Since the very first announcement for the release of BEGIN, I have been repeatedly surprised(in a pleasant way, of course!). Let me just started by expressing how worried I was that David’s CD might get lost in the mail on its way to my mailbox. Thank heavens it never came to that!
First off, I’d like to admit I have not heard some of the songs at all until David covered them. (Yes, you may judge me now.) So I must say I might be a tad too biased when it comes to picking my few favourite songs. But here we go…
‘Beautiful’ really accentuates David’s primary belief that everyone is special in their own way. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, what with us living in a world filled with so much hate and insecurities. The energy David brings with this song resembles the vibe received in David’s ‘The Other Side of Down’ - both of which are life-inspiring and full of hope. It collaborates quite fittingly to the album name as well; to begin a new day with a new brand of self-confidence. It is songs like this which will pull you out that well of misery and throw you sky-high into the air.
Moving on, David has really emphasized on his connection he has developed with his fans as heard in ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. One can really hear the earnestness in his smooth voice as he croons as if caressing each lyric before setting them off to melt our hearts. I feel David picked this song in particular to bring his fans on the ride with him. Although we are not physically there with him on his mission, he has expressed the desire for us to be there for him spiritually. “So why don’t we go somewhere only we know?” Yes please, David. (:
David’s rendition of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ has really struck me at heart. It was also the song I was most looking forward to listening to. I remember as a little girl my dad popping the cassette into the car’s cassette player every time we’d go on a road trip and the first song that always came on would be this one. Listening to David’s rendition has definitely brought me down memory lane as well as making me aware of David’s ability to fuse the old and the new by adding his own twist to it.
However, with that having said, I was not 100% satisfied with the album. I agree with John’s statement from his previous post: “…it feels like a rising crescendo that promises so much but never quite reaches its peak and you’re left hanging waiting for more.” However, as I have pointed out in the comments, perhaps it was purely David’s intention in doing so. Perhaps he wanted to leave all of his fans on the edge until he returns in 2014 (hopefully with another album full of original songs).
On a side note, just a short update for those who have not been informed yet, David’s current missionary partner is Elder Velasquez(middle). Although it is written entirely in Spanish, you can still check out his missionary blog here: http://www.missionsite.net/elderfranciscovelazquez/viewletter/140646
After all, there ain’t nothing Google Translate can’t do! Below is a picture of an already translated excerpt of one of Elder Velasquez’s blog posts. Many thanks to one of our fellow Archies, Goergette Makkoukdji for taking the time out to translate it for us!
So what do you guys think of David’s current missionary partner? He seems very jovial. I’m sure it would compliment David’s giggly attitude.
And now, I shall end this post with one of David’s very recent quotes:
“I hope you know that I never wanted to leave you guys without music, and will continue when I get back.” – David Archuleta
Hey, that’s a promise right there!