Archive for the ‘Appreciation’ Category
Posted by djafan on Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Posted by djafan on Thursday, December 24, 2015
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!
We hope this Season brings you joy and warmth as you reflect on all of the blessings in life. Looking forward with you, to what’s ahead in 2016!! Wishing you a holiday full of love and joy with your loved ones. And the gift of The Prayer to us all.
credit: David Archuleta
credit: Meet The Mormons
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Posted by djafan on Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Image credit: Maggie Arnold
Event Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm
It is a beautiful Theater.
Venue images credit: Idaho State University
More of this please!
Here’s Shelley’s link to her youtubes for the rest.
Hoping for periscope, videos, pictures and anything else that may pop up!
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Posted by djafan on Thursday, December 10, 2015
credit David Archuleta Facebook
credit David Archuleta Instagram
Beautiful Riu Riu Chiu
ORDER THE PRAYER ON ITUNES
ORDER THE PRAYER & BONUS ON PLEDGEMUSIC
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Posted by djafan on Monday, December 7, 2015
credit Pam Pike
It has taken me a while to get some coherent thoughts together from the two shows at St. George. The excitement of seeing David again after four years was at times giving me palpitations! LOL And to think I was going to get to see him twice! Aye aye!
It took all the effort I could muster to not lose it when he bounced out onstage. I was all set to periscope from a splendid view, fifth row center but I choked. To those who can maintain their composure in order to capture the moment, whether on Periscope or video, I thank you. Without you, I don’t know what we’d do, or I’d do. The videos create the buzz and excitement that makes us want to go see for ourselves. And even then, they can’t give you the magic of being there.
The last time I saw David was during the My Kind of Christmas Tour before his mission. I thought he was incredible. Multiply that by at least 1000. His voice has deepened; it is rich, smooth, and so passionate. Add that to the confidence that oozes from him and the result is a very much in-control performer, one who commands his stage, his band, and his very loving audience. Every song, every word, every movement, salsa and other were used by David to give much more than a concert; it was an experience. He engaged all of our senses with his words, humor, song, hums, smiles, and passion. Sharing of himself with us like never before; he was both charming and sassy at the same time. A well-planned out show where he wore his feelings on his sleeve, trusting them with us. Reciprocally, we let him know we have his back, yelling “Nooooo!” when he said he “didn’t think he wanted to do this anymore”. We yelled, sang, danced, swayed, and clapped to every song.
Though he expressed his surprise at the fact that we all were there to see him after so many years, his humility is intact. Some fans want to know if David appreciates us. It was very evident in his expressions, in his satisfied look out to all, thanking us all repeatedly. But most of all was his eye contact, the look of recognition, the little waves as he looked to the right, to the left, high and low, visibly absorbing it all with a look of appreciation you could feel. Watching the you tubes is not enough to catch the banter, in between songs, where he talks to the audience.
The first night at St. George, I was blessed to sit next to Shelley. It was loads of fun sharing the first night of excitement with her.
The second night I sat next to the infamous Gladys. After communicating with her in Unplugged, Skype and here on The Voice for so many years, it was extremely gratifying to see her in person. Gladys, if you remember was our sole fan friend from Argentina who was close enough to visit David at various events open to the public when he was on his mission in Chile. She selflessly reported to us that David was doing well. From a fans’ eyes we believed it. She was known for giving boxes of Toblerone chocolates to the missionaries at these events. Well, guess what? We had the luck of running into Lupe, David’s mom, as Gladys and I were leaving the theater. Lupe was gracious enough to introduce herself to my Mom after she heard her ask me if that was really David’s mom. She thanked us for traveling, she couldn’t believe how many people traveled to see David. I called after Gladys and I introduced her to Lupe and the rest is typical Gladys. I just love her. Gladys explained to Lupe that she came from Argentina and that she had chocolates for David she brought with her. Lupe’s expression was epic, as Gladys pulled out two huge trademark Toblerone’s from her large purse, a rolled up long gift bag, and a card. And right there as Lupe watched she stuffed all into the bag and handed to her asking her if she could please give to David. Lupe told her she was going to go straight to David and give to him and that he was going to be really happy because he loves chocolate. This really happened! I witnessed it! LOL
Blueberry Ice and Mary Dee are two people I also want to thank for making it possible for me to take a carload to see David in St. George. Five grandkids, a daughter, and my Mother. It was a wonderful 6-hour drive that I will do again in a heartbeat and an unforgettable experience for all.
