I think that most of us, at one time or another, have tried some kind of diet. And whichever regime one follows, it starts, at some point, to resemble a rollercoaster ride.
We stop, we start, we go up, we go down and around and around it goes.
Following Mr. David Archuleta’s career also provides us with this rollercoaster effect of feast or famine. You know, the feast times at Christmas/Thanksgiving/Hanukkah can be associated with David’s tours – the ascent on the coaster, if you will. While the ride soars up, up, up, we feast on youTube tour videos, devour the news posted on fan websites, and snack on Tweets eagerly texted by excited fans as well as by David himself.
The last few concerts in a tour typically bring about a state of anticipation for the approach of the apex of the ride – the last concert. Then, wham, we head down the long slope into a terrifying vortex and ask ourselves the proverbial question, “How could I have blown my diet out of the water like that?” So we try to regain equilibrium by restricting our portions once again.
During this virtual hunger strike there are no more new videos to sample, the fan sites ration out bits and pieces of news like empty calories, and Twitter dries up like the ice cream that hardens in the freezer as we valiantly ignore it.
But, as David has reminded us many times in his interviews and speeches – it’s important to always look for the positive in things.
And the positive here is that, thanks to David’s humanitarian efforts and his recording endeavors in the studio, we can maintain a balanced diet and remain on a more even keel. We can rejoice in the wonderful wholesome goodness and fulfilling Dr. Seuss moments that David provides for us during our ArchuFast, whether it’s manning the phones and spontaneously singing after the Hope For Haiti telethon, participating in the Somos el Mundo recording and the Jordin Sparks Super Bowl Experience charity event, National Reading Day storytelling, or the surprise after-dinner treat he offered with his performance at (the appropriately named) The Mint.
And, looking back, the past two years have been more feast than famine. Think about it, David will have apportioned three albums in each of the three years following the end of his A.I. run. According to the CNN “Where Are They Now?” blog, other A.I. alums have provided fans with their debut albums either right away or sometimes a year or two later and second and third albums two to three years apart after that. So as we prepare for another ride on the coaster, we can definitely drink a toast (with water, of course), and ask ourselves, “How fortunate are we?”
P.S. Speaking of diets, Archuleta Avenue is still looking for recipes for their Fan Cookbook Project. You can email the recipes to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click HERE for more details.