Rexburg recap from the lovely Taterzen

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LOOK AT THAT FAAAAACE!!!!

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A “Moment” in Rexburg

Travel is a bear for me lately, and I tend to avoid it. It’s complicated; but then, so is chronic pain. That said, David Archuleta’s next tour would begin in Rexburg, Idaho, less than five hours by car for me, and for whomever was willing to take me. I purchased tickets and crossed my fingers. Long story short: Rexburg happened. Oh, my goodness, did it ever!

Rexburg is an Idaho college town nestled in the mountains and framed by the Grand Tetons. It is especially beautiful in the late spring and summer, and there is always a gentle mountain breeze to keep things from getting too warm. However, you also need to know that in the winter, it becomes an arctic blast that can flash freeze your contacts to your eyeballs.

The local yokels will tell you that if the wind stops blowing, you will fall down. There was nothing last Friday night to dispel that premise. We walked across campus to get to the venue early, a chance to find fan friends. I used most of that time to let my face thaw.

As people arrived—thousands of people—the buzz of anticipation was louder than I have ever heard it. They love David in Rexburg. I have been to six of his concerts there, and it is worth noting that each time, a few more men attend than before. This time was no different.

Suddenly, there he was, smiling, waving, and singing his opener “Up All Night” to 100% approval from the crowd.

Admittedly, I am from the poodle skirt fashion era. but David’s concert outfit got an A+ from me. Unfortunately, I owe TOfan an apology for not providing an adequate footwear review. Boots? Dress shoes? I’m not sure. Whatever they were, they looked good on dancing feet.

David wore jeans with rolled cuffs, together with a royal blue shirt that was tucked in and secured with a wide, snazzy-looking belt. I assume rolled cuffs comprise a look that is au courant, but the fit of the jeans reminded me of those that made David’s thighs a celebrated topic of fan discussions, circa 2009-2010. (I am prepared to deny I ever wrote that.) A dark jacket with three-quarter length sleeves put the finishing touch on his regular dashing handsomeness.

I quickly noticed there was no keyboardist. Where are you hiding, Chad? Odd, but it later became obvious that some of Chad’s accompaniments had been recorded to use. A few times, there were technical sounds that simply made the background different than what was expected. A couple of times, the technical difficulties resulted in a technical dissonance. It didn’t matter; it passed in a nanosecond. Trust me, nothing took away from the fun on stage or in the crowd.

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Someone snagged David’s official set list, but his set didn’t exactly end up as written. Toward the end, he announced he was going to change something (I have never seen that before). He consulted with his drummer, and then returned to the mic to perform. Maybe there was a technical change of some kind. All I noticed was that he didn’t sing the planned “Say Me.”

Don’t you just love a concert that has those “moments?” I tend to revisit them often, sometimes via fan video, sometimes just in my head. The venue video police were duty bound and diligent, resulting in a dearth of clandestine videos. Still, this concert was full of moments worth revisiting. Just a few:

• I think 90% of the audience knew all the words to “Something ‘Bout Love.” That song is older and maybe ready for retirement; but the crowd was instantly on their feet and engaged big time. Maybe that was the point.

• The venue made great use of special effect lighting with different colors and a big variety of patterns. It was consistently good and really added to the whole experience.

• As David sang a very moving rendition of “Spotlight Down,” fans gradually took to their cell phones until the entire auditorium was just a quiet sea of lights, almost like a show of respect for David’s point of view. ‘Twas lovely.

• David had his stories, and told them with an accent! It’s slight but southern. It’s real, and it’s completely charming, y’all.

• When “Parachutes and Airplanes” became “Thunder,” 4,600 people were catapulted beyond the decibel safety zone. The sustained applause and collegiate hooting was incredible, and incredibly loud.

• Oh, how I wish for a video of the big guy two rows ahead who was doing country line dance moves to the entirety of “Someone to Love.”

