David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Eighteen: Forevermore

By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic

Pamela Pike’s Recollections

Can some popular Filipino pop ballads from the 1980’s and 1990’s create that romantic evening with your special someone? Love is such an exciting feeling that should be celebrated and decorated with words and feelings and David’s tribute of “Forevermore” to the Filipino writers give you a musical ecstasy you won’t forget.

Love songs have a way of capturing the heart and soul of our emotions and David’s vocal talent really rises to a vocal masterpiece of emotion. This love song declares his undying affection; this song inspires you to love. Musically, this song is choice, striking, moving and full of emotion.

As soon as he is heard your breath quickens and a smile appears. Within a fleeting moment his music connects you to our emotions and your heart goes on a journey to the moon.

Romance isn’t always about diamonds and roses sometimes it’s as simple as honesty and sincerity. David’s singing is modest and magical and his love for music is tangible.

David envelopes each phrase with nimble precision, nuance and with his beautiful voice and sexy dimples he aims at your heart. He can find a personality in a song and make it his own.

His plush flow of his vibrato vocal cords and his sultry vocals are strong and right on pitch. His phrasing is crisp and he rides the melodies with perception with a silky sensuous sound.

David is boyishly handsome yet there is a maturity about David that holds adults as well as older teens and his voice and presence seems to stir the romantic imagination of his fans.

His voice is like no other, his technique is masterful, and has a unique quality that is engaging. He just opens his mouth and beautiful sounds come out without relying on gimmicks. David’s singing brings out the romantic streak that is deep down inside all of us.

His Press Release Dated March 9, 2012 from Ivory Music & Video stated, “The album pays tribute to not only OPM but also to his countless fans who have been loyal throughout his career. The album is a gift & labor of love to his devoted fans. David wants his fans to know that he loves and appreciates them wherever he may go. Forevermore.”

One hopes that after his two year Mission he returns to music, the sooner, the better, as;

There are times when I just want to look at your face……

Rosanne Simunovic’s Recollections

David has an incredible knack for finding songs that we can all fall in love with! And, Forevermore is a perfect example of this.

From the opening strains of this song, we are transported into a world of pure and complete love. David’s voice is so heartfelt and perfect for this song – he captures the emotion as one would capture a butterfly with a net – just sweeping the air gently until he can hold it in the palm of his hand and the stillness of his heart.

His clear head voice flawlessly ascends the scale-like passages in this song with no evidence of a break in his vocal range. It just floats from his mouth so easily and, yet, we all know that there is a strong technical foundation guiding the entire vocal process.

And don’t you love his expressive face and his subtle hand and arm movements throughout this number? He exudes such a sincere and genuine charisma that one cannot help but fall in love with him and his artistic delivery of this song.

The gentle nuances, the exquisite phrasing, the clarity of the words, David’s relaxed, yet passionate, demeanor gives this performance video a timeless quality, one to be savored in order to alleviate the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

However, it is also a joyful song, a tribute, to celebrate the happiest of occasions – like weddings or anniversaries! A song for all seasons so to speak.

And, speaking of happy occasions, today – August 2nd- my husband and I are celebrating our 44th Wedding Anniversary and I can’t think of a more appropriate and beautiful song to ring in this special day than David’s version of “Forevermore”

On April 7, 2012, I had the privilege of reviewing this video performance and said:

“In the midst of all the singing competitions, if you feel that you need to be reminded about what a passionate and gifted singer sounds like, then press play on the video above.

I guarantee you that David Archuleta’s performance of his new song, “Forevermore” will move you in a very special way.

He sings like angel and communicates this song with sensitivity and artistry.

Those ascending scales in the melodic line are vocalized by David with expressive clarity and precision He really understands the importance of head voice – he moves up and down through the melodic line with pitch-perfect ease and consistent focus. His voice sounds seamless and pure at every step of the way during this performance.

Play this song before you head off to bed. David’s soothing voice will relax and inspire you before you sleep.

Or, if you are reading this during the day, then rest assured that this video will absolutely banish any level of stress you are presently experiencing.”

Truer words never spoken! David is an absolute treasure and, over time, his sublime talent will be recognized the world over. One cannot avoid excellence – it always rises to the top!

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

7 Responses to “David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Eighteen: Forevermore”

  1. First off, Congratulations, Rosanne, and your 44th anniversary. In this day and age that is quite a feat. Hope you have many more.

    The songs on the OPM are just perfect for David’s voice. I love all of them. His angst in “Tell Me” can bring me to tears. David can pretty much sing anything, but I feel it is harder to sing these slower, romantic songs that the faster pop songs, as you have to be right on pitch along with the emotional quality. David can do that so easily.

    Thanks for this series on David. I just love to read both of your reviews on his songs.


  2. Happy Anniversary Rosanne! thanks Pamela and Roseanne for another beautiful review. Appreciate this series so much 🙂


  3. So appreciate your lovely comments (joelhss1) ( Heidijoy) Thank you! David will be home soon and we all can enjoy his music in person.


  4. Thanks for the Anniversary wishes everyone. Very much appreciated and I feel your love.

    I am so happy that you enjoyed this recent Retrospective article. This song is so beautiful and David knows how to use his voice to emotionally move and inspire his listeners. He is one of a kind.


  5. Quite the feat-44 years! Bless you and your hubby for many more!
    Thanks for another gem to add to your retrospective series. David and that glorious VOICE will be back before we know it, singing with every ounce of his soul! What he has in store is sure to be exciting and wonderful for my ears! (Well…he’ll also be good for my eyes too! LOL! 😉



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