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David Archuleta ~ Surfing the Net/Conquering the Wave

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In 1999, Napster, a free online file sharing site arose. The music industry fought back by bringing suit and vanquished that foe but like the heads of the mythological Hydra, dozens of other sites sprang up in its place. That should have been all the heads-up the industry needed but it was not until 2003 that iTunes emerged. By that time, people who were accustomed to downloading tracks for free, didn’t find the 99 cent deal as tempting. Now, according to online download tracker BigChampagne Media Measurement, the volume of unauthorized downloads represents 90% of the market.

“It first started with computer software. Most computer users have routinely downloaded freeware (free to use) and shareware (free use for a certain time period, then pay a nominal registration fee for continual use). These habits strengthened with the migration of the publishing industry over the Internet. All major newspapers and magazines provided, and most of them still continue to provide their content, for which the print subscribers would pay, free of charge over the Internet in exchange for “eyeballs” and resulting advertising revenue. These habits are now affecting music, a newly recognized information good. The convergence of computing with audio technology and the advent of MP3 and other digital formats has allowed music lovers to download and distribute both legal and pirated music over the internet. “

The Music Industry in the Digital World: Waves of Change/Mihir Parikh musicwave.pdf

In the last several years, the music industry has undergone a sea change. The tide has turned and the old ways of doing business will not work in the new global Internet environment.

There is no turning back the onslaught of this new wave. This is a an inevitable change in an industry that has experienced many technological innovations over the years. We have moved from vinyl albums to cassettes to CDs and now the change is from a tangible product to intangible access.  In this Information Age the internet has altered the structure of the music industry and the way it works forever. People are going to download music for free.  Period.  Even if all the sites that offer free downloads could be tracked down and punished, it wouldn’t touch the millions of P2P (peer-to-peer) collections that share music and are unpublished.

This is not a bad thing. It is a change in the means of distribution from the labels to the artist and his fans. In the old structure, the labels collect 85 to 90% of the profit from music sales anyway. That means an artist has to sell an awful lot of CDs to see any of that money. The little they do see goes back into the business of making music and touring.

In the new paradigm, artists will move closer to the center of power. They will gain much more control over the marketing and distribution of their music. Many will choose to remain free of a label and labels themselves will have to change or get left in the wake of the outgoing tide. In the very near future, the label’s role of finding talent will still exist but their position will evolve to a more managerial/consultant role.

Artists who understand this change and embrace it will find themselves freer and in more control of their art and the revenue from it than ever before. The Internet, in effect, cuts out the middleman and allows the artist to interact directly with his fans.

Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter along with a well designed, dynamic website will be the method of distribution for music and information and connecting with fans. The website could provide free downloads of music, (yes, I said free) vlogs, chats with fans, information about upcoming events, tours, and tangible merchandise for sale including CDs, high-end T-shirts, mugs, posters, and other products as well as advertising revenue. Video-taping and fan photos from concerts should be encouraged and promoted and occasional HD streaming of a live concert could be offered for a substantial fee. Most fans unable to travel to the concert would be more than happy to pay for this virtual experience in real-time. All of this is money in the artist’s pocket to help fund his tours, which also, without a label to take the lion’s share of the profit, will be much more lucrative. With or without a label, good management will be key but ultimately, his financial survival will depend on live performances and a devoted fan base. The recorded music will in effect be a way of introducing himself to a public of growing fans who will then pay money to see him live. Gone are the days when an artist was able to make a living on recordings alone. Ironically, the new age of computer technology that brought with it digitally engineered recorded voices has also, due to free access to that recorded music, ushered in a return to the sincerity of live performance. If a singer is of that rare breed who is actually better live than in the studio, he is well poised to take to the stage with confidence. If he, in addition, is getting a huge amount of illegal downloads of his music, he is standing at the crest of a rising wave, that if taken at its peak, will lead to a great future.

104 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ Surfing the Net/Conquering the Wave”

  1. Abrra said

    “If he, in addition, is getting a huge amount of illegal downloads of his music, he is standing at the crest of a rising wave, that if taken at its peak, will lead to a great future.”

    This is an interesting take on piracy. I remain a bit skeptical about how labels are being cut out by the internet. I agree that getting good management to field offers is a step in the right direction. Old school promotion of an artist is vital for maintaining a solid fan base who are willing to attend concerts and buy the merchandise.In the past, labels have provided the up front costs, then reimbursed by the artist. It seems that putting the “career” back in the hands of the artist is a risky endeavor.

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    David’s strength has always been his ability to deliver exciting live performances. Getting back on stage is hopefully a priority.

    Abrra

  2. FG said

    The part of this issue that really irks me the most is that the industry still uses hardcopy CD sales to measure success. Hardcopy CD sales haven’t meant anything for years now. Are concert promoters looking at illegal downloads and previous sell-out concerts as a basis for booking someone? Anyone with a computer can quickly find out that wherever David goes, thousands of people show up. And this is without proper promotion!

    As far as measuring someone’s fandom by whether or not you download illegally, we all need to face the fact that most young folks do not feel this way. I work with many young women from strict homes, with high values and morals, and none of them pay for their music. They do not consider it stealing. This is the new mindset. Artists need to find other ways to make money. David knows he can sell out small venues and VIPs. He just needs someone to make that happen.

  3. FG said

    I had to cut my post short to take the boys to school. For those of you not on Twitter, or not following me there (lovefrommich) I had posted some screencaps about this issue. I spent about 4 hours over the past few months trying to find and report illegal downloads of TOSOD. In that short time, I found approx 300-400K, and those were just the sites that had counters on them. Many do not have counters/totals downloads.

    Here are a few examples:

    http://twitpic.com/42wy4p/full

    http://twitpic.com/42wwv8/full

    Based on what I found (and I know some of you mentioned the Google Alerts you receive as well) I’d say I just scratched the surface of the actual total of downloads. The good news here is that people do actually know about and want David’s music, they just won’t pay for it.

    I want to know if David knows about this, because I don’t want him to think that TOSOD was a flop, or that people don’t like it. That just isn’t the case at all.

  4. Abrra said

    Last night I added Taylor Swift snd Justin Beiber to my google alerts. I will track them for a month. So far I have 1 alert for TS with 8 links to web mentions but no file sharing sites. I’ll report back if I see a trend that either of these young artists have significant piracy issues.

    Abrra from her iPhone

  5. Marylee said

    Very interesting article. I have limited knowledge or understanding of the music industry. I’ve always been of the mind-set that, if you’re a fan, you would NEVER dream of downloading free..thinking the role of a fan is to “promote/boost” their artist’s sales~too simplistic a view? I suppose so :( Anyway~I just want to see David back on the stage where he belongs..anything else is an injustice to a young man who has devoted the majority of his early life to a music career.

