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David Archuleta’s Begin – A Dark Theme Keeps Me Here ~ I’ll Be Here DA2014

Posted by Angelica on Saturday, August 18, 2012

Credit AnnieDAFG

A dark theme keeps me here,

Though summer blazes in the vireo’s eye.

Who would be half possessed

By his own nakedness?

Waking’s my care –

I’ll make a broken music, or I’ll die.

Ye littles, lie more close!

Make me, O Lord, a last, a simple thing

Time cannot overwhelm.

Once I transcended time:

A bud broke to a rose,

And I rose from a last diminishing.

I look down the far light

And I behold the dark side of a tree

Far down a billowing plain,

And when I look again,

It’s lost upon the night –

Night I embrace, a dear proximity

I stand by a low fire

Counting the wisps of flame, and I watch how

Light shifts upon the wall.

I bid stillness be still.

I see, in evening air,

How slowly dark comes down on what we do.

In Evening Air

Theodore Roethke (1908-63)

 

“Broken” wallpaper, original source unknown

A dark theme permeates David Archuleta’s new album, Begin., despite an interview with Deseret Book, in which he describes it as “easy listening.” To paraphrase a quote by novelist, Wallace Stegner, “Hard writing makes easy reading.” Begin. is to easy listening as hard writing is to easy reading. It is easy to listen to only because of all the hard work and talent that went into it. On this his fifth album his voice, including backup vocals which, as usual, are all him, never sounded better.

Yet conceptually, this is no easy listening album. Distilled into ten songs, one co-written by him and arguably the saddest, he takes on war, genocide, grief, murder, martyrdom, addiction, loneliness, desolation, despair, shame, low self-esteem, depression, bullying, suicide, poverty, homelessness, brutality, corruption and child abuse. That is a ponderous weight of sorrow contained in one brief body of work. Yet it is not, I think, so much a reflection of the darkness within himself, (though for a serious artist, this is essential) as a stubborn refusal to turn away from the harsher realities of life. Begin. is ultimately and overwhelmingly a message of hope.

David has repeatedly stated in interviews and in a video to his fans that these songs are clues to help them understand why he made the decision to go on a mission. He echoes this again in the liner notes: “Some people may not understand why I have made the decisions I have chosen to make, but that is the reason why I made this album…It really comes from my heart and I did my best to help you all know where I am coming from on my mission decision. While I can’t always [say] what I want to say using words, I hope that these songs will help you know.” David Archuleta

David sings of the lost and now he has gone to seek for them. Not as David Archuleta, the celebrity but as a humble servant of God who, in the name of love has sacrificed his all for what he believes: that we are all broke, flawed, imperfect, but we are not broken beyond repair.

We have only to Begin.

91 Responses to “David Archuleta’s Begin – A Dark Theme Keeps Me Here ~ I’ll Be Here DA2014”

  1. silverfox said

    Annette,

    I must get ready for work so I will be brief. I have a few things to say about your words..YES, yes, & yes! Brilliant! I agree with every word.

    And the photos are exquisite.

  2. SandyBeaches said

    A fine article that gives great distinction and reward to an album sung by David that will outlast most albums of its’ time.

    “Don’t Give Up” is absolutely outstanding and the words “So many men. So many men no one needs” speaks of worldwide oppression and portrays a very sad thought each time I hear it.

    Love the pictures and the new look brought on by the BEGIN colors.

    SB

  3. Harold Weinstein said

    David has tended to his fans for the last four years and now it is time for him to tend to his mission . This will make him a stonger individual and he will find that he himself is not broke but filled with emtion and joy and we all know. Now it is time for him to incorporate that into his being! This album is emotional and inspiring. Now it is our and David’s time to “Begin”. Thank you for your words!

  4. cq#DA2014 said

    Angelica, what a wonderful article and I totally agree.

  5. poof said

    Angelica,
    While, perhaps, David cannot always say what he is wanting to say using words, we have you to always find them. His empathy knows no bounds nor does his detirmination to help. With so few words, you said it all. Thank you again.

  6. pocoelsy said

    Angelica,

    what a brilliant article, totally agree with you…David’s one in billion and I’m so thankful to be his fan.

  7. bluesky said

    “David sings of the lost and now he has gone to seek for them. Not as David Archuleta, the celebrity but as a humble servant of God who, in the name of love has sacrificed his all for what he believes: that we are all broke, flawed, imperfect, but we are not broken beyond repair.”

    Thank you, Angelica. I agree one hundred percent.

    I see DA (because of his decisions) as reaching vertically down, to deepen and broaden his base, to enlarge the place from which he projects his voice and song out into the world. It is his genius that he speaks so very many languages. Yeah, slow with speech perhaps… but don’t let him open his mouth in song unless you are willing to be inundated with coruscations of light, glimpses of passageways we either dare not travel because of their depth or dread to climb, fearing emptiness where we long for joy.

    He may not know those paths any better than we do. His is however, beyond willing to open the door and pass through them; carried as he is on the wings of trust and faith, believing in sight beyond sight, and in the Heart of all healing hearts.

    bluesky

    (PS: Loved your poem!)

  8. TOfan said

    “David sings of the lost and now he has gone to seek for them. Not as David Archuleta, the celebrity but as a humble servant of God who, in the name of love has sacrificed his all for what he believes: that we are all broke, flawed, imperfect, but we are not broken beyond repair.” Beautiful, Angelica!!!

  9. Bee said

    All of the above comments made me and my family seriously mystified. Beauty beyond imagination.Its every word spoken gave us chills and goose bumps because they projected truth and reality. Kudos to al you commentaries. We need more of your kind here, on this spot, on this site.

  10. So beautifully written Angelica. Grateful for the pictures and poem along with your words. You have captured the depth of this young man and like him shared these messages with us.

  11. smanda7 said

    Gorgeous. Thank you.

  12. A brilliant and incredibly beautiful article–words and pictures that capture the very essence of David’s decision to serve God by serving others.

    “Begin. is ultimately and overwhelmingly a message of hope.”

    Yes it is, to all of us.

  13. MT said

    Beautiful article Angelica. And I agree with everything you said.

    “Yet it is not, I think, so much a reflection of the darkness within himself, (though for a serious artist, this is essential) as a stubborn refusal to turn away from the harsher realities of life. Begin. is ultimately and overwhelmingly a message of hope.”

    I so agree with that. It is not a reflecton of the darkness within himself, but a way of helping the world open their eyes to the sadness, tragedy, and need of the world, something many turn a blind eye to because it’s easier not too look. And his way of telling us that he DOES see it and that’s why he feels a need to do his part to help.

  14. kaycee said

    Angelica…just beautiful.

  15. sunny said

    David is one a of few people who knows that he needs to help & serve others. Most of us spend our lives talking about it but never do much about it. David’s BEGIN. really hit me as I was listening to all the songs that there is so much sadness in the world but people maybe “broke but not broken”!! Love BEGIN. from BEGINning to end!!

  16. Thank you for your heart and words Angelica <3

  17. Abrra said

    From the first time I heard snippets of Broken, I knew it was about the children (in war) and their loss of more than just innocence. Life as they knew it, in the safety of parents love, no longer exists for them.

    I don’t understand why they are gone
    Or what reason there is to be strong
    I still try to love, but I’m in a place
    Where doing what’s right is so wrong
    But if you see , ignore the gun
    We are still fighting for life
    Here’s our wish just to exist
    In more than our eyes

    Imagine the compassion it takes to comfort a child who has realized his worst fear, come true?

    Yes these songs touch the dark side, but only long enough to spin around towards the light. And hope. David has exposed his raw emotions in the theme of this album. This time he has caught the attention of more than fans. It’s charting numbers show that many more are ready to listen to his heart.

    Thank you, Angelica, for this beautifully written review of BEGIN.

    Abrra 587 days

  18. I find truth in every single word you wrote. David doesn’t think of music just as something that seems fun to him. On the contrary, he thinks of music as a tool to help others that need help and understanding from someone else. Thanks for writing this. I already loved Broken and I had noticed some of the meaning this song had but your analysis made me see more than what I had noticed. We’re “broke but not broken” .

  19. Abrra said

    40b

    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

  20. MT said

    Is it just me or is the site wonky for anyone else? Everything is BIG!

    But everywhere else I go it seems normal. IDK It’s just weird.

  21. djafan said

    Angelica, This is a masterpiece of an article, insight, understanding, connection to the message. The messages have been spinning in my head but could not formulate anything that resembles the beautiful writing above.

    Love the poem and darn those pictures are perfection. More later.

    Sorry MT, it’s me lol The backroom is like a huge theme park to me :) Is the font better now?

  22. bebereader said

    Angelica,

    Bravo, Madam! Just beautiful! I agree with every word.

    In BEGIN., David takes us to the dark side of life that isn’t always pretty but he only leaves us there long enough to expose the truth. Then, in his gentle care and with the sound of his voice, he heals us.

    Broke but not broken.

