“SURREAL” – having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic
The David Archuleta fans began gathering in front of the stage area early on Saturday morning. We laid out our blankets and lawn chairs and laughed as we referred to it as our “real estate,” adding on “room additions” as more fans arrived. Some were long time fan friends while others were meeting for the very first time. It’s always fun to hear fans introduce themselves by their alter ego Twitter/posting names.
And then of course, there are the hugs; many, many hugs. David’s fans are “huggers.” It’s who we are. It’s what we do. It’s as natural as breathing to us. We are squishy fans.
We all knew this weekend was going to be special. It would be the first time that David performed a full concert with his new band. As fans, we had done our homework. We had researched Google, Facebook and YouTube in our attempt to glean any morsel of information about these new musicians. Their credentials looked good and a couple of them emerged on Twitter and Facebook, giving us a glimpse into the personalities of David’s new musical compadres. They were friendly…they were funny…they were talented…they were excited…and SO WERE WE!
We fans spent Saturday together on our patchwork real estate, reconnecting, rehashing past concert memories, talking about the latest news about David or simply getting to know one another. There is nothing better than being surrounded by fellow David fans in anticipation of one of his concerts. There is a particular bliss in it. I’m a firm believer that one half of the David concert experience is the anticipation of it and this day was no exception.
I love that prickly feeling you get before David’s concert starts. It’s a mash up of emotions … anticipation, anxiety, and excitement as your mind swirls with unanswered questions about how he’s feeling, how the band will sound, and how the crowd will react. I don’t know about anybody else, but I always seem to hold my breath as David starts to sing his first song and then breathe a sigh of relief when I hear his voice sounds healthy and strong.
Well, let me tell you, when he came bounding onto that stage, smiling and addressing the crowd with, “How are you guys doin’?!!” as the crowd erupted into screams and applause, and then he began singing “Stomping the Roses,” there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that this was the start to a great evening!
David was on fire! ON FIYA!!!! The new band sounded spectacular, like they had been touring together for years! There was tangible chemistry going on up on that stage. You could see it in the exchanged glances between one another, silently communicating with each other as they fine-tuned their magic. Their timing was impeccable and they were flawless. David’s involvement with selecting this group of talented musicians was obvious, not just because of their skills but also because of their musical intelligence and synergy. It was exciting and glorious to behold!
Songs that I had heard many times before suddenly took on a brand new vibe and texture and I felt like I was listening to them for the very first time! I was thrilled that, for many in the audience, this would be their first introduction to David performing live.
David seemed different as well. His vocals were stunning and he tread fearlessly into new vocal territory with an intensity I had never witnessed before. David’s penchant for detail and his passion for musical expression were at full throttle! It was 80 degrees outside and I had the chills! It was all I could do at times to keep my video camera steady! He was in constant motion, using the entire stage as he spun his magic and you could feel the crowd momentum building as he progressed through his well-thought-out set list.
David was energetic, powerful, and positively buoyant, and there was a feeling of something else. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it … then it occurred to me, it was PRIDE, and I’m not referring to pride in himself, because I don’t believe David thinks that way. I think it was pride in the talented musicians surrounding him that, in his mind, just made his performance that much better … the supreme gift to his beloved fans.
I won’t go into detail about the performance of each song because you can witness them for yourselves via the videos I took of the evening on my YouTube channel.
I stand by one of my many (albeit SPAZZZZZTIC) tweets in the aftermath of this momentous experience…
@Jonerz: I have seen A LOT of @DavidArchie concerts. He BLEW ME AWAY tonight!! The professionalism of he and his band was OFF THE CHARTS!!
Asian fans, start taking your vitamins. I think you’re gonna need them!
p.s. BYU Book Fair pics from @unicornfeather! (anyone know how to make a flip book? 🙂 )