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DAVID ARCHULETA

David Archuleta ~ The Naked Heart

Posted by bluesky4home on Saturday, September 7, 2013

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Eben Alexander, M.D. experienced “brain death” for a week. He has written a book about what he experienced while all the functions of his “higher brain” were off-line. These are quotes from his book “Proof of Heaven.”

Quotes from “Proof of Heaven” by Eben Alexander M.D. in black.

Bluesky’s comments in blue.

Seeing and hearing were not separate in this place … I could hear the visual beauty … I could see the surging, joyful perfection of what they sang.  It seemed that you could not look at or listen to anything in this world without becoming a part of it – without joining with it in some mysterious way.”

This Being was so close that there seemed to be no distance at all between God and myself.

This is so DA. His voice has a multidimensional effect on the listeners: we see, hear, feel, and grasp the emotion, as much as we are “held” by it.

Christian poet Henry Vaughan: “There is, some say, in God a deep but dazzling darkness.”

The questions, and the answers … didn’t come in the form of language as we know it, …[this Being] possessed the qualities we possess, only in infinitely greater measure. It knew me deeply and overflowed with … warmth, compassion, pathos … even irony and humor.

I love the way he describes God here, complete with pathos, irony and humor. This I see in DA’s song choices. He never shies away from the difficult aspects of life. He sees life as a complete experience, he sees people as complete individuals. Thus his “simplicity” encompasses all of life; and rejoices: “… a deep but dazzling darkness.” To me, many of these concepts are beautifully expressed in the song “Angel” and the way DA sings it. 

Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything. … This is the reality of realities, the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or that ever will exist, and no remotely accurate understanding of who and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it, and embody it in all of their actions.

It is my belief that we … need to recover more of that larger knowledge while living here on earth..

DA unabashedly, loves.

Small particles of evil were scattered throughout the universe, but the sum total of all that evil was as a grain of sand on a vast beach compared to the goodness, abundance, hope, and unconditional love in which the universe was literally awash. The very fabric of the alternate dimension is love and acceptance.

Our truest, deepest self is completely free. It is not crippled or compromised by past actions or concerned with identity or status. It comprehends that it has no need to fear the earthly world, and therefore, it has no need to build itself up through fame or wealth or conquest.

Although still finding his way (and that is as it should be) I can think of few people who carry a mantle of personal freedom as unselfconsciously and as graciously as DA does.

How do we get closer to this genuine spiritual self? By manifesting love and compassion. Why? Because love and compassion are far more than the abstractions many of us believe them to be. They are real. They are concrete. And they make up the very fabric of the spiritual realm.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they think about God is to imagine God as impersonal.

[God] knows what we have forgotten, and understands the terrible burden it is to live with amnesia of the Divine for even a moment.

“Amnesia of the Divine” What a wonderful way to describe such a desolate feeling; hunger for a sustenance we do not always know we need or even that we lack. But when DA sings, sometimes, somehow, we remember.

Later, Eben would say that when he first saw me that day, he was immediately taken with how “present” I was. “You were so clear, so focused,” he said. “It was as if there was a kind of light shining within you.”

DA shines, pure and simple. I believe it is because of his constant search for the companionship of the divine: not as an act of separation from humanity, no, he is the faithful pilgrim, who seeks the divine within humanity.

Here is the “nakedness”, the total leap into the unknown, the complete vulnerability – because of his deep inner knowledge that the unknown is the known. The “expanse” is the one thing closest to our hearts: our true home. So he has no fear there – no unfamiliarity, only a bright oneness, a freedom… a naked, shining heart. Clothed in light and love. Safe. His. Mine. Ours.

I will forever be grateful for his willingness to allow the wings of his heart and voice to unfold.

Take flight, DA.

big-blue-divider-hi

Bluesky is a staff writer for The Voice.

98 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ The Naked Heart”

  1. LouLou said

    That is one of the most beautiful pieces written, That is David ! He brings us hope,happiness, love. contentment.He has the most beautiful voice on the planet.He is just a beautiful human being ! Cant wait tell he gets back !!

  2. Abrra said

    Bluesky
    I read “Proof of Heaven” about 6 months ago. It had a profound effect on me and how I think about what a supreme being might be. Pure love. Dr Alexander give us a front row seat to the here-after as experienced by him. It was very in depth to say the least. Your post, and how you have related some aspects of the story to David and his spiritual connection through singing, is spot on. He has said that he knows that his voice was is a gift from God. That he uses song to uplift the hearts of those who listen, is proof of Heaven on Earth.

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    PaulaFOD

    “Our truest, deepest self is completely free. It is not crippled or compromised by past actions or concerned with identity or status. It comprehends that it has no need to fear the earthly world, and therefore, it has no need to build itself up through fame or wealth or conquest.”

    To me this statement describes David’s outlook on life from what he has said over the years. Just my personal opinion, of course.

