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David Archuleta ~ Our Gratitude

Posted by sandybeaches9 on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pilgrim lighting a candle at The Edicule. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. Photograph by Tommy Huynh.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  Albert Schweitzer

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This is the magic that happens when writing about David.  I thought yes, Albert Schweitzer you have said it to me and then when looking for that candle, that spark, there was a picture that stood out above all the rest.  David gets chills when the music is awesome to him and my hands started to shake a little on the keyboard when I saw this amazing picture.

I have the deepest appreciation for all that David has given to me through his singing and by the person who he is now and always has been.  We say this expression throughout the years and each time I hear it I am reminded of how lucky in life I have been.

The winter has us locked into coldness and the sounds of the frozen trees echo in the stillness.  For me it has been the perfect time to dwell upon who inspires us.  We can think about what is important and what impresses our minds and souls.  There is never enough time to think such thoughts so it seems.

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As we continue to enjoy David’s music, we can think about the people who have been bringing the joy of his music to us.  Imagine for a moment if we did not have the pictures, the videos and the bits of news that have trailed back to us from faraway places.  David’s voice is so amazing and sensitive that in listening to his singing voice we actually hear him speaking.  It is such a personal experience when you listen to him sing in any language.  I know the words of “O come O Come Emmanuel” but even if I didn’t, I don’t need to know the words of “O Ven O Ven Emmanuel” in Spanish. I believe that I hear the meaning in his voice. Listening to him is an incredible gift never taken without appreciation. This song has been an inspiration to me that I have not had for a while.

It is time to look around us and see who we have kept company with, those we already know and those who we have just met.  A long time ago now, out of the blue we were talking one night on The Voice Unplugged about the song “Nobody Does It Better” and from that conversation came the first bracelet, “Nobody Sings It Better.” We distributed it as far and wide as we could, taking them to concerts and handing them out as different occasions arose.  It actually became an article to buy on an overseas site.

The second bracelet was quickly thought out to bring his fans together.  They were distributed worldwide as the requests came in.  This bracelet expressed to him and ourselves that he has become a part of our souls.  When David was away for only a while, a message was sent from him to his fans that we are a part of his heart. So that all said and done, we continued to live our lives to the fullest and came to our sites to connect and share the news.

I  recognize the dedication of the sites to keep the fans together when sometimes so far apart, making it possible to continue in our enjoyment of the refined, accomplished, classical singer that David Archuleta is.  Looking at the activities around this site includes the articles which were contributed by the staff and guest writers.  For me, I couldn’t write anymore no matter how hard I tried,  so I have to give so much credit to those who could, when there was hardly anything that I could consciously see to write about.  But in the end of any conversation we might have, it is David through his music, that is still my greatest inspiration.

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

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SandyBeaches is a staff writer for The Voice.

 

74 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ Our Gratitude”

  1. “It is time to look around us and see who we have kept company with, those we already know and those who we have just met.

    I recognize the dedication of the sites to keep the fans together when sometimes so far apart, making it possible to continue in our enjoyment of the refined, accomplished, classical singer that David Archuleta is. Looking at the activities around this site includes the articles which were contributed by the staff and guest writers. For me, I couldn’t write anymore no matter how hard I tried, so I have to give so much credit to those who could, when there was hardly anything that I could consciously see to write about. But in the end of any conversation we might have, it is David through his music, that is still my greatest inspiration.”

    “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer

    Sandybeaches, I love your article. I love the tenderness of expression that you have, the deep sense of wonder, that feeling his singing gives me that somehow anchors me while flinging me heavenward – with no boundaries.

    (Sooo is there some connection here between DA and Dr Who?……. ((Non-sequiter coming up: Dr Who tells one of his newest companions as he gives her a key to his TARDIS, “I never know ‘why’, I only know ‘who’.”… Kinda feel like I’ve “been there, done that!”))…Dr Who always tells his co-travelers, “This will be fun, safe, and amazing!” Then… all @#%$!&%^$@# breaks loose as they ((and we?)) ascend, unfettered by previous expectations into a new universe, with unknown and unknowable events, that somehow make sense to us and deliver us, renewed and reborn, to a “daily life” that will never look quite the same.)

    So, Sandybeaches: I concur. And I am very, very grateful to all (big hugs to admins and commenters here at the Voice) who have kept the place for me. Made room. Kept the home fires burning. Introduced me to lovely people like you.

    Big hug. You wrote “just enough”.

    bluesky

  2. SB – Those bracelets you speak of are sitting by my computer. They have been a talisman for me throughout this 2 year draught. I often think what a huge undertaking that was for you. I cannot think of anything that has brought us closer as fans at different concerts and lunches/dinners/get-togethers. I remember that bracelet was the only ID I had to pick up my tickets in Boise after I lost my wallet. It worked for me!

    So glad you mentioned our gratitude for the people who have kept the pictures, videos and news bits flowing. They have brought us rainbows and I cannot even imagiine how incredibly dull life would have been without them. Thank you for reminding us of the need for being grateful.

    I was so excited to see David on AI last night. I had only watched because it was filmed in SLC. What a great reward for me! The year of the David has begun!

  3. jans11 said

    I’m still wearing both my bracelets since I received them! Haven’t ever taken them off, even to shower! :) Thanks, SB, that was a nice job for you to undertake. It was so neat to be able to hand them out before his last concert in SLC! Everyone wanted them and they were gone in no time! Love what they represent, tying the fans together in their love for David!

    It was so great to see David on the big screen again, knowing that it was viewed by many from coast to coast! Yes, Dayzee, the year of David has begun!

    #DA2014

  4. SandyBeaches said

    Thank you Bluesky, Dayzee and Jans,

    It is always a pleasure to write about David. It wasn’t until I heard O Ven O Ven Emmanuel that it came to me just how good it was for him to go to his calling when he did because it enriched his life all the while further learning Spanish, the language he is so comfortable speaking and singing. HIs voice sounds so rested and strong. He certainly has increased his career opportunities.

    SB

  5. SandyBeaches said

    When you are listening to him sing this song, put it on full screen and watch him as he takes his cues from the director, how he loves to be singing. His voice instantly takes you away.

  6. Oh SB, when I saw the Albert Schweitzer quote I had to stop for a second. David has lit something for each and every one of us during these past six years…and I’m one of those people that felt inspiration for life again.

    I’m not sure why gratitude for me has been difficult when it’s come to David…I think when you go through so much in your life and all you know is of the pain…when something good comes along you just expect it to be another disappointment. I confess I was wrong about David. He not only is who he says he is but he’s an amazing singer and person and actually cares about what his influence does and can do for other people. If only we had more people like that today…

    I really am grateful for some of the fans I have befriended during these two years during his absence, they became more great people to be there…and their support has meant so much to me. I also am thankful for the fans that post videos from his concerts…they help keep my dream of seeing himself for myself alive…and have led to moments of contemplation and understanding. Even though I’m one of the younger ones here…I feel much appreciated.

    When I first saw his rehearsal for Oh Ven Oh Ven Emmanuel, I was blown out of my mind and had tears in my eyes. He’s one of the few men, and musicians, that makes me feel that way with music…which is unusual. However, he just connects with your emotions, like he understands how you’re feeling…maybe that’s just me haha.

    Either way…I think we all are grateful to David in some shape or form. To all who’ve been working hard with these fansites during his absence I thank you. They not only kept everyone together, it led to new friendships, and helped us understand how truly lucky we are to have David :)

    God Bless that man…God Bless him indeed…

  7. SandyBeaches said

    Kristin, it is nice to hear from you! I found Albert Schweitzer’s quote quite fitting in regards to David and how many lives he has touched with his amazing voice. I think it was only minutes later that I found the picture and once reading about the candle, the spark rekindled, I saw David in that picture. Always a treasure to find someplace!

    I am quizzical as to where his fans are, what they are thinking. I know they are there so maybe they are just waiting now until we hear from him not wanting to get hopes up too high until then. I would like to know what they are thinking.

    I have a very good feeling that you will see him before too long yourself. Meanwhile, it should be interesting to see the excitement as it builds each day while the time draws nearer.

    The most exciting time on line for his fans is when he has concerts and we wait that night for the videos to come in. Almost like being there!

    SB

  8. bluesky4home said

    Kristen and Sandybeaches

    I loved your comments, Kristen, thank you! The first time I saw DA live was just a few days before my mom passed away. I had been caring for her and was worn. My sisters found out that I had a ticket for the concert and insisted that they would take care of her while I went. I went alone. But at the concert – (the AI concert in SLC — where I sat up in the high seats surrounded by Cook fans), – boy – I do not know how to explain it. There we were, so many people and all so very different. Each cheering for their favorites. Yet when DA come out Every Body Smiled. The whole time. It was like a family reunion for people who had forgotten that they were family. It was wonderful.

    I still remember the rainy, wet pavement in the parking lot, black against the night and street lamps, as I walked alone to my car. But it was not a feeling of aloneness that I took back home with me.

    Somehow, I think this is how it is for the fansites, Sandy – sometimes we feel that we are here alone, but then we look around and DA does his magic. I thank you for being here. ((((hugs)))) I cannot always be here to post.

  9. Abrra said

    Kari Tweets!

    @DavidArchie
    #tbt David riding in one of the glass bottom cable car’s at Ngong Ping in Hong Kong back in 2011. (KS)

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    Abrra

  10. tawna21 said

    SB… Your entire article is so good. It speaks to my conscious, as well as my unconscious, thinking. This is where my heart is…..

