Nineteen is a magical age. Perhaps the most accurate “tween” age there is. Not quite an adult but certainly not a teenager. Although I’m sure in David’s mind 19 is still a “teen” age, considering his recent birthday tweet to Jordin in which he congratulated the just-turned-20-year-old on no longer being a “teenager.”
I think it’s safe to say that David will still be as young as he wants to be.
Which I think is a great thing – choosing to be as “young” or as “old” as one wants to be. Because, let’s face it: David has no hurries. He takes each day and each song in stride. No demands other than to do his very best.
Some of us have our own demands on him and what may be “age appropriate.” I have no doubt the chorus will intensify on his “readiness” to have a serious girlfriend, if only to “prove” his heterosexuality, his “maturity,” or even his readiness to embrace his public image as a heart throb. David has nothing to prove for he has no pretensions, and neither should we.
Then there are the demands for the direction his music will take. What will 19-year-old David give us musically? Remember how, last year, after American Idol, the main demand was for him to stray far from his “ballad boy” stereotype foisted on him and “prove” his relevance in the current pop music world? Then, after that, it was the bitter debate over doing Disney “tween” bubblegum pop? Really, what were those debates about?
Obviously, those discussions were less about David and more about “us.” For me, I must confess that I balked at the tween pop star image for no other reason than that I, who had already received questionable glances from my peers when I expressed my love for teenaged David as a 30-something adult woman, would have to justify my tastes or my morals (i.e. are you sure you’re not some pedo trying to rob the cradle and only doing so vicariously through O.D.D.?). Considering there were quack journalists/music critics already accusing David’s adult fans for being “weird” in our admiration of him, perhaps some of us were on the defensive.
Of course, I could reduce these “demands” to matters of the personal, but I also know, deep down, they were also the expressions of a fanbase who knew our idol was capable of so much more than the standards to which he was being held. Each new interview and each new stretch of his vocal abilities kept proving us right.
If 19 is a magical age, then here is hoping for David to bring on the magic of the Voice in full force.
Happy Birthday, David!
May you continue to be blessed and to bless us all with your musical and spiritual purity. May your next pop album cause your light to shine even brighter than it already has. May your growth and maturity reflect all its potential.
May your Arch Angels accept you and bend with whatever changes you make for yourself and for us.
Have a blessed and exhilarating day!