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

Posted by bebereader on Friday, December 9, 2011

Credit PaulaFOD

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.

credit 8throwcenter

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.

163 Responses to “To Hear An Angel’s Voice at Westbury ~ David Archuleta”

  1. Marylee_DAangel said

    “We gasped collectively when we saw him. We screamed. We stood, honored to see him once again” <<<Love this bebereader! & no matter what show one attends~the feeling will be the same! ♥ same reaction in Stroudsburg!

  2. Abrra said

    Bebe!
    It was so good to meet you and your husband, as well as Angelica for the first time. It was as though we never missed a beat and been close for years! Something funny was that as I wandered around passing out SB’s bracelets to fans in VIP, I ran into Paula no less than 3 times and asked her ” What is your name ?” haha She is a sport and told me each time. It was my first time to attend a tour’s opening show. Full of surprises! Most of all was the maturity of David’s stage presence and the richness of his voice.

    I liked this
    “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?”

    That sums it up for me!

    I hung my poster that David signed at VIP (with my name!) SQEEEEEEEE!

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    **************
    Bringing this over from the last thread because it’s what I said to David.

    Gladys

    OMGOSH :) I will share with you what I said to David at VIP.

    It was during the picture time.

    I stood next to him with my arm around his back and leaned closer so he could hear me.

    Me: David I have a message for you from some international fans who could not come to see you on tour this time.

    David: Really?

    Me: Gladys from Argentina and Andrea from Columbia send you their love and support!

    David: Oh that’s nice! Please tell them I do appreciate that!

    ************************************
    And the FaLaLaLa lyrics from sj

    I found this comment at FOD . sj took the time to decipher FaLaLaLa lyrics. Now we can all sing along with passion!

    sj says:
    December 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    (You smile, I light up like a Christmas tree)
    You laugh, my heart melts like the snow??
    You call, I listen for your wisdom words??
    Your home is where I wanna go.

    (chorus)
    Feliz Navidad mis amigos
    (Feliz Navidad prospero ano nuevo)
    Feliz Navidad mi familia
    You’re a gift to me falalalala
    (falalalala, falalalala….etc.)

    (All year your presence in my life is bliss)
    All signs keep pointing me to you
    All roads keep leading me to where you are
    Alright, that’s what I’m gonna do.
    (chorus)

    (Sing a Christmas song ding dong ding dong.)
    Shining your inner light
    (Come and sing a long ding dong ding dong)

    All around the world tonight
    (chorus)

    sj says:
    December 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    the spanish parts of the song mean:

    Feliz Navidad, mis amigos (Happy Christmas, my friends)
    Feliz Navidad, prospero ano nuevo (Happy Christmas, prosperous new year)
    Feliz Navidad, mi familia (Happy Christmas, my family)\

    Thanks to sj!

    Abrra

  3. Abrra said

    haha David finally made it to the Idaho Potato Museum!

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    @DavidArchie Stopped by the Idaho Potato Museum

    I love his sense of curiosity! Interesting glitch in the bottom of the picture. hmmm Looks as if 2 pictures combined.

    Read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idaho_Potato_Museum

    Abrra

  4. PaulaFOD said

    Awww…what a wonderful article, Bebe! B E B E…. It was such a pleasure to meet you at the diner after the Westbury show. I wish so badly that we could have visited longer. This was my first major trip to see David and I would not trade the memories for anything in the world.

    Hold on….if he continues to grow and mature at this pace…we are truly in for the ride of our lives! WOWZA!

  5. djafan said

    Bebereader,

    “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.”

    Oh my gosh what am I in for??? Great recap. I love that everyone loved him. I watched the videos initially and they blow me away. I can’t imagine what it will be like in person. I since cut myself off from watching videos in order to maintain a semblance of sanity until Wednesday! My turn! I’ve received my itinerary! Breathe!!!!!!!!!!

    “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.”

    You are so funny lol How am I going to get you to look him in the eyes?? You have to do it just once :)

    Thanks for a great recap!!! And thank Mr. Bebereader for being such a trooper and so happy you adms finally met.

  6. djafan said

    David talking in Spanish very comfortably :)

  7. bebereader said

    Marylee I imagine the reaction is and will be the same at all venues. We are just so happy to see him!

    Abrra All night I was asking people what their name was, It was such a thrill to match the face with the screen name. Your poster looks wonderful! Gahhhh! Is it framed? It’s hard to tell from the pic.

    Paula It was a pleasure meeting you too! Your pictures of David are just beautiful!

    Djafan: We missed you badly at Westbury!!! Thank you for holding down the forte while we were away.

    Fans waiting outside of Irving Plaza for David on 12/2

    credit fanofarchie

  8. Abrra said

    Bebe

    Yes it is framed with a thin black poster frame from Target. Nothing but the best for David ;)

    And we have our first video from Boise, a twitvid!

    Fa La La LA LA from Boise

    http://www.twitvid.com/YWZ8R
    credit Julie

    Abrra

  9. Abrra said

    Blackfoot VIP

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    Awesomness

    credit @lmf1479

    Abrra

  10. bluesky said

    amazing
    ahmaezeeng
    uhmaiziingh

    pretty darn good (*_*)

  11. MT said

    Bebe, what a wonderful recap! Thank you for sharing your meeting with Abrra & Angelica as well as with David. You described them just as I imagined them. And you are very fortunate that Mr. Bebe is a fan, and such a sweetheart to hold the purses! lol I can just picture it!

    And this >> “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.”

    His level of musical genius is becoming more and more apparent as time goes by. With each successive year he loses more of his restraint. When he is fully unleashed, there will be no stopping his rise. Even now I think he is an unstoppable force, one that is climbing ever higher.

    Abrra, That is one gorgeous poster!!

  12. emifriend said

    Wonderful writing Bebebebewriter; I am so glad you wrote it. I felt like I was with you, it is described so well!
    Next time, I hope I am :) . emifriend

  13. bebereader said

    MT “His level of musical genius is becoming more and more apparent as time goes by. With each successive year he loses more of his restraint. When he is fully unleashed, there will be no stopping his rise. Even now I think he is an unstoppable force, one that is climbing ever higher.” Now why didn’t I say that? LOL

    Emifriend: Thank you! Would love to see one of David’s shows with you!

  14. tawna21 said

    B-e-b-e…I just really think that, according to your re-cap, you had more fun than the law allows during your time at Westbury!! :) How fun it must have been to meet, and poke to make sure they are real, your fellow admins and others from this site (I don’t even get to see djafan this time).

    I laughed out loud at this –> “Beeee beeee B-E-B-E. Lower register. Dead. Why did he have to do that?”

    And thank you for this –> “He has evolved into an adult,”…. “We screamed. We stood, honored to see him once again.”

    So glad you shared with us. :)

    Tawna

    ps– the super-sized pic in the middle by Pastel knocked me out…. t.h.a.t needs an autograph and a frame!!

  15. djafan said

    Blackfoot pic credit @PrincessArchie

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  16. djafan said

    Tweets from Blackfoot!

    Archugeezer Eileen
    More good news. David gets better looking at each tour stop.

    Archugeezer Eileen
    MKOCT. Can it possibly get better? Yes, it can!!! Reduced to useless goo here.

    @PrincessArchie: The sound tonight is outta this world! Hes so animated and intense!

    iteachkidz22 Cheryl
    OMG @DavidArchie is on fire tonight! How is it possible that he just keeps getting better and better?
    13 minutes ago

    Andie_Bear Andie Tillett @
    @DavidArchie The first half of that concert was amazing! Anxiously waiting for numero dos! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us!

    @Archugeezer: Intermission nearly over. Issued phone is dying. ‘Tis OK. I will be dead soon too. Here comes Killer.

  17. bebereader said

    Betsy just texted me that she saw a tweet that David sang “Good Place” tonight at VIP/Blackfoot accompanied by Mark Nilan on the Grand Piano. I’m happy to hear that Mark accompanied him so David could concentrate solely on his vocals.

    Tawna, I had a blast at Westbury! I agree that the middle picture in my article should be a poster! It’s hard to believe it’s David but it is!

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    credit: Archugeezer

  18. Bebereader, what a wonderful recap of the show we were blessed to experience. David has grown exponentially since the last time he was at Westbury, and the next time he comes to Westbury, we will be saying the same thing. There is no limit to David’s greatness as a singer and a performer. He is already among the greats of all time. When Elvis was David’s age, he was driving a truck, for Pete’s sake. Without losing a scintilla of his humility and charm, David commands a stsge like no other and transports anyone who is willing to a place that I thought no longer existed.

  19. kaycee said

    Bebe, thanks for the wonderful recap! Excited for tomorrow night! Bliss…glad to “see” you around again.

  20. MT said

    “@Archugeezer: Intermission nearly over. Issued phone is dying. ‘Tis OK. I will be dead soon too. Here comes Killer.”

    hahahahaha Best tweet ever!!!

  21. Kaycee,nice “seeing” you too. These are heady times in the Archu-Universe.

  22. Angelica said

    Hello! Up late because I fell asleep early and then fell awake. Just beginning to fully recover from the best David trip ever! Not even kidding, this was even more amazing than MOtab for me. I guess because this trip would have been awesome even without the 3 David concerts but there WERE the concerts too and that made it everything and more and more and more!!!

