Monthly Archives: December 2011
A special thank you goes to Heidijoy, who took the time to hand-deliver a card and letter that I wrote to David, which I didn’t think of doing when I went to see him in Verona.
One of the incredibly wonderful developments in following David these past four years is the bonds formed between fellow David fans, both online and offline.
So, as part of my gratitude for Heidijoy’s generosity, I’m posting her concert recap of her experience meeting David and attending both concerts in Salt Lake City (where he made his announcement about his formal mission) and Beaver Creek (the last stop on his “My Kind of Christmas” tour). I hope you enjoy a fellow fan’s story this Christmas Eve! 🙂
A Recap of Salt Lake City and Beaver Creek
During VIP, I used my photo op for a small group of us to present David with a Certificate from the Golden Archie project in which we gave the Primary Children’s Hospital 50 of GCT CDS/DVDs, $250 check for the Music Therapy Program and a Penciled Protrait of David. He was thrilled of course. I was thrilled when I told him I was Heidijoy, and he said “Oh I recognize that name”. There were probably about 200 there and no one was rushed. It was fun to watch everyone greet David and pose for their pictures.
David sang the “Good Place/Let It Be” mashup, which was beautiful. He had a request for “How Great Thou Art” or a Hymn of his choice. “Child of God” and “Dream Sky High” were voted on. Child of God got the most votes and David sang it beautifully. He then said “Oh! I’ll sing Dream Sky High too.” Beautiful and heartfelt.
The concert was spectacular!! The Set List was the same as other concerts. The crowd was on fire and we danced to “Zero Gravity.” David Osmond and Jenny Frogley came out and sang the background vocals like they did on the recorded version of “Melodies of Christmas.” It was festive! Some of the highlights in the second half of the concert were the Lycum Philharmonic Orchestra, an Adult Choir and a Children’s Choir alternating songs, Mama Lupe and JONAH’s Particpation in the FA La La La La Song. David’s growth as a singer and performer were out of this world!
The highlights of David’s Banter were his appreciation of all of his fans and his gratefulness for us being responsible for all of the success and opportunities that he has had. He also talked about turning 21 and said he would just continue drinking water and then added, “I don’t know why I even said that.”
David started getting quite emotional prior to “Silent Night,” when he talked about caroling with his brother and sisters, and he thanked them for being there. He also talked of how grateful he was for the opportunity to sing this song with the Morman Tabernacle Choir last year and how meaningful that experience was for him. David ended with “Drummer Boy,” which was fantastic. There were many standing ovations, cheers, whistles etc. We were beyond thilled with the Concert and begged for more!!
When David came back out for the Encore, that was when he told us he would be going on a full time mission. As he struggled to tell us, he smiled,broke down in tears, and got his message out. He talked about the certainty that this is what he was being called to do at the time in his life.
The crowd erupted in cheers, and I felt like I had been kicked in the gut. What a mix of emotions. Exuberance for the concert, David’s growth and performances, and grief at the loss of him for at least two years. David then sang the most beautiful “O Holy Night” with his tears glistening. He left the stage with a big wave and thank you to all.
I was sitting in front of Lupe at the concert and told her how much we would miss David. She was very gracious and seemed happy that David has this opportunity. We talked to Sunny too as she had sat with the family for the concert. She said David still has some projects to do, including recording in the near future. I got to meet Jonah and tell him what a big fan I was. He was so gracious with a hand shake and appreciation. I of course greeted his Mom too. Fans gathered afterward and were stunned for the most part. I was glad we were going to Beaver Creek as painful as the grief was.
Needless to say I didn’t sleep much after SLC concert and we left bright and early for Beaver Creek. Chats with travel mate Grateful4all_DA were painful and we had a fear of how to handle all these emotions. Lots of tears were shed. We looked forward to Beaver Creek.
At the Beaver Creek VIP, fans gathered, and we sang “We’ll Be There,” set to the tune of “I’ll Be There,” that two fans had written to David when he entered the room prior to picture taking. Karin asked David first if it was alright. That was difficult, painful, tender, and very meaningful. David expressed his gratefulness and said it was the first time a group of fans sang to him.
I got in line near the front as I wanted to be as natural as possible. I stood in front of David and shook his hand so I could look in those eyes one more time. He recognized me and thanked me again for helping to gather all of the CDs/DVDs etc. We then posed arm in arm. I again shook his hand and offered my wish of the best for him. He thanked me with a big smile.
I then watched everyone else as they greeted and posed with him. He was very attentive, and there was no rush of anyone. We then went into the concert hall for the rest of the VIP. We donned party hats and sang Happy Birthday to David, and he was touched noting the birthday hats. He thanked all of us for everything and talked of how important it was for him to do this tour in appreciation for his fans. He said that it was very difficult to schedule it because someone was trying to block him from having this tour. (I think that is part of why it was also difficult to hit all the areas he would have liked to include in the tour).
He answered a few questions, including did he have his mission papers in and does he know where he is going, and he said he did have his papers in and does know here he is going. He said he didn’t want to be more specific at this time. He emphasized that he will still be able to do music during his mission.
He then sang “Good Place/Let it Be,” “Mary Did You Know,” and “I’m Trying To Be Like Jesus.” Oh boy! Nobody can sing more tenderly and with such emotion while having the best vocals on the planet. Words don’t do any of this justice. He was going to do one more since it was the last concert but some guy said NO the doors were opening. It was non-negotiable!!!!!!! Boo! We then readied for the concert, and fans were given a Maraca to shake during Fa la la la la.
David was on fire, as were his fans! The show was Sold Out!! A side note: This was a thrill for me especially as I had selfishly promoted this concert so it would not get cancelled after I had spent considerable money on flight and hotel reservations which were non-refundable. I had called and written to the local church and schools, including sending flyers and David’s CD’s to both P.O.C.’s. I carefully watched the seat charts for months on the Vilar Performing Charts. When the dots eventually showed full, I was thrilled. When we got to Beaver Creek, we saw lots of promo in papers, posters etc. I was glad that it was promoted so well, and I was not solely responsible for filling the place. (ha!ha!)
On with the show. There was no orchestra or Choir, and the simplicity of David and the band was perfect for this venue and for us. We sang, we danced, we cheered, and we shook our Maracas during Fa la la la la!! It was a celebration. It seemed like we (the fans) gave David a standing ovation for every song. It was so much fun! … The concert was special and David ended with “O Holy Night.” It was beautiful!
We screamed for an Encore of course. We had worried all during the show about how David would be singing Drummer Boy, because Steve and his drums were behind an acrylic wall. Luckily they took that down while we screamed for an encore. David came running out, and the reason for two standing microphones was answered when Jeff LeBlanc came out to join David. David said that they had been jamming to a song off stage and decided to add the song to this final show: “Waiting On The World to Change.” We couldn’t believe our ears!
David and Jeff jammed and sang and it was wonderful. Lots of full circle memories for sure. David had said it was his first time to sing the whole song. David then closed with the Drummer Boy, and it was spectacular.
Lots of fans decided to wait in the lobby and then by the bus, and David did come out by the bus. It was wonderful as fans asked for signatures, pictures, hugs etc. I got an autograph on a picture that was in the big fat Vilar Performing Arts Booklet with David’s full page picture and ad in it. By this time, I got a big “Hi!” from David as he now knew who I was. Ha! ha! I also got a big hug and picture taken with David. I gave my final heartfelt message with a Big Smile on both of our faces.
We saw Sunny out by the bus and asked her what song David was going to sing at VIP that got cut off,; she said “Be Still My Soul.” Divine Intervention??? She said David was looking for her before the Encore and was going to sing it but she had gotten locked out of the back when she had gone out to the Child Fund display area. I guess it wasn’t meant to be but Oh how we would have loved to hear one more Be Still My Soul!
I then joined other fans for a wrap up of the evening. We were estatic that this last show and send off was full of Happiness and Joy.
Thank you, Heidijoy, for sharing this fabulous concert recap – surely we here in Archuworld will have all kinds of unforgettable memories of the events this week. It’s really moving to be able to hear from someone who was there to witness these events live.
May you and all of us here at Soul David find the same joy and happiness this Christmas weekend! 🙂
Here’s David’s latest vlog:
Also, thanks to Peter for posting video to an amazing performance of David singing “Waiting on the World to Change” with opening act Jeff LeBlanc at his last show of the “My Kind of Christmas” tour.
