When David Archuleta walked on stage to join Brooke White, Benton Paul and Michael Johns as a surprise guest on “Let It Be,” he totally stole the show (without intending to, of course). His free-styling in that performance just blew me away, as did his comfort level. David was absolutely in charge and on point … in an impromptu performance! But he killed it! His soulfulness on this song beat the socks off the other, more seasoned, performers.
When he came in with, “Whispers words of wisdom, let it be” at 1:18 … chills, serious chills! Every oohh, whoa and awww was so soulful, gut-wrenching and convincing. Followed by that trademark sweet giggly smile … reverting back to adorkable, fun-loving David in a nano-second. So how is this for a New Year’s wish? For David to cover this song on his next tour… mmm, let it be.
David sang “Lean on Me” with his friend Ashlee (of “omigosh” fame) in three shows: Sioux Falls (below), Milwaukee and Grand Rapids. The Milwaukee performance is where David really lets it rip vocally (don’t get me wrong, he’s a considerate duet partner throughout, but it’s as though he just can’t help himself and just lets it fly!), but that first duet in Sioux Falls tugged at my heart for a number of reasons.
This was the first time we’d seen David duet with anyone outside A.I., but there was no fanfare, no big announcement. Just two friends hanging out … in front of a few thousand people.
David and Ashlee were so relaxed and laid back, and having so much fun, it felt more like a town fair sing-along than a concert. Ashlee charmed everyone with her explanation of her church dress outfit, “Don’t judge me!”; the way she spontaneously started everyone clapping, which cracked David up; and the way she giggled with glee as he belted out his big finish. To watch the friendship and camaraderie between them … a couple of good buds making music … didn’t it make you wish you’d been part of their campfire singing circle back in Murray?
The last night of David’s 2009 Christmas from the Heart tour in Westbury, N.Y., was a show fraught with end-of-tour surprises and shenanigans, and from it came a slew of impossibly priceless moments captured by fan video cameras. But the one that tops MY list, I must admit, is the David and Ray “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” surprise duet. (And nobody was more surprised than David himself.)
David leaves me speechless time and again, and this is no exception. There are so many stellar moments to watch (nevermind hear) and what impresses me TO PIECES is that while he was DEFINITELY caught off guard, he is also so well seasoned by now that he not only FIELDED every curve ball Ray could muster and handled it all like the PRO and the ABSOLUTE PRINCE of a HUMAN BEING he is (like buttah..), but clearly he enjoyed the NUTTERBUTTERS outta the whole dang thing.
And, all the while, he treated us to a combination of both unbearably endearing spontaneous moments of genuine surprise and good humor AND hilarious ad libs… but ALSO to a sampling of the … I wouldn’t call it snarkier… (or would I?)… side of David. From the “You know a lot about olden days, right?” to the Ray-upstages-David-upstages-Ray physical comedy routine. PUH-RICELESS! OH, and there are a good number of other worthy-of-excruciatingly-close-scrutiny moments in this JEWEL of a performance. (Mercifully, I don’t have time just now to publish the research on this…lol.) Just witnessing the level of happiness and genuine COMFORT in his own skin, alone, thrills me more than I will ever be able to express.
Without reservation… and WITH urgency…I MOZ DEF recommend watching this performance regularly and year-round because it’ll certainly cure what ails ya. It’s just one more in a long line of Archu_gifts that keeps on giving.
No Air … none
This is how dedicated I am to the ArchuCause. In trying to decide which No Air to include here (short-sleeve or long), I forced myself to watch both … over … and over… and over again. That’s how much I care, folks. And after much difficult deliberation, I went with the daytime version … but then relented and included both to let you decide for yourself (cruel, I know). Now. David is his stellar self in both, of course. But Jordin’s voice (maybe in trying to keep up with The Archulator) seemed to grow tired by nightfall.
David blogged about feeling he was “a loser” not worthy to sing this with Jordin. Has he been sniffing the glue on his fan-mail envelopes? Unlike any (any) of her previous collaborators, his voice soared on every note, every run, and he communicated with Jordin throughout — eyes, gestures and voice. And he only jumped in when he had something to add … not competing against her but collaborating with her … like two dancers each spinning across the floor before coming together in a supercharged vocal pas de deux.