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DAVID ARCHULETA

Revealing David Archuleta

Posted by bluesky4home on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Matt Clayton at work, credit Kariontour.

By Bluesky

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.

Photo posted on Instagram by Matt Clayton
http://instagr.am/p/JDU6ldCj3V/

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?

“In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.”

Rabindranath Tagore

100 Responses to “Revealing David Archuleta”

  1. Abrra said

    Bluesky

    You are spot on and understand what Matt Clayton is showing us when he photographs David. There is a pose of reflection and thought in the top image that shows us David when he is focused. It is yet another side to a very complex man who can communicate with every part of his body.

    This article reminded me of the picture by Jen Barry of David’s hands caressing the microphone as it rests on the stand.

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    His hands surround the mic to hold it in the perfect position for maximum effect of his beautiful voice. There is a hint of his face in the shadow behind his hands. You can feel the gentleness of his grasp.

    Abrra 703 days

  2. palmtreephan said

    Beautiful comments, beautiful photos, beautiful hands. There are two men on this earth whom I could idnetify from seeing only their hands…..David one of them. Like Matt Clayton, those who created the Forevermore video also possess an innate understanding of the impact and appeal of David’s hands.

  3. MunkFOD said

    Angelica! Thanks for the awesome article! Great pics and thoughts! When I think of David’s hands, I not only think of his music and the emotion that comes out of them when he performs, but I think of his many hours of selfless service. There is power in his hands….power in changing lives.

  4. SandyBeaches said

    Whenever we hear that Matt Clayton is doing a photo shoot with David, there is cause for excitement and I am really looking forward to the cover of his next album.

    They make a great working duo…

    SB

  5. Interesting Observations Bluesky!! Seems as though I’m noticing the hands even more now with the video Forevermore. David has such Manly hands and so expressive when he sings, sometimes almost as though he is directing the music as it comes out of him.
    Nice photos selections Angelica and Abrra. David is a beautiful human being inside and out.
    Clayton is an Artist. I have so much admiration for Photographers now more than ever and I just got a new camera and am such an amateur. Have great memories of a Photography class I took years ago where the Teacher/Photographer taught us to look in Spaces. Scenery, bricks, shadows etc etc became so important and enlarged my perception of the world. I’m back to learning that now!!

    Thanks for helping me look at all of this from your perspective.

  6. TXNancy said

    Bluesky…..putting my hands together & standing up for one of the most insightful, beautifully stated articles about David, ever! THANK YOU!

  7. cq said

    Thank you Angelica for the great read.
    Love that picture of David at the top. So deep in thought and may I say, imo, kinda sexy.

  8. Angelica said

    Munk and Cq, thanks, but Bluesky wrote the article, not me. She is busy spending quality time with her returned missionary son, also named David. :) That’s why she always refers to David Archuleta as DA, so as not to supplant her own very special David in her world. I will put her in as author as soon as she answers the email. Meanwhile, I made her name larger at the top of the article.

  9. betsy said

    Thank you for this beautifully written article, Bluesky.

  10. bebereader said

    I find it most interesting that the focus is on David’s hands now, in this picture and in the “Forevermore” video when fans knew from the beginning that David’s hands are beautiful and expressive. The secret is out! haha Matt Clayton is a keeper and the two work well together to get the desired effect for any photoshoot.

    Bluesky,

    I always enjoy your writing, whether it’s a comment or article. Bravo on this one! Most importantly, enjoy this quality time with your son! Thanks for a great read!

  11. angelofdja said

    Bluesky, Thank you for a brilliant writing on the beautiful, manly, expressive hands of David Archuleta! My attention has often been sidetracked just watching him sing through those beauties!
    I’m so happy for you and your son! I imagine he has so many exciting moments to share with you and your family!

  12. Angelica said

    OK, Bluesky is credited at last! Thanks all for your patience. :D

  13. MunkFOD said

    Bluesky! sorry! I should have given you credit for the awesome article! oops! This is why I don’t post much.. oh well.. but great thoughts! congrats your son returning! Its awesome! Isn’t it?

    Angelica! thanks for letting me know! :D

  14. skydancer1x said

    Bluesky~just beautiful. I love hearing you “speak”… through the words you so poetically pen for us.Your writing always makes me ponder, and I do love to ponder about those magnificient hands♥ As Abrra said, you are “spot on” in your description of what Matt was capturing for us in these photos. The top picture really takes my breath away, every time I look at it.

