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David Archuleta ~ The Right One

Posted by MT on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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So how many of you watched American Idol this year? I did. Not because I particularly wanted to, but my husband likes to watch it and wants me to watch it with him.

At one time, it was on my “must see” list. I was a fanatic about the show from the beginning. I could never miss an episode. If I wasn’t going to be home, I’d record it because I HAD to see it.  Yep, it was my favorite show. I waited all week for it to come on.

Year after year I watched and recorded. I loved Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, was sad when Katherine McPhee lost, sat scratching my head when Taylor Hicks won, and cheered when Jordan Sparks won. The rest? I don’t really remember anymore.  Yep, year after year I watched and chose a favorite, even though I never voted.

Then, in season 7 … David Archuleta showed up.

Well, the little rascal changed everything!! I was cheering. I was voting. And I was ranting about the American public’s lack of good taste when he came in second. (It’s okay. I’ve gotten over it. Mostly.)

But when Season 8 started, it felt like something was missing and it’s been that way ever since. Now I watch it because, unless I really want to tell hubby that it’s just a waste of time because there will never be another David Archuleta on the show, I have to watch. How can I tell him that no one else’s voice makes me feel the music, that no one else’s performance draws me in, that no one else compares, that … well, you get my drift.

I’m left wanting, every time, because there won’t be another David Archuleta on American Idol, ever. He is the first and last contestant that has captured my attention in the way he did, in a way I can’t even explain.

Oh, I know that the contestants were talented. I know that many of them have real potential.  Some of them have voices I really like. Some have great voices and actually know what to do with them. I can see it. I can hear it. I just don’t feel it.

It’s okay.  You can say it. You can tell me, “There’s lots of talent on the show.” or “You can enjoy  more than one singer!” And you’d be right. There was some real talent on AI this year. But no matter how good anyone else is, when compared to David, it leaves me wanting more. When some of the contestants sang, the notes seemed cut off and I wanted to pull just a little bit more out of them.  And I didn’t hear the extension of the melody in their voices the way I do with David.  Somehow, the lyrics are just words. I’m not drawn in. I find myself merely an observer, critiquing each note, each run, rather than enjoying the performances.

Should I be comparing everyone I hear to David?  No. I shouldn’t. But do I? Absolutely. I don’t mean to and I try not to. I just can’t help it. After 5 years of listening to The Voice, how can I not compare?  He has spoiled me. Badly.

When David was on Idol, I got excited about his performances. I recorded them and watched them over and over and over. I was left going, “OMG, did you hear that!?!” When David sang, I felt the heart of the song. I loved it. I felt engaged. I was connected to the performance and the song. There were moments when he took my breath away. Watch David Archuleta singing “In This Moment.” When he sang it, I believed him and I was in that moment with him.

Not since season 7 have I recorded an episode of American Idol. Not since season 7 has anyone made me want to listen more than once. Not since season 7 have I cared enough to vote for another contestant. I guess once you’ve found your Idol, no one else will ever compare.

One Idol is all you need when it’s the right one.

r12

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MT is a Staff Writer for The Voice

69 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ The Right One”

  1. rooster said

    omg.mt it,s as if i wrote that myself,just the way i feel to

  2. jans11 said

    MT, “One Idol is all you need when it’s the right one.” That is so true for me too! I didn’t watch the first AI, didn’t even know what it was until I heard everyone talking about Kelly Clarkson. So, in season 2 I started watching and was disappointed when Clay lost. I was also wondering what happened when Taylor Hicks won…it’s a singing competition, for crying out loud, not a dancing one! Was happy when Carrie won and then here comes season 7 and I was blown away! He had me from “WFTWTC”!! Held my breath every time he came on to sing and was sad when he was done. Just knew from week to week that he wouldn’t go home! I felt I voted enough for everyone! :) Was totally upset when he didn’t win. Still feel like he got the shaft. Won’t ever forgive Simon for getting on Ellen and saying that Cook will win because they wanted someone that sang in the bars and pool halls to win, not someone that was primed to sing! That has been a burr under my skin ever since and I think that is why I want David to tear the world up with his singing. I want everyone in the world to know what a good singer he is, how blessed he is with a gift from God! That is not primed!!!! Maybe it’s the mom in me but I want him to have the best and to be treated the best. I am so proud of what he has done and I know when he gets back we better watch out!! :)

    I have a full poster of the backgound picture in the last picture! I just love it. Got it from a girl that works at KMart. She takes any of the posters when they are going to throw them away and there was 3 of them that she gave me. I gave one to my granddaughter and took the other one to OKC when we went to his concert at the Diamond Ballroom. I gave it to one of the girls I met for her 14th birthday! What a fun, cold and windy day that was! Standing in the cold wind for 6 hrs! But it was for David and he was so worth it! I got right up in the front and he was on fire!

