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DAVID ARCHULETA

The Music Industry in the Digital Age

Posted by PandasMama on Sunday, April 20, 2014

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David Archuleta has returned after 2 years away from the music industry. I know all of the fandom is excited to see what’s next for David, but many are worried at the same time. Will David return to the music career he was working on prior to leaving? Will he be able to return to the same level of success he had obtained? Will he sign with another major label? Will he release a new CD? If so, how soon? There are a lot of questions to be answered and from what I have recently learned, David has a lot of new ideas to consider, because there are a lot of changes about to hit the music industry.

Last month I completed an online course from Berklee College of Music covering the history of the music industry and where it is headed in the future. The course was taught by the very knowledgeable John Kellogg, Assistant Chair of the Music Business/Management Department at BCM. In addition to his position at Berklee, Mr. Kellogg is an entertainment attorney and has authored several books about the music industry. This class was very enlightening as to what is involved in becoming a successful recording artist and dealing with the, for a better word, insanity known as the music industry.

The music industry has always been known for its entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology, but along with these characteristics has come a roller coaster of concerns that the next great technological innovation will cause its demise. This fear dates back as far as sheet music when piano rolls and later records were introduced. Later with advent of radio, publishers once again thought no one would buy their records if they could hear it for free. But radio actually saved the music industry during WWII, when records could not be produced, by having live transmissions of programs and performances. Radio was concerned when television came about. Each time something new has been introduced, the industry feared it would be no more, but each time it has recovered and found new ways to thrive.

In the 1990’s people replaced their vinyl and cassette collections with CDs. This was a major boon for the industry. Artists re-released all of their older music previously on vinyl and cassette tapes on the new “indestructible” CD’s. By the end of the 1990’s, MP3’s started to take over the market. With this technology, people no longer needed expensive and bulky players to enjoy their music. iPods could easily fit anywhere and held hours of consumer’s favorite tunes. Today we are in the middle of a shift from the physical world of CDs and DVDs to another digital world beyond MP3s, the world of steaming services. In this new realm, audio and video recording will still be important to the music industry, but these recordings will just be delivered in new ways. Mr. Kellogg and other industry leaders believe that as soon as 2017 the record business will enter a new era where super WiFi will be readily available and people will no longer need a computer hard drive or CDs for music storage. Everything will be available in “the cloud” using subscription services like Pandora and Spotify. If you’re not yet familiar with “the cloud”, you might want to do a little Google search and learn what it is all about. It is taking over everything very soon. The internet has a new way to service the world, and it is awesome.

With this new super-duper internet, the need for a huge amount of monetary backing to produce quality music recordings will end. Soon, all the artist will need to record music and release it to the public will be a laptop with the proper software, a service provider to post the music, and the internet. Artists will be able to produce their own music, possibly at their homes or small studios, and deliver it to their fans without the need of the major record labels.

In the past, signing with a record label was necessary to get your music out to the world. There were many choices depending on the genre of music the artist performed. Today, 3 large conglomerates and their subsidiaries own the majority of all record labels: Sony Music Entertainment, Japan; Universal Music Group, France; and Warner Music Group, Leonard Blavatnik, Russia. These three companies distribute 85% to 90% of all records sold today. But these big money labels aren’t raking in the dough like they used to. The public is now more likely to purchase singles from a digital source like iTunes or Amazon then purchase an actual hard copy CD. The labels have lost revenue and outlets for purchasing actual CD’s have all but vanished. The record companies are looking for new ways to survive this technological change. That is why you see major acts suddenly being sponsored on their tours by huge companies such as Target, Coke, Pepsi, Nike, LiveNation, and iHeartRadio which is owned by Clear Channel, the largest radio broadcasting company.