• A few of you already know that when David takes to the piano to do “My Kind of Perfect,” I tend to hold my breath until he gets through a particularly troublesome chord change. I have been more relaxed of late because I thought he had conquered that passage. Nope. He totally blew it Friday night, had to stop, tried to find the right keys, had to stop again. But that wasn’t the “moment” I will remember most. It was when he turned to the audience and calmly announced “I always forget that part,” and I realized he still had them completely in his corner. He continued to sing acapella until he could pick up the accompaniment again. When he finished, he said, “If any of you out there are my kind of perfect, you now have proof that I am not invincible.” I do believe the sound that followed might have been a few dozen coeds who swooned to the floor.

• David’s flashback medley included familiar songs from his first album, but right in the middle, he did eight bars of “I Wanna Know You” from Hannah Montana, and then pretended he had no idea how they got in there. Cute, David. Crowd loved it.

• Whenever David surprises us, it is always a “moment.” He did a singalong medley from The Greatest Showman (“A Million Dreams,” “This is Me,” “Rewrite the Stars”) that rocked the house. No troublesome chords in that number, my friends! By the time he got to the finish, he was bossing that piano like the reincarnation of Jerry Lee Lewis. Very impressive! I’m sure he had practiced with the band, but whatever he did at the performance really got their attention. They were all grinning and applauding. The drummer gave him a congratulatory salute with his drumsticks.

• I love “Postcards in The Sky,” and I really love it live. I envy those who will hear it at future performances throughout the tour because David is already feeling comfortable enough with the live version to add some of his own delicious enhancements.

• David spoke of the Valentine’s Day video release and joined with Nathan Pacheco via the video to make the duet happen in concert. It wasn’t exactly the version of “Perfect” I was hoping for, but he was in the original video by invitation, so it makes sense. David sang his part live. It was especially beautiful and coeds began dropping like flies again.

• A “moment” with Disney and the most powerful version of “He Lives in You” I have heard thus far. Add the extra drumbeats and the venue lights… Wowzer!

• The entire concert offered another upgrade to David’s dancing. There was even more awesomeness with Nunca Pense, which every crowd seems to love. In Rexburg, David not only served us salsa, it was hot salsa.

The evening ended with the traditional encore of “Glorious” and “Crush,” and with the audience singing along.

Where did the time go?

Does anyone want to drive me to Tuacahn?

~ TaterZen

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Periscoooopes and videooooos! Thank you, iteachkidz22 & Shirley!!!!

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[Invincible, Spotlight Down, I’m Ready, PandA]

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Some nice clips if you scroll through…

Had a great night at the David Archuleta concert!!!

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TOUUUURRRRR!!!!!!

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It’s finally here!

David’s next round of epic, life-affirming, mind-blowing, expectation-blowing shows.

Who’s going where? What are you hoping he’ll do? And more importantly, wear.

I’m thinking maybe not this:

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or this:

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and, PLEASE not this:

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How about you guys?? What are you hoping to see??

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Upset With Me appreciation post

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There is SO much emotion and power and general amazingness to talk about with this song, that it took two of us. 🙂 Me and the lovely and amazing Ms. Janey.

I’ll go first:

Like many of you, I was blown away when I first heard Upset With Me.

It was just so raw, so real, like a spike to the heart.

It felt like David ripped open his soul and let us climb inside for 4 minutes, 53 seconds.

And the fact that it was the one song on the album he wrote completely solo made it the most personal.

After listening a while, one thing that really struck me about it was its point of view.

Even though the lyrics say things like, “You scream so loud, so I hide from you,” the title of the song is “Upset With Me” … not “Upset With You.”

The person who’s afraid and being screamed at has every right to declare, “I am upset with you,” but no … it’s framed the other way around. “I’m sorry if I’ve done anything
That makes you feel that I hurt you.”

To me, this beautifully reflects how complicated core relationships can be. How those you love can often hurt you the most. How difficult and painful it can be to assert yourself and set boundaries while trying to heal a fractured relationship.

I totally related to this song, for my own personal reasons, and was so moved by the way David was able to express his own feelings of hurt and betrayal while acknowledging, “I still love you.” Not easy. Not by a long shot.

I’ve heard lots of speculation about what the bridge could be about:

Painted eyes reaching for the sky
As we reach the moon
Busting clouds
Oh, you scream so loud
So I hide from you

And the first time I heard it, I immediately felt it was like a dream sequence in a book or a movie, with flashing images that don’t always make logical sense … like one of those recurring nightmares you have as a child… my own always featured bears or wolves trying to break through our doors and windows to get into the house and have us all for lunch, lol.

Here, I pictured a doll with painted eyes sitting in the corner staring out the window at the moon and clouds while everything else is going on. But I like some mystery in a song, so I’m okay with David never specifically spelling it out.

One of the most powerful sections to me is when his voice rises up at the end of the line, “For now, it’s something I needed to dooooo ahhhh,” which felt like a spirit breaking free into a bluer sky, if that makes sense. And by following that with, “I need to keep me safe from you”… BAM. Like a gut punch.

But beyond the emotional rawness and turmoil of the song’s subject matter, it’s still just a really good song that I love listening to because of the haunting melody, the sound of his voice, the layers of sound, the depth of feeling it evokes … everything.

How brave of David to include this song on the album. He’s said he’s not in that place anymore. From his blurb about it on his Insta post, it sounds as though writing and recording the song helped him process it all. I totally get that.

To me, the final lines are classic David. Reaching out with encouragement to others who may need it. But also ending on a high note… quite literally.

~ TOfan
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And thanks to the lovely and amazing Janey for remembering this early sneak peek of Upset With Me:

Speaking of Janey… I asked her to share her thoughts on the song and she kindly did, here’s her take on it:

Maybe someday
You’d take the chance to listen to me
And then you’d know
That I still love you

From the beginning, it’s laid out that the author is coming from a very grown up place, not putting blame on either party for what has transpired in the past and is willing to let the other person know, this is coming from a place of love and wanting to make the relationship better.

I’m sorry for the way
We might have behaved
It leaves you up and down
I fell to the ground
Had to escape
“I fell to the ground, Had to escape” 

Here come my tears. 

I know you’re upset with me
But you can’t keep hurting me

The author is taking responsibility for their future relationship.

If you disagree
With every word I speak
I told you what I feel
You say it’s not real
So I’m leaving

Again, the future will be determined by the author’s actions.

I know you’re upset with me
But you can’t keep hurting me


If I’m not enough
To show you who I am
After all I’ve done
Then it’s too tough for you to understand

I’m taking back what’s mine
We both sacrificed
Gave everything we had
But I don’t have to give you my life

Stating how it will be from now on. A declaration of independence.

I know you’re upset with me
But you can’t keep hurting me

I’m sorry if I’ve done anything
That makes you feel that I hurt you
I’m not sure what I’m running to
For now it’s something I needed to do
I need to keep me safe from you
You still can’t see
Why can’t you see?

The first time I heard “I need to keep me safe from you” I felt my heart breaking. This song is about someone very close to the author and the author is questioning why the other person is so far removed from his point of view, from his need to grow up and grow away.

Painted eyes reaching for the sky
As we reach the moon
Busting clouds
Oh, you scream so loud
So I hide from you
I never said a word to you
So I hide the truth
What did I do?
What did I do?

This strikes me at my core like no other set of lyrics ever have. I remember listening to the song for the very first time and was in tears from the beginning. By the time I got to this I was full on bawling.

I have to be honest, I don’t know the literal meaning of this, I only know how it makes me feel. It takes me back to my childhood when my young neighbor was often beaten by his mother. I think I remember seeing it happen once or perhaps I have conjured up the image in my mind based on the screams I heard. To this day, I feel guilty having done nothing, but as a child in the 1960s and with parents who insisted it was none of our business, what was there to do? I’m glad there has been some improvement in that area.

If I had to put into words what images these words evoke, what comes to mind is painted eyes reaching for the sky as we reach the moon, reaching out for help and it’s not there, reaching out more, but still no help. Someone is verbally or physically abusing someone and they try to hide.