    Okay, I got carried away and wrote a novel! haha

    #DA2014

  3. pocoelsy said

    MT,

    Yeah, it’s just like you can read my mind !!! OMG that’s exactly how I feel about David that’s what happened to me when I heard him sing for the first time and after!!! his phrasing, lick and run, interpretation are just amazing no one on AI or beyond had ever tuouched/moved me like he does, and yes I tend to compare him to about anyone that attempt to sing the same songs but they wouldn’t cut it for me !!

    Jan11 “I want David to tear the world up with his singing. I want everyone in the world to know what a good singer he is, how blessed he is with a gift from God! That is not primed!!!! Maybe it’s the mom in me but I want him to have the best and to be treated the best. I am so proud of what he has done and I know when he gets back we better watch out”, me too “D

  4. marlie7 said

    MT – I’m right there with you when you say “One Idol is all you need when it’s the right one.” He grabbed me with WFTWTC and captured my heart with Shop Around. I was done for – in for the long haul, over the moon about this 17-year-old singer. I bought tickets for the Idol tour just to see him and at the time didn’t have anyone to fangirl with, so I dragged my son and his girlfriend (she became a fan that night) so I wouldn’t be all by myself, screaming in the stadium like a wild woman. LOL.

    I’ve watched Idol since then, with similar feelings to yours. No one is quite as good. I did actually vote this year for Candice. Clicked from Facebook and registered my votes. But will I build a website to chronicle her endeavors? LOL Nope. Am I going to the Idol Tour? Nope. And I hope I remember to buy her album, but we will see.

    I try to post music on Facebook quite a bit, but I struggle to want to post anything but David. Yes, I do post Joe Bonamassa or Eric Clapton, Divas like kd lang. But I have a hard time preventing myself from posting David videos over and over (my adult friends already think I’m a little off in my crazy support of @DavidArchie). There is no voice that does it for me like David’s. No. Voice. Like. David’s.

  5. funfee said

    Wow MT!!!! EXACTLY how I feel! We have found our idol for sure, it’s as simple as that! :)

  6. TOfan said

    Great post, MT!

    “Somehow, the lyrics are just words. I’m not drawn in. I find myself merely an observer, critiquing each note, each run, rather than enjoying the performances…. When David sang, I felt the heart of the song. I loved it. I felt engaged. I was connected to the performance and the song. There were moments when he took my breath away. Watch David Archuleta singing “In This Moment.” When he sang it, I believed him and I was in that moment with him.” … precisely why I’ve never bothered watching A.I. since S7! lol

  7. cq#DA2014 said

    Mt. you have captured exactly my feelings. I haven’t watched AI sense season 7, but from what I read, there have been great singers on, winning or not, but like you said “one idol is all you need if it’s the right one” So excited for David to return to his music career.

  8. violet4ever said

    Exactly! I know Idol will never be the same without David and it is very highly unlikely that any contestant will ever come close to grabbing my attention and my heart and soul the way he did with his singing and behavior. But for real, this season I felt like most of the contestants just were not connecting with the audience. But both Season 7 Davids did.

  9. Loulou said

    I agree there will never be another David ! He should have won that season there was no one better ! I am not interested in American Idol since David . It is just not the same,I do not watch it anymore !!!!!

  10. lucypr said

    Great post. Expressing every Archie’s feeling. David is one of a kind. No explanation to understand why we feel what we feel for David. It just is. Makes me happy to just be a fan. And glad that I didn’t miss to know this wonderful guy.

  11. angelofdja said

    It was hit or miss for me up til season 7 whether I watched or not. Season 7 was where I reconnected with that little darling singer from Star Search and the Jenny Jones show. I got this” tingly feeling” when I first saw him on AI! Who would have imagined years later David would find a place in my heart that seemed to be made just for him.
    I’ve never been able to figure out if I needed him or he needed me. He has always made me feel he needed me. I’ve been inspired in so many ways by him just being him.

