Seeing a David Archuleta tweet pop up on my timeline is usually a cause for celebration. Virtual corks are popped and cartwheels flipped. It’s the online version of that little wave David gives in the middle of even the most serious song. I swear, he could be starring in a production of La Bohème and just before belting out the last note of “La Gelida Manina” … *wave*.
But I digress. This time, after reading his tweet, a wave of sadness washed over me. The love we still show for TOSOD??? Like he’s surprised? As if maybe he thought we’d all moved on and tossed our Fan Packs in the corner with the recycling?
Yes, okay, this album didn’t sell as much as his first record, but I hope he realizes that has nothing to do with the quality of his songs and everything to do with the fact that few people outside his core fan base heard about its release.
One great thing about MelindaGate was that a lot of the websites that ran with the erroneous “Jive dropped Archie” story also linked to David’s page on Amazon. And the album started to climb almost immediately from down in the 2000s up to 25 in Vocal Pop even before the Angels for a Cause CMN Children’s Hospital CD campaign.
David might have tweeted because fans were trying to let him know about The Other Side of Down‘s ranking on the Barnes & Noble “best sellers” list, along with the AFAC campaign. But I do hope he realizes the campaign wasn’t the only reason for the bump in sales.
I lost count of how many comments and tweets I saw after the Jive-split story saying “David Archuleta has a new album out?” … usually accompanied by “I loved him on Idol.” Clearly, a lot of people checked it out and bought it once they knew it existed. … funny how that happens. 🙂
And as excited as I am to hear whatever music comes out of this new writing David’s doing, and the new direction he mentioned in his vlog, I’m not the least bit tired of TOSOD. I still listen to the whole album every day, more than once if I can. Not out of loyalty. Not out of support for David. But because it’s damn good.*
As much as I love the new albums from Adele, The Civil Wars and Mumford & Sons (who self-financed their album, btw, and toured all their songs before they recorded them!) … it’s TOSOD that I keep coming back to most often … I get totally absorbed by it, the melodies, the quirky lyrics, that Voice … it takes me over and changes the way I feel … in a good way, the best way.
I confess I skip over SBL (sorry, that’s just me), but I find something new in the other songs every time I hear them. I’m not done with it yet, not by a long shot. And if David thinks we aren’t interested in hearing these songs on tour, and plans on “out with the old, in with the new” … that couldn’t be further from the truth. For me anyway.
Anyone with me?
*Sorry, dang good.