    Genius.

  23. It is big! haha
    On my way to chat, but had to stop and say just how beautiful your article is Angelica♥The pictures, the poem,your words… you had my attention in the detail of your first paragraph, then everything that followed!
    THIS>”To paraphrase a quote by novelist, Wallace Stegner, “Hard writing makes easy reading.” Begin. is to easy listening as hard writing is to easy reading. It is easy to listen to only because of all the hard work and talent that went into it.

    I agree with every word you wrote. Beautiful!

  24. Kathy said

    I agree with everyone who commented on Angelica’s article. I’m not going to expound on what has already been expressed so beautifully but just tell a short story. As my 8 year old grandson was listening to David’s “Begin” album as we were riding in the car (and he knows David’s music well because we listen to it often) he said, “this David music makes me sad Grandma.” I looked back and he was just staring out the window listening to “Beautiful”. I wonder what he was thinking about. So you see David Archuleta touches the young and the old and all those in between. I hope this album climbs as high on the charts as it can go while David is gone. Wouldn’t that just be the beautiful?!

  25. betsy said

    Angelica, thanks for your beautiful, truthful words. David didn’t shy away from anything meaningful here.

    Dja, I love the green background and new font. It’s peaceful. ♥

  26. sweetonDA said

    Angelica, Thank you for this. I must add my agreement to everything you said. Broke but not broken…exactly!

    Abrra, I also loved your insight on Broken.

  27. tawna21 said

    Angelica, your deep thoughts have made me think. David’s album has made me think. I’ve re-learned in the past 2 weeks that life is not a surface trip. It’s a trip to the sometimes dark part of our mind. We have to go there to see the beauty in the light around us. Thank you, both of you, for reminding me of this.

    Broke, but not broken.

  28. jans11 said

    Angelica, what a great synopsis on David’s album “Broken.” You always seem to be able to put into words what I think, but can’t get it out right. “Distilled into ten songs, one co-written by him and arguably the saddest, he takes on war, genocide, grief, murder, martyrdom, addiction, loneliness, desolation, despair, shame, low self-esteem, depression, bullying, suicide, poverty, homelessness, brutality, corruption and child abuse.” So well put. Little David seems to shoulder the troubles of the world. Like Randy said on AI after David sang Imagine, I think it was, “that was brilliant”. That is so David…brilliant!!

  29. pocoelsy said

    Love this article and all the comments the lead picture is soo nice just like it’s made for this article, you’re a genious :)

    I made the mashup of Bridge Over Troubled Water-David duet with Simon and Garfunkel, I tried to make it as a way to promote his song and not given away to people who may want to ilegally download from my vid, I just want people to get to hear how brilliant David is!! sooo here it is : Please let me know if it’s ok or too risky!!, I can put it in private or take it down :)

  30. Lynnella said

    Angelica, you have put into words for us what we all were thinking, but didn’t know we were thinking. Thank you so much for making this clear. Now, when I talk to someone who doesn’t “get” David, I have a way to tell them. I think he’s been trying to tell us this all along. When Simon criticized him for singing a gloomy song after he sang Another Day in Paradise, he said he was trying to get people to focus on homelessness. Even then, he was trying to teach us about compassion for others and the plight of the needy. What an amazing human being.

    Lynne

  31. bluesky said

    Tawna21

    “I’ve re-learned in the past 2 weeks that life is not a surface trip” Nice line, Tawna!

  32. djafan said

    All choked up.

    gemzone ‏@gemzone

    Here is the Mormon Times video about @DavidArchie and Libbie Linton

  33. Heidijoy said

    Thanks for updates. Liking the look of the new printing. Liked the lighter green you had earlier. It’s all good Djfan.

