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David Archuleta ~ Caught in His Web

Posted by Angelica on Sunday, October 13, 2013

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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.

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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.

 

73 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ Caught in His Web”

  1. dangitdavid said

    This is probably the most enlightening article on David I have read so far!! I can feel a difference in the fandom as we get closer to the end of the two years…things are a little quieter among us, some say listening to his music makes them miss him more, some are tired of listening to the same music, etc. There are times when I just need to step away for a while as well….it usually only lasts for a couple of days but it’s a needed break. Then it’s just like you said, it’s a struggle trying to fight to stay away!! There’s always a need to be drawn back and no matter what, next thing you know, you’re on a website, checking out pictures, listening to just one song (and we all know that leads to hours of listening to David ’cause one is never enough)! David has definitely drawn us into his little world and there is no exit door…no matter how hard we try to step away, he has us captured securely and safely where he needs us! No matter what he does or where he goes with his life, we will be there to experience it with him….and there’s no use fighting! That man knows how to capture hearts and hang on for dear life 😊.

  2. Abrra said

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    Back in 2008, he had me captured from Idol auditions. I wanted to see/hear what he did next on the show. Spin, spin, spin. Oh my gosh he did a solo tour and spun his creativity with a medley and a Spanish song in the mix. His next trick caused me to be stuck like glue when he sang beautiful Christmas songs like I had never heard before. Despite the long wait, I was in his web waiting for any morsel of music for almost a year. Then he spun a fabulous book and an album about his life’s philosophy. I was snared so tightly that I didn’t even try to let go. He left the web for 2 years and I was content to wait to see the spider that he brought back. He has fed me with music the whole time, so I have been able to sustain my interest.

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    I am almost sure I will know this spider by his look and sound. Freedom from this web is not anything I ever want to experience.

    Thanks Angelica, for speaking about how difficult that waiting has been for you as a fan. We are in the home stretch now. We can do the remaining months with hope in our hearts that he has something planned to jump back into music.

    Abrra

  3. emmegirl14 said

    Tired Of Waiting For You – I didn’t even realize that what I have been feeling is really as simple as that.

    Sometimes I’ve gone 2-3 weeks without listening to him, and when I do, for the most part I, too, sit in silence. I have listened to a few other artists for token amounts of time, a mere distraction.

    So (sigh) I wait… seems the closer it gets, the harder it gets.
    But wait I will.

    (your last two paragraphs♥)

  4. ROOSTER said

    tried of waiteing for you, ME TOO some times i go a whole hour without hearing him

  5. I’ve noticed myself lately as things have been slowing down, I’ve been listening to David less also. The longest I think was about a month. I managed to find and explore other music during his absence which has sustained me, but at the same time I’ve been trying to get him out of my life. I mean on Idol he had my attention but for two years I was off and on until his third album and memoir came out…and that’s when he got me. I got won over and then when the mission came out, I was really shaken up. Thankfully I had God and my friends and people at church to sustain me.

    Ever since he left, I have listened to his albums and old interviews and vlogs over again now and then, and it always reminds me of what I really have in my life and how I’m lucky to have such a great person like him in it. Like it or not, David has become a part of my life, and I’ve been discovering the past 2 weeks it’s time I finally accept that and stop trying to kick him out and make up excuses. When I tell friends about what he’s been doing, I think it also reminds me too…and it makes me feel good. I did cry a bit just this past week about struggling to accept it and how I was feeling and my friends were there for me, which I’m grateful for.

    I just sometimes wish other people were as lucky as me.

    P.S. I have read a couple of articles on this site during the past few years and I’m sorry I haven’t posted a comment sooner. I’m always too shy lol. I always loved every post and they always made me feel good, and are more appreciative of the kind of person David is rather than his famous self, which is important to me. Keep up the good work *this is also my new home page lol* But anyways thank you for another lovely post today. We wait…and pray.

  6. Abrra said

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    Thank you for your heartfelt and honest comment. Now that you have dipped your toe in the water, be sure to jump in anytime when you feel you want to express your thoughts.

    Abrra

  7. Dayzee said

    ahhh Kristen, I loved the line “appreciative of the kind of person David is rather than his famous self”. There are not many celebrities that line would apply to. None more than David. He has enriched my life in so many ways I never expected when I first was caught in his web.

    Rooster, you are my kind of fan. An hour without David is an hour lost.