    “I have the deepest appreciation for all that David has given to me through his singing and by the person who he is now and always has been. We say this expression throughout the years and each time I hear it I am reminded of how lucky in life I have been.”

    Yes to everything that you said about “O Ven…” . I’ve tried to just close my eyes and let the music take me to someplace else, but Inevitably I end up opening them and starting the video over. I have to watch David. I have to see him, as well as hear him. I have to watch him pull me into that place where he is. I’m so grateful that he can take me there. It’s a good place to be.

    I’m so grateful to all of you who have kept the pictures, videos, thoughts, and comments rolling out for the last 11 months. It’s painful to think where we would have been if it had all just shut down in his absence. Hugs to all of you!

  11. tawna21 said

    One query…. Abrra, #9, the bottom photo on the right…. what in the world? Those photos take my breath away (literally). Not from the beauty of the nature that he is enjoying, but because they are glass bottomed, high up in the air, and carrying some very precious cargo. #closingmyeyes #notgoingtothinkaboutit :)

  12. ascphil said

    SB,
    Just like you I couldn’t get over how incredibly good David’s rendition of O Ven O Ven Emanuel is. The video of his actual performance of it, complete with the noise from the audience, already blew me away so much. Then I got a soundcloud link on Twitter of the audio of the same song where he uttered some Spanish words before singing, and the sound quality was sooo gooood because there was no background noise at all. It was purely his voice and the background music. Ahhh, ab-so-lute-ly di-vine!!! Then I learned later on that it was taken from the rehearsal video you referred to in this article. Whaaat?!? That’s just a rehearsal?!? OMG!!! It just astounds me how his voice and his singing just gets better and richer. I can’t wait to see and experience him live again. Gaaahhh!!!

    I agree with you and give kudos to all the admins who’ve kept the fan sites and social media sites alive all this time in David’s absence. I could just imagine the challenges they have in coming up with topics and features to keep every fan connection and enthusiasm for David intact and even more robust. I can say that we as a fandom have been successful at it, just judging by the marked increase (almost tripled) in his Twitter followers and Facebook likes since he left, and the monthly Twitter trends worldwide, in various states and countries. I am so proud of this DA fandom. :)

    “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer <– Ah, this is so true for me. It all started with David, and my life has become richer ever since. I am grateful that he was brought to our attention by a reality show for which he was 'told' to audition. I am grateful that he followed his heart and his faith, no matter where his journey took him, and continues to be the remarkable young man because of it. And I am grateful that because of him, I discovered and connected with many wonderful people who have become friends, and it doesn't even matter if I haven't met them, or some of you, yet. Because in all of them –in all of you– I see the gracious and generous spirit of David resonating in their/your hearts. It is truly an amazing journey so far just being an ODD fan of David. So thank you to all of you fellow Archies. I am truly blessed to know you all!

    Before I go, I just have to greet one and all: KUNG HEI FAT CHOY! It's the Chinese New Year here in Asia and it's a great start for the year of the Horse especially because it's The Year of The Archuleta! Don't forget the Twitter trending in your respective time zones!!! :)))))

  13. Tawna, I listen to O Ven…over and over . When a song of his has you doing that then you know it is quite special. I am looking forward to hearing him sing back home.

    I am also looking forward to seeing everyone again and meeting new fans! I have to check out an earlier song. It was something about …wow, what a long playlist he has!! They are exceptional including the cover songs!

    SB

    Sent from my iPhone

  14. SandyBeaches said

    “Happy New Year Ascphil” and everyone in Asia! This is the year of the horse and David’s year!

    Thank you for your most enjoyable comments. Meanwhile in the background…BEGIN! Now Ave Maria…all wonderful in the quiet of this night.

    SB

  15. djafan said

    Sandybeaches,

    I’ve been having trouble getting past that beautifully eerie picture. I can understand why the shaking, it looks so much like David standing there. I’m so glad your spark is alive and well writing such a beautiful piece. I’m so grateful for all that contribute to keeping that spark ignited, you all kept it going.

    I’m going back to listen to Oh Ven Oh Ven until I fall asleep.

    I have to come back when I’m more coherent lol

  16. SandyBeaches said

    Asia, Canada, California US, all enjoying …O Ven O Ven at the same time!

    Makes one smile! Now to fall asleep!

    SB

  17. Abrra said

    Tawna #21

    David was riding in a glass bottom cable car. The picture on the lower left seems to him taking an up close and personal view.

    Abrra

  18. MT said

    SB,
    Love what you wrote here about gratitude, for both David and the admins, posters, and those who have kept us updated as much as possible, all those who have continued to rekindle the flame for us. This two years seemed long but, without each other, it would have seemed endless and too hard to endure. Thank you for reminding us what a wonderful community this fan base is.