Speed reading is a wonderful skill to have. It allows me to surf the web and get a take on what David’s fans are talking about. There’s a segment who think that perhaps David wants to convert his fans to the LDS faith. When the concert was over, I asked my segment, my family members who got to attend if they were ready to convert. Huh?, my daughter was baffled. Tongue in cheek, I told them that this is what David was trying to do in these shows. They disagreed with me; the whole carload. My almost 19 year-old granddaughter said “One sharing their joys and experiences in such a setting doesn’t translate to trying to convert.” My daughter had the same reaction. She never felt preached to. The reason I’m sharing this is because of the criticisms I read, which are unfounded in my opinion.
Last, I want to thank the crew from FOD for hosting a wonderful fan luncheon where I got to meet and reconnect with so many wonderful fans including Deb, Nancy, Gladys, Dayzee, Jans, Shelley and Veronica, Linda, Gwen, Kalei, Shanny, Jani, Muldur, Kizzi, Nanawieze and her husband, Judie, Monica, Martha, Claudia, Tawna and her husband, Shawna, Jwipe and so many more.
But most importantly, I want to thank David for continuing with music. Just the thought of never having the opportunity to hear him sing, especially live, makes my heart and soul ache. Please never have that thought again. And a huge thank you to Trent Dabbs and Jamie Kenney for suggesting to David to write about how he was feeling and gracing us with “Numb”. I cannot wait for it’s release.
The performances were incredible. I could go on and on about all of them so I won’t lol.
Don’t Run Away ~ This hit the core of my being, the passion and the cry, incredible.
Parachutes And Airplanes ~ Wow the fan participation was a sight to behold.
Nunca Pense ~ Love the encore screams! And the Latino blood is very visible, the guy can dance.
I was very affected by the concert experience and I encourage all to go see David if possible. Hoping and praying he heads out east and west, north and south as soon as it is feasible for him to do so. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I’m ready to do it all over again.
Credit Pam Pike for the incredible pictures and Shelley for the incredible videos, thank you!
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Posted by djafan on Tuesday, November 17, 2015
When I started seeing the #PrayForParis tweets I wondered what had happened, why the hashtag? I googled it and found out that a horrific act against France had taken place. It brought back memories of the terror we experienced here and that other countries face every day. I then got a notification of David’s Instagram post and it comforted me.
I’m always impressed with David’s words, his genuine compassion and care for others as I am with Bluesky’s thoughtful comment that had to be shared.
On another topic—
When I think of the happenings in the world, the huge sadness, the grief, the chaos, the anger, and for some – the despair, I am tempted to think, “What difference does a song make? What difference does one person make? What difference can kindness make? Are we to be overwhelmed by darkness, pain, misery, discouragement? Is goodness too simple an answer?”
When I feel those temptations crawling towards my heart, I do my best to remind my self that light is always stronger than darkness, and that the action of one kind deed can be more meaningful than many contending voices. One by one, united by a strength greater than our own and faith in the only things that outlast time: truth and love, we become more than we know. We do more than we could ever do alone.
DA is one who shares, searches for, and testifies of that kind of light and hope. Sometimes it takes courage to be a person of faith. But when that faith (whatever it may be) is grounded in and reaches for the best in all of us, then – believe in it. Believe. Hold hands. Join hearts.
Like DA – we can have the courage to “sing”.
Posted by djafan on Tuesday, November 3, 2015
ST. GEORGE READY FOR THE DAVID ARCHULETA CONCERT!
credit St George Spectrum
credit Taucahn website
Sounds like a gorgeous theater!
