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Happy Thanksgiving from The Voice to You ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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As fans of the greatest singer in the land, who truly is “The Voice”, this Thanksgiving finds us with a lot to be thankful for. Although he never left our hearts, David is now back in his game and recently, lucky fans had the chance to see him in concert! David has brought so much joy into our lives. As if that wasn’t enough, he inspires us to be the best version of ourselves, to live life to the fullest and to fulfill our dreams.

On Thanksgiving Day, as we get together with family and friends, while enjoying a delicious meal, like at the first Thanksgiving when Native Americans and New Englanders came together to share a meal, we can count our blessings, big and small.

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The happiest of Thanksgivings to you, our dear posters and readers and many blessings to you on this holiday.

The Night of Thanksgiving

by Lauren

found online

T’was the night of Thanksgiving,
But I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned,
The dark meat and white.
But I fought the temptation,
With all of my might.
Tossing and turning,
with anticipation.
The thought of a snack
became infatuation.
So I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round.
‘til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.
But I managed to yell
As I soared past the trees
Happy eating to all,
Pass the cranberries, please!!
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize
And May your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs!

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David Archuleta in Concert ~ November 12 in Midland, TX at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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David makes his next stop at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center in Midland, Texas on Thursday, November 12 at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center (WNPAC) is a performing arts venue located between the cities of Midland and Odessa, Texas. WNPAC is owned by The University of Texas, and is built on a satellite campus. It houses an 1800-seat main concert hall and a 200-seat recital hall.

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 Here’s one from today…
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 …and another from Monday morning. 

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We are so excited to see the South represented! If you’re going to this concert, safe travels! You’re sure to have a great time! We would love to read your recaps. Please send to

shelleypic2Screencap credit to Abrra from Shelley’s “Don’t Give Up” St. George video

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Bluesky’s Luz De Las Naciones Adventure ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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I have been working pretty steadily with few breaks. Last Friday afternoon I raised my head from in front of my computer, looked around the room and said to myself: I could be at the conference center tonight listening to Spanish music and DA! This could happen!

Of course I had no tickets. I have not been on the receiving end of tickets for events at the conference center for quite a while. There are so many offered and so many apply, that the odds are just not really good. But I have always (so far!) been able to attend if I was willing to go standby. I was. Of course!

So I dressed warmly, got a bottle of water, climbed in the car and headed out to begin the 30 minute drive to SLC. It was just after 5 pm. I hoped to get there by 5.30 or so and be at the head of the standby line which begins to form (officially) at 6.00 pm. For Christmas concerts, I have seen the line 50 – 80 people long by 6.10 and I wanted to avoid being at the back. I had heard that there was a big turnout for the Thursday dress rehearsal.

I made good time and arrived at Temple Square, by the Tabernacle, where the line usually begins. There was no one there. I realized I had not eaten. Small item overlooked. It was cold. I had at least a 2-hour wait.  None of my sons could come with me – too short notice.  I did end up eating— I wandered across the street to the big mall and got (ha, ha!) a frozen yogurt with bananas and blueberries. And a spoon. I don’t think I need to tell you how cold I got eating frozen yogurt while standing in front of the Tabernacle waiting for the line to begin.

Dayzee would have been proud. I was at the front of the line.

It turned out that the attendance was less on Friday than it had been on Thursday and although the wait was long, there was no trouble getting in. I met some very lovely people while waiting and we ended up sitting right in the center balcony three rows back. Great seats!

I had heard from the ushers that the attendance on Thursday was upwards of 40,000 people. The conference center holds about 21,000 seats. They put the rest of the people into the Tabernacle which they had fixed up with large screens and everything. It looked like every effort was taken to support whoever wanted to come, but I wanted to be in the same building. Of course.

There was a bit of drama because the ushers did not want us waiting in the cold. So they sat us in the Tabernacle in the order we came. One lady kept saying how this was bad and how this had happened to her more than once and that she had missed out on concerts because of this.  Nope. Not. Going. To. Happen.  I felt certain that I was there to hear DA and all the music and that was how it was going to be.

The concert was more than I had ever imagined. They have held these Spanish language concerts before, but I had never gone because of the way they were advertised so I did not know what to expect. I felt somehow that I would be taking the place of someone else who was “officially” Latin. But this time the advertising said that all were welcome. That was good enough for me.

Oh my! The music was amazing! The bands, the musicians, were wonderful. I loved the little older man who played what looked like a harp but sounded more like a xylophone. Everyone was clapping, moving, joining in however they could. I lost track of how many countries were represented, each with their own music, dance, traditions, etc.

I loved watching the people around me. Almost all the people there seemed to be families sitting together, grandparents on down to young children.  The Dad’s, kids, and all would inch forward until they were on the edge of their seats, bouncing, swaying, and leaning towards one another like they were all trees enjoying the same spot of sun.

I had a good view of the family right in front of me. The Dad got so excited that he spent almost the entire program on the edge of his seat. The times he sat back? When DA sang. I thought at first – maybe he doesn’t know or like DA? But then I saw how he clapped. For DA it was solid, firm, appreciative in admiration. It was just that DA’s songs were more laid back than almost all the rest of the program.

When the different countries were represented, you would hear calls and whistles from different parts of the audience, like they were cheering for their home team or for some participants that they knew. The people I sat by were there to support friends who were playing in the orchestra. I don’t think they knew much about DA.

But by the end of the program, they did.  Every time he came on stage he filled the center. It is not him, himself. It is like this globe of love, kindness, energy, anticipation, a conduit from another place, that slowly invites all around to join in “his” space. We are gently gathered, released, enlivened, restored, comforted and…. sang to!

It was an absolutely lovely evening. I am so thankful for all the hard work, love, and talent that went into the whole program. Where can one get that sort of experience for free?

DA, thank you so much for just being you. For being willing to be more than you are. For being willing to share, learn, serve, and….. sing your blessed little heart out.

After listening to him sing “His Hands” in Spanish, I could not ask for a better ending for my long week.

I. Am. Grateful.

All video credits: Pattycake04

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Dayzee’s recap: A Slice of Heaven, courtesy of David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Saturday, October 10, 2015

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It was a perfect Thursday night at The Marriott Center for the BYU Spectacular. The weather was just right. The sun was setting with a beautiful view from the large wrap-around windows. I arrived early. Really early.

David started with “Crush”, establishing who he was in case anyone had forgotten. Then it was “Imagine”. His voice was so pure and sweet. The entire audience was motionless. I found I was holding my breath. No one wanted to intrude in any way on the magic of that song. Afterward David said that song was special to him because when he sang it on American Idol, it taught him you could connect with the audience without bouncing around and waving your arms.

The Women’s Chorus sang two songs, then David was to join them in the third. From my seat I could see David standing in the shadows, separating himself from the applause for the chorus.  When he took the stage, the applause increased and he turned and acknowledged the chorus, as if they were the star. “Nunca Pense” was the song he sang with them and he showed off his foot work. My head was constantly bobbing. If I looked down I could see the whole David, footwork and all, but if I looked up to the jumbo screen I could see his immense face full of emotion.

Then came some singing and dancing with no David. I did see the dancers. When David left the stage it was easy to find them.

When he sang “Parachutes and Airplanes” the audience lit a thousand cell phones for David, some stood, some danced. It was sort of like “Zero Gravity” used to be without the frenzy.

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“Everybody Hurts” began with David at the back behind the dancers. Then he wandered among them and finished at the front. Remember the picture of David where he held all the ribbons attached to our hearts?

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It was like he grabbed those ribbons and ripped our hearts right out of us. From the beginning to end he wrang our hearts and thoughts and emotions. He walked off the stage and left us stunned and gasping. One of his best performances ever.

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“Riding on Clouds” – Dayzee’s recap of David Archuleta’s concerts in Layton

Posted by bebereader on Sunday, September 27, 2015

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The long drought was finally over! The two shows in Idaho Falls had been the stuff we dreamed about for years. Our golden voice was back. We were riding on clouds. Saturday night our euphoria suddenly ended in Layton. I was second row center and could see David’s lips moving and heard no sound. A short “erk”, a small “ech”. People behind me were saying there was something wrong with the sound, but I could see it was something wrong with David. After a valiant effort to sing several songs, David left the stage.

He came back with Kirt Bateman, Executive Director of Davis Arts Council to announce David would return with a Christmas gift for us. Mr. Bateman’s arm was around David while on the stage. How many times have we seen that picture? David draws hugs.

shelley5photo credit Shelley#2015

You have probably read Kirt’s email to us, but I want to repeat it here:

“Mr. Archuleta with a fever, no voice, aching body, and virtually no energy, went out on that stage in front of 1700 expectant people on Saturday and, like the true star he is, gave them all that he had! Why? …. he’s a man of integrity and wanted to give you the show he had planned and rehearsed for you.”

David talking the words to MKOP was the most memorable part of that evening for me. He said he did not want to spoil the words with his imperfect singing voice. It was the most moving rendition of that song I have heard.

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Monday night was better, but all singing done low-key and in a lower key. No high notes. Few glory notes, though he often made the effort. At least he was singing. Love and respect were tangible.

Both nights David’s band led by Kendra did a number without David to give him a rest. They were great.

Loved the brother/sister act. David ran off the stage mid-concert. We were so worried. A minute later he returned with sister in tow. He announced that she was going to speak for him so he could save his voice to sing. Pretty obvious that she had not volunteered for this assignment. A little hemming and hawing and then she said she only found out about this an hour ago.

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David got in her face “Excuses, excuses” he said as a brother would. Jazzy grudgingly began (as a sister would) and soon became more comfortable and smiley.  Later she returned and did a second reading of his notes.

Towards the end David said he had not had enough time to write any more thoughts out for Jazzy to read. He told us he wanted to talk to us and tell us things but he also wanted to sing for us. There was such anguish in his voice, on his face. A little leaking around the eyes.

I did not expect him to come out for an encore. He seemed completely spent. But there he was. Still gamely giving his all for us. His mother and her sister were lovely and covered much of the singing on the encore.

My companion that night had never seen David in person. I told her she would love him. And she did. Her favorite song was Glorious and I never expected David to last long enough to sing that last song.

Could not have asked for more.

pampike1credit Pamela Pike

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“Unplugged and Un-wired” – Tawna’s Recap of David Archuleta’s Idaho Falls concert – Second Night

Posted by bebereader on Sunday, September 20, 2015

balconyAll pictures credit Shelley #DA2015

It was an awesome Friday night concert. I love the man that David brought back to the stage! To think that he almost didn’t is frightening.

He was so delightfully chatty and witty. He had some of the front row girls almost dead when he gave them a full-face, right-in-your-face, smile and point of his finger. On one song that he was introducing (I don’t remember just which one), someone from the side yelled “I love you, David!” and he chuckled, smiled that impish grin, looked over their way pointed his finger, twirled it, and in a melodic speaking voice sang something to the effect… “you say you love me and you don’t even know me”, he smiled bigger and continued on with his monologue. It was hilarious!!

CPUl3ulUsAExXd8It was so good to see him ‘unplugged and un-wired’. All of the band members had monitors, but David didn’t…. I guess it’s up to them to figure out what he needs and not him figuring out how to make his sound work with theirs. His hands were beautiful instruments in helping to create the feelings that he wanted us to feel with his songs. It was almost like they were pulling these emotions from his heart and spreading them to us. They are very graceful and fluid.

His new song “Numb”! Holy Toledo! If these words don’t explain to people where David has been, then nothing will. That includes the venue usher lady that was standing in the way as the crowd was trying to leave and asking me if I had ever seen him before… ME: “Oh yes! Several times.” LADY: “I wonder what took him so long to come back to the stage?” ME: silence, no words to say, dumbstruck…. then quickly as I moved on… “He just told us he needed to find himself, get himself to where he needed to be and now he’s there and he’s back!” I wanted to ask her if she hadn’t been listening to what he had been saying all night, but let it go. She must have been one of the gestapo watching for cameras and not paying attention to David. My husband even commented about how rude they actually were in the way they were treating people. It was very distracting to have them hovering like ravens in the corners and on the sides. But, they were just doing their jobs, I guess. You had to be there to really appreciate what I’m saying! I wish these venues would realize that these YouTube videos are an important part of promotion for these performers. If the venue were to come out with a professional video to sell, they would make a fortune in sales.


I think I could die now and all would be well. I have heard David sing ‘Everybody Hurts’ live and in concert. I’ve heard that glory note at the end sung in the flesh. I shall never want again!! I wish we had Friday’s version. To me it was just a little more ‘there’ (if you know what I mean) than the first night. I may have had some tears leaking from my eyes.

Oh, and the dance steps! The backward staccato steps! The backward slide steps! The foot pounding! The hunker-down! The hand pounding his heart! The ripping-his-heart-out-and-handing-it-to-us-in-an-open-hand gesture! The full of life and light smiles! The rambling and waving of hands — yes, he still does that! David is back!!

There were some emotions at one point as he referred to his mission. In my opinion, had David not gone on the mission, we would have had a different David singing to us. The man we have now is a performer and song-writer who will bless us in a much stronger way than he could have before. He is giving us his ‘real’ heart and soul because he has found and developed what is real to him.

It was so fun to see again some ‘old fan friends’ and to meet some that I’ve never met before! Archies Rock!!!!


Special thanks to Shelley for her fabulous photographs!

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All About That Voice ~ David Archuleta by Skydancer

Posted by bebereader on Monday, July 27, 2015

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Along with David’s music, the catchy tune “All About That Bass”, Meghan Trainor’s mega-hit gets played the most on  my Iphone.  It’s just plain fun to sing along to! Thought I would parody the song into some silly lyrics as we wait for David Archuleta to return to the stage in his first solo concert in years! Woot! I, for one, am ready to get pumped!

Here’s a link to when Meghan performed the song live on The Today Show.

For us, of course, it’s not all about that bass.

Rather, it’s “All About That Voice”.

