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It's almost noon on a Wednesday in Los Angeles, and the waitress at Los Angeles hot spot Toast has approached our table no less than eight times asking, "Are you good? Unassuming yet confident, Grammer has worked tirelessly to get to the point where fans know all the words to his lyrics. So, fresh off a concert in San Diego the night before, the engaging singer-songwriter sat down with us to talk about his seemingly rapid success, the story behind his Dancing With the Stars appearances, and falling in love with his wife. Glamour: You had written about 50 songs for this album and were told that you still didn't have a hit single in that mix. How did you find it within yourself to keep writing instead of throwing in the towel? Andy Grammer : I think that you just understand as any creative person that there's a beast that you have to beat, and it never goes away. I've resigned myself to that, and it's kind of what keeps you going. Writing is the worst and the best. You're never really done, so when my manager, who I trust, says, "We don't have it yet," I understand. In this case, I had written 50 songs, and when I listened to them back, they sounded really bad.
Maybe you noticed a new phenomenon the last time you sat down for an evening of YouTube and chill and pulled up a cool music video. Your favorite pop songs have undergone a kind of surreal treatment. People have turned them into hour-long loops—just the same song, played back to back, for an hour, on YouTube. The most popular versions of popular songs have millions of plays, and, if you type the title of almost any pop song into the YouTube search bar, the site will tack "1 hour" on as a suggested search. Not even by a goddamn long shot. There's an immediate logic to it: How else are we supposed to appreciate the subtle nuance of Bieber's rebrand? We need to hear his croons over and over and over again until the mysteries of mankind are unearthed. What DO I mean as I nod my head yes?