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Cabs, Rain and Going Home Again ~ David Archuleta’s Who I Am

Posted by bluebar on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Summertime vacations: Road trips!  First things first. Load up the car with all seven of my David CD’s!!  Taking David along certainly makes the trip more enjoyable.  “Never leave home without him!” and the chance to listen to the David songs I hadn’t played for a while.

There is room in my CD case for 24 discs. So, this year, I decided to include some older albums that I hadn’t listened to in years, not since I “met” David.  I added music by Billy Joel, Tom Jones, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Elton John and Hall & Oates. (I know, oldies, but goodies!)

All very fabulously successful artists.  Mind you, I’m not giving up on David… Oh, noooooooooo, never!! Just so proud to have David in my CD case along with these greats!!

I had just listened to The Other Side of Down and was as amazed as ever over David’s “Who I Am.” Oh, David. You’re stuck in a cab for two hours, pondering your life, “taking the time out now,” “walking in my own two shoes” finding yourself. This song conveys so well the mood you were in four years ago when you wrote it.

David Archuleta “Who I Am” with lyrics:

Next CD up was Can’t Stop Dreaming by Daryl Hall.

Can't_Stop_Dreaming

The first song is titled “Cab Driver.” Wow, a cab song! Hahahaha! Btw… this is a still relevant, very jazzy and soulful song. Daryl Hall wrote “Cab Driver” almost 20 years ago. In it, he finds himself needing a cab. The driver asks: “Where am I goin’ to?” He replies: He wants to get back to his girl; he’s been on the road way too long, and sadly, it’s not the life he bargained for.

Daryl Hall “Cab Driver” Live:

Standing in the rain
Cab comes into view
Ask me, “Where am I goin’ to?”
Running for so long
Been gone too many nights
And my heart has paid the price
This ain’t heaven
This ain’t the life bargained for
My reason for living
Isn’t here inside this car
Girl, I gotta get back to you

Cab driver
Take me home
Spent too much time away
Too much time alone
Cab driver
Take me home
Spent too much time away from my baby

I need familiar streets
To show that you’re near
Feeling like a stranger here
Oh does the mirror show the miles on my face
Am I goin’ any place?

This ain’t heaven
This ain’t the life I was hopin’ for
My reason for living
Sure ain’t here inside this car
You know I’ve gotta get back to you

Cab driver
Take me home
Spent too much time away
Too much time alone
Cab driver
Take me home
Spent too much time away from my baby

I need to see the look on your face
A kiss from your lips…oh the taste, baby
Nothing waiting for me but a lonely room
I’ve gotta get back to you baby – soon

Cab driver
Take me home
Spent too much time away
Too much time alone
Cab driver
Take me home
Spent too much time away from my baby

Listening to David’s “Who I Am,” I had visions of David in LA trying to get a cab to go back home (not necessarily to see his girl, but who knows?).  Regardless he has to get back to Utah!! Via Nashville? Perhaps. But certainly David has to get back to writing and recording all that music we know is in him. And someday again, very soon, I hope my next road trip will be to see and hear David’s “jazz and soul” at a show!!

In a timeless, coming of age song, David tells us he’s “Gonna take the time now,” “It’s OK, ’cause I know where I’m going!” Trust the Archuleta!!

And as good as it is to get back home, hopefully David will never tire of being on the road!  Just remember to step out of the cab, David.
Daryl has some good advice:

“My reason for living
Sure ain’t here inside this car.”

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Bluebar is a guest wrtiter for The Voice.

59 Responses to “Cabs, Rain and Going Home Again ~ David Archuleta’s Who I Am”

  1. Suzy-Q said

    Most of the decisions we made, the actions we took, the people who influenced us when we are young, are lived with for the rest of our lives. So, why didn’t I take the time to really think about what I was doing and what I wanted in the future when I was in my early years. I just let things happen. Dr. Phil says that our brains are not fully developed until we are around 23. So why is it that we have to live with the mistakes we made when we were younger than that? David is doing the smartest thing he has ever done. He is making sure that his decisions for the future will be right for him, his future wife, future children and his spiritual growth. So why are some fans so impatient with him? David is making sure that he doesn’t make any mistakes that he will have to live with for the rest of his life. What’s wrong with that? I am willing to wait for whatever he decides.

