Posted by MT on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
A Guessing Game…
Fit David into a box? Which box?
Is it a curse to be so talented? It shouldn’t be, but it must make for some agonizing decisions on David’s part. What direction should he go? What direction will he go? There are many differing opinions on this and I’m sure David has heard them all. David is in the rare position of having devoted, loyal fans whose musical tastes vary widely.
We’ve all watched a multitude of videos with David performing various types of music and most of us have listened to almost every song he’s ever sung, at least those posted anywhere on the web. David enjoys singing anything and everything but he appears to really love belting out a song. It seems (to me) to be what he both enjoys most and does best. Watch the Z100 performance of Elevator. He really let loose on that one, taking it to a whole other level while performing it in their studio, and he looked like he had a ball doing it.
Most of us have seen videos of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert (though we weren’t really supposed to, insert embarrassed face here). David was so in his element. These performances gave his voice the opportunity to soar, to do what David does best. It was brilliant, and the joy on his face was beyond anything I have seen on him to date. Part of it was the type of music he was singing, but I believe another part of that joy came from having the opportunity to set his voice free. I have to say again: the joy on his face was just stunning. (See: Los Pastores a Belen & Silent Night – David Archuleta w/the MOTAB, it’s a MUST SEE, just gorgeous). In that respect, one would think that David would want to sing ballads, yet they are noticeably absent on his latest album.
We have heard David imply, during an interview, that he knows what direction he intends to take, that he just didn’t want to shock people by jumping straight from his previous style into one so different.
Credit Jake Chessum
What style? Does he actually have a definite direction in mind? Does he know what road he will eventually take?
David’s versatility is greatly discussed among the various sites. His talent seems to be endless. He is a musical sponge. I believe he can sing, and sing well, almost any style he has ever listened to. So, what is this musical genius to do?
Will he decide to do what he believes he sings best? Will he choose the most popular? Will he go with what he likes best, his own personal taste in music? I would like to think that he shouldn’t have to choose. He has the talent to do it all but has there ever been a singer who has done it all and succeeded? There has been talk about the music industry trying something new, releasing digital singles rather than full albums. Would this type of format help make it possible?
Only time will tell what David will decide to do so, for now it’s just a guessing game during a slow month in DavidLand.
With rumors of David returning to the recording studio let’s play, shall we? And we can get to know each other a little more in the process.
Just for fun, let’s pick a box!
What kind of music did you listen to before David? What is your personal preference in “non-David” music now? What would YOU like to see David do next?
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Posted by SandyBeaches on Thursday, November 11, 2010
In his dreams he looks beyond the limits of today
To the possibilities of tomorrow
To see what can be
Instead of settling for what is
In his dreams he imagines
The most profound of ideas
Then finds a way through song
To make them all happen
Just as I was about to close my computer the other evening, I came across this statement by Emmegirl, “I think you all saw a glimpse into his future that night.” I am certain that my eyes widened because she wrote in so few words what I could not find even in my own fleeting thoughts. The night she is referring to, took place in September in Nashville. On this exciting occasion David was appearing with Orla Fallon recording her Christmas special and David was her guest. Several of us from David’s fan sites were there late into the evening, sitting together for the second taping. But of course we all would have stayed until the sun rose on David if need be. Nothing can compare to how robust the audience became when David stepped out on to the stage or when he so professionally bowed to the audience. He took us into a dream that night, one that was so profound that we became enraptured, but in silence. To me, the words written by Emmegirl were the most prophetic words written about David. They awoke me; they stirred me to thinking all about where his path is taking him. The wondrous part is that I love beyond all reason where he is headed. You know that it is good path that David is traveling on when a theatre full of seasoned concert goers rise to their feet at the closing of a song, while he is gives his smiles and acknowledgments to the audience. We sat on the right side of the hall and I always turn and look around at concerts to see how the audience is responding to him. Each time he ended a song, their faces were lit from his onstage, magical presence. I will say though, that the lady who sat to my right, as if on cue, rose to her feet just moments ahead of everyone else. The entire audience only needed that gentle suggestion to rise to their feet in unison.
Orla and David singing Silent Night
Many of you know that I had my own dream last February, the one that I said I only dared to dream. The most important part of my dream was to have David honored by performing with the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The choir has been in my memory as being a part of every Christmas in our home since I was a child. My father played their Christmas album daily as the sounds of the choir became the everlasting sounds of Christmas. I sang in several choirs throughout the years, as I was striving to find a choir that in any way resembled the Tabernacle Choir, realizing my dream one day. Perhaps our own dreams are captured in his passionate words, “You find it, you hold it, you feel its grace.”
Looking at the video clip from Natalie Cole’s guest performance last year, we can visualize David featured on the cover of the 2010 Christmas concert CD. When you watch the video and envision David in her place, it shows us just how amazing it will be for him both now and in his future in so many ways. This performance is like crossing a bridge for David and perhaps for us.
For many of the finest musicians, famous songs have been written following or during dreams in the night. Recently, David’s song ‘Elevator’ came to him in a dream following a restless night of sleep. Is it possible that in his dreams, he has found the place for humanity where hearts, minds and souls are healed by caring and compassion? Perhaps in his dreams there is the love that he has been given and the most wonderful places to be in to sing about it.
All of us who gather here
Have been granted the grace
To be etched forever in his dreams.
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