  34. angelofdja said

    Beautiful article Angelica! Thank you!
    It’s taken some time for me to get all caught up. I’ve been in gorgeous upper Michigan where internet connection was a hit-or-miss for me!
    Funny story…I had pre-ordered my begin CD from Walmart, having it sent to my address up north. On August 7th I watched the mail gal cruise by slowly looking at houses as she passed by. I didn’t know why until the next day. On that day I stood outside to catch her. I just knew my Begin CD was in her hands! She slowed to talk to me and asked me if I knew who lived there because she hadn’t delivered mail there in a long time and the address was incorrect. I could SEE it in her hand, right there, with MY name on it!!! GAH! I told her my name and said that’s my new David Archuleta CD! She got a big smile on her face and said, “OH, I LOVE his singing!” I said me too! I so wanted to tell her all about what he’s been up to. She was quite understandably busy! My plan when I return this week is to catch her again and give her a CD of Begin for her own listening pleasure!
    The story continues…I tried to play that little green gem in the player in the garage. Hmmm. Not working. Then I tried the player in the house. It’s a 5 CD one, so I’m thinking, I’m golden. Well, that dang machine ATE MY CD! I was absolutely determined to get that baby out of there. LOL! I preceeded to seek-out a small phillips screwdriver and take about 20 screws out. There were 3 parts inside that had to be taken out individually and alas! Victory! There it was laying straight-up on it’s side. I gently maneuvered him out of that dark, lonely place! Ha! Ha! Putting that hungry machine back together wasn’t that tough. I had strategically placed each screw, by part, on the floor next to me and in the order I had started the dissection…Once put together I tested with another CD. I think it was Celine Dion. It didn’t eat that one. Go figure. But, I still didn’t trust that hungry machine. I did not pop that green baby back in there. OK. No more players available. What do I do? Dummy me. You have a laptop with media player! GAH! Head back to where it’s at and get myself a cup of coffee with a little Bailey’s in it and break-out the earbuds! Needless to say, I listened to David and his heart over and over again. I can’t thank him enough. This is such a fantastic album. I’m as excited as ever for David and his future!
    I can’t tell you all here how much I appreciate this site, it’s commenters and all the other David fansites who are keeping me up-to-date! It’s most comforting to know you are here. :-)

  35. emmegirl14 said

    Beautifully said Angelica, just thank you.

    His buoyant public persona is in striking contrast to the realities dealt with on this album – and a big surprise, I imagine, for those who considered him naive and/or too sanguine. But those who follow him closely understand his perspective – an eternal optimism, hope – comes not from ignorance or denial, but from faith.

    bluesky, “but don’t let him open his mouth in song unless you are willing to be inundated with coruscations of light, glimpses of passageways we either dare not travel because of their depth or dread to climb, fearing emptiness where we long for joy.”

    bebe…”In BEGIN., David takes us to the dark side of life that isn’t always pretty but he only leaves us there long enough to expose the truth. Then, in his gentle care and with the sound of his voice, he heals us.”….this is so, so perfectly said ♥

    pocoelsy, lovely video, whenever I watch a fan video I am so blessed by the effort, the love, that goes into the making. Love his BOTW, every listen affects me.

  36. bluesky said

    Emmegirl14… ((((((hugs))))))

  37. jans11 said

    Pocoelsy….Loved the video! Awesome!♥

    Djafan….Glad to see Libbie “in person”! Thanks for posting.

    Angelofdja…Had to laugh at your story, because I went thru the same thing. Altho it wasn’t funny at the time! Actually, I was about to have a complete breakdown til I got it out! And it won’t go back in there! Like I said, the things that David makes us do! And I wouldn’t have it any other way…love this ride he’s taking us on!♥♥

  38. MT said

    AngelofDJA & Jan,

    So strange to hear your stories. I put the BEGIN. CD in my computer to upload the songs. When it was done, it didn’t want to give it back! I had the worst time trying to get it out. I finally had to completely reboot my computer to get it out. And like you Jan, it won’t go back in!

    These machines have a mind of their own. They apparently like David’s music and want to keep it. haha

    Dja,
    Nice job getting the site straight again. :D

  39. joymus said

    Liking the new look a lot! Congrats!

    Angelica – loved, loved loved what you had to say most especially about David being a humble servant of God. True indeed.

    MT – I also wanted to add my story of my player not wanting to give back David’s cd. I put in in my sound theater system to hear David in all his glory and it did its part extremely well. However when it was time to eject – I swear the player refused to budge with me pressing the button a couple times. Finally I had to shut everything down to reset and started talking to the player that – I know David’s good and I understand how you feel but I need him back too LOL! Its uncanny yet so funny. There’s something going on with that cd……hmmm.

  40. MT said

    Joymus,
    Oh no! You too? It’s like they are telling us “just keep this one in … cuz I like it!”

  41. Abrra said

    For those who encounter a stuck CD:

    http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-a-Stuck-CD-from-a-Car-CD-Player

    I am beginning to think there is something about the manufacture of the disc that is causing it to get stuck. I wonder if it heats up from continuous play and “expands” in the slot.

    I have an older Bose radio/CD player that allows me to drop in the CD and close the lid. It can’t get caught.

    Abrra 586 days

  42. MT said

    Abrra,
    I guess it’s possible it’s just the CDs. But I had it playing in my car for 3 straight hours and no problem. It was only the computer that wouldn’t let it go.

