I just hafta say one thing.
Well, two things.
No. One “thing” and one “thang.”
I’ve concluded that David Archuleta’s ALMA Awards performance of Contigo en la Distancia just has to be, to date, the Archuleta Hope Diamond, IMHO. It, quite seriously, struck me dumb. It IS a class of/on its own. JMHO. I still can’t and won’t choose favorites with David. Way, WAY too much to love out there to be narrowing things down. However, allow me to me reiterate: Contigo en la Distancia left me dumbstruck.
That said, I have to state — as I am wont to do periodically — that, IMO, to try to contain David within the confines of the Ballad Boy Box is just … well, a monstrous, dark & gnarly, green & slim y … SIN of the highest order (or would that be lowest?). When I (still!) hear comparisons to Josh Groban, I find it — I’m not kidding — downright nauseating. (Almost as sickening as when one *gag* N. Judd *gag* gushed about David on Star Search with comparisons to *gag* Wayne *gag* frackin’ *gag* Newton*… ew … ew … ew … ewwwww) I jez can’t take it. *bangs head on table*
With all due respect to the talented and lovely Mr. Groban (I do recognize and acknowledge both his talent and what appears to be a perfectly lovely persona), David has more heart and soul and sass and chops and musical intuition and guh-roovitude in the furthest right eyelash of his upper left eyelid at any given nanosecond than Mr. Groban could ever even imagine wishing or hoping to have in his entire being in a hundred lifetimes.
This soulfulness is embedded in one way or another in every song David sings. Sometimes small, intuitive, perfectly weighted and deftly delivered nuances, and other times, as we all know, he jez let’s it allllll hang out and BRANGS IT BABY — full-on soulful, jazzy, bluesy, Archu_Sass’n’Soul. I think what gets to me is any suggestion that he should in any way abandon or damp down such a THANG in favor of ballads, and only ballads. The very notion makes me positively ill. Mercifully, of late, I am not only feeling even more reassured that he could no more divest himself of that part of his musicality than he could, say, …smack a kitten, but I am also getting the feeling that he might just be coming upon another evolutionary spurt where this scrumptious aspect of his ever-lovin’ *mighty-fine-itude* may be even more deliciously and confidently revealed and expanded. *clings to defibrillator* Brrraaang it, David! I’m a’ready!
I know when I run on about this it must seem as if I’m more enamored with the overt Soul-Man David than I am the pure Ballad David, but really, that is SO not the case. Nooooo. (REALLY! *crosses heart* lol) I just fret about the baby being thrown out with the bathwater — which, from my vantage point, happens far too frequently in oh so many ways. I fret about under-appreciation and under-recognition of, imo, his outrageous, thoroughly organic, innate soulful genius. So… meh, I blither. Occasionally. lol
But make no mistake, I see so many facets to David Archuleta’s musical soul — not just Ballad Boy, and not just Soul Man. And I salivate in anticipation, as he takes his sweet time and plays with each and every one of those facets …”like a shiny new toy” (to quote Joner —thank you, Joner! lol).
David has so much musicality in him, I just can’t bear the notion of anybody limiting or pigeonholing him. Only David is allowed to do that. (Maybe.)
Allllrighty. I feel MUCH bettah now, thank you. heh.
Thing (or possibly a hybrid ThingThang in this particular case…lol)
OH, I could just go on and on, folks… there is, oh, so much more where this came from. Just remember, when it comes to David Archuleta, it’s best just to sit back and take it in…. pigeonholing is neither desirable, applicable, nor, frankly, even an option.
Reprinted with gracious permission from beebee’s most lovely Planet Hunkerdown.
VIRTUAL MTV CUPCAKES 4 HAITI
These tweets from MTV’s Jim Cantiello after the Hope for Haiti Telethon filled David’s fans with hope:
@jambajim The show’s over but the work still continues. Clipping press i/vs all nite long. OMG @DavidArchie sang backstage for our producers. Dawwwww!
@jambajim Don’t worry @DavidArchie fans. I’ll make sure MTV News posts the impromptu perf on our site Monday. It’s beautiful. Not saying what song.
Jim had tweeted earlier that David’s team reached out to him because David wanted to volunteer to help in some way at the telethon and he helped make that happen.
As a fun, yet meaningful, way to thank Jim for his continuing ArchSupport (he was previously the recipient of a cupcake birthday surprise *cough*cb/BeckyFOD/Janey/momJulee*cough*), a mini “Cupcakes for Jim” campaign began via Twitter!
Instead of real cupcakes this time, we’ll be sending Jim “virtual cupcakes” (photos via Twitter and/or post) with a donation to the Haiti relief effort on behalf of Jim and David. If you’d like to contribute with a small donation , please donate via the CrushMS PayPal account by THIS MONDAY, January 25, 10 a.m. ET. ! The email for that PayPal is CrushMS@gmail.com. (PayPal allows you to donate $2.50 or more quickly and easily.)
MomJulee will then send Jim a “virtual cupcake” pic and make the donation to Hope for Haiti, which benefits several organizations including the Red Cross and others. Please visit Hope for Haiti Now for more information. (Please note: This is more of a fun shout-out to Jim, so it shouldn’t replace your main donation to the effort.)
P.S. Here’s how PayPal works:
1. Go to www.paypal.com
2. Click on the “SIGN UP” button to register (follow the prompts) or the “LOG IN” button if you’re already registered with PayPal.
3. Once you’re signed in/registered, click “SEND MONEY” on the top menu bar
4. Fill in the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Fill in the amount of your donation
6. Select “Personal/Gift” below that
7. Then “Continue” and follow prompts to complete the donation
8. A confirmation email will be sent to you and the amount you donated will be debited from the credit card (or bank account) you used to register your PayPal account at “Sign In.”