Posted by Abrra on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I saw on Twitter that the Soul Davidian site is taking a Summer break. I am using this opportunity to reinforce our resolve to keep going through the lean times. While the David-related news has gone down to almost nil, fans still want to feel the connection. That’s why we’re still here; although I will admit that there are times when it is a difficult task to maintain a fan site based on commentary, rather than news. Our primary purpose is to provide a place for fans to comment and share their take on current events in David Archuleta’s career.
David was an unknown singer who virtually dropped from the television screen into our hearts. Back in the post American Idol days we had so much to discover about him and his music. Some would say we got too close to that young man who was so eager to share many facets of his life with fans. We were just as eager to find out every minute detail of his day, both personal and career-related.
And then he announced that he was going on a mission for his church.
At that time a few fan sites dropped out. Some said it was out of respect for David’s request for privacy during that time. What followed on the sites left standing was an uncertainty about what we could say or publish about his mission activity. The final shakeout was that pictures or videos were not allowed unless they were of public appearances.
And so the drought began.
Through this time we navigated our way along choppy waters of fans who agreed to disagree on what was appropriate to talk about in relation to his mission experience. We became aware that David was a celebrity even as an Elder in Chile. His brother Elders wrote in their personal blogs about the respect they had for him both as a missionary and as a singer. We were hungry for any news, if only to know that David was happy with his experience. The videos from Chile of Christmas concerts sustained the fan base over the two years. Counting down the days until his return was something that kept us motivated to stay on the course.
But the payoff upon his return to Utah was not what most had anticipated. Realizing that there is a period of adjustment for returning missionaries, patience became a word we used often. Other than a few seconds of video from the airport, there was silence. So much silence that some frustrated fans took to Twitter in order to force David out to speak about what he was planning next. In response, David posted this video on his You Tube channel:
Credit: David Archuleta
This is not the David Archuleta, the boy, we knew. This is a man who tells us he has gained his life back on his terms. He will now take the time to make music at his pace, without pressure to get it done fast and not be to his liking. It has been over a year since we got a glimpse of the man who is David Archuleta.
“I am still trying to unravel all of the knots that have been in my brain. I was so overwhelmed last time I was in the spotlight in front of all of you. I felt like I lost myself as I got caught up in trying to please everyone, because I disregarded what I cared about–what I thought.
It’s nice not having to keep trying to figure out how be something that I am not so that everyone will like whatever that is. I have come to realize that no matter what you will never make everybody happy, but you can make the most lasting impact on being yourself, and most of all out of all the people it will impact you are the one who is most impacted for the better. For the longest time, I tried to keep it on the down-low of who and how I really was because “I must not be likeable”, but it feels nice to just be who I am and live according to what has always been most important to me.” ~ David Archuleta
“What I am basically trying to say is I need silence in order to function. My quiet time is valuable to me. Everyone keeps asking me how things are in Nashville. I say “It’s really nice. It’s quiet.” Part of this is because I have decided to make this quiet time for me, but also this town is a place where I feel peace.” ~ David Archuleta
It seems that everything about the past has changed with respect to public performances and his participation on social media. This is what we can expect from David Archuleta going forward. The pace of his career will be more of a balance between his desire to have a personal life and his devotion to his craft. This is, in a sense, a fresh start for a new self-confident David who knows who he is and where he is going.
Posted in @DavidArchie, David Archuleta, Editorial, Nashville, Respect, The Voice | Tagged: A Fresh Start, balance, David Archuleta, Going forward, Peace, Quiet time, Realizing, Silence, the Voice | 131 Comments »
Posted by Abrra on Saturday, May 23, 2015
A tweet by fa3rygirl came to my attention recently. I recognized the name but had not seen her on fan sites for awhile. Her name is Sheila Roposa, a fan I had met a few times at concerts.
