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The Mantle of Stardom ~ David Archuleta

Posted by MT on Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Humility and Fame walk hand in hand
In the body of a single man.
Confusion reigns in the back of his mind,
Balance is something he seeks to find.

I often think of David’s vlog “I’m Still Alive.” In it, he talked about having a hard time coming back to the entertainment world where “It’s all about you, and how important you are, and letting everybody know that, and how great you are, and everybody look at you.” (see 2:22 in the following video)

I can understand how a transition like that could be a bit overwhelming for him. It makes me wonder how he’s going to work it all out. It was probably difficult before his mission to do any type of self-promotion. But now? I can’t imagine how hard it is to go from two years of “doing for others” to it being “all about him” once again. How does he work that out in his mind?

Every product out there, even one that’s been on the market for years and is known for quality, is continually marketed to a target audience. Mercedes, for example. It’s a great car and everyone knows it. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have to keep advertising, reminding their target audience that their product is still out there and trying to convince them it’s still the best on the market. They’re giving the buying public a reason to buy Mercedes rather than a competing brand. It’s the same with music. You have to believe in the excellence of your product and be willing to let everyone know that. Give them a reason to buy YOUR product.

David has said that he’s writing POP songs (along with some Spanish). This is a strong indication that he wants to continue his career; putting out albums and touring. The problem is, how do you get your music out there and sell tickets to your tour without marketing yourself and your music?

While stardom may not be David’s main goal in making music, success brings with it lots of opportunities. We know enough about David to know that promoting worthy causes is something that’s close to his heart. A recognizable name in the music industry would bring with it the ability to get the public’s attention for those causes. The bigger the name, the more attention and support he could draw towards those causes.

But how does he reconcile, in his mind, the humble human being that he is with the part of him that wants to perform? How does the reluctant star gain attention for his causes without self-promotion? It’s a dilemma I believe he’s struggling with.

Perhaps one day he’ll realize that self-promotion is simply a tool that’s used as part of the job, a means of selling a product. HIS product, himself and his music. Done the right way, stardom and fame can be a mantle he wears like a warm winter coat. If he sees it that way, he could simply put it on when needed, when he’s performing or doing interviews. It wouldn’t be a fake persona, it would simply be a line drawn between the man and the star, allowing him to promote his product, himself, while remaining true to who he is as a person. At the end of the workday he could simply let the mantle fall away, allowing him to remain the same humble guy he has always been.

Can it be done? Is it possible to separate the man from the star?

MT is a Staff Writer for The Voice.

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Counting UP – Are We There Yet?

Posted by MT on Sunday, May 11, 2014

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Well, our countdown is finally over. David Archuleta is home! Yay!!

Now what?

Do any of you feel a bit lost or confused right now? I do. David’s home. He’s not in Chile anymore. But what does that mean in terms of being a fan for the moment?

When he was gone, the countdown made sense. We knew the date he left so we knew approximately when he’d get home. I don’t know about you, but I never really thought much farther than that while he was gone. I had a return date. That was all I needed. I knew he’d be back by the end of March and that was good enough for me. I settled in for the long haul and knew I’d have to find ways to amuse myself. No problem. I did. For two years.

But….he’s home now.  I don’t know what I was expecting but I don’t think this is it. I feel like I’m still waiting for him to get back. And I guess I am because, while we’re no longer waiting for a return, we’re still waiting for something else. Something more. The Music. Because to us, David = music.

Two things are making it difficult for me. First, I’m not really sure what I’m waiting for. There are so many variables, so many unknowns. Will David’s music be the same? Will it change? What type of music will he record? And in what language? Will he be heading to the Philippines? Will he do a concert here in the United States anytime soon? Will he vlog soon to introduce us to “the man he has become?” (I hope we can get reacquainted soon.)

Second, we don’t have a date. We’re no longer counting down, we’re counting up! But up to when? It’s the not knowing that makes it hard.

It’s like being on a road trip and not knowing your destination. If you know it, then you can anticipate if it’s going to be a long trip and be prepared to sit back and relax knowing you won’t be there for quite a while. When you know it’s going to be days in the car, you prepare for it.

A half hour trip is nothing. Just your driver’s license and the car will get you there. If you’re going to be driving for a really long time, you pack an ice chest, you bring iPods and iPads, you pack a bag and book a hotel. The problem is that (even though we don’t mind waiting) we have no idea where we’re going or how long we need to be prepared to wait.

