Monthly Archives: May 2014

Transitions

Sometimes I get the feeling that David had a “coming out” moment when he announced that he was going on a mission, and once he publicly embraced his faith identity, did his rite of passage, and has returned, he’s still transitioning into “life after mission.”

He’s testing the waters, as an “out” Mormon, and sharing elements of his faith and his thoughts about that life.  Those who don’t share his faith identity may get quite impatient, maybe even turned off, because we may feel we have no common frame of reference to share his passion/beliefs, but I do respect the process.

I imagine, some time down the line, these tweets won’t be that big of a deal – for either his secular fans or himself – but for now, it’s where he’s at, considering there is no news of any upcoming musical releases or performances.

It’s weird insofar as, pre-mission, David took great pains not to mention his religious life, so careful was he not to offend. And many of us liked this aspect about him because he seemed to really want to come off as “neutral” in that way that doesn’t alienate different groups of fans.

But I also realize that he’s wanting to not be “ashamed,” as it were, to present himself as a man of faith (and a man of a particular faith), and I applaud him for not wanting to “go back in the closet.”

In short: this golf and Mormon tweet seems innocuous enough, but I can see how non-LDS fans would take it as some kind of “in your face” assertion of his identity.

My question is: would we feel differently if he were being more open about a more conventional faith than a religious minority faith? Or, if this were a different identity altogether (i.e. one based in race, ethnicity or sexual orientation) would we be supportive of his being “open” about who he is?

In other words, with David being more open about who he is – faith wise – does this necessarily change the dynamics of who he was before the Mission and who is now?

What say you, Soul Davidians?

Cryptic David?

He seems to be a whole lot more pensive lately (if he’s not preoccupied with food!). 🙂

American Idol Finale and Renewal

So, it looks like American Idol is not going anywhere since it got renewed for another season.

But this season really felt quite lackluster.

Still, wouldn’t it be cool if David Archuleta made a “surprise” appearance at this week’s finale? Or should he keep his distance?

What say you, Soul Davidians? Take my latest poll! 🙂

The “Hollowed Out” Image

By now, everyone has had a reaction to that hologram of Michael Jackson performing on last night’s Billboard Music Awards Show.  Lots of folks felt creeped out by the spectacle, and others were elated (but seriously, those audience members openly weeping? Just…No!).

I think my favorite Twitter reaction was from one Awesomely Luvvie, who simply tweeted:

*throws water at TV*

Oh, honey, you ain’t lying!

That zombie/ghost/vampire, whatever that thing was… being passed off as a “hologram”…was probably the most disturbing thing I’d ever seen in the world of pop music. Far creepier than any zombie in MJ’s Thriller music video!

But more than anything, I’m deeply disturbed by the way vultures in the music industry will continue to reap rewards and financial benefits over Michael Jackson’s dead carcass.

That’s one of the things I find really problematic about the image-production of our pop stars and celebrities. So often we’re expected to only respond to an Image, a Simulation, that the real soul or essence of a person can be discarded.

This is why I don’t get super-invested in certain images fans have erected of David since we don’t know the guy, but why I also appreciate a live performance, a tweet, or a vlog from David because he shares certain elements of himself without relying on a Super-image based in artifice.

The saddest thing about MJ, I think, is that the image of himself had shot through the stratosphere, so much so that he himself could not live up to it. What else accounts for all the plastic surgery, wigs, and make-up?

And, yeah, if you’re going to resurrect a Michael Jackson hologram, why not bring back the brown-skinned brother from Off the Wall or Thriller we had come to love? Why this bleached-out, artificially looking CGI that couldn’t even do a decent moonwalk? 😦

As someone who remembered the “King of Pop” when he was alive, I’m not fond of some hollowed-out image. Nor am I impressed with an industry that thinks that, because I’m a fan, I would be willing to settle for any subpar image (and subpar songs for that matter – seriously, how do we know Michael Jackson would have ever wanted any of his backlogged songs to see the light of day?).

I think our admiration and adoration should raise the standards of what to expect in the pop artists we admire.

More than anything, let those stars who have passed on really Rest in Peace, and let the ones who are still here have a real chance at developing their artistry so that they can rise to the level of legends of old. Indeed, let them take the talent to the next level.

Graduation Weekend

I’ve been busy since yesterday with all our graduation commencement activities at my university. Today is our final ceremony!

But, as usual, it’s been fun, so I’m dedicating this song to all the graduates out there. Congratulations! 🙂