David Archuleta’s Spring Tour de Force
Sometimes I get questions about my wish to attend as many concerts as possible during one David Archuleta tour. “Isn’t the concert the same at every stop?”
Pshhh! Not even close!
Each concert is unique—performance, stage banter, fan meetups, VIPs, audience response, not to mention the singularly popular David Moment. Guarantee one will happen, and you don’t want to miss it. So, you go, and you go as often as you can,
Months ago, my concert get-up-and-go inexplicably got-up-and-went. I am now forced to choose when and where more carefully. This tour? Boise and Las Vegas.
I have a lot to share about Las Vegas and will explain why later. But first, Boise. It’s where I live. How thoughtful of David to come to me when it is getting more difficult for me to go to him.
The Boise crowd made it a party! A surprise party really, because there were many people there who were seeing David live for the first time, and the response was great! Granddaughter Emily joined us, her first David concert since her mission. I also loved seeing fans who do manage to attend concert after concert after concert. This fan base is a fun base.
David was on fire; and if you have read that about him on other tours, this was serious fire. Plus, he was having a great time while on fire; that can’t be easy.
David sang “Touch My Hand” to engage with the audience and did this by coaxing people to the stage while he was singing. He went stage left and began to beckon one girl to come to him. She had a “who me?” look that turned to sheer joy when he beckoned her again. He chose another, and then another.
By the time David moved to stage right and began a second round of beckoning, fans had it figured out. There was a rather eager response and some obvious competition to get to David. No fisticuffs erupted, but it was close.
David did himself proud in Boise. He is always on the upgrade. We should not be surprised at this, but we always are.
Oh, and “Paralyzed?” Yes, I was. I am. That song. Bona fide dealmaker.
David’s Las Vegas appearance with the Zion’s Youth Symphony & Chorus coincided with a preplanned visit to see family, and I decided to buy tickets to the concert for every family member over the age of 5. The sticker shock almost got me, but a promise is a promise and I will never complain about it again because of what happened later.
I have been preaching the good news of David Archuleta’s voice since 2008. Family response has varied. Some became believers. Others are polite; they pay deference to my advancing age and the fact that I am The Mom. Nobody dislikes David because that is impossible.
All four of my children are into music at some level, music lovers to music pros. Two married daughters were at the concert. Middle daughter, Sara, started life with severe vision problems. Even after getting help, she leaned heavily on senses other than sight for her unique perspectives of the world. She brings them to her music.
Sara is a pianist, an organist and a vocalist. She has taught both piano and voice. She is extremely opinionated about music. (Sorry, Sara, but you know you are.)
As usual, David gave his all in that concert. I knew I would love it and I did. “Only in Sleep” was stunning perfection, an incredibly beautiful I-will-never-be-the-same-after-this perfection.
I was anxious about Sara’s opinion, but learned nothing until the next day. She sent me her thoughts; and with her permission, I will let quotes I pulled from her long email serve as a concert recap.
I’ve seen videos and heard recordings of David for the past 10 years or so. They do not give him justice, something I noticed less than a second after he began to sing. There are things only the human ear can pick up no matter how advanced the digital recording is. There is also energy the performer emotes that is difficult to translate to digital media.
I didn’t know we would be so close to the stage for the concert on Monday. I could see every detail and was both fascinated and mesmerized. I could see the science of his singing, the functions to produce his sound. I could see the muscles in his jaw move in his open mouth, and yes, his epiglottis. I wanted to run up there with a mini flashlight, shine it in his mouth and see what his soft palate was doing. He has to have incredible control over all of his singing muscles.
One thing is sure. He definitely has his own unique sound. I really haven’t heard anything like it. Ever. I got all weepy and cried through every one of his songs.
He sings because he loves to sing and connect with the audience. There are so many artists who aren’t great singers but very popular and “successful” because they are showy and flashy. They leave it up to the sound engineers to “fix it in the mix” when they record.
I think David has worked hard to strengthen his singing muscles; he really has a lot of vocal stamina. I would love to see and hear his warmups.
Now my ears have been spoiled. If I hear more recordings from David, I am going to wonder what the song sounds like live.
Nothing about him is fake. I sure got that message. He is the real deal. I had no idea my heart would be so touched. It completely caught me off guard.
I tend to silently judge other vocalists, what they’re doing wrong or what they can improve. I thought of nothing for David. I’m pretty sure my mouth was hanging open during every song he sang.
With music, we can communicate on a physical plane and on a spiritual plane. I’ll bet David has healed many hearts as he connects spirit to spirit through song. His voice reaches and penetrates where words fall short.
I am convinced there are angels who help us. I think David must have his own set of angels to sustain him and lift him up. They probably even sing with him.
Pretty sure I gained another believer here. Best fan payday ever.
(as Sara said, videos & recordings don’t do David justice… but it’s all we had, it’s all we haaaaaad (sorry, couldn’t resist 🙂 )… and eternally grateful to Shelley et al for sharing!!!!!)
[Sadly, I can’t find a single Boise video but if anyone has one, or a Peri link, please add to comments!]
So instead, here’s an awesome interview from Fresno that I’d missed because I was *ahem* in Fresno, lol… thank you, JR!!!!