Brian Mansfield interviews David Archuleta

Why do I picture David as a tree? A big old craggy oak with deep gnarly roots? Or perhaps a sycamore?

This weekend, Brian Mansfield of USA Today‘s IdolChatter site posted his recent interviews with David about songwriting in Nashville and his risk-taking performance of Imagine on Idol. It’s such an epic one-two punch of amazingness that both parts are posted below:

Part 1:

David Archuleta talks Nashville, new songs and forthcoming memoir

Last week, David Archuleta returned to Nashville to write more songs for his next album. As he did during his last Music City visit in October, he worked with singer/songwriter Joy Williams, even staying at the house of Williams and her husband, Nate Yetton.

“Sometimes, people are like, ‘Nashville, it’s only the country and the ballads,'” David said Friday morning, while sitting at Williams’ breakfast table, eating a bowl of cereal and granola.1 “They are good at that kind of stuff, but they care about the music. Sometimes people forget that special thing and piece to music that is so important. People get lost in ‘We need the hit’ and ‘We need the hook.’ So much is missing from that that I enjoy about music.”

David and Williams brought a variety of other writers into last week’s collaborations, among them Cary Barlowe (co-writer of Lady Antebellum’s latest country hit, American Honey), Hillary Lindsey (Carrie Underwood’s Jesus, Take the WheelA), Danny Orton (Josh Gracin and Tim McGraw’s Telluride), Jenn Schott and Jamie Kenney2.

Jamie Kenney in the studio.

“Jamie’s just such a sensitive person,” says the 19-year-old singer. “Even the melodies, and the way he plays the piano are so sensitive and emotional. When he was playing the piano part on the track, he paid so much attention to the way he played, how it emoted and what was trying to be said and felt in the song. I loved that. I’ve never seen anybody pay that much attention to those kinds of details, which I loved.”

On Tuesday, for instance, David, Williams, Kenney and Jesse Frasure wrote a song called Nervous. “It’s about going ahead and doing it, even if you’re scared,” David says. “The main thing is, ‘So what if I’m nervous?’ Sometimes you have to take those risks, and sometimes you’ll be nervous, but why should that be an excuse? Some things, you need to do that way. And sometimes those are the most fulfilling things in life.”3

Monday brought a love song with Jeremy Bowes and Cindy Morgan (“It wasn’t about anyone specifically; it was about wondering who that person might be in the future”). Wednesday yielded a ballad with Kenney and Schott (“It was an honest song, about admitting that you’re not perfect … It’s just about letting the inside out”).

In all, David says he’s written about 20 songs so far for his next album. And as much as he’d like to have more hit singles, he says it’s more important to him to convey his personality through his music.

“So many people know who I am and say they’re fans and don’t know I have an album out, even,” he says. “People are still fans, and it’s interesting, because it’s not even because of my music. B

I want people to say, ‘I appreciate what David’s trying to do, in that he tries his best to be who he is and keep doing what he’s doing, and that shows in his music. I can see him and feel him in his music. I can see his personality, and I can see what he believes in and what’s important to him.'” C

David started writing for the album in the fall, but then came his Christmas album and holiday tour. Then had had to work on his memoir, Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance, set for a June 1 release.

“Now I’m finally getting back to the music,” he says.

Writing Chords of Strength was a difficult process, David says. “I never thought I was interesting enough to write about myself. I didn’t think I had enough words to come out of me to make sense.” D

David calls writing the book a great learning experience, “because it helped me remember things I hadn’t thought about for a long time. Sometimes you get so caught up in what everybody else is focusing on — the music, American Idol — that that’s where your life is. It’s like that’s where you were born. 4

“Some people don’t even think about your life before music. Even the writer I was working with would just focus on music. I started liking music and singing when I was 6. I didn’t feel that into it until I was 11. I had a life.5

“But my life isn’t just music. Music’s a part of my life. That’s the thing I tried to make most apparent: Music is a part of my life, it isn’t my life.”6

David generally shies away from discussing his religious convictions during interviews. “I don’t want to weird people out,” he says. “People have different views of life, and I try to respect that. I feel like music has a universal common ground, so I’ve just let the music do the speaking.”7

However, he delves into the subject of his faith in Chords of Strength.