  6. MT said

    Angelica, Great Article! Lots of food for thought there. I’m not an expert on the industry by any means so I can’t really say what would and wouldn’t work, but I agree that something has to change for an artist to survive today.

    4. Abrra: I’d be interested to find out the results of the alerts. Please let us know.

    5. Marylee: When I was a teen and young adult, illegal downloading wasn’t an issue. But I do recall that if I liked an album, I bought it, and beyond that I never really worried about the artist him/herself. In my mind, it follows that the average music lover isn’t really worried about the artists’ sales. They get (by whatever means) the music they like and probably don’t really think beyond that. I think it’s really just the hard-core fans that are concerned about David’s sales and career. I don’t think the ones who download illegally really think about it at all.

  7. Dakgal said

    Thanks Angelica –very interesting article–what my poor brain can understand and absorb. Like most people my knowledge is very limited ( lets say none) on the subject.

    One thing I don’t understand ,is why Crush was able to go platinum and the first CD gold or better–this was just three years ago. I’m sure illegal downloading was available then, too. Have things changed that much in that time span or were things handled differently? Like more promotion? Does promotion have anything to do with kids buying instead of getting songs illegally? I’m full of questions–like the little kid that keeps saying–”but why”

  8. djafan said

    Just stopping by to say hi…no time to read right now.

  9. bebereader said

    Great article, Angelica! Just my speed and I have some things to say, but like dja, I can’t stay. Have an appointment in a bit. Be back later.

  10. Dakgal said

    Abs -interesting experiment-I’m anxious to see what happens.

    Thanks for the dreamy picture–always love to see pictures.

  11. SandyBeaches said

    Thank you Angelica for the information that goes behind the scenes. Every year that goes by It will become more complex. They have left me in the dust already.

    Seeing what has been going on is the surprise realization. But how long it takes to correct
    the problem will be the concern.

    FG and Abrra, at least your searching out for information will not allow the problem to remain somewhat hidden. Maybe you will uncover many more interesting facts.

    SB

  12. interesting article Angelica.
    this:
    “Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter along with a well designed, dynamic website will be the method of distribution for music and information and connecting with fans.”
    —————
    So much in your article to take in! The above scenario would certainly put David in a good place as he is so connected to his fan base, and he has so many followers on Twitter.However, well designed and dynamic does not describe his official website.(who runs it now?)
    I just have so many questions/thoughts, in my head right now about all of this information, and what it means, and the fact that David (as far as we know)is going to be delving into the writing/composing aspect of his musical journey for the foreseeable future.

    When I last saw David on the 3rd of December at the Majestic, I bought a T-shirt. The back of it said..David Archuleta…The Other Side Of Down, Tour 2010. At one point that was a plan in 2010. Just makes you wonder. Maybe as the album release date pushed forward, from summer, to fall,then then the radio circuit promo for the new music and those appearances,new band,Skating specials, Orla’s special, Regis &Kelly, Wendy show appearance, Motab.New Years, etc.then Singapore,India…heck That TOSOD tour just never got rockin.Then Jive and WEG and making the break.Has David in his heart, written off TOSOD in his mind to move a different direction? I am just still confused about all of it. Behind him 100 percent, just confused as to how he will market his new music to come…
    this
    ” With or without a label, good management will be key but ultimately, his financial survival will depend on live performances and a devoted fan base.”
    do you think we will see him perform again before July, at “Stadium of Fire”?

  13. Bydesign said

    That article is really interesting. I agree with the writer that management(that fits with David’s vision of his career) is essential right now to keep things moving for him. However, I don’t have a clue what David’s intentions are..other than music in some form or fashion. It was driving me crazy for a time but I think I have now gone through all of the “stages” of the grieving process and have accepted that when David decides to actually say something to us about the direction his career is going, I will still be checking the sites and will find out. I will always be a fan and will, happily, jump on the band wagon when the time comes…until then, I have a lot of yard work I need to do.

  14. FG said

    Oh and Lord Have Mercy that picture on the bottom of the article!

    Reminds me of this video:

    I cry foul.

  15. Heidijoy said

    Interesting article! One advantage for us is that David is a fantastic LIVE performer and with the right management will come out of this better in the long run. Hoping for the best for David and us. Nice to have support while we wait to see what’s next.

  16. Silverfox said

    Dakgal, your comment:

    “One thing I don’t understand ,is why Crush was able to go platinum and the first CD gold or better–this was just three years ago. I’m sure illegal downloading was available then, too. Have things changed that much in that time span or were things handled differently? Like more promotion? Does promotion have anything to do with kids buying instead of getting songs illegally? I’m full of questions–like the little kid that keeps saying–”but why”

    Yes, WHY? Very good question. There is something more than meets the eye here.

    Abrra:

    Even if TS & the kid you are monitoring have thousands of illegal downloads as well…so what? It has not affected the sales of their music. Their albums have sold like hotcakes. Not so for David. Again, my question is Why?

    Angelica, thought provoking article. Your last paragraph:

    “If a singer is of that rare breed who is actually better live than in the studio, he is well poised to take to the stage with confidence. If he, in addition, is getting a huge amount of illegal downloads of his music, he is standing at the crest of a rising wave, that if taken at its peak, will lead to a great future”.

    I sincerely hope & pray you are right because what you are saying is that there is a positive side to stealing David’s music via illegal downloads.

  17. Abrra said

    SF
    If my 1 month analysis of TS and JB shows there were less illegal downloads, I will surmise that their labels have strong legal teams watching over such things. The lawyers could paper those sites with cease and desist orders.
    Apparently, David has nothing to back him up.
    Abrra

  18. MT said

    Is anyone else having trouble watching Youtube vids? I just get a black screen on everything in Youtube. No picture, no sound, no control buttons ?????

  19. Dakgal said

    MT–I just checked You-Tube and everything is working OK for me.

    Hmmmmm?

  20. Abrra said

    MT
    Reboot your computer? Possible you missed an update for flash player?

    Mine works fine.

    Abrra

  21. I’m back after long time no write on here, I share with you this set of images in India on a video, hope y’ll like it

  22. TOfan said

    Fascinating post, Angelica, and so timely! (And Abrra, you are one brave soul to sign up for TS & JB on Google Alerts! lol)

    My niece (who’s 21) laughs at me for buying CDs. I asked her how she expects the artists she likes to make a living and she said by touring. That said, the last live show she attended wasn’t even a band concert. It was a DJ from NYC who filled one of the biggest live clubs in the city and played his own mixes, sampling, mashups, etc. I asked her how she even heard of this guy, and if he’s played on the radio. She said her friends don’t listen to the radio, they share music and if they REALLY like someone, they’ll buy their CD (even the DJ’s) at the concert. So once David does start touring again, hopefully his music will be more available for sale at the venues than it has been in the past.