    Last night on chat we watched a video showing the end of one of David’s concerts. As I watched him wave goodbye to the audience and leave the stage I heard my silly self think “Don’t go David. Don’t leave”. My mind knows Abrra has thousands of videos she shares with us 24/7. There he is, available at all times thanks to Abrra’s wizardry. Yet still I feel a pang in my heart when David disappears from view.

    Nothing describes this tether to David better than the flexible yet tenacious bonds of spider silk. Thanks to Angelica for sharing her personal webs

  8. psalmsgirl90 said

    I feel the same way as you. I can’t stay way for every long either. No matter how hard I try. I think David’s voice just draws you in some how.

  9. jans11 said

    Very interesting article, Angelica! Your description is so on the money!! I feel the same with David catching me in his web as I do when walking up my steps and run into a spider web that wasn’t there when I went down the steps just an hr or so earlier! I have to listen to David every day, sometimes every hr. And for sure, every night! Sorry, he had me from “Waiting On The World To Change”!!!!!!! The last 5 years have been such a wonderful ride and sometimes I wonder how it can get any better. But, I know when he comes back, he will be better than ever before and I will be saying “yep, he’s done it again”!

    I listen to David’s Christmas music year round. Not so much in the summer, but whenever I’m in the mood for a song, I play it. Every time I play any of his songs, I take it all in. It’s like I inhale a breath of fresh air every time!! I get all giddy and come to the conclusion, David, How Do You Do It????? But, I will be soooo happy to hear some new songs by him on cd and to hear him sing any songs in person! :)

    Welcome to our little corner of the world, Kristin! I also love your “appreciative of the kind of person David is rather than his famous self”! I think that’s the way all his fans feel and that makes us so protective of him. Loving him for what he is in the inside. With that and his fantastic voice, it all makes for a perfect person in our eyes! :)

    #2014!!!!

  10. Hello again hehe, Abrra thank you for the warm welcome and the nice David welcome pic too. Hehe I didn’t expect that!! I think I will more often here lol, I used to be on FOD but…let’s just say the people changed I don’t wanna badmouth anyone because I’m not that kind of person but it just wasn’t a fit for me. I still talk with a few people from there on Twitter and stuff…but I’d rather not get into details on those circumstances of leaving there. It just got bad.

    Heh thank you Dayzee and it’s true!! Not many celebs fit that line. David’s one of the few that does, and that says a lot :) I’m sure he was and I’m glad he has for you too :) David’s always a surprise, he never ceases to impress me :D I too feel that pang now and again when I watch a David video, and when do you guys have chat? I’d love to stop by when I have a chance.

    Psalmsgirl90 he definitely draws you in. We can’t ever put our finger on it, we could try–I know I have and it still baffles me XP–but there’s just something…soothing about him…it just makes you feel things will be better, and a little easier too :)

  11. hehe thank you for the warm welcome as well Jans11 :D I agree we see him as THE MAN not THE CELEBRITY. hehe our kind of perfect my friend :)

  12. Abrra said

    Kristin

    I host a weekly chat at our video site called Unplugged on Livestream http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged You can hop on over anytime 24/7 and watch David in concert or maybe an interview. I have many fan made videos, as well. We start at 10pm est on Saturday nights. You can create a login on the right side just below the chat box. If you are just stopping by randomly, you can watch with no login.

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    We also have a weekly Nandito Ako chat on Tuesdays hosts by Bebereader. This week is the start of the series. She runs 5 episodes each week until we have seen the whole series. Then we start over. It”s at 10pm est at this Livestream site http://www.livestream.com/saragirl Same set up as Unplugged. Login to chat or visit when you feel like it to just watch.

    A notice is posted on The Voice in the current thread as a reminder. I hope you can make it and do sign in so you can join the crazy fun!

    Abrra

  13. Awesome! Thanks for the info Abrra!! I’ll be sure to check it out when I can!! Thank you again and have a wonderful Sunday :)

  14. MT said

    Angelica,
    Great article! Ennui … I understand where you’re coming from, the struggle. And yes, I am *still caught in the web*

    Sometimes I don’t listen to his music. I try to listen to others’ music, too. There are a few new songs out that I like. But none make me feel what David did. Then I get in the car and put in a David CD … and I remember why I’m still waiting. I go from CD to CD and I seem to notice things I never did before. As much as I have loved his songs, listening to them now, REALLY listening, I realize there is still so much more he has to give us. I am always finding something new and beautiful in them, little nuggets in the background of his songs that tell me what we have to look forward to.

    Kristen,
    Welcome!!

  15. tawna21 said

    Angelica >>>> ‘But we will never be free.’ How true this is!! I wrote a comment to a post on Snowanglz a while back on this very concept. I brought it over…

    “*sigh* I’ve wondered, also, what things are going to be like when David comes back. I’m so ready for #2014 to be here. I want to be thru waiting and wondering. However, I can honestly say that whatever David brings back and whatever he decides as far as career moves, it will all be fine. He is going to need time to ‘find himself’ and that’s okay. Although, something pokes at me that says he probably has a lot of it in the works already as far as career moves (could be some of Kari’s comments). I really don’t think we have a lot we need to worry about. I’m going to focus on…. “Please, David!! Let your hair grow back out!!!! It’s too gorgeous to keep it cut with a #3 guard on the clippers!!!!!” :)

    Yep, I still love me some David Archuleta for who he is and what he brings to the table—- lot’s of yummy treats! ”

    I’ve spent some time away, here and there, from some things David but it doesn’t last very long. I can’t handle being gone very long, it hurts too bad. Like Abrra, I don’t want to be free. ♥ I will wait for this spider to return…. I have to. ♥

    #DA2014

  16. Abrra said

    MT

    We missed you in chat last night. I played this emotional performance of Nandito Ako which I think is his best! There are no screams because he was at a TV5 presscon. I wished you had been there to share with us. I know how you like to sing along haha


    Julian Mauricio
    You can find an mp3 of this performance in Abrra’s Candy Jar http://www.mediafire.com/download/kd6ve0y7mw8jou9/David+Archuleta+sings+Nandito+Ako++at+TV5Presscon+2412.mp3

    Abrra

  17. poof said

    Angelica, Thanks again for sharing what is in your heart. You always do it so well. I think it helps all of us “figure out” what we are feeling in our own.

    There is no doubt for me that I am caught in David’s web, surprized by the comfort and peace I find there. I too feel so tired of waiting. Missions are probably two years, in part for this purpose; to truly take you from all you know and love in distance and in time, a true commitment and sacrifice for the missionaries and those left behind.

    I have also tried getting into other music. What it shows me is the void in how that music makes me feel vs. David’s. Mostly I listen to David’s. It makes me miss him less. What’s a few more hundred spins of Fields of Gold or Broken? We have made it this long. We can do it.

  18. MT said

    Abrra,
    Awww, thanks. I was out of town all day and exhausted last night. Missed you guys, too!

    Thanks for sharing that version of Nandito Ako. I sang with him as I watched it just now. LOL Beautiful!
    (haha him beautiful, not me. I sing awful, but I do sing with great enthusiasm)

  19. tawna21 said

    Abrra thanks for that video (#16). My heart just bursts with all kinds of emotions with NA (anything NA, not just the song). David seemed so in love with everything life was bringing to him at that time. The acting, the modeling, the concerts and press-cons, AND the fans, were so important to him. As grueling and tiring as it must have been, he still moved forward with steadfastness. It was such a joy to watch him grow for those few months. I just can’t wait to see the growth in him after 2 years!!

    #arewealmostdone #wecandoit :)

  20. jans11 said

    #16…Thanks Abrra…he sings that so comforting like liquid gold flowing!! ♥

    About a week ago I was looking out my sliding door that goes out on the deck and there was a huge cobweb that Charlotte spun between the tree limb and the deck. I took the broom and whisked it away. Believe it or not it was back just a few days later, but no sign of Charlotte! After reading Angelica’s post, I now know that was David and not Charlotte because even though David is gone, the web is still there!! :)

    #DA2014….yes, Tawna, we can do it! :)

  21. SandyBeaches said

    Angelica,

    The artwork is awesome!

    I think I was sitting with gou in your car at the gate.

    SB

  22. SandyBeaches said

    That is what I get for writing in the night, a misspelling! Took the pup out in the freezing cold, but found this to read! Thanks!

    SB

  23. rooster said

    aaawwww ha i have a new hen in my house welcome, kristin

  24. rooster said

    by the way the hen house is full of web,s,not going to get rid of them LOL

  25. Ohhhh, Angelica (sniff). “…because he has me ruined.” THIS

    I understand the mission decision, even cheered him on; but how the heck do I act in a responsible manner with all this waiting? I need the instruction manual: “Proper Fan Decorum for Old Ladies.” Apparently out of print.