“What did I do?” tells me a child is blaming themselves for the actions of their abuser. It is the most poignant part of the song and the most gut wrenching. I want to take that child and say, as Robin Williams says to Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, “It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault.”

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this is where the emotion hits the hardest for me. listen to the wailing in the background. If that doesn’t hit you in the gut, nothing ever will.

If there is someone
Who needs to know
Protect yourself and find the help
To let you go
You can let yourself be heard

As always, in true David fashion, he tries to reach out to those in need, letting them know what they need to do to help themselves get to a better place.

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A few random thoughts on production and such:

I find the single piano note disturbing in that it creates tension but essential in that it adds angst to the song. It is a brilliant way to showcase the lyrics. I also find that depending on the sound system in use it can sound strikingly beautiful (the rental car in Nashville in the hotel parking lot) or not the best to my overly sensitive ears (my dated volvo).

The album placement is also noteworthy:

  • I’m Ready starts off the middle set – David readying himself to go on his mission.
  • Other Things in Sight – “Who do you think you’re talking to,” I can’t add anything to that. Go David, go!
  • Say Me – he’s finding his voice.
  • Upset With Me, he’s using his new found voice and independence to clarify and mend some old wounds.
  • The lovely Up All Night finishes up the transition with David finding acceptance and a new place he can call home:Hear my heart, and there’s an answered prayer
    Feel the magic in the midnight air
    Breathe it in, I wanna pass it on
    The strength of fighting somewhere you belongHere so small but I am safe and sound
    Where I stand it feels like solid ground
    No where else that I’d rather be
    No greater gift than what you’ve given me

~ Janey

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p.s.
From Tina’s illustrious Tumblr *all the praise hands*

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How about you guys?? How did the song make you feel?

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D’Arch YouTube Q&A, y’all

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Sidenote: Whoever’s house this is, I have table-envy! (Don’t think I see David as a table-runner guy, but who knows? lol)

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Check out the Seasons video and all David’s Q&A replies HERE.
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But here are some highlights:
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Okay, this is all kinds of adorable… totally picturing him at his grandma’s having to stare up at himself… 😆 😆 😆

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oooooo, fingers crossed for either one of these! He should TOTALLY do a children’s book. (I volunteer as tribute to be his editor, proofreader and shoe polisher).

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*SOBS* He. Is. So. Lovely.

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Who else wants outtakes?????

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Joanieeeee!!!!!!!

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*flails* Nandito Ako The Sequel, please and thank you.

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It was so cool to hear his creative process here… and “I saw this a lot in my life and wonder if it’s my own to be honest” #whoah

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His smiley face at the end though… he’s just too adorbs sometimes.

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Woooot! Woooot!

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Can’t argue with that light, people.

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.<3 ❤ ❤

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This is David’s Canadian friend (from Alberta), I think… #represent … but D. on a diet? say, what?

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Bonus answer from David, way to go, Mademoiselle Laura!!!

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New medley???? Could it be a Broadway medley with something from The Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansen, maybe??!!!

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You had me at Ben ♥♥♥

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“self-disciplinary purposes” … I cannot.

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My hands-down favourite 🙂 🙂 🙂

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I lied, this is tied for my favourite:
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Or maybe this! Stop the presses!

David must be doing the Ed Sheeran part and Nathan the Andrea Boccelli part (for Perfect)… *flails*

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Some pretty cool answers from D’Arch … If I’ve missed any, let me know!!!

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How did I miss this classic?! bwahahahaha

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Groove songs from groovemeister D’Arch

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EXTREMELY cool that David shared his playlist of Groove Songs with us! And that he’ll be sharing more every week! wooohoooo

And thanks to the crack team of SAz investigative journalists*, we have an exclusive sneak peek of some of David’s upcoming playlists.

Fasten your seatbelts, here you go!

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I KID! I KID!

Seriously though, here’s David’s actual playlist:

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This is so cool that David is doing this! I know lots of celebs (even our Prime Minister, I think) share these.

