My eyes are glazed and my voice is gone as I sit here at work trying to “recalculate” (to quote the GPS lady) to real life after one amazing ArchuWeekend.
It all started, as Kizzi put it so well, accidentally on purpose in York, PA, Friday night. (Refnaf and I have the amazing KT and Lorna to thank for that.)
When I found out it was going to be an acoustic show, I practically did back flips. As David said in the introduction to the Delta Fair show, it really felt like being gathered round the fire at a homey sing-along… except the singer was David Archuleta and the fire was inside as he wrung every ounce of emotion out of note after note.
I had resigned myself to never hearing My Hands live again, so when he started up those whoah-oo-ohs, I almost fainted. As much as I love the acappella chorus of MH with the band, his soul-wrenching acoustic version … Blew. Me. Away. When he belted that long note at the end, you could feel everyone holding their breath. Then when he finished, we erupted into a spontaneous roar.
The other highlight for me was watching the crowd of radio peeps and crew, and possibly members of the other bands playing that night, gathering in the wings as he sang 1000 Miles at the keyboard. They didn’t do that for any of the other performers and you could see them transfixed by his amazingness even though he was singing out to us in the audience.
Although we were only there to see David, it was interesting to watch the bands that came before, in comparison. Beyond the music, I felt an invisible wall between us and them … they all held something back and were sort of hiding behind their stage personas, and their music, if that makes sense. It was almost as if they were a little afraid of us and that took their focus away from what their songs were about. They had all the right moves and some even had songs I liked, but the contrast with the open connection we feel with David on stage was palpable
After the show, we heard about David’s songs being leaked early and I sincerely hoped it was an intentional move by the label and not dastardly pirates. I wasn’t strong enough to resist playing some of them, however, and listening for the first time together with Refnaf, KT and Lorna is an experience I’ll never forget. So very cool.
I liked everything I heard but the ones that grabbed me the most and haven’t let go were Stomping the Roses, My Kind of Perfect and TOSOD. (Altho’ Elevator’s still my ever-lovin’ fave of the moment!)
When David performed My Kind of Perfect in New Albany yesterday, I couldn’t hold back the tears. It’s like he’s holding his heart out in his hands for all to see. Breathtakingly beautiful. I truly believe that it could be an amazing single at some point. “Introducing David Archuleta”? It practically takes you on a tour of his aorta.
I can’t began to explain the thrill of seeing ArchuStompin’ the Roses live and also TOSOD … here’s what beebee said on the last thread, and she got it exactly right!
“Gotta check this out. TOSOD is so cool and he really scratches some this-is-me itches in this one… lots of places to just do his thang. And all of these songs are gonna just ripen and mature with more mileage. MANNN.
“ANNNND… ANNNNNNNNNNND… a bonus: at 1:16 he *skippety*skip*skips* hehe… Love it!”
I noticed that skippety-skip too, and I can’t wait till he gets these new songs under his belt and starts letting loose those ArchuMoves.
I feel so incredibly blessed to have been able to spend time with so many truly lovely people aka David fans. And to see David perform some of the new songs live for the first time was beyond amazing … all I kept thinking was: “I just want to steal this moment right away from time.”
P.S. Here’s an mp3 “for personal use only!” of the entire NA Classic concert from the lovely starrynites01 … download HERE.
My Kind of Perfect (credit: vivalaglambert)
Stomping the Roses (thanks, Joner!)
TOSOD (with one of emilyluvsarchie’s amazing More Infos!)
More info: SCREAAAMSSSSS… “well now that we got the angry songs out of the way”…. (ALTNOY and STR) david deary …oh i dont even have words for that lol…”down down…” yessss sir!! omgomgomgomgomg yes!!yes yess yesity yess!! thank you thankyou thank you i was dying to hear this!! yesss!! “oh no oh no oh no” oh boy ur too adorable!! for reals davey stop it!!!! ahh the eyebrows!! watch the eyebrows!! seriously!! i love it! he loves soo smooth!! since when did our little “crusher” become such the charmer!? its not right! “i could give up?’ noo dont give up D!! (even tho you do look completely adorable when ur comtimplate giving up..with the little questioning hand motion and the eyebrow raise..just awwwz) “one foot infront of the other no no no nuthins gonna break my stride” aww this is soo catchy!! look at him break free from that mic stad! just look at that!! 🙂 awwww theres just too much amazingness for words right here!! excuse me david? mr. archuleta? sir? do u know what ur doing to ppl?? i beleive u dont!