The Tuacahn Amphitheater is a 1920-seat open-air amphitheater. It consists of three sections of seating (Left, Right,
Center) with 32 rows A (front) – FF (rear). All seats have backs and arms, but are not cushioned. Entrance to the amphitheater is from the rear, requiring all patrons to descend the stairs toward their seats. Patrons with limited mobility are encouraged to sit near the top (rear) of the amphitheater. There is extra leg room on row O which is sometimes used during the productions when actors walk through the audience. Wheelchair accessible seating is available on the back row (FF) only. The stage has a concrete subfloor with a concrete pass-under tunnel to get from stage left to stage right out of view of the audience. The rear of the stage is open to expose the desertscape and red rock cliffs behind the stage which contains lighting, sound, pyrotechnical, and water effects installations. The area behind the stage is a mixture of natural stone and naturally colored concrete. This concrete riverbed was installed during initial construction to facilitate a massive 55,000 gallon flood of water that comes from the back of the canyon and across the stage toward the audience. Though conceptualized and custom-built for the “Utah!” production, this special effect and other water effects have been featured in numerous productions at Tuacahn.
I’ll be heading out Friday morning to Saint George. I’m not a natural video taker lol but I’ll scope things out and see what’s doable :))) I’m super excited and this week is taking for ever!!! Through the kindness of others I will be taking several grandkids who had wanted to attend and now are. David fans are incredible. Thank you.
Gladys is also on her way to the states to see David Archuleta in concert for the first time! I can’t wait to meet her and others, and those I haven’t seen in some time. It’s going to be great!
The Fan Luncheon information, thanks to Kalei! Wear your favorite David attire!
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Time: 12:00am – 3:00pm *Updated Time!
Place: Best Western Abbey Inn – Victoria Room – 1129 S. Bluff Street
Menu: Soup & Salad Bar
Cost: $15 (Cash only please – payment collected at registration table)
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Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, October 28, 2015
I have been working pretty steadily with few breaks. Last Friday afternoon I raised my head from in front of my computer, looked around the room and said to myself: I could be at the conference center tonight listening to Spanish music and DA! This could happen!
Of course I had no tickets. I have not been on the receiving end of tickets for events at the conference center for quite a while. There are so many offered and so many apply, that the odds are just not really good. But I have always (so far!) been able to attend if I was willing to go standby. I was. Of course!
So I dressed warmly, got a bottle of water, climbed in the car and headed out to begin the 30 minute drive to SLC. It was just after 5 pm. I hoped to get there by 5.30 or so and be at the head of the standby line which begins to form (officially) at 6.00 pm. For Christmas concerts, I have seen the line 50 – 80 people long by 6.10 and I wanted to avoid being at the back. I had heard that there was a big turnout for the Thursday dress rehearsal.
I made good time and arrived at Temple Square, by the Tabernacle, where the line usually begins. There was no one there. I realized I had not eaten. Small item overlooked. It was cold. I had at least a 2-hour wait. None of my sons could come with me – too short notice. I did end up eating— I wandered across the street to the big mall and got (ha, ha!) a frozen yogurt with bananas and blueberries. And a spoon. I don’t think I need to tell you how cold I got eating frozen yogurt while standing in front of the Tabernacle waiting for the line to begin.
Dayzee would have been proud. I was at the front of the line.
It turned out that the attendance was less on Friday than it had been on Thursday and although the wait was long, there was no trouble getting in. I met some very lovely people while waiting and we ended up sitting right in the center balcony three rows back. Great seats!
I had heard from the ushers that the attendance on Thursday was upwards of 40,000 people. The conference center holds about 21,000 seats. They put the rest of the people into the Tabernacle which they had fixed up with large screens and everything. It looked like every effort was taken to support whoever wanted to come, but I wanted to be in the same building. Of course.
There was a bit of drama because the ushers did not want us waiting in the cold. So they sat us in the Tabernacle in the order we came. One lady kept saying how this was bad and how this had happened to her more than once and that she had missed out on concerts because of this. Nope. Not. Going. To. Happen. I felt certain that I was there to hear DA and all the music and that was how it was going to be.
The concert was more than I had ever imagined. They have held these Spanish language concerts before, but I had never gone because of the way they were advertised so I did not know what to expect. I felt somehow that I would be taking the place of someone else who was “officially” Latin. But this time the advertising said that all were welcome. That was good enough for me.
Oh my! The music was amazing! The bands, the musicians, were wonderful. I loved the little older man who played what looked like a harp but sounded more like a xylophone. Everyone was clapping, moving, joining in however they could. I lost track of how many countries were represented, each with their own music, dance, traditions, etc.
I loved watching the people around me. Almost all the people there seemed to be families sitting together, grandparents on down to young children. The Dad’s, kids, and all would inch forward until they were on the edge of their seats, bouncing, swaying, and leaning towards one another like they were all trees enjoying the same spot of sun.
I had a good view of the family right in front of me. The Dad got so excited that he spent almost the entire program on the edge of his seat. The times he sat back? When DA sang. I thought at first – maybe he doesn’t know or like DA? But then I saw how he clapped. For DA it was solid, firm, appreciative in admiration. It was just that DA’s songs were more laid back than almost all the rest of the program.
When the different countries were represented, you would hear calls and whistles from different parts of the audience, like they were cheering for their home team or for some participants that they knew. The people I sat by were there to support friends who were playing in the orchestra. I don’t think they knew much about DA.
But by the end of the program, they did. Every time he came on stage he filled the center. It is not him, himself. It is like this globe of love, kindness, energy, anticipation, a conduit from another place, that slowly invites all around to join in “his” space. We are gently gathered, released, enlivened, restored, comforted and…. sang to!
It was an absolutely lovely evening. I am so thankful for all the hard work, love, and talent that went into the whole program. Where can one get that sort of experience for free?
DA, thank you so much for just being you. For being willing to be more than you are. For being willing to share, learn, serve, and….. sing your blessed little heart out.
After listening to him sing “His Hands” in Spanish, I could not ask for a better ending for my long week.
I. Am. Grateful.
All video credits: Pattycake04
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Posted by djafan on Friday, October 23, 2015
Luz De Las Naciones event rehearsal was a success from all accounts on social media. For the next two nights there will be thousands of participants and an audience of thousands taking part in this huge Spanish event, it’s like a Spanish version of Motab! Hoping for video and a DVD of the event would be great for the fans, I’ll buy :)
And David is doing promo!
VideosInUtah also posted a great picture.
Kari treated us to a live broadcast of an interview in Spanish via periscope. And the great Suttygal uploaded to youtube for our viewing pleasure.
I love that David is David in any language.
Translation by Jessica Boman:
Announcer: “It’s a song from the church, right?” David: “Yes, from Meet the Mormons, that’s the name of the movie. They asked me to record it while I was in Chile, in fact. So when I recorded it I still had on my missionary plaque, and I had my companion there, he was with me. In fact, we are going to sing this song, because I recently recorded it in Spanish. And, well, I’m going to sing…” Announcer: “What do you remember of Chile, David? What do you remember about your mission companions?” David: “Well, I learned a lot from them. Like I told you before, I’m someone who finds my privacy very important. But when you’re in the mission, you’re always with a companion, all of the time. And I had to learn how to function with someone there with me all the time, and how to work together and to be a team and be one in purpose together with God. I learned a lot. And it was difficult, because in order to be one with someone and to work and always be with someone you have to show who you really are, with all of your weaknesses along with your abilities. There are times when you don’t get along very well, 100%. But at the same time, I loved how we learned how to ask for forgiveness and all of those things. I believe it’s a good training for marriage! ”
David then took to social media to invite anyone who could attend this epic event. I love that he doesn’t write exactly the same thing in all.
Promoting the event Luz De Las Naciones that starts tonight and goes Friday and Saturday as well. Had a nice interview in Spanish with Positivaradio1490.com this afternoon. Check out the website if you'd like to hear it. Come to the show at the Conference Center in SLC!! Anyone going?? 😉 #luzdelasnaciones #speakingspanish #spanish #sharegoodness #positiva
David has a few performances at the Luz De Las Naciones events.
Color Esperanza by Coti Sorokin
Si Vas Para Chile by Chito Faro
Nunca Pense by David Archuleta & Alejandro Melicio
Recordare by Abraham Ramirez Ramirez & Israel Gonzalez (Lupe Mayorga joins David for this song)
LLevaremos Su Verdad Al Mundo by Janice Kapp Perry (Lupe Mayorga joins David for this song)
Fuerza Juventud by Ross Boothe
I don’t see Glorious in the program but saw that David sang the Spanish version of it. There wasn’t much video so hoping for more for the next two nights!
This beauty by Mary Dee!
Don’t forget to buy your Christmas concert tickets for Idaho! They go on Sale today!
And David tweets!
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