David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Twenty Five: “Nature Boy”

By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic

Pamela Pike’s Recollections

Most people know the song “Nature boy” either from Nat King Cole’s major hit a pop and jazz standard or from the movie “Moulin Rouge’. It was written by Eden Ahbez, published in 1947, and first to be heard in 1948 in Joseph Losey’s “The boy with green hair’, starring Dean Stockwell.

The song tells a fantasy of a “strange enchanted boy who wandered very far” only to learn that “the greatest thing……was just to love and be loved in return”.

This song haunts the listener and gently massages our soul. The genius in this song is the simplicity which David does best as he sings it so gentle and yet with understanding at such a tender age of thirteen. David is indeed musically gifted with perfect pitch and has a great sense of composition.

Have you ever heard a song where it sounded like the performer was singing to you and you alone? David’s voice is clear and urgent and this song is intimate and powerful. His performance is so natural and beautiful; you can really feel this song. David is pure at heart and he has an indomitable spirit that will never die.

I listened to it and was blown away by the beauty he creates singing but my greatest moment was when I hit the repeat button, and listen to it all over again. Perhaps one day we will hear David perform this song again and experience the musical progression from thirteen to twenty three.

David Archuleta’s music has always brought people together and allowed us to express our emotions and thoughts. His heart and spirit found their way into our music soul. He is one of those rare musicians who understand the main essence of music; those meaningful lyrics that play an important role in choosing a song that expose the heart.

A “strange enchanted boy who wandered very far” only to learn that “the greatest thing……was just to love and be loved in return”, I wonder…..…did we just come full circle?

(A Personal Note)
A heart to heart bonding is what makes friendship so exclusive setting it apart from all other relationships.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank Rosanne Simunovic for her invaluable support, passion, collaboration and friendship. I was truly honored and blessed working with her on David’s Retrospective Series.

She welcomed the idea with a warm spirit and I have learned a great deal from her. She has been a reliable source for intellectual and creative stimulations. She is a great admirer of everything beautiful and simple, especially her love for music and a passionate advocate for the artists that perform.

“Love is Music the heart sings best”.

I very much enjoyed our collaboration! Thank you…. Rosanne…. you’re forever in my heart!


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
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
In return.”

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

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

4 Responses to “David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Twenty Five: “Nature Boy””

  1. Simply beautiful – the song, the singing and the article 🙂 Been much too long since I listened to that 🙂 (and I am about to hit repeat)


  2. David is truly a Masterclass on its own!!! Amazingly beautiful…


  3. Thank you gals for this Retrospective Series!! Beautiful song to end the series.


  4. Noooo … say it isn’t so! The Retrospective can’t be over. Encore, encore! Thank you, ladies for the series. I’ve looked forward to reading it every month and enjoy your perspective 🙂 I really do wish you’d do one more and tell us about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDOwYODCaaQ Heaven at Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines. I didn’t miss a review on it, did I? Again, thank you so much for doing the series.


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