Interesting the kind of debate we’ve been having about David’s upcoming new album, No Matter How Far. Seems to me like a new poll is in order! :P
Oscar Night is a celebration of movies, but last night seemed more like a celebration of music – at least music in the movies. Here are some highlights (and some reasons why David loves him a big-voiced soul sista!)
View before folks start pulling these vids from You Tube!
“Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey:
“And I Am Telling You” by Jennifer Hudson:
“Skyfall” by Adele:
Sidenote: Adele was so smooth and understated, but she got outsung last night (hence no standing ovation, I suppose?). Still love her, but I did wonder – when she’s measured against the vocal masterclass acts of Bassey and the Barbz (see below) instead of the current pop stars of the 21st century – she didn’t rise to the top of the greatest songstresses.
Finally, the incomparable “The Way We Were” as sung by Barbra Streisand:
These musical numbers definitely made up for Argo taking the Big Prize. This is the first time I saw all the Best Picture nominees, and trust when I say that Argo was DEFINITELY NOT the Best Picture of 2012 (I can name at least three nominated movies that were definitely better – Lincoln, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty). Heck, why stop there? Amour, Les Miserables, Django Unchained, and Beasts of the Southern Wild made deeper impressions, IMO.
There ya’ go! I rank Argo just above Silver Lining’s Playbook. Best Picture … Pfttt!
Last night’s show of Idol in Vegas – featuring the guys who made the Top 40 vying for a Top 20 position – was all sorts of horrible. In yet another desperate bid to cram a bunch of awful-sounding male contestants to prop up their chances for a girl winner (and by translation, another potential “Kelly Clarkson” or “Carrie Underwood” to reach pop star status), American Idol proves once again how shortsighted they’ve always been in presenting potential music stars.
Ironically, I’m actually in agreement with the folks over at Vote for the Worst. Basically, VFTW claims, Idol will never get another female winner, and these crazy plans of theirs might really blow up in the faces of TPTB when they saddle themselves with a most inappropriate and completely unmarketable Idol winner.
Can’t you just see all the talented girl contestants voted off week after week while a Charlie Askew makes it to the finale? Oy veh!
And, this, ladies and gentlemen, is why David Archuleta must struggle against the Idol lable. When the most respected contestants are the female contestants, who back in the day could rise to victory but nowadays get taken out by the most mediocre cute boy that Idol voters fall head over heels for, is it any wonder why folks get distracted by David’s good looks and downplay his ginormous talent? Mistaking him for any number of mediocre Idol boys?
And yet, last night’s episode really reinforced something for me when it comes to David:
Lightning really, truly, DOESN’T STRIKE TWICE!
We will never get another David Archuleta (and even though poor, stammering Lazaro Arbos is trying really hard to channel my favorite Idol, he’s going to lose viewers like me pretty quickly if he keeps trying to copy David – by singing songs like “Angels” or “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – and fails to live up to the original).
Newsflash, my beautiful Stammerer: The art of being a great Side-Idol is to never imitate and live up to the Main Man in someone’s life. The art of the Side-Idol is to resonate oh-so-slightly with the original while daring to bring something new and different. I’m afraid, next week, Lazaro Arbos won’t fulfill the void.
But then, maybe that’s a good thing seeing as this will only make me miss David even more?! :P
(By the way, I made up the word Side-Idol, seeing as we don’t have a male equivalent to the word “sidechick,” and while David is away, I was seriously going to consider the adorable Lazaro as my Idol “sidechick” until my FAVORITE! IDOL! EVER! returned in 2014!! How sexist are we as a society?)
Sigh. Still, I want some entertainment. I want some realness. I want some magic. Magic! Magic!
Re-watching David’s “Heaven” on this fifth anniversary week of “Hello Gorgeous” just reinforced for me how one-of-a-kind David’s talent really is, and how utterly and divinely magical and real I found him to be.
It’s amazing to me that, five years later, American Idol can’t even find someone that comes close to that moment.
