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David Archuleta ~ New Heights

Posted by bluesky4home on Monday, March 17, 2014

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It was just over 6 years ago this month that my son Joey told me that I really should listen to this local kid on American Idol. He said he was from around where we used to live, that he was LDS and that he was a very impressive singer. Joey has never let me forget how skeptical I was, and how very reluctantly I sat with folded arms, a doubtful expression on my face as he brought a YouTube video up on my computer and brought DA into my life.

Since then, my sons have teased me somewhat and wondered a time or two. But they are mostly supportive of my support of DA. Joey even got to meet him before he left (at a place where Joey works) and had the chance to tell him that he completely supported him in his decision to serve a mission.

Now Joey has gone and returned. And he and his friends, (some other LDS young men who had returned from their own missions) formed a musical group called Argyle. For several years they have traveled, sang, and performed all around Utah.

Although I love almost all their music, I have my favorites. One of these is “New Heights,” which tells the tale of a returned missionary meeting up with a girl he had left behind.

 

So now we have come full circle. DA is now the one who is returning… to all of us he “left behind.” He has new plans. He has dreams, goals, and some challenges (I am sure) awaiting him.

But I am also sure that he is full of that same wonder, that same drive, that same spontaneous generosity of spirit and energy of soul that he had when he left. Only now… Wow. That is all I can say: Wow!!

In my mind, I hear him say, as the men of Argyle say in their song: “Hey! How are You!? I know it’s been a couple years….”

And I am ready to “jump” into the deep end, “fly” to the horizon, and accompany him, in my own way and with my own heart, as he begins to “chase all of (his) dreams.”

God bless you, DA, in this new chapter of your life. Because I do believe the words of the song:

“I didn’t ever want to let you go, but back then I had to be alone. Please understand. I know it wasn’t fair to you. But, back then I wasn’t ready. Now I am!!!”

I do believe you are, DA. And we will need all the ballast we can manage to stay afloat in the waves of fun rising on the horizon. I do believe.

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Bluesky is a staff writer for The Voice.

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David Archuleta ~ Ain’t No Sunshine When He’s Gone

Posted by Angelica on Monday, March 10, 2014

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Art work by @GrayAAA

Just had my annual check up (preparation for David’s return) and my lab results were in every way perfect, except that apparently, I have absolutely no vitamin D in my body.  The normal levels range up in the 90′s and my level was so low as to not even rate a number.  I was not surprised by the news; the only light I have received for months is from the weak glow of my laptop.  It has been far too cold to venture outside for long and since sunlight is essential for acquiring this vital vitamin, I was instead prescribed massive doses of vitamin D.  That, along with the welcome promise of warm weather will soon put me right.  Yet the whole thing got me thinking about another deficiency in D that I have been suffering from for the past two years.  By that I mean vitamin David.  The symptoms for both are remarkably similar:  a general feeling of being tired and a tendency toward depression.  hmmm.  Coincidence?  I think not.  It appears I am in good company as a cursory scan of twitter revealed several others who feel that David is sunshine incarnate.

cheska @SnowyOli  2h

David archuleta is my sunshine <33

McKenzie Harris @McKenzieHarr  Feb 22

Don’t know how he does it but David Archuleta naturally exudes positivity. @DavidArchie’s Chinese name is sunshine. pic.twitter.com/phtHFMPqto

Francesca @FangirlFrance  Mar 3

The only motivation i have in life right now is David’s return. My sunshine will be back soon and that keeps me going. :) #DA2014

Barb W ‏@EL_FOD  Feb 28

David Archuleta Is Coming Home and that means winter will be over! Hello Sunshine!

Archugeezer ‏@Archugeezer  Feb 28

David Archuleta Is Coming Home at the right time ’cause we can sure use a little more sunshine right now.

Mary Dee ‏@GoodPlaceDA2014  Feb 28

Welcome back Mr. Sunshine!! David Archuleta Is Coming Home.

