When the official announcement was made that David Archuleta would release a Christmas album this fall, many people — including fans — were surprised.
“It’s too early in his career,” warned some. “It’s a cash grab,” snarked others.
Most fans, however — including me — seemed thrilled at the prospect of a CD pairing David’s glorious voice with traditional Christmas songs. For us, it was a no-brainer — after all, David’s often mentioned how much he loves singing those songs. He even included a number of them as encores at last December’s Jingle Ball shows.
What did take me by surprise, though, was David’s recent response to a CNN reporter, explaining the timing of Christmas From the Heart:
“I feel like you have to take advantage of the opportunities that you are given at the time,” said David.” “I don’t know how long I will be in the position with music that I am. … I just felt like while people are enjoying what I am doing and recognizing the work I am doing, it probably is a good time to do it.”
So even after all the accolades, the hit CD, the sold-out solo tour, and the Teen Choice and ALMA Awards, he’s still taking nothing, NOTHING for granted. It could all disappear tomorrow, he reminds himself, so make the most of today.
Make the most of today. This message hit especially close to home for me this week after some personal sadness led me to reflect on the blessings in my life – not the least of which is discovering David’s music.
Not that David’s Voice blinds me to the pain and suffering in the world – in fact, sometimes it intensifies my awareness of that pain — but as I continue to listen, I feel drawn into a wellspring of love and light that is often overpowering.
While listening to certain songs – Save the Day, Think of Me, Angels – I often have to hit pause so I can catch my breath as the convulsive sobs subside.
Maybe not the effect most pop stars are going for but then again, David Archuleta is not most pop stars.
Like all true artists, even his most “frivolous” efforts engage your full attention – never mere background, you are a participant … an active listener. Nowhere is this more evident than on CFTH. These are not carols to tinkle blithely off in the distance as you shop for stocking stuffers.
For What Child Is This, I need to sit and close my eyes as I become transported into the story. Riu Riu Chiu and Pat-a-Pan compel me to move and/or sing along – and Ave Maria … oh my … it requires my full and complete attention, not to mention a crate of tissues.
The prospect of David singing these songs live in 12 short days also fills me with gratitude. I don’t know why I’ve been given such a wondrous gift but I vow to treasure and share the sheer joy it brings as best I can.
In that same CNN interview, David was asked what sets CFTH apart from the multitudes of Christmas CDs already out there. This was his answer:
“I tried to give the music a reverence. We could have gone more radio friendly because I am in the more pop vein of music, but I wanted to make sure when people listened to it I got them thinking about what the songs were talking about. Whether it was through the vocals or the arrangement, I wanted people to connect with the songs emotionally.”
I think I’ll go make the most of today and listen again….
P.S. Wow, on this 1st anniversary of the debut CD release, check out this first vlog … where David thanks the fans (and mentions Canada at 2:45 🙂 ) …
… and then a look back at how much has happened in the past year in this Happy #DavidArchieVersary vid from musicis4David: