One of the standout things I remember about David’s finale performance of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” on American Idol was Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard describing David “on fire.” That TV audiences couldn’t appreciate Paula Abdul’s whooping and hollering in response or Randy Jackson’s hyperbolic exclamations and even Simon Cowell’s declaration that David “knocked out” the other David in the competition probably had everything to do with not having the privilege of hearing David “live.”
In the fan blogosphere, those who were present in the Nokia audience confirmed the “David on Fire” testimonial, as one fan even waxed poetic about the sensation of hearing The Voice fill up the entire arena. It was “indescribable,” some said, hence why one had to experience David live for oneself. It’s one of those performances that I will always wish to have been present for.
So, it was with great envy when I would read and scroll through comment-after-comment of David’s more moneyed fans who would spend tickets and VIP $$ to follow David around the country (I remember some who even followed him across the pond when he opened for the British act, McFly!). I didn’t have the same resources or time to follow David around like that, even if witnessing The Voice Live was worth every penny and time spent.
Naturally, when David managed to travel around my neck of the woods (the first time when he came to upstate New York at Northern Lights during the Jingle Jams tour and the last time in Verona for “My Kind of Christmas”), I didn’t even hesitate. If he was nearby, even if that meant a few hours drive, I was there!
And I can confirm like so many other Archies: Nothing Beats Hearing David Live!
The passion. The bell-clarity. The penetrable tones that pierce into you. Even if you’ve never witnessed David Live, sometimes you have the rest of the audience interaction to feed off of: that unmistakable “whoop and holler” from an audience member when David belted out “mi almaaaaaa…” while singing “Contigo en la Distancia,” or the relative hush before the audience broke out into thunderous applause at the end of his electrifying and transcendental “Silent Night” during the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s “Glad Christmas Tidings” concert.
The sincerity, the generosity, and the delicate balance between vocal precision and vocal improvisation are true insights of a musical genius.
That’s what I thought of when watching that brief clip of David “in the studio” recording “Everybody Hurts,” recently released to his Twitter. I agree with so many others that a Live Album would be a tremendous gift, but mostly, I want a production team that can capture the best qualities of “David Live” within the studio recording.
How do you do that? I guess the same way that you capture “magic in a bottle.” Only the most gifted and crafted of musicians will know how best to “package” that magical gift that keeps on given – aka “The Voice.”
That will always be my wish in David’s continued musical growth.
In the mean time, let us hope that, among many of his post-mission plans, is one that takes him on tour! Nothing, but nothing, beats hearing David Live! 😛
What say you, Soul Davidians?