Northern Lights, eh

Photo: CANADIAN PRESS/ AP - M. Scott Moon

I’m sitting here on the edge of my seat waiting for something magical to happen. No, not a David Archuleta moment. Not this time.

Aurora borealis, the Northern Lights, are supposed to be visible in our night sky tonight and tomorrow night. Normally the “dancing red and green curtains of light,” as my news station called them, can only be seen up north. But apparently two solar storms are pushing the aurora borealis our way.

What causes this phenomenon? The solar wind launched by the sun contains clouds of plasma, full of particles that include electrons and positive ions. When they reach the Earth, they interact with the Earth’s magnetic field, activating oxygen and nitrogen in the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Electrons and positive ions … now that does sound like David.

I’ve actually compared David to the Northern Lights in several posts. His voice has always seemed a force of nature to me — and the awe-inspiring power of these shimmering, morphing blazes of light such a perfect metaphor for David’s mercurial, enigmatic talent.

When I saw that David had a brand new song called “Northern Lights” registered on ASCAP, it felt so perfect to me. Without even hearing it, I knew I’d love it.

As Ms. Kizzi reminded me recently, Northern Lights is also the name of the venue near Albany, N.Y., where David officially “headlined” for the first time back in December 2008. After that show, Refnaf and I met a bunch of our online David friends for the first time, including Kizzi, Happy, djxox, Bluebarsa, Ninaf, HelloGorgeous, and Newangel.

So yes, I love “Northern Lights” already and have a feeling it will be on the album.

It’s even on this probably-not-for-real-but-fun-to-speculate-about “leaked” track list, which was posted on IDF by archfan13 (link tweeted by the lovely @Jonerz on the weekend):

1. Something ‘Bout Love
2. The Last Thing (If Only I Could Tell You)
3. Falling Down
4. Time
5. Beautiful Distraction
6. (Not A Very Good) Liar
7. Parachutes
8. Other Side Of Down
9. Escaping The Pain
10. Northern Lights
11. Only Because
12. Beneath The Surface
13. Something ‘Bout Love (Acoustic) [All Markets]
14. Untitled Studio Bonus Track #1 [iTunes Exclusive]
15. Untitled Studio Bonus Track #2 [iTunes Exclusive]

Although I’d love to hear an acoustic version of SBL, I’m taking the list with about a thousand grains of salt for now, since we’ve seen other questionable “leaks” in the past. *cough*MiHistoria*cough*

Okay, I’m heading outside again to try and catch a glimpse of Aurora … or Borealis … I’m not picky.

What do you think “Northern Lights” could be about? Which songs (or even covers) do you hope make the album? Do you feel like you’re on the edge of your seat too?

P.S. Photos from David’s visit to the Gifting Services Showroom in L.A. yesterday. More photos HERE.

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… Auditioning for The Price is Right?

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“If I keep smiling will they let me take off this stupid bracelet?”

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48 Responses to Northern Lights, eh

  1. peppertara says:

    TOfan….Northern Lights, I love the whole blog.
    “…and the awe-inspiring power of these shimmering, morphing blazes of light such a perfect metaphor for David’s mercurial, enigmatic talent.”
    How perfectly stated!
    and this..”When I saw that David had a brand new song called “Northern Lights” registered on ASCAP, it felt so perfect to me. Without even hearing it, I knew I’d love it.”
    I felt exactly the same way. That song title jumped out at me and I could only think, oh I really want to hear that song. Knew I would love it too. I truly hope it IS on the album.
    That speculative song list certainly does rev up the anticipation for David’s new music! Whatever makes it on to the album, we know that some songs will have David’s hand in them.
    A wonderful post and I do hope that you did get to experience the beauty of the Northern Lights. Something I have yet to witness except as the perfect metaphor that is David….that voice that is a force of nature as you so nicely put it.
    My hope for the album….many songs that have been written (co-written) by David. Northern Lights must be on the album, whatever the storyline is in the song, I have a feeling it will have a special magic. Yes…I do feel like I am on the edge of my seat, counting the days now. New and more personal music from David, couldn’t ask for more from him.

  2. awestruck says:

    I too love this “His voice has always seemed a force of nature to me — and the awe-inspiring power of these shimmering, morphing blazes of light such a perfect metaphor for David’s mercurial, enigmatic talent.” A force of nature, unstoppable. The Northern Lights – shimmering, constantly changing and re-arranging itself. Magestic in it’s awsomage. Yup, definitely a cool comparison.