“I decided if people want to know who I am, they need to know this about me, this part of my life and how important it is to me and how it has affected my decisions, how I view things, and why I am who I am.

“I feel like God’s the reason why I’m here, and the way that I’ve tried to do what I feel is right is the reason why I’m here.

“Sometimes I feel like I don’t have the knowledge it takes to be in this position. I don’t know if I deserve this. But God has different plans for me, and I trust him.”8E

While David’s last trip to Nashville involved several outings in additions to his writing sessions, this most recent visit was more work-focused. He even had to skip a Lady Antebellum concert, which he had hoped to attend with actress/singer Jennette McCurdy because he was in the studio recording one of the new songs.

“I still want to go to the Pancake Pantry,” he says. “That’s the place that people keep telling me about. I haven’t been there yet.”9

PART 2:

David Archuleta reflects on ‘Imagine’

I’ve always thought David Archuleta’s Imagine was one of the riskiest choices a contestant has made on American Idol.

There were so many ways that February 2008 performance could have backfired on David. Simon Cowell acknowledged as much afterward, telling David it was “very, very risky to do a John Lennon song — particularly that one.” F

After all, Imagine is an iconic song with a simple melody and a message considered both sacred and profane by different groups of people. Beatles fans could have turned on him David for having the audacity to change the melody so much — or simply for being 17 and sing it. The judges might have thought it was too old — or too weighty — for him.

If David had sung the first verse about imagining there’s no Heaven, he probably never would have won back large segments of the show’s conservative, religious viewers. But starting the song’s on the third verse could have caused problems, too. It might have sent the message that he wasn’t willing to sing that first verse — even though he had time constraints as an excuse.

There were so many reasons that performance might not have worked — and the fact that David sang and smiled his way right past every last one of them made him one of that season’s instant favorites.

It turns out, though, that Imagine wasn’t David’s first choice that week.

“I actually picked another song before I picked Imagine,” David says, though he declines to name the other number. “But I knew I needed to do Imagine.

“It was scary, because everyone else was doing uptempo stuff. It was ’70s Week. It was, like, feel-good week. I didn’t even know that no one else picked slow songs until rehearsals, and I was scared.”

David even went so far as working up the arrangement of the first song, only later telling producers that he wanted to change his performance number.

“They were not happy that I wanted to change,” he recalls. First of all, switching songs made an already tight schedule even tighter. Secondly, they wanted David to sing the song’s first verse.

But David stuck to his guns.

“There are more important things about the song than the first verse,” he says. “I leave it to what matters — what matters in life and what matters in music. That song captures those things perfectly, and it captured what I wanted to do with music. It captured why I felt like I needed to be there and what I needed to say.10

“Some people were, like, ‘Why didn’t he sing the first verse?’ You know what? The third verse is my favorite one. Not everybody focuses on what the song’s about — they just focus on those first words and obsess about ‘how bad it is.’ I’m a religious person. I felt like this song meant more than that, and I wasn’t going to let that distraction get in the way.11

“People were upset that I wouldn’t do the first verse — ‘That’s the verse everyone knows!’ You know what? G People need to listen to the song. I didn’t want people to think they already knew the song. I wanted people to listen, because there’s more meaning, and it captures a substance in music that is so meaningful to me.”12

David says he also understood that, with switching verses, he ran the risk of being considered “cheesy,”  but “it didn’t matter, because I said what I needed to say.10

“Same with this next album. Maybe it’s cheesy, but there’s a point where you have to be brave to be cheesy, because you know it’s what you’re supposed to do. Maybe I’m a cheesy person, but that’s who I am. I’m not going to pretend to be somebody else just to humor society.”13

Random footnotes (mine, not Brian Mansfield’s!):

1. Cereal and granola? He’s even an over-achiever in the fibre department?

2. This is from Jamie Kenney’s blog: “There are a few things no human has the power to forever resist, no matter how deep the resolve; crying at a Siegfried and Roy show, just one more episode of Lost, and now, so it seems for me, becoming a member of myspace.” He had me at “Lost”!

