Bookend songs: David Archuleta’s MKOP and Adele’s SLY

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Confession time: When David Archuleta tweets/blogs about other singers and artists, 98% of the time I ignore it. Don’t get me wrong, I love his love for music and the variety of artists he listens to. I love when he describes going to concerts and when he gives his “audience” perspective of them. I love his appreciation for real musicians. I just don’t feel the need to research and start listening to the artists he is tweeting/blogging about. Nothing wrong with it, I’m super happy for everyone whose musical horizons have been broadened because of David, it’s just not my thing.

So, when TOfan messaged me and asked whether I’d listened to Adele’s song “Someone Like You” at all, my answer, of course, was no. But I youtubed it and found that not only did I really like it, but it reminded me a lot of David’s “My Kind of Perfect”.

Both songs are absolutely beautiful: Piano in the background, with the vocals portrayed front and centre. Nope, no autotune to be found anywhere. No techno beats or guest appearances by famous rappers. Just good old-fashioned music: piano, vocals and full of emotion. I could see why David likes her as an artist.

“My Kind of Perfect” has been my favourite track on TOSOD since the first time I listened to it. Usually, I am quite terrible at picking out lyrics, so on my first listen of a song, it’s the music that catches my attention first, as opposed to the message or meaning behind it. But on my first listen of MKOP, I got it right away. Something about the simplicity of the song mixed with the emotion David pours into it really tugged at my heart and I remember thinking, that first listen, that it was one of the most beautiful songs I’d ever heard. The song just seemed to emit love and hope and faith and excitement for the future — all beautiful emotions that are so very “David”.

Adele’s song “Someone Like You” has a different kind of beauty. Since I listened to it for the first time a few days ago, it’s been stuck in my head. Not because it has a particularly catchy tune, but because there’s something almost haunting about it, which sticks with you long after you’ve listened to it.

While “My Kind of Perfect” is a story of wondering and waiting for your soulmate, “Someone Like You” is from the perspective of someone who realizes their soulmate might be someone from their past who has moved on.

The background piano lacks the “bouncy” quality of the piano in “My Kind of Perfect” and instead gives the song a more melancholy feel. The emotions Adele puts into it, although quite different from David’s, are equally moving. These are songs that will make you feel.

Her voice really soared on this song. It was the centrepoint of the song and deserved to be. After seeing Adele in concert in January 2009, David blogged:
“I loved how Adele didn’t move around a whole lot when she performed. She was all about the voice, and didn’t try to change that.”

I could hear what he was getting at just from this one song, and if she’s really as good live as he says she is, I think that would be an incredible concert to see.

Lesson for the week: Maybe I should pay attention to some of the artists David blogs/tweets about. He might know what he’s talking about. πŸ™‚


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39 Responses to Bookend songs: David Archuleta’s MKOP and Adele’s SLY

  1. TOfan says:

    Awesome post, abanana!!!! MKOP has been one of my faves from the beginning too… even though I burst out crying each time I listened to it for the first 20 or so times, lol. It’s not even a sad song, I think it was just that longing in David’s voice to, as you say, find his soulmate, that hit me like a freight train. So honest, so raw & real. (Call me crazy but, to me, MKOP & Elevator feel like the most “David” songs on TOSOD.)

    Someone Like You chokes me up too but it is a sad one… although I LOVE Adele’s voice too, would love to hear David sing it someday.

  2. zami says:

    Great post Abanana77 !
    I downloaded Adele’s album the day it was released and I don’t regret it. I like all the songs and Someone Like You is one of my fav. I never did the parallel between SLY and MKOP and after reading your post I find it evident. You’re right about the emotions conveyed in those two songs. There’s something in Adele’s voice, especially when she sings “Don’t forget me, I beg, I remember you said sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead” (I’m not sure about the exact lyrics, I’m not listening to it right now lol) that reminds me of David. I don’t know how to explain it but I find in Adele’s “I beg” the same “crying” as in David’s voice.

    Adele’s album being really successful is great and it makes me hopeful for David because, like you said so well, there’s no autotune or techno beats. It’s about the voice and the well written and produced tunes. She has a unique sound and, from David’s vlogs, we know that he’s trying to define who he is as an artist. When he’ll find his sound and what he wants to say in his music, he’ll be unstoppable because we all know here that he already has an incomparable voice and a musical sensibility that is uncommon for someone so young. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for David, I know it will be awesome !

    Sorry for my bad English but it’s already 2 AM here (I’m an insomniac so it’s still pretty early for me but I need to force myself to go to bed lol).

    • zami says:

      OK. I can’t sleep so I just decided to add that I think that “Senseless” reminds me of SLY too, even if it’s not just a piano and the voice. The theme of the song but also the passion, the emotion in David’s voice conveys the message really well. You feel his pain, he makes you understand the lyrics. I don’t know, I just think that the feelings in it are kinda similar to SLY, or maybe it’s just because I’m listening to it almost everyday lol

  3. refnaf says:

    Abanana!!! Awesome post! The plaintive, emotive vocals in both MKOP and SLY are amazing to me. It is what makes music great. Adele and David both have the ability to express in song such deep emotion. What a gift they both share>>> thanks for bringing them together in this post!!!

  4. jackryan4DA says:

    Abanana77 – Thanks for this! I also thought of MKOP when I heard of SLY! Both songs trigger sweet and not so sweet memories for me. I just love Adele so it was a good thing that she abandoned her plans to quit showbiz. I thank David for introducing us to other stars. A recent discovery is Civil Wars. If you haven’t, try them as well. Simply haunting.

    David is really an artist’s artist – from musicality and appreciation.

    I wish David can Adele can collaborate someday. I think David may get flummoxed when that happens – you know him!

  5. jackryan4DA says:

    BREAKING NEWS! David Archuleta won the First Barkada Choice Awards!

    First Barkada (means Teens/Friends) Choice Awards is an award – giving body that recognizes Filipino talents and international celebrities who made their mark among the channel’s viewers the past year. David Archuleta won the category ICON of the year, beating Justin Bieber, Charice and Taylor Swift. The Filipino Archies once again proved that the Philippines is an Archuleta country. Kudos to all the Archies in the Philippines! *group hug*


    About 10 Archies will attend the awards night which will be televised on Studio23. I gave my slot to a younger Archie, haha. David has been tweeted of the award. Pinoy Archies hope that he could send a vlog that could be played during the awards night – wouldn’t that be grand? πŸ™‚

    • TOfan says:

      JR4DA, what awesome news!!! And David seemed pretty thrilled in his tweet about it!!! Wow, Pinoy Archies really know how to show David and his music the love and acclaim they deserve! You guys are showing the world how it’s done!!! There’s a really strong Filipino community here in T.O., I hope the word travels! :)))

      And JR, I’ve seen a rumour floating around that MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) will accept the award for D. on his behalf! Can’t help wonder if there’s any significance to that??? πŸ™‚

      • jackryan4DA says:

        Well, The Wrap just got confused. MCA will NOT accept the award on David’s behalf. They will be there for Bieber. I suppose the presenter will be accepting the award.

  6. jackryan4DA says:

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

    David @ 2011 World Report

    • Abanana77 says:

      “Just being able to be up on stage with the choir was one of the best feelings I’ve felt in my life” <33333333

  7. peppertara says:

    abanana, thanks for your great post! MKOP is one of my favorite songs of David’s too and have to admit, made me tear up the first several times. It’s the emotion, the sensitivity and maturity with which David sings that song and like TOfan said, just so honest, raw and real. David’s voice with piano…could listen to that all day long. Those Cambio performances of MKOP and Angels are two of my most watched, so good, so real and so beautifully sung.
    I love Adele’s voice and the way she carries out a song, definitely another young artist who sings with maturity beyond her years like David. Love her SLY, gorgeous. I started to like Adele when I heard “Chasing Pavements”, great song. Actually could have been David who brought it to my attention, lol.
    Interestingly enough I had just finished watching a TV concert of Adele’s before I saw this post. She really is good. With an intimate audience, for the most part she sat in a chair and just sung her songs with heart and passion. For me, Adele is another young artist who can encompass different age groups with her music (speaking as someone from an age group other than the younger demographic, lol).
    Would love to see David in an intimate concert, piano, his voice, his heart, wouldn’t need anything more. David and Adele would make a gorgeous duet pair.

    Congrats to David and his Barkada Choice Award! Can’t say enough good things about the Filipino fans, way to go! I think it would be great if David managed to make a little vlog for awards night, keep your fingers crossed. πŸ™‚

  8. JEB says:

    Hello Snowangelz! Hopefully it is OK to post here even though I’m not Canadian but I love this post and the comparison of David and Adele. Every time I listen to her new album 21 I am more convinced that this is the genre that David would excel most in. He is the male equivalent of Adele. I also think that it would add to David’s live performances if he hired an awesome piano player like Adele has – that guy definitely feels the emotions in the songs as much as Adele. For David, a female keyboardist who get his music would be a good fit – it would add something extra to the show IMO.

    • abanana77 says:

      JEB – Welcome! Yes, post away! πŸ˜€

      Love what you said about the piano player, I totally agree that he gets the emotions of the song and is delivering them through his piano playing. I would also love for David to perform with someone like that, tht would be quite phenomenal!

      • vermeer/penciltopaper says:

        Great post abanana! Thanks for the honesty about not checking out all the artists David recommends. I sometimes do and sometimes don’t so I know what you mean. And when I do, sometimes I like the music and there were times, I did not really. But I still appreciate how David is truly a lover of music and knows so much.

        Like JEB and you, I thought the same thing about the piano player and thought back to the guitar player who accompanied David when he sang Contigo at the Alma Awards. Someone like that who feels the song with the artist is really special.

    • jackryan4DA says:

      Hi JEB! I am likewise not Canadian but I always post here and make it a point to check-in here as time permits. I consider this my 3rd Archie home (TDC & ArchuletaPhils being the other 2). It is fun & warm here. Articles are witty, posters are great. And you get solid, earth-grounded commentaries. All that and you can still fan-girl all you want! LOL

  9. Taryn says:

    Once again, I love your insight! The 2 songs I’ve played the most on my iPod lately are “My Kind of Perfect” and “Someone Like You”. I agree with the comments that this is the kind of record I’d love to see David make.

  10. emmegirl says:

    abanana, nice article, great comparison. I usually check out the other artists he mentions, some I like, some not so much. Adele I really like, extremely talented.

    peppertara, they would be amazing together. πŸ™‚

    I love that his heart is with the more artistic, real music. If that little vlog snippet is any indicator, he is heading away from traditional pop. He mentioned having a band that would work for what he is doing now and what he is doing next. One step at a time. (Just wish it could be at a faster speed, you know, kinda like Bewitched.)

    JR, you guys rock! I don’t know how else to say it. The support he gets from the pinoys is incredible and just want to say thanks to you guys for being so awesome!

  11. TOfan says:

    Saw a replay of an MTV live performance/interview with Adele last night and they paid a visit to her performing arts high school (The Brit School, which apparently Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis and Imogen Heap also attended) … I’d never heard of it so I looked it up and here’s what one of the students said about it: “People aren’t here to be famous – yes they’re here to be successful, yes they want to make a living out of it, but it’s because they’re passionate about music and want to make a career in that.” Sound familiar? πŸ™‚

  12. TOfan says:

    Myrtle Beach Update! David is the headliner!
    MYRTLE BEACH — David Archuleta’s coming to Myrtle Beach!

    David Archuleta was just 16 years old when he competed on American Idol Season 7, wowing the audience with his mature voice.

    Archuleta … will perform during a free oceanfront concert May 28th.

    The concert is part of Mayfest, which encompasses a variety of events taking place in Myrtle Beach on Memorial Day Weekend.

    “We are thrilled to have David Archuleta coming to perform in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a free concert this May. His talent and personality will certainly add to our lineup of Memorial Day Festivities and be a huge draw as we gather to celebrate the start of summer. He’s an amazing artist that will help to make this year’s MayFest one to remember,” said Amie Lee, Director of Festivals and Special Events for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

    After Archuleta performs, the audience will be treated to a grand finale of fireworks. Fireworks? How appropriate! πŸ˜†


  13. awestruck says:

    wonderful insight abanana in comparing the two songs – I only occasionally listen to David’s recommendations and am usually pleasantly surprised. No one inspires me like David, though Adele’s Someone Like You is truly hauntingly beautiful. This one I will buy on iTunes.

  14. JEB says:

    Thanks for the welcoming words! I usually check this site daily and always enjoy what I find here. Regarding Adele, I read awhile ago that Adele follows David on twitter. Not being a twitterer myself I can’t verify that information, but if he is on her radar maybe someday they could collaborate.