    THIS! “A well designed, dynamic website will be the method of distribution for music and information and connecting with fans.” I hope David’s team realizes that most of the people who loved him on Idol, and maybe even bought his first CD, do not visit fan sites or David’s FB … to let those thousands of casual fans know about appearances or new music, he’s going to need that well-designed, dynamic website stat! When I saw Mumford & Sons perform for the first time (on the Grammys), the first thing I did was look for their official site to find out more about them & buy their CD. (It’s a great site btw and a great CD! :) )

  23. MT said

    Abrra, thanks!! I did have to update the player and re-boot. It works now! :) Yay!!!!

    ♪♫ Can’t live without my videos. ♫♪

  24. emmegirl said

    Great article Angelica, much to ponder.

    Abrra 17, you may be on to something.

    FG, thanks for the examples of just some of the illegal downloads. If it is disheartening for us,you can only imagine what it is like for the artists.

    David’s tweets about writing make my heart flutter.

  25. bebereader said

    Angelica,

    Thanks for tackling this subject. Major labels, it seems, will support an artist as long as the artist does things their way. The conflict happens when the artist evolves and has their own ideas. Ironic much? That’s what makes artists go independent or indie. There’s no major label to fund the cost of touring and making cds; but they can be as creative as they want. The catch is that it’s up to the artist to promote himself and it’s not so easy without financial backing. Knowing the business of making money and selling yourself becomes as important as writing and performing.

    The music industry is changing with the web offering new ways for artists to sell their music, giving them a larger audience than if they sold their cds only in stores. The artist has more control over who gets their hands on their new music. Maybe this would be one way to stop illegal downloading.

    I used to follow a young artist who was on an indie label, Quiet Thunder. You can’t purchase his cds in the regular stores or on amazon. I never hear his songs played on radio. You can only buy his music from him, online on his website which, run by him and his family, always stays current. His youtube page has new videos with samples of upcoming music. He maintains a mailing list and emails his fans to let them know if something new is going on. Like David, he routinely communicates with his fans. He has control over his career.

    The question is, Is he doing well? I don’t know because once David came along, I stopped following this other artist. ;)

  26. bebereader said

    David’s tweet:

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  27. djafan said

    Angelica,

    “If he, in addition, is getting a huge amount of illegal downloads of his music, he is standing at the crest of a rising wave, that if taken at its peak, will lead to a great future.”

    Very interesting information and I think you’re on to something here. I’m a google alert junkie for all things David and when I see so many offers of illegal downloads, the amounts already downloaded lead me to believe that David’s music is in high demand. How many times do we see tweets and confessions on blogs that they listen to David’s music, like if it’s something to be embarrassed about, something not cool. I don’t get this.

    I was thinking that maybe Jive did and does know that David is in high demand, it wouldn’t take them any time to come up with the illegal download numbers, if we can do it I’m sure they could or did. The media reported that David was dropped because of what Melinda said and then they added that it was because of TOSOD’s dismal sales, but Jive never said that, the so called journalists made up their own reasons. Jive made offers, why? I’m going to take a guess and say that it was because they know what we know, David isn’t going anywhere, they see what we see, the illegal downloads plus the sales, the turnouts at all his events, and the fan following are the proof in the pudding.

    Ok David, now I’d like some news. :)

  28. Tawna21 said

    This is a very interesting article as well as the comments following it. I have all the same questions as the rest of you, and no answers to them. I remember reading at one point just recently how Joy Williams’ husband used to be an A&R guy with a record label and left because he didn’t like the way the label handled the contracts (he felt they were really unfair) and formed his own company. In my head, I can totally see someone like him getting with David and helping him through this. Just thinking.

    In the meantime, I’m just going to play the same waiting game that has been going on and be sooo very glad when we hear something from David. Until then, Stadium of Fire please get here! Hopefully, we’ll all have the mega opportunity to see him on stage before then. **hope, hope, hope**

    On another note ♪♫, I’m pondering the news that my oldest son and his wife just hit me with…they are expecting baby #4…yay! for me another grandbaby…for them(?)..their youngest will be 9yo when this one is born…yes, they are a little stunned with the whole idea. I wanted to ask them if they had forgotten how they got the other 3, but refrained. ;) I should have them listen to TAGGB on the TOSOD cd that I gave their teenage daughter. The whole thing makes me chuckle. Life throws some serious curve balls now and then!!

    Tawna

  29. djafan said

    Interesting, a tweet from a social media business owner.

    Got to talk to David Archuleta today. He’s a really down to earth guy. Stadium of Fire’s going to be good this year!

    Check out his website.

    http://www.bluehelm.com/what-is-social-media/

  30. SandyBeaches said

    I am going to add this right dab in the middle of facts and figures, I decided to go and look at poetry and instead of a poem called ‘Waiting”, I found this…

    By Rudyard Kipling

    If

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with triumph and disaster
    And treat those two imposters just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
    And stoop and build ‘em up with wornout tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breath a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

    For David,

    SB

  31. Tawna21 said

    SB #30–a perfect poem for this particular time. Love it!

    Tawna

  32. SandyBeaches said

    Tawna, each time I read it, it becomes more meaningful. Oh, watch out it might bring a tear or two. Congrats to you!!

    SB

  33. bebereader said

    SB…Perfect! Yes, tears…maybe two.

  34. bebereader said

    Twitter party!!!

    CanadianArchie were you thinking of doing a blog sometime this week @DavidArchie?

    @davidarchie@CanadianArchie Yeah I am :) 20 minutes ago via web
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    @DavidArchie Daviiiiiddd!!!!PLEASE COME BACK TO SINGAPOOORRE SOON ALRIGHT??:D:D:D ALL OF US HERE MISSES YOU SOOOO MUCH!!:)

    @McEra04_B1 Aw man well thanks! The Singapore, Malaysian, and Pinoy fans have always been great when I’ve been to those countries!! 7 minutes ago via web in reply to McEra04_B1

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    @DavidArchie how’s your day been David? I worked out at Gold’s Gym earlier:) have you worked out there?:) 13 minutes ago via web

    @mandybear32 Haven’t but some of my friends have tried to get me to go there with them. 8 minutes ago via web in reply to mandybear32

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    @DavidArchie its my birthday today! 14 minutes ago via web

    @walshie_wolf Cool well happy birthday! 9 minutes ago via web in reply to walshie_wolf

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    @DavidArchie what about the Honduran archies? can we get a hello plase? 16 minutes ago via web in reply to DavidArchie

    @Zully_FOD Yeah hi Honduran Archies! 9 minutes ago via web in reply to Zully_FOD

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    @DavidArchie you should come back to Canada! We miss you here! :( 31 minutes ago via web in reply to DavidArchie

