With budding maturity, David Archuleta captures two years’ worth of introspection and reflection, dozens of songwriting sessions, long days spent in the studio and nights in the air, all leading to The Other Side of Down, his highly anticipated second album.
Not only the follow up to David’s 2008 self-titled debut, it’s a reintroduction to the American Idol runner-up with the angelic voice who 30 million television viewers fell in love with during season 7—now older, wiser, with faith still on his side and an eternally optimistic wide-eyed outlook. Hence, the album’s title. “For me, it’s about moving forward and making progress,” David explains. “I’m heading towards ‘the other side of down,’ which is ‘up.’”
A big shout out of thanks to my friend Micki Hansen for the above glorious photo shop work! Can you imagine him in a Western on the big screen?
Oh yeah. I think he has the voice for it. The speaking voice, I mean. Kind of soft-like and velvety but with a bit of a husky tone. Uh…where was I? Huh?
Oh yeah. Happy Halloween Week y’all!
So what do you love about Halloween? Any plans? I plan to make a gazillion of these cupcakes to take to work and to everyone I know. Click on photo to get the recipe. Tell me they aren’t adorable! No, they’re not David cupcakes, but it’s Halloween, and as Otis once said to Barney, “Sometimes I like to see a bat!” haha. If you’re a fan of the series, you know what I’m talking about. I have everything I need to get this pahtay stahted!!!! Because we have a lot to celebrate! Halloween will come at the end of this week, the 31st of October. When it does, Abrra will draw her wand at midnight Thursday and blast to smithereens another month! Yippee yi ki yay!!!
Speaking of Abrra, I reckon by the looks of it, she’s been busy with Halloween projects too. She just sent me this photo of jack-o-lanterns she carved with her family tonight. Awesome job! I’ll let you know how my cupcakes turn out and post a pic of how mine compare to the photo. Let us know how you plan to spend your Halloween and send any pics you want posted. And since it’s time for all things scary, I just have to share with y’all this short film I found several months ago and was so blown away by. Directed by Rodrigo Gudiño and Vincent Marcone, it presents a murder mystery in an excessively short time frame, only 6 minutes, but the over-all pure spookiness of it is huge. They are real actors, but they barely move, yet in a brevity of time and motion, so much is conveyed. Here is what Vincent wrote beneath its YouTube posting. “An image that tells an entire story, THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MISTER HOLLOW centers on a single photograph that dates back to the early 1930s. As the camera begins to investigate the particulars of the photo, however, it reveals a tapestry of secrets hidden in the details, and a tale of murder, kidnapping and sacrifice captured in a haunting moment.” Check out all the awards it has won on this Wiki link here. And, more impressive to me even, since I am addicted to IMDb, is its rating of 7.0! That’s huge for any movie, of whatever size. Click on it and go big! Can you solve the mystery?
And another video, not so incredible and not even new, but it’s Halloween so it must be Thriller time! Mwahahahahaha!!!
Posted by bebereader on Saturday, October 19, 2013
It’s been almost nineteen months that David has been away. His two year mission will be coming to a close sooner than we realize. It’s made me think about his last vlog in which he told us to explore our own hobbies and to basically take time for ourselves and our own interests. My own interests?! David, you were my hobby for the last five years! I put some of my own interests on hold when I became a fan, so I was kind of lost when he left and didn’t know what I’d do for the following twenty-four months.
Time has a way of passing when you’re not paying attention. There are a lot of things that could be accomplished in 24 months. Get an Associate’s or a Master’s Degree. Learn a foreign language. Give birth to a baby. Even two babies. Learn a sport. Write a novel. Lose weight or gain some if you need to. Let your hair grow. Catch up on back seasons of some TV shows. Save money. If I had saved ten dollars a week in a special fund since David left, I would have close to $1,000 by the time he comes home!
I learned that time doesn’t stand still and was thinking about things that have happened during the last year and a half. Obama was re-elected President. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in a four game sweep to win the World Series. The United States government shut down. Hurricane Sandy hit Atlantic City, NJ like a cyclone and caused 8 million people to lose power. The new Iphone5 became available. We lost Robin Gibb of The BeeGees and Marvin Hamlisch, two musicians whose contribution to music is immeasurable. Unfortunately there was a horrific movie theater shooting, a terrible school shooting and a heinous bombing in Massachusetts.
When I reflect on the last nineteen months, I didn’t save money in a special fund nor did I write the next great novel. I didn’t learn a new sport either. But I’ve been brushing up on my Spanish enough so that I can converse with Gladys en espanol, un pocito, during chat. I’m enjoying a brand new cereal that came on the market recently. It’s called Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch. The only reason I’m mentioning it is that I know David will like it too, because I remember how he loved Honey Bunches of Oats and this one is very similar, but even better. (Thank you for telling me about it, Sky!)