    Besides, I kind of like the idea that my PC has good taste in music. LOL It knows a good thing when it hears it. ;)

  43. djafan said

    Hey Heidi, better?

    MT, You’re very welcome :)

    You all have written such wonderful comments, every single one so quotable.

    Emmegirl what you had to say yelled out to me. People, non fans mistaken David’s character, humility, respectfulness for something it’s totally not. So I’ve quoted you :)

    Pecanpie and David’s angels are hard at work. Shortcut on sidebar.

    Saturday, August 18, 2012
    Message from Crush Kids’ Cancer team captain PecanPie!

    Greetings Fellow Archies and Cancer Warriors! It’s that time again when SU2C has asked us to STAND UP and fight by raising as much funds as we can by AUGUST 29 (less than 2 weeks!). The top fundraising team will receive on-screen recognition (possibly a tribute) on the live broadcast the following week.

    With our esteemed honoree abroad for the next 2 years, this will be our toughest challenge yet. Unfortunately, there are quite a few of our team members who are either battling this disease themselves or fighting the battle alongside a loved one right now because cancer doesn’t wait until it’s convenient to wage its war.

    So, with or without David to guide us, it’s time to don the boxing gloves. That’s ok, though, because we Don’t Give Up and we will not be Broken! So let’s show cancer and show the world our True Colors and let the fundraising BEGIN.

    http://www.standup2cancer.org/custom/?c=team&a=index&id=1917

    Please follow the fansites and the kidschapter http://www.thekidschapter.org/ during the week for some uber-cool raffle items you could win by donating!

    - PecanPie

    Photobucket
    http://www.standup2cancer.org/custom/?c=team&a=browse&order=top&p=1&s=

  44. Angelica said

    I really appreciate all the comments and feelings shared about the article above. Thank you all. Photobucket

    Gonna go watch Hugo with the hubby now. Later!

  45. Yes Djfan, Love the Green!! Thanks for all you do to keep us posted. Thanks too to Abrra, Bebe, and Angelica.

  46. angelofdja said

    Ha! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who has had trouble with playing Begin! There were many moments during the dissection that I was talking to myself trying to calm me down. It was almost scary at times, so I can relate to Jan and her almost breakdown! Yes, the things we do for David! ;-)

  47. emmegirl14 said

    dja, definitely a first for me, not really the quotable kind. Gracias.

    And thanks so much for the Stand Up 2 Cancer link, great organization. I remember seeing a segment stating 100% of public funds go directly toward research.

    Having nine close family members having battled or still battling cancer, it is a cause, as for many others, close to my heart.

    The icing on the cake would be having his association with SU2C mentioned while he is away.

  48. djafan said

    Hi Joymus!!!! Glad you like the appearance :)

    Interesting cd issues lol Not happening to me but when I had that green gem in my hands I just didn’t know what to do with myself. I wanted to scream, jump, cry, laugh lol Crazy.

  49. Angelica said

    Just finished watching Hugo and loved it!

    My favorite quotes from the movie:

    Hugo Cabret: I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.

    Hugo Cabret: Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do… Maybe it’s the same with people. If you lose your purpose… it’s like you’re broken.

    Found this old tweet by David from this past New Years Eve.

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie December 31

    Just watched the movie Hugo. One of my favorite movies of this year if not my favorite one.

  50. mspoohbear said

    Angelica,

    Brilliant and wonderful are two words that come to mind after reading your article. As always, you amaze me with your writing! Wonderful comments from others as well. Keep them all coming!

  51. ascphil said

    Angelica,

    I read your article when it first came out and I am always struck by how you come up with unexpected but totally apt imagery and poems or quotes from writers unknown to me, yet they speak with a depth that reveals your own. You have a beautiful connection with David and with those who read your words. I love the picture above by Annie, the brooding face of David from the Forevermore shoot. Another well-written and superb article.

    I agree with you that the songs of Begin have a dark theme but are ultimately and overwhelmingly hopeful. But more than that, I feel more than ever that specific songs in this album reiterate what David has written in TOSOD, particularly in Who I AM, about
    something we rarely discuss because it is difficult to accept as devoted fans. It is hard enough for us that he left for two years
    to serve a mission. When I do my chores at home, when I dose off to sleep, I listen to Begin. And I get tearful many times because I feel my heart breaking in several places for him. What he cannot say to us directly he chose to sing thru songs written by other artists but which speak of personal and universal truths which we go through during many phases of our lives.