    @archanimal92 I know I need to go to Canada! Trying to figure it out and see what we can do now that there's more breathing space lol 16 minutes ago via web in reply to archanimal92

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    @DavidArchie if you are looking for breathing room – Chicago is the Windy City plenty of air to breathe here – just sayin’ :-p 18 minutes ago via Echofon

    @LizzyDizzy88 Oh I meant breathing room as in more freedom, ability to do more possibilities lol but I know there’s a lot of wind in Chicago 9 minutes ago via web in reply to LizzyDizzy88

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    @Cinthya224 Yeah I’ve been noticing that there are a bunch of Peruvian fans and I’ve noticed a lot lately! That’s really cool! 11 minutes ago via web in reply to Cinthya224
    (no page existed for Cinthya)

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    I decide to go to bed at a normal time and @davidarchie has a twitter party… figures. ITS JUST MY LUUUCKKKK. lol 21 minutes ago via Mobile Web

    @josilynnnx3 Sorry you should still go to bed at a normal time! Sleep’s a good thing 12 minutes ago via web in reply to josilynnnx3

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    @DavidArchie Could I get a reply? I’ve never gotten one from you and would love one! ;D 22 minutes ago via web

    @NESports All right hello! 12 minutes ago via web in reply to NESports

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    @DavidArchie say hello to ur indonesian fans david! We miss u so much!! :D 24 minutes ago via mobTweet

    @widime Hellooo Indonesian Fans!! Thanks for the support you show even when I haven’t been able to go there yet, but I’ll make it up to you! 13 minutes ago via web in reply to widime

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    @DavidArchie how are the new song ideas comin’? You’re a great song writer. I’m sure they’re great! 27 minutes ago via txt

    @MmiIRrIiaAmMx3 Thanks! And I am excited about them because I am trying a different approach with my writing! Or reviving an approach lol 15 minutes ago via web in reply to MmiIRrIiaAmMx3

    @DavidArchie I know you’re reading this, david! Can I just get a hello? A hi? A blank tweet? A smiley? Please? I love you sosososo much<3 28 minutes ago via ÜberSocial in reply to DavidArchie

    @daniellealexis hi! 16 minutes ago via web in reply to daniellealexis

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    DavidArchie Can you say hi to Alaska fans!? :) We all miss you up here! 29 minutes ago via web in reply to DavidArchie

    @AliArchie16 Hi Alaska! 16 minutes ago via web in reply to AliArchie16

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    @DavidArchie Can you say hello to your Asian fans? ^____________^ 32 minutes ago via web in reply to DavidArchie

    @SuperBuknoy_FOD Yeah hello Asian Fans!!! 18 minutes ago via web in reply to SuperBuknoy_FOD

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    @DavidArchie David would you say HOLA ARGENTINA :) tambien tienes fans aquí, te apreciamos mucho 17 minutes ago via web

    @_Julietaa Claro que si! Hola Argentina! 16 minutes ago via web in reply to _Julietaa

    Well I am having internet problems so I’m gonna have to call it a night. Good night everyone! Good answering some of you! 2 minutes ago via txt

  35. bebereader said

    Lots of good stuff in David’s tweets. Did you read them closely?
    Do I hear a hint of touring? Well at least there’s promise! He sounds so positive and good and happy! :D

  36. djafan said

    SB,

    That is a beautiful poem! Thank you for posting and it does get better with each read. ♥

    Bebe,

    That was a great twitter party! I hear hints of things alright!!!

    A vlog is coming!!!

  37. well, glad I am still awake! What a great treat for Twitter’ers, or is it tweeters?
    Thanks for posting the twitter party Bebe!
    David can make us hang onto every word!♥ He has us all under his spell.

    SB, I love that poem by Kipling♥ thank you for posting it tonite.

  38. djafan said

    SKYDANCER,

    And what a spell! ♥

  39. collegemom said

    Oh that was a great twitter party! And hints of touring for us to grasp onto. Thanks for listing all the tweets for us.

  40. Angelica said

    Bringing this over from the end of the last thread posted late last night. Folks have been asking how Weize was doing post-op so I’m happy to know all is going well! Here’s another good mantra for you to use during your therapy, Weize. :)

    Keep, keep, keep walking on.
    Keep, keep, keep walking on.

    nanaweize said
    Monday, March 14, 2011 at 11:08 PM e

    “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 therapists 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.”

    Very much appreciate the thoughtful comments. I have lately read so many articles and done a ton of research on the subject of the changing music industry and I’m no expert but I’m trying to understand. I still do not condone illegal downloading and this is stated in our site rules but the times they are a changing, that is an indisputable fact. Change can be a good thing and I have come away from my study more hopeful than ever in the future of music.

    Sweet Tweets indeed tonight! Imminent Vlog! Trying a different approach to his writing or rather reviving an approach?? hmmmm…trying to figure out tour dates in Canada now that he has more breathing room? Photobucket

  41. Jo said

    omg! I missed the tweeter party, Canada have more possibilities now, David have wide fans base, so amazing.

  42. Blueberry Ice said

    Just checking in between meetings & wow, so many good things to catch up on!

    Nanaweize, Hope for your continued recovery! And kudos to you for sharing David’s music while you rehab!

    Tawna21, #28 … Such wonderful news for your family!

    Sandybeaches, #30 … A timely poem for us to ponder as we continue to support David.

    Angelica, Thank you for the wealth of information as I never knew how complicated the music industry is and still evolving at that. Even how a radio station decides what songs to play is not straightforward is it. As important as social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook may be, unfortunately, it did not help David with the sales of TOSOD. Lack of radio play and illegal downloading likely contributed but I still can’t get over how David has over a 1/2 million followers on Twitter and over 1.5 million followers on Facebook and still sold only ~ 60,000 CD’s. There seems to be more questions than answers. If radio stations are not going to play David’s music, would selling his music via his own official website be enough to keep him in this competitive business? I only hope that David has sound advisors and resources to help guide his future decisions as the business ones seem even more daunting than the challenges of creating new music. I will share your optimism that David will somehow figure it all out and take advantage of these new changes.

    Bebereader, #34 & # 35 … David always seems to know when we need a lift. Thanks for posting his twitter party. In answer to your question on how I became a fan, it was quite by accident so please don’t laugh. I never saw David on American Idol so I missed out on all the hype and excitement on his rise to fame. Sadly that meant there was no tours, VIP events, TV performances, interviews, etc. which is why I treasure all the videos and photo’s that you share from those past events. By chance last year, I discovered David while my kids were watching a rerun episode of Hannah Montana where he was a guest on. I’m not sure why but I decided to look David up on Google and discovered that he had been on American Idol. Yes, his beautiful voice was initially what hooked me in, but in researching archived stories about David from the media and fan’s personal experiences, a detailed picture of an unique and special young man began to emerge. It wasn’t until I read his book last summer that I truly became his fan as he gained my respect for not only his beautiful voice, musical talent but for who he is as a person and a wonderful role model for my children. Along the way, I discovered this wonderful fansite, a place where I can learn, share, worry, support, laugh and take pride in David’s musical journey. What a blessing it has been to be his fan. I do believe that there are many more waiting-to-discover David fans out there just like me and my goal is to make sure I do what I can to make that happen because as much as he needs his existing devoted fans, he needs new fans even more!

