The lovely @Attwittsend stumbled on this 2010 SAz post and suggested I repost it since “it holds true today.” Does it? You tell me.
There have been some mighty memorable David Archuleta performances these past two years, but also some memorable words written about those performances — by fans! I’ve been keeping a collection of some of my favourite comments from a bunch of different fan sites and I thought now would be a good time to dust some of them off and post them during this, ahem, dry spell. If anyone else has a similar “archive,” please feel free to share!
“Oh my God, I’m bawling. I am going to miss this tour so much! I’m going to miss these people together as a group. Archie and DC will still be around, but it’s going to be so different. I’m not ready for it. It’s like graduation. You know it has to come eventually, whether you want it to or not. Archie grew on me towards the end of Idol, and now I’m full-fledged crazy about him. He’s my Archiekins.”
“His voice has this wonderful, big, wholesome, warm and fuzzy sound yet it resonates and cuts through with great energy. It’s sort of like being attacked by a giant cushion.”
“Have you ever listened to, concentrated on one of Archuleta’s studio recordings such as Think of Me on your stereo in an otherwise silent darkened room? Well if you have then you would know that you had just listened to a little slice of heaven. I was thinking of one word to describe Archuleta’s voice and the word that comes to mind is mesmerizing. His upper register is truly remarkable.”
“I wish David the best of luck. I pray to God that David gets everything he wants in life, I pray that David will always and forever be happy. David deserves everything good and beautiful in life because David is goodness, kindness, hope, peace, joy. He is a blessing, he is a miracle. I will be there, next to him in one way or the other, supporting him, admiring him, respecting him, loving him for being such an amazing talented person and for being one of the most beautiful creatures God has placed on this planet.”
— Fan from Venezuela
“I just listened to How Great Thou Art. NEVER have I heard anything so moving and beautiful. Just when I think I’ve heard the most beautiful sound in the world, he goes and does something like this. He keeps outdoing himself. I swear his voice could stop wars.”
“Seems I may have waited too long to delurk to post this, but I never saw anything wrong in any way regarding an older woman being a fan of a young singer. But, try being a 48 year old guy being a fan of an 18 year old male singer and see what kind of looks that’ll get ya! Do I care? no. Is it going to prevent me from following this amazing young man’s career? no. I know what I like and at this point in my life, I’m too damn old to care about what others may think of me. David’s voice and his music move my soul like nothing ever has before. He makes me feel like I’ve never felt before. If I am to be ridiculed for my fandom, so be it, Jedi.”
“I do have to agree with Marc that the world does need David Archuleta. That’s why we love him so much, because we need him in our lives, we need his voice, we need to hear his positive messages, we need to feel his spirit connecting with ours. I truly believe that David was given his incredible gift for a divine reason–to give the human race a reason to hope for good, a reason to believe we can be better, a reason to see a beautiful present and future despite all the negativity and darkness around us. It’s as if the world lights up whenever David sings. When he sings about these things, we believe him and resolve to do better. As Gandhi said, we must be the change we want to see in the world. Most singers are just interested in entertaining their fans. David knows and understands the power of music–particularly in this day and age when anyone, anywhere can listen to anything they want at any time. If David sings a song, someone can record it, put it on a website for millions to watch and it’s all over the world within a few minutes or hours. David can reach more people in a few minutes than Elvis did in a year (or years). … Can you imagine what the future holds for him? And we are all here to watch it unfold before our eyes and enjoy the journey with David every step of the way.”
“I want him to have something with a lot of ROOM to be himself – I want the music to be playdoh for his voice. Sometimes the tight framework of radio pop seems like a cage, a tight even framework waiting for a bunch of perfect-fit pieces to be dropped into place and layered on top of each other. I want more yeah yeah no nos and more David-shaped melodies like what he did with One. Mmmmmm mmmmmmmmmm”
And from the comments:
“David Archuleta has come a long way since Idol. I voted for Cook but recently went to a DA concert and was blown away by his talent, maturity, stage presence, and unbelievable vocals. When I’m honest with myself, DA’s concert was the best concert I’ve ever been to (including Cook’s). I am now a huge fan of his and look forward to his new music. As many of his fans have noted, David Archuleta is the real deal, no bells or whistles (or distractions) required!!!”
— anonymousfan (posted by peppertara)
“Topic: I feel I need to say I’m sorry to you all
Posted: Thu, Aug 07 2008, 12:10 PM
Making this confession will hopefully make me feel better.
I attended my first American Idol tour this past week. I was a faithful american idol 7 watcher, and voter. My feelings have drastically changed after seeing the contestants perform live. On finale night, I must say, I was shocked to see David Cook take the crown, although at the time I was jumping for joy. Throughout the season I was rooting for Brooke White. After she was eliminated, I no longer voted. I figured America would get it right regardless, so my votes were no longer needed. My perception of David Archuleta was not good. I read all the articles about what was going on backstage during idol, and honestly, I believed the majority of it. I did not think Archuleta deserved to win. I looked at him as a kinda funny looking kid that couldn’t remember his words half the time. I thought that him having his Father there to push him along was unfair.
Fast forward to concert day. I was lucky enough to meet the idols. I came face to face with David Archuleta. The boy is the farthest thing from funny looking. He blew me away. He is a gorgeous human being. I was shocked. He was THE nicest young man I have ever met. So sweet, so genuine. I instantly felt the pangs of guilt. My mind was racing.. I thought, oh my God… I was so wrong. He has a halo that follows him, I swear. I could honestly see it. People around me shed tears over the mere thought that they were breathing the same air as him. I was almost instantly bit by this Archuleta mania bug. It floored me. Up until that moment, sadly, I was not a fan.
He sang Angels first. I was overcome at this point with guilt. To think I did not vote for this boy made my stomach turn. After watching all the other performers up until his performance, it was so obvious he was put on this earth to sing.
His voice filled my heart like nothing I ever remember feeling. It was unreal. He has this energy that just blew me away.. I truely felt a connection to his heart. The entire arena was filled with his spirit. So emotional for me. By the time he got to his last song, I was in tears. I wish with all my heart he would have been able to portray this GIFT on live television. I wished I would have taken the time to really “hear” him instead of trying to ignore him. I wish american idol would have shown him as more of a person… instead of an awkward boy. He deserved to win, and the media portrayed him in an awful light. I feel dooped.
I just wonder how many others feel this way after meeting him and hearing him sing live. I can not begin to express how sorry I am. I needed to say this. I found these forums today after deciding to try to dig up a little more info on David.. and I was so surprised to see he has a single coming out already. I will be buying it, and anything else this young man records. There is something very magical about him!
I wish him the best.”
— (posted by bluebarsa, as found on MyIdol Forums)
… And perhaps my favourite of all, from HERE:
“David Archuleta is like an Altoid: small, white, and curiously strong.”
The lovely Ms. Janey also sent me this gem from our beloved Beebee (and friends):
Read rest here (click to enlarge).
From my favourite yellow whistler, Ms. Jonerz:
Hey, wait a minute….