David hielt am Montag, 26. Oktober 2009, im Rahmen der 25th Annual Women’s Conference in Utah eine fast einstündige Ansprache voller Charme, Witz, Inspiration, Optimismus und Motivation! Hier die Videos der Rede, Bilder sowie eine Abschrift!
(Danke an PattyCake04!)
Intro von Senator Orrin Hatch:
Part 6 (“O Holy Night”):
BILDER – zum Vergrößern anklicken
(Bildquellen: Patty, Deseret News, PizacPizac Photography)
(Danke an MAGGIE fürs Abtippen!):
>> Well, thank you. Hello. Good morning. I’d like to thank Senator Hatch for inviting me to come. When I was first asked to speak at this, I thought it was kind of funny. It’s like, David Archuleta, speak? A David Archuleta speech for me that’s kind of like an oxymoron. I’ve never been very good at speaking, but I always thought, my whole life (I guess there hasn’t been a whole lot of it) but when I was younger I was never good at speaking. I probably would have never been able to come up and say five words in front of all of you a few years ago. I always thought I guess that’s why I have music in my life and singing because that’s the only way I know how to communicate to people. Over the last couple of years, it seems like music has kind of gotten me into a lot of situations and a lot of trouble with having to speak in front of people a lot. But I feel like it’s a good opportunity to kind of overcome it. I have some notes. I wasn’t sure exactly what I’m supposed to be saying but the things I have to talk about here are a little random. I still think there are some important things to talk about.
One of the things I wanted to talk about was since speaking is something that I thought I would have never done anything like this a few years ago. Sometimes you have to face your fears. I kind of wanted to talk about that a little so I had a little bit written here. It’s like even though speaking is a fear of mine I know it is something I need to face and go head-on against and do more of. One of the things they asked me to speak about was about following your dreams and still realizing the important things in life. The first question I thought of was “What does it mean to follow your dreams?” I kind of thought well, it’s your desire to accomplish something that seems difficult. It’s like well that will only exist in my dreams. That can never happen in reality, but then it’s like well, why not! I mean if it’s something you really have a desire to do and you feel like it’s a good thing, it may seem difficult to do but you just take those first little steps. I think those are the most difficult things to do, getting it started, getting started with doing that. The first step of having greater growth in life is facing those fears and not being able to accomplish those things. If you want to get better at something, you need to start in the first place. It’s like, “Oh well, I’ll never be good at that and I’m bad at that” and so we avoid doing it and try to avoid it: like speaking for me! I didn’t avoid it today but I think that’s a good thing.
As I stand before all of you here today, you’re my witnesses, I’m taking that step forward and improving my speaking skills. It really is a difficult step sometimes because it’s almost like we’re fighting this current of fear that’s pushing us back. That’s the thing that keeps us from moving forward from our weaknesses. If we have a weakness, okay mine is speaking, speaking as you can see is difficult for me. If I would have been like oh, I’m not ever going to speak because I’m bad at it. Well, David! How are you going to get better at it if you never do it? You know, you start little. Sometimes I speak to small youth groups or to my friends and things like that. Then I would realize speaking can actually be a really good thing because you can communicate through music but there are also things in speaking that it’s like having a conversation with someone. As much nonsense as I can make sometimes when I’m speaking, the more I do it the more I realize wow, it’s a really great thing because I’m able to share with people my experiences and the things I have been able to do and the things I’ve learned most of all, I think.
As we face those fears more and get over that first little hurdle, we can make those weaknesses become our strengths. So as we exercise that muscle of taking risks, I know that seems like the scariest and hardest thing to do is taking that first risk and just saying, “I’m gonna do it!” It’s so easy to just look down that path and say oh well, that path’s too hard to take. I’m not going to take it. Oh well, so much for my dreams. Thank you! It’s like if you really have the desire and you feel like no, I want to do that, sometimes even if it is a hard path to take, even if it has those big hills and climbs and all those scary trees and you can get scratches, and you can get hurt sometimes. But I think that’s what makes us grow. That’s what makes us learn in our lives. So when we get to that end of the path we have all those bruises and cuts and you can see that we had a difficult time getting to where we were; but at the same time, you can say, you know what, this is proof that I went and I took that path, and this is proof that I did all I could and that I was willing to take that path even if it wasn’t the easiest path to take. I think in a way people admire you for that and people respect you and say you know what, that wasn’t the easiest thing for them to do but they went and I can see how many struggles they had and how many trials they had going and taking that path, but I really admire that. I think I’m going to take this path, too. I think I’m going to take that path even though it is not the easiest one. But sometimes the easiest path isn’t always the best one. I think if everything was easy in our lives we wouldn’t be able to enjoy life as much because when things are difficult I think it’s those hard things in life that make you appreciate your life so much more. The great things in life, you appreciate them because you have something to compare them to and contrast them to. It’s like wow look where I came from and look where I am now. That’s something I always try to keep in perspective.