While the big acts are out working to keep themselves and the big 3 in business, lesser known artists are getting tired of working to produce a product that they are barely compensated for. Recording contracts with these labels are very complex things, involving insane percentages of asset values, royalties and advances. Most artists signed to major labels make less than $1 per CD sold at full price, and this is only after the label takes out the advance money for producing the CD in the first place. Many times an artist doesn’t even break even on a first CD and the advance money recovery is carried over to the next CD they put out. That is why labels sign artists to multiple CD deals, hoping that they will make money off of the artist in the long run. Smaller, independent labels have better deals for artists, sometimes even splitting the royalties 50/50. But now, new artists are discovering they don’t have to play with the big guys to actually have a career in music.
With technological advancements, many artists are starting to create their own record labels. This way they are assured of making more money off of their projects. All of the money that previously went into the hands of the records executives, can now go back to the artist and their team. It’s like a DIY (Do It Yourself) project, except John Kellogg calls it DIO (Do It Ourselves) because he still believes the artist will need a team to make the project (the artist’s career) work. The artist cannot do it all themselves. They will need the lawyer for proper contracts (even contracts with themselves). They will need agents to help with bookings, promotions, social media, etc. It will be a team effort, but the artist will benefit greatly in the long run, as long as they cover all of their bases.

Let’s take a step back to the idea of the distribution of music to the public through “the cloud.” This technology will be very important because it will be the way artists promote themselves. It might not seem logical for an artist to put their music out on the internet for free or almost free, but without the big money of record labels backing them, artists will need a way to reach new audiences. Internet streaming of music will be necessary to lead new fans to an artist and their music. With the demise of the CD album, many artists will be releasing singles and social media will be very necessary for the promotion of the artists. Most that succeed will make money touring, not recording, unless they own all the rights to the music they produce and the music is used in other formats like movies, television, and subscription services, all of which the artist will receive royalties for. Several artists have already become very popular with the younger audiences just by using YouTube. Once the artist has a following they can tour and make money. Royalties for writing music and having it played on the streaming services and the radio will help the artist financially, but the majority of income will come from live performances and they will need to have a dynamic, engaging live performance to keep their fans happy and wanting more.

Another way artists will be reaching their fans is through live streamed performances. I know many of David’s fans have taken part in at least one of the poor quality cell phone “concerts” over the past few years. Actually, most of us probably heard David announce his decision to go on a full-time mission while watching his Christmas concert from Salt Lake City broadcast over Ustream from someone’s cell phone. Well, those types of concerts have suddenly grown up and are now being used by artists to reach their fans through streaming services like ConcertWindow and StageIt, where the audience pays to watch an actual high quality performance over the internet. For a nominal fee, you can see your favorite artist, or maybe one you are just interested in checking out for the first time, without having to travel many miles from your home or pay the exorbitant ticket prices asked these days. Just last month I watched concerts by Imagine Dragons, Keith Urban, and Willie Nelson performed live at a venue right here in Austin, TX, and broadcast at no cost by iTunes as part of their promotion of acts during the SXSW Music Festival. Five evenings of performances were broadcast around the world for free. With the advances in streaming technology, anyone will soon be able to watch their favorite artist perform live without ever leaving the comfort of home. Pay-for-view streamed concerts will soon be the norm for many artists.

Streaming services, DYI recording labels, social media, Cloud technology, and the demise of the CD and major record companies; these are just some of the new changes coming to the music industry in the next few years. Artists must get on the bandwagon with all of the technology or they will be left behind. I guess the same applies to the music fans of the world, too. We don’t want to be left behind, clinging to old technology that probably won’t work 5 to 10 years down the road.

So now that I have bombarded you with information, just think how David must feel at this very moment. Returning from two years in a much more technologically challenged culture and having to dive in head first into the insanity of the music industry. It has to be overwhelming. He has to take his time and decide what will and won’t work for him and his career. He has to learn and plan and pray and listen to his heart before he can dive back in with both feet, if he wants to succeed in the digital age of music.

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PandasMama is a guest writer for The Voice and maintains her own blog, Cacophony vs Harmony.