As an aside, John Mayer has been dead to me in the wake of some bigoted remarks he made against black women, so you know, I don’t just blindly accept artists on the strength of their music. The character has to be there as well, and so far, David hasn’t disappointed me. I pray he will continue to amaze me and inspire me.
from Rascal’s post, “Trust the Archulator“:
I had always expressed the belief that David was far more in control of his material, his performances, and his career trajectory than anyone–particularly the smarmy and skeptical press–had given him credit for… It’s a mistake to think that gentle compassion and humility don’t reside on a foundation of enormous strength. My concern for David–maybe even some misguided parental sentiment–led me to convey some thoughts and warnings to him about how brutal and selfish the entertainment industry could be, and how easy it is to lose sight of one’s own personal path. I think now that I needn’t have been so concerned. The thoughts themselves are pertinent regardless, but David has expressed a certainty of purpose that, while perhaps still somewhat sublimated, nevertheless represents an artery of guiding principles that continues to reveal itself as enormously trustworthy. David’s future is both bright and deep. Our confidence in his choices ought to be as unequivocal as our devotion to his work.
From David’s “Special Announcement” on Monday, Dec. 19, in Salt Lake City:
While I’m home in front of you guys here tonight, I would like to make a special announcement that I’ve chosen to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It’s not because someone told me that I was supposed to do it, not because that I no longer want to do music anymore, but it’s because it’s the feeling that I felt that I need to do next in my life. It’s just the same feeling that I’ve always followed, tried to follow, in my life. It’s the feeling that’s allowed me to have the opportunities I’ve had, the challenges I’ve had to overcome, and the blessings, too. I’ve learned to trust that feeling and I’ve learned that I need to answer when it calls.
Like so many of you, I’ve been contemplating so much since David made his special announcement Monday night about serving a full-time mission for his church. And I also understand all the varying emotions so many of you have expressed here.
As always, I’m deeply appreciative that so many of you feel so very safe to express your feelings here at Soul David (sort of similar to the safety David must have felt when making his announcement about his decision in front of a supportive hometown crowd). I’m still very much accepting of David’s decision – perhaps because I “heard” that announcement coming when he started singing Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” at his VIP meet-and-greets:
I’m going to make a change for once in my life/ It’s gonna feel real good / gonna make a difference / gonna make it right…
I had asked my faithful readers, “Is David trying to tell us something?” But no one really answered my question. It didn’t dawn on me that, after all these years, some of David’s die-hard fans really weren’t listening.
And perhaps it’s that realization that made me start feeling disappointment. This disappointment is less to do with David’s decision to go on a two-year mission and more to do with how some of his fans are reacting. Sheesh! No wonder David broke down and cried! This mission thing – something that most Mormons are brought up feeling they must do, especially one as devout as David – is really important to him, he knows how much of a sacrifice this would be to his career, and yet, he’s sticking to his guns and is willing to see it through.
And after all that he’s done for us – given us sweet, genuine, REAL MUSIC, given us his time, given us concert tours, vlogs, humorous tweets, and so much of his gratitude for being his adoring fans – some of us are claiming that David is being (GASP!) selfish. Um – Whaat?!?!
And if that weren’t bad enough, I’ve actually received private emails from other fans, not long after I posted my “Follow Your Heart, David!” blog, informing me that behind-the-scenes rumors reveal that David is more a “Jesus Freak,” a “religious fanatic,” an over-the-top zealot than he “lets on.” That, deep down, he’s not as “accepting,” “open-minded,” “caring,” as I’ve been led to believe.
That, deep down, so the gossip goes, he’s on the edge of a mental breakdown, that he’s overcompensating in a dance of sexual avoidance, that neither his family nor his church elders want David to go on a mission, that this is all David’s own doing since he dares to “love God” even more than his own family, even more than (GASP!) HIS OWN FANS!
Why, David, I hardly knew ya!
Because if I’m to believe all this gossip (received of course from those “very reliable sources” – TRANSLATION: by a bunch of back-biting, coat-tail-hanging, deeply envious, not nearly as damn-near-talented or damn-near-good-looking folks “in the know”), then I also have to believe that I’ve been “bamboozled and hoodwinked” by a cunning little snake masquerading as an innocent and righteous young man with incredible talent.
Honestly, who am I supposed to believe? Some envious hangers-on, who have been quite adept at dividing David’s fan community, or David himself?
I’m going back to an old saying put forth by another David fan, who led me down this path of David blogging. Rascal, who himself was run out of Archutown, once said: “Trust the Archulator.”
You know what that means? It means that, when David says he must follow a “feeling inside” that he’s learned to trust, that I’m going to put my faith in him and trust in that feeling also.
