I had a long day and just getting home this evening to see 60+ messages on my blog. Just… Wow! I’m going to process later and have a more coherent blog post (I promise!). :)
We’ve been getting real good as a fanbase when it comes to speculation, and even though David’s Twitter has never once suggested that we should expect new music, everyone’s been speculating – due to another Twitter account – that new music from David is on the horizon, perhaps maybe next month.
I’m curious: how many David fans think we should be giving credence to other sources outside of David’s team? FYI, I don’t follow Lady V.
What say you, peeps? Please take my latest poll! :)
Snow and extreme cold plus not having to go in to work today means one thing:
Winter Blues Season! :(
David of course! :)
My pick for today:
I’ve always expressed that my favorite kind of David is “Soul David” more than any other type: Ballad Boy, Sacred Singer, Pop Singer.
So, imagine my excitement that this early month in 2013, not only did Justin Timberlake release a new R&B song in “Suit and Tie” and Beyonce and her former girl group Destiny’s Child released a new single in “Nuclear,” but she has promised a brief showcase of DC medleys for the upcoming Super Bowl! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my favorite song while doing my research as a doctoral student – “Say My Name” – is included in the mix. Ah, the memories of ’90s soul!
Yes, yes, yes, a Soul/R&B comeback!
So I thought, also thinking: “yes, please! Pave the way for #DA2014 so he can get back to his roots.”
Then “Beyoncegate” happened, which basically means this: Now that the Queen/King Bey herself has proven not to be trustworthy with our most trusted National Anthem at a presidential inauguration, no one’s going to take her seriously! Not even if she kills it during the half time show.
And if her new album was bringing back the R&B/soul vibe (which I’m just guessing she will), will it be dead on arrival?
After all, the only reason to anticipate a “soul singing” comeback is that R&B/soul in its original delivery was always viewed as “authentic” and “raw” (you know, the way Stevie Wonder and David – see above video – brings it). R&B/Soul – the antidote to this electronic/digital/techno/autotune overload nonsense.
But after this lip-syncing scandal, who will trust that the very genre of R&B/Soul hasn’t been corrupted by the digital music industrial complex?
And that, my friends, is the damage Beyonce created with this controversy.
Consider: Earlier this week, I posted my disappointment in the delivery of the patriotic songs at this year’s Inauguration, and that was before I even got a whiff of the lip-sync issue surrounding Beyonce. I just felt something was seriously missing – not enough Voice is what I thought. I hadn’t even thought about a pre-recording and how that might affect the delivery.
It felt extremely “soulless” to me; it’s these instances where singers like Beyonce – whose roots run deep in R&B/soul – prove that they have literally “sold their souls” away for mainstream pop stardom.
If someone like Beyonce risked being found out like this – all for the sake of a “perfect” delivery – how sad that our pop celebrity is now wrapped up in covering up flaws (i.e. what David calls the “problem of autotune,” which doesn’t understand that some vocal flaws are part of what makes a performance amazing) instead of reveling in the imperfections and the improvisation that makes a performance “authentic.”
I mean, I imagine that’s what all the hullaballoo is about, when you get right down to it: The Inauguration – despite its very theatrical, high-spectacle presentation – is supposed to convey a deeply emotional feeling of national pride and patriotism. To find out that our most celebrated star basically “mimed” that emotion through a pre-recorded performance (versus a live one) is to ruin the illusion for us. It’s like the moment of finding out the “Man behind the Curtain” in the Wizard of Oz.
So, yeah, I’m worried for R&B/Soul’s comeback. And while the coverage of this “scandal” is truly petty, IMO, I do realize on a deeper level it can have certain repercussions on what we think about public figures, politics, and the world of music.
Through this “lip-sync” controversy, even the Obama administration takes a hit: if they weren’t discerning enough to go for a singer with more substance to sing the Star Spangled Banner, rather than go for a razzle-dazzle superstar (who admittedly did raise $4 million for his re-election), then it makes them appear to be part of the illusion too.
Are our public figures, politics, and even the very music we hear just “smoke and mirrors”?
No wonder I’m craving my Soul David! Come back, David, and bring that “R&B/Soul Vibe” with you!
Imagine there’s no heaven … and no religion too! :)
OK, Peeps! I know when there isn’t much Archunews we tend to get led astray … But let’s try a Moratorium Challenge!
How about we avoid any discussions about David’s faith for the rest of the month? I say just one month (which is almost over BTW) to see if it is at all possible for us to talk about David, pop culture, current events, etc. and NOT reference David’s faith practices and the expectations that come with it.
Who’s with me?
I may be expressing an unpopular opinion, but I’m sorry, I was NOT impressed with either Kelly Clarkson or Beyonce’s performances of our patriotic anthems at President Obama’s 2nd Term Inauguration.
The only thing I can think of is this: David raised the bar like mad when it comes to patriotic anthems, and I guarantee you – had he been invited and available to perform LIVE on Capital Hill – his Voice would have rung out across the National Mall!
His Voice would ring out Freedom Bells.
What the heck did I hear yesterday?
First, Kelly Clarkson – an amazing singer, no doubt – did too many runs for my taste and got a little too high for comfort.
Sorry, too much yelling. Much too much, IMO.
And as for Beyonce: girl, girl, girl! Even if it was a lip-synch version, whatever would the live version have sounded like? Could it have gotten any thinner sounding?
I saw two women trying to rise to the occasion and coming off like little girls. Why didn’t Obama get someone like Audra McDonald – you know, someone with a BIG VOICE – to ring out across the crowd? A classically trained vocalist instead of a pop star? In this instance, maybe even a J-Hud would have worked better with the national anthem.
Anywayz, I just don’t think either killed it in the way a certain Idol of ours would have done.
There’s a reason why folks insist that we need to hear the magic of David sing live. I mean, when his Voice is raised in song, it quite LITERALLY rises to the occasion! His Voice literally fills up the entire arena, wherever he performs.
I guess my expectations are on that level, so when a Kelly or Beyonce shows up to sing live for big important ceremonial occasions, like a presidential inauguration, I do anticipate a Voice that fills up the damn mall!
See what following David does to you? It raises your vocal standards for everybody else.
Beyonce, honey, this is how you sing with a full-on orchestra and still make your Voice ring out higher, louder, and sharper than all the trumpets combined!
And Kelly, girlfriend, this is how you sing and add on little licks and runs without overkill:
Seriously, does anybody think David would have gotten up there on the Capital Hill stadium and NOT send chills up and down everybody’s spine and fill up the National Mall with his magnificent Voice?
It is for this reason – and this reason only! – why I still persist in the dream of David making it big. Somebody’s got to show these other children how it’s done!
I mean, I congratulate both Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce (and Jennifer Hudson at last night’s Inauguration Ball) for getting such high honors, but come on, gals! Bring it!
And Happy Inauguration Day! :)
Since it’s such an appropriate song for the day (and because David’s “Almost David” did a brief rendition last week), I thought to include David’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” today:
I tell ya, peeps, nothing like an audio recording to make me do a #DA2014 countdown to the first time we get a LIVE RENDITION from the Voice! Can’t you just imagine it? :D