    Sometimes I try to retreat, disengage, rearrange priorities, listen to any music but his, start weird projects for the sake of distraction, etc. It is merely an odd and temporary ebb and flow process due to “the web” factor.

    Thank goodness for talented and dedicated David bloggers who are willing to host insightful group therapy sessions with verve and humor, along with steady reminders of why we wait. We’re almost there!

  26. djafan said

    Angelica,

    You’re feelings resonate with me. It is so interesting that now that the time of his return nears I’m getting so impatient! I’ll try to go David free on some days to see if that helps this knot of anticipation and it only makes it worse! Listening to others makes the David void grow in the pit of my stomach, they are lacking everything that David has in spades. I am completely tangled in his web.

    It reminds me of a time I found a jar of wingless flies in my 8 year old at the time son’s room. I asked why and what are you doing with these flies? He said they were to feed his pet spider. I asked, what pet spider? I followed him outside behind the garage. There was a huge web about 7 feet every direction. He took out a wingless fly and threw it at the web. A few seconds later a huge black widow crawled towards it and started spinning web all around the defenseless spider. It had no chance, none. That’s how I feel. David took my wings and I’m forever entangled in his web of song, love, joy, hope, soul and inspiration.

    Thank you Angelica for sharing of your heart and expressing what this “wait” is feeling like with your wonderful way of words.

    5 months, 23 weeks,164 days, 1 Halloween, 1 Thanksgiving, 1 Christmas, 1 New Year’s Day, 1 Valentine’s Day, 1 Saint Patrick’s Day for #DA2014!!!!!!

    Many missing David lol. This is hilarious but please pay close attention at 38 seconds. Sigh.

  27. djafan said

    Love to see comments from newbies to The Voice! Kristen, DangitDavid and psalmsgirl90 please join in often.

    Here are some tweets as found on twitter :)

    McKenzie Harris ‏@McKenzieHarr 3h

    David Archuleta has 3.55 mil FB LIKES & 1.37 mil Twitter fllwrs while on career break cuz he’s so good 2 his fans. pic.twitter.com/1NEPk04A15

    Gray ‏@GrayAAA 7h

    Happy 4th Anniversary to Christmas From The Heart by David Archuleta ;) @DavidArchie https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/christmas-from-the-heart/id334109266 … pic.twitter.com/kqZNrnMWi7

    Penny #DA2014 ‏@dangitdavid 13 Oct

    Love!!! Y’all need to read this 😊 David Archuleta ~ Caught in His Web: http://wp.me/pHkN1-5Oy via @wordpressdotcom

    ♪♥Marylee~#DA2014♥♪ ‏@Marylee_NCGirl 13 Oct

    …”but we will never be free” ~ first tears of the day. http://thevoicedavidarchuleta.com/2013/10/13/david-archuleta-caught-in-his-web/

    cadthu #DA2014 ‏@CADTHU 13 Oct

    G’morn all. This article (thanks P) really hits home http://wp.me/pHkN1-5Oy -will 4ever be caught up in the Archuweb. Can’t stop #DA2014 :)

    LindaSpivey#DA2014 ‏@erlindita 12 Oct

    “@kimak: @DavidArchie your CRUSH MV hit 40 MILLION VIEWS!! http://youtu.be/6J1-eYBbspA “♥WELL DESERVED!!
    Retweeted by Becca

  28. Howdeeeeee!
    Love your post Angelica, and it is so true what you say..I am definitely caught in the “web”(I actually have a knack for stumbling into webs wherever they appear but that’s another story)
    David spun his web before I knew “what just happened?” and over the years he has most certainly,and with great speed,perfected one that is inescapable!

    If I have dropped off (a little), on listening to David everyday…well he and his songs, are always in my head anyway.And if my phone rings, well there he is again!

    Been “hopelessly ensnared”as you say, since the beginning.

    I think this time now, is the hardest part of the journey for me.I am very restless,and tired of the waiting. I am so ready for him to be here, right now! Just please hurry uuuuuuuuuuuuuup and come home David.

  29. djafan said

    Idol has games going. Just go to link and retweet!

    Idol fans ‏@IdolGames 13 Oct

    RT for David Archuleta

    https://twitter.com/IdolGames

    And get ready for the monthly WWTT!

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  30. MT said

    Sky,
    You’re right. This part is the hardest.

    For me I think it might be because it feels like it’s getting close, so I start to get excited. Then I realize we still have MONTHS to go and it wanes again. So close, yet so far away. I still feel like that horse sitting in the starting gate. I just know the race will begin soon but they just won’t ring the starting bell. So here I sit. lol

    READY …… SET………….___ ……………. oh, wait ….. don’t go …. not yet. Wait a little longer.