3. One of qualities I admire, and marvel at, most in David — the ability to feel the fear and do it anyway. PUH-LEESE let this song be on the CD!!!

4. “It’s like that’s where you were born.” … That statement hit me like a ton of bricks. Man, he’s going to be a brilliant songwriter.

5. Like, I was 11, dude! I had a life! Sorry, that just made me giggle.

6. “Music is a part of my life, it isn’t my life.” … Was kinda surprised he said this, but happy for him, at the same time.

7. “Music has a universal common ground.” Amen to that.

8. This whole paragraph had me bawling my eyes out. Such faith. Such trust. Such lack of ego.

9. It always comes back to the food, doesn’t it?

10,11,12,13. Fierce Cheesy David FTW!!!

Seriously, though. WHO IS THIS PERSON???? He’s 19 freakin’ years old!!! The tree theory is the only one that makes sense to me. I know he’s real but he comes out with stuff like this and it makes it very hard to remember that. As Awestruck said, how fortunate are we?

MORE random footnotes (please, somebody stop me!!!!)

A. Canadian content alert: Hillary’s cowriter on “Jesus, Take the Wheel” was Mr. Gordie Sampson from Big Pond, Nova Scotia! Woot!

B. David has fans who don’t know about his music??? Who are these non-music fans? Peeps who only watch the Ford commercials on Idol? iCarly viewers who think he’s some actor? Customers at Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse who thought he was a Samurai Chef?

C.  Who says this??? Where’s the “This material is the best I’ve ever done, I’m exploring a completely new direction” stuff we usually hear from pop stars working on a new album?

D. “I didn’t think I had enough words to come out of me to make sense.” You mean, from that “slow world of a mind” of yours? *sigh*

E. Again with the tears, this whole paragraph, too too much.

F. Simon calls singing Imagine risky. Dang right it was risky! Everything David did on Idol was risky — from auditioning at 16, to playing piano parts he barely knew to, hello, those group numbers! He’s a rebel WITH a cause, baby!

G. I just now noticed he says “You know what?” twice in this interview. Like he’s had enough and he’s TAKIN’ NAMES!!! You tell ’em, D.!

H. Saw @AnnieDAFG proposing on Twitter we call ourselves “Awwcheese” … bahahahahaha.


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43 Responses to Brian Mansfield interviews David Archuleta

  1. awestruck says:

    TOfan – `He’s 19 freakin’ years old!!! I know he’s real but he comes out with stuff like this and it makes it very hard to remember that.` AMEN to that.

    `Such faith. Such trust. Such lack of ego.`

    I am awed by his `older soul` and struck dumb by it at the same time.

  2. refnaf says:

    GAH
    seriously… this does not compute… need
    time
    and space…
    how can he be real??? I am tired of loving him…
    I just can not find words for him…

  3. emmegirl says:

    Between him and your footnotes, now I’M bawling.
    I have read it atleast 6 times! This interview needs to be read by anything with a vertebrae.

    A family friend said he is very stubborn. No kidding!! His resolve, at 19, heck any age, wow!

    He just keeps revealing the layers…

  4. peppertara says:

    Thanks for the blog, I read all of them here and they are all wonderful but don’t always get around to posting or get the time. I love the tree comparison. I am still digesting this amazing interview with David. I swear he gets wiser by decades with every Birthday. I think there must be a few great souls who bless the planet with their presence and I believe David is definitely one of them. Music is his medium to reach people on (well, who knows on how many levels)! It is not only his music however, he astounds us with his whole persona! He says music is not his life (very wise) but don’t think he could live without it either and thank goodness for that!
    Sometimes I think that David is really an old Sage living in a 19 yr old body.

