Daily Archives: March 29, 2012

R-e-s-p-e-c-t

Seven.  That’s the number of times David uttered the word “respect” in his final farewell vlog.

He kept coming back to the word that I started wondering: who is that particular message meant for?

I guess it’s meant for us, his fans, except that the first time he asked “us” to respect his decision to devote this “personal time” to focus on his relationship with his “Heavenly Father,” he immediately said that we, his fans, have been respectful.

But he then kept repeating it. Is there someone else who has not accepted his decision to go on his Mission?

Certainly, we have gone back and forth about this personal decision of his, but it just made me curious why he kept emphasizing, over and over: Please respect my decision!

I don’t know about others, but I’ve always respected David to make up his own mind about his life and his music – even when I don’t always agree with his decisions.

I’m only hoping that others will do so as well, and here I’m not talking about fans and our occasional arguments with each other. I’m thinking in particular of those who may be part of his inner circle – both family, friends, and “friends of family” – people who have always insinuated themselves between David and David’s fans.

I’m grateful that David’s twitter will be updated by folks in his management, but it’s the other “managerial” folks who make me a bit queasy.

You know who I’m talking about: those folks “in the know” – the VRS’s (very reliable sources) – who always find ways to leak all kinds of information to us.  Now that David will literally be “out of commission” for the next two years, they will basically have free rein.

As loyal fans of David, how will you best discern the information other folks are inclined to “leak” to us?

For instance, I don’t know about you, but it bothers me greatly that David only revealed to us, his fans, that he will be residing in South America for his Mission, while other folks have revealed to the media that he’s going to Chile (all while dropping various hints on other blogs and via Twitter).  Did David give them permission to do so?

Why did they think they had that right? If David wanted us to know the exact country in South America where he would be, wouldn’t he have told us himself?

Honestly, I know some fans are relieved and eager to know this precise news, but it just smacks of disrespect.

“Respect my decision,” David says, yet someone is always going against him in one way or another.

It’s such a constant these last four years of following David that I can guarantee some VRS is going to give us the latest update.

Before you know it, someone will be telling us what village he’s going to, which group he’s working with, and what specifically he’s saying about the Book of Mormon!

Can’t folks really, seriously, and truly leave him alone and let him do his own communication?

Perhaps with this down time, maybe folks will, but I’m not sure we can count on it.

All I can do is wish David Godspeed as he sets out to serve his “Heavenly Father” the best way he knows how.

Whether or not we agree with his decision, at least let’s respect him.