53 Responses to “The Music Industry in the Digital Age”

  1. jans11 said

    Very interesting, Pandasmama! No wonder poor David is so confused! I am from just reading this and I don’t have to make any choices! :) Would rather have the hard copy cd in my hand and I don’t like change but in this day and age it is changing almost everyday. Hearing David sing any which way or form is what I’m interested in! I know that David is praying and weighing all the pros and cons and will make good decisions. He always seems to have a good bunch of people behind him watching his back and that will help him. Record labels doesn’t seem to have anyone’s back, they want what they want and that is bad for the performer. So anyway David can put his songs out there will be fine with me. And TOUR, please! ♥

  2. Bydesign said

    I guess I have accepted the fact that the digital age is here to stay. I don’t know that I like it because, in the case of music, the fidelity is just not there. I would really prefer to hear music on vinyl because that medium had the best fidelity (except for all of the scratches :)). I am waiting, not very patiently, mind you, but waiting until we hear something from David about his music plans. I know he has a lot to think about and, it seems, he has never been fast or reckless with decisions….sort of like “Works for Me” or making the decision to go on a mission. Margy, thanks for the interesting article.

  3. djafan said

    Panda, yes yes and yes. I’ve been observing these developments for some time now in the music industry and the movie industry as well.. Some fans want that almighty label for David. But what they do is stunt the creativity and life out of “real” artists for money, that is their only motive to sign anyone, how much is in it for them. Yes they can create the biebers, selenas, and lovatos but at what cost and for how long? I rather David keep his integrity and be the owner of his brand. A brand that cannot be created because it is real, he was born with it. You can’t fake what David has and is. I am excited and looking forward to see how his vision and plans roll out before us. I see others making a living, having a career with a fraction of David’s talent and popularity. I’ve never been a fan of any celebrity before so this journey has been incredible to me. I’ve learned so much about the industry and how it is currently impacting anyone who wants to be part of it, it’s tough but David has something many only dream of , us.

    Thank you Panda for the in depth analysis, job well done.

  4. bebereader said

    Panda,

    Thank you for sharing with us what you learned from the course you took on the music industry. Your article is in-depth, enlightening and full of information for anyone who is a music fan. It brought to light all that artists have to think about now if they want a career in music.

    Right at this moment, David is facing important career decisions and has to learn a lot in a very short time. When he left for Chile two years ago, the music industry was already changing but by now it’s almost like starting over, relying on yourself and your team to take care of everything.

    Unlike artists who are new to the scene, David fortunately has a lot going for himself. He’s young, innovative and uber-talented. He’s also a musical genius. He’s already released several albums to date. But most importantly, he already has a very devoted fanbase who want to be there for him.

  5. PandasMama said

    Thanks everyone for your kind words about my ramblings. I wanted to impart some of the more notable ideas covered in this class without putting everyone to sleep. I learned so much technical information about contracts and the entire process of recording, but this is a good sampling of the important stuff. Thanks to Abrra for asking me to write this article. It actually made me think about how much we as fans will be affected by the changes as well.

    Jans11, I agree – David seems to have a good bunch of people ready to help him. He has a lot of friends active in the industry at many levels. That knowledge will be very important with all the crazy changes coming at him. Touring is what will benefit David the most and what all the fans are looking forward to. It can’t start soon enough for me.

    Bydesign, Funny you should mention vinyl. One of the record executives interviewed for the class was Richard Blackstone of BMG and he actually believes vinyl will make a comeback; not as a standard for all recording artists, but as a more specialty item.

    Djafan, I agree with you. David already has a unique brand that cannot be copied. There are tons of singers, but there is only one David. David’s fans have and will continue to stand by him on this crazy journey.

    Bebereader, This devoted fan base is very important for David’s future in the business. I can see why he was so worried what we would say about his mission when he announced it. If the majority would have said “forget about you” he would have a much more difficult time. Fortunately, we know a GOOD thing when we see, and hear, it. I’m sure he felt much better knowing we didn’t leave. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve never experienced anyone even remotely like David to support. Only my own kids.

  6. tawna21 said

    Panda,
    Wowzers!!! That’s a lot to think about. I’m glad that the only part I have to figure out is ‘the cloud’. Thank you so, so much for sharing this knowledge with us. It really does help me to allow David more time. I had no idea that this is the kind of stuff he is facing. I’m just hoping that Gina and Kari, and anyone else on Team David, are right on board and eager beavers to help him get things going.

    Bebe,
    “Unlike artists who are new to the scene, David fortunately has a lot going for himself. He’s young, innovative and uber-talented. He’s also a musical genius. He’s already released several albums to date. But most importantly, he already has a very devoted fanbase who want to be there for him.” Yes and yes!!

