Like all of you, I have been trying to be very David-like in waiting patiently for this next CD and the first single from it. The tweets are driving me crazy. Songwriter after arranger after producer tweet their ongoing or newfound admiration of David Archuleta’s abilities. Some even tease us with potential song title puzzles (I can’t WAIT to meet you Emanuel Kiriakou so we can “chat”).
But more importantly, with one successful CD under his belt (yes, I said successful) David will likely have more influence over the final result of this effort, and the first single. I found Jim Cantiello’s November MTV interview with David to be very telling on this topic.
According to David:
“I’m hoping that at least some of the songs I’ve written this time around will be able to make it on to the record. I don’t think songs have to be like these super-#1-smash-hit-sounding songs, because I think it’s more important that it’s like, ‘Hey! This is coming out of me. This is something I connect with. This is something that I like to sing.
“[I’ll] still look for the radio-friendly music and stuff. I want the stories to be more relatable to what I wanna talk about. It’s, like, fun music! But you can tell that it’s my story. And I like that.”
In describing his work in Nashville with Joy Williams, Matt Wertz and producer Robert Marvin:
“In other songwriting sessions I might have had, I was feeling so much pressure. ‘Oh, we have to get something done, this isn’t good as it should be.’ But I wasn’t worried about any of that while I’ve been writing so far.”
David feels liberated enough to tell his story? What kind of magic dust is in Nashville anyway? And what is this story? A hint of what we might expect is Matt Wertz’ co-written effort called “Best Behaviour” (and yes, there is a “u” in Behaviour according to the Youtube poster! Canadian spelling FTW). If you haven’t heard the song, here it is…….
Listen carefully to the words, but if you can’t make out all the lyrics, don’t worry. Our lovely west-coaster BeeBee did the honours in writing out the lyrics. (Click HERE to take a look.)
So, what does a 19-year old sort of pleasant looking young man who is kinda popular and meets all sorts of people, some of whom he might want to get to know better, write about?
It’s like you’re on a stage, but you got no part to play.
You just keep on acting on your best behaviour.
Oh, he’s writing about that part of the business, that part of fame. Or is he? For sake of argument, let’s say he is. In interviews, David’s definition of a celebrity seems to be a person who’s merely more recognizable than others, end of story. So why treat them any differently? With this in mind, imagine how frustrating it would be for David to keep meeting people who do treat him differently, who are playing “a part,” trying to impress him.
Something Jeanette McCurdy said in a chat interview has always stuck with me. To paraphrase, she said that more than being star-struck when you meet David, you are “person-struck” — because he’s the genuine article and a genuinely wonderful person.
I know exactly what she means. I’ve only spoken with David on a few occasions and I feel incredibly lucky to have done so, but each time, the piercing connection with his eyes, the way he really LISTENS to you, always blows me away. He’s genuine. He gives us something real. David is about total honesty. No pretense. This is partly what makes him so endearing, even when his quotes or tweets might not always be phrased perfectly.
If you’re not you, then how can I be me?
I am THRILLED that David is showing what “me” really means lately. I have admired his responses in recent interviews where he has been assertive, showing a side of himself we don’t always see. I was especially taken with the recent Ryan Seacrest interview, where David admitted that he’s trying to be more assertive so as not to be taken advantage of, since that would affect others as well as himself. That’s David dropping his guard to articulate what’s important. So no surprise he’d be drawn to others who were trying to be just as honest.
Oh, don’t you think it’s time you dropped your guard?
It’s all lights & camera, action, but all I see’s a fraction of who you really are
Why don’t you throw your script away?
How can someone in David’s position find THE ONE when he can’t figure out who THE ONE really is?? And even if this song isn’t about THE ONE, it also reflects impressions of many people he comes in contact with. But I think it’s about THE ONE or The One, or finding The First One. Or the Second One. You get the idea.
Give me something real, not fake
I love this vid of a sweet-young-thing Caitlin, so calm and collected, being herself in meeting David. Caitlin. Is. Real. David. Is. Real. Back.
As well as the lyrics of Best Behaviour, I LOVE the melody too. I imagine a scaled-back arrangement, with acoustic guitar front and centre. I would love David to have a song or two like this on the sophomore CD. Definitely a good direction for him, I’d say. This is a song he can sing with his heart and have fun with. As we know, something special happens when he sings his own songs, such as Don’t Let Go or Somebody Out There. They are a part of him, after all. And we are in awe when he does.
Best Behaviour is a great start.
This is real. This is songwriting. This is David.