Being a devotee of David Archuleta and his music is a continuum of moments crafted together into a beautiful mosaic. These moments can be fleeting — receiving a good laugh from a David tweet — or a more extended pleasure — like playing “Contigo en la Distancia” on replay all afternoon or sharing a concert experience with your friends who “get it.”
For many, attending one of David’s concerts has become a homecoming of sorts, one where you reunite with friends and acquaintances with whom you have shared past David moments. But that wasn’t always the case.
Back in the summer of 2008, for example, when David with touring with A.I. — I was heading back to Pittsburgh, my home town, for a visit at the same time David would be performing (I’ll let you decide it if was coincidental or not). I decided that I was going to the concert and so was my brother … problem is, he didn’t know it yet! So the conversation went something like this:
Brother: We’re looking forward to seeing you when you come to town!
Me: Me too … we’ll have a great time! Hey guess what?!?! I’ve made some plans for us!
Brother: You have? What?
Me: I purchased tickets to go to the Idol concert!
Me: mmm….are you there?
Brother: Ah … yeah…
Me: Oh come on … we’ll have a great time.
Brother: Why do you want to go?
Me: Well really there is only one reason … there is this guy and he is amazing … and really you have to hear him sing … trust me you won’t be disappointed.
Brother: OK …
Truth be told, I was counting on the great people of my hometown to show everybody that the Idol results were wrong … that the wrong David won. I wanted to be in that audience and have the entire crowd show David the love and appreciation of his talent in no uncertain terms. I wanted a Sacramento, a Salt Lake City, a Toronto.
I wanted a moment. But, it didn’t happen. Oh sure the crowd showed David a lot of love and support, but the response should have been a sustained deafening cheer…and it wasn’t. I was disappointed in them … in us. On the positive side, my brother was significantly impressed with David and his talent…in fact I heard a loud “wow” during SBM.
We Own What?!
Fast forward to this year, while we were trying to comprehend how David was going to be an opening act when we knew he should be the only act. My friend Lorna called and we bought tickets for four of us to see David on July 28 at the Delaware Fair. We soon discovered, however, we were the proud owners of four tickets to a Demi-only concert …. WHAT??
My befuddlement quickly turned to happiness, though, when that Delaware cancellation morphed into a David solo concert in Pittsburgh — Yea! The other fair cancellations had turned into David solo shows in the same town but for some reason this fair replacement date was booked in Pittsburgh not Delaware. A second-chance for my hometown to welcome David with open arms.
July 28 at 8:00 Sharp!
And so the stage was set. We took our seats in the sold out, beautiful, historic concert hall and there was a special feeling in the air. You could tell that everyone there was beyond excited to hear David perform — solo — the anticipation of his appearance was palpable.
The crowd started chanting David…David…David. The band took their place and the heart beat drum started Boom-Boom… Boom-Boom…Boom-Boom…
David appeared and the crowd roared. ROARED! We had seats but we did not sit. Almost everyone stood for the entire show. It was great knowing that David didn’t have to rush his set so the next act could appear. He knew we were there for him and only him. He commented how much he enjoyed playing for a smaller crowd.
We know the songs, we know his dance moves but it doesn’t matter; you can see David 100 times in concert and each time is like the first. He was on fire. In fact David, the perfectionist, was so at home with the Pittsburgh crowd that he delivered the now famous “Bubbly,” which he stumbled upon earlier in the day practicing with Kendra. As has been testified by others and witnessed through the videos…David was amazing that night.
His set built to a crescendo. Listen to the cheering and chanting of David’s name between the end of his set and the encore (3:41): magnify it tenfold…it was spine tingling.
The crowd showed him such love, respect and appreciation for who he is as a person and an artist. The look on his face at the end of his encore said it all…he felt the love. See it all unfold with the following screen caps:
The last song of the night, “Angels”:
Notice the look on David’s face as he finishes the song and lifts his fingers from the keyboard.
He left everything on the stage that night. After he removed his hands from the keyboard; you couldn’t help but notice the look of emotion and exhaustion.
David then bid us farewell, told us that he loved us and asked us to drive home safely.
As he got up to leave the stage, David took a bow then gently placed his hand on his heart.
I was so proud of my home town that night. I finally had my moment.
There has been much debate over how some people don’t get David. We are amazed that we see such unbelievable talent and are so touched by his music and the thought of someone not getting him is incomprehensible.
It could be argued that as David is destined to share his music that we are destined to receive it. There are so many stories and experiences to support this concept. After all how do you explain Pittsburgh? On July 28 at 8:00 in the city of Pittsburgh, David delivered an unbelievable moment. And as I left the concert hall that night I looked to the sky and smiled.
Two years earlier, in the city of Pittsburgh, on July 28 at exactly 8:00 my father passed away. David soothed my soul that night.