David Cook can make me smile like no other. The sincerity and warmth, not only of this performance, but also with his rapport with the audience was so refreshing in this video.
In this intimate and cozy environment, the acoustic performance of this song was heightened and resonated with me long after the performance was over.
Performed at Irving Plaza, NY on December 9, 2011, the song was recorded by justicelvr and brought to my attention by a David Cook fan named, Nina.
He does so many things right. His phrasing is impeccable, his articulation skills clean and precise and his musicality so fluid and free.
Although equipped with solid diaphragmatic support, he needs to loosen that jaw for the occasional upper note. However, he looked pretty tired at the end of this concert and tour, so fatigue was probably a contributing factor here.
Yet, even through the fatigue, you could hear the ringing sound of his beautiful head voice in the vocal mix.
And his sensitivity and the passion are so real and so heartfelt. It touched my soul.
When the audience joined in on the refrain, it was a beautiful, singular moment that heightened the intimacy of this performance even more. It was spellbinding to observe and listen – the haunting melody of this beautiful song sung by both David and his fans.
He was clearly moved by the reception from the audience. This is what endears him to the public. His gracious and humble disposition and total respect for his audience is absolutely beautiful to watch.
Kudos to David Cook fan, Nina, for bringing this wonderful video to my attention. Bravo David!