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Review: David Archuleta’s Wait Music Video

Posted by Angelica on Thursday, December 29, 2011

All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,

And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Edgar Allan Poe

“Wait is about sometimes not knowing what’s reality and what’s dream.”  David Archuleta

Source: paper.wenweipo.com

He stands as solid as the rocks in the distance, a determined gaze aimed right at us, his back set defiantly against the setting sun. In this moment, captured forever in time, the sun will never go down on him.The photo was no doubt his choice along with a hand written message “To all my fans,” his first time I think, to write those words. Curiously, he signs it more than once. David and David Archuleta. Layers of David. Are there layers of meaning here as well?

The photo was published on his Official Site within a day of the release of his Wait music video. I watched the images of loss and grief. The cup is spilt, the man will never reach what he frantically runs toward. The child is gone. If only they could reverse time, put the liquid back in the cup she would be saved. But the “pitiless wave” crashes against a wall and she helplessly falls.  The event is played backward and forward as we all do in our minds at such times. It is a theme at once familiar and alien to us all. We are never prepared.

That in a nutshell is my interpretation of the video. A dark, disturbing, dream-like work, beautiful in its images and pathos, made more beautiful by the voice and emotion of David Archuleta.

A couple of days before the video was released and purely on a whim, to have something to do over the long holiday weekend I bought the DVD of the movie “Inception.” I knew nothing about it except that David had referenced it to a dream he had that led to his writing the song, “Elevator.”

“It’s literally about a dream I had. That’s the first line – ‘I had a dream last night.  It was kind of like the movie ‘Inception’ or something. …It’s kind of reflective of my life right now.”

Source:  Interview with Regis Philbin, Archuleta explains the orgin of “Elevator.”

I watched the Wait video when it came out several times and only afterwards, in a moment of boredom, watched Inception. It was entertaining but no connection immediately appeared. Later that evening I watched the Wait video again and suddenly an “aha” moment hit me in the solar plexus.

For those of you who may live under the same rock I inhabit, here is a quick description of the movie, Inception. Using technology from the military, architects (who build the dreams) and a team of others, go into dreams that they have the ability to share. They find that with enough sedation, they can go three layers deep, “a dream within a dream,” as it were, to quote Poe. Their mission is to go into one particular man’s dream and plant a thought that will alter events in his and many other’s lives. There is more to it but as in Wait, that’s it in a nutshell.

Interestingly, there are scenes in the movie Inception called, the Zero Gravity Sequence and the Elevator Sequence. The song Zero Gravity was written in 2009 while Inception did not come out until 2010. In the Elevator Sequence, filmed on the California coast, there are black, craggy embankments rising up from the ocean, similar to the photo above that accompanies his Christmas greeting to his fans and the release of the Wait video. Not much of significance to note in any of this, just some random serendipity. More significantly, the word inception itself means “the beginning of something.” Also the explosion of objects that then hang suspended in space before gently falling is a sign that a dream is collapsing. Thus the shards of glass with the collapse of the dream in the death of a child, and in the end, sheets of paper (letters?) weightlessly floating downward.

You may say I’m a dreamer,
But I’m not the only one.

No, he is not the only one because in the dream that is the Wait video, it is all of us, the viewers, his fans, who are the dreamers. David is an intruder in the dream.  Watch the following clip and see if you see the aha moment too.

 

Just as in the movie Inception, he is there to plant a thought in our minds that will alter future events for him, for ourselves, and for untold others. My question to you is….what is the message?

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Happy 21st Birthday, David Archuleta!

Posted by Abrra on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

“How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?”

Bob Dylan

David is 21 years old today. By most cultural standards, he is a man. He has chosen to launch his adulthood in service to his fellow-man. I could not be more proud of David at this time. He is giving up so much. His family, friends, and putting his lucrative career on hold. All so he can minister to others far from home. Taking this opportunity to move forward on his path in life is nothing short of amazing when one considers how most young men would rather be safe in the shelter of their community. David will demonstrate his manhood by taking off on a journey that will test his mental, physical, and spiritual abilities. He has taken the time over the last few months to prepare himself to be more self-sufficient in a place that might lack the most basic of resources. Young adult men often desire to learn how to drive a manual transmission car or change the oil as a hobby. For David it was an assignment he took on to prepare his life skills for his mission. It is difficult to compare David at age 21 with others his age. He is blind to age, gender, race,and religion when it comes to lending a helping hand. He communicates a special heart connection that shows selflessness, compassion, and the willingness to step into the unknown to help another person. This unconditional love is a  gift he shares much like the gift of song that drew us to him in the first place. He is blessed and uses his blessing for good.

Happy Birthday, David Archuleta! You have lived all your life to come to this point in time where you will move forward to serve God and his children. Today you are a man, my son.  Go in peace and bang your drum with all your heart, might, mind and strength for mankind.

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Heidijoy’s Recaps ~ David Archuleta at SLC and Beaver Creek

Posted by Angelica on Monday, December 26, 2011

Credit Pattycake from SLC MKOC show

Recap of Salt Lake City

During VIP I used my photo-op for a small group of us to present David with a Certificate from the Golden Archie project in which we gave the Primary Children’s Hospital 50 of GCT CDS/DVDs, $250 check for the Music Therapy Program and a penciled portrait of David. He was thrilled of course. I was thrilled when I told him I was Heidijoy and he said “Oh I recognize that name.” There were probably about 200 there and no one was rushed. It was fun to watch everyone greet David and pose for their pictures. David sang Good Place/Let It Be mashup which was beautiful. He had a request for How Great Thou Art or a Hymn of his choice. Child of God and Dream Sky High were voted on. Child of God got the most votes and David sang it beautifully.  He then said Oh! I’ll sing Dream Sky High too. Beautiful and heartfelt.

The concert was spectacular!! The Set List was the same as other concerts. The crowd was on fire and we danced to Zero Gravity. David Osmond and Jenny Frogley came out and sang the background vocals like they did on the recorded version of Melodies of Christmas. It was festive! Some of the highlights in the second half of the concert were the Lycum Philharmonic Orchestra, an Adult Choir and a Children’s Choir alternating songs, Mama Lupe and Jonah’s participation in the FA La La La La Song. David’s growth as a singer and performer were out of this world.

The highlights of David’s banter were his appreciation of all of his fans and his gratefulness for us being responsible for all of the success and opportunities that he has had.  He also talked about turning 21 and  said he would just continue drinking water and then added I don’t know why I even said that. David started getting quite emotional prior to Silent Night when he talked about caroling with his brother and sisters and thanked them for being there. He also talked of how grateful he was for the opportunity to sing this song with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir last year and how meaningful that experience was for him. David ended with Drummer Boy which was fantastic. There were many standing ovations, cheers, whistles etc. We were beyond thrilled with the Concert and begged for more!!

When David came back out for the Encore, he told us he would be going on a Full time mission. As he struggled to tell us, he smiled, broke down in tears and got his message out. He talked about the certainty that this is what he was being called to do at the time in his life. The crowd erupted in cheers and I felt like I had been kicked in the gut. What a mix of emotions. Exuberance for the concert, David’s growth and performances and grief at the loss of him for at least two years. David then sang the most beautiful Oh Holy Night with his tears glistening. He left the stage with a big wave and thank you to all. I was sitting in front of Lupe at the concert and told her how much we would miss David. She was very gracious and seemed happy that David has this opportunity. We talked to Sunny too as she had sat with the family for the concert. She said David still has some projects to do including recording in the near future. I got to meet Jonah and tell him what a big fan I was. He was so gracious with a hand shake and appreciation. I of course greeted his Mom too.  Fans gathered afterward and were stunned for the most part. I was glad we were going to Beaver Creek as painful as the grief was.

Here is Beaver Creek

Needless to say I didn’t sleep much after SLC concert and we left bright and early for Beaver Creek. Chats with travel mate Grateful4all_DA were painful and we had a fear of how to handle all these emotions. Lots of tears were shed. We looked forward to Beaver Creek.

VIP  Fans gathered and we sang a song We’ll Be There set to the tune of I’ll be There that two fans had written to David when he entered the room prior to picture-taking. Karin asked David first if it was alright. That was difficult, painful ,tender and very meaningful. David expressed his gratefulness and said it was the first time a group of fans sang to him. I got in line near the front as I wanted to be as natural as possible. I stood in front of David and shook his hand so I could look in those eyes one more time. He recognized me and thanked me again for helping gather all of the CDs/DVDs etc. We then posed arm in arm.  I again shook his hand and offered my wish of the best for him. He thanked me with a big smile.

I then watched everyone else as they greeted and posed with him.  He was very attentive and there was no rush of anyone. We then went into the concert hall for the rest of VIP. We donned party hats and sang Happy Birthday to David and he was touched noting the birthday hats. He thanked all of us for everything and talked of how important it was for him to do this tour in appreciation for his fans. He said that is was very difficult to schedule it because someone was trying to block him from having this tour. (I think that is part of why it was also difficult to hit all the areas he would have liked to include in the tour.) He answered a few questions including did he have his mission papers in and does he know where he is going and he said he did have his papers in and does know here he is going. He said he didn’t want to be more specific at this time. He emphasized that he will still be able to do music during his mission. He then sang Good Place/Let it Be, Mary Did You Know and I’m Trying To Be With Jesus. Oh boy! Nobody can sing more tenderly and with such emotion while having the best vocals on the planet. Words don’t do any of this justice. He was going to do one more since it was the last concert but some guy said NO the doors were opening. It was non-negotiable!!!!!!! Boo! We then readied for the concert and fans were given a Maraca to shake during Fa la la la la.

David was on fire as were his fans. The show was Sold Out!! A side note: This was a thrill for me especially as I had selfishly promoted this concert so it would not get cancelled after I had spent considerable money on flight and hotel reservations which were non-refundable. I had called and written to the local church and schools including sending flyers and David’s CD’s to both P.O.C.’s. I carefully watched the seat charts for months on the Vilar Performing Charts. When the dots eventually showed full, I was thrilled.  When we got to Beaver Creek, we saw lots of promo in papers, posters etc. I was glad that is was promoted so well and I was not solely responsible for filling the place. (ha!ha!)

On with the show. There was no orchestra or Choir and the simplicity of David and the band was perfect for this venue and for us. We sang,we danced, we cheered and we shook our Maracas during Fa la la la la!! It was a celebration. It seemed like we (the fans) gave David a standing ovation for every song. It was so much fun! Alex, Steve and Asaf  joined the children on stage for the Fa la la la la intro and you could tell David was surprised. He was prompted to ask each their name like the kids and it was hilarious as they introduced themselves. Later Stix (the VIP guy) and Jeff LeBlanc came out playing music with their Santa hats on. It added some humor and joy to the number. The kids were adorable as usual.

The concert was special and David ended with Oh Holy Night! It was beautiful. We screamed for an Encore of course. We had worried all during the show about how David would be singing Drummer Boy, because Steve and his drums were behind an Acrylic wall. Luckily they  took that down while we screamed for an Encore. David came running out and the reason for two standing Microphones was answered when Jeff LeBlanc came out to join David.  David said that they had been jamming to a song off stage and decided to add the song to this final show. Waiting On The World to Change. We couldn’t believe our ears. David and Jeff jammed and sang and it was wonderful. Lots of full circle memories for sure. David had said it was his first time to sing the whole song. David then closed with the Drummer Boy and it was spectacular.

Lots of fans decided to wait in the lobby and then by the bus and David did come out by the bus. It was wonderful as fans asked for signatures, pictures, hugs etc. I got an autograph on a picture that was in the big fat Vilar Performing Arts Booklet with David’s full page picture and ad in it. By this time I got a big Hi from David as he now knew who I was. Ha! ha! I also got a big hug and picture taken with David and give my final heartfelt message with a big smile on both of our faces.

We saw Sunny out by the bus and asked her what song David was going to sing at VIP that got cut off, she said Be Still My Soul. Divine Intervention???  She said David was looking for her before the encore and was going to sing it but she had gotten locked out of the back when she has gone out to the Child Fund display area. I guess it wasn’t meant to be but Oh! How we would have loved to hear one more Be Still My Soul.

Joined other fans for a wrap up of the evening. We were ecstatic that this last show and send off was full of Happiness and Joy.

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Following Yonder Star

Posted by Angelica on Friday, December 23, 2011

Our Star will go yonder for a couple of years and we will continue to follow him till he returns. But this is Christmas and the star of David is not David the star. Christmas is about the birth of the Christ child and what that means for all mankind. Whatever your faith, it is a time for being thankful and joyful for what really matters most.  People to love and gifts to share. Not just those of a material nature as the gold, frankincense and myrrh the wise men gave, but the gift of ourselves and not just at Christmas but every day. This Christmas I hope we can all find true meaning and joy through giving. I will start by sharing my favorite scene from my favorite Christmas movie and end with David singing the carol from the closing music.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at The Voice to all of you.