    Abrra,
    That boy has more courage than me. lol I could never lean down on that glass bottom to look down!

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    @McKenzieHarr I don’t know if anyone has posted this pic before. It may not be new but it’s new to me because I don’t remember seeing it. It’s Gorgeous!! Loving the hair!! :)

  19. SandyBeaches said

    MT, thank you for your comments. I haven’t seen that picture before. I can see why the sites are more quiet these days with Twitter having all of the latest pictures and almost instant news that travels fast. The sites will have different layouts perhaps over time. With David coming home, fans will be on twitter checking out up to the minute news for sure. I think that the gathering of fans on a web site though is what brings them together when the concerts happens in the east and west coast. Changes, but home is still looking pretty good!

    SB

  20. Abrra said

    If you want to send David a card or letter, Kari is mailing out next week! Do it TODAY or miss out.

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    Kari Sellards @kariontour
    @marciami yes, I will be. Sometime next week another package going out!

    David Archuleta,
    PO Box 4297
    Apopka, FL 32704
    USA

    Abrra

  21. tawna21 said

    MT #18
    Gorgeous hair is so right!! I don’t remember seeing this picture before either (but then at my age yesterday was in my childhood).

    SB- Yes, home is still looking good! Aren’t we glad we have a warm and comfortable one to dwell in and mingle with each other. ♥

  22. djafan said

    David is 1 of 14 awesomest american idol alums!! In no particular order, yay!

    http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/slideshows/14-awesomest-american-idol-alums/kelly-clarkson/

  23. djafan said

    Join tonight’s trending party!!!!

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    The Year Of The Archuleta

    7pm PT and 10pm ET

    sarahhazel ‏@ZeeNnGT 5h
    ARCHIES ALERT!!! TRENDING PARTY FOR @DavidArchie TONIGHT!!!– TOPIC – The Year Of The Archuleta TIME – pic.twitter.com/zKomtymbwl

  24. djafan said

    This would be a great duet with Enrique. It’s the theme song to the novela I watch, Lo Que La Vida Me Robo.

  25. Dayzee said

    Oh Tawna, I felt just like you seeing David with only glass between him and a distant earth. It does look too precarious for that precious cargo.

    MT, I had not seen that beautiful Begin pic of David either. Isn’t it great that new things still keep popping up after all this time? And a lovely chart for twitter trending times from DJA. We are so lucky to have so many fresh things surface.

  26. bebereader said

    SB,

    Welcome back, even though you never really left. Thank you for writing such a beautiful article about feeling gracious. <3

    There' so much to be grateful for through David. As if his music wasn't enough, there's the friends we've made, oh the places we've traveled, the new things we have learned about ourselves and the new skills we've acquired.

    Thank you to all our commenters and lurkers who continually keep our spark alive and have done so for the last two years. It enabled us to keep this site, a labor of love, to maintain.

  27. skydancer1x said

    18. well, saw that Begin pic and just had a 5 minute brain freeze!! what a wonderful picture!! Thanks MT for bringing it here.
    My new desktop pic,now,fits perfectly♥

    SB,
    An article from you, :)always brings me back to a peaceful place♥ Thank you! so good to see you writing again..That picture is amazing! I love the treasures you always bring♥
    Oh Ven,Oh Ven,Emmanuel .. went straight to my heart and pierced it.. one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard David sing.
    I remember the night in Unplugged when “Nobody Sings It Better” was first discussed. Thank you SB for working so hard to bring that idea to life♥ I treasure both those bracelets so much.

    I am so grateful for this good place,for fellow fans, and amazing videos I never thought we would see, in David’s 2 year absence.Grateful for the friendships that have blossomed here,all because of David.

    “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer
    ♥♥♥

  28. MT said

    SB,
    How could I have forgotten to thank you for my Bracelet?! ♥ Thank you so much. It says …

    Te Has Convertida En Una Parte De Mi Alma ~ DAVID ~

    You’ll find me wearing it at my very first concert. ♥

  29. djafan said

    THE TRENDING PARTY WAS A COMPLETE SUCCESS!!!!!

    The Year Of The Archuleta trended world wide for over an hour and it reached #4 in the US of A!!!!

    Three trends in on week! The Archuleta will be home soon!!!!

    So excited :)))))

  30. SandyBeaches said

    Good morning Bebe, Sky and MT, I enjoyed writing this article. Sometimes things just come together but the most fun is first finding the quote that is relevant and matching it to a picture. If you find a non David picture that blows you away then it has been a great time. It is funny, when David was gone, that spirit left, so it will be interesting to see where it goes from here. I am amazed at the spirit of all of you writers who never were left without words.

    I see the transition to twitter but like other things you can lose the personal conversations. I am going to try to start off the day here a little different in the mornings when I come to the site, like a ‘good morning’…I used to do that.