She is most memorable to me because of the compassion she showed to a young man named Michael. His dream was to attend a concert and meet David Archuleta. He was ill with cancer and had to be in a wheelchair. Not only did she get Michael to the show in Northhampton, MA, but she made sure he got to meet David backstage. This was not a simple task because there were 12 inches of snow on the ground. I will never forget the picture of David reaching out to Michael to say hello.
Sheila was tweeting about a GoFundMe page her family had set up. It is a crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses. The company is based in San Diego, California. I clicked the link and read the story about how her daughter, Tiffany, was ill with Lyme disease. I came away with the feeling that this was nothing short of a tragedy. My heart went out to Tiffany and her family. It’s a helpless feeling when you are told that there isn’t any coverage for medicine that is desperately needed. I knew I had to do something to help spread the word about a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for Tiffany’s medical costs.
My hope is that Tiffany will get what she needs to get her life back. By sharing her story I hope to raise awareness about Lyme disease.
Credit for all photos: Sheila Roposa
A message from Sheila:
My name is Sheila. My 15-year-old daughter Tiffany was bitten by a tick infected by Lyme Disease and several other infections two years ago. Her doctor at the time did not recognize the bulls eye rash and Tiffany went one year without any treatment while the Lyme Disease progressed.
Tiffany started taking antibiotics two years ago. Due to the infection being in her nervous system, brain, and heart, she has needed extended treatment, including IV antibiotics.
Recently she was placed on a PICC line, which is an IV line for antibiotics. Our health insurance would only cover one month of treatment. Tiffany started to improve once on the IV line, which is the only time in two years she had this much improvement, but due to insurance guidelines that only cover one month of treatment, the IV line was pulled today. We are setting up this account to try to get some funding to pay for Tiffany’s medical bills and additional time on the IV line.
Before getting sick, Tiffany was an active girl that played soccer and rode horses. For the last two years, Tiffany has been severely ill. She has been out of school with home tutoring as she can’t walk or sit in a classroom. She is bedridden a lot of the time. She has had numerous ER visits, doctor visits, hospitalizations, and sees several specialists for her brain and heart. She’s lost weight, had periods of paralysis, seizures, lost all her hair, has fluid around her heart, developed autoimmune disease, and countless other complications. She’s missing out on life.
We want Tiffany to be able to receive this treatment to get her life back. If you can, please consider donating. Any amount, no matter how small, will help. If you can’t donate (we understand not everyone is in the position to), please share this link with everyone you know and ask them to pass it on. http://www.gofundme.com/tiffanylymefund#
Update May 20, 2015
Hi, thank you everyone for all your help. We have now been able to schedule Tiffany an appointment with the Lyme Center of New England, which is a private facility. They will be able to further help her and maybe get her IV back in. We found out just with one medicine that her IV out of pocket will cost us $2,000 a month so we increased the goal, but we do now have enough to get things started, so thank you! Tiffany is feeling pretty sick still. She lost her hair again, but she’s handling it well. A neighbor and friend had her a wig made and people from the community donated to pay for it. So thank you to everyone for that also. We are very blessed. Sharing with everyone you know will help us so much. We’ve received donations from family and friends of people we know, so it does work! Thank you again to everyone.
If you would like to learn more about Lyme Disease, please visit http://www.ilads.org/
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: Charity, Charity Begins at Home, Fans helping fans, GoFundMe, Lyme Disease, Please Help | 24 Comments »
Posted by Abrra on Monday, April 6, 2015
When the above tweets came over my phone on Saturday afternoon, I had two thoughts. David is watching the LDS General Conference and he is going to get some interesting feedback.
On Saturday I went to David’s timeline and here are a few of the reactions that fans had to his two tweets above. I chose some in support of what he quoted and others that do not support what he tweeted. I thought this might be an opportunity for fans here to express their opinion on the quote. While David likes to send quotes out, I am not always sure they have the desired effect he intends. It seems to be an out of context quote taken from President Packer’s speech. A synopsis of the speech can be found in this Deseret News article http://tinyurl.com/n4exz4f.