Pattie #DA2014 ‏@Attwittsend  Feb 28

I am freezing. David Archuleta Is Coming Home soon and I’m sure he’s bringing some sunshine with him :)

pattilou733 ‏@pattilou733  Feb 28

David Archuleta Is Coming Home.The sunshine is retuningto our lives.

Pattie #DA2014 ‏@Attwittsend  Feb 28

David Archuleta Is Coming Home … ♫ You are my sunshine ♫

Debbie #DA2014 ‏@DebVaFOD  Feb 28

@Attwittsend Awww. He IS sunshine. David Archuleta Is Coming Home :)

So it appears that many of us suffer from the same want:   A severe deficiency in vitamin D caused by a lack of David Archuleta, i.e., Mr. Sunshine.  There is no cure for ODD, but we know its cause and ODDly enough, it can only be managed with adequate exposure to it, uh, him.  In short, we need our sunshine.

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Songs – “You are my Sunshine” by Liliana Rose, “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.”

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Horsing Around With David Archuleta

Posted by fenfan123 on Monday, February 4, 2013

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You’ve all heard it – that neeeiiiggh at the end of “Sleigh Ride” on the MKOC tour. What’s up with that, you might ask while obsessively watching videos of the song just so you can hear that again.

Well here’s what’s up! That’s Mr. David Archuleta showing his true self. You see, contrary to a lot of speculation about his alleged angelic origins, DA is actually a horse! Yes, you read right. A horse.

Actually I am one too and so are you if you were born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 or 2002. Those are all years of the horse in the Chinese zodiac, a 12-year time cycle that relates each year to an animal and its attributes.

Horse people are said to be free-spirited, charming, cheerful, quick-witted, intelligent, talented, independent, hard working, confident and energetic. Being a performer is considered a good career choice because they love to take center stage and delight audiences everywhere. All very David, don’t you think? Source:

http://www.allchinanet.com/chinese_culture/chinese_zodiac_horse.shtml

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/horse.htm

For Horse people like David, the Year of the Snake, starting February 10, 2013, is predicted to be one in which to take stock, consolidate, renew energy and think of ideas for the next big push. It will be a busy year with much demand on their time and energy, all of which leaves little time for romance. Although the single Horse may get involved in strong relationships in the coming year, romance is not well starred and they will not feel a desire for commitment. Source:

http://fengshuiben.blogspot.sg/2009/11/zodiac-horse-luck-prediction-2010.html

So it looks like Horse people such as David will find themselves in a holding pattern in the Year of the Snake. They will be biding their time, preparing for their chance to shine in 2014 when the Year of the Horse will come around once more.

2014 will be David’s year. He would have completed 2 cycles of the 12-year zodiac by then and starting on his third – an auspicious time to BEGIN. again and gallop away to the top!

Zodiac Note:

The 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The Horse is most compatible with the Tiger, Goat and Dog. Horse people should avoid romantic relationships with those born in the Year of the Rat, Ox and Rabbit.

Which animal are you? Are you compatible with the Horse? Find out here.

http://www.chinesezodiac.com/

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David Archuleta ~ Keeping Him Relevant

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The six month mark of David Archuleta’s departure has just passed and we have eighteen months to go. I’m measuring time by holidays and it seems to be working. Labor Day was just last month, Halloween is almost here and Thanksgiving soon after. Christmas is going to be tough this year without David but I’m so looking forward to it because it’s also close to the beginning of the twelve month countdown. There are days I miss David so much it hurts and although it was a tough road getting to this place, I’m ok with him being gone now; I truly believe he had to go.

In the meantime I have his music to get me through every day and his voice on interviews on my ipod to get me through the night. You may have seen my name, djafan, on comments on articles relating to David found on the web. You may also have seen me voting on polls and mentioning David’s name as much as possible, tweeting and trending, etc. You get it. LOL This is what I do.

We all have a comfort zone on how we support David and this is my way of keeping his name relevant.  By letting the world know he has passionate fans that are not going anywhere, the media stays interested in him. It works; it really does. For example, recently Cook and Kris Allen were dropped from their labels just months apart and it was barely a blip in the social media. David, however,  made mainstream media with the so-called “dropped” news that he was let go from his label when it was really the opposite. David chose not to renew his contract. As soon as his passionate fans started correcting the news the media then picked it up too, and many made an attempt to correct it.

The mission news made headlines also; not only on the internet but television also carried the news, showing clips of the video. I attribute this continued interest by the media to David’s go-getter fans.  Most reality show alums have just fallen off the radar, but David Archuleta has not and our intention is to keep his name  relevant and out there.

With this in mind and after much prodding from my fellow Adms, I encourage you to vote, to comment, to view David’s videos, to like his Facebook posts, to comment on his OS, heck even his MySpace page has been updated and it‘s beautiful.

I like to follow some charts on David’s social media status, yes the information is out there, you just need to look for it.  Here is a two month comparison. You can see that there have been some drops that can easily be reversed.

It’s really simple to get and keep these numbers up.  Watching his videos on Vevo and on his official you tube channel are all you have to do to raise the numbers. Typing David’s name into any search field and in any comment counts as a mention. Why worry about mentions? With every mention, his name is being counted on the internet, which raises his social status.

These are examples of things to do to increase David’s social status or popularity.

Wikipedia — Counted when a visitor loads an artist’s page.

Google – Google David Archuleta daily.

Twitter Mentions — Counted each time an artist’s Twitter handle (@davidarchie) is mentioned by another Twitter user.

Comment – Comment whenever David’s name appears in an article. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy. Just writing David Archuleta will suffice in getting the internet bots* to count him.

*(An Internet Bot is a software application that does repetitive and automated tasks in the Internet that would otherwise take humans a long time to do. The most common Internet bots are the spider bots which are used for web server analyses and file data gathering.)

Here are some David related links you can visit to increase his status. You can use these to listen, view and/or comment.

Lastly, please don’t stop sending David mail. I read on several missionary blogs that it’s common for the mail to slow way down after the sixth month. They say family and friends start to get used to them being gone and not part of their daily routine. David doesn’t just have family and friends but a whole lot of fans he wants to hear from. Why else set up an address for us?

David Archuleta
P. O. Box 4297
Apopka, FL 32704
USA

I hope you all can join me in my campaign to keep David’s name relevant during his absence.

#DA2014

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BEGIN. A Poem of David Archuleta

Posted by MT on Friday, September 28, 2012

Cloaked in silence, to contemplate

Inspiration is born

A time away from stress and trials

Ties to the past are torn.

~

To live without the daily grind

Free to think anew

Plan ahead for what could be

With hindsight still in view.

~

To walk away evasive of

The shadows of the past

Begin anew with visions held

To see the future at last.

~

The view is clear with thoughts untwined

Looking straight ahead

Focused on a single point

Where inspiration led.

~

That path now cleared of fog and smoke

Was chosen carefully

This is where his heart has led

He follows faithfully.

* * *

David has said this is a time of new beginnings. It’s not only a new journey for him in South America. It’s the beginning of his future as a whole. He will spend these two years quietly. And while he will be primarily focused on sharing his faith, he will no doubt use this time to contemplate his future as well.

It’s a time away from the ordinary world that David was used to dealing with on a daily basis, a time for him to learn who he wants to be and where he wants to go with his life and his music. His decisions will be made without the pressures of the music world and without the influence of family, friends, and yes, even fans.

In the end, he will know that the decisions he makes are his own rather than a reflection of what those around him may want.

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David Archuleta’s Everybody Hurts Video ~ A Review

Posted by Angelica on Thursday, September 6, 2012

At the risk of looking a dead gift horse in the mouth while simultaneously beating him, here is my eleventh hour review of the “Everybody Hurts” video.

