This may sound crazy, but lately every time I hear about a new 3-D movie coming out, David Archuleta pops into my head. (And not only because I think a 3D Imax concert film is def. in his future!)
I’ve been thinking about this for a while and when I saw this enhanced vid from the lovely jackryan4DA this morning, it all came together for me. Not that David’s ever been two-dimensional, but there seems to be a brand new dimension emerging in our guy these days. He’s older, wiser, bolder, brasher … heck, even taller (he looked like a giant standing next to Kris Allen at the A.I. Finale).
I don’t know if it’s the book-writing process or delving deep for songwriting or just the maturity that comes with new responsibility and new horizons, but he’s taking quantum leaps and 3-D glasses may be needed soon to keep up!
Here are just a few things that struck me recently:
If I Could Only Be
Since when did Mr. “I don’t know if I’m allowed to say” bust out with a brand-new never-before-heard-or-recorded song? The fact that he introduced it with “I hope it’ll get to be on the album” tells me that maybe the label doesn’t love it right now as much as he does and this was his sly way to build some buzz for his baby. (He probably wishes he’d done the same for Zero Gravity on the last album.) … and those dance moves??? Who IS this person?
The days of Spacey David during interviews are long gone. Not only is he taking control of each interview (with his trademark charm and “dry wit” of course) but plugging his book, book tour, single and new CD like a seasoned vet. When one DJ asked him to come back when the book was released, David jumped in and asked him to make sure to play the new single when it comes out in July. I almost fell out of my chair. And the interview with Showbiz Shelly??? I can’t stop replaying … I think they should have a talk show … with no other guests.
Picking an Idol winner
At the end of Season 8, David was Switzerland … completely neutral when asked who he thought would win Idol. This year, he managed to let it be known that his choice was Lee while also gracefully acknowledging Crystal’s talent … if this singing thing doesn’t pan out he could work for the U.N.
I thought Kizzi described 3-D David beautifully on the last thread:
He’s grown up my fellow David fan friends. 2 years later, that man-boy from AI7 has fully crossed over to the world of G.R.O.W.N. U.P.
Oh, yes, to-be-sure, a spiffy, brand new grown up…no mistake about it. None-the-less, a R.E.A.L., bona fide, grown up.
We’ve mused in the past about his old soul and wisdom beyond his years.
AND, today, after this week’s news, videos, and interviews, this is a MAN who has embraced completely not only who he IS but also with a full awareness of the fact that he IS the MASTER of his own destiny.
It’s time now to fasten our seat belts, hold on to our hats, and take a deep breath as this David fan journey has only just begun its entry into light speed.
Today I am compelled to look at Rudyard Kipling’s epic poem, “If,” as the best descriptor of this moment in this journey:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
….you have done all that and more David…
P.S. And the first verse of “If I Could Only Be” sounds like this to me:
All that I have tried to be
Someone with a cell phone day
Agony and ecstasy,
I could be that guy some day
In other words, I’m stumped.
Update, new Elevate vids & mp3s!
Gotta Be cover (ending rocks!)
If I Could Only Be
Hey, Soul Sister cover
Credits:JennaFab33 and Star100.7 with big thanks to Snarkies/Pounce84/AnnieDAFG!