Can I just say… Ben Rector ♥♥♥ … and very cool Nico & Vinz and Maggie Rogers are on the list, and a bunch of songs I don’t know but will have to check out.

Did not see this one coming… 🙂 🙂 🙂


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and OH. EM. GEE. 😆 😆 😆

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How about you guys?? Were you surprised by any of the songs on the playlist??

Can you take any guess as to future playlists??

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*There is no such team
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p.s.
aww, how sweet is this??

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p.p.s.
ROFLing at this thread:

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David latte gets its own post

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thanks, Ms. B.!!!!!

this makes me more happy than it should, hahaha

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Yes, I know David doesn’t drink coffee, but it’s one of the basic food groups for me, soooooo 🙂

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This flush ain’t goin’ away-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay

Confession:

In one of the last of these stories, I was trying to figure out what David was doing… packing boxes, maybe? Stacking shelves?

But no, he tilts his phone just for a sec and he’s cleaning a bathroom sink.

Then it gets even better.

In the next story, he’s still busy doing something. Hmm, what could it be?

Scrubbing toilets.

Of course he is.

Why did I not immediately think of this? This is David Archuleta we’re talking about here. The guy who chats with toll booth ladies and sings at nursing homes and helps flood victims and spent two years of his life serving others.

You guys know all this… AND I know all this… and yet, it still blows me away. That his humility is just part of DA’s DNA. (sorry, couldn’t resist)

And he’s right, being part of a bunch of peeps volunteering their time to do good works is an amazing feeling.

I just want to know who made up the task rotor that day and thought, “hmm, toilet cleaning. I think I’ll put David Archuleta’s name beside that one.”

More likely, he crossed someone else’s name out and put his own, am I right? 🙂

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Cracks of Heaven appreciation post from the lovely Taterzen

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When David Archuleta’s album, “Postcards in the Sky” was finally released, I watched it download and then gobbled it up on the spot.

My intent was to savor each song, but I couldn’t play them fast enough.

Everything was so good, great, better than ever, beyond expectations; and my expectations were pretty high. When I heard “Cracks of Heaven,” I was caught a little off guard. It was the first track I revisited.

I must admit, it is not the song with the most plays now. That honor probably goes to the title track and “Shine a Light,” but not by much. Most often, I listen to all the songs in sequence, or choose one as “the song of the week” to see if I can hear something new. They all get a turn. They all deserve a turn.

So, why the “Cracks of Heaven” appreciation?

My mother passed away in 2014, at the age of 94. Her mind remained exceptionally keen for all of those years; but after my father passed away in 2005, her physical health became the challenge. She began to worsen when she was about 92.

I determined to spend more time with her, almost daily near the end. I can only refer to that period as a blessing (and maybe my chance to make amends for those teen years when I thought my criticism and sarcastic repartee were the way to independence.)

Mom was calm about her impending passing; we talked of it often. Because of that, I felt prepared for her to leave, but when it happened… Well, I was completely slammed by a painful emptiness. My faith, and my firm belief that relationships extend beyond this life, did not exempt me from grief.

Musically and poetically, “Cracks of Heaven” describes it all—the loss, the loneliness, the wondering, the memories, the comfort, the acceptance. Granted, it is quite personal, but that is what music is to each of us.

In a recent interview, David said he did not write “Cracks of Heaven” about, or for, a particular person. He just felt that it was “a subject that should be discussed.” Considering David’s intuitive nature, and judging from the comments of others who love this song, he actually wrote it for a number of people.

The production bar was raised for David’s entire album. I think it persuaded him to dig into his bottomless bag of genius musical nuances in order to enhance the messages. The result certainly sustains the lyrics.

