Looking Back at David
Posted by gladys1961 on Thursday, November 18, 2010
My view of David has been changing over the past three years, from awe to admiration to the respect I have for him today. That personality, so childlike in that little body, yet with a voice so powerful and enveloping. To also witness all his professional and personal growth right before our eyes, was a journey I did not expect at this point in my life.
I have compared David many times to a gem, as Paula described him in Hollywood week auditions, “You are a gem for all the world to see.” He is not a finished diamond ready to sell, David is so young, he has so much time to polish and shine. Although we have already seen his light, I know there is still so much more within David. His moment will come as he matures and I hope to be there.
I can see David’s career in stages. With each CD I see a change, I see more strength and more decision. I see that David is now the boss of his life, personally and professionally. Maybe with his first CD there was only time to say, “I do what I must and not what I want” but still his light emerged in all its brilliance or nearly all, to what we see today. We cannot deny his professionalism; it is present in his work. At that time, sales and promotion accompanied him, he did his job and we did ours and most importantly, Jive did theirs.
With his second CD, Christmas From the Heart, David did exactly what he needed to do. I realized his vocal range far exceeded my expectations and his confidence on stage, his eloquence and his runs revealed how much he had grown.
I know what I’m writing here is not news, but remember David on his first tour in the city of Virginia Beach, his first concert standing at the microphone and look at him now, walking and running and oh yes, he also sings.
And finally we get to his latest CD, The Other Side of Down. I wonder how he persuaded Jive to record 10 of the 12 songs he had co-written. This was the time for David to say, “I do what I want.” I imagine David at a long table during negotiations (I watch many movies) with all those men in suits sitting there, waiting to be convinced by a guy dressed in jeans, t-shirt, sneakers, and a very, very bright smile. I think this last was the clincher, his smile.
Due to recent events, I am a little worried. I’m told David’s smile could cause an ecological disaster. When David greeted me from a chat, I was left speechless for a while, I cannot imagine what could happen if he smiled at me. I would like David to visit my country, Argentina, and while here the custom is take the distinguished visitors to admire our natural wonders. We have one called “Perito Moreno Glacier” which is an architectural marvel of large ice formations. I firmly believe that if David smiles in front of the glacier, I would have to say “goodbye glacier.” (If I have to be honest, to see David smile live would be worthwhile and I would not miss at all that blessed glacier!!!! Gosh, see what he makes me do!!!).
Someone told me here on The Voice that David is entitled to take 19 years and they are right. I apologize because sometimes I can be very critical and not realize that David is giving us a gift; I have no right to demand, but to wait and be very, very patient. David ceased long ago to be the winner of Star Search, David will also cease to be the American Idol runner-up, and just be DAVID ARCHULETA.
I am aware that AI found a pearl in the sea, the culture, placed inside an oyster and exposed. David long ago got out of the oyster. It takes a long time, but he has emerged and so far nobody has been able to give a fair price, not even Jive.