I guess, you know, I have a lot here but I think I’m just going to skip it all. I don’t know how I related it to what I was talking about in the first place, because I’ve already gotten off topic. I was talking about exercising and stuff, and I was comparing it to like exercising your brain. You know what! Actually, before I keep going on, there are some things because I actually do want to talk about exercising. I know it’s random, but here’s a little thing I wrote: So while I’m out on the road, I try my best to eat well balanced meals and not eat too much junk and stay healthy. It’s important to stay healthy. I would do little workouts like pushups and leg lifts and all that fun stuff that you can do in a closed, confined space because there’s not a lot of room backstage and on the stage and stuff. I guess I would run around on stage and jump when I’m on stage performing, but I don’t really count that. But there are times when I started getting lazy or distracted while on tour. On tour this summer, I’d fallen out of my routines. But afterwards, I made a decision to start running again in the mornings.
The hardest part was to get started. I was trying to motivate myself out of bed, especially early in the morning because on tour you get into this strange schedule where you don’t even leave until late so you get up later. So the hardest thing was just like oh no, the alarm’s going off, but sometimes I just have to fight with myself to just get up and get ready. I told myself David, you said that you’re going to exercise and you better get out of bed or else you will have lied to yourself. And you know what lying to yourself leads to, it leads to saying that you’ll do things and it will lead to saying that you’ll do things for other people and then failing in following through with what you said you were going to do, and I didn’t like that. So lying to other people, no. I was like, David, your reputation is on the line here. You know if you start now little things grow into bigger things, and I don’t want that happening. As difficult as it was, I finally just got out of bed and was like oh my gosh, I can’t believe I did it, but it was so refreshing to go running! I was like “Yes!” It was like why did I not want to get out of bed and do this. This is so nice! It gives you time to yourself, to not only keep in shape and get exercise and be healthy, but it gives you time to think. Sometimes we kind of get into the habit of not giving ourselves time to ourselves and give ourselves time to think about things. I think that’s really important because that’s where you figure out okay David, what’s going on in your mind. What’s going on up there in your brain and it really helps you think okay, we’ll I’m going to kind of organize my thoughts and it’s just really peaceful and relaxing. It’s important. I would encourage all of you to give yourself a little bit of time each day just to yourselves and really think about maybe what you’re doing today, what are your goals for the day because you can think about oh, I’m just going to do whatever and just kind of go with the flow. I don’t really know what I should be doing today. Oh, I feel so productive today! Well, it’s because you haven’t given yourself any goals for that day. So when I go running, that’s when I give myself time because it’s kind of like your body automatically goes into this just, you know, run and so you have time to think. I don’t know if that made any sense.
Another thing I do to give myself time to think and organize my thoughts is journal writing. Honestly, there have been so many great things this year. I went on my first solo tour the beginning of this year and I was working on a Christmas album too. Those are some of the great highlights of this year for me; but another one that is just about up there is I started writing in my journal. I made it my New Year’s resolution because, unfortunately, I didn’t really write in my journal last year and that was a pretty big year for me! There’s was a lot that was going on! I would think I wonder if I should write in a journal, but I was getting a lot of scrapbooks from fans and a lot of newspaper articles from neighbors and I was like well everyone else has already taken care of keeping records for me, so I didn’t worry about it. There are actually some really cool scrapbooks that people have made. I’m really amazed because my mom was never really into scrap booking so I was like what’s so great about scrap booking. But I know Utah is really into scrap booking. I know my neighbors sometimes have little scrap booking sessions and little groups each week. I’m like oh, that’s interesting! Then people would start giving me scrapbooks and I’m like this is so neat. I can see why people want to make them because they’re great memories. It’s not just like a bunch of words. I know you can put little sayings here and there, but it’s neat to be able to have this sort of yearbook in a way. Anyway, I got caught up in thinking okay, well other people are doing that and it’s not like I’m very good at writing in my journal anyway when I did it in the past.
Near the end of the year last year in December actually, I found one of my old journals, and I thought it was so neat to be able to see what I thought was important to write about and what was on my mind, just talking about school and friends and just saying man, I wonder what I’m going to do with myself in my life and to see things that were troubling me. It was so neat to see how I was always talking about music and how I was like man, I really want to do music but I don’t know how I’m supposed to do. It is just crazy to see how it’s like, wow, David back then had no idea how David right now was going to be, but it was really neat. I guess after the journal writing I’ll talk a little more about where kind of started singing, but when I was reading it, the last entry I had in my journal was the year before in the middle of the American Idol auditions. I was not expecting to get very far with it at all to be honest. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with it, but the last entry I had was talking about how I was like I have no idea what’s going to happen with this. I’m really not sure, but I know that I need to be doing this for some reason. So to see that as the last entry and then to think about where I was standing there that day, I was like wow I need to start writing in my journal again. All the reasons just came into my mind. The number one thing was yeah people are keeping track of stuff for me, but no one has my story. No one else knows about the things I’ve written in this journal. No one else knew what was going on in my mind before all this was happening. I was thinking, man, when I have my kids in the future, not anytime soon I don’t think, but when I have kids of my own, I don’t want them to hear what everyone else thought about me. I hope that people think good things about me in the future and that I left a good name for myself and for my family and posterity, but how much more would it mean to them if they are able to hear my story from me in my words, because no one can see your life the way you see it. No one knows it as well as you do, well maybe someone does up there, but I’m sure you know what I mean.
I made it my New Year’s resolution to write at least once a week in my journal, at least write how the week went. This year so far I’ve been able to keep updated with every day this year. It’s been one of the best things of this entire year and probably the best of the last few years because it’s helped me organize my thoughts and helped me understand what I really want and what is important to me and what I need to keep on track with. All those things I feel are really important and it’s one of the things that has helped me realize what things I want to keep on track with in the future. I mean, none of us can really predict how our future is going to be like. I mean, two years ago if you would have told me I was speaking in front of all of you guys about this, I would have been like no way! I mean, hah, funny! As long as you keep doing your best, as long as you keep working hard and making sure — we don’t know where we’re going to go in our future. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring exactly, but I think it’s important to stay hopeful about it. I think it’s real important to stay optimistic about it because, yeah, even if today is hard, even if we are going through a hard time right now, think about how great tomorrow can be about the future because it really is up to you. A lot of hard things can be going on in our lives, but there’s always something great to be focusing on. Yesterday when I was thinking oh my gosh, I’m going to be speaking tomorrow, and I could look at it as oh man, this is such a hard thing or I could be like wow, what a great opportunity! I don’t normally speak a lot and I’ve never spoken at a conference like this before, but it’s a great opportunity to be able to share the things that I’ve learned in my life so far with people, and hopefully, some of you at least will be able to get something out of it. That’s just what I hope for as I’m speaking to you guys this morning.
That’s another one of the things that is so important is to just stay positive about your future. We can look at plenty of things that can make it a scary, hard, bad future; but I could probably think of all the bad things that could happen this week and see how horrible the week could be, but I can take that and flip that around and say wow I’ve so many opportunities to grow and learn this week. I’m sure by the end of the week if I keep that up I will look back and say wow, what a great week I had! I just encourage you all to keep being positive and keep being optimistic about your future. Even if you did have a hard past, a hard life to look back to, you could say wow not all people have gone through what I’ve gone through, and I’ve learned so much from it. Who knows, it’s neat to be able to have something that was difficult in your life and then meet someone later on who’s going through a similar thing. It’s like wow! I think I realize why I needed to go through what I went through before because I know I need to help this person right now. It is just really interesting how things work even if you don’t see it right now, it’s amazing how things will work out in the long run as long as you keep your faith and keep looking positive in the future.
All right, I guess I can talk a little about my beginnings. I’m not sure how much time I have. I tend to ramble so that’s a dangerous thing, a scary thing. It’s not just rambling, it’s rambling and it’s what is this kid talking about. Okay, cool. (The audience starting chanting “Sing! Sing! Sing!”) Sing? I didn’t exactly plan anything to sing. You know, I actually do love this hall. I actually think the first time I sang here was when I sang at the last Women’s Conference. I didn’t speak at that one. It was really neat. Patricia Heaton was here, right? Were any of you at that Women’s Conference? Oh, that’s neat. It was really great. The last time I was here I came and saw the Utah Sympathy. It was so great. It was called Cirque de la Symphonie. Did any of you get a chance to see that? Wasn’t it great? First of all, the Symphony is amazing and I can’t believe how talented those people are. They had like these circus act people, jugglers, this lady swinging around the doing all this crazy stuff, and strong men. It was really fun. Actually, I wonder what their schedule is because I would love to see them again.