Since American Idol Season 7 ended I rarely watch TV but as of a year ago, I found a TV show that I can really sink my teeth into. Two shows, in fact! One is called, The Voice (no relation lol) and the other is Nashville. I also joined the ranks and succumbed to the Candy Crush Saga. Level 84, thank you very much! And my little granddaughter, who was almost one year old when David left, had wisps of blonde hair when I took her picture for the “I Will Be Here #2014″ video. She could only say one or two words at that time. Now she has a hot mess of blonde curls cascading down her back. Her vocabulary has grown tremendously and she speaks like she’s two going on twenty! I’m teaching her to say “David, Come Home!”
How are your plans going? Have you accomplished what you set out to do in David’s absence?
ennui (French) noun: a feeling of listlessness and general dissatisfaction resulting from lack of activity or excitement.
This is what I’ve been feeling lately. I know a year and a half has passed. I know that means we have only six months left to wait. But I also know why this song by the Kinks has been playing over and over in my head lately.
There is a struggle going on in me. Sometimes I don’t play his music for days that turn into weeks. Sometimes I try to listen to other music for a while. I ended up placing my used copy of Sara Bareilles’ CD, The Blessed Unrest in the card I was mailing to him. It was a spur of the moment act. “Maybe you can listen to it on your P day,” I scrawled as I waited in line at the post office. The fact is, I’m tired. Tired of the same songs on the same albums of his. Tired of listening to anyone else because he has me ruined. So most of the time, I just don’t listen to anyone at all. Maybe I’m crazy, (pro-ba-bly) but I think I know something of what Teddy must have felt in the play Arsenic and Old Lace.
Reverend Harper: Have you ever tried to persuade him that he wasn’t Teddy Roosevelt?
Abby Brewster: Oh, no.
Martha Brewster: Oh, he’s so happy being Teddy Roosevelt.
Abby Brewster: Oh… Do you remember, Martha, once, a long time ago, we thought if he’d be George Washington, it might be a change for him, and we suggested it.
Martha Brewster: And do you know what happened? He just stayed under his bed for days and wouldn’t be anybody.
I just sit in my car in silence and don’t listen to anybody. It’s quite pleasant, really. I think a lot about stuff. Like a few days ago, I was sitting quietly in my car, waiting for the heavy wrought iron gate that sits at the entrance to our little lake community to slowly open. At that moment, I was wondering what the heck I was going to write about him next. It gets harder the longer he’s away. And then I saw them. A dozen spider webs had sprung up on the iron gate over night to adorn the bleak bars with a delicate, intricate beauty. I took out my phone and snapped a picture of it and drove on, thinking how like those webs his hold on us is. How we are caught, as securely as any prey was ever held. And how struggling only makes the cords of love grow tighter.
Looking back, I realize why I did not see it coming. How was I to see those gently spinning diaphanous threads wafting toward me as I watched and listened each week in wide-eyed innocent wonder? What was there to fear while waiting on the world to change into imagining angels shopping around for smokey mountain memories along that long and winding road to heaven? By the time he strode out to Apologize it was too late. I was already tightly, hopelessly ensnared. With each concert that followed, each video uploaded, I became more captivated and more his captive.
In time he could walk away with confidence, knowing we were securely tethered until his return. When he does, the vibrations will be felt all over the web and across the wide world the net will tremble and our release will come. But we will never be free.
We all love that voice. David Archuleta can sing anything. When he comes back from his mission he is going to conquer the world, one song at a time. We know he will have a phenomenal singing career. But when he has been there, done that and has a little time on his schedule, what else should he do? He could go look for his kind of perfect, you say? Maybe.
Well, I am a demanding fan. I want to put him to work – in the movies. I have always thought David would make a wonderful comedic actor, what with his “dry wit” and “oh gosh” demeanor. Or he could be a romantic lead. Just look at that face. HEARTTHROB! – if ever there was one!
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David himself has said he enjoys acting and would love to do it again.
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He has some ideas about the people he wants to act with (6:40) and has managed to overcome his fear of acting (9:20).
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And he is open to acting in a movie or series in the US.
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He didn’t say what roles he would like to play. But I think starring as the heartthrob in a romantic comedy would be perfect. I know what you are thinking. Kissing is de rigueur in romantic comedies. That might prove a bit difficult for a guy who claims he has yet to lock lips with anyone. But look at You’ve Got Mail – no kissing till the very end. With some judicious camera work and editing he could even get away with a fake kiss.
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What I wouldn’t give to see David on the big screen loping through Central Park with his dog by his side on his way to meeting the girl of his dreams. A movie soundtrack album with David singing Over the Rainbow would be icing on the cake.
For the longest time I had thought that I would be content if I could just see David in a romantic comedy. I wasn’t sure about his potential for serious drama until I saw him emote and spill those tears in Nandito Ako.
As I was writing this and casting around for an example of a dramatic role for him, I came across this announcement by 20th Century Fox that got me really excited. They are looking for someone between the ages of 18 and 22 to play a young Elvis in The Last Train to Memphis.
Elvis hopefuls are required to submit an audition tape of themselves reading some lines from the movie script and another of their singing 6 to 8 bars of a pre-1957 Elvis song. Well, we all know someone has already got the singing tape done.
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But would he ace the audition? I think 20th Century Fox should wait another 6 months to find out.