’t watch the show.

    But yeah, I’ve run into it at a couple shows where people are expecting Always Be My Baby and Time of My Life and get a rock show and they are surprised

    LOL I still want to hear Always Be My Baby. What he did with that song!

  62. I don’t think this is the best song of the year at all, but this is far from being a terrible song. Also, this has already won an award for best song and fans didn’t vote for that. It’s really not hard to believe, after all the success this song has had, that maybe there are many people out there who love it and aren’t hardcore David fans.

    I actually think David’s album has songs for the TOML audience. Lie, Avalanche, Permanent, I Did It For You, CBTM… I don’t think they would be much of a shock to those who like TOML.

    LOL I still want to hear Always Be My Baby. What he did with that song!

    They have played it once in the US tour, I thought they were going to add it now and then, especially play it in those fairs. But has never happened after that one time.

  63. It’s really not hard to believe, after all the success this song has had, that maybe there are many people out there who love it and aren’t hardcore David fans.

    So true, and since the single sold over a million copies, and is still getting radio play, the win can’t be dismissed as merely “fan spam”, not in this particular case. I’m the first to dismiss polls that are spammed by fans, but I think this song has a wide audience.

  64. I think that’s a big impetus behind the tour-that-does-not-end and the smaller venues, trying to lay it out there what he really wants to do.

    *nods* The tour was a nice statement making tool for the band. It sucks, though, that they almost had to do that to counteract the choices RCA made in releasing and promoting singles. While I’m like 100% posi in my own delusional world that Declaration was the best choice for the lead off single from a thematic tone setting, radio ready predicting, and statement making POV, I’ve always liked LO. Not a bad start- the lyrics are devoid of magical sparkly things, it’s a decent power ballad, had some grit to it, some nice guitar work, a tie in with Cornell, and an opportunity for a great rock vocal by DC, yada yada. It’s the one two punch of LO followed by CBTM as the sole releases from the record (and technically one two three if you include Rainbowz, although I still think after 8 seasons most people realize that there’s a coronation tune foisted upon AI winners unwillingly, at least in a tangental pop culture awareness way even if they don’t watch) that didn’t make the boys’ jobs easier, you know? A cumulative thing. Most rock bands play a ballad or three, so I’m not anti-ballad as a single per se (flove Avalanche myself.) I’m also not really concerned about people who might assume, based on Cook’s time on AI where there was a mix of plugged in and acoustic performances alike to clue them in, that Cook wouldn’t mix up his set lists with harder stuff and ballads. But to the people who have only ever heard the radio singles, LO plus CBTM does not give them an adequate representation of the record, or David’s songwriting efforts, or the concert experience, or…aaRRRrrrGGGggg. Yeah, THAT again. Been there, said that. Bring on record numero dos and further evolution.

  65. I always lurrrved it, tho I realize that David hasn’t. I agree: double-edged sword. It’s what people (who were not inside the Idol bubble) thought this is what Cook’s music sounded like. HOWEVER, if they have listened to other songs (tho, granted, LO and CBTM kind of suck), they realize he is a lot more diverse than this. And ToML gets spins constantly; in fact, mix in Boston, an HWC station, plays ToML, LO, and CBTM quite frequently, but I would guess that ToML gets more airplay. I do not expect to hear it tomorrow night (sad), but I still love the song. And I voted for it, despite having to go through three pages of artists/ songs I do not know.

    Kudos to Cook!

    P.S. Please, compared to NoBo and This Is My Now, this is the best song ever written.

    ETA: lurchcat, me, too! And I fault RCA for releasing LO/CBTM so many months apart, and not picking either a more upbeat song (Declaration) or a prettier song (Lie). I wonder if Cook got any say in the matter…

  66. But to the people who have only ever heard the two radio singles, LO plus CBTM does not give them an adequate representation of the record, or David’s songwriting efforts, or the concert experience, or’ ¦aaRRRrrrGGGggg.

