Try to guess the most-played song on my iPod.
Nope, not My Hands. No, not Contigo. Not even Crazy.
It’s David Archuleta’s Good Day Utah performance of “Waiting On the World to Change,” with Dean Kaelin on guitar. The way David sings that song just takes me places. I can’t even really describe it. Once he gets going, it’s like I’m not even listening to anything, just feeling … swimming in it.
I get that feeling again with these recent acoustic performances. Crazy is intense, TMH is hauntingly beautiful (who knew?), and then SBL and Crush in the Lexington studio (see below) absolutely pushed me over the edge. I happened to tune in to the radio broadcast in time for both songs and the purity and texture and maple syrup smooth sweetness was almost more than I could bear.
If you’re wondering why I haven’t mentioned Elevator, it’s because I’ve saved it for last. I am so in love with that song, I want to walk down the aisle with it. Yes, he has yet to nail the vocals. Which usually I would care about. But. I. Don’t. Weird, huh? [Edit: He did nail ’em, right here!]
Unlike NAVGL and Parachutes & Airplanes and SBL, which all had to grow on me… I was smitten with Elevator practically from the time I pushed that play button.
There’s something about the story it tells, the magic of the melody, and the thrill of not knowing where it’s taking me next.*
Where’s his voice going? What does it all mean? And I have to keep going back for more, to look for answers, ask more questions, sing along.
But there’s another layer that, try as hard as I might, I am at a loss to explain. It’s a feeling that bubbles up inside each time I hear it. It’s a tingling that starts somewhere near my aorta and radiates outward. A joyful, cartwheel feeling that leaves me lightheaded and smiling.
Acoustic David FTW!!!
So what do you guys think? Which is your favourite live performance so far? Are you on Team Elevator yet?
Elevator WNCI 97.9FM (via JR4DA), Ohio
Crush acoustic, Lexington, KY
SBL acoustic, Lexington, KY
*P.S. I added the Louisville Bash highlight reel to the “Must See” sidebar … and I added up David’s screen time and they were clearly taken with him because his segments make up about half of the whole vid (including a full minute of the camera following only him as he runs on stage to join We The Kings, leaps like a wild man, then runs off). As awestruck says, “another one bites the dust.” 🙂