    Abrra

  3. Dayzee said

    A beautiful article to showcase our beautiful David. I cannot think of another performer who could be so completely and honestly deserving of such an article.

    Especially appreciated the idea that David carries a mantle of personal freedom unselfconsciously and graciously. An apt description of David’s core. Thank you Bluesky

  4. Angelica said

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    Hope your day is wonderful! Back later to respond to your article, which I love.

  5. Abrra said

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    I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Abrra

  6. TXNancy said

    Blessings to you on your BD, Bluesky, a day for you to receive gifts but, today, YOU HAVE GIFTED US with one of the most beautiful expressions of who David is and why he makes us feel the way we do, when we hear his voice and witness how he lives his life. THANK YOU!

  7. bluesky4home said

    LouLou, Abrra, Dayzee, Angelica, TXNancy—

    Blessings to all of YOU! And thanks for the “blue” — since I don’t do dairy or wheat, “blue” is cool by me! Please happily eat a slice of your own favorite cake and so something lovely for yourselves. <3

    All my best,
    bluesky

    ( I see the "sunshine" peeking through those clouds, Angelica! Abrra—! skywriting!!! How appropriate ^_^ )

  8. emifriend said

    Happy Birthday Bluesky! I am so glad you were born! Thank you for this beautiful essay–it is so rich– like a box of chocolates of truths–I want to re read it when I have a little more time to think on it all– maybe one thing at a time.

  9. Abrra said

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

    Abrra

  10. djafan said

    Bluesky, you have brought me to tears. Perfectly capturing the essence of what I feel when I hear David, see his smile, catch his gaze. You’ve gifted us with a beautiful piece on your birthday, what an amazing blessing!

    Going back to read again and again. So many thoughts and reflections to absorb all at once.

  11. jans11 said

    Bluesky, Happy birthday! And, yep, I’ve read it twice now…what a great article. Love every word you said, comparing it to what Dr. Alexander said. I just have to get that book to read. ♥ David, so young, but so ingenious and talented. He is everything you said and more!

    #DA2014

  12. bebereader said

    Bluesky,

    I always get excited when I see an article from you because you make me think. I might not always understand where you’re going, but by the end, I get it and feel enriched and enlightened. Thank you!

    The comparisons to David are spot-on! He’s always in the moment, enjoying not just the big but the little things in life. And he has more compassion than most people, in my humble opinion.

    “Although still finding his way (and that is as it should be) I can think of few people who carry a mantle of personal freedom as unselfconsciously and as graciously as DA does.”

    I agree!

    You wrote a beautiful tribute to David who brings us joy and hope in his angelic voice.

    Wishing you a wonderful birthday, surrounded by everything you love most!

  13. bluesky4home said

    Emifriend: You always have an encouraging word to say, whenever I read your posts. You have a gift of optimism and sunshine.

    Djafan: You are amazing. Thank you for all you do.

    Jans11: Hope you like the book. Let me know?

    Bebereader: When I think of thinking – I think of Pooh Bear tapping his head and waiting for thoughts to come… that’s what it is like for me, anyway. Thank you for your encouragement.

  14. cc halo said

    Not to take away from the beauty of Dr. Alexander’s writing, and how David’s artistry makes us feel, but the claims he makes are scientifically controversial.

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/proof-of-heaven-potter

  15. Suzy-Q said

    “DA shines, pure and simple. I believe it is because of his constant search for the companionship of the divine: not as an act of separation from humanity, no, he is the faithful pilgrim, who seeks the divine within humanity.”
    Beautifully said, Bluesky. This really touched my heart and made me contemplate my life. You were inspired when you wrote this. Thank you for sharing your insight into the mind of a young man with a purpose. I wish everyone could open their eyes and hearts to God like David has. What a beautiful world it would be if we all were strong in our faith like David.

  16. bluesky4home said

    Dear Cc Halo:

    Scientific controversy can be fun and enlightening. We like to search things out, turn them over, take them apart. This is okay. It is part of our nature. At the same time, as you say: It does little to “take away from the beauty of Dr. Alenxander’s writing, and how David’s artistry makes us feel”. It does little to change the message of his (Dr. Alexander’s) personal story, what it means to him, or how that experience has effected his life.

    I agree with you: …DA’s artistry and how it makes us feel… that is what “it” is all about. A gift freely given. Thank you for your comment.

  17. bluesky4home said

    Suzy-Q: (((( super hugs to you )))) You peeps on this site make me “contemplate” my life often. Thank you for your comment. ^_^

  18. MT said

    Bluesky,
    You have such a beautiful way with words. ♥ Thanks so much for sharing with us.

    ♫ Happy Birthday to you ….. ♫
    Happy Birthday, Bluesky! I hope you had a fabulous day!

    PS I had a piece of cake for you. :)

  19. tawna21 said

    Happy Birthday, Bluesky!

    Beautiful article. “we see, hear, feel, and grasp the emotion, as much as we are “held” by it.” That’s it in a nutshell. ♥

  20. collegemom said

    Bluesky – Happy Birthday! Thank you for writing down your thoughts for all of us to enjoy and appreciate! So beautifully done.

