*cartwheels* the PBS (WNED) Program Guide for December came in the mail today and I tore it open like it was a copy of … well, anything David related 🙂 … I flipped and flipped and flipped through the pages till I finally found it … ta da!!!! … “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York: Holiday song, story, dance. 12/25 8 p.m. (60 min.). Repeats 12/25, 3 p.m.”
Not sure why this was so exciting (since I already have the DVD) but there’s just something about seeing Mr. Archuleta on my TV screen that makes it worth owning.
Like many of you, I’ve been checking out the music reviews for Glad Christmas Tidings and although, for the most part, they’ve been positive (like this one), every single one of them has missed a significant point, imho. The fact that the album was recorded LIVE!!!!!
All of the other CDs in these reviews have been recorded in a studio and “polished” to varying degrees to make the singer and arrangements sound as perfect as possible. (And in part to remind myself why this is necessary, I watched a youTube of JB singing Mistletoe live at one of his shows and it was off-key the entire way through… wait, that’s a lie, I didn’t make it to the end.)
Maybe David just makes it look too easy. He came to be known on Idol for impeccable vocals, so perhaps when these reviewers listen to such an exquisite live recording they take for granted that he’ll deliver..e.a.c.h..and..e.v.e.r.y..t.i.m.e.
In fact, when I first watched the GCT DVD, I was relieved that you could hear David breathing from time to time because it sounded so perfect I feared peeps would accuse him of lip-synching. As if!
The overall positive reviews have been great to see actually, and I’m hoping when the PBS special airs, a lightbulb will go off over new viewers’ heads to alert them of the incredible accomplishment that is Glad Christmas Tidings.
Not just the technical excellence of a brilliant vocal performance live in concert with a full orchestra and choir in front of 21,000 people, but David’s interpretation of these carols — how he fills our hearts with the joy and love that is Christmas.
I apologize for my computer’s issues! It keeps freezing every few frames but I still wanted to put up a blog either way this week. Got to go back to Utah last week for the Glad Christmas Tidings promotion and some signings. Getting ready for the My Kind of Christmas Tour that starts this week! I might have said Nokia Club instead of Club Nokia so sorry if I did I’m not a morning person lol.