I’ll talk a little bit about where I began with singing. It first started with when I first moved to Utah from Florida. I was born in Miami and lived there for my younger younger years and then moved to Utah after that. While my parents were moving and packing, they were playing the tenth anniversary tape of Les Misérables. Me, my brother, and sisters were just watching that. I didn’t know what to expect, I was six years old. I wasn’t really expecting a whole lot from something called Les Misérables and I didn’t even know what that meant. When the music started, I didn’t know what it was but something drew me to that and the music. I just loved the way it sounded and the way the people were singing and the emotion they put into the songs. It was just so fascinating to me. I just could not stop watching it. I think I ended up watching it all day. I just kept rewinding it and watching, rewinding and watching. My dad was finished unpacking and comes down and I’m still watching it later that night, and he was like “What? You’re still watching it?” It was so inspiring to me to see how much emotion could be brought into music.
Later on the next big step for me was when the first season of American Idol actually came on. It was just another thing where I was able to see people pour out their soul into a song. I was like how do people do that. I remember watching the semifinals of one of the episodes. There was a performance by a girl named Tamyra Gray. She put so much feeling and emotion into the song and it just drew me so much. I just couldn’t believe how the emotion came out of the television and came right into me. It just totally blew me away. I was only 11 but there was something about it, I could not stop watching those performances. We had TiVo so I kept rewinding and watching them all day, and probably drove my family and brother and sisters and neighbors crazy, and the dogs actually, too, unfortunately. If I got too loud, the dogs were in the back yard, when I started singing all the neighbors’ dogs started barking like crazy. I couldn’t help it. I loved to sing. That’s when I really started getting into the soulful side of music and getting into those really down and nitty-gritty songs. I was really into the soul and R & B when I was 11. It’s kind of funny for a white kid from Utah to be into that. It would really would surprise people when we’d go out of state. There was something about that music that really, I think, has helped me with my connection to music today.
That eventually led to being able to have the opportunity to appear on Star Search. That was another grand experience for me. I had no idea how I was able to continue in that. First of all, I cannot stand the sound of my voice. As much as I loved singing, if someone were to record it and play it back, I would freak out and run out of the room because I can’t stand my voice. I’d hate it. I’d hate it. I’d cover my ears and scream. Oh, oh boy! For some reason I just thought no one was being honest with me when I was little. People would say oh, you have such a nice voice, and I’m thinking okay, but you’re just saying that because I’m a little kid just to be nice to me. I felt like everyone was lying to me sort of because I don’t have a good voice. What are you talking about? But I was happy. I loved singing so much that I loved singing more than I hated listening to myself so singing prevailed and I’m happy about that. I would only sing if someone asked me to sing, too. (Audience started chanting “Sing! Sing! Sing!”). I’m not done speaking yet! I’ve lost my train of thought now!
It was hard sometimes to be wanting to sing around people. The first talent show I did was the Utah talent competition. I was so afraid to go on stage. I’m like I can’t believe I’m doing this. Why am I doing this? When I was backstage, I really had like a panic attack. I was hyperventilating. All the people who were working backstage said you don’t have to go on stage if you don’t want to! It was embarassing. Five minutes before I had to go on I just said okay, I think I can go on. I just decided to go up there and sing. I ended up winning the kid’s division. I just couldn’t believe it. The audience was so supportive and I think that they realized how scared and nervous I was because I was standing like this (David steps away from the podium and demonstrates how he was shaking and nervous). It was an interesting experience. I really felt like they only let me win because they felt bad for me.