It means that, regardless of my personal feelings about his particular chosen faith (and I don’t subscribe to the doctrines taught by the Mormon faith), I believe in David’s own convictions, and he convinces me of the existence of God because I hear it everytime he raises his Voice in song and everytime he acts with integrity and sincerity.
It means that, if a mission is what he believes he needs to do at this time, then I will wait for him to come back to the music he is so blessed to be able to create and that WE are so blessed to be able to have.
It means that, when David chooses to walk away from a failing label like Jive records (which FOLDED not long after he parted ways), we trust that the musical direction he’s choosiing will open new doors and lead to new pathways.
It means that, when David comes to a friggin’ finale competition – when everyone else assumes he will be “crushed by his competion” – David’s going to come out swinging and stomp everyone else in the dust, cause when he catches fire, look out! (Remember that Season 7 finale on American Idol?).
It means, above all, that David is in control precisely because he has let God be in control of his own destiny. And everytime he lifts his Voice, and he grabs at your soul, and you find yourself in the throws of an ODD fix, and you can’t explain why you’re completely devoted, that’s a higher power taking over.
Perhaps David’s own personal experiences has limited his own understanding of that power and has caused him to focus on a particular faith tradition that you may not agree with, and perhaps David will continue in the faith after the mission, or he might engage in self-discoveries that lead him to other paths. We do not know.
What we do know is that David is a man of enormous internal strength and enormous compassion. Such qualities have intensified our love for him and for music.
It saddens me that our world has become so hardened, so materialistic, and so devoid of Spirit, that we think something as inconsequential as a pop music career (at a time when the music industry is fast deteriorating) is worth more than the majestic call of an inner Voice telling him to do what he must.
David is one of kind, and trust me: they don’t make boys like him anymore.
Anyone who can make me feel love, spirit, joy, and soul in music is someone worth trusting and worth accepting unequivocally. Anyone with such deep integrity is destined for great things.
It’s not a coincidence that his next single is called “Wait.” I’m keeping my candle burning, and this Christmas season, I look forward to watching him on my TV again for Christmas eve, when my local PBS station plans to re-broadcast his performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
You may berate his choice of faith and his choice of a mission, but don’t ever forget: that faith is why you cannot let go and get enough of The Voice and why some of y’all are bellyaching that there will be a two-year void without it.
I went to bed early last night because I had an exhausting day, so you can imagine the feeling I’m feeling waking up to this “special announcement” news from David.
Well, what can I say?
1. I read David wrong (stealth guy that he is!). In hindsight, I heard “the call” David was responding to when he sang “The Little Drummer Boy” back at my concert in Verona. I said it in my concert recap, and I’ll say it here: David was testifying in his music. I wrongly thought that his spiritual focus would keep him on a public music “mission” and not a traditional mission, but who’s to say if David himself struggled with this? Who knows how long he has made this decision?
2. I can’t be mad at the guy. I just can’t! I don’t care about twitter burglers spreading rumors (that turned out to be true) or about the bellyaching that we’ve been doing on Soul David or about whether or not David gave us “false” hope (whatever that might mean). I watched that video in which he made his announcement, and I know he struggled. Deep down inside his gut, he struggled, and I’m quite convinced that, were it not for us – his fans – he would have done a regular mission two years ago, but he felt pressure to stay in the limelight (even if only under the radar) because we hungrily needed and desired The Voice in our lives. No, I just can’t be mad at David. He gave us so much of himself, and now he deserves to do what he thinks is right.
3. I waited THREE years to see David live again (and this time I met him face to face and embraced him), and I KNOW I can wait another three to hear from him again and to hopefully meet him again. I am so thankful that this wonderful human being came into my life, and I can only fully support him as the fan Iam. I’ve waited longer to hear from other artists that I’ve liked (Sade, Prince, heck, I’m still waiting for Whitney Houston to make her full comeback!). Surely, we as David fans can keep the candle light vigil until he comes back from his mission.
4. When David started crying, I started crying. Guys, he thought long and hard about this, and I really hope we can support him as he “follows his heart.”
5. At the very least, I hope we can keep one very bright spot of knowledge in this: David will be FAR FAR AWAY from#MIC!!! 🙂
Cheer up, guys! Some fans wait longer than two years to hear again from their favorite idol. We can ride this out. (Now, whether that means I’ll keep Soul David going in the time being, that’s going to be my own soul-searching moment to process).
I’m supporting David no matter what! 🙂