David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Sixteen: Wait Video

By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic

Pamela Pike’s Recollections

Almost everyone who has ever lost someone they really loved will remember them through the power of music; probably from a song that relates to a memorable moment in life frozen in time. Music can hold a place in your heart for that loved one that is no longer here in the physical sense but with you always in spirit.

Filmed in Hong Kong on November 2, 2011 David Archuleta’s video “Wait” exemplifies a melody and charismatic energy that make him shine. “Wait is one of the bonus tracks from his Asian Tour Edition, “The Other Side of Down.”

David sings about the most anguished human experience with compassion and elegance; the loss of a close friend. Not many songs can rob you of tears but with David’s sensitive side and a very imaginative and creative representation this song is a tear jerker.

There are solemn layers to this music video that is laden with sorrow and introspection but David gives it a sweet sentimentality. But as he grieves over someone lost keep those tissues in abundance. His singing is infectious, his sincerity no one can resist and his delivery heartfelt and heartwarming. He gives you the accelerated heartbeat with his golden vocals.

The Art of Music is through the arrangement of sound and it has a way of touching your soul like nothing else can. David is a young man of priorities and this thought provoking video gave us some insight to what was to come. An announcement of a two year mission for his church gave meaning to the video “Wait”.

Changing direction takes a lot of courage as you travel into the unknown. David knows that it will open his eyes, mind and heart to opportunities that will enrich his life. Changing direction gives you the opportunity to discover new things about yourself as well as see the beauty of others. He wants to open his eyes and mind to the possibilities that are before him.

For David, the timing to change direction is as simple as wanting more out of life and wanting to start as soon as possible.

Rosanne Simunovic’s Recollections

First of all, I would like to congratulate everyone associated with this video of “Wait” – from David, to the musicians, to the producer, actors, videographer, to name a few.

This was such a moving tribute to those who have experienced turmoil and indecisiveness in their daily lives. And who among us has not?

This video captures the anguish, the fear and, ultimately, the courage it takes to take a risk and move into a new direction, be it in our personal or professional lives.

And, David has coped with this dichotomy his entire life.

On the one hand, he is the consummate musician and vocal artist – always reaching for the stars and performing with superlative technique and artistry. He loves to reach and inspire people through the gift of his voice, changing and moving them in a very profound way through his music.

And then on the other hand, David is also a very private, very spiritual person whose Faith has kept him centred and grounded. It has also made him a very humble and loving person who truly cares for those around him in a very special and meaningful way.

This is why this video is so powerful. David feels these lyrics – his emotional colors are so vivid and real, evoking enormous passion in the listener.

It hits a very personal chord in all of us and makes us realize that we are all struggling with problems in our daily lives. And, more important, that we are never alone.

His voice is so resonant and so focused but then, there is no surprise there. When one feels the music, internalizes it as well as David does in this song, then so many vocal problems are instantly resolved. Your voice becomes liberated because you are singing without restraint, baring your soul.

Take a lesson from the page of David Archuleta everyone. When you sing with and listen to your heart, all things are possible.

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

One Response to “David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Sixteen: Wait Video”

  1. This topic truly reflects most of the mood and sentiment of David’s fans everywhere. With this video being released before his 2 Years Mormon Mission its timing cannot be perfectly set than this one. The music video “WAIT” served as a vehicle for all of us to appreciate David’s music with all its emotions into it. Thank you very much Masterclass Lady for vividly highlighting this in your Retrospective Series…


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