Monthly Archives: April 2010

How Much Longer?

I don’t need to tell any Archie about the virtues of patience.  I believe we’ve all been put to the test.  Thank goodness we got a Christmas album, or we would have been waiting much longer.

However, when a date is given to us for a single-release expectation, patience can run a bit thin.  April 26, 2010.  Yep.  I do believe we were told this would be the day that David’s new single would be released.  And yet nothing.  Not even a song snippet or song leak.  I realize it’s early in the day, but shouldn’t we have gotten something – anything! – to build up to the day? 

One reason why new material from David is a thing to treasure is the way it keeps us focused on the right things about David: his phenomenal VOICE.  Otherwise, we get distracted by other insignificant details.

Like whether or not David was spotted at a certain nightclub or not.  And whether such appearances translate to political acts or not.  And whether or not David’s words (limited to a series of 140 characters) can reveal his true character and his biases.  You know.  The insignificant details of a day in the life of the artist whom we love and admire.

Why did the fan internal wars start up again over such trivia?  I’ll tell you why: WE HAVE NO NEW MUSIC!

So, Jive, new management, whoever, get with it!  Great that David showed up at the Brit Week Charity Gala and performed marvelously.  But, we want a new single to tide us over until the new book and the new album.

It’s dangerous to leave Arch Angels with nothing to listen to: we blog, tweet, and up the ante.  Don’t you know only The Voice keeps us calm?

David on Tour Countdown #1

“Angels” – Sept. 14, 2008 – Tulsa, OK on the AI Tour (there could be no other live tour performance rivaling this one!)

One Word: INCOMPARABLE!

David on Tour Countdown #2

“When You Say You Love Me” – July 15, 2008 – Salt Lake City, UT on the AI Tour (another sentimental favorite)

One Word: ELECTRIC!

David on Tour Countdown #3

Special Note: Celebrating my birthday today! 🙂

While this tour performance was already selected as my #3 all time favorite, it seems even more timely now, given the latest controversies in Archuworld.  Let’s hope all of David’s fans are reminded of why we love him so with this performance. 

“Apologize” – Jun. 21, 2009 – Hartford, CT on the Demi Lovato Tour

One Word (or more): SOUL-PIERCING!

Archies, Let’s Be Real Here

Yes, I am taking yet another blog-break break to comment on the latest brouhaha in Archuworld.  First, there are the tweenies who had a meltdown because David was hanging out with Charice.

Next, his conservative fanbase burst a vein because he was spotted in a popular NYC gay club.

Now, his gay fans want to reprimand David for being slightly “bigoted” and for saying he’s got “gay best friends.” 

Look.  I’ll be the first to say that, if David ever said anything that smacked of racial bigotry, I would cry and wail and let everybody know how offended and disappointed I was in him.  So, on that level, I totally and completely get where his gay fans are coming from.

But, what exactly are we expecting from David here? Seriously?

I mean, it was only just yesterday that certain fans were rolling their eyes and expecting David’s homophobic fans to get over the fact that David was hanging out at Club 57.  (And, yes, deep down, I could feel how excited they were that this, this, was the slow and early steps towards David’s public “coming out” ball, to which I say: that ain’t happening in I don’t know how many years.  Be patient, or get over it.)

So, of course, when David doesn’t come out all a-flaming, indeed, disavows that he’s into that scene (Realllllly? Gee, what a suprise! I mean, I could have sworn all those Mormon Temple attendances these past months on all his tour stops was just a cover or something), folks want to get on his case? 

I’m willing to give David a pass here.  I’m not expecting 180-degree changes, and contrary to the belief that David needs a core gay audience to get a “cool pass” (which, for a guy who’s been plagued by these rumors, I would say: no, that’s only for straight diva-type gals a la Charice, Beyonce, Rhianna, Celine, and Lady Gaga – for the boys, they need their straight-approving homies for the cool pass, and if you don’t think so, ask Adam Lambert why he’s still struggling to break out as a superstar), David has to strike a balance between a very homophobic mainstream audience and a liberal, sex-positive alternative crowd who would already have a difficult time accepting a good lil’ Mormon Boy singing “message songs.” 

Those of us who love David, we know why we do, and it’s time we take an assessment of who it is we think we’re following here.  I have no illusions.   David is a beautiful singer with a beautiful soul, and he’s got some flaws to work out.  We can’t expect someone growing up in an ultra conservative religion and community to be completely open and politically savvy.  It’s going to take some time for this 19 year old to figure things out, and I think he’s learning quickly.

Hopefully, he (and the rest of us) will get through this snag.