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David Archuleta ~ We Hear a Voice

Posted by bluesky4home on Thursday, January 9, 2014

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Sound post adjusting

The sound post is a small cylindrical spruce stick wedged between the belly and back of the instrument, like a hidden pillar between floor and roof. In violin making one also calls this little piece of wood the soul (anima in Italian). The reason for this is that the sound post plays a considerable role in producing the sound that the violin maker can get out of the instrument.

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View of a sound post
through the end pin hole
at the bottom of the violin.

I played the violin in school from 4th grade through 12th. But although I dearly love music, the violin was my Dad’s choice, not mine. I was never really a pro, and I did not like the sounds I made. The violin got used very little after high school and put away for good after I got married. I may have got it out three or four times in forty years. I dabbled with the piano a little, wrote songs for my family that I recorded by (painfully) typing out one note at a time on the computer. But the violin never entered my thoughts.

Then, with most of the kids gone and no one here to play guitar, piano, etc. but me, (and I can’t!) I fell into such a desert of music-less existence that it brought me to the unthinkable: the violin.

So, last spring I took the violin that my Dad had proudly brought home when I was nine and had it checked out. Hummmm. Seems like he had made a pretty good purchase after all. Seems like it just needed a new (list of a lot of things for a lot of money). But they said it was a good violin and that it was worth it. I paid the price. Then I brought it home, full of trepidation. Oh. My. Gosh. For the first time in all my memory, I liked the sound I heard. It was not that I was such a terrible player after all (although, frankly, I am still pretty much a beginner!) it was that the “sound post” in the violin was inadequate, positioned incorrectly, and needed to be replaced with a new one. It changed the tone, the sound, the vibration, the openness, the everything of my violin. It finally had a voice.

Sometimes, I think life is like that: we make an effort and we never really see much of an effect. Then, a new piece falls into place and everything is different. Our efforts were not in vain. Our skills may be greater than we supposed. Perhaps we were growing all that time and we did not even know it. Perhaps, (just perhaps!) we really are where and who we need to be.

I think this is one reason we like listening to DA:  When he sings, a different vibration stirs within us, giving us music that we think is his… but really, it is just another sweet connection to our own “sound post”, and reminds us of the true music that lies deep within us. We hear a different “tone”, a new yet somehow familiar “sound”, an “openness”, that is both compelling and vulnerable:  We hear a voice.

DA got his own, dear, vocal chords to wrap around like an embrace, but it is his own “sound post”, his own true self, that brings life to the music we hear, and joy to our hearts.

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Bluesky is a staff writer for The Voice

49 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ We Hear a Voice”

  1. jans11 said

    bluesky4home…love your little story. I agree with “I think this is one reason we like listening to DA: When he sings, a different vibration stirs within us, giving us music that we think is his… but really, it is just another sweet connection to our own “sound post”, and reminds us of the true music that lies deep within us. We hear a different “tone”, a new yet somehow familiar “sound”, an “openness”, that is both compelling and vulnerable: We hear a voice.

    DA got his own, dear, vocal chords to wrap around like an embrace, but it is his own “sound post”, his own true self, that brings life to the music we hear, and joy to our hearts.

    To me that explains why no matter how many times I hear David sing a song, any song, no matter how many times, it’s like hearing for the 1st time. His voice is just so awesome, it does stir a vibration in me. a very inspirational, spiritual feeling. ♥

    #DA2014..Not much longer! I got my New Years card in the mail for him. Wonder how many more mailings there will be. Probably just one more. That sounds good! :)

  2. Madeline Alvarez said

    Bluesky is so right! As the saying goes….”You hit the nail on the head”…David’s voice is exactly like a violin, when he sings I feel as though I’m in another world. He truly has a gift that only God could give him. Can’t wait to see him once again.

  3. MT said

    Bluesky,
    ” When he sings, a different vibration stirs within us, giving us music that we think is his… but really, it is just another sweet connection to our own “sound post”, and reminds us of the true music that lies deep within us.”

