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DAVID ARCHULETA

David Archuleta ~ Snowboarding!

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Bluesky’s “Wishes for David Archuleta”

Posted by bebereader on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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As I read blogs, comments, and watch videos of DA on AI, one thought keeps running through my mind: Be Careful What You Wish For!

I remember the topics:

  • The difficulties and struggles of the school-age participants
  • The discussions on last minute song changes or refusal of song choices
  • The judges comments/support or lack thereof
  • The overwhelming response of the musicians, audience and public
  • The worry over contracts and what they might mean
  • The struggle and pressure to produce an album, with music videos
  • The pressure and joy of the AI traveling concerts (I was – and still am, I expect – completely in love with the AI concerts that DA did!!)
  • The blogs, the “owners”, the tours under contract
  • The discussions about pros and cons of different publicists, labels, genres, bands
  • The wonder of experiencing DA’s constant change-ups, licks, interpretations, and heart-delivery: love, vulnerability, and strength

And on, and on. And with every challenge: More DA. More exposure. More learning about it all. And about him, as well.

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There are also many aspects of DA that I could not fully know at the time, because I learned about him through the medium of AI. And many, many times: the medium is the message.

I remember how there were discussions on how wonderful it would be when DA was free of the AI contract(s), and could do things more his own way.

I thought to myself how for me at least, it was like a dichotomy: I did not want AI to “own” him. Yet I felt a certain ownership myself. And it was because AI “owned” him that the whole dynamic of “ownership” came up in the first place. I felt like I had a window into DA. Their ownership gave me the illusion of ownership as well. (Like really identifying with a character in a movie or story – I value the experience, I value my own experience with the character – I learn, and it becomes part of my life.) I think that is part of the attraction of “reality” television shows.

Of course, I never wanted to “own” DA. I just wanted the closeness to continue more or less the same. But I didn’t realize. How could I? I had never been on a reality show. I did not become a “public figure” at the age of 16. And “Dear DA” never wanted to be a public figure in the first place. He just wanted to follow the direction of the spirit and sing. It brought him publicity. It brought him to AI. It brought him to me. I am grateful.

So now, like before, I find myself “wishing for DA”. Wishing for him to be happy, for him to find the music he loves and a way to share it … especially, I wish for the continuation of it’s impact on my life. I admit that!

It is January 2016 and yes, why not? I am “wishing for DA”. And as I already have got most of my other wishes, that he be free, that he can do the music he, himself chooses, that he can do things “his own way”…. Is it too selfish of me to hope that my other wishes will be met as well? Hey! It could happen!!

So I will make an unapologetic wish list:

  • that DA tours this fall (or latest, next spring) all across the USA (and other countries), so that other fans can see him live
  • that DA records a CD with Spanish music
  • and one in English as well
  • that the powers that raise him up will sustain him and successfully enlist his kind and honest heart in a new “contract” a new “ownership” that carries him onward and upward and…. Closer to so many who have come to love him. No matter how they came to “know” him.

Dear DA: We wish for you only the very best and brightest of futures. Fans just…well….want to be enfolded in the sounds of all the music that that future holds. You see, we love that sound and I believe that this is just the way it was meant to be.

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American Idol XV The Farewell Season

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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The final season of American Idol begins its 15th year at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight on Fox, with a finale in April rather than May, ending four weeks earlier than normal.

I have not followed the show since Season 7 ended but I can’t help feeling a bit nostalgic at the mention of the end of an era in TV entertainment. Sure it ran its course; it was one of the pioneers of talent search shows, aside from Star Search that never made it quite as big. It provided many hours of good TV but most of all it gave us David Archuleta, The Voice, who changed our lives in more ways that we can count on our fingers. And for this I will be forever thankful.

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I lost interest in the show for a lot of reasons, but mainly because I no longer trusted the integrity of the voting tabulations (I mean, really!); I was tired of Simon’s lacerating put-downs and I was resentful that the show focused too frequently on watching people with no talent try out. It was dishonest. If the show was looking for the best talent in America, why focus on the worst? To get a laugh at the contestant’s expense?

According to a New York Times article, “Idol pulled in north of 30 million viewers at its peak , (but was able to draw only 11 million during its most recent round in 2015) and Fox milked it, expanding the excruciating audition rounds and padding the episodes. Celebrity guests flocked to pitch their wares. It was the biggest thing on TV; at times, it practically seemed like the only thing on TV.

Will you be tuning in tonight?

I think I will!

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Happy New Year from The Voice ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Thursday, December 31, 2015

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As we prepare to ring in 2016, one can’t help but reflect on the past year. As a forever fan of the most amazing singer in the world, of course I am overjoyed for David’s accomplishments but the icing on the cake for me is that David himself made the decision that he wants to do music, wants to continue doing music and announced it to his fans at recent shows. I never had a doubt that he would do anything else but share his velvety voice with us, but to hear him say it aloud meant everything and more.

