Another hot single potential: DESPERATE. Need I say more?
The next single I would have loved to have seen released from David’s debut album is BARRIERS. It’s a really cute song with a distinct melody and bass line. Also, I think it would have shown some gradual maturation on David’s part, when you think of him debuting with a “crush,” then moving on to “Waiting for Yesterday,” asking some love interest to consider him since he promises to be a better lover. “Barriers” now gets into the arena of broken relationships and heartbreak. Enjoy!
I decided to schedule a number of posts in advance for a special series I’m calling “I Coulda Been a Contender.” I’ve been on record elsewhere about my deep disappointment with David’s label, Jive, for not doing more to promote more singles off of his debut album. On his first album, there were definitely a number of songs that I think should have had their moment to shine as singles. “Crush” was a monster hit, compared to other songs released, like “A Little Too Not Over You” and “Touch My Hand.” However, there were certainly stronger songs off the album – both from the standard and deluxe editions.
So, first up on the “I Coulda Been a Contender” series: WAITING FOR YESTERDAY. David co-wrote this beauty, included on the bonus track of his deluxe album, and what I love about it (and why it would have been my choice for his second single over ALTNOY) is not just that lovely falsetto in the line “never let goooooo,” but also the lyrics, which I think showcase what a lover boy David is. David is not a “bad boy,” which in today’s culture is considered the ultimate in super sexy Alpha Male characteristics. David is a heart soother, not a heart breaker, and his sex appeal to me is captured in the persona of this single. The bridge is, as some have said, a panty-dropping line:
I’m the one for you tonight / I’m the one for you forever
If it takes a little time / whatever it takes / whatever it takes
Even on blog holiday, I’m doing my part to promote a worthy CD, which is almost close to platinum sales. Enjoy!
Because sometimes I need to remind myself why I love David (I made this video back in March):
One thing I always find amusing about David is how he listens to every and anything when it comes to pop music. And when I agree that one of his “songs of the day” really rocks, I think, “Wow, what a genius!” But when I’m totally in disagreement, I often jump to: “Well, he is only 18!” heh.
The thing about it is, at his age, it’s inspiring to see David absorbing all the different sounds and styles of pop music. It can only make him a better singer/songwriter. It’s like when I was 18 and an avid bookworm. I read everything: romance, young adult, mystery, sci-fi, bestsellers, and the classics. Over time, when I became an English major, I started reading more great literature – both classics and contemporary. But, exposing myself to a variety of writing styles is what adds fuel to the fire of creativity. I think of this when David, self-described lover of music, listens to everything and bursts out in song whenever someone mentions a word or phrase that puts him in the mind of a certain melody. He is very much like a sponge.
So, it is this idea of “Sponge David” that has me excited, once again, for his musical developments. And I appreciate those fans who equally share in this excitement about David’s vocal and musical versatility. Someone who is soaking in everything is already honing his craft so that he can find his own voice and eventually develop his own style. It may be in the family of pop or R&B or world or acoustic sound or electronic dance. Or, maybe all of the above. Who knows? Whatever it is, I’m positive it will be distinctly and purely David.
On other types of sites, I find it interesting that so much of the discussion is on David’s public image, still, and whether or not he can be “cool” enough to draw in the fans that matter (read: non-female, non-older, non-tweens), or if his less-than-platinum album puts him in jeopardy for getting his Jive contract renewed (rolls eyes). As fans of music – not necessarily fans of David – I shake my head at such speculations because this is the present state that we’re in, where casual fans no longer care about the music. Who cares about the “cool factor”? Who cares that David’s debut album hasn’t reached platinum? I imagine the labels do, but why do music fans care about these things? When did we forget about the music itself?
One of the things I’ve admired about David is how his love of music is so organic, so raw, and so real. He’s made me fall in love with music all over again, in a way that current pop artists fail to do. He digs deep into a song and makes you “feel” it and “understand” it. He listens to a melody and gets caught up in the rapture. It’s a beautiful thing, and when Jay-Z raps about “Death by Autotune” (as a way to lament the tragedy of today’s rappers and their lack of lyrical skills), I incongruously think of David, who – when he sings – triumphs over the machine and brings the humanity back into the voice and the music. Even when he is inspired by auto-tuned voices and generically processed music, it’s like listening to an artist mining through the detritus of our postmodern culture and reworking these bits into a work of beauty. It’s this element of “Sponge David” that I think has the most tremendous potential in offering the music world something new and fabulous.
With speculations of David’s future work with Island Def Jam (where Jay-Z also resides), and with his contract with Jive coming close to expiration, if we’re to believe his second pop album (and third album with them) is due out next year, I wouldn’t panic if David’s career gets a shake-up, should he switch labels or get dropped. David needs to work in an environment where his talents are recognizable, where he is seen as more than just a pretty face. David proves himself at every gig at every concert tour he’s participated in – from AI’s summer tour last year to the Jingle Balls last holiday season to this past spring solo tour to the McFly tour in the UK to his tour of Southeast Asia and, now, with his tour with Demi Lovato. He improves by leaps and bounds, and that’s just what he’s been able to do with cover songs and a number of rushed songs from his debut album. Whatever will he sound like on music that is well crafted to suit his impeccable voice and his musical ear?
