When David Cook appears in Santa Rosa on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center for the Performing Arts, he will be putting on display not only his singing talents, but also his song-writing ability from his sophomore record – This Loud Morning.
It features a dozen cuts. The top three from my perspective:
1) Paper Heart; 2) Circadian; 3) We Believe.
In a recent phone conversation, we asked Cook about the record, his favorite cut and what he thought of sales, which haven’t exactly soared.
Here is what he said:
“My favorite song on the record? It changes. Right now I’ve been kinda tuning into the imagery of Paper Heart.
“All three songs (the three we liked best) we chased. Sometimes a song will come together real quick like in a day or two. Get the instrumentation and then I go in and cut the vocals and then it’s done. But those three songs all involved a lot of hours of trying things and getting the best possible mood across in those songs. They were all challenges.
“All the songs we built in sections. Dummy guitar track and vocal and then the bass player and the drummer and then synthesizer, choir, strings, harp, whatever. We did vocals last. The thought was that the mood of the music dictates the mood of the vocals. At least this way there isn’t an emotional disconnect between the vocals and the way the music sounds.”
Then we asked the sales of the record.
They seemed to be secondary to him.
“Yes, I think that’s an accurate way to say it. Much to my management’s chagrin I have consistently said I would rather put out a record that I have my heart behind than a top-selling copy that I can’t stand and it sells 10 million copies.
“I’m happy with the album cause it’s … well, somebody out there found something in that record and they bought it and they are listening to it. I’m good. I’m in a good head space right now.”
Song list on This Loud Morning
2. Right Here, with You
3. We Believe
4. Fade Into Me
5. Hard to Believe
6. Take Me As I Am
7. Time Marches On
8. The Last Goodbye
9. Paper Heart
10. 4 Letter Word
11. Goodbye to The Girl
12. Rapid Eye Movement
David Cook and Gavin DeGraw with Carolina Liar
8 p.m., Oct. 20
At Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Highway 101 at River Road, Santa Rosa
Tickets: $45 and $35.
Oct. 9 State College, Pa. – Penn State
Oct. 10 Columbus, Ohio – Newport Music Hall
Oct. 11 St. Louis, Mo. – The Pageant
Oct. 13 Tulsa, Okla. – Cain’s Ballroom
Oct. 15 Denver – Ogden Theatre
Oct. 17 Boise, Id. – Knitting Factory
Oct. 18 Seattle – Showbox Sodo
Oct. 20 Santa Rosa – Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Oct. 21 Reno – Silver Legacy Resort Casino
Oct. 23 Phoenix – Arizona State Fair
Oct. 24 San Diego – Humphrey’s
Oct. 26 Pomona – The Fox Theatre
Oct. 29 Houston – Arena Theatre
Oct. 30 Austin, Texas – Austin City Limits Live
Nov. 1 Grand Prairie, Texas, – Verizon Theatre
Nov. 2 Memphis, Tenn. – Minglewood Hall
Nov. 4 Winston-Salem, N.C. – Wake Forest University
Nov. 5 York, Pa. – Penn State-York
Nov. 6 Cleveland – Playhouse Square Center
Nov. 7 Cincinnati – The Taft Theatre
Nov. 9 Greenville, S.C. – Peace Center
Nov. 10 Athens, Ga. – The Classic Center