I think David is a trouble-maker. He confuses people,
Yes, such is the state of the confusion.
He was asked some time ago whether his fans were mainly made up of teens. He replied that half of them consisted of older women. Huh? Really?
Has the wide age-disparity finally been crushed?
Has the age-old generation gap been cemented and bridged?
Are the wheelchair-bound fans of Frank Sinatra grooving hand-in-hand with the fans of The Foetus?
Are the believers of Pavaroti wishing he had performed a duet with Lady Gaga?
It is a bizarre thought.
But that is exactly what is happening. And The Happening is called David Archuleta.
He has brought out violent screams and tears from teens, turning them blue and purple with excitement.
Likewise, he has brought the older women (and some men?) to their knees in what some would describe as “uncomely” behaviour and hysterics.
Sadly, the confused teens are eyeing the older fans with disbelief and puzzlement as to why these aunties are not staying home watching Desperate Housewives, or doing the laundry – isn’t that what mothers and aunties are supposed to do?
Just as sadly, the aunties are sheepishly hiding behind some David poster, hoping that the tv camera would not catch them “red-handed” at a David concert; or surreptitiously relying on ear-phones to listen to David all day, worried that their teen kids would gasp in horror; or suddenly switching off their computers when the door opens without warning.
How often have I heard remarks like these:
“I am too old for David Archuleta.”(Too old for what, madam, may I ask?)
“Thank goodness my mum is not like that crazy aunty, stalking a man young enough to be her youngest son!” (Poor sad and controlled mum…..and happy crazy aunty)
“I think my kids would be so embarrassed if they saw me now.” (Be ashamed, aunty…..be veeery ashaaamed!)
“Maybe I should look away when my mum is spazzing over David…” (Yes dear, look away…look far, far away……let your mum be happy…)
In one of the latest posts there was a repeated remark: “There were so many old aunties there….old enough to be his grandmother!”
(Why make this into an issue, sweetheart….David doesn’t mind – why should you? If you are a true fan of David, you would be kinder and more tolerant….if you can’t have David as a role model, perhaps you should move on………. to another planet)
My personal confession is that, the reason for my not having joined AAM at the beginning was I thought it was made up totally of extremely young fans who might be uncomfortable and embarrassed by the presence of a much older fan. Little did I realise that I would not have been alone in that department. (cheeky grin!)
“Beauty Is Truth, Truth Is Beauty, That Is All
Ye Know On Earth, And All Ye Need To Know……”
– John Keats from his poem Ode On A Grecian Urn.
David, in all his glory:his voice…his musical genius…his values…his oh-my-God pengsan-friendly good looks….is undeniably a “thing” of beauty…..
We gasp at beautiful paintings…..we marvel aloud at an amazing piece of sculpture…we clap and applaud in acknowledgment….we cheer and rejoice at all things beautiful….we catch our breaths and drop our jaws….we “fall in love” (yes, that too sometimes) with our object of adoration and admiration. But of course, in recent times, we manifest all that by yelling “woooaaah!!” and “woootttt!!” (“words” which I am still in the process of learning from the very young AAM’ers )
This is what we do as a human race….be it the young…the not-so-young…male or female….
Passion is not diminished by age; the expression of it should not be limited or determined by the year we were born. In fact, the presence of age enhances the quality of that flame – thus rendering that passion more enduring…more solid…and more permanent.
But, having said that, I am not disparaging the younger fans’ genuineness, purity and spontaneity in the expression of theirs. Far from it…
Only that there is a definite need for more open-mindedness and also less self-constraint and less self-serving ego which can negatively affect David’s rise to universal fame and prevent us from our ultimate goal of spreading David’s word and his music.
Ok, after all those “pearls of wisdom” (heehee), let’s share what you have heard or told or seen….or felt, or how your mums and aunties felt………Confession time! AND WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT!