This is side B of an imaginary album by David Archuleta of which I have been appointed the producer (yeah right! 🙂 ).
There are literally dozens of songs that David has sung in public through the last few years and it’s quite impossible to include them all in one album so I have chosen these songs because they are the ones that feel the most personal and highlight events that mean the most to David in my opinion.
WHEN YOU SAY YOU LOVE ME: During David’s AI days he was often described (and not too kindly) as a Josh Groban-esque type of singer – good for ballads and not too much else. Well David decided to give his critics what they wanted and boy what a magnificent job he did! Especially on opening night of the AI tour in Arizona. For those of you who wish to go down memory lane and get a taste of that virtuoso performance here’s the link: http://youtu.be/uSJfU9yk1bw
STOMPING THE ROSES: This is one of my favourite David songs in which he sounds off on the various aspects in his life that he’s not too happy about. A surprising song from David based on his non-confrontational character.
WHO I AM: Based on the recent events in his life I feel this song is perhaps David’s way of hinting about his future trajectory; sort of testing the waters and deciding on the next steps – a song about self – discovery.
FALLING: This is perhaps David’s most mature song framed with dark themes of hopelessness and desperation. I think David is not necessarily talking about himself here but a close friend who is going through a troubled period and willing to lay bare the emotional wounds and traumas in his/her life.
I AM NOT A ROBOT: This is by Marina and the Diamonds and was chosen by David as his song of the week back in April 2010 during that infamous incident at a night club where he went to support Charice who was performing. Twitterverse went into hyperdrive the minute he was spotted at the club. Subsequent attempts by David to explain why he was there led to a firestorm of condemnation by the LGBT community and it was telling that David immediately featured this song in his video blog.
SOMEBODY OUT THERE: It’s especially magical and poignant when a song is centered around David’s voice with it’s clear, crisp and soulful tones; it reverberates and rings with a stark honesty that’s quite unlike any of his other songs that I’ve come across. And this is none more evident than in “Somebody Out There” where the promise of hope, comfort and salvation is so masterfully conveyed by David.
DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME: I feel that this was David’s **ss off song on AI7. It was his last moments on the show and he wanted to vent his frustrations and irritation and sign off in a big way. Summoning all the emotions he was feeling he gave a heated delivery that was stunning.
I would also include a cover for David in the album which would test his interpretive abilities and resonate with his personal character and beliefs.
DAUGHTERS: Won the Song of the Year Grammy for John Mayer in 2005. This song is a plea of sorts to fathers to treat their daughters well as the writer feels that the father/daughter dynamic would bear consequences on their daughters’ future relationships with men.
So that’s it my choice of songs as a producer on David’s ‘upcoming’ album. A concept album of David standards and covers that tries to showcase the more significant milestones in David’s journey so far in the music industry.
What would be your choices if given the chance to produce David’s next album?