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David Archuleta ~ Poetic Ponderings

Posted by Angelica on Friday, March 11, 2011

Poem by davidstopsmyaging

Visualize

The boy’s young eyes
Before us, new, naive and strong
Slowly mending, comprehending
Understanding right from wrong.

The wave’s crash,
The moon glows,
The stars flash,
And time flows.

Young eyes now choose, they spark and know
They watch the world while melodies grow
The songs, they swim, they fall and rise
Within the soul of these young eyes

The wave’s crash
The moon glows,
The stars flash,
And time flows.

His eyes, they sing, they soar, inspire
They draw us in and raise us higher
The world will hear the melodies
The songs will know no boundaries

The world turns
The soul yearns
The eyes burn
The man learns

Learns to sift life’s grains of sand
To make the rough parts smooth, and when
He learns his strengths, with steady hand,
He gently throws caution to the wind.

He knows the strength of songs, of words
He knows his music will be heard
He knows this as surely as he breathes.

The young man’s spirit, his soul, his heart
This young man’s eyes
Visualize

 

Original photo by icecreampie

 

 

99 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ Poetic Ponderings”

  1. I am sitting here stunned. So in awe, of the poem I just read. You have made me weep.
    davidstopsmyaging…. now that’s what I call pondering. Thank you so much Angelica!

  2. MT said

    Such beautiful thoughts. It’s as if we are seeing through DAvid’s eyes. And the picture Angelica used is perfect. Thanks for your beautiful poem.

  3. FG said

    Amazingly beautiful poem! So inspiring! The pictures are stunning as well. Magnificent poem!

  4. potluck8 said

    Ihave to agree with everyone above, JUST BEAUTIFUL!

  5. betsy said

    Beautifully done.
    Bravo.
    “He gently throws caution to the wind.” <33

  6. bluebar said

    I visualize this beautiful poem, printed out and framed as a treasured keepsake! Thank you, davidstopsmyaging, for the words – I see, but also, these are words I “hear” as a Song to David!

  7. Heidijoy said

    Beautiful poem davidstopsmyaging and gorgeous pictures to compliment the beautiful words Angelica.

    (Love that pen name davidstopsmyaging ha!)

  8. kaycee said

    What a beautiful poem…thank you, davidstopsmyaging.

    And the top picture gives off such a serene and peaceful assurance that all is well with our ever-evolving David.

    What a contrast to today’s tragedy in Japan. My heart-felt thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

    Also, thanks to all those who “happy danced” with me yesterday! We celebrated my daughters 18th birthday yesterday, and our joy was beyond measure, knowing that more birthdays were yet to come for her.

  9. PandasMama said

    What an absolutely beautiful poem and very fitting photos to accompany it. Man, I wish I could write that kind of poetry. Mine are usually silly.

    And speaking of silly, my pondering has produced a story that I have posted on my blog. I used the titles of 158 songs that David has sung. If you need a small break from all of today’s incredible sadness, please check it out. Or, save it for another day when lightheartedness can prevail.

    http://cacophonyvsharmony.blogspot.com/2011/03/157-ways-you-drive-me-crazy.html

    Margy

  10. Marylee said

    Poem by davidstopsmyaging:
    “His eyes, they sing, they soar, inspire
    They draw us in and raise us higher
    The world will hear the melodies
    The songs will know no boundaries”

    One of the most heartwarming poems I’ve ever read..& the picture chosen by Angelica is magnificent & those eyes..What more can I say about those eyes?! One of these days, I’ll get through a day without crying..no time soon it seems. Love you, David..constantly ‘pondering’ your next career move & all the incredible music you will bring us. <3

  11. bebereader said

    Thank you, Davidstopsmyaging, for this beautiful tribute to David and the impact he has on the world. So inspiring to read about David’s evolution from boy to man, written poetically.

    Kaycee, Wishing your daughter a very Happy Birthday!

    Prayers go out to all those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

    To our friends in those countries affected, JR, WOWArchie, Ascphil, Trace, Naree, Fsteven and any others, please know that we are praying for your safety and want very much to hear from you, if possible!

  12. bebereader said

    PandasMama#17,

    Thanks for the link to your blog and the result of your pondering! Loved your “158 Ways You Drive Me Crazy”! Good stuff! Has David really sung 158 different songs?

  13. Amb4dja said

    Angelica…I know it’s been said before…You have a way with words.
    But beyond just finding pretty, or “the right” words…you go to the heart of what you mean to say and do so artfully, while touching a universal chord. Really special, that.
    Tks for sharing.

    Was just popping in…since “the news”…I’ve had a myriad of thoughts, wondering what it will mean, concern for David. My perspective goes back and forth, and bottom line, I know I don’t have a clue, and it’s his bizzznezz ’til he makes it anyone else’s, and I always support & respect that. He’s a person first to me.
    I just like to hear the boy saang!(so sue me. :) ) ..and also want him to be O.K. period.

    So, for now was just doing checking of sites to make sure some of the DA touchstones remain. Since your homepage seemed partially missing yesterday (the comments on the last post and some front page content.) Glad to see it back to normal today.

    S’all for now~

  14. Amb4dja said

    Ha. ok. wrong credit….apparently Davidstopsmyaging has the way with words this time!
    I read and posted too quickly, and didn’t read comments. Credit where credit is due…great poem,DSMA.

    …and Angelica…still true for you too!

  15. Kaycee,Just wanted to say Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter. Your joy is palpable!

    Been watching the news and pictures coming out of Japan.It is so heartbreaking.:(

  16. Jan said

    Davidstopsmyaging, your words are so on the money..words that I think and talk about, but can’t seem express as you have. All the writers and posters on this site are so good; I always look forward to the next one!
    And, your name is so true! Very unique, I have always thought that David has kept me “young”.

  17. djafan said

    Davidstopsmyaging,

    Like David says “WOW” that was awesome.

    “His eyes, they sing, they soar, inspire
    They draw us in and raise us higher
    The world will hear the melodies
    The songs will know no boundaries”

    I just know this to be true and you expressing poetically is music to my ears.

    Angelica, I remember when Ray, David’s first tour manager warned fans about looking into David’s eyes as a joke, but believe it’s no joke. Nice photo work.

    If any of you haven’t looked into David’s eyes, make sure you do next time you see him, it’s an experience.

    David tweeted early today. So sad about Japan.

    tweet

  18. Bookaholic said

    Woh. Well done! I concur.

    Would be hard to state it more beautifully than you did.

  19. Amb4dja said

    Hey all…another quick “drive-by” posting, I just remembered to share…

    Last night while watching Piers Morgan interview Kid Rock (pretty cool) he said something that made me think immediately of David. In response to asking “Kid” what he thought of the Biebs…his response was the standard gracious fare from the old dog to the young teen-bait…”There’s room for everybody, I met him once,(insert funny story), I don’t follow him but from what I hear he seems to have talent”, etc…

    But he seemed weary as he said it and followed it with something to the effect of they can package and market these kids but… “I always say:
    If it looks good, you’ll see it, if it sounds good you’ll hear it, if it’s marketed well you’ll buy it… but if it IS good, you’ll FEEL it.