Personally, I would love to see another New Year’s Eve performance on TV such as this one from 2010, where David performed a few songs on Fox’ New Year’s Eve Live from Vegas! Even if it’s not on New Year’s Eve, any TV performance will do. Exposure, exposure, exposure!

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Have a safe and happy New Year’s!

Here’s hoping that all of your wishes are fulfilled this year!

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HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY DAVID ARCHULETA!

Posted by djafan on Sunday, December 27, 2015

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Turning 25 is considered a milestone.  An age where we seriously begin to ponder where we are in life and where we’re headed.  Throughout our lives, we make decisions for known and unknown reasons. These decisions lead us down new paths, take us new places, places where we meet new people and suddenly, the world shifts again. What was going to happen can no longer happen and what will slowly turns into what’s meant to be. One decision folds into the next, and our life lays out before us. Most days we can get so caught up in daily life that we don’t stop to think about how each decision leads us to the next opportunity or away from it.  Wherever we may find ourselves we hope for happiness, always.  David has lead by example on how to live by listening to his heart and soul for that voice, that feeling that guides him.  Whether we agree or not, it is his journey.  Here’s to many more experiences as David fans.

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Join us in celebrating David Archuleta’s 25th birthday by having WWTT party!  

Check your times and get ready to tweet!

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Happy Holidays to David Archuleta & Fans!

Posted by djafan on Thursday, December 24, 2015

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

We hope this Season brings you joy and warmth as you reflect on all of the blessings in life. Looking forward with you, to what’s ahead in 2016!!  Wishing you a holiday full of love and joy with your loved ones. And the gift of The Prayer to us all.

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Tawna’s Been Thinking…About David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Sunday, December 20, 2015

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Been thinking….

I’m so glad that I was able to witness David through his ‘growing’ years. The time when he was hanging onto the mic stand for dear life in his baggy pants and T-shirts. Oh, and the scarves.

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Then he became like a spring, bouncing around the stage carrying the mic with him, killing us with flirty eyebrows, and wearing better fitting  jeans and different kinds of shirts (there was that awesome pink shirt and still the scarves) and had the amazing hair styles.

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But now, I’m perfectly content with who David is. What he has become. Still the handsome, humorous and witty David that we’ve been watching since 2007, but a man who is comfortable with who he is. A man who isn’t afraid to tell the world what he’s thinking and how he got to the point he is at now. A performer who has developed more fashion sense in the clothes he wears on stage (we’ve still seen some scarves :) ) and yet isn’t afraid to wear the most wrinkled shirt in the closet around town, if that’s the mood he’s in.

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I do miss the amazing hair, but I also don’t mind the toned down look — he wears it well. With the head of hair he owns… wow!  I love when he uses the flirty eyebrows and points those long fingers, and dances little snippets of fancy footwork here and there. No bouncing around, but some seriously great stage presence (he owns it).

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I’m just happy to be a fan of the most beautiful and versatile Voice on the planet. And, of the most beautiful, inside and out, honest man that owns that Voice. The Voice that is definitely a gift and a treasure. The Voice that David uses to make others happy and peaceful.

You bet, I’m a fan forever! ♥♥

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TODAY! David Archuleta Sold-Out Concert at the Stephens Center ISU, Pocatello, Idaho!

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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Event Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm

It is a beautiful Theater.

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L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho

 

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More of this please!

Here’s Shelley’s link to her youtubes for the rest.

Hoping for periscope, videos, pictures and anything else that may pop up!

 

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David Archuleta & Nathan Pacheco ~ The Prayer

Posted by djafan on Thursday, December 10, 2015

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The Prayer

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Acoustic bonus

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ORDER THE PRAYER ON ITUNES 

ORDER THE PRAYER & BONUS ON PLEDGEMUSIC

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Thank you David Archuleta for a Magical Experience in St. George

Posted by djafan on Monday, December 7, 2015

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It has taken me a while to get some coherent thoughts together from the two shows at  St. George. The excitement of seeing David again after four years was at times giving me palpitations! LOL And to think I was going to get to see him twice! Aye aye!

It took all the effort I could muster to not lose it when he bounced out onstage. I12182554_940598275987490_4123505116467345597_o was all set to periscope from a splendid view, fifth row center but I choked. To those who can maintain their composure in order to capture the moment, whether on Periscope or video, I thank you. Without you, I don’t know what we’d do, or I’d do. The videos create the buzz and excitement that makes us want to go see for ourselves. And even then, they can’t give you the magic of being there.

The last time I saw David was during the My Kind of Christmas Tour before his mission. I thought he was incredible. Multiply that by at least 1000. His voice has deepened; it is rich, smooth, and so passionate. Add that to the confidence that oozes from him and the result is a 12183966_940600355987282_895087790273139122_overy much in-control performer, one who commands his stage, his band, and his very loving audience. Every song, every word, every movement, salsa and other were used by David to give much more than a concert; it was an experience. He engaged all of our senses with his words, humor, song, hums, smiles, and passion. Sharing of himself with us like never before; he was both charming and sassy at the same time. A well-planned out show where he wore his feelings on his sleeve, trusting them with us. Reciprocally, we let him know we have his back,  yelling “Nooooo!” when he said he “didn’t think he wanted to do this anymore”. We yelled, sang, danced, swayed, and clapped to every song.

12189464_941194272594557_2434265466135367311_oThough he expressed his surprise at the fact that we all were there to see him after so many years, his humility is intact. Some fans want to know if David appreciates us. It was very evident in his expressions, in his satisfied look out to all, thanking us all repeatedly. But most of all was his eye contact, the look of recognition, the little waves as he looked to the right, to the left, high and low, visibly absorbing it all with a look of appreciation you could feel. Watching the you tubes is not enough to catch the banter, in between songs, where he talks to the audience.

The first night at St. George, I was blessed to sit next to Shelley. It was loads of fun sharing the first night of excitement with her.

The secoCTRUbktU8AAc0MNnd night I sat next to the infamous Gladys. After communicating with her in Unplugged, Skype and here on The Voice for so many years, it was extremely gratifying to see her in person. Gladys, if you remember was our sole fan friend from Argentina who was close enough to visit David at various events open to the public when he was on his mission in Chile. She selflessly reported to us that David was doing well. From a fans’ eyes we believed it. She was known for giving boxes of Toblerone chocolates to the missionaries at these events. Well, guess what? We had the luck of running into Lupe, David’s mom, as Gladys and I were leaving the theater. Lupe was gracious enough to introduce herself to my Mom after she heard her ask me if that was really David’s mom. She thanked us for traveling, she couldn’t believe how many people traveled to see David. I called after Gladys and I introduced her to Lupe and the rest is typical Gla12191312_940607962653188_5182618148246954473_odys. I just love her. Gladys explained to Lupe that she came from Argentina and that she had chocolates for David she brought with her. Lupe’s expression was epic, as Gladys pulled out two huge trademark Toblerone’s from her large purse, a rolled up long gift bag, and a card. And right there as Lupe watched she stuffed all into the bag and handed to her asking her if she could please give to David. Lupe told her she was going to go straight to David and give to him and that he was going to be really happy because he loves chocolate. This really happened! I witnessed it! LOL

Blueberry Ice and Mary Dee are two people I also want to thank for making it possible for me to take a carload to see David in St. George. Five grandkids, a daughter, and my Mother. It was a wonderful 6-hour drive that I will do again in a heartbeat and an unforgettable experience for all.

Speed reading is a wonderful skill to have. It allows me to surf the web and get a take on what David’s fans are talking about. There’s a segment who think that perhaps David wants to convert his fans to the LDS faith. When the concert was over, I asked my segment, my family members who got to attend if they were ready to convert. Huh?, 12184255_940604279320223_3786902421717873131_omy daughter was baffled. Tongue in cheek, I told them that this is what David was trying to do in these shows. They disagreed with me; the whole carload. My almost 19 year-old granddaughter said “One sharing their joys and experiences in such a setting doesn’t translate to trying to convert.” My daughter had the same reaction. She never felt preached to. The reason I’m sharing this is because of the criticisms I read, which are unfounded in my opinion.

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But most importantly, I want to thank David for continuing with music.  Just the thought of never  having the opportunity to hear him sing, especially live, makes my heart and soul ache. Please never have that thought again. And a huge thank you to Trent Dabbs and Jamie Kenney for suggesting to David to write about how he was feeling and gracing us with “Numb”. I cannot wait for it’s release.

 

 

The performances were incredible.  I could go on and on about all of them so I won’t lol.

Don’t Run Away ~ This hit the core of my being, the passion and the cry, incredible.

Parachutes And Airplanes ~ Wow the fan participation was a sight to behold.

Nunca Pense ~ Love the encore screams!  And the Latino blood is very visible, the guy can dance.

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I was very affected by the concert experience and I encourage all to go see David if possible. Hoping and praying he heads out east and west, north and south as soon as it is feasible for him to do so. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I’m ready to do it all over again.

 

 

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Credit Pam Pike for the incredible pictures and Shelley for the incredible videos, thank you!

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