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David Archuleta on Sale Now!

Posted by djafan on Saturday, November 30, 2013

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With Christmas fast approaching (and David’s return getting closer!) many are out shopping after Thanksgiving when sales are at their best. I’m more of the online shopper and usually not until the week before lol. But while on twitter this tweet got my attention.

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It’s true @DavidArchie fans—the inspirational album BEGIN by David Archuleta is now just $7.49! http://bit.ly/181Gnws  #BlackFriday #DA2014

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I thought maybe other stores have David’s stuff on sale. So I checked several out and I was happy to see many stores do have various David merchandise on sale! This makes it perfect for us to stock up with David’s music for gifting and spreading his voice.

I’ve compiled a list with a couple of lowest priced items from each though there are more. Click on the store names and happy shopping!

Deseret Book : Chords Of Strength $4.99 – BEGIN. $7.49

Walmart : Christmas From The Heart $7.00 – No Matter How Far $10.00 (online only prices)

Amazon : The Other Side Of Down $7.99 – Christmas From The Heart $8.38

Best Buy : Christmas From The Heart $7.99 – Glad Christmas Tidings DVD $19.99

Barnes&Noble : David Archuleta CD $1.99 – David Archuleta Dream Big $8.95 (paperback)

Target : Glad Christmas Tidings DVD $16.79 – Christmas From The Heart $7.29

Sears : Christmas From The Heart $5.99 – Glad Christmas Tidings Blue Ray DVD $19.99 (scroll down the page for bargains)

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I know at times we need a silent night but not when David stuff goes on sale!

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So on the heels of this Thanksgiving,

Give the Voice that keeps on giving!

Wrap it round you head to toe,

Fill the stocking,

Tie the bow,

Then let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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Original photo credit Team David

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Voice ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Angelica on Monday, November 25, 2013

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pil•grim (ˈpɪl grɪm, -grəm) n.

1. a person who journeys, esp. a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion.
2. a traveler or wanderer, esp. in a foreign place.

3. (cap.) one of the band of Puritans who founded the colony of Plymouth, Mass., in 1620

The little Mayflower held ninety-nine and of that number, fifty-seven survived the first year. Not only survived, but thrived. And when the bountiful harvest was gathered, they too gathered together and three days did not seem too long to celebrate.

How far away this week seemed to us last year or the year before!  But we are still standing and that makes us survivors too. There is so much to celebrate.  Family, friends, good food and the certain knowledge that the bustling holiday season will bring us close to the day we celebrate him home.

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The iconic painting above by Norman Rockewell is titled “Freedom from Want.”  I am not entirely free in this regard.  I want him home.  Now don’t go getting your knickers in a wad because I disrespected the intent of the painting or one of Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” or more to the point, any of the people who don’t enjoy this basic freedom from lack in a world filled with abundance.  Doesn’t change the fact.  I want him back.  Yesterday.

Happy Thanksgiving.  Our pilgrim is almost home.

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The Smoking Memory and Strange Powers of David Archuleta’s Fans

Posted by betsy on Sunday, November 17, 2013

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I’ve been thinking about this a lot.  We all have some kind of David Superpower.  Or call it a kind of extrasensory perception fueled by our ODD.  I really started thinking about this a few weeks ago.  Have you ever gone to a David site, looked at the amount of comments, and noticed that the last time you were there, there were 47 and now there are 52?  That’s the kind of thing I’m talking about.  I always seem to remember the comment numbers on any given site, most days.  “Oh, there are 3 new comments, or no new comments.”  Is this weird?  Does anyone else do this?

A superpower that six years ago none of us would understand or even think of having. :)

How about this?  You see a picture of David and know the circumstances of the day on which it was taken.  The where, when, and how of it.  The clothing and hair are always a dead giveaway.

YouTube videos.  You watch a favorite performance enough times and you know the minute/second marker of your favorite note.  You know where it was recorded without having to read the title.  You know the minute he’s going to go all hunkerdown on us.  “Smoky Mountain Memories” anyone?  Keeeeep my head above the waterrrr!!!   BTW, that would be 2.11-2.16.  And we have years of performances in our heads.  Thank God for our fans who record.  Which is NOT easy.  I tried and didn’t even finish an entire song.  Got tired of it.  Great, now I’m stuck on SMM and can’t stop watching it.  Do people REALIZE how good this was/is?  I mean, I know you guys do, but it’s just so good and now I’m rambling.

Another one is that some people would stay offline all day and come on because they felt that David was going to tweet, and he almost always did.  Well, I know one person this happens to. :)

Some people are geniuses at buying tickets.

Others have this superpower:  Mention something that you’ve seen approximately once in a video five years ago and someone will know it and find it for you.  This happens regularly.

Oh, David mentioned something he ate three years ago on July something when he was in Nashville?  Just ask anyone, they will know what and where.

I think our brains have gotten larger, it’s the only explanation.  Has keeping up with everything David related made us smarter?  Or just more motivated to remember?

What is your David Superpower? Please tell us!

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Betsy is a staff writer for The Voice.

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David Archuleta ~ La Voz en Español

Posted by MT on Sunday, November 10, 2013

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When it comes to David, I’m quite often “all about the career.” I think David’s voice is so phenomenal that the world simply MUST acknowledge it.  But on a personal level, it’s all about listening to the voice. That voice is what I’m dying to experience live.  The Voice, the voice, the voice. No special songs. No special theme. Just the voice singing anything he wants to to sing.

Like many of you I can’t wait until David gets home. He has been sorely missed. But thoughts of his homecoming bring up many questions. How will he have changed? What will he look like? (Once he has hair again.) Will his voice be deeper? Will his personality have changed? One thing we can be pretty sure of is that he’ll come home with an accent and speaking fluent Spanish.

The thought that naturally follows is; Will David be recording in Spanish soon after he gets back home and back to singing? I usually love David’s voice singing anything, but I wonder. If he does a whole album in Spanish, would I really want to buy it? After all, I wouldn’t understand a word he sings. So, I did a little research and made an interesting discovery.

I decided to listen closely to something he both recorded and performed live in Spanish. Listen to this “Riu Riu Chiu”from Verona. The whole thing is beautiful, but the part from 2:20 to the end where there are no words, just his voice. Gahhhhh…to die for vocals!

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Now tell me it doesn’t make your little heart ache and sing with joy at the same time. As I listened to that last part I was so enthralled (that ending is exquisite) and it suddenly dawned on me. David has recorded tons of songs and I have loved them all, in the beginning. But it actually takes me a while to decide whether or not I really like the SONG. OK. That sounds strange. What I mean is, at first all I hear is his voice, not the lyrics. I’m so excited that I get to hear him sing ANYTHING new, that I don’t really listen to the words because I’m too busy drowning in his voice. After I’ve heard each song a few dozen times, I finally reach a point where I actually pay attention to the lyrics and decide if I like the song itself. Or I should say, which songs I like more and which I like less.

So…all of this to say that if David does make a Spanish album, it may very well be my favorite of all even though I won’t understand the words. It might actually be BECAUSE I don’t understand the words. It would be like all the background vocals that I love so much. He usually isn’t even singing actual words, just sounds. All I hear is him vocalizing the emotions he’s feeling. Sooo beautiful! I think his songs in Spanish might have that same effect on me.

Without the distraction of what the song is ABOUT, it will just be..the Voice. So David, bring on the Spanish album!! I am ready!!

How ready are you for a whole album of soft consonants sung by David?

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MT is a staff writer for The Voice.

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Celebrating Four Years With David Archuleta

Posted by Abrra on Friday, November 8, 2013

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November 8th marks the 4th anniversary of The Voice. We want to thank all the fans who visit and comment over the years. All of you, along with David himself, are the inspiration that keeps us going. We are thankful to our staff writers, who have stood by our side and provided so many insightful articles, and to the guest writers who have come forward to add their voices too. Having so many diverse voices to share their thoughts has carried us through the long 2 year drought while David has been away. It is my honor to participate as an admin, along with Angelica, Bebereader and Djafan, on a fansite promoting the best singer in the world.

We took a look back into the archives and brought out the very first article published on this site, written by Angelica. In it she says we are here to celebrate his art and his humanity. After 4 years, I think I can safely say, mission accomplished!
~Abrra

There is David the artist. The Voice. That terrible, wonderful, glorious, soul embracing, knee buckling, sigh inducing, tear producing Voice. Then there is David the song writer, who we are just getting to know and anticipate the fruits of his labors there. *insert squee* There is David the dancer/performer, also a work in progress, and the work is going very well, I might add.

But over and above all this, the crown jewel, the cherry on top of all that delightful, delectable, deliciousness is the man himself. The David we have come to know off stage. A man of quiet strength, compassion, courage, humility and character. A man after our own hearts, when all we meant to do was love his art.

So we are here to celebrate his art, which is awesome, and his humanity, which is awesomer. We are here to celebrate the totality of his awesomeage. And that, though linguistically incorrect, is the charuth.
~Angelica

So thanks for standing by us and especially, by him. You all deserve a big round of applause because each and every one of you, are pretty dang awesome too!

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The Ring, The Dance, and David Archuleta

Posted by skydancer1x on Friday, November 1, 2013

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My Dad and his older sister Madeline shared the same birthday, October 25th. I always thought that was really special. She would always say he was “the best birthday present ever!” Madeline was the protector of her youngest sibling, but as they aged, it was my father who became protective of his oldest sister.

Several years after her husband’s passing and the loss of her two beloved companion dogs, my father worried about his sister living alone. Convincing her to move, she sold her home and her belongings in Massachusetts and moved to a lovely retirement community in Florida, very close to where we lived. She had a furnished apartment with all the comforts of home.

Madeline quickly made friends in her new surroundings and before long, she and several of her new friends signed up for ballroom dancing lessons. They eventually began traveling all over the state for competitions.

My Dad became concerned and skeptical about the outflow of money and the time his sister was spending with dance, and felt that she might be part of a giant scam to separate widows and lonely ladies from their life savings. He felt she was being foolish, a woman her age being “paraded” around the dance floor often with a much younger dance instructor/partner. But Madeline was having a wonderful time anyway and continued dancing, knowing that her brother wasn’t going to come around to her way of thinking.

I loved hearing about Auntie Madeline’s little adventures and road trips as much as she loved talking about them. Her eyes lit up when she spoke of her new-found passion. But my Dad remained concerned, and others in the family continued to relentlessly tease her.

Less than a decade after she had come to enjoy her life in Florida, Madeline’s life came to an end. I recall going with my mother to the apartment where she lived to pack up her personal belongings. In her closet hung her many beautiful dresses, including several incredible ballroom gowns, many pairs of lovely shoes, and boxes of sparkling jewelry.

In a corner of her living room, a special glass étagère held her dance trophies, pictures of family, photos of Madeline and her friends at the dance studio and dance competitions, and group pictures of them sharing a meal at restaurants in different cities.They looked like they were having the time of their lives. In every single picture, Auntie Madeline was laughing or smiling. I commented to my mother how beautiful and happy she looked in those pictures with her friends.

I left the next morning on an early flight to return home. On saying goodbye, my mother handed me a small black ring box. As I opened it, she said “Auntie Madeline wanted you to have this.” Inside the box was a lovely ring. Once back home, I put the ring into my jewelry box, and there it remained a memory, untouched for many years.

Enter David Archuleta, and the eventual, inevitable, state of ODD.

Friends didn’t understand me; my family didn’t either. “Why are you ALWAYS talking about that David Archuleta kid? What is wrong with you? Aren’t you a little bit too old to be listening to a teenage pop singer? You drove to another state alone? You flew halfway across the country for a concert, that’s just crazy! You shared a hotel room with someone you had never met? “

Their comments were hurtful. I started to wonder what was happening to me. I had found something I was so excited about, and yet no one close to me could relate. I came to have enough of the endless teasing and hurtful comments I encountered when I tried to share what I had come to know about David, the person, David, the singer and performer, and his beautiful voice that had stolen my heart. I kept wishing they would see what I saw, could hear what I heard, the absolute level of joy I received listening to the Voice and seeing the smile of this most incredibly talented and special young man. Those closest to me didn’t understand that David Archuleta was becoming a permanent resident of my heart.

I decided to just not bring up the subject of David anymore, to family, or the people I worked with, or friends, but the teasing continued, unabated. I actually eventually became somewhat disengaged with the people who seemed to belittle me, more than tease, and remain more engaged with those who were just happy for me, that I always seemed to wear an inner smile on my face.

One random, rainy, Saturday, I decided to weed out my jewelry box and organize its contents. I opened the long neglected box that contained the lovely ring that Auntie Madeline had given me. I removed it, and slipped it onto my finger. To my surprise, it fit perfectly, years after I had put it away. I smiled and felt my aunt’s presence as I looked at the ring, admiringly. Then the tears came as memories flooded back. I understood now. Madeline too had ODD but not for a person. She, too, had endured the looks, the endless teasing about something that gave her much joy.

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But she didn’t let it stop her. She didn’t sit on the sidelines. She danced until she no longer was able. She plunged in, full steam ahead, and did what gave her so much joy, despite being ridiculed by some because of her “age.” She followed her heart, and her passion, abandoning worry about those who thought she was wasting her time and her money. She didn’t let others opinions of her matter. She wasn’t hurting anyone. Her age didn’t stop her. She was young at heart. She would have loved David Archuleta, and he would have loved her “go for it” attitude. I believe David sees our hearts, not our wrinkles, and that he loves his fans of all ages.

Since that rainy day, I wear the ring often on my finger, as my Auntie’s reminder to me, to embrace the people, and the moments, that bring you happiness. Be the age inside your heart. From Madeline to me, and me to you, “I HOPE YOU DANCE.”

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Skydancer is a staff writer for The Voice.

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