  5. bluebar says:

    Terrific interviews!
    David could write an entire book just on the whys and hows of “Imagine.” Not only do we have the stunning AI versions, but remember he also sang this brilliantly at Ford Day and the tree lighting. And, there are a couple youtubes of earlier times, too. It is a song he probably knows as well as the Christmas carols and church hymns that he has been hearing and singing all his life and which hold such meaning for him.
    I, too, was surprised by his comment that music is part of his life, but not his life. Especially when we have observed and been told that melodies – random or not, just ooze out of him most all of the time. Heck, he even “sleep-sings!”
    Although David has said, for instance in the liner notes of his CD, that while he loves music, faith, family and friends are most important to him. I imagine he is now seeing “music as a career” and perhaps that is why he has made this distinction that it is only a part of his life.
    We do know David feels very strongly about every song he sings by the emotion he puts into the words and especially by what he first said of “Heaven” – that he wanted to take it to the judges and make them understand! For over two years now, David has been bringing us the music (almost in ways we never thought possible) and if he keeps going like this, expressing himself in more than through song, will we ever understand completely? I don’t know, but with much admiration, I’m sure enjoying this journey with him – through his young life… and song! As he grows and learns, it’s amazing that we do too!! So, thank you, David for having “chords” – the music in you, and for the “strength” you have… in your beliefs and this desire to share. We love you freely!

  6. TOfan says:

    awestruck & ref, I know … leaves you speechless.

    Beautifully put, Bluebar!!

    emme, “stubborn” is a good word, lol. Might partly explain why a tree comes to mind for me … steadfast, not moving, but always growing … I dunno, something like that. lol

    peppertara, I think you’re onto something there with that “old Sage living in a 19 yr old body” idea. I keep thinking about him saying, “But I knew I needed to do Imagine. He knew. I think we all hear that little voice inside that guides us toward the right path but often either block it out or pay attention instead to all the rest of the noise distracting us. That might be the one thing I’ve learned most from David … to try to stop and listen.

  7. munkmusic says:

    TOfan, I was thinking……not only “try to stop and listen” but to DO when we are afraid. David is so inspiring…..I don’t even have the words…..

  8. Scott says:

    I am forever in awe of David. He is like an old syacamore , his roots run deep ,and nothing can
    uproot him!
    Love this interview and have read it many times already .My favorite line?

    “I’m not going to pretend to be somebody else just to humor society”

  9. bluebar says:

    Some more thoughts.
    By the depths of David’s replies in this interview, I think we are seeing, for sure, excerpts of his memoir.
    As David lets us know who he is, he may think parts of him are “cheese” but he is once again being a tease – giving up little blurbs here and there. He is just whetting our anticipation and excitement. And, although he may not have meant it to be… this interview is wonderful publicity for his book.

    There is a comment on another blog from a katie t. in regard to this memoir. She says: “Something is telling me that something is up with him and he wants to share.”

    I agree. I think the somethin’ somethin’ David wants to tell us (with much introspection) could be because of his very serious commitment to his faith and with some surprise, that he wants to go on a full-fledged mission!

    It’s just my opinion… not only because his 3 CD contract with Jive will be complete, but I really think it’s mainly the reason for his stating now that music is only part of his life. That thought has really been bugging me, especially since to us, music is his heart and soul. But again, it is really only how we know him, this public side, and he does say he wants to let us know who he is- despite the songs. I also think his memoir may just end as an open doorway allowing for the “things that are meant to be – that happen for a reason.”

  10. awestruck says:

    munkmusic, join refnaf and me in speechlessness…

    bluebar – wow, just wow. Your first comment articulates what I could not. In your second comment you raise some interesting points. David’s comment about music being a ‘part of his life’, surely suggests that he has other things to sustain him (as he has indicated faith, family and friends) if he is unable to do music for whatever reaseon or chooses to put music – as he is doing it now – aside to do something else (possibly a mission). I think that David will always carry music within him in some form – will never totally be without it.

  11. yjfanofdavid says:

    Joining all of you in the Speechless Club!

    David was not a 19 freakin’ years old but a 17 freakin’ years old when he was deciding whether and how to sing Imagine. He was brave enough to sing a song long considered the secular humanists’ anthem and brave enough to sing it without the famous first verse, knowing its omission would be sacrilegious to many. Yet at the same time he was honest enough to know that for him, a deeply religious person, to sing the first verse would not feel right and he stood up for himself against the producers. We thought he sang Imagine because he sang it since he was a kid and we thought he avoided the first verse because of his religious upbringing. What we did not realize is that this 17-year-old kid had completely figured it out and nothing was casual about the choices he made. In his own fearless way, he was telling the grownups to really listen to the song and to find for themselves the message in the song that is much broader than one’s religion (or lack thereof), creed, or belief, the way John Lennon probably intended the song to be. All this determination, courage, honesty, and wisdom from a shy innocent-looking 17-year-old? Seriously?

