Cook chose to perform this entrant for the 2008 American Idol Songwriting Contest on the Idol finale. Randy Jackson commented his performance: "You were singing your face off." Paula Abdul said: "David, a song in your heart, a guitar in your hand … this is a great way to take a song we don't know and fall in love with it. Simon Cowell said: "Using the boxing analogy, it was a bit of a lightweight, actually. Keeping in mind this is supposed to be a winning song, this didn't feel like a winning moment for me. That was a 6 1/2 out of 10."
Minnesota native Emily Shackleton wrote this. She told the Minneapolis Star Tribune how the song came about: "I was just having a really bad day. I was lonely and it was raining outside and I was really homesick, trying to remind myself why I'm here, why I sacrificed leaving my family. It started out as a slow song to write just for myself - 'Oh, yeah, it's OK, you can dream' - coaxing myself to feel better. It came at such a pace that I really don't remember writing it. I really feel sometimes like the song was alive before I was."
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.