Many of my friends know I’m a fan of David Archuleta. Although, what they might not know, is how much of a fan i am. What triggered me to write this post today was remarks or reactions that I had from a few friends earlier today who found some(ok,many) pics of a certain someone kept nicely in a folder specially allocated for him in my phone. (They have watched AI but are not hardcore fans of anyone) Needless to say, their reactions were what as I expected if I knew what was coming – “oh my goodness!”, “ayoo”..you get the point lol. Comments were made about me being older than he is and in my friend’s words, “a small boy”. I was quite caught off-guard (but not suprised by the reactions as it wasn’t the first time I encountered them) so I didn’t have much to say or defend about why I do what I do. But I guess, it was more of a “they won’t understand anyway,so I might as well keep quiet” kind of a reaction. And it got me thinking after that..
Many people, at least, 95% of people I know in real life, do not or have not yet come to appreciate the artistry of David. I can certainly say with much certainty that many of those I know have come to perceive David as just the cute,shy,awkward,giggly 17 year old boy who can sing well but thats it. They have not come to think of him deeper than the image of that which American Idol portrayed him. I wonder how many of them will change their minds if they saw the tour videos, interview videos, etc. Of course, I understand that not everyone will ever ‘get’ David. I’m very sure in fact that a good number of people will never do because I accept and acknowledge the fact that everyone has different tastes and preference for music. I can’t force them to love what I love. And I guess I can understand why it may seem so odd or weird to others why us fans are so crazy about someone many of us have not even met or know personally. Even I myself am baffled at times by my own obsession. I have never ever been a loyal, diehard fan of any artist/singer/actor/celebrity/anyone I’ve never met in person. David is a first. And I’m pretty sure he’ll be the last as well. I can’t explain myself either when it comes to David. I don’t know how but this ‘boy’ just captures my heart and the more I know about him, the more I love him.
For many fans, the main thing is his voice. Yes, it is for me too. But, something else I consider even greater than the voice for me, is his character. Because to me, even if there is a person out there who is the greatest singer on earth and can convey his emotions through songs even better than David does(IF there is lol) but his character stinks, it doesn’t work for me. To me, the character is more important because the way the gift/talent is used by the person is determined by his character. And when it comes to David, he has both. I do not blame the people who have the perception that he is just a ‘small boy’.They just have not seen the mature soul in that young 17 year old. And that is something that all us fans of David can testify to. Yes, he may be young in mannerisms and behavior but the way he has handled everything that came his way is believe me, MUCH more than just ‘a small boy’.
He is not perfect, he is still human. I know and acknowledge that. David is just different. Different from any(and every) artists/celebrity that I know out there. To me, he is a breath of fresh air. A person with a standard of morals and sincere love and passion for his art, music. I guess I can never find a perfect answer or explanation as to why we feel what we feel. What I do know, is that he has grabbed our hearts and caused us to do things we’ve never or even imagine we’ll ever do just to see him succeed and be happy.
I do apologize if I’ve been going around in circles..there’s just so many thoughts in my mind and I struggle at translating my thoughts to words many a times lol. This is more of an opinion or expression of what has been lingering in my mind for some time now and it feels good to let it out.
To end my novel-long post, I shall quote a few things that Rascal had put in NotingDavid which translates my thoughts into words so eloquently :
“One of the reasons I know that David Archuleta is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience is because there is an entire category of people who find themselves inexplicably drawn to this remarkable young man who are not the kinds of people commonly–if ever–given to fanaticism of any kind. It is also telling that a significant number of these people are music professionals.
As for myself, I’ve been involved in music, entertainment, and media for my entire career and I’ve seen a lot of talent come and go. I cannot quite recall ever having had quite the experience I had discovering David. Even after I had acknowledged my bizarre devotion, after I had started blogging about him, and after realizing (much to my relief) that I was far from the only responsible, level-headed adult who had gone completely batty over him, I was still surprised at how deeply I continued to be affected by his voice and his astonishing musicality. There are certain moments of David’s recorded performances that seem like direct portals to universal truth. Involuntary tears are not uncommon.
The degree to which David has the capacity to move people is a rare power. People want to give themselves–their emotional lives and vulnerabilities–over to him. His potential to be a star of profound dimensions lies as much in this artistry as it does in his character: that of a man who can be trusted with such an awesome responsibility.”
“The realization of David’s potential is as much about his musical prowess as it is about the expression of his soul. Indeed, it is the fact that these aspects of his humanity are so often one in the same that enable him to touch people’s hearts in such a pure and direct way. And if his artistic progress was limited to just that, it would still be rare and magnificent. But there’s more here. It might seem like a small thing, and certainly not unprecedented in the realm of the live performer, but David’s decision to communicate his heart in yet another way–to telegraph to his fans an acknowledgment of support and appreciation–-that’s the sign of a deeply thoughtful individual; one for whom it would be, I would suggest, extremely surprising to see expected or conventional choices of any kind. He certainly hasn’t made them so far.”
“But more than the delights of sharing in David’s new-found comfort and exhilaration is the joy of seeing his continued emphasis on the collective energy that is associated with both his work and his success. He never fails to to acknowledge his audience. Although the notion that one’s life is an entity unto itself–a coordinated trajectory combining the individual and the group dynamic–may be somewhat more obvious to, say, an entertainer, it still conveys a fairly sophisticated spiritual sense. Note that David doesn’t say, in some common and even slightly pandering manner something like, “it’s all because of them that I’m here.” He says of his fans instead that “they’re as much a part of it as I am” (heard during a recent radio co-hosting segment). This to me conveys an unusually subtle understanding.”