I don’t even know what to tell you about Sellersville.
David sauntered onto the stage for VIP and announced he was “under the weather.”
Well, we all know what that means for we fans.
But a few songs and stories later, all our fears were put to rest.
Further evidence that our David is magic.
My mind is basically mush at this point from the amazingness that is David, but I will try to share what I can from the evening… the VIP questions were great.
As is my M.O., I subcontracted my *ahem* long list of questions and the lovely and amazing Penny (dangitdavid) asked about the story behind Seasons.
Well… turns out David came up with a bunch of different melodies while on his mission and most of Seasons was one of them (Aiming for Hope the other) and Stephanie Mabey and another writer helped David finish them when he got back.
He spoke very eloquently about the families he tried to help on his mission… couples where the husband was often struggling with addiction, alcoholism or other issues and they would all cry together but the husband was often unwilling to change to save the relationship.
This got David thinking about changing with the seasons and a beautiful song was born. He even hopped over to the keyboard to be plunk out those early chords that “came” to him.
Someone else asked if he’d ever consider doing Broadway and he said he’d been offered Les Miz while he was on his mission. But that, although he loves musicals, he’d never been a “theatre kid”… that being an introvert, all the people and wild energy of a production might be more than he could handle. But that he might be okay with it now… “Never say never” were his exact words. 😍
Oh, btw, he had a Sharpie hanging out of his pant leg and then pulled it out, announcing, “I have a hole in my pants.” You know, like one does.
SSomeone else asked how his mission influenced his music and he said, “Well I made a whole album about it.” … Sasschuleta strikes again!
I just have to say that I’ve never heard David express himself so eloquently… about how your strengths can compensate for your weaknesses… how he wants to give a voice to those who need it, especially children…how he’s had some controlling people in his life but now he realizes his sense of worth doesn’t come from the opinion of others.
I will never cease to be amazed by this dude.
Wonderful to see Marlie and Stenocruiser and Silverfox and SandyBeaches and Maureen!
And despite his cold, he sounded incredible! So exciting to hear the newest songs for the first time. And the crowd LOVED him. Tons of guys whooping and cheering too, which was pretty cool.
I love how David gives the same 135686433% whether he’s performing for thousands in Manila or 250 peeps in PA.
Thanks to Penny (@dangitdavid) for a lot of these videos!
I took this one tho’… DUDES! FIRST. TIME. EVER. PERFORMANCE OF POSTCARDS!!! As much as I love this song on the record, the live version is like putting on 3D glasses for your ears… it felt like getting intravenous happiness coursing through my veins… please get to a show if you can JUST to hear this insanely good song. It’s actually perfect.
Penny took this one… if it looks like she was practically sitting on the stage it’s because she was. I was sitting behind her and Refnaf because I needed a buffer. The intensity of The Archuleta threatened to burn my retinas. For real.
I am obsessed with how he moved to this music. I am so glad Penny videotaped it while I was busy being hypnotized and mesmerized so I could go back and verify that it was real. Watch and you’ll see what I mean. David doesn’t just move to music, he becomes music in motion. I’m making no sense after a 9 hour drive home, so there you go.
At the end of the show, David bolted to my right, extended his hand to the people in the far corner and said, “Thanks for coming!” I thought he knew them and would be chatting for a second, so I was standing there like an idiot when he started to reach out to the rest of us. I stuck my hand out just in time but almost thwacked him in the face. Not awkward at all. 🙂
More videos HERE.
Okay, the Club Cafe is my new favourite venue. I’d somewhat lost my mosh mojo so ended up crunched in the crowd and loved every minute.
The exciting VIP reveal was the Dec. 15th Calgary Christmas show (I hope Awestruck is still breathing),.
The audience were mostly David’s age, lots of young guys (one of them I caught crying when David was singing Crush, awww) and they jumped and bounced and high-fived him and sang along to EVERYthing and it was a blast.
When David finished his first number, he was taken aback at how close the crowd was to the stage and how the lights weren’t blinding him.
“I can literally see every one of your faces, and by the end of the night they’re going to be burned into my brain.” Much cheering.
There was such a crush of people that even though I was steps from the stage, I could only see David from the shoulders up… I literally had to look at one of the phone screens held up by someone closer to the stage to see the rest of David… like a mini jumbo tron.
When everyone sang MKOP with him, it was the sweetest thing ever… my vid is not good but I think you can feel how lovely this was.
And when it came time for him to leave the stage at the end of Nunca Pense, the look on his face was priceless because there was nowhere to run off to, “in a sea of people, there’s no way to leave the stage.” Such a jokester, I tell you.
“Usually I go off and then come back, let’s just skip that part.” 🙂
And then, just before he left for real, he made a bee-line for a lovely elderly lady with silver hair, sitting by the wall, to check that the show hadn’t been too loud for her. My heart.
Another lovely city, another very cool venue. It was split into two sections jutting off the stage in two directions.
The stage itself was hardwood, so it was like David just happened to drop by and do a show in your living room.
Okay, maybe just in my mind.
In VIP, he was on vocal rest again, but mimed a few answers or whispered them to Kari. I asked the band where they were all from and it turns out Desmond is from California (which I didn’t know).
Two newlyweds shared with David that they’d chosen Elevator for the bridal dance at their wedding. Elevator. At their wedding. I want to marry these people. And share more Elevator love throughout the land.
I kept thinking, “Oh man, those two are going to be so disappointed that Elevator isn’t in the show.” Why oh why do I ever doubt The Archuleta??
Then, David’s face lit up when someone came in late at the back and it turned out to be Jeff Leblanc, who opened for David on his MKOC tour.
When it was picture time, I went up and before I got to him, David put his hand over his mouth. So I paused and asked him if he needed to cough or something. He looked at me like, “Why on earth would you think that?”
Awkward. You know, the usual.
Oh, and new pants were in evidence (no holes). I know you were waiting for that detail.
When the show started, I couldn’t imagine people standing because the seats they have at the Ludlow Garage are these high-backed, very thickly cushioned Lazy-Boy size seats that even have pull-out trays in the arm rests. It was like sitting on a Greyhound.
But then David tore up the stage, whipping everyone into a wild frenzy of cheering and clapping and singing along until everyone bounced out of their Lazy-Boys and up on their feet in a massive Archupalooza love-fest.
And when he invited the newlyweds onstage for Elevator (which, of course, he added into the show just for them), the crowd went extra wild, it was a blast.
Postcards in the Sky was just. It was. Then I. And couldn’t. But oh. Wow.
And Someone to Love. Gorg.
Other Things in Sight. One of my faves on the album. (thx. Connie for this awesome vid!)
Ending to Higher Ground. Lordy Lordy Lordy.
Nunca Pense…so blazing hot, David took off his jean jacket part way through… you know the temperature’s rising when that happens. 🙂
And clearly Sellersville didn’t teach me anything, because when he came along shaking hands, after he shook mine, he leaned forward and for a split second, I thought it was for a hug so I leaned forward but clued in just in the nick of time that he was reaching for the peeps behind me, so I quickly ducked… if I hadn’t, my face would’ve ended up buried in his chest. I need a minder, I really do.
It was awesome to sit beside the lovely and amazing Nitya, to see emilyluvsarchie and her fam, and to finally meet Chelsy, and to see Marcia, and Holly, Robin, Paula, Pam, and the rest of that wild gang. And to travel with the stupendous Refnaf, Penny (dangitdavid), Tampa Terry and Connie (Cadthu & Mr. Cadthu).
We also got talking to people who hadn’t seen him live since the Idol tour and they were b.l.o.w.n..a.w.a.y… ‘natch.
For, as we know, David doesn’t scale back his performance for a smaller crowd.
It struck me the past few days that on this tour, we’re getting to see an arena-calibre performer … and performance … in small, intimate venues. How blessed are we?
Now, how do I get to every single other show there is??????