    Had unexpected house guests when I returned home to get ready for and cook and what not and they just left yesterday. No time to get online and when the time was found, I was too tired. Want to apologize to my wonderful admins for being so out of it last night on our weekly conference call. But starting to feel energized again and so blessed to have met Kara and Bebe in Westbury for the first time. After meeting Djafan in Utah and AZ the circle is now complete for me. Would not have missed this trip for the world for that reason alone. But there was so much more. I need to write about it soon now that I’m restored to my former self. Is that even possible? I don’t think I’ll ever be the same.

    Bebe, thank you for the great recap. It was just as you said. I remember being so blown away when “He came out with a slow saunter, singing the words to ‘Sleigh Ride’…” gaah! I don’t know how Abrra’s arm survived the continual squeezing I gave it and vice versa. The entire show was perfection in performance. Never saw him so full of joy and confident.

    It was so fun too, all of us, (50 or so) taking over the Broadway Diner! The noise and commotion we all made in our unbridled excitement coming from the opening night of this epic tour was crazy! The young man who waited on us all was such a good sport and so sweet. So was your husband and thanks for giving me and FG and Marciami a ride back to our hotel in New York! Can’t say everything right now that I felt and did because that’s another story and would take up the whole comment section. How to condense it all to something manageable? Still have not watched one video from the fatigue that ensued but that is something I have to look forward to now that I’m rested. Gotta say it was so great to finally meet Djbell too. She is a hoot! Will be enjoying her vids this weekend and remembering that night all over again and you and Abrra and everyone else. And that was just one night. In the days to follow there was so much more. What an adventure this love for David and his gift and his fans has been and it’s only just begun because HE has only just begun. The first time I met him and witnessed his live performance was years ago in Bossier City, LA. I came away with this overwhelming feeling of gratitude to God for bringing David into my life. Now, 4 years later, I find myself post New York, feeling even more thankful. He has enriched my life so much with his voice, his persona, his example, his fans and experiences I never imagined would be mine. So this Christmas, God bless him, and as tiny Tim would say, God bless us everyone. Before I get too maudlin, I will post and say goodnight. I’m sure this is full of typos but I wanted to get my feelings down before I go to bed. I blame all mistakes on Abrra’s iphone. ;)

  23. betsy said

    Bebe, thanks for a beautiful recap. I so wish I’d been able to meet up there with you and everyone else! But I am also glad that I was able to meet so many at my show.

    “We stood, honored to see him once again.”
    Love this line. I keep going back to it. It is so true. All the involuntary jumping to our feet and as Angelica said, *arm squeezing* . I know I did the same to a friend.
    I can hardly put down the right words here.
    So maybe I’ll just get ready for work and come back later.

  24. skydancer1x said

    Beeee beeee B-E-B-E.!!! (glory note!)
    Loved every tidbit of your recap♥love the way you write.
    What better place to meet your fellow admins.Abrra and Angelica, then at the epic 1st concert of this tour in Westbury
    I love that you finally got to meet after all this time, and I so loved how you captured that moment for all of us!
    “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.” :)

    Westbury, and being there for the first show of a David tour, has to be an amazing experience.Especially this time around.I mean we all knew it would be amazing, but like you said…
    “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?
    ♥David♥
    He is such a genius.

  25. Abrra said

    Good morning!

    I am beginning to think that Idaho internet has fallen off the grid ;)

    I did manage to hunt down Mr. Strut and Saunter from Blackfoot.

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    credit @juls10

    I went to bed earlier that expected, but then I got a text from a friend who was at the show. I was blessed to hear David sing and talk as I lay in my bed with headphones. He sounded stronger vocally, if that is possible! Even though there have been videos on the net, the crowd reacted in all the right places, as if it was the first time they saw these performances.

    Haha Angelica! It’s a good thing you came to sit with me. I needed to squeeze your knee as much as you needed my arm. The bruises will fade i am sure!

    Rumor alert!!!!
    Something I read, but can not source is that the Drummer boy “choreography” was Jeff’s idea. David was reluctant at first, but the band encouraged him to step out of his comfort zone. Little did he know that it is THE most unforgettable part of the show.

    Whether it is fact or not, I am glad he decided to go through with it. Simon Cowell used to say this about a performance ( paraphrasing here) ‘First you have to sell a song, then make the performance memorable’.

    Mission accomplished, David!

    Abrra

  26. iteachkidz22 said

    Here is my video of Wait from the Blackfoot show last night.

  27. iteachkidz22 said

    Here is my video of Silent Night from the Blackfoot show last night.

  28. iteachkidz22 said

    Here is my video of Climb Every Mountain from the Blackfoot show last night.

  29. bluesky said

    Bebereader:

    I loved your article. You write with such fun and verve and human eloquence. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. Thank you. Thank you.

    Angelica…

    See you later when you come up for more of the day to day “normal atmosphere” of life. Though, as you so aptly express – even that changes when we allow ourselves to be touched by that which seems the expansion of heaven.

  30. PattiNC said

    Morning! Another great recap! Thank you!
    That CEM is ridiculously amazing! Why can’t this great video go viral?? People need to see this amazing singer…but no instead we get people who can’t sing get “discovered” when their video goes viral. I just don’t get it. Maybe someone should tweet it to the Yahoo music person w/ the backstory of why he’s singing this..worth a shot! Maybe AOL too.

  31. Abrra said

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    Thank you for uploading your videos so quickly!

    Abrra

  32. Freo said

    Wonderful recap! It is so hard to put into words what we have experienced at these shows. The performances blew me away at Verona.

  33. poof said

    #28 Climb every mountain…… I want to comment,,,,,,, but . there. are. no. words…… I am spent,,,, just from watching…… yes, send this somewhere,,,,, the world needs to listen and believe

  34. Abrra said

    I Need a Silent Night ( Blackfoot )

    LOL No wonder we can’t search videos, no titles on some videos?

    Abrra

  35. This evening we are having company from LA, a young fellow who is also a successful songwriter. He is about 5’5, dark hair, hazel eyse, wonderful smile and a geat laugh. I am telling you that description for no real reason at all. Sooo I have been compiling my most favorite videos from the east coast tour for an informal chat…you never know. This is just for the fun of it but I can’t let the introduction to David and his music pass by as we talk about other things…

    SB

  36. bluesky said

    SandyBeaches:

    Nothing wrong with a little preparation. (you sly thing, you)

  37. Abrra said

    SB
    Lurk in Unplugged at your own risk :)

    Abrra

  38. bluesky said

    Tonight in Cedar City with Shawna and Patti…

    I am ready to be transported, carried, held aloft, flown, delivered, received and reborn.

    bye guys.

    (ps I do not have a camera, ((*shamed*)) or I would take vids for you, but know that you are all carried in my heart)

  39. PattiNC said

    34. LOVE that song…LOVE David! :)

  40. kaycee said

    Bluesky…I’m going to Cedar City as well! I would love to finally meet some fellow fans…where will you all be sitting?

  41. bluesky said

    Kaycee!!!!! How cool is that?!

    Umm. Actually, I do not know where the seats are. I do know that some (a couple?) are in the 4th row and the others in the 5th row. But I do not know how close to the middle or if they are behind/infront of each other *_* . Shawna has the tickets.

    What will you be wearing or look like (as you know.. you can look however you wish… or come as you are.. ((my only choice!!))… ) ??

    I am more “frosted flake” than “silver fox”. ^_^

  42. kaycee said

    Haha, Bluesky! I would consider myself a “frosted flake” as well! We will be sitting in row H, seats 26 and 27, left side facing the stage, on the aisle. I will be with my 10 year-old daughter. We are both strawberry blonds…or at least I once was! As far as what I will be wearing…a big grin of anticipation! See you there!

    For those of you holding down the fort here…I hope there is a tech savvy fan or two in Cedar City tonight, because, alas, I’m not on twitter and my camera…well, let’s just say that it’s seen better days!

    Soooo excited!!

  43. angelofdja said

    Gosh Bluesky, you have no idea how your last few posts have taken me out of the pits!

    Thanks so very much for just being you!

  44. emmegirl said

    Finally, some David time. I deserve this. :))

    Bebe, you write with such a wonderful warmth and easiness, and great wit! It makes me feel cuddly inside just reading it…love every single word.

    First, Abrra, thanks, again, for the Stroudburg mp3.
    And…what you said to David was supremely thoughtful in its consideration of him and Gladys and Andrea. ♥
    And…I noticed the wardrobe tweak on “Mr Strut and Saunter from Blackfoot” too…no idea why I always like it so much.

    MT, “His level of musical genius is becoming more and more apparent as time goes by. With each successive year he loses more of his restraint. When he is fully unleashed, there will be no stopping his rise. Even now I think he is an unstoppable force, one that is climbing ever higher.” :)))

    …and hafta agree, best tweet ever ”
    “@Archugeezer: Intermission nearly over. Issued phone is dying. ‘Tis OK. I will be dead soon too. Here comes Killer.”

    bluesky, “bye guys”. I think she means it ;)

    Bliss, happy to see you again. I am always so eager to read your comments when I see your name.

    His voice in that Borah HS Angels, good night Mary! The tone, the depth.. aaaahhh!

    Love, love his stylizing in The Christmas Song.

    Listen to that!! What! He is brilliant with what he relays, implies, what he does vocally, where he accentuates, phrasing, diction, pace, I don’t even know what I’m talking about. I just know he is beyond anything and everything.
    And that ending!!!

    Trying to get through videos but it’s basically impossible when you keep playing every freaking one of them over and over and over. I’m kinda losing it here. And it is waaay to early in the day.

