David Cook first came to massive – aka practically global attention – back in 2008 when he was a contestant on the 7th season of American Idol, which he went on to win, and since then, both his career and his fan-base have continued to grow exponentially. His latest single “Reds Turn Blue” is Cook’s first new music release since his 2018 EP Chromance, however it’s certainly one of his most personal ones, and PopWrapped is delighted to premiere its video. We also caught up with David to find out more about the creative process behind the visuals, and his advice for those struggling with their anxiety, as he has and does his own.
Having been in the public spotlight since appearing on Season 7 of American Idol back in 2008, why did you feel that now was the right time to address your struggles with anxiety over the years through music as you have on new single “Reds Turn Blue”? Have the last couple of years – and this ongoing Corona crisis – perhaps been particularly difficult, emotionally, for you, and you needed a release for those feelings?
There was never any sort of coordinated effort that was like, “Now is the time!”, or anything like that. It was really just how my timeline laid itself out. Finding new ways to navigate and cope with my anxiety has been a long process. One that’s had more than a couple missteps along the way.
Consciously, I didn’t write this song with any particular event in mind. It was actually written before the pandemic began. I had watched an interview with Bill Hader, where he had discussed his relationship with his anxiety, and how it helped him to sort of personify his anxiety as “the other”. “Reds Turn Blue” is the result of me trying to implement that for myself.
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