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Posted by 1djafan . on Saturday, April 28, 2012
Posted by bluesky4home on Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Hands hold many messages. They are symbolic of personal power, capability, action, autonomy, self-expression, appeal, intelligence, language and more. DA’s hands are always part of his musical messages. However, when he is not singing, he can tend to down-play them; tuck, and fold them away with his thoughts behind those magnificent eyes.
In this photo, it seems to me that Matt Clayton has deliberately down played most of the rest of DA: his legs, torso, arms, shoulders and head are all in positions of rest or pulling back. His hands however, are bared, sleeves rolled back in preparation for action, every digit brought to full relief with light and shadow as though sculpted. The hands seem aware, fully present, caught in that moment before movement. What happens next as their purpose becomes realized, the eyes open, the head rises and body unfolds, will be a revelation.
Matt Clayton seems to me to tell stories with his work. It would be fun to know what he is thinking. There are so many ways to go with the Matt Clayton photo, e. g., pulling back before you move forward, as a metaphor for the mission, as a metaphor for our own lives, looking inward from where the “newness” actually comes from.
I looked up some of Matt Clayton’s more recent work and he shows such respect for the human body: that is, he picks settings and textures and backgrounds that show a reverence for not only the people involved and their “topic” but for human beings in general. I am not used to this.
And the pic of him sitting by DA is so fun. He has the whole design of the picture: light and dark, shadows and objects, all pointing to DA. while he sits on a lower box in the shadow. It is as though, even while he is ostensibly in the photo, he is still the observer. Only this time he is observing us observing him. That is__he is looking at us looking at DA. HIS DA. I find that so funny. I think he has a great sense of humor under it all. So I guess what I am saying is, that he not only shows respect for his subject but for his audience as well. He takes his art seriously, but not himself. Remind you of anyone?
Posted by SandyBeaches on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I just awoke in the predawn that has a perfect stillness and is so dark, but spring birds are singing outside my open window. The tiny little birds seem to be ruling the universe for the moment. Their songs are beautiful and barely heard unless there is this quiet. They seem to be doing their best to remind us that in every morning there is a new start, a new beginning.
But the early morning has me wondering David, so tell me, what were you thinking about when you came into my life like the moon and the stars because once I met you, then you were always there. Perhaps you did not know that you would be there for me but when faced with trials in life that required so much strength and courage, you are there. I did not look for that from you, but it has so amazingly happened. But then again it was me who invited you in.
Your music is in my mind and in my heart and spirit. I listen to ‘Tell Me” and somehow the thoughts of you leaving that come from the song become so obviously clear to me now.
Hasta otro momento,
The quote on the bracelets was taken from the song “Contigo En La Distancia”, sung by David at the Alma Awards, 2009.
“Te Has Convertido En Parte De Mi Alma”___You Have Become A Part Of My Soul.
Perhaps coincidentally, the song that David sang a few years ago, ‘Contigo En La Distancia’, is now a declaration for us to believe in, that the distance that is growing will not keep us all apart.
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Posted by FunnyGirl on Sunday, April 15, 2012
No, I haven’t lost my mind. Well, it may have gone missing for a few days. I eventually found it, curled up in the corner on the couch, wearing my I ♥ David Archuleta t-shirt, crying into its ice tea. I patted it, hugged it and told it this:
Me: “We are the picture of patience.”
My brain: “What?”
Me: “You know, patience.”
My brain: “You mean like mental patients right?”
Me: “LOL NO! well…..NO! patience with the letter C!”
My brain: “I don’t think so. I don’t believe you.”
Me: “Really?? Let me go over some things you have done and you tell me if they required patience……
How long did you vote/text for him on Idol? How many days/times/hours?
How hard did you vote/request/promote Crush?
How many hours did you spend on countless polls with his name on them?
How long did you wait after Crush to hear him on the radio again? And what happened when that didn’t happen? Did you give up hope?
How many hours did you spend blogging, thinking, watching YouTube, worrying, meeting new friends, going to concerts, saving money?
How long have you waited in line to see him? How far have you travelled?
How many times have you prayed for him?
How many nights have you stayed up waiting for a twitpic or video from his latest appearance?
How many months/years have you waited to see him live in your town? How about the fans that have never seen him live yet? How long have they waited?
How many hours have you spent learning about charitable causes he told you about?
How long have you waited for him to achieve the level of success that you hope for, that you think he deserves?
How long have you known that he gives 1500% all the time?
How many times has he inspired you by following his heart? How many times does your heart faint when he hits a glory note?
How does this all add up? What kind of measurement can you use to determine the length, depth, and magnitude of love and investment you have put into this?
I know you are sad because you will miss him. You imagine the worst-that you will not hear from him for two years. Understand this my dear, music is in him. He said he’s coming back to music. We will hear from him and or his team while he is away. I believe that he keeps us in his heart always as we do him. We are the most patient people on the planet. It is who we are, it is what we do. It is what we will continue to do. He may be going to a different address for a while, but he is always right there with you.”
My brain: “Thanks. I needed that. But can I keep the shirt?”
Posted by Abrra on Sunday, April 8, 2012
From the time that David announced his plan to go on a mission for his church, I have tried to give solace to those who were disappointed and sad. It’s not an easy task to convince someone that the hurt they are experiencing is temporary. David himself wrote a song about putting one foot in front of the other. You move forward,past the hard times in life, coming out the other side a stronger person. I envisioned, as many will, moving forward in a straight line out to one’s destiny.