  12. bebereader said

    Loved your article, MT!

    Randy said it “The best singer of Season 7 is right there!” and he pointed at David. Our David. The Right One.

    So many David fans stopped watching AI after Season 7. I rarely watch except on finale night, sometimes. To be honest, I don’t trust the show anymore, after the best singer of Season 7 wasn’t awarded the title. Over the last five years, I have come across countless comments by fans and non-fans on youtubes and articles to the effect of “I can’t believe Archuleta didn’t win!”

    Frankly, I can’t believe there was a 12 million vote gap between them! That is crazy! That was the only year I voted my fingers off on every phone in the house. And I know many of you did it too. The year before, I voted about five times for Jordin Sparks. For David, it was at least five hundred times more. I’ve gotten over it for the most part, until something sparks it up again.

    And while I’m at it, I also don’t appreciate the way AI uses the bad auditions to get ratings by showcasing those contestants who very obviously don’t have talent but try out anyway. I know it’s a TV show and they are in it to make money but is it really necessary to make fun of the contestants? Other singing reality shows don’t use this cheap tactic.

    David is the only singer who takes my breath away, literally. And nobody else compares.

    “David Archuleta ~The Right One”. Absolutely!

    Hehe Thanks for giving me a chance to rant!

  13. djafan said

    MT, will comment on your EPIC article in a bit.

    But right now I want to let you all know that Hanne passed away during the night :(

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie 36m
    We lost a special & talented Archie today but gained an Angel in @HanneDenmark. Our thoughts will be with her family & friends (Team Archie)

  14. MT said

    Thanks guys. I will comment on all of your posts soon.

    But first I want to give my respect and sympathy for Hanne and her family. My thoughts will be with them.

  15. jans11 said

    It’s so sad to hear about Hanne. She is on my FB and hasn’t been there for awhile and I have been concerned for her. R.I.P. my friend. You are another special angel in heaven. ♥

  16. MT♥♥
    . I will leave my comment later.So sad to hear the news of Hanne. :(

  17. tawna21 said

    We have lost a beautiful ArchAngel, but heaven gained a beautiful Angel. Rest in Peace, dear Hanne. ♥

  18. tawna21 said

    MT, you’re singing my tune…. never another voice like The Voice. I love what you’ve posted. It’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. :)

  19. bebereader said

    So very sad to hear the news. RIP Hanne. My heart goes out to her family. She created some beautiful artwork of David from photos, many of which have been shown here.

    I found this recap from Archuleta Fan Scene that Hanne wrote when she saw David for the first time in England in 2009.

    http://archuletafanscene.com/2009/05/11/from-denmark-to-oxford-to-meet-david-archuleta/

  20. MT said

    Ray, Fee, Tofan, Violet, Loulou, & Tawna,
    I’m so glad you enjoyed the article and I see I’m not the only one who has found my Idol! There will never be anyone else like our David. He’s a man of unique talent and character. (And he’s not bad too look at either. :) )

    Jan,
    “I want everyone in the world to know what a good singer he is,…” I feel exactly the same way!! (I actually told someone that this week, almost word for word.) Why is that? Why is that so important to us? I’m still trying to figure it out. Aww and that was so sweet of you to give that young girl a poster. I’ll bet you made her day!

    Marlie,
    You voted for Candice? Well you’re better than me at making decisions. LOL I couldn’t even decide which one I wanted to win! I was hoping for Candice in a way, in another way Kree, and for another reason I kinda wanted Angela to win. Well, as of top 3 week, I couldn’t lose! haha I wish them all the best of luck in this tough business, but like you, I won’t be going to their fansites to follow what happens from here. There’s only one I do that for, too. :)

    Cq,
    Remember, Kari said he’ll be bigger and better than ever! Can’t wait for 2014!

    LucyPR,
    “David is one of a kind. No explanation to understand why we feel what we feel for David. It just is. Makes me happy to just be a fan.” << This!

    Angelofdja.
    "I’ve never been able to figure out if I needed him or he needed me." I've never really thought of that. That's a really good question.