    Somewhere Only We Know. Everybody Hurts. Don’t Give Up. Whenever I listen to these songs, they reveal more of what I think is personal to David and what he wants to tell us about why he wants to have a two-year hiatus from being a celebrity.

    Beautiful. True Colors. Bridge Over Troubled Water. Angel. These reveal many facets of David’s compassionate nature which is the primary motivating force in all that he does.

    Pride, In the Name of Love. Be Still My Soul. References to his faith in two extreme musical genres. BSMS has a very soul-stirring violin and piano arrangement in the latter half of the song which is very noteworthy. David’s vocals… gaaahh!

    Broken. If there is one word I can think of to describe this song, this mastery in telling a story in more than just words, in the music and arrangement which has brought me to a whole new level of experiencing real angst, it is soul-searing. This song which David brought majestically to powerful life thru music and his singing is the most moving recorded song he has done by far. Ahhh, the song slays me to pieces. Want to say more but I’m already occupying so much comment space, lol!

  52. Angelica, Loved the movie Hugo!! Thanks for the excerpts, especially the Broken Analogy. I saw the Movie in 3D and loved the message of the movie. Now I want to see it again:))

  53. Bebereader said

    Angelica#49,
    I’m sold! If both you and David reccommend the movie “Hugo” then I’m deternined to get my hands on a copy. Thanks!

    Ascphil#51,
    Love your analysis of the songs on BEGIN! I agree with so much of what you said, especially about “Broken”.

    “This song which David brought majestically to powerful life thru music and his singing is the most moving recorded song he has done by far. Ahhh, the song slays me to pieces.”

    I can only imaging David singing “Broken” LIVE for us!

    And I just like this!


    credit aldrienjon

  54. emmegirl14 said

    Thanks bebe for that video – like it too!

    Ascphil, really enjoyed your BEGIN. analysis.

    His fans always come through for him, SU2C has met it’s goal and is still going! :)

  55. kaycee said

    Emmegirl, what you said (35)j…just perfect.

  56. MT said

    Thanks for the video, Bebe. It’s just what I needed. :)

  57. 53.Bebe,I just like that, too!! but its too short.haha
    and Dja. the one with Libby Linton♥ sounds like she ‘hears’ David.I’m so glad to know the emotion in his voice reached out to her, and that she understood that this album and what he had to say was of great importance to him, and all who will listen..

    love Emmegirls Quote♥

    Asphil, great analysis of BEGIN! I’m with Bebe.
    “Broken. If there is one word I can think of to describe this song, this mastery in telling a story in more than just words, in the music and arrangement which has brought me to a whole new level of experiencing real angst, it is soul-searing.”
    soul searing….I like that.

    Everyones comments here are so great!

    Angelica, I want to see Hugo now. :))

    Angel,Jan, MT, Joymus,LOL! so far so good with my cd.
    Angel, you were cracking me up about taking that thing apart. hahaha good job!

  58. bebereader said

    This one is new, as of yesterday.
    Warning: Get out your kleenex.

    We Will Be Here David Archuleta

    Note: Look for our own djafan’s pic at 1:45, approximately.

    credit aldrienjon

  59. tawna21 said

    Bebe #58
    Thanks for the vid….very tender {hugs }

  60. jans11 said

    #57..Sky so glad your album is ok! We don’t need anymore breakdowns around here! lol

    #58..omg I just want to hug him…right…now!!!!

    At work today a lady was sitting and listening to David’s Rexburg concert and said that I’ve got her hooked on David! That he is so easy to listen to!♥ Another person “gets” him!
    I was thinking of what an enigma that David is. He is such a private person, but yet shares himself like no other. He is my beam of light, and like the verse I learned in Sunday school, “this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine”! And shine, he does!♥

  61. Jans…this is for you. I remember it well myself. Something familiar about the candle…

    SB

  62. djafan said

    Jan and SB,

    My mother in law used to sing this to the grandkids all the time. I hadn’t heard it in a while. Love the candle. We’re letting it shine shine shine.

    Bebe, hahaha what are the odds? lol

    A review…I take them with a grain of salt or sometimes may lash out haha.

    Some don’t like Pride this one does. It comes down to individual taste. Broken a solid contribution…really love that.

    “Naturally he’s confident and convincing on “Broken,” his solid original contribution to the collection, but Archuleta is almost shockingly effective on his rendition of U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love),” which is glossier than the band’s version, but a suitable blend of earnestness and humility.”