    “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.” <<<love this!
    and the second photo, I think you nailed it too. It makes me smile.

    Enjoy your time with your son, I am so happy for you that he has returned!

  15. sweetonda said

    Bluesky, I really enjoyed reading your post and thought about these two photographs. I have been seeing quite a few mentions about DA’s hands lately. His hands have always been intriguing to me. I love the way they move while he sings and their expressiveness in turn with his musicality. They certainly do tell a story, one that goes hand in hand with the person they belong too.

  16. sweetonda said

    Bluesky, I forgot to say that I’m so glad your David is home safe and sound. I know you have much to share with each other. Have a wonderful time with him and the rest of your family. Homecomings are so much fun! :)

  17. bluesky4home said

    Abrra, Palmtreephan, MonkFOD, Sandybeaches, Heidijoy, TXNancy, Cq, Angelica, Bebereader, Betsy, Angelofdja, Skydancer1x, Sweetonda:

    Am I “over the moon”? Yep. My dear David is DEAR and the youngest of my brood. I wish I could hold a great big over-niter and treat you all to cupcakes and music. (of the DA variety, of course!) You all are dear to me as well.

    Thank you for your kind comments. You have made this a fun place to be. I will drop in as I can this next week.

    always,
    bluesky

  18. cq said

    Bluesky, thank you for taking the time to do such a great post. So happy for you that your David made it home safe and sound. I’m guessing it’s party time at your house, lol.

  19. SandyBeaches said

    On a side note…I am receiving some interesting story lines from fans who are writing for a bracelet. I have enough that I can put together an article from them. Keep those cards and letters coming…Hmmmn, who used to say that on tv???

    SB

  20. SandyBeaches said

    The first time that I looked at the above picture, I gazed at it for a long while. I am still wondering about what feelings he is portraying, what thoughts. It is so deep David!

    SB

  21. tawna21 said

    What a beautiful article, Bluesky. I really enjoy all of your writings. Like Skydancer, they cause me to ponder, and that is a good thing. I love how you’ve reminded us, once again, as to how beautiful David’s hands are, and how much a part of who he is is expressed thru them. And yes, Matt Clayton and David are definitely a perfect working, well-oiled machine that should never have the off button pushed.

    Have a great time with your ‘new’ son and your family!! Good Times!!! :)

    Tawna
    #DA2014

  22. Have a fantastic reunion with your son David!! You are in our thoughts as we rejoice in the safe return of your son. Blessings all around.

  23. Abrra said

    I found a sweet David sighting story from when he was shooting Nandito Ako at http://davidarchuletavn.com/

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    January 26, 2012 | Nandito Ako Shooting
    shared with us by Therese-

    A day I will always remember. I was surprised when my mom texted me saying that there was a shooting at our village and it was TV5, she assumed it was David Archuleta, she said in her text “Umuwi ka na, may shooting si Archupeta dito sa filinvest” No questions asked I immediately went home and indeed the odds were in my favor, I saw the van with his name. Seeing this, I waited for him,and certainly as his song goes, good thing really come to those who wait. I saw him as he was getting out of the van. i almost cried, yes, I am not embarrassed to say that that is how much a fangirl i am. I just stared at him for hours and an opportunity presented itself, he was walking my way, this gave me the chance to talk to him, just a short conversation. That quick encounter made me the happiest girl in the world. January 26, 2012 a day I will never ever forget.

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    I just love this kind of random story. David is always so kind to fans no matter where he encounters them.

    Abrra 703 days

  24. Abrra said

    This video from 2010 caught my eye. During a visit to a radio station FM97 for promotion of TOSOD, he found a piano in a back room. The piano is loud so you need headphones to be turned up loud to hear him sing. He mostly plays. The hands at work :)

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    backstage at the FM97 Birthday Barn Dance, David was goofing around playing LOVE SONG and 1000 MILES

    Abrra 703 days

  25. MunkFOD said

    Bluesky, lol! My youngest named David came home from his mission to Brazil in December. LOL! I know exactly how you feel! Congrats to you!

  26. betsy said

    I found this comment on an older video of David’s and loved it so much I am bringing it over.
    (Last September’s Noche De Gala in DC singing To Be With You)

    “This is beyond any description of beauty there is on this planet. ANY DESCRIPTION.”

    Oh, here’s the video.

    credit to daai08
    without her, we would never have seen any of that night.

