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19 - Feb
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(Nearby Event: )
Where:Rams Head On Stage, 33 West Street, Annapolis, Maryland, United States, 21401
ut also as a thematic link between these two vectors.Everybody goes through experiences of love and loss, and Im no different, says Cook. In that regard, its natural to pull from that database for inspiration. But what I enjoyed the most was pulling from outside sources, like reading a newspaper article or seeing a painting that just hits a nerve. There are songs on this record that have to do with subject matter that Ive never personally experienced, but things that have inspired me all the same. When I pay attention to the peripherals, it leads to records like this one.Another highlight, the languid yet propulsive Better Than Me, was written by Chase Foster, but Cook fully inhabits it, delivering the self-lacerating lyric knowingly and with beguiling nuance. Killer song, says Cook. It had been on my radar for a couple years, and we were finally able to get it cut.The albums most personal song is the poignant Home Movies. As Cook recalls, Not too long ago, I had the chance to look over old photos with my family, and that brought back memories of my brother Adam. The experience got me in a certain mindset, and I consciously wrote that song about growing up and spending time with my older brother, who passed away of brain cancer in 2009. Hes been a part of every record Ive made, but with Home Movies especially, theres a tangible aspect.Since Adams death, David has devoted himself to fighting the disease, to the extent that philanthropy is now as important to him as his music. I think I would have been involved either way, he says. But seeing what he went through, and what his wife and his kids all went through, touched me deeply. And thats another avenue where the fans have been insane. We crossed the million-dollar threshold last December, which is unfathomable to me still. Records are going to sell or not sell, but raising that money for cancer research puts everything in perspective it makes you realize what really matters.Cook becomes reflective as he looks back
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