    Ahhh .. You have a beautiful way with words. I love that. ♥

    Your story about the sound post, mentioning the re-positioning, and then mentioning David’s vocal chords. Yes, perhaps things happen for a reason and in their own time. Maybe the vocal paralysis was meant to be so that it would re-position David’s vocal chord, his “sound post,” so that it would result in his ability to create such beautiful sound. So often I listen to his music, particularly those last songs from Chile, and wonder “how in the world he can make his voice do that?” His voice has a unique quality, a unique beauty and sensitivity, that is like none other I have ever heard.

    PS I ‘d love to know how the violin playing is progressing, if you keep up with it. :)

  4. djafan said

    Bluesky,

    It seems that most of us that are here have this connection with music or sound in various forms. Your start with the violin comes full circle. I’ve always been sensitive to the “strings”, how some can make them cry and in turn make us feel. That “feeling” is same exact way I’ve reacted to David’s voice since the moment he came into my live. It doesn’t matter how many times I listen to the same song, same reaction every time.

    “When he sings, a different vibration stirs within us, giving us music that we think is his… but really, it is just another sweet connection to our own “sound post”, and reminds us of the true music that lies deep within us. We hear a different “tone”, a new yet somehow familiar “sound”, an “openness”, that is both compelling and vulnerable: We hear a voice.”

    It will be interesting to see how many of us are making a similar journey. The sound post, I not only love the term but how you related it to David and the making of his sound by vocal paralysis, incredible.

    “DA got his own, dear, vocal chords to wrap around like an embrace, but it is his own “sound post”, his own true self, that brings life to the music we hear, and joy to our hearts.”

    Thank you for sharing ♥

  5. Suzy-Q said

    Thank you, Bluesky, for expressing that deep and loving feeling that we all get from music. Especially David’s at this time. I can relate to your article in so many ways. It’s not just the voice that brings the beautiful music but the vessel that carries it to us. We are very fortunate.

  6. Abrra said

    ” Our efforts were not in vain. Our skills may be greater than we supposed. Perhaps we were growing all that time and we did not even know it.”

    This is a call back to the time when David stopped singing at age 13. It’s possible that there was a force greater than him at work who was giving David time to grow in other ways before he took on a singing career. This was the time when he worked with Dean Kaelin to regain his vocal strength. In doing the physical work of vocal exercises, David also learned techniques and skills that would serve him so well today. Vocal paralysis was the proverbial blessing in disguise.

    “…we make an effort and we never really see much of an effect. Then, a new piece falls into place and everything is different. ”

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    Bluesky, both you and David learned this valuable lesson.

    Abrra

  7. bluesky4home said

    Jans – “it’s like hearing for the 1st time. His voice is just so awesome, it does stir a vibration in me. a very inspirational, spiritual feeling. ♥”

    Yes, absolutely! I once liked it to getting up in the middle of the night for a snack: you open the refrigerator door expecting the little light to go on, expecting just enough light to see the food and get what you are craving. Instead, you are blasted by a score of brilliant beams: lights, sound, action – and Beethovens 5th Symphony. It is always a surprise. ^_^

    Madeline Alvarez: I am glad you like violins! One of my moms favorite singers trained his voice to sound like a violin: John…. something (I will remember later!). He was wonderful. But it is the soul DA brings that resonates with us. I hear you.

    MT – ““how in the world he can make his voice do that?” His voice has a unique quality, a unique beauty and sensitivity, that is like none other I have ever heard.”

    How indeed. It is a gift. And so are you – all of you. You remind me to become my best. Thank you. ^_^

    Djafan: Ahhh. I hope that someday I can make the violin sound the way I “hear” music in my head. At least now I have the chance to try. That is such a blessing. I find it so interesting that listening to music (no matter how much I love to do THAT!) has become not enough these last few years. It has to be vibrating through me, in the walls, the floor, alive and real and changing every moment.

    I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all of you and your commitment, joy, love, and variety of personality. thanks so much for just being who you are. DA is lucky. We are lucky. Heck… we are in a “good place”. ^_^

  8. bluesky4home said

    “This is a call back to the time when David stopped singing at age 13. It’s possible that there was a force greater than him at work who was giving David time to grow in other ways before he took on a singing career. This was the time when he worked with Dean Kaelin to regain his vocal strength. In doing the physical work of vocal exercises, David also learned techniques and skills that would serve him so well today. Vocal paralysis was the proverbial blessing in disguise.”

