Daily Archives: July 12, 2011

Catching Up with David Archuleta

It’s amazing how I could be running a blog and searching for days for any new exciting thing David’s up to, and the minute I go on vacation is the time David’s doing so many wonderful things.

So, thank you to all my faithful readers for documenting David’s whereabouts through links, vids, pics, and the like. It sure made it easy for me to catch up on all that I’ve missed.

First, there was that stadium of fire performance. Methinks David was seriously missing the stage and glad he got a chance to show his stuff and build his stage persona. He’s always so appropriate giving praise to whatever occasion is going on, and his patriotic medley is one for the ages:

Then, there’s that new official website thing…

My verdict? A HUUUUUGE improvement from what it used to be. It uses Javascript slide shows, it’s orderly, you can access information more easily, and its UP-TO-DATE! Not bad! 🙂

Despite these features, I must say though, it’s nothing special.  It looks like something any devoted fan coulda done, not a professional (something tells me the Fanscene folks are behind the design – it’s almost the same web template, isn’t it?).  I mean, if budget is an issue, then cool to go in this direction, but nothing about the site screams “professional” to me, just “functional.”  But, like I said, when the “professionals” at Jive ran his official site (or did they?), we were none too impressed.

At any rate, I’m sooooooo glad to finally have info. on his Mormon Tabernacle Choir DVD!  GAH!!

Then, there’s his interview in which he identifies as a “soul singer.”  Hmmm (that’s going to require another blog post with a deeper analysis from me, I promise!), and his singing of “God Bless America” (I think we can all start anticipating any events that combine sports – ice skating – with charity means David will be there to grace everyone with his vocal presence).

Finally, I love love his Vlog from over the weekend (see above).  It looks to me like it was done in HD (the visual quality is superb, and David’s face simply radiates!).  Fascinating that he would be so moved by Beyonce’s “Year of 4” (I myself found it to be totally contrived and I’m not impressed by her telling the world that she has no originality when she “borrows” dance moves from a Kwaito group in Mozambique – thanks D-rat for including the Tofo Tofo video).  For anyone interested, there’s a fascinating analysis of Beyonce’s “sampling” politics; please note that Beyonce’s documentary failed to mention how she again “borrowed” the musical hook for “Run the World (Girls)” from DJ Diplo, aka Major Lazer.

Apart from that, what “break” did Beyonce really take? When you compare how we Archies downright miss David in a matter of months when he’s below the radar, I find it laughable that she’s making a big deal over a big ol’ “year” (I thought I saw the Queen Bey all over the place during her “break” last year – must be nice to have that kind of cultural dominance where you could go on a break for a whole wide YEAR and nobody will actually “miss you”).

But whatever.  It’s cool David gave her a shoutout in his vlog, and I actually think Bey’s 4 album is one of her strongest in years. It’s actually a stronger R&B/soul album than it is a pop album. But if you want to learn what it’s like to try and pursue a musical career without Beyonce’s budget, here’s hip-hop artist Maluca, a Dominican based in NYC, who gave us a “wepasode” called Fly on a Budget. (Girlfriend is collecting food stamps as a struggling artist – I think we should appreciate contrasts and be glad David’s got some kind of budget to keep touring in cool places like Asia; I’ma leave the “management” debates alone right now).

Finally, I see David’s gearing up for his Asia tour. I couldn’t be more happier for him.  I hope he gets a true “rock star” treatment, and his Asian Archies will keep us up to speed with vids and pics (Hi, JR! *waves*).

This will be another interesting summer in Archuworld.  It’s good to be back! 🙂