Boy, O Boy, Boise!
Forgive me, but I must start this recap on a personal note for you to understand just how much David Archuleta’s Boise concert meant to me, and just how fantastic it was from every perspective.
My many adventures in life have been mired in a multitude of maladies, the worst of it coming in recent months. I am ailing, with lots of pain; and I will try to say no more about that, except it means I was limited to one concert for David’s Christmas tour, not exactly my usual agenda when David is nearby. I jumped for joy when I saw Boise on the tour schedule, knowing that I could be there somehow. And I was. So was David, in all his fineness. Blessed therapy.
Boise has been a little slow to adopt David. The city does not lie within that stretch of territory known in these parts as the “Mormon Corridor,” places where David has reconnected with his faithful fan base and is working hard to stretch his wings once again.
Boiseans love their country music and hard rock. I wasn’t sure how this tour offering would sell here, but I certainly underestimated the locals. A sellout! Every. Single. Seat. Not only that, some overheard pre-concert comments from the crowd waiting in the foyer let me know that more than a few people were there to hear David live for the first time. The merchandise table was busy, busy, busy. I’m so proud of you, Boise!
My husband and I made our way to the front row and were not surprised to see familiar fan faces sitting there too. Welcome to Boise! I love you all!
Nathan Pacheco opened the show as David’s guest. Other than “The Prayer,” I am not familiar with Nathan’s work. It is music of a different genre of course, but much there to appreciate. Nathan engaged the crowd quickly, organizing singalongs in a genial and lighthearted manner. He completed his set with “Little Drummer Boy” and David made his own entrance to join him before it was over.
I can never accurately recall David’s set lists. Just know that I do not miss a second of what is going on. From the very moment David began, he was a tireless troubadour of monumental proportions. As often as I have seen him in concert, I will never get over being amazed at this particular facet of his talent.
He sang, he soared. He swept us to places of tenderness, and then he raised us up to join him in unrestrained and heartfelt praising for all that Christmas means to him. David Archuleta lives inside these songs and invites us to visit him there. Like many of you, I go willingly.
I love how David is still real, with foibles just like the rest of us, which he does not hesitate to acknowledge, much to our amusement. One of these moments occurred when David brought guitarist Brady Bills to center stage. They both sat on stools and David introduced the song “Mary, Did You Know?” as Brady began to play a hauntingly beautiful introduction.
David was into it, listening and swaying to Brady’s music. David’s cue, and he began singing in that soft husky voice he can do, “Mary, Did You Know….? Pause. Longer Pause. He turned to the audience with the most astonished look on his face and simply announced, “I completely forgot the words!” He looked toward Brady (who was laughing) for some help, but Brady had a look that said, “Hey, Bud, I don’t know the words either. I’m just the guitar guy here.” Hilarious and charming at the same time. They started over. It was lovely, perfectly lovely.
During “Riu Riu Chiu,” my phone kept buzzing in my pocket. Concerned there was an emergency, I checked to see who was calling. It was Youngest Daughter in Las Vegas who had forgotten where I was. I simply turned the phone on and let her hear the music so she would remember, and then I disconnected when the song ended. I got a text from her later: “Sorry, but I sure called at the right time. I love how David sings that song. Thanks for letting me listen.”
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Just a few quick impressions that are lingering, although there will be not end to the reminiscing for days to come:
“Melodies of Christmas.” It seemed to take on a new up tempo life. Lots of fun.
“Numb” was especially strong, impressive.
“The First Noel” WOW!
“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” How does he do that? Play it again, Sam.
“Pat a Pan” and…
Oops, I’m starting to make a list and I shouldn’t. It could go on forever. It was a glorious concert, top to bottom, side to side, in and out, over and under. I was there in person and now I’m searching for videos to relive what I can.
Two more personal side notes if you don’t mind: I was sitting in the front row, dead center. During “Melodies of Christmas,” David jauntily bounced to the center of the stage and stayed there. After a few seconds, we made eye contact, but he lingered. It was actually awkward until I suddenly realized he was trying to get me to smile. Once I did, he smiled back and moved on. Smile medicine for your pain, people. Better than a spoonful of sugar.
Second: My macho, jock-loving son who has reluctantly allowed me to prattle on about my ODD, and once (rather sarcastically) declared David to be his “surprise little brother,” brought his entire family to the show. This was no small feat, as he and his wife have nine children, ages 4-18.
Unfortunately, their oldest, the Lovely Emily, my frequent concert buddy, missed the event because she was out of town and her return flight was delayed. Still, it was a joyous surprise to see them all there, the surprise they intended it to be, decided on with a unanimous family vote.
They had come not only to listen to David, but to support me in something that gives me peace and pleasure. It was a loving gesture and now a cherished memory that couldn’t have come at a better time. Ahhh, Christmas! Sorry if I sound all serious and sentimental, but can you imagine what kind of an evening this was?
And then we got to the encore.
“The Prayer” was beautiful as expected; but David’s rendition of “O Holy Night” was so pure and perfect, it took my breath away. I have never heard it sung better. He was at the very center of the music and the message. I wept. I was not the only one.
“Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” One of them sang in Boise. Happy Holidays, everyone!
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