We ain’t heard nothing yet, and mostly because we have yet to properly pair David up with his musical equals on the production side. When that happens, it’s like squeezing good clean water and soapy suds out of a heavy sponge. Our souls will be cleansed upon hearing such music.
David’s latest blog from earlier today (and I’m stoked that he loves Kelly Rowland and has singled her out over Beyonce):
All right everyone, you can probably guess what I’m going to talk about in this blog. The magical 3! Yes, there are 3 amazingly talented girls with albums now out, and you should show some love! The first one is Jordin Sparks who is my Jive label big sister. Her new album is called Battlefield, and a song I’d recommend for you to listen to is Walking On Snow. 2nd is Demi Lovato, who I am out on tour with right now. Her album’s called Here We Go Again, and a song off of her album that I think you should listen to is Every Time You Lie :). The 3rd muchacha is Brooke White with High Hopes & Heartbreak, and if you haven’t heard hers yet you ought to treat your ears to Be Careful. So anyway, there are my suggestions for the 3 this week.
Friday we had the LA show at the Nokia Theater! It was a grand time! I had some of my good friends come to the show. Brooke White and her husband, Jason Castro and his family, Benton Paul, and one of my friends from Utah were all there! After the show we all went out to eat and chatted, and it was good. Thank you to all of you for coming! It was such a fun show! I seriously have been loving tour. I love going to all the different cities, and seeing all of the different crowds of people at every show. I love it when my friends or family come to a show too! It makes me want to do even better. It’s fun meeting new people at every city too. It like gives me a connection to the city. Ok well if that isn’t cheesy enough I’ll take it one step further. Aren’t bunnies wonderful?? But as wonderful as bunnies are my heart belongs to Totoro. Just kidding. Idk why I’m in a weird mood today. Maybe it’s because my band is talking about Metallica and stuff right now. I’m trying to balance it out. Ok I’m done on this ramble.
Sunday was a day off! Not to mention in Utah!! Well when I say day off I mean no show, because I recorded all day haha. But it was Christmas stuff! Starting the Christmas spirit early for myself this year. After recording all day, I got to spend time with my mom and sisters! We went over to one of my friends’ houses to say bye to my friend who is from Denmark. He was an exchange student last year, and he came back for a few weeks to visit. He was leaving Monday though, so Sunday was my only chance to see him since I was leaving that night. I love it when I unite my friends and family :). My mom thought I was kidding when I said I wanted them all to come hang out with my friends lol. But I think it’s great having my favorite little bunch of people (my family) come together with another group of people whom I enjoy being around. I want my friends to know how cool my family is, or at least how cool I think my family is lol. Everyone had a good time too. But yeah, it was fun just spending time with everyone. It’s something that’s so simple, yet so valuable to me.
So when I was hanging out with my Danish friend, he said that there was a Music channel in Denmark that dedicated a week to me and played Crush everyday or something! I was thinking what?? I didn’t even know they really knew who I was there! I think it’s so cool! Especially since I have Danish blood in me. It’s been on my mind ever since I was with my aunt in Dallas and we talked about my ancestors and had ebleskiver lol. But man I just can’t get over it! He said that the next time I go to Europe he’ll come to a show and meet me wherever I am, so I think that’d be awesome. Ever since then I’ve been wondering about all the other international fans! I want to just go everywhere! It’s so crazy to see different messages from people living all over the world. I can’t wait until I go outside of the U.S. again! It’s amazing to see that there are fans in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and even the Middle East and Canada! I haven’t even been to a lot of those places (yet? lol) so thanks to all of you guys! I hope I can make it up to you all someday and see all of you international fans! And also go back to see the fans in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and the UK haha.
Well before I end this, I just wanted to let you guys know that tomorrow’s show is sadly our last show with KSM :(. I’m really gonna miss those girls! They’ve been fun to just talk to and hang out with. Thanks KSM for coming on tour! And best of luck to you! Jordan Pruitt will be coming on the rest of the tour with us, so that should be good. But remember to show some love to KSM! And also to Jordan when she comes. KSM’s last show is actually in Kansas City, where David Cook is from! So we’re in the land of Cook again haha. Have any of you gone to his shows yet? I want to try and catch one. But yeah ok I am done now. So I will talk to you guys later! You can always follow me on twitter if you want to more… updated…updates….? Ok bye.
Song for the day: When Love Takes Over – David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland
I just love Kelly Rowland lol. This might sort of surprise you guys (but maybe it won’t) but there was a time in my life that I went through a major dance/electronic music phase, including some David Guetta stuff. I’m actually getting into electronic sounding stuff again (Owl City for example..) But anyway, what’s interesting is that that phase was during the same time that Stole by Kelly Rowland was one of my new favorite songs, so the combination in this song really surprised me (in a good way.) So it’s the song for the day. P.S. Sorry if this confused you.
David meeting fans in Las Vegas (thanks to Jackryan4da over at TDC for bringing this to my attention):