  43. Abrra said

    #28 Tawna
    Funny you mention Joy Williams.

    This came in the TS alert yesterday.

    Internet Buzz Helps The Civil Wars Find Success
    ABC News Entertainment

    Here’s a question the members of the duo The Civil Wars have been contemplating a lot lately: What’s the value of a star’s tweet? Or two? Or three?

    For Joy Williams and John Paul White, tweets by Taylor Swift, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Sara Bareilles, among many others, helped drive first-week sales of their debut album, “Barton Hollow,” to levels they didn’t expect. They sold out one tour and now have a more ambitious schedule down the road, had their video added by CMT, and now have at their fingertips limitless possibilities that good old-fashioned word of mouth brings in the Internet age.

    “Instantly, with one click, five million people knew our names,” White said of Swift’s tweet.
    more:http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=13139583

    It’s a perfect example of social networking BUZZ helping a “new” artist. In this case it’s The Civil Wars. I like the idea that David is tight with Joy and her husband. Learning the business by associations such as this will serve him well.

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    #34 Bebe
    Thank you for researching ;) the twitter party!

    Very telling:
    @archanimal92 I know I need to go to Canada! Trying to figure it out and see what we can do now that there’s more breathing space lol 16 minutes ago via web in reply to archanimal92

    Hey David? Were you artistically choked much by Jive? Yes there is much to see in his tweets.

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    Abrra

  44. SandyBeaches said

    Thank you for commenting Blueberry Ice, I believe that the poem was written many years ago with someone just like David in mind.

    SB

  45. emmegirl said

    SB, thanks for the Kipling, love that.

    Greeeeat twitter party. I think he is letting us know that things are moving.

    nanaweize, so glad you are doing better. Love the new motto for the therapists!

    I think he has alot of people in the business who support him. Networking is huge. Joy and Nate practically adopted him. Agree Abrra, he will learn alot from them.

  46. SandyBeaches said

    Blueberry Ice…before I go I must pass along a strange comment unrelated to this morning’s news.

    After I wrote to you I looked up and there beside me was one glass of ice and one beautiful bottle if Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry juice that is the ultimate juice. It was just so coincidental…

    SB

  47. 42 Blueberry Ice…loved your story about how you became a fan of David. Thank goodness for those H.M.reruns,yes? haha Glad you have been able to play catch up on all things David. So thankful for all the videos and photos, chronicling David’s journey, from devoted fans.. big, small, and ninja!

    38. DJA..ya think David has been down to 34th and Vine? buying up bottles of ‘Love potion #9′???

    43.Abrra, Hey David? Were you artistically choked much by Jive? Yes there is much to see in his tweets.
    I believe that David just might be feeling more free now, then he has ever felt in his entire musical journey so far.

  48. Tawna21 said

    Blueberry Ice, what a great becoming-a-David Archuleta-fan story. And you are so right, David needs more than just us dyed in the wool fans…he needs lots of new ones like you. Hopefully, the Angels for a Cause project with TOSOD cd’s that is going on will help that out alot.

    Abrra, I’ve felt for a long time that Joy and Nate could be a real buoy in David’s sea of life.

    Tawna

  49. refnaf said

    Hey all! Angelica what a great informative article!!!! Convinces me again that trusting the Archulator is the way to go>>> all that is changing in the music industry will work for him!!!

    I am pumped about his “needs to come to Canada” tweet :)
    I am ready!!!

  50. Abrra said

    TOfan & Refnaf

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    I am praying that David can make it to Canada ;)

    Abrra

  51. Dakgal said

    #330 SB–Right on poem! I will have to read it more than 100 times to get the meaning of every line ( if even then) Poetry goes too deep for me sometimes.

    #34 Bebe thanks for the twitter party post. Not being a twitter-er I miss out on this goood stuff. He sounds up beat and maybe a tad bored (which might be a good thing).

    #43 Abs -you are such a good researcher you find us all kinds of mind food. Which brings up one of my “why” questions.

    Why, when our David so generously tweets about other peoples albums , music, or appearances, even some biggies, doesn’t anybody tweet about his and give him a needed boost. I’m sure if they did someone here would see it. His last tweet about someone else ( if I’m not mistaken) was about Cook’s, now with as many followers as David has , that had to have helped Cook.
    Did he ever get a “shout out” from Cook when TOSOD came out? Or from anybody?

    Abs , I love to read your thoughts– thanks again for the pictures we need more! And perhaps a obscure forgotten about video that is gathering dust to “shake us up”.

  52. SandyBeaches said

    Oh Dak, #30, the poem “If” is so close to being all about David’s journey so far that I have had to read it several times almost in disbelief. But the first stanza makes me feel a little guilty in some way! He is that man already…

    SB

  53. Blueberry Ice said

    SandyBeaches; #46 … Isn’t it funny how these unexpected coincidences come up; who knows what it means but thank you for sharing as it did make me smile; I think I will look for this Novia Scotia Wild Blueberry Juice; it sounds delicious and all that anti-oxidant will be good for me while waiting more David news; speaking of coincidences, can you believe that the rerun episode of Hannah Montana that features David is being repeated this week?

    Skydancer1x; #47 … Haha; thank goodness the kids have outgrown that H.M. show.

    Tawna21; #48 … Yes, isn’t it a wonderful idea by Angels for a Cause to gift TOSOD CD’s to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and to see so many that has been donated thus far? I’m amazed at the generosity of David’s fandom.

    Abrra; In response to Dakgal’s request for an “obscurred forgotten about video”, I am wondering if David’s rendition of “Nature Boy” which he sang when he was about 12 yrs old has ever been posted here? Apparently this is a song originally sung by Nat King Cole and it shows how David can really sing any genre even back then.

  54. Dakgal said

    SB–Oh, I understand this poem very well, no hidden meanings or messages in it, in fact I wonder if ‘ol Rudyard knows how well this fits David to a tee– No “If” about it for David, cause he has proven he has these characteristics already, many times.

    I just wouldn’t have made a good beatnik–at a poetry session-I’d been left scratching my head saying ” HUH, what’d he just say.

  55. Abrra said

    Blueberry Ice

    Funny you ask about that song. I made up a set of videos for Unplugged that were all “young David” performances. All that was available for Nature Boy was audio with a single picture. I made my own version and threw in a series of pictures to make it a bit more interesting as we listen.