    “kay, I’m heading outside again to try and catch a glimpse of Aurora … or Borealis … I’m not picky.” LOL. Hope you were able to witness the show. I will have to check out and see if we in the West also have a chance to see it. We are more northern than you TOfan, but I havn’t heard any news about it.

  3. Kizzi says:

    I kinda hope its about his first solo show in Albany, NY with Gavin McGraw as his opening act.

    Remember his warning to the audience not to push the children in the front?

    Remember the crowd of over 1000 people pushing toward the stage when he came out to sing?

    Remember the pinging of the mental building housing the grungy bar as it vibrated with the music?

    Remember how hard it was to find because it was in a strip mall?

    Remember him singing the “Chestnuts” song acapella?

    Remember meeting NewAngel in the lobby of the hotel?

    Remember how freezing cold it was outside and raining to boot?

    Remember staying up til almost 2am? with soul sis-tahs we met for the first time in the flesh? there’s a picture somewhere I need to dig up. 😀

    what a great song that would be to immortalize that experience, eh?

    And if its about the AB, I look forward to hearing the words and music. Or maybe ’bout somethin’ else.

    Nice write up TOfan. You have mad, mad writing skillzzzz….

  4. TOfan says:

    Dang, did not get to see the Northern Lights last night … but have another chance tonight, so I’m going to drive away from the lights of the city to improve my chances! 🙂

    awestruck & peppertara, I’m surprised you guys haven’t seen them. Wouldn’t it be the coolest thing ever for all of us to be at an outdoor Cdn David show at night when those lights start flashing above us as he sings that song? sigh

    {{{kizzi}}} Thanks for that beautiful play-by-play of a truly epic evening. My first mosh experience, and as squishy as it was, I’d do it all again in a nanosecond! 🙂

    Newsflash for SF!!!
    David will be appearing at the Tri-County Ford Back in LOUISVILLE, KY!!! on August 22nd.

    Also performing: Kris Allen, We The Kings, Hot Chelle Rae, The Ready Set, Iyaz … great lineup!

    Pre-order tickets HERE.

    • emmegirl says:

      Hope you have better luck with the lights tonight. What an incredible thing to witness! Would he not absolutely be in awe at such an event.

      Great article, love the “eh”

  5. TOfan says:

    Off-topic, but this picture is full of WIN, from the expression on his face to the showing off of the footwear (at an event gift gallery on Aug. 3… TCA-related maybe?)! 😆


    A whole gallery of pics at HERE. (Thanks for the find, @omygoshashley!)

  6. peppertara says:

    That’s a very cute pic of David and yes…I think he’s done that move before! David and shoes…they are one.

    Look what I just saw on David’s OS:
    SBL Video Debut!

    “The “Something ‘Bout Love” Video, Premiering Tomorrow!
    After hearing the song, checking out the behind the scenes photos, and seeing the single cover, its finally time for the video! Tomorrow, on David’s VEVO Channel, you can watch the world premiere of his new video for “Something ‘Bout Love”. Make sure to check it out there, and we’ll make sure to post it right here on the site! Enjoy!”

    This will be good!

  7. abanana77 says:

    TOfan – Looove this post! Super informative too! I had no idea that the Northern Lights would be visible from Toronto. Are they from out east too??? I had not heard of that at all.

    Also, I had not even seen this speculated track list (that’s what I get for getting away from it all)! I’m definitely taking it with a (huge) grain of salt, but I looooove speculation. I do not even care if it’s almost true or not. Hahaha.

    I kinda hope IICOB would make the album. I know it’s not alot of peoples favourite but I am a fan. It’s just so David. Like I know we all want his personality to come through with this album and to me, it comes through the best with that one (more than P&A or NAVGL). And I would love to hear the studio version.

    • emmegirl says:

      I too love IICOB. Fingers crossed it makes the album, don’t care whether it is bonus track, just want him to sing it in concert!

      • awestruck says:

        ‘kay I’m kinda slow tonight – what is IICOB? I got the other two, lol

      • TOfan says:

        LOL, awestruck … If I Could Only Be … it’s really grown on me too. & I’d love to hear it live if only to make out all the words once and for all! LOL

      • abanana77 says:

        Yeah, I would be cool with it as a bonus track too. I just want to hear it!

    • emmegirl says:

      His body english in that performance is part grace and fluidity, similar to a cat, and part sassy-soulful-uninhibited-i-just-gotta-groove deliciousness.

      That dark, grainy video is my achilles heel, it has become my nemesis. I need a distraction. That SBL vid is coming just in time.

