Friday, August 31, 2012
Music has been a full circle for Dean Cook. It started as a passion, and then it became a 'cruel mistress.' Now he's back to embracing his talents in the industry he loves.
Cook, senior songwriter who has played with Willie Nelson and toured with The Who, will be at Troubadours Coffee House in Mount Pleasant on Friday for a 7 p.m. show.
A Texas native, Cook has been a singer and songwriter for over 50 years. Currently he lives in Elgin.
'This past spring, just for the heck of it, I did a tour of Texas. I was amazed that people still remember me,' Cook said, adding a few places were sold out.
His music abilities stretch back to the 1960s when he was a founding member of The Dream Machine, now known as The Surf Knights. He has played or performed with the likes of Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Clint Black, Neil Diamond and many others, including being the opening act for The Who. Cook prides himself on songwriting, which he has done for most of the songs of the bands he's played with. But, when it came time to start a family with his wife Joanne, he settled down, retiring from the music life.
'I started having kids and my wife and I decided that music was a cruel mistress,' he said. 'I decided I wanted to stay at home with my kids and be more of a dad.'
Cook remained connected, but it wasn't his full-time focus.
After his children grew up, though, he delved back into music more seriously.
'My kids are grown and gone, and I'm sitting around twidling my thumbs,' he said. 'I still love music.'
He plans to make this rededication a long-term focus. 'I'm 62, so I hope to do it the rest of my life,' Cook said. 'The message in this: do what you enjoy. Once you retire, go back to what you enjoy doing.'