Still catching up, so much to absorb! In the meantime:
The final numbers are in on my latest poll – which do fans fear most: David leaving music, or David proselytizing his faith through music?
As it turns out, fans are 50/50 divided on this subject, with just a tiny majority expressing real fear that David will start proselytizing his faith through music. Which, apparently, is a bigger concern than never hearing the Voice on a sung. EVER!
I really need to process that and to wonder how issues of religion and faith became such a deal-breaker for some. I mean, Carrie Underwood singing a hit song “Jesus Take the Wheel” didn’t hurt her career (in fact, it bolstered it), so it’s not really the Christian element. Is David’s faith just too marginal (or too “out there”) for some fans to be comfortable with?
And I have to ask that because, if David were a Baptist or a Catholic and just as religiously devout, I have a feeling this wouldn’t be as controversial – unless he were a devout Muslim or something.
Hmmmm, seems like David is going to have to find a balance between his devout fans and secular fans. Not that this is undoable. I mean, there are always subtexts one can put in a song that only certain fans can hear, while they fly over the heads of others.
Still, it’s weird how religious devotion is seen as a “defect,” especially when some artists (think Miley Cyrus turning to hypersexuality or Justin Bieber becoming a “bad boy”) really engage in the kinds of behaviors most would find objectionable.
What fabulous mountains! (And, of yeah, David in shorts! I can barely make out the thin layer of hair on his legs!)
Seriously, Soul Davidians, David is growing up! And starting to be more comfortable in his skin.
The biggest question, as a David fan, is: are we comfortable with his?
When I polled the fanbase (at least the part of that base that visits this blog), I was just trying to get at what was driving some of the tensions that often bubble over in the comments section.
And I’m glad I did! Because the polls reveal that the folks who come here are pretty divided.
For instance, the first question – has David changed? – showed that the majority of pollsters felt that David had indeed change. But the response was evenly split between 50% who loved the change, while the others had a different range of how to feel about that change (or if they believed there was any change at all).
Equally fascinating, to me, was the split between those who held no fears concerning David or his music career, and those who did have anxiety. Specifically, the source of that anxiety. While I had assumed such tensions bore out around fears that David’s music career would stagnate or with David eventually leaving music, the majority of the fears centered around the idea that David would use his music to proselytize his faith.
Let’s think about that fear: Yes, there are more fans of David who fear that David would use his music to preach about Mormonism than they fear him leaving music!
I guess I should offer a different poll:
I’m curious to see what fans think is the lesser of these “two evils.”
Be that as it may, I do believe David is watching and listening to us! All of a sudden, the LDS tweets have since been replaced with more fun-loving, quirkily humorous tweets and instagram pictures, along with his ecstatic celebration of Chile beating Spain at the World Cup.
David may be more “assertive” (the majority agreed with this), but he still cares what we think of him, which makes me think he will always temper his own personal convictions with thoughtful considerations of his fans and others around him.
I think folks keep forgetting that he has just returned to us, only three months ago. And he has come back after a two-year stint in a different country speaking a different language and deprived of all the media information and digital gadgets that have sprung up during those years. What a “culture shock” he’s still adjusting to, and we’re expecting him to just jump back into the fray as if he hasn’t skipped a beat.
That David is trying in such a short time span gives me faith that he’s still the same David – more confident and assertive about who he is, but still a people-pleaser who will try to live up to our expectations – as long as those don’t conflict with his own.
Still grateful to be a David fan, and am so glad I delayed my reflective post to see what else David had to offer us this week.
Good morning! Another day, another week, and perhaps another moment for Fan Wars! :P
I’ve lifted the moderation on comments (at great risk, of course), but I just wanted a break yesterday from all the bickering that now regularly happens here.
So, I thought I would just do a series of Soul Davidian polls, because I’m curious: What keeps you here after all these years? Why are some folks starting to leave, and what are your expectations and hopes for David?
I’m lifting the comments moderation today because I’ve been getting so many visitors of late (which is extremely odd because nothing much is happening in Archuworld – except a whole lot of Fan Angst).
Also, deep down, I’m not comfortable with having to “monitor” what folks say here (not to mention I have too much stuff on my plate to add “moderating” to my list of duties).
So, in lifting the comments moderation, I thought I would just ask for honesty (rather than personal attacks and beef that you’ve developed with each other), and just ask you to think about your own relationship with David as a Fan.
I’m curious: What exactly is the problem for you with David and what keeps you hanging on? Please take my latest polls!
Sometime this week I will give my own honest assessment of what I think of David since his return from his two-year mission, but before I do, I’m going to engage in some serious reflection.
I’m so proud of Audra McDonald, who is proving to be a living legend of Broadway. Last night, she broke a record by winning her sixth Tony Award, as well as being the first to win a Tony in all four acting categories! Congratulations, Audra! :)
Here are snippets of her phenomenal performance as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”:
I’m also excited to see Fantasia featured in the Broadway musical, “After Midnight.” I think we all know that Broadway has been very receptive to American Idol alumni. And although Simon Cowell used to deliver judgment lines like “that’s a performance that belongs on Broadway” with such derision, I think it’s the best revenge for all those alumni who found their way on the “great white way.”
Consider this: While the music industry continues to falter with profits, this year Broadway had a stellar year with a record-breaking $1.27 billion in ticket sales!
New York City, baby! And Broadway is where it’s happening! :)
And yes, yes! I would love to see our Beloved and hear the Voice on the Great White Day one fine day.
Of course, we don’t always talk about that when we envision David’s career and musical opportunities.
So, I have another poll for you, Soul Davidians!