Finally, after oh so many months of waiting, we are getting close to what we’ve all been waiting for — David’s sophomore album! Hard to believe it is less than two months away! And in those couple of months we fans have lots to do — buy/stream/request Something ‘Bout Love, spread the love for that song, and of course speculate about the title of the album “The Other Side of Down.”
What does that even mean? And does that title reflect the overall themes in the album?
According to David’s twitter: “There’s a few different reasons for the title :).” That doesn’t tell us too much, except that he seems to be happy with it and that some thought went into it. It seems to me that he definitely had some say in the title, don’t you think? I hope so anyway.
And knowing David Archuleta, that means there will be layers of hidden meanings, some of which may not get exposed until way later. He amazes me the way he can come up with so many different meanings for the same song (Example: Stand By Me for the troops), so I am excited to see how many ways this album title can be interpreted.
The first time I heard the title I had no idea what it meant. I hadn’t mentally prepared myself for picking apart five words and trying to decipher meaning out of it, so I just thought it was a cool title. Different than other titles I’d heard. But after thinking about it for a while, I think he’s talking about staying positive in bad situations. Obviously, this is just my take on it, but the title reminds me of the saying “There are two sides to every coin.”
So, even if what you’re going through seems terrible (“down”) there’s always something good about it (“the other side”), if you look at it differently. To me, “The Other Side of Down” gives off an “Every cloud has a silver lining” message, which I think is SO David. And I am hoping that theme is reflected in the songs on the album, because David singing uplifting/inspiring songs is exactly what I wanted from this album.
But, as David tweeted, there’s more than one reason for the title, so I started thinking of all the other possible reasons behind it. And you know what? I couldn’t think of any! I have a terrible time of thinking up multiple answers for one question (which is one of the reasons why I am terrible at crosswords. I think of one answer to the clue, but if it doesn’t fit I can not think of anything else. I just keep thinking of the same thing over and over).
So I decided to survey my family instead and I asked them what they thought “The Other Side of Down” meant. (I did not tell them it was David related though, because otherwise they probably would not have answered). Here’s what they said:
17-year-old brother: “Obviously it means up… or happy. One or the other”
Mom: “I think it must mean the upside. As opposed to the downside.”
9-year-old cousin: “Down to the left or down to the right, whatever that means. This is about David Archuleta isn’t it?”
Aunt: “The other side of down must be up.”
12-year-old brother: “I think it means if you’re like sad and then someone makes you happy again. Like the sadness won’t last forever.”
So there you go — my family is no more insightful than I am 😛
What do you guys think? What do you think the meaning behind the title is? Do you like it? Do you think this gives us a hint to what the album will be like? I’d love to hear what everyone else thinks of “The Other Side of Down”!