    Dak

    I have seen many of David’s fellow Idols and some of the people he worked with on TOSOD give him a shout out when it was released. He did get support from them.

    Abrra

  56. Angelica said

    Breathing space. Freedom. Ability to do more possibilities. A different approach to writing or reviving an old approach. Now a day of meetings and stuff. And haircut. He is such a ninja. Really could use that vlog right about now. Guess I’ll just have to be patient and wait.
    Cat Waiting Pictures, Images and Photos

    While we wait, check out this adorable video.

  57. gladys said

    Who I AM

    been two hours in a taxi cab,
    I’m just driving around and I’m running a tab,
    But it doesn’t really matter no,
    I’m not getting mad,
    It’s ok, ’cause I know where I’m going,
    Out the window, everybody’s on the phone,
    At the lights are on, and they’re all in the zone,
    Gotta take a step back from my new ringtone,
    I don’t care if your friends there is calling, (ca-ca-calling)
    Days like these,
    It’s hard to breathe.
    I’m gonna take this moment that
    I’m in right now,
    Stop the craziness somehow.
    Leave it all behind me,
    I know it’s gonna find me.
    I got nothing to win and
    got nothing to lose, just trying to walk in my own two shoes,
    I’m gonna take the time now,
    It’s time for me to find out
    Who I amoh oh, oh oh
    Who I am
    Windshield’s like a movie screen,
    And the world outside is a big machine,
    And it moves so fast I can barely think,
    That’s ok, ’cause
    I know what
    I’m doing.

    These verses remind me of that famous phrase: “Stop the world I want to go down. ”
    I feel that these letters is one of the first cries of freedom of david. At that time, we, his fans assume that David was happy that he was in the creative process of your album.
    But I guess something happened or was going on, consciously or unconsciously the letters were not written by themselves, and david’s feelings never lie.

    La traduccion para los latinos

    Han pasado dos horas en un taxi,
    Estoy dando vueltas y me estoy quedando una ficha,
    Pero en realidad no importa, no, yo no estoy loco,
    Está bien, porque sé dónde voy,
    Por la ventana, todo el mundo por teléfono,
    En las luces están encendidas, y todos están en la zona,
    Tengo que dar un paso atrás de mi nuevo tono de timbre,
    No me importa si tus amigos se le llama, (ca-ca-la llamada)
    Días como estos,
    Es difícil respirar.
    Voy a aprovechar este momento que estoy en este momento,
    Detener la locura de alguna manera.
    Deja todo detrás de mí,
    Sé que me va a encontrar.
    No tengo nada que ganar y no tengo nada que perder, tratando de caminar en mis propios zapatos,
    Voy a tomar el tiempo,
    Es el momento para mí para saber
    ¿Quién soy yo?
    oh, oh, oh oh
    ¿Quién soy yo?
    Parabrisas es como una pantalla de cine,
    Y el mundo exterior es una gran máquina,
    Y se mueve tan rápido que apenas se puede pensar,
    Eso está bien, porque sé lo que estoy haciendo,

  58. djafan said

    Hello all!

    Wanted to highlight some very telling tweets IMO :)

    He will be doing a blog.

    CanadianArchie were you thinking of doing a blog sometime this week @DavidArchie?

    @davidarchie@CanadianArchie Yeah I am

    He will try to go to Canada and has breathing room to do these things!

    @DavidArchie you should come back to Canada! We miss you here! :( 31 minutes ago via web in reply to DavidArchie

    @archanimal92 I know I need to go to Canada! Trying to figure it out and see what we can do now that there’s more breathing space lol

    He’s going to make it up to the Indonesian fans!

    @DavidArchie say hello to ur indonesian fans david! We miss u so much!! :D 24 minutes ago via mobTweet

    @widime Hellooo Indonesian Fans!! Thanks for the support you show even when I haven’t been able to go there yet, but I’ll make it up to you!

    And then this, stuff is happening!

    A day of meetings and stuff. about 5 hours ago via txt

    BlueberryIce,

    I enjoyed reading how you became a David fan not the traditional way but made it to the destination. :)

    David named a hot celebrity!

    Hottest Celebrities Under 21
    By Nigel Bonn · March 15, 2011 ·

    David Archuleta – Age 20. David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American pop singer-songwriter. In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol. In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

    http://therandomforest.com/hottest-celebrities-under-21/

  59. Angelica said

    Djafan,

    I know he will be doing a blog. That’s what I’m waiting for. ;)

    Gladys,

    I often think the same when listening to Who I Am. I think it’s the most telling song on the whole album of the stress he felt at times but never let on.

  60. bebereader said

    I just packed up 2 padded envelopes of 2 TOSOD cds each, 2 send 2 Children’s Hospitals in NY and KY that have only received a few so far.

    Wendy from AFAC sent this email tonight:

    A message to all members of Angels for a Cause

    This project has gone so well! As many of you know, David’s fans from all across the US and Canada have been mailing TOSOD CDs to CMN Hospitals for the children to enjoy and put a smile on their precious faces! We still have some hospitals that are receiving less than 10 CDs so lets try to make sure each and every hospital will get at least 10! This project will continue through the month of March so if you were waiting to see which hospitals are in need of CDs, now would be the time to check the hospital here.. http://www.angelsforacause.org/

    I have worked on many projects in the last 2 years on Angels for a Cause and I think this has turned out to be one of the most successful, fun, and generous project I’ve ever done! The fans have been amazingly supportive and I thank each and every one of you. As we sit and wait patiently to see what David’s next move is in his music career, what better way to celebrate how much we love his music that to gift his CD to children who need a little inspiration! This truly is a win-win project!

    Keep up the great work and lets keep those CD numbers climbing!!! If you have any questions about this project, please email me at archangelcause@yahoo.com.

    Thanks again and God Bless!

    ~Wendy AFAC

    Visit Angels for a Cause at: http://angelsforacause.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

  61. bebereader said

    Gladys Those lyrics to “Who I Am” are very revealing, especially:

    “…just trying to walk in my own two shoes,
    I’m gonna take the time now,
    It’s time for me to find out
    Who I am…”

    Wish I could remember the interview (was it Manila?) where David talked about hoping he hadn’t revealed too much in his lyrics. I think you’re on to something when you say that the lyrics in “Who I Am” represent one of his first cries of freedom. How clever of him to be so revealing in that song! You’re right, Angelica, he’s a ninja!

    Blueberry Ice #42 Cool story about how you became a fan. David really stood out from the very beginning of American Idol Season 7 as I’m sure you’ve seen from the videos, and he just continued to amaze us each week. It’s interesting that his appearance on Hannah Montana is what made you become a fan because it was one of his first and only acting roles, ICarly being the other. I’m glad that you saw that something in him that made you want to follow him. Guest-starring on a few more sitcoms would surely bring him some new fans.