  2. djafan said

    Bluebar,

    I too have my car full of David music. I have a pattern, my ODD seems to be in high gear right now lol.

    Ride to work: BEGIN. and any of his Christmas music, including Chile Christmas performances. O Ven is heavenly.
    Going home: All of his other CD’s on rotation :)

    This.

    “I had just listened to The Other Side of Down and was as amazed as ever over David’s “Who I Am.” Oh, David. You’re stuck in a cab for two hours, pondering your life, “taking the time out now,” “walking in my own two shoes” finding yourself. This song conveys so well the mood you were in four years ago when you wrote it.”

    I agree with this then and now. David tried very hard to do things his way but obviously there was still at this point some compromising. I remember a interview where he said he was still learning what he wanted and learning to say what he wanted. I love TOSOD and Who I Am is one of my favorites.

    Thank you for words.

    Suzy-Q, I don’t get it either. If only I had the wisdom David has at that age and younger. I’m amazed by it and wish him nothing but the best and like you I’m here for David for whatever.

  3. djafan said

    No Matter How Far on sale!!!

    http://deseretbook.com/No-Matter-How-Far-David-Archuleta/i/5106095

  4. tawna21 said

    bluebar, great article! It seems, to me, that the season for finding oneself is forever ongoing. In my several decades of life, I still am looking for me. Of course, I’ve found several pieces of me, but not the whole me.

    I’ll be the first to admit my concerns a few weeks ago, but I truly think, now, that David is doing the right thing right now. He’s finding who he is. He’s had some wonderful experiences and opportunities up to this point, and he now has to incorporate what he’s learned, from these experiences, into finding himself. I feel good that he has learned that he can speak for himself and doesn’t have to take any guff from anyone. I think the young man that is going to present himself down the road is going to blow us away. I can’t wait for the door to open from stage left and he enters.

  5. MT said

    Bluebar,
    I like your interpretation. I had similar thoughts when this song came out. It seems David realized that while he was so busy rushing here and there, his life was just beyond the window and he was missing out. I guess you could consider that realization a starting place for where he has been and where is now.

    But those times are part of the puzzle of his life and now, with those puzzle pieces in hand, he has a better idea of where the next pieces belong. He is slowly assembling them until he gets the picture he wants to represent “who he is.”

    Thanks for such a thought provoking piece. :)

    Angelica,
    Still *visualizing* Nashville! ;)

  6. lynnella said

    Very interesting and thought provoking article Bluebar.

    Had to add my 2 cents worth. The thing about life is, as you grow older, you keep changing who you are, and who he is now, is not who he was even when he recorded Who I Am a few years ago. I’ve lived many decades, seven to be exact, and who I am seems to change every 5 years or so. I think it would be more accurate to say Who I Am Right Now. And, like the rest of you, I can’t wait to see who he is right now. But, I’m well aware that it will be changing in another 5 years, plus or minus. As we experience life, who we are can change in an instant. I think though, for a young man, he has a very good grasp of who he is and who he wants to be. When I was his age, I had just gotten married. I didn’t have a clue. In 2 years, I was a mother, and still didn’t have a clue. Now, at 72, I’m starting to get a clue (lol). I hope I figure it out before I’m no more.

    Lynne

  7. bebereader said

    Bluebarsa,

    The Song “Who I Am” was relevant back when David wrote it when he was with Jive and it’s also relevant today. It’s one of those timeless songs that will never get old.

    We can’t leave home for an extended period of time without David’s music. That is the truth. It’s like leaving home without your medicine that you must take every day.

    Thank you for contributing an article to The Voice!

    On another note, I found this article interesting.
    You might like it too.

    “YouTube sensation Lindsey Stirling on how the Internet can shape the music industry”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/05/29/youtube-sensation-lindsey-stirling-on-how-the-internet-can-shape-the-music-industry

  8. Angelica said

    Bluebar, this article made me think a lot today about life and how one young man seems to have a gift for it. I look on the left sidebar and there is his book, Chords of Strength, “a memoir of soul, song, and the power of perseverance,” and on the right sidebar see his quote about the album, The Other Side of Down, “For me, it’s about moving forward and making progress..” I mean, the guy just GETS it. Why we’re here. The quote from Socrates about the “unexamined life” kept coming back to me and I found this short essay tonight by life coach and psychotherapist, Robert Gerzon, Socrates: “The unexamined life is not worth living”

    I’ve always been fascinated by Socrates’ bold statement that “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

    He doesn’t mince words. He doesn’t say that the unexamined life is “less meaningful than it could be” or “one of many possible responses to human existence.” He simply and clearly says it’s not even worth living.

    Why does he make such strong, unequivocal statement?

    Socrates believed that the purpose of human life was personal and spiritual growth. We are unable to grow toward greater understanding of our true nature unless we take the time to examine and reflect upon our life. As another philosopher, Santayana, observed, “He who does not remember the past is condemned to repeat it.”

    Examining our life reveals patterns of behavior. Deeper contemplation yields understanding of the subconscious programming, the powerful mental software that runs our life. Unless we become aware of these patterns, much of our life is unconscious repetition.

    As a psychotherapist, I see so many tragic examples of the effect of an unexamined life. I remember Melissa, a sensitive, attractive woman in her late forties who realized that a series of repetitive, doomed-from-the-beginning relationships had used up so many years of her life that it was now very unlikely that she could still manifest her dream of a husband and children of her own. I recall Donald, a caring, hard-working man who neglected his wife and family emotionally for too many years. By the time he came to see me he was divorced, depressed and living alone in an apartment.

    If only Melissa and Donald had taken the time to examine and reflect upon their lives as they were living them, they could have made changes and had a different experience during their lifetime.

    The good news is that it is never too late to start examining our life more thoroughly — and to reap the rewards. Melissa never had the child she wanted but she stopped recreating her past and eventually married a loving man who helped her heal her childhood wound of a father who deserted her. It was too late for Donald to get a second chance with his wife, but he was able to build strong relationships with his children.

    We all have blind spots. Sometimes when I examine a chronic problem in my life, I have that unsettling feeling that I must be missing something, but I can’t quite see what it is. We try to examine ourselves, but none of us can see our own back side (our “shadow”).

    That’s why Socrates’ method of self-examination included an essential element that became known as “Socratic” dialogue. Dialoguing with a close friend, a spouse, a skilled psychotherapist or spiritual adviser helps reveal those blind spots we cannot see by ourselves.

    Our society discourages self-awareness with a weekly cycle of working and consuming that keeps us too busy to slow down for self-reflection. Consumer capitalism’s game plan prefers an unaware and vaguely dissatisfied populace that tries to fill the emptiness inside with shiny new products.

    It’s a radical act to stop and contemplate your life. But according to Socrates, it’s the only game that really matters.

    http://www.consciousearth.us/socrates-unexamined-life.html

  9. jans11 said

    I play David’s cd’s some around town because I’m not out for very long and don’t have to drive to work anymore. But I take them with me on every trip I take and play them til I get where I’m going! :) And after I get there….. I play them here at home every day and just happen to have been listening to TOSOD album quite a few times this week. David brings the words in Who Am I come alive. He is so good at writing and singing stories!

    Lynella, I have to agree with you, being the same age. I had my first child at 22 and at 28 had 4. At David’s age I was doing good to cross the state line and he has traveled all over world! :) It really does seem that I have changed every 5 yrs and right now I feel I’m looking for something. Maybe being in limbo waiting on David , even though I want him to take the time he needs to do it his way.