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What Just Happened? His Kind of Courage

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

“I don’t think I’ll ever be the same.” That was my last comment on this site a week ago following my trip to New York. I was privileged to attend three of David’s My Kind of Christmas concerts there. What happened on that stage and the shows preceding, you have all witnessed. A new confidence in his demeanor, a new intensity in his emotional connection to the songs. The clarity and brilliance of his voice was as flawless as a peerless diamond.

I didn’t attend any VIPs this time.  I thought I would leave those spots for others who had never met him. But on leaving the Irving venue he greeted me and extended his hand in a warm handshake and held my gaze for a while as I told him, “That was an amazing performance.” He continued to shake my hand firmly while he replied, “Thank you so very much.” I could tell by the sincerity in his voice and expression that he really meant it. I watched him make his way to the bus, stopping to sign autographs and take pics with teary-eyed children who had waited over an hour in the cold and almost given up hope that he would come out. He got on the bus and a guy who was standing nearby the venue watching all the commotion yelled out, “Who the f*** are you?!”  I turned to him calmly smiling and said, I think almost reverently, “That, is David Archuleta.” This loud, apparently inebriated young man looked at me for a second and quietly walked away. The bus with David soon drove away too. I have thought of that moment and how we watched him go, knowing we had not seen the last of him. Nor would that stranger on a sidewalk in New York see or hear the last of one David Archuleta.

Last night at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, David announced he is going to serve a full two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, of which I too am a member. I know from the above video and the young man I have come to know in part these past four years that he did not make this decision lightly. As proud of him as I’ve always been, I was never so proud of him in my life as I am right now. The courage it took to make this choice, to walk away from a  life-long dream he once thought he had lost forever is, I don’t know…I will never know that kind of courage.

There are people who come into our lives for a reason and stay forever. No tour bus, not even time can long separate what God has joined. I have long believed that in my life I was destined somehow, with all of you, to love and support this very special young man.  I made a promise to him on a bookmark I made and gave him 3 years ago.  It said,  “My gift to you is my undying loyalty, love, respect, and support for as long as I live.  I will always Stand By You.”  That is what I intend to do, with this site, with my fellow admins, with whoever is willing to do the same. We will be right here waiting, till that bus comes into view again.

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David Archuleta ~ On to Utah and Abravanel Hall

Posted by Angelica on Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hard to believe this incredible tour is almost at an end.  What a beautiful gift he has given to us all this Christmas.  To those attending the concert at Abravanel Hall, may you be blessed with comfort and joy and safe travels.

For each and every one of us making final preparations for the holidays, take time to have a Silent Night and reflect on the true reason for the season.

I need a Silent Night

I’ve made the same mistake before
Too many malls, too many stores
December traffic, Christmas rush
It breaks me till I push and shove.

Children are crying while mothers are trying
To photograph Santa and sleigh
The shopping and buying and standing forever in line
What can I say?

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night

December comes then disappears
Faster and faster every year
Did my own mother keep this pace
Or was the world a different place?

Where people stayed home wishing for snow
Watching three channels on their TV
Look at us now rushing around
Trying to buy Christmas peace.

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night.

What was it like back there in Bethlehem
With peace on earth, good will toward men?

Every shepherd’s out in the field
Keeping watch over their clock by night
And the glory of the Lord shone around them
And they were so afraid

And the angels said fear not for behold
I bring you good news of a great joy that shall be for all people
For unto you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord
And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night
To end this crazy day with a silent night.

Amy Grant/Chris Eaton

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David Archuleta ~ MKOC Tour ~ The California Leg ~Ventura and Anaheim

Posted by bebereader on Friday, December 16, 2011

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The My Kind of Christmas Tour continues on the west coast with two more shows in a series of four on the California Leg of the tour. Tonight, David will blow the ceiling off of the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura, California.

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Tomorrow, David hits the stage again at The National Grove of Anaheim, in Anaheim, California.

