Posted by Angelica on Thursday, September 11, 2014
Posted by Angelica on Saturday, September 6, 2014
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” Albert Einstein
I have a fairly long drive from my home to the nearest town, so when I’m not listening to music, I’m thinking.
This was the case the other day as I was driving in silence. I was anguishing over a dilemma that was causing me such pain of spirit and going round and round until a thought came galloping like a wild horse into my mind: “I just wish that something would just reach down out of the sky, just reach right down out of the heavens and OPEN MY EYES!” At the phrase, “open my eyes,” straight to my heart came the snippet of David singing those words. It actually made me shudder with wonder and in that very instant I felt convinced that this album he’s working on will be remarkable.
And my own answer came, not shaking my frame all at once, but in quiet little pieces, like pebbles sparkling one by one at the bottom of a clear pool that once was murky. We struggle at what we already know. We squeeze shut our eyes and curse the darkness.
We at The Voice will wait and stand by him or float, if necessary, on what will become crystal clear in time. We will wait, because a singer with his gift will not come again in our lifetime, and because the same guidance that reached down into my car also guided him in that studio. The miracle is not that we are still here, but that we ever were. The miracle is that, for many of us, ever since we first heard him sing “Waiting on the World to Change,” our world has changed in a thousand positive ways. I know “it’s hard to be persistent when you’re standing at a distance.” But we keep right on waiting.
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Posted by Angelica on Thursday, August 28, 2014
How happy does this make you? Happier than a VIP fan on the front row of a room without a roof? Yeah. I thought so. I’m right there with ya.
Posted by Angelica on Saturday, August 23, 2014
I wonder if he’s going.
I wonder if it’s true.
Is he going to matriculate?
To good ole BYU?
I wouldn’t blame him if he did.
Aim higher at some learning.
I wouldn’t blame him
Aim sky high!
Just don’t forget
Us down here yearning.
For the music and the VOICE
That in this moment
Made us weep,
The next rejoice.
Still waiting patiently,
The next rejoice.
Posted by Angelica on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I have been missing him. Especially when just yesterday, I came across an envelope from the past I’d forgotten I even had. It contained several bookmarks made by a fan from the year 2010. Each bookmark was a monthly calendar with a tweet from David. I don’t recall who made them, but there was a note from Abrra with the words, “You can trim the rest – Enjoy!” Here they are, in all their grand random gloriousness.
January @DavidArchie I say “Hi I’m lost I just need to turn around.” Guy says, “David Archuleta is lost?” Should that really be surprising?”
February @DavidArchie “Are you who I think you are?” I say maybe… “Ricky Archuleta. You’re Ricky Archuleta, right?” I say no sorry. She walks off lol.
March @DavidArchie I can’t fall asleep. Still not used to the time change I guess. So I decided to handwash a shirt. :) It makes you appreciate it.
April @DavidArchie My left eye’s red again. That little stinker.
May @DavidArchie Bah! Bad internet connections! I have a blog to get up internet! Work with me here please! @DavidArchie Kinda awkward but I found a good connection in front of someone else’s door!
June @DavidArchie Yeah so idk about having 40 different shirts heh.. How about 2 weeks worth? At least it’s not the shiny suit every night again. hahaha
July @DavidArchie Lady comes up to me and says, “excuse me, but has anyone told you you look a lot like David Archuleta?” I say oh a few times. Haha
August @DavidArchie Oh man, I’m not handling hot salsa as well as I thought I was going to.
September @DavidArchie bah, cursed catchy melody ideas in my head that don’t stay long enough for me to get them out! Why can’t they stick around a bit more?
October @DavidArchie Oh my heck, there are cats outside fighting and they’re really loud! Hush cats people are trying to sleep! You shouldn’t fight anyway.
November @DavidArchie Wow that was one useless piece of information. What has twitter done to me? Lol.
December @DavidArchie Well now I have something from 12 years ago on my to-do list. Make homemade green eggs and ham.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the man he brought back. I’m just glad to see this guy here came back with him.
Posted by Angelica on Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The previous post about The Civil Wars was an unanticipated preamble to the present article. I was in the process of writing about another duet I had recently discovered: The Milk Carton Kids. It was late at night when I saw the news of the Civil Wars ending and the thought struck me how numerous the similarities exist between them and TMCK. Both groups are/were duos. Both perform folk music. Both are known for pure, rich vocals and exquisite harmony. Both are accompanied only by accoustic guitar. Both are fueled by a body of lyrically intelligent songs with amazing meaning and melody.
I had tickets to see The Milk Carton Kids perform next month. A few days ago, I got an email that all their shows for August and September had been canceled due to vocal strain. This was a blow, as when their tour starts up again in October, they will not be near enough for me to attend. Translation – they are not David Archuleta for whom apparently, no geographical coordinate within the continental United States is too far for me to travel.
But they are so talented and their music is poignant and gorgeous. The two struggled separately for years without much success until 2011 when Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan ditched their solo careers and became The Milk Carton Kids, blending so flawlessly their tenor voices that it’s almost like listening to one voice. They have since toured to sold-out venues in the US and Europe and been nominated for a Grammy for their album, The Ash and Clay. Here they are performing in an empty space they fill completely.
Video Credit ThePortlandSessions
Which brings me to what I was intending to write pre-Civil War. The touting of what a tour de force work of promotion The Milk Carton Kid’s have achieved in such a short time. Visit their official site and click on TOURS and you will find not just the upcoming tour dates, but all the past tours listed and every venue they’ve ever performed. I can’t help but think how gosh almighty that would look on David’s official site. Think of all the cities he has performed on tour, all the early TV appearances that could be listed. It would be a ponderous chain of events and an impressive page indeed. The Milk Carton Kids also have an entire page devoted to fans who do covers of their songs. Every fan, every cover, ever done and more being added all the time. How appreciative is that? There is even a listing and link at the bottom of every page of their OS for their Management, their Booking Agent and their Press Agent. But here is the savvy part, for this is how I came to know them and how it happened that I got online and purchased tickets to their concert. Their first two albums, Prologue and Retrospect are free for download on their OS. Smart. Back in 2011, the same year The Milk Carton Kids started, I wrote an article about music industry changes and the importance of seeing the world differently in this technological age. I encourage you to give it another look because it says a lot of what I want to say here but lack the space. Today, for a variety of reasons, the money is in tours and merchandise. But first, you have to get them to come to a show.
This is about an example of how a true artist with the right self-promotion can sell out venues without selling out. This is not about whether or not you like indie folk or that I want David to go that route. I don’t. I just want him to honor what is real and true for him musically. Considering his choice of Stephanie Mabey and Justin Christensen to work with, maybe it will sound something like the video below. All he has to do is get them to come out to a show. His voice and charisma will do the rest. Watch how the merest change of expression on his face elicits a reaction. Then the smile. He wins again.
Video Credit ArchuletaAvenue
Posted by Angelica on Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Says band member Joy Williams:
I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together. I sincerely hope that ‘You Are My Sunshine’ will be accepted as a token of my gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years. I’m so thankful and my heart is full. Looking ahead, I’m excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I’ve loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon.
And band member John Paul White adds:
I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.
Having won four Grammys for Barton Hollow and their album The Civil Wars debuting in 2013 at NO. 1 on the Billboard 200, the war is over. What a sad day for music and for a friend and fan of David’s. Hopefully, Joy Williams will continue to make music and write, maybe even write and perform a duet with David. I think their voices would blend beautifully on a song. Best of luck to both Joy and John on their future endeavors. In their brief career as a duo, they exposed the lie that good music with meaningful, original lyrics and beautiful harmonies cannot succeed in an industry saturated with the banal, the vulgar, and the fraudulent.
Posted by Angelica on Saturday, July 26, 2014
This week we finished the Military Tribute Tour. We went back to Kuwait for 3 shows, and then did our last show on the tour in Djibouti. It was a bittersweet experience having it come to an end, but it made such an impact on me.
It was interesting to me as this was my first time coming back performing with the title “David Archuleta” and having to embrace that since my mission. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel, but there was a different motivating factor this time, which was that this tour was all about giving tribute to the troops. We flew out to these countries; to these military bases on our own time and without getting paid anything. We came out to get to know them, and express our gratitude for them with what God gave us in our abilities and talents.
I would divide the focuses on this tour into 2 different categories: 1st, Getting to know who these men and women were and 2nd, Getting to know what they do.
Traveling to the different bases in each country gave us a realistic view of what is going on and the work that these troops do. They showed us everything from the aircrafts and vehicles to the loading areas and offices; from the chow halls where they eat to the living quarters— whether they were buildings, CLU’s (containerized living units), or tents. We saw all of the different parts it takes to put it all together, and all of the people it took with different skills.
My favorite part of these tours and staying on these bases was getting to meet these servicemen and women and hear their stories. One of them I met in Camp Patriot in Kuwait. She was a Captain, and had an 11 month-old daughter, but she had been away from her for the last several months. On top of that, her husband was also deployed in another camp in Kuwait, so neither of them are able to be there with their new daughter to watch her grow during these first months of her life. The daughter stayed with grandparents in the meantime.