  21. gladys1961 said

    hi ladies.

    New post on my blog.

    http://salt-david-city-2250.blogspot.com.ar/

  22. Abrra said

    Time for a Sunday puzzle!!

    http://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=3dcaf3eb4424

    You know I am tricky, right?

    Gladys, Your blog is so sweet and thoughtful!
    Abrra

  23. stenocruiser said

    Bluesky — thank you for your article and your take on excerpts from Proof of Heaven as they can be related to David, his beautiful persona and his magnificent talent. I had downloaded the Kindle version to my laptop after the book had been mentioned in unplugged by Abrra and Betsy but had not taken time to begin reading it until yesterday after seeing your article. It is a fascinating read and I’m looking forward to finishing it — so much to think about and perhaps draw comfort from.

    Gladys — enjoyed your blog and yes, COS does need to be translated into all languages. Also, so excited that you have obtained your passport and visa — all ready now for 2014!

    Thanks for the jigsaw, Abrra, I love doing them. I think I need more practice as that one took me 32:18, and didn’t even have to rotate pieces. Gosh!

  24. emmegirl14 said

    Bluesky, a beautifully expressed writing as per your usual (you know what I mean ♥)

    Abrra, tough one this time – 14:04 – pre-e-e-etty proud of myself.

  25. Emmegirl… Hugs from here! You are one that always brings a smile.

    Stenocruiser ….glad you liked the post. Let me know how you like the book. ^_^

    MT…mmmmm. What kind of cake was it?

    Tawna21…we keep trying to find the words, don’t we?

    Collegemom…. Wow. I remember loving your comments in various places… Years ago. (Oh my gosh…how weird it is to say that!) thank you for taking the time to comment.

    …..

    I love Sundays.

  26. jans11 said

    Blue sky..the book is on hold at the library until week. Alas I have to wait for 2 weeks because next week I am going to Fl on vacation for my birthday. :)

    Gladys…What a wonderful way to spread the words of David. Having COS in different languages would be a dream come true for a lot of fans! :)

    Abrra..Another great puzzle! :)

    #DA2014

  27. Abrra said

    From twitter, don’t recall seeing this one before. This shirt is different? Oh and see the clean shoe soles? ;)

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    McKenzie Harris ‏@McKenzieHarr

    New to me photo of David Archuleta from Rena Durham Photography. @DavidArchie likes posing in front of fences ;) pic.twitter.com/udkHsWqKKR

    Abrra

  28. betsy said

    Bluesky, you just write so beautifully. Thank you for this. Thank you for drawing attention to this.
    I read this book the night we were talking about it in chat. I just had to have it, some things are more important than others and this was
    a Kindle purchase I wasn’t waiting for.
    You know what it is? It’s comforting. Anyone who has lost someone could benefit from this, controversial or not.
    The first thing I thought of was a friend of mine, who was in distress. She had 2 brothers and lost them both in 4 weeks time, in March and April.
    The details are horrific in both cases. She was so sad.
    Anyway, I picked up a copy of the book for her. She read it. Her husband read it. Then she gave it to her mom. Her dad was getting it next.
    Even if it made her feel better for a second, it’s worth everything.

    Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything. …

    That is largely what I took away from this book.

    Also, Happy Belated Birthday, Blue. :)

  29. bluesky4home said

    Betsy… Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything. I agree. This post was not about my personal beliefs, but about one person’s description of an event that was life-changing for them. And how that description reminded me of DA and his many qualities of song.

    How many of us have had our lives changed by something that seemed inexplicable to someone else? I believe these “unexplainable” happenings can often be some of the most valuable in our lives. We each have our own. Things that we share only when we really feel they can benefit someone else, things we treasure, and that give our lives a deeper meaning.

    I appreciate how you shared with others. How do we show love other than by sharing something we hold precious? DA shares music and music is important to him. We feel his depth of passion. It grounds him and it grounds us when we listen to him.

    I hope I always have the courage to share what matters most to me. Therein lies joy. Why would I want to share something less?

    Thank you, I had a lovely, lovely birthday. (I got to go hear James Taylor!!! In person!!!)

  30. cq#DA2014 said

    YIPEEE!!!!!!! THE COUNTDOWN CLOCK UNDER 200 DAYS. Love seeing that one. Thank you to everyone that keeps this site going, I mostly lurk and love coming here to read posts, comments, look at David gorgeousness and watch the clock go down, lol. love it all.

  31. betsy said

    Bluesky, I hope you didn’t think my comment was in any way directed at your personal beliefs, I never thought of it that way at all. Not for a second.
    I totally understood what you were saying.
    P.S. I love James Taylor. My favorite songwriter. Is there a better song than Carolina in My Mind? I don’t think so. :)
    P.P.S. I saw him a few years ago, with my six older sisters. It was the best time. :)
    P.P.S. He is a good guy, he gave us all of the tickets. (my sister does his financial stuff)

  32. djafan said

    I’m going to have to read the book after reading this article and the comments. It’s all about the feeling, this dang feeling he makes me feel.