    Bebe,
    Sorry, didn't mean to get you all worked up. hehe But please, rant away! If you noticed in the article, I said I was "mostly" over it. There are times it still gets to me too and I rant a bit myself. David's talent is so rare, you have to wonder why America didn't recognize that. Or hmmm maybe … well, I'd better not finish that thought or I might set you off agian. ;)

  21. MT said

    Bebe,
    Thank for bringing that link. Hanne really was a devoted fan and I’m so glad she got to meet David. She did some really great photo editing. Just beautiful! There’s one on the front page of FOD if anyone hasn’t seen it.

  22. angelofdja said

    I’m so sorry to hear about Hanne. My heartfelt prayers go out to her family and friends.
    Bebe, thanks for the link to AFS. I enjoyed reading Hannes words and seeing her with David warmed my heart.

  23. Angelica said

    So sorry to hear of Hanne’s passing. Have known her online since the beginning of my and her ODD when we were both original members of the Golden Archies. Years later, I got to finally meet her in Orlando when she came from Denmark to vacation and see David in concert. So sweet and talented. So devoted to David, his career, his fans. Here we all are after David’s set in the lobby instead of staying for Demi Lavoto’s show.
    Left to right (top) Hanne, Andrea, Mike, me, Raelovingangels. Left to right (bottom) Biz, (my monthly Archulunch and concert buddy) Sandra and Joymus. Sandra is who Hanne stayed with on her 2 week vacation here. Sandra commented on this photo on FB this evening, “That was a great and unforgettable weekend. I know Hanne had the time of her life! She was looking forward to coming back to the US.”

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    @DavidArchie: We lost a special & talented Archie today but gained an Angel in @HanneDenmark. Our thoughts will be with her family & friends (Team Archie)

    Amen. God bless you Hanne, for everything. Keep shining!

  24. SandyBeaches said

    You are right MT, something is always missing when David is not around. That little something!! True fans, true friends, always wait in their own ways. Many are quietly out there doing their life’s work but still smiling at the mention of David.

    So sorry to learn about Hanne. I read her article and it is amazing to read about the fans from such places as Denmark, who travel so far to see him. There has definitely been a brotherhood and sisterhood that have come together. The first ‘David fan I met came from Scotland to Toronto to see him.

    SB

  25. Abrra said

    I will remember Hanne fondly for the wonderful picture edits and collages she made. We had a few conversations on twitter about that topic. So glad she had the chance to meet David here and in the UK.

    I have watched American Idol each year since it began. I enjoy seeing the contestants go from scared and nervous singers to confident artists. They are my focus, not the judges. We have so few outlets to see real talent develop before our eyes and ears.

    “When he sang it, I believed him” That’s sums it up for me ! There was and is an honesty about David’s voice and his character that cannot be denied. It’s the reason that when he sings a song, it becomes his.

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    The man himself said it best:
    “I realized that performing, for me, would be much more than being a good singer, and everything to do with being a good person…while you are performing, its hard to hide who you really are.”
    David Archuleta ~~ Chords of Strength

    Thank you for a heartfelt article MT. I can’t wait for your recap after you see David in concert for the first time! You will see and hear exactly what we have been telling you about how exciting and special it is to witness.

    Abrra

  26. djafan said

    MT, I’m going to print this out and have handy for anyone who asks me why and hand it to them. You have said it all.

    “Should I be comparing everyone I hear to David? No. I shouldn’t. But do I? Absolutely. I don’t mean to and I try not to. I just can’t help it. After 5 years of listening to The Voice, how can I not compare? He has spoiled me. Badly.”

    Yep, everybody.

    “When David was on Idol, I got excited about his performances. I recorded them and watched them over and over and over. I was left going, “OMG, did you hear that!?!” When David sang, I felt the heart of the song. I loved it. I felt engaged. I was connected to the performance and the song. There were moments when he took my breath away. Watch David Archuleta singing “In This Moment.” When he sang it, I believed him and I was in that moment with him.”

    I wait for those moments and hold my breath and can’t believe anyone can make a sound that penetrates my being, incredible. And I’m still watching them over and over. I’m in the women’s conference vortex with that Oh Holy Night at the end, sublime.

    I though cannot watch AI, it left a sour taste in my mouth. I do watch performances on youtube of those that are being talked about just to see if I feel, hear and nothing, nada, zilch. I hope those that are on the show do well and achieve their dreams but I have also found the RIGHT ONE, the one we were destined to feel and have a soul connection with for whatever reason, maybe Hanne now knows the what and why of this phenomenon.

    David Archuleta AFS ‏@FanScene 14h
    Sweet story by @HanneDenmark 1st time seeing @DavidArchie in England http://archuletafanscene.com/2009/05/11/from-denmark-to-oxford-to-meet-david-archuleta/ … Celebrate a life! pic.twitter.com/QZYYcVw9Ul

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  27. Angelica said

    Aw. He made her so happy.

    MT, will comment on your wonderful article soon. Have to go to therapy for arm.

  28. angelofdja said

    I never knew or even met Hanne or Dakgal or Poofs brother but I feel for all their family and friends. This poem came to mind this afternoon:

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

    Mary Elizabeth Frye

  29. djafan said

    Don’t forget the trending party tonight!

    tweet >> Ten More Months David Archuleta <<

    Time zones thanks to Pocolesy.

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  30. dangitdavid said

    Loved this!!! Hit the nail right on the head!! I’m always comparing singers to David and although I do listen to a lot of other music, I just don’t feel it like I do David’s music! It’s so hard to explain but die hard David fans know exactly what you are talking about!! Awesome post <3

  31. MT said

    SB,
    “Many are quietly out there doing their life’s work but still smiling at the mention of David.” << I love the way you put that. I think they'll come back when he does.

    Abrra,
    This … " There was and is an honesty about David’s voice and his character that cannot be denied. It’s the reason that when he sings a song, it becomes his."

    Dja,
    It's amazing that we are still watching videos from so long ago along with the newer ones. He was so so good back then, and is getting better and better. I can't imagine what we'll see and hear next!

    Angelica,
    I hope the arm is doing better!

    Dangitdavid,
    "I just don’t feel it like I do David’s music!" …… Exactly. I hear everyone else's. I feel his.

    Dja,
    Ten More Months David Archuleta trended WW and in the US. Go Archies!! There's still lots of David love out there. ♥

  32. SandyBeaches said

    Lovely poem angelofdja……

    There is something that could be done by anyone with the video making talent…

    Beautiful videos could be made from some of the songs on BEGIN…

    They would be a wonderful contribution for the now and months to come…They would be something NEW and done by us the fans.

    We have had so many great ones. Maybe there will be inspiration once he is finally nearing home…

    SB

  33. Angelica said

    Woot on the WW trending! Will be doing this from now on each month till he returns. :)

    MT, I had watched idol the year before only. Was happy Jordin won without my help. Then along came season 7 and I didn’t know what hit me till I was in the middle of it, too deep to care what just happened. Nothing in my past warned me that one day I would suddenly step so far out of character. That one day I would tremulously approach a computer to blog with total strangers because I NEEDED to talk about this phenomenon. That I would actually spend hours voting non-stop with the same urgency that I would dial 911. That each Sunday would find me fighting back waves of panic for the week ahead. Unbearable the thought of him going home. Why? I don’t KNOW why but it was beyond my control. That VOICE! It stalked me, the last thing I heard before going to bed and the first thing I heard on awakening. All I know is he came, he sang, he conquered. And I’m still crazy after all these years. 8-}
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    The arm is better, thank you for asking. They have extended my sick leave another month since the tear was such a large one.

  34. angelofdja said

    Gosh, I don’t think any of us had it this bad, or did we and no ones talkin’? LOL :-)

    Lovers Stab Each Other Over ‘American Idol’ Winner via @theinquisitr

  35. angelofdja said

    Can’t seem to post the link to the article. Could it be my computer skills? Of course!

  36. angelofdja said

    http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/;_ylc=X1MDMjE0Mzc5NzU2OQRhbgNvcGVuTGluawRjaANlbWFpbARjbQNuaWwEZXQDbmV3c19rZXl3b3JkBGdkAzdNNlkzWFhGVURBVEJMNlpNNEsySUtOVEZFBHBsYXRmb3JtA1lIT08tVU5QBHRwA25ld3NLZXl3b3JkVGVtcGxhdGUuaHRtbAR0cwMyMDEzMDUyNTE0?069015238297375997/SIG=130ofb43f/**http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inquisitr.com%2F674235%2Flovers-stab-each-other-over-american-idol-winner%2F

  37. 33.Angelica, so glad the arm is doing better, and that you are being allowed more time to heal!
    “that VOICE it stalked me”…hahaha! that just made me laugh out loud! That’s what it does! It’s stalked us for years now, and still is!

