So I took the David Archuleta Pondering Challenge tonight. I sat for 20 minutes, no TV, no computer … no TOSOD … and just (to quote David’s vlog tags) began “pondering ponder thinking think meditate.”
Three guesses what I thought about.
This is me writing it down.
I started thinking about how let down I felt immediately after watching the vlog. That I’d hoped he was going to spill music news, the “dates to be announced” hinted at in @jennyFOD’s tweet. Or maybe something about the songs he’s been working on, the ideas twirling around in that jukebox mind of his. Anything but American Idol.
I thought about how weird it was to hear him get so excited about watching Idol again, when just hearing the intro music gives me hives … how much he says he learns watching them … “you could give each and every one of them a masterclass!” I felt like screaming at him.
And when he talked about how much he loves singing the song “I Need You Now” — in his room!?! — I held my breath hoping he’d belt out the first verse in that closet soundbooth and knock that gorilla back off the shelf.
And then my pondering turned into laughing at myself as I realized what I learn every time I watch one his vlogs: To step back. To let go. To let David be David.
We love him for being special and unique and … so very David. And yet, for me anyway, it’s so easy to sometimes wish he’d be like every other celebrity … be a self-promoter, be a schmoozer, play the game, work the system, get those album sales up, try out new hand gestures on TMZ.
I never think that for long, however, usually just when I see a Kardashian pretending to be a singer and actually getting airplay.
Then I remember the antidote to all that is fake and false and shallow that we have in David. He is so real it hurts. Because he’s not afraid to be himself and follow the path he’s surefooted on. He’s braver than I’ll ever be.
He’s exactly where he needs to be right now — otherwise, he’d be somewhere else.
So David, try to solve the puzzles in your own sweet time … we’ll be right here … pondering how we got to be so lucky.
p.s. Be honest, guys, am I reading too much into this vlog? lol