David is, without doubt, BACK! In his own words recently during an interview which we quoted in an earlier blog, “I’m not running away, I’m coming back!”
But, before we can actually buy new music from him … before the release of NUMB, which he has indicated directly … and before the coming out of the EP, we have been given a dose of what lies ahead through his LIVE performances the past weeks.
The question I can’t help thinking is: are we sure he went on a religious Mission? Or did he take up an Advanced course in Extra-Heavenly Singing and Comical Stage Banterings and was after 2 years awarded the College’s Highest Degree of Achievement? (… yes, a silly joke … but I couldn’t resist slipping that in somewhere. ;) )
LIVE performing is a skill that needs to be mastered. Not everyone can successfully do that so that the audience feels not just entertained, but comfortably entertained.
Thank you , Shelley, for the lovely D-pic
I remember when David first came out on his own to give his first LIVE performances, one of our favourite bloggers, Rascal, mentioned that “David is not a natural LIVE performer”. We totally agreed. But he was a keen learner and he soon began to relax to strut the stage a little more from left to right, then from right to left, then back again. He soon learnt that singing and standing still were not inter-related and dependant of each other.
When Zero Gravity came along, he had learnt the ropes of running to a song. And wasn’t that fun for the audience! And for him too since he liked running and was very good at it. How he ran! And how we all wanted to run alongside him so that he wouldn’t feel embarrassed doing it by himself; such was the protective and supportive instinct the Archies held for that very young man who was the apple of our musical eye. ;)
BUT this David person now is quite a different story. This David who came back from wherever he went (Religious Mission or Stage Banterings College) is calling the shots onstage! Even when he is lolling about or just simply sitting on a stool, he is as cool as a cucumber! And the audience is lapping it all up! He is the Boss, mate! He is controlling the evening! Just put your heart in his hands and you’d be happy!
He definitely deserved full marks in stage bantering in Tuacahn. Watch this!
And this for engaging the audience to stand up from their seats and dance and gyrate the evening away with him! Not just the teeny boppers in the front but the whole theatre! Wowza!
This aspect is part and parcel of a LIVE performance: to engage the crowd … to draw in their attention … and to give them a good time. The intimacy of the interplay between artiste and audience is most precious and essential.
David’s artistry has improved a great deal as well in his LIVE performances. … I did not for a moment, while watching the vids, worry about him not being able to reach a high note. I remember many of us used to worry sick just before one, then sigh in relief after it.
The way he twirled his musicality around certain notes was titillating sensations for me … the way he made me suffer my pain in EVERYBODY HURTS and the surprises he gave me as PANDA turned into a dance of rejoicing … he has become a LIVE performer of sophistication … of free self-expression and honesty and less pressure from within.
Many of the attendees of the recent shows, many of whom have travelled hundreds of miles or flown over tens of countries, must have wanted to experience the post-Mission (I mean, College hehe!) musicality of David. The BYU shows already proved David is still a gem, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating of it LIVE! :)
I have always wondered about artistes feeling disconcerted just before a LIVE show: What if things went wrong? … what if the electricity went kaput? … what if there is a sudden downpour in the open theatre? … what if the mind went blank and the lyrics went astray?
This last one was one which David had been guilty of several times. But what the heck … nothing can be perfect. We are all human and David is even more so since he is often larger than life. So what if he got carried away by the moment … the important thing is he gave everyone a darn good time!!
And he has his own “defence system” for minimising such mishaps! Like this! :D
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