    MT♥ what a great post. Yep, no one else like David ever, on Idol, or any other show for that matter. He’s spoiled us!!
    ” But no matter how good anyone else is, when compared to David, it leaves me wanting more.”
    YES!

    David really redefined music,( for me.) Some of the covers he has done, well, he redefines the songs, breathes new life into them all,and it makes me feel like I am really connecting with that ‘same song’ I had listened to for years, in a whole new way!!
    who else can do that?(Who else has ever made you want to listen to Christmas music, all year round!)
    Just so grateful that he came along in my lifetime, because I truly believe, his destiny is a special one.I think we have been/and continue to become witness, to someone who will become known, as one of the best singers in the world.
    Dolly said it! ‘I really think he has the voice, to really become a great,great, singer” (that gives me goosies still)

    Jan, I was at that OKC concert too!♥

  38. jans11 said

    Sky, maybe I met you and didn’t know it? :) The funny part of it was there are some of us called the Midwest Archies and we all met for the first time down there! Some of us lives closer to each other up here. :) Since then, we have met for lunch a few times and had an “Archie” good time!

    Angelina, glad you are doing good and have some more “get well” time. :)

    Angelofdja, I remember that video of the girls! So funny, even though that’s the way I felt too, at the time. Still do, somewhat; can not watch the end of the finale where Cook won. :(

    #DA2014

  39. rooster said

    sky,i also think davids destiny is to be the worlds best singer,and he will also becime a world leader in some other compassed. lusy his mear present affects people when he enters a room,

  40. Abrra said

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    Click to go there http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

  41. pocoelsy said

    I made this little tribute vid for our friend, Hanne. It’s a small gesture from me to say “thank you” to her since I used some of her pics (a lot) in my own vids, I’m grateful for her creative works, heart and for being our friend.

    Hope this vid can ease some pain and sadness we feel in our hearts knowing that she’s now in a “good place”.

    Here’s the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gByuSFrybgM&feature=player_embedded

  42. stenocruiser said

    pocoelsy — That is such a beautiful tribute to Hanne. It will surely be a comfort to her family and friends when they see it, as it is to all of us David fans. Thank you for making the video obviously done with the care and love Hanne deserves — also very thoughtful of you to include the names of others we have lost, a fitting tribute to them as well.

  43. cb said

    MT, I loved your article. You put into words the way I feel too! David is a once in a lifetime phenomenon for me. He is a blessing I never expected but appreciate more than I can say.

    I am also so sorry to hear about Hanne. She was a lovely person and will be missed.

  44. ronaleem said

    Poco:

    Your video is a beautiful tribute to Hanne. It brought tears to my eyes. I feel the love in the video, and I believe that that love is an extension of the love we feel from David.

    I have to echo Sky’s sentiment: “Just so grateful that he came along in my lifetime, because I truly believe his destiny is a special one. I think we have been and continue to become witness to someone who will become known as one of the best singers in the world.”

    And one of the best hearts in the world. David touched Hanne, and he continues to touch us all. What a blessing and a gift he is.

  45. bebereader said

    Poco,

    Your video with David singing “Be Still My Soul” is a beautiful tribute to Hannne. I appreciate that you included Dak and others who passed away this last year. When we lose an online friend, it’s a different kind of grieving than the norm because in most cases, we’ve never met. Yet there is still grieving involved, real grieving, that nobody would understand unless they made friends online. Your video is a comfort to us and I thank you.

  46. SandyBeaches said

    Thank you pocoelsy for caring that much to make such a lovely video tribute for friends who are gone from us.

    Recently we lost our eldest dog, a wonderful companion for all of us, but when everyone was gone for the day it would be the two of us. Each night I would play for her David’s rendition of “Be Still My Soul” to help her get to sleep. I will always be grateful to David for that. Still not quite able to listen to it all yet though.

    SB

  47. pocoelsy said

    stenocruiser, cb, ronaleem, bebereader, SandyBeaches
    Thank you for your kind words, we all came across Hanne beautiful edits every now and then :) I am a big fan of her works, her love, Dakgal’s and others who passed on and their dedications to David touched my heart, David’s magic truely brings us together there’s no boundery or barriers or distance to keep us away such a unique relationship we all have here and i cherish it everyday, big thanks to Angelica and all the writers commenters here who keep things alive and fresh tirelessly.