Eventually when I went to Star Search, a friend of ours invited me to go audition. It was just the same thing. I was like I’m not very good. It’s not like I’m going to make it past the first audition or anything. I didn’t the first time I auditioned but later on a friend of ours invited us again to audition. I was able to make it onto the show. There are like three rounds on that. For the last round, I don’t even know how I got on that because at the semifinal I felt so bad because I thought the other two performers during the semifinals were so much better than me. I felt so bad. I was like I don’t deserve to be here. Compared to those girls, I’m not supposed to be here at the finals. That only motivated me to make sure that I did my best so I didn’t let those amazingly talented girls down. I didn’t want to let them down and them to say why did he make it there. I wanted to make sure I did my best so that I didn’t just go here you did it for no reason kind of thing. I don’t know if that’s confusing. I went to the final and I really worked hard and did my best. I ended up winning the kid’s division in Star Search. I was so happy and excited but then I saw the girl who lost. She was crying and I felt so bad. I started getting really upset. The tutor person, because I was a minor, who was there trying to calm me down, she was just saying it’s okay and she’s fine and I was like no she’s not! She should have won! I shouldn’t have won! And this was right after I won. Then the tutor started crying because she felt bad. It was really interesting, I don’t know. I was just so upset. I was like why did I win. I didn’t deserve to. It’s just funny to look back on because I became good friends with her after, too.
After Star Search I felt like because of that it gave me hope in music and being able to sing. I was like well, I don’t know why I won or anything but maybe music really does do something for people because music does so much for me. There’s just something about it that makes me feel so good. I wonder if other people can feel that because I can feel it when other people sing. It would be great if I could do more of that.
But the next time, they did another thing with Star Search and the second time I went there, as I was performing I had gotten really sick before and it lasted for a few months. I had a really bad case of bronchitis and then I had like appendicitis and stuff, all in that short amount of time and then I went on to the next round of Star Search. I never got better for some reason. I was really struggling with me voice and we’re like oh, it’s just a cold. After a few weeks, it kept getting worse and I was really having a difficult time singing. I was like I wonder what’s happening here. We went to an ear, nose, and throat doctor who is really well known in L.A. Actually the assistant at the time, he happened to be the doctor on American Idol later on so it was kind of funny to run into him. They scoped my throat and we found out that I had a paralyzed vocal cord. I was like well, what does that mean? I was 13. I had never heard of a paralyzed vocal cord before and I didn’t know what that meant. They’re like well it’s where one of your vocal cords isn’t moving. I was ahhhh, I’m trying to sing. I’m on a show right now. What am I supposed to do then? They’re like well we’ve never really seen this in kids before. I go great! That sounds even better! They said what they usually do is surgery but since you’re a singer that’s really risky and it might damage your singing ability permanently. I was like I don’t want that to happen. They said the other thing you can do is voice therapy but we can’t guarantee that it will do anything for you but it’s definitely worth a shot. It’s helped before. I was like well, is that the end of music for me? I don’t know what that means. I was really distraught to hear that. I was feeling really down during that time because I didn’t know what to do. I was like well how long will the voice therapy take, and they were like a year or two years or more than that, we don’t know, before you will see any results. I was feeling so down. After Star Search my voice was getting worse. It got to the point where I could only sing one or two songs at a time. So how am I supposed to be a singer if I can barely get through one song.
During that time, it was just too hard to sing. I was like well I guess that’s a sign that I’m not supposed to be doing music. I guess that’s a sign I was supposed to be doing something else. I just kind of stopped doing music for a couple of years because things kind of died down, I couldn’t really do anything. I would do things when people would ask me every now and then but I couldn’t really do much more than that. So I just was going back to school and was kind of living the normal life of a teenager, I guess, and just trying to figure out what am I supposed to do with my life as a kid. I was a teenager and I was getting really frustrated with myself because what am I supposed to do with myself because I always wanted to do music but I don’t know how I’m supposed to do it anymore. So I guess I’m just going to try and find other ways and see if I have any other skills. I always thought I’m not good at anything. I didn’t even think I was good at music. Now I’m so grateful to be able to perform and do music.
It was the summer before the American Idol auditions and I was just trying to figure out what I was going to do with myself because all my friends had jobs and they were all these geniuses and doing great in school and I go okay, I’m cool, I’m not doing any of that. I finally was so happy because one of my friends invited me to start working at an amphitheater at Murray Park. I was like yes! I have a job finally! I felt like yes, I’m moving ahead in life. I have something to do with myself and be productive and make some money. Then the auditions for American Idol came up. Everyone was like you should go audition, you should go audition. I was like yeah right. Like I’m any good for that. I wouldn’t be able to get through that show. You need to be able to sing well, first of all, and sing for a long time. That shows lasts a long time. I was like I would be just wasting my parents’ money and my time going out to audition. People would say go audition and I’d be like yeah, whatever and just ignore them. But the more I’d hear it the more I’d feel David, you should go audition. At first I would just ignore it. I was like yeah, right! But then it got to the point where it wouldn’t leave me alone. I was like man, I feel like I should go audition. I was like what if I waste my time. I’d have to quit my job if I went because I wasn’t allowed to miss a certain amount of time. There was just the point where I was like I have a feeling like I should go do this and it’s not like I’m going to get past the first round or anything but for some reason I need to audition.