    …”On a cold wintry night (morning) in December, Mr. Orland’s words ring loud and clear.”

  45. emmegirl said

    Perfect entrance from Mr Saunter. And the “neigggh” at the end, from Killer.

  46. MT said

    Emmegirl, haha I am still laughing at that awesome tweet!

    and this>> “Trying to get through videos but it’s basically impossible when you keep playing every freaking one of them over and over and over. I’m kinda losing it here. And it is waaay to early in the day.”

    LOL Been there!! What am I saying? I am STILL there! I can’t seem to get enough of them. haha Is it possible to wear out those replay buttons?

  47. I will check in to Ùnplugged later tonight…these videos are sooo good!

    Video 45…what a crooner! Gotta show that one…so proud.

    Thanks Bebe, I will do all my David bragging with this article and vids!!

    SB

  48. bluesky said

    Angelofdja”

    ah…. the dreaded ‘pit’. If you do drop back down there, for whatever reason… you are welcome to share my sofa.

    (I spend enough time there they have stenciled my name in the upholstery….)

    (DA is one of those phenomena that can coax me upwards)

    (Erm… If ones definition of “coax” involves planting heavenly dynamite)

  49. bluesky said

    Will look for you Kaycee!

  50. djafan said

    I tried really hard not to watch! I gave in with Wait, OH MY GOD!!!!! His voice has never been better. Then I succumbed to CEM, WHAT THE HECK!!!! Who is this???!!!! How could I stop?? Sleigh Ride and This Christmas did me in, I’m completely in awe.

    I’ve been tracking David’s status on the Next Big Sound that measures the popularity and interest in musicians. It’s used by the music industry and media David is currently ranking higher than Cook and Allen. Up and down with Lambert and Sparks. We need to comment on every video and article we encounter! Make sure to use David Archuleta in your comments. Like, favorite and retweet everything David related.

    Love this comment on Facebook from last nights venue! Go like!!

    Blackfoot Performing Arts Center
    There are no words to describe David Archuleta’s concert last night. Amazing, stupendous, beautiful, moving, etc., etc. With his band, the Teton Chamber Orchestra, the Christmas lights, the perfect sound, a sold out crowd, and David at his best, it was truly the best concert we have ever had.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blackfoot-Performing-Arts-Center/163083810996

  51. bebereader said

    I appreciate all the terrific comments today!

    Bliss#18 Yes, I do believe we’ve been blessed. You said it all when you said this:
    “There is no limit to David’s greatness as a singer and a performer. He is already among

    the greats of all time.”

    Kaycee#19 So exited for you for tonight!

    MT#20 I love that quote too!

    Angelica#22 New York Loves You!

    Betsy#23 Having you at Westbury would have been the icing on a very delicious cake!

    Sky!!!!#24 Thank you so much! Good things come to those who wait.;)

    Bluesky#29 Thank YOU! That’s a huge compliment! Have a great time tonight! I know you will!

    PattiNC#30 Hearing CEM that first time in Westbury was incredible!

    Freo, Emmiegirl Thanks!

    More videos from Blackfoot!

    Melodies of Christmas

    credit frejul10

    More to come

  52. bebereader said

    Little Drummer Boy Blackfoot


    credit frejul10

    Fa la la la a

    credit frejul10

    This Christmas

    credit frejul10

  53. Abrra said

    Bebe
    Thank you for posting all these wonderful videos. I am beginning to collect mp3’s of the tour and these stand out with excellent audio and minimal screams ;) Very considerate crowd !

    Abrra

  54. djafan said

    FA LA LA LA FA LA LA LA FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LAAAAA FA LA LA LA FA LA LA LA FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  55. MT said

    53. Bebe, Thanks for the videos!

    In that “This Christmas” vid …Take a gander at the look in his eyes, and on his face, at 3:05 as he pulls back his voice and sings “will be” haha Don’t know who he was looking at, but I wonder if she’s caught her breath yet.

  56. emmegirl said

    dja aka Wait junkie – you’re only human.

    So..like and comment on videos and articles. Easy enough. Anything else we can do?

    MT, isn’t that This Christmas somethin’. Thanks bebe.

  57. bebereader said

    More Blackfoot from credit frejul10

    Climb Every Mountain

    Wait

    I Need A Silent Night

  58. djafan said

    Emmegirl, Wait is my fav from TOSODATE. This last live performance has become part of my dna.

    Oh we can also increase the views by watching youtube. Someone has to do it lol.

    David does feel the negativity :( I will support and promote him more than ever.

    Archuleta to share his kind of Christmas in Cedar City from thespectrum.com.

    “That’s what I love about being a singer is you can put yourself in anyone’s shoes,” Archuleta said. “I think it’s important to try to be as understanding to others as you can, especially when it comes to singing.”

    He tries to carry that understanding over to everyday life by being kind and gracious, not only to the media during his interviews, but to people in general – an attitude that is not always reciprocated when you’re in the spotlight in the music business.

    “I have had to acquire thick skin,” he said. “No matter what you do, no matter how hard you try to be respectful of people there are still people who hate your guts.”

    He said it’s unfortunate but the negative in life is often louder than the positive, but if you stay calm and pay attention you can focus on the good in life.

    “For the most part it’s been such a blessing to have such great people coming to the shows and to hear their stories about how much they appreciate the music,” he said.

    http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20111209/ENTERTAINMENT01/112090339/David-Archuleta-share-his-kind-Christmas-Cedar-City

  59. djafan said

    This is great!

    SB’s Youth Symphonie Jeunesse going on tour with ‘American Idol’ finalist
    Michel Nolan, Staff Writer
    Posted: 12/09/2011 04:49:45 PM PST

    Any “American Idol” runner-up will tell you – if you want a stunning performance, a good orchestra is what you need.

    Especially when that orchestra is comprised of ultra talented string musicians as youthful as the overnight singing sensation himself.

    David Archuleta, a finalist in “Idol’s” seventh season, considered several orchestral choices before he made plans for his nationwide Christmas tour.

    His decision? Our own Youth Symphonie Jeunesse of San Bernardino, conducted by teacher and symphony cellist Michele Tacchia.

    Youth Symphonie Jeunesse Orchestra will accompany David, now 20, for the Los Angeles portion of the tour, which runs from Dec. 14 through 17.

    David’s tour is called “My Kind of Christmas” and we will be his orchestra of choice on that leg of his tour, according to Michele, who founded the ensemble.

    “My orchestra kids are absolutely over-the-moon with excitement for this opportuniy,” she said.

    “This is a very big deal for our community. Any youth orchestra from L.A. could have been chosen, but WE were.”

    Michele will conduct 27 of her young musicians for three performances: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles; 8 p.m. Friday at the Majestic Ventura Theatre, 26 S. Chesnut St., Ventura; and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at The Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim.

    Each of these theaters seats between 2,000 and 3,000 people and his concerts always sell out,
    Michele warned.

    The program will include “Ave Maria,” “O Holy Night,” “Pat-A-Pan,” “What Child Is This” and “Silent Night.”

    Michele, in the spring of 2008, met with Dr. Ernie Garcia and the San Bernardino Valley Concert Association to propose a youth orchestra in the community.

    Symphonie Jeunesse was established through a generous grant from the Frank Plash Endowment, under the auspices of SBVCA.

    Students range in age from 12 to 19 and represent the communities of San Bernardino, Rialto and Redlands.

    Symphonie Jeunesse operates on donations, which provide scholarships to young musicians, allowing them to participate without paying tuition, as well as providing funds to purchase music and supplies.

  60. djafan said

    David is charting!

    Billboard Chart 12/17/11
    David Archuleta:

    Glad Christmas Tidings, Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Orchestra At Temple Square Feat. David Archuleta With Michael York: BB200 179 (RE); Christian Album 10 (26); Classical Cross-Over Album 7 (7); Independent Album 19 (18)

  61. I cannot believe a week has passed since my concerts. I’m still in the Archuhaze. David’s performances are so unique that I could see all 13 and it wouldn’t be enough. It’s so hard to descend from cloud nine, however I am so grateful that all the other fans, now those out West, can share the experience. The California fans will be beside themselves by the time their turn comes. If only it could last and last as
    there are so many parts of the country that were not blessed by this amazing performance. I hope it isn’t too long before another tour shapes up. David is that rare artist that is best seen live, no matter that his recordings are fantastic. I’m beginning to think he’s a drug that it’s very hard to come down from (gee my syntax even suffers (: ).

  62. SandyBeaches said

    If anyone writing about David for a paper, for an interview, for television..

    David is introduced by anyone with worldly knowledge, or simply keeps up with the music of the times as…

    SINGING SENSATION David Archuleta…well I am quoting a master of music who said that David sings out of this world !! A…Singing Sensation…David Archuleta…there now we have it!! Excuse me while I stomp on the words runner up, poof they are gone. Those ancient, crazy words don’t belong on the same page as David. My day is never done!!

    Concert time soon!

    SB

  63. emmegirl said

    Mari, “The California fans will be beside themselves by the time their turn comes.” …lol! Did you hear the dja?

    SB, I have to ask, who are you quoting?

  64. MT said

    Dja,
    “Oh we can also increase the views by watching youtube. Someone has to do it lol.” << haha Got it covered. I'm already doing that one.

    "David does feel the negativity." ♥ That broke my heart when I read that. All I could think is that, there would have to be something wrong with a person to hate on this guy.

    Emmegirl,
    "This Christmas" is definitely "something", haha and so is that David Archuleta fellow. He's definitely "something" no matter what he's singing.

    And you can tell he knows where in his songs the crowd will react, but I still am not sure if he knows how killer that smile is when he's singing and what it does to his audience. lol Sometimes I think " he KNOWS!" and then other times I'm still not sure.

    Bebe, those vids are off the chart good! And that Blackfoot LDB! Wow! David is really getting into the drumming! For something he was so hesitant to do, he is really doing a great job on it!

  65. Abrra said

    Listen to him introduce the song. He is one HOT TaMALE ;) The ending is “new” to me.


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    Abrra

  66. Abrra said

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    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

  67. betsy said

    He is officially killing us off. That “This Christmas” #52 (thanks Bebe) is SO SOULFUL THAT I CANNOT TAKE IT.
    HOLD ME.

  68. betsy said

    ABS, #65. Wow! Nice intro involving food! He also rolled his R’s a bit more during the song and LOVE the tender soulful ending./

  69. emmegirl said

    Betsy, and I have the feeling he is still holding back. It’s terrifying. 8O

  70. Abrra said

    Pic Spam time!

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  71. betsy said

    Watch this one. With a blankie and lots of pillows to catch yourself. We are all going crazy over this latest. For realz.

  72. betsy said

    Credit for the above video goes to 2bmeagain2005.
    And David. :)

  73. Abrra said

    Betsy
    It’s the same video as #28 ;)

    Abrra

  74. emmegirl said

    Anyone know if videos were allowed at the VIP where Mark accompanied him on Good Place and if it was a mashup.
    Just wonderin’.

  75. Abrra said

    David is out exploring again!

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    @DavidArchie Made a stop at Kolob Canyon in Zion

    Bring it on! Tonight’s stage in Cedar City

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    @PrincessArchie

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    GOOD PLACE. IT HAPPENED. AND NOW I AM LOST IN MY OWN TEARS. SIGH.

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    @mellowdeeLEE

    Wait
    http://www.twitvid.com/XEX1X

    The First Noel
    http://www.twitvid.com/5W6FB

    Riu Riu
    http://www.twitvid.com/453PQ
    @mellowdeeLEE

    Abrra

  76. pattiNC said

    69 emmegirl…THAT is a scary thought! lol

  77. djafan said

    @lauracorry

    Middle aged men standing in the crowd singing along with david archuleta? too entertaining. #iLoveLiveMusic

    momJulee JuleeK
    David was just SNARKY!!!!!

    mellowdeeLEE Melody Lee
    You guys. What. Intermission and I’m like. Ghost.

    momJulee JuleeK
    ZG: He pointed right at @Princessarchie and grinned. Nan grabbed an older man and started dancing. He grinned again. He couldn’t stop.

    vickiilori1 Vicki Allison
    @
    @MichaelOrland Did you get a chance to see the David Archuleta videos I sent you? What did you think?
    1 hour ago Favorite Undo Retweet Reply

    MichaelOrland Michael Orland
    @
    @vickiilori1 oh yes. Not a David Archuleta clipped I’ve ever seen and not liked. #soConsistent

    MichaelOrland Michael Orland
    @
    @karenkkid sorry should have read “clip” and not “clipped”. Lol.

  78. emmegirl said

    Thanks so much for the tweeeets dja!

  79. betsy said

    Tried to chat tonight and it wasn’t happening again. :(
    Computer issues when it comes to chat.
    Emmegirl, we need to have an in depth discussion on This Christmas, Blackfoot-style. :)

  80. emmegirl said

    Betsy, where on earth do we begin?

  81. djafan said

    Emmegirl, I believe you’re right. There is more where that’s coming from and it’s scary indeed.

    Betsy, This Christmas is unreal.

    Like Emmegirl says lol

    We miss you guys in chat. But we multitask lol

  82. betsy said

    Blackfoot VIP Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, w/Mark at piano

    I didn’t know he sang this.
    Was.Not. Prepared.

  83. Abrra said

    RANDOM!

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    I have seen quite a few people saying on twitter that they are having a problem syncing their iPhone. The easiest fix is to uninstall iTunes from the control panel on your computer, then reinstall it.

    Nothing will be lost.Your contacts, apps and music etc are stored on your iTunes account. Always use the most current version. http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

    When they send you iTunes update, do it! ;)

    I have done this process myself. Just yesterday Angelica had to do this to get hers to finish the sync.

    Abrra the iPhone guru

  84. emmegirl said

    David, please record a Christmas CD every year until you have sung every Christmas song written. And then write some more.

  85. silverfox said

    What a way to wake up to a very cold Sunday morning…

    David singing “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts) at the VIP in Blackfoot is THE BEST RENDITION BY FAR OF ANY I HAVE EVER HEARD! And that includes Nat King Cole, who made this song famous & into a classic. (RIP Mr. Cole). There have been literally thousands of recordings by many artists of this great classic song throughtout the years but honestly, David’s is the best. What is so amazing is that in Blackfoot he had no warmup, no rehearsal…he just sang this bluesy version off the cuff as only David can do so amazingly well. He is getting to be known, besides The Voice, as a true musical GENIUS!

    Would love to have an mp3 of it and I would do it myself if I knew how. :)

  86. archiesfan4life said

    emmegirl #84 – YES!!! I totally agree! Please David listen to emmegirl :)

  87. archiesfan4life said

    Betsy #82 – even with your “warning” I was not prepared for that song – WOW!

    SF #85 – that truly is the BEST rendition ever! Just beautiful!!

  88. Abrra said

    SF

    I will be making mp3’s today. I was holding off to see what the best version of each would be. Blackfoot gave me the incentive to begin the process.

    The audio quality along with minimal screaming during the performance, allows us to hear David so well. My 2 fav are RiuRiuChiu and This Christmas.

    I’ll post here when the folder is finished. I am out dog walking for the next hour.

    Abrra I blame all errors on my iPhone

  89. emmegirl said

    SF said it all. ♥

    I love this too, there is a more bluesy quality about the VIP rendition that I like even better than the show performance, which I am gaga over, (eg #44.)

    And Mark’s playing is just beautiful.

  90. Blueberry Ice said

    B-E-B-E! Loved your recap and felt like I was right there! Sigh, it is amazing to watch the artistry and showmanship of David. I tell myself that I’ll only sneak one peek at the videos but before you know what hits you, WHAM!, you’re sucked in, magnetized and good for nothing, lol. My shows are coming up. I’ve been forewarned and trying to prepare myself but it’s no good. I’m afraid I’m already doomed! ;)

    Besty; #81 video; 0.0 …… no. words. left.

    Emmegirl; # 89; ” … bluesy quality … ” Can you imagine if he sang EVERY Christmas song like that?

  91. emmegirl said

    Blueberry Ice, do you get the feeling that’s where he’s headed? :)

    ……still listening.

  92. Blueberry Ice said

    Emmegirl; #91; Hmmm … wouldn’t mind a whole album like that but honestly he’s so versatile that I’ll love whatever style or sound he slays us with! :) Yep, got it on repeat!

  93. PandasMama said

    #84 Emmegirl- “David, please record a Christmas CD every year until you have sung every Christmas song written. And then write some more.”

    Yes!!!! This would be the absolute best possible thing in my life. New Christmas music from David every year.

    He could turn into the next Transiberian Orchestra or Manneheim Steamroller and tour every Christmas, singing beautiful music to the masses of new fans. He could start on Nov. 1 and end on New Years Eve. That way he could hit a lot more cities along the way.

  94. Abrra said

    Here is the My Kind of Christmas Tour 2011 MP3 folder link

    http://www.mediafire.com/?q22qcpv8f3rq3

    I am 80% done with tinkering the remainder of songs. Had some technical issues that made it 3 times the work LOL

    Enjoy!

    Abrra

  95. skydancer1x said

    Happiness is
    “Taking a leap of faith”
    and walking “away from the negative vibes that are weighing your heart down.” (wise advice from a dear sweet friend♥)
    and actually doing it!
    having your shoulders release themselves from your earlobes and return to their normal location,
    having a David fan with a beautiful heart ,gift you a VIP ticket, to see David,♥
    having a dear friend offer to share her accommodations with you♥
    having just enough in leftover airline credit $, to purchase a roundtrip ticket to Los Angeles

    My heart is so happy, and these videos are making me squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

  96. skydancer1x said

    Abrra,thank you for all you are doing to make these mp3’s love you, you little technical savant! wait,one more squeeeeeee. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! (need to get it out)

  97. emmegirl said

    abrra, big thank you!

    sky, ’tis the season. so happy for you.

  98. betsy said

    Emmegirl, I cosign to your sing every Christmas song ever idea.
    Also, I was just thinking of something a little while ago, while driving home from work. David made the best Christmas cd of all time, but little did he know that it really wasn’t the first one. I remember burning a cd of his Jingle Jam/tree lighting appearances the year before. I had a little help from my son. :) Okay, a lot.
    He was BORN to do this.
    Another thing, Anderson Cooper’s new show, Anderson, just threw out a question on Twitter.
    anderson Anderson
    “This week’s #AndersonFamilyDinner conversation starter: What’s your favorite #holiday song? Why?”
    The Twitter name is @anderson.
    I may have sent them a video of David singing O Holy Night. ;) With a small explanation of why I love the song. :)

  99. betsy said

    Sky, so glad you get to go. Sooooo glad.

