David Archuleta has said in a couple of interviews that one of the target audiences for his book is “kids his own age.” Well, here I am. And although, I don’t consider myself a “kid” anymore, I am about his age (actually, as my friends like to remind me, I am a year older. But close enough) so here is my take on it (*spoiler alert* If you haven’t read it yet, you might want to stop here):
I love love loved the whole thing. Especially the parts about when he was younger, and how he grew up. One part that really hit me was when he was talking about when his mom had a stillborn baby and he wrote, “I wonder if he likes to sing.” That sentence made me stop. I reread that like 10 times. That one sentence says a lot to me about how David thinks and what he believes. Not “would have liked to sing” but “LIKES.” I have been thinking about that one sentence nonstop since I read it…
I was surprised how many times I laughed while reading it! His dry wit totally came through and I thank the editors for leaving it in. There were so many little things that I can’t remember right now (I NEED to read it again) but one of the funny things that stuck out to me was when he talked about trying to save his cats from becoming pregnant. As if that was important enough to make it into a book! Another instance I remember is when he wrote “I had no idea what it was about, I promise” while referring to the “racy” song in Les Miz. (I also love how he used the word racy. I don’t even know why.) And I loved that he mentioned the leather jacket he wore in “You’re All I Need To Get By.” That kinda made my life! Haha (Also, did anyone else notice that the “haha”s that actually made it past the editor were formatted as “Ha ha!”. There was like a space between the “ha”s. It was weird.)
Even though COS was funny in parts, David never lost focus of what he wanted to tell us. And I positively loved when he was explaining the emotional connection between performer and audience, and how he can bring people into the song. That’s exactly what I felt during his performance of “Angels” in Lancaster (the one concert I’ve been to). It was amazing. If he feels what I felt in that one song every time he gets into a meaningful song like that (and I suspect he does), then I completely understand his love for music. I wish I could go back to that place, but I guess I’ll have to wait for another David Archuleta concert. It’s really amazing how deep into the songs he can get, and how he can bring other people with him. I almost think this is a bigger talent (or “gift” as David likes to call it) than his flawless vocals (which, as we all know, is saying something).
Although, I loved the whole thing, the part of the book that struck deepest with me personally is when he described how he made his decision to audition for American Idol. Both when he talked about it at the Women’s Conference and when I was reading it in Chords of Strength, it made me cry. I think this is because I went through a very similar experience three years ago, and listening to him tell his story brought back the emotions I felt at the time, when it happened to me.
For me, I was in Grade 12 and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life after high school. There was this program I was considering where you get your teaching degree at the same time as your undergraduate degree (Concurrent Education), but I wasn’t sure. Like I thought I wanted to be a teacher but everyone else I knew who also wanted to be a teacher seemed more peppy and teacher-ish than I was. I didn’t know if I could do it, and I didn’t even know if I wanted to commit to it with my uncertainty. And I was getting stressed not knowing.
So I did what David did; I said a prayer and just told God what I was feeling and asked Him for help. I didn’t really expect an answer but a couple weeks later I was volunteering at a children’s after-school program, cleaning up after the kids had gone on to the next station. One of the adults who also worked there came up to me and said “Anna, have you ever considered being a teacher?” It was out of the blue and I didn’t expect it and so I had the amazing response of “kinda…” and then he said “Well, I think you would be really good.” That was it. I’m sure he had no idea what he had done for me but to me it was an answered prayer.
And the emotions that ran through my body in that moment, I relive when David talks about his own story of deciding to audition for American Idol. I could reread that part a million times. I have watched that Women’s Conference video dozens of times. The big difference between my experience and David’s is that I have never told anyone my story before (until now, I guess) and David wrote about his in a book! And I admire him a lot for that.
p.s. Oh and I have one last thing I would like to plead to the Universe. If there’s anyone out there with a video of David singing Dream Sky High with the full orchestra shoved in a box in their basement somewhere, could you PLEASE upload it onto youtube? You would be my favourite person of all time.
I interrupt Ms. abanana77’s post to wish you all a
HAPPY HUSH CATS ANNIVERSARY!
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the EPIC tweet of all tweets, the CLASSIC David rant that was heard around ArchWorld at 3:30 a.m. in the wee hours of June 15, 2009. Now, if you’ll all bow your heads in a moment of silence … KIDDING!!!!
Seriously though, in honour of this auspicious occasion, please enter our Hush Cats Contest! It’s simple, every commenter on this post will be entered in a random draw (with David involved, could it possibly be any other kind? 🙂 ) for a Hush Cats mug (designed by the uber-lovely Ms. Beebee, check out the rest of her Hush Cats line, HERE.) Now, Hush! People (somewhere) are trying to sleep! 🙂