I want him to take as long as he needs; forever if that’s what he needs for HIM.  But for ME, I hope I don’t have to wait that long.

*sigh* It’s the final countdown (or count UP). If only we had a clue.

Dear David,

I’m trying to be patient but can we get a hint? Pretty please? Should I pack an ice chest? Will I need my iPod and iPad?

Thanks,

MT

PS: If you tell me I need to pack a bag and book a hotel, I hope it’s for a concert. ;)

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MT is a staff writer for The Voice.

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March Madness Sparks Plans as David Archuleta Draws Closer to Fans

Posted by MT on Sunday, March 2, 2014

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Well, here we are! Over two years ago we sat in shock after hearing David’s announcement telling us that he would be gone from the music world, from our world, for two years. Even when we eventually reached the acceptance stage and understood his reasons for going, we still felt an uneasiness. “What would we do? What would happen without him for that long?” That was the reality that was sinking in for so many of us.

Each of us had our own reason for feeling the way we did. For some, David’s uplifting music was a balm for their souls that would be sorely missed. For others, he was a source of joy in a sometimes otherwise difficult life. Others would miss the friendships, the camaraderie, this fandom he created. Others would miss the live concert experiences. And for some, his vlogs made them happy in a way they still can’t explain. For each of those reasons and many more, we felt there would be a void that couldn’t be filled without him here. As great as videos are, and as grateful as we are that we had all those videos, they is just no substitute for the real thing. Yet, here we are.  Somehow we managed to make it to 2014.

Perhaps David understood how we felt. His working so hard before he left to leave us with a mini-series to watch, and new music to explore and savor, helped tremendously. The vlogs and photos shared by his team while he was gone helped too. And even though he was so many miles away, we were given the privilege of seeing him sing at Christmas both years, through the generosity of his church in making those events open to the public and posting videos online for all to enjoy.

It’s been a long two years and perhaps the hardest part is yet to come. These last days seem to be eerily quiet. We’ve spent the past two years looking back at all the amazing performance videos, those wonderful gifts from fans, remembering what a phenomenal talent he has always been. But it’s now so close that we’ve stopped looking back because the future is just over the horizon, almost within our grasp.

The videos we saw at Christmas show a David who is still the same and yet so very different at the same time. While we are no longer looking back, we have no idea what that future will bring. The excitement we feel about his return has us sitting on the fence between the past and the future, a future we know in our hearts will be bright and wonderful for David. How could it not be?

While we wait out the last days before his return, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the admins here at The Voice, and all of David’s fan sites, for their hard work in keeping us together for all these months and for making it so much fun!  Thank you for sharing the smiles, the laughter, and the tears these past two years.  And to all the fans who are still here, kudos for hanging in there! It will be worth the wait! It won’t be long now. We’re in the home stretch and it’s time to look ahead! Who’s ready for David?  Vlogs and videos and concerts, OH MY! What will YOU be doing to get ready for David’s homecoming?

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Here are a few of the things I’ve jotted down on my own “to do” list.

1. Check the piggy bank.

2. Tune up my engine. Include the car engine as well.  Road trip!!!

3. Shop for tour clothes.

4. Pull out all my David Archuleta shirts, jackets, pins, bracelets, etc. Put them all on and dance like nobody is watching. Make sure.

5. Sign up for ILAA which is now VIP Nation cuz you know I want that VIP ticket.

6. Review all the lyrics of David’s songs by playing all of his CDs and singing with him at the top of my lungs like nobody is listening.  Make sure.

7. Buy a new computer/IPad to watch David videos.

8. Buy a new camera to TAKE David videos.

9. Practice my chair-scooting!

10. Practice my salsa dancing!

11. Practice jumping in the event of zero gravity.

12. Practice breathing in the event of no air in my lungs from screaming and jumping and dancing and scooting.

13. Scrap #12 and invest in a portable O2 tank.  See if you can bundle a portable lifepak with it at a discount.

14. Get back on that diet!!

So.  What’s on your list?

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MT is a staff writer for The Voice.

 

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David Archuleta ~ La Voz en Español

Posted by MT on Sunday, November 10, 2013

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When it comes to David, I’m quite often “all about the career.” I think David’s voice is so phenomenal that the world simply MUST acknowledge it.  But on a personal level, it’s all about listening to the voice. That voice is what I’m dying to experience live.  The Voice, the voice, the voice. No special songs. No special theme. Just the voice singing anything he wants to to sing.

