Archive for the ‘Appreciation’ Category
Posted by djafan on Thursday, July 16, 2015
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Posted by djafan on Monday, May 25, 2015
Memorial Day has come to mean the beginning of summer, a time for picnics and barbecues, and a holiday to gather around the family. That happiness and freedom, however, is a product of the real cause for the holiday: the sacrifice made by men and women who have fought and died for the freedoms and liberties Americans hold dear. Memorial Day is a time to remember that the American way of life is not cheap but rather has been purchased by the lives and blood of so many who have sacrificed for us to live free and happily now.
credit Pete Hegseth
credit 8th row center
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Posted by djafan on Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Today marks 1 year since I left Chile where I served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for 2 years. Tomorrow will mark 1 year since I finished my full-time mission. This weekend has brought many memories of mission experiences in Chile, and the wonderful people that I shared my time with there. The memories have just come flooding! I've taken some time to ponder over what the mission has done for me, and keep other missionaries in mind and in my prayers as I think of them experiencing the same things. We went for some Chilean empanadas de pollo, pino, y queso to commemorate the Chilean mission experience. #mission #LDS #empanadas #Chile #missionaries #mormon #food #1year #memories
David Archuleta Mission Return: One Year Later
by Kristin, Guest Writer for The Voice
Today, March 24th marks at least one year since David has returned from serving his two-year mission. Like everyone else, I was so happy to see him back and thankful he got back to his family safely.
It’s amazing how much time flies sometimes. From heading or transferring to a new college, weddings, graduations, birthdays, whatever else may have happened to all of us in the past year, we aren’t the same as we were prior.
For me, 2014 was a difficult year. Lost weight, lost my cat, a second episode of depression…so much heartache and pain. David being back didn’t seem to alleviate all of my struggles, but it gave me a distraction from everything for a while.
Regardless of those struggles, none of us are the same since David came back a year ago. Some of us have stayed to wait it out; some of us have left or moved on for whatever reason. Some of us chose to believe and have faith when, to others, it just seemed impossible.
I’ve been reflecting the past few days as I write this. Having my spring break last week and taking some initiative with where I wanted to go in my life, I’ve seen how much I’ve grown and changed in the past year. I am definitely not the broken girl who had hit rock bottom with her faith and with everything around her a year ago. Just like David has grown, adjusted, and taken time to reconnect with himself, with his life. Not just his life, but his music, what he wants to say to his fans in that music, what he wants to say to the world…and what he wants to say for himself.
At times we got frustrated with him; I’ve had my moments too. Other times, we were excited for him, wondering about where he would take his career next after being away for two years. We worried about if he’s changed so much since those two years away, and if, due to his silence, if he even still wanted a career.
Well, I know one thing from what I’ve observed of David.
He doesn’t give up so easily.
In today’s music industry where we have—people who shall remain nameless—we need people like David to give us hope in good people, to make us feel good and inspired, and also to give us a chance to grow and change from what we learn from him or learn about ourselves.
I know, for me, and people who know me probably know this part of the story, but David was my light in a dark place. That unexpected/unanswered prayer who…
…switched something on in me again. Lit up something in me again that was snuffed out prematurely.
For a lot of us, life changed the very first time we saw David. For me, it took him going away for two years to make me really take a step back and realize what I was truly blessed with, what God placed in my life when I didn’t even ask for it.
A young man around my age, shy like me, who just wanted to do what he loved to help people. Someone that actually cared about the platform he was given, someone who wasn’t afraid to stand up for what mattered to him, and someone who was willing to take a step back himself with his life, and learn something he had to learn in order to move forward.
I’ve been afraid of disappointment, of being let down. Some people have thought that of David during the past year, and I can understand. When going through my personal demons, I struggled with my connection with David, letting other people bother me and letting doubts run my life…
…until I realized enough was enough.
Now, on this March 24th, I am still Kristin. I haven’t changed that much, but I’ve been healing. Taking it one day at a time with myself and with what David plans to do with his career and music next. The news last night of an announced concert has gotten us all hopeful again, excited for the future.
For me…it feels so close in this battle of personal doubts and fears from the past five years, trying to gain the courage to finally see, for myself, a man who has been such a gift in my life, who made me wake up and see where I was and the potential I have to do good, just as he has even before becoming famous.
To look him in the eyes and say, “You got me through the toughest years of my life.”
To hug him, have a picture with him, and see for myself that this has been worth it all this time.
Just as David is worth it…and was worth waiting for, and fighting for.
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Posted by bluesky4home on Friday, January 2, 2015
When I was younger, I often remarked to my Dad that in order to make certain that there would be sufficient energy to run a home, all one would have to do would be to hook up a generator to the handle of the refrigerator. (We had a family of ten at the time.) I estimated that the boost of power the generator would get each time the door opened and closed could keep it going indefinitely. The refrigerator is certainly an appliance that gets a lot of use! And one knows basically what to expect from a refrigerator. It is a common appliance that usually behaves itself.