    David knows that. David does that. Made us (all from different backgrounds, ages, musical tastes) feel it…in spades.
    Kid said he worried there wasn’t enough of that around with these kids…and, frustrated, I thought…there is a “kid” out there who “gets that” well beyond his years…he deserves respect, and the best shot at his dream.

  20. Abrra said

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    Abrra

  21. Silverfox said

    davidstopsmyaging,

    First, love your blog name…(he’s done that for me too!). And your poem is so beautiful, I can’t even find the words to tell you just how beautiful and how you perfectly you “see” David.
    He will love it when he reads it and he will read it. Of that, I’m so very sure. ;-)

    Amb4dja,

    I feel very soon David will get the respect & credibility he deserves. I think it will happen when an ESTABLISHED artist realizes WHO David Archuleta really is and what he’s about musically and will invite David on tour. When that happens, look out world, because David’s voice will soar with no boundaries as described in davidstopsmyaging’s beautiful poem. It’s inevitable and just a matter of time.

    David is busy writing new music..,possibly for a new EP or CD, needed if he’s signing with a new major or independent label? His other albums were projects with & for the old label. He can still tour, but a new label would not fund or promote a tour for David to sing songs they do not own. I think David will always sing songs from his albums which we all love, but IMO, he NEEDS new music as he is, in a sense, starting over with a new direction. I can hardly wait to hear what he’s been working on. With all that he’s experienced, the ups & downs, I’m imagining some soul stirring music from David.

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  23. SandyBeaches said

    Davidstopsmyaging…did I spell that right?

    I love the poem. When we can’t listen to David sing, stories and poems like this one, sound so good and actually in the same tone of his songs.

    I have come to realize, that David has brought out in us any artistry that we possess whether it is in pictures or writings and maybe for the first time we are showing it.

    SB

  24. bebereader said

    Silverfox,

    “I think David will always sing songs from his albums which we all love, but IMO, he NEEDS new music as he is, in a sense, starting over with a new direction. I can hardly wait to hear what he’s been working on. With all that he’s experienced, the ups & downs, I’m imagining some soul stirring music from David.”

    You brought up some good points. David’s trip to India, for example had to have affected him and surely this will be reflected in his new music. Like you, I can’t wait for the new stuff!

    But at the same time, I can’t help feeling a little cheated. And I know this sounds selfish but because of Jive’s lack of promo, as a diehard fan, I so wanted a full tour for TOSOD! The songs are amazing! Except for a few cities like Dallas, Anaheim and cities that were lucky to have radio promo (which did no good, by the way!), most of David’s fanbase has not seen him perform these songs live on tour. The Sayreville crowd, for example…NY is a huge part of David’s fanbase and the only song from TOSOD that he sang here was SBL at Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium last summer. I’ll wait until his next tour and hope he sings my favorites from TOSOD but I had to get that rant out. Okay, rant over. LOL

    Remember to join us tonight for Spanish chat at 9PM EST. Abs has the night off so I’ll be in the studio, in case anyone wants to hear a favorite or two.
    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

  25. bluesky said

    Davidstopsmyaging:

    Lovely poem. Thank you so much!! I love that you wrote it and shared it with all of us. Thank you. And thanks, Angelica for the great pics to go with it.

    Amb4dja:

    I like the bit about your post – But he seemed weary as he said it and followed it with something to the effect of they can package and market these kids but… “I always say:
    If it looks good, you’ll see it, if it sounds good you’ll hear it, if it’s marketed well you’ll buy it… but if it IS good, you’ll FEEL it.

    Ditto, ditto, ditto (x 100).

  26. bluesky said

    Abrra:

    That is one of my favorite vids. I think I must have watched it 500 times. Ay, yi, yi, yi, yiii!!!

  27. Amb4dja said

    Silverfox #21 “I feel very soon David will get the respect & credibility he deserves. I think it will happen when an ESTABLISHED artist realizes WHO David Archuleta really is and what he’s about musically and will invite David on tour.”
    I agree and have often envisioned this happening …we’ve seen it in glimpses from established artists’ reactions to him..the ones outside the tween mentality and AI bubble who “discover” him…as he moves forward from that bubble now I’m hoping he’s open to more of the right people, be it performers to tour with, visionary/indie producers and all that.

    But, I can’t help but agree with you Bebe #24…the other night after listening to TOSOD, I lamented that we were gypped (and so was he) of a tour for some great material…and I don’t see yet how it can work that he sings those…unless he gets to buy them. But I think there are ways it can happen.. we’ll see.

    I am feeling optimistic, if not still unsettled by all the unknown.

    On another note…I just took a lovely walk down Idol Season 7 DA memory lane in full chronological order, (including the dreaded group numbers clips I’d forgotten!) thanks to
    The Voice Unplugged, tkuverymuch. Just sublime.
    Then the funniest thing happened…the boyfriend (that teases me relentlessly about my DA addiction, and takes no part in it usually) sat and watched the whole thing with me, and talked about him being a phenomenon and one of the top 3 Idols to ever grace that stage (ok I wasn’t going to nitpick “top 1″)…and said…”he’s not going anywhere…too talented, too popular.” THIS was a rare moment indeed…but…”when it IS good…you FEEL it.” :)

  28. davidstopsmyaging said

    Wow—I am in shock. I have been working all day, and watching the trajedy in Japan unfold, and was feeling like I needed a little “pick-me-up”. So, of course, I sat down to log onto my favorite web sight of all time, “The Voice”, and almost fell off my chair to see my poem staring at me along with those beautiful eyes! Angelica, I feel so honored that you shared it—-I’m shaking right now. And thank you to everyone who commented so positively. I wrote it right after David’s blog about splitting from Jive. I had so many mixed emotions—I just had to write down my feelings about David. He just inspires me so much–I can’t even explain it. Then, of course, I had to share what I wrote with SOMEONE—-everyone around where I live thinks I’m bonkers. So glad to have this sight to come to.

    Angelica—I love “Poetic Ponderings”—ha,ha—That’s perfect!

    My heart goes out to all those affected with the events of the day. I am worried about the Japanese exchange student we hosted for a year and grew to love. I hope he is alright—haven’t heard from him yet.

  29. Silverfox said

    Bebe, Amb4dja…

    I see no reason why David wouldn’t sing the songs from his tenure with the old label. Especially the ones he had a hand in writing. I don’t think the old label would prevent it. That would be foolish and I’m sure David came away from the “divorce from the old label with at the very least, joint custody of the music David created with pen and/or voice” metaphorically speaking. There is still much opportunity for TOSOD continue selling and even more so if & when David performs the songs live in concert, so IMO, the old label would want David to sing them whenever & wherever since they will still not have to promote TOSOD.

    So when we finally see David touring again, I will expect to hear songs from his first album, TOSOD, some covers, and the new music he’s currently working on.

    I refuse to even consider the possibility we won’t hear David sing songs like SOT, WFY, Crush, TOSOD, Good Place, MKOP, among others, in concert. It’s unthinkable.

    Good night!