Janel Woodbury @Nellie1983
@andy_archie @DavidArchie David is quoting President Packer from the LDS conference.
THECanadaArchie @THECanadaArchie 4h4 hours ago
Diena @dienafebrianty 4h4 hours ago
@DavidArchie …..what do u want to say honestly
Maureen @Maureen_abms 2h2 hours ago
@kimak @Astrid222 what difference does it make if he is married or has children? He can’t have an opinion?
oh boy @DavidArchie i don’t know how i feel about this. any
more preachy judgement and i might just have to unfollow
@DavidArchie Jesus never married or had children. Was there ever a greater love? No. No.
@DavidArchie so tired of all the sexism and homophobia –
this offends the infertile as well. Maybe you will help
move your church forward!
@DavidArchie My sincere hope is that you will continue to
learn from life itself and not just go by words you hear.
Live, love, and learn.
Sydney Walcoff @sydney_shiriel
@DavidArchie I know how strong you are in your beliefs, but
you just isolated so many of your fans by invalidating their
beliefs about love
I am not in agreement with the quote from LDS President Packer because there are personal reasons why a married couple may not have a child. Is there a value one places on the quality of romantic love based on having children? Is the infertile couple or those who are a same-sex couple any less in love because they are childless? It has an exclusionary tone and I think it is just not a well thought-out statement when you consider the realities of life in 2015.
The Twitter/Instagram posts that I enjoy are those relating to David’s career or him showing us what he is doing at that moment. The good news is that David Archuleta gained 200+ followers on Twitter over the weekend.
Statement From David:
I apologize if I have offended anyone with the quote I sent out Saturday. I guess I didn’t think about the line “expressed between a man and a woman in marriage” being stressed when the whole quote didn’t fit in just 1 tweet. I am sorry my intentions were misunderstood, as my main focus was that too often romance is looked at as the end-all when there is so much more. The bonds that can be there within a family and raising kids, as that is the most valuable thing I have: my family. I do hope however, that whoever may have been offended may know I respect everyone’s freedom to believe and live as they choose. I hope others can respect what I value most in my life as well. Again, I’m sorry and please forgive me if I offended you. David
Posted in @DavidArchie, David Archuleta, The Voice | Tagged: David Archuleta, fan reaction, married with children, the Voice | 75 Comments »
Posted by Abrra on Monday, January 19, 2015
Today in the USA we honor a fallen leader, Martin Luther King Jr. He was a leader not in the political (elected) sense, but in the spirit of humanity. Here is his “I Have A Dream” speech given at the March on Washington August 28, 1963. As many of us here grew up seeing these scenes of protesting crowds on the nightly news, we knew change for the better was on the horizon. We’re not there just yet, but the dream still lives.
Complete text of speech here.
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Posted by Abrra on Saturday, December 27, 2014
We first met you when you were just 16 and on our TV screens every week for months. We feel like we have watched you grow from a child to a man over these last eight years. There were times when we worried that you had too much going on that might be overwhelming for you. At other times we experienced a David drought while you worked on writing or charity work.
It’s been a joy to follow you in your career because you gave us so much beyond the music. You gave us new friendships and the fun of visiting new cities to catch a concert. Being a fan gave us a chance to meet up with fan friends who shared the same excitement of seeing you for the first time in person. These may seem like small things, but they mean so much to us.
In honor of your 24th birthday, we would like to give something back to you. It has no tangible value nor is it something new but you could say it’s the gift that keeps on giving. We give to you our fan loyalty and support. We understand that it will take some time to get back on track with music and concerts. If you ever wonder if your fans will be there for your new music, the answer is YES!
Happy Birthday, David! From everyone at The Voice.
Posted in @DavidArchie, David Archuleta | Tagged: 24, @DavidArchie, David Archuleta, the Voice | 67 Comments »
Posted by Abrra on Sunday, November 9, 2014
(At Meet The Mormons premiere)
I had a strange reaction when David went to the trouble of making a video for the song “Glorious” and then gave the song away for free. The video represented what most fans consider a dream come true; David singing his heart out in the studio! I thought, ‘What is he doing? Is he sabotaging his career if he gives his talent away?’ But as the the views on YouTube climbed to hundreds of thousands and reached over a million, the light finally went on over my head.
This was a genius move. How better to jump-start his career than to hitch his wagon to a juggernaut of a song that is the centerpiece of a documentary movie? This move certainly got his name back in circulation in Utah and with his fans, some who may have stepped back when he left on a mission. Finally he had something to share with those who took the time to listen. It was a generous gift.
Next came the super cut video contest where David invited everyone to make a video of themselves singing “Glorious” to a music track that he provided.
This is where the whole thing evolved into the “song that could”. I have seen old and young, male and female, trios and duos, and choirs take to a microphone and record themselves singing. They sing in living rooms, stairwells and one was even on a road beside a corn field. Reading the descriptions below many of the videos, I could tell that this song had touched them deeply. It wasn’t just that David had asked them to sing; it was a desire to share their hearts with song.
What started out as a song to promote a documentary became something that touched generations of people worldwide. The main motivational ingredient was David Archuleta. He took a song and breathed life into it as only he can and made others want to listen to the lyrics and become inspired to sing it their way.
What I discovered by looking through the video playlist is that David’s fanbase is more diverse than I realized. At concerts there are mainly ladies and young teen girls. How nice it is to know there are men of all ages who proclaim their fandom! There is a silent majority out there who are fans. They show their support in ways that never occurred to me.
I see now that giving the song “Glorious” away for free was a master plan! A gift and an invitation from one heart to another. That’s the David I know best!
Posted in @DavidArchie, David Archuleta, fandom, GLORIOUS, music & lyrics, songwriting | Tagged: David Archuleta, feeling his voice, from the heart, invitation to sing, The Song That Could, the Voice | 87 Comments »
Posted by Abrra on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
“..this was my first time coming back performing with the title “David Archuleta” and having to embrace that..”
A few months ago a fan who has had a son return from a mission said, “The David who left will not be back.”
This comment has stuck in my brain ever since I had heard it. Back then I really didn’t know what to think. Did it mean that he would be so different that I wouldn’t understand who he had become? There was never a doubt in my mind that David would not continue his singing career. I had a few concerns about his readjustment to living back in the US. After a few weeks, I was excited to see that he was back writing music and hanging out with musicians in the studio. They were happy to be working with him on new material. He was beginning to act like the “old David” that I knew from 2012.
And then he got silent. Not too much coming from him on twitter. No vlog besides the short ones just when he came back home. Fans began to get restless and the rumor mill buzzed with everything from he’s going to college to he is dating like crazy, as he looks for his kind of perfect. Many “sightings” began to pop up on twitter, some with pictures, showing him with friends around Utah. Something that never has happened before was that people tweeted pictures from Sunday services, some posed with a fan after services, some without his knowledge. Fans were desperate for news and ravenously consumed any information that may give a clue to what David was working on. Then we got word that Called To Serve would be live-streamed. Finally, we got to see what David was doing on his mission, first hand. Because he had asked for privacy while he was in Chile, it was a relief to see him talk about his mission publicly. I think it was a relief to him too.
David posted a vlog to fans where he talked about what he was doing. Exasperated by things he had read online about his lack of communication with fans, he said he had been busy working on writing music. I saw an assertive man telling us how he wasn’t going to do things just to please others. He was going to run his career his way. If he had anything to share, he’d be in touch. This was a huge change in how he communicated before he left for Chile. This time there was no doubt. He was not going to be pressured to produce music or anything else, until he was satisfied with the result.