    Dja,
    “You can’t fake what David has and is.” So true. He is one of a kind. The mold was broken after he was created.

    Bydesign,
    I agree with you on the sounds on the vinyls. As big and obnoxious as they were, they were awesome for the sound they delivered! Like you, I’ve accepted the fact that technology has brought us to digital.

    Jans,
    I love your comments! This made me chuckle, and I totally agree …. “Hearing David sing any which way or form is what I’m interested in!” Just bring on the music — and pics and videos!!

  7. MT said

    PandasMama,
    Thanks for a very interesting read. It’s amazing how the music industry has changed over the years. It sounds like David has many options available to him. It also sounds like there will be a lot of decisions to be make.

    I do like the idea of streamed performances, but not to the exclusion of live performances. I still want to stand in the same room and have the music and that voice everywhere! :)

    As Bebe said, at lease he has a “very devoted fanbase” to start with. He can build from there. I’m sure we’ll all be glad to help spread the word when the time comes.

    Just say the word David. We’re ready. :)

  8. MUNK_MA said

    Thanks so much for this information! It is an eye opener! Great things in the future! And we will be here!

  9. bebereader said

    Dear David,

    How about a vlog today? A singing vlog would be so nice!!

  10. Thank you PandasMama!! What an interesting informative article!!! Like the streaming concert idea vs Cellcast and of course LIVE Concerts.

  11. Oh Yes David, A singing Vlog would be nice :)

  12. MT said

    Count me in. I vote for a singing Vlog too. :D

  13. MT said

    PS Angelica, Love the top pic!

    That’s what I hope to see soon, in person.

    David
    on stage
    microphone in hand.
    :D :D :D

  14. Abrra said

    Thank you Panda for following through and sharing your knowledge gained after take that course.

    You ask, “Will David return to the music career he was working on prior to leaving?” That is the million dollar question and I think you have proven that the answer is NO.That’s not to say that he won’t have a career, but that the way his music will be delivered will be more direct to fans.

    I can see a parallel between radio being the savior of artists during the war years and YouTube being the place to put music before the public today as a way to test public reaction. Both are “free” and easily accessible for those wanting to hear new songs before purchasing via a music delivery program such as iTunes.

    As someone who has bought music in all the mentioned formats( which are now gathering dust in storage), I now rely mainly on digital, I applaud the wise artist who embraces the digital age.

    David will be restarting at just the right time in the music industry. All he will need is a laptop and inspiration! Then it will be up to his team to make the magic happen.

    Another picture is making the rounds on Facebook with David in the blue plaid shirt. It has been said that the girl is his cousin.

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    Abrra

  15. skydancer1x said

    Panda,
    I loved reading your really interesting article,thanks so much for sharing all that information! Wow! Kind of makes your head spin when you see how fast things have changed,and continue to change! Who would have guessed?
    Really not that many years ago (ok,wellll maybe it was lol) when we were spinning our 45′s and 33 and 1/3rpm records collections..sigh~

    However the music is delivered,whatever method or methods D decides to use to get his voice out there , live concerts with David Archuleta are a must.He is the best LIVE performer ever.
    I am ready for another tweet♥

  16. Dorothy said

    Margy that was a very well written article. I am glad you did your research

  17. gladys1961 said

    I’m worried about david, his hair does not grow. The water in Chile will have any effect we do not know?
    (a joke to calm my patience while I wait.)

  18. MT said

    @DavidArchie: “There comes a time when wishing, wanting and hoping is over; It’s time to do it. Whatever we do, no regrets.” – Larry Gelwix

    I wonder what he’s about to do? Is it music related? And will we know any time soon? Ha So many questions, so few answers.

  19. Mimi318 said

    Pandas mama hi.
    Thank you so much for this excellent post on the music industry and what the future holds for all of us.

    David is young, smart and savvy. I feel he will take advantage of all avenues that will help him succeed in his music career. I’m still a fan and look forward to hearing new music from him.

  20. djafan said

    Hi All!

    And David tweets! I think he’s done planning and moving forward Maybe things are not perfect but it’s time to see what happens from here!

