My initial reaction to finding out this morning that a friend *cough*Pastel*cough* got to attend David’s listening party here in Toronto mere STEPS from my office.
Or maybe more like this….
Actually, it was this….
But when the shock wore off … (full disclosure: it may never wear off)… I was happy she was there to represent for the Canuck fans and put in a good word for a possible Toronto show sometime in 2226.
Go and check out her must-read recap of the event… which sounds like a cross between a VIP at the Vatican and brunch with David where he sings and gets emotional and snacks on poutine.
Def. read the whole thing but I’d just like to call out a few questions I have:
Vince was our incredibly charming and knowledgeable emcee. Obviously a man with a keen ear for talent, he introduced David by explaining that we were there to preview David’s new CD, coming out in October (Note: subsequent to this event, David Archuleta announced the date for “Postcards in the Sky” as October 20th). David had already released Orion EP which was available for all the guests. He was also to release Leo, is second EP, on August 25th. Collectively, those 8 songs would be part of the album plus a few others, some of which we would hear during the event.
Wait, what?? “Plus a few others, some of which we would hear during the event” … You heard his unreleased songs? Like not released to anyone yet?? First fan of all us fans to hear these songs?? HOW ON EARTH ARE YOU SO CALM ABOUT THIS??!!*
He spoke of the day when he called his Manager, Gina Orr, to discuss his decision to not continue in his career, to “not do this anymore”. The description was very poignant since Gina was in the room and added a bit of colour to the explanation as well.
Okay, I need more here, my friend … what do you mean by “colour”? Did she give more background? Throw in more details? Re-interpret the convo in mime??
The next song we heard was “Up All Night.” Vince was effervescent with enthusiasm for this song and couldn’t hold back his excitement. He told us that once he heard it, he said to himself “Now that is a REAL RECORD”, indicating he will be talking about that song “daily for the next six years.”
Confession: When I first read this through, I thought David was the one saying these things and I was extremely confused. I confuse easily.
The next song was another song David wrote for a specific reason. In this case, it was a song of inspiration for those battling mental health issues. He carefully described the message of the song was to explain there was a universe, a bigger picture at play when dealing with issues, rather than what is occurring on a single day.
I need to hear this song. Like NOW.
David discussed a song that he was initially not going to include on the CD, until further reflection that day. He explained he had been at Orange Lounge Recording Studio earlier that afternoon listening to final cuts and reconsidered the CD track list. Still undecided, he provided a detailed backgrounder to the song, let the tape play, and then asked the audience for feedback to assist with his decision… As the song’s sound filled the room, the mood changed instantly. It was apparent we instantly understood that the song was written from a very difficult place, a very painful place. It was a song without a lot of lyrical structure but nevertheless, David had so very much to say. We will have to wait for the final decision from Team Archuleta regarding its fate, but the crowd was unanimous in its recommendation.
Okay, this KILLED me… I would’ve been heckling from the back, “BONUS TRACKS, DAVID, BONUS TRACKS!!!”*
Here’s the link again, because she also shares a videooooooo!!!!!!
Photo up top: Credit @pastelpastel
*You can clearly see why I wasn’t invited, lol.