My Expectations for BEGIN.
I find it interesting some of the conversations had on this blog in terms of BEGIN.‘s sales prospects and the like. I’m just glad the pre-order sales are so impressive. But do I have any expectations for decent sales for BEGIN.?
It’s not about my lowering expectations or anything. I think I just accept this music project for what it is: a love letter to David’s fans and an attempt to heal us and appease us with some “new” music while he’s away on a two-year mission.
If it does well, great. If it doesn’t, then that’s on us, his fans, and not anyone else (not #MIC, not new management, not the local label or whoever is putting out this album).
I mean, when you think about it, there really is nothing to get that excited about for this album if you’re a casual music buyer. For the average Archie, most certainly!
I can’t wait to hear the full versions of “Everybody Hurts” and “True Colors” for example, but just from the snippets, I’m hearing nothing completely unique in either musical arrangements or in David’s vocal improvs (which is news to me). There is some “magic” missing – no goosebump moment for me yet (then again, how much can I judge from 20-second material?).
I’m just glad we’ll be getting new music, even if they’re mostly covers, from The Voice, but I’m also aware that this rushed job to give us music to tide us over is not going to have any real magical touches. I simply appreciate the gesture to give us something to remember him by.
So, while we hope for great sales (on an album of covers, in which the musical arrangements are not that different? Really?), I think it’s prudent that we all just focus on getting ourselves a copy and enjoy it on that personal level. If you’re a fan, of course you’ll buy it. But if you’re not already a fan, I see no reason why this would be a deal-breaker.
So why wring our hands about sales?
I think we will always have “Crush” as our continued measuring stick. David hit the top of the Billboard charts as soon as his very first single hit the airwaves. Alas, that highly successful moment (when David had 19 management and Jive behind him right out the gate after Idol) has made us aim high whenever he has new music to promote. I think I’m resigned to realizing that the professional folks behind him at that time were invested in striking while the iron was hot as far as their popular Idol runner-up, but after that initial moment, they were done.
Everything else was up to David (note that once he switched management, promotion got harder). It is what it is.
Maybe David will invest in professional management when he returns (it’s the only way he’ll get maximum exposure), maybe he won’t. It depends on how bad he wants that mainstream success.
And it has nothing to do with his faith (have you seen that ridiculous Jesus tattoo on Justin Bieber’s leg? The Anti-David puts his faith out there more than David, and that certainly hasn’t deterred his international popularity).
I’m just glad to have some new music with this BEGIN., and I’m still withholding judgment on what I think about the album until I hear the full covers and the original song. But projecting sales? Why would I do that?
Honestly, I don’t care. There’s no “sign” we need to measure if sales are good or bad. The man behind the music isn’t even available to promote his new music. We his fans are, and so far, it looks like we’re doing a good job on Twitter and other social media.
I respect that David is putting this part of his life on hold to do what he must, and again, I totally love him and respect him for doing what he could before leaving to give of himself.
That’s what BEGIN. is about. Nothing more, nothing less.