    CQ, Doing jumping jacks as we speak!!!!! 199 days to go!!!!! (give or take a few, hopefully take lol)

  33. bluesky4home said

    Betsy <3 no… I never thought that… rather, I thought only to commend you for your integrity! I absolutely felt that you "got it" and I was so glad that you felt comfortable sharing your experience.

    That was all I meant: that sharing our best is what enriches our lives. You did that! There is no greater gift.

    Thank you for commenting and giving me the chance to clear up any misunderstanding.

    I can sometimes be obscure in what I say…just when I am trying most to be clear. (open mouth, insert other foot – as they say) and writing is difficult for me. I am always a little surprized when people say they understand what I write. *_* This is one reason I appreciate the patience and the support of the admins here at this site.

    What I wrote in the comment was not about you, but about myself: That what I found in the book seemed so amazingly descriptive of DA and his gifts, and that I think that resonates and is beautiful. And then that some things simply cannot be "explained".

    And… your sister is blessed. In watching JTaylor this last weekend, I gained an even greater appreciation for him as a person. It was lovely.

  34. djafan said

    Interesting…

    “and writing is difficult for me”

    I would’ve never thought that.

    “I am always a little surprized when people say they understand what I write. *_*”

    Most of the time I understand you and when I don’t I’m sure it’s me :)

    Bluesky, I couldn’t believe we wished you happy birthday and I forgot to make sure David sang to you! Belated but here is the best singer in the universe!

  35. bluesky4home said

    Djafan: I do not know how to do “happy feet”… but if I did… I would!!

    thanks for the song ^_^

    Admin Edit: Bluesky, Here are some happy feet doing the happy dance for you!

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  36. betsy said

    Thanks to an RT, (dj?) I saw that if you google perfect teeth, look at images, there is Mr Perfect teeth himself, front page, and more than once. :)

  37. MT said

    Bluesky,
    I had yellow cake with chocolate icing. Yummy!! My fave. :)

    Dja,
    Love that video of David singing Happy Birthday. With that to look forward to, I might not mind having another birthday!

  38. jans11 said

    Loving that bluesy “happy birthday”! One of his best!

    I love football and always sad when the season is over. But this season will be totally different! Right after the end, here comes David within a few weeks! :)

    Thought I would share a quote by Norman Vincent Peale that I read for September 9th. I thought of David when I read it….”To be successful is to be helpful, caring, and constructive, to make everything and everyone you touch a little bit better.The best thing you have to give is yourself”.

    #DA2014

  39. Bluesky♥ always love your writings,they are thought provoking and always written so beautifully.Thank you for sharing ♥

    “I will forever be grateful for his willingness to allow the wings of his heart and voice to unfold.” that’s so beautiful, Bluesky.
    and this…
    ““we see, hear, feel, and grasp the emotion, as much as we are “held” by it.” Are we ever!!

    Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday!♥

  40. skydancer1x said

    38. Jan, love that quote!!♥

  41. gladys1961 said

    hi ladies.

    new post on my blog. Thank you.

    http://salt-david-city-2250.blogspot.com.ar/

  42. bluesky4home said

    Skydancer – thank you. ^_^ ditto to you.

    Abrra – 27 “nice photo” !!!!!

    Djafan – “it’s all about the feeling” Umm-hummm. Confession time: I never liked this song. I thought it was depressing and defeatist. I had my doubts about the “angel” mentioned — Was it drugs they were singing about? So, for me to include it here – and as the main selection for the article – was a major change. How did that happen? DA.

    When he sings it, the whole feeling changes for me. The pathos, the sadness and grief are still there. But they are not alone. There is compassion, yielding, yearning, hope, and even comfort. That was why I loved what Dr. Alexander said in his description about God: it sums up so beautifully what DA communicates by song. His “simplicity” encompasses all of life – and yet rejoices. Part of his “old soul”, and a connection that, I believe, lies deep within each of us.

    In The Arms of An Angel
    by Sarah McLachlan

    Spend all your time waiting for that second chance
    For a break that would make it OK
    There’s always some reason to feel not good enough
    And it’s hard at the end of the day
    I need some distraction or a beautiful release
    Memories seep from my veins
    Let me be empty or weightless and maybe
    I’ll find some peace tonight

    In the arms of the angel far away from here
    From this dark, cold hotel room
    And the endlessness that you fear.
    You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie;
    You’re in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here

    So tired of the straight line, and everywhere you turn
    There’s vultures and thieves at your back
    The storm keeps on twisting, you keep on building the lies
    That make up for all that you lack
    It don’t make no difference, escape one last time
    It’s easier to believe
    In this sweet madness, oh this glorious sadness
    That brings me to my knees

    In the arms of the angel far away from here
    From this dark, cold hotel room
    And the endlessness that you fear
    You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
    You’re in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here

    You’re in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here

  43. Abrra said

    Memories from 2008 in Google Alerts today. Remember when EVERYDAY there was some new video or picture??