Recently I heard something that changed the way I think about this.
It was early morning. It was my day off. Still in bed, listening to a podcast where the topic was a blend of creation and destiny. The heady discussion was enlightening, covering topics about ancient spiritual traditions and quantum physics. I won’t go into all that in detail, but one concept gave me pause. It was about the basic design of all the universe, a spiral. Spirals represented the true nature of time. Cyclical, not linear as we interpret it. The atom, the DNA helix, the solar system, the galaxy, the way your hair grows in a spiral from your scalp, and the way water circles a drain is a spiral.
This gave me the idea that if you can think of David’s path as a spiral and not a straight line, you can take comfort from this concept. He is not walking away. He is moving in a direction that will bring him back full circle to us. A line is singular and a spiral is all encompassing. Think of it this way, no matter how long he is gone, he is never far from the center (us). Speaking recently in a press conference, David admitted he needs to go and experience sacrifice for his personal growth. I admire him for realizing this and doing what he must to accomplish this goal. We fans will have a different form of sacrifice. Less communication from David will be a test of loyalty for some. He understands this and will leave us with some music which will allow us to grab the tail of the spiral and hang on for the next 2 years.
Posted by Angelica on Saturday, April 7, 2012
My mother and I shared a love of two things: books and flowers. Easter Sunday would find me at her door with a pot of Easter lilies and we would take time to admire them again, as we did every year, the same way. We would praise their pure whiteness and clean fragrance, like good expensive soap. My mother has been gone many years, but every spring when Easter lilies make their appearance, I think of her.
“How would you explain to someone if they asked “How do you find peace in a crazy world?”
David Archuleta, 4/5/12
On this Easter and every day, this is a good question that deserves reflection. What gives you peace? Amid all the chaos and calamities that may befall, what stills your soul? For me it is the fact that I know that my Redeemer lives, and because He lives, this life is not the end. One day I will walk through fields of Easter lilies as far as the eye can see and on the horizon will be my mother and others I have known and loved, beckoning me home.
“If Christ lived after death, so shall men, each one taking the place in the next world for which he is best fitted. Since love is as eternal as life, the message of the resurrection is the most comforting, the most glorifying ever given to man; for when death takes a loved one from us, we can look with assurance into the open grave and say, ‘He is not here,’ and ‘He will rise again’.”
President David O. McKay
“We are born for a higher destiny than that of earth. There is a realm where the rainbow never fades, where the stars will be spread before us like islands that slumber on the ocean, and where the beings that pass before us like shadows will stay in our presence forever.”
So, how do you find peace?
Posted by MT on Monday, April 2, 2012
We all know that David’s leaving has left an empty place in our lives and in our hearts that we are wondering if we can somehow fill for the next two years. I think by now we all know that the answer is no. For most of us here, nothing can replace David. We know that and have accepted it as fact. We feel that small empty place and wonder “how did that happen?” I think that empty place is the little piece of our hearts that we have given to David. Now that he’s gone, he has taken those pieces with him and there’s nothing we can do about it.
But as much as I will miss him, it isn’t ONLY about David anymore for me. It’s also about all of you.
It took me a while to realize that along with the little piece of my heart that I gave David, there was another piece that was in danger of being lost. That’s the piece that I’ve given to all of you. It’s a piece that I’m struggling to hold on to. But as long as you and I are here, that piece is still tied to me and that little place in my heart doesn’t feel empty because in it’s place is all of the warmth and friendship I’ve found here.
I’ll backtrack just a bit here and admit that I was a lurker at David’s fan sites for a very long time. Many of you became posters and writers from the very beginning. Not me. I was a latecomer to posting. Like young David, I was very shy and afraid to talk to people I didn’t know. But, when I finally broke down and joined in, I was welcomed with open arms and found some wonderful friends here. And I’m not ashamed to admit that, right now, that’s what I’m afraid of losing. It’s bad enough for me that David (who has been a never-ending source of joy to me) is leaving for two years. But, you guys, too?
Please, no. I don’t even want to think about that. And I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way. I think one of the things hurting many of us right now is our fear of losing each other after having just lost David.
Through David we have formed bonds, found friends here. In this place, we are among people who understand us and have things in common with us. We are a very diverse group of people from all walks of life, but we have discovered that we don’t need to be the same to be here for each other. Here, we have found people we can laugh with, cry with, sympathize with, and squee with, even though we are scattered across the country and around the world.
We are all joined at the hearts, hearts tied with pretty ribbons that all lead back to David. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to cut the ribbon if it starts to fray. I’m holding on tight. For me, walking away from David or this fan base is just not an option.
So, will we all be here six months from now, a year from now, or two years? I certainly hope so, because I don’t want to be here alone. I need you guys here to squee with me and celebrate when David comes home. And between now and then we’ll be sharing his music along with laughter, smiles, hugs, and tears just like we always have.
We’re still here and we’ll make it through with the help of each other. This can still be our happy place if we let it. I think if we just take it one day at a time, we’ll be just fine.
Our time here for the next two years will be what we make of it. So smile! You and I are both still here. And it’s a Good Place.