Daily Archives: September 21, 2009
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Buenos dias! I got to perform at some pretty cool events last week, but I think my favorite thing was that I got to spend the week with my mom. The beginning of the week, I was in New York as you probably know. I got to sing at the Tennis US Open, and sang America the Beautiful. It was awesome having the marines unfurl the flag and seeing them! Just think it’s awesome to have all those men and women serving our country, and doing what they do. It was my first time going to watch a pro tennis match, and it was actually way cool! I went to a men’s semifinal and that was pretty exciting to watch.
Our next stop was in LA for the ALMA Awards! It was my first performance on an awards ceremony, and my first time performing on TV in Spanish! I have to say I was pretty stinkin’ nervous lol. It’s interesting actually because I was pretty nervous for both the US Open and the ALMA Awards. I think it’s good though because it gives you a little extra push sometimes. They make you want to do better, and also make it more memorable. So if you ever get nerves, don’t think that it’s a bad thing. They help you to keep working hard and improving yourself. I feel like when there are absolutely no feelings of being nervous, or I guess I should say there isn’t a desire to do well, you don’t motivate yourself to do your best and improve! You need to have some kind of motivation. But anyway, I had plenty of nerves over those performances lol. I sang Contigo en la Distancia, which is one of my favorite songs to sing so I’m really glad I got to sing it. I was so happy to be able to do it for all the Latin people too! I owe so much to the Hispanic culture since my mom and all of her family are Hispanic, and it’s definitely had a huge impact on the way I am. So I’m definitely planning on doing more in Spanish, and I hope this will allow more opportunities. So I need to thank the ALMA Awards for having come and perform, and it was really exciting to receive an award for new artist too!
So I’ve gotten to spend time at home after the performances, and now that I’m not having to rush with tour or finishing an album, I’ve been able to spend some more time with my family! I already had my mom come with me to New York and LA which rocked, but I went running with her twice! I haven’t gone running FOREVER! It feels sooooo good though! I neeeeed to do it more often. I’m tired of not having the pleasure and joy of running in my life lol. So I’ll be doing it more often. I try not to do it a whole lot when I need to sing a lot, because for some reason it wears my voice out. But things are pretty laid back now and I’ll mainly be trying to work on writing for the next album and just planning upcoming things, like the Christmas album release! I’m so excited, and nervous haha… for it to come out!! It’s coming out October 13th so I really am stoooked! I haven’t heard the final mixes of the songs yet lol, but I will get to soon!
All right, the last thing I’m going to tell you about is that I went to see the Utah Symphony last Saturday. It was pretty amazing actually! I really haven’t listened to a whole lot of that kind of music, but I was just so drawn into it. They are incredibly talented! It made me appreciate classical music so much more, and the emotion in the music is so moving. So I’d highly recommend that if you ever get the chance to go to a symphony… go! It’s worth it if you pay attention to the feeling in the music and the playing of the musicians! I really hope I can go again sometime soon. But anyway, that is all I have to say for today. I’m planning on going to Nashville pretty soon to start working with other writers, and I can’t wait! I don’t know the Nashville scene all that well so I just need to find some writers that I’d feel good working with and are willing to be patient in working with me lol. But I really am stoked! A lot of people think Nashville is just country, but there is a lot going on over there with all kinds of music with some really talented people. I’ll keep you posted though! But for now I shall talk to you later!
Song for the day: A Song Is Not A Business Plan – The Rocket Summer This song is just so great about what it’s about haha. I wish I could write like you Bryce. If you haven’t listened to The Rocket Summer before you should listen to So Much Love before too!
Now that we can all testify to David’s performance chops and how much he has grown since we were introduced to him (for some of us, such as myself, that began with Heaven, for others even way back with his preteen run on Star Search), it’s time to take an assessment of David’s performative evolution. This brief “repertoire” list may bare some resemblance to Rascal’s Essential Archuleta, but really, it’s more a highlight of those moments when David made the world stand up and pay attention.
This was what really set the tone for the rest of American Idol Season 7. On the strength of his vocals, offering a glimpse of charisma, David belted out a stellar rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” with an Eva Cassidy arrangement that stripped the song down to its bare essentials. Who could forget that crystal-clear note on “A brooooootherhood of ma-a-a-n.” A plaintiff cry for global unity and peace, in keeping with David’s own worldview. This became the watershed moment for the show, making a number of Top 10 lists of American Idol’s best performances. And the buzz was incessant – from John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, calling David to personally congratulate him on this transcendental performance to soldiers in Iraq being reduced to tears. So early, at the tender age of 17, we already caught a brief glimpse of the greatness that lies ahead.
2. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me.”
Here is David at his “take no prisoners” best. The perfect sit-down posture just moments before he grew in stature and became the musical giant we’ve all come to expect. This was the beginning of the “Omigosh, you have to hear David live!” buzz from those who were in attendance at the Nokia Theatre. His voice filling up that ginormous arena, every growl and every nuanced run put everyone on notice. This boy will not be denied his moment to shine. With no snark, no cynicism, no unkind word, David threw down and reminded everyone that, when it came down to a battle of vocals, David reigns supreme. Never underestimate the power of the Archulator!
There was a time when this would have been considered the best David Archuleta live performance ever. Well, as long as David is on his evolutionary ladder towards musical self-improvement, he will always top himself. But, this performance of “Angels” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the last stop of the American Idol summer tour of 2008, is one to remember for David’s vocal power. The way he stretched his one vocal chord and packed a punch is still so otherworldly and awe-inspiring. Again, David proves he can step up and perform at the top of his game when it really, really matters.
4. “Contigo en la Distancia.”
Which brings us up to speed with David’s latest knockout punch. It’s as if the earlier performances were all rough drafts to this finished masterpiece. From the similar posture he took with DLTSGDOM to the crescendos he has now made into a signature sound with each of his ballads. Even the Archustrut has gotten more lithe, more confident, and definitely sexier. I dare not call this performance David’s opus, for I believe in my heart, he still has yet to really wow us (can you imagine what the next level will be like?). Wait till David gains the experience to truly interpret “Contigo en la Distancia,” and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Just on a virtuoso level, every lick, every note, every run was perfectly sung, producing a most heartfelt and melodious piece of ethereal music. I know very few singers today who can caress a song the way David does. He’s so gentle in the way he handles his music. He sings, and you get the impression of someone making love to the song. He digs deep into his wishing well and replenishes your thirst. Somehow, I can’t help but think of his dream of “hot springs and volcanoes.” Was this a premonition of what he has unleashed upon us?
I could have selected many more of David’s performances that demonstrate his ever evolving showmanship and vocal brilliance, but these specific performances – taken together – have been unanimously praised and have received worthwhile buzz. They illustrate why it is so many of us have succumbed to ODD and why many more believe he has what it takes to reach superstardom. It is why we have engaged in debates about the direction his label and management will take in developing his craft. By himself, David rises to the level of excellence, and we expect nothing less from those who have a hand in his musical career.
The brilliance and genius that David embodies deserves the best environment in which he can continue to evolve and showcase the magic and transcendental nature of music.