I could say the same thing about most of the music around us today. That is, that it is fairly common within its genre and I pretty much know what to expect when I open any given “door” in order to get some goodies. I don’t have to be fully awake. I don’t have to be fully engaged. I can rummage through the fridge with my eyes half-shut and my mind mostly somewhere else.
Which leads me to “Dear DA”.
Once, years ago, I posted a comment that went something like this:
“Listening to DA is kind of like a surreal trip to the refrigerator in the middle of the night. I know I am hungry for something, not sure what. So, I trundle along, shuffling into the kitchen expecting maybe – something I might have forgotten about or overlooked. Or something I remember that there might be more of, if not already snapped up by others.
The lights are dim, comfortable.
Then I open the fridge.
And instead of a small, unobtrusive refrigerator bulb to guide my way to the known, I am bowled over with brilliant, white, explosive, sound, symphony, emotion and light. A light that makes me forget why I came to the refrigerator in the first place, and remember instead bigger, better things for which I had no idea I was hungering.”
That, Dear DA, is what happens when I think that I am looking for “something” and find out instead, that Comfort & Joy have found me.
Bluesky is a Staff Writer for The Voice.
Posted by djafan 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 djafan on Friday, July 18, 2014
Photo 1: I don’t think that’s how you properly salute, but oh well haha. We have to wear the body armor sometimes when we travel from one base to another on military aircraft here in Afghanistan.
I have written a letter to my family and friends, but I decided that I should share it with all of you as well:
First off, I am sorry that I can never write less than an essay and that my emails are always so long! But please bear with me and my imperfections with this one.
I wanted to write to all of you seeing as this last week has been quite incredible for me. Right now I am writing this to you as blasting winds full of dust attack my face and my eyes (I’m outside to have some time to myself). I am currently in Afghanistan, and as I don’t know when I will ever be here again I would like to take the time to write to you under interesting circumstances.
What am I doing here? I was invited by a man named Dan Clark. He is a world renown speaker who is the main contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He has spoken many, many times to the troops all over the world. We are joined by a professional impersonator/comedian named Jason Hewlett (he’s hilarious), and my voice trainer Dean Kaelin (accompanying me on the piano and guitar, and performing himself a number) to do a military tour. It is a tour with the focus to inspire and give an uplifting message to the troops as we entertain.
July 8th we left for the Middle East. We began in the country of Bahrain– a country I had never even heard of before. Afterwards we went to Kuwait. It was amazing to see how empty it is here terrain-wise: sand, sun, dust, and desert. However, due to oil and gas these are very wealthy countries. We visited an Islamic mosque and I was amazed to see that they believe in prophets, and even believe in Jesus Christ… As a prophet of God; not as the Only Begotten, yet they believe that He will come again. It is Ramadan here which is the month of fasting, where they cannot eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. We cannot eat or drink in front of them, and have to keep long-sleeve shirts and pants when in public Muslim-eye to not offend their traditions.
Anyway, this is a military tour, not a desert tourist trip. I wanted to express my love for these military men and women. Here in Afghanistan– along with in Iraq–they are in combat and there are attacks going on. I was surprised at the friendships and the respect the local people have with and for the troops, as the reason why we have been in these countries is to protect these people from opposing groups who seek for power and are extremists and terrorists trying to overtake the countries. We are now making transitions to let the Afghan military take charge of defending their own country so that they may strengthen their own sense of duty and value those rights and liberties more by taking the lead themselves.
We have met so many fathers who have yet to meet their newborn babies in person; they are out in this blazing heat of 100-140 degrees day to day (and wow it feels like a hair-dryer blowing in your face!). We have seen and felt their appreciation for us being here as we “come out of our way” to meet with them, perform for them, and let them know we love them — it is the LEAST we can do!! It is amazing to have them come up and say, “you don’t know how much this means to us. Thank you for coming to see us and break the routine. You bring a piece of home.”
These are people who learn what the word “duty” means. They literally put their lives on the line with rockets being shot at the bases, mines exploding their and civilians’ paths, and suicide bombers coming at them. It is real, but they do it because of their duty to our families and to our country, and to their duty to protecting countries and people who cannot do it alone. How grateful I am for their dedication and for them being awakened to their duty.
I hope the next time you see one of these service men and women, you think of their commitment that they have to this duty: to protecting our amazing and beautiful country where we have freedom, and working to help others have freedom as well. We take what we have for granted– whether- we go to the air-conditioned malls, or sit at our peaceful homes bored. Let us think twice about our liberty that we have in this promised land, and how God has truly blessed us. During this trip we are also getting to do some special faith-based events that we call firesides. It has been a wonderful bonus to the trip.