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David Archuleta ~ MKOC Tour ~ The California Leg ~1st up Santa Rosa & Los Angeles

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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The My Kind of Christmas Tour hits the west coast today for a series of four concerts. Tonight David will blow everyone’s socks off in Santa Rosa at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts!

SANTA ROSA-Wells Fargo Center For The Arts

Tomorrow, Club Nokia in Los Angeles will be treated to his awesomeness.

LOS ANGELES – Club Nokia

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To Hear An Angel’s Voice at Westbury ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Friday, December 9, 2011

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It’s been five days since Westbury and I miss it big time. But I can’t complain; it was a midwinter night’s dream to be at VIP, sit in Row 4 and see David perform, to finally meet Angelica and Abrra and catch up with old friends. The planets aligned nicely for me; the only missing link from The Voice was Djafan. We have been looking forward to The Grand Meeting for the last two years since we started The Voice. There’s something about that third dimension that cinches the deal.

(Dear David, do you know how many people you have brought together, how many friendships you’ve created, how much good you have brought to the world? You are so young in years and have accomplished more than you realize. But that‘s another subject for another time. ;))

I recognized Abrra when I first saw her at VIP. She’s cute and warm and friendly and funny and nurturing and every bit as efficient and geeky as she is online. We hugged and I gave her the big kiss on the cheek I promised. It feels like I know Abs my whole life. She is like a warm fuzzy blankie. We bonded instantly, at first sight.

VIP took place in the lounge and the lights were low and hazy. It was packed and we knew David entered the room when we heard screams followed by a hush. I could barely see him at the far end of the lounge but when I got closer, there he was, dressed like a typical teenager in jeans and a hoodie, signing posters for the fans.  It was a pleasure to spend some time with SandyBeaches again and to see  TOFan and refnaf. I also met Kizzi for the first time! Abrra was already in line to get a signed poster and she saved me a spot. I almost forgot that Mr. Bebereader was sitting at our table, with our coats and purses.  He’s been a fan of David’s since Idol and never misses a chance to say hi to him. I quickly let him know that it was time. Since he didn’t want to leave the purses unattended, he arrived at the line with three ladies purses in tow.  LOL The line moved quickly…

Me: Hi David. I’m Bebe. B-E-B-E (I was sure he wouldn’t know how to spell my name.)

David: (Repeating me, as he signed) Beeee beeee B-E-B-E. Lower register. Dead. Why did he have to do that?

I could barely see him in the darkness but I wasn’t really looking either. Have you heard of self preservation? Then I heard him say “So how’re you doing?” I guess he was talking to me; I was the only one there.

Me: Great! Good luck at the show tonight! (So generic.)

David: Thanks! And thanks for coming out!

He handed me a life-sized signed poster and I made a beeline back into the crowd. A new line formed for pictures and then he sang the first verse of “My Kind of Perfect”, a capella. Lovely.

We were back out in the lobby after VIP when someone told me that Angelica had arrived. I turned around and knew exactly who she was. She’s beautiful, blond, bright, and a firecracker, a combination of attributes that you’d expect in someone who writes with so much passion.

I thought I’d pull a fast one so when I approached her I said “Hi Angelica, I’m Abrra and this is Bebe (pointing to Abrra who was standing beside me.) She had never met either of us but you can’t trick her. She good-naturedly laughed at my attempt at silliness but knew I was teasing. She sparkles; she’s fun; she’s a people magnet and she pulled me right in.

We had some time to sit in our seats in the venue before the show started. There I had the pleasure of speaking to SilverFox again; we met at a VIP two years ago. Shoutouts to FunnyGirl, who is even funnier than her screen name and Marciami, mi compadre. It was evident that fans were there from all parts of the country and elsewhere. This is such a credit to David and I was proud of him before the show even started.

On with the show…

This was not the David I remember from American Idol. He has evolved into an adult, a charismatic performer, fully in charge and a tease onstage. He knows how to work the crowd with his banter, jokes, and by the way he uses his voice. He came out with a slow saunter, singing the words to “Sleigh Ride”, looking completely different from the teenager in the jeans and hoodie I saw moments before. We gasped collectively when we saw him. We screamed. We stood, honored to see him once again. The New York audience never got a chance to see him sing songs from TOSOD and I was thrilled when he sang the title song. The setlist was eclectic and it worked. There were pop tunes, Jazzy numbers, Christmas standards and new Christmas songs. David was playful onstage but he owned it, giving the band cues, dancing, and joking with us:

That one’s a mistletoe. I don’t know if it’s active on the stage tonight.” LOL

The highlights for me were:

1) The new bi-lingual Christmas song David wrote with Sunny Hilden, “Fa la la la la la.” It’s fun, upbeat, has a catchy tune. And it gives David a chance to let loose and do a little dancing onstage! It’s going to be my ringtone for the holidays.

