[yes, this is a gif of me hearing Numb for the first time at the Colonial Theatre, in case you were wondering.]
Even though I’m sitting here in a cast with possibly the worst hair of my life for 14 days and counting, there is so much I feel thankful for. There is pie in the house, for one thing.
In terms of David things to be thankful for right now, the list just keeps growing, for me, anyway.
He’s back from his mission and he’s still doing music (despite his Idaho flashback to his “I don’t think I want to do this anymore” moment, which just about gave me — and I bet all of you — a heart attack).
I’ve liked every single song he’s written since he’s gotten back that we’ve heard (Nunca Pense, Son of Man, He Showed Me How, Numb (see gif above)).
His footwear choices have been stellar.
WE ARE GETTING MORE NEW MUSIC, FOLKS!!!!!! (this actually deserves about 23424242 spots on this list)
There’s new technology like Periscope so we get even more chances to enjoy his live performances so we don’t need to travel to Utah so often Canadian Customs & Immigration is flagged and opens a secret file.
These shows he’s been doing are to “warm up”… W.A.R.M..U.P… just let that sink in for a moment.
Kari. I’m thankful for Kari. Short of fangirling but not by much. She puts up with so much from our *ahem* energetic crew and handles it all with grace and kindness and good humour. She once offered me an elastic for a poster (at a MKOC VIP) and then doubled over laughing when she realized I didn’t even have one. These are the kinds of things that will put Kari in the Road Manager Hall of Fame.
After going to the Interfaith concert last December, where David sounded incredible (‘natch) but seemed wary and stiff and not enjoying it much at times, it was a thrill to watch him get back into the swing of things in Idaho Falls and Layton. I’ll never forget that first show in IF, it was truly a special night and you could tell he felt it too, because he said so. I felt nauseous before the show I was so nervous, which is ridiculous… I actually shook my head and said “Snap out of it! YOU are not the one on stage!” lol … I can’t even imagine how he felt before hand, but to watch him soak up all the love and give it right back in song was pure magic.
When he started the show with song after song, I got worried he wasn’t going to do any talking. I thought “maybe this is his new style.” HA! When he did start to share, boy did he ever. He got emotional talking about how Don’t Give Up helped get him through some tough times before his mission and also about wondering if anyone would be interested in hearing from him when he got back. Really raw, really real. But he was his funny, quirky self too and it struck me how much I’d missed hearing him talk. He doesn’t like doing vlogs. Fine. I get that, I’d hate it too. But even though I always say I’m here for his music (which I am), I realized I really missed hearing his take on things, how he looks at the world, using words like “shindig” to describe doing Nandito Ako, and that he never thought he’d do something like that (classic David pause), but that it was fun. I’m not going to waste time hoping he’ll start doing chatty vlogs again, I’m just going to be thankful I got to be there to hear him share as much as he did in person.
You know what else I’m thankful for? You guys. You make me laugh and are such good people, I hope I get to meet all of you in person some day… especially you, peppertara, we tried and missed and need to try again! lol
So even if you’re not celebrating our most awesome holiday (which thankfully arrives WELL before Christmas, and comes complete with fall colours, mwahaha) … what David-world things are you thankful for??
Also very grateful that professional photographers capture the ArchuPhenomenon of the world being blurry and all blending together but David popping out in sharp focus and a nuclear reactor-like glow.
— BYU Now (@NowByu) October 9, 2015
Also thankful for this picture of David as the filling in a super-sized Cougarette burrito.