    David Archuleta — Z100 Roseland Ballroom 2008

    David Archuleta with the NYC Angels as he exits the Roseland Ballroom for Z100 Jingle Ball 2008.

    Bluesky
    My favorite song on BEGIN. ty :)

    Abrra

  44. bebereader said

    Gladys#41,
    I have a passion for sunflowers!! I loved your article too! I just wish I could find a better translater than Google Translate. I know that some things must get lost in the translation!

    Bluesky#42,
    Thanks for the lyrics. Reading them while listening to David sing the song was a real treat! May I add that his enunciation of the lyrics is superb?!

    Abrra#43
    Cool find! Did you also play the Nick Lachey video at the same link? Fans asked NIck if he liked “David Archuleta”. He said yes! hahaha

    Another MasterClass Lady Retrospective, this time on David’s performance of “”Gotta Get Through This”.

    http://masterclasslady.com/2013/09/06/david-archuleta-retrospective-series-part-nineteen-gotta-get-thru-this/

  45. djafan said

    Gladys, magnifico!

    Angelica,

    That picture up top…wow! You’ve done it again. David looks like the young man he is.

    Patty

  46. djafan said

    Bluesky,

    YES! The song always depressed me but with David singing it takes a whole other feel.

    “When he sings it, the whole feeling changes for me. The pathos, the sadness and grief are still there. But they are not alone. There is compassion, yielding, yearning, hope, and even comfort.”

    The soul connection ♥

    “His “simplicity” encompasses all of life – and yet rejoices. Part of his “old soul”, and a connection that, I believe, lies deep within each of us.”

    I listen to BEGIN. everyday on my way to work. It really is a remarkable album.

  47. bebereader said

    Nandito Ako tonight at 10PM Eastern

    Josh serenades Anya in this clip.

    He’s so good in this scene!
    I really hope he goes right back into acting when he comes home!

    http://www.livestream.com/saragirl

  48. bluesky4home said

    Bebereader – I have wondered if the Nandito Ako DVD (if it exists) is being held off for closer to his return. It would make good business sense. ^_^

  49. bebereader said

    Bluesky,

    That sounds like a plan.
    I don’t care when we get it as long as we get it.
    If we get it at all.

  50. jans11 said

    NA dvd would make a good Christmas present! :)

    #DA2014

  51. Angelica said

    Bluesky,

    Back to comment at last. Sorry for the delay. Been down with a sore throat and fever all weekend, and just feeling better today.

    I want to say at the outset that it’s not always apparent how an article is going to turn out. They come to me as emails, in first or finished drafts, often with extemporaneous notes sandwiched between paragraphs. A request for a certain video or audio embed, suggestions for the layout of text, even the occasional request that if I could also just capture the vision of what they are trying to express in the artwork? There are times when I don’t actually see what the writer sees until it all comes together and the whole emerges into view. That’s the way it was for me with this article, Bluesky. I read the words, and listened to each song in order one part leading to another along a path that ended here…

    “DA shines, pure and simple. I believe it is because of his constant search for the companionship of the divine: not as an act of separation from humanity, no, he is the faithful pilgrim, who seeks the divine within humanity.

    Here is the “nakedness”, the total leap into the unknown, the complete vulnerability – because of his deep inner knowledge that the unknown is the known. The “expanse” is the one thing closest to our hearts: our true home. So he has no fear there – no unfamiliarity, only a bright oneness, a freedom… a naked, shining heart. Clothed in light and love. Safe. His. Mine. Ours.”

    I LOVE this. And if you had to make a sortie to the other side of here to get to there…to this ONE TRUE STATEMENT that sums up David Archuleta, it was worth the trip. Well done, my sometimes sideways writing, (but not this time) always eloquent friend.

  52. bluesky4home said

    Dear Angelica

    I am so sorry you have been ill. Having had a certain challenge myself that way lately, I know how hard it can be to “work, be family, function, etc.” and still have something left over. You are very kind to take the time to comment.

    And thank you for seeing what I see. I really think that is one “thrill” ride DA will never get tired of: leaping into the familiar “unknown” where he connects – reaches out – as it were, to the infinite. I love that he does that. <3
    He is so trusting.

    That is the only word I could come up with that sums up the vulnerability: naked, shining, safe, "one". That is what I "heard" in Dr. Alexanders experience. I guess if he wants more of that, he can (among other things) just come listen to DA with us. ^_^

    We could send him some tickets.

    bluesky

  53. Abrra said

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    Today I will take time to remember those Americans who died in the 9/11/01 attack on our country. I cry for families who lost loved ones. I am thankful for those who made it out by some quirk of fate as buildings fell in a heap of dust. I am proud of those who gave of themselves to protect others at the expense of their own lives. I pray for the President to keep us safe from such violence ever happening again on our soil.

    Peace

    Abrra

  54. bluesky4home said

    Thank you for this, Abrra. <3

    When the towers came down I was in Europe away from family, and could not get back until they lifted the restrictions on travel (for those coming into the USA). I will never forget that feeling. Thank you for your post and the remembrance.

  55. djafan said

    Thank you Abrra. That was a horrible day that should never be forgotten.

  56. bebereader said

    As a native New Yorker, 9/11 is always a hard day to get through, a day no American will ever forget. Twelve years later, the memories are still haunting. I’ll never forget the images of the firemen, feeling defeated.

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    But I really find comfort in David’s voice, singing “I Will Always Love You”, in #55.

  57. djafan said

    Salamahafifi ‏@Salamahafifi

    I’m just reminded of how much I love David Archuleta. Can’t believe I’m crying over him. Because you just miss him you know. It hit me.

    Yeah…I know.

  58. Angelica said

    “You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
    You’re in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here.”
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    I know too, dja. I was just thinking how Begin., with its pathos and hope, is a good listen for this day.

  59. jans11 said

    Thank you for posting little David singing for the firemen! He is just the best. This day is always so emotional because it is my birthday too. I try and keep a balance between the 2.

    I’m leaving for Florida tomorrow, but I will try and get on here as often as I can. No big plans, so i may find out that I have more time there than here at home! :)

    #DA2014

  60. bluesky4home said

    Jans11

    The 11th is also a special b-day for someone in our family. Each family finds their own way to honor both the living and those whose lives were taken in that horrific attack. I like to think that instead of cloaking their day with a cowl of despair, it gives them an opportunity to view their life with even greater commitment and purpose. Lately, I have been listening to this song written and sung by Nathan Pacheco (in addition to my DA songs ^_^). It seems to bring me great comfort when I feel a bit lost.

    Love you guys!

    “Tears From Heaven”

  61. Abrra said

    Happy Birthday Jan!!

    While I was poking around,looking for videos for Unplugged, I came across this gem. David gets so far into this song that you can see him leave the planet. Check 1:46 & 2:48 & 4:05 to the end. He does return :)


    mamezamd

    Abrra

  62. bluesky4home said

    That’s a “stand alone” Abrra. Gosh, I am glad he does what he does. Anxious for him to be able to do more of it.

    Jans11 … so sorry I did not wish you “Happy Birthday!!” You deserve it! I hope you have a great trip.

  63. Angelica said

    Happy Birthday Jan and have fun at the beach this week!

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  64. Abrra said

    Still caught in the vortex. I think I tripped over Betsy just now!

    I am posting this:


    DavidArchie1228

    So I can post this comment:

    Gamgra98 4 months ago
    Every…single…thing…he does is amazingly adorable. Somebody please explain to me how a person can be this perfect? Doesn’t this defy like some kind of physics law? I always get so emotional listening to him ramble, seeing his constant smiling face, and learning how he’s made such an impact on the world for the better….but then I remember I can never have him in my life..and I get depressed….

    Cheer up sweetie! The days are growing shorter. He will be back in our lives very soon.

    “4 months ago” means that people are gearing up for his return. Amazing!

    Abrra

  65. teeheehee :) Angelica ♥

    Abrra♥ so glad you were poking around looking for video’s for Unplugged and found that one.
    MY concert♥
    I was sitting next to Blueberry Ice that night, at the Nokia,and as he sang Silent Night,I started to get goosebumps,and by “Loves pure Light”,I realized that my face was wet,tears were trickling down my cheeks as I felt his voice and his spirit just enter my whole being, because that’s what it does! Who does that??.(I know, I am preachin’ to the choir, but) .When he is in that “place” he really does take us “somewhere only we know” doesn’t he?♥ ~le sigh~

    getting seasick looking at that wave,lol

  66. skydancer1x said

    Abrra,I was wondering where Betsy was! haha It’s hard to get out of there, its like quicksand. :)

  67. fenfan said

    i have been lost in youtube for days watching old videos of our guy. then i come back here thinking this time i must make a comment about this beautiful post. then i see that silent night and my girl video and back i go to youtube. he is singing holy night in my ear as i type.
    is this never going to end? help!

  68. Kaycee said

    Ah, it’s been way too long since I have been able to comment. or even read most of the wonderful comments here. I have been working 2 jobs and going to school the past few months, and I have terribly missed my “Voice Therapy” and the wonderful people who visit this site. Fortunately, I think I have been able to catch most of the awesome articles, and they have kept the Archu-flame alive and well! (Bluesky–what a beautiful, thought-provoking post) A big thanks to all of you who are keeping this site the same wonderful place it has always been! Here’s to a quick 6 months ’til our boy returns!

  69. bebereader said

    Jan,

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Hope your day was as special as you are!

  70. bebereader said

    Fen,
    It never ends, nor do we want it to!

    Kaycee,
    Welcome Back! You’ve been missed!

