After David Archuleta posted his “Ribbon in the Sky” vlog yesterday, Agent Banana (aka abanana77) asked a very good question on twitter: “Ummmm – Why has he never sung in a vlog before?!?!?!?!?!?!?! … Seriously though, why has he waited 3 years to sing in a video blog. Like really sing. wow. completely blown away.”
I “pondered” on that and at first thought maybe he only now had the confidence to belt it out like that in a vlog (or he literally just never thought of doing it before). But then a lightbulb went off and I saw the truth: He knew we weren’t ready for it till now… he knew he’d wipe out his entire fan base before he’d reached his 21st birthday.
Last night was bad enough. I literally had to avert my eyes when I watched it the first time. It was too intense, too much power, too much amazingness … yes, too much David.
Thank goodness Absolute Archies tweeted an mp3 of the song so I could listen over and over …. and over. It took me a while before I could actually go back and watch him sing it. I can’t really explain it. I felt like I was intruding on real-world David singing in his room … to his dog. He was so relaxed, so finger-snappin’ free. His soulfulness bubbling up out of him like a rootbeer float. Not practiced, not polished, just David lettin’ it rip like only he can. Playing with glorious runs like he’s throwing dice. Nailing a pitch-perfect key change like he’s phoning home. I can’t even take it all in, tbh. Praise the Lord he “flubbed” that last high note just to remind us he’s flesh and blood … and that he let the performance stand without redoing it… beautiful warts and all.
Don’t get me wrong, the restaurant solo was amazing too… and I LOVED the crowd’s reaction almost as much as the song itself. But this vlog. This. Vlog.
It was icing on top of the world’s biggest chocolate cake … the cake being the weekend’s basketball antics. David at his adorkable best … wearing swishy skort-shorts. He truly was the best sport ever to attempt to play basketball to support a good cause… and then he sang like that … twice! After such a long drought, it was like being hit with a tsunami.
If anyone needed reminding why they became a David Archuleta fan, I think they got it this weekend. He’s so real and yet so unreal, if that makes sense.
Singing is the gift he loves giving … and we love getting. The look on his face when he said he wanted to do a clean take “for you guys”???? … that would be us … how asdfa;dfhajfg;kadjfksadjf lucky are we???
P.S. So David asked for requests for cover songs for future vlogs. Can we handle that, guys? What would you love to hear? More current stuff? Old school? The phonebook?
P.P.S. From abanana77 at the end of the last thread:
“So this is late, but I was just rewatching the RITS video (of course) and it always surprises me how when he finishes a song like that he transforms back from crazy, soulful, ridiculous singer almost instantly into giggly, regular David. It really shouldn’t surprise me at this point but it still does. It’s like, he just finished these insane runs and killed everyone watching, and then it’s over and he just continues his vlog like nothing happened. How does he do that?? It seriously is almost like a transformation.”
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