Kimler Sidebar Menu
Kimler Adventure Pages: Journal Entries
David & David
OKAY ... I'm a closet American Idol watcher (mostly because I couldn't carry a tune if it had a handle on it). The only musical instrument I can play is a CD player and I can't play that very well. However, I was floored a few weeks back, when David Cook sang a Chris Cornell cover to "Billy Jean" ... have a listen
David Cook & David Archuleta
The David & David title takes me back to 1986 and the one-hit-wonder by the band of the same name - "Welcome to the Boomtown" (a great song in it's own right and inserted here - in 128 kilobits per second glory - for your listening pleasure and my listening nostalgia).
No, I'm talking about David Cook and David Archuleta, the two finalists of the 2008 "American Idol" pop television show.
OKAY ... I may be old(ish), but hey ... I'm a watcher of the show and have been rooting for David Cook ever since I heard his jaw-dropping rendition of "Billy Jean" (a cover of a cover by Chris Cornell), the original having been written by Michael Jackson, at the height of his career.
Talk about song selection! (The judges are always coaching contestants about song selection on the show) and I just have to say ... I think David Cook's selection of that song - I forget what week it was, but there were several contestants remaing ... 8 or so - was SPOT ON!
To listen to the cuts done by all three artists - (Michael Jackson's original version of "Billy Jean", Chris Cornell's stunning cover and David Cook's amazing spin on Chris' version) - carry on ...
Selection ... selection ... singing
I was floored when I heard David Cook's rendition of "Billy Jean". Admittedly, much of that awe was buried in the fact that I'd never heard Chris Cornell's cover version of Michael Jackson's original song. I know that Ryan Seacrest announced that David Cook was doing Chris Cornell's cover version, but that fact was lost in the noise and hub-bub of the show.
I'm not sure the judges even knew.
Rachel even said that she didn't recognize the artist, that she'd never heard the song before. (Then, after an audo re-introduction to Michael Jackson's version, said, "Wow. This is the first time that I've ever known what the song was about.").
Besides the understandable lyrics, I also know that David Cook's American Idol version sounded completely original and (even after listening to Chris Cornell's version) - a completely awesome version of the original - AND an improvement on Chris' version!
If I wasn't a David Cook fan before, I certainly was in his corner after that song!
We don't catch many episodes, especially since the show airs on Tuesday nights - which are the nights that Scott has volunteer Fire Hall practices at North Cedar Fire Department (7-10 PM or so).
Too bad ... as this season seems like it had an excellent line-up of young talent. (It's fun to watch them progress, grow confident and change, during the show). What a crazy, amazing time in the lives for these contestents!
Of course ... I missed last night's final show-down (singing) and will have only tonight's finale (highlights) to go by.
Nothing against David Archuleta, who appears to be a genuinely great guy and there's NO DOUBT he can sing, is cute as a button, has a billion girls idolizing him, and all that. I'm just rooting for the more mature, grounded, innovative rocker that is David Cook.
I'm looking forward to tonight's finale.
The "Billy Jean" Trio - 3 MP3 Tunes
Michael Jackson's 1983 Original (not the year I was born, for sure ... more like the year I graduated from graduate school )
Chris Cornell's amazing cover version of "Billy Jean"
David Cook's improvement to Chris' cover & stunning American Idol song choice. (Yep ... this performance is definitely one to be remembered, right Simon?