Like many of you I can’t wait until David gets home. He has been sorely missed. But thoughts of his homecoming bring up many questions. How will he have changed? What will he look like? (Once he has hair again.) Will his voice be deeper? Will his personality have changed? One thing we can be pretty sure of is that he’ll come home with an accent and speaking fluent Spanish.

The thought that naturally follows is; Will David be recording in Spanish soon after he gets back home and back to singing? I usually love David’s voice singing anything, but I wonder. If he does a whole album in Spanish, would I really want to buy it? After all, I wouldn’t understand a word he sings. So, I did a little research and made an interesting discovery.

I decided to listen closely to something he both recorded and performed live in Spanish. Listen to this “Riu Riu Chiu”from Verona. The whole thing is beautiful, but the part from 2:20 to the end where there are no words, just his voice. Gahhhhh…to die for vocals!

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Now tell me it doesn’t make your little heart ache and sing with joy at the same time. As I listened to that last part I was so enthralled (that ending is exquisite) and it suddenly dawned on me. David has recorded tons of songs and I have loved them all, in the beginning. But it actually takes me a while to decide whether or not I really like the SONG. OK. That sounds strange. What I mean is, at first all I hear is his voice, not the lyrics. I’m so excited that I get to hear him sing ANYTHING new, that I don’t really listen to the words because I’m too busy drowning in his voice. After I’ve heard each song a few dozen times, I finally reach a point where I actually pay attention to the lyrics and decide if I like the song itself. Or I should say, which songs I like more and which I like less.

So…all of this to say that if David does make a Spanish album, it may very well be my favorite of all even though I won’t understand the words. It might actually be BECAUSE I don’t understand the words. It would be like all the background vocals that I love so much. He usually isn’t even singing actual words, just sounds. All I hear is him vocalizing the emotions he’s feeling. Sooo beautiful! I think his songs in Spanish might have that same effect on me.

Without the distraction of what the song is ABOUT, it will just be..the Voice. So David, bring on the Spanish album!! I am ready!!

How ready are you for a whole album of soft consonants sung by David?

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In the Studio With David Archuleta

Posted by MT on Sunday, August 18, 2013

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THIS!!! This video is all kinds of WIN! That’s pretty much all I could say at first about the amazing studio recording we got as a gift from Kari Sellards. I was left almost speechless after the first viewing. I was having a hard time thinking of what I could possibly say about his brilliance in that video. I can’t tell you how amazed I was watching him in action in the studio. I am in awe, to say the least.

Why do I love it so much? Well, I’ll be “shallow” first and say I love the little glance he gives at the beginning, a quick glance directly at the camera showing us he knows he’s being recorded. And let’s face it, he is beautiful with a set of headphones on. I don’t really know why I love that but I do. Love Love Love. Maybe it’s because in my mind he is a “recording” artist and him with headphones while he’s in studio is what my mind feels is a true depiction of who David is. It’s where I feel he belongs. (And on stage of course)  No matter how gorgeous he is, it’s really all about The Voice and the genius behind it.

David in studio, in this video, shows us just how talented he is. And though I have no technical expertise when it comes to music, even I can recognize what a true professional he is, the amazing control he has over his voice, how brilliant he is with improvisation, and how he “feels” the music and is able to so beautifully express himself through perfectly matched vocals. As someone with no musical talent, I would probably be trying to match the music with my notes and tones. But David knows how to take the music to a new level by contrasting his vocals and adding another melodic layer as well as a depth of emotion to the song that can pierce your soul. *sigh* Beautiful.

I’ve heard (seen?) fans say, “What I wouldn’t give to have David at my house for a day so I could pick his brain, or just talk to him for hours.” Me? NO WAY!  No way could I have David talking to me for a day. I’d be a nervous wreck. I love the guy but the thought of talking to him terrifies me. (But in a good way! haha) I am in awe of him and would probably be struck dumb, so that wouldn’t work for me.

But what I WOULD love is to be in the recording studio with him for a day. Not near him, just standing in the background watching. I would pay big bucks to just watch him being himself, recording, improvising, discussing the technical aspects of what he needs to do. And then watching him do what needs to be done, while at the same time adding what he “feels” into the songs. I’d love to watch his mind at work, watch his genius at work. Add to that the wonderful benefit of getting to hear that voice all day, in person. I can’t imagine it getting any better than that.

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David Archuleta on Guitar ~ Killing Us Softly

Posted by MT on Saturday, July 6, 2013

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I recently ran across an interview  with Mike Krompass, one of the co-writers of “A Little Too Not Over You,” from January 2009.  He was asked if David played guitar.

He says he’s not very good on guitar. Have you seen him play?

… he actually called me from his video shoot and he was like, “Can you tell me the chords for A Little Too Not Over You?” and he was playing it over the phone for me. Yeah, he can play. He plays piano great and he plays guitar. He is very talented.

Full interview here.

I thought I had read somewhere that he played, but wasn’t really sure until I recently read this interview.  I have to tell you, I got pretty excited at the thought of David on stage playing a guitar and singing.  Visions of a Spanish ballad in David’s beautiful voice with him accompanying himself on guitar were running through my head.

But then I watched the video of him singing “Waiting On The World To Change” with Jeff Leblanc and I began having second thoughts.  Watch the video and take a good look at the way David moves when he sings (particularly from 2:50 on), his full body rhythm and his very expressive hand movements, and tell me that you don’t appreciate the fact that David sings with his whole being.  You can almost see the music moving through him.

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I started thinking about it and suddenly wasn’t so sure I’d want him hidden behind a guitar, unable to move around the stage and unable to express himself with his hands as well as his voice.

So I’ve decided that I wouldn’t mind if he uses a guitar on one or two songs, the way he does with the piano, (very generous of me, right?) but I definitely hope he doesn’t begin using it for too many songs.  I want to see him moving around, rockin’ that stage!

What do you guys think?

Would you like to see David on stage with a guitar in his hands?

Are you a fan of the acoustic style of singing/performing?

Would you prefer he do more songs either at the piano or with a guitar?

Or would you prefer that he remains free to move around, jump, dance and sing with those beautifully expressive hands of his, having fun on stage?

Watching that video also made me wonder what he would be like on stage without a mic to hold onto.  If he used a head mic instead, how do you think he would move? Would he be more likely to dance? Would it change the way he performs?  And most important…would we be able to handle it?

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David Archuleta ~ The Right One

Posted by MT on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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So how many of you watched American Idol this year? I did. Not because I particularly wanted to, but my husband likes to watch it and wants me to watch it with him.

At one time, it was on my “must see” list. I was a fanatic about the show from the beginning. I could never miss an episode. If I wasn’t going to be home, I’d record it because I HAD to see it.  Yep, it was my favorite show. I waited all week for it to come on.

Year after year I watched and recorded. I loved Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, was sad when Katherine McPhee lost, sat scratching my head when Taylor Hicks won, and cheered when Jordan Sparks won. The rest? I don’t really remember anymore.  Yep, year after year I watched and chose a favorite, even though I never voted.

Then, in season 7 … David Archuleta showed up.

Well, the little rascal changed everything!! I was cheering. I was voting. And I was ranting about the American public’s lack of good taste when he came in second. (It’s okay. I’ve gotten over it. Mostly.)

But when Season 8 started, it felt like something was missing and it’s been that way ever since. Now I watch it because, unless I really want to tell hubby that it’s just a waste of time because there will never be another David Archuleta on the show, I have to watch. How can I tell him that no one else’s voice makes me feel the music, that no one else’s performance draws me in, that no one else compares, that … well, you get my drift.

I’m left wanting, every time, because there won’t be another David Archuleta on American Idol, ever. He is the first and last contestant that has captured my attention in the way he did, in a way I can’t even explain.

Oh, I know that the contestants were talented. I know that many of them have real potential.  Some of them have voices I really like. Some have great voices and actually know what to do with them. I can see it. I can hear it. I just don’t feel it.

It’s okay.  You can say it. You can tell me, “There’s lots of talent on the show.” or “You can enjoy  more than one singer!” And you’d be right. There was some real talent on AI this year. But no matter how good anyone else is, when compared to David, it leaves me wanting more. When some of the contestants sang, the notes seemed cut off and I wanted to pull just a little bit more out of them.  And I didn’t hear the extension of the melody in their voices the way I do with David.  Somehow, the lyrics are just words. I’m not drawn in. I find myself merely an observer, critiquing each note, each run, rather than enjoying the performances.

Should I be comparing everyone I hear to David?  No. I shouldn’t. But do I? Absolutely. I don’t mean to and I try not to. I just can’t help it. After 5 years of listening to The Voice, how can I not compare?  He has spoiled me. Badly.

When David was on Idol, I got excited about his performances. I recorded them and watched them over and over and over. I was left going, “OMG, did you hear that!?!” When David sang, I felt the heart of the song. I loved it. I felt engaged. I was connected to the performance and the song. There were moments when he took my breath away. Watch David Archuleta singing “In This Moment.” When he sang it, I believed him and I was in that moment with him.

Not since season 7 have I recorded an episode of American Idol. Not since season 7 has anyone made me want to listen more than once. Not since season 7 have I cared enough to vote for another contestant. I guess once you’ve found your Idol, no one else will ever compare.

One Idol is all you need when it’s the right one.

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David Archuleta ~ Calling Home On Mother’s Day

Posted by MT on Saturday, May 11, 2013

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There’s magic in a Mother’s touch,

and sunshine in her smile.

There’s love in everything she does

to make our lives worthwhile.

We can find both hope and courage

Just by looking in her eyes.

Her laughter is a source of joy,

her works are warm and wise.

There is a kindness and compassion

to be found in her embrace,

and we see the light of heaven

shining from a Mother’s face.

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Wow! Another year has passed and it’s already Mother’s Day again. That means David gets to call home!  Since I’ve never had to leave my family for two whole years, I can’t imagine how much he misses his mother and the rest of his family. But I imagine it will be a happy day for all of them when he makes that call. Lupe must surely miss his laugh and that brilliant smile.

I know how much my mother means to me and I thank God every day that she’s still with me. Not everyone is so fortunate. I talk to her every day. She is my rock. She’s the one I turn to when I don’t know what to do because I know that whatever advice she gives will be what she believes is best for me. She always has my back. She is a staunch supporter of anything I want to try, often having more faith in me than I have in myself. She is always sympathetic, always caring, and when she speaks to me it is always with love in her voice.  I know David must feel the same way.

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In times when life can be so hard

And worry can darken our day

There’s always one person who understands

And knows just what to say.

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I hope David and Lupe have a nice long chat and get to share lots of love and smiles across the miles.

Wishing you a day filled with joy and laughter.  To each and every one of you …

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY !

Video by Familysharecom – with thanks to Beloirti for the find.

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David Archuleta’s Heart Falls Out ~ A Review

Posted by MT on Saturday, April 6, 2013

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Let me start by admitting that I know as close to nothing as you can get about the technical terms in music. I just know what I like and this song falls into the category of, David songs I really love. It makes me want to take a course in music just so I could talk about it in the proper terms. But since there’s no time for that, I’ll say it as simply as I can and hope you get what I mean because as far as I’m concerned, this song deserves special mention. It is beautiful and sweet and light and airy. It gives me chills and makes me want to dance.

From the first notes, “Heart Falls Out” makes me smile. It begins with a fuller sound rather than with the simpler, acoustic type beginnings in some of David’s songs. I love the way they used synthesized sounds, adding techno effects and  drums that almost feel like a heart beat. Somehow, that drum beat forms a connection to my own heartbeat and makes the music feel like it moves through me.

The first notes he sings are just ‘ohhhhhh, ohhhh noooo.” Oh, boy! When he’s just making sounds, with no words, it feels like it’s pure emotion. Right there, he has me hooked and the rest of the song just keep pulling me along. As he begins singing the lyrics, you  hear his beautiful, pure, clear voice, then the auto tuned part kicks in and seems to duet with him.

I was actually a little surprised at first by the auto-tuning effects on his voice. Some may not like it but I personally love it. I think the mix of auto-tune with his normal voice gives a wonderful mix of textures to the vocals. I think it actually makes his natural, organic voice stand out more and I seem to react stronger to his voice in those places where it appears in the song, like at 2:03 and 2:15-2:25.  (Would you just listen to the rich velvety tone of his voice! Gahhh, gorgeous!)

The rhythm: Maybe it’s because I’m a dancer at heart that the rhythm appeals to me so much. This song has such a beautifully smooth, silky sound, a slightly faster tempo, and an almost sensuous dance rhythm to it. Even when I’m sitting in a chair or sitting in the car listening, I can imagine how I would move to it on the dance floor. The feeling is heady, almost intoxicating. I want to just breath in the music. *sigh*

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One more thing I need to make note of is the background vocal track. I’ve always been a fan of his background vocals because they seem less “rehearsed,” more raw and emotional, and I think this is where David truly shines. I am a big fan of the riffs and runs David adds to live performances and the background vocals sound like the same thing. They feel spontaneous and real. If I could change one thing on this song, it would be during the last 1:30 of song. The volume on the background vocal is too low for me and I find myself straining to hear it. I would love to hear what it would sound like if the volume on that part was turned up enough to sound like a duet because those vocals are what capture my attention and reach out to me.