  12. TOfan says:

    munkmusic, for sure! I so hope we get to hear that song Nervous (well, all the songs, lol) but, you’re right, the way he bravely goes ahead despite his fears really gets to me and I can only imagine how well he’d express that in a song.

    Scott, one of my faves too … you tell ’em, D.!

    bluebar, I’ve heard that theory before and if you’re right it’ll require a huge leap of faith … not his, ours.

  13. TOfan says:

    geez, YJ, you’re right, I forgot he was only 17 when he made that choice about Imagine … I forgot he was ever 17! lol

    And yes, “in his own fearless way, he was telling the grownups to really listen to the song” (love that!), just like he did with Heaven. That’s what’s missing for me from everyone else on Idol, they’re simply carrying a tune (and sometimes not even that!) … he has something to SAY, something he needs us to KNOW! wow

  14. bluebar says:

    One more time here!
    David says: “Music is a part of my life, it isn’t my life.”
    I can’t get this expression of his out of my mind. And, this may be the reason.

    My son-in-law, now 35 years old, is a musician. He’s been interested in music since he was around 14 and trained in classical guitar, but is now known for drum ‘n bass. In an interview a couple years ago, he said the following:
    “Music in my life. It is what I do. It is what I live for!”

    After hearing this, at the time, I immediately thought of David. Thinking to myself. This most certainly is David. Music is his life, too!
    But, obviously… to me and especially to my daughter there is plenty more to my son-in-law than just the music!
    So, why didn’t I recognize, or rather acknowledge this in David till now? There is definitely more to David, too. We’ve all known this for some time. There is just something about seeing it in print today, in his own words, that is so intriguing and alluring to me.

    I can’t wait to read this memoir. In David’s life story, there may be (well, I’m hoping there may be) another written similarity to my son-in-law… who tells me he “has a constant desire to create, and hopes his music will stimulate, entertain and maybe even inspire!”

  15. emmegirl says:

    yjfanofdavid, great comments,

    “What we did not realize is that this 17-year-old kid had completely figured it out and nothing was casual about the choices he made. In his own fearless way, he was telling the grownups to really listen to the song and to find for themselves the message in the song that is much broader than one’s religion (or lack thereof), creed, or belief, the way John Lennon probably intended the song to be. ”

    He didn’t back away from the “scary first verse” at Ford Day. Wow, when you look at the big picture of that AI performance and all that it entails… well, as you stated, “speechless!”

  16. Angelica says:

    I love the analogy of the tree TOfan. He is like that, reaching for the stars but with roots firmly planted in the soil of faith, family and integrity.

    refnaf,

    You said, “I am tired of loving him…” I think I understand though I would never want to stop. You think you can’t love him more but he keeps pulling more out of you like the supply is unlimited and you just CAN’T love him more. But somehow you do. You always do.

  17. YJfanofdavid says:

    Tofan, You are right. He is ageless! An old soul is an old soul, whether in an 17 or 19 year old body. Who knew underneath the pokemon shirt hides a steel-like spine and behind the featherly eyelashes, the porcelain complexion, and the shiny hair lies all the bravery and wisdom. Well, WE always knew, but now it’s confirmed.

  18. refnaf says:

    So, I am still a little too speechless… these interviews have really made me appreciate David even more (impossible, I thought).

    This> “And as much as he’d like to have more hit singles, he says it’s more important to him to convey his personality through his music” !!!! I so want him to stay away from flash in the pan “super stardom” I see him as a legend someday…. when other “performers” are pretty much forgotten. I think the fact that his focus is on who he is and what he wants to say really bodes well for a long career of awards, allocades, and countless life long fans….even among his peers.

    bluebar> perhaps David is considering a formal “mission”. It would be a huge learning curve for him and may be something that he really wants to experience. I agree, TOfan it would be huge for us, his fans. 😦

    (((Angelica))) “you just CAN’T love him more. But somehow you do. You always do.” bingo….