  30. MT said

    Amb4dja:

    “I lamented that we were gypped (and so was he) of a tour for some great material…and I don’t see yet how it can work that he sings those…unless he gets to buy them.”

    Knowing how much David likes to do Charity events brings up a question. Can he still perform at charity events (or anywhere else) using the songs from his first two albums if Jive owns them? I mean, he wrote most of the ones on TOSOD, so wouldn’t that give him some rights to those?

    I don’t know how that works. Does anyone have an answer on that?

  31. tracewillow said

    Bebe

    The Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami have saddened the whole world…..such a big loss of human lives. Thank you Bebe – I am very much touched by your concern for the people living in this part of the world. I live in Malaysia which is just outside the danger zone and everyone here is fine.

    I have been watching CNN and BBC for news all this while and it is gratifying to know that your Government and the UN have pledged assistence for Japan and the countries affected. I am positive that there will be many other offers from other countries later on. At this point of time when a huge catastrophe like this strikes this beautiful world which we live in , it is immensely comforting to see the whole world coming together to help each other.
    Thoughts of our beloved David come to mind…

    I have been doing a great job lurking at this wonderful site full of warm and lovely people. :) My 2 crazy Malaysian ODD friends, Amy and Shirley, who I met several months ago, have kept me very busy on a daily basis, through emails, texts, chats and “what-have-you” other resourceful sources – 99.9% of the time talking, speculating, sighing, laughing, crying, wishing, praying, gifting to both individuals and malls, re-arranging cd’s at music shops, planning future US trips sometime, and lately pondering ……about David. There are many other friends I met too from the local fanclub who are still very much David-affected. As far as I can see, they will never go away…….. :)

    This site is growing from strength to higher strength……..articles of such beauty, of late from from Angelica, Blueskies, PaulaFOD, Djafan, MT…..and also from the lovely commentors…….you are a blessing and a source of inspiration to all the David Archuleta fans throughout the world. All we guys need now is a loadful of……..PATIENCE!! :D

  32. davidstopsmyaging said

    PandasMama–I LOVE your David’s songs inspired story—very clever and funny!!

  33. Blueberry Ice said

    Still catching up from the previous post.

    Kaycee …So wonderful to hear that your beautiful daughter is on her way to full recovery & what a special birthday celebration it must have been. May there be many more memorable ones to come.

    MT … Bravo to you for being added to the awesome staff of the Voice, another extraordinary author and poet! How about celebrating with red velvet cupcakes, some bubbly, and being serenaded with Nothing Else Better To Do!

    Davidstopsmyaging … Your words captures the essence of David so beautifully. Hope you have more to share. David has the most creative and talented fans … so love coming here to the Voice!

    Abrra, Angelica, Bebereader, Djafan, Silverfox, Skydancer1x … I can’t thank you guys enough for all the amazing videos and photos of David’s past performances. Sadly, being a relatively new fan, I sometimes feel a little envious that I missed out on so many past special David moments but you made it possible for me to relive those experiences when you post them, so I am very grateful.

    It’s heartbreaking to see the devastation caused by Japan’s horrible earthquake. Having just arrived in Hawaii for a meeting, thankfully there doesn’t appear to be any major impact from the tsunami where I am at but will keep in prayer all who are affected and for those who are aiding in the rescue. It makes me realize how precious life is and to be grateful for each day.

  34. MT said

    #33 Blueberry Ice
    “MT … Bravo to you for being added to the awesome staff of the Voice, another extraordinary author and poet! How about celebrating with red velvet cupcakes, some bubbly, and being serenaded with Nothing Else Better To Do.”

    ♥ Awww ♫♪ Thanks so much for your kind words. Cake and bubbly sound good. And of course, so does the music! ♪♫

    Tracewillow, Thanks for commenting. I’m glad you & Blueberry Ice are both in a safe area.

    I’ve been watching the news, and the devastation and loss of life is heartbreaking. Like you, I feel certain that, in the days to come, more and more will be coming forward in assistance. My prayers go out to all of those affected by this tragedy.

  35. cb said

    Thank you for this post, Davidstopsmyaging and Angelica. DSMA, thanks for an amazing poem that captures the essence of what we see in David’s eyes. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul and through David’s beautiful eyes you truly can see a beautiful soul. Once, David turned that famous “Archugaze” on me when he was talking about something he deeply cared about. That gaze about took my breath away. I will never forget his eyes that day.
    (He was talking about a young girl he had visited in the hospital. He heard that she died a couple of days later and was saying much it affected him and how it makes you think about what is really important in this life.)

  36. bebereader said

    Amb4dja#27,
    “Then the funniest thing happened…the boyfriend (that teases me relentlessly about my DA addiction, and takes no part in it usually) sat and watched the whole thing with me, and talked about him being a phenomenon and one of the top 3 Idols to ever grace that stage (ok I wasn’t going to nitpick “top 1″)…and said…”he’s not going anywhere…too talented, too popular.” THIS was a rare moment indeed…but…”when it IS good…you FEEL it.” :)

    Ahhh…a breakthrough! It takes a while but non-fans are beginning to understand and realize David’s talent! Thanks for relaying that story!

    Trace#31,
    So happy to hear from you! Glad you’re okay and outside of the danger zone. Last night when I first heard about the tragedy, I thought of all the fans we know in Asia and have been praying for their safety. I’ve been watching all the footage on TV and my thoughts and prayers are with the people in Japan and the surrounding countries affected.

    Blueberry Ice#33,
    I didn’t realize that you are a relatively new fan. May I ask how you became a fan?

    MT#30,
    Regarding your question about the songs from TOSOD and David’s rights to them, I wish I had more knowledge in that area. But I think SilverFox is right; David will be able to sing them when he’s on tour. Many artists switch labels and I’m not sure how it happens but they continue to sing songs from all their old albums.

  37. ODDity said

    Oh my goodness, yet another talented poet emerges! Awesome poem DSTMA!

    Was just reading on a local newspaper site and ran across an article about former NBA player Shawn Bradley’s involvement with Rising Star Outreach. All the way through the article I was thinking about how the author should also have written about our David (she is a sportscaster so that’s probably why her focus was on Shawn). At the very end I found this:

    “Singing star David Archuleta is also involved with the organization. “It’s really taught me a lot,” he said, “I don’t want to leave because it’s really great to be around these kids and all these people.”

    Archuleta and his fans have raised over $21,000 for dental and other projects that benefit the children of Rising Star Outreach.”

    The entire article can be found here:

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705368574/Former-NBA-player-Shawn-Bradley-shares-experience-volunteering-at-leprosy-colonies.html?pg=1

  38. ODDity said

    After I posted #37 I checked KSL (both KSL and Deseret News are owned by the same people) and found that I missed a brief glimpse of David by not watching KSL news tonight. Here is a link to the video. Maybe an admin can bring it here?

    http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=14695786

  39. bebereader said

    ODD,
    Thanks for the link. The video is so cool! Unfortunately wordpress won’t let us bring it here until it’s converted for youtube. Maybe by morning. But you can all see David at :49 in the link in ODD’s comment above.

    cb,
    You were the recipient of an Archugaze! I’ve met David twice and still have not had the pleasure of the gaze. For self-preservation purposes, of course! ;)

    In Spanish chat tonight, Andrea sent me this beautiful video:

  40. Marylee said

    I’ve seen lots of tributes to David~this “From the Heart” is simply heartwarming..captures the essence of David..what draws us to him. Every time I see a video like this, it makes me want to reach out & hug him tight just like the first time I stood in front of him in Greensboro NC two years ago, meeting him for the first time. I thought my heart would beat out of my chest that day..he just has this way of endearing us to him by just being himself. That last clip of him walking away sorta got to me though..hurry back David..we miss you so. <3

  41. Amb4dja said

    Morning DA Peeps~

    Silverfox #29 Right…I had confused what u said #21 about Jive not supporting a tour for TOSOD, (understood); I read it fast, as you saying a new company not wanting to promote the old songs owned by Jive, in a subsequent tour. I got it now!! And all everyone else said, about him having co-wrote etc, he does have rights to perform them. We don’t have to see a Jive promoted tour for this cd… David singing them, Live, in whatever his “new element” will be just fiiiine…and, of course, hopefully sell more of this deserving cd!

    Bebe #36 ;-) hehee. Yes. Sssh…let’s not make a big deal, he’ll run away again. Ha.
    In all fairness,(to David) the bf always admitted to his talent, and thought he “SHOULD have won.” It just wasn’t his thing, though he supports from afar, (while relentlessly teasing.)
    The perceived “bonkers David fan” I turned into can scare people away. I fear we well-intentioned die-hards may sometimes be a liability to David, scaring away the potential main-streamers from him.
    Also, no matter David’s obvious talent to people like the bf, the “teen-idol” perception and anticipation of screaming tweens at the concerts is something some can’t get past.
    BUT! …I’m thinking, now, post-Jive and David seen in a more appropriate musical light going fwd, new music…this can start to evolve.

    I always just quietly sit by on nights like last night…because when I’m not “shoving David” down people’s ears…it allows the POD, Power of David to connect…I mean…c’mon at some point there’s just no denying. And the “connection” is a beauty to behold.

    Last…we’d been discussing possibly going out to Stadium of Fire (we both like Brad Paisley too, not that THAT’S the point)….I was 1 click away from securing good seats last night, & we remember we have a wedding on 7/1!! Arrrgh. Dang!!! Not sure we can both work around that…but I actually don’t have to go to the wedding. Longshot now, but we’ll see. Any other lucky peeps going? I sure hope there’s some other live performances closer to East coast too soon, but SOF will be awesome.

    Ok, sorrry…blah-blah-long post. Movin’ on with the day~have a good Saturday, all.

  42. Amb4dja said

    ps. In the grand scheme of things…didn’t mean to be insensitive in all my DA rambles…about what’s going on in other parts of the world…there are no words right now for what happened in Japan…I can’t even believe what I’ve seen…like a bad surreal scary movie. Prayers don’t even seem sufficient…

  43. kaycee said

    I truly understand and respect David’s need to step back a bit and regroup and refuel and take time to make important decisions. As a person and as an artist, I know that it will make him stronger and give him a renewed perspective. I only hope he doesn’t take too long…the world needs him so much right now. With all that is going on, not the least of which is the devastation in Japan, people need to feel that there is hope and goodness in the world…and we all know that no one does hope and goodness like David! (Not questioning his timetable, for we know he is wise beyond his years, just know what an amazing gift he has to heal and uplift people in times of trouble)

    Thoughts and prayers to all those affected by yesterday’s events.

  44. djafan said

    Good Morning!

    Late night in chat last night. Thank you all who joined in! And a thanks to Bebe the DJ last night and Abrra for setting it all up.

    Will catchup later on the posts, two softball games today :)

    David tweets. This one is sometimes hard. Human nature tends to want recognition for what one does. David is the perfect example of how it is done. ♥

    # DavidArchie

    ..should be done for the satisfaction of knowing we have done better for others.” 22 minutes ago via txt Retweeted by you and 100+ others

    # DavidArchie

    “It’s not honest if you’re not being sincere. Everything we do should be done without any expectation of gain. Simply, it… 22 minutes ago via txt Retweeted by you and 100+ others

  45. djafan said

    Go watch beautiful slide show from India at Fanscene! Ay David ♥

    http://archuletafanscene.com/2011/03/12/david-archuleta-visits-india-slide-show/

  46. archangel48 said

    #39Bebereader, Andrea’s beautiful video led me to so many others to re-visit, that I’ve just been sitting here crying, laughing, and genuinely aching to hear David sing. Anything. In a v-log. In a closet. I don’t really care where. Just want to see and hear him sing! Then I feel guilty for being selfish. Only thinking of myself and my needs. When my whining is over, I wipe the tears and remember to trust in David.
    Kaycee, Happy belated birthday to your daughter! Turning 18 is the beginning of so much opportunity! Here’s to an exciting and bright future filled with her reaching and attaining her dreams!
    I don’t know if I have ever mentioned to you that I have a daughter named Kaycee. When we were choosing her name, I wanted her initials to be the same as mine. There were numerous ways to spell Kaycee, although I hadn’t seen it spelled like yours and eventually hers! If you tell me your middle name is Amber, then that will really be a coincidence! :lol:
    Davidstopsmyaging,(great name btw!), ♫♫♫ Your poetry is music-to-my-ears! ♫♫♫ I hope David has an opportunity to read your words.
    So many talented writers here. Nice place to hang-out. THANKS !

  47. archangel48 said

    Pardon my neglect. My heartfelt prayers to all the people of Japan and their families as they deal with this awful tragedy. I am humbled thinking of all I have.

  48. Angelica said

    The devastation in Japan is mind-boggling and heartbreaking. I am praying they get the help they need as fast as humanly and divinely possible.

    davidstopsmyaging, Sorry for the shock. I DID fire off a warning email to you the evening before it was published. I feel like Nanny McPhee saying that…”I DID knock.” haha. Just want to tell you that a mark of a good poem is that it gets better with each rereading. Each time I read yours I come away with a deeper understanding of the poem, your feelings, and David’s journey. I love the rhythm of it. I love the way you take your concern for him and weave it into a thing of hope and assurance.

    The world turns
    The soul yearns
    The eyes burn
    The man learns

    Learns to sift life’s grains of sand
    To make the rough parts smooth, and when
    He learns his strengths, with steady hand,
    He gently throws caution to the wind.
    He knows the strength of songs, of words
    He knows his music will be heard
    He knows this as surely as he breathes.

    As surely as I breathe, I know that too. Just has to be, like Amb4dja’s bf said, “he’s not going anywhere…too talented, too popular.”

    You guys have been making some great comments about tour/songs now that he’s no longer with jive, which I LOVE to see. I like the squeeing which we are very good at here, but I also love when we can really discuss stuff in depth. After all, we were instructed to ponder. ;)

    Djafan,

    Thanks for the heads up on that wonderful slideshow from India on Archuleta Fanscene. I think, as many have commented, that he was changed by what he experienced there and we will, as surely as he breathes, see it expressed in his music. I pilfered a lone screencap. I couldn’t resist.

