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Of David Archuleta, Brands, and Five Amazing “Piano Guys”

Posted by bluesky4home on Sunday, December 30, 2012

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When I see something wonderful that talented people are doing, I always get excited and I wonder, “How is this going to fit into what DA will need, or be doing, or have available, etc. when he comes home?”

Why? Because: I believe.

I believe that things that bless others will also bless him. I believe that because there are so many changes happening within the music industry and how “brands” are created, produced and marketed, that a new paradigm is emerging that will bless his life as well as the lives of others. I believe DA is young, savvy, focused and inspired. I do not say that it will all be roses, smooth sailing, or that everything will magically fall into place, but I do believe absolutely that new horizons of opportunity will be available to him. And when he is blessed, so are we.

My case in point for today: ThePianoGuys.

I had been hearing about Jon Schmidt, a creative composer/pianist, for a long time and have gone to two of his concerts. He is well known in our area and offers concerts each year. When I first saw him on You Tube, I saw this title above the vid: ThePianoGuys. I thought that was a little strange, since he was the only person in the videos. Later, I saw several vids where he was performing duets with Steven Sharp Nelson, a wonderful cellist. I loved the music but was still a bit confused by the title. Being that I am a bit slow, it was not until this last summer when I attended a concert close to home that I caught the full vision of what they, ThePianoGuys were all about.

From their Official Channel:

Five guys from different walks of life with different skill sets, from different places — each had built their own careers: a piano store owner/videographer (Paul Anderson), a music producer (Al van der Beek), a videographer/editor (Tel Stewart), a pianist (Jon Schmidt), and a cellist (Steven Sharp Nelson). But all with the same ambition: to inspire the world with the talents given them. Each met through seemingly-happenstance, but divinely-influenced circumstances. Combined, they had the tools, the passion, and the drive necessary to independently build one of the most successful music video production companies in the world. They are famous for taking their instruments (especially grand pianos) and video equipment to unbelievable places. But above all, ThePianoGuys love what they do — and it shows. At the end of the day, they are ordinary guys that love their families and that thank God for the opportunity they have to do what they love.

It was then that I finally realized that ThePianoGuys was a collaborative effort: when you go to their website, the three that seldom appear as performers on video are given top billing and space. All are equal to the importance of the creation of their “brand”. What is most exciting to me is that their very successful brand was chosen, produced and offered to the public on their own terms, not those of someone else. No record company told them what they could or could not be. No marketing body handed them a pre-fabricated identity, relegating them by color, size, or sound to fit neatly into one of the few molded shapes allowed in a modern music cafeteria tray. They became famous through YouTube, posting their first video in March of 2010.  Two years and 39 videos later, many produced a week apart, they now have a total of 205,419,123 views and 1,178,305 subscribers to their channel.

In December 2011, they released their first album and their second album, released in 2012 reached number one on the Billboard New Age Albums chart.

So… without further ado, here is an example of what can be accomplished when people follow their passion and remain true to themselves.

One of my favs, sure to make you smile:

One of my passions, sure to inspire:

One of their newest, sure to make you believe in dreams:

The other day I caught this comment on YouTube under one of their videos:

“wow that was awesome ps you guys should make a David Archuleta song”

Now, from time to time they do record their arrangements/videos with a singer. And I have a pretty good idea who I think would sound best. You might want to save some time on your calendar for a certain returned missionary in 2014 Piano Guys. Can you say “Broken”?

Post script: “The Piano Guys” last concert in SLC was produced and recorded for PBS and they just recently got signed by a label: Sony Masterworks. On first hearing this I worried. But then I saw the company they were in…

Placido Domingo, Jascha Heifetz, Vittorio Grigolo, Wynton Marsallis, Yo-Yo Ma, etc. …and I guess I am willing to believe that it is a “good place”.

Conclusion: Talented people are leading fulfilling lives sharing their passion and abilities on their own terms. Can David Archuleta be successful doing this? Things beyond our knowing are aligning for him and others like him.

Without question: Yes. I believe.

The following is a synopsis from PR Newswire introducing all Five Guys in a rare performance together on video:

Ironically, The Piano Guys, who got their name from a piano store in St. George, Utah, are a quintet featuring only two musicians – only one being a pianist. Store owner Paul Anderson devised a Facebook promotional page and a YouTube channel featuring well-established, self-described “New Age Classical” pianist Jon Schmidt , who teamed up musically with Steven Sharp Nelson , an innovative cellist. Together, Schmidt and Nelson form the musical core of The Piano Guys, with Anderson – who has since closed the store – joining forces with genius co-videographer Tel Stewart in creating The Piano Guys’ videos. Al van der Beek , the fifth “Guy,” heads up the group’s studio operations, and also assists in co-writing and arranging, as well as percussion and vocal texturing. As seen in their One Direction video, in performance, all five of The Piano Guys frequently appear together.

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Happy Birthday Elder Archuleta!

Posted by Angelica on Friday, December 28, 2012

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If only there were two of you
One to do what you have to do
The other to stay behind for fans
Your  family and all the clan
But that’s too selfish to consider
We’ll  have to be content with twitter
And with the fact that there can be
Only one @DavidArchie.

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We want a worldwide birthday celebration for our special young man The tweet is : Happy Birthday David Archuleta , include @davidarchie in your tweets to reach all his followers.
 
 
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Christmas, Chilean Style ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Thursday, December 27, 2012

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There was something missing from Christmas this year. Or should I say, someone. David has been a part of the Christmas holiday for the last four years, beginning with the Jingle Ball concerts, then at the Christmas From The Heart Tour, next MoTab and last year, at the My Kind of Christmas Tour. There was no concert to go to this year, no videos on you tube to wait up for and no concert recaps to anticipate. I have no choice but to make do with the treasures he left us in the way of his Christmas cds and videos on youtube.

This year, Elder Archuleta spent Christmas in Chile. I hope he had a Merry Christmas, spent in a loving home, with delicious food and with friends by his side. But I can’t help wonder what Christmas is like, Chilean style. Do the Chileans celebrate the same way we do? If not, how different is Christmas in Chile from Christmas back home in the USA?

Weather
Unlike in North America and Europe where Christmas is celebrated in the winter, the 25th of December comes in the middle of summer in Chile because it is in the Southern hemisphere. Chileans could be found lazing by a rooftop pool under the sun rather than sipping eggnog by the fireplace or baking cookies to keep their kitchens warm like we do here.

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Like we do, Chilean families get their homes ready for this holiday by decorating. They put up Christmas trees, decorations and balloons. The decorative themes seem more religious based with Nativity scenes being a common feature. No matter what their social class, Chileans celebrate Christmas by making pesebres (Nativity scenes) weeks before Christmas. The traditional Chilean Christmas tree is decorated with baby Jesus, Joseph, Mary, the shepherds and animals with the three wise men. Chileans display their pesebre in their front yard to welcome visitors and in an entire room of their home if space provides.Gifts are placed under the Christmas tree and exchanged and opened at midnight on Christmas Eve.

Church Services
With 70% of the population Catholic, Christmas is the most religious holiday of the year in Chile. The celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ is at the focal point with church services held every day during the length of the season. Many Chileans stay up late to sing traditional Christmas carols and to read the accounts of the birth of the baby Jesus from the Bible. The nine-day novena that starts the actual holiday is held with great importance. The main gathering point for families on La Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) is midnight mass “Misa del Gallo”).

Family Dinner
Following midnight mass is a big family dinner held on Christmas Eve instead of our Christmas Day, with children, paPan de Pascuarents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins gathered together to celebrate. In Chile, the custom is that three generations live under one roof and homes are handed down to children by their parents. Turkey, beef and other meats are served, with traditional Chilean foods and potatoes, rice and vegetables. Pudding is a Christmas dessert favorite in Chile as is a fruitcake called “Pan de Pascua“, the Chilean Christmas cake. Chile is known for it’s red wine which is used to toast the season along with a traditional drink called “Cola de Mano” or “Monkey’s Tail”, similar to our eggnog, and made with a liquor called aguardiente, coffee, milk, sugar, cinnamon and egg yolks. 