    The trending party was very successful last night. My spelling of Canada ended up pathetically like Cobana or something nutty like that. It was time to leave!

    SB

  31. Abrra said

    SB
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on gratitude. As far as writing goes, it sure is difficult when you lose your spirit. It’s good to see that his imminent return has kick started some ideas for you.
    I just sent out a Valentines card to him and thanked him for his Oh Ven performances. It just would have been sad with no David Archuleta songs for the holidays.

    Please everyone who reads this, send a card. This will be the last special occaision before he comes back. It doesn’t have to be a a fancy card, maybe a funny one. Here is my card. It’s very simple, but its the thought that counts.

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    David Archuleta,
    PO Box 4297
    Apopka, FL 32704
    USA

    And a reminder that if you haven’t made a contribution to the “We Are Still Here” video, you have time to make your sign. It can be hand made and you don’t have to have a pic of yourself unless you want to.

    Read here for details http://thevoicedavidarchuleta.com/2014/01/03/david-archuleta-da2014-video-we-are-still-here/

    Abrra

  32. djafan said

    Good Morning all!

    SB, yes it’s much more personal hanging out here than twitter and chatting with other fans is always the best. Hopefully when David gets back more will join in the conversation.here :) Twitter is a great place for instant messaging and to let others outside of the fan bubble that David is still relevant and that his fans continue to passionately support him. So here’s

    This from Shelley over on FOD.

    Many fans have been wondering if David received his 2013 Birthday Book. Shelley was in contact with Kari, and shared the following information with us:

    Kari informed me that she still has David’s birthday book. Here is what she said ~

    “Hey! I wanted to tell you the bday book is lovely once again. After talking to him when I received it, he asked if I would keep it until he came home because it was something he wanted to keep. (awwww:)) and there was no way with all his stuff that he could. I know I have received lots of questions about the book and if he liked it. I sent pix and he knows about it and is VERY thankful. He just has so much stuff he has collected in the 2 years. It’s (here) in a safe place and will get to him!”
    ~Shelley

    I like the idea that David has something special waiting for him when he returns home and that he can take his time to read and enjoy all of the wonderful birthday wishes from his fans all over the world! He can also remember what we all look like since we included so many pictures! A big thank you to Kari for keeping the book safe until David returns!

  33. jans11 said

    9…There’s Daring David! :)

    18..I hadn’t seen the picture either and I read that it was from the Twiwan digipak version of Begin, available on E-bay for $28. Nice! ♥

    31..Cute card, Abrra! Got mine out earlier in the week. Wow, almost Valentine’s Day! Then only 6 more weeks!!!!!

    32..Glad that Kari is keeping the birthday book too, so that he can have all the time he wants to look at it. I’m so excited for you David and to see what you have in store for us fans! And to see what what the future is going to be for him. He deserves the best and I have a feeling he will be a force to be reckoned with! All the others little spark will be going out and David’s big flame will be blazing hot, lighting up the whole world! With his voice, he will be on top for a long, long time!

    #DA2014 So happy to see that he trended twice in one week, within a couple of days! He has the best fans! ♥

  34. Abrra said

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

    Abrra

  35. SandyBeaches said

    This is about hardcore, diehard fans, the fans for life…

    There have been thoughts, concerns and questions especially lately, in regards to who David’s fans should be. Perhaps they should be of a certain age group appropriate for David. Some feel that older fans should not be actively going to concerts in groups and going on tour as we call it.

    So wondering about this I looked up Josh Groban and who his fans are. It is like seeing a reflection in a mirror. I have added a really fine web site that talks about Josh and his fans, their age group going from young children to grandparents. It shows their activities, their charity efforts and most importantly how he feels about his fans and their importance to him. Hopefully in David’s future career, fan’s concerns will be addressed and we will not be left wondering after hearing rumors that are troublesome to us. This is where a PR person is so important.

    This should put to rest concerns that have been brought out lately about who we are and is it OK to be an older fan. For example…”The Grobanites are a group of Josh Groban’s most loyal and devoted, die-hard fans. At the start of his career, a group of Josh fans began to form an online community at http://www.joshgroban.com, helping to promote Josh’s career by contacting radio stations and TV programs and generally “spreading the Josh” throughout our communities. We are an energetic, enthusiastic, fun and very diverse group ranging in age from kids to seniors, male and female, from all over the world.”

    “To build a fan base like that, they become part of your team and their opinions are very good ones because they begin to know me for everything that I am. They become the real, real fans. It’s very important to keep them in the loop and keep them happy and keep them communicated with. I try to post on the Web site and let them know what’s going on. … They have been really amazing. Their phone calls to the TV stations, the letters that they write, the letters that they write to me, the meet-and-greets that they come up with, the name they’ve given themselves [Grobanites], it’s all pretty incredible. It’s really flattering, really wonderful to feel that kind of warmth from so many diverse places and people.”