    Abrra: yes, this is what I thought. And I take courage from his courage. I am sure it is not the last “trial” that he will have, but we will support him, as he has supported us by sharing his wonderful gift. The courage he showed then, not knowing what would happen – that I admire so much. And in one so young at the time.

    Suzy-Q: Such a cute vessel, too!

  9. tawna21 said

    Bluesky, I can’t even begin to thank you enough for these perfectly, beautiful thoughts. So, just ‘Thank You’.

    I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that David will be home in less that 3 months, and we will be able to start, once again, hearing from him. We’ve been so blessed to be able to somewhat keep in touch with him, but it will just be so different to know that he is ‘home’. The growth that has happened to him, physically, spiritually, and vocally, will be so heart-wrenching to witness. It almost frightens me.

    Yes, Abrra, he will have our support in whatever he needs it for. ♥ (Jason Mraz – “I Won’t Give Up” playing as I type)

  10. Abrra said

    Tawna

    It has been a tough 2 year stretch with so little news about David. I do read missionary blogs by so many that have come into contact with him along the way. Without getting too specific, I will say that over all he is admired and looked up to as a role model. His wonderful character has impressed so many, even before they heard him use his gift of voice. I am certain that David will be just as missed in Chile as he is in the USA.

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    Wherever it is that David calls home when he returns, I am certain a piece of his heart will remain with his friends in Chile.

    Abrra

  11. MT said

    10. Abrra,
    hahaha LOL at the look on David’s face before his haircut. Poor guy. Bet he is ready to grow it back. :)

  12. Bluesky,
    you have such a wonderful way of expressing yourself..I love your post.Thank you♥
    How wonderful that you decided to give new life to that violin.(I didn’t know about the soundpost in the violin,but now I do.) I love how you relate this to David in such a beautiful way.

    4. DJA,I want to insert your words here again,for you said EXACTLY what I feel in your comment!!
    “I’ve always been sensitive to the “strings”, how some can make them cry and in turn make us feel. That “feeling” is same exact way I’ve reacted to David’s voice since the moment he came into my live. It doesn’t matter how many times I listen to the same song, same reaction every time.” YES!

    Incredible how David can achieve that emotion,that cry,and that beauty with his own physical instrument, in the way that the finely tuned string instrument,with it’s ‘soundpost’ does. There are many times when his voice sounds like part of the string section of the orchestra!

  13. fenfan said

    Bluesky, love your post!

    “When he sings, a different vibration stirs within us, giving us music that we think is his… but really, it is just another sweet connection to our own “sound post”, and reminds us of the true music that lies deep within us. We hear a different “tone”, a new yet somehow familiar “sound”, an “openness”, that is both compelling and vulnerable: We hear a voice.”

    This is so beautiful. I love how you write.

  14. bebereader said

    Bluesky,

    Thank you for your warm and most meaningful article. I was in chorus in school but never learned to play a musical instrument. Who knew that I’d marry a guy who teaches and can play ALL musical instruments!

    Although he specializes in woodwinds and brass, I picked his brains and he said the soundpost is the soul of the violin and that moving it even slightly makes a big difference in the quality of the sound you can get from the instrument.

    When David sings, his sound post speaks to our sound post. That’s why the connection has always been so strong, I suppose.

    “DA got his own, dear, vocal chords to wrap around like an embrace, but it is his own “sound post”, his own true self, that brings life to the music we hear, and joy to our hearts.” <<<< Beautifully said! Your entire article was beautifully said,

    Sky,
    I'm with you. I've always had a passion for the sound of violins in an orchestra. It's almost as if they are crying.

  15. djafan said

    Bluesky, Your comments to our comments are gold ♥

    “I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all of you and your commitment, joy, love, and variety of personality. thanks so much for just being who you are. DA is lucky. We are lucky. Heck… we are in a “good place”. ^_^”

    We sure are!

    I’ve been given a piano, a small one with a full size keyboard. And even though there really isn’t any room in my small home I’m trying to make some because I took piano lessons as a child and it’s calling me lol It’s a sign that I need to go back to my roots as they say. See how that goes.

    Abrra, “Wherever it is that David calls home when he returns, I am certain a piece of his heart will remain with his friends in Chile.” I’m sure of this as I’m sure he will someday go back.

