With budding maturity, David Archuleta captures two years’ worth of introspection and reflection, dozens of songwriting sessions, long days spent in the studio and nights in the air, all leading to The Other Side of Down, his highly anticipated second album.
Not only the follow up to David’s 2008 self-titled debut, it’s a reintroduction to the American Idol runner-up with the angelic voice who 30 million television viewers fell in love with during season 7—now older, wiser, with faith still on his side and an eternally optimistic wide-eyed outlook. Hence, the album’s title. “For me, it’s about moving forward and making progress,” David explains. “I’m heading towards ‘the other side of down,’ which is ‘up.’”
It is not an easy feat for a young artist to come up with a sophomore album. Yet David has produced a total of seven albums in five years. To quote Simon Cowell, “When you’ve got it, you’ve got it.” Back from his mission with a plethora of songs in his repertoire, he will have a leviathan task on his hands making up his setlist for when he starts touring again.
So let’s help him out. I’ve compiled a list of songs from his albums, plus songs and covers he has done at concerts and appearances. Some songs he hasn’t even sung yet but we can dream, can’t we?
Here is your assignment, should you wish to accept it:
Use the ballot below to select 25 songs you would like to hear David sing on his next tour. You can make suggestions for other songs, too. We will tally the ballots and come up with the 25 songs that make it to the Ultimate Setlist for the Homecoming Tour! You never know who may wander over here to read our list and take note of our choices. ;)
As you all know I’m a voting, commenting, viewing, anything to get David’s name out there junkie lol. I put up the occasional link for you all to see and join in if possible. Some do some don’t, either is fine, doesn’t make any fan better than another. I try to touch everything put out relating to David but even in his absence it’s hard to do. So I pick and choose what are the best promo opportunities IMO and go at it :)
This leads me to the Ryan Seacrest poll. Will Seacrest debut or play David’s single or any other of his songs? Not likely but not impossible. Seacrest is viewed and followed by not only fans of almost every artist but also the media, music and news alike. So I put this poll as the #1 priority. And after seeing these tweets I feel this is more than a mindless poll. I believe this will show the interest in David is still strong and that his fans are here waiting for him.
Inquiring minds want to know: Counting the days – how do we count the ways?
The following is by Bianca, reprinted in part here from her blog siteBearsafloat
I’ve been asked by Abrra of The Voice to do something about a countdown calendar for people to use to track David’s mission. So I’ve been thinking.
My first idea was to create a page-a-day calendar where you tear off a page each day. Imagine my disappointment when I found out that there is only one site I could find to create one and it would cost a minimum of $20 per year per copy of the calendar. They only offer black and white and all the copies would have to be ordered at one time. Shipping would be a PITB.
Continuing with professionally-printed calendars,we could go with a 24 month monthly format (perhaps like the one I did for 2011). Art could be added to the individual dates for the countdown. I do love spotlighting the best of fan photography like this. If you’re obsessive you could cross out each day as it passes. Cost would depend on the quality we chose.
We could have a poster calendar printed for each year. This would be fun to mark off the days,but I don’t personally have space for one, do you?
It could be a desktop calendar like this with not much room to personalize the dates but cute and doesn’t take much room. By the way,yes,I like Shutterfly and similar services because that way I don’t have to be involved in ordering or shipping and I know exactly what you’ll get.
We could create a journal format so you could keep notes of how you’re doing or things you wish you could share with David. Or something that would fit a standard planner binder.
Finally,I could create printable calendar pages that you could print yourself. The thing about doing this is that many of David’s fans do not have good color printers and 24-25 pages would be expensive to print. These could have great art of course–they could be quite customized. But I would need a lot of encouragement from people who absolutely promised to print them.
So what do you think? What would you invest your money or time into?
Please take the poll below to give her an idea of which format you would most like and discuss in the comments. You can also comment andread herfull articleon her site.
I’d like to invite everyone over to my blog for a discussion of ways to countdown the days of David’s mission. Thanks Abrra for the idea and here’s to a fabulous collaboration! http://www.bearsafloat.net/smileblog/
We are just trying to help her get the word out in time for something to be done for the fans.
When it comes to vocal talent, David is as consistent as they come. His voice is on point and on pitch in every performance. He is consistent in delivering an emotionally potent and riveting performance. Singing comes as natural to him as breathing and he rarely misses his mark. He may hit an off note once in a while, but they are few and far between and it’s usually when he’s sick. Vocally, people know what to expect from David and he never disappoints.
David is in the process of discovering his own sound and deciding what picture he wants to paint for the world with his songs. He understands that the world needs to know what to expect from him and he’s trying to make sure that his next project shows the world “who he is” and what they can expect. He is now striving for consistency in this aspect of his life.
There is one last category where I think David still needs to find consistency. That is his wardrobe/image. I know this might seem insignificant. And I know it would be hard for him to actually look bad. With that face? Please! He’s just too beautiful. But I do think he needs some consistency for not only his fans, but for anyone who wants to hire him for a performance. They should know what to expect both in his look and his sound.
David is in a transitional stage with his image as well as his music. David’s first tour, when he was only 18 years old, was affectionately known by some fans as “the plaid tour.” David wore a different plaid shirt for almost every performance. For the CFTH tour, the second half was performed with him wearing a beautiful black jacket and dress shirt with black pants (very nice, by the way). Since then, David has had no real consistency in what he wears. He has done performances in everything from T-shirts and scarves to a Tux. Of course, the Tux was an exception, worn for the most formal of occasions, singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but you get my meaning.
Now that David is no longer a teenager and is looking ahead towards what I hope will be a very long career in music, isn’t it time for him to develop his own style in regards to his professional appearance and have some consistency in this area as well? I think he would benefit from finding a nice mature look that he’s comfortable and consistent with, whether it’s for concerts, interviews, singing the NA at sporting events or performing for charity. I’m thinking that this might just fall into place once he discovers his own sound. There will probably be a look that he feels just naturally goes with it.
I know David isn’t going to take our opinion into consideration and I’m not saying he should. When David is ready, he will choose his own style. So…
JUST FOR FUN, and because things are slow right now, how about a little poll? Which of the following photos do you think would be a good look for David now that he’s no longer a teenager? What would you like to see him wearing consistently?
If there’s another photo out there that’s not listed that you think would be a great image for David, let us know. Personally, I’m partial to the fitted T-shirt with a jacket and dark blue or black jeans. It might be a little warm for him on stage with a jacket, but he could always take it off after a few songs, once he gets warmed up.
Very nice! Well fitting. (This color blue looks GREAT on him.)
Casual, comfortable, & looks every bit of his 20 years in this one.
This could work, too. Fitted shirt and skinny tie FTW!
Hmmm … a bit too casual? Maybe with darker jeans?
(Is that the same T-Shirt from pic 1? Hmmm…
Different jeans and no jacket? Not the same look. )
Short-waisted, double-breasted MJ style military jacket. Nice. ♥
Dressy casual. Hmmm… a bit too dressy for on stage?
Black leather jacket with jeans and tie anyone? :razz:
Gorgeous. That’s all. Just Gorgeous. Well fitting, solid colored T-shirt, Jacket, Dark Jeans, Boots ♥ Different colored T-Shirt = different outfit! Easy as pie.
A little too hot? Like I said, he could always take the jacket off later. (P.S. His hair looks GREAT brushed back like that, too. Makes him look older.
Ready? Choose a photo and tell us why you chose it in the comment section.