Thursday, April 29, 2010

What is he thinking?- An emotional rant about teenage boys that are not like DA

Okay, I had to take a break from commenting while the "Charice-gate" controversy was going on. I never had any doubts as to what David actually had done or had meant to do, but I decided to refrain from joining in this insane conversation. Trust the Archuleta, that's my motto. Now that most of fandom is back to normal I think I will try a new entry here.

David never fails to amaze me when it comes to his philosophy on life. Whether it be answers to interviewers' questions or quotes he tweets to us, it is hard at times to remember that he is only 19 years old. On top of that, he is a 19 year old guy. Now I don't want to generalize and say that all teenage guys are stupid, as my daughter believes, but most don't use all of their brain cells to there fullest. I speak from experience here as the mother of an almost 16 year old son, a leader in son's Boy Scout troop, and the former "adoptive" mother of daughter's now ex- boyfriend who is 18. Now there is a boy who is the opposite of David.

Not to use any names here, I will call this boy "Just Confused". Now "JC" comes from a very sad family situation. Dad left when he found out mom was pregnant. " JC" doesn't even know what nationality his dad is, mom won't tell him. "JC" has never seen him. Mom hasn't been the best at providing for "JC". When he was in elementary school they did not have a place to live so they travelled from one friends house to another, sleeping on the floor wherever they could. "JC" was a troubled youth and consequently failed 7th grade. Saddle that with the fact that he has an early fall birthday and that makes him considerably older than all of the kids in his grade. When "JC" reached high school he and his mother moved in with his "uncle" who was soon after diagnosed with cancer. The first male influence in the boy's life would not be able to benefit him after all.

"JC" met my daughter online, as seems to be the norm now, in early summer 2009. Silly girl fell for him hard. The weekend before Thanksgiving JC's "uncle" died and uncle's family came and took all of the stuff that they wanted from the house and left "JC" and his mom with little much of their own and no place to live. The semester was not over and "JC" had no where to live so we allowed him to stay with us, sleeping on a mat in our son's room. We didn't have a spare room for him to take. Mom promised that she would find a place for them to live asap and everything would be better before school resumed in January. Of course this did not happen. The holidays and winter break passed and "JC" was still sleeping on my son's bedroom floor. Now my husband is a very good Christian man but can tolerate just so much. The 18 year old bf of our daughter living with us was not easy for him. He trusted our daughter but not necessarily the boy. The fact that boy's mom was doing nothing to compensate us for the enormous amount the boy ate or the fact that she wasn't looking to take him back finally got to my husband and JC had to move out. He went to stay with a friend from school who has his own dysfunctional family. Not the best but we tried. With the new living situation JC and Amanda did not see each other very much. He said that his new "Mom" wouldn't let him come over to visit or attend church with us. Within a couple of weeks daughter and JC had broken up. He told her that he "didn't know how he felt about her any more." Amanda was crushed at first but quickly came to realize that "God is in control and if they are to be together then it will all work out."
JC wanted her back a couple of days later but she was determined to take it slow. And good thing that she did because he proceeded to breakup and get back together two more times before she said enough. Not even friends any more. Just don't call me.

I can't believe how strong my daughter is. At her age I was an emotional wreck when it came to boys. I wanted to do anything to please them. Not Amanda. At 18 years of age she has the strongest morals and I am so proud of her. She has listened to every Christian teaching ever presented to her and internalized the valuable material forming her into the incredible Christian woman she is today. Word to the wise boys, she is not going to do something that she knows is not right. Since Amanda broke up with JC for the final time this past weekend, she does not have a date for her senior Prom on May 15.

Most girls would think that this might be the "end of the world" but not Amanda. She is going no matter what. I asked her why some other boy from her school had not asked her since it was all over Facebook that she and JC had broken up for good. She had the best answer for me. "None of the boys at my school are going to ask me because they all expect their dates to go partying afterwards and then have sex with them and they know that I'm not going to do either of those so it is pointless to ask." Wow! Just wow.

I hate to tell JC this, and I might be a little biased, but he really blew it. He had the best girl that he could have ever found ready to commit to him, possibly forever, and he chased her away with doubt and jealousy.

Hey David, are you available for a high school Prom on May 15 in Austin, TX? I know. Just a mom's wishful thinking.

Friday, April 9, 2010

David Archuleta - Imagine what's yet to come

WOW!!!!! That's all I can say. WOW. I want to write about this performance but my mind actually goes blank each time I watch the recording of this performance and I can't think of what I want to say. I know that this is Friday afternoon and David sang Imagine on Wednesday night but my mind just can't totally comprehend the whole thing.

I was so stoked for David to be able to perform on Idol again. He had so much to gain from this. No, he wouldn't be singing his new music but he would be singing one of the greatest songs ever written, the one that had brought him great accolades when he performed it during season 7. Of course, David nailed this performance. Even many of the critics from the past have had nice things to say about David this time around. I personally can't understand how some of these music critics could ever say anything bad about David but, then again, people actually like some of the other guest artists that have appeared on Idol this year that I can't stand to look, much less listen to.

Wednesday night I gathered the whole family in front of the plasma when it was time for David. My daughter and I were already positioned for the entire show so the husband and son were summoned as David was announced. I could barely breath when the music started. David's playing the piano?! Wow. When did he have time to practice for this?