2) The Amy Grant cover, “I Need A Silent Night”. Fun lyrics and David’s beautiful vocals. I go to sleep and wake up with this song in my head.

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3) “The First Noel”, “Silent Night”, “O Holy Night”. Exquisite vocals. Beautiful reverent performances.

4) Little Drummer Boy! What on earth???!!! I was blown away by this performance. David chooses songs for a reason because they convey a message. I believe he was telling us that he wants to do music forever, is grateful for his gift and will build his career as he sees fit, thank you very much. He made a bold move and beat aggressively on the drums with mallets, to make that statement. A sight to behold when he held the two mallets up in the air. More power to you David. Own it! It’s yours!

All in all it was a great show and had something for everyone. I left the venue feeling both exhilarated and peaceful at the same time. I spoke to a few people as we were exiting. We all had the same look on our faces. What just happened?

After the show, about 50 of us gathered at the Broadway Diner to try to figure it out.  We’re still not sure.  Except that when all our powers of reasoning fail us, the words of Michael Orland, Musical Director of American Idol, Season 7 are brought to mind. “David Archuleta came to American Idol as a genius and he left as one.”  On a cold wintry night in December, Mr. Orland’s words ring loud and clear.

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David Archuleta’s My Kind Of Christmas Tour ~ The Best Christmas Gift Ever! A Recap by Silverfox

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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There is so much to say but it’s hard to find the words which would do justice to David and the magic of the four concerts I was truly fortunate to attend, thanks in large part to SB. But I’m trying hard to find the words. Right now, as always after seeing David in concert & wondering when or if there will be a next time for me, I find myself in a fog, a feeling of sadness. For some reason, this time is different, because at the same time I feel a sense of peace knowing David is happy & truly content in the decisions he has made.

David’s MKOC Tour is his Christmas gift to his fans which is truly extraordinary. His gracious appreciation of and gratitude to his fans was so obvious in every move, every look, every smile, every word he uttered on stage and at the VIP M&G’s, but more so when he sang. Whether the upbeat, fun songs or the beautiful, heartfelt reverent songs, he poured his all into each & every note. He showed us how he feels about his fans & he takes nothing for granted. This tour, the whole production is so obviously HIS. I believe he knew exactly what he wanted to do and how he wanted to express himself to his fans. He may have had some input from others, but the production is ALL DAVID because it’s all about “giving”. I believe he also wanted, in the only & best way he knows, to give subliminal messages in the songs he chose about our concerns & worries about what he has in store for the future.

The tour opening in Westbury brought back many great memories of CFTH, but those were soon overshadowed by such remarkable performances by David, as if he had been performing non-stop these last two years. His vocals have never sounded so sublime, pitch-perfect and magnificent. SB & I had front row seats directly in front of David. We always describe ourselves as being mesmerized & hypnotized by David, and believe me, by the end of the concert, the audience was! He gave us surprise after surprise. He shared the stage with kids while he read a Christmas poem. He salsa danced around the stage like the Latino he is to his new fun song, Fa-la-la-la. Then before his very beautiful encore of Silent Night, he sang Little Drummer Boy in his low register, ever so softly at first then out of nowhere, he lifted some base drumsticks and proceeded to absolutely blow us away by beating the front of the base drum and dancing from side to side as he beat it like there was no tomorrow! It was David as we have never seen him before! To say we were flabbergasted is an understatement! I don’t think David knew what to expect or how his audience would react to his performance of Little Drummer Boy which is why it was not the encore in Westbury. It was the most exciting & outstanding performance I had ever seen in my life! So far..because of course, he was just getting started.

Irving Plaza was another outstanding performance but on a smaller stage. It was a standing only, mosh type venue. SB & I upgraded our tickets to Venue VIP which only meant standing in the balcony with a better view of the stage. The difference in this concert was the encore which was no surprise. David’s Little Drummer Boy took center stage as the Encore song. A brilliant decision as I am sure we will witness more & more as the tour progresses.

