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and we’ll all sing along, we’ll all sing along

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break your neck for some substance
this is temporary sanity
an exercise in vanity
so long to the ordinary day
wrought with fictitious tales
of how there’s any other way
hold on to anything at all
it’s a long way down
between the summer and the fall
if I told you that you’re everything
would you sing along?
would you sing along?

it’s a daily anthem
would you sing my song
at the top of your lungs
and we’ll all sing along
we’ll all sing along
it’s a half-baked blessing
for the lessons I’ve learned and never deserved
and we’ll all sing along
we’ll all sing along

now the verses take hold
a gentle undercurrent of more years to grow old
say goodbye to the cold
and try to forgive
everything this night

as we sing your daily anthem
would you sing my song at the top of your lungs
and we’ll all sing along
we’ll all sing along
it’s a half-baked blessing
for the lessons I’ve learned and never deserved
and we’ll all sing along
we’ll all sing along

(A Daily AntheM, David Cook (with bonus David Archuleta, in this video))

a year ago today: best night of my life. this was the first and only performance so far that has actually moved me to tears. to quote my friend kim:

I DON’T THINK EVERYONE REALIZED HOW MEANINGFUL THAT WAS. WHAT THEY DID RIGHT THERE. David Cook performed a song he wrote for his brother for the first time since he passed away in front of 40,000 people and invited David Archuleta to share the stage and sing the song with him. I was deeply moved and amazed.

i feel privileged to have witnessed one of only two performances that they have done together (not counting group numbers). granted, this wasn’t a full duet, but it holds much more emotional significance, as explained by the quote above.

and so i wept.

for what the song meant for david cook, for the fact that it was the first time in months that he was performing that song, for the fact that he brought out david archuleta to join him in doing it.

and more personally, for the fact that i was one of 40,000 or so lucky people to have seen this performance, for the fact that i could relate on a very personal level with david cook and this song, for the fact that this concert had been my dream for a year –to see either of them live, that is–, for the fact that it wasn’t just either of them but both of them at the same time.

after the show ended, there was this moment when kim and i just looked at each other for a second, and then hugged and wept together. i’m glad that it was her who was standing beside me the whole time. i love the whole gang who was with me, don’t get me wrong, but out of all of them, it was her who i could have that moment with — that second of eye contact in particular. especially back then, we were so in tune with each other that that moment could pass without any words spoken and we’d still understood each other. we knew what each other felt, we both knew exactly the magnitude of what just happened, and we were both speechless and overwhelmed. it was amazing.

so thank you, david cook and david archuleta. for that night, for all the memories of that week, for the joy and inspiration you give me, and for the friends you have brought me.

05.16.09
NEVER FORGET.

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