  27. annmargaret said

    Abrra~thank you for sharing Therese’s lovely story. David’s expession in the second picture is so sweet and welcoming. She is a lucky girl and I’m so happy for her. David is just GOOD.

    ps~ I used to be annie318 but wordpress won’t let me.

  28. annmargaret said

    Bluesky~I want to tell you I really enjoyed your post. I look at both pictures through new eyes now. Matt Clayton is a gifted photographer and you are a gifted writer. So thank you.

  29. nanaweize said

    Bluesky…awesome article. Sure hope you are enjoying your David being home. What a gift to a missionary mom…having her missionary come home. Matt Clayton sure has a good subject to work with..makes his job easier don’t ya think? We are blessed!

  30. SandyBeaches said

    #24…I think that David takes a practice time anywhere that he spots a piano and he is usually noticed and pictures are taken because he is a phenominal musician so those times are very special.

    If you look at the time of 4:51 you will see him smiling as he corrects a mistake and he knows that he is being watched. Whenever is he not being watched?

    SB

  31. djafan said

    Bluesky, I’m a huge fan of your thought provoking colorful, creative writing. That first picture is my current desktop. I’ve been mesmerized by it since Kari tweeted it. I’ve noticed in the Bench photoshoot BTS videos that they seemed to have noticed his expressive hands. They’re highlighted on several occasion. Same thing happens on the Forevermore MV and in the Wait MV. And now Matt Clayton joined in the admiration. David is the most photogenic, natural, glowy person I’ve ever seen in print. Matt Clayton has taken beautiful pictures of David and to think this one is just a teaser from Kari. I can’t wait to see what other gems Matt has and what the next album cover will look like.

    I hope you’re having a grand time with your David!

  32. tawna21 said

    This was in my mail today, and I wanted to share it with all of you. It carries a lot of thoughts to ponder.

    “Patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can-working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!”
    ~~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

    Tawna
    #DA2014

  33. djafan said

    Found these tweets. Love how Chile fans are getting the word out. This girl showed tremendous restraint :)

    Alexia Munizaga ‏ @AleeMunizaga
    @DavidArchie i saw <

    Translation: Archuleta beside me and I can't give him a hug, I'm dying.

    SB, someone is always looking at David lol Love seeing David playing the piano. Here's another.

  34. betsy said

    YIKES! Really good news. I was just watching her videos yesterday. WHICH I LOVE.

    katie (moore) ‏ @K_80
    I finally get to design an album for my favorite american idol. who else is jazzed?

    Here is one of her videos. Beautifully done.

    http://vimeo.com/14953620

    Check them all out. He’s in at least 2 more.

    Look here for samples of her album cover art http://www.dripbook.com/thisnotthis/book/design/

  35. Abrra said

    Betsy
    I loved that video so much and I was looking for something to use with EAM for Unplugged. I made a mash up. I think it came out magical :) Thanks to Katie Moore and of course David for the song.

    Abrra 702 days

  36. djafan said

    Betsy/Abrra great news! Katie is being tweeted! No surprise :)

    katie (moore) ‏ @K_80
    @davidarchie fans: you are angels. Thank you for all the kind words!

    Check some of her work here.http://thisnotthisdesign.com/

    David’s Forevermore #1 again!!!

    Anjanette Bansao ‏ @anjanettebansao
    “David Archuleta survives the threat of One Direction.” forevermore by @DavidArchie at #1 :) #myx

    Don’t forget to VOTE!!!

    http://www.myxph.com/default.aspx

  37. djafan said

    The 50 Most Beautiful Latinos In Hollywood! (PHOTOS)

    Posted: 04/25/2012 9:55 am Updated: 04/25/2012 4:37 pm

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    David Archuleta, 21

    The half-Honduran singer is beautiful inside and out!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/the-50-most-beautiful-latinos-in-hollywood_n_1450941.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008#s902045

  38. Abrra said

    @SunnyHilden tweets a picture of her with a much younger David :)

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    A Picture Of Me When I Was sure this little angel would bless the world with his voice & heart.

    Abrra 703 days

  39. MT said

    Bluesky,
    Beautiful article. Like you, David’s hands fascinate me. I’m not surprised that Matt Clayton picked up on how expressive his hands are.

    I’ve always loved to watch his hands when he sings and thought they were a beautiful and graceful physical manifestation of what he does with his voice. I love watching as his hands are splayed on those power notes and to see them curl in when he reins in the intensity of his notes and brings it to a point of tenderness. *sigh* He’s soooo good.