  62. bluesky said

    Great article as always, Angelica!

    It is a new day, new times, new challenges, new ways of getting it done. He is up for the challenge. I have no doubt about it.

    Tighten the belts and hold on. It is going to be an amazing ride.

  63. djafan said

    David needs to go to Indonesia!!!

    Photobucket

  64. bebereader said

    Bluesky,

    Your comment#62 gave me the chills, the kind of chills I only get when I know something is true!

    (Channeling David’s “It only happens when I sing.”)

  65. FG said

    Abbra – fantastic idea to follow the other artists on Google Alerts! Thanks for doing that! The Civil Wars is coming here to Michigan and the tickets were $50-$100 WHOA! More than I expected. I like them very much but I gotta save my days off and money for you-know-who!

    I loved his Twitter party! It made me feel better. Thinking about getting to Canada, telling the Indonesian fans that he’ll make it up to them! He wouldn’t say it if it weren’t true. Wheeeeee! Can’t wait can’t wait! CAN’T WAIT!

  66. SandyBeaches said

    After receiving another barrage of alerts from Google in regards to free downloading of David’s music, I did a little research of my own. I have edited the lengthy report drastically so as not to repeat the article….

    A new study from Ottawa (March 15, The Canadian Press), suggests that relying on tougher legislation to stop online piracy simply “won’t work”.

    It found that anti-piracy education has done little to stigmatize illegal downloading and market conditions are directly to blame.

    “The failure of legal markets to provide access to goods at prices that are affordable in terms of local incomes fuels a situation in which high piracy becomes the primary form of media access,” said study editor Joe Karaganis.

    A decade of increased copyright enforcement has not slowed piracy. It suggests that piracy rates as high as 90 per cent will continue until better competition pushes prices down.

    The findings should send a strong message to developed economies, said Internet lawyer Geist. He cited “iTunes” as one business that has used those techniques to lure consumers away from illegal downloading.

    So much of this has very little to do with the law or tougher enforcement or trying to educate people about piracy.

    Having a law that directly addresses digital media is critical in preventing copyright infringement online.

    Right now, most people don’t have a clear understanding as to what’s legal and what’s illegal, and it’s hard to govern your behaviour…if you don’t know what you can do.

    It is all about piracy legislation and we don’t have what it takes to protect free downloading. Just for a moment I googled free downloading of Bieber’s music and it is significant as well.

    But, hey…

    ‘It’s All In The Game’…

    SB

  67. MunkFOD said

    #62 Bluesky, Hang on for the ride of your life…. :) I just keep thinking about the decision David made to sing Imagine on AI. How the producers were not happy but he insisted… followed his gut…look what happened! awesomeness! Now he is doing the same thing on a greater scale! This is going to be great! I can just feel it! :)

  68. Angelica said

    Happy St. Patrick's day Burst Pictures, Images and Photos

    Hah! I got it in before he did. :lol:

  69. djafan said

    Good Morning and Happy St. Patricks David!!!!

    Bluesky,

    We’re feeling it, that wave Angelica was talking about :)

    SB,

    Thanks for the interesting read.

    Day full of meetings :(

    BBL!

  70. MunkFOD said

    HI guys! so this video from David’s OS was posted on twitter. It was posted on the OS by ADMINN …. whoever that is. I know I am reading way too much into this but listen to the lyrics… I couldn’t help thinking about Jive/Sony and David…. I’ve had way too much time to think. LOL! http://www.davidarchuleta.com/ca/youtube/261973

  71. 68. Angelica, thanks for the glittery St.Patty’s day greet!I like it.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone!

    (also like your “I’m waiting” cat!) HA! so funny.

    70. MonkFOD.♥ I have pondered on this…
    and I am thinking,you’ve had way too much time to think.lol

    (however,I do wonder… what is the video doing on OS?)

  72. bebereader said

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  73. Fiona said

    Aaaah getting so excited!!! Now we need details!! So glad that David seems so happy. :)

  74. MunkFOD said

    Interesting info just for some conversation… :)
    Just for interest sake.. @mjsbigblog News: Barry Weiss Named Chairman & CEO of Island Def Jam & Universal Motown Republic Group http://bit.ly/eIFCZi

    Excited that David is happy and excited! building foundations…. phone calls…song writing….going back to CA..excited about tomorrow! All sounds awesome to me! yay! :)

  75. bebereader said

    Epic blog, chock full of happiness, excitement, making plans, moving forward, building foundations, back to Cali tomorrow! And in all his excitement, he did not forget to mention the people in Japan who are going through very difficult times.

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  76. SandyBeaches said

    This was quite a vlog…a pretty happy one. So here is a modern poem of no name or of no structure. It fits the poem though…

    So, I wanted to touch on Japan
    I’ve got my green on
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
    It’s been a really good week
    Not scarf season, anyway…
    Been writing
    Been hard though all those ideas
    It’s a matter of finishing them
    What you want to say, music structure
    Hmmmn, a dweeb eh?
    Some things just a matter of narrowing it down
    A lot of phone calls, preparation
    Continuing to move forward with upcoming things
    My last day here at ‘home’ too
    Excited for tomorrow
    Anyway just a fun thing!
    Going, going back, back to Cali, Cali…..
    Getting that foundation built and prepared before
    You start to build that tower
    Computer talk….
    Family talk……
    I had these green swishy pants
    Wore them for St. Patfick’s Day…
    I will go now, see yah…
    (All of this said amidst his laughter)

    Thanks David. At what moment did everyone really put on a smile and realize how excited he is?

    SB

  77. bebereader said

    Munk#70 That link didn’t work. Was it a link to David’s vlog? Thanks for the scoop on MJ’s about Barry Weiss, new CEO of Island Jam. David calls his vlog his “Happy St. Patrick’s Day vlog” but we all know it’s much more.

    SB#76,

    Lovely modern poem! I smiled at the start, at the mere sight of him. :D

  78. Bydesign said

    SB

    About 30 seconds into the vlog.. By the end of it, I was laughing so loud, I woke the dogs. I loved this blog and I am so excited and happy for David. I can’t wait to hear what’s up next for him….and us. Yay!!

  79. Heidijoy said

    Smiling all the way through SB. The tweets of the last few days were a nice prelude to today’s Vlog! I prepared my attitude prior to watching to go with the flow. I want to enjoy the ride and am HAPPY to see David HAPPY.
    HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY INDEED!

  80. MunkFOD said

    #77 Scroll down! You will see the article posted right above David’s vlog! How convenient! LOL! The you can click just below it to read the whole article!

  81. MunkFOD said

    #77 Bebe! didn’t mean to make it look like I was yelling in the last post! I am just excited! yay! Good things are coming!

