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This Sugar Crush Ain’t Going Away ~ David Archuleta ~ Vote!

Posted by Angelica on Thursday, February 28, 2013

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iPhone, therefore iAm.  Think about it.*  My iPhone has become such an integral part of my existence that the very thought of losing it sends me into a panic. Take the other day at work. I’m just sitting there, happily gabbing with my friend Sherry, when suddenly I realize my phone is not on my desk or in my pocket! Having just concluded a meeting with my boss, I rush down the 50 foot corridor to his office, burst inside and anxiously demand if he’s seen my phone. “It’s in your hand.”  “It’s not on my desk or in my pocket and….what?” “It’s in your hand.”  Removing the phone from my ear, I stare at it in shock and awe, as though a live grenade has suddenly appeared in my hand, and a second later, it explodes with shrieks of laughter. “I gotta go, Sherry.” Now it’s my boss’s turn. He collapses into his chair and slaps the desk, laughing like a baby tickled into hilarity or the way porky pig laughs at daffy duck. I waddle back down the hall to my office with him holding onto the door for support and gasping after me, “Thank you.  Thank you very, very much!”  Dethpicable.

Well, let them laugh. I can’t help it. I love my phone. I get my mail, access social media, the internet, listen to music :)  watch movies, read books, jot down notes, record where I parked my car, take pictures and videos, check the weather, look up addresses, get restaurant and movie reviews, read the news or the scriptures, and text my friends.  Sometimes I even use it to make calls.

And there are games.  Addictive games.  Be guided by me.  Do not download Candy Crush Saga.  I made it through 28 levels, loving the rush of the sugar crush more and more with each level completed.  To fail over and over and then to see those words quietly appear on the screen___Sugar Crush. Then to watch all the red, green, yellow, orange and purple candy explode and fall downward in a torrent of sugar crystals. What a rush! What a rush!  And I ALWAYS have to yell the words out loud whenever it happens. “Sugar Crush!!!” Like Honey Boo Boo Child, it makes me holla. Finally one day I arrived at level 29 and spent the next three weeks trying to achieve sugar crush. I accepted these repeated failures with my usual maturity and grace.   tumblr_mb97hr46Ql1rbqd7uo5_250

At last I succeeded and two days later, sugar crushed on levels 30, 31, 32 and 33 in just two hours! Not being a smoker, I savored the occasion instead with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.  And this.  What better way to celebrate a sugar crush than with a sugar rush? Feel free to copy and share. Divine! That’s another thing about this game that is so enticing. With even the slightest competent move, a man’s deep voice encourages you with, “Divine!” “Sweet!” “Tasty!” “Delicious!”  Abrra has lost her mind playing the game. She has given up all semblance of struggle and now self-indulgently plays level 7 over and over and over, just for the cheap thrill of a quick and easy sugar crush.  Sad.

Here, in a series of texts sent to me by my concert buddy and monthly Archulunch partner Biz, is documented proof of the addictive properties of the game. There are a million stories in the Candy Crush Saga. This, is just one of them.

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I know David wanted us to develop ourselves while he’s away working on the person he can’t wait to bring back to us. I had such big plans for these 2 years. I meant to go outside, honest. The only exercise I did for the DA2014 Fitness Club on twitter was to push the follow tab. I was going to learn Spanish. I downloaded several Spanish language apps but that’s as far as I got.

Now a whole year has passed and what have I achieved? Level 45 so far. I hope to achieve level 65 before he returns, which by all reports is virtually impossible.  Then I’ll work on scoring level G, rows 1-10 for that other crush I’m so obsessed with.

* With apologies to René Descartes:  “I think, therefore I am.”

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David Archuleta – No Matter How Far, The Tracklist

Posted by djafan on Saturday, February 23, 2013

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1. Nothing Else Better To Do

2. Everything And More

3. Don’t Run Away

4. Tell Me

5. Love Don’t Hate

6. Wait

7. Heart Falls Out

8. Notice Me

9. I’ll Never Go

10. Forevermore

AMAZON

Walmart

Best Buy

Barnes And Noble

NO MATTER HOW FAR-002

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Dear Elder Archuleta

Posted by ronaleem on Thursday, February 21, 2013

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I wrote a letter to Elder Archuleta!

When I made my first comment on The Voice on January 9, explaining—or maybe I should say, exclaiming—my discovery of David, both Abrra and Dayzee urged me to write him a letter.  That was a novel thought.  David was brand new to me, I knew nothing about him, and I had no idea what I could even say.  I had never written a fan letter in my life, unless you count my letter to the Mattel Toy Company back in the late 1950’s thanking them for my Shirley Temple doll.  So, I’m thinking, are they serious about me writing him a letter?

