One of the things I’m liking about the new theme here at Soul David is how crisp, clear, and large the photos post. So, since these latest photos by Arlu Gomez have been making the rounds in Archuworld, I thought I would repost a few of them here. Feast your eyes! :P
It is amazing to me how I am celebrating three years of Soul David! So, rather than just mark the anniversary with a new banner, as I’ve done in the past, I decided to do a whole new theme! :)
This one is called “Parament,” versus the “Black Letterhead” that I’ve been using from WordPress.
Actually, it was because of that glitch in the Black Letterhead last week, in which I had to try a temporary theme so you, dear readers, could read my posts, why I even thought that I could really change things up at Soul David.
And now that we’re in a whole new era in Archuworld (what with our Beloved all the way in a different country doing his missionary thing), we might as well really shake things up.
So, I hope you like the new look! :)
I don’t know how many “original” Soul Davids are still here (hello, Joymus, Desertrat) when I first set up shop on April 28, 2009. I don’t remember if I ever explained what drove me to creating SD.
My journey as a David fan, as you all know, started when David sang “Heaven” on my tele. My journey as a David blogger later began when I discovered Noting David, via Rickey’s and Fanblast (remember those days?).
Noting David was where all the non-tween fans gathered (it seemed), and Rascal was leading the pack. Then he announced that he was closing shop at ND when he received one hate mail too many. In our immediate panic , I suggested that those of us who regularly congregated at ND should still keep an independent blog going. At the time when some folks set up shop at Just David (remember that short-lived community?), I was on an overseas trip, and lo and behold, when I returned, I was told that JD was up and running, that I had access to post as a guest blogger, and won’t I join in on all the fun?
Well, I did, without realizing there were “rules” I was supposed to follow. Boy did I step on some toes when I audaciously posted a fan video without going through the proper channels:
That action led to one of the “editors” privately emailing me and chastising me for posting a blog without going through them first. Of course, that rubbed me the wrong way, so I went back and deleted my post. This deletion also got me into trouble! :P
Since I had already posted my blog, just leave it up there, I was told, but please remember to not post anything without first going through them. They must be able to control this “open community” blog.
Well, whatever! Once Rascal healed from his wounds and decided he wasn’t quite yet finished with blogging, he invited me among others to be apart of a new community called The David Chronicles. Which sounded cool to me! But then, lo and behold, it would function as a community blog with various editors editing our blog posts before they were made for public viewing.
After one or two posts, in which what I passionately wrote about David got truly edited down so that my posts would be less “provocative” (even though Rascal recruited me to be part of TDC for my “provocations”), I decided: you know, I like being part of a collective, but I’m still trying to make sense of my ODD, and curtailing my passions in a collective was just not going to be enough.
Hence Soul David began. Where I just wanted to express my David love my own way, with no edits and no sanctions. Rascal congratulated me but also confessed that he wasn’t completely thrilled because he valued my provocativeness, which he was sure I would be redirecting to my new project.
And, as it happened, that’s exactly what I did! Things really took off for Soul David when I was the only blogger in Archuworld who didn’t get the memo that there was a moratorium of silence on the #MIC massage parlor scandal. I knew there were many fans who were distressed about the situation, and they just wanted to vent (especially when the rest of the media was spinning the story beyond our control).
I imagine my lifting the silence on this subject has stuck with me and the reputation of Soul David, where commenters feel very free to express their feelings about David (whether they are popular or not). And for that, I’m grateful to be that venue.
I can’t say how things will progress from here, but I at least want to mark this milestone. Three years counting, and my love for David hasn’t gone away. Some relationships don’t last that long!
Thanks for your readership, everyone! :)
Oh, and one more thing: “Leave a comment” is posted just below the blog title on this new theme.
I’m very much under the weather and trying to recover, and now that it’s the end of the week, I can finally rest up with some chicken soup and The Voice (yes, David’s Voice still works for me in my healing process).
In the mean time, here’s a feast for sore eyes (found these gems over at Fans of David).