    Abrra
    That mash up with EAM was a great fit. Love can definitely make you feel like you’re on a carnival ride, dizzying and flying high, like nothing can touch you. Nice job! Several of his songs bring that feeling back to mind when I listen to them.

  40. Dayzee said

    I was just watching “Mary Did You Know” on the voice unplugged and it is a terrific display of David’s singing hands. They are so lovely to watch.

  41. skydancer1x said

    37.”The half-Honduran singer is beautiful inside and out!” woo hoo…nice, and true!

    39.MT, oooh,love how you put this!>>>>>”I love watching as his hands are splayed on those power notes and to see them curl in when he reins in the intensity of his notes and brings it to a point of tenderness.” YES YES!
    “*sigh* He’s soooo good.” (ditto on that too MT♥)

    40Dayzeeeeee, will have to go view that one again:))

    37. How did David grow up, and yet Sunny hasn’t changed a bit?
    Dja,Betsy and Abs..thanks for the vids!

  42. MT said

    This is one where I like watching his hands.


    credit djbell13

  43. betsy said

    MT I love that one. ♥
    Here’s a new video to love. It’s really fun. Great moments.

    credit to Tirza777

  44. Abrra said

    Where was this picture taken and why was David there?

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    ArchuletaAngels Facebook ( found at FOD, Thx!!)

    Abrra 701 days

  45. skydancer1x said

    44.I think I just found my new wallpaper♥Thank you Abrra (and AA Facebook, and FOD.) ooooh..David♥
    42,43…thanks MT and Betsy… miss him… :(

  46. betsy said

    Abs, am having trouble placing that one. Looks like fall 2010.
    Am eliminating certain appearances like NA, GR, YORK.
    A challenge. :)
    But then again, maybe it isn’t fall 2010.

  47. loulou said

    Hi every one !!

  48. fenfan said

    #44 He was taking part in a Christmas parade in Dallas or somewhere else in Texas. But I can’t remember the year.

  49. bebereader said

    Hello Loulou!
    Hello everyone~

    New pic on Twitter!
    Gosh, it’s so good to see him!

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    credit DavidArchieVenezuela

    Can you find Elder Archuleta?

  50. Abrra, ? In California before appearing for Governor and then performance with Charice at a Christmas Show in California.

  51. Dayzee said

    TY Betsy, MT, Abrra and Bebe for this morning’s eye candy. Isn’t it fun to see David with all those other missionaries? Just fits right in But still stands out. Not sure how that works.

    May I just mention how much I love my little booklet that came with the Forevermore CD? Every time I open the CD holder There It Is!! The photos are stunning! A different David for every mood: In charge, pensive, busy, soooo handsome, happy, not-so-happy, vulnerable.

    Later (much later) after examining the pics I find the lyrics. Thoughts on paper, but just letters waiting for David’s magic to breathe life into them. He lifts those words and transports them into my heart, and they become precious to me.

    And that is why Itunes will never be my priority music source.

  52. ooop! #44 Dallas before a Parade there for a Children’s Benifit!!

  53. bebereader said

    Dayzee,

    I really thought the new music would be enough but there’s still this yearning that I have to see current pictures. Does anyone else feel this way?

    Video of the day!

    Isn’t this beautiful?

    “Rachael Flatt skating to David Archuleta singing “To Be With You” at Pandora Unforgettable Holiday Moments on Ice in Phoenix, AZ. Show date Nov 12 2011, broadcast Nov 27 2011. Disson Skating produced for Pandora Skating”

    credit: bigpoany

  54. MT said

    Gee we all sure do miss that guy, don’t we? Bebe, I too miss new photos of him. We do seem to have the occassional one popping up with him, but we are seeing “Elder Archuleta.” I miss seeing “not in a suit” “David Archuleta.” (Although I will take what I can get ;) )

    Come to think of it, after wearing a suit every day for 2 years, David will probably hope he never has to wear one again. LOL I know I would.

    Dayzee,
    “Thoughts on paper, but just letters waiting for David’s magic to breathe life into them. He lifts those words and transports them into my heart, and they become precious to me.” Awww , Love that.

    45. Sky,
    I miss our smiling laughing David, too. :( .

  55. Abrra said

    DING! DING! DING!

    Fenfan got the place.

    Heidijoy got the occasion. #52 He wore a grey vest with red plaid shirt with Charice and that was The Grove.

