May all your dreams come true!
Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Posted by bebereader on Tuesday, December 23, 2014
David has shared with us that Christmas is his favorite holiday. Having grown up in New York City makes me wonder if he has ever seen in person the tree at Rockefeller Center. I remember that he was in NYC for the Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2008. The tree was probably in place, standing tall, unadorned but not yet lit with 45,000 LED lights. I hope he caught at least a glimpse.
The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center makes holiday time even more special for those living in or near The Big Apple. You can’t do your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping in the city without taking a peek at the tree. At night is when it really shines, when it lights up all of midtown Manhattan. Main streets that are usually heavily trafficked are blocked off to make room for the thousands of tourists plus natives. Don’t drop a glove because when you look down, you can’t even see the ground. Snow in NYC at Christmas is a given but it’s magic snow that tickles your face as it melts. It never reaches the ground to turn to slush like normal snow does. Across the street, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the store windows at Saks Fifth Avenue are usually decked out in full glory, many times with a Nutcracker theme.
I can’t deal with the crowds now but I still see the tree from the car window when I’m in the city. I know exactly when to look between West 48th and 51st Streets, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It’s right there between the two office buildings. If I dare to turn away for even a second I miss it and I don’t want to. It’s a sight to behold!
My fascination for the tree stretches to it’s roots. This year the Norway spruce is 85 feet tall and weighs 13 tons. It took an eight-man team to carefully wrap, tie, hoist and secure it to the back of a flatbed trailer coming from Danville, Pennsylvania to midtown Manhattan. It lived on the property owned by a couple who bought their home two years ago but knew that the tree in their yard could one day be destined for greatness and be chosen for Rockefeller Center since it was scoped by the head gardener for Rockefeller Center as a possible specimen for the last few years.
“We look for Norway spruce because it holds up to the weight we’re putting on there, with all the lights and everything,” Rockefeller Center head gardener, Erik Pauze said. “It’s got to be able to hold on to its needles, and a Norway spruce does that well.”
When the tree is chosen and arrangements are made to take it to NYC, the celebration begins. Crowds gather to watch it being chopped down. It takes one full month to decorate, including the Swaroski star on top. Then it’s ready to be lit.
After the holidays are over the tree will come down and be made into lumber to be used to build homes. For the eighth year, the 2014 Christmas Tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Last year’s tree was used to help build exterior and interior walls for a home in Bridgeport, CT. Each year, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree continues to be a symbol of hope.
May this holiday season bring you all that you wish for, including new music from The Voice along with the opportunity to see him live on tour and to get together with fan friends!
Many blessings for joy and peace in the New Year!
Posted by bebereader on Saturday, November 29, 2014
Here are two playlists from last night’s performances.
From last night’s show:
“When David’s name was first announced and he walked out on stage, and everyone rose to their feet in love, adoration, respect and gratitude, well it was quite a moment. The evening was his and his alone, even though the other performances were entertaining and special, you knew the audience was waiting with bated breath (I know we five were) until David showed up on that stage again!!” ~Pattirae
“At the finale he looked at each of us and waved. He was situated at stage left and slowly walked across the entire stage to stage right and made a conscious effort to include us all. And yes, we did appreciate. :)” ~Dayzee
And to those fans who are lucky enough to go to tonight’s shows, have a great time! Be sure to let us know all about it in comments here.
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Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, November 26, 2014
On this Thanksgiving 2014, once again we will get together and reconnect with family and old friends while enjoying a delicious feast just like at the first Thanksgiving when Native Americans and New Englanders came together to share a meal. We will celebrate and count our blessings, big and small.
To David: Thank you for the joy you bring to our lives. The best is yet to come!
Posted by bebereader on Sunday, November 2, 2014
“It’s like a symphony, just keep listening.”
I cannot stop listening to the entries for the Sing-Along to Glorious contest. When I see one on Twitter, I am drawn to click. I envy anyone brave enough to submit an entry. There are so many talented people out there.
“Glorious” is an inspirational song that speaks to everyone, any gender, race, religion, age or profession. That, together with the lovely catchy melody, sung by David, makes this song a favorite among fans.
This quote from YouTube:
“It’s the kind of song that when you hear it it’s like it’s always existed, you just can’t quite remember where you first heard it…” ~Ivy Clinger
Tomorrow, November 3 is the last day to submit an entry. Good luck to everyone who entered. I don’t know how they will come up with a winner. They are all winners, for participating, in my opinion.