    Eric Alper posted this on his site. It goes along with Panda’s article. Some really good and sound advice in light of all the changes in the music industry.

    Building your fanbase with more frequent releases
    By Chris Robley

    JANUARY 7, 2014
    Building your fanbase with more frequent releases.

    Why you should be putting out more music

    Gone are the days when you’d record and release a new album every three or four years, throw all your promotional eggs into that one basket, tour non-stop for two years, and then repeat. Everything has changed, from the consumption habits of music fans to the costs and processes of music production.

    Nowadays — especially in the independent music world — the more music you release (assuming it’s good music), the greater your chances of building a loyal fanbase that can help you sustain a successful career. Whether you’re releasing monthly singles, two EPs a year, or creating multiple live albums per tour, frequency is becoming key to building a buzz.

    Here are 10 reasons you should be recording and distributing more music
    1. Keep your existing fans “tuned in” – Our attention spans are getting shorter and our entertainment options are increasing. If you disappear for three years without any new music, you can’t expect your old fans to pick right up where you left off. You need to stay on their radar if you want them to continue supporting you with equal fervor. The more frequently you release music, the more chances you have to remind them of why they love you.

    2. Generate more opportunities for press – Likewise, the more music you put out, the more chances you have to contact bloggers, music magazines, local weeklies, etc. Pinning all your PR hopes on one album release every few years really limits your chances to get the press talking about your music.

    3. Pace your creative and recording workload – It’s very time-consuming (and potentially expensive) to complete a major recording project all at once. Generally to finish tracking and mixing a full album in one stretch, you’re looking at anywhere from two to twelve weeks’ worth of work. But what about one song a month? That sounds more manageable, healthy, and realistic, which probably means it’s more likely to happen!

    You’ll put everything you have into one song at a time to get it right; then have a little break from recording until next month — rather than exhausting all your energy or ideas. You can release a single every month for a year (and even do a release party for each one if you want to draw some extra attention to the new music). At the end of the year, compile the best ten tracks into an album.

    4. Highlight your best songs in multiple ways – Fans love bonus material: remixes, rough demos, alternate takes, b-sides, etc. You can either release these bonus tracks as singles throughout the year, or include them in a special edition of your next album (which gives diehard fans another incentive to purchase the full album even though they already bought the singles that appear on that album separately).

    5. Show off your live chops – Whether you produce your own concert recording or do an in-studio for a radio show, TV program, or music blog — turn those sessions into albums or EPs. People love to hear raw, live performance versions of their favorite songs.

    6. Music supervisors don’t care how new or old something is – The more music you make available, the greater your chances of getting a song placement in a movie, TV show, or commercial. You never know what the producers of a show or film will need in terms of music, so make it ALL available, even if it was recorded decades ago.

    7. Your older music will always be new to someone – Similarly, music fans are less interested these days in “the latest thing.” I mean, there’s certainly a big emphasis on current releases still, but niche music audiences have the opportunity and inclination to explore what’s BEST, not only what’s new. So that’s another great reason to make sure ALL your music is available for sale worldwide.

    8. More merch = more sales – I don’t know if anyone has done a scientific “merch booth” study, but I’ve noticed that the more different items I make available at my own shows, the more people come up to check out the CDs and t-shirts (and most importantly, mailing list). The more people at the table, the greater the chance of selling your music.

    9. Your music will improve – Let’s assume your music is good to start with. Now factor in those hours (paced as they are throughout the year) you’ve spent writing and recording tunes. You’re going to get better: as a writer, producer, arranger, engineer, or performer. More songs, and better songs — bonus!

    10. You can stretch yourself creatively – Maybe you’ve seen the wisdom in distributing music more frequently, but you’re not all that prolific in terms of original material. Committing to a release schedule can also open you up to other creative possibilities — such as collaboration, cover songs, novelty or topical songs, new genres, etc. Exploring these avenues can also lead to additional sync opportunities, press, and fun interactions with your fans.

    ————-

    Well, there you have it, 10 reasons to release more music this year — and hopefully via CD Baby (if I have any say in the matter). CD Baby will distribute your music to over 95 download and streaming services, over 15,000 record stores around the world, and provide the tools you need to sell directly to your fans.

    What are some other reasons to release music with greater frequency? Let me know in the comments section below.

  21. djafan said

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  22. Abrra said

    For those feeling a bit angsty.

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    Abrra

  23. bluesky4home said

    @DavidArchie: “There comes a time when wishing, wanting and hoping is over; It’s time to do it. Whatever we do, no regrets.” – Larry Gelwix

    Yes, DA.
    Sing it with me: “Do, do, do, do, do”. ^_^

    I loved your article, PandasMama! It is a “whole new world” out there. He may make some mistakes. But I am not a fan of DA because he is perfect…. I am a fan because he is courageously amazing.

    And he can sing….

  24. MT said

    I know he’ll tell us whatever he has to say when he’s ready but, can I hope he’s ready soon?

  25. Abrra said

    #20 Djafan I want to thank you for bringing that article here. It surely fits with the current post.

    This one is of interest because David does need to communicate more directly with fans. If music is his way of expressing himself, so be it. A few words from David personally would work wonders. Quotes are not helping his cause as we see they are subject to interpretation.

    1. Keep your existing fans “tuned in” – Our attention spans are getting shorter and our entertainment options are increasing. If you disappear for three years without any new music, you can’t expect your old fans to pick right up where you left off. You need to stay on their radar if you want them to continue supporting you with equal fervor. The more frequently you release music, the more chances you have to remind them of why they love you.

    Abrra

  26. Abrra said

    Gotta love the guy LOL

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    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie 31s

    Jammin’ to oldies on a record player… good times :) pic.twitter.com/njkfyMW7AP

    Found this one just now. Looks like today as the shirt is the same.

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    ronniehann
    It’s cool, I walk down the stairs and who’s in my living room? That’s right, David Archuleta. #coolstorybro #itwasasurprise http://instagram.com/p/nJ8fr4o5Jp/

    Abrra

  27. tawna21 said

    Djafan, thank you for the article. There is so much juice to drink in in this thread. Pass me a straw, I don’t want to spill any. Really, these ideas are just what we need at this time to keep ourselves moving forward and working on our patience. I find myself feeling angry at times because I can’t figure out what the game plan is. We see him making the rounds of eateries, listening to vinyl oldies, selfies with his grandfather, and with people that we don’t even know. But, we don’t get anything but quotes that don’t make any sense to us. Please, Team David, let us step on the train with you and feel the rumble.

    I love David Archuleta. I love him for his courage. I love him for his strong faith. I love him for his humility. I love him for his wittiness and charm. I used to love his dorkiness – will he still have it or is it gone? I love him for his beauty (blushing). I LOVE his music and his voice that have that beauty that can’t be found anywhere else. This will never change in my world. But, will all of this continue to be nurtured and grow, or will it become like the feelings I have for someone like Elvis? The adoration is still there, but it has ceased to grow because nothing new happens. We need something to happen. ♥

  28. MT said

    Tawna,
    I agree. While it’s sweet of him to share what he’s up to personally, it would be nice to have something shared about what he’s up to musically as well.

  29. Abrra said

    Another from today with David’s good friend Meitra.

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    mietraaarabi
    39 minutes ago
    First picture together since before the mission 💚💛💚💛 #ILoveWhenFriendsComeHome http://instagram.com/p/nKETimPVUG/#

    Abrra

  30. djafan said

    David is making the rounds and looking very sharp. Probably getting reacquainted with old friends and taking in all he missed these past two years. Would love to hear David sing us some oldies with plenty of soul in them :)

  31. Abrra said

    djafan I think you are right. It explains the “college” visit rumors, haha That’s where his friends are now. Just makes sense he’d go there to see them.

    Abrra

  32. Angelica said

    Is it possible that that mischievous, teasing, elf is actually getting more haircuts? I think so! It should be longer by now. Stick a beanie on and resist the urge next time you pass a barber shop. It will get easier with each time.

    Pandasmama, so thrilling to be on the cusp of a new epoch in music! The timing could not be more perfect for David and his “if it works for me, it works for me” attitude. Yet, again, not with the hair.

    Love your comment Tawna. “Please, Team David, let us step on the train with you and feel the rumble.”

