A heart to heart bonding is what makes friendship so exclusive setting it apart from all other relationships.
Rosanne Simunovic Recollections
Ah, yes - Nature Boy. Could any song be more perfect, more beautiful, more intuitive, more everything for David's voice and demeanor?
And, given the lyrics, it is the perfect song to be featured as the final chapter in the David Archuleta Retrospective journey:
"There was a boy
A very STRANGE ENCHANTED boy.
They say he wandered very far, very far,
Over land and sea.
A little SHY
And SAD of eye,
But very wise, VERY WISE was he...
Until one day,
ONE LUCKY day he passed my way,
And while we talked of many things
Fools and kings,
This he said to me:
"The greatest thing
YOU'LL ever learn
Is just to love
And be loved
Such beautiful, heartfelt words sung by such a beautiful and heartfelt young artist. The expressive quality in his voice and the manner in which he captures and then communicates the lyrics are pure magic. The honesty that he delivers to this - and to all of his performances - is the stuff of magic and passion and love.
For two years, David has removed himself from the public eye in order to follow his calling as a Mormon Missionary. Although away from many of his fans, they were right there by his side in spirit, cheering him along the way.
Performances such as the one you are now hearing in "Nature Boy" are what sets David apart from the rest of the pack. He always chooses songs that hold deep meaning for him, that move his mind and soul. Although he is a very sophisticated and refined artist, he never allows the technicalities behind his performance to inhibit his authentic expressive vocal quality and demeanor. He is a vocal narrator - every song is a soliloquy. His thoughts and his dreams are easily shared with us through his music and that is the ultimate gift an artist can give to his listeners.
David personifies all the qualities of a "Nature Boy" - he embraces the world around him with love and goodwill, spreading his wings to explore all that life has to offer.
I feel so privileged to have been part of this remarkable journey with co-author, Pamela Pike, and you - the fans.
On A Personal Note
I would like to wholeheartedly thank Pamela Pike for inviting me to co-author this series for all of you. I feel privileged and honoured to partake in this project - it has been a real blessing in my life for many reasons.
First of all, I have come to know Pamela as a friend and colleague and have benefited as a writer by watching her disciplined and cohesive writing skills. No one is more dedicated to her craft than Pamela and, when time was flying by, she would always gently nudge me to "get moving". Ha! She is truly the best of the best!
Second of all, I have strengthened my relationship with David's music. Pamela was the mega researcher and she found gems performed by David that I did not know existed.
Third, I loved interacting with the fabulous David Archuleta fans. You people are the best - you put a smile on my face and a song in my heart with every comment and tweet. Thank you so much.
Fourth, I was able to celebrate David's music on a monthly basis, for his voice and his presence is always justifiable cause for celebration. What a terrific way to begin the first Friday of every month!
So thank you Pamela Pike for this wonderful opportunity and, David, thank you for the gift of YOU, Nature Boy!
"Whenever there is harmony, there is life.”
― Muhammad E. Osman
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
— John Muir
Grandmother to the best four grandchildren in the Universe because they are mine and I said so! Ha!