    “They are a very dedicated, very loyal, very energetic group of fans…and they’re the best, and they’re mine, and I’m theirs. There’s this major kind of mutual love and mutual respect for one another, and they’ve been very, very helpful. They’re just the main hardcore, diehard fans, and they’re the ones that’ll be with me for the rest of my life, I’m sure.” (CBC Canada Interview– “The Interview on the Bed”)

    http://thatjoshgrobanguy.com/grobies.php

  36. bebereader said

    SB,

    Thanks for the link for one of Josh Groban’s fansites. I actually have a friend who calls herself a “Grobanite”. She’s a diehard older fan. I used to be a fan too, before David came along. haha I wish David a career as successful as Josh’s if that’s what David wants.

  37. marciami said

    Please excuse me for dropping in and posting this but I wanted to share it with everyone who may visit The Voice. Thank you so much for being here.
    When I saw this I thought of David’s support of SU2C.

    Please follow the link – it is to support cancer survivors. A purple campaign!

    http://www.chevrolet.com/purple-roads-world-cancer-day.html

  38. djafan said

    SB, Thank you for that link. It is very interesting. I used to listen to Groban but never looked into his fandom or anyone else’s for that matter lol. Fans are fans and David has everything that he needs for success.

    Hello Marcia! Thanks for the link. So nice to see you! Hope to see you soon :)

  39. Angelica said

    Marciami, Thank you! I was just wondering when I logged onto FB this morning why Funny Girl was looking so purple. I purpled my FB and twitter profile too. It was easy and quick. Corporate ka-ching for su2c done! I have a feeling if David were home, his twitter pic would be purple too. :)

    SB, Glad your spark is back and you’re writing again. Love your wintry introspection, your take on Oh Ven Oh Ven and thank you again for the effort and expense you went through to make those bracelets a reality for every fan who wanted one. You are definitely one of David’s hardcore, diehard fans! Thanks for the post about Josh Groban too. He seems to be great guy and extremely talented and appreciative of all his fans.

    My own hope is that David never limits himself to classical material, or just ballads, which is the full potential of Josh Groban. David’s potential is limitless. That has been my unwavering conviction from the start and nothing will change that belief I have in him to do everything and do it better than anyone else.

  40. sweetonda said

    SB, I think of you often and the time we shared in Gilbert for Constitution Week and getting lost picking up the roses . :) I also have missed your musings and was so glad to see this post. Oh Ven, Oh Ven Emanuel has been on my repeat since first hearing David sing it. His voice is just sublime in that song. I hope he will do it live for us someday, maybe this Christmas (my fingers are crossed!). Thank you also for the wonderful bracelets. They have been on my office desk throughout these last two years, helping me in waiting for David’s return. You have a beautiful, sharing heart.

    I may not comment often, but I try to read what’s being said on The Voice. My time is limited these days with running my business and care-giving my beautiful mom. I don’t think she will make it another year with all her medical problems so it’s been a challenging two years since David left, but I’m still here, still have ODD and am looking forward to that first concert to see everyone again and celebrate that wonderful voice together.

    Love that picture on the Begin Album from Asia. What a handsome guy!

  41. Angelica said

    http://www.disneydreaming.com/2014/02/02/david-archuleta-2014-return-concert-tour/

    Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….take the poll. Guess how I voted? heheh

  42. Abrra said

    I voted for new music. Unless the tour was songs from the last 2 CD’s, but that is still covers.

    Abrra

  43. Angelica said

    No Abrra. We must have a concert this summer. He can do both. :)

  44. skydancer1x said

    SB,
    Thank you so much for the link and you really are right, when you said its like seeing a reflection in the mirror.

    In describing themselves the “Grobanites” state “We are an energetic, enthusiastic, fun and very diverse group ranging in age from kids to seniors, male and female, from all over the world.”

    So appreciate you sharing your find.:) It bodes well for both Josh and David,that they have such diverse yet all inclusive fanbases♥imo.

    Angelica, I agree”
    “My own hope is that David never limits himself to classical material, or just ballads, which is the full potential of Josh Groban.”
    David dude! You can sing anything…and my guess is he will. Indeed the sky is limitless! That is what is so everloving mind boggling!
    I remember way back, when we fans would discuss him peeling back slowly his many ‘layers’ ha!! there is so much there we haven’t even seen yet!! Eeeeeek!

  45. Sweetonda – thank you for sharing your situation with us. I identify. It is a sweet and deep experience, as much as if it were a child somehow instead of my parent. Take care of yourself. Love.