    Here’s the rest.

    http://www.knoxville.com/news/2012/aug/21/knoxville-music-david-archuleta-begin-review/?partner=RSS&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Itunes hanging in there.
    New and Noteworthy
    907. Overall albums
    130. Pop

    Walmart doing great!
    #2 Top selling new releases
    #4 Best selling albums
    #2 Top rated albums

    Amazon pretty good.
    Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
    #7 in Music > Pop > Adult Contemporary > General AAS
    #16 in Music > Pop > Vocal Pop > General
    #16 in Music > Broadway & Vocalists

  63. jans11 said

    #61…Sandybeaches…oh my gosh! That is perfect!♥ Love it so much that it gave me goosebumps! I’m going to be late for work, but it’s worth it! “Familiar about the candle” is perfect!..Love it!

  64. betsy said

    Fyi, Deseret tweeted that the new music video is finished and will be released soon. :)

  65. MUNK_MA said

    Angelica! Love this article! Full of insight! Thank you!

  66. djafan said

    Thanks for the heads up Betsy!!!!!

    Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook
    Hey @DavidArchie fans, the video is done….look for it very soon! #BEGIN #music

  67. bebereader said

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    http://www.livestream.com/saragirl

  68. betsy said

    I love NA chat! Too bad I’ll have to miss it, I am working overnight beginning at 10 pm.. :( But I’ll be thinking about you guys.

    “I won’t allow it this time. No, Anya” ♥

  69. emmegirl14 said

    #67 – would ya look at him!

  70. dakgal said

    Angelica–you little stinker–you did it again. Read your article earlier and all the responses–Once again I am at a loss for words!! I guess David and I are kind of alike in that way. I can’t always express myself in words ( as so many here can)–and I sure can’t sing–so I guess I’m stuck.

    But I can say your article is wonderful and you are a beautiful writer!!

    I love it here.;)

    ♪♪ ♥ These are words I want to say, every hour of every day– to say how good it feels to be here with you ( all) today ♪♪♥

    Yesterday , I watched as two neatly dressed young men walked past my house–white shirts and tie– wearing backpacks,
    and to my complete surprise–I immediately burst into tears. I think partly because they reminded me of David–but mostly ( in my minds eye, I guess ) they just looked so alone. :( It struck me that , they too are away from the familiar—family and friends. Good thing they didn’t stop at my house–I couldn’t have talked to them, without more tears.

  71. Oh wow Betsy, graveyard shift! awww,we shall miss you♥
    67. Emme, haha I love the handstand that we had thought might be a kiss that wasn’t. lol Reminds me of the not really a David concert. oh well, no kiss, but how can you top a handstand? no one ever did a handstand for me ever my whole life to profess their love Josh loves Anya♥

  72. bebereader said

    Nandito Ako chat!

    NOW!

    http://www.livestream.com/saragirl

  73. MT said

    70. Awww Dak. What a sweet sentiment. ♥ It brought tears to my eye just reading your comment. I hope our dear sweet David is not too lonely.

  74. ascphil said

    Bebe & Sky, thanks for the complimentary responses. I really, really love Broken, even if it makes me break down in tears EVERY time I listen to it. I wonder if Invisible Children Inc. knows about it and has any plans of using the song. It will be an amazingly effective medium for spreading the message of their cause. Those who have written brief critiques and just glossed over it might not even understand what it is all about, unlike us ‘enlightened’ and ‘knowing’ followers of David.

    Emme, thank you, too. I also love what you wrote which is posted on the upper left side bar. I don’t know why some of these so-called music reviewers write that they don’t hear enough soul in David’s singing. Why do we hear and feel LOADS of it and they don’t? Baffles me no end.

    Dak, I believe you CAN express yourself in words. I, too was touched by your reaction to the two young men. It reminded me of the time my hubby and I drove by the iconic LDS temple in a very nice village in the metropolis one morning more than two weeks ago. I noticed that there was ongoing construction of a sprawling compound of low-rise buildings across the road from it which was also situated beside a quaint village retail row of mid to high-end shops. Wondering what it was, I searched for a signboard, then realized it was the Philippine Mission Training Center of the LDS. Oh my gosh, Naturally, I thought about David and all the other missionaries, of how their church really takes good care of their volunteers. It was a very comforting thought, but all the same it couldn’t prevent me from missing him so much that I was trying so hard to suppress my tears. Never before in my professional life (of working on buildings) has seeing a construction site made me teary-eyed. (Did I say that right?)

  75. Angelica said

    @DavidArchie:

    Today might be a good day to release a music video off the BEGIN. album! What do you guys think? (ks)

  76. djafan said

    David still in there!!!

    Idol Album Sales via Idol Chatter

    Carrie Underwood, Blown Away (18,000, +15%, 707,000) (#17 Billboard 200)
    Kelly Clarkson, Stronger (10,000, +81%, 900,000) (#35 BB200)
    Phillip Phillips, American Idol (5,000, -26%, 67,000) (#89 BB200)
    David Archuleta, Begin (4,000, -68%, 14,000) (#138 BB200)
    Scotty McCreery, Clear as Day (3,000, +42%, 1.103 million) (#141 BB200)
    Mandisa, What If We Were Real (2,000, -24%, 202,000)
    Hollie Cavanagh, American Idol (less than 1,000, -11%, 11,000)
    Mandisa, Remixed: Get Movin’ (less than 1,000, debut, less than 1,000)
    Casey Abrams, Casey Abrams (less than 1,000, -15%, 12,000)

  77. djafan said

    Dak!!! Awww I know what you mean. I like at all those young men differently because of David. I’ve always admired anyone who makes those types of sacrifices to serve but now my heart goes out to them, I want to offer them food, water, a chair to rest, an extra pair of shoes lol.

    A video today? Yes please.

  78. Dayzee said

    Dakgal, living in SLC I see missionaries almost daily. It used to make me smile to see these earnest young men wearing ties and nameplates, but now I find I have to restrain myself from running over and giving them hugs and cookies.

  79. tawna21 said

    Dak, DJA, Dayzee!! {{hugs}} missionaries ftw!! (regardless of the religion they belong to) :)

  80. djafan said

    Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook
    We just got a new poster on the wall here at corporate of @Davidarchie what do you think? http://instagr.am/p/Oo3j-mCNgx/

    Photobucket

    It’s coming!!!

    Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook
    Be on the look out for the David Archuleta @DavidArchie new music video within the hour. #excited #music #BEGIN

    Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook
    Re-synchronize your watches & look for the new @DavidArchie music video between 7-8 pm EST #apologies #forgiveness #begging

    Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook
    Can’t confirm nor deny! LOL RT @nellie1983: @DeseretBook @DavidArchie So that means we shoud expect it at 7:59 right? LOL

  81. mspoohbear said

    #58 – Bebe, I love the video. You’re right, we need kleenex. I couldn’t stop crying as I watched it last night. My son saw me and thought I was crying about his grades so he tried to console me and gave me a big hug. LOL!

    #70 – Dak, nowadays I feel totally different seeing missionaries at work. Not that I didn’t respect them before as I have always shown respect to anyone who tries to spread the word of the Lord no matter what religion they are associated with, but I didn’t really see the magnitude of the sacrifices they do, not until David left for his mission. I have a lot, lot more respect for all of them now. I could only imagine David coming to my door and giving him a big, tight hug.

    #75 – Angelica – YES! I can’t wait to see the music video.

  82. djafan said

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  83. mspoohbear said

    Djafan, I can’t see videos here at work as they are being blocked by our IT Dept. I can’t tell by the caption above (I don’t think anybody can, LOL!) if what you just posted above is the new music video of David that Deseret Book was talking about earlier. Oooohhhh, ooooohhh… please tell me it is…..LOL!

  84. djafan said

    It is!!!!! In tears of I don’t know what.

  85. jans11 said

    You done it again, Mr. David James Archuleta!!!!!!!!!!!!!!♥♥♥♥♥♥

  86. SandyBeaches said

    I would love to see David, David and then more of David in the video!!! It was barely enough!

    Hopefully any more will be more of watching him sing!

    I suppose non ODD fans needed a story!

    SB

  87. mspoohbear said

    Djafan, thank God for the iPhone I was able to watch the music video. I couldn’t wait ’til I get home which probably be sometime before midnight. Just like you, it made me cry and I don’t know why………. :-((

  88. betsy said

    I loved the video. <33333333333333333333333
    The artist creating. Perfection.
    His face <333333333333333333
    "DON'T THROW YOUR HAAAAAND"

  89. djafan said

    SB, lol We just can’t get enough of him.

    Mspoohbear, Iphone’s sure come in handy. At work stopped watching to stop tears. More when I get home.

    Betsy, I know I know I know!!!!!

  90. stenocruiser said

    So beautifully done — feeling so many emotions now — David’s amazing voice and the story-telling. Praying that David is still well and happy with what he has chosen to do with his life for the next while. Take care David and thank you for all you have left for us to enjoy in your absence.

  91. bebereader said

    New article ——–>>>>>>

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