No wonder I’ve often held the worldview of American Idol: The era BEFORE DAVID, the era AFTER DAVID.
Sadly, in this era of American Idol A.D., it’s just a real snoozer, a real disappointment, indeed a real “Vote for the Worst” contender.
If things continue this way, I just might have to finally give up this bad habit of being an Idol viewer.
At least this season has confirmed for me that David really did strike like lightning. You can’t package or bottle that kind of magic.
Which, I imagine, is why so many of us O.D.D. fans are still here … five whole long years later.
How could I forget the first time I said “Hello, Gorgeous!” :P
Yes, Soul Davidians, yesterday was the 5th Anniversary of David’s performance of “Heaven” during Idol’s Hollywood week, the first time ever I saw his adorable face and heard The Voice!
Sorry for being a day late, but I cannot let another anniversary pass without marking the moment!
Thankfully, watching Idol in Vegas tonight reminded me. *blush*
Thanks to CC Halo and Betsy for these finds! :)
In other news, looks like most folks are #teamkelly all the way in this latest Kelly Clarkson v. Clive Davis rivalry. Whatever you may think of Kelly Clarkson, a big fan or not, I’ve always loved the way she comes out swinging! She’s a tough cookie, and one fine day, when American Idol is off the air, I know she will really “spill the tea” on what was going on behind-the-scenes of Idol. Kelly pretty much has said as much without saying so – the way she has come after Clive Davis.
Since there is still an Idol Gag Order for all former and current contestants, we’ll have to wait a while longer before they start talking real talk on that show.
Kudos to Kelly for defending herself!
I’m so conflicted on the subject of a music video, which is designed for the express purposes of promoting a song. As I had previously mentioned, I take my music videos seriously, having grown up watching the most creative video concepts from the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Bjork, Missy Elliot, and all those British artists from the ’80s and ’90s.
When “Crush” debuted, it was a simple and cute, non-offensive little gem that rightly focused on David and creating a scenario that he would have been comfortable with: hanging out with his buddies at a camp and shyly tossing glances at his beloved. It was sweet.
“A Little Too Not Over You” came out of nowhere, and was released quickly and disappeared equally as quickly when the song failed to make a dent on charts. It was a far more stylized video than “Crush” but it didn’t have the same innocence nor the same effective storytelling, seeing as the main goal was product placement for the latest glossy camera.
After these two debuts, I have not been as impressed with the music video fare, allegedly promoting his songs. “Wait” had potential, but it was much too slow and looked as if David was literally frozen backward and going nowhere (is that what “waiting” for #DA2014 really means). “I’ll Never Go” was simple enough but not enough drama (seriously, packing a suitcase and literally leaving us as he goes away on a mission? Thanks for being so literal!).
And “Everybody Hurts” never quite got on the deeper level of pain that the song, especially as sung by David, conveys.
My favorite videos are usually so out there and so loopy (I would’ve enjoyed an “Elevator” music video because you can do some crazy looney-tunes stuff with that ditty), and so I’ve been itching for something truly unique to launch David’s music.
So, listening to “Don’t Run Away” on repeat (hee), I’ve been getting a strong visual of David reaching out (POV shot since he would never be in the video, seeing as how he has “run away” from us) and pleading to that certain someone: “I can see you hurting (turn around) / I will be right there / Don’t run away.”
When you think about it, it’s the perfect song for us Archies who were “hurting” with his absence, and there is David’s Voice, still there to make music and pleading with us to not move on to someone else, to “not run away.”
So, in my mind, the music video alludes to David’s disembodied presence/absence, while the “fan” is at once isolated and lonely, yet hopeful and longing because that “presence,” that Voice is still there.
How do you make that concept into a unique music video?
David’s “Team” should offer to do a music video contest open to fans, just to get some creative output. Still, I’m conflicted between wanting a really well-thought out music video and a video that exists just to promote a really good song.
Any ideas for a really cool music video concept for “Don’t Run Away”? :)