I mulled it over for quite a while, and then during one of many sleepless nights, I started it.  False start.  So I mulled it over some more and got back to it about a week later.  This time it flowed pretty well.  I told him I wanted to thank him for sharing his singing talent with the world and for serving a mission.   Then like a good English major, I stuck to my two main points and kept it one page long.  How can one page adequately thank someone for the profound effect they’ve had on your life?

Three days before Christmas, I had only the vaguest idea who David Archuleta was.  Two days before Christmas, I became acquainted with him as I watched his performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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I was blindsided!  The music was so compelling I couldn’t stop listening!  When I could finally tear myself away from this Christmas concert, I found the Christmas concert from Chile and I was even more enraptured.  A glorious voice had suddenly shown up in my life.  It pierced my heart and saturated my soul with music.  I was filled with light and I felt like fire was shooting from my fingertips!

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This glorious voice came from David, who was a most endearing young man in the first concert, and a humble missionary in the second.  In both concerts, he sang several songs celebrating the birth of Jesus.  What struck me forcefully was that he wasn’t just singing the words, but that he believed what he was singing.  His facial expressions, his emotion, his joy, and the power–and at the same time, the tenderness–of his voice, all revealed a devotion to God.  This is what drew me to him, because I had just had a spiritual reawakening after years of depression, sadness, and slogging through life at half-power.

So, in my letter, I told him how his singing had come at the end of a year of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing for me.  In one dramatic and very sweet moment, his singing had cleared my heart of the remaining bits and pieces of junk that were still in there.  My heart had been healed and was now able to absorb light, and to give and to receive love.  I believe anyone or anything could have finished healing my heart.  But it was David who did it, and for that I am very grateful.

I thanked him for sharing his talent.  Although David sings to the world, he also sings to the individual, which is the reason I have had this marvelous experience for myself.  I have puzzled over what it is exactly that he gives the world.   It took me awhile, but I have an explanation that works for me–love.  As I was being healed spiritually and my heart was being opened, I was able to feel God’s love all around me.  I believe this love is always there, but we have to be open to receiving it.  I think David is very open to God’s love, absorbs it, and reflects it back to anybody else who is receptive.  David’s music carries this love to the willing listener, with all sorts of favorable outcomes.  In the past two months, I’ve read several accounts which are similar to mine.  Burdens of sadness, despair, loss, any number of difficult circumstances, are all made tolerable or even healed by David’s music.

I also thanked him for serving a mission.  My own healing has been facilitated by the love, concern, and teaching of several missionaries over the past year.  As these young men have taught me, I have had to marvel at their maturity, their commitment, and the pure love they have for others.  Based on my experience with them, I am able to imagine what Elder Archuleta’s life as a missionary is like.  I am fascinated by this aspect of him, because missionaries have become very dear to my newly tender heart.  I am positive Elder Archuleta is having an experience in personal growth that could not come in any other way.  I didn’t tell him this, but I am in awe of the person he is now, and even more in awe of the person he is becoming.   He will still be David when he returns, but a more refined and a deeper David.  I can’t wait to hear the music that will come from him then!

I mailed my letter at the very beginning of February.  If it got to Florida on time, it’s probably lost in a package of valentines and well-wishes for his new album.  I have seriously wondered if he would even read my letter, but I’ve been assured that he does try to read everything he gets.  That makes me feel sort of weird.  Here I am listening to his music as I write this, and he might actually read my letter!  I’m talking about the same person who, as a teenager, came in second on American Idol; who, as a sweet-faced young man, sings “Forevermore;” and who, as a very handsome young man, models in the Bench photo shoot (there are no words!).  This person is famous and known by millions of people all over the world.  I can’t fathom that he would actually handle the letter I handled—it’s too surreal.  But the missionary currently serving in Chile, yes, I could see him handling my letter, reading it, and appreciating where I’m coming from.

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More Than Technique ~ David Archuleta

Posted by MT on Saturday, February 16, 2013

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We all know that David Archuleta is “The Voice.” That’s why we all became so enamored of this wonderful artist from the beginning. David is one of those rare individuals whose voice can reach out and touch your soul through song. I’m not sure why it happens or how he’s able to accomplish such a task.  I just know it happens, at least for me.

From his early days on Star Search to the present, there has never been any doubt about his abilities. We’ve all read one article after another about his technique and his natural ability to make a song his own.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s an original of his own creation, one that was written for him and sung by him, or a cover of another artist’s song.  Once David sings it no other will ever compare, at least not for us. It’s a never-ending riddle for me as to why that is.

Why does no other artist give a song the power that David seems to imbue within its lyrics and melody? I’ve often tried to describe where I feel it comes from and to this day have not found the right words. I’ve said that he has “an echo chamber in his chest.” How else could he give such fullness to his voice? I’ve said that “he has music in his DNA” and it just oozes from every pore. I’ve thought perhaps it’s because of the shape or size of his mouth that he’s able to pronounce and sing words so beautifully. Or perhaps it’s a result of the vocal paralysis and resultant recovery that his tone has such richness.  But none of these explain why his voice reaches me, touches me, in the way that it does.

There’s something far more than technique, no matter how perfect, that makes David’s voice so special.  In the video below, Climb Every Mountain from Salt Lake City on the MKOC Tour, David gives a performance that, when I am able to make my self pay attention to that aspect of the song, appears to be technically perfect. But what makes this performance so special is something more than that.

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While I’m quite sure he has practiced this song to make it as powerful as he can while performing it, there is no evidence that it is “rehearsed” during the performance. There is no spot that I feel is contrived to add power, no place that feels forced. It feels like it’s just being written as he’s singing it. It feels like his own words and his own feelings being released from his mind and heart at the very moment the lyrics are sung.

I have, years ago, dabbled in song writing. As you’ve all seen, I love writing poetry. Rhyme comes naturally to my mind somehow. I once wrote a poem that created its own melody in my head as I wrote and then read it. The result? A song. It took only minutes but was something so personal and powerful to me that when I sang it out loud only moments after writing it, it made me cry.

I tell you this because that’s how I feel when David sings a song like “Climb Every Mountain.” It feels like the song wasn’t written until that very moment and is something very personal and powerful to him. It feels like it’s being created from the very depths of his being and sung for the very first time, in the “here and now,” from the very first note until the last. Perhaps that’s the key.

David was gifted with the amazing ability to perform a song day after day, show after show, as if it’s the very first time, as if it’s an original written straight from his heart in that moment, as if he is speaking his thoughts through song. Once he begins, the technique, which is probably as close to perfect as one can get, is no longer noticed. It’s all about feelings. And what I feel as he begins to sing is his heart pouring out onto his audience on a beautiful wave of sound and genuine emotion.

He has the rare ability to connect very personally and powerfully to the music and lyrics of a song. The second part of that very rare gift is the ability to pass that on to his audience. The result is that, rather than just hearing it, the listener “experiences” the song in the exact same way David feels it. And he knows it.  No wonder he’s so very careful what he sings.

It may very well be why his wonderful heart is mentioned so often. It’s the tenderness, the sweetness, the innocence, and the love in his heart that comes through to us in his voice. Each time we listen, we are given one sweet moment of all that is beautiful in this world.

“Climb Every Mountain” is my example. Do you have a song you feel this way about?”

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Happy Valentine’s Day ~ David Archuleta

Posted by betsy on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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It’s here! It’s one of my favorite days of the year. What’s not to love about a holiday celebrating love? I’ve been told “Oh, no, you’re one of THOSE.” Yes I am. It’s the reason I chose to marry the love of my life on Valentine’s Day. Hearts, flowers, chocolates, poems, special weekends away – I am there for all of it.

Do you guys remember when David left us a singing Valentine message? This was 4 years ago, and it was the best thing.

Then 1 year ago. <3

Have a great Valentine’s Day, everyone.

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Wonderful Heartache ~ Jordan S. Hutchinson

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DAVID ARCHULETA NEW SINGLE ~ DON’T RUN AWAY

Posted by djafan on Thursday, February 7, 2013

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Kochrecords from eOne Music

(#1 Independent Record Label!!)

uploads the single “Don’t Run Away” from David Archuleta’s new album “No Matter How Far” on youtube!

It looks beautiful on their channel!

http://www.youtube.com/user/KOCHRECORDS?feature=watch

MAKE SURE TO

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Don’t Run Away lyrics

When something’s wrong
And too much to handle
Try to find some peace of mind
Let it go.
Wait a minute, you know this road
It’s gonna leave you on overload

Yeah…

‘Cause somebody cares, yeah

I can see you hurting (turn around)
I will be right there
Don’t run away (x3)
When I reach out to you, look around
I will be right here
Don’t run away (x3)
Tonight
Tonight

Hmm…

Don’t make a sound
I’ll be your voice
You don’t need to be afraid
Anymore
I’ll shine a light out in the dark
Guide you here no matter how far

Ooooohhh, yeah

‘Cause somebody cares, oh yeah

I can see you hurting, (turn around)
I will be right there
Don’t run away (x3)
When I reach out to you, look around
I will be right here
Don’t run away (x3)

Open up
Let it all out tonight, yeah
Open up
And everything will be alright

I can see you hurting, (turn around)
I will be right there
Don’t run away (x3)
When I reach out to you, look around
I will be right here
Don’t run away (x3)

(Layered vocals of these words)
Oh, away, away, away, away, away
Turn around
Don’t run away
Don’t run away
I’ll be right here
Ooohhhh

Tonight
Tonight

credit Abrra for lyrics

I have no idea what their strategy is but I’m loving what they’re doing so far.

David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie

Check out the new single “Don’t Run Away” from the upcoming album “No Matter How Far” releasing 3/26 on @E1Music http://soundcloud.com/eone-music/david-archuleta-dont-run-away/s-dXxJA … (KS)

 Retweeted by eOne Music

eOne Music ‏@E1Music

New album from @davidarchie “NO MATTER HOW FAR,” being released MARCH 26, 2013 more info here —>http://davidarchuleta.com/home/?p=5339

eOne Distribution ‏@eOneEntDist

Check out the new single from @DavidArchie called “Don’t Run Away”. New album set to drop 3/26 on @E1Music https://soundcloud.com/eone-music/david-archuleta-dont-run-away/s-dXxJA …

INVADE???!!!!  Like the sound of that.

eOneMusicCanada ‏@eOneMusicCanada

 It has come to our attention that David Archuleta fans are the real deal! Talented artist, tremendous fanbase

0hPastel ‏@pastelpastel

@eOneMusicCanada Just a reflection of the artist we are committed to support. And let us know how WE can help you!

eOneMusicCanada ‏@eOneMusicCanada

@pastelpastel We need time to plan out where we want to invade! Haha

betsy jane ‏@betsyjane25

@kariontour @DavidArchie I was wondering when Don’t Run Away was recorded. The finished version. (I love it, btw) :)

Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour

@betsyjane25 @DavidArchie He & the Nexus wrote it & laid his vocals in April/May 2010. Then Nexus team cleaned up the production for NMHF

betsy jane ‏@betsyjane25

@kariontour @DavidArchie Thanks Kari, I am SO loving it. The voice of melted dark chocolate lol. Great job by Nexus. :)

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Horsing Around With David Archuleta

Posted by fenfan123 on Monday, February 4, 2013

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You’ve all heard it – that neeeiiiggh at the end of “Sleigh Ride” on the MKOC tour. What’s up with that, you might ask while obsessively watching videos of the song just so you can hear that again.

Well here’s what’s up! That’s Mr. David Archuleta showing his true self. You see, contrary to a lot of speculation about his alleged angelic origins, DA is actually a horse! Yes, you read right. A horse.

Actually I am one too and so are you if you were born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 or 2002. Those are all years of the horse in the Chinese zodiac, a 12-year time cycle that relates each year to an animal and its attributes.

Horse people are said to be free-spirited, charming, cheerful, quick-witted, intelligent, talented, independent, hard working, confident and energetic. Being a performer is considered a good career choice because they love to take center stage and delight audiences everywhere. All very David, don’t you think? Source:

http://www.allchinanet.com/chinese_culture/chinese_zodiac_horse.shtml

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/horse.htm

For Horse people like David, the Year of the Snake, starting February 10, 2013, is predicted to be one in which to take stock, consolidate, renew energy and think of ideas for the next big push. It will be a busy year with much demand on their time and energy, all of which leaves little time for romance. Although the single Horse may get involved in strong relationships in the coming year, romance is not well starred and they will not feel a desire for commitment. Source:

http://fengshuiben.blogspot.sg/2009/11/zodiac-horse-luck-prediction-2010.html

So it looks like Horse people such as David will find themselves in a holding pattern in the Year of the Snake. They will be biding their time, preparing for their chance to shine in 2014 when the Year of the Horse will come around once more.

2014 will be David’s year. He would have completed 2 cycles of the 12-year zodiac by then and starting on his third – an auspicious time to BEGIN. again and gallop away to the top!

Zodiac Note:

The 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The Horse is most compatible with the Tiger, Goat and Dog. Horse people should avoid romantic relationships with those born in the Year of the Rat, Ox and Rabbit.

Which animal are you? Are you compatible with the Horse? Find out here.

http://www.chinesezodiac.com/

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Please Welcome Our Newest Writer ~ Fenfan!

Posted by Angelica on Sunday, February 3, 2013

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