After working with Comatose
producer Brian Howes - who argued with Cooper over whether the opening line of "Yours To Hold
" should be "See you standing here" or "I see you standing here" - Cooper had to readjust to Benson's broader approach on Awake
. "Howard is not a songwriter," Cooper explained to jesusfreakhideout.com
. "For example, for the song 'Hero,' I would say, 'Should it be 'I need a hero' or should it be 'I want a hero'?' He would just say that it didn't matter. I wasn't used to that. He's more about the concept of the song than the details. He wants to make sure it's something that people want to hear. I learned a lot from Howard about the overall sound of a record and what you're trying to say with it."