What do you see when you look at it? Does it represent David’s passion for music, as strong as ever? Or exploding and fading away? Do you see him working hard for his fans leaving little time to tweet or blog? Or do you see him pulling away from his fans, tweeting less because he’s moving on? Do you see someone growing and maturing, focused on putting one foot in front of the other toward his dream? Standing still? Taking two steps back?
Just like the ink blot above, all of us can look at the same set of circumstances, read the same tweets, listen to the same songs and get completely different meanings from them. I see a David who’s doing exactly what he’s said in interviews, writing, working on developing his sound so he can present material to a label and take it to the next level. Others see the opposite, think he’s disillusioned with the music industry and is pulling back, way back.
Even during Idol, I remember David had that affect on audiences. After I first heard “Shop Around,” I used to visit the Entertainment Weekly and other media sites to read recaps of the show and I couldn’t believe what I read in both the articles and the comments *shudders*. The adorkable David who I found refreshingly real and honest and genuine, others described as “robotic” and “plastic.” What???? Were they watching the same guy??? I couldn’t understand how we could be looking at the same person, listening to the same songs and “seeing” something — someone — so completely different.
Just like the ink blot tests, I guess what we see in David (or anyone else, for that matter) is based on who we are. Do we project what we want to see? What we need him to be? Or what we’re most afraid of? None of us can really “know” the guy, of course. But what we can do is listen to what he tells us and sings to us and writes for us and enjoy the ride.
As a wise dude once sang, “Bless your soul… You really think you’re in control?”
So who do you, who do you, who do you see? 🙂