    Yeah, that’s the frustrating thing to me… I mean, people clearly like those songs and the shows I’ve been to people know every word and sing along with them both. But in my small little sampling :) the lady who sat beside me in Radford *clearly* was not expecting what she got from David at that show but man, when he did Light On? Big grin, singing, happy swaybot lady appeared! The two ladies in front of me looked perplexed by the whole thing and asked “Isn’t he going to play Always Be My Baby?” Now, I wish he *would* do that acoustic now and then because it’s purty but… I think he’s definitely had to go out and lay down what he wants to be and I’m sure some of the Idol fans have been lost in the process, especially ones who hadn’t heard any of his previous work to get a better idea of who he is musically.

    And MJ, I agree, people outside the Idol bubble don’t know that coronation songs are generally throw-away crap, so he definitely is identified with the song in a lot of cases (and for a coronation song this one is REALLY good, lol).

    I just watched the finale video again yesterday and I love his smile right before he has to say “magic rainbows.” Hee.

  67. LOL, well gotta hand it to those idol fans they really know how to spam the polls. this is a horrible song and it being song of the year makes you wonder just how bad was the quality of music that year, LOL.

    Heh, maybe you would have liked it better if Archie had sung it? ;-)

    I’m a self-admitted *huge* Cook fan, but I didn’t even know there was a poll, so, no, I don’t think this one was spammed by Idol fans.

    The song itself is kinda cheesy, but it hits all the right sentimental notes, and David’s interpretation, for whatever reason, transformed it into something that resonated with a lot of folks. My favorite Magic Rainbow Moment (aside from David’s performance at the finale) was when they played the entire song at Citizen’s Bank Park during the World Series last year. (Yes, thanks for asking: The Phils are defending their title this year!)

  68. I know someone who has this has her ringtone and she never watched one single episode of AI. This song went way, way beyond being simply a coronation song. In NYC alone, the biggest radio market it reached a point you couldn’t turn on a radio station without hearing it because all the huge stations here played it to death (and still play it a lot). Z100 even played it for a good 3 months. So for many this was not an American Idol winners song.

  69. Yay for ToML. Yay for David Cook. And Yay for Reggie Hamm. Seems like Hamm’s career had a phenomenal renaissance with this song. He got a publishing deal and was able to get back into the industry. It’s a feel good song and people seem to really love it. Olympians and the like.

    This is one of the saving graces of ToML’s success. The AI voters, and David Cook’s performance, really helped to resurrect a career that had stumbled because of some unfortunate developments in Regie Hamm’s family’s life. Sure, AI was largely responsible for selecting the song, but I still think that it would not have been as popular had Archie sung it because the interpretation needed a harder edge to sell it mainstream.

    ETA: lurchcat, me, too! And I fault RCA for releasing LO/CBTM so many months apart, and not picking either a more upbeat song (Declaration) or a prettier song (Lie). I wonder if Cook got any say in the matter’ ¦

    I thought I read that David had no say on what singles would be released. That’s what really sticks in my craw. They had this proven songwriter, who had won a regional award for his self-produced, self-written CD and they STILL wouldn’t promote HIS material and give him the courtesy of even releasing and promoting ‘“ promoting is the important part ‘“ just ONE of the songs he wrote or co-wrote. I will never believe there wasn’t an agenda there. It’s been almost a year and only two singles. It will never make any sense to me.

  70. really? eww. LOL, well gotta hand it to those idol fans they really know how to spam the polls.

    Not every idol success is because of Idols spamming polls. I actually doubt Cook fans had a lot to do with the success of this song. The reason it did so well is because people outside of idol embraced it and radio loved it. A lot of Cook fans were never crazy about the song and never did that much to promote it. I think people outside of Idol liked it more because they don’t associate it with a cheesy coronation song and they don’t realize that it’s completely against Cook’s style. I never liked to watch Cook perform it live because there was such a huge disconnect between the artist and the song. However, when I listen to it on radio, it sounds like a decent song (and the voice is a standout). Perphaps if I knew nothing about the singer, I might see it differently. It was really gorgeous as a background to the Olympics montage and I actually thought it sounded beautiful when the kids sang it in All My Children. It’s also a perfect montage song for lots of events.

