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Imagine in Paris ~ DAVID ARCHULETA

Posted by sandybeaches9 on Thursday, January 15, 2015

Paris est Charlie, Je suis Charlie,… I am a free man

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After unimaginable tragedy struck Paris last week, the city had the eyes of the world upon it much like after the shocking events that took place in the cities of New York, Boston and recently in Ottawa. As they said then, Paris is the world today as it represents us who join in solidarity for world peace. It was said that these events will become common place events, but there are those who will not allow it to go on for generations. It is really about the decaying relationships between religions that generate wars and all that they say they stand for, when it is social psychological attitudes and the lack of respect for mankind that fuels the rages.

I watched intently as the days unfolded and then over 40 world leaders including kings and presidents came together linking arms in a solidarity march that will go down in history as the decisive moment exemplifying that we must stand together against the aggressors. The strength of world peace commitment was strong in Paris both then and now.

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A Parisian: “I had heard the news about how huge the rally was in Paris this weekend. I had read the reports about what it was like, there on the ground. But until I saw this, this guy turning around his own stereo speakers, to play John Lennon’s Imagine, not just in his apartment, but out the window to the crowd below so they could hear it, until I saw his video of the crowd hearing him do that, I did not really understand how big it was until then”.

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There amidst the crowds of millions of Parisians who had gathered for the rally, I spotted a large banner that recited lines from John Lennon’s iconic ‘Imagine’. Parisians looked to John Lennon for inspiration in their darkest moment and broke into song. My thoughts went back to the stage where David once stood, singing the same song, reaching out to everyone who felt the need for world peace. We heard it and his singing related easily to any one of the tragedies that has taken place since then. I can wind the film ahead in time and in my imagination see David singing to the people who value world peace above all else.

There is a place in music now for someone as musically influential as John Lennon, one who is looking at the state of the world and giving what he has to aid world peace.

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SandyBeaches is a Staff Writer for The Voice.

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Mountain Top ~ David Archuleta ~ The Man. The Mission. The Passion.

Posted by sandybeaches9 on Friday, April 4, 2014

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves” ~ Nathan S. Collier

 

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There are two major roles that David Archuleta plays in his life that we have become familiar with. He is a musician and a spiritual being. In one role he is in pursuit of musical achievement with good balance and respected  manner. In the other role, he seeks enlightenment and spiritual growth.  David performs both of these roles with great passion and accomplishment with spiritual growth as his life long mission.

He seeks to achieve greatly because he profoundly believes in setting and accomplishing tasks while pursuing ambitious goals that motivate himself and the people around him. It is amazing that by watching David perform and by listening to him speak, we see the strengths that are not only in him but strengths that have sometimes been hidden within ourselves.  So it is not the mountains that we are able to conquer, but ourselves. I believe that is one reason why David endears himself to so many people worldwide.

Over the two years that he has been away, I have had mixed emotions and understandings in regards to his leaving,  but finally just before his time to return,  his time away became so easy to understand and appreciate.  I am sorry that it took me so long but excited by his return.

The man and all of his life’s passions continue on in the amazing journey.

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Sandybeaches is a staff writer for The Voice.

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David Archuleta ~ Our Gratitude

Posted by sandybeaches9 on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pilgrim lighting a candle at The Edicule. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. Photograph by Tommy Huynh.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  Albert Schweitzer

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This is the magic that happens when writing about David.  I thought yes, Albert Schweitzer you have said it to me and then when looking for that candle, that spark, there was a picture that stood out above all the rest.  David gets chills when the music is awesome to him and my hands started to shake a little on the keyboard when I saw this amazing picture.

I have the deepest appreciation for all that David has given to me through his singing and by the person who he is now and always has been.  We say this expression throughout the years and each time I hear it I am reminded of how lucky in life I have been.

The winter has us locked into coldness and the sounds of the frozen trees echo in the stillness.  For me it has been the perfect time to dwell upon who inspires us.  We can think about what is important and what impresses our minds and souls.  There is never enough time to think such thoughts so it seems.

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As we continue to enjoy David’s music, we can think about the people who have been bringing the joy of his music to us.  Imagine for a moment if we did not have the pictures, the videos and the bits of news that have trailed back to us from faraway places.  David’s voice is so amazing and sensitive that in listening to his singing voice we actually hear him speaking.  It is such a personal experience when you listen to him sing in any language.  I know the words of “O come O Come Emmanuel” but even if I didn’t, I don’t need to know the words of “O Ven O Ven Emmanuel” in Spanish. I believe that I hear the meaning in his voice. Listening to him is an incredible gift never taken without appreciation. This song has been an inspiration to me that I have not had for a while.

It is time to look around us and see who we have kept company with, those we already know and those who we have just met.  A long time ago now, out of the blue we were talking one night on The Voice Unplugged about the song “Nobody Does It Better” and from that conversation came the first bracelet, “Nobody Sings It Better.” We distributed it as far and wide as we could, taking them to concerts and handing them out as different occasions arose.  It actually became an article to buy on an overseas site.

The second bracelet was quickly thought out to bring his fans together.  They were distributed worldwide as the requests came in.  This bracelet expressed to him and ourselves that he has become a part of our souls.  When David was away for only a while, a message was sent from him to his fans that we are a part of his heart. So that all said and done, we continued to live our lives to the fullest and came to our sites to connect and share the news.

I  recognize the dedication of the sites to keep the fans together when sometimes so far apart, making it possible to continue in our enjoyment of the refined, accomplished, classical singer that David Archuleta is.  Looking at the activities around this site includes the articles which were contributed by the staff and guest writers.  For me, I couldn’t write anymore no matter how hard I tried,  so I have to give so much credit to those who could, when there was hardly anything that I could consciously see to write about.  But in the end of any conversation we might have, it is David through his music, that is still my greatest inspiration.

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

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SandyBeaches is a staff writer for The Voice.

 

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