  100. Abrra said

    Missed this one :) Chestnuts Irving Plaza VIP


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    Beautiful Ave Maria from Cedar City


    credit MitsyOlsen

    *****************

    I am done with MKOC Tour 2011 mp3’s. One of each song is represented. The got the best audio possible with minimal screams :)

    http://www.mediafire.com/?q22qcpv8f3rq3

    Abrra

  101. betsy said

    Thanks for the mp3’s abs. I am having my youngest make me a cd on HIS computer, it’s much better than mine. Someone at work took David out of the cd player (put an atrocious OTHER cd in) saying, ” I LOVE HIS CD BUT HE DOESN’T SING LITTLE DRUMMER BOY AND THAT’S MY FAVORITE.
    Oh, she’ll get Little Drummer Boy alright.
    Also Emme, RE: This Christmas
    The fiahside is balaaazin’ bright
    It’s soooo slooow and soulful and grooovy. :)
    Plus an absolute joy to watch.

  102. emmegirl said

    Come on Cedar City!!

    Betsy, it turns me to complete mush… a helpless pile of mush.

    “oh, she’ll get Drummer Boy alright” LOL!!

  103. djafan said

    Betsy and Emmegirl, This Christmas is on repeat even without the headphones lol And Wait from Blackfoot is killerrrrrrrr! I neeeeeeed the music video!!!!!!

    I can’t stop squeeeeeeing hahahaha

    Sky, 3 more days!!!!

  104. Abrra said

    Betsy
    I just burned a CD. I fit all songs plus the 2 Chestnut VIP and Good Place Verona VIP on it There was 2:11 space remaining, WHEW! Glad I edited them.

    He sounds amazing!

    Abrra

  105. betsy said

    Dja, I am smiling at you. Or for you.
    A friend asked me if I was cheating on LDB with This Christmas, lol. The truth is, I am cheating on all of them with my vip vid of Good Place. I watch it WAY more than I would even admit to here.
    Confession #187: I may have yelled something out at the end of that video. Yep, that was me. I don’t make a habit of loud, uncontrollable “GO DAVID’s”, but it was all his fault anyway. So there.
    Emme please try to make BC. ♥ I really hope you can.
    If you have ever seen the movie Planes, Trains and automobiles – that was us for at least a week prior to our concert. You don’t want to know, lol.

  106. djafan said

    Betsy, I CANNOT WATCH GOOD PLACE. I did and sobbed. So for self preservation between now and my VIP (he better sing Good Place) I’ve banned myself from it.

    “I don’t make a habit of loud, uncontrollable “GO DAVID’s”, but it was all his fault anyway. So there.” Oh do I completely understand. Try “I love you David” in the midst of young women and I didn’t care because it is his fault totally.

    Wait from Cedar City. The tweet that came with it sounds like this song is getting the attention it deserves.

    mellowdeeLEE Melody Lee
    Wait from Cedar City last night in HD – youtu.be/N-1IFr2bxu8 Prob the only video I’ll be sharing. :) #HeIsTotallyUnreal

  107. Funny how I don’t remember hearing “This Christmas” and now I hear it everywhere. Of course the versions are nothing compared to David’s groovy,jazzy,bluesy style. Man he blew me away with that. I think the original was Donny Hathaway. David the musical genius always finds such cool stuff and makes it his own.

  108. bebereader said

    The videos from Cedar City are slowly trickling in. I’m waiting for a nice closeup video of “Fa la la la la” from Cedar City. It looked adorable from the video above. I see that David now has the audience clapping along with him to this song!

    Here’s Pat a Pan/Cedar City

    credit shanndelier

    David has well-deserved rest until Tuesday, when the last leg of the tour starts in California at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

  109. bluesky said

    Passion: thy name is David Archuleta

  110. betsy said

    Dja, self preservation is good and necessary. At times I have had to block the sight and sound from my mind so I could get some work done this week. I can sometimes do it. Other times memory takes over and I will be counting out money on one side of my brain and seeing David’s face singing Good Place on the other side. That look on his face. It’s kinda haunting me.
    Multitasking sucks. I just want to be doing the one thing. :)

  111. kaycee said

    I finally have two minutes to check in and say what an amazing night it was in Cedar City!! I am at a total loss for words…I saw the videos, but like so many have said, it in no way rivals the real thing! He was so on fire, so comfortable in his skin, so in command of the stage, so full of energy, so absolutely on with his vocals, and had so much stage presence! He turned songs I had heard a hundred times into a full on jaw-dropping experience! My 10 year-old daughter kept turning to me with this expression of total awe. You could just feel his love for performing and his joy was so contagious–the audience was really responsive. Speaking of the audience, it was SO diverse!…lots of teenage girls, but lots of families and lots of men. I sat next to a teenage boy who sang along to a lot of the songs and got up and danced!

    Just a few favorite moments:
    1–Sleigh Ride, when he pointed right at my daughter when he sang, “Come on it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with YOU” . She totally squeeled and waved, and he waved right back!

    2–This Christmas…wow, SO amazing! Vocals are incredible! And yes, he smiled that flirty smile when he sang “with you”.

    3–Zero Gravity–SO much energy, SO into it, and so many in the audience were up dancing.

    4–Climb Every Mountain–so much passion and conviction.

    5–FaLaLaLaLa–David’s attempts to bring one little girl out of her shell…she wouldn’t smile, dance, or even put on the hat! He was so cute…I don’t know how she resisted him!

    6–Little Drummer Boy–just because I knew it was coming!

    7–Oh Holy Night–it was the encore, and was so powerful!

    8–Meeting Bluesky, Patti, and Shawna! Thanks for “hunting me down”; glad to finally meet some other David fans.

    Speaking of Bluesky, you perfectly summed up the experience in 6 words: “Passion: thy name is David Archuleta”

  112. kaycee said

    I remember thinking last night that if people could see THIS David, there would be no possible way to resist becoming a fan!

  113. silverfox said

    We, who already saw Mr. Passion in all his glory, tried to WARNED YA! Videos are great, but NOTHING compared to the REAL Mr. Passion, The Voice, The Beauty that is David Archuleta!

    Djafan & all who have yet to see HIM…please take HEED! Otherwise, I shudder to think of the repercussions…heart palpitations, loss of speech, swooning-fainting, etc.
    And for days after, when the euphoria starts to wane, you will feel sadder than sad and will want nothing more than to re-live being in David’s presence just to hear HIM sing LIVE again. What an addiction he is!

    Sending my very good wishes to you all who will soon see & hear exactly what I’m talkin’ about! Good Luck & Take Care! :D ;-)

  114. Abrra said

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    I found this comment at FOD. Sometimes we forget the broad appeal that David’s music has. Cheers for Dac for speaking up!

    “Dac says:
    December 11, 2011 at 10:44 am

    As a middle aged man I find it interesting that some are still amused that we are standing and singing along with David Archuleta. I don’t see these kind of comments made about men singing to country western, christian, rap, and other artists. You would not find me dancing in my seat to the song Crush, but I would find it impossible not to hum or sing along to the power ballads, and Christmas classics. I found David’s music through a hospice patient of mine and think he is awesome. It is clear to a fellow christian that David is filled with the Spirit and I believe this is in large part is why I am drawn to him. His outrageous talent, humility, and compassion are the icing on the cake. David is clearly a messenger and I would find it a humbling privilege to stand and sing along with one of the most amazing men in the business. He may be smaller and younger looking in person then most men his age, but he is one outrageously gutsy guy that sets the standard for what a real man should be in my book!

    Thanks to FOD for all the time, and talented effort you put in to supporting David and keeping the masses up to date on his career. I can’t begin to imagine how challenging this must be.”

    I hope Dac finds his way to The Voice to share his thoughts.

    Abrra

  115. Freo said

    @93: I think it would be great if David made a Christmas tour an annual event. I have often told that to my local fan friends. Amy Grant does a Christmas tour every year, and it has turned into an annual wonderful and classy event. She even has an orchestra and other musician friends accompany her.

  116. bluesky said

    Kaycee… ! *waves*

    You have the most darling daughter. What a treat for you to have her there with you!
    And “frosted flake”? Not even. You are young and lovely. ^_^

  117. skydancer1x said

    114. Abrra, wow “I hope Dac finds his way to The Voice to share his thoughts.” I second that Abrra!!

    “David is clearly a messenger and I would find it a humbling privilege to stand and sing along with one of the most amazing men in the business. He may be smaller and younger looking in person then most men his age, but he is one outrageously gutsy guy that sets the standard for what a real man should be in my book!”

    Dac, if you are listening,yes,yes,YES! David “sets the standard for what a real man should be” and here, may I say to you, “it takes one to know one” :)

    I woke up at 3;30 this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep Have really been trying to keep those butterflies at bay,but the excitement of meeting David in a couple more days has unleashed them big time!! Eeeeeeeek! I have so much to do!!

  118. djafan said

    Bluesky, I didn’t realize what you were talking about until Kaycee’s comment lo. I’m so used to your many beautiful words that the short “Passion: thy name is David Archuleta” lol. But truer words have never been spoken ♥

    Kaycee, thank you for filling us in! Every word is so much appreciated. It’s like a necessary nutrient to hear from those that have experienced him.

    “I saw the videos, but like so many have said, it in no way rivals the real thing! He was so on fire, so comfortable in his skin, so in command of the stage, so full of energy, so absolutely on with his vocals, and had so much stage presence! He turned songs I had heard a hundred times into a full on jaw-dropping experience!”

    Comments like these have me all a flutter!

    SF, The heart palpitations, the stuttered speech, the silly grin from morning to night has begun! haha. Practicing my deep breathing.

    Freo, We should all comment on David’s OS and suggest the annual Christmas tour. I’m thinking of a series of My Kind Of ____________ Tour. Next up My Kind Of Summer Tour sounds perfect.

    Abrra, I’ve been reading more and more about the presence of males of all ages at these concerts. Tofan even mentioned a line at the men’s restroom!

    Betsy, I hear you. Trying to focus focus focus on non related David stuff is harder right now ((hugs))

    Speaking of David’s OS. They put up concert videos! The LDB mashup is nothing short of amazing. Go and leave a comment!

    http://davidarchuleta.com/home/?p=2892

  119. djafan said

    Great recap here from Mellowdee! She has Good Place with Mark playing piano!!!! But hasn’t uploaded :(

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    http://mellowdee.livejournal.com/809229.html

  120. djafan said

    BTW the pictures in mellowdee’s blog are a smorgasbord of magnificence :)

  121. kaycee said

    Oh my goodness! Mellowdee’s blog is a hoot…and really captures the feeling of the night! Sorry, I just HAVE to quote a few lines (hopefully she doesn’t mind):

    “AND THEN HE SANG GOOD PLACE/LET IT BE. And all of the emotions. ALL OF THE EMOTIONS. ALLOFTHEMOTIONS.
    They all happened.”

    “What kind of girl do you want to marry? (LOLOLOL)
    His answer consisted of his usual stuff – someone kind and giving, outgoing and adventurous. It was funny though because the only dad at the VIP shouted out “AND SHE HAS TO BE PRETTY RIGHT?” And then David laughed and said – “She has to have a beautiful soul.” Clearly by “beautiful soul” he means “bear hat”. (read her blog to get that last part!)

    “IT STARTED. AND I WAS GONE. I WAS SO FAR GONE. THE SONGS YOU GUYS. THE MUSIC. HIS VOICE. CHRISTMAS. CHRISTMAS SONGS. GAH. He never evereverever fails to surprise me. It’s like. I know how good he is. I know it. I DO. That’s why I adore him. But then…it’s like. OH. You’re…you’re AMAZING. And every single time – EVERYSINGLETIME – you impress me and shock me and it’s all just a hot mess of emotions.”

    You just have to go over there and read it with all her beautiful pictures! It’s the next best thing to actually being there! And the whole bit about the little girl that wouldn’t give in to the archuglory…so funny! My daughter turned to me during that time and said, “Mom, if they had chosen me I would’ve done a lot better!”

    I’m actually surprised there are not more videos out there. I know we weren’t supposed to film, but I saw a lot of ninja Archies out there. I hope someone has a video of This Christmas and Sleigh Ride–they killed me. My daughter tried taking a few videos with my ancient camera, but they’re pretty grainy and those security guys were given us “the look”. I have the ending minute of Crush which was pretty awesome cause his rock star alter ego kept coming out…hopefully those ninja archies are going to post more of their videos.

  122. bebereader said

    The videos on David’s OS that djafan mentions in comment #118 are just beautiful. I’m watching this one now:

    Wait

    credit Darchsitevids

  123. Abrra said

    Dja #120

    She did a wonderful recap !

    I got a big laugh from this “diva” moment

    “Me: So, I don’t know if you’re okay with this…but I bought you a bear hat as a gift and I was wondering if you’d wear one if I wore mine too?
    DA: Oh man! That’s cool…but I already did my hair for the show…and it’s kind of hard to find a place here to do it…and…
    Me: Say no more, you are okay, do not worry! *hands gift to Kari* I’ll wear mine though, if that’s okay?”

    Beautiful David, such an star :) Nice hair-did, too!

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    BTW If you right click any of her pictures and “set as desktop background”, it will cover the whole screen. *DIES*

    Abrra

  124. djafan said

    More out of this world pictures from Heather Frable Photography from the Sherman Theatre!

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.300969319937050.75146.175943489106301&type=3

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  125. djafan said

    An epic review from Masterclasslady on Silent Night with MOTab.

    Masterclasslady did a review from Glad Christmas Tidings of David A’s performance with the MOTab.

    Masterclass Monday: David Archuleta’s Inspiring Version Of Silent Night.

    This video of David Archuleta performing Silent Night
    with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra has to be the most
    compelling, passionate and inspiring performance of this song classic I
    have ever had the pleasure to see and hear.

    Recorded live last Christmas and set to air on PBS on Tuesday, December 13th from 8:00-9:00 P.M., David’s arrangement of this beautiful carol is nothing short of exceptional.

    His phrasing, inflection, his lyrical, seamless vocal quality and
    expressive interpretation, are absolutely sublime. His face is radiant
    throughout this song and genuinely expresses the meaning of the lyrics
    in every verse.

    Watch how his demeanor changes for each verse. It is very evident in
    the third verse, where his facial expression and body language mirrors
    the text so very well. He wears his joy and happiness on his sleeve. It
    really is remarkable.

    David has released a CD and DVD with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir called Glad Christmas Tidings.

    It is an absolutely exquisite “watch and listen”, capturing the
    spirit of Christmas through stellar vocal and instrumental performances.

    It is available for hard copy or digital purchase from Amazon.com or via ITunes.

    But do yourself a favor right now and listen to the video below. It
    is an excellent way to begin your week and to be reminded where the
    meaning of Christmas truly lives and breathes.

    http://masterclasslady.com/2011/12/12/masterclass-mondaydavid-archuletas-inspiring-version-of-silent-night/

    Silent Night.

  126. Abrra said

    DJa
    LOL You are going to blow a gasket with all these pictures showing up just before your show :)
    I stopped copying them and made a favorites folder for all links to tour show pictures.

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    Heather Frable Photography

    just.too.much.

    Abrra

  127. djafan said

    Abrra, HAHAHAHA I know I know! I’m so going dang crazy!!!!

    That’s a great idea to keep in a safe folder for gazing :)

  128. bebereader said

    So much activity on Twitter today. I turned away for a few minutes and literally 559 new tweets popped up. We’re about midway through the tour and fans are abuzz about the shows they saw and the shows they’re about to see.

    Blueberry Ice#90 Glad you liked! I’ve been spending way too much time watching tour videos but it doesn’t seem like enough time either. Seems I don’t get enough unless I pick myself off the floor from hours of watching. Enjoy your upcoming shows!

    I’m with Emmegirl and the rest of you who want David to continue doing Christmas
    albums. There are so many Christmas songs out there that he hasn’t covered yet. I never thought he’d do “Sleigh Ride” but what did I know? There’s a commercial on TV that has “Sleigh Ride” on in the background, sung by the original singer. It just doesn’t measure up now that David got ahold of it.

    Sky!!!!!!!!!!!! {{{hugs}}} Have a great time! Take it easy bouncing off the ceiling! LOL and ummm djafan and Blueberry Ice..that goes for you too!!! LOL

    Kaycee: Lovely recap! He’s Everything and More and more and more!

    Hoping Mellowdee’s “Good Place” turns up on youtube!

    There are so many pics online from this tour. This man is insanely talented and insanely handsome and so adored by his fans. He never takes a bad picture. Steven Spielberg is going to scoop him up and put him in movies if he knows what’s good for him. But after that, we want him back to make more music.

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    credit Mellowdee

  129. skydancer1x said

    Ye gaaaaaads! Abrra, all the pictures and that that one at 124.Dja hello!!!! I may need help leaving the Nokia help!….stretcher!

    the butterflies have been flopping around all day today.
    I am gonna have to pull it together tomorrow cause I am startin’ to SPAZZ OUT big time!!!

  130. betsy said

    Dja, I clicked on that link and omg.
    (the Heather Frable one)
    She must’ve taken a frame of every second of that concert. There are a gagillion! AND NO BAD ONES. He is gorgeous. Just gorgeous.
    There is one so beautiful – a hunkerdown.
    He needs to stop this once and for all. :)

  131. bluesky said

    Djafan:

    No worries, Djafan. DA is schooled in taking care of frenzied, out of focus, over the top fans:

    To those who show signs of anticipation fatigue, he mildly offers a quick 10,000 volt recharge.

    Any suffering from Christmas spirit depravation, he casually saunters through a bright “and this is Christmas Present!” doorway, complete with a jolly “Come in and know me better, man!” (and another way to assist in covering those ((otherwise)) hidden ones.)

    For any with failing hearing (due to an overabundance of holiday tunes) he mixes up a little “Hearing Aid” (not to be confused with “Kool Aid” and far sweeter of course) that does, as promised, lead to a far better land. No passport required. Just ears. But do not attempt to “lend” them. (I know, I know, I have an unhealthy fondness for literary puns. *_* ) Once a person has received the DA hearing-aid their ears will effectively be “owned” and nothing else will ever sound the same. (Some say he should copyright the procedure but DA seems to think it does not entirely belong to him. ((!!)) )

    And for those who come ready and willing to offer their complete hearts – ahhh. You are special. In fact, he designed the whole evening just for you. And you and he will be most delighted by your simply accepting what he so passionately wishes you each, personally, to receive.

    and… Merry Christmas.

    bluesky

  132. Dayzee said

    Loved your recap, bebe. Isn’t this fun? So great meeting up with fans and David and also David’s people.

    Let me tell you about my time in Boise. My friend Maribel and I arrived at 3 with the M&G starting in less that 3 hours. As we were checking into the hotel I realized my wallet was missing from my purse. We searched everywhere but could not find it. A friend had repaid a loan just before we left and I had stuck that money in my wallet. The last time I had seen it was at a gas station over 100 miles away. With some help from my Iphone I was able to locate the station and call. The girl who had waited on us confirmed that my wallet was there and I should come right back and pick it up. Hmmmm. Had to make a quick decision. Which would be worse? Taking a chance on never seeing my wallet again, complete with all l.D., credit cards and a bunch of money, or take a chance on not getting back in time to see David. That was easy. I asked the clerk if she would mind just keeping it until the next day.

    We arrived at the venue and were standing in line to pick up our tickets. They were in my name and I had no ID. I was trying to formulate a plausible story to obtain the tix when I saw Styx was wearing a magic bracelet. It matched my magic bracelet. Thanks to people at The Voice, I recognized Styx, could call him by name. Thanks to SB and her magic bracelets I had my ID! We talked about our nice friend who had given him the bracelet and there was no problem. Even the next night in Blackfoot, Styx called over “She doesn’t need ID. Just give her the tickets.” Haha

  133. djafan said

    DAYZEEEEEEEE!!!!

    Was wondering if you’d fallen into a David hole!

    That is the most amazing story! Well not your loosing your wallet of course but what ensued was great!

    SB, those bracelets are a fan uniting miracle!!! Thank you! I received them to pass out at VIP!!!!!!

    I’ll be talking to Styx for sure :)

  134. MT said

    128. Bebe,
    “Steven Spielberg is going to scoop him up and put him in movies if he knows what’s good for him. But after that, we want him back to make more music.”

    haha You got that right! Speilberg can NOT keep him. We MUST get him back… and that pic … nice!

    Sky, djafan and Blueberry Ice… I’m so excited for you guys! I know you’ll have a great time! And we want to hear all about it when you get back. :)

    Sky, don’t forget to pack that lace hanky. ;)

  135. Abrra said

    Dayzee

    Even though I know you made it to the VIP and concert, I got a sick feeling in my gut when you wrote about your wallet. I think everyone has that moment when the BIG day arrives when you misplace ( or think you have) something vital on your way to see David. For me it was the 2009 Providence make up show for summertime Demi tour. We were all sitting at the hotel cafe having lunch. Even though I live nearby, I stayed with my road buddy at the hotel to be near the action. All of a sudden I realized my tickets were not in my bag! I didn’t have VIP. They were venue tickets.I had a moment of clarity. I could see them tacked to my bulletin board in my room! Luckily it was early in the day. All I had to do was drive to my home 20 min away and retrieve them! I barked at my road buddy , “Gimme your keys, now! I have to go get our tickets! I forgot them at home!” Haha she tossed them my way and I was back in less than 45 min with time to spare for making the show.

    This tour I had to drive to Connecticut to meet with friends for the trip down to Long Island. About an hour into my drive, I realized my black folder with all my VIP info and confirmation documents was not on the car seat next to me. OMG :) I drove to a rest area and ran to check the trunk, then back to the front seat. No folder! EEKK! I ran around to the passenger side, ripped open the door and out slid the black plastic folder with “everything that mattered to me in the world, inside ” ;) I really think we lose our minds and become forgetful and blank out when the day comes to see David.

    I blame him ;)

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    Abrra

  136. SandyBeaches said

    Dayzee..I am so pleased that your bracelet was magical at the right moment! Djafan has a new one for Styx incase he loses his but he I read he still has his!

    Still in a funk but working on it!

    SB

  137. emmegirl said

    dja, thanks for the link to mellowdee’s blog! Got a kick out of her recap…and those pics – the first one right below the wait video, myyy. They are all stunning.

    I so SO hope she uploads her VIP mashup video. I listened to the mp3 abrra made (thanks abs) all the way home tonight, 25 min on repeat and I just wanted to keep driving. If he ever performs that on stage, (would be a great last song I think) the entire crowd will be c-r-a-w-l-i-n-g out of the venue.

    And thanks for bringing MC’s comments on Silent Night.
    She doesn’t like him much does she.

    Kaycee, bluesky, loved your comments. Kaycee, I wish they had picked your little daughter too, lol!

    bebe, “There’s a commercial on TV that has “Sleigh Ride” on in the background, sung by the original singer. It just doesn’t measure up now that David got ahold of it.”

    Sometimes I think I must be craaazy! All the Christmas songs playing, and with each and every one all I can think about is how his version just blows their’s out of the water (no disrespect intended) or how I then long to hear his version if he hasn’t sung it. Every single one, doesn’t matter who is singing or what song. I have never felt anything like this before in my entire life. Insane.

  138. Abrra said

    Emme

    I do the same thing. Hook my phone up to the car speakers and put Good Place/Let It Be on endless replay. Today on my walk, I listened to TOSOD songs. I think I am spoiled now by that acoustic Good Place. All the background effects are distracting. David was meant to sing acoustic. I hope he does more recording that way. Instruments are ok, its the “effects” like the clap track I don’t care for anymore.

    Abrra

  139. dakgal said

    Did you know—there are rabbits in China?

    That’s how far down the rabbit hole I’ve been. Due to circumstances beyond my control –I found my self waaaay behind–in viewing videos and reading posts– since the start of this tour and have been trying to catch up!! PANT…PANT.

    No need to explain to you peeps how one videos leads to–well you get lost in oblivion—then you think–I better post–but by then everyone has used all the words and said everything I wanted to squeeeee. So I just sat back and enjoyed every morsel.

    I have enjoyed every single re-cap …thanks one and all for making us “stay at home” Archunuts– FEEL the concerts the way you did. I’m still trying to make my way through all the videos–I seem to get stuck on a couple of them–I will watch LDB over and over–then somehow it’s two hours later!!

    I’m madly in love with this MKOC tour!!!!!♥♥♥♥

  140. sweetonDA said

    Just dropping in to say hi. This is our busiest time at work, so I haven’t been able to take time to spazzzzzz with all of you, but, I AM IN AWE OF ONE MR. DAVID JAMES ARCHULETA!!!!

    The video’s I have had time to see are just amazing and making me so excited to see him this Saturday in Anaheim. Looking forward to seeing Dja, Blueberry, Sky and everyone else who will be there. Then, you will see some real out of control spazzzzing going on. I won’t even care if my sister’s look at me like I’m crazy.

    Bebe. I love your recap. Can’t wait to have some spare time to catch up on the one’s I’ve missed. I think I will have to make time to read mellowdeeLEE Melody Lee’s. Just caught oooh’s and awwww’s on that one.

    Ok, Carry on with the excitement and chatter :)

  141. emmegirl said

    abrra – Another thing I love about that VIP Good Place is the changes from the studio version, (and this is one of my most favorite songs on the album), they really enhance the meaning of the song, and I love the piano arrangement he came up with. Don’t know how he does it.

    “David was meant to sing acoustic. I hope he does more recording that way.”

    dakgal – just remember to come up for air once in awhile.
    You might experience lightheadedness and find it hard to breath.

    “I’m madly in love with this MKOC tour!!!!!♥♥♥♥”

  142. bebereader said

    Dayzee, That is quite a story about SB’s magic bracelets! One question, did you get your wallet back the next day?

    Emmegirl, “Sometimes I think I must be craaazy! All the Christmas songs playing, and with each and every one all I can think about is how his version just blows their’s out of the water (no disrespect intended) or how I then long to hear his version if he hasn’t sung it. Every single one, doesn’t matter who is singing or what song. I have never felt anything like this before in my entire life. Insane.”

    If this is insanity, bring it on! LOL Seriously I agree with everything you said. I’ve always loved Christmas music and have a stack of Christmas cds sitting, collecting dust. I haven’t played them in years nor do I intend to, either. I think I’ll donate them, along with a copy of CFTH. Once they hear CFTH those surely cds will never get played.

    SweetonDA, Thanks and have a great time at the Anaheim show!

    David tweets and vlogs:

    Hey guys! Just posted a video from Alcatraz Island in San Francisco today! First HD video blog haha ——> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbAxlrxInG0

  143. jans11 said

    Love the short video from Alcatraz! He is quite the explorer!

    Dayzee, that was a terrible ordeal to go through. Panic mode when you’re trying to have fun at a David concert is just not acceptable!!! Hope you got it back ok the next day… I will be out there in SLC Sat. ONE MORE WEEK!!!!!!

  144. bebereader said

    @amanda_massa Amanda Massa
    Hey @DavidArchie fans- tomorrow we’ll be posting our video of David singing X-Mas songs in our newsroom. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/3HJSyiiC

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  145. kaycee said

    Ah, SB #136, I hear ya’ about the “funk”! The post-concert withdrawals (sigh)…thank heavens for all the videos and recaps.

    Emmegirl #137, yep, me too…darn that Archuleta!

    I keep looking for videos of the first half of the Cedar City concert, but I’m not finding any…and he was SO channeling his rock star side! Zero Gravity was out of this world! And “This Christmas”–I need evidence that it really happened! I’m tempted to post my grainy 1-minute video of Crush that my 10 year old daughter took just to show the awesome ending–he was so into it and so was the crowd! Hmmm, I wish I knew how.

  146. Abrra said

    How sweet! David took his HAIR-did on a day trip :)

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    Was there anything else to stare at on that island but his head? I think not!

    Abrra

  147. Well, I feel a little sorry (just a very little) for my relatives this weekend. I have invited them to dinner on Sunday evening with kids included!!

    I am preparing the best of the best videos for my pc and Bose in the kitchen (where I can have control) with some instrumental music for variation because who would I play along with David?…Their gifs will be prettily wrapped and waiting on the front hall stairway for when they leave. They will look all the same because they are all the same (excluding the children’s) being David’s MoTab DVDs for everyone!!

    The best part is that they suggested the gift last December just joking, but hey you don’t joke about anything David related with me!!

    SB

  148. skydancer1x said

    146. Gahhhh! Abrra! PERFECT screencap, thankyouverymuchlovethatprofile..and the sun on his face.oh David!
    who’s hair looks that good on and after a boat ride!?
    “Was there anything else to stare at on that island but his head? I think not!” haha! what island??
    why does it make me so happy to see him gobble-gobbling up life like he does? He seems to always enjoy every moment he has and I love that he shares moments like this with us!!♥

    Dak! was wondering where you went! haha! minutes turn into hours,hours into days… heck we have burrowing for years now! speaking of bunnies I need to hop on outta here! Can. not. wait… this time tomorrow morning I will be winging my way to LA♥
    is this really happening:)
    somebody. pinch me.

  149. It is a given rule that I can not write a comment of a decent length without ‘one’ mistake and I can’t break that rule, ever…enjoy the day!

    SB

  150. betsy said

    Emmegirl, Abs. Agree, agree, agree. Good Place is always in my head. If another song takes over the main part of my head for awhile, GP is still there in a corner. :) It always comes back. What he did to that song, acoustically, was genius. Changed the melody a bit. It’s just so beautiful. I can still see his face in my mind as he was singing it. I will never get over that part either. HE REALLY MEANS IT.
    It was worth everything – if that was all I had heard last weekend it would’ve been worth it.
    It’s like he did everything he could think of to make this tour perfect.
    Oh my heart.
    Thank you David. ♥

  151. Marylee_DAangel said

    #146/Abrra ~ That profile…all grown up & CRAZY handsome….that’s all!

  152. FG said

    Angelica – you have mail! It’s not complete, but it is a start.
    Hello everyone! Love you all!

  153. I live in Nova Scotia and at lunch time today we attended a Christmas luncheon hosted by the local Lions club. There were two young fellows assisting with the serving who were on their missions. One fellow is from Utah and the other from California. We shook hands and had an enjoyable conversation as you just might guess!

    SB

  154. djafan said

    Bluesky, Your comments mesmerize me :) Fa la la la la la is only a day away!!!!!

    SB, package has arrived!!!! The magic shall continue!!! I’m guessing :)

    Dak you’re alive!!! Please continue to entertain us with your musings!

    Abrra, isn’t that vlog all kinds of wonderful?? Hair ♥

    Sky and Blueberry Ice and Terrytampa if you’re lurking see you tomorrow!!!

    Sweetonda and my lurker friend see you in Anaheim :)

    And we’ll be having David A music this Friday!

    LisaMurray ★SkyGirl★
    @
    @CandyFOD @dapotorimiro @davidarchie David recorded a song for Dapo’s xmas project, “Dapo & Friends Christmas” coming next week! :-)

    LisaMurray ★SkyGirl★
    Hey guys… sorry I’ve been MIA. I’m finalizing “Dapo & Friends Xmas” music project & it’s going 2B AMAZING!! Looks like a 12/16 release date

  155. djafan said

    An interview! Love David’s sense of humor.

    David Archuleta playing Christmas show at WFC

    by Bill Pinella

    David Archuleta, runnerup on Season 7 of American Idol, comes to Santa Rosa and the Wells Fargo Center for an 8 p.m. Christmas show on Tuesday. And with him he will bring a persona that he’s still a “kid.” Afterall he was 12 years old when he first appeared on Star Search and he was only 17 when he finished second to David Cook on Idol.

    “I’ll be 21 the end of this month (Dec. 29),” Archuleta said in a phone interview last week from Idaho. “Can you believe that? And Yeah, yeah. People still think I’m not even old enough to drive.”

    He was reminded that he does have that forever young look and after breaking out in a quick rendition of Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young”, Archuleta said, “Maybe I’ll start balding and maybe that will make me look older. People are still thinking I’m 15 or 16.”

    He promised that his Tuesday show will be much like the Christmas show he performed here two winters ago, a mix of pop and holiday music.

    And despite that youthful look, he expressed his desire to mature as a musician.

    “To grow you have to keep surpassing what you think your limits are. You have to continue exceeding your expectations of yourself. And you have to keep growing and in order to do that you have to go out of your comfort zone. Pass what you think is impossible for you to do. I definitely feel that I have grown a lot in the last few years because of that.”

    Source: Press Democrat Wine Country Entertainment

    http://707.pressdemocrat.com/2011-12-12/featured/david-archuleta-playing-christmas-show-at-wfc

  156. Maureen said

    Abrra, I went into your candy jar and downloaded the songs from David’s MKOC tour and the Pandora skating show. Can I just say that O Holy Night is the most beautiful rendition of any song i have ever heard. I’m not one to cry over music, but i have to say, when it was over my eyes were full of tears.My wish is that some day in the future i get to hear David sing The Lord’s Prayer. I think it would be sublime.I love that song and think he would make every other version fade into oblivion.I come to this site every day, and I have to say I’m a big fan of you guys too. I’ll make an effort to comment more often in the future. By the way Sandy Beaches, I’m from Newfoundland. My sister and I made the trip to Westbury to see David and we were not disappointed. Hope to meet some of you guys at future David concerts.

  157. betsy said

    He broke out into A Rod Stewart tune?
    He is always surprising me.

  158. Dayzee said

    Abrra that is a lovely hair-did pic. Who else could upstage Alcatraz?

    Oh yes, I did get my wallet back with everything intact. Things always seem to work out when David is involved, even though we lose our senses

    Today I showed a coworker some David pics from Idaho. She picked up the first one
    and said ,”Oh, this is a real good one of David. Look at that great smile!” Then she picked up another and another and said, “Wait a minute…..he looks terrific in every picture.” Haha.

    At the M&G in Boise I told David how much I liked “Above the Northern Lights” from the ice skating program. He began singing that song until he noticed I was about to fall over, then he stopped and gave me a grin. I think if I could have kept myself together he would have sung the whole song. Dang it!

    The next night in Blackfoot the girl ahead of me asked David to sing a song so that she could sing along with him. It was her dream to sing with David. One of his people immediately said No! David can’t sing because he needs to save his voice for the concert tonight. David said he could sing a little of it, and she could join in. Once he got started, he never slowed down. At the end of the song the girl looked at him expectantly, he nodded his head and took off with the second verse.

  159. bebereader said

    #155 Love that interview!

    Maureen#156

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    Please stop by here more often.

    From David’s Official Site:

    “Tune in to PBS today, and celebrate Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring David Archuleta and special guest Michael York!

    Air times vary by city and station – please check your local listings for details.”

    Click the link below to find when Glad Christmas Tidings will be on in your area.

    http://www.pbs.org/tv_schedules/

  160. kaycee said

    I’m soooo excited for all of those going to the concert tonight! I know you’ll have an amazing time!

    Abrra…you spoil us! Your candy jar overfloweth!

    Dayzee…”Who else could upstage Alcatraz?!”

    Maureen…I’m so with you on Oh Holy Night! It was his encore in Cedar City, and it was unreal. He sings it with his whole spirit and soul!

    Betsy…”It’s like he did everything he could think of to make this tour perfect.” You are so right!

    Sandy Beaches…lucky relatives!!

    Bluesky…I’m not worthy! The way you express yourself and what you are able to communicate about this whole David experience continues to blow my mind! I was astonished to see that you were actually a real person in Cedar City…and a really nice, lovely one at that!

    While we’re waiting for the lovely tidbits from tonight…I think I will try and post my “sad” video of Crush from Cedar City…not sad because David was anything less than amazing, sad because of the quality of the video. I was really hoping some awesome fan with an awesome camera would post it merely for the amazing rock star ending, but I haven’t found any videos from the first half of the concert! I’ve been searching for Sleigh Ride because of the cute interchange between David and my daughter, and This Christmas, because…well, because it was AMAZING! My cute 10 year-old daughter took a minute clip of Crush–it’s so shaky and it has bad audio, but the ending is worth it!

  161. dakgal said

    Bah!!!! Can you believe The Motab Concert on PBS here in S. Dak. has been pre-empted by Frontline with a show about child abuse. :cry:

    Now I’m all against child abuse—but I feel abused—after all it is the Christmas season. But it will air on Christmas Day at 11:00AM. I’m sure people will be doing a gazillion other things at that time.

    Now I have a request—could you people ( esp. you Sky) hold your squeeeing down–I can hear you clear up here–sounds like a faint siren off in the distance.

    That noise along with the sound of sobbing and heavy sighs coming from the East coast, means I have to turn my speakers up even louder—dang!

    I suppose people are already lined up in Calif. even tho it’s only a little after 4:00 PM—I just realized–it will take until tomorrow for videos because of the time difference–oh, well I’ll just not put on any socks tomorrow morning–cause they’ll just get blown off. 8O

    #140 SweetonDA—“I won’t even care if my sister’s look at me like I’m crazy.”—– Now that’s the kind of attitude to have. ;)

    #146-Abs “Was there anything else to stare at on that island but his head? I think not!” GAH Is he magnificent –or what?

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