David Archuleta ~ The Man Behind the Music: #HaveFaithinDA
Posted by Kristin on Saturday, April 26, 2014
It has been a month this week since David returned from his mission and as things seemed to settle down, the unfortunate questions and doubts have begun to rear their ugly head. Rumors flying around over various things involving his future in the industry or whether he’s even considering one.
Like some, I have been troubled, annoyed, and irritated by these comments. I know from personal experience that doubts can be very difficult no matter what it is. Doubts are always the one thing besides fear that seems to hinder our dreams and what we consider important to us. Now it seems fear is beginning to take over too, due to David’s silence on social media.
I know people will read this and say who am I to judge? Who am I to say they shouldn’t doubt or fear? Who am I to say these things if I don’t know the man personally? But most of all…
Who am I to even say or ask these questions if I haven’t met David in person like many have throughout the past six years?
I’ll tell you who I am. An almost 21 year old college student who because of this man…can now believe in herself…when no one else could try.
I tweeted a quote a few nights ago, one that is pinned on a bulletin board of inspirational quotes I had put together the summer before my senior year of high school. The quote was this:
“Faith is believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” – Voltaire
Then this happened:
I’m not sure where it came from. As a writer you sometimes think of these things out of the blue just to write them, but I’ve realized after thinking it over and talking with others…my heart was telling me something.
Faith is very difficult to have. You’re probably thinking I’m going the route of faith in God. Well, that’s one side of it. The other sides are faith in another person, faith in yourself…
Even when it’s beyond reason to believe, as quoted by Voltaire.
With David, he has come back to a world so different from the one he has left two years prior. Everyone has a right to their opinions and what they think he should or should not do with his career, and unfortunately we let what other people say or think influence how we should feel, something I’ve gone through firsthand with keeping this dream of meeting David for myself alive despite everything.
I have been told to give up, to get over it, you name it. I’m sure many others have been too. Yet…I’ve realized throughout our wants and needs and desires…someone has been left out…
That person is David.
What about him? I don’t mean David Archuleta the famous guy either…I mean David.
Has anyone taken a second to sit down and realize it’s not just US? It’s not just what WE want? It’s not just what WE want for HIS career?
David has been gone for TWO YEARS. TWO YEARS.
I honestly feel some have given up on him without even giving him a chance. I’ve heard certain comments this week…and I choose not to repeat them because that’s not what’s important.
David, is important.
Have we forgotten about the man behind the music? The man behind the fame, the glitz, the glamour, the famous guy from American Idol label?
Not everyone of course has forgotten, but I know some unfortunately have, letting own needs dictate how they should feel over how David must be feeling since coming back.
I know people will read this and criticize me for saying what I have, but you know what?
We love David, we care about him, we want what’s best for him. I probably would’ve left three years ago after what happened with Jive if I believed he was finished…
Yet I’m still here and somehow kept faith alive, even when I thought I couldn’t.
What does David have to prove to keep faith alive in some?
Here’s your answer: Nothing. All he has to do is sing…and be himself.
This hashtag isn’t just about having faith in David…it’s having faith in him for ourselves. Earlier this year I almost gave up myself wondering if David even could make a career again while staying true to himself.
The truth is he can.
To those who say I should give up and face so-called reality, I say no.
I’m not going anywhere, and neither are the fans who still love David not just for his music, but for exactly who he is.
This is more than just some celebrity and musician. This is a now 23 year old man who has done things that none of us ever expected; a man with a family, friends, people who love him dearly before we even knew him, a man who’s chasing a dream just like we all do every day, and a man trying to decide for himself…how to be the musician he knows he wants to be.
I’ll leave you all with this to ponder:
When you take away the labels, the fame, the money, the specific boxes David has been put in…
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Kristin is a guest writer for The Voice.