    All I can say is that some not-so-great songs just strike a chord with people and this is one of them. Lesser songs have won bigger awards so it’s all good IMO.

    ETA: I can’t imagine David having a say in the release of CBTM…in fact I still don’t know how they got him to even agree to have it on the album. It’s a pretty song, but very boring (unless it’s live and David does the singalong). I’m not sure how he felt about LO. I think it’s a very good song, mainly because of his singing and I think the video is well done. However, there is always something off whenever they perform it live (except for the time he did it acoustic). The band just never kills it the way they do with the other songs on the album, which makes me think that it might not have been his choice either. If Cook likes a song, he always brings out the best in it when he performs it live.

  71. My favorite Magic Rainbow Moment (aside from David’s performance at the finale) was when they played the entire song at Citizen’s Bank Park during the World Series last year. (Yes, thanks for asking: The Phils are defending their title this year!)

    I was raised in the Philadelphia environs and was a big fan of the Phillies, but I’ve since moved elsewhere and now root for another team. However, much of my family is still back in the Philly area and are HUGE Phillies’ fans. It’s neat to see this confluence of favorites, sports and music.

  72. 1) TOML has sold more than 1,210,000 downloads

    2) was played in various (popular) american tv shows like ”Opra”, Dancing With The Stars” and ”SYTYCD”and more.

    3) and radio station are STILL playing it

    i would like to say ,as a cook fan, i had nothing to do with it winning this award, and that I don’t even like the @*&%$$ song!
    so would ppl like fearbear plz lay off the”EWW THIS SONG STINKS LIKE HOW COULD IT WIN AN AWARD LIKE, IZ ALL B/C HIS FANZ SPAMMING THAT VOTING SITE LIKE.”

    thank u.

  73. Congrats to Reggie and David!! I happen to love this song. Its
    about time Reggie got a little more recognition. Every song has a
    time and a place just like everything else. Some days I like to dance
    and somedays I like t chill. This song is for a chill day. David did
    excellent singing this song and Reggie wrote a winner of a song.
    When I hear this song it always reminds me of Davids moment in
    time. It was his winning moment and the beginning of a new
    career.

  74. so would ppl like fearbear plz lay off the’ EWW THIS SONG STINKS LIKE HOW COULD IT WIN AN AWARD LIKE, IZ ALL B/C HIS FANZ SPAMMING THAT VOTING SITE LIKE.’ 

    thank u.

    It’s an opinion, I think I’m allowed to have one? I mean, unless you can prove without a shadow of a doubt that his fans didn’t spam the poll, then go ahead. PS: The song still stinks. Thank you too.

    Not every idol success is because of Idols spamming polls. I actually doubt Cook fans had a lot to do with the success of this song.

    Well that’s really nice that you think that, but I still think differently.

  75. I did vote. He had posted on his facebook/twitter that it was nominated and gave the link to vote (but warned you had to vote in every cat.)

    I love ToML- but like “Lie to Me” more. I know they won’t release it, because another ballad in 6/8 is too similar to ToML- but I think of the people who don’t love his rock show (I’ve been 2xs in DelMar and Antelope Valley- and he’s HOT in concert)- Lie to Me and Permanent would be the type of song they would like (people like my 62 year old pretty-hip mom who was heartbroken when he didn’t play ToML at DelMar). I think Lie to Me is beautiful- and would have a long radio life- and he wrote it!

    As far as coronation songs go- it’s one of the best (magic rainbows and backstory and all). I still can listen to AMLT and ToML, but sorry to Reuben, Carrie, Fantasia, Taylor, Jordin, and Kris- I don’t listen to theirs anymore. And a smile still comes across my face every time I hear :Invisible- but too bad Clay didn’t put out more commercially viable records.

    And I still smile everytime I hear ToML on a tv show- like I think they played it on the finale of America’s Got Talent… and the Olympics… that song reminds me of why I love Cookie- and I hope he finds his audience with his writing voice (as well as his singing voice).