  46. MT said

    I voted for concert tour! haha I haven’t heard him sing anything live yet so I will happy with anything. :D

    SB,
    Thanks for the link. I used to be a Josh Groban, even though I never followed him online. But once David came along, goodbye Josh. :)

    But I do think the fanbases are similar and it bodes well for David that he has such a diverse fanbase from all over the globe. I rarely tweet, but I do read and I am also seeing more and more tweets about David, wondering what happened to him and when he’ll put out new music. I see tweets like this a lot and the names are different every time. I think they are from fans from the early days who still remember him and miss his voice. There are still tons of fans out there. They are not die-hards like us but they are there, waiting for David to reach out to them.

    And I’m with Angelica and Sky. Do it all, David. No limits!

  47. MT said

    hahaha Ok, typo there in #46. LOL I never used to a Josh Groban, I used to be a Josh Groban FAN.

  48. skydancer1x said

    MT, haha! I didn’t even see that you used to be a Josh Groban. lol

  49. SandyBeaches said

    Hello Marciami, it is nice to see you here, I remember everyone who I have met at David’s concerts. Thank you for telling us about the campaign to support cancer survivors.

    Sweetonda, we did have a great time in Gilbert gathering to give David the many letters from his fans worldwide. It is amazing, but most of us, nearly all of us have had two years filled with the caring of family and doing for ourselves the things we needed to do.

    I have never been a fan of Josh Groban mainly because I have never been a fan of anyone except perhaps the Beatles. Josh is a beautiful singer and I highly respect his voice and his professionalism. His duet “The Prayer” with Celine Dion is exceptional. I don’t compare him with David or want to mention what I like more about David’s voice because it is not necessary to compare the greats as they are all highly talented and individual with their own styles.

    SB

  50. jans11 said

    41, I voted for the concert too! It’ll be so awesome to be able to hear him sing live again….anything!!! :) It would be great to hear him sing the songs from the Forevermore and Begin albums, tho! ♥ And I know he will be working on some new songs in the near future, that’s just what he loves to do!

    #DA2014 David will be home for Easter this year as it’s on April 20th! ♥

  51. bebereader said

    David will be home next month.
    I like the sound of that.

  52. Will he really be Bebe? In March?

    Sent from my iPhone

  53. Angelica said

    March 28th by my reckoning. I reckon. I saw this today and couldn’t resist bringing it here.  photo surrender.gif

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  54. SandyBeaches said

    My husband gave me Bose earbuds for Christmas. The best present!

    I don’t think that to date there is any other song by David quite as beautiful. There are places in the song where I am holding my breath so that I can hear every sound. You have to love the ultimate in music to appreciate David, I mean the ultimate. No wonder I flew by myself half way around the world to hear him! Well, not half way around but I think I would!

    SB

  55. SandyBeaches said

    I am referring to O Ven O Ven Emmanuel…

  56. djafan said

    SB, my husband gave me a Bose headset last year for my bday. I can hear every nuance in David’s voice, it is out of this world. Best present ever.

    Hello Sweetonda, it’s tough caring for your parents but it is such a previlege. I hope to see you at the next David event. ((( hugs)))

  57. tawna21 said

    In a round-about way this is David related– he has beautifully sung this song. I just thought I’d share this since there are several of us that are Andre Bocelli fans. I want David Foster to be involved in David’s life in some way!! I don’t want David to be a Groban or Bocelli because that’s not who he is, but I certainly think Mr. Foster could mentor him and help him create who he really is in his musical career. jmo ♥ ♥

  58. djafan said

    Good Morning,

    The Disney poll? Hmmm I picked tour. He has probably so much material for new music but for $$$ to help with the new music and other endeavors, the “team” etc… a tour would be perfect. BEGIN. Forevermore and No Matter How Far have songs we have never heard live. We all know what happens with his live performances :)

    David Foster or anyone of that caliber that could support David as he explores his next steps would be instrumental IMO. Foster just finished producing a CD of covers for Ruben Studdard who doesn’t even come close to David IMO.

    MT I used to listen to Bocelli before praying David gets all those opportunities that I believe he’s primed for now.

  59. SandyBeaches said

    One of the highlights of the MOTAB performances was speaking with David’s grandfather as we left. We talked about David Foster and he thought it could happen in time to come. Look at who has already put their trust in him to advise and work with them in their careers. What better than a highly successful and influential musician who understands every part of what they do. To business people it is business.

    SB

  60. Abrra said

    #53

    Angelica

    That’s exactly how you and I looked at Westbury in 2011 when David took the stage in his handsome outfit. Fenfan calls it his mission disguise! Hiding it in plain sight. hahaha

    Abrra

  61. SandyBeaches said

    Tawna…David Foster wrote this song and David Archuleta sings it. ‘Perfect” I only have one wish and that is that when David sings it again back home, the powers that be let him sing it with someone who he can share the song with and not have them miles apart.

    SB

  62. SandyBeaches said

    So until then, here he is and he gives you an idea how fantastic it will be…Maybe even as a solo.

    SB

  63. MT said

    Thanks Tawna & SB
    Wow! So many gorgeous voices to listen to tonight. Three versions of The Prayer, all so beautiful. Naturally I am partial to David’s version but that takes nothing away from the others. Each is beautiful in it’s own right. I think my ears are just very much in tune with one particular voice. :)

    Dja,
    I always did like Bocelli and, just like Groban, would make sure to watch whenever either had an appearance/special on TV, still do if I notice it’s on. But, never before would I spazz out if I missed it, not until David. haha I guess that show’s the difference in the level of fandom for each. :) And I too hope he gets all the opportunities he’s primed for.

    I don’t know why, but I have this strange feeling that there are already many doors (opportunities) just waiting for David to come knocking. It’s my gut feeling that the doors that open for him will be of his own choosing, and in his own time.

    Angelica,
    LOL Love it! That is too funny.

  64. MT said

    Oh, forgot to say how much I love Katherine McPhee. Loved her on her season of Idol and was rooting for her to win. She’s got a lot going for her. She’s a gorgeous girl and has a fabulous voice. I’m glad to see she’s found a place for herself in the music world.

  65. SandyBeaches said

    Good afternoon, all is quiet in our fandom. Well it is Tuesday…”You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count.”…I love the simplicity. Thanks to A. A. Milne, from Winnnie the Pooh who never gets any older. I know you are out there Pooh Corner people.

    Soon our telling of the years of history in David’s world of singing will become the stories and news of yesterday being replaced by today’s news or what is going to happen tomorrow. We have done a run through of all the pictures even the ones some thought we had not seen but well, they are getting rather old and he doesn’t look like that young fellow anymore. Time has moved on and that is just how it goes, soon we won’t have to live in yesterday and I think it will be exciting.

    SB

  66. SandyBeaches said

    Oh I forgot to tell you, I am amazed by you the fans and I hope that the months ahead are very good for you!

  67. MT said

    SB,
    Yes, it’s very quiet here. I think we’re all sitting in the starting gate waiting for the bell to ring. lol

    Like you, I can’t wait till he comes home and the news of the day is “current events,” when vlogs, current photos, videos, and concerts to plan will be the discussions of the day once again. :)

  68. jans11 said

    SB, good to hear your “voice” again. The article really is a mirror image of Archies! “A fan sees David as a great to have an amazing voice and a gift for creating beautiful music.” We all know and feel this in our hearts and souls. We have traveled over many a mile for his concerts and meeting other fans that have become friends. I have never put David on a pedestal to be someone he is not. I find him to be a normal human being with a super talent, but he never flaunts it! I feel we are equal because he makes us feel that way. And, he is so much fun! :)
    “An Archie is devoted and supporting David by spreading the word however they can.” We are always giving out his cd’s, helping out with his charities and even our fellow fan friends when they need it!
    “An Archie is a David fan for life!” We will never let David down as he has never let us down! I have never been in a fan club…ever. And here I am in my later years being an Archie and always will be! What fun David has brought into our lives! :)

    53..Angelica…so cute! That will be us all, I’m sure! :)

    The top photo of the snow falling on the bench in the streetlight will be my street tonight! We are getting up to a foot of snow by morning! Ah, Spring, where are you…for more than one reason! :) Looks like ol’ Phil is right…another 6 weeks of winter. Ugh!

    #DA2014

  69. SandyBeaches said

    Janns, David is a lot of fun and everyone I have met in our travels is too! It won’t be long and we will have some news. I think we must like living on the edge just a little where you never really know what is in store.

    We are going to have that same big snow tomorrow!

    SB

  70. bebereader said

    Snow coming here too, SB and Jans.
    I’m tired of winter and snow. We’ve had a lot of it already.

    There are only about two months left until David returns home. Why does it seem like these two months are the hardest? I have many things to do but nothing much interests me. In the back of my mind is this huge feeling of anticipation, distracting everything I do. Such a beautiful distraction.

  71. bebereader said

    Who’s ready for some Nandito Ako tonight?
    Some of us have the script memorized by now.
    But it’s fun to be together and give each other support when needed.

    See you at 10PM – Midnight Eastern time

    http://www.livestream.com/saragirl

  72. SandyBeaches said

    I have listened to O Ven O Ven Emmanuel many times probably never missing a day or maybe an evening. I hear possibilities or visualize them such as David singing a song composed something like this as a major song in a blockbuster movie that goes on to become a classic. I also hear him in a big concert hall with a full orchestra playing but I can’t yet see what his concert is made up of. I know that a long time ago, Rascal commented that he hoped to someday hear him perform at Carnegie Hall. Is he getting closer? But that will only be a part of his musical journey I imagine.

    SB

  73. djafan said

    SB, I can visualize David in any of those settings in a heartbeat :)

  74. bebereader said

    New article ——>>>>>

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