I miss the little guy. There’s no two ways about it. No matter how I try to spin it or stay dispassionate, he’s wormed his way into my heart, taken a hold and there’s no shaking him off ( nor do I want to really ). Having David in Malaysia was like having ones’ favourite nephew or beloved godson over for a visit after a long separation replete with the usual rush of affection upon first seeing him wave from the arrival lounge at the airport; welling with immense pride as he proceeded, over the course of the next 3 days, to wow everybody with his easy , natural charm; to the amazing 30 minutes he was on stage and finally the inevitable crash of having to say goodbye. Many of us felt so familiar and at ease with him – much like an old friend – that we, read that “I” – have had a difficult time letting go. It’s always hard to bid farewell to the ones that you love most isn’t it?
I honestly found it very difficult to write this recap as my mind has been a confusion of images the last few days since the evening of the 11th. Every time I tried to pin one down and translate it into words, my thoughts would go off in a hundred different tangents each savouring a particularly memorable moment. I wish I could have taken a snapshot of every single moment of David’s time here and mount them on a huge wall so that they can be enjoyed at leisure. But of course I realize that’s just a fantasy of a sentimental old fool like me because the memories zip by with lightning speed and I imagine that I’m actually frantically snatching them from the air and trying to hold on to them for fear they would be lost forever.
And there lies the crux of my problem with writing this recap. Those memories are precious but it seems that the more I try to recall them the more ephemeral they become. It’s like having your favourite piece of dessert in front of you, irresistibly enticing you to dig in but with every bite you know that it’s going to slowly disappear, getting smaller and smaller until there’s no more. Just scattered bits and pieces that doesn’t make any sense . So I’m torn between attaching more solid forms such as words to my thoughts and then finding them losing their shape and therefore their permanence altogether.
One memory that strikes a happy ring was the phenomenal crowd! Ray I know you were unhappy with the amount of people the organizers let in and you’re right to be concerned. The situation could’ve easily spun out of control and the headlines the next day would’ve been ugly. But in my selfish heart I was and still am deliriously happy to know that David has a significant fan base in this region. Many times, like humanity who looked upon the stars in the skies and asked “Are we alone?”, I have also wondered whether in this solar system that we call AAM are there many more out there like us who are similarly devoted, archufied and smitten with ODD and now I realize the answer is a resounding “Yes!” He has brought together a conglomeration of people from around the region and for those 3 days we laughed, cried, sang and rejoiced in the camaraderie forged through our common love for David and his music. And you could tell that he was equally affected with the outpouring of love from his fans here. His face lit up like a Christmas tree the moment he saw the huge crowd before him when he hit the stage.
Perhaps THE moment for me was the little jig he did when he heard us serenading him with Zero Gravity. Both spontaneous and joyful and together with that huge grin on his face it told me that perhaps he really did feel comfortable and at ease with us. It was truly gratifying to know that we had made him feel appreciated, cherished and loved enough for him to let his hair down a little- so to speak- and break out in a little dance. That one moment more than any other will stay in my mind and likely not forgotten. Thank you again Kylie and Ray for organizing that for us. Those last few moments with David after the showcase was really the highlight of the entire 3 days for me but then came that bittersweet moment when he looked over his right shoulder and waved us a final goodbye……….
I miss the little guy.