I was impressed to hear stories similar to this time and time again. A lot of times we have stereotypes for these men and women of what kind of lifestyle they come from, what matters to them, and how normal they really are. I met parents, grandparents, people my age and even younger than me everywhere. They all were far away from family and loved ones, and while they are fulfilling to their amazing duty to serve our country it still is no easy task to be away from family and loved ones in tough circumstances that are not your typical home environment. I jumped at the chance to listen to them, and simply be around them. If there was nothing else I could give to them, at least I could give them my time— there is nothing more valuable to me than that, and so I am glad that I could give even a little bit of time to be with them and get to know who they are and what they do.
At the end of the trip we were able to go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We did a faith-based meeting (also known as a fireside) with stories and music similar to what we were doing on the tour, only more faith-focused. I really loved getting to do these firesides throughout our trip when time permitted, and to feel the hearts and spirits of these strong-spirited youth in these parts of the world.
After this fireside we went out to an Ethiopian restaurant where they had traditional Ethiopian dancers and an Ethiopian band. It was awesome! A few people in the restaurant recognized me, along with a worker, and the next thing I know the owner comes up to ask if I would sing for everyone there. At first I felt awkward, but in the end I thought “eh, why not?” and got up to sing 2 songs: “Stand By Me” and “Everybody Hurts” which I had been singing during the military tour. It was quite the experience being backed up by an Ethiopian band along with my voice coach, Dean Kaelin who was on the tour with us. Good times!
It’s been unforgettable. I am taking so many memories with me from these past few weeks. I just want to thank again these men and women in the military for serving and doing what they do. I am so grateful that they took us in and allowed us to experience a little bit of their experiences. It means so much to me, and to everyone on our tour. We appreciate you and your time you shared with us. Military Tribute Tour accomplished!
Well that’s a wrap for this blog. Thanks for reading!
David Archuleta is a guest writer for The Voice.
JK, LOL! But thanks for the great article including pics! You can read on his official site here.
David Archuleta, Dan Clark, Jason Hewlett and Dean Kaelin ~ Military Tribute Tour Through Middle East Marches ON!
Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Credit NSA Bahrain
Little did we know when David left for this Military Tribute Tour to the Mid East that we would be the recipients of such an outpouring of updates. No, not from him so much, but apparently, he has people for that. We have been gifted with heart-wrenching, humorous, humbling blogs to laugh and cry over, photos to smile and sigh over, and even the snippet heard round the world of David singing “Bring Him Home.”
Credit Dan Clark/Enhanced audio by JR4DA
Maybe hardened soldiers can withstand the full impact of his voice on that song, but it is probably a mercy that his fans did not receive the full report. We are better prepared now and can anticipate the song with something close to aplomb. Hah!
We have received so much that the previous thread, which I thought would easily hold the contents of the entire trip, has become heavier than a C-17 cargo plane to load. So this thread is a much needed additional transport for supplies and we will see how far this one takes us.
There is a single thought I come away with from everything we have seen up to this point on this journey. It was brought home to me, everything I had read on the blogs, every picture, every tweet of this trip by a single photo taken by Jason Hewlett on the way to Afghanistan. The picture below (edit mine) snapped on the plane of the combat boots worn by the soldiers. The nameless, faceless, heroes. The men and women whose feet are ready to march off to hell if need be to keep the world free.
Please click on the link below to give them your thanks and a big thank you to Holly and FOD for organizing this for the fans as a way to give back.
Also, here again are the links to 3D and J.
A big thank you to them for going into harm’s way to bring hope and laughter to where it is needed most. Vaya con Dios. We are amazed by your generosity of spirit to carry this act of love to the troops, and for taking us all along for the ride.
David Achuleta Begins Motivational Tour in Mid East for Troops With Dan Clark, Jason Hewlett, and Dean Kaelin
Posted by Angelica on Wednesday, July 9, 2014
They have arrived! Unfortunately, their luggage and Dean’s keyboard did not arrive with them. We have reports on the ground from both Dean Kaelin and Jason Hewlett that they have all checked into a hotel in Bahrain and are being treated well. Heat is almost 100 at 9:30 in the evening! Landed in Bahrain instead of Afghanistan. Jason writes there may be some changes on the schedule but we will be updated as things happen. I will keep this a fluid post for now to add more to it as time goes by and we will post updates and pics/vids in comments.
Just to clarify, David said they will be doing shows for the Air Force in his vlog and some thought that meant only performing on Air Force bases. According to the Fact Sheet on AFE, since,
1997: The U.S. Air Force was assigned the Executive Agent for providing celebrity and non-celebrity programs to troops serving overseas, creating the jointly-manned office, Armed Forces Entertainment.
The Air Force is in charge of coordinating entertainment for all 4 branches. So, keeping them all in our hearts and prayers, especially our brave soldiers…Let the show Begin!
Links for updates!