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Never Over “Falling Stars” by David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Saturday, September 21, 2013

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“Falling Stars”, Track 6 on “The Other Side of Down” was met with mixed reviews by record critics and fans when the album was released in October of 2010. Some felt the song was irrelevant to the central theme of the album. Others thought the song wasn’t believable for David to sing because he wasn’t old or experienced enough. Still others dismissed the song as a departure from the optimistic lyrics we have come to expect from David’s music. And then there were those, including me, who fell head over heels in love with the song.

Written by Emanuel “Eman” Kiriakou, Claude Kelly and Jess Cates, “Falling Stars” is a hauntingly beautiful song about not getting over a romantic relationship. “Over you, never over you…”

When Eman gave us a snippet of the song in a bubbletweet a month before album release, it may have sounded tinny and inaudible but it was love at first listen for me. I’m drawn to love songs, especially those sung by the most angelic voice in the universe. The bubbletweet immediately captured me and made me yearn for the full song.

That tinny-sounding bubbletweet got 23,755 views!

20,000 may have been mine. LOL

video edit: Abrra

“Falling Stars” begins with a relaxing tone and builds as it progresses until it reaches a very emotional pinnacle at the chorus after the bridge when David sings “like fallling starrrss” and “like crashing carrrs.” On the album version, you can hear a slight buzz in his voice throughout the song, giving it a dream-like quality. The steady drumbeat during the song is reminiscent of the sound of a heartbeat which perhaps was intentional. It breaks my heart as he tells the story of a love that can never be. I believe him because unlike anyone I have heard, he is able to sing with the emotional maturity of someone who has actually had the experience even if he hasn’t. It’s part of his genius. His refrain from using vibrato at the suggestion of Eman gives the song an unusual quality, one that fits the sullen mood of the song. He ends the song with a relaxed tone again, and brings us back down to earth.

Credit Rusharr

YouTube comment from six months ago:

AHAHAHA I remember my dad turning to me asking me ‘Are those high notes even possible?

Why my interest in “Falling Stars” now, almost three years after its release? I never stopped loving the song. I always wished for radio play and I don’t think it ever got the recognition it deserved. But a recent comment on The Voice by Emmegirl prompted me to dive into YouTube when she pointed out that there has been renewed interest in some of David’s music as evidenced by very recent comments, even on videos that are not live performances. I chose to investigate “Falling Stars” and was encouraged to find brand new comments praising the song, especially since David has been out of the country for almost two years. I saw from the comments that I am not alone in my admiration and fascination for this song.  

From YouTube: 

This song made my life so much less complicated. It cleared my head. He’s the reason I’m smiling right now.5 months ago

This song is so beautiful. 4 months ago

Still listening in 2013 to this romantic song. 2 weeks ago

I feel so good when I listen to this song. 2 months ago

Such an emotional song. I cry when I hear it. 2 months ago

The song is so calm and soothes my broken heart. 1 month ago

He is so passionate-his voice, his lyrics, his emotions…everything about him is so wonderful. He is an amazing singer and what’s more, a lovely man. 11 months ago

UUUU

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I’m sure you’ve noticed that David has specific body language for each song he performs. Check out the angst he portrays in this live performance of “Falling Stars” from Wichita, Kansas.


Credit Clear Channel

When you forget me

 When you don’t remember my name

 Not even a memory

 Somewhere in the back of your brain

 I won’t be offended

‘Cause I always knew that the day

 Would come when I’m not enough to make you stay

 You tell me it’s not possible, no way that we could break

 But nothing is illogical, believe me

 

 Like falling stars over your head

 We were bound to burn out, burn like crashing cars

 I’ll never get over you, never over you

‘Cause you are so beautiful, yeah

 

 The world is turning

 And time keeps on lingering on

 The sun will be burning

 Eventually you will be gone

 

 I’ll always love you

 Oh, believe it or not

 Baby, that’s not enough to, not enough to

 Stop these…

 

Falling stars over your head

 We were bound to burn out, burn like crashing cars

 I’ll never get over you, never over you

‘Cause you are so beautiful, yeah

 

 When it’s all said and done

 I’ll be just a speck in the galaxy

 Floating far, far away by gravity

 Tell me it’s not possible, no way that we could break

 

 Like falling stars

 Like crashing cars

 Like falling stars over your head

 We were bound to burn out, just like crashing cars

 I’ll never get over you, never over you

‘Cause you are so beautiful, yeah.

