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3 FM -- David Cook Exposed (New Haven, CT) -- 5/24/09 [Note: This interview consisted of David's answers to off-camera questions] David: Hey everyone, I'm David Cook, and I am about to be exposed. Think about it. David: I think in a real backwards way, I always knew this was somethin' I wanted to do. I, I gave myself every opportunity to try other things, and, um...you know, when those things kinda went by the wayside, music was always there. Um, I was actually uh...uh, I was a pitcher -- a baseball pitcher -- in high school, and, and was gonna go to college and try to walk-on and...ended-up messin' up my shoulder. And so uh...the band that I was in in high school, they were all goin' to the same university, and I was like: Alright, I'll just go there, and we'll keep the band together. And, um...ended-up stayin' with that band 'til I was twenty-three, and then joined another band in Oklahoma, and then...did the whole Idol thing, so...um...yeah, how very serendipitous how everything worked-out, but...but yeah, I guess uh, I guess in a sense I always knew that this was for me. [David laughs in response to the next question] David: My first date, um...my first real date, I think was uh...it was probably... [long pause] um...went to a Pizza Hut...with this girl named "Amanda." It was also my first kiss. Then I found out later that she told everybody I was a bad kisser. But it was my first time, so come on, man. What the hell? Um...yeah, I'd say that was probably my first one. It was good pizza, though. [The audio included the last portion of the interviewer's next question] Interviewer: What is that? David: My first job was...uh...I put furniture together. I worked in the back -- I was fifteen. I worked in the back of a, of a furniture store...putting uh, ready-made tables together. Um, I, I've never been really adept at tools, and so I would always end-up, like, snappin' the legs. But I would always get-- I was always real fearful of gettin' in trouble. So I would just go ahead and put the table out anyway. So...a lotta people bought broken tables...which I'm very sorry for. David: Uh...my first public performance, uh...was...second grade. Um...my mom had heard me singing around the house, and decided to take matters into her own hands, as mothers will do. Called my music teacher and told her that I...may-- may or may not have a decent voice. And so...my music teacher-- I remember it very vividly, actually-- called me up in front of the class one day and told me to sing this part by myself. And...um...just mortified. Like, the-- you know, it's like, that whole, like, speaking in public, singing in front of your peers, being judged by your peers, all those fears just kinda wrapped in to one. And...uh, did it, and then I'm pretty
sure I cried afterwards. But...got through it. And uh, she ended-up putting me in a, in a Christmas pageant not long after. So... David: I think I still get nervous. A little bit, yeah. Um...I-- which is strange. I, I get more nervous around small crowds than I do big crowds. I think it's because I, I don't...the more people that are watchin' a show, the less I feel kinda, each individual set of eyes just kind burnin' a hole through my skull. So, um...but yeah, I think uh...I think I get-- yeah. I get nervous every time. I think if I ever went on stage and didn't get nervous, I'd probably need to stop...playin'. So... David: I think what I love most about...playing music and performing and writing is really just the creative aspect of it. Like, I get to...it's somethin' different every night. Like, the same song's gonna sound...forty different ways in forty different shows, and...um...and-- but I think moreover, it's just the idea, like, creating something and, you know, making this thing to put on the air that nobody else has made. Um...I've just always been kind of enamored with anything like that. Like, any form-- any form of artistic expression. So...um...I, I'd say that's probably the most gratifying aspect of it. That, and...I, I'm pretty I picked-up a guitar to impress girls. So... [pauses] I can say unequivocally that I've probably dated waaaay above myself because of music. I will say that. David: Oh wow. Um... [long pause] the last movie that I saw that made me cry...God, it's been awhile. Um... [long pause, then laughs] I think it-- I think it was "Fools Rush In." Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek. [pauses] God, that's embarrassing. But that's the one. Yeah, yeah. David: I'm a big baseball fan, so I got to do batting practice at Shea. Uh...ya' know, I got to go play at Carnegie Hall for Hillary Clinton. I got to go overseas and play in the Middle East for the troops for USO, and...uh, actually, I just got back from The Philippines. David Archuleta and I played a show in front of a hundred and fifteen thousand people. Ya' know, it's just the-- those are the kinda things that, like...you don't, you don't get to do. You know what I mean? And, and, and the fact that...that's been part of my...kinda...story the last year is...kind of absurd. But really cool. David: She had actually already gone through the...the primary and, and didn't make it through. And...and um...I remember just thinkin', like, I felt bad cuz she was talkin' to all the press people after the fact that how...how, um, she would call her friends and have 'em vote for me and stuff. And I was like: You should've had 'em vote for you. You know what I mean? Like, you might need those votes more than I do. And...uh, but she was...she was an amazing woman. Like, and uh... [pauses] yeah, I mean I, I definitely just kinda learned a lot just from, like, meeting her. She definitely has a, a, a...a very firm, like, sense of power about her, which is cool.
David: I um... [pauses] I get nervous when I meet people, yeah. And I-- and, and I think just in the sense, like, I'm a fan of these people just like I guess people are a fan of me, and...um...I always...I never get it when people kinda lose...ya' know, their, their better sense around me. I don't know. I, I just..to me, I'm just...I'm a dude who got lucky. I'm still-- I still feel like an accessible human being. I still feel like somebody that can just talk to somebody, and...um...I remember completely geekin' out...uh, we went to the Teen, uh, Teen Choice Awards last summer. Archie and I did. And...um, we're sittin' there front row, just kinda watchin' what's goin' on. It's a commercial break. And then, I've got my foot up like this. And I'm talkin' to Archie, and then I feel this [demonstrates a slap on his foot]. And Adam Sandler walks by and he just said "hi." Like, it was just like... [pauses] what? Ya' know? And I feel that, I feel like in order to hang out with these people, I need, like, some sorta card. Like I'm in the club or somethin'. But...um...but moments like that, man, just kinda trip me out. Like, makes me...really think of, like, how absurd my life is. David: ABC Squared is an organization...um...that's based uh...purely on the ideal of raising money for, for brain cancer funding and research. And...uh, an organization I actually got involved with, um...last summer. I was on the Idol tour, and they invited me to sit in on a cancer symposium at the Senate. And so I got to sit in and listen to all these, like...kinda new pieces of information concerning cancer and, and where the science is at, and where the funding is at. And, um...really just kind of struck-up a relationship with them that parlayed into uh...runnin' the Race for Hope on May 3rd...um, out in D.C. But definitely an organization that, that, that I like for two reasons. I think one, they seem to have a really intense passion for wantin' to get a, a cure found. And, and secondly...uh, ya' know, from a financial standpoint, a lotta what they bring in goes towards, um, goes towards , you know, finding a cure. And uh, they don't have a whole lotta overhead, which is nice. Interviewer: Thank you. David: Thank you very much. Interviewer: Appreciate it. Other staff member: It was awesome. Thank you. Cool. David: Cool. Thank you. END OF INTERVIEW