    Photobucket

  49. pam05 said

    When I saw this picture, my heart sunk :( I was wondering if someone could do a video of the tragedy in Japan and use David’s song “Somebody Out There” as a way of showing our support 4 Japan? I know someone on this site is really good at doing this sort of thing *hint*

    http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/japans-twin-disasters-march-13-liveblog#update-11096

  50. pam05 said

    Angelica thanks for the awesome post :)

    davidstopsmyaging the poem is brilliant

    love this:)
    “The young man’s spirit, his soul, his heart
    This young man’s eyes
    Visualize”

    icecreampie this photo is perfect with this poem, priceless :)

  51. Abrra said

    Davidstopsmyaging

    Its the fans like you who make this site breathe the fresh air of originality. Thank you for allowing us to publish such a heartfelt poem. The picture in #48 says so much. Your poem captured in words that describe the look on his face.

    Young eyes now choose, they spark and know
    They watch the world while melodies grow
    The songs, they swim, they fall and rise
    Within the soul of these young eyes

    To me it looks like the reality of where he is and why he had to come and help, became crystal clear in his mind. David does not judge others. These people are shunned because they are sick. When I look at that photo I can hear him saying “How can anyone leave the sick to fend for them selves?” David is watching as you said, and I know he is making a difference with his music.

    Kaycee

    Wishing Lauren

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    Angelica #48

    I love a good in depth discussion. One topic that stays in my radar is illegal downloads. I get links daily in Google alerts to “steal” David’s music. Then I check the site where they are downloading for FREE the whole CD. I have to ask myself why I see 24,000 on one file sharing site? Do you think it’s non-fans? Do we need more gifting programs? It blows my mind that other young artists are subject to the same piracy but still seem to overcome it with sales. One word PROMOTION! Jive has not promoted David since late 2009. It’s almost as if they went through the motions on TOSOD to get it pressed, then abandoned the project. My wish for David in all this is that he has learned to not take people at their word, but by what they do. This Cd is a masterpiece.

    I will leave that as food for thought to ponder.

    Loved this confetti picture by Ron Gunnell. David deserves all the praise he gets.

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    Abrra

  52. Abrra said

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    NOTE: Tonight I’ll be there by 10pm est. I have a pet sitting visit to make between 9 and 10. Please feel free to start with out me if you come earlier. ;)

    Abrra

  53. pam05 said

    Heart breaking photos of “The After Math in Japan” http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/12/world/asia/20110312_japan.html?ref=asia#1

  54. pam05 said

    Love those photos of David and Lupe with the children :)

  55. Dakgal said

    Davidstopsmyaging–You write a poem with words woven together to give a beautiful message and I can’t even find the words to tell you how special it is–I too, will print it out. Your words and Angelica’s choice of pictures have zinged that heart string
    that makes my eyes leak.

    Sandybeaches—-”I have come to realize, that David has brought out in us any artistry that we possess whether it is in pictures or writings and maybe for the first time we are showing it.”

    That thought has struck me many times , reading all the wonderful thoughts and words written about David.

    We are so fortunate to have a wonderful place like this — that these talents can come out from under the bushel basket, be shared and shine.

  56. Tawna21 said

    Angelica #48—that picture is the one that stood out the very most to me as I was going thru the slide show~~it’s as tho’ David is pondering all that he has seen and done~~as tho’ he is having difficulty absorbing the conditions, like he just can’t believe how hard these people have it. I just want to give him a big grandma {{hug}} and tell him how well he’s done and that his act of service will never be forgotten. My heart hurts and yet it sings with what I feel from this photo.

    DSMA~~ Your entire poem is beautiful, but this, this is what I’m saying…
    ‘The young man’s spirit, his soul, his heart
    This young man’s eyes
    Visualize’.
    David is changing yet again, and we will see it when he comes back.

    Tawna

  57. betsy said

    That pic in #48. I just saw it for the first time. I tried to watch the slideshow, but it was stuck on the first pic. Probably my computers’ fault.
    He was caught in an unguarded moment. Not smiling for the camera. Just feeling something very real, and I see it all over his face.
    What you said Abs.
    “When I look at that photo I can hear him saying “How can anyone leave the sick to fend for them selves?”

    Thanks for all the updates, pics, etc. I have to go try to fall asleep. Up in 3 hours to work.

  58. bebereader said

    Betsy, I see it too!

    LiveNation on Twitter is asking:

    “Who do you think is, hands down, the most underrated musician of all time? Give them a much deserved shout out tweet!” about 1 hour ago via CoTweet
    http://twitter.com/LiveNation

    If you’d like, reply back to @LiveNation with @davidarchie

  59. bebereader said

    We welcomed two new chatters last night to The Voice Unplugged! One was Shirl15, her first time in chat. The other, Davidstopsmyaging, the author of the amazing poem above. We chatted ’til the wee hours of the morning. Thank you all for another fun night!

    Abrra#51 Pirating music is a sensitive issue. Why does it happen so much? Simple. It’s so easy! I’m sure that people who steal music online don’t think it’s hurting anyone. But tell that to the struggling young musician who can’t get signed again because record sales are low because people would rather download his music for free.

    Edit: After I typed this, I checked my email to find an offer to download for free a total of 69 mp3s of David’s or five of his albums.
    Five? Hmm. Anyway, Grrrrrrrr!

  60. djafan said

    Angelica,

    That picture #48, I can’t even find words to describe it and yet I see so much in it.

    David tweeted late last night. I’m happy to see food tweets again and I’d forgotten all about the time change.

    # Don’t know if I’m quite ready for the time change for Daylight Savings Time, but it’ll be nice having more light in the days again less than a minute ago via txt

    # Wow, had some really amazing Pakistani/Indian food at this place called Khan’s Curry House here in Utah. Way good!

  61. MT said

    59. BeBe: Chat was a blast last night and it was nice to see new people joining in. I look forward to it every week.

    60. Djafan: “That picture #48, I can’t even find words to describe it and yet I see so much in it.”

    ^^ I know. The look on his face says so much about how much the experience affected him. ♥

  62. bebereader said

    Just Jared Jr. posted some more pics from David’s trip to India!
    (Courtesy of Archuleta FanScene).

    David Archuleta is a hands-on kind of guy in this new shot from his recent trip to India.

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    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    The 20-year-old “My Kind of Perfect” singer recently traveled overseas to India in support of Rising Star Outreach, where he learned first hand what the organization does and stands for.

    Rising Star Outreach’s mission is to help the Leprosy colonies become thriving, self-sufficient communities. In India there are over 700 “leprosy colonies.”

    http://justjaredjr.buzznet.com/2011/03/13/david-archuleta-rising-star-outreach-in-india-trip-pics/

  63. Tawna21 said

    abrra and bebe~~music piracy makes my blood boil..I just don’t understand how people can really think it’s an okay thing to do. Sure, it saves them money, but do they not even think about who it is hurting? Probably not–that’s why they do it. I had to walk away from a conversation awhile back with a 20 year old that I work with about this concept. She flat out doesn’t care. Her comment was, “why pay if I can get it free?” *sigh* Maybe someday she, and the others, will get it~~maybe not. :(

    Tawna

  64. Abrra said

    Tawna

    What saddens me is that “fans” do it to the artist. Most alerts are for stealing his music, lately. I used to get alerts for Cook but dropped it. After a year,David Cook was never in the alert, just people in the news with his name. But, I don’t recall seeing many free download file sharing sites offering his music.