Eventually, more news surfaced showing that David had visited Shay Carl the YouTube celebrity. I’d never heard of him but I did read where he might be of help showing David how to become more social media savvy. It might have paid off some, because we had the Face To Face chats which were live-streamed for all to view on demand. Though LDS youth were the target, I know fans enjoyed watching him speak, even in two languages. These videos show David’s genuine love for his faith and fellow man. He was as real and open as I have ever seen him.
I am beginning to get what “The David who left will not be back” meant.
David has become more open about who he is, a mature man who knows what he wants in his life. Not just a singer, but a humanitarian, who sings. The Military Tribute Tour was a chance for him and the other men who entertained with him, to thank the troops by using his God-given talent. He even said he had to embrace the title “David Archuleta” as he sang for them. So, I have come to the realization that in some way, David had to go on his mission to find himself. To be comfortable with expressing what he needs in his life. He left as a young man who needed to get away from all the celebrity and what that meant in his life. He came back a mature man who knows what he wants and is willing to embrace the celebrity on his own terms. Mission accomplished!
Posted in @DavidArchie, artistic freedom, Balance, Begin., Mission | Tagged: #DA2014, David Archuleta | 95 Comments »
Posted by Abrra on Saturday, May 3, 2014
I watched the movie Jobs recently. Steve Jobs was an extremely bright and fiercely independent man who knew thoroughly the ins and outs of computing. What does this have to do with David Archuleta you ask? David was not even on my radar until I saw an overhead camera panning shot of the Apple Campus. As the courtyard came into view, I saw the stage where David sang Imagine to a crowd of employees and their families. Everyone was having a picnic lunch while David sang and played the piano. After that I got lost in the story again.
Until the very end.
Steve Jobs was seated in a studio as he spoke into the microphone to record a voice over for a commercial. Here are the words he said:
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
This is where thoughts of David came rushing back to my mind.
The ones who see things differently…
Now you’re thinking, David Archuleta a rule breaker? I submit that he is, when it comes to his art. In his vlog informing fans he had decided to part ways with his label, Jive, he spoke of building a foundation. Not a prefabricated industrially manufactured edifice, but one of his own vision and making. He is laying it down brick by brick. There is a saying in art, “form follows function.” What is the function of what he wants to achieve through his art? When the structure rises into view, it will take a form that will truly reflect who he is as an artist.
When David posted a picture of a songwriting session, fans were happy to see some progress. We looked up who these unknown (to us) artists were and what their music sounded like. I was not disappointed.
You see, I trust his musical judgement. Writing his first song in Spanish was so logical. To me it was as if he was releasing that language that has been in his head for 2 years. Letting it go to make some room for English words to flow again.
So much has been speculated about what his new sound will be. Will he change locations to write with established songwriters? Will a recording label ask him to sign a contract? When is he moving out of Utah to be around more mainstream music? Does he know what fans want or expect from him?
We know what he wants and expects from fans. He told us.
David’s progress may not fit into anyone else’s timeline of success. But he knows himself well enough to set his own pace to get whatever he does, done to his liking. He won’t be rushed to satisfy others. I firmly believe that David will be recognized for his work in music, once he digs deep into his soul and lays it bare for all the world to see.
Posted in @DavidArchie, David Archuleta, music | Tagged: Brogan Kelby, David Archuleta, Dean Kaelin, Dustin Kristensen, Imagine, music, Stephanie Mabey, Steve Jobs, Studio | 112 Comments »
Posted by Abrra on Monday, February 10, 2014
Collage by Pocoelsy
Sitting here staring at a blank page.
I wonder how many writers have typed those exact words.
My own thoughts lately have been about reflecting on where the last six years have taken me as I follow the career of David Archuleta. From being completely off my radar, to being the most talented singer I have heard in decades. Here I am so many years later, still a big fan as well as helping to run a fan site. He is so worth it. I surely did not know that watching a TV show would change my life in so many ways. It’s all due to the joy that I discovered in a young man’s voice.