    YJf “All this determination, courage, honesty, and wisdom from a shy innocent-looking 17-year-old? Seriously?”The old soul, tree analogy WFM…and did I say I adore him?? Well, I do

  19. refnaf says:

    BTW, TOfan…. I love the tree pic!

  20. TOfan says:

    YJ,
    “Who knew underneath the pokemon shirt hides a steel-like spine?” 😆

    Angelica, “you just CAN’T love him more. But somehow you do. You always do.” *sniff*

    {{{refnaf}}}

    Okay guys, I’ve been caught in song and video vortexes before, but this is a first for me … an interview vortex? yikes! Each time I read it I discover new pearls of wisdom … I’ve even added more footnotes (alphabetical) … beebee, Hazmat Alert!!!!!

    😆

  21. emmegirl says:

    Awwcheese! …annie is terrific!

    TOfan, the “You know what?” ‘s probably make me happier than they should!

  22. beebee says:

    TOFan… I am so LOVING this post and thread! (And NOW your footnotes ON FOOTNOTES… LOL! You have outdone yourself, dahlink!)

    I’m still in *speechless* mode (which is easy when everybody else has it covered so NICELY. 🙂 )

    Hi emme! *waves!* 🙂 You know what? ME, TOO.

  23. TOfan says:

    {{{beebee}}}

    emme, maybe all the Awwcheese should get YOU KNOW WHAT? T-shirts! lol

    FUN FACT: David joined Twitter a year ago today but didn’t actually tweet his first tweet till a month later (the ArchuHaiku “Is in Ohio” :lol:)

    You are all cordially invited to a Twitter trending party tonight to celebrate!!!

    What: Twitter trending party
    What to trend: #1yrDavidArchie
    When: 7 p.m. EST
    (coordinated by lovely Snarkies party planner fa3ryg1rl!)

    Check out this amaaaazing video from Angelica for the David Archuleta Murray High Music Scholarship program (click their logo in sidebar to donate):

  24. conditioner says:

    Wow D – TOfan, I have to say, this one of my favorite, if not my favorite posts to date! Thank you for this.I haven’t read everybody’s comments thoroughly, but the commonality I see, is that it evoked emotion in all of us to read this. Just Wow, our David, learning to express himself in interviews like never before, and it just confirms we have all been right about him from the start. He is a phenom, so brave, and true to himself, so generous, and honest with us, his fans, who love him to pieces!!

  25. djafan says:

    I love trees! That picture of that beautiful tree reminds me of all my tree climbing days. Anywhere we went if there was a tree you’d find me up on it’s limbs and now to have this analogy of David and tree’s has sent me over the edge. Dang I love this guy and yes and yes and yes to every single comment! Cheesy FTW!

  26. poof says:

    Wow! So much love (an analysis) here! You noticed everything! Thanks so much.

    BUT , is anyone but me not lovin’ all this “cheesiness is awesome” talk?
    When I looked up “cheesy” in Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary (So it must be true) that cheesy is 1) having the consistency of cheese 2) poor, inferior
    I’m thinking none of these words quite fit Mr. David Archuleta!
    Yes, David is as strong as a Sycamore, but he doesn’t need those who love him the Most teasing in this way. Words hurt. Words carry alot of power. I can’t believe David would laugh with delight at our use of Cheesy!
    Am I just being overly sensitive? Was I teased too much in fifth grade????
    *There is no way in the world he is,,,, by the way.*

  27. refnaf says:

    hey poof *waves*
    Cheesy is not how I would ever describe David or anything about him, but he is embracing how silly it is for peeps to judge him in this way and IMO it is more or less saying >go for it > say what you will> I am who I am>
    That is what I am embracing about David”s defiant ” I am cheese, hear me roaar” lol!!! 🙂

  28. TOfan says:

    poof, welcome!

    You’re so right, words do carry a lot of power. And I never would have thought of David as one bit “cheesy” except that in the interview he said:

    “…there’s a point where you have to be brave to be cheesy, because you know it’s what you’re supposed to do. Maybe I’m a cheesy person, but that’s who I am. I’m not going to pretend to be somebody else just to humor society.

