Writing recaps is something I have resisted doing…. Words seriously fail me when I make an attempt to describe the David concert experience … many fans do such an excellent job of describing each song, analyzing the nuances in his voice, examining the ability David has to bring any song to emotional life. My last concert experience in Cleveland on Saturday night affected me, again, on a very spiritual level and I want to at least try to put that experience into words.
Walking in to the beautiful Palace Theatre in Cleveland was in itself inspirational. Marble, gilt, red damask, sparkling chandeliers — a wonderful historic venue for David’s Christmas tour. I kept thinking back a year to the 2009 winter solo tour. The contrast is quite remarkable. From the somewhat seedy, grungy venues with the mosh pits, heavy metal stage barriers and ‘interesting” security guards to this!! It is a blessing to me to have seen the different venues, a journey for us as well as for David.
The anticipation, the happiness of knowing that within a few hours I will soak up the Voice (with some amazing and wonderful friends) is one of the best places to be. The desire to hold on to the moments is overwhelming. The anticipation is so sweet. This is not entertainment, this is a life experience. For me, seeing David perform live is an addictive experience, one that gives me so much that it defies logic and explanation. A cleansing, emotional, spiritual high.
It became more obvious to me on Saturday that David understands what his musical gift can do. He knows. He gets why we get him. He understands the hope and love and beauty that his singing can give. He understands that music can heal and refresh and uplift. Not in a egotistical way, but because music has done the same for him. Open, honest sharing is what David does best. Each song a gift. Each note a blessing. Each person in the audience touched.
Arriving home from a concert, compelled to act … this is one of the most stunning parts of this particular David concert for me. I have been pushed to the point where I will go and do something for others. His speech before his rendition of Prayer of the Children was so heartfelt and showed real caring, so beyond the “’tis the season for giving” platitudes that we hear at this time of year. I want to be as giving as he is. I want to help others. I want to give. I want to share. This is what he has given me.
Sharing this experience with all the people I have met is the other gift that keeps on giving. After a concert like this I just want to reach out to everyone. Real-life friends sharing a bond with, and because of, an 18-year-old musical genius… Amen!