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.
David Archuleta Instagram
Jason Hewlett The Entertainer
Jason Hewlett Entertainment
Dan Clark Public Figure
Dean Kaelin FB
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.
Posted in @DanClark, @DavidArchie, @Dean Kaelin, @Jason Hewlett | Tagged: @DavidArchie, David Archuleta, Heroes, Military Tour, Mirth, Motivation, music | 73 Comments »
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!
David Archuleta Instagram
Jason Hewlett The Entertainer
Jason Hewlett Entertainment
Dan Clark Public Figure
Posted in @DavidArchie | Tagged: Armed Forces Entertainment, Concert, Dan Clark, David Archuleta, Dean Kaelin, Jason Hewlett, Military | 130 Comments »
Posted by Angelica on Saturday, July 5, 2014
There was this going on too if you care about that sort of thing, which I don’t, but apparently he totally does now. Somebody get this guy a man cave!
But back to the important stuff. The really intense stuff that all of us fans can get pumped about and cheer about. What do YOU think his little project is? I spy with my little eye video/recording equipment and one of those little snappy things they use when the director yells “cut!” GO DAVID!!!!
Posted in @DavidArchie, @kariontour | Tagged: Costa Rica, David Archuleta, what just happened? | 70 Comments »
Posted by Angelica on Friday, May 30, 2014
Hear him roar.
Tumblr by ohnopurple
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Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Why am I grinning? Because David just followed ZZ Ward on twitter. I was unfamiliar with her work but it is so deliciously Adele-ish. Bluesly, soulful, and with just a touch of sedge. I just made that word up to denote a combination of sexy and edgy, but it’s also an actual word that means a plant that grows in wet ground. And this here is wet ground for dem dry bones to do some serious growth. As much as I like his uncovered work on the red CD and TOSOD, pop music is less adapted for him than the rich environment of this earthy medium. I think his voice was created, breathy vocal paralysis be praised, for this type of music. How many of our greatest singers have roots deeply planted in the soulful, spiritually rich soil of hymns? He is growing. He is a growing force that, I predict if he goes this direction, will be unstoppable.
In the article “David Archuleta and the Blues,” I mentioned the bare bones, soulful artistry of Son House.
“Most blues artists play the guitar but not all. Whether on guitar, or like Ray Charles on piano, the blues is limited only by the soul that can hold it, like Son House, in just his hands.”
Here is Son House singing, “Grinning in Your Face.”
After watching a few of ZZ’s videos I spied this gem. Her cover of Son House’s “Grinning in Your Face.” I hollered so loud at so many places in this, I’m surprised all of cyberspace didn’t hear me.
If the fledgling, sedgling David Archuleta nutures growth in this direction, y’all ain’t even begun to hear me holla.
Posted in @DavidArchie, @ginaorr, @kariontour, @LadyVmusic | Tagged: David Archuleta, have mercy, Son House, the Voice, ZZ Ward | 44 Comments »
Posted by Angelica on Friday, May 23, 2014
Been doing a lot of thinking about life the past few days. I reconnected with some family and friends I had kind of lost touch with for a while. That’s so easy to do and they were feeling the need too, but like me, just didn’t make the call. Then I set up my studio in a spare room, got out my paints and brushes, and placed before me a huge three foot by three foot white empty canvas. It’s a scary sight but exciting too! Made a lot of absolutely horrible sketches on paper and felt really good about it! Then I got into bed and the tweet came from David. I lay in the dark with my phone and read the whole article. It was just what I needed to hear.
I want to share a dream I had earlier this week about David. In the dream I was sitting at my computer on the YouTube site, and a new music video appeared with him striding forward smiling. It was all in this cool bluish filter effect and there was a nice beat and just when he came really close and I thought he was going to sing, he stopped and said, “Wait.” Then blank screen!! In my dream I yelled, “Nooooooo!! What are you doing? You have a MAGNIFICENT VOICE!” Then off camera, (or off dream) I heard a loud voice say to me, “STOP! You are looking through a pin hole.” I saw a tiny aperture appear in the distance and through it I could only see a small part of David’s face. All around was this vastness I couldn’t see past but in my dream I felt so much was going on back there. Then I woke up.
It set me to pondering. What do you think is going on beyond our view? And is it, as in my dream, bigger than we imagine?
Posted in @DavidArchie, Art, Balance, David Archuleta | Tagged: David Archuleta, Dreaming outside the box, the Voice | 70 Comments »
Posted by Angelica on Friday, May 16, 2014
“Monsters. Madmen. Mouth-breathing miscreants. Mindless masters of mayhem who should not be forgiven despite knowing not what they do. They’ve created thornless roses.”
I love reading Don Engebretson’s blog, The Renegade Gardner. His essay here (scroll down to Black Spot Award, Worst New Garden Product: Thornless Roses) is especially good; so much truth in so few words. He goes on to say,
“It’s the principle of the thing…LIFE HAS THORNS, an eternal and infinite principle perfectly espoused by nature and appreciated best by gardeners. You don’t mess with the material manifestation of universal truths,” and follows this with a quote by Abraham Lincoln, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
I am aware that some fans are frustrated right now. They are uncertain where David is headed musically and personally. I’d be willing to wager he shares some of those concerns too. He has to go from a selfless life that, “has nothing to do with him,” to a world that again wants to celebrate him. That person he brought back is not going to simply, like Athena, spring fully formed and clothed out of the head of Zeus, but must be created.
The thing I am hearing from fans is that they don’t care about getting music right away; they know that takes time. They want to know if the love for his fans is still there.
Ah, there it is. The thorn that every rose must have. Somewhere between the rose and the thorn, the musical genius he is and the imperfect being we all are, is the man he brought back.
What I came to realize early on (for there is no other explanation) was that I and many of his fans had somehow been caught up in his gravity, our days revolving round and round, held not just by the voice but by a magnetism and star power beyond anything I had ever felt. And when I listen to the Sara Bareilles song, Satellite, we are all the “perfect little satellites spinning round and round this broken earthly light.”
We are all broken. And he will never be nor should be that Someone who loves us from above. But somebody out there still loves us from the ground.
Posted in @DavidArchie, David Archuleta, vlog | Tagged: David Archuleta, renegades, Sara Bareilles, the Voice | 53 Comments »
Posted by Angelica on Friday, April 25, 2014
A lively understandable spirit
Once entertained you.
It will come again.
Hallo, hallo, hallo, hallo, hallo! What? Been taking a bit of a breather and reading P.G. Wodehouse’s humorous novels to relax and restore my sanity from a month of just. one. damn. thing. after. another. It began with a summons to jury duty for District Court for the entire month (never had to serve). Tornado ripped through my yard and uprooted several nearby trees (I slept like a baby through the entire thing). Husband left me (staying with his 91 year old mom who broke her hip and lives 80 miles away). Suspected of cancer (found not guilty by surgery). Uneventful recovery from surgery, excepting a one-way, rather spirited discussion with the commode that was so compelling it lasted well into the wee hours. I recall earlier that day hearing the nurse from recovery, as she wheeled my bed back to my waiting husband that she had given me Morphine, Dilaudid, Zophran, Valium, blah…blah…blah…” and she is STILL AWAKE AND TALKING TO ME!” She seemed to take it as an insult to her euthanasia skills. More nerve than a bad tooth, which incidentally, and you will laugh when I tell you, I developed the very next morning from an abscessed rear molar that had to be pulled after a week of excruciating pain. I don’t like to complain but really, that is a bit thick for one month to pile on. Well, April showers, bring May flowers and at long last, all is well at La Casa de Angelica. In fact, for the first time in a long time, I feel like this.
David is home. David is happy. David is dancing. and sending food tweets.
And apparently thoroughly enjoying being a chick magnet. Why, his first words when disembarking from the plane to meet his family were, “Wow, you’re the first women I’ve given a hug to in two years.” Where was his head? If P. G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster had put that question to Jeeves, he would have replied, ‘Well Sir, “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” and I rather doubt the right honorable David Archuleta, RM, will prove the exception.’
Posted in @DavidArchie, David Archuleta | Tagged: David Archuleta, Gotta love him, Happy dance!, Pharrell Williams | 37 Comments »
Posted by Angelica on Saturday, March 22, 2014
WELCOME HOME ELDER DAVID ARCHULETA!!!
I wish I had more words too but there just aren’t enough. I’ll let you guys come up with some of your own.
Speaking of patience, I need patience to wait for this haaaiiirrr to grow back.
Looks like the lesson in patience was filmed the same day the rainy day collage was shot.
So…there is sunshine always after the rain. All we have to do is patiently wait just a wee bit longer.
We’ll be here all week. Y’all have a great one.
Posted in @DavidArchie, @kariontour, David Archuleta, words have power | Tagged: #DA2014, David Archuleta, Patience, Word up | 216 Comments »