    Abrra

  65. Dakgal said

    So Abs– the burning question is “Why doesn’t it happen to other artists ( like Cook–Bieber–anybody else? ) What do they do or can they do to prevent it? I put it akin to shoplifting an album from a store.

    Tawna #63 “I had to walk away from a conversation awhile back with a 20 year old that I work with about this concept. She flat out doesn’t care. Her comment was, “why pay if I can get it free?”

    Where are people’s values? If it was her stuff –she’d be talking out of the other side of her mouth!

    It just breaks my heart that his “babies” are being stolen.

  66. bebereader said

    I used to follow Cook on Google Alerts too but, like Abrra, I stopped because it was a waste of time. Google Alerts picks up any David Cook on the web and the right one rarely made news. But for the short time I followed him, I don’t recall seeing any free download sites offering his music. On the other hand, there is obviously a high demand for David’s music or there would not be so many illegal downloads.

    From this, could we assume any or all of these?

    A) The offers only come when an artist has a new cd which Cook hasn’t had since 2009, thus no recent illegal offers?

    B) David’s music is more in demand than Cook’s and thus come the illegal downloads?

    C) People will pay for Cook’s music but will download David’s illegally?

    Anyone want to venture a guess? It boggles the mind.

  67. Abrra said

    Dak
    The best ways are very techie. I got this from searching “stealing music”. It appears that artists may need to become more proactive.
    http://www.ehow.com/how_5218395_stop-illegal-music-downloading.html

    I had an idea that if David created his own subscription music site, he could encode the files so that they can be replicated only 3 times ( in case you lose one due to glitch in your pc). I don’t know if this is possible, but there has to be a way to keep the files from being copied through a file sharing site.

    Abrra

  68. Dakgal said

    Thank you abrra for the article–so you would think that it would be just an automatic thing for a record company or artist to do these things to prevent theft. Wonder why they aren’t fully implemented from the outset?

    There probably plenty of 10 year old techies out there that would know what to do.

    Bebe-#66– interesting questions–I know if I were in an artists place and my music and hard work–earnings– were being stolen, I’d sure as &##@ want to find out how to stop it . PRONTO!

    It’s like a line in a song–She got the gold mine and I got the shaft.

  69. djafan said

    I continue to be dumbfounded by the amount of sites offering David’s music for free. Just today I deleted 18 google alerts from sites offering not just TOSOD but CFTH too. It makes it impossible for those counting sales to report other than dismal sales, dismal maybe but the interest and demand for David’s music remains high.

    I hope someone on his team is tracking this.

    The recent pictures from India are really special. I know David likes to keep a low profile, but I like that the media is picking up the India news because it’s buzz for David, keeps his name out and about.

    If you have a minute leave a comment on the justjared site.

    Here is another contributor writing about David, she gets him just like Pamela Pike and us ♥

    David Archuleta – a True Altruist

    AALetta, Yahoo! Contributor Network
    Mar 11, 2011 “Contribute content like this. Start Here.”

    “We care about David, and care about the way he helps others, which motivates us all to do the same. David is a true altruist, bringing people together for righteousness, strengthening the hearts and minds of his fans as he proves that giving back is the true virtue and way to happiness. And David’s desire to return the favor to the world that has got him to where he is today is something to be admired, and is admired by all of his loyal fans.”

    Read it all here.

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7834684/david_archuleta_theres_something_bout_pg2.html?cat=33

    David Archuleta – There’s Something ’bout Love

    AALetta, Yahoo! Contributor Network
    Mar 8, 2011 “Contribute content like this. Start Here.”

    This song has it all – upbeat tempo, motivating, relatable lyrics and incredible vocals. Though the song didn’t do as well when first released, it’s never too late to bump it up and shock the synthetic incongruity-craving society. Prove that a good song with encouraging lyrics can make it way to the top, towering over the popular, incoherence that the music world has most recently become. Either way, “Something ‘Bout Love” shines in the fans’ eyes as it’s only a glimpse of David’s prestige that is shown in his entire album.

    Read it all here.

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7834684/david_archuleta_theres_something_bout_pg2.html?cat=33

    Great David being David moments.

  70. gladys said

    Today I read this article in an Argentine newspaper and I get angry. The journalist talks about American Idol in general. But in two lines specifically talk about Season 7 and refers to David Archuleta, as “that insportable teenager. ”
    Here is the link if anyone wants to answer and clear to this reporter who is David Archuleta, please do so.
    I did. The article is in Spanish, is too long to translate, but try it.
    (Talk about good or evil speaking, the intention is to speak and that’s what I do, to talk about David Archuleta, in my country)

    http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/suplementos/radar/9-6896-2011-03-13.html

  71. djafan said

    Gladys,

    No encuentro donde responder en el articulo. Porque insoportable? Idiotas.

    I’m asking Gladys for the link where to leave a comment. Why would they call David intolerable adolescent?

  72. Perdon, djafan, tenes razon, hay que suscribirse, en la parte de arriba donde dice correo, entras alli y luego de suscribirte se abre una ventana para contestarle a la periodista, ella se llama Mariana Enriquez.
    Lo escribo en español, vos lo podes explicar mejor que yo y si podes explicaselo a las chicas, a ver si me pueden ayudar a que esta sra Enriquez, cambie de opinio, gracias djafan.

  73. Silverfox said

    Bebe, Djafan,

    Call me a Conspiracy Theorist, but you are assuming the ones who post sites offering free downloads of David’s music are FANS who want everyone to have David’s music even if it’s for free? Ever think perhaps they are NOT fans at all? They KNOW what they are doing and they know it’s hurting David and they do not care? :(

    It’s not the first time David’s been conspired against. IMO.

  74. Abrra said

    Gladys

    I put the paragraph that mentioned David in to Google translate. I know its not 100% accurate, but one can see tone of the article in general. It is clear to me the writer does not like much about season 7. Too bad the writer didn’t say who they wanted to win. It’s clear they did not like either David.

    “In recent years, AI seemed to wane. The most recent winners were a disappointment. In season 7 was David Cook, an insignificant boy who triumphed over the unbearable teenager David Archuleta. The judges were the fair Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul (always groggy and emotional), Simon Cowell (increasingly overreacted in their arrogance and evil) and Kara DioGuardi, a songwriter who played pretty hard, but good.”

    Silverfox

    That’s quite a stretch, but plausible. Those who create the file sharing sites may be seeding it with free files of popular artists just to get hits. What I am more focused on is the actual download counts. I will not post any links to these sites. Here is info I copied from one of them.

    david archuleta other side deluxe megaupload Full Download
    8301 downloads at 3775 kb/s

    david archuleta other side deluxe megaupload Torrent
    4223 downloads at 3175 kb/s

    [COMPLETE] david archuleta other side deluxe megaupload
    5107 downloads at 2775 kb/s

    david archuleta other side deluxe megaupload Full Free
    9107 downloads at 2935 kb/s

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    I can almost understand why they are posted ( to gain hits for advertising) but I find it ponderous that “fans” would take the bait and steal his music.

