Ok folks gird your loins and hold on cause what I’m about to put down will in eyes of many seem to be less complimentary and rather harsh about David’s career and it’s direction (or lack of depending on how you choose to look at it).
But before I go further I would like to stress a point and that is: I’m not intentionally putting David down nor am I losing interest in him. On the contrary, David and his music will always have my support and there’s nothing more I would like to see than to have David’s name spoken when they tear open the envelope to announce the winner of the ‘Song Of The Year’ award at the Grammys. I feel strongly that David has the talent, passion and yes the intent (however much he may protest to the contrary) to win the darn thing. He just need the right prodding from the right sources.
I was recently directed to read an article written by a fan of Davids’. This writer is a huge fan and very committed in her admiration of David’s musical abilities but she is reminiscent of the infamous Rascal (for those who have ever read his writings on David you’ll remember who this man is) in that she’s a straight shooting American and does not hold her punches when it comes to David. She calls a spade a spade. Compared to these two I’m a pussycat 🙂
I won’t reproduce her whole article here but instead will highlight certain salient points for us all to mull over and hopefully some of you will feel compelled to respond either with a Yay or a Nay.
- David is ‘tainted’ due to his association with American Idol and thus his ‘success’ will forever be limited by the show.
- He needs to take charge of his own career and shake off the albatross of American Idol and the sooner the better.
- He hasn’t nor has attempted to build a fan base far and beyond that little bubble of his own Hispanic community or that of Utah.
- He doesn’t have the ‘right’ image nor knows what the right fit is.
- No creative vision in the present composition of Team David.
- He needs professional management outside of his own family.
- Songwriting is not David’s forte. Therefore he needs a music mentor other than his Dad.
That’s the gist of the article that I read and it’s not a very rosy picture of David’s career choices and situation at the moment. I agree with some of the points made especially the part about him needing a more discerning guiding hand in his career choices. That’s why I disagreed with him severing ties with Jive just when a new A&R manager had come onto the scene. A new guy with new perspective could have given David fresh inputs on his musical choices. As for songwriting I’m not in total agreement although I do wish that David would pursue collaborations with a wider cache of proffessional song writers rather than just those from Nashville which I feel so far ain’t such a hot venture. David does have something interesting and prophetic to say; he just needs that special Svengali to turn the taps and twist the knobs in order for the creative rush to flourish.
Then maybe, just maybe come some Grammy broadcast in the not too distant future, we shall hear the name David Archuleta announced when the envelope is torn open.