Romance is the expression of love with words or deeds.
Romance refers to a feeling of excitement associated with any and all forms of love. It implies an expression of one’s love, or one’s deep emotional desire to connect. There are many realities in our human experience that can only be fully lived through the expression of romance.
“Love Me Tender” was the first romantic love song David Archuleta performed on the “big stage.” It was largely overlooked due to the stampede of the media and public alike chasing and reacting to unfortunate rumours spearheaded by TMZ.
“Love Me Tender” was an extraordinary performance — acoustic, subtle, tender and romantic. Those few who did review the performance before the rumours consumed all news about David, in general, had a hard time accepting the legitimacy of an amazing performance of a romantic love song from a shy, self-described “awkward” 17-year-old.
And, certainly, since then David has rendered beautiful songs about love — such as “When You Say You Love Me,” “To Be With You” and “You Can,” among others — that have conveyed a level of emotion, feeling and intuition seemingly beyond his years.
Fast forward 17 months. With his recent performance of “Contigo en la Distancia” at the ALMA Awards, David Archuleta demonstrated to everyone the depth and breadth of his talent to sing a soul-searing love ballad.
Romantic and intimate, it overflows with universal love and connects to the world at large. There has been no problem accepting this tender and passionate performance this time. It ticked all the boxes.
Interesting enough, when Tom O’Neil* blogged last year in his “Gold Derby” column for the Los Angeles Times awards site TheEnvelope.com about male singers and Grammy winners, he made this purposeful comparison to David Archuleta:
“Consider some of the multiple winners of the Grammy Award for best pop male vocals. These guys are real heart breakers — men not afraid to weep when they sing and mean it: John Mayer, Elton John, Michael Bolton, Justin Timberlake, Frank Sinatra and Jack Jones over the years, to name just a few…
“Hit, surviving male music stars are unabashed, unapologetic romantic singers — they surrender utterly to a song’s schmaltzy message. That’s how they make an extraordinary connection with fans that endures for years. When sexy dudes are too cool for the room, they flop after brief flashes of stardom.
“In his future career, you (will) see David Archuleta surrendering to extreme romanticism.”
Tom O’Neill is right except, I believe, for the words “schmaltzy” and “surrender.” David Archuleta doesn’t do schmaltzy, and surrender is not in his repertoire. In fact, he will likely re-write the book on romantic music.
*O’Neil is the author of “Movie Awards, The Emmys and The Grammys.” In 1999, he launched GoldDerby.com, a website devoted to predicting all major show awards: Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes and Tonys. It was acquired by the Los Angeles Times in November 2005.