Concert Euphoria at DeJoria
David Archuleta had a concert last Saturday night.
Oh, you knew? Well, did you also know that the venue allowed every portable recording device imaginable to join the festivities?
Yup. Thanks to attending fans, there are videos aplenty, enough videos for you to do your own recap, so get on it! I’m just sharing a few personal impressions about my experience. I am at the age where I have to write something down if I want to remember it, and I really don’t want to forget Saturday night.
I was at the concert due to the goodness of my husband. It has been a tough summer, and I had several tickets to see David that I never got to use because of it. When hubby saw me suffering through concert detox, he sacrificed his own comfort to get me to Kamas.
Don’t misunderstand. My husband loves David’s voice, and has been known to shed a tear or two when David sings Christmas carols. He is also supportive of my ODD, and enjoys seeing fan friends; but he is not really a pop concert kind of guy.
It didn’t help that Saturday night was unusually loud. We had no earplugs with us, which didn’t worry me, but I learned later that hubby fashioned his own out of some paper scraps he found. Emergency concert origami. Giggle worthy.
The DeJoria Center sits in the mountains above Salt Lake City (venue elevation is 6400 feet). The employees at the center were happy and helpful, but I wasn’t overly impressed with the seating.
While I didn’t expect my own comfy recliner, the ticket prices for this show indicated something a little more cushy than padded folding chairs locked together with nary a millimeter between them, an obvious challenge even for slim-hipped fans (I have actually met a few).
Nevertheless, any perceived discomfort was forgotten the minute the show began.
David Archuleta immediately hit his stride by bounding onto the stage and into “Up All Night.” I have written about his “bounding” before, but it is still an apt description and a joyous way to start a concert.
In classic OCD fashion, I determined to list, in order, every song David sang. Check it out, people. We are talking about a high degree of vocal stamina here, and that says nothing about the additional energy needed for bounding, bouncing, jumping, dancing, twirling, smiling, pointing, strutting, etc. Never mind that I am old and he is not, this is a very challenging workout and totally justifies David’s recreational eating hobby.
- Up All Night
- Something ‘Bout Love
- Spotlight Down
- I’m Ready
- He Lives in You
- Parachutes and Airplanes/Thunder
- Someone to Love
- Other Things in Sight
- Medley: Running, My Hands, Works for Me, A Little Too Not Over You
- Beautiful/Scars to Your Beautiful
- Say Me
- Don’t You Worry, Child
- Higher Ground
- Nunca Pense
- Encore: Glorious, Crush
I kind of expected David to begin with “Parachutes and Airplanes,” which he has done many times before. The song did show up a little later in the set, and when it majestically morphed into the Imagine Dragons hit, “Thunder,” we lost it, completely lost it, but in a good way. David was into it, the whole of it, and before you knew it, we had ourselves a rock concert.
The songs from David’s EP Leo, which we heard live for the first time, met every expectation and then some. Right after the EP release, there were online discussions about picking a favorite song, but once you hear them live, the game changes and a single choice becomes almost impossible. So different, so good, and so David.
We heard the Orion songs too. As David moved to the piano to accompany himself on “Say Me,” a male voice hollered out from the back of the hall, “David, I like your hair!”
“You do?” David responded. And then he launched into a hilarious soliloquy about styling his do. He managed to stop in time to remind us that we were having a concert, but that little conversation about a blow dryer had already been given the designation of “classic.” It will remain somewhere in an archive where we are allowed to bring it forth again and again to enjoy it. And we will.
David yielded up another goodie with his introduction to “He Lives in You” and asked the familiar “Do we have any Disney fans here?”
This question generated a big response and an additional observation from David, something to the effect of: “When it comes to Disney, I can always count on you, Utah. Disney is part of us, right? It’s who we are.”
I enjoy David’s stories, and he finds them much easier to share now; but I had to smile when he scolded himself three times for talking too much, and then followed it up with some muttering about how his manager wasn’t going to be happy about it. (“My manager is going to kill me.”)
David’s spiel about the children he has encountered through Holt International is always humbling. He followed his talk with a lovely rendition of “Broken,” but he did not linger in that mode for long and began to wrap up the concert with some lively numbers to get people up and moving.
The crowd didn’t need much encouragement to dance. In fact, they became part of the entertainment. I wanted to stand and do my part, but couldn’t. I felt a little guilty about it, hoping David wouldn’t notice; but as real craziness ensued, I realized I was having a great people-watching experience. (I will not name names.)
Several fans were still dancing their way into the foyer when it was over. The post-concert chatter mostly contained praise for the music and several declarations of love for David Archuleta. Fans left the venue so happy they hardly noticed the serious blizzard going on outside.
Those of us heading back to the valley had a white-knuckle ride, but with plenty to talk about.
There is a popular LDS hymn, “High on the Mountain Top,” which is not only sung by LDS congregations, but is also a standard number for the Tabernacle Choir. The lyrics were written in 1853 by Joel Johnson, a Mormon pioneer. Although they are meant to reflect his thoughts about when and why he crossed the plains to join others in the Salt Lake Valley, my own brain was hearing the music, and did one of those inexplicable leaps from the beginning text of the hymn to what I had just seen and heard at the DeJoria Center:
High on the mountain top
A banner is unfurled.
Ye nations, now look up;
It waves to all the world.
It was a banner night all right, and David unfurled everything he had to give us with his performance: new songs, new dance moves; more energy, more confidence, more surprises. David was having as much fun as we were. You could see it!
Will there ever be an end to the surprises? I certainly hope not. What should end are the questions about how he wants to share his talents.
Look up, and listen. His intent is his alone, for all to see, wherever he goes.
(“You can come along or stay, or give it up, give it up.”)
Top photo and B&W shot: The illustrious Shelley
A few vids for ya….
His voice on Someone to Love though… like buttah!!!
DAVID COVERS IMAGINE DRAGONSSSSSS!!!!!
and looooove this!!! Look at that crowd!!!