We have one more week of shows, and I will try and give you another (shorter) update as we come to a close.
I hope you are all well!
P.S. I’ve attached some photos.
Photo 2: This is a mortar with some army men that is setup to shoot back quickly at locations where incoming attacks come from.
Photo 3: These army men use those giant explosion-protected vehicles in the back to search for mines. They basically go through explosions many times so that it doesn’t happen to other military troops and civilians in normal cars or walking.
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Dan Clark shares video!
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Posted by djafan on Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Posted by djafan on Friday, March 21, 2014
ARE WE READY TO CAUSE AN UPROAR??!!
Everyone join us in celebrating David Archuleta’s World Wide Trending Party!
Add the trending phrase to every tweet.
Remember that only the phrase should be all caps.
The World Is Waiting David Archuleta
And I challenge you to also add The Best Is Yet To Come.
@davidarchie The World Is Waiting David Archuleta > The Best Is Yet To Come < ♥
Just change the last symbol, add video link, or say something else at the end :)
See below for your trending time.
This from the TDAMS committee
HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY!!!
There is SO much to celebrate this year! This is our 5th year in which we are able to award THE DAVID ARCHULETA MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP!!! Since it began, we – actually the FANS – have given out $16,000 worth of scholarships to 8 deserving students!! That’s $16,000 that these students would not have had to further their music education if it hadn’t been for YOU!! Do you remember our first year?
We posted this heartfelt video (shown below) made by strangerphilosophy. (our very own Angelica!)
I leave you with a “A THOUGHT”
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Posted by djafan on Friday, February 28, 2014
Please join us in celebrating David Archuleta’s approaching return! Join the world wide trending party!
David Archuleta Is Coming Home
February 28th at 7pm PST – 10pm EST
See below for more times around the world.
All submissions for the welcome home video have been received and the deadline has now expired. That means that thing down there is working after all. lol. That’s a good thing. AAAAANNNDD twitter trending party was a blast last night. Thanks very much to all who participated and trended “David Archuleta is Coming Home” all over the world!
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Posted by djafan on Wednesday, February 5, 2014
This was taken directly from David Archuleta’s Official Site.
Feb 4, 2014 – Bearing David Archuleta’s name against a red background with a snowflake motif, the gigantic “My Kind of Christmas” concert backdrop is a memorable part of that concert tour. Fans – we are now giving you a rare chance to own a piece of this iconic curtain of fabric!
Simply log in to this site and leave a comment on this post by Saturday, February 8, 2014, 11.59pm PST and you will automatically be entered into a random drawing to win a 20 by 20-inch piece of the backdrop! The winner will be announced on February 9, 2014.
Picture is shown for illustrative purpose only; the actual piece sent to the winner may not have the same pattern. 12-in ruler and CD are shown for scaling purposes only and are not included with the prize.The contest is open worldwide to everyone above the age of 13. Please post only one comment. Anyone who posts multiple comments will be disqualified from the drawing.Last but definitely not least, if you don’t win, there will still be chances to take home a piece of MKOC history and benefit ChildFund International at the same time! Don’t forget to check in with DavidArchuleta.com every day as we will tell you how, very soon!Questions? Leave a comment or email email@example.com. Your comment to ask a question will be counted as a contest entry.Your chance to win a piece of MKOC! Check it our here>>>> http://davidarchuleta.com/home/?p=5738 (KS)
This to remind us of that epic Christmas Tour :)
Deadline for submitting your picture for welcome back video for David is March 1st 12 noon PCT. You can go .
Welcome Back David!
Your name or Twitter handle
PLEASE FOLLOW ORDER ABOVE EXACTLY SO ALL SIGNS WILL LOOK THE SAME
Group photos are fine. Writing the sign in your native language is fine. If you would rather not include a photo of yourself, you can submit just a photo of the sign itself.
If you are not taking a new photo, ideally it would be great to use a recent photo of yourself from the last two years. If you happened to do any interesting things in the spirit of #DA2014 (i.e. volunteering, working on your fitness etc.), it would be cool to show a photo of yourself doing that activity.
Feel free to get as creative as you like with the signs – just make sure that they follow the format above. Please do not include any extra words or phrases as we want them to look uniform. ** And please only submit one photograph for each individual.**
PHOTOS NOT FOLLOWING THE FORMAT WILL GET RETURNED TO THE SENDER FOR EDITING.
Please email submissions with the subject line #DA2014 RETURN VIDEO to:
No later than 12 noon PST on March 1st, 2014
If you need assistance using Photoshop or making a JPEG file, please specify that in your email by using the subject line: TECH SUPPORT and we will find a way to help you out. Hopefully given the extra time, everyone who wants to participate will be able to do so.
Happy 2014 to everyone! Looking forward to receiving your photo!
Thanks so much!
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