Listen to the song again and try to replace the lyrics with these:

Because you know it’s all about that voice ’bout that voice, no other!

it’s all about that voice ’bout that voice whoa brother!

it’s all about that voice ’bout that voice, oh mother!

it’s all about that voice ’bout that voice..voice..voice..voice


Oh yeah it’s pretty clear, we ain’t no twenty-two

But we can shake it, shake it, just like we used to do

‘Cause he’s got that vroom vroom that all the girls chase

and all the right notes, in all the right places


We see your pictures, don’t need no Photoshop

We know that you’re for real, (you’re on our desktop)

You’ve got the talent talent,  just raise it up,

‘Cause every note you sing is perfect from the bottom to the top


Now Aunt Madeline she told me don’t worry about the years

if you sit back and wait for life’s pleasures you’ll soon be in tears

So enjoy all you can while you can, and don’t have no fears

Just remember the joy that The Voice always brings to your ears!


Because you know it’s all about that voice ’bout that voice, it’s soothing,

all about that voice ’bout that voice, it’s moving,

I’m all about that voice ’bout that voice, so sue me!

it’s all about that voice ’bout that voice


Please bring the music baaaaack!

we know that you’ve laid down some traaaaacks

Perhaps a little hint or two?

No, I’m just playin, but we’d love it, I’m just sayin’

if we heard a snippet soon :D


Now we all know it’s clear oh so “patient” your fans have been  

As we wait for the day when you sing to us all again

we all know you have grown, a new you you’ve brought home, that’s true.

What you sing we don’t care, just please sing anywhere you choose!


Because it’s all about that voice, ’bout that voice from Season 7

it’s all about that voice ’bout that voice,  just heaven,~sigh~

it’s all about that voice ’bout that voice not kiddin’!

its all about that voice ’bout that voice

Yeah Yeah


Because it’s all about that voice ’bout that voice, hooked on it

it’s all about that voice, ’bout that voice, our tonic!

it’s all about that voice ’bout that voice doggone it!

it’s all about that voice ’bout that voice!

You know you love it!


SkyDancer is a Staff Writer for The Voice.

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Melodies Of Life ~ David Archuleta ~ by Staff Writer, MT

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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As I was thinking about the music David is writing and wondering what the music and lyrics will be like, I began mentally going through the albums he’s done.

The first was done with songs written primarily by others, but the second one, “The Other Side Of Down”, was filled with songs that David took part in writing. From what he’s told us, those songs are about his life and his struggles during that time. When he did the cover album “BEGIN.”, before he left, it was filled with songs meant to help others. It reflected his current mind set just before his mission.

David is now at a new stage in his life. The songs on the next album will most likely reflect where he is at this point in his life. If he continues to write his own songs, we’ll probably see all the stages of his life reflected in his music through the years, thus the inspiration for the following poem …

The Music Of Life

The music of life moves endlessly
Changing as it goes
What each stage of life will bring
No one ever knows

I will not be tomorrow
The person I am today
My song will change, as does my life,
So hear me when I say …

I cannot know what melody
Tomorrow’s love will bring
Or how events will follow me
As I raise my voice to sing

I’ll sing of precious moments
I’ll sing of the joy of life
I’ll sing of the pain that loss can bring
or sing of the afterlife

These melodies of events in life
Are what I have to give
They’ll change with time, the same as I
Evolving as I live

Take all these things I share with you
As I sing along the way
I’m giving you a piece of me
In the melody I play




MT is a Staff Writer for The Voice.

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David Archuleta ~ American Idol Ending It’s Run

Posted by bebereader on Monday, May 11, 2015

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I wasn’t surprised when I read the news this morning that “American Idol” was ending it’s run after it’s fifteenth season, next year.  Just a little melancholy because it signifies the end of an era and where I was first introduced to David Archuleta.

I know that there are people who still watch, even David fans. But I haven’t watched the show since Season 7 except in bits and pieces.  I lost my faith in the show’s premise, to find the best singer. I mean, come on. Really??

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The show declined in ratings after Simon left and I understand why. He’s as sharp as a tack at what he does and provided a lot of zingers and “did he really say that?” moments.  But, in my opinion, there’s no excuse for degrading and belittling contestants for the sake of entertainment. It got old.

Apparently they are planning a big hurrah for the last season. I will watch but only to see glimpses of David.

Here are links to articles, to read more.

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Happy Mother’s Day ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Sunday, May 10, 2015

FotoFlexer_PhotoThis old picture of David and his mother, Lupe has become a classic.  It’s posted here in honor of  both Mother’s Day and the seventh anniversary of his trip back home to Murray, Utah during his stint on American Idol. No matter how far, I hope David is able to spend Mother’s Day with his Mom this year.


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