So, I’m driving home from shopping today, and the car radio is on. Right after singing along with Alicia Keys on her new song, “Doesn’t Mean Anything,” the DJs start talking about David Archuleta.
Like every ODD Arch Angel, I get super excited at the mention of my beloved’s name. OMG! I naively think. Are they going to mention his amazing new album, even though it’s early in the season to talk about Christmas music?
Alas, no such thing. David was being mentioned in the context of his parents getting divorced. My heart sinks, not least because of the DJs’ obvious glee in reporting this bit of gossip. Sigh.
Here’s the thing: I don’t get it. Why is this story even news? If you’re not an Archie, you don’t care! I am an Archie, and I’ve only paid this news just the slightest attention. Yes, I feel bad that David and his siblings have to deal with their family breaking up, but in light of Reikigate, I have a feeling this is for the best. I also get the feeling David’s been preparing for this for quite some time. What I don’t get is why this story has grabbed any kind of headline. The only explanation I can think of is certain people in his management or label leaked this to the press in hopes that it would generate him “publicity.” If that turns out to be the case, how lame!
All I know is, this divorce filing didn’t just happen this month. It seemed to happen early in the summer, just like Reikigate happened very early in the year. And yet, here we have a musical masterpiece in the form of Christmas from the Heart, an album that David managed to produce with his father despite the family crisis. Somehow, David kept going musically, and he put his heart and soul into this latest creation. Had his work been subpar, I would then say we should worry about David’s family. But, David is as stellar as he’s ever been. He’s one tough cookie, and if there is personal turmoil going on, we should all applaud him for his courage and his work ethic in giving us this most excellent album.
But, what’s going on? Media folks are gossiping, and certain fans are wringing their hands. Whatever is going on is David’s family business, which has nothing to do with us. What has to do with us is his music, and that’s what I choose to focus on instead. I created a video, which forced me to skip reading any divorce proceedings made available online.
What irks me the most about this “radio unfriendly” episode is that this station wouldn’t deign to play David’s music, but they think they can talk about his parents instead? Trifling!
It’s incidents like these that make me question if “pop music” really is the appropriate genre for David to pursue. There are many music artists out there, who are doing just fine not ever getting played on Top 40 radio stations or appearing on VH1 or any other music video channel. If David can’t make headlines based on his art, then it’s time to rethink where he can “fit” in the music industry. Because pop music, or at least the pop music stations that air pop music, is not worthy of his talents.