Fan Art by Blackout14:
David is among the 50 Most Beautiful Latinos in Hollywood:
I’m a bit obsessed with this song for the moment:
I meant to continue this series last Wednesday but got distracted with the news that David was in Chile! But, remember this performance with a certain someone?
Look at it this way, David fans: had David been a teen star phenomenon like Miley Cyrus (like we all used to hope), think how much more growing pains he’d have to deal with making his boy-to-man transition in the very public eye.
Zac Efron had to deal with ridicule when his The Lucky One, which opened over the weekend, was universally panned (something tells me his rush to grow up from his innocent “High School Musical” days into hot sexy soldier boy just wasn’t working for some folks). But at least he got his movie widely released (and came in at #2, beating out the unstoppable The Hunger Games, although it couldn’t topple black romance comedy, Think Like a Man).
Not so with Miley Cyrus’s latest film, LOL, whose trailer I accidentally came across online:
The film was supposed to have been released in January, then later pushed back to March, and is now going to be opening (in limited release no less!) this coming May. What gives?
This movie was supposed to represent Miley Cyrus’s breakout moment from her teen image of Hannah Montana to an all-grown-up on the cusp of womanhood persona. Something like what Zac Efron attempted with The Lucky One.
Alas, with the success of The Hunger Games, LOL is just not a priority at Lionsgate. No worries, though, since Miley is set to be in another movie, So Undercover, about her investigation into a college sorority (another movie trying to “age her gracefully”?).
Obviously, I consider Miley Cyrus one of David’s peers, mostly because of 1)his guest appearance and song on Hannah Montana and 2)his appearance with Miley at the Teen Choice Awards (‘member that?).
Back when David was making his “Crush” debut, we used to have these fierce debates about whether or not Jive was trying to take David the “Disney” route, and I still wonder what Disney might have done with David had they gotten their hands on him.
I imagine he’d be much like Miley and Zac right now – trying to “outgrow” his Disney image. Granted, many of us think he has a different image to “outgrow”: the Idol one.
So, it will be interesting to see how and when David reappears on the pop scene two years from now. I still think it was a blessing in disguise that he hadn’t blown up on the same scale as a Miley Cyrus, who is obviously trying to find her footing – after all, this was a gal who basically OWNED the tween market for quite some time. (Then Taylor Swift and now Justin Bieber took them away from her.)
They’re all growing up too, these fans, but it’s how Miley connects to that growing-up fanbase that makes all the difference.
Somehow, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears made the transition, Lindsay Lohan not so much.
Watching such careers makes me feel a bit easier that David won’t have such a rough time at making whatever transition is necessary when he returns a bonafide 20-something man. By then, most folks would have to readjust to the “man” more than the “boy” some of us used to know on Idol or who once sung a song called “Crush.”
Maybe Miley should take a similar 2-year break before making her own comeback transition, IMO. Think of how awed we would be at her transformation.
Thank you, JR, for uploading this segment (for those of you who missed the moment – yes, I just heard the Voice while I was in the kitchen, which was enough to get me bolting to my living room and screaming my head off!)
Isn’t it awesome that David’s “Imagine” is featured, right before Fantasia’s “Summertime”? (And isn’t it shady that Fantasia’s performance gets labeled as the best performance on Idol while there’s just silence about David’s – of course, you just need to hear the Voice to make up your own mind.)
I know all this missionary training/LDS devotional time is about David and not about us, but you must forgive me. I read over at TDC (thanks Grammyj for the link!) how David was so moved to tears singing about “The Spirit of God” (in Spanish no less), and it had such an impact on those present, that I had to hear it for myself.
As his parents once told him, when convincing him to sing in public, “don’t hide your light under a bushel,” David!
Just knowing that he’ll be using his magnificent vocals in some kind of way during his mission warms my heart.
What power! What conviction! What faith!
And how much more soul-piercing was it watching him tear up singing this! :D
This is how you take a song (and a staid little hymn at that) and make people feel it!
I don’t even know the lyrics in English, but I can definitely feel the “spirit of God” moving in that tiny little vessel of flesh called David Archuleta.