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INTERVIEW: Musician/Actor/American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook

Hi David, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?  

Things are good!  Obviously, this pandemic has thrown a stick in the wheel, but we’re navigating.  And looking forward to getting back out on the road as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Reds Turn Blue”? 

 “Reds Turn Blue” was written back in October of 2019.  I had been wanting to write something about my relationship with my anxiety.  I couple years after Idol, I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, which has always seemed to manifest itself in a way where I couldn’t really enjoy life/career highs, as I was constantly looking over my shoulder waiting for the adverse to come.  What “RTB” did for me was it allowed me to personify my anxiety.  Make it something other than myself.  The song is really a letter from my anxiety to me.  Making it the “other” has honestly helped me navigigate my realtionship with it.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? 

Not so much one event.  Just my experiences dealing with it for the past decade plus.  I think what inspired me more than anything is that writing songs has always been an easily accessible form of therapy for me, and I had wanted to attack this particular topic for a long time, even if it was just for my ears only.

Was it easy for you to tackle the theme of anxiety disorder?  

At first, no.  Again, coming at it from the thought that it was just for me made it a small hill to climb.  Once it became apparent that this song had a shelf life beyond just me?  That was a bigger wall to get over, for sure.  

Any plans to release a video for the track?  

We’re working on that.  This pandemic has pushed things in a different direction.  Almost forcing some outside-the-box thinking.  But that’s honestly been a bit invigorating.

What did you learn from your time on Broadway that you are bringing into your music work?  

Broadway was such a huge shot in the arm.  Reconnecting with more of the firm storytelling lyrical narrative of the artform, as well as the communal aspect of theater.  It’s easy, as a songwriter, to find a formula and stick with it.  So to be reminded that there are multiple paths to the same peak is always pretty invaluable.  

Does the new single mean we can expect more new material?  

That’s the goal.  Ive got a couple other tunes I’m excited about.  And so it’s just a matter of building on that now.  

Any tentative release date or title in mind?  

For a new album or EP?  No not yet.  

Any plans to hit the road when touring resumes? 

We’ve got some dates starting in August that were rescheduled from the Spring/early Summer.  Here’s hoping they hold up.  But as soon as we can get out there, we will. 

What else is happening next in David Cook’s world?  

Immediately after I answer this last question, I’ve got a couple home projects yelling at me.  Past that, it’s trying to get some new music in peoples’ ears as soon as possible, starting with “Reds Turn Blue”!



About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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