Like most of you, I happened upon David unexpectedly, almost 4 years ago. And again, like most of you, it didn’t take long to to know that he was someone very special with a voice that captivated everyone who was lucky enough to hear him sing and possessed a smile that could warm the hardest of hearts. What struck me in those early days was how intrigued I was with this shy young man, how much he meant to me in a short amount of time and how he was unlike anyone I had ever heard and seen on television before with his undeniable talent and humbleness.
I was very content being able to watch David through Idol, week after week, learning more about him as the show progressed. In the very early days, I feared that when the show ended, I’d never hear about him again, lose track of his career and he would fade into the distance. Later, when I realized that would probably not happen, I feared he would become so popular I’d never get to see him at all.
Luckily for all of us, neither of those scenarios took place. David’s career took off with 6 tours after Season 7, and he was actually more accessible and he’d often remember people by name and city. He was not only our Idol, but someone we felt like we had gotten to know over the course of time. He did his best to keep fans informed with twitter and vlogs and we kept each other up to date on fansites with youtube and recaps.
So here’s the deal.
I feel incredibly honored to have been able to watch public David since the beginning. Just like with members of my own family, including my son and grandchildren, their paths are theirs alone to discover and to follow, as David’s is, for him. The excitement for me is watching the journey unfold and seeing them take on the world, each in their own special way. There is much to be learned from observing without expectations; it has allowed me to take in all that has happened over the last 4 years with nothing but a sense of complete joy and feeling blessed just for the sake of witnessing it. To have watched David from that first audition then through the Idol process, attend concerts during his solo tour, buy his CDs, attend MoTab and MKoC shows, to have been present in those moments, fills me with gratitude. He’s given me decades of great music music and amazing experiences in 4 short years.
Just as my working hours are not my entire life but a portion thereof, I’ve never lost sight that David’s career is his public life, not his life. He’s shared his music, his smile, his thoughts, his effervescent positive attitude more than any artist I’ve ever know. Once, while talking to a fan on the phone (trying to hook up a ticket exchange between fans thousands of miles apart), she expressed to me that watching and listening to David were the only parts of her day that didn’t hurt. I knew exactly what she meant and I believe that’s true for many of us. I suspect that’s why it’s so difficult to say, “see you later, David” even if we support his decision completely.
We all know that David likes songs with messages, whether they’re his own or covers, but I have to say that I’ve never learned more about him or from him than that night in Salt Lake City when he made the announcement. He displayed wisdom and courage not only from what he was saying, but how he said it.
During this latest tour, especially during the vips, David made a point of telling the fans how grateful he was for everything we’ve done, I’d like to say to him in return, “You’re welcome, sir, the pleasure was all mine.”