    *Sigh* Still waiting, David. I’m ready when you are.

    Hurry home.

  31. MT said

    I have to say one more thing. Thank goodness for our Admins and this site, plus our Saturday night chats and Nandito Ako nights. Oh, and the lovely sidebar pics, they always bring me a smile: The Many Faces Of David Archuleta. ♫ “You just keep me hanging on.”♫ LOL

    PS Angelica, forgot to tell you how much I love the pic at the top of this post. ♥ You are truly talented with those photo edits.

  32. LouLou said

    I will never get tired of waiting for David ! My candle is still burning and it will tell he gets back.There is not a day goes by that i dont listen to him sing,to me there is no one that i have heard that sounds as great as David and i know he cares about all of his fans and i pray that none of us ever give up on him.David never gives up on anything and neither should we !!

  33. MT said

    LouLou,
    I don’t think anyone is giving up, just expressing a little impatience. Some days I have plenty, some days … not so much. LOL But I’ll be here. I have a date for a concert! :) (Just don’t know when it’ll be.)

  34. bluesky said

    Dear Angelica

    I loved your post. I remember what it could be like in the last tri-mester of being with-child. I was so ready for the next step, the next phase, the baby here. Now. Preparation: done. Room prepared: done. Plans made: done. Tired of not-knowing how it will be, what it will be like. And I could never really know. It was always a surprise. It was always so much more than I could have imagined. And I have both birth children and adopted. The wait, the anxiousness, the longing. Sigh.

    Thanks so much for your brilliant and introspective, gentle and kind, invitation into your heart. You are amazing!

    On the word: I have liked the word “ennui” ever after hearing it in a song from “The Slipper and The Rose”: Why Can’t I Be Two People?

    So… why can’t DA be two people? Why can’t he be here and there at the same time? And take care of all of us ha, ha! No, I think not. One of him is all I can take. With two, he would be playing even more games with us. And smiling at himself as if enjoying a secret that only he knows. Wait… he does this already!

    I am looking forward to what he has in store. I know that that long thinking brain of his, has had plans laid. No doubt in my mind about that. Sigh.

    Happy times are in store. Music. Movement. Loud vibrations and sweeping lights. A guy – just a little bit silly, and a whole lot in charge – comes sauntering onto the stage, bringing a wide grin in tow, lighting up the night and our hearts, singing impossible songs in impossible ways, and having the time of his life while doing it.

    It. will. happen.

  35. MT said

    Bluesky,
    This …

    “Happy times are in store. Music. Movement. Loud vibrations and sweeping lights. A guy – just a little bit silly, and a whole lot in charge – comes sauntering onto the stage, bringing a wide grin in tow, lighting up the night and our hearts, singing impossible songs in impossible ways, and having the time of his life while doing it.

    It. will. happen.”

    … made me smile so big!! :D Thanks!

  36. emmegirl14 said

    Me too MT!

  37. jans11 said

    Me 3, MT!!!!!!!!!!! Love it!!

    My 15th great grand child was due yesterday, and we are waiting………but she’s not ready, I guess! haha Oh, but the anticipation is still there. I know as the time gets closer, the anticipation for David will swell to unlimited heights! :)

    #DA2014….closer now, closer now…..just filled in another circle on the Temple!

  38. Angelica said

    Me too MT, Emmegirl and Jan! I was just about to copy and paste that paragraph of Bluesky’s before you beat me to it. lol! I think I will anyway. “Happy times are in store. Music. Movement. Loud vibrations and sweeping lights. A guy – just a little bit silly, and a whole lot in charge – comes sauntering onto the stage, bringing a wide grin in tow, lighting up the night and our hearts, singing impossible songs in impossible ways, and having the time of his life while doing it.” Blue, you summed it up, everything we are all waiting for and why he is so worth the wait. Thanks for putting it into words.

    Rooster, you are for sure the cock-a-doodle-dude around here! Don’t you let anyone touch a strand of them webs! lol!

    I just want to add my welcome to Kristin, Psalmsgirl, and dangitdavid! welcome smiley gif photo: Hi There Nice To Meet You Hello Welcome Smiley Smilie Emoticon Animated Animation Gif 1sm007hiya.gif

    Thanks also to everyone who has commented so far. I really appreciate your kind words and being willing to share your own thoughts as well.