    “Here’s to a quick 6 months ’til our boy returns!
    Here, here!

  71. marlie7 said

    #64 – remember when they were telling David the Bird of Paradise was only a flower? He’s smarter than the average bear…. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/bird-of-paradise/

    Miss you guys – just been busy – but I’m going to be at chat Saturday night!

  72. Abrra said

    Marlie

    You have been missed! Looking forward to having you in chat on Saturday!

    Ok, in my twisted mind (which can relate just about anything back to David) I found this paragraph from the bird of paradise article, FUNNY!

    “Males put their bright colors and unusual ornaments to good use when they display for females. Their elaborate dances, poses, and other rituals accentuate their appearance and put on a phenomenal show for both female birds and any humans lucky enough to be in the vicinity. Such displays can last for hours, and in many species they consume a significant part of the male’s time.”

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    It sounds to me like a typical David concert. :cool:

    Abrra

  73. MT said

    Jan,
    ♫ Happy (Belated) Birthday to you….. ♫ Sorry I missed it. I hope you had a Great day!!

    Marlie! Good to “see” you! :)

    Abrra,
    72. LOL Love it!

  74. emmegirl14 said

    So, he’s related to the bird of paradise, explains alot!!

    …and aren’t we the lucky humans that are in the vicinity!!!

  75. betsy said

    Happy Birthday, Jan.
    Abs, you know I love everything about the NH concert, don’t you?
    Never a lost opportunity to post this:

    credit 8throw

    Also, I believe I’ve posted this video more than any other.
    That’s a Guiness book of world records somewhere. :)

  76. Abrra said

    Betsy
    I was at this show in October 2009. I was up in the hotel room with djbell and a few others. We were all waiting for her to load her videos onto YouTube so fans all over the world could see the performances. While hers were loading we watched Zero Gravity by 8throwcenter. When this one came up we all just stood speechless, reliving the moment.

    When the video mark hits 2:04 as he begins to exit in silhouette, I screamed”Roll it back!” EEEK! I made her rewind that thing 20 times and we all stood and watched as he turned from light to a shadow. It was just something else!

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    It was such a perfect outline of him. He looked mystical to me.

    Abrra

  77. The way he never does anything mean. The way he frames everything in a positive, hopeful, faithful light. These are God things. I often ponder how incredibly difficult it must have been for him to lose his singing voice for those 2 years. He could have become so bitter; he did not. I think he needed to have that experience to COMPLETELY appreciate and embrace his singing talent – and to add to his incredible repertoire of emotional expression the private torture which that must have been for him in his innermost self. He expresses emotions – even those he has not yet fully experienced – through his singing, unlike anyone I have ever known or heard. Sometimes, listening to him work things out through a song is better than 10 therapy sessions. LOL – First VIP ticket here I come in Spring 2014. How quickly do you think those will be sold out at his first return concert? ;)

  78. Angelica said

    Patricia Ann,
    That was beautifully said. Thank you! I’m betting folks need to man their computers at the moment they go on sale. Personally, I plan to take the day off if I have to. LOL!

  79. MT said

    Patricia Ann & Angelica,

    I’ve thought about those VIP tickets selling out pretty quickly, too. I’m so afraid that I won’t get one!

    Since I’ve never bought VIP before, I may need some help planning my strategy. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. :)

  80. MT said

    So, who here has gone to VIP? Cuz I have questions. LOL

    Will buying the VIP get me a concert ticket or do I need to buy the ticket separate? Do they announce ahead of time when the VIP tickets will go on sale? Do fans get advance notice, before the general public? Do VIPs for all concerts go on sale at the same time or do they put tickets up for one venue at a time?

    These are things I need to know . :D Thanks.

  81. MT said

    Hahaha This is too cute!

    Lisa in Austin ‏@txarchie 14h
    @DavidArchie Almond has been practicing! #JoiningTheArchuband2014 pic.twitter.com/0gZ9GVUw8m

  82. Abrra said

    MT

    Will buying the VIP get me a concert ticket or do I need to buy the ticket separate?
    Answer: 1 ticket is included in the VIP package.

    Do they announce ahead of time when the VIP tickets will go on sale?
    Answer: IF David uses the same company he always has, you need to sign up and check the box at the bottom to receive email alerts of upcoming tours.
    https://vipnation.com/ This is the sign up link https://vipnation.com/account/signup

    Do fans get advance notice, before the general public?
    Answer: See last answer. For best chance have them send alerts to your email and follow them on twitter. Once the info hits the fans sites, check VIP Nation several times a day to see when his tour page opens. You can’t see the tour page unless you are registered with them, as I recall.

    Do VIPs for all concerts go on sale at the same time or do they put tickets up for one venue at a time?
    Answer: The whole tour is posted at once so you will see all the cities. I can’t say if all cities’ tickets go on sale on day one, but I THINK they may.