    Ok, DJA, you twisted my arm…guess I’ll order a few more albums! :)

  10. jans11 said

    Angelica, very interesting article and it’s right on on with the way I have been feeling lately on me being in limbo. I try and self analyze myself when I feel this way and usually have an answer, but right now my only answer the last few weeks has been “I don’t know”. It just keeps boiling down to a no ending solution. Hoping it will soon straighten itself out. Thanks for the article. ♥

  11. lynnella said

    Jans11 – I feel like we’re twins separated at birth. I had my first son when I was a few months before 25 and by the time I was almost 29 I had 3 sons. I also worked in a retirement/asst. living community. Spooky.

    I agree with everything that’s been said here in comments. David is very introspective. I’m so glad he went on his mission, because, as his sister said, it was never in question whether he would serve a mission, it’s who he is. He knows who he is and I think will instinctively do whatever is right for him. I, too, trust the Archuleta. We never have to worry that he will tweet anything that is inappropriate, or take any embarrassing selfies, or do or say anything that could be offensive to anyone. I just feel very secure following this fine young man. He is the role model for how it should be done.

    Lynne

  12. jans11 said

    Lynella, here’s hoping we might get to meet someday in the near future at a sold out David concert! :) Unless you live out of the country….didn’t think of that, being able to talk to people around the world! :)

  13. lynnella said

    Jans11 – I live in Kentucky. Not too far away.

  14. bebereader said

    Kari is back home. She just tweeted! I enjoyed her flipagram of all the sites she saw on JT’s tour.

    Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour

    #JT20/20Tour European Addition! So many amazing places we visited but it’s good to be HOME! #tourlife #blessed http://flipagram.com/f/DdR2orkIYF

  15. MT said

    Bebe,
    I just watched the flipagram. Wow! She got to go to some fabulous places. I want her job! :D

    How long do you have to train to be a Tour Manager? I wonder if I have time to get up to speed for David’s world tour?

    Oh, Daaaavid! Just letting you know. I am available. OK? So …. where are we going? :D

  16. jans11 said

    Lynella, Bebe, and MT…..WHOO HOO!! :)

  17. Angelica said

    Mormon Tab. Choir @MormonTabChoir · 24m
    Can we say something crazy? We’re announcing the Pioneer Day Concert Guest Artist tomorrow!

    July 18th and 19th at 8pm at the Conference Center. Tickets are made available on first come, first serve basis, starting this Tuesday morning June 17th at lds.org/events, by calling 801-570-0080 801-570-0080 (locally) or outside Salt Lake City at 1-866-LDS-TIKS during regular ticket office business hours (M–F, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).or at the Conference Center ticket office.
    Standby tickets for those without tickets will not be issued. However, patrons are invited to stand by for last-minute seating each evening. The standby line will form at the north gate on Temple Square at 6:00 p.m. for the evening performances.

    Last year the concert was streamed and was Lindsey Stirling. Wonder who this year’s guest will be? Guess we’ll find out manana. :)

  18. djafan said

    Oh Angelica! It would be great. I’m also hoping for a surprise NA singer at the Stadium of Fire this year.

  19. djafan said

    Questions can be submitted here for the Face to Face and Cara a Cara :)

    What questions do you have for David Archuleta? He’ll answer questions from you during the event on June 24th. Submit your question early for the best chance of having it answered live!

  20. MT said

    Happy Friday the 13th! 8O haha JK!

    I was looking through Youtube today and this came up. I hope it makes you all smile as big as I did. :D


    credit: Jeff LeBlanc

  21. Angelica said

    Bluesky just sent me the link to this article on the drummer for Neon Trees. I am posting it here because I think it relates to this “Who I Am” post. Not gonna bring the whole article over, you can click on link to read in toto, but this quote stood out for me.

    “This life has a purpose, and the purpose is not to get famous, but … to work on yourself and your relationship with God and then to use the Atonement of Jesus Christ,” Bradley said. “I think believing all of those things and then working on those things really has a way of putting all the other stuff into its proper place so that I can appreciate the opportunities I’ve been given and I can appreciate the fun things that come with the job that I have, but it doesn’t rule me and it doesn’t dictate who I am.

