MoTab was a weekend of firsts for me. First time traveling outside Canada by myself. First time to Utah. First time seeing the Rocky Mountains. First time traveling anywhere west at all. First (and second, and third, and fourth) time in the cool Detroit airport tunnel. First time meeting anyone from the Internet. First time experiencing Refnaf’s awesome driving skills (jk :P). First time seeing David sing Christmas songs live. First time meeting David Archuleta.
And I’m not going to lie — I was kinda scared about a couple of these things. But I knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and if I passed it up (just because I was nervous), I’d be so disappointed with myself. Plus – if David was brave enough to perform in front of 21,000 people, of course I could get on a plane and fly to Utah. How could I even compare my nerves to his? And I knew there was no way he wouldn’t follow through, so I forced myself to suck it up and just do it. And I am soooooo glad I did.
Utah was BEAUTIFUL. The whole weekend, I never got tired of just looking at the mountains. I tried to take it all in as much as possible, so I can remember how incredibly stunning those mountains are forever. Temple Square was also soooo pretty. I have never seen Christmas lights like that — thousands of lights wrapped around every branch of every tree. And the lights on the temple and the architecture of the buildings — I don’t have words to describe the beauty of the whole place.
And the concerts — if I don’t have words to adequately describe Temple Square, I definitely don’t have words to describe the concerts. When I first walked into the Conference Center, I was completely floored by the size of the building and the incredible set and organ that was on the stage. I had seen pictures, but was not prepared for the actual thing! There were so many talented people in both the orchestra and the choir. It’s amazing to have so much talent up on one stage!
It had been a long time since I had seen David live (the one time), so I’d almost forgotten what it was like. I’d forgotten how incredibly shocking it is to see him there in the flesh. Obviously I was expecting him, but every time he walked in I was struck by the thought “Oh my gosh, he is real.”
I’d almost forgotten what it’s like, how when he sings, the whole rest of the world seems to go dim and the only thing you can even think about is his singing, and how it is making you feel. You forget that there are 21,000 other people in the building because it seems he is singing right to you. And in that moment, connecting with David seems to be the most important thing in the world, and other “less important” things (like breathing) seem to get forgotten.
It’s hard to pick, but I think my favourite song he performed was “Angels from the Realms of Glory.” There’s something about the way that arrangement of the songs builds on itself that is completely breathtaking. The orchestra, David, the choir, the bell ringers, the dancers all seem to feed off each other to create this incredibly magical moment right at the end of the concert.
And even though bell ringers and dancers had walked in and there was about 500 people on stage, when David sang the last verse — “Though an Infant now we view Him, He shall fill His Father’s throne. Gather all the nations to Him; Every knee shall then bow down” — he made me stop and think about the lyrics. Usually, unless I’m consciously trying not to, I tend to skim over lyrics and don’t think too much about them. But he sang this verse with such conviction, the lyrics really stood out, and you could tell he really meant what he was singing. It was just incredible to experience.
And to top off my weekend, I got to meet David! 😀 If it was weird to see David from my seat in the conference centre, it was crazy to walk up to him and actually say something to him. Although it was super rushed and I didn’t say too much, lol. We stood in line a long time and it was only at the very end where you could actually see him. And by that time, you were only about 20 seconds away from it being your turn to go up and get your CD signed. I don’t remember much between when I first saw him and when it was my turn, although I must have watched TOfan and Refnaf go up and say something to him, but I have no memory of that at all. Luckily, I do mostly remember my 5 seconds with him. We said hi to each other and then I kinda blanked for a second and said nothing. Then he asked me how I was and I said “good” (hahahahahaha). Then he gave my CD back to me, made 1 millisecond of eye contact and then moved on to the next person behind me in line.
When I told my brother how I didn’t really say anything I meant to say, he told me I “choked.” I did kinda, but I don’t even care! It was beyond amazing to be one foot away from David and to actually have him say something to you and be able to respond! Wow, I still can’t believe it happened. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it! I’ve already classified that as one of the best 5 seconds of my entire life 😀
This weekend was beyond amazing and completely exceeded my expectations! I am soooo grateful to have been able to experience it! I met some of the nicest people ever, and can never thank them enough for everything. And now that I’ve experienced all these things for the first time, I’m looking forward to hopefully getting to experience some of them for a second! (2011 tour, anyone?)
*abanana77 is the Canadian university student who currently holds the world record for most times through the cool Detroit airport tunnel on one trip.