“Music is what Feelings sound like” – author unknown
“Music is the mediator between the Spiritual and the Sensual” – Beethoven
When I was a kid growing up, I was taught to appreciate music in a classical way. Of whatever genre … connected to whatever religion … emerging from whatever folklore … but there must be a Light. A Light of Beauty. A Light of Inspiration. A Light of Respect for the Music. A Light which draws the listeners to the Glory of the Music. A Light which has emphasis on balance, clarity and harmony associated with fine arts. And it has long lasting value.
When David was in Malaysia (sooo long ago … he really MUST come again 😡 ), AAM made a memento for him to take back to the US, a folder encasing masses of Archies’ creative scribblings, artistic drawings, affectionate messages etc etc.
My plea to him in my few lines of love and threats, was that he sang with a Lone Cello … that its sound would blend most heavenly with his most heavenly voice and he would create the most heavenly song blah blah blah (I was still clinging to a spazzing age then – no words were taboo or overrated in my Archu-vocab! – and of course that age had been unconditionally and shamelessly extended for an indeterminate period for some well-known reason! 😉 )
When BSMS was included in the BEGIN. album, I was overjoyed hearing the Cello and David sidling up to one another in the latter part of the song into a godly harmony and both their voices melding into one divine whole. The haunting beauty of the music of Jean Sibelius given an ultimate reverence by David Archuleta. Yeah, my most favouritest part!! Here we have it sung Live recently at the Cincinnati TOFW.
We are ourselves not luminous, but what we deliberately do can give out a Light to the people around us or even the world, the memory and humanities of which can last a very long time. We can conduct the Light we create. And David is such a conductor.
When he is singing, when he is immersed in his glorious love of music – eyes closed – (sorry, Mr. Lloyd Webber! 😉 ) – and heart open – we see and feel the genius of David Archuleta – and we tear in admiration of his ability to bring that emotion to his listeners and that noble quality to his music.
So earnest. So pure. Infinitely classical.