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    Betsy with David at VIP Verona, NY (with her permission) She had just received her first Archu-hug. :shock:

    What I do is check the TIME (usually 10am or 12 noon) that the tickets go on sale. I sit on the site and refresh the page often, starting at 5 minutes til the hour. When the OPEN icon shows, I proceed to buy my ticket. Have your credit card in hand, as I think there is a 10min time limit to purchase. If you have to go looking for your CC and miss the timer, you have to go back to the start and try again.

    All this is from my memory. Things may change, but its a basic method. As practice, after you sign up, go back and pretend you want to buy a VIP from any of the tours listed. You will get some idea what the screens look like. Be careful not to buy anything! LOL!

    Abrra

  83. MT said

    Awww … Betsy!!! Sweet picture!

    Abrra, Thanks so much for the info! I’ll try your instructions.

    It’s still so far away but I’m already getting nervous that I won’t get it right. LOL When I think about how I’m going to figure out which show, then if I can get a flight and hotel, then my ticket (Hopefully VIP), the “what if’s” start. What if I get the VIP and can’t get a flight or a room. What if I get the room and flight, then can’t get my concert ticket. LOL It makes me nervous just thinking about it and it’s still several months away.

    I can see why some fans have told stories about sitting at the computers and going nuts when their computer freezes, or they wait for better tickets and then the “pretty good” ones they could have gotten are gone and no better ones pop up. I thought it was funny … till now!! LOL I am going to be a basket case by the time an actual event is announced.

  84. Abrra said

    MT

    Its easier if you have a travel buddy. You can share hotel expenses. There are plenty of hotels around the venues. Once you buy the “ticket” online they will send you an informational email with all the details. You print that out and bring it with you along with a photo ID. They have us show up about 3 hours before show time to get checked in and set up for the Meet & Greet with the Best Singer In The Whole World!

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    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

  85. Abrra said

    ShellyFOD has a GroupCard set up for David’s 23rd Birthday in December. If you want to sign it, here is the link http://www.groupcard.com/c/cDgD385_OQt

    She tweeted this today:

    Shelly~DA2014
    Where is all the @DavidArchie love at?? This needs to be all signed by the end of the first week in Oct. groupcard.com/c/cDgD385_OQt

    She has a deadline of early October to submit the card for printing. Then it takes about 3-4 weeks for her to get the book in her hands. Then she has to send it to Kari who will send it to David in Chile in time for his birthday.

    Don’t delay!

    Abrra

  86. betsy said

    I just saw this comment on Everybody Hurts: (he’s not a fan, by the way) (I checked it out lol)

    Know what? no. you don’t understand it’s highly spiritual for me this song.
    it’s like it linked us as human, it’s like an attempt to fix everything that’s wrong.
    you don’t know me! then why do you serve me such divine glass of musical passion Now we’re friends cheers!
    since you’ve awaken in me my poetic sleeping companion.

  87. jans11 said

    Just want to thank you all for the birthday wishes. I wrote out a big ol comment Thursday night but it wouldn’t post, :( And here at the condo, there are some internet issues. Hoping to get them ironed out soon.

    Love all the videos and comments. Abrra explaining buying a VIP ticket sure brings back some good memories :) Can’t wait til we can do it again!

    Having tons of fun here and thanks, Angelica for the ocean pics, Haven’t run into that dark headed fella yet tho! Dang it haha

    #DA2014

  88. jans11 said

    Yea! it posted, finally! :)

  89. MT said

    Abrra,
    Thanks for the tips. I did sign up for VIPnation so, if he uses the same one, I’m ready. :)

  90. Abrra said

    Here’s a puzzle for your Sunday !

    http://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=076d8a42f67b

    Abrra

  91. stenocruiser said

    Nice jigsaw — but, is it just me or is there a piece missing? I’m at 98% and one blank space and no piece available. Curious.

  92. Abrra said

    Steno

    It’s probably stuck behind another piece of the same color. Move some around. If the piece doesn’t click in place, its the wrong piece.

    Abrra

  93. stenocruiser said

    Well, I have wiggled and jiggled and pushed and shoved, and nothing changes — oh well, maybe I’ll start over and see what happens. Thanks, Abrra.

  94. Abrra said

    Steno
    I finished the complete puzzle in 21 minutes. No missing pieces. Keep trying :)

    Abrra

  95. MT said

    Steno,
    I finished it in a little over 21 minutes (didn’t quite beat Abrra LOL). I had one missing too, until I moved the puzzle. If you click and hold on the almost completed puzzle, you can move the whole thing over and look under it for the last piece. Hope this helps. Good luck! :D

    Nice puzzle, Abrra! This was a tough one but fun.

  96. stenocruiser said

    It’s okay — I did get it done after all by starting over. It was a good one.

  97. tawna21 said

    Nice puzzle, Abrra :)

  98. Do not attempt this puzzle late at night. it took me twice as long as Abrra and MT.. but it was fun!♥
    (I was sleepy. that’s my story,and I’m sticking to it) lol

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