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605059/Mom-Mormon-rock-star-Neon-Trees-drummer-Elaine-Bradley-talks-family-faith.html?pg=1

  22. Angelica said

    And this,

    “Everybody’s got an opinion, which is why I think you have to be secure in what you’re doing and with your own routine or your path in life, your relationship with God or your relationship with yourself. If that at all isn’t secure, I can tell you the Internet can be a deadly place.”

    Elaine Bradley/Neon Trees

  23. Angelica said

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    http://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/pioneerday?cid=social_20140613_25935556&lang=eng

  24. Abrra said

    Bluebar

    I listen to music mostly in my car via my iPhone because I don’t have a CD player in the dash. It sounds the same to me so it’s all good. I have a similar selection of what I consider some “greats” in current music as well as past favorites.Someone I liked very much this season on American Idol is Alex Preston. He has a voice I can listen to and enjoy as much as David’s, yet he has a whole different vibe. It’s more “CoffeeHouse” than Pop.

    Here is an original song he performed for his YouTube channel before Idol. he has been writing songs for a few years and performing them around his home state of New Hampshire.


    Alex Preston

    I still listen to David’s music more than any other. Right now I am diggin’ TOSOD and his self-titled first CD. David’s songs make me sound so good when I sing along. He is a great duet partner :)

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    edit by MaryDee

    There is nothing I like more than to have a fan submission for an article. Now that David is taking time out of the spotlight, it is a challenge to conjure up something to write about. It’s refreshing when we can have your thoughts on something David related to ponder about. We here are The Voice are open to having fan submissions on any topic of your choosing. Our contact info is at the top of the page.

    Abrra

  25. lynnella said

    Abrra, Alex Preston was my favorite on Idol this year. After he was eliminated, I lost interest. He has a very unique and interesting voice. Very smooth and soothing. I thought it was interesting that his favorite artist was Jason Mraz. Sounds like someone else we know. I remember David singing I’m Yours by Jason Mraz. The funniest thing was him listening to it back on a radio show. He flipped out. Here it is:

    Lynne

  26. Abrra said

    Lynne

    I made mp3’s of AP’s performances (from youtube) and put them on my phone. It was nice of them to bring Jason Mraz on so AP could fanboy. LOL

    The boy in that video is gone. The MAN that David is becoming has taken possession. Whatever is to come from David’s writing, I’ll be there to listen.

    Abrra

  27. lynnella said

    Abrra, I can’t imagine that David would ever react that way again. He’s so much more self assured now, and mature. Boy is the right term to describe who he was then. He was a baby. He had no idea how his life was about to change when he auditioned for American Idol. And, I might add, we had no idea how our lives were about to change when we saw him sing Waiting on the World to Change. Boy did it ever change, for all of us. I can’t wait to hear what he’s been writing. I hope he doesn’t feel too much pressure to do something he finds amazing. Whatever he writes, I know we will all think it’s amazing.

    Lynne

  28. Suzy-Q said

    I am not sure whether or not to post this but I thought it was a good article about what’s happening in the music business. My grandson, Steele Saldutti, is in a band called, VanLadyLove. They performed on the last season’s “Sister Wives”. They also have several videos on you Tube. They won a competition last week and this is the article that was written about it. It explains why David is staying in Utah to do his writing, recording and work. It’s long but it’s a great insight into the business.

    NEW YORK CITY — At this year’s New Music Seminar, Provo band VanLadyLove was named the 2014 Artist on the Verge.

    The five-piece alternative rock band was chosen out of 100 up-and-coming acts as the one most likely to succeed, at the seminar in New York City.

    “We were scared,” John Buckner, the band’s beat keeper said. “We played right after Kiah Victoria. She was amazing, a born star. We looked at her, heard her, and we were like, there’s no way we can compete with that. It’s like going onstage after Adele or Beyoncé.”

    The night after the announcement, the band was still very excited about the win.

    “We’re giddy and giggly. Lots of giggling happening,” said bass player Steele Saldutti. “We’re literally on cloud nine right now. We got text messages from our moms. It’s been an emotional time. Our parents have been pretty supportive, but it’s one of those things like … get a real job.”