  76. As a song to represent many moments in time for many different people, “Time of My Life” is accumulating quite a back story. In terms of who likes or doesn’t like the song, it appears to have stepped outside the AI Bubble, and moved on.

    I ran across this early in January, a commemoration of a different occasion.

    I wasn’t sure what The Magic Rainbow was doing here, or where ‘here’ was, but it appeared to be having a very good time.

    http://sports.cctv.com/20090105/109951.shtml

    I’ve since been told that it looks like clips from the World Soccer Cup on a Chinese website…go figure.

  77. Are all the Nashville Awards voted on or just this one? This is a cheesy Idol coronation single to me but it made a splash a year ago. This was Cook’s biggest hit and probably the one most people identify with him.

  78. A lot of the Nashville Award part of it is doubtless due to the fact that these awards are geared to the music biz community in Nashville, and Reggie Hamm, as a long time songwriter who lives there and has been up and down and worked the biz a long time, is the sort of guy who represents many in that town.

    The song becoming a hit, IMHO, is all Cook, but since it has been such a hit, provides a feel good chance to recognize its writer.

    those idol fans ! etc etc etc

    Since Cook sold both 1.2 mil of TOML as a single and 1.2 mil of his album, either the Idol “bubble” is huge or he’s got a lot of fans outside it. Either way, he’s good.*

    * in fact, the great big airplay, and the featuring on Oprah, ESPN, Olympics etc logically reached an audience quite beyond the show. But if one NEEDS to believe that secretly it’s all! not! fair!, then the real culprit for the song’s status is the two million consumers who made the dude a hit, not this one award vote.

    Anyway, I kind of love that one line “watch all the bitterness buuuuurn!”

  79. In general Idol fans are terrific at voting. But maybe Reggie Hamm has a huge base of fans who also vote like crazy. It’s possible. I’m just surprised one of Taylor Swift’s songs didn’t win (unless she wasn’t nominated or was not eligible)..

  80. Also, Fans did not nominate the songs, some local music scene folks did.

    Kings of Leon won big time as well. So did Taylor Swift. So did Jars of Clay, a Christian act, and Elvis Costello, for a cross over album, and a host of special categories like bluegrass, and Jack White and The Raconteurs and Erin McCarley. The theme seems to be that they wanted to highlight how Nashville is homebase for so many types of acts and songwriters in addition to country, bluegrass and gospel. I think it’s neat.

  81. in fact, the great big airplay, and the featuring on Oprah, ESPN, Olympics etc logically reached an audience quite beyond the show. But if one NEEDS to believe that secretly it’s all! not! fair!, then the real culprit for the song’s status is the two million consumers who made the dude a hit, not this one award vote.

    Anyway, I kind of love that one line ‘watch all the bitterness buuuuurn!’ 

    ; )

    somewhere in maine’ ¦.Kara is ripping out her hair extensions

    LOL!

  82. This was Cook’s biggest hit and probably the one most people identify with him.

    Wasn’t LO an equal hit? TOML was an AC hit, LO was a HAC hit, and both sold platinum. So … just saying. Also, as for what he’s most identified with, TOML or LO/CBTM, that possibly depends if you listen to AC or HAC.

  83. Heh, maybe you would have liked it better if Archie had sung it? ;-)

    What does Archie have to do with it? This song stinks, that is all. I don’t know why you feel the need to bring up Archie in this discussion that does not concern him in any way, hmm.

  84. Cook sells this song. Without his voice, his passion, it wouldn’t have been a hit. I was in the dentist’s chair & that song came on. I made a comment that I wish the station would play his other two singles. The dental hygenist said she loved that song and she didn’t watch American Idol. A lot of people use that song at graduations, weddings, you name it.

    I voted on VH1 for David’s videos but I never voted on this either. The fact remains that this single broke records & it wasn’t just because Regie wrote it.

    I don’t care what anyone says about this song, I actually like it. In fact, I’ve been putting it on “repeat” on my CD player. You can have a song written by a famous person but if the right person isn’t singing the song–it goes nowhere. So they can praise Regie as much as they want but Cook made this song what it is.

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