    Sky, We are going to be a crying mess at that first sound of him speaking to us. I was watching some interviews and he really believes and feels he has a viable relationship with us. I watched some of his vlogs and he speaks to us as if we are friends, it’s no wonder why we feel like we know him, it’s all his fault lol.

    And sorry for all my typos and grammar errors I see as I read back lol.

  16. SandyBeaches said

    Bluesky, it is always refreshing to read about the descriptions of how music is developed when it pertains to David. We enjoy every minute of conversation.

    SB

  17. Abrra said

    Djafan

    How great would it be if David got the chance to perform for his mission friends before he catches the plane out of Chile? I am not sure when he is considered officially not a missionary. Does he have to touch ground back in Utah and be discharged? I do not know. But I think it would give the missionaries and Chilean fans a great boost to have the chance to see him perform some approved songs such as we have witnessed.

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    He is an exciting entertainer!

    Abrra

  18. djafan said

    Abrra,

    That is a GREAT idea :) And a lovely picture.

    You can nominate David for a Shorty Award!

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    I nominate @DavidArchie for a Shorty Award in #music because…he’s david archuleta http://shortyawards.com/DavidArchie?category=music&via=perfectionjiley

    http://shortyawards.com/DavidArchie?category=music&via=perfectionjiley

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  19. Angelica said

    Bluesky,

    I love that you found the “voice” in your old violin after all these years because you had the instrument’s sound (soul) fine-tuned. I think David’s vocal paralysis was part of the refiner’s fire that, in part, made him the humble, faithful, determined man he was to become and that informs his art with a purity and richness that reaches our soul’s.

    Incredibly beautiful what a violin can do in the right hands. Reminds me of the poem, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand” written in the 1920′s by Myra ‘Brooks’ Welch.

    Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
    thought it scarcely worth his while to waste much time on the old violin,
    but held it up with a smile; “What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,
    “Who’ll start the bidding for me?” “A dollar, a dollar”; then two!” “Only
    two? Two dollars, and who’ll make it three? Three dollars, once; three
    dollars twice; going for three..” But no, from the room, far back, a
    gray-haired man came forward and picked up the bow; Then, wiping the dust
    from the old violin, and tightening the loose strings, he played a melody
    pure and sweet as caroling angel sings.

    The music ceased, and the auctioneer, with a voice that was quiet and low,
    said; “What am I bid for the old violin?” And he held it up with the bow.
    A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two? Two thousand! And who’ll make
    it three? Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice, and going and
    gone,” said he. The people cheered, but some of them cried, “We do not
    quite understand what changed its worth.” Swift came the reply: “The touch
    of a master’s hand.”

    And many a man with life out of tune, and battered and scarred with sin,
    Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin, A
    “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine; a game – and he travels on. “He is
    going” once, and “going twice, He’s going and almost gone.” But the Master
    comes, and the foolish crowd never can quite understand the worth of a soul
    and the change that’s wrought by the touch of the Master’s hand.

    And a tribute to the violin in honor of your piece. Federico Agostini performing my favorite of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, “Winter.” I love the beauty of the rain on the canals of Venice in one scene and I adore the part that starts at 0.36. Agostini is a true master. As is David.

  20. MT said

    Oh Angelica,
    How beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing such a moving poem/story and the wonderful video beneath it.

    I envy those who can create a thing of beauty out of nothing. They use heart, mind, and soul to create and breathe life into something that never was, and it becomes something you never forget.

    David must know how that feels.

  21. Abrra said

    I am in Unplugged for a bit if any wish to join me. I am watching Idol and Favorites.

    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

  22. tawna21 said

    Abrra, David is a missionary until he is released by his local religious leaders upon his return home (usually within 12-24 hours of getting home). However, there have been occasions when they are actually released by the mission president before they leave the mission field (that rarely happens).

    Thanks Angelica ♥

  23. Abrra said

    Thanks for that info Tawna. I can see where they would want to release the missionaries on home soil. They have a responsibility to bring them home safe.

    Many thanks to those who stopped by last night in chat. We watched AI7 and Concierto Navidad videos. It’s always a good time with friends and some anonymous viewers who like to lurk. Nothing I would like better than to have everyone join in the chat. We shared some memories about the AI tour and talked about the future homecoming of David.

    Abrra

  24. jans11 said

    Angelica, “Touch of the Master’s Hand” is so “in tune” with this article. So Beautiful. Violin is not my favorite instrument, but with a master playing, it can bring out some beautiful sounds. In my eyes, David is a master in everything he does; he is so exacting and impeccable!

    #DA2014 When my husband was in the Army and his time to get out was getting close, he made a “short-timing” stick. Carving it helped pass the time away for him. Don’t think David is doing that, but I know he must be getting excited with the time getting shorter. I know I am! :)

  25. bluesky4home said

    Tawna21 – You are welcome! Yeah… he will be “released” but we won’t. Never. Not us. ^_^

    Abrra – Ha. I looked once or twice for those “blogs”, but never had a whole lot of success. I appreciate your glance inside – and the report of his being appreciated for himself. (What else could have happened? These are young people, good kids, who are striving to be and do their best. I am SO very glad he has been able to do this. You GO, DA!! erm…. just so long as you come back. soon. very soon. *_*)

    Skydancer – You. Are. Welcome. (((((hugs))))) to you!

    Fenfan – Someday…fenfan… someday, somehow we will meet. It is meant to be. we have a lot to talk about. Besides, it will be fun. ^_^

    (I do not know why I say this… I just feel this way every time I read something you have written…. Golly, I would love to hold a very big party at my house and have you all here. Wait… ALL my kids have moved out. *_* Maybe it is a sign!)

    Bebereader – I have ‘heard’ you mention your hubby before. How great is that .. to have such music in your life and home! On a summers day, open the window very wide. I will listen.

    Djafan – You go girl!!! I am excited for you, let me know what happens, okay?

    SandyBeaches – Music…. hummmm. I see your point. Every bit of the making of music has interest where DA is concerned.

    Angelica – I agree with your comments about the vocal paralysis. Sometimes we wish to avoid the fire. But often God simply wants to customize our ‘shape’ to create a new sound… the sound He hears. I love what he has done with and for DA.
    And thanks for the music.

    MT – It is never out of “nothing” that music is made. ^_^ Although it can seem like magic, it is no more a miracle than the tree from the seed. Well, I guess it is a miracle after all.

  26. MT said

    Bluesky,
    LOL I guess you have a point about the “nothing.” :) But it does seem like magic to me that people can create something of such beauty that it moves you so deeply.

    I guess I was feeling kinda sappy after reading that poem and listening to the music, so my comment may have sounded a little strange. LOL And I don’t even usually like violin music, but that was so beautiful. ♥ As was said before, A Master’s Hand can make all the difference.

    Abs,
    Thanks for last night. I enjoyed it. :)

    Dja,
    That laughing GIF is adorable. He has such a genuine laugh it’s hard not to laugh with him.

  27. Abrra said

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    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    All are welcome!

    ABrra

  28. bluesky4home said

    MT Your comment was not strange to me. You just have a deep appreciation – a sense of wonder. That is a great quality to have. (((hugs)))

  29. djafan said

    Angelica, Love your art work up top. And that poem is so good and the video is haunting.

    “But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd never can quite understand the worth of a soul
    and the change that’s wrought by the touch of the Master’s hand.”

    My mom always used to tell me when I was young about those that have been touched, marked, to really look with my heart and soul, and I’d be able to see. She was right, I see the touch in David. I had not thought of this until now.

    Abrra, I missed you guys in unplugged!

    MT, David has such a contagious laugh. When he laughs or smiles we do to :)

    Bluesky, Lets see how it goes lol

  30. Abrra said

    We are in Unplugged right now! Full house. I guess we are the place to be, haha.
    Abrra

  31. fenfan said

    Yes Abrra, Unplugged rocks! Love it. More David fans should come to chat. LOL

    Bluesky “someday, somehow we will meet. It is meant to be. we have a lot to talk about. Besides, it will be fun. ^_^

    (I do not know why I say this… I just feel this way every time I read something you have written…. Golly, I would love to hold a very big party at my house and have you all here.”

    I am looking forward to the day when we meet. And that day will come! Get your house ready for that party!

    I have a theory why we feel we have to meet. It’s David. When his voice hits our sound posts, it reverberates from post to post and connects us one to the other. We feel this connection deep within our souls, causing us to go in search of each other. So it is that we gather in this virtual place while we wait for the day when we can finally meet to bask in the glory of the voice that has brought us together.

  32. Abrra said

    Oh MY! It looks like someone else has taken a big step in their life. Jason Castro looks great after having his dreadlocks cut off by his sister.

    http://instagram.com/p/iSjm4MGqiS/#

    See his new look here. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/christmas-surprise-american-idols-jason-667610

    Abrra

  33. skydancer1x said

    Good Sunday afternoon !
    Dja
    ” My mom always used to tell me when I was young about those that have been touched, marked, to really look with my heart and soul, and I’d be able to see. She was right, I see the touch in David.”
    ♥YES♥

    Fen
    I absolutely LOVE your theory!

    Abrra,
    I can’t believe it…..thought he would never get rid of those dreadlocks. Yay, for you Jason wow!! what a difference!

  34. rooster said

    fen fen can i come to the party too

  35. tawna21 said

    I saw Jason Castro’s new look awhile back and was shocked. I never was really fond of his dreads, but I’m not so sure I like the new ‘do’ either. jmo

    Fen, I love, love your theory! :)

  36. Dayzee said

    What a big change for Jason. I never would have recognized him. I agree with you Tawna. There must be another “;look” for him.

    When this site first began I was not a fan of “The Voice” being chosen for the name. It was a name given to Frank Sinatra when I was young and I had always associated it with him. But now I cannot think of any better Bluesky’s title “We Hear a Voice” pretty much sums up how we are affected in all things by David. It doesn’t matter if that voice is singing, talking, humming, whistling, That voice has attached itself to our hearts in a permanent clasp. I still love Angelica”s picture of David with all the ribbons symbolically joining all of us. It stays on my wall and always makes me smile. I’m waiting for the time David returns and reels in all of those ribbons.

    Rooster, I am certain you would be a welcome guest at any party.

  37. djafan said

    Abrra, Jason sure looks different and Jackie is as cute as ever.

    Fenfan, I really like your theory, so much so that it must be repeated.

    “I have a theory why we feel we have to meet. It’s David. When his voice hits our sound posts, it reverberates from post to post and connects us one to the other. We feel this connection deep within our souls, causing us to go in search of each other. So it is that we gather in this virtual place while we wait for the day when we can finally meet to bask in the glory of the voice that has brought us together.”

    I’m in for the PARTY! Hope to see you there rooster! By the way please check your email :)

    Sky, Interesting that so many of us see the “touch” when it comes to David and don’t understand how some don’t. But as long as we do we’re good lol.

    Dayzee, The Voice, I’ve heard that David isn’t so fond of this name for him because of his humble nature it was explained to me. Years ago I had a keychain made that had a travelers prayer on one side and The Voice David Archuleta on the other. I handed it to him at a VIP. David looked at both sides as he profusely thanked me. Hopefully he’s come to accept that that is what he is to us. I love what you said here.

    “It doesn’t matter if that voice is singing, talking, humming, whistling, That voice has attached itself to our hearts in a permanent clasp.”

    Goodnight all!

  38. SandyBeaches said

    Be there …rooster…it has always been the special time of our lives when we meet. There will be fans from other sites who we have met before I am guessing.

    Like David said suprisingly one night in a book store after a MOTAB
    performance…”Oh,…you are all here!!”….As he looked down the line at people from “The Voice” and the “Snowangelz” and other fan sites. The audience was big and the usual ‘Zero Gravity’ loving crowd was scattered throughout. We left him a Christmas birthday gift that night. Now only time will tell!!

    SB

  39. betsy said

    Bluesky, sorry this comment is so late, but I had to let you know how much I loved what you wrote. His soundpost. <3

    Also, there is a moment in Be Still My Soul (BEGIN version), where I can't tell where is voice ends and the violin begins.
    They meld.
    Now I have to go listen again, as I can't remember exactly when that happens.

  40. fenfan said

    Rooster – make sure you come to the party! We will be looking out for you. I really hope we meet one day.
    Sky, Tawna, Dja – High five!
    Abrra – Jason looks like a different person altogether. I wonder if David would recognize him without the dreads. LOL

  41. emmegirl14 said

    bluesky, a beautiful article. I love where you live.

  42. MT said

    Ray,
    Of course our resident rooster would be invited to any party! I really hope to meet all of you someday soon. :)

    Funny how we talk so much about David’s hair. But we understand how much a hairdo can change your appearance. haha I’m not only obsessed with David’s hair, the secretary at my office says I’m obsessed with my own. LOL

    Jason cutting off the dreadlocks shows what a dramatic change it can make in your appearance. I think Jason’s still a cutie, although I’m not a fan of the Pompadour style. I think it makes his face look too long and thin. I didn’t care for it on David either for the same reason. I’ll bet Jason looks good when it’s not “styled” like that and it’s combed when he’s just running around being himself. And he’s still got the gorgeous blue eyes. I always did love blue eyes. :)

    Did you see that Crystal Bowersox cut her dreads off too? She looks so different! I don’t think I would have recognized her if I hadn’t googled it and knew it was her. But I think she looks good.

    photo/1

  43. MT said

    Oops, didn’t expect that big pic to show up. Sorry about that.

  44. skydancer1x said

    Dja,
    Was it you who mentioned one time when David left for his mission something called,EVENTFUL? Its a place where you can sign up to receive and request your favorite artists,and local events that come.. or you want to come, to your city.
    Anyway, just a tidbit to share. In my little town in north Texas,there were no other DEMANDS for David. when I first signed up,( but as of yesterday, the number has now reached this! YAY!
    YOUR DEMAND UPDATE
    David Archuleta

    David Archuleta
    Demanded by 8,494 people

    MT,you are a hoot♥
    “Funny how we talk so much about David’s hair. But we understand how much a hairdo can change your appearance. haha I’m not only obsessed with David’s hair, the secretary at my office says I’m obsessed with my own. LOL
    HAHAHA!

    (Crystal looks better.They both do,imo
    But I am not really a dreadlock fan :)

  45. MT said

    Sky, ♥

    Wow, 8,494 people requesting notification of a David Archuleta event. That’s great news! That’s plenty enough to fill a nice sized venue. :)

    I have just been deleting the emails from Eventful because I know they aren’t announcing a David Archuleta concert. LOL Not yet anyway. But now that you mention the numbers, I’ll have to check it. When I signed up I was the only one, too. I’ll let you know if the numbers are climbing in my area. I hope so!

    I wonder if it’s possible that David’s team is up on the stats of how many are requesting an event in various locations from this type of site. Does anyone know if the site sends stats to the celebrities on their lists or how this works exactly?

  46. djafan said

    Sky and MT,

    I’m sure David’s team is checking stats out in various places. Eventful does send information to celebrities of what the demand for them is :)

  47. djafan said

    David made it!!!!!

    Music Video Madness | The Pop Bracket —- Top 4

    The Sweet Sixteen field is complete…The Pop Bracket’s Top 4 has been decided and this was the bruise of all bruises in this highly competitive bracket…here is your Top 4…

    1. David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
    2. One Direction | Story of My Life
    3. OneRepublic | Counting Stars
    4. Lorde | Royals

    Recap:

    Even more heavyweights fell in this bracket as the Top 4 dust settled. In the end, David Archuleta and One Direction as expected move on while newcomer Lorde and upset special One Republic continue their impressive runs.

    This bracket begins TODAY at 7 pm ET and will end 1/20/2014 at 11:59 pm ET. Only the Top 2 will move on and then the real fun begins! The Countdown and Countdown Mobile rules are still in effect except mobile has the full allotment of 100 per day/voting session.

    Good luck to all!

    http://secondcitymedia.com/post/73238254204/music-video-madness-the-pop-bracket-top-4

  48. jans11 said

    Yea! David #1!! I’ve been voting every day hoping for this!

    #DA2014!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. bebereader said

    And this:

    Ryan Seacrest’s column on:

    “The 20 Most Memorable Performances on ‘American Idol’ –

    http://www.ryanseacrest.com/2014/01/13/most-memorable-performances-american-idol/?utm_campaign=tweets&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter

    Don’t bother looking for David’s “Imagine” because it’s not on the list! Ryan, shame on you! Everyone knows that “Imagine” was one of the best Idol performances EVER!

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