In a strange twist of fate, Refnaf and I have spent the past two Thanksgivings (Canadian this year, American last year) in the U.S. … listening to David Archuleta sing. Definitely something to be thankful for.
And now here we are back in Canada over American Thanksgiving weekend.
To mark the occasion, I wanted to reflect on the friendships I’ve made thanks to David and his music — on both sides of the border… and beyond! Everyone here, for starters. I think I’m just as thankful for those friendships as I am the joy and hope and pure fun David’s voice and songs have brought me.
The day I discovered David on A.I. was also the day I said good-bye to a beloved friend and never in my wildest dreams did I think that discovery would bring me new friends, true friends. I will forever be beholden to David for that and so much more.
Watching Season 7, it was David’s voice and the way he interpreted a song that captivated me. It never occurred to me there would be much more to come… that he would write his own songs a mere two years later … great songs. And even if that thought did cross my mind, I figured it would be beautiful melodies he would come up with, based on his flair for improvisation.
But great lyrics? Did not see that coming.
Yes, once again, I underestimated The Archulator. The quirky, dorky genius who came up with these incredible lines:
I think I spot a silver lining
hiding in the grey
Every time I hear that line, it makes me smile. The acknowledgement that yes, there’s a ton of grey out there but, hey, take a closer look and tell me what you see. How pure David is that?
It’s the butterflies / That keep you feeling so alive, so alive
As you may have noticed, I am sort of a fan of this song and yes, I could’ve quoted the whole dang thing for you. But if I had to pick one line from it as my favourite (and to be kind, I thought that was best), this would be it. Just like the rest of the song, at first glance it seems so simple, almost childlike… but then the beautiful truth hits you like a freight train and the depth of meaning behind these simple words settles into your heart … like a butterfly.
Paint it over if your world is grey… Cut the ribbon if it starts to fray … You’ve gotta see the hand for it to pull you out
This is such an uptempo song that I usually get carried away in the tempo of it and then those words catch me by surprise. “You’ve gotta see the hand for it to pull you out” is one of my favourite lines on the whole album. It’s so true. I’ve thought about that one a lot.
Will I turn the corner, see my future, in a beautiful faaaaace? Maybe.
Such raw, exposed longing and he literally draws “a little pict-cha” … can’t you just see him walking around the corner and spotting that face every time he sings that? sigh
You find it. You hold it. You feel its grace
Here, it’s not just the words but the heartbeat rhythm of the three phrases that makes it so powerful for me. When David sings “grace” I feel like falling to my knees.
… And now, my most favourite line of any of David’s songs:
I just want to steal this moment right away from time
I can’t even articulate why I love this line so much, I just do. I feel it under my skin. It’s not even that it speaks to me, it’s almost like he was reading my mind and stole it away from there.
Okay, enough about me… what do you guys think? What are your favourite David lyrics? And what are you most thankful for on this wild ride of ours?