David's hair was the next thing to register. I immediately thought of the "tent pic" with the full, longer hair. Different, but not bad. Kind of reminds me of how my son was wearing his hair before football season this past year. Easy to take care of. I was never fond of the faux-hawk on David.

David started to sing. The Voice is "on point". Did he just say "hell", the one part of the song that no one had ever heard before? OH MY!!! Take that all of you skeptics. The Archuleta is no longer a boy. The man on that stage is taking no prisoners. OOPS. I almost forgot to breath.

Did David look a little nervous at first or was it just that I knew that he would be? Maybe I was the nervous one. My husband and son had been harassing me for two days about this performance and I didn't want anything to go wrong. They are both major "Rock" fans and my husband has been especially hard to win over. At first they were both making silly comments about David like they always do. All of a sudden I noticed that they weren't saying anything, just staring at the tv. OK. My daughter and I looked at each other and just smiled. We didn't need words to know what the other was thinking. David got to them finally.

David's performance was ....... I don't even know a word for what I felt about this experience. Awesome. Wonderful. Powerful. Spiritual. Has a word actually been invented to convey this emotion? I know....DAVID. David's performance was ... DAVID. That explains it all.

Shortly after Idol was over I posted these two tweets on my account: David Archuleta can mesmerize a crowd without pyro and auto tune. All he needs is his Voice. and And the award for Best Idol Performance of the Season goes to David Archuleta!!! Thanks for showing them how it should be done.

How it should be done is exactly right. Although David would never consider himself better than any of these contestants, he is and always has been miles beyond the top contenders on this show. He is miles beyond most of the singers in music today. The Voice transcends all genres and limits and takes you to a place where the world doesn't matter anymore. At least that's what happens to me. That's what keeps happening to me when listening to this performance. I want to sit and soak up every detail of what is being shown on the screen but I keep drifting off and loosing my focus. I hear but I don't see. I guess I will need to mute the sound and just "watch" the video if I want to see some of the things I have read about on different blogs and fan sites.

Well, I might add to this later but for now here is the performance to bring back ArchuDomination. (I know that's not a word, yet, but I like it.) As you watch this think of all of the possibilities of the passionately delivered songs penned by David himself that are yet to come. It boggles the mind.

video credit to thop1984

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

IMAGINE the Possibilities

OOOOMMMMGGGG!!!!!!! Tomorrow is the day.

Any true fan of David Archuleta knows that tomorrow is the day. The day that David returns to the stage of American Idol to show this years contestants and the rest of the world how it is done. David will be one of the guests performing on the elimination show this week. If the Idol powers had been really smart, they would have asked David to mentor the kids this week. With the exception of actually getting Sir Paul McCartney to mentor during Lennon/ McCartney songbook week, David would have been the perfect choice to tell them how to sing and connect with a song. Someone needs to explain that to this season's crop of not very enthused contestants.

According to reports, David will be singing John Lennon's "Imagine". David sang this song twice during Season 7 of Idol, first during the Top 20 and again in the finale. Many people were shocked that David would sing an "untouchable" song like this, especially so early in the season, but fans later learned that David had been singing it for many years before his run on American Idol. Randy Jackson, one of the judges, said after the Top 20 performance "That's one of the best vocals I've ever heard on this show.... That was brilliant!" Paula Abdul said that "was one of the most moving performances I've ever heard. You're destined for super-stardom." Many viewers of American Idol fell in love with David that day.

Randy had questioned why David sang the last verse not the first that night and David told him that "I only had time for one verse and that the third is my favorite and I think that it has a great message." Recently, in an interview with Brian Mansfield of USA Today's Idol Chatter, David was asked this question again. Here's his answer:

"Some people were, like, 'Why didn't he sing the first verse?' You know what? The third verse is my favorite one. Not everybody focuses on what the song's about -- they just focus on those first words and obsess about 'how bad it is.' I'm a religious person. I felt like this song meant more than that, and I wasn't going to let that distraction get in the way.

"People were upset that I wouldn't do the first verse -- 'That's the verse everyone knows!' You know what? People need to listen to the song. I didn't want people to think they already knew the song. I wanted people to listen, because there's more meaning, and it captures a substance in music that is so meaningful to me."

You can read the entire article here:

David has sung Imagine several times since American Idol but this might just be the most important time of all. Millions of people will be watching this performance. Viewers who have not kept up with David since season 7 will be reminded just how incredible he is. New viewers will be introduced to David for the first time. David performed on a results show last year but was very ill at the time and the performance did not go as well as David or his fanbase had hoped. It is time for David to redeem himself. David has grown by leaps and bounds as a performer since leaving the Idol stage. He has a biography scheduled to be released on June 1 and a new single and new album in the not too distant future.

It is time for David to break through the hideous cacophony of today's so-called "pop music" and restore harmony to our lives through his voice and actions and soul. I can't wait for David's next album to be released especially since he has had a hand in writing many songs for it. If these songs are anything like David, they should be quite incredible.

David, thank you for caring so much about us that you give up so much of yourself in order to bring joy to those that take the time to HEAR you.