    • awestruck says:

      Hi JEB – I too am not a twitterer… if I dared I would likely never have time to do anything else, therefore I stay away, lol. Cool that Adele possibly follows David.

    • Abanana77 says:

      So I just checked and yes, she is following David! Awesome! Collaboration between them would be amazing πŸ™‚

  15. peppertara says:

    Well I am a Twitterer but I don’t Tweet, Twit, Twitter much! It’s all because of David, I send the occasional message to him and like to follow his tweethearts with the 600,000 and more other folks. πŸ™‚ Very nice that Adele follows him, actually quite a few celebs do it seems.
    TOfan, interesting about the Brit School and the comment:
    β€œPeople aren’t here to be famous – yes they’re here to be successful, yes they want to make a living out of it, but it’s because they’re passionate about music and want to make a career in that.” Sound familiar? πŸ™‚
    Sounds very familiar and I think David is doing everything right for himself, to carve out his own creative and musical path.
    Love that David is headlining at Myrtle Beach, love to see the word “Headliner”!
    Gee, a free concert too, some very lucky people will be experiencing the man himself in fine voice…wish I was one of them. Will hang on to those future appearances though….I know they will be coming. πŸ™‚

    • TOfan says:

      peppertara, not sure this is what you meant by future appearances, lol, but apparently, David’s taking part in a celebrity basketball game 😯 … yes, basketball … who knew????? …. it’s on April 16th in Delaware to benefit a really good cause … still, basketball????? 😯 😯 😯


      Please let him be singing something there! lol

      … or refereeing! πŸ˜†

      David ref

      • MunkFOD says:

        Remember Lupe played on the national basketball team in Honduras. I bet she has been coaching David and he will do an awesome job!

      • TOfan says:

        I’m sure he will, Munk…. I still haven’t recovered from the amazingness of seeing him ice skate, so not sure I’m ready for B-ball! lol

      • Abanana77 says:

        In a Rising Star Outreach video, wasn’t there a clip of him playing basketball with some of the children?? (I couldn’t have made that up, lol) He seemed pretty decent if I am remembering properly. Although children in India are probably not in the same league as real bb players πŸ˜›

        oh man, he’s gonna look so short! Haha

      • MunkFOD says:

        going to have to start calling David “spud” LOL!

      • emmegirl says:

        abanana, munkFOD, lol!

        I think he has been a bit ninja like about his athleticism and sports. We know he runs, plays lacrosse and hockey, and ice skates; in the last few months we know he has gone snowboarding, rock climbing and now possibly basketball. Not to mention attending monster truck rally, nascar race, college wrestling, arena football and watching March Madness.

        When he was on Idol one of his friends said something about him being an animal or a wildman or something like that when he played basketball. I bet he and his siblings have played alot of family basketball with Lupe. Would it be too much to ask for him to sing the national anthem AND play…wonder what he would wear.

      • TOfan says:

        abanana, you mean this one? πŸ˜†

        David basketball

  16. peppertara says:

    David and Basketball, why should that surprise me? I think David can take on just about anything! Although, yes, he will probably be the little guy on the team, lol. No matter though, have a feeling David is pretty quick on his feet. For a good cause and I’m sure David will have fun. Not a bad deal….I think it is $30 for a VIP ticket which includes a meet and greet before the game, nice! Doesn’t sound like there will be any singing however….just David and the game. Who knows, maybe he is a little spitfire at making those hoops! πŸ™‚

  17. jackryan4DA says:

    2nd NASCAR PRESSCON VID now up thanks to AccuVision!

    WARNING: Knee-buckling spanish in the vid

  18. peppertara says:

    You’re right TOfan, David’s love affair with food would translate into some pretty passionate songs, haha. Love the NASCAR interview! Thanks to JR for posting part 2.
    The Spanish was a treat and what a great interview, he is just so likable in so many ways…..hence the many, many followers on Twitter, David. πŸ™‚

  19. archangel48 says:

    Hey JR! Might you find, (or is there?) a part 3 to this interview? You are muy apreciado!!! πŸ˜‰

    • jackryan4DA says:

      Don’t worry, as soon as something is posted anywhere, am sure to alert all sites πŸ™‚

  20. emmegirl says:

    I imagine David and his netipot have been spending alot of quality time together.
    Hope he is feeling better. πŸ™‚

  21. TOfan says:

    New post/thread!


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