    I am ready to get on board. Peope get ready.

  33. marlie7 said

    Hmm, I don’t think he’s getting haircuts. 4 weeks – 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. It looks that way to me. He’s just brushing that extra length over to the side. Give it another month and he’ll have to use some hair product.

    Lot’s of rumors about college. We shall see.

    Wow, he looks amazing in the photo with Meitra! Good clothes :-)

    Okay, that’s my positive stuff. On the negative side, I’m wishing he’d give us a clue as to what is happening. He’s free to choose what he wants to do, of course, but I’d just like to hear from HIM rather than learn things on twitter.

  34. Abrra said

    Angelica Good song choice. Here are the lyrics. I think there is great wisdom in the words. The first verse says all you need is faith. Amen :)

    “People Get Ready
    written by Curtis Mayfield

    People get ready
    There’s a train a-coming
    You don’t need no baggage
    You just get on board
    All you need is faith
    To hear diesels humming
    You don’t need no ticket
    You just thank the Lord
    Yeah yeah yeah

    People get ready
    For the train to Jordan
    Picking up passengers
    From coast to coast
    Faith is the key
    Open the doors and board them
    There’s room for all
    Among the loved and lost

    Now there ain’t no room
    For the hopeless sinner
    Who’s hard on mankind
    Just to save his own
    Have pity on those
    Whose chances are thinner
    Cause there’s no hiding place
    From the Kingdom’s Throne

    Ohh people get ready
    There’s a train a-coming
    You don’t need no baggage
    You just get on board
    All you need is faith
    To hear diesels a-humming
    You don’t need no ticket
    You just thank the Lord
    Yeah yeah yeah

    I’m getting ready
    I – I’m ready yeah yeah yeah
    Oh I’m getting ready oh – oh
    I’m ready yeah

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    Abrra

  35. Abrra said

    haah Yet another pic from yesterday’s visit with college girls .Is that a doggie bag I spy?

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    Bec Rasmussen ‏@BecRasmussen 1h

    It’s not every day we share the d-turf living room with RM David Archuleta. Snapchat cred: @mckinleyfollett pic.twitter.com/Nc5OMQTRGz

    OK so I noticed that the picture is backwards. His watch is supposed to be on his right wrist. So now the picture is right and the text is backwards ;)

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    And a Throwback Thursday pic from a few years ago.
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    @jasenkaplan
    26 minutes ago · US Open Arthur Ashe
    Tbt @davidArchie and I working at the US open last year! Fun times!

    I’ll add any more as they show up on twitter.

    Abrra

  36. MT said

    Thanks for the pics, Abrra!

    That last one had me ROFL. They look just a teeny bit excited. Don’t ya think? David must be loving it! It sure does seem to make him smile. :D

  37. MT said

    Ok, the one with the girls is not the last one any more but that’s the one I meant in my last comment. :)

  38. Abrra said

    MT My posts are always a work in progress. I like to add things.

    Abrra

  39. jans11 said

    Don’t think he has had his hair cut. Looks like he combs it over to the side. It’s not long enough to be down on the forehead as it is long, almost receding! :)

  40. MT said

    Jan,
    If he didn’t get a haircut, then his hair must not be growing (Or my eyes are failing me, which is entirely possible LOL) In the one with the phonograph his hair looks as short or shorted than it did when he came home a month ago. Maybe he’s decided he likes it short. It must be much easier.

    Abrra,
    LOL Good Job! We know at least one of them is correct. ;)

  41. MT said

    Hmmm … it’s quiet here today. Is everyone out looking for their patience?

    Marlie,
    A nice long vlog from David would do wonders for the fanbase right about now.

  42. tawna21 said

    Maybe he’s had a trim to his hair in order to get it whipped into shape! :) It’s been almost buzzed for two years, so it too needs to be trained back to the old ways. Maybe?

  43. bluesky4home said

    Dear DA:

    I appreciate that you would naturally want to check out the chicks before you start singing again. After all, once you do, you will have to do it incognito, with guards, with security, with a beanie, with a blue hoodie, with crowds of fems screaming and pushing instead of just one or two. That you can obviously handle. ^_^

    I understand you have your (very) understandable priorities.