I thought we could use this space to post some of them; they are all worthy of sharing. Here are the links to two Twitter pages where you can find some entries. You don’t have to have a Twitter account to check them out.
When you find one you’d like to share in comments, click on the video and then click on the word “YouTube” in the lower right of the video box to get to the YouTube page. Then copy the URL on the top of the YouTube page and paste it right into your comment box. Do NOT click on playlists as there are too many steps to follow.
Here’s writer, Stephanie Mabey’s version:
Posted by bebereader on Saturday, October 25, 2014
Pattirae was lucky enough to attend Friday night’s charity event in Utah for Rising Star Outreach in which David performed six songs. And we are the lucky recipients of her recap below.
I can’t even believe what I am about to tell you today but I was there last night to hear our “glorious” David and precious Lexi perform at the Rising Star Outreach event. When David opened his set with “The Riddle” I started to cry. I was not expecting that and it was amazing to me to experience how much I had missed him and how absolutely beautiful his voice was to hear in person again.
My husband’s cousin Ron (on the board of directors for RSO) called us last week to invite us to this wonderful event. He knows of my love for all things David and I will forever be grateful for his generosity and love. It was so good to be with Ron, his wife Kay, and their daughter Lauren and husband.
We were sitting close to the front and by a warm fire pit outside by a swimming pool. David was getting cold after his set so they pulled up some chairs for him and Lexi to sit by the fire AND right in front of us. I have a picture of his back and him reaching his hand back to feel some heat by the fire. I could have touched him—but refrained myself. Haha
Lexi’s set was incredible and they sang a few songs together. I have some videos but don’t know how to transfer them here from my phone. HELP!! He told of his experience in India when the children sang “Somebody Out There” to him, the song he had written for THEM. When he then sang it you could hear a pin drop. Unbelievable!! (yes, I shed a few tears then also.)
When he said he was going to sing “Glorious” everyone cheered. It was so exciting! It was also fun to hear him sing “Stand By Me” again. After a short video and some speaking about RSO he and Lexi got up from where they were sitting by us to sing their last song together, “Prayer of the Children.”
They took some professional pictures at the end with David and Lexi and guess what? My husband Delos and I were the first ones to have our picture taken with him. He saw us with Ron and remembered us from other events we have shared with him and Ron (and maybe the million times I have had my picture taken with him at Meet and Greets!!)
Anyway, I just have to say that his voice is better than ever, and he is so handsome that I had a very difficult time looking at him and talking to him. :)
I loved meeting Gwen, who was sitting beside me. She flew in from Dallas for the event and we soon learned of our groupie status with each other. She was so much fun taking videos and pictures the whole time (we were almost the only ones being so bold.) I was so glad to hear from Kari that some video will show up from the event.
Can I just say also how fun it was to see Kendra again. She is so beautiful and so talented. The whole evening was a dream come true and one I will remember forever.
My deepest love for each of you,
Somebody Out There and Stand By Me!
A Whole New World and GLORIOUS!
Prayer Of The Children
Gwen’s All in one video of David’s RSO event!
Thank you for sharing your fabulous recap, Pattirae, and your beautiful pictures!
I was listening to @leximaewalker at sound check for last night's event for #RisingStarOutreach. Here she was singing the Disney song 'God Bless the Outcasts' from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Wow! This 12 year-old little gal fills your heart and soul with her voice. It was great getting to perform with her last night and with the beautiful backdrop of the mountains.
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I was listening to @leximaewalker at sound check for last night’s event for #RisingStarOutreach. Here she was singing the Disney song ‘God Bless the Outcasts’ from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Wow! This 12 year-old little gal fills your heart and soul with her voice. It was great getting to perform with her last night and with the beautiful backdrop of the mountains.
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For information about Rising Star Outreach visit their Facebook page.
Posted by bebereader on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I see headphones, a guitar, a drum set and plaid shirts! David’s in the recording studio! Music to our ears! Literally. Stephanie Mabey is with him. That can only mean another glorious song! The excitement is building for what’s to come. And I’m hanging on for the ride!
Posted by bebereader on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
On Wednesday, October 1, there will be a radio station completely devoted to David’s music! Archie Radio will broadcast live!
From Archie Radio Twitter:
“The music, the voice, the live… and just everything about David Archuleta. To listen to Archie Radio on your smartphone or tablet, type http://archieradio.noip.me in the browser of your mobile device.”
