After I was through laughing at Trace’s wonderful, rib-tickling recap, I started to reminisce about the days leading up to and after the concert. I relived many of the special moments that happened and I realized that as much as I miss having David in our midst and at long last watching him live in concert, I miss even more the friendships and bonds that have evolved as a result of being his fan. It was so much fun getting together with all of you, laughing and renewing ties. It’s a fan base with benefits other than the obvious that, perhaps, many of us don’t pay too much mind to.
All of us come from diverse backgrounds, ages, localities and outlooks but the one glue that has brought us together – David Archuleta – has also forged very meaningful connections between us fans. Granted some are stronger while others are more sporadic and infrequent but in the end when we do get together the camaraderie is every bit as warm and thrilling as any old friends can be. We shed any baggage that we may have – be it cultural, political and religious – and just enjoy each others company.
I’m not the most demonstrative of persons when it comes to feelings and emotions but I truly treasure the gift that I have been given here – friends. Outside of our own family, friends are the closest human connections that we are privileged to experience. On many levels these ties that bind are even closer and more profound then the ones we have with our loved ones. We are often shaped and moulded into different beings by our closest friends and we go to extraordinary lengths to help them in times of need.
The song in the video is called ‘For Good’ and it comes from the musical ‘Wicked’. The musical tells the story of the relationship between Elphaba the wicked witch and Glinda the good witch from The Wizard Of Oz.
I love this song as it speaks of friendship, redemption and forgiveness. Very often we trespass against those that we care for and don’t realize the hurt and pain that we have wrought. Forgiveness and remorse come too late and unfortunately a relationship comes to a painful end.
And so we must keep the fires burning between us and not let it simmer to a mere ember and eventually turning cold. The physical distance between us is not so vast that it cannot be bridged by an email, comment, text message , get togethers, etc.
Even if the ribbon gets frayed let’s not cut it shall we? 🙂
P/S: To our honorary Archiekin – Katheryn – who hails from across the wide Pacific, I hope we can meet someday in real space instead of the cyberkind. Perhaps in one of David’s concerts in the US? 🙂