I have not heard David on the radio in at least two weeks. My local HAC station played Crush during the final Idol weeks. And, David’s perception in the media and radio will not change if he sings stuff like they discribed in that ad. The plain vanilla, innocent, nothing edgy pop is for kids and no young adult will have anything to do with it. The rhythmic beat will not sell it to the adults. And, kids don’t buy albums, they downloadstuff for free. If David makes another album full of “innocent” fluff, I will fear for his career. Casual listener who is not invested in David like a hardcore fan will dismiss him as a perennial kid. He is very young for his age which comes out in his communications. Young adults 18+ are not only about innocent wide-eye perception of the world, they go thru a lot of angst and turmoil. And, what exactly is wrong with “edgy”?? It only makes life and art more interesting. “Edgy” doesn’t have to be explicit language. Bubble gum pop is boring and no radio will play it except Disney. Does David and his career counselors want to be Disney until he is 20? That would be suicidal.
The best career advice that David should receive very soon is to move the heck out of Utah to some warmer place, get his own place and start developing his craft, hang out wth other musicians and start living his own life. He has a lot of potential but will he ever become a true artist if he is so limited by his religion and environment that the only pop he is allowing himself to sing is about “innocence and humility”? I doubt it.
Obviously we all want to see David’s career soar and we want him to be recognized as the mega-talent that we know he is…and that is what a fanbase is all about…supporting and encouraging the artist to be all that he can be. But I have to stop and remind myself sometimes, that just because that is what I may want, does that mean if those things don’t happen, that David’s career is a failure, that David’s life is a failure, that David is a failure? NO WAY! The bottom line is and always will be, is David happy? Is David satisfied? Is David content? Is David at peace with what is? Maybe superstardom isn’t what’s best for David. Maybe he would become burned out on the fast track. Who knows? I think there is a selfish part of me that wants David to be famous and super successful because I want him to be, because I think it’s what he deserves, because I think it’s what’s best for him, or because I want other people to experience his wonderful character and his incredible music. Kind of like my kids…I love them and I think I know what’s best for them and I try to steer them in the right direction, but in the end, true love says, do what makes you happy and content not what makes you a success in the eyes of the world. Success won’t make or break David. He was a success before he ever set foot on the Idol stage or any other stage for that matter. Like he said, he’s been David all his life. And in my book, that makes him a winner.
The above are two diametrically opposite viewpoints on how David should chart his musical career going forward. Not quite the ‘battle’ that you probably thought I was referring to but equally thought provoking and interesting.
Should David leave the nest – so to speak – and get a more street wise ‘education’ to sharpen his musical instincts and broaden his life outlooks? Seep in the brew of ‘angst and turmoil’ , supposedly felt by many a young adult, by mixing with the fraternity of musicians and artists in order to get ideas and perhaps add a necessary edge to his personality and thought processes.
Or is it enough for David to be the musical story teller with the glorious soaring voice and wide-eyed innocence to have a credible career? Does he need the ‘reality’ of hard edged, angst driven and emotionally charged everyday life to add another facet to his art? Is it necessary for David to be on his own away from the safe and warm but implied cloying cocoon of his family and friends in Utah for him to get the ‘necessary’ exposure and experience. Interestingly enough Jason Mraz credited his renewed energy and commitment to his song writing by taking a year off and traveling the world to soak in the experience.
Is ‘being David‘ enough?