I am attempting to recap one of the best weekends of my life here, so forgive me if this is all over the place.
Let’s start with the fact that while driving to Verona early Saturday afternoon, David Archuleta responded to my tweet! First time ever! This was just the best way to start my David-filled day! 🙂
After we got to Verona and met up with awesome David fans, it was time to go to the VIP. I’d never been to a VIP before, and I was realllllly nervous. To distract myself from the anticipation I started talking to people around me in line (why is it so much easier to talk to strangers that are David fans than it is to talk to other strangers?).
I start talking to this really awesome girl, Rosalinda, who was there with her mom. We start talking about how many times we’ve seen David (she had never seen David live before ever!) and where we’re from (she’s also from Canada!) and then after a couple minutes of this, she says to me “Was I talking to you on twitter a couple days ago?”. And I realize we had randomly been talking on twitter just like two days before that! So weird! And we were basically having the exact same conversation in person that we had had on twitter, lol.
Anyways, Rosalinda was maybe even more nervous than I was. And so excited. And I was almost as excited for her as I was for myself. Nothing like seeing the Archuleta in the flesh for the very first time! And she had been waiting a really long time for this!
Lots of standing in line and waiting later, it was finally time! We were all in the VIP room, and David just walked in the doors. You know, like he’s any other person. Which I guess he is, but I will never get over seeing him in person. It’s so unbelievable that he is standing right there in the same room as us! (from here on in, my memories are a little blurry, for obvious reasons haha).
Picture taking time was first and Rosalinda snagged us a good spot near the front of the line (probably like the 8th person to get to meet him). I had been planning on telling David 2 things: that my name is Anna, and that I’m from Canada. Simple enough, right? So when it was my turn, I walked up to him and said “Hi, I’m Anna from Canada” Hahahaha, what a dumb sentence! Am still embarrassed about that, lol.
Anyways this is basically our conversation:
Me: Hi, I’m Anna from Canada (because cool people talk like that)
David: Hi! (ridiculously amazingly adorable smile)
Me: Can I have a hug?
*Hug* (Anna dies)
David: What part of Canada are you from?
Me: Ottawa. It’s the capital (lol giving him a little Canadian education there hahaha)
David: Oh yeah! (said in a way that sounded like he knew at one point that Ottawa was the capital of Canada. Could have imagined that completely though)
*Pose for picture*
Me:(while walking away) Thanks for having a show so close to Canada, wouldn’t have been able to come otherwise!
David: *Some kind of “aww” or “ohh” or “no problem”. Can’t remember haha*
Kari: How close to Canada are we here?
Me: Only like a couple hours
David: Thanks for coming! (did I mention the ridiculously adorable smile?)
And then I sat down. And the best part (well, other than the hug) is that for next like half an hour, I got to just sit there and watch him talk to everyone and pose for all the pictures. It was so cool to just watch him. And he seriously NEVER stops smiling.
Anyways after everyone got their pictures taken, he came over to the keyboard and microphone (which were like 5 feet from where I was sitting on the ground!) and talked for a bit before he sang for us. First thing he said was that there were a lot of Canadians! And he asked everyone from Canada to raise their hands and there were a ton of us! David estimated about 1/3 of us were Canadians 🙂 Then he answered some questions and sang Good Place / Let it Be.
I have always LOVED the lyrics to Good Place. But for no real reason, the album track of it isn’t my favourite. But when he sang it, just him and the keyboard, man it was amazing. His little flubs on the keyboard didn’t even almost take away from the beauty of the song. It was soooo good! And I’m pretty sure Rosalinda liked it too 😛
Okay on to the concert now! The venue was great, the sound quality was awesome, David’s voice just soared. We had awesome seats. And David performed his little heart out! After the concert, I was trying to name major highlights of the show, and I ended up naming almost every single song! This Christmas was the first one that totally blew me away! The jazzy/soulful vibe was killing me. He totally rocked those vocals!
I was super excited to see Zero Gravity live! One of my favourite of his pop songs and the last time I had seen it was at the beginning of his solo tour. That is one song that the live performance has definitely evolved a lot since then! I was also majorly excited to see him perform HYAMLC and Pat-a-Pan, both songs I had watched tons of videos of from the CFTH tour. And both lived up to my expectations 🙂
Climb Every Mountain & Oh Holy Night were major highlights for me. Chills on both of these songs. I am very happy I finally got to see Oh Holy Night live, have really wanted to see that for a long time, and it was as moving as I thought it would be.
My specific memories of concerts are often a little hazy, but I have one extremely vivid mental image from the concert: When David took the drum sticks, held them high above his head and belted out the “Me and my drummmmm”. I was totally shocked (had not watched any videos and obviously did not read TOfan’s recap of the first concert close enough, because I had no idea that was going to happen) and blown away by David’s rock-star-ness. Like seriously who is this kid? That he’s so awkward and giggles for a minute when someone asks him “why are you so cute?”, but then comes back and does THAT?
Overall, concert was amazing, but one of my favourite parts of the whole weekend is that I got to share it with my mom ❤
I remember coming home during reading week of my first year of University and showing my mom videos of “this kid I saw on American Idol”. I sat her down and showed her youtubes all 3 videos that existed at that time (Audition, Hollywood week & Shop Around). Obviously neither of us knew at that point what this whole thing would turn into, but even then I felt the need to share David. And my mom was high up on the list of people I wanted to share him with. So when the MCOC Tour dates were released and there was a date that was actually possible for us to go to, I decided this would be a good time for my mom to experience the Archuleta live.
And I think she really enjoyed it! She kept saying things like “He really doesn’t hold anything back on stage” and “How does he perform like this night after night?”. And she even squealed a little when he went to sing Pat-a-Pan (her fav from CFTH) 🙂 And she definitely got a better sense of what the David fan community is like – I don’t think she thinks we’re all completely insane anymore, maybe just more like extremely hardcore 🙂
So there you go. Pretty good for one weekend.