Just when I think I’ve experienced all the emotions possible on this rollercoaster ride of fandom – reflection, pride, anticipation, love, anxiety, awe — David Archuleta manages to surprise me with something new.
With this week’s Idol Imagine performance, the subsequent follow up interviews (J14, Idol Chatter, Idolsnow, Ryan Seacrest) and Friday’s Good Things Utah appearance, I have sensed a profound change in David – his more assured musical impact, outward demeanor and overall presence.
Is it because of the hiatus or Archudrought I have come through, not having seen him for a while? For I have been in the shadows re the David fan world recently, having taken a step back in terms of my active thoughts and by-the-minute reactions. Perhaps this is why it has hit me with a vengeance.
Since Wednesday night, bloggers, interviewers and new fans have commented on the obvious maturity of David’s voice and appearance. This is to be expected as a natural phenomenon. But, this is not what has me shaking my head in wonderment. He has grown his hair during this time, but that is only the tip of the iceberg of change that I witness in him. An assured confidence has emerged in David. He is fierce!
Though I knew it was coming, he is now a much stronger force to be reckoned with; this growth happening faster that I could ever have imagined. A coming into his own comfort zone being supported by his inner strength, making itself known through his newfound ability to express himself – his thoughts, ideas and wishes.
Perhaps a consequence of the time spent reflecting back on his life while writing Chords of Strength, more involvement with the songwriting process? From a self-profession of cheesiness, to publicly acknowledging in an active way the importance of his spiritual nature, to directly addressing questions about his father, David has dumbfounded me.
He is now facing these possibly sensitive issues head on, with his typical lack of artifice, yet with a calm self-assuredness that is astounding.
So fast have these changes occurred that they have my head spinning and my heart bursting with a prideful acknowledgment of the emergence of a more definitive direction heralded by David himself — a new phase of David, indeed.
P.S. Priceless pics of David singing with Jonah … more can be found HERE (pages 7, 8, 9):