January 17th, 2020 – Get Lit

I remember watching American Idol. I wasn’t a regular viewer by any means but it was enjoyable seeing talented folks getting a chance to show their stuff to industry players who could change their lives. Ultimately, someone was gonna get their big break and TV viewers not only got to be along for the ride but could vote on who it would be.

Well season 7 was a game changer for me. I saw this cat sing for the first time and knew he was going to win. Sure enough he did. And he deserved it.

David Cook – “Light On”

Born in Houston Texas and raised in Missouri, David Cook brought the goods to American Idol and he originally did not intend to audition. He was actually there to support his brother who did audition. David’s mother and brother both encouraged him to audition as well. David Cook was well into music by the time American Idol came around for him at age 27. David’s first guitar was given to him at age 2 and he had worked playing in bands since high school. In fact, Cook was working as a bartender at the time of his audition and playing gigs with his band as he was able.

Winning American Idol set David Cook on a path from season finale in May to a record deal with RCA and a debut album released in November of the same year, 2008. The self titled album had Cook working with rock and grunge artists and producers including Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell who co-wrote the top 20 hit “Light on

This song ranks up there with some of my favorite all time. It’s got power, range and emotion delivered by a new voice in music. I definitely pegged David Cook a winner from early in the season and he did go on to break some Billboard records including having 11 songs debut in the Hot 100 the week of his win. I just wish he had more star and staying power. The music industry and the American public is fickle and if you’re not careful they just may turn out all the lights and pretend they’re not home when you come around hawking your wares. Where’s Tom Bodett when you need him?

~Lew Hastings

Never really said too much
Afraid it wouldn’t be enough
Just try to keep my spirits up
When there’s no point in grieving
Doesn’t matter anyway
Words could never make me stay
Words will never take my place
When you know I’m leaving

Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone

You know we’ve been down that road
What seems a thousand times before
My back to a closing door and my eyes to the seasons
That roll out underneath my heels
And you don’t know how bad it feels
To leave the only one that I have ever believed in

Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone yeah

Sometimes it feels like we’ve run out of luck
When the signal keeps on breaking up
When the wires cross in my brain
You’ll start my heart again
When I come along

Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone

Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone

Writer/s: BRIAN HOWES, CHRIS CORNELL 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC