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A Teenager’s View of David Archuleta

Posted by emmazaugg on Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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When we saw the One Voice Children’s Choir sing “Glorious” on YouTube, my mom got her credit card and bought tickets to the “Celebration of Christ” concert, knowing my Grandma was going, and that DAVID WOULD BE THERE! I had been watching David’s “Glorious” video multiple times a day for weeks, and I couldn’t get enough of it. His face is so sweet! In fact I have to keep drawing it :).

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The whole show was amazing, but I couldn’t help but glance at the program often to see when David would be singing next. I felt so happy when he came out and performed his first number “The First Noel”. David sang a neat arrangement of “Do You Hear What I Hear” that he finished with a low, resonating note. I was enthralled. My mom and I squealed when we saw “Glorious” in the program (I think that song will be a forever favorite). Hearing David sing the lead with the children’s choir harmonizing was exactly what I had hoped! The beautiful first piano notes transported me into the song immediately. I really hope David records “Believe” (from Polar Express), his voice was incredible (I feel torn because I really like how Josh Groban sings the song, yet there’s something about David).

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When we saw Masa Fukuda conducting the children’s choir in their YouTube video, we wanted to meet him! And we did! At the end of the concert, as he was exiting the building, we were able to tell him how much we enjoyed the choir. It was a treat to hear inside tidbits he told us of how David helped ease the children’s anxiety before they appeared on America’s Got Talent. David assured them he often gets nervous too. We also heard Stephanie Mabey (the composer of “Glorious”) is a sister to some former One Voice choir members. Mr. Fukuda was as adorable in person as he appears in the video.

I wish I could say I was exaggerating, but I really do want to hear David’s voice in my mind and heart at all times. I was so glad to be able to go to the concert. What a thrill :).

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Emmazaugg is the 16 year-old granddaughter of Pattirae. These are her drawings.

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Here’s a Riddle for Ya and How the Milk Carton Kids Got Found

Posted by Angelica on Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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The previous post about The Civil Wars was an unanticipated preamble to the present article. I was in the process of writing about another duet I had recently discovered: The Milk Carton Kids. It was late at night when I saw the news of the Civil Wars ending and the thought struck me how numerous the similarities exist between them and TMCK. Both groups are/were duos. Both perform folk music. Both are known for pure, rich vocals and exquisite harmony. Both are accompanied only by accoustic guitar. Both are fueled by a body of lyrically intelligent songs with amazing meaning and melody.

Photo credit Brendan Pattengale

Photo credit Brendan Pattengale

I had tickets to see The Milk Carton Kids perform next month. A few days ago, I got an email that all their shows for August and September had been canceled due to vocal strain. This was a blow, as when their tour starts up again in October, they will not be near enough for me to attend. Translation – they are not David Archuleta for whom apparently, no geographical coordinate within the continental United States is too far for me to travel.

But they are so talented and their music is poignant and gorgeous. The two struggled separately for years without much success until 2011 when Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan ditched their solo careers and became The Milk Carton Kids, blending so flawlessly their tenor voices that it’s almost like listening to one voice. They have since toured to sold-out venues in the US and Europe and been nominated for a Grammy for their album, The Ash and Clay. Here they are performing in an empty space they fill completely.

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Which brings me to what I was intending to write pre-Civil War. The touting of what a tour de force work of promotion The Milk Carton Kid’s have achieved in such a short time. Visit their official site and click on TOURS and you will find not just the upcoming tour dates, but all the past tours listed and every venue they’ve ever performed. I can’t help but think how gosh almighty that would look on David’s official site. Think of all the cities he has performed on tour, all the early TV appearances that could be listed. It would be a ponderous chain of events and an impressive page indeed. The Milk Carton Kids also have an entire page devoted to fans who do covers of their songs. Every fan, every cover, ever done and more being added all the time. How appreciative is that? There is even a listing and link at the bottom of every page of their OS for their Management, their Booking Agent and their Press Agent. But here is the savvy part, for this is how I came to know them and how it happened that I got online and purchased tickets to their concert. Their first two albums, Prologue and Retrospect are free for download on their OS. Smart. Back in 2011, the same year The Milk Carton Kids started, I wrote an article about music industry changes and the importance of seeing the world differently in this technological age. I encourage you to give it another look because it says a lot of what I want to say here but lack the space. Today, for a variety of reasons, the money is in tours and merchandise. But first, you have to get them to come to a show.

This is about an example of how a true artist with the right self-promotion can sell out venues without selling out. This is not about whether or not you like indie folk or that I want David to go that route. I don’t. I just want him to honor what is real and true for him musically. Considering his choice of Stephanie Mabey and Justin Christensen to work with, maybe it will sound something like the video below. All he has to do is get them to come out to a show. His voice and charisma will do the rest. Watch how the merest change of expression on his face elicits a reaction. Then the smile. He wins again.

Video Credit ArchuletaAvenue

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David Archuleta ~ Expanding the Vision

Posted by Angelica on Friday, May 23, 2014

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Been doing a lot of thinking about life the past few days. I reconnected with some family and friends I had kind of lost touch with for a while. That’s so easy to do and they were feeling the need too, but like me, just didn’t make the call. Then I set up my studio in a spare room, got out my paints and brushes, and placed before me a huge three foot by three foot white empty canvas. It’s a scary sight but exciting too! Made a lot of absolutely horrible sketches on paper and felt really good about it! Then I got into bed and the tweet came from David.  I lay in the dark with my phone and read the whole article. It was just what I needed to hear.

I want to share a dream I had earlier this week about David. In the dream I was sitting at my computer on the YouTube site, and a new music video appeared with him striding forward smiling. It was all in this cool bluish filter effect and there was a nice beat and just when he came really close and I thought he was going to sing, he stopped and said, “Wait.” Then blank screen!! In my dream I yelled, “Nooooooo!! What are you doing? You have a MAGNIFICENT VOICE!” Then off camera, (or off dream) I heard a loud voice say to me, “STOP! You are looking through a pin hole.” I saw a tiny aperture appear in the distance and through it I could only see a small part of David’s face. All around was this vastness I couldn’t see past but in my dream I felt so much was going on back there. Then I woke up.

It set me to pondering. What do you think is going on beyond our view? And is it, as in my dream, bigger than we imagine?

 

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Desperate for David Archuleta

Posted by ronaleem on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Although David was already on his mission and out of the public eye when I first became aware of the amazing person he is, I sympathize with fans who are desperate to have him back.

How does our desperation feel? I think David can tell us. The other morning as I was listening to my iPod, Desperate came up on the playlist. Although I had listened to this song many times, this was the first time I really heard it. And what I heard was incredible. David actually conveyed the feeling of desperation through his voice!

This is how I think he did it, but I want to mention two things before I get to David’s vocals. The first is the instrumental background: piano, throbbing drumbeat, and electronic sounds which are mostly loud, and frequently relentless and chaotic. This does not give David much opportunity for subtlety in dynamics or tempo.

Second is the lyrics. Desperate is not a profound song. The word “desperate” is used 13 times, 14 if you count the title. The chorus is repeated four times, leaving only three short sections of narrative to describe the subject’s emotional state. The first two sections convey his isolation and absolute despair; the third, his realization that he can change. Because David always strives for a positive message, despair actually turns to hope at the end of the second section when he sings, “It’s your life; it’s time you face it.” This line divides the song into two parts.

So, how does David do it? How does he express absolute despair, then the possibility of hope?

In the first part of the song, he keeps his voice in its lower register, which communicates a feeling of seriousness and heaviness, and contributes to the idea of despair. By staying in the lower register, his voice cannot soar into higher, brighter notes. Also, David clips the notes, and even exhales a little breath as he ends some of them. These clipped notes distinctly separate the words from one another, suggesting isolation, which in turn reinforces the sense of despair. The only time there is even a foreshadowing of hope is in the words “believin'” and “light” in the chorus. When David sings these words, he holds the notes instead of clipping them, thus entertaining the eventual possibility of hope replacing despair.

This possibility of hope is evident in the second part of the song. As David sings, “it’s time you face it,” he leaves his lower register and goes into his higher register. In addition, he holds the note on “it” instead of clipping it. In the lines, “You know that things have gotta change/ You can’t go back, you find a way/ And day by day, you start to come alive,” David’s voice steadily ascends the scale and his dynamics increase. When he sings “alive,” he holds this very high note for several beats and puts some runs into it as well, providing a bright sound. Ironically, “desperate” is sung ten times in this “hopeful” part of the song, but sung near or at the top of David’s range. In addition, he extends these repetitions of “desperate” by holding them for several beats. All of these vocal techniques contribute to the sense of despair, followed by the sense of hope, that David conveys through his interpretation of the song.

I always thought this song was a first-person account of desperation, that the lyrics were those of a person talking to himself. Thanks to some YouTube comments, I realized the lyrics could be addressed to a second person. I believe either interpretation holds up, although I prefer the first-person interpretation because it makes the intensity of the desperation more immediate and personal, which David definitely does.

Kirailah rolon:  Lol Why Would He Be Desperate He Is Hot

HeartSettoLove:  Because hot people have crap in their life happen too :p

And NarutoPHC replies to Kirailah with the third-person perspective:  Lol he is singing about the girl being desperate :P

I love becoming aware of aspects of David for the first time, as in this example of Desperate. I find it remarkable that a 17-year-old was able to convey feelings of desperation and hope so convincingly. David’s musical abilities and exceptional character continue to astound me.

And because I’m still learning about him and from him, I’m not utterly desperate to have him back yet. And no one else should be either, because David will be back soon!

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Ronaleem is a guest writer for The Voice.

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David Archuleta ~ I’ll Never Go Far Away From You

Posted by ascphil on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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I wasn’t on my laptop the night I watched David’s “Before the Cut” vlog. I was on my iTouch and was waiting for it to load because our internet signal at night is usually so weak. When I finally watched it, I felt a sadness engulf me once more. I thought all this time that I was doing okay knowing less and less about what’s happening in the Archuworld. But even if that vlog was less than half a minute long, it made me ponder on how unhappy I had been not being able to write about David, and that I missed drawing his angelic face. I paused the video at certain spots to find his nice angles. Then accidentally the video froze on his profile which was very similar to the last one I drew of him.

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It was uncanny that it froze there because I didn’t even notice that he had such an angle when I watched it previously. Normally, when the video is paused, the image would become dark after some time as is the usual case when the iTouch goes on idle mode, then you have to touch the screen to re-activate it to go back to the previous image. This time, the image of his profile JUST STAYED ON! The screen never went dark, and no matter what I pressed on the image to make the video play again or to stop it, the image of his profile stayed there, unrelenting. I waited for the screen to go dark after several minutes, but it didn’t! My iTouch hanged, but was it coincidence that it chose to freeze on that significant pose? I then realized what was happening. I was being given a sign not to give up on David, despite everything that happened during the past month, and despite all the hurt I was going thru. I need to fulfill my promise to him that I’ll be here for him during his absence and especially when he comes back in 2014. I intend to do so but quietly. However, that image staying there for so long made me feel the message so strongly that I wept and sobbed, cupping my face with both hands in the privacy of my room. Thank God my husband and kids were downstairs busy doing their own stuff. They didn’t see how swollen my face became from crying so much. I then acknowledged that God must know my struggle and that it’s His way of telling me that David is worth all of it, that being an Archie is something I can no longer run away from, that there is a reason for my being one.

With that realization, and because that image remained immovable on my iTouch’s screen, I then turned on my laptop to look for that video on YouTube so that I could download it and make a screen capture of the frozen profile image. I was still tearful so it took me some time to find the exact moment of the profile, but I was finally able to save it. On the larger screen of my laptop, I could now see that he had a bigger smile than on the sketch that I drew, that he was truly happy and looking forward to his mission. It made such a deep impact on me that the video froze at that exact moment to comfort me in my sadness, and that Someone knows what I’m going through.

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Noticing that my iTouch was still on the same frozen image even after I had successfully screen-captured it, I then thought of taking a photo of my iTouch to document what happened. But when I was ready with my camera and focused on it, the screen went dark. I tried to revive my iTouch, but it didn’t recover the image. Instead it warned that the battery was low and needed to be charged. This happened after the image was on for almost an hour. It was as if it waited for me to capture it on my laptop. Right after that, I tweeted David that I had just gotten a strong message from his vlog. I wonder if he ever read it, but don’t expect that he did, knowing how busy he was at that time.

The next day, David released his very last video blog before he entered the MTC. I thought I would cry again after watching it, but I didn’t. Amazingly, I felt happy and peaceful, both for him and for me, because I was given an assurance that I am still in this journey with David and that I should keep the faith  stronger than ever. I am convinced all the more that God has a plan for David which he still has to fulfill, and I have to stick around to witness him fulfill it.

I still have to know what God wants me to do after all this. I keep praying for an answer, and so far I have been receiving bits and pieces which always lead me back to David. Until then, I remain a faithful Archie, waiting for the imminent return of our beloved David Archuleta.

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Drawing by Ascphil

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Ascphil is a guest writer for The Voice

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David Archuleta ~ We Hear a Voice

Posted by bluesky4home on Thursday, January 9, 2014

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The sound post is a small cylindrical spruce stick wedged between the belly and back of the instrument, like a hidden pillar between floor and roof. In violin making one also calls this little piece of wood the soul (anima in Italian). The reason for this is that the sound post plays a considerable role in producing the sound that the violin maker can get out of the instrument.

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View of a sound post
through the end pin hole
at the bottom of the violin.

I played the violin in school from 4th grade through 12th. But although I dearly love music, the violin was my Dad’s choice, not mine. I was never really a pro, and I did not like the sounds I made. The violin got used very little after high school and put away for good after I got married. I may have got it out three or four times in forty years. I dabbled with the piano a little, wrote songs for my family that I recorded by (painfully) typing out one note at a time on the computer. But the violin never entered my thoughts.

Then, with most of the kids gone and no one here to play guitar, piano, etc. but me, (and I can’t!) I fell into such a desert of music-less existence that it brought me to the unthinkable: the violin.

So, last spring I took the violin that my Dad had proudly brought home when I was nine and had it checked out. Hummmm. Seems like he had made a pretty good purchase after all. Seems like it just needed a new (list of a lot of things for a lot of money). But they said it was a good violin and that it was worth it. I paid the price. Then I brought it home, full of trepidation. Oh. My. Gosh. For the first time in all my memory, I liked the sound I heard. It was not that I was such a terrible player after all (although, frankly, I am still pretty much a beginner!) it was that the “sound post” in the violin was inadequate, positioned incorrectly, and needed to be replaced with a new one. It changed the tone, the sound, the vibration, the openness, the everything of my violin. It finally had a voice.

Sometimes, I think life is like that: we make an effort and we never really see much of an effect. Then, a new piece falls into place and everything is different. Our efforts were not in vain. Our skills may be greater than we supposed. Perhaps we were growing all that time and we did not even know it. Perhaps, (just perhaps!) we really are where and who we need to be.

I think this is one reason we like listening to DA:  When he sings, a different vibration stirs within us, giving us music that we think is his… but really, it is just another sweet connection to our own “sound post”, and reminds us of the true music that lies deep within us. We hear a different “tone”, a new yet somehow familiar “sound”, an “openness”, that is both compelling and vulnerable:  We hear a voice.

DA got his own, dear, vocal chords to wrap around like an embrace, but it is his own “sound post”, his own true self, that brings life to the music we hear, and joy to our hearts.

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Bluesky is a staff writer for The Voice

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Going Green for David Archuleta

Posted by Angelica on Monday, September 16, 2013

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Photo by Naree

I love green.  It has always been my favorite color.  It represents hope and the promise of renewal.  The Emerald City after the journey.  The goal obtained.  The clean gleam of grass after a rain.  For many months the photo below, found on twitter, was my desktop.  It’s from the window of the house of David’s hairdresser from Nandito Ako, the house he filmed the video for “I’ll Never Go.”  I find it restful and since I love the color green, very satisfying.

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THE GREENS OF THESE TREES THESE LEAVES

The greens of these trees these leaves
The many shades of green-
Olive green and deep dark green and yellow green
And greens I see but have no name for-
So many shades of light and beauty in green
And I with my eyes loving them all
And delighted and made happy by them all-

Wondering why and how God’s world
Has so so much Beauty
Just in green alone -
And being deep in happiness
At being alive
And loving them more
In regretting why and how
I will not one day soon
be able to see them again.

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I miss David.  On this Monday in September, I remember the greener days of summer and of being a fan.  It may not be one day soon, or as soon as we’d like, but we will see those days again.  After the looming winter, the emerald cities of tour dates will beckon once again.

Till then, here’s a lovely green video to feast your eyes and ears on.

Video credit ShelleyFOD

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David Archuleta ~ Reaping What He Sews

Posted by Angelica on Sunday, June 30, 2013

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About seven years ago, on a hot summer day, my husband and I decided to go exploring in the abandoned home of his long deceased German grandmother. His uncle Hans, who had inherited the property, told us to help ourselves to whatever we found. The place had sat uninhabited for so long that it had fallen into a sad state of disrepair. Everything that had not been removed was left just as it had been when she was alive, down to articles of her clothing neatly folded in drawers or hanging forlornly in the closet. There were letters, delicately scrawled in German, some old photographs, and her passport, documenting her visits home. I rescued these for posterity and took only one other thing: an old Singer sewing machine. It was back in a corner and so covered with dust and cobwebs, I almost didn’t see it.

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It has stood in a corner of my kitchen these last seven years. I like it for its decorative design and for its sentimental value. Made of solid cast iron, it is much heavier than it looks. As a boy my husband often got scolded for sitting on the treadle and rocking back and forth. It was on this machine he learned to sew at his grandmother’s side.

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A few days ago he declared that he was going to start sewing again. On that machine! That machine that was made in 1923! That is ninety years old! That doesn’t even use electricity! But he merely bought a new belt, oiled it up and voila!

I have since learned from him and YouTube that this machine will sew through six layers of denim plus a layer of leather. Singers made in the 1920’s will even sew through a tin can. It was a selling point that was used to demonstrate to frugal shoppers why they should spend more on a Singer. The salesman would start with a gossamer thin piece of fabric and continue to sew through thicker and thicker cloth. Finally, when it was clear that he couldn’t possibly go any further, he sewed through a heavy tin can.

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So much like David, who we often think can’t get any better, go any further and yet he surprises us every time. How’s that for a smooth segue to David? You knew I would get there eventually, didn’t you?

In fact, the revival of this old Singer has become to my mind a metaphor for David. It stands in my kitchen, a testament to the fact that not all singers are alike. A rare few are made to stand the test of time. They have a strong base and are built to last. Designed for beauty as well as function, they operate with few moving parts, but what they do use, is poetry in motion. And they don’t need all the bells and whistles or even electricity to perform well. In fact, the technology most singers depend upon is superfluous to them. In their element unplugged, they have the power to penetrate the thickest layers, mending the tears that lie so deep; they bind what others cannot reach.

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Behind Broken ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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Hey everyone

it’s David here

I’m here

right now

currently

I mean

I guess I won’t be

here

once you see this

actually.

(self-effacing laughter)

With that very David-like intro comes the story and motivation behind the original song “Broken,” written by David Archuleta with Jon Hunt for the album BEGIN. In an age of narcissism comes a rejection of all that: an outward-focused man of humility. “I wanted to make a goal to do some original stuff and write music that was real to me and just my own voice, my own sound.”

This is who he is and how he sounds when he feels the song and why we are still here.  Actually.

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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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MT is a Staff Writer for The Voice

 

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