    Dallas Parade for Children’s Hospital. The date was Dec 4th 2010. He had a concert the night before where he wore the light blue military buttoned jacket.

    Abrra 701 days

  56. Angelica said

    Bluesky,

    “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.”

    Gosh, I love that. Matt Clayton just seems able to capture the essential Archuleta in his work. The hands are completely relaxed yet there is a sense of tension in them, like a coiled spring or the way cats focus before they pounce.

    Speaking of hands, I love the way he holds his together in front of his body in the MTC group pic. It speaks maturity and in just that subtle way alone, makes him stand out from the rest.

  57. skydancer1x said

    51.Dayzee, can I just hug you?

    53. Bebe…that video is so beautiful.
    gee guys, I seem to be having a difficult day today,tender feelings just bobbing on the surface, like a buoy in the water.I try to push them down and they keep popping up again.
    seems I can’t listen to him today,or look at him today without having a tissue handy.( just never mind me. I’m a mess.:/)

  58. djafan said

    Bebe, Yes we miss our David. My cheeks hurt from smiling upon the sight of him ;))))) I hope we keep getting these gifts as the days turn months and years.

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    credit Elder Samuel N. Knowles

  59. kaycee said

    Ah, a minute on The Voice! I get so little time lately on this lovely site, and even less time to comment…with all three college kids home, I rarely get a moment on the computer!

    Bluesky…I love your article! You have such an amazingly beautiful way with words. It was great to meet you in Cedar City last Christmas and see that you were a real person, not just words on a screen.

    I have a thing for hands too…I think they are very revealing. My father passed away over 20 years ago, but one of the things I remember most about him were his hands. He was a kind, gentle man, but his hands were very strong and capable.

    I agree that Matt Clayton has a way of catching that real side of people. My daughter has had the opportunity to work Matt Clayton on several occasions, and the pictures were amazing and really caught what I love about her. He is so down to earth and funny–no ego–and just puts you at ease; truly a nice guy. I once asked him what the secret is to getting a good shot…and he said you just have to make sure that they are having a good time.

  60. djafan said

    Sky, (((hugs)))

    I know exactly how you feel. I’m doing fine and out of nowhere the sound of his voice or his smile can send me over the edge.

    Angelica, He probably isn’t even aware it. Everything he does makes him unique.

    “Speaking of hands, I love the way he holds his together in front of his body in the MTC group pic. It speaks maturity and in just that subtle way alone, makes him stand out from the rest.”

    Dayzee, This is beautiful ♥

    “Thoughts on paper, but just letters waiting for David’s magic to breathe life into them. He lifts those words and transports them into my heart, and they become precious to me.” Awww , Love that.

    MT, I remember David saying in an interview that he isn’t a fan of dressing up so I think you may be right :)

    Come to think of it, after wearing a suit every day for 2 years, David will probably hope he never has to wear one again. LOL I know I would.

    Loulou,

    Hello there!!!

    Betsy,

    Love that video!

    Kari tweets us a picture!

    Kari Sellards ‏ @kariontour
    who was at the concert filming of NA & recognizes yourself or anyone in this pic other then the back of @DavidArchie

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  61. SandyBeaches said

    #58, but it is a different smile. Can’t quite describe it.

    SB

  62. djafan said

    SB,

    His or mine?

  63. tawna21 said

    SB #61, the smile in #58 kind of strikes me as apprehensive…David doesn’t really seem to be in the moment to me…kind of like it’s a ‘fan’ picture. I know the Elders like to have their pics taken with each new companion, but this just strikes me different. I don’t know, maybe he was just kind of caught off guard.

    I’ll take it tho’…it’s a picture of our Elder Archuleta.

    The pictures and videos today have been great…keep ‘em coming!

    Dayzee, while I buy a lot of music from iTunes, with David’s music I have to have “the whole package”. I have purchased all of his cd’s off of iTunes also, just to help the numbers and to be able to leave a comment. :)

    Tawna

  64. cq said

    #58 AW those beautiful eyes. Missing him so much. Not having a vlog for two years is going to be torture!
    Still very happy to get anything from our man.

  65. For the most part David was trying to avoid posing with people at MTC, sometimes even ducking to avoid having his picture taken. This may be what was going on when Elder Knowles asked him for a picture. Can you imagine how many hundreds he would have had to have taken there if he agreed to all of them!! He actually told some he would prefer not to. Think he was trying to downplay his status while some were even bumping into him on purpose to just meet him. He probably feels relieved to be in South America.

  66. P.S. Look at those beautiful eyes!!

  67. MT said

    60. Dja,
    Now that you mention it, I remember that. (Can’t remember where though.) And do you remember him saying he wished he could wear the same thing every day, like a cartoon character? LOL That was funny. hahaha Bet he didn’t really have a suit in mind though.

    Hmm… wonder if his jeans will still fit when he returns. Will he gain weight? Lose weight? Be taller? haha I guess in two years I’ll know. Bet he will be nicely tanned. :) And come back with a beautiful Spanish accent!

    Sky, {{hugs}} I have those days too.

  68. goodkarmaseeker said

    Thanks Bluesky for the great insightful piece about David, Matt Clayton and hands!!!! That picture featuring David,s hands is so beautiful!!!!
    Dayzee, #51, I like your thoughts about the Forevermore CD and the booklet inside. It is so much better to have the physical CD rather than itunes, although with David we want them all.
    Bebereader, #53, I, too long for current video and pictures. But seeing these videos of past performances helps.
    MT, #54, yes, Elder Archuleta is beautiful but not totally what I know to be David! I’m trying to cope!
    Abrra, #55, thanks for all your input and the countdown. Soon we will be under 700!
    Angelica #56, yes, David tells us a lot through his hands. “My Hands” has always been one of my favorite songs.
    Skydancer1x, #57, I know what you mean. I’m kind of on edge too. Something feels off whack in me : (
    Djafan, #58, thanks for the beautiful picture. How sweet a face is that?
    Kaycee, #59, good luck with all those college kids. They will help fill the time and attention.
    SandyBeaches#61, I agree that smile is kind of contained not so effervescent?
    Heidijoy #66 and 67, you are probably right about the “smile”on the latest Elder picture. David is perhaps uncomfortable with the number of pictures he’s asked to be in.
    Thanks everyone for keeping the Voice going. It’s helping me to cope!!

  69. SandyBeaches said

    #58, yes Djafan, I know what your smile is like or should I say big grin?

    Is that David’s companion?

    SB

  70. #58 No SB that guy is or went to the Phillipines.

  71. gladys1961 said

    Besides studying, working, translating the book of david and sleep when I can, I’m doing a course of self-control.
    I have fear that david cross the Andes. David is very responsible in everything he does.
    Thank God, the Andes is very very cold and very very high, is the only thing that stops me from this side.
    If ever a young black suit with a Bible in his hand, touch my door, I am responsible for my actions.
    The only thing I ask of God, is not having an iron in my hands. (it’s a joke that only a few know)

  72. bluesky said

    Gladys – I love your sense of humor!

    Kaycee and everyone.. I am in a holding pattern of amazement with my son home. And right now I also am in class from early until late for several days. So.. I just bop in for a moment to say: You Are All Amazing!! Love the pics and vids and fun times. DA pic? Purple tie? Erm…. I think that was an arrival thing? See the bags? No wonder he looked half somewhere else.

    Gosh, my prayers and thoughts are with him at this new and exciting and challenging time. DA…. WE LOVE YOU! (think he heard that?)

    (Yeah, I kinda think he did and does.)

    On the first pic of the article: DA’s ‘revelations’, born in his heart and soul, come alive in his eyes, live and breathe in his song and find rest in hearts all across the world. Never, ever stop singing, DA. We love you even when we cannot hear your song.

    Plus, we know you are humming anyway, you sneaky thing, you. You were born a living, breathing, spiritual, life-blood, warm fleshed, human ipod.

    (eat your heart out, Apple!)

  73. Abrra said

    Every morning I lay in bed and read my email from my phone. I want to thank Gladys for making me laugh out loud today!! All I could think of was that its a good thing that there is a mountain range separating Gladys from David. :)

    Andes

    He is coming for you, Gladys!

    Bluesky
    Thanks for checking in! Can’t wait for some stories of your son’s adventure.As much as he is welcomed home, he is missed by his mission “family”.

    Abrra 700 days

  74. poof said

    I got a kick out of myself yesterday. I was so excited to find David in the picture at #49, that I started to panic and then I really couldn’t find him. There he was, all calm and “David”. (Back to smiles)

    Bluesky,
    I would just love to be in your head for a while and see the world through your eyes (and brain). You say the loveliest things, that are always so spot on. Thanks muchly!

  75. Angelica said

    Gladys, you disappoint me. Are you going to let a measly little mountain range, 4,000 miles long and 20,000 feet high keep you from David? Have you heard of planes, woman? Just kidding. ;)

    Poof, I was the same as you, at first anxious because I couldn’t find him and then there he was, so calm and I was struck by how THERE he was all the time. There’s a lesson in that, I think.

  76. SandyBeaches said

    I love “Gladys and the Andes”…a super lead picture for an article by Gladys in Spanish with a little translation into English perhaps another day.

    My husband stopped into the grocery store at lunch time and brought me home some huge green grapes. He couldn’t pass by them he said when he saw the sign…from CHILE. Poor guy what he endures! I am leaving myself wide open I know.

    SB

  77. djafan said

    Trending Party TODAY!!!

    chuletita 001 ‏ @OhSweetRain

    We Wait For David Archuleta 8pm et / 5pm pt

    Tribute video > tissue warning. Kari tweeted about it.

    Kari Sellards ‏ @kariontour
    @quinnxwaldorf wanted 2 say your tribute http://youtube.com/watch?v=T3WFygKW5wI&feature=g-all-u that @davidsgiftFOD just showed me is just beautiful. TY for the sweet words 2

    Published on Apr 26, 2012 by QuinnBlairWaldorf

  78. djafan said

    Bluesky, I’m in awe of you :)

    Gosh, my prayers and thoughts are with him at this new and exciting and challenging time. DA…. WE LOVE YOU! (think he heard that?) >>>> YEP!!!

    (Yeah, I kinda think he did and does.) >>> I’m so sure of it ♥

    On the first pic of the article: DA’s ‘revelations’, born in his heart and soul, come alive in his eyes, live and breathe in his song and find rest in hearts all across the world. Never, ever stop singing, DA. We love you even when we cannot hear your song. >>> WOW!

    Plus, we know you are humming anyway, you sneaky thing, you. You were born a living, breathing, spiritual, life-blood, warm fleshed, human ipod. >>> How you come up with this?! Love it!!! I have a dpod :)

    (eat your heart out, Apple!) >>> hahaha

    The wonderful naree send us a link to her beautiful David pictures, Thank you Naree!

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  79. djafan said

    EW.com Entertainment Weekly

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/04/27/american-idol-news-british-theme-carrie-underwood-coldplay/

    Ryan Seacrest hosted Sunday night’s FOX 25th anniversary special, and what would be a special celebrating the success of the upstart network be without a lengthy tribute to American Idol, its most popular show?

    Watch the 5+ minute clip, that includes all 10 of the winning finale moments, David Archuleta singing “Imagine” in a montage, Adam Lambert performing with Kiss, Clay Aiken surprising a super fan and many more highlights from Idol’s 11 years on the air.

    They link JR’s video :)

    David Archuleta complete AIsegment (22 Apr 2012)

  80. djafan said

    Vote Please!

    http://www.myxph.com/default.aspx

    http://chartcentral.frihost.net/cc/thanks.php

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  81. djafan said

    David is #1 this week on @WISE_RADIO!! They are now playing Forevermore. They will be playing 2 more songs!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.live.365.com/stations/shynner

    WISE RADIO ‏ @WISE_RADIO
    Coming up…3 songs in a row from our #1 Artist of the Week, @DavidArchie !

  82. SandyBeaches said

    #71 that is an amazing video, QuinnBlairWaldorf did a fabulous job with producing it.

    It is the same as when David is on stage, the song comes to life. The song is simple, but not so when David sings it because it is so wonderfully soulful.

    Oh what some people are missing out on…

    SB

  83. lani said

    Djafan,

    Oh my gosh that pic at #80. His eyes….his nose… his eyebrows…his face… his eyes…his eyes…i cant breathe

  84. djafan said

    SB,

    Missing out indeed!!!!

    Lani,

    yep, yep, yep, yep, yep, yep and yep :)

  85. djafan said

    We Wait For David Archuleta trended world wide!!! Kari joined us a rewarded us with a beautiful picture!!!! Warning!!!!

    Kari Sellards ‏ @kariontour
    We Wait For David Archuleta as I try to find more pix to post for ya’ll!

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  86. MT said

    85. Dja, thanks for posting that pic from Kari, bless her sharing heart.

    I LOVE pics of David in studio. You can see the real David. In those studio pics I see the mature, serious artist that is David Archuleta.

  87. betsy said

    http://helloballoon.com/2012/music/my-afternoon-with-david-archuleta/

    Oh yeah. :)

  88. bebereader said

    I’m with you, MT. I loooove pics of David in the studio, pics of him with headphones, recording. My secret wish is to one day be able to watch a video of him in a recording session.

    Look at him, so deep into the song. I love the haziness, the blurred effect. This pic is all sorts of awesome!!!!

    dkjfajdkjfaje3080a8uajjadfjfk;adkffjj!!!!

    Pardon my fangirlying. I just can’t help it.

    We trended!!! “We Wait For David Archuleta”!!!! Worldwide!

    We need to do this once a week to keep David’s name out there!

  89. bebereader said

    @Marylee_DA2014@kariontour

    when was that taken Kari? We Wait For David Archuleta

    @kariontour@Marylee_DA2014

    That picture was taking in the studio with @jaydurias when @DavidArchie was recording “Rainbow”

    @betsyjane25@kariontour

    Thanks for the picture. Do you remember when it was taken?

    @kariontour@betsyjane25

    yes, when he was recoding Rainbow. A little info…there was was a few versions of Rainbow recorded…..

  90. betsy said

    Re #85
    I asked Kari if she remembered when that was taken and she answered me.

    yes, when he was recording Rainbow. A little info…there was was a few versions of Rainbow recorded…..

  91. tawna21 said

    Wow! that pic #85 is a masterpiece!! The master artist at work.

    Tawna

  92. MT said

    80. Bebe, Oh, I’m with you. I do hope we get a video of him recording one day.

    87. Betsy, I saw that too. I love the photographer’s comments. Espectially these two:

    “As David collaborated with songwriter Jimmy Antiporda in between takes, I instantly observed how David was charming, focused and a delight to work with.”

    “Of course, there were the occasional bursts of laughter, which also produced some of the shoot’s most memorable portraits.”

    ^^ The photo that goes with that comment is really good. Natural, smiling, laughing David. :D

  93. bebereader said

    Some pictures from Betsy’s link in #87

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  94. Dayzee said

    How great to hear from the photographer who produced the great pictures in my CD booklet. Thanks Betsy for giving us the link. And thanks to Bebe for bringing new pics here. My favorite is #6 with the big grin. Such happiness!

    The last thing I do each day is remove a circle from my paper chain. It is now about a foot and a half shorter than it was at David’s departure, but still waaay long. I made the chain just as a lark, but it has become important to me. Every night when I shorten the chain I wonder how David’s day has been. He is a couple of hours ahead of me in time, so I think he is sleeping and his day is done. It is a daily connection for me.

  95. Abrra said

    New fan video with a great message for David!


    by VirginiaAndDavid152

    Thanks for all the nice BTS pics!

    Abrra 699 days

  96. Abrra said

    Scream caps by Abrra :)

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    @DavidArchie Here is a “backstage tour” onset of Nandito Ako. You can check it out here! —-> youtube.com/watch?v=DcxTn0… Enjoy!


    theofficialarchuleta

    Haha if you look at :31 when he goes outside and mentions the scriptwriters, one lady turns her face away. Maybe MyDearWriter ? She is a mysterious lady! ;)

    Thank you David for taking the time to send the lov,e one month to the day, you left for your mission.

    Abrra 699 days

  97. Dayzee said

    What great fun! Spending time with David backstage. I love the finale, where the rooster crows. Gotta go back and see that again. David is waiting.

    Can’t wait to see the month of April disappear from the side bar.

  98. MT said

    95. Abrra,
    Thanks for posting the video! I know it’s probably just makeup, but David looks like he’s blushing! haha Awww … And I like how he’s so careful not to wake the guy sleeping on the table. Nice screamcaps, too. I like the look on his face in the fist one. Wonder who he’s looking at?

    Hmm … I’m beginning to think there are lots of goodies out there that Kari will be sharing over the coming months. Lucky us! I think David knew we’d miss the vlogs he did, so maybe he did a bunch of these to help get us through the next two years. He’s so thoughtful. Is it any wonder we love this guy? ♥

  99. skydancer1x said

    drive thru:)) I’ll have a strawberry shake, please.
    I LOVE the behind the scenes video! Mighty handsome tour guide! thud___

    78.Dayzee, I love your daily connection♥
    Abrra…finally out of the sevens and into the 6’s. nice to see that today.

    all these beautiful photos…so awesome. they all just leave me staring, and sighing…and smiling.

  100. djafan said

    NEW THREAD!!!! >>>>>>>>>>

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