The combination of all these things, along with so many others that I don’t have the expertise to even try to describe, makes this an outstanding song for me. If I have time to listen to anything these days when I’ve been so busy, it’s this song. It’s been on repeat since it downloaded from iTunes.

I love this song. And when I say I love this song, I really mean it. Love, Love Love. It’s a keeper and will probably remain at the top of my playlist for a very long time. Kudos to David, LadyV, and the producers for doing an amazing job on this song.

By the way, if anyone reading this has any control over the contents of the vault this came out of and find more like it, please feel free to share.  :)

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More Than Technique ~ David Archuleta

Posted by MT on Saturday, February 16, 2013

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We all know that David Archuleta is “The Voice.” That’s why we all became so enamored of this wonderful artist from the beginning. David is one of those rare individuals whose voice can reach out and touch your soul through song. I’m not sure why it happens or how he’s able to accomplish such a task.  I just know it happens, at least for me.

From his early days on Star Search to the present, there has never been any doubt about his abilities. We’ve all read one article after another about his technique and his natural ability to make a song his own.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s an original of his own creation, one that was written for him and sung by him, or a cover of another artist’s song.  Once David sings it no other will ever compare, at least not for us. It’s a never-ending riddle for me as to why that is.

Why does no other artist give a song the power that David seems to imbue within its lyrics and melody? I’ve often tried to describe where I feel it comes from and to this day have not found the right words. I’ve said that he has “an echo chamber in his chest.” How else could he give such fullness to his voice? I’ve said that “he has music in his DNA” and it just oozes from every pore. I’ve thought perhaps it’s because of the shape or size of his mouth that he’s able to pronounce and sing words so beautifully. Or perhaps it’s a result of the vocal paralysis and resultant recovery that his tone has such richness.  But none of these explain why his voice reaches me, touches me, in the way that it does.

There’s something far more than technique, no matter how perfect, that makes David’s voice so special.  In the video below, Climb Every Mountain from Salt Lake City on the MKOC Tour, David gives a performance that, when I am able to make my self pay attention to that aspect of the song, appears to be technically perfect. But what makes this performance so special is something more than that.

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While I’m quite sure he has practiced this song to make it as powerful as he can while performing it, there is no evidence that it is “rehearsed” during the performance. There is no spot that I feel is contrived to add power, no place that feels forced. It feels like it’s just being written as he’s singing it. It feels like his own words and his own feelings being released from his mind and heart at the very moment the lyrics are sung.

I have, years ago, dabbled in song writing. As you’ve all seen, I love writing poetry. Rhyme comes naturally to my mind somehow. I once wrote a poem that created its own melody in my head as I wrote and then read it. The result? A song. It took only minutes but was something so personal and powerful to me that when I sang it out loud only moments after writing it, it made me cry.

I tell you this because that’s how I feel when David sings a song like “Climb Every Mountain.” It feels like the song wasn’t written until that very moment and is something very personal and powerful to him. It feels like it’s being created from the very depths of his being and sung for the very first time, in the “here and now,” from the very first note until the last. Perhaps that’s the key.

David was gifted with the amazing ability to perform a song day after day, show after show, as if it’s the very first time, as if it’s an original written straight from his heart in that moment, as if he is speaking his thoughts through song. Once he begins, the technique, which is probably as close to perfect as one can get, is no longer noticed. It’s all about feelings. And what I feel as he begins to sing is his heart pouring out onto his audience on a beautiful wave of sound and genuine emotion.

He has the rare ability to connect very personally and powerfully to the music and lyrics of a song. The second part of that very rare gift is the ability to pass that on to his audience. The result is that, rather than just hearing it, the listener “experiences” the song in the exact same way David feels it. And he knows it.  No wonder he’s so very careful what he sings.

It may very well be why his wonderful heart is mentioned so often. It’s the tenderness, the sweetness, the innocence, and the love in his heart that comes through to us in his voice. Each time we listen, we are given one sweet moment of all that is beautiful in this world.

“Climb Every Mountain” is my example. Do you have a song you feel this way about?”

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