    SandyBeaches
    Sorry that you lost your eldest dog they’re indeed wonderful companion, hope you’ll feel better soon.

  48. Suzy-Q said

    Thank you Pocoelsy for putting that lovely tribute video together for us to watch. Hanne was a special lady who connected with our hearts through her sincere love and devotion to David.

  49. jans11 said

    Poco, what a sweet and thoughtful video you made. I know that Hanne would love it.

    My computer crashed last night and I would have lost everything except for my backup hard drive that my son got me for Christmas. My grandson got it going again, but it wants me to install Windows 8 and I will probably have to for it to work right. :(

  50. cq#DA2014 said

    Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all that serve/served our country.

  51. betsy said

    MT, loved the article and so sorry I haven’t commented on it yet. Computer issues, but NO MORE.
    I finally got the new computer that I’ve always wanted. I’m embarrassed to say just how old the one I was using was, but let’s just say that I haven’t watched a video without lag in years.
    The first video I watched was The Prayer, for some reason. I have since watched that same one 10 times (at least), in it’s full 20″ screen glory.
    Now I have to play catch up. All of my favorite videos in a clear manner. My evening is pretty much set.

    (Oh and MT, I watched David’s Idol audition)
    I HAVE THE GOLDEN TICKET AND I’M GOING TO HOLLYWOOD.

  52. angelofdja said

    Happy Memorial Day everyone! God Bless all who serve our country and the same to those who have served. The sacrifices made for me and my family are much appreciated and will never be forgotten!

    Oh Betsy…you must be lovin’ it! So happy for you!

    This is the recipe for the strawberry filled cupcakes I spoke of in chat. I was very pleased to hear the family raving about them yeasterday! Today is cold and rainy so I decided to bake them again!

    Cupcakes:
    1 c. sugar
    1/2 c. softened butter
    2 eggs
    1 tbl. vanilla extract
    1.5 c. flour
    1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 c. milk
    Preheat oven to 350. In medium bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add one egg at a time to the mixture, then add the vanilla.
    In separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the cream mixture. Beat ingredients together then add the milk, mix until smooth.
    Spoon the batter into cupcake liners. 3/4 full. Bake approximately 20 minutes. Cool.

    Strawberry filling:
    2 c. diced fresh strawberries
    1/2 c. sugar
    2 tbl. cornstarch
    Over medium heat, add diced strawberries to saucepan. Stirring constantly, watching for the strawberries to get softer with a sauce forming at the bottom of pan. Add the sugar and the corn starch. Stir until it all blended completely.
    Transfer mix to heat safe bowl. Cool completely.

    Make an X in the middle of the cupcake top. Put filling in piping bag. Gently place the end of the piping bag into the X of each cupcake and let the strawberries fill to the top of the cupcake.

    Top with your favorite cream cheese frosting and garnish with a sliced strawberry! :-)

  53. angelofdja said

    Ha! Ha! yeasterday !

  54. Angelica said

    Hey thanks, Angelofdja for the recipe I requested in Unplugged! One question..why do you make an X in the top of the muffins instead of just piping the filling in? Here is my recipe for brownies I promised too. Mine is much easier because I use a mix. Prepare a turtle brownie mix according to directions. Before pouring batter in pan, add 1/2 cup each of chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and pecans. Undercook a little and refrigerate to make chips firm and more flavorful.

    Happy Memorial Day and a huge thanks to all who have ever served our country.
    **==

  55. Abrra said

    David talks about the song Broken

    @DavidArchie David explains the back story on the original song Broken from the album, BEGIN. youtu.be/pnUERsYTd0U (KS)

    I made an mp3 of the video because of his live singing is so beautiful.

    [audio src="http://www.mediafire.com/download/c3ag3obx17fcxty/David_talks_about_writing_Broken.mp3" /]

    Abrra

  56. MT said

    Angelica,
    Glad to hear the arm is healing nicely. And yes, we’re “still crazy after all these years.” LOL Not much chance we’ll change now, is there?

    34. Angel,
    Wow! Now that’s REALLY crazy!

    Sky,
    “Just so grateful that he came along in my lifetime, because I truly believe his destiny is a special one. I think we have been/and continue to become witness to someone who will become known as one of the best singers in the world.”

    Girl, you are so right! I believe that, too. He’s gonna be like Rocky. He’ll work and work and work, and when he makes it to the top it’s going to be magnificent! And we’ll have seen it all, every part of the journey, right up till the time he reaches the top. :)

    Pocoelsy,
    Beautiful tribute video! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Cb,
    Thanks! David is a once in a lifetime for me, too. No one else’s music has ever affected me this way and I doubt anyone else’s ever will. He’s one of a kind for sure.

    Betsy,
    Thanks! And congrats on the new computer. I just traded in my dinosaur too and I love it! It’s a whole new David world. :D

    Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Thanks so much to all the men and women who have ever served our country. ♥

  57. MT said

    Abrra,
    Thanks for bringing the new video here!! … 3 things.

    1. Awww He has such a beautifully caring heart. ♥ But we knew that.

    2. I miss that smile and his humor. I got such a kick out of him laughing at himself there. I’m not quite sure why he found that so funny, but I couldn’t help but giggle with him every time I rewound it and played that part. (I’ll confess that it was more than a few times.) :)

    3. I just love watching him play and sing with those headphones on.

  58. betsy said

    MT I love that insane laughing part so much lol. I bet he was tired, or maybe it was that combined with an inside joke. It was hilarious.
    And his voice omg. That long note.

    His quiet and very firm conviction when he speaks of this cause,

    Who else does this? Who else writes a song like this that the whole world should hear but probably won’t?

    Dear world, there is a song you need to hear, and heed. Please do so.
    Think that helped?
    He’s making me a little nuts.

  59. betsy said

    Update: Still nuts.
    His voice.
    Speaking, singing. Whatever are we to do?

  60. djafan said

    i can’t put a sentence together

  61. ronaleem said

    Thanks, Abrra, for posting the video in which David explains his song Broken. Coincidentally, I was listening to it this morning and wondering what it meant. Well, David just told me in his own words. Thanks to Jon Hunt’s lyrics, this song expresses both despair and hope. And thanks to David’s music and vocal interpretation, David expresses that despair and hope with incredibly strong emotion. Again I am impressed by his character, this time by the extraordinary compassion he exhibits for those of our fellow human beings who are in unfortunate circumstances they did not choose.

  62. angelofdja said

    Angelica, love your recipe! Quick, easy, and most surely delicious!
    I don’t know why I must try the complicated stuff. Maybe the thrill? The kitchen mess?The “Nothing Else Better To Do” syndrome? LOL! Anywho…the strawberry filling is pretty thick and slightly chunky. I just found easing the tip into the X then squeezing the bag slow till the filling slightly oozes out the top worked best. I tried just piping like normal but it made the top crumble too much. The cupcakes themselves are slightly fragile too.
    Abrra, thanks for finding that video. Goodness gracious I miss him!

  63. bebereader said

    Been waiting for something fresh and new! Whenever that happens, something new always comes along! David’s timing is uncanny! Good to finally get background information for the song ‘Broken’. He is such a deep thinker and caring person with so much compassion for his fellow human being, especially those less fortunate.

    David at a baby grand piano!
    Now that is something I would like to see more of!

  64. recipes,videos,and spazzing oh My! Certainly lots of goodies here tonight.
    Mighty nice to see a new video, released to fans. How awesome does he sound??! That laugh, at the beginning,was so funny.Made my day:))♥
    (Boy, I miss him like crazy)

    Poco, thanks also,for sharing your beautiful tribute video, to Hanne…it was lovely♥
    45. Bebe♥ love everything you said,and you said it beautifully.
    SB. {{{hugs}}}

    To all who have served our country,past,present, and future,thank you.I honor you all.

  65. bebereader said

    Hope everyone had a Safe and Happy Memorial Day!

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  66. Poof said

    It seems to be a season of loss and remembrance. I would like to add my voice in appreciation for those we have lost, and my thanks for their contributions.

    Lives can change in a moment. I am trying to not define these moments into happy or sad; instead, to try to find and remember the “sweetness” in each day. All of you, with empathy and kindness help me do that. Broke but not broken.

    Bebe, love the sentiment in #65.

  67. Poof said

    hmmm, I think if I comment right Now, my comment will be posted next to “Mr. Joy” on my left. :)

  68. Poof said

    Yesss!!!

  69. Abrra said

    New post ———————————–>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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