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The holiday is especially dedicated to children who open their presents at the strike of midnight or close to it. In Chile, Santa Claus is known as “Viejito Pascuero“, or ‘Old Man Christmas”.  The kids call him “Papa Noel” and he travels by sleigh with reindeer to deliver toys to children. Since fireplaces are rare in Chile, Papa Noel must climb through windows to make his deliveries. An interesting Nochebuena custom is to allow kids to stay  up or be woken up at midnight, then to take them out for a walk to see if they can spot Papa Noel and his reindeer, delivering presents.

Christmas Day
In Chile, Christmas Day is more relaxed than in North America or Europe. Families engage in outdoor sports activities like surfing, flying kites and rock climbing. Others go as spectators. It’s a time to enjoy the holiday, visit friends and family, enjoy gifts, play with new toys, or head to the pool or beach to cool off and enjoy nature.

So basically, the Chileans celebrate Christmas in many ways like North Americans. They have the same idea of a Santa who drives a sleigh with reindeer and delivers toys to children. Catholics go to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. They decorate their trees, hang stockings, spend time with family and have big feasts. The entire holiday season ends as it begins, by paying homage, with prayer to their Lord Jesus Christ, who is central to the Chileans’ way of  life.

Elder Archuleta singing Noche Divina (Oh Holy Night) in Chile

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The Journey of the Magi and Me

Posted by Angelica on Monday, December 24, 2012

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Watercolour by Sir Edward Burne-Jones called The Star of Bethlehem, painted in 1890.

I dream of places mostly. Waking or sleeping, journeys have always intrigued me. This fascination has impelled me to visit or reside in many parts of the United States as well as Canada, and to travel to over a dozen countries throughout Europe, Egypt, and Greece. Imagine my joy on discovering that one of the symptoms of ODD was an overwhelming urge to travel!

Life is made up of many kinds of journeys, not all physical. Right now, David is on a journey that he can not take us on. Except for a few glimpses into public performances, his life and work at this time are his to experience alone. More than merely a physical passage, it is a spiritual odyssey, a sacred pilgrimage. Such strivings will not always be easy. There will be times of loneliness and discouragement, but mostly, there will be great joy and a growth that can come, as he wisely stated, “in no other way.”

At this time of the rolling year when we celebrate the Savior’s birth, on a site devoted to one now called by Him to be a witness for Him to the world, I make no apologies in speaking of my own conversion. I speak only of my conversion to Christ, not my subsequent belief in and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. I make that distinction at the outset, as this is something not confined to only LDS but to Christians in general.

I was raised in a Protestant orphanage and attended church every Sunday. I was a very devout child, even by the standards of the day and in the bible belt. For reasons beyond my control, I was taken from that environment and left to fend for myself religiously, a task I failed supremely at, being only twelve at the time. What followed was a falling away and eventual rebellion at even the notion of God. I became a woman of the world, (see my first paragraph) and what’s more, without God in that world. If He was real, why did He let so many bad things happen? Why did He forsake me? In fact, it was I who forsook Him and at the age of thirty, long story short, it came to me in the light of a blazing epiphany that He was real. Jesus Christ was the actual Savior of the world, who lived and atoned for my sins and was still my BFF. Through all the years I had abandoned Him, He had never left my side or stopped loving me. Did I receive this revelation with unalloyed joy? I did not. For a brief moment, I was petrified, and then of course, my heart broke into a million pieces. My husband had left me, I was totally alone, and now came the realization that my whole world view, everything I had based my life on for so long was a lie. The point I am laboring to make is expressed so much more beautifully in the richly symbolic poem by T.S. Eliot, “Journey of the Magi.” What follows in video is a masterful performance of the poem. It is a tale of sorrow, that with the birth of Christ, everything the Magi had once held as truth: paganism, magic and astrology, is no more.

