As a teenager, I played hockey on one of the teams that comprised the first ladies hockey league in Calgary during the mid to late 1970s. I was always hoping to score that elusive (at least for me!) hat trick. And so it seems that I continue to look for things in threes – and David Archuleta hat tricks are no exception.
After all, he kicked off his A.I. run with a triple-threat killer combo of Heaven, Shop Around and Imagine … were any of us left standing after that hat trick?
Then he brought the house down in the finale with another three-song tour de force: In this Moment, DLTSGDM, Imagine — forever becoming our American Idol.
• Signing a three-CD deal with Jive.
• Touring the U.S. three times.
• Three killer covers in the CFTH Tour: The Riddle, FOG, POC.
Part of the joy of being a David Archuleta fan is knowing you can expect the unexpected (in terms of new vocal notes, runs, delivery) and be awestruck, humbled or even overwhelmed at any given moment. Is there something else that keeps me “coming back for more”?
In a word YES. Well, three words – the IT Factor. To each one of us, “it” may mean something different. What I do know, however, is that whatever “it” is, my life has been profoundly changed over this last year and a half. And, in keeping with the time of year, I tend to look back and reflect on all that’s happened.
Starting with the beginning of my journey with David – Shop Around – the moment when I first asked myself “who is this young singer and what is it that draws me to him?” Since then, I’ve struggled to try to figure out what it was about him that made me respond like I never have before, or since, and what it all means.
My “ah-ha” moment occurred when I discovered, through my healing tears, that it mattered not why. IT just IS. Something inside me was released – a burden lifted – and a feeling of peace took its place. My heart was opened wide to accept what was to come next.
This was the moment when David’s reverence to God — through his singing and by the very nature of who he is — captured my soul and lifted it up to a place where it has never been. Emotionally overwhelming. Profound. I now look ahead to the coming year with thrilling anticipation.
For no matter what David has planned for us, I know that I will be sharing it with all of you here! So here’s to the brand new decade and the joy with which I look forward to more David “hat tricks” to come.
Happy New Year to All!