My kind of perfect – Side A
I guess I’ve been rather hard on David lately and , in my defense, I can only say that it’s because I expect a lot from him. My expectations are lofty because time and again he has demonstrated a wonderful musical sensitivity and appreciation of the various nuances of a piece of music to truly make it an Archuleta classic. Partnered with that glorious tenor voice that has the ability to dig deep into your soul and soar to the heavens he has all the vocal and artistic arsenal to leave a legacy of musical works that he can be proud of. The trick is to connect with his real, intimate self and express that musically. There have been many occasions in the past when David has given us a glimpse of his inner, more private thoughts through the songs he has written and covered. These songs, I feel, come from an honest place and has connected with him in a more spiritual way thus giving us greater insights into the artist and that’s why I like them so much.
I am attempting here to be a record executive of sorts and ‘produce‘ an album of songs that is based on music that David has been associated with and that I feel would make a great record for him. I am going to imagine that I have been given the task of choosing songs for his next album and to come up with a track list. I am going to name the album ‘My Kind of Perfect’.
To introduce the album I would use a song to showcase the more footloose and fancy free side of him. This song brings out the impish and sassy David: SHOP AROUND. When he sang this during the earlier rounds on AI7, grooving and moving to the brassiness of the song together with that glorious note at the end he was as Randy said “Ready to go!”
HEAVEN: The song that introduced me to David and one of my favourite Bryan Adams song. He sang it with such silky maturity and aplomb it is a wonder to think that he was only 16 at the time. A fine example of how he makes a song so much a part of him that we forget sometimes its a cover.
CRUSH: This song, being his first ever official single, is a firm sentimental favourite of everyone’s and so deserves to be on the album.
WORKS FOR ME: I remember during AI7 there were all the news about him being pulled in different directions by fans, producers and his own inner circle and this song is an attempt by David to declare that he did it his way and as far as he was concerned things turned out all right in the end.
MY KIND OF PERFECT: The title track is David’s answer to all those endless questions about his personal relationships or rather the lack of it. The most poignant part of the song is the bridge where his voice straining with longing and wonder, he asks “why haven’t I met you?”
FALLING STARS: I think this song is a perfect homage to his parents’ marriage and eventual breakup. It’s moving, respectful and it focuses more on the love between 2 people rather than the separation but leaves no doubt about the pain of the eventual sad parting. A lovely song.
THINK OF ME: I guess there’s no need to expound further on why I think this song ought to be included in the album
CONTIGO EN LA DISTANCIA: His creme de la creme at the ALMA awards. The romance and enchantment of this Spanish song was left in no doubt when he gave a searing rendition at the awards show. The ability of the singer to evoke emotion and feelings with nothing more than his voice and accompanied by a guitar was a supreme display of artistic talent.
Well these would be my selection for Side A of the album. I will continue with Side B at a later date.