Archie Radio Official Website: http://archieradio.caster.fm/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/archieradiostation
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/archieradio
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by bebereader on Friday, June 6, 2014
I love when David goes to Nashville. He has said that in Nashville he had the best writing experience he’s ever had and that he always looks forward to returning. Whether he’s there to collaborate on songwriting, to visit friends, to meet with other musicians, to attend the Bonnaroo Music Festival next week or to go to Trader Joe’s, Nashville and David are a good match.
I have to admit that I’m fascinated with the town. It all began in 2006 when I was a fan girl of the rock band, Bon Jovi. What does Nashville have to do with a rock band? Jon Bon Jovi always wanted to do a country-inspired rock album so he decided to take his band to Nashville, also known as “Music City”. He hung out at The Bluebird Cafe where songwriters and musicians would flock to daily, to network and get inspired by other musicians to write new songs. They wrote some songs in a matter of minutes while other songs took more time to get right. Bon Jovi released “Lost Highway” in 2007 which was recorded in Nashville, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts and went platinum.
I learned back then that Nashville doesn’t exclusively produce country music, although the biggest country hits come out of there. The genres go from country to soul to jazz to pop to indie to rock to folk to hip hop to punk rock to R&B.
What is the hype about this place and what might David see while he’s there? What is the attraction and why do musicians and people in the entertainment field move there? Why has Nashville been among the top 5 friendliest places to live in the US? After scouring every blog, travel site and article I could get my hands on, here’s what I found:
Nashville is huge, one of the biggest cities in the US, spanning a whopping 553 square miles! Many artists move to Nashville from NY and LA after they come for a visit and realize that the diversity of music makes it a desirable place to live if you’re in the music field. The town has respect for and is a very nurturing community for musicians. I learned that you can’t walk 5 paces without running into someone who plays music or works in the business in one way or another.
Catering to songwriters, there are hotels and cafes that host popular songwriter nights featuring live music from tomorrow’s stars.
“We have songwriters living here that have penned some of the greatest songs ever written, so it’s not uncommon to be at a writers night and someone like Gordon Kennedy is singing his hit ‘Change the World,’ which was recorded by Eric Clapton. Or you might hear Dan Penn doing ‘Do Right Woman’ made famous by Aretha Franklin.” ~Singer/songwriter Etta Britt
Imagine with me for a second…David is at The Bluebird Cafe on Open Mic Night or Writer’s Night. Someone hears him humming and asks if he would like to sing something for the small crowd of unassuming folk who are sitting at the tables. Anything he wants. No pressure. He agrees and a capella sings “What A Wonderful World.” Hey, a girl can dream.
“Being a huge college town fills the bars, coffee shops, streets, parks with young energetic people who add such a nice air of modernity to the place. The immense level of wealth in the community gives us an interesting mix of fine stores (many of the high end of privately owned boutique styles) and beautiful neighborhoods.” ~Anonymous
“The cost of living is relatively cheap and there are plenty of jobs. The economy is diverse and we have all four seasons. The amazing thing is that it has a small town attitude with the big city conveniences. And then, in 15 minutes, you can be in the woods, by a waterfall walking the trails and finding yourself a million miles from the world if that’s what you want.” ~Anonymous
“Nashville is home to the greatest music scene in America, wonderful colleges, and great places for entertainment, be it arts, sports, recreation, lakes, restaurants, trendy spots…you name it. It’s the most progressive city in Tennessee… It is now the most favored city in America for business relocation.” ~Anonymous
“It’s a city on the rise with a palpable buzz of energy all around. It has great people, real friendly…the type of people who will walk up as a stranger and say hello with a smile.” ~Anonymous
“In Nashville, we don’t bug the celebrities when they are in public; it is an unwritten rule of decent behavior and respect. This is one reason why the celebrities like it here.” ~Emifriend, The Voice
“I love LA but Nashville is truly special. The southern hospitality and community support for struggling artists is the real difference. You don’t have to be wary of people here. It’s far more real than Hollywood. It’s a big but refreshing change.” ~Actress Hayden Panettiere of the TV show “Nashville”
Nashville’s big attractions include The Grand Ole’ Opry, The Ryman Auditorium and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. The Bonnaroo Music Festival is a huge four-day outdoor event in Tennessee. This year the dates are June 12-15 and the top names are Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Ritchie and many, many others. David went to this festival when he was in Nashville in 2011. Maybe he will get to go again next week.
I hope David enjoys his stay in Nashville and sees it as a working vacation. I hope he takes his time and writes songs that are meaningful to him. Connecting with the right people who realize his talent can help steer him along the right path. However long it takes, I know it will be worth the wait.