(Salsa alert at 1:27 🙂 … thanks Shelley for the ninja vids!!!)
F. R. E. E. E. D. O. M. in Midland Texas
It all started with the decision to NOT listen to any YouTube videos from post mission concerts – save for BYU Homecoming Surprise Crush/Glorious and The Prayer (I couldn’t resist). This was even before I knew we were going to Midland Texas. It wasn’t easy, but I’m glad I did it. The impact of this concert on me would not have been the same. Numb was a revelation, the Tarzan Medley more fun, Everybody Hurts more intense…
Also, when they announced at the beginning of the concert that there were to be no photographs/videos to be taken – David wanted everyone to just enjoy the concert – I made a conscious decision to be as ‘in the moment’ as I could – and did it ever make an impact on the way I was able to totally engage with him on each song and between song chatter.
I wanted to hear David’s voice post – mission LIVE. I have to say that he delivered in Midland Texas. David is figuring out how to do things HIS way and as a result there is only one word for what transpired and that is: F.R.E.E.E.E.D.O.M.
F. Free Movement – you could see the music running through his body in a truly fluid motion – note he should do more Spanish songs
R. Rich lower register
E. Evolving – as he becomes more and more confident with how he wants to entertain, through his own music, the covers he chooses and between song chatter – very little of the awkward banter, rather focused and directional in his delivery, but still David in his choice of wording and angst when trying to convey his meaning
E. Expressive – with e-v-e-r-y song he gave 150%, so wanting to get his messages across. This more strongly came through for me at this concert than any other I have been fortunate enough to have been able to attend
E. Energetic, but without sacrificing his vocals – his voice soared
E. Engaged audience – I (and many others) stood for many of his songs – sorry to the people behind me, lol
D. Decidedly more comfortable on stage – probably because he is more comfortable within himself
M. Moving that he shared so much, so freely and with unconscious humor – He was describing the interviews he had with some teen magazines (post Idol) and how they asked him what hair color he preferred in a girl. David responded that hair color didn’t matter, but it what was inside a person that counted. The interviewers would say to him ‘oh, that’s sweet, but our readers want to know what color hair you prefer’ David then smacked that palm of his hand against his forehead and introduced his love song My Kind of Perfect.
After the concert, as hubby and I were driving back to our hotel he said to me “THAT was special”
Yup, it was special indeed – Thank you David!
I will never forget the collective groan “NOOOOOO” from the crowd when David told us he said to his manager that he wasn’t sure if he wanted to continue to do music. He was on fire and I really hope he felt the love from the crowd.
Pride, courtesy of the Shellster:
Everybody Hurts audio
Somewhere Only We Know
Don’t Give Up (becoming like possibly my fave)
— Zinarelia DeLeon (@ReliaLion) November 15, 2015