I came across these SLC VIP vids* and realized I’d never seen them. Then I remembered why. They were posted a year ago today, Dec. 19, 2011 … aka the day David cancelled Christmas (just kidding… sort of). I didn’t watch ANY of his videos for a very long time after that.
But no worries, that was then, this is now, I’ve gotten over the shock and the 203498347 stages of Announcement grief and come out the other side… of down. (You knew that was coming, right? ) In fact, I couldn’t be happier for him now.
But I do find watching this particular VIP Q&A now really interesting. Because now I know what will be coming at the end of that show, as does David, but not the VIPers there that day. So it’s curious to watch David answer questions, sing songs, imagine him taking VIP pics with every single person there all the while knowing he’d be making a lot of people sob in a few hours.
I’m sure he didn’t think of it that way. Or did he think about that? I honestly don’t know.
Of course, he knew that he wasn’t leaving right away, that he’d be filming Nandito Ako and trying to record songs for us before he left, but WE didn’t know that then.
In fact, we didn’t know that until weeks after the Announcement, which (sorry David) certainly put a crimp in my Christmas holidays, as much as I tried not to let it.
I do know that when I first saw an anonymous comment somewhere (can’t remember where) back in Sept./Oct. 2011 that David would make a mission announcement at the last show of the tour, my first reaction was, “No way! David would never be that cruel!” Well, guess what? I was wrong … and right. He did make the announcement that way (give a day or two) but I still don’t believe he would ever knowingly be cruel.
He clearly had his reasons that we don’t need to know about as to why he thought that was the best way to do things. I’m okay with that now but it took me a while to get here.
I also find it strangely comforting to watch interviews from last December where he was asked point-blank about what he’d be focusing on next and he didn’t flinch but talked about writing, recording and the tour. And who said he wasn’t a good actor?
The reason I find it comforting is that it’s so … human? David may not lie but he’s just as capable of “compartmentalizing” the truth as the rest of us. It’s also a good reminder for me that we fans are part of his business life alone. I’ve always been clear about that but in the frenzy of all that we do as fans, there can be a danger of that line getting blurred.
Anywayyyyyy, I must say a year really has zoomed by, which is good David-wise but not otherwise because I need more time for stuff not less, lol.
So with these amazing recent Christmas song gifts from David … the kind of “surprise” I’m all for … the holidays certainly do look merry and bright… let’s listen again shall we?
*SLC VIP vids