David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Thirteen: My Kind Of Perfect

By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic

Pamela Pike’s Recollections

“My Kind of Perfect” is a song from the album “The Other Side of Down” which was released on October 5, 2010 and co-written by David Archuleta. It is a gorgeous ballad about looking at the inside of a person for love and one of the best tracks off his album.

This song just makes you want to smile, a cute bittersweet heart on your sleeve long song. He has a captivating voice and the piano adds adorableness. David has clear crisp vocals with perfect pitch and he delivers charm and sparks as he reaches every emotional peak.

On January 16, 2011 David performed “My Kind of Perfect” at the Skate for the Heart event with ice skater Joannie Rochette. It was a dreamy performance with his vocals front and center that showcased his talent and charisma.

He took the spotlight for a gorgeous rendition and he stirred my heart……..his sincere tenderness and depth of emotion was very moving. David sings ballads better than any other male singer around and the moment he opens his mouth he makes you feel like he’s singing his heart out only to you.

In an interview David said, “It’s my perfect love song”, it’s for a future girl who I don’t know yet. I wrote that song while thinking about who is she going to be? Or have I already met her?

I hear such beauty when he sings and from a place that lets anyone know the depths of how he feels. David’s impeccable diction gives life and meaning to each word, sensitively enhancing the lyrics. It’s a pleasure to see a singer take such joy in performing.

David often seems to be completely absorbed by the music as he closed his eyes. David accomplished his mission of spreading love and gives his audience a special magic that leaves you holding back tears of deep emotions. David is enchanting and steals your heart.

Rosanne Simunovic’s Recollections

I was so taken with this exquisite performance from David Archuleta, in the company of Olympic Bronze Medalist, Joannie Rochette.

Joannie mirrored David’s seamless, soulful voice as she skated with expressive finesse and innate musicality. It was so lovely to watch, the entire performance being extremely moving.

What I love about David is that he is never afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. He always sings with genuine passion and liberated expressiveness.

So many artists nowadays do not understand this level of nuanced creativity and, as a result, we are left feeling empty when we hear or see them perform.

However, through his beautifully written composition, David not only highlighted the radiant beauty of his voice but also exposed a very real aspect or longing in his personal life – finding the perfect partner to share his hopes and dreams.

And how his voice soared throughout this number. His head voice was so pure, so focused. David possesses the capability to add depth to his falsetto range during the stronger dynamic levels and yet magically can soften the sound while still maintaining the ringing purity of his vocal tone. It is pure magic.

I was also very impressed with the control David exhibited throughout this song. There are some wide interval jumps from top to bottom and it is a testament to David’s technical skills that he was able to seamlessly catapult his voice throughout the melody line.

And his phrasing! Oh my word – it was so cohesive. His musical line always moved in a forward direction, with momentum and passion.

His breathing skills are impeccable. Once cannot ask for better from any singer and David has proven time and again that both technique and artistry can share the stage if properly balanced.

For, in the end, the artistry has to shine during the performance. The technique is there for guidance and support – not to steal the show. The artistry must be front and center and, with David, this has never, ever been a problem. He is a master at what he does – a veritable singing artist.

This was most definitely “my kind of perfect” song, soulful singing at it’s very best.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

8 Responses to “David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Thirteen: My Kind Of Perfect”

  1. This is truly David’s love song. Appreciate your review which captures the beauty of a song as rendered by a perfect singer. A great masterpiece by itself…


  2. I love that you call him a singing artist. Perfect description. I just love to listen to the way David phrases each line and caresses each word. You know when David sings he has a picture in his head that is going along with the words. With other singers it is like they are singing the words and trying to act like someone would in that situation, but there is no real connection there.


  3. Beautiful song. Makes me feel a little nostalgic. David is so authentic. He wants his love song to be true to who he is (or was at the time) Getting ready for love. David sings so tenderly and always love your reviews Pam and Masterclasslady. Our boy is growing up and will be back in one year almost 🙂


  4. I love reading your technical reviews of David’s singing. As a person not at all educated in the technical aspect of singing, I only know that I love what I hear when David sings, so you help me know why I love what I hear.


  5. David with that voice of his…and the way he makes you FEEL the song with each word he sings…GAH! Simply the finest VOICE in the industry! Thank you for always knowing the technical explanations to all that gorgeousness!


  6. Thank you so very much Pam and Rosanne for your beautiful article about David’s gorgeous performance. MKOP has always been one of my VERY FAVORITE songs of his. His performance with Joanie was one of his finest! I’m so grateful that he’s been called on so much through the years to take part in these skating specials. I actually still have the Pandora one from Christmas time a couple years ago still on my DVR!


  7. Thank you everyone for your kind words! David is a very special singer, he has a beautiful heart as well as beautiful voice that can’t be matched.



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