This recap dates back to November 30, 2010, but I’d never seen it so I thought maybe some of you might not have either… enjoy!
I guess that would be the best description of what I felt when I met David Archuleta and had a chance to watch him answer some of the press’ questions last November 17th. I watched him, yes. I was not able to utter A SINGLE FREAKING WORD. All I did was smile the entire interview. Well I couldn’t help it; his smile is contagious.
How it started.
My friends and I were hanging out in Starbucks after we’ve bought our CD/tickets when I received the TEXT MESSAGE THAT FREAKED THE HELL OUT OF ME. A friend of my friend (who works at Sony) sent me a text asking me to cover David’s press con on that same day. I was like AHJIUASHAADJIAKLSJ aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh what WHAT WHAAAAAT??!!! I’M GOING TO MEET DAVID ACHULETA AND ASK HIM QUESTIONS?? I’M GOING TO SEE HIM UP CLOSE AND DO GOD-KNOWS-WHATEVER I CAN TO HIM IN A ROOM FULL OF PRESS PEOPLE?? I’m pretty sure David would not approve the thoughts I had in my mind at that time. LOL.
This is it.
So I went to the press con totally unprepared. There’s no one to blame but me. I left my CDs at home. I forgot to bring his book, Chord of Strength, which was comfortably padlocked in my pedestal in the office. Good thing I brought a few clothes with me ‘cause I knew I won’t have time to go home after the “mini-concert” and I need to change outfits cause I had to go to work after the show.
On the way to the hotel, I was thinking of the questions I’ll to ask him. “Will you marry me?” is always out of the question but it never left my mind hehe. Seriously, it was really hard to form serious questions in 2 hours when you are going to meet the MOST AMAZING PERSON IN THE WHOLE WIDE UNIVERSE.
The press con was held by batches. Naree and Ditas, of Archuleta Philippines, got slots for the interview as well so I chose to join their batch instead of joining the “real writers” batches. We were the last group along with a few members of the press. There were 4 batches, I think, and as soon as the third one’s done, my knees started shaking. OMG OMG, I’m going to meet David Archuleta and I don’t have a freaking question/s to ask him yet!! But my worries went away when I saw him about 5 feet away from me. Standing. Wearing black top and tattered jeans.
Yes, HE WASN’T WEARING SHOES OR SLIPPERS for Pete’s sake. That was seriously cute! This kid is so a-dorable.
So the interview started. There were 9 of us sitting in the couches, David sitting in front of us, and about 3 photographers. The only thing that separates me and David is this rectangular table. Someone asked him if he’s tired and he said ‘no’. A writer introduced herself as Aileen and then for-the-love-of-butterflies HE SANG HER NAME. Aaskjdhas;h.
And then it’s done.
Oh, wait. What happened to the interview? I don’t know. My mind and soul left my body. I was just there.. looking at him.. smiling. The entire 13 minutes.
The Other Side of David.
Thankfully I remembered to turn on the audio recorder of my phone before the interview started because I know I am not going to remember what happened during the interview. Now that I’m listening to it, I am really proud of what he has become. He’s immature in a mature way.
David co-wrote 10 out of 12 tracks in this album. He wanted to be personally involved; he wanted to put what he wanted to accomplish and what he wanted to say. David said it was hard, at the beginning, to open up, but eventually he learned how to express himself. He felt that “he didn’t have to hide himself because of the mistakes he’s done.”
Talking about his album pictures is one of the best moments of the interview. He said he the pictures show “Happy/Fun David.” He doesn’t want to include pictures with serious I-know-you-want-me oh-look-how-cool-I-am kind of shots. He wanted to show the “real” David and wanted to become approachable.
Time really flies fast. We were told to ask one last question, and by this time, I still haven’t said a single word. He signed a few CDs, shirt, and calendar. He actually signed my The Other Side of Down CD which I bought earlier. We had a few group pictures and the girl beside me ran so fast that she was standing next to David during our pictures (I should make my 5k-run a daily habit). When we were about to leave I threw all my nervousness away and asked for a hug. Yes, I was able to hug David Archuleta. SCORE!
My signed CD got lost. I only slept for 5 hours in 3 days. I was not able to get a video-greeting from David for people who weren’t able to come at the show. I was quite late so I wasn’t able to get a good spot and wasn’t able to see him properly during the concert. I forgot a lot of things along the way.
But you wouldn’t hear any complaints from me. As David said, “I don’t always get everything that I wanted. It doesn’t turn out just the way I thought it all should be. I can’t complain.”
So thank you. To Zhorai and Mara, thank you. So much. For giving me the opportunity to see David Archuleta up close. To Sony Music Philippines, thank you for bringing David here even when he’s not suppose to be here. To David Archuleta. Thank you for continuing to inspire us with your music and personality. I can’t wait to see you again!
And here’s the amazing JR’s video of the whole thing: