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David Archuleta ~ Crossing The Bridge

Posted by MT on Saturday, June 30, 2012

There is no finite line between childhood and adulthood. No one can pinpoint the exact moment in time that he or she becomes an adult. It is a blurred line that takes some time to cross, like a bridge over a river that one must cross carefully with slow, measured steps.

For some celebrities, that bridge is crossed by going out in public and drinking, doing drugs, or making spectacles of themselves in an effort to show the world that they are no longer children and are taking part in “grown up” activities. But no matter how hard they try, they can’t shake the world’s opinion that they are still children. The world simply sees them as unruly children. This method of making the transition is also very unhealthy for the celebrity.

Hmmm … perhaps time out of the public’s view is a better answer. As fans, we have watched David grow and can easily see the difference between the young person David was and the man David is today. But like many others, he still has some growing/maturing to do in order to leave the teen label behind and be seen as an adult. So, at what point in time can he definitively say he is now a full-fledged adult? There is no easy answer to that question.

David leaving for two years to go on a mission is not something that most fans are happy about. While his reasons are understandable and we readily agree that we accept it as something he needs to do for himself, he is greatly missed. David spreads joy in a way that few others can. Actually, I’ve never known anyone else who could bring so much happiness to so many with just a smile, a laugh, or a song. And yet, he does it so easily just by being himself.

But, although we miss him, I can’t help but think that this time might be the bridge that David needs in order to cross from “adolescent David” to “adult David” in the world’s view without having to resort to any of the nonsense that some celebrities feel the need to partake in. These two years will give him the gift of time and allow his growth and maturity to be real, not something manufactured in an effort to gain the attention and acceptance of a disinterested public. His mission work will give him a knowledge and maturity that comes from serving others. And it will allow him to cross his bridge in relative anonymity, emerging as a man who is ready to bring that new maturity to his music and his performances, a man ready to take on the music industry.

Without having seen him in over two years, the world will be taking a “fresh” look at the new David Archuleta. It could be just what he needs to remove that blurred line, making it a clean and clear transition. Returning with a new maturity at age 23 should make it easier for the world to see and accept that he is no longer a “teen star” and that it’s time to take him seriously, time for him to be treated with the respect that his tremendous talent deserves.

127 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ Crossing The Bridge”

  1. Abrra said

    A bridge is a wonderful metaphor when we discuss David. When I look at the beautiful graphic in the top photo, it seems like David is telling us with his eyes to join him. Come with him across this bridge of life. Grow with him, not in age but in experience. Follow his example as he makes his way across. He is excited to see what is waiting for him on the other side, as are we. I agree with you MT that David will come back more defined as a person. It follows that he will also gain new insight into his career direction. Back when he spoke of building his foundation, I have to think that was the very first clue that he had made his mind up to go on his mission. What had been pushed back , was now leaping to the forefront. Free of contracts, he now had the opportunity to map out his plan for life. First on the list, pay back his Heavenly Father for the blessings he had received.

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    As he tells us in the quote on the left sidebar, ” I can’t wait to bring back the person that I become.” It will most certainly be a “new” David. One who has gained the confidence and knowledge that he can make a difference in the world. One person at a time.

    Abrra 636 days

  2. kaycee said

    MT, really great article…so many interesting points. The transition from teen star to an adult is truly a hard one, and very few have done it successfully. Like many have noted, David has always been an old soul in a young body–I think his adult years will be a “good place” for him. Perhaps these two years will also help “bridge” the gap between the two. And, (wishful thinking), perhaps these next to years will be a “bridge” from the troubled music scene of today to one that will welcome David’s incredible talent.(“Bridge Over Troubled Waters”!).

  3. bebereader said

    MT,
    I loved your excellent, well-thought-out article. I believe David will mature in these two years, away from home and away from his regular life. He will come back more seasoned in all ways and ready to face the challenges that lie ahead. While there’s no guarantee that the state of the music industry will be any better than it is now, when he returns, at least he will be better equipped to handle it, as you say:

    “…emerging as a man who is ready to bring that new maturity to his music and his performances, a man ready to take on the music industry.”

    His song choices on BEGIN., including “Bridge of Troubled Waters”, “Everybody Hurts”, “Angel” and “Don’t Give Up” lead me to believe that the transition from teen to adult already occurred before he left. The songs are inspirational from a mature standpoint.

    I was enjoying last night’s discussion at the end of the last thread about David’s hairstyles when poof, the article changed! LOL. For the record, I agree with you, sky and bluesky that David’s off the forehead hairstyle is my favorite.

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  4. MT said

    First of all, thanks to Angelica for the beautiful graphics! I love the pictures with the bridges.

    I miss David a lot, as I know you all do. I miss the funny tweets, the interviews, the vlogs, the concerts/videos. So, I guess I’m trying to be like David and trying to find that “silver lining hiding in the grey,” seeing the possible long term benefits for him (and for us in the long term) and when I think about it I see many.

    As Abrra said, “he will come back “more defined as a person ” and as Kaycee said, “perhaps these next two years will be a “bridge” from the troubled music scene of today to one that will welcome David’s incredible talent.(“Bridge Over Troubled Waters”!).”

    The rapid rise in his twitter followers and the fact that many of the sites that report news on him have begun to use updated photos makes me think that just the simple announcement of his mission has them seeing him in a different light already.

    I really am trying to see the positves in this. I do believe he is worth waiting for. I think we’ll see a new and more determined David upon his return.

    I think we’ve only seen the tip of the iceburg in respect to what he is capable of and I’m really looking forward to what happens when he returns.

  5. MT said

    Bebe :D
    Thanks for bringing those lovely pics here. Love his smilel in pic #4. :)

    Every time I see a video with his hair on his forehead, I want to brush it back for him. LOL He has such a handsome face, and his hair off his forehead really does add years to how old he looks.

  6. Abrra said

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    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    I am off to a family get together. My sister and her husband are passing through on their way to Cape Cod. Bebe ( many thanks!) has graciously agreed to play DJ tonight in Unplugged. I’ll pop in when I get back home ;)

    Abrra 636 days

  7. marlie7 said

    MT – lovely writing and your metaphor of a bridge is so fitting at this time. I am anticipating a change in David’s song choices – or his writing – when he returns. And although I’d love it if David took the music world by storm, I won’t be disappointed if he continues to build a following one-by-one and is able to support himself doing what he loves to do – make music. The music scene is fragmented into genres, sub-genres, and, it seems to me, sub-sub-genres. So David is likely to own a genre, but not all of them, not the pop music scene as people did years ago. And I rather think that David’s is maturing already beyond the top 40 type pop music and will settle somewhere in the some alternative arena like, adult contemporary or singer-songwriter.

    PS – I was listening to the new Kris Allen album the other day – and I just had the feeling that he had some of the same writers that David had for his first album. There is a song that starts with whistling :-) and is a bit jaunty like Your Eyes Don’t Lie, and one that has lots of little flings into falsetto and then the last verse begins with a low and quiet phrase so similar to “something ’bout love…” Very interesting.

  8. MT♥ Absolutely love your article! What you say, and how you have thought it out, makes so much sense, and I agree with your conclusions. I love the pictures, the beautiful graphics.Bothe the top and bottom one. Gorgeous.
    “There is no finite line between childhood and adulthood. No one can pinpoint the exact moment in time that he or she becomes an adult. It is a blurred line that takes some time to cross, like a bridge over a river that one must cross carefully with slow, measured steps.”

    As shocking and painful as it was, to hear his decision to step away for 2 years on THAT night ,the person who stood on that SLC stage and ,took the first step onto his bridge…. did so as an adult.
    When I look back, It took so much courage to make his annoucement in front of so many.He did it with such love and heart and honesty, trusting his Heavenly Father, his faith, and us too…. It took the courage of a real man to do that IMO. I can’t wait to see him step off of that bridge, and to see the person he has become, in 2014.

    ” I think we’ve only seen the tip of the iceburg in respect to what he is capable of and I’m really looking forward to what happens when he returns.” ~ MT

  9. kaycee said

    3 Bebe, WOW!…fabulous forehead photos! Off the forehead fan here too!

    Funny thing happened yesterday. After a church activity, I was the last one to leave the building and was turning off all the lights and getting ready to lock up, when I started hearing the faintest sound. I walked around and started checking rooms, trying to figure out where it was coming from. After wandering around the building for a bit, the sound got louder and louder and I realized it was music. I finally found the door where it was coming from and discovered that it wasn’t just any music it was David… from Christmas From the Heart CD! A good friend of mine in our church was cleaning out some closets and brought along a bit of David to keep her motivated! It was awesome to find a fellow Archie right here in my neighborhood!

  10. MT said

    Marlie,
    After you mentioned the whistling, I spent an hour and a half looking for my favorite vid of YEDL. (It’s always been one of my favs.) Well, not all of it was looking for that vid. haha I got lost in youtube!

    Sky,
    I agree. I took a lot of courage to make that public announcement.

    Kaycee,
    Love your story. I hope I find an unexpected Archie near me one day. :)

  11. bebereader said

    If you’re having problems logging into The Voice Unplugged tonight, it’s not just you. Seems Livestream is experiencing difficulties tonight. They are “investigating the issue and should be up and running soon”. I’ll be hanging around here in the hopes that it clears up soon.

    Anyone else having this problem?

    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

  12. marlie7 said

    MT – happened to me last night – got sucked right into the ArchuVortex – but it was lovely! :-) See you at chat!

  13. skydancer1x said

    I am getting thew same message too Bebe, gives me the same message. Don’t worry, we are a patient bunch:))

  14. MT said

    Bebe, Sky,
    Yep, getting the same message. Like Sky said, we’re a patient bunch. LOL We’ll just keep trying. First one in can post a message here for everyone else.

  15. skydancer1x said

    and here I am, all prepared with my typos. haha (see 13..geesh)

  16. bebereader said

    It’s working now!!!!!!
    Come one and all….to The Voice Unplugged!

    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

  17. marlie7 said

    Bebe – I checked system health on livestream and they are having some website issues – all services are affected. We will wait patiently. I’m not going anywhere. :-)

  18. bebereader said

    Uh oh. Spoke to soon!
    The videos are working but the chat part isn’t working.
    Like MT and Sky say, we’re a patient bunch.
    We’ll wait to chat.
    At least we can watch videos.

  19. MT said

    Marlie, I even checked the NA chatroom, just in case. Nothing there either.

    Well, for our entertainment while we wait, David will sing for us. Love this one!

    Thanks Djbell!

  20. bebereader said

    Thanks for checking on it, Marlie.

    Livestream should know by now that we all have an affliction called ODD.
    We want our normal chatroom in working order and we want it now! LOL

    (videos aren’t working again)

  21. MT said

    Bebe,
    I’m not even getting the videos. I just get a sign that says “experiencing technical difficulties.”

  22. bebereader said

    I even tried using Google Chrome but no success.

    MT, Good one!

    Hello David!

    credit Marcella

  23. MT said

    Sky,
    ROFL Ready with those typos, are you? I have mine at the ready too! (haha Cuz you know it’s gonna happen.)

    Bebe,
    I’m just grateful that we’re not waiting on a live stream of a performance!! haha I’d be having ODD fits.

  24. Dayzee said

    Just as I was getting irritated with livestream here comes “david a hello”. Can only smile now. Difficult to be “down” when David is so “up”

  25. MT said

    Bebe,
    Oh my gooodness, that’s adorable! I’ve never seen that one before. David at his most charming self. I love it!

  26. stenocruiser said

    Where’s abrra with her wand? Huh ?

  27. MT said

    Dayzee, it’s impossible to watch that and not smile. lol

  28. good pick MT♥
    ♫♪Waiting for The Voice Unpluuuuuuuuuuughed♪♫
    hey eyey/ ♫♪ ey,ey,ey,ey!

  29. MT said

    Steno,
    hahahaha Abrra takes the night off and see what happens? It’s HER fault. LOL

  30. marlie7 said

    Here’s another cute oneI found last night

  31. ray said

    tried unpluged not working for me see yea

  32. bebereader said

    Abrra took her wand with her tonight. LOL

    All kidding aside, hope you’re having a really nice time tonight, Abs, visiting with your family.

  33. marlie7 said

    i’m hanging around – this is my usual David night, so might as well keep on until we get livestream back. Although…it went down at 8:03 – seems a long time to be out.

  34. MT said

    Awww … I absolutely hope she’s having a great time tonight. She deserves it. ♥

    We will entertain ourselves here. :) We are good at that.

  35. Dayzee said

    So Long David….another goodie. Saw “the walk”. Not long enough. And we certainly are “just kidding”

  36. bebereader said

    That’s pretty long Marlie!
    Well, it seems to be working now.
    Don’t want to talk so soon but yeah it seems to be okay.
    Video is playing.
    Chat is working but there is a huge delay for your words to appear on the screen after you type.
    Delay is disappearing, slowly.

    Come visit.

  37. marlie7 said

    Hmm, not working for me.

  38. skydancer1x said

    I cant get in :( is it working for ya’ll?

  39. marlie7 said

    i opened a tinychat room so we could at least talk while we are waiting (for the world to change)

    Just go here http://tinychat.com/udrb7

  40. bebereader said

    We have about seven or eight in chat now.
    Marlie, where are you?
    Sky just made it in.
    Your turn, Marlie!!!

  41. marlie7 said

    Livestream is working – yeah!

  42. pocoelsy said

    Hi all,

    MT, what a well written article here, love every words you said “David’s crossing the bridge from adolescent to Adulthood”..me too I’ll be patiently waiting to see “the person that he become” in 2014, love all the comments here too. David is such a special young man

  43. Abrra said

    Pocoelsy

    Come join us in Unplugged?

    Abrra 636 days

  44. tawna21 said

    Lovely, well written article MT. Count me amongst those who are ‘patiently waiting’ for 2014 to witness a more mature David. Having crossed the bridge, that he needed to, is going to bring us a David that will knock us over. ♥

    *waiting*

    Tawna

  45. pocoelsy said

    Hi all,

    Read about the storm that hit mid atlantic region and the havoc and power shortage it left behind, my thought and prayer go out to those effected and hope all Archies and everyone else there are safe and get back to normal life the soonest.

  46. pocoelsy said

    Tawna21, I’m wholeheartedly and happily want to be knocked over by The 23 yrs David #2014…I say bring it on David!!!

  47. MT said

    Aaaand … Good morning to you all! Chat was great last night once we finally got in. :) Had a blast! You guys are all awesome. Pocoelsy, so glad you decided to join in! And yes, it takes some getting used to. lol

    There was a time when I was nervous about joining in on chat night. It seemed like everyone else knew each other so well and I felt like an outsider. But that chages, so don’t be shy folks. Sometimes we get quite chatty (3 different convos going on at one time haha) and it’s hard to keep up, but you get used to it. And if you ever ask a question and no one answers, it’s probably because it got lost in the chatter. Just ask again, someone will eventually notice and answer. :)

    30. Marlie,
    I couldn’t get that video to play last night, but it sure brought a big smile to my face this morning. :D

    Abrra,
    So glad you had a great evening and also managed to make it to chat. Thanks for playing all of our favs too. ♥

  48. Anna said

    Hi, All!
    There are two things that really helps me with this time away on his mission:

    1, I’m very proud to be part of a group that helps give such a worthy person the courage & confidence to do somethng like this. I have very little doubt that David is very aware of, & trust in, our collective love & support. I’m young enough to be his older sister, and actually have a younger borther myself, and I feel like I have two younger brothers now. We’ve done a GREAT job making sure David can feel our love for him.

    2. I’m very proud of suppoorting someone who has the faith & strengh of convictions David has CONSTANTLY shown. I refuse to be upset with him for showing these qualities yet again. I also can’t forget how he chose to spend that precious time before his missiion;and intend to do my part to ensure that effort doesn’t go to waste. I’m confident that his personal growth will be yet another point of pride for him & us,

  49. Anna said

    Borther= brother in my last post.

  50. Thanks for the thoughtful Article MT!! Love the concept of crossing a bridge!! Yes David will be 23 when he returns.( On a side not Josh Bradley reportedly turns 23 July 15!!) One of my favorite David quotes: “I can’t wait to bring back the person I become while I have that time away..I’ll be growing in my own way…so I’m looking forward to that challenge…”

    Love the pictures Angelica!!

    Happy July and Day 95 of service. One more month off the side post!! Yea!!

  51. Angelica said

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  52. MT said

    I miss his rambly vlogs.

  53. SandyBeaches said

    MT, a most thought provoking article telling a great story.

    Today is July 1st, Canada’s birthday with celebrations, picnics, gatherings of all kinds going on in cities and towns. Cottage country weekend with fireworks tonight and the biggest light show in our capitol, Ottawa.

    It is celebrated much like you will do on July fourth. We decorate with flags and we use the birthday as an excuse to have B’Day cake! Soldiers at war are always remembered.

    TOfan has her humor in gear to celebrate as can be seen on SnowAngelz..

    By the bracelet requests I can see that there are many Canadian fans. So all the best Canada and enjoy the fireworks tonight!

    SB

  54. bebereader said

    Good day!

    Another fun Saturday night was had by all who attended chat last night at The Voice Unplugged, after Livestream finally decided to cooperate. Pocoelsy, hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we enjoyed having you there with us!

    If you missed chat last night then you also missed one of the highlights of the evening, djafan’s mashup of David’s vlogs, originally posted here on The Voice about a year ago but always a pleasure to watch again:


    credit grandof8

    Anna, Welcome to the Voice!

  55. bebereader said

    To SandyBeaches, Steno and all of David’s other Canadian fans, including Snowangelz:

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  56. marlie7 said

    Had a blast in unplugged last night. So glad to meet you Pocoelsy!

    MT: you are so right about the 3 conversations going on at once. Sometimes my head spins, but then I look to the left and get lost in … whatever we are watching and listening to.

    Thank you Abrra for the great video management!

  57. SandyBeaches said

    Well that’s a beautiful Maple Leaf! Thanks Bebe! Just waiting for the fireworks to start, sitting far enough away from it to not scare the pups on board!

    SB

  58. MT said

    Marlie, LOL Sometimes I get so confused!

    SB,
    Happy Canada Day! to you and all the other SnowAngelz.

    Ann,
    “I also can’t forget how he chose to spend that precious time before his missiion;and intend to do my part to ensure that effort doesn’t go to waste.” Same here.

    I ordered another CD today, (Gonna give it to my mom. She’s coming around. :) ) this time from Walmart.com. He’s #14 on music bestsellers. It’s climbing!

  59. Abrra said

    I will echo the sentiments about how much fun we have on Saturday nights in Unplugged.

    MT, I am glad you commented “There was a time when I was nervous about joining in on chat night. It seemed like everyone else knew each other so well and I felt like an outsider. But that chages, so don’t be shy folks. ”

    I hope that anyone who decides to drop in will feel comfortable to jump into the chat conversation. We are all equally fans of David and he is the reason we meet here at The Voice and its the same in Unplugged. We let our hair down and say some crazy things :) but mainly we have a good time sharing the experience of watching David perform. It’s kinda like talking during the show LOL

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    credit Rebecca-taken at Verona MKOC tour

    Marlie, Thanks! Its a challenge to keep things fresh with not many new videos lately.

    Abrra 635 days

  60. bebereader said

    MT#58

    “I ordered another CD today, (Gonna give it to my mom. She’s coming around. :)”

    WTG MT! You mentioned this in chat last night and I didn’t get a chance to respond. I think I was involved in the other two conversations going on at the same time. LOL j/k

    Others have said the same thing; that their friends or family members are “coming around”. And I’ve been reading the same type of comment on YouTube and Twitter, that people who didn’t get David before, are finally getting him. While it’s exciting to hear I can’t help but wonder why now? Do they respect him now because he had the courage to leave music for two years to go on a mission? Or is it that they finally realize how heavenly his voice is?

    Pondering…..

  61. djafan said

    MT, Crossing bridges, I agree with everything you’ve said. I think that David’s prayers, his gut feelings, and following his heart is indeed what “he” needed to do at this time. This time away will do everything you’ve outlined. With all the attention he’s receiving for his work he left for us is making it for an epic comeback. I really feel that the media will be interested to see and hear what David has to say in 2014.

    Happy Canada Day!

    BEGIN. is #5 Bestseller!
    http://www.walmart.com/browse/music/4104/?catNavId=928379&facet=coming_soon%3ASee+All&ic=96_0&path=0%3A4104%3A928379&ref_values=125873+501362&refineresult=true&search_sort=5&tc=100

    David is exceptional.

    Published on Jun 30, 2012 by QuinnBlairWaldorf

  62. dakgal said

    MT—Your article makes the anticipation of the day he comes home even sweeter,,,,,David has had many spurts of personal growth….and if he has as much personal growth in this 2 years as he did in the time between these two videos
    ( which I think was about 2 yrs) we should be afraid—–very afraid!!!

    By the way , they both melt my heart. I hope they are in the right order.

    No. 1

    No.2

  63. dakgal said

    Maybe adm. can fix my mess up–if so thank you

    Edit. All fixed, Dak! :) (Bebereader)

  64. jans11 said

    Love the crossing the bridge post….love all the posts, they all convey things so well the way all of us feel. And much better than I can ever say. Love coming here knowing everyone thinks the same about the same subject. Sometimes I’m like David trying to get something out of my mouth that makes sense!! lol I think that is one thing that draws everyone to him…he is just so down to earth and friendly. Just a normal person with abnormal talents and looks!♥

  65. Angelica said

    MT,

    You bring new perspective to David’s mission decision and the outcome it may have on his career that I completely agree with. Against the general consensus out there in the fandom that seems to want success for him now, I have always maintained a real fear that David would get too big too fast, before he has had the time to mature fully as a person and an artist. Most teen star’s whose rise is meteoric, see their star rather quickly fade and are never able to recover. I would hate it if David was only around for a few years to enjoy. My one over-riding thought during AI7 was, “he must continue; he must survive.” I wasn’t concerned so much that he win, but that he never got sent home. I wanted him to endure all the way to the end and remain on that stage, still standing. No one knocked David Archuleta out or played any swan song for him. He declared with all the energy of his soul on that final night that no one could ever take that moment away from him and that his sun would never go down.

    It is so true what you say,

    “For some celebrities, that bridge is crossed by going out in public and drinking, doing drugs, or making spectacles of themselves in an effort to show the world that they are no longer children and are taking part in “grown up” activities. But no matter how hard they try, they can’t shake the world’s opinion that they are still children. The world simply sees them as unruly children. This method of making the transition is also very unhealthy for the celebrity.”

    We have seen this happen so many times. It’s almost painful to watch, usually doesn’t work and if it does, does so only briefly. There is almost the smell of desperation about it. For fame and fortune they give their power away. The little time bought is soon spent, and that, sadly as the metaphorical equivalent to a dancing bear…”something manufactured in an effort to gain the attention and acceptance of a disinterested public.” But no matter its diversity in culture and taste, the public will always respect sacrifice, honor and courage as a rite of passage to adulthood.

    David has taken as his bridge a firmer foundation, one that I believe and hope will stand the test of time. Thank you and others for acknowledging my artwork for your article. The last image in particular I made with this poem in mind…

    The Road Not Taken

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both…

    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    Robert Frost

  66. Abrra said

    Dak #62

    I loved watching the first video! Carley said the word “food” and you can hear David’s quick agreement. Some things never change :) That must have been day 1 of rehearsal because his hair is very long compared to how it looked on the tour. You made a good visual point in comparing the 2 videos.

    Bebe #60

    I think it might be that people who had dismissed David as “that kid singer in Idol” have now realized he is a person of conviction. He is taking the time to do service regardless of the price on his career. They are discovering him on YouTube and can see how much hard work he has put into his career (and charity service) to this point.

    Abrra 634 days

  67. pocoelsy said

    Hello all,

    First of all, I’d to thank everyone at the chat last night, you all made me feel so welcome and at home I had a blast with a bit of struggle to catch up with the convo it move with the bullet train speed haha will certainly do it again when time (and hubby lol) permit :)

    Happy Canada day !!!

    Angelica #65 Love what you said there …everything, David is very special and a rare young man, I really admire him for letting himself grows at his own pace and not fall into the whirlpool of fame fortune drug bad relationship like most typical celebrities, I have faith that when he comes back to the music scene he will be taken seriouly and earn more respect by his peers as well as the press and casual fans, I’m wishing the best for him always. Love you art work up top :)

    jans11 Just a normal person with abnormal talents and looks!♥, Jans that’s how he captured my attention and admiration.

  68. Morning all♥ Catching up on yesterday…
    67. Pocoelsy,was great to see you in chat♥glad the tech. problems were solved and we all made it in… It’s my weekly therapy session, got to have it!
    62. Dak,
    love those 2 videos.that first one had me smiling so big, hes so dang cute!
    ” Can we keep him Mom, can we?can we? pretty please with sugar on it!?” ♥such rare breed of cutiemus maximus♥
    and the second one..purrr purrr. excuse me. He just killed it that night at the ALMA’s.One of my all time favorite performances. And he looked amazing that night.Confident,.gorgeous,Perfect,a pro.

    66. Abrra, I think the way to David’s ♥, is definitely through his stomach. btw, love that picture at 59. thud

    64. Jans, “Just a normal person with abnormal talents and looks!♥”
    I love that. so true.

    Angelica,I find such wonderful ‘peace’ when I dwell in your art , (don’t know if that makes any sense to you)but it’s a wonderful feeling.♥

    Dja, nice video. David is indeed exceptional.
    “With all the attention he’s receiving for his work he left for us is making it for an epic comeback. I really feel that the media will be interested to see and hear what David has to say in 2014.”
    I agree Dja
    .I really never thought about his fan base growing while he was away, I was worried some would leave, but by all appearances,it has only grown,(by leaps and bounds!) if you read comments on the you tube videos.Many discovering him, or rediscovering him for the first time♥ Makes me so happy…:))

    Happy Canada Day yesterday SB, Steno and all our David Canucks!

  69. emmegirl14 said

    MT, just loved your article, so very well said. And this,
    “Returning with a new maturity at age 23 should make it easier for the world to see and accept that he is no longer a “teen star” and that it’s time to take him seriously, time for him to be treated with the respect that his tremendous talent deserves.”

    He never misses an opportunity to learn, to grow – he even seems to seek them. Maybe this is why it’s been said many times he took a “quantum leap” in growth. This experience will deepen and widen his perspective on an entirely different scale. This could be an epic leap.

    FG – you, your family and most importantly, your son, are truly inspiring with your courage and your faith in overcoming an incredible challenge.

  70. bebereader said

    We have another hot day today in NY. It’s already 84 degrees!

    Jans11#64,
    “Just a normal person with abnormal talents and looks!♥”

    That reminds me so much of something my pal, Josh Bradley said to Holly on their ‘date…….”I’m just an ordinary person with an extraordinary job.”

    Angelica,
    I’ve always loved that poem by Robert Frost. Having the courage to take the road less traveled could make a huge difference in our lives. It’s all about the choices we make.

    See you later.
    Going to try to cool off.

  71. mspoohbear said

    Hello All,

    I’ve been out a lot and been busy the past few days, so never got a chance to check on in “The Voice.” It feels like I’ve missed so much. My day is not complete without lurking or commenting here.

    MT, what a wonderful article! One thing I like here at “The Voice” is you are all such good writers. You are able to express in writing the same thoughts and feelings I have about David. I am not good in writing, so when I see articles that express my feelings and thoughts, I couldn’t help but smile. We can all be rest assured in two years, a more mature David will come back to keep his promise to his fans.

    I love, love, love the video of “Contigo En La Distancia.” I don’t speak Spanish or even understand the lyrics to the song, but this song has captured my heart. He sang it with so much passion and emotion, I can feel it go thru my heart. I have so many favorite songs of David and right now, this one goes to the top.

    Djafan, we missed you at the fan get-together this past Saturday. It was a blast! I feel like a full-pledge Archie now. hahaha! I’ll try to send later some pictures taken at the meeting. You can post it if you want.

    MsPoohbear aka
    Winniepoohbear

  72. djafan said

    Hi All!!

    I’ll Never Go moved up to #7!

    Please keep voting :) http://www.myxph.com/default.aspx

    BEGIN is doing great at Walmart. I hope Amazon and itunes picks it up.

    Imagine #DA2014 ‏@RamblingDA
    @DavidArchie BEGIN. is now #5 on Walmart BestSellers and #3 on Pre-Orders

    http://www.walmart.com/browse/music/4104/?ic=60_0&tab_value=all&search_sort=5&tc=100&ref_values=125873

    David is on the front page of Deseret Bookstores website! I feel some promo must be in the works.

    Photobucket

  73. djafan said

    Winniepooh!!

    Oh how much I wanted to be there :( We need to make some plans soon :)

  74. Abrra said

    Photobucket

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie

    Here is another BTS picture I took at the BEGIN. photo shoot. It was nice to get outside for some of the pictures. (ks) http://pic.twitter.com/29fpZp2B
    Retweeted by Kari Sellards

    Abrra 635 days

  75. MT said

    75. Thank you all so much for your comments on the article. I agree with you all. I can see so many ways this personal journey he is on will benefit him both on a personal level and a professional one. #DA2014

    Abrra, Thanks for bringing Kari’s tweet and that lovely photo.

    haha Is it me or does that shirt look a different color in each new pic we see?

    Whoo Hoooo BEGIN. is now #5 in Walmart’s music bestsellers and is on the bestseller bar under the main ad! Love seeing it there. ♥

  76. Abrra said

    MT

    The picture is edited. Its photo shopped. It could be the original color, I am not sure if we ever saw the real shirt color.

    OMJ! My gravatar is back! haha
    Abrra 635 days

  77. goodkarmaseeker said

    Sorry but I’m off topic here, guess my mind was wandering….. Anyway, does anyone remember David’s performance of Don’t Let Go from the Rave in Milwaukee (2009)? I don’t think this is the same video that was
    “going around” at the time but it’s what I can find. Anyway I remember communicating with a couple people here,
    I believe Abrra, was one about it being “too hot” for my daughter, then 13, to see.

    What a memory……. I hope we don’t loose this David after he comes home from his mission!!!!!

  78. Abrra said

    GKS

    It wasn’t so much the video, but the adults in the chat that were freaking out. He has a “stance” that was killer. Maddy was 13 and I didn’t want her to witness the ODD comments of her elders. ;) I miss her coming to chat. She was so energetic and lit up the room. :) Thanks for posting the video. I will swap that back into the tour set.

    Abrra 635 days

  79. SandyBeaches said

    Thanks Sky for the July 1st holiday wishes!
    Your July 4th is fast approaching!

    SB

  80. bebereader said

    Goodkarmaseeker, How is Maddy? Is she still a fan?

    Idk about anyone else but I’ve been checking the Walmart and Deseret sites obsessively, hoping to see a link to hear samples of the songs on BEGIN.

  81. marlie7 said

    Goodkarmaseeker #77 – oh, you picked a good one – Don’t Let Go is probably my favorite from 1st Tour. I was probably one of the ones commenting on David’s “stance” and his athletic-looking legs ;-)

  82. MT said

    Bebe,
    I tweeted to Kari today, mentioning the “snippets”, no response. :( But I’m hoping we get some. I can’t wait to have that gorgeous BEGIN CD in my hot little hands. LOL I’m gonna pop that baby in the CD player in my car and drive all day. :D

    81. Marlie, haha I think Don’t Let Go surprised everyone.

  83. bluesky said

    3: Bebereader: Amen on the hair… and I love that first photo. Ageless!

    MT: I read your article and I thought it was lovely. What a fun idea you have! A great comparison between “coming of age” rituals or challenges: actions that depict responsibility or a lack thereof. Thank you for your tender considerations and positive outlook.

    74: Abrra: Can’t get much better looking than that! (What does Kari think she is doing, anyway? Does she have hundreds and hundreds of these BTS photos and she just closes her eyes and picks one? Or does she have her friends and family vote on which one to send us? Or does she consult a horoscope? I only hope she has increased the insurance on her home…. cause if she doesn’t unload these soon… they are gonna burn a hole in some drawer or backpack. I swear. Just sayin’)

  84. betsy said

    MT, loved the article, so sorry for the late comment. I’ve been on a mini vacay.

    I was up really late two nights ago, sitting outside with my daughter, just enjoying our time together. It may have been the wine, it may have been the karaoke I could hear next door (they were singing Adele), but I opened up youtube on my phone and found the video of David playing piano and singing a bit of Someone Like You. I merely said (to my daughter and a good friend of hers) “Listen to this good Adele cover)
    So they took my phone and watched/listened. They loved the girl’s voice. Then my daughter said “WAIT, ISN’T THAT DAVID? OMG HE’S SO PRECIOUS. HOW OLD IS HE NOW?”
    She is forever asking me how old he is, lol.

    Here’s my point: This time away could lesson the age factor. Which believe me, is still an issue.
    One more thing. She told me how glad she is that I feel free to share my ODD with her without feeling weird. (I am paraphrasing)
    Oh, then we watched Verona Good Place/Let it Be under the Northern Michigan stars.
    ‘Twas a great night. :)

    Abs, I LOVE the new sidebar pics.

  85. betsy said

    Marlie, does this look familiar? ;)

  86. Abrra said

    Betsy
    Thanks! I decided I better start learning how things work around here, so I started with the part I love most-PICTURES!

    Photobucket

    Abrra 635 days

  87. jans11 said

    That “Don’t Let Go” is something else!♥ What was it that David said when he sings it? Something on the order of “I don’t know what it is that makes me feel the way I do when I sing DLG, but something does”. Maybe one of you remember what he said. Whatever it is, I like it! haha

    I don’t think David is in Chile! He’s the new manager where I work! The other day I seen this short, dark headed guy with a white shirt and black tie and pants come out of the break room across the hall from me. I thought OMG, that looks like David!! He resembles him, but he doesn’t have David’s big smile and he can’t sing! haha And he’s married and has a 10 month old baby! It’s is ironic though that he looks so much like my favorite person! And his hair is a lot like D’s! whoa!!

  88. tawna21 said

    No Jan, he’s my neighbor. It really is the most strange thing. My neighbor is 22yo, looks like David, has a gorgeous smile,returned from his mission about a year ago, and his name is David! :) Seriously, my daughter even commented on it one day when she was here.

  89. cq#DA2014 said

    Love those “Don’t Let Go” videos, rock star David. I just can’t wait for him to be back on that stage where he belongs.

  90. jans11 said

    Wow, Tawna21, David is all over the place! ♥♥ haha Good to see all these David sightings, I guess. But, there is only ONE David A!♥

  91. Abrra said

    This morning about 6 am I walked out the back door to go retrieve some dog food from my car trunk. As I walked I heard what sounded like a dragon breathing (!!) behind me. For some reason I decided to ignore the sound because my brain did not compute it as anything familiar to my world. ;) WHAT? I heard the breathing again 4 more times as I got the dog food and headed around to the back door. Finally it dawned on me to look up.

    authcoid175780part2ab

    What I saw was a HUGE orange air balloon drifting just out of sight over the neighbors house. What a beautiful surprise! I wish I had been awake enough to get a closer shot.

    Excited for tonight’s Nandito Ako chat!

    Abrra 635 days

  92. gladys1961 said

    Abrra
    I’m going to Chile, I’m looking into flights, cost, schedules and hotels. I think I’ll buy a package that includes everything. If I have luck, maybe my sobrima can accompany me.
    ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy I’m in the clouds

    Then I speak with my conscience on any photo or video.
    My heart is galloping.
    Abrra, I have a smile on my face very very big, I hold you, THANK YOU, :)))))))))

  93. djafan said

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie
    Question David has for you: If you could hear a snippet of 1 of the covers off the BEGIN. album coming out Aug 7th what would it be? (ks)

    Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook
    Question David has for you: If you could hear a snippet of 1 of the covers off the BEGIN. album what would it be? (via @davidarchie) #BEGIN‏

    Let him know!!! I picked Broken.

    She definitely is a fan.

    @oheulacaballero

    “@GaffudVince: @oheulacaballero Justin Bieber or One Direction? #AskEula =D”–David Archuleta

    The third CD made it to SA!!!!!

    Georgette Makk. ‏@geomakk
    @djafanTheVoice LLEGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D GRACIASSSSSSSS<3<3

    Will be putting together their stories after the holiday :)

    Thank you Blueberry and SB!!!

    More to come from the last two CD's and bracelets being sent out. Thank you Jan and Susan and SB!!

    Naree tweeted this pic. Warning! ((tears))

    Photobucket

  94. bebereader said

    Gladys,
    Whatever it is that you are happy about, I am happy for you. :)

    Dja,
    So hard to choose which song from BEGIN.. I think I have to go with “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” but will probably change my mind tomorrow because they are all going to be epic!

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    http://www.livestream.com/saragirl

  95. This is beautiful.
    David at age 11 singing “God Bless America”


    credit to oldphatone♥

  96. bebereader said

    Sky#95

    Thanks for the find of the day! Even at eleven years old, David had that quality in his voice that is indescribably beautiful!

  97. Abrra said

    @DavidArchie
    Thanks for the responses to what snippet you all want to hear from BEGIN. Its between Somewhere Only We Know and Angel. Stay tuned (ks)

    Bebe I think David must have read you mind about obsessively checking for snippets :)

    Abrra 633 days

  98. djafan said

    WE WON’T HAVE TO WAIT DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour
    @kimak @txarchie @CanadianArchie @DavidArchie your not going to have to wait days! :) unless you want us to wait? #BEGIN.8/7/12

  99. bluesky said

    Gah!!! I LOVE “Somewhere only we know”. And I think it is such an intimate commentary on him, his relationship to music, his relationship to his fans, and being “separated” for a bit from the world to build a better foundation.

    Erm… I would kinda LOVE to hear that one.

    (Did I mention that …. I would… um… yeah… DA: That would be fine with me. ^_^)

  100. MT said

    I would pick Broken, but she said cover so, Somewhere Only We Know has my vote too. :D

    And I hope this is okay to post but ummm …

    http://twitpic.com/a3eke1/full

    Whatever this is, I just love that he’s singing ♥ and thought you guys would be happy about it too so I wanted to share.

    Admins: If you don’t want it on the site, please just delete it.

  101. Angelica said

    aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mr. David Archuleta Tweets

    Cannot wait to tell D all the great responses about BEGIN. Head here —> davidarchuleta.com to hear what was the top snippet picked. (ks) 7 minutes ago

    http://davidarchuleta.com/home/?p=4525

  102. djafan said

    I’M FLOORED!!!!!!!

  103. bebereader said

    Played it tens of times… Okay now I want the whole song!!
    dkadf;fl;aldf;jklfjasdklfjl;jfajfklsjflajdl;fjajdkjf;kjfjajf a;
    Help!!!

  104. PattiNC said

    One of my favorite songs!!! Want the whole thing…how about every 3 days we get a snippet of a song until the cd comes out??!!
    Love this article….I think it will definitely help the whole age thing people have a problem with.
    And I was thinking…this album might actually be the one that brings people around..they’re going to be curious about the covers…heck Susan Boyle’s album of covers was popular!

  105. mspoohbear said

    Hahaha! Snippet is not good enough! I want more!!!

  106. bebereader said

    A little rock beat going on there, ya think?
    Sheesh…I can’t stop playing it!

    “So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
    I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

    And if you have a minute why don’t we go
    Talk about it somewhere only we know?”

  107. djafan said

    Mspoohbear, Bebe,

    I can’t stop listening…His voice is stunning!

    And here we have confirmation, Rainbow music video!!!!

    MrsMaryfromNC ‏@MrsMaryfromNC
    @paolobernaldo OK, David Archuleta in blue V-neck Demo Reel 2012…what music video is this??? Rainbow???

    Paolo Bernaldo ‏@paolobernaldo
    @MrsMaryfromNC Yes it’s David A’s Rainbow music video almost done with the edit.

  108. MT said

    OMG! lakjdfl;kasjfkl;ajdskf

    Grinning from ear to ear :D and playing it non-stop. I want the rest of it!! This album is going to be all kinds of fabulous.

    I hope every site that posted about David leaving for his mission posts this snippet with a link of where to buy. That would have to help sales. How could you listen to that and not want it? Gahhhh

  109. MT said

    There’s a flyer that says David’s performing in a Devotional Musical in Chile, then we get a snippet of Somewhere Only We Know, now news of a Rainbow video? Who said there was an Archudrought? LOL *excited* I love it!

  110. emmegirl14 said

    ~flip flops~
    (my stomach after hearing that snippet)

    oh my.
    oh David.
    and 93.
    ♥♥♥

  111. ray said

    help i an stuck at the os,,never mine i like it here

  112. stenocruiser said

    Velvet, pure velvet that voice — need the album now! Thanks for leaving such beautiful music for us, David.

    A Rainbow video on its way — we are so blessed!

    Thanks everyone for the perfectly wonderful articles written by perfectly wonderful writers — such a pleasure to read.

    Thanks for Canada Day wishes and right back at you with all the best for a Happy Fourth of July !!!! (I actually have dual citizenship — a Buffalo gal ! — lucky me, huh?)

  113. bebereader said

    Come join us for Nandito Ako!

    Now!

    http://www.livestream.com/saragirl

  114. SandyBeaches said

    I am certain that I am wearing the snippet out…

    SB

  115. I have tried to comment but I am having difficulties with brain function I guess because I keep knocking myself off! Geesh!
    ok, try # 3…lets see, first I said eeeeeeeeeeeek!, then I said vjnrfhwupojfhejfuhxt!!! I think thats when I must have hit something I shouldnt have. both times!
    now that I have composed myself, does anyone hear when he sings ““So tell me when ♫♪,you’re gonna let me in” a teeny couple seconds, a Paul McCartney sound? Just right there. anyway, going to Nandito Ako now. I love the snippet This cd is gonna be a big hit!

  116. PattiNC said

    Sky…I heard that..totally a PM sound. So freakin’ excited to hear all the songs!!! MJs has it up..comment if you can…http://www.mjsbigblog.com/david-archuleta-listen-to-a-preview-of-somewhere-only-we-know-audio.htm#dsq-form-area

  117. mspoohbear said

    Djafan, me too, can’t stop listening! Waaahh! I really want the whole song now!

  118. mspoohbear said

    MT, wish I could go to Chile right now to watch David’s performance there. And then Rainbow coming out, maybe soon! I’m spazzing right now! OMG!

  119. pocoelsy said

    Stop by to say “Happy 4th July” to all American Archies outthere , have a fatastic celebration :)!!!

    Lots of good news today in Archuland, make me so happy. Lost in the vortex of that little snippet, so sweet<3<3 Oh well gotta go get things done around the house, have a nice day/night all (hope you all can sleep after all the exciting news) :)

  120. emmegirl14 said

    sky, that is it! Couldn’t put my finger on it, looove it!
    That part grabs you at first listen.

    And soon the Rainbow video. What he has left for his fans is truly unbelievable.

  121. betsy said

    You guysssssss.
    There’s our David. ♥
    His voice omg. HIS VOICE.
    I can’t.

  122. betsy said

    So good.
    As my mother always used to say: Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

    (I heard the snippet on my phone earlier tonight at work. In the parking lot, with wifi I “borrowed” from Tim Hortons. It sounds so much better on my pc with headphones.)
    Kinda freaking out here.

  123. djafan said

    betsy freaking with you.

  124. emmegirl14 said

    Ik Betsy. I just can’t get over it. He kiiiiills me.

    (in the parking lot with wifi? ♥ you)

  125. bebereader said

    New article ——–>>>>>>

  126. 122. Betsy, your Mom too?? :))

    Patty and Emmegirl, I wish I could remember the name of the song that part reminds me of, but I can’t, yet. haha It will come to me at 3 am.and wake me up. lol

    Thanks Bebe for the 3rd week of NA.♥ So fun to watch it together.

    OK its officially our American 4th! Happy Independence Day! God Bless America♥

  127. skydancer1x said

    Patty, I meant Patti, oopsie

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