I just watched two people murder two perfectly innocent songs on national television.
I haven’t been watching Idol this year, so I can’t tell you their names or where they’re from. What I can tell you is, neither of them could sing. The first young woman was so off-key, I seriously thought there was something wrong with my TV. The next guy’s voice was so bland, I doubt he could get a job voicing a commercial jingle. Sorry, don’t mean to be negative, but my point is … do we know how lucky we are?
In Season 7, we got to hear David Archuleta sing. Every. Single. Week. “Sing” doesn’t even begin to describe the masterful, magical, life-changing performances he gave every Tuesday. Did we know how lucky we were?
Last weekend, my heart stopped when I read the following in my local paper: “Canadian songbird Sarah McLachlan has announced she’ll be releasing her first album of new songs in seven years.” Seven years. SEVEN YEARS!!!! David’s working on his third album in two years. Do we know how lucky we are? Do we?
And the tours. Ah, the tours. The A.I. Tour, Jingle Balls, Solo Tour, Demi Tour, Christmas From the Heart Tour … and that’s just North America.
And David is right now furiously finishing a book we can read until our eyes fall out. And tirelessly writing and recording songs we can listen to and listen to and listen to (because that’s what we do) and there’ll likely be a tour after that.
Yes, I think we do know how lucky, fortunate, graced by angels, blessed … yes, how truly blessed we are. (And if we don’t, we always have Idol to remind us.)