At times it has been exciting as well as confusing to follow the career of a celebrity from his first big break on “American Idol.” We want the best for him, yet it gets frustrating when the forward career movement seems to go so slowly. Every singer has to start out someplace. Having the opportunity for national exposure is about the best jump start a young singer can have. Yes, it takes talent to get noticed, but it take more than that to succeed in a very hard business. I do miss the excitement of appearances, radio station interviews, red carpet events. I learned that no one can sing patriotic songs better than David. How I loved to bash (on fan sites) the DJ’s who try to trap David into some crazy responses. I always felt that he would have a successful career and that it would most likely be a slow progression for him as he found his way with developing a style, as well as find his inner voice.
After Idol it was a frenzied existence trying to record a freshman album in the midst of a hectic tour. I often wondered where he found the energy to fit in so much work in so few hours in a day. I just had to be present for all the shows, in spirit. Fond memories of late night crappy cell casts from a fan’s cell phone over a web cam are now a thing of the past. Video has improved so much and cell phone audio is very good now. So, things do get better! It’s truly the fans who have brought David’s performances to us more than any other means. Many thanks to those who watch a concert with one eye on the lens!
What I wasn’t prepared for was a two-year break for a mission for his church. There are now less than sixty days until Elder Archuleta’s mission is complete. I began to think about the possibilities that await him. I wonder about what he put on hold back in 2012 and what he will be doing once he has readjusted to his new life back home. He may face a few social changes such as remembering to speak in English or realizing that he no longer has a companion to shadow his every move. It has to be a culture shock to return to his old life, just as it was when he first arrived in Chile. I try not to project my wants and wishes for the career direction he may take, but one thing I do know is that he is ready to sing on stage again. I saw this with my own eyes. He can hardly contain the desire to move and perform. The search for a sound is something he has expressed in video blogs. Where does one find their sound? Maybe it is something you discover by trial and error. David has shown his ability to interpret a song and deliver a refreshing new twist. From watching videos released by the LDS Church, we have seen only Spanish versions of some classic songs. What I noticed as well is the diverse style that David brought to the songs he sang, even though they were classics that I have heard sung in a certain way. As an example, he sang “Little Drummer Boy” in a whole new way from how he performed it in his own My Kind Of Christmas Tour. Jaws dropped as he raised the drum mallets and declared his ownership of the song. Equally effective was the recent version of “Little Drummer Boy” starting with snare drums and his voice front and center, then adding in flute and violin as the song builds to a crescendo. That’s what I like, always a surprise or twist to a song.
It was a pleasant surprise recently to see some activity on David’s official site. A simple thing such as a contest to win a scrap of his MKOC stage backdrop has given fans a spark of excitement that we needed. It is a confirmation that they are gearing up for his return in the spring. Most anticipated is the music. Spanish artist Enrique Iglesias has expressed a desire to work with David. This would be an opportunity for introducing David to international audiences that may not be as familiar with his music. I have seen tweets from Victoria Horn, who has been a collaborator, mentioning that she will see David soon. Knowing it will take time, maybe a year or more to have some original songs, I am fine with that.
Singing aside, if he has some contracts that were set in motion before he left, so be it. David has proven his ability to step outside of the music. He has what it takes to be an actor or a model, as well as a great singer. One has to balance the artistic with the practical when it comes to a professional career. Nothing worth waiting for can be rushed, especially something that has to flow from within your heart and soul.
Take your time David Archuleta. I will be here, there and everywhere as your fan.
Very sorry to intrude but you know I–had-to-do-this after that last sentence of yours. Especially with the celebration of their 50th anniversary this week.
Video credit nick tsourmas.
Posted in @DavidArchie, @kariontour, @LadyVmusic, Imagine | Tagged: #DA2014, David Archuleta, Making me wait, ohyespurple, We'll Be Here | 72 Comments »