I had the opportunity to spend 4+ days with TOfan, Refnaf and many other fans experiencing the first four David Archuleta My Kind of Christmas tour shows.
It was a feast for the senses in every facet. In fact, it took four shows to notice all the various nuances a maturing virtuoso performer has added to his artistic repertoire, of an obviously focused effort of an up-and-coming raconteur — a magical storyteller, a growing ease beyond the singing — balancing song not only with message but also real entertainment, and so much more.
My overarching impression was experiencing the true meaning of Christmas through David Archuleta’s eyes….
… from the VIP where we are told it’s a “Good Place” and to just “Let It Be.” Brilliant!
… to the soulfulness of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
… and the playfulness of the self-composed “Fa-la-la-la” with a joyful interaction with children in song and dance sharing his family’s Christmas traditions and stories
… the celebration and reminders of various aspects of the Season in the slate of Christmas songs selected
… the pop songs, offering an abundance of fun, light-heartedness, and a touch of angst
… the reminder that giving is what it’s all about in his backing and encouragement of ChildFund to help children who may not even “make it to tomorrow”
… the vulnerability and beauty of David in his faith through the vivid sharing of his soul in the prayerful meditation tendered in “O Holy Night”
… the encore, “Little Drummer Boy” – David beating his drum, his gift “…and then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum, Me and my drum.”
As the final song was performed at Stroudsburg, I realized the true meaning of Christmas, through David’s eyes, had been showcased …Soul, Tradition, Family, Play, Celebration, Music, Dancing, Storytelling, Fun, Light, and Giving revolving around the Birth of Jesus and Faith.
Beat that drum David.
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