    Sure… or, maybe you are nonchalantly checking around for a new “companion”? Kinda used to somebody around all the time to chat with, etc.? It is just a coincidence that they all seem to be girls? That none of them play in a band!!!

    Uh, huh. I am SO not buying it!

    We just wanted to be first. *sniff* That’s all. (ISN’T THAT ENOUGH !!!!!!!!!!!!!) (*_*)

    Are you shy? Are you kinda hesitant to dip your (covered) toe into the stream of rhythm marching (and pacing) back and forth in your (shaven) brain?

    Uh, huh.

    Somebody….. push the boy in!

  44. bluesky4home said

    Note:

    Bluesky is not responsible for the previous post. She is patient. She is calm and collected and the absolute model of a perfect fan. Just saying’

    Some other, strange being snuck up to the computer and took over while she was not looking. Bluesky asks for your understanding while she administers a sedative to said being.

  45. MT said

    Bluesky,
    This … “Somebody….. push the boy in!” <<< LOLOL

    Looks like you haven't found your patience yet. Keep looking. You'll find it. It has to be around somewhere. And if you find mine while you're hunting for yours, please send it home. ;)

    JK David! We're still here waiting.

  46. bebereader said

    And here’s our food tweet!

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie · 2m

    I never thought I would enjoy a plate of spaghetti as much as I did this here beauty. Fancy or not, it tastes good.
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  47. jans11 said

    MT, I still don’t think he has had it cut. He has real thick hair and it was super short. Some of the photos show that his hair is combed over and some are kind of dark and don’t show much at all. The photo of him and Meitra shows it combed over to the side and I bet if he put some gel on it, and spiked it you could tell it is longer.

    Tawna, you have a point. Whenever hair starts growing out it needs to be cleaned up, so to say, for it to grow out evenly.

    Bluesky….. :) cracking me up!

    You won’t believe what has happened to me. I told you that 2 Elders came by the other day. They come back and they offered to help me clean out under my deck! They said anything to be able to put their jeans on! lol Really they are here to help and that reminded me of what David said in his video, that he couldn’t ever be a leader because he couldn’t tell people what to do but he found out that being a leader is to serve other people and help them out! That is so true…..love that. I offered to cut their hair for them and they accepted! I won’t be cutting David’s hair but at least I will be cutting 2 Elders hair! :)

  48. jans11 said

    AHHHH! A food tweet! Thanks, David, it really looks good! :)

  49. djafan said

    Hey all! Bluesky you crack me up lol. My patience goes in and out, up and down haha. Thank goodness for sooooo many grandkids keeping me busy during this their spring break. Keeps the antsyness away, most of the time.

    MT, the quiet before the storm? Praying so!

    A food tweet!!! That looks delicious! Eat David eat!

  50. djafan said

    “I did this here beauty”. Beautifully said.

  51. bluesky4home said

    MT, Jans11, Djafan:

    I know for sure that he is just as mentally, physically, and spiritually involved as ever he he as been.

    At this particular time, he has the chance to assess all that has gone before and muse on how to build what may come. This break – a two year mission, which seems a strange life to most of us – was for him the first bit of normality he had had in his life for a long time. The pressures surrounding him could not have been more opposite.

    What a way to gain perspective.

    And DA, who has always been introspective, and a long-term planner, a person who definitely cares as much about the way things are done as the fact that they get done, has to be considering the grand view of the life he is choosing and it’s consequences – here and now, as well as for the future.

    As much fun and helpful insight as he must have gotten from his new “You Tube” friend, he also had to be reminded of the lack of privacy that is an inherent part of the entertainment industry.

    So…..

    Dear DA,

    I love and trust you. You are coming back to us, to a life that in some ways is at odds with your nature and yet completely essential to it.

    I wouldn’t want it any other way than on your own terms.

    Bluesky

  52. bluesky4home said

    Jan’s: too fun about all the help with your yard! Good for you!

    Djafan: I love the image of you surrounded by family. Thank you.

  53. tawna21 said

    Jans, thanks for doing the missionaries’ hair for them. We know that 2 of them out there will have awesome cuts that are done with love ♥

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