I thought this empty house would be more quiet
But I can hear your voice whisper loud
I close my eyes and it’s like
You’re still here with me
Without you I thought it would be a ghost town (ethereal background)
I was afraid that my heart would stop
It hurts from missing you
But what gets me through is knowing, knowing

Some specifics worthy of my unabashed appreciation:

• It starts softly—empty house, quiet, whisper. When we get to “you’re still here with me,” the “with me” is sung by two voices in close harmony.
• The reference to a “ghost town” includes a wordless obbligato floating through the background, not scary or creepy, just ethereal.
• There is an expressed fear that the loss might be too much to handle, but then comes the realization that not everything is completely gone, and we launch into a hopeful chorus (with me singing along).

I see you in the morning light
I see you in the midnight sky (I feel it)
Everywhere around me
Never have to say goodbye
It doesn’t matter where I go
I feel you in every memory
I hold until I see you again
Through the cracks of heaven
Whoa Whoa Whoahh ooh
Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoahhh
Heaven, Heaven oooh…
Through the cracks of heaven

• At the end of the first line, there is a distinctive broken chord. (I hear a G, F#, D.) Those same intervals are repeated at the end of the second line as David sings “I feel it.” It is also used after “never have to say goodbye” and “it doesn’t matter where I go.” The chorus is sung three times throughout, and my brain always hears a reassuring “I feel it” whenever that broken chord is used. And I do feel it.

• Have you noticed how David gets every possible ounce of beauty out of vowel sounds? He lands right in the center and coaxes them into full bloom. Listen to “memory” in the chorus. It is more like a prolonged mem-o-ry, with a little hesitation catch on that “o” to let us know it is important. I love how he can linger over a “memory” like that.

• The song title is finally used in the chorus; and just like peeking through the crack in a door to see what’s going on, we get a tiny glimpse of understanding through the cracks of heaven.

I’m just a stranger on a street that’s crowded
A thousand faces talking noise to me
Every day’s a fight
But it’ll be alright
‘Cause I know, I know

[Repeat Chorus]

It’s the very first time we danced
The first time that I took your hand
‘Cause in your eyes I found a piece of hope
I’m not alone…

• The second verse and the bridge continue to move through the grieving process. Favorite lyrics: “A thousand faces talking noise to me.” Exactly! Just going through the motions, still sifting through memories

(Final Chorus)

• At some benevolent point, the once dreaded reminders become welcome memories to be cherished. The cracks of heaven now provide comfort. The final chorus seems to express it. The words are the same, but it builds and changes, with musical elements added to the final five lines, a rousing finish almost demanding a “Hallelujah!”

–TaterZen

(photo up top: Shelley, of course)

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There must be some kind of reason WE ARE A-FLAILINGGGGG!!!!!

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Things I love about the video:

♥︎ The song itself, one of my faves on the album. Their voices blend gorgeously and it’s surprisingly catchy, staying in my head for ages… in a good way.

♥︎ The simplicity of the video matches the song itself.

♥︎ They both look so pretty.

♥︎ David’s “shades of Josh Bradley” emoting through those pre-contact-lens eyes of his.

♥︎ That it was launched as an exclusive to Variety! Nice strategic move, Team Archuleta! Fave bit of the interview (man, he’s a poet and doesn’t know it 🙂 ):

“When the seasons change in our lives it’s harder to stay motivated to say you know we had a beautiful time in our life. We had a beautiful spring and summer, but now the fall is coming, and I don’t want to go to your winter again,” he says. “But the woman is able to endure longer, and Madeline’s voice is saying you know what? Winter is coming, and it’s hard, but spring comes after that, and if we stick through it we will be able to see the blooming of our lives again, and I know if we hang in there it’s going to be ok.”

♥︎ That I only discovered watching the video that David and Madilyn sing different lyrics during the bridge (I, um, might have mostly been listening to his voice on the recording 🙂 ):

[Bridge]

David: It looks like… / Madilyn: When will you see …
…we’re just running out of time.
David: I wish I could make it right / Madilyn: …what you and I could be
Both: We’re just watching summer die
Both: It’s (our) time to say goodbye

♥︎ His swanky coat.

♥︎ His even swankier boots.
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How about you guys???? What did you think???
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Love that David was pulling a Shelley and Insta-storey-ing from this Nashville songwriter jam. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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