    When many of us read that, I think we all simultaneously cheered “HURRAY!” for him. For being that brave soul we know him to be. That’s why I said, “Fierce Cheesy FTW”

    He is fierce and we’re all fiercely protective of him, I love that too. We tease with love. So thanks for “having his back”!!!

  29. poof says:

    I totally get what you are saying, and he has always been fierce, he is just now being “fiercely” fierce verbally too.
    What I tried to say is people can take kidding as “truth” if they don’t know any better or put any thought into it.
    I’m not sure his fans embracing “cheesy” is helpful or even amusing. Yep,,, fifth grade was a tough year 🙂

  30. TOfan says:

    Ref, jinx! We posted at the same time! lol “I am cheese, hear me roar!” bahahahaha

  31. TOfan says:

    I hear ya, poof!

    When peeps first jumped on the “cheesy” bandwagon, my first thought was, “But David can’t have dairy!” 😆

  32. poof says:

    Now that’s funny! :):)

  33. refnaf says:

    That is funny poof!
    baahaaa > no dairy… TOfan you kill me!!! I sell cheese and I must say cheese can be exquisite, delicious, expensive, satisfying, creamy, unique…

  34. TOfan says:

    omigosh, cheesy Ref, did poof & I just hear you roar?!?!?

    😆

  35. refnaf says:

    rooooaaaaarrrrr

  36. poof says:

    cheese shouldn’t that be SQUEEEEEEEEEK ?

  37. awestruck says:

    LOL to last nights fun. Morning!

  38. TOfan says:

    HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY, EVERYONE!

    May those that love us, love us.
    And those that don’t love us,
    May God turn their hearts.
    And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
    May He turn their ankles
    So we will know them by their limping.
    ~Irish Blessing

    The only Irish song I can think of that David’s done, U2’s One:

  39. TOfan says:

    This is random, but loved hearing that David and Benton Paul were trying out some songwriting together.

    I know the label has hooked David up with some A-list writers to work with, and I’m sure they’ll come up with some amazing stuff, but it all seems so structured and formal to me. Hope this means that he now has the writing “bug” and feels confident enough to keep creating on his own, outside scheduled “meetings” and “sessions.” To just go where the music takes him.

  40. refnaf says:

    (((awestruck)))
    Happy ST Patty’s
    Day peeps….
    I do like the sound of David going where the music takes him! As long as it involves a tour, I’ll be happy… I am getting grumpy at having to wait, rrrrrrrrrrrrr

  41. emmegirl says:

    TOfan, oooh yeaaah!

  42. SandyBeaches says:

    Although mention has been made of Hillary Lindsay co-writing the song “Jesus Take the Wheel” (sung by Carrie Underwood), not enough mention has been made of Canadian writer Gordie Sampson.

    The following article mentions Gordie Sampson as being the inspiration for the writing of the song…

    “It’s been a year of surprises for Canadian songwriter Gordie Sampson, whose massive country hit “Jesus Take the Wheel” has opened the door to a string of superstar collaborations and a shot at one of music’s most sought-after prizes.

    After conquering the charts with the monster single – partly inspired by a Cape Breton road crash – the affable Nova Scotian says his upcoming trip to the Grammys is a surreal turn in his exploding career.

    Although he’d found modest success writing album tracks for various artists, the song was his first to be released to U.S. radio.

    “The first single I had was `Jesus Take the Wheel’ and it was just such a bang to happen as the first single,” Sampson says by phone from his home just outside Sydney, N.S.

    “It’s kind of like the hockey player, the new guy on the team, that gets the right pass and scores the goal and everybody in the crowd stands up and goes, `Hey, who’s that?'”

    The soaring inspirational tune, co-written with U.S. songwriters Hillary Lindsey and Brett James and sung by American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, topped the Billboard charts for six weeks and turned Sampson into one of Nashville’s hottest newcomers.”

    Yes, I am a flag waver at times…Our province is small but powerful in the field of music. You just have to love Sarah McLaghlan & Ann Murray.

    SB

  43. TOfan says:

    New post (sort of! lol)

    SB, moved your great comment over to new thread!

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