    Abrra

  75. xaris said

    Davidstopsmyaging, your poem is lovely. There are so many talented writers in this group, I think I should move to another fansite. Is there one for practical-minded fans who can’t write creatively at all? LOL!

    This piracy problems truly disturbs me for the sake of young artists like David. We frequently have herds of young people in the house, and one week last fall I polled two different groups, ages 16 to 25. Out of 18 people, exactly one purchased his music, and that one is my son who said he knew I would “have a cow” if he downloaded it illegally. None of the others view downloading as stealing, and these are all good kids. None of them would think of taking anything that did not belong to them. Most of them don’t even have Itunes accounts, and if they do they use gift cards for movies or TV shows. Most of them said downloading songs didn’t matter because artists are rich anyway. None of them care about the poorer quality of the illegal downloads. And, here’s the funny part, my son said his friends all think he is rich because he buys his music. Have mercy.

    I think the major labels aren’t interested in putting money into curbing piracy partly because they view their artists as disposable. A commenter at Snowangelz posted an interesting article a while ago which indicated that labels expected their pop artists to sell enough within 90 days to recoup expenses and make a profit. They are no longer interested in keeping an artist long term so he can develop a catalog of work.

    Hope everyone has a good day!

  76. Heidijoy said

    Thanks for bringing light to illegal downloading. Please report illegal downloading sites to RIAA. This is so wrong and the fact that so many justify it makes me sick. I wish that the music industry would do something about this horrible problem.

  77. what I know about this subject you could put on the head of a pin.
    I agree with Dakgal who said “I put it akin to shoplifting an album from a store.”

    Abrra
    “I can almost understand why they are posted ( to gain hits for advertising) but I find it ponderous that “fans” would take the bait and steal his music.”

    Abs, at the risk of sounding stupid…what kind of advertising? For their site, or advertising that is on their site? (ok, that question most likely is stupid.)
    not used to this time change yet…need more coffee…and some ‘Contigo’ before work.

    the picture at 48.
    #57Betsy….. “He was caught in an unguarded moment. Not smiling for the camera. Just feeling something very real, and I see it all over his face.”
    so true..
    that look, captured on Davids face, unveils the empathetic makeup of his heart♥ and the beauty and passion of his soul.

  78. Abrra said

    Xaris & Heidijoy
    Thanks for joining the discussion. I have read similar reports about young people not realizing the harm done by stealing music. The RIAA is one way to shake things up. I have no knowledge of their effectiveness. I think it has to start with the artist or the lable. Until someone puts real legal heat on these sites , they will continue. Just as one would protect their bank account, artists need to watch over their product.
    Anyone can set up google Akers to have all mews about David come to thier mail box. If we all did this , we can report these sites. I left a comment on a few and One did reply and claimed they were in compliance with RIAA. So you see there is much denial on all sides over the legality of the existence of file sharing sites.
    http://www.RIAA.com/reportpiracy is the link. I hope it works as I am typing from my phone.

    Abrra from her iPhone

  79. Abrra said

    Sky
    People make web sites and offer advertisers to put ads for products or services. The web site has to have significant hits count to show clients who pay them to put the ads up. An easy way to keep a site busy is to offer file sharing. Very little work for the volume of traffic they get.

    Abrra from her iPhone

  80. Angelica said

    Xaris,

    “..I think I should move to another fansite. Is there one for practical-minded fans who can’t write creatively at all? LOL!”

    Don’t you dare!! We love your comments here and practical is very welcome and needed everywhere. I found your polling of your son’s young friends very interesting. Nothing like going straight to the source for the facts.

    Interesting reading the discussion on illegal downloads which has been a lot on my mind the last couple of days too. I’ll say more about that later…oh wait, David just tweeted.

    Urging us to donate $10.00 to the Red Cross to help Japan by texting to 90999. Gonna do that now.

  81. Angelica said

    http://www.mgivefoundation.org/Default.aspx

  82. thanks Abrra for answering my question, appreciate that.

    btw..I keep forgetting to mention I love seeing Bebe’s quote in the left column under that gorgeous top pic of David…
    oooh,that gaze…somebody slap me.

  83. SandyBeaches said

    This is my partial “Ode to Monday”…

    Today is Monday, it is the beginning of a whole new week; A week of possibility, a week of new beginnings, a week that can be anything you want it to be!! There is a Gaelic proverb that states, Monday is the key day of the week full of promise…Someting a little upbeat for you from me.

    SB

  84. bebereader said

    Silverfox#73

    “Bebe, Djafan,

    Call me a Conspiracy Theorist, but you are assuming the ones who post sites offering free downloads of David’s music are FANS who want everyone to have David’s music even if it’s for free? Ever think perhaps they are NOT fans at all? They KNOW what they are doing and they know it’s hurting David and they do not care? :(”

    I’m sorry if I was unclear. I was not at all implying that David’s own fans were the ones posting offers for illegal downloads. I’m well aware that there are crooks out there who have ill intentions and plant illegal downloads for fun or seedy pleasure. I was merely wondering why it’s David’s music that people will illegally download and not that of other musicians. I know David isn’t the only victim of piracy but in this particular case, it directly contributed to low sales. I don’t care about other musicians, especially the ones who are established and don’t need high album sales to keep them in business. I only care about David and sales were low for TOSOD and shouldn’t have been. We saw how many copies were ‘stolen’ by whomever. Would love to add up the figures and show David!

  85. djafan said

    Another media site picks up David’s India trip. Please leave a comment if you have a chance.

    David Archuleta Gets Hands-On During India Charity Trip
    6 comment(s)

    March 14, 2011 08:53:31 GMT

    Photos taken from his recent trip to India in support of Rising Star Outreach documents the ‘Crush’ singer washing the foot of an old man and playing with a younger boy among others.

    David Archuleta has traveled to India for a charity event in late January. Photos from the 20-year-old singer’s trip have recently hit the web, and they show him learning first hand what Rising Star Outreach’s mission is. Washing an old man’s foot and documenting an old lady’s blood pressure are only some of the things he did.

    The season 7 runner-up of “American Idol” traveled to the Asian country to help Rising Star Outreach celebrate World Leprosy Day, which was on January 31. Of the charity trip, he said, “It’s really taught me a lot. I don’t want to leave because it’s really great to be around these kids and all these people.”

    During the trip, David traveled to a leprosy colony. He assisted the doctors with their work and inaugurated the Pathway of Hope, a granite lined pathway created with motivational inscriptions from fans. He also performed for and with the patients. Some of the songs he sang were “Angels” and “Crush”.

    http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00039011.html

    ModOration

    David Archuleta Visits India
    March 14, 2011 By Nikki 1 Comment

    David Archuleta took a recent trip to India in support of Rising Star Outreach, where he learned first hand what the organization does and stands for.

    David is part of The Pathway to Hope project, where you can donate $50 to get your own brick on the pathway to raise money for schools, classroom supplies, and furniture in one of over 700 Leprosy colonies in Indian.

    http://modoration.com/2011/03/14/david-archuleta-visits-india/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  86. djafan said

    SF, Bebe,

    I don’t know who the thieves are. What I do know about conspiracies is that some things just don’t add up. We request and request to the radio stations and nothing, some actually say that can’t play it. There are people that go out of their way to post negative comments on David articles. For instance on itunes, they purposely give it a low vote and leave a comment that makes it obvious that they don’t like David, why do they bother? And it happens mostly where David gets good reviews and comments. I don’t think the fans are doing it like it was mentioned above most youngsters don’t think they’re doing anything wrong by illegal downloading in this case it directly affected the sales of TOSOD.

  87. djafan said

    Please help out the Latinos here!

    http://radiodisney.disneylatino.com/ranking.jsp

  88. Heidijoy said

    I left a note to MJ’s emphasizing the slide show of David’s trip to India that Ozarko had put in the comments. She did put it in the 3/14 Headlines. Hopefully those that are inclined to support David there will comment.

  89. djafan said

    New video of RSO and David in India.

  90. Dakgal said

    Something that has been on my mind for months now:

    I seems to me that TOSOD has been one giant debacle from the very beginning. My time line on this might be off.

    As I recall SBL was late being released as a single, which I think hurt it , because it was a great summer song. When it was released ( late summer) it received little or no promotion, except by David ( who worked his buns off) on radio stations, who then in turn never bothered to play it, and the video release wasn’t even coordinated with it .Then it seems in mid stream “Elevator” was the song to promote, which followed the same road as SBL.

    Then it for some reason ( which I can’t remember) the album was delayed in being released for sale, which subsequently wasn’t promoted AT ALL. During this time somewhere SBL was offered on David’s site as a free download. ???? why? Money out the window. I wish I knew why all this discombobulation on one CD, didn’t one soul know what they were doing?

    Then to top it all off–bad sales because of theft.

    And this CD deserved so much better -it is full of nothing but good!

    Rant over!

  91. Silverfox said

    Bebe #84, :)

    I know what you meant and it’s the reason why I think there is something very wrong going on as far as WHY David’s music is downloaded more than many other artists. And does it affect the overall sales of other artist’s who also have their music illegally downloaded as much as it has affected David? I would be very interested in actual statistics about this.

    We all know the initial lower than expected sales of TOSOD was a direct result of poor promotion by the old label. There is no question TOSOD is a very good, if not GREAT album. Seemed to me David was left on his own to sink or swim with TOSOD. David seemed to be going with the flow, probably thinking “all things happen for a reason”. But maybe not because he severed his ties with the label. Firing his mgmt was an obvious next step because WEG has ties to the label through the other artists they manage, most if not all who are contracted with said label.

    I’m not saying the old label or management “conspired” to hurt David which some people would say is “a stretch”, but hurt David they did anyway. :(

    One thing I do not and will never understand is why sales were so low the first week if David’s core fanbase bought it, some fans purchased multiple albums. I can’t believe he has less than 60K fans here in the US. At that time he had 500k followers, all or most were aware of the release of TOSOD. Even if only half are actual fans, that’s still a at least 200k fans who could have purchased it. What happened? I would really like to know.

    Sorry if I’m bring up old news..but it still bothers me and the illegal downloading issue just brought it all back in my mind.

  92. loulou said

    I agree with Silverfox!Between my Sister and i we bought 9 of Davids TOSOD THE WALLMARTS WERE ILIVE RAN OUT IN A FEW DAYS..THEN I WENT TO BUY AFEW MORE AROUND Christmas TIME AND THEY SAID THEY WERE OUT.So they eather sold alot our they werent ordering any more!It does make one wonder doesnt it?

  93. bebereader said

    Silverfox,

    It’s not old news and if it’s still very much on your mind and my mind then I’m sure more fans are thinking about it too.

    I remember that AOL had TOSOD livestreaming about two weeks before it turned up in the stores and on ITunes. A little while later, the illegal downloads appeared on youtube. I was livid and at the same time had a sinking feeling, knowing what it could mean for sales. There were complaints and the youtubes were taken down, only to be put up again a few days later. How many copies of TOSOD were stolen during that time? We’ll never know.

    Which brings me to the belief that record labels should not put so much importance on the number of cds sold for $$ because it’s obviously no indication of how many cds are actually acquired.

  94. MT said

    I’ve been reading comments and I too am so disappointed in how everything went for TOSOD. So many things didn’t go the way they should have.

    One thing though … I don’t know why and artist’s whole CD is put up before it goes to iTunes? I guess it’s to build anticipation, I can see that. But the WHOLE thing? It doesn’t make sense. Knowing how much of a problem illegal downloading is, why don’t they do 40sec snips instead?

    I remember when the first album came out. It was on AOL but it had “Music On Demand” right smack in the middle of the songs. That was perfect. Why didn’t they do that with TOSOD? No one would bother stealing something that wasn’t a full original.

    Anyway, that’s one of my pet peaves on the release of his last album. I think the initial copies that started the illegal downloads came from that full preview that was put up. If it hadn’t been for that, maybe the pre-orders and initial sales would have been higher?

    Let’s hope they fix that issue on his next release. Anyway, just my 2 cents.

    And I can’t believe that Google Alerts e-mails people with illegal download sites!! People don’t even have to try to find it. It’s just sent out! That’s crazy!

  95. nanaweize said

    Just taking a minute to say I love this. I am doing well since my knee replacement. Still using the walker and having a hard time siting at the computer for long. I get to go off the comadin tomorrow and start 4 baby asprins a day for 3 weeks. 2 weeks down and 5 to go before the left knee replacement…Lovin listening to my David James Arhuleta music and giving out CD’s to whomever…My 2 cute Physical theripists liked it when I gave them each a CD and told them to change their motto to just one step in front of the other. LOL!
    I have missed all the beautiful articles and will try and catch up later.

  96. bebereader said

    MT,

    I totally agree with you about it being a bad idea to stream new releases online. But that seems to be the way things are going now. It might build anticipation as you say but it also gives you a chance to listen to the cd and decide whether or not you want to buy it.

    For diehard fans like us, of course we’re going to buy several copies but for casual fans, perhaps they feel they have their fill after hearing it repeatedly for a week for free. Or maybe they intend to buy it eventually, some day.

    Statistics say that that young people from 13-23 dominate the music industry. That’s also the group that grew up on limewire. Ever hear of a college kid who isn’t broke?

  97. bebereader said

    Nanaweize,

    Welcome Back! Take your time as there’s lots to read!
    WTG for gifting your physical therapists with TOSOD! I’m sure they will enjoy it as much as we do!

  98. SandyBeaches said

    Just listening to David sing on Unplugged…

    The world has been a less better place not hearing him sing for so long…

    But that is all going to change and the songs on TOSOD will be back on stage.

    He has more great songs on one CD than anyone out there…

    SB

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