  82. MT said

    Can I just say how much I love that vlog? ♥ ♥ ♥

    I may be reading too much into it, but it seemed like there was something he WANTED to tell us but couldn’t, something he thinks we’ll be excited about, too. :) Something HE’S excited about.

    Can’t wait to hear it, David!

  83. FG said

    That blog! BOOOO-YAH! Awesomesauce mixed with hot sauce mixed with rock-em-sock-em niblets of CORRRRRN!

    Building the Archutower of Power! YESSSSS!

  84. MT said

    Oh, and HAPPY ST.PATRICK’S DAY!!

  85. MunkFOD said

    Here’s another article on Weiss.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/barry-weiss-named-chairman-ceo-168854

  86. Angelica said

    Finally!! I thought the doctor would never leave. He got done seeing patients well over an hour ago, right after David tweeted his vlog. Instead of leaving like he normally does, he decides to sit down and talk with me! 8O !!! Just a sample of the topics he covered:

    Scientology…The history of Ellis Island…Retelling comedy sketches from his favorite radio program…How each state got its shape, blah blah, yamida, yamida, yamida! Talk about random. He could give David a run for his money! Meanwhile, Bebe is texting me every minute to spazz about the vlog that I can’t watch yet cause I’m trying to look really fascinated by what Dr. Killjoy is saying. gaaahh!! Oh well, he really is a nice man and ordinarily I would have enjoyed the convo…but!

    Finally got to watch the vlog and wasn’t he adorable with his gremlin shirt and out of season scarf and identifying with mad scientists? He is so strange! haha. He had a hard time trying to contain his excitement toward the end there! :lol:

    well well well well well. ima happy to say ima happy today! Why am I writing with an Italian dialect when it’s St. Patrick’s Day? Faith and be gora but it’s happy I am this foin day! ♣ Is that better? :razz:

    ♫ ♪ Goin back back back to cali cali cali! ♫

  87. djafan said

    SB,

    That’s a great poem, great! I love it!!!!

    Munk, that’s some interesting stuff there. I’ve been saying stuff a lot lately, wonder why? Archuinfluence? :)

    Someone say Potion #9???

    FG, Yes!!! the Archutower of Power!!!!!

    Angelica, huh????

    hahahahahah

    David’s blog has made me giddy giddy giddy! Well not the first part, Japan is still in my prayers.

    But the rest of it is just exhilarating!!!!

    I feel like singing!

    The sun’ll come out, tomorrow
    So you gotta hang on ’til tomorrow
    Come what may
    Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya, tomorrow
    You’re always a day away!!!!

  88. SandyBeaches said

    Bebe, I am kidding it doesn’t resemble a poem much but it might resemble random news from the prince of randomness…

    Hello to Bydesign and Heidijoy…I must write tonight!

    SB

  89. Heidijoy said

    Hi SB, Always enjoy hearing what you have to say!

    DJfan, Always happy to see your support @ MJ’s.

  90. Angelica said

    ByDesign, LOL too!

    Djafan, Huh? hahahaaa! Sorry, I need a designated poster to comment for me when I’m under the influence of an Archuvlog.

    Green swishy pants ftw! Photobucket

  91. Heidijoy said

    Oh What fun Angelica! So nice to celebrate David and see that he is HAPPY! Being almost 100% Irish, I think it is so cute that David makes an issue of wearing green and bringing light to traditions of others. I’m with JIM C who made mention of the fact that David makes him Happy and decided to let him know.

  92. djafan said

    And he tweets again!!!!

    DavidArchie

    Went indoor rockclimbing with my brother. Really fun stuff 3 minutes ago via txt

  93. SandyBeaches said

    How about this for David…

    Surfing The Net

    Conquering The Wave

    The Tide Has Turned

    SB

  94. djafan said

    SB,

    You are on a rollll!

    And David tweets yet again!!!!! I feel the happiness!

    Now time to watch March Madness. 19 minutes ago via txt

  95. bebereader said

    Munk#81 “Good things are coming!” (fingers crossed)

    SB#88 David hit a record today…Seven tweets in one day!

    Off to Calif to build a foundation for the tower. Works For Me!

  96. Tawna21 said

    Whew!! I’m exhausted!! :) After working thru David’s excitement in his blog, I felt like I had done a full workout routine. He was so excited and random it kept my heart rate going non-stop. Loved it!! But then, after turning a year older yesterday, I had better be careful with getting too excited, it might not be good for my health. hahaha.

    SB– your “poem” is too good!

    Angelica–I’m picturing some of those nylon warm-up type pants in bright grass green–maybe even a strip down the outside pant seams and zippered pockets.

    The article about Barry Weiss is very interesting. Change is everywhere!!

    Tawna

  97. bluesky said

    Wooo Hoooo!!!

    He is happy! Things are movin’ and jumpin’. We are all in the stands with our tickets ready, waitin’ for the show.

    Go, DA!

    (Pass the popcorn.)

  98. collegemom said

    Not that I think there is anything to the Weiss thing (in connection with David), but remember this picture? (Weiss is on the right side of David):http://davidbeyondborders.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/09archuletaplaque.jpg

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  99. Angelica said

    Tawna,

    More like this? More swishy. Photobucket

    Here ya go Bluesky,

    Popcorn Pictures, Images and Photos

  100. Angelica said

    What the heck? Why are those pants walking off the page? The site said they are called, “Instigator pants” so I guess they want to start something. haha.

    I think I’m still not right. ima go lie down. :lol:

  101. Well, I have lost a comment 2 times now , my computer is acting up so I will just comment fast!
    Love the vlog!
    Love the ramblin’ going on big time!haha It was just a bucket full of happy David!
    And is it just me, or is he just getting more and more handsome;like every minute!!?♥

    Something’s definitely up!
    ♥I feeeeel good!♥ da-da♫ da-da♫, da-da♫ DA♫

  102. emmegirl said

    SB, right after he stopped talking about Japan. The contentment and happiness are tough to hide. He really is exactly where he should be. All his recent talk about writing, freedom, breathing room, meetings, phone calls, foundations for towers. (And just how tall is this tower gonna be D.) A little giddy just thinking about all of it.

    Instigator pants? I think Angelica should put those on.

    Skydancer, yep, he’s gonna have to knock that handsome thing off.

    Dja, will there be screencaps. Maybe one around the 5:44 and 6:16 mark.

  103. Emmegirl
    “Instigator pants? I think Angelica should put those on.” – ROFL!!

    “All his recent talk about writing, freedom, breathing room, meetings, phone calls, foundations for towers. (And just how tall is this tower gonna be D.) A little giddy just thinking about all of it.”
    awww….me too

    Emme, I think it will be a skyscraper!♥♥♥
    Whatever you are building David, if you build it, we will come! ♥

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