David’s use of his falsetto in “Falling Stars” is perhaps the highlight of the song for me.  My heart skips a beat as his voice glides effortlessly from falsetto and back again, as if he is crying from the deep pain he feels about this doomed relationship.  In the above interview, he describes his own feelings about the song.

Eman, who was one of the writers of that song, he wanted me to not sound like myself…he wanted me to sing with a different tone and a different energy…

It really added a more mature…it kind of has like an umph kind of manly kind of vibe now, and I think that was what Eman was trying to do.

It’s not about showing me and reflecting me, but…I felt like it was okay to have one song that was just a genuinely truly amazing song.  I think that song is one of them.

I totally agree.

Posted in @DavidArchie, @kariontour, lyrics, The Voice | Tagged: , , , , | 48 Comments »

David Archuleta ~ MKOC Tour ~ The California Leg ~1st up Santa Rosa & Los Angeles

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

credit Heather Farble

The My Kind of Christmas Tour hits the west coast today for a series of four concerts. Tonight David will blow everyone’s socks off in Santa Rosa at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts!

SANTA ROSA-Wells Fargo Center For The Arts

Tomorrow, Club Nokia in Los Angeles will be treated to his awesomeness.

LOS ANGELES – Club Nokia

Posted in Appreciation, Art, artistic freedom, concerts, David Archuleta, jazz, lyrics, music, Musical icon, My Kind of Christmas Tour, performance art, Personal freedom, Respect, tours, Uncategorized | 158 Comments »

The Power of Words

Posted by paulafod on Thursday, March 3, 2011

 

Composition in Words and TwitterCloud ~ Angelica


The day my daughter was born, right after her birth, the doctor held up a screaming, messy, little blob of pure joy so that I could see her.  I touched her hand and she continued to scream.  I spoke to her, and immediately she became quiet.  She opened her eyes and searched for the source of those words.  She recognized my voice.   I spoke to her with words that she could not understand, but they reached her anyway…. “Hey, there little one.”   Four words spoken with tenderness by a voice that was familiar were a comfort to her when everything around her was unfamiliar.

Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, is not far from my home. At the age of six, having been blind and deaf since the age of nineteen months, Helen stood at a water pump and discovered the beauty of a word.  W-a-t-e-r.  That word changed everything for her.  Words rescued her from an existence that was dark and lonely and allowed her to inspire an entire world. Do you remember the afternoon of February 22, 2011?  @DavidArchie tweeted that he would have a vlog up soon.  We waited, almost patiently. After the uncertainty of the announcement of his release from the Jive roster and the release of his management, we needed to hear what he had to say.  We hung on his every word.  The David family huddled together for words of reassurance.

I came to love David through the words he sang.  I came to admire David because of the words he spoke and wrote.  I have grown to respect David not only because of the words he chooses to use, but because there are words that he refuses to use…words of negativity or gossip….words to retaliate or tear down.  I love his humorous words…tales of huge grapes, mistaken identities (Ricky Archuleta), giant bowls of guacamole, and whether or not fish have brains….all of these words endear him to me.

With David as my inspiration, I hope to be more careful with the words I choose, and I want my life to reinforce the optimism, hope, and encouragement that my words express.  I will not be perfect, but I want to think twice before I hurl words into the atmosphere.  Once a word has been received by another person, it is irretrievable.  As David recently quoted, the lack of words can be as harmful as harsh words, so I want to communicate with those so important to me   David once said that a smile can make someone’s day.  It’s true.  It’s also true that a kind word has the power to make a huge difference in the life of another person.

So now we wait for more words from David, more songs, more tweets, more news of tour or an appearance or a music label or new management.  While we wait, we’ll use words that make a difference….words like Music for Smiles, Rising Star Outreach, Children’s Miracle Network, Stand Up 2 Cancer.  We’ll use our words to remind David that we are his fans.  We’ll remind each other what a blessing it is to be an Archie. We’ll use our word power to make a difference.

After all, we never know who’s listening. 


Posted in Angels for a Cause, Children's Miracle Network, David Archuleta, Editorial, lyrics, Rising Star Outreach, role models, song writing, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Twitter cloud | Tagged: , | 96 Comments »

 
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