T. S. Eliot’s “Journey of the Magi” was first published in 1927, the same year that Eliot was received by baptism into the Anglican Church. Critics agree that Eliot’s “Journey of the Magi” is about his own personal and spiritual conversion experience.

‘A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.’
And the camels galled, sorefooted, refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.
There were times we regretted
The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
And the silken girls bringing sherbet.
Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
and running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,
And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly
And the villages dirty and charging high prices:
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, saying
That this was all folly.

Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,
Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation;
With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness,
And three trees on the low sky,
And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.
Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,
Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,
And feet kicking the empty wine-skins.
But there was no information, and so we continued
And arriving at evening, not a moment too soon
Finding the place; it was (you might say) satisfactory.

All this was a long time ago, I remember,
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.



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May we remember Christ this Christmas and all the year through.  Click on image below and God bless you!

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Ray’s Story ~ David Archuleta – A Ray of Hope

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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Photo credit Chris Hatcher

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Not good at this but here goes. My history is that I am married 50 years with the same women with two children, a girl and a boy. In my teens my family owned a hotel in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. I was the bartender. We catered to the Hollywood celebs such as Dean, Frank,Van Johnson, etc. I  found out they are just people like everyone else, got drunk and fell down and threw up like normal people would do. Therefore I never had a need to follow any of them. Could not have cared less.

Fast forward to January 2008. I was diagnosed with cancer, the very aggressive type. I was given a choice of surgery or radiation. I decided to take the radiation treatment. I was sitting at home feeling sorry for myself. I was flicking through the channels, when I see this funny looking kid singing “Waiting On The World To Change”. (There I said it, funny looking LOL). This got my attention! What is this? Next he was singing “Heaven” OOOOHHH! What a voice! Then comes this real young-looking kid who is talking and said, What a feelin’!” Now I am thinking, who is this? I see him the next week when he comes out singing “Shop Around”. He looks into the camera with those eyes and I get this strange feeling in my stomach. I hear a voice say, “Follow me!”

WHAT!!!!

I rewind the show to see if that was what I really heard (can do that with my DVR). No, it wasn’t there. Watched the rest of the show, then I did go vote once. I couldn’t get him out of my head. The next morning I got up early to go get treatment. Amazingly, this kid and his songs were still in my head. It was a good distraction that made the embarrassing treatment go by very fast. WOW! I couldn’t wait for that night to see more. He brought tears to my eyes singing Imagine. The 30 days of treatment went by really fast. Each week, I was waiting to see what was next for this kid. I found iTunes and downloaded his songs to play on the way to treatment and back. Honestly, I wore out two phone’s redial buttons voting for him. The  rest is history. Why did this young man affect me in such a way? I am not gay. I felt like I loved him like a grandson. I do not have a grandson. He has brought me back to God and to music with a new meaning. Why? Because I feel I was chosen to support him. I really can’t explain it.

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Exchanging Gifts ~ David Archuleta

Posted by MT on Friday, December 14, 2012

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With the holidays upon us, we are reminded that the Christmas season is about caring, and sharing, and thinking of others. It’s about spending time with family and renewing ties with friends we haven’t seen in a while. And it’s about giving.

Giving comes in many forms. Some gifts come wrapped in pretty paper all tied up with ribbons. Some are gifts from the heart that we share. Some heartfelt gifts are planned; like when we bring gifts to children’s hospitals, drop a toy into the Toys-For-Tots box, bring canned goods for a food drive, or blankets and coats to shelters for the homeless. But sometimes we give gifts from the heart that we don’t even know we gave, gifts that money can’t buy.

While watching a video of David performing My Hands in Lancaster, PA during his first tour, I couldn’t help noticing David’s reaction to the audience singing “hold on” along with him. The small, sweet smile that crosses his face at the 1:02 mark says it all.

In the video below, watch :48-1:03 where David notices the fans singing “hold on”, and then at 1:55 where he lets them sing that part alone, and again at 2:05 where he figures out that if he encourages them and holds the mic towards the audience, he gets a “sing-along right there.” Solo shows were still new to David at that time. He still clung tightly to the mic when singing. But you could see things start to transform in his mind as he realized what was happening.

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Somewhere in the middle of this tour, I think it finally hit David that the audience was comprised of fans. Not just any fans, HIS fans. I think it was quite a revelation when he realized that these people weren’t just fans of American Idol, they were fans of David Archuleta. Their show of support encouraged him to let go, to connect with them and start letting go of his fears.

It must be a strange feeling for such a young man to realize that he actually has his own fans. And although he didn’t know it, that was just the beginning. I think it took him quite a while to realize just what kind of fans he really had, that these weren’t just ordinary fans. They would prove to be quite a different breed of fan than that of the average artist. Over time, a unique bond formed between David and his fans. Because he began so young, he was still learning. He was new to performing in front of large crowds and it must have been terrifying. But David’s fans gave him the freedom to learn, to try new things, even to make mistakes, while loving anything and everything he did.

They gave him the gift of patience and loyalty while he learned what it was all about. They watched and waited as his performance skills and his confidence grew. They understood his shyness and his sometimes-awkward speeches in the beginning, even cherished those things and received them with a smile.

It was a gift given at a time when he needed it most. Maybe that’s why David is continually telling us how grateful he is for the journey we have helped him to take. He’s even said that it’s the fans that have taken him on this journey. In a way, that’s true. David began his journey solo, but the fans helped him to continue that journey.

That was our gift to David. And while he’s temporarily away from the music scene, his fans are still giving. Time is freely and happily given to keep up with David news, to write about him, to comment on articles about him, to tweet about him, to promote and buy his music, or to vote for him. His fans work hard to remind others that there is an incredibly talented young man out there that will be back in 2014.

But it isn’t like we’re giving and not receiving. It’s been an exchange of gifts.

While we were giving, we were also receiving from this kind and gentle and amazingly talented young man who sings like an angel and has shared his gifts with us. We have been blessed by his voice as he sings songs that make us smile and cry and dance and sing. He has given us years of joy and happiness by sharing his music and his heart with us.

In return for our gift of patience, we have received so much. Our lives have been enriched by David and by the friends we have made through him.

So in the spirit of Christmas, I’d like to acknowledge the gifts given to and from David and his fans.

Wishing you all …

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Gladys Goes to 2nd Christmas Devotional ~ David Archuleta

Posted by gladys1961 on Sunday, December 9, 2012

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Translation and editing by Djafan and Bebereader

Mr. and Mrs. McKinley welcomed me. She asked me many questions and both of them kissed me and introduced me not as a member but as a friend from Argentina. Mrs. McKinley knew that I had two nieces; she read The Voice and my own blog.

The first two rows were Reserved seating and Mr. McKinley removed a Reserved sign and seated me in the second row about a meter from the pulpit. Elder Archuleta would eventually sit on the same side of the pulpit so I had a perfect view. They chatted with me and introduced me to all the Elders; it seemed like they had been waiting for me. When Elder Archuleta arrived, Mrs. McKinley spoke with him for some time before he began to sing. He turned and saw me and he smiled. I smiled back.

He sang the same songs as the last Christmas devotional but this time I saw him up close. It was like a recital when you repeat the performance but he was more confident this time, especially in the Spanish and Italian songs.

When he sang the first song, “Los Pastores A Belen”, I was the only one singing along. We sang together for a few seconds! I was able to hear the Italian song perfectly. It was powerful because everyone was in complete silence. When he finished Los Pastores the audience applauded and he put his finger to his lips and made the “shhhh” sign with a smile. During the rest of the songs the audience would start to applaud and he would repeat the gesture, finger to his lips.

I also chatted with Sister Viviana, who will be in charge soon. She received her chocolates and told me that last Saturday she rode back in the same car as Elder Archuleta and that he told her about me and the chocolates and gave her some. She said that he is personable and nice and very humble. I showed her what I bought for him and she laughed and said “He is a kid at heart; he’s going to like it.”

I bought him a giant egg, with lots of eggs inside with building pieces. The giant egg had feet and a duck’s head, cute. I glued the messages to the feet and I wrote something on the back:

Elder Archuleta, I know you have contact with a singer from Utah whose name starts with a D. Please tell him that he won’t need to start at zero. Just begin where he left off. I give thanks for the jewels he left us and for those that are to come. I speak for everyone from around the world. May God Bless you and continue protecting you.

When I gave it to him I asked if he liked his previous gift and he said “Of course” and he recognized me.

“Have you eaten it all?”

He laughed a lot and said, “Yes.”

“Well here is something else but as before don’t eat it all at once.” (I showed him the top part so he couldn’t see the messages.)

He said, “Again? Thank you.” And when he saw the egg, he laughed heartily. It’s the most glorious laugh I’ve ever heard.

Since I was sitting among some Elders and had candies to snack on, I handed some out while Elder Archuleta sang. I gave the sweets to the Argentinean Elder Des and he asked if he could give some to the others too. So we all snacked on sweets together. Before I left I shook Elder Des’ hand and told him, “See you in Rancagua on Sunday.” He said, “We’ll be waiting!!!”

I ran into President MacArthur and he gave me a hug and kiss. I’d never spoken to him before and he said, “Ahhh, you are the one from Argentina.”

Me:    “Yes, President.”

Him:  “You know something, I always tell Archuleta that he has the possibilities of success. haha.”

The one who was in charge of that district, the Buin Chile district, was inviting people to see pictures and the shepherds/nativity in the next room. Before the show started, an Elder from Ecuador took me to see the exhibit and they gave me a copy of The Book of Mormon.

When I was leaving I saw Elder Archuleta again, from afar. He had a line of people waiting to greet him. They weren’t fans; they were families that just wanted to congratulate him and shake his hand. I watched as he smiled and spoke with everyone but I left. I didn’t want to abuse my luck. They gave him gifts. A man gave him cookies and snacks in a bag. Mostly they gave him food and he just laughed. I think they may have started this when they saw that I brought him a gift the last time.

Mr. and Mrs. McKinley kissed me and told me they’ll be waiting for me as did Sister Viviana. She said that on the 9th in Rancagua, it’s going to be beautiful and to make sure I get there early.

I felt on leaving that I had accomplished a mission of my own, with the message I gave to Elder Archuleta.

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David Archuleta ~ The Voice

Posted by Angelica on Friday, December 7, 2012

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David Archuleta ~ Gladys From Argentina Goes To Christmas Devotional

Posted by gladys1961 on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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With special thanks to Bebereader for editing and Djafan for translating the original chatlog.  A more detailed recap by Gladys will be published in both English and Spanish.

The chapel was far. It took me 3 hours to get there and I had to walk 8 more blocks. I arrived at 8:20pm and introduced myself to Mr.  McKinley. I spoke with him and Sister V until the show began. The first thing Mr. McKinley said was, “I read your blog on The Voice.” He said he liked it and that it entertained him. Sister V said she was the one who found it. They received it in an email but she approved it and said not to worry, to continue doing what I’m doing, that they all have read it, well those that could.

I sat in the fourth row like always. Mr. McKinley sat us towards the right. David sang with a choir. He sang five songs, all in Spanish except one song he sang in Italian, “The Prayer,” a duet with a girl from North America. He also sang “Los Pastores A Belen.” When he began singing this, he saw that I was singing with him and he smiled. There were some girls who turned to see who he was smiling at and it was meeee! The other songs he sang were “Mary Did You Know,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Oh Holy Night.”

The devotional was an hour and a half.  David wore a dark blue suit, a white shirt and tie. His voice is more glorious than ever before. It was deeper and he had no problem hitting the high notes.

I got a chance to speak to David this time. Unlike the last time, he stayed when the show was over and greeted everyone. Everyone was surrounding him. He was standing in the middle of all the Elders, like a star. Gisselle asked her Elder friend from Argentina to tell him that we had something for him. They spoke to him in his ear and he turned around and came towards Gisselle.  I shook his hand and gave him the gift. I said this is for you in English. Hahahaha. “You spoke in English.” He looked at me, and I did not understand why. LOL. I saw his eyes up close for the first time. There were no shadows under his eyes, his face was radiant. When he saw the very large box of chocolate, an Argentine Toblerone in the shape of a triangle, I told him I brought it from Argentina and that it had been on the plane for a long time and longer on the bus. The 40 cm Tolberone seemed small in his hands. I told him to please not eat it all at once and he laughed and said “No, no, no.” I told him to put it in the fridge before he eats it. I said, “Elder, I did not know you sang in Italian.” He laughed a lot. He said “I did not know either. Hahaha.” He said he had only practiced the day before.

I watched as he interacted with everyone with no problem, and he was not shy greeting anyone. This time they did not whisk him away. He thanked and greeted everyone.

I also gave Elder Coello a box of chocolates, Argentinean ones, small triangles, milk chocolate. When I said “Elder Coello, do not forget your box of alfajors,” he showed me his bag and said they’d be well taken care of.

So they know about me, The Voice blog, everything. They have invited me to the other devotionals and Sister V showed me the first two rows that had very young girls. She said “Those are not members, they are fans.” I told them everything from the beginning; I spoke the truth. They are expecting me for all the other devotionals.

I think today was the most special day. I heard his laugh right in front of me. Yes, he seems really happy. He was glowing and his eyes are beautiful, dark green. No signs of exhaustion. Just happiness. David and Chile. Chile loves David. They take very good care of him.

Jajaja I know, I’m crazy, but crazy with happiness and next week will be two more events. They said they’d be waiting for me. I did not want to leave because David was still standing there. Now I saw him up close, I can assure you that he has grown, and his shoulders are broader and his natural shyness has disappeared “totalmente.”  His Italian was fantastic. His voice sounded like smooth silk. He’s a natural, no accent.

Elders cannot read blogs. So David does not know me. But perhaps now he will remember me, for I gave him the biggest chocolate I could find.

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Here are the songs in Spanish sung at the devotional and “The Prayer” in English/Italian followed by David’s performance of “Los Pastores A Belen” from MOtab.

Santa La Noche (Oh Holy Night) Marcos Witt

El Nino Tambor (Little Drummer Boy) Raphael

Maria Sabias Que (Mary did you Know) Tercer Cielo

The Prayer – Celine Dion and Josh Groban

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The Consummate Performer ~ David Archuleta

Posted by emmegirl14 on Saturday, December 1, 2012

Photo credit Naree
 
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With all the vids I been watching lately, it again reinforced to me more than ever what a truly consummate performer he is. In the Rainbow vid he has been described as “dizzying” as a groovin’ mic-free David, then we have him flying across the stage dancing to a Zero Gravity, and then the choke-hold-on-the-mic D, giving us the stance and emoting like there is no tomorrow (My Hands/Providence, RI comes to mind), flashes of salsa, a few seconds of are-you-freaking-kidding-me moves during Soul Man, and then you have the Ave Maria’s and this:

Video credit 8throwcenter
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Hadn’t seen this particular one before (and I ♥ it) where he just stands there and sings, gloriously sings.

…and I love one as much as the other. I love it all, I want it all. And we can’t forget piano accompaniment and I suspect possibly guitar on his return as well as more dancing! Huh, what, who? I know I’ve said it before, but it needs repeating (so here I go) – who else can sing and perform with such diversity at such high artistry AND look like that doing it!

n.o.b.o.d.y.

*If anyone was ever born to perform, to be on a stage, it is him.*

(I know I’m preaching to the choir, but sometimes I just have to get it out.)

Thanks guys.

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