    But a “real job” may not be necessary now that VanLadyLove has been praised by some of the top names in the music industry. The New Music Seminar, Saldutti explained, is like “an A-list music seminar, with a trade show.” It features artists, new technologies for music promotion and creation, labels and management all in one innovative place.

    The Artist on the Verge program, which counts Macklemore and Fitz and the Tantrums among its past participants, is designed to launch a band that is ready for a bigger audience. They scout bands that have a unique and polished sound, and that have a large reach.

    VanLadyLove’s social media following and its huge EP debut that charted on iTunes were factors in them being chosen.

    “They really liked how much we really owned our management, and social media and how much we engaged with our fans and how serious we took that,” Saldutti said. “They were blown away that we had weekly meetings about our social media and what we want to accomplish, how we used analysis to figure out what it is that fans like … and they were impressed. Most bands don’t even think that far.”

    The band’s decision to focus so much time came from a desire to “control their own destinies,” Saldutti said. He said it was important they be able to write the kind of music they wanted, without expectations.

    Buckner said the most shocking thing for them was hearing from the large panel of representatives from major music labels that their music was “ready.”

    “My jaw went to the floor,” Buckner said. “We worked really hard on those songs, but you wonder if they’re ever good enough. Every one of them said, this band’s ready. And out of the panel of nine, four of them said they would sign VanLadyLove right now. (They said) ‘VanLadyLove has the songs, they’re ready for a bigger stage.’ For us as a band it really validated all the work.”

    Frontman Travis Van Hoff said his takeaway was not just excitement and validation, but a piece of advice from the industry leaders he met.

    “A lot of them were saying there’s this void in the music industry of guitar-driven rock bands,” Van Hoff said. “The manager of The Neon Trees said there’s a void of heavier rock instead of pop rock. So not saying we’re going to be a heavy band, but more guitar-driven rock and roll is something we’ll be going for. It’s something that really stuck with me this past week.”

    Although they were awarded the top prize that includes money, media exposure and equipment Van Hoff said the band’s journey was just beginning.

    “We’re definitely not ‘the best,’” Van Hoff said. “It’s been a great opportunity and the momentum we have going right now is fantastic, but we still have plenty of hurdles to jump through.”

    Saldutti said the band has sacrificed a lot to make music its full-time focus. He pointed out that the band members are not teens just getting started, but have put in years of work.

    “Bringing this back to Utah, bringing this back to Provo … of course we rep Provo,” Saldutti said. “We love Provo and it’s so exciting to bring more publicity.”

    The band will be playing a Beatles tribute in Provo June 27, as well as playing at the birthday party of a friend who has had a huge impact in the Provo music scene, and has cheered them on from the start: “Provo has a uniqueness to it that’s not located anywhere else,” Buckner said.

    In other music scenes, the music is secondary, Buckner said. He mentioned that playing in bars usually means people are not listening to the music, but Provo has designed unique venues that are 100 percent about the band.

    “Provo has become known as a place that loves music,” Saldutti said. “They joked at the seminar that in the past, major tours would pass Utah, but they’re actually finding that now Utah is a great market, even for national acts.”

    According to the industry experts at the New Music Seminar, VanLadyLove is ready to become your next favorite band. Check out its sound on iTunes, YouTube or Spotify. As for the band members, they are working to make good connections, hopefully get a good team behind them, and they’re revelling in their success: “And I’m going to take my chocolate milk to the after party,” Buckner said.

  29. jans11 said

    Oh wow, I sure was doing the happy dance standing in Penny’s check out line…David was singing “Who Am I”…couldn’t believe it! :) I told the cashier that my favorite singer, David Archuleta was singing and she said “oh, I really like him too, I watched him all the time on AI and was so glad when he won!” haha I didn’t correct her since he is the winner in all our hearts! :)

  30. Angelica said

    I sure hope all this dating is translating into his song writing! :)

  31. Abrra said

    Angelica

    I saw the “date” tweets by the cousins of the person he was taking out. The pics of David have been deleted from their accounts,( which isn’t a bad thing). Pretty soon he will need a disclaimer form to hand out when he dates. He has a lot of social catching up ahead of him. It all translates to a happy life and better song writing :)

    Abrra

  32. Abrra said

    David is feeling philosophical today.

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie 10m
    “You have freedom, so why not use it to serve one another?” – a lady DJ on the radio just now.

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie 9m
    Just made me miss my time in Chile, but reminds me that I don’t have to be on a mission to do something that makes me feel so dang good.

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie 4m
    I have to say though.. there is no greater, more life changing way to do it than serving a 2 year full-time mission ;)

    Hey David! Take some of that freedom and serve up some wonderful music?

    Abrra

  33. jans11 said

    Oh, I just seen my quote up at the top! ♥ Thanks, Abrra, that makes me feel so important! haha :)

    #32, sounds like David is a little melancholy today. Happy to see him enjoying his “free” time now. And like you Abrra, hoping that that freedom results in some great music! ♥

    #30, me too Angelica. I got to see the photo before it was deleted and it looked as if he was putting on chapstick to me…with a big grin, of course. :)

  34. djafan said

    David do whatever makes you feel dang good! I love that. I need to make more practice of that!

    Grandson graduation last night so i missed all the pictures. David will probably need set a no picture rule for his dates lol

    Suzy and Angelica,

    That is some really good reading. We are surely entering a new season in the music industry. This actually is good timing for David to transition back in.

  35. Abrra said

    #28 Suzy-Q Thanks for the article. It shows that David isn’t the only one who realizes that good music starts with the artist not the city where its produced. I looked at a few of the band’s videos. I really like this idea for shooting a song video. Minimal cost and a beautiful, natural setting.


    VanLadyLove

    This comment stands out as excellent advice for any artist. David are you listening??

    “They really liked how much we really owned our management, and social media and how much we engaged with our fans and how serious we took that,” Saldutti said. “They were blown away that we had weekly meetings about our social media and what we want to accomplish, how we used analysis to figure out what it is that fans like … and they were impressed. Most bands don’t even think that far.”

    #33 Jan Our quote box is a way for us to include fan participation in a personal way. The more we can be inclusive, the stronger the feeling of community.

    Abrra

  36. MT said

    Jan,
    That box is reserved for when someone posts something beautiful. You did. <3

    Still here waiting for the music. :)

  37. Abrra said

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    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

  38. jans11 said

    MT….thanks for the compliment! That is so nice of you to say! ♥

    Sorry I missed unplugged..again. Things keep coming up. Every week I say I’m going on chat and then I can’t for some reason. :( Will try again next week! :)

    Suzi Q….good info and I know you are proud of your grandson…good sounding band!

  39. Abrra said

    Today’s Sunday puzzle!

    http://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=178bc789e501

    Jan You were missed in chat. See you soon!

    David was out having some fun at Trafalga (family type fun park) and ran into some fans.

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    DJ ‏@djoverson
    Had fun at trafalga and ran into David Archuleta. Best trafalga trip. With my homies Parker and Jake. pic.twitter.com/9KyyWOpTEt

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    Layla Salazar ‏@lvsalazarr
    so we ran into david archuleta mini golfing 😋 he’s adorable pic.twitter.com/27wISp910L

    Abrra

  40. cq said

    Happy Father’s Day!

  41. Abrra said

    For all the Fathers and Father figures who have a sweet tooth, Peewee has a treat for you!

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    Pee-wee HermanVerified account ‏@peeweeherman
    To All Dads (Photo via Jessica Dady @ Jessica’s Sweet Addictions): pic.twitter.com/gbPCym1v5K

    Abrra

  42. MT said

    SuzyQ, Thanks for sharing! They’re really good and I like their song Neverland. It’s beautiful!

    Abrra, Thanks for the Sunday puzzle. That’s a great picture of David.

    Hoping you all have a nice Father’s Day!

  43. jans11 said

    Great puzzle Abrra! How could it not be with our David posing so nicely! ♥

    Happy Father’s Day everyone. Enjoy!

  44. Abrra said

    David tweets!


    Mormon Channel
    David Archuleta @DavidArchie
    Happy Father’s Day to all of you fathers! Grateful for every kind of father out there and all you’ve taught me. youtu.be/R5FxdCgD-qI

    Abrra

  45. bebereader said

    SuzyQ,

    I enjoyed reading about and listening to your grandson’s band. I really like their unique sound! I see they just played in NYC (my hometown)! The Voice is now following them on Twitter. :)

    Jans,

    We missed you in chat last night too!

    And…

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  46. jans11 said

    Thank you David, for your tweet. Nice video and you are going to be a great father! ♥

  47. Abrra said

    Great find by FOD from David’s Nashville visit. Another writing session.

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    deeremusic
    2 weeks ago
    Working on a song I’m loving tonight with these two gentlemen. But even better than the music was the stories of people and places and missions and faces. Good times…

    His site http://www.jasondeere.com/

    It is quiet on fan sites, but soon we will have the new music that David promised. I know he appreciates the patience of fans. Good music takes time. I can’t help but comment on what Jason Deere’s caption says “the stories of people and places and missions and faces. Good times…” THIS is the stuff that feeds the imagination of a good song writer. Talking about the memories that make up the fabric of your life is a start in the process to open your soul to a song.

    Abrra

  48. emmegirl14 said

    Jason Deere is quite an accomplished songwriter. Appears they have worked together before – checked out the pics on his site, David is in 3 of them.

  49. Abrra said

    Emmegirl
    Thanks for being an eagle eye LOL I was rushed when I posted earlier. Here are the photos from Jason Deere’s site. It looks like about 2009.

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    credit Jason Deere

    Abrra

  50. tawna21 said

    Abrra and emigirl…… thanks….. great info for a new week ♥

  51. tawna21 said

    Dang it!… should have been Emmegirl :)

  52. djafan said

    Wooohoooo!!!!

  53. jans11 said

    A big shout out to all the snoopy mods that finds out about all the David goodies! :) Closer now, closer now….one day we’ll hear those great songs that he’s working on!

    Just got done cutting the Elders hair! They are the nicest boys…….can’t help but love em! :) They are stylin’ now, Tawna! :)

  54. tawna21 said

    Jans11….. ♥ :D ♥ ♥

  55. Abrra said

    Tawna I wish we had more news. It comes in small pieces.

    Jan
    I do most of my snooping on twitter, searching for links.

    This time it was FOD that dug up those Nashville gems. Anyone else notice the “evil” grin on David’s face in the middle picture?

    It was generous of you to cut their hair!

    Abrra

  56. ray said

    abrra evil grin, yes he has his 2 fingers up behind the little kids head ha ha ha,

  57. Abrra said

    Ray

    The last picture where he covers his mouth… I wonder he was caught and cracked up laughing. Kendra has a smirk too. ;)

    Abrra

  58. skydancer1x said

    hahaha great pics from Nashville..then and now.He had a good week there.

    Been a crazy week or so for me. With family concerns,my mind has been elsewhere, but Bluebar, thanks for a really good read!♥
    I love the TOSOD cd,always been one of my favorites of Davids..well that one and ,all of the rest,ha!:D
    Who I Am is right there at the top of that list.

    from the teens to the 20’s,30’s 40’s etc ,we are all ever changing beings, aren’t we?
    My mom used to sing a song to us when we were little, “Life is Just A Bowl of Cherries”♫
    A catchy, funny little song that remains with those “mother tapes” that play in my head from time to time, and bring a smile to my face, when I’m sweatin’ the small stuff.

    Jan,
    “Just got done cutting the Elders hair! They are the nicest boys…….can’t help but love em! :) They are stylin’ now, Tawna! :)”

    Jan, you are just the sweetest! (wish you were the one taking care of Davids hair!)lol and I love your quote in the sidebar :D

    Summer is in full swing now,time seems to be flying by! And it is HOT in these here parts!
    Lator Gators! ~Sky~

  59. jans11 said

    Thanks, Sky! And wish it was David’s hair too! :)

    Afterwhile, crocodile! haha

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