    • awestruck says:

      Of course… Certainly a different vib that P&A and NAVGL and yes, TOfan I would love to be able to hear all the words.

  8. abanana77 says:

    Also I am adding seeing the Northern Lights to my bucket list.

  9. TOfan says:

    Added a couple of priceless pics from the Gifting Lounge to the end of the post.

    😆 😆 😆

  10. embe86 says:

    The music video is up on Vevo, but I can’t view it in my country AS ALWAYS. Self-pity FTW.

    • TOfan says:

      Joining your pity-partay, Embe… “video not available in your region” 😦

      *fingers crossed for speedy youTubes*

    • awestruck says:

      embe, apparently it is supposed to be on his official website too – so keep checking that.

      • embe86 says:

        Thanks awestruck 🙂

        Gosh, I was at the gym for 2 hours and was hoping the video would be ready when I got back. It was going to be my reward for working out. You betrayed me, David!!

  11. Kizzi says:

    will this work?

    apparently not…sigh – just can get pic of video, not playing yet for me in USA either

    • Kizzi says:

      LOL – 65 people have said they like S’BL video on Vevo and it has 0 views…bwahahahaha…gotta love us fans…. 😀

  12. YJfanofdavid says:

    Tofan, Love your inspired comparison of David to Northern Lights. Was always on my bucket list. Probably won’t happen for me, but hearing David sing about it will be a good substitute. Did you see it last night? Or is it as elusive as the new music video? 🙂

    • TOfan says:

      LOLOL, yes, it was as elusive as the new vid.

      I even ventured out after midnight when I figured it’d be dark enough but I think it was too cloudy last night, dang it.

      But will get another chance to see them, acc. to this CBC News story: Yay!!!

  13. SandyBeaches says:

    OK Snow Angelz…the video is up, so anyone know how we can see it ssoooon?


  14. TOfan says:

    VEVO’s not accessible in Canada, but in the meantime the most lovely @othersideofdown just tweeted this sketchy quality but still aMAZing youTube version of the SBL video!

    …I am speechless. It is awesome. That. Is. All.

  15. jackryan4DA says:

    For those who cannot access VEVO, try this:

    If this is not allowed, just take out my post 🙂

  16. stenocruiser says:

    Thanks TOfan (and @othersideofdown). I don’t even care about the poor quality — it’s David and he is always top quality. I’m just so happy to be able to see the video.

  17. Kizzi says:

    Holy Pink Cotton Candy, Blueberry Snowcones, and Apple Pie a la Mode…that’s some sweet summer fare.

    Yep. “Something ‘Bout Love”…young love, brotherly love & love among friends.

    Super clean edges everywhere & sweetly flirty too.

    Takes me back to a time of having a whole summer for vacation, carefree, fun and good times with my family and friends. 😀

  18. SandyBeaches says:

    Everyone knows that with these speedy fans like JR and others we would not be long in getting the video in whatever quality it comes in…but the time in between seemed long!

    Thanks JR!!! and everyone…


  19. embe86 says:

    Ow ow ow ow ouchhhh!!!!!!

  20. SandyBeaches says:

    Oh Kizzi…”Yep. “Something ‘Bout Love”…young love, brotherly love & love among friends”.

    You honor us with the first beautiful comment!


  21. embe86 says:

    Ok, I’ve had an awful week so far. I’ve been quite emotional, especially when it comes to David. I waited for this video so anxiously, and when it finally came, wherever I tried to watch it there’d be a message, “sorry, but this video isn’t available to you since you live in Finland in the middle of polar bears and igloos, poor bas***d”. It didn’t take much for me to get frustrated and teary. But then someone posted a link to a site that hides your IP address and location etc. and I went to YT and after frantic searching I found the video!

    Something about David’s interpretation made me cry (not that it takes much right now) – maybe the sincerety, the feeling that he truly meant every word he sang, and expressed such emotion on his beautiful face… I can’t really put my thoughts into words, David just broke my heart and healed it at the same time.

    Maybe I won’t give up just yet ❤

  22. Kizzi says:

    In comments on the Snarky video post, commenters are saying David’s brother is in the basketball scene, gray shorts w/stripe & Joy Williams and Benton Paul are also in the video???!!!!

  23. lisa says:

    YES, i think david just hit a grand slam w/ this one i love it!! also is david wearing these jeans sitting on the couch…..dies!!!!

  24. lisa says:

    also kizzi i noticed Daniel right off in the video, but not the others, must go back and watch….darn the luck :):)

  25. TOfan says:

    New post / new thread just for SBL!!!

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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