Now on to Turning Stone Casino in Verona which transformed David into the Broadway Star he could easily be. The large stage reminded me of the Las Vegas stages my sister & I saw Elvis perform in many times. I can see David perform in the biggest & most beautiful showrooms in Vegas or on Broadway someday. David surpassed himself in Verona. It was truly magical. The difference between Elvis & David is Elvis had a “crowd” on stage, an orchestra, his band & several background singers. David had four band members, and HIMSELF and needed nothing & no one else. When he came on stage he was bigger than life, filling the stage with his glow. It’s a mystery how he transforms the minute he walks on stage, any stage. This transformation is an unexplainable phenomena which I have only seen in David. What was so different about the stage in the Turning Stone Casino? Perhaps it was the size of the stage, the lighting, or the acoustics? No! It was David. How is it possible to improve perfection? Because that is precisely what David did in Verona. His stage presence was like no one I’ve seen before. His vocals were exquisite. His voice lifted the audience to heights we never knew existed. How does he do it night after night I wondered? Like in the last two concerts, he gave his all in every song reaching out to the audience with his beautiful voice & self. He gave us more surprises after he read his poem with the little girls from the audience when he broke out singing his new fun song again. (The man can D A N C E!). Then he started dancing with one of the little girls!! Such a joy to behold and that little girl will have something to remember forever! The first half was over leaving us anxiously anticipating what he had in store in the second half.

MAGIC! That is what he had in store for us. Every song, full of love & Grace. Then came David’s rendition of Silent Night which is as we know, the most beautiful of any other rendition we have ever heard by anyone, and in Verona he made it even more poignant, reverent & beautiful. All of a sudden through the tears many of us had as he sang, snow started to fall! Real snow! It was like scene out of a movie or a beautiful painting. Looking at David in the center of the stage under the most beautiful lighting & singing this most beautiful song deep from within his heart & soul as the snow fell was the most beautiful sight I have ever seen and I will never forget it. I can still see & feel the deep & profound impact that particular performance had on me. David will never know & even if I were to try to tell him, I would not be able to find the words. I know there were many in the audience who were as affected as I.

credit David’s OS

His Little Drummer Boy in Verona was even more magnificent than you can imagine! Perhaps the large stage made it that much more powerful a performance. All I can say is that you just had to be there! It was an inspiration and IMO, his way of letting us know in his subliminal way that he is doing his bidding for Him every day of his life, using the gift he was given in the right way. He is doing what he was born and destined to do. David’s performance in Verona was truly unforgettable. In a way, I wish there were NO videos of any of the Little Drummer Boy performances until the end of the tour so that each audience can see & FEEL what the videos just can’t pick up which is the energy, excitement and astonishment of seeing David beating on the drum for HIM, putting his whole body into it as he dances side to side. It’s simply glorious!

Stroudsburg was another outstanding performance. A different venue, stage & audience…except for those of us who were fortunate to be there again. David’s vocals were still strong & had no sign of fatigue and his stage presence was still happy, alive and on fire! How does he do it I wondered again? So obvious was his joy on stage. Every song sung with an intensity as if knowing this was the last of the Eastern leg of his tour, he wanted to make sure the fans here felt his love & appreciation. It was like a huge joyous celebration. He danced, he talked more than usual, and danced some more! Zero Gravity got the audience up & dancing. His Little Drummer Boy was again a reminder to us that he is here to stay, playing his “Drum” to Him, playing his best to Him. Giving his thanks to Him for the gift of his amazing ability to reach people regardless of faiths, age, gender, or race through music. That is David’s destiny and he is living it every day.

What a grand & glorious 4 days of seeing David in concert. The best Christmas gift ever!

For anyone reading the fan sites or viewing the videos, you have to know the videos, audios, & recaps of personal experiences, even though some are brilliantly written really do not capture the full essence of seeing David in all his glory on this, his very special tour which is so obviously designed, produced & orchestrated by David to be exactly what he wanted to GIVE to his fans. If there is an opportunity to attend one of the MKOC concerts, PLEASE DO!

To David, all I can say is Thank you for yet again, another unforgettable experience & memories I can tuck away in my heart.

credit Maureen

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