So what I did is I actually said a prayer. I just asked God and said Lord, I keep feeling like I need to go do this and I don’t know why but I just thought I would bring it to you. I was like why would He care about some kid kneeling down in his room who doesn’t even know what to do with himself in the tenth grade. But I decided to ask Him. After that I felt so strong and I knew that I had to go audition. I don’t even know why. I was like I’m not sure because it’s not like I’m going to get very far in it or anything but I know I just learned something. I think what was amazing for me to feel like wow you are small David and you are by yourself here in your room, but you do matter and you don’t know what your potential is. You don’t understand fully what someone does. That’s what I kept in mind and that’s what I still keep in mind. Its like even though I get frustrated with myself sometimes and I feel like oh I can’t do that, I’m not going to be very good, or I won’t be able to get very far from this point, it’s like David just remember that even if you feel discouraged remember that someone else always has hope in you. That can be family too and your friends. I think that’s been such a great blessing for me in my life is having those people with me and there for me. I’ve realized those are the most important people in your life that you can have and the most important people that you can care about in your life are your family and your friends because those are the people who were there in the beginning before all this happened. They cared about me just as much then as they do now. They’re the ones who help remind me of what things do matter in life. What are the most important things? That’s definitely family and people you care about and being able to help out people even if you don’t know them.
I mean, a smile can make someone’s day. I was known as Smiley Boy in school. I guess people still say oh, you’re smiling. Is that fake? I’m like I don’t think so. I don’t even notice it half the time when I’m smiling. People called me Smiley Boy in ninth grade and eighth grade and stuff too. Before really singing stuff even, I remember this one girl and would just always say hi and smile at her. It’s not like we talked or anything very much. Her sister came up to me and said you know what, I just wanted to say how much my sister appreciates you saying hi and just smiling at her. It means a lot to her. Sometimes people don’t feel like anyone’s really paying much attention to them and it’s amazing how wow I didn’t think that much of it. I would just smile and say hi but that can make such a difference in people and so I think that’s really neat.
I would just encourage all of you to think each day how can I help someone with their day today. How can I help them feel better today and just reach out to them and just be of service in any way I can. I always put that in mind so I would encourage you guys to just think about that. Think about someone you may be able to help even if you don’t really know them. It might be an opportunity for you to get to know one of your neighbors who you haven’t been familiar with, even a visit. I love to do that. Whenever I get the chance to come home, I think it’s so important to just go and visit my neighbors and see how they’re doing. There are a lot of widows in my neighborhood. Sometimes people forget. They feel like they’re forgotten because they’ve gotten older and their family had their own families and they might be by themselves and stuff. It’s so neat. I go to visit them and they appreciate that visit but I get so much out of that visit! I get so much out of hearing what they have to say. It’s like in the end of the day it’s like I’m the one who received the help I needed from that visit. I would just say just try and make that a goal, even if it just a smile or a hello or a call to someone. It won’t just help that person who you reached out to, it will help you. It will help because it’s like there’s something about helping out people that makes you feel so much better. I really think that when you start thinking less about yourself and thinking more about other people you will feel better about yourself. It’s just really interesting how that works.
Anyway, I’ve probably gone too long. Is there anything else?
(Senator Orrin Hatch and the audience ask David to sing.) I wasn’t really expecting to sing. What would you like me to sing Senator? I want to sing whatever you want me to sing. “O Holy Night?” I don’t know. It’s not Christmastime, it’s October. I guess I could sing a little bit of “O Holy Night” since the Christmas album is out. I’ll sing a verse. Let me see. I didn’t really practice or warm up or anything but I’ll try. Maybe I should sing something else. Sorry, cameras intimidate me. Let’s see. You know, I’ll sing “Angels.” This is one that was on the last album. Why am I so bad at making decisions? This is something I’m going to start working and improving on. I’m going to make a decision and I’m going to get better at making decisions. I’ll sing “O Holy Night” because everyone’s already heard “Angels” enough. <<