    LouLou, I love your enthusiasm! I would never ever give up on David. I hope I didn’t give that impression. Sometimes when you write about your feelings, they aren’t always the best ones you have. Sometimes you just gotta keep it real. If I didn’t love him so much, it wouldn’t be so hard. I think this is the way it often is, when a long journey is finally nearing its end. A little exhaustion is bound to set in. Doesn’t mean the journey isn’t still worth it, in fact, it’s more likely to be just the opposite. What we obtain easily is not valued as highly as what we struggle to conquer. I remember when I was in the army, having to do a 12 mile march with a 50lb pack in less than 3 hours. At the start of the journey, everyone’s spirits were high. Near the end, even though it was so close, I wanted to quit, I wanted to cry, I DID cry, but I didn’t give up. Truth is, I may not listen to his music everyday, but there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him, several times, and miss him more than I can say. I’ve also developed a pain in my chest when I think of him that wasn’t there before. hah. Not as tough as I thought I was, I guess. But I will soldier on, looking forward with a brightness of hope to the future and…what Bluesky said.

  39. tawna21 said

    the strangest thing happened here… a little while ago when I was reading the comments, there were little stars in the bottom left-hand corner of each comment that had ‘like’ by them… now they aren’t there…. color me very confused :/ #pleasedontjudgeme #gettingolder

  40. bebereader said

    Well I don’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said. Such a simple, yet brilliant article by our own Angelica, who has a knack for expressing what’s in our hearts, in a way that helps us understand it better.Bravo!

    I agree that as it gets closer to David’s homecoming, the wait is getting more difficult. I don’t have to look at a calendar; it’s just something I feel. I went to one concert since David has been away. It was for my husband’s birthday. A nice evening out but I didn’t go away with that exhilarated feeling I always get after hearing David sing live. There is something he has that I haven’t encountered in any other singer, ever. Of course there are other charming celebrities (although I can’t seem to name even one right now) but it’s David’s brand of charm and charisma that touches my heart like no other. It’s not just his voice that I miss; it’s his personality as well. When I hear David sing after not having heard one of his cds for awhile, it’s almost shocking at how beautiful his voice is.

    Anyway, that is my idle chatter. lol

    The NA video in comment #16 will be placed in the NA storyboards for use on Tuesday nights. Thanks for the find, Abbra.

    Kristin, Welcome to The Voice! We’re happy to have you on board to share the wait with us and beyond that, too. :) Looking forward to seeing you in chat on Tuesday and Saturday nights.

    Tawna#39 I haven’t seen the stars yet but I’ll be looking out for them.
    #notjudgingyou #gettingoldertoo *wink*

  41. tawna21 said

    Bebe, my hubby and I went to the Donny & Marie concert in Las Vegas in May. It was an awesome concert. An absolutely amazing show. I would go see them again (if I didn’t have to do it in Vegas). BUT, like you, ” I didn’t go away with that exhilarated feeling I always get after hearing David sing live.” I just went about the rest of the night doing the tourist thing in Vegas. I didn’t need to find a quiet place to absorb what had just happened, like I do after a David concert.

    Kristin, forgive me for not extending a welcome to you sooner, I’m such a slacker. Anyway, welcome to the best place there is to feel, and express, the love for David. ♥

  42. marlie7 said

    Just a quick note (waaaa, I missed Saturday night chat, too, MT)

    There was a 7.1 earthquake in the Philippines last night. Please send prayers for JR and all the other DA fans over there. Well, for everyone over there, fan or not.

  43. MT said

    Tawna,
    You’re not crazy. Or else we both are. LOL I saw the “little stars” too that said “like” next to (or under?) them. Guess WordPress was going wonky for a bit yesterday.

    *sigh* Such a stressful morning for me. Are we having NA chat tonight? I’m going to need my David therapy. ♥

  44. MT said

    Marlie,
    Hopefully we can both make chat this Saturday. See you there? :)

    Jan,
    How is the delivery coming? Wishing both mommy and baby the best!

    *Sending prayers JR and for all those in the earthquake area.

  45. Abrra said

    MT

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    Abrra

  46. Angelica said

    Abrra, she doesn’t need a psychiatrist. She needs the DOCTAH!

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  47. Angelica said

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    Praying for all there that the help will come and a special prayer for JR and others we have come to know online in the Philippines.

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    This scene in Cebu looks so much like the place where Anya lived in Nandito Ako.

  48. psalmsgirl90 said

    Thanks for the welcome, Angelica. I actually have visited this site many times. But I never commented. I guess until now.

  49. Angelica said

    Psalmsgirl90, glad you finally did. smile gif photo: smile smile.gif

  50. bebereader said

    Keeping our friends in The Philippines in my thoughts and prayers. I remember that Eula Caballero’s (Holly in “Nandito Ako”) family lives in Cebu, one of the affected areas. :(

    It’s Tuesday and you know what that means!
    Join us for Nandito Ako chat tonight as we start at the very beginning, again.
    10PM Eastern


    credit TV5

    http://www.livestream.com/saragirl

  51. MT said

    Abrra & Angelica,
    Thanks for the help!

    LOL I think those eyebrows in #46 have me on the mend already. :)

  52. betsy said

    Angelica, I really love this article and am glad you wrote it. It’s so important to know that we all have varying degrees of struggle. Listening, not listening.
    It’s all normal and okay.
    I wrote that dang article I was so excited about and then saved it wrong, apparently. It’s gone. :( I’ve tried to recreate it but the inspiration is gone.
    It’s dang depressing.
    Glad to see the new-ish posters here.
    Abs, I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have such great mp3′s to listen to. I’m sick of the albums. The live stuff is what I’m into lately.

    (also Billy Joel’s old stuff, to be honest. I’d forgotten how great. Summer, Highland Falls, I’ve loved these days, well – most of his older stuff)

  53. Angelica said

    BETSY, aw that’s too bad. It was an intriguing concept. Just trust that whatever inspired it is still inside you. “And so it goes, and so it goes. And you’re the only one who knows.” (BJ might be a good place to Begin.) ;)

  54. Abrra said

    #52 Betsy

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    You have hit on the exact reason why I created the Candy Jar. The recorded Cd’s are beautifully done but I personally crave David’s live performances. If given a choice. I listen to the concert and special event mp3′s most of the time. I feel a closer connection to David as he rambles between songs and makes the crowd squee in appreciation.

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    Abrra

  55. bluesky4home said

    Betsy, Abrra:

    Yeh… somehow the thought of “another album, cd…etc” is not what I see in my mind as the “coming home”. That is because, as you have all said: it is the live performance that we crave most. The personal touch of that voice, the unique closeness he conspires to achieve with each person “no matter how far” in the audience. It is like: the only way it could be better is if we had two hearts, one we could wear on each ear.

    “How do you know someone is a DA fan?”
    “Because of they wear their hearts on their ears instead of their sleeves.”

    We are kinda pathetic. *_*

    But… we like it that way. ^_^

  56. 55. Bluesky, “Because of they wear their hearts on their ears instead of their sleeves.”

    I just totally love that,(And I love that I do.)

    54.Thank you abs.time to change my wallpaper.♥

  57. MT said

    54. Abs,
    That checked shirt with the skinny tie if one of his best outfits. In fact, my favorite video is him singing YEDL with that outfit on. :)


    credit: 8throwcenter

    And the gif …. all I’m saying is, no swagger lessons needed. :)

  58. djafan said

    Betsy,

    Live, there isn’t anyone dead or alive that compares to David Archuleta live IMO!!!!

    I WANT TO HEAR AND SEE THIS LIVE!!!!!!


    :)

  59. djafan said

    Just because ♥

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    Prepare for the next WWTT!

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  60. jans11 said

    Angelica, I had to chuckle when you sent him a cd because I have wanted to do that same thing myself! I haven’t yet, but I might when it gets close to his “coming home” time! :)

    MT Thanks, still no baby. My granddaughter doesn’t go into labor automatically so they have to induce and they wait until she’s a week over. She was hoping it would be different this time, but apparently not! :( I’ ll keep you posted.

    46…Oh, those flirty eyebrows! ♥

    47…Praying for all the people in the Philippines. That scene really does look like the place where Anya lived. It’s so sad. :(

    48…Hi! Psalmsgirl90! “waving”

    54…One of my favorite pics! Thank you, Abs. Your Candy Jar has saved the day for me many times. Today I listened to some cd’s where he talks between his songs and I was feeling much better! My withdrawal pangs have really been bad this past week and the live shows and ramblin’ was what I was needing! :)

    59…DJA. his smiles are priceless! :)

  61. Abrra said

    How about a puzzle? This one shouldn’t be too hard :wink:

    http://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=29f90fe3f156

    Abrra

  62. tawna21 said

    Umm Abrra? Why did you do that this late at night?!? I’m so tired I can’t see straight, and you want me to focus on a gorgeous image that has been chopped into 140 puzzle pieces and put them together? You are wicked, my friend!!! Oh well, now I know what will be facing me on the morrow…. putting 140 puzzle pieces together that will create a gorgeous image! :)

  63. betsy said

    Angelica, I could be feeling that. ;)

    Love that picture Abs. The jeans he was wearing when I first met him! Not at this concert, but you know. :)

    I feel bad that I said I was *sick* of his albums, I just meant I was tired of listening to the same ones. I consider myself dang lucky
    to have so many to choose from. And last month I swear I listened to Begin every day for 2 weeks driving to work.

    MT, you don’t want to know how many times I have watched that same video. That one and the WFY, same show. I should be
    embarrassed. (I’m not)

    Dja, still love WYA. Always will.

    Jan your poor granddaughter. Pregnancy already feels like it’s a month too long. But to have to be late. Argghh!

    Abs, this was my live playlist on my way to and from work today:
    Little Drummer Boy, live MKOC
    Someone Like You, (the surprise Philippines one where he sings like 3 lines and plays the piano, LOUDLY lol)
    Somos clips of just David singing
    David and Jeff singing Waiting on the World to Change, MKOC
    Shout to the Lord season 7, the good one
    Good Place/Let it Be, Verona. (very special)

    Rinse, repeat
    Over and over.

    Is there an mp3 of David singing that Louis Fonsi bit from that TOSOD chat he had in NY?
    When I was watching that chat last week, I rewound it back no less than 10 times to hear it.

  64. Abrra said

    Tawna

    I wanted to leave something to wake up to. Go to bed my sweet!

    Abrra

  65. Abrra said

    Today I am stepping out of my comfort zone David-style. I am going to try a new crock pot recipe that sounds crazy but got good reviews. I’ll let you know! There is a salad included but I think I can handle that part, sans directions LOL

    Good

    Serves 6| Hands-On Time: 15m| Total Time: 4hr 15m
    Ingredients

    2 10-ounce packages chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove excess moisture
    1 cup ricotta
    3/4 cup grated Parmesan (3 ounces)
    3 cups marinara sauce
    6 regular lasagna noodles (not no-boil)
    1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella (6 ounces)
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
    kosher salt and black pepper
    1 small head romaine lettuce, cut into strips (about 8 cups)
    1 cucumber, thinly sliced
    1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

    Directions

    In a bowl, mix together the spinach, ricotta, and ½ cup of the Parmesan. In a second bowl, mix together the marinara sauce and ½ cup water.
    Spread ¾ cup of the marinara mixture in the bottom of a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Top with 2 noodles (breaking to fit), ¾ cup of the remaining marinara mixture, half the spinach mixture, and ½ cup of the mozzarella; repeat. Top with the remaining noodles, marinara mixture, mozzarella, and Parmesan.
    Cover and cook on low until the noodles are tender, 3 ½ to 4 hours.

    http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/slow-cooker-spinach-and-ricotta-lasagna-with-romaine-salad-00000000052378/

    Abrra

  66. bluesky4home said

    Abrra – It was 3 in the morning here. Could not sleep, so I worked on computer. Found your puzzle and it took me a long 39 minutes. Who knows if I was asleep or awake? Not me! ^_^

    And… I have made crock-pot lasagna before. The kids loved it. The noodles just soak up the water.

  67. Abrra said

    The crock pot dish turned out ok. My son in law said “get it while you can, ‘cus it won’t be around long!”. That was a compliment from one who isn’t a fan of experimental cooking.

    Abrra

  68. bebereader said

    What’s not to like? It’s got ingredients that I love. Too bad I gave my crockpot away about a year ago. :(

  69. betsy said

    That sounds good, Abs. I may make it sometime in the next few days.
    What’s everyone doing tonight?

  70. Angelica said

    Nothing much. Just hanging here in this comfy web. What about you?

  71. fenfan said

    I watched the 2013 Tony awards on youtube last night – the whole show. All through it I was saying to myself oh David could sing that, David could act in that role, and on and on. And I am listening to Begin right now, on repeat. So I guess I am caught in the web – big time.

  72. fenfan123 said

    Oh I forgot to add – Cyndi Lauper sang True Colors at the Tonys! Now David can definitely sing that! LOL
    He’s singing that song right now on my iTunes as I am typing this!

  73. Angelica said

    New thread>>>>

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