I did not comment on the video when it was released. I watched it once with sound, once without sound, and then logged off my computer. Days later I returned to see many praising it, but not all. Among the dissenters was HG’s honest review and Silverfox’s on this site. I gathered from other comments that there was some controversy brewing over the matter but I didn’t go there. I make it a rule to stay away from drama that is not of my own making, for if I create it, I can hardly avoid it. For that reason, I try not to create it. But feigned indifference, my stance of choice on all but the most pressing issues, will not do. I don’t know why it won’t do but it just won’t. I don’t know why the video affected me so strongly but it did. Maybe by writing down my thoughts it will become clearer, at least to me.

I know they were pressed for time. I suspect David probably had very little to do with the making of the video other than laying down the vocals and allowing himself to be filmed doing so. He probably then left, trusting that others would do it justice and, with more important things on his mind, not much caring how it turned out. The music was the thing that mattered, a parting gift for his fans and he worked so hard and put so much love into it.

What does one video matter? It matters because to a fan of David, nothing will ever be good enough for him unless it reaches his level of excellence. In the song, “Everybody Hurts,” he descended emotionally far below anything portrayed on that video. Lyrically the song echoes the words of Henry David Thoreau, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Where in the video was this truth made plain by the lines, “when you feel like giving up…when you feel like letting go…don’t throw your hand!”? Not in a father giving his daughter away in marriage with much joy in store, or childhood friends parting but still keeping in touch by phone and text. And surely the mother in combat was not about to throw her hand or let go of life, so long as she could make it back to her child.

In an afterthought while writing this, I wondered how a video like MJ’s “Stranger in Moscow” would work with David’s cover of “Everybody Hurts.” It was edited hastily and in places is choppy. Since he was singing another song, I removed the frames containing Michael which necessitated some repetition of images and I added something of David. It is only meant to be a rough draft to illustrate the difference between sentimentality and seriously good work. Good enough even, for David.

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David Archuleta New Music Video For Everybody Hurts

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

credit David Archuleta’s OS

It’s coming!!!

Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook
Be on the look out for the David Archuleta @DavidArchie new music video within the hour. #excited #music #BEGIN

Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook
Re-synchronize your watches & look for the new @DavidArchie music video between 7-8 pm EST #apologies #forgiveness #begging

Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook
Can’t confirm nor deny! LOL RT @nellie1983: @DeseretBook @DavidArchie So that means we shoud expect it at 7:59 right? LOL

IT’S HERE!!!

Published on Aug 22, 2012 by 

David performs the REM classic “Everybody Hurts” with an orchestra which includes producer Kurt Bestor. The shots of David were recorded in a studio the day before he left on his mission.

“I hope you know that I never wanted to leave you guys without music, and will continue when I get back.” – David Archuleta

David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie

Here is the official music video of “Everybody Hurts” off of David’s new album BEGIN. out now —>

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David Archuleta’s Begin – A Dark Theme Keeps Me Here ~ I’ll Be Here DA2014

Posted by Angelica on Saturday, August 18, 2012

Credit AnnieDAFG

A dark theme keeps me here,

Though summer blazes in the vireo’s eye.

Who would be half possessed

By his own nakedness?

Waking’s my care –

I’ll make a broken music, or I’ll die.

Ye littles, lie more close!

Make me, O Lord, a last, a simple thing

Time cannot overwhelm.

Once I transcended time:

A bud broke to a rose,

And I rose from a last diminishing.

I look down the far light

And I behold the dark side of a tree

Far down a billowing plain,

And when I look again,

It’s lost upon the night –

Night I embrace, a dear proximity

I stand by a low fire

Counting the wisps of flame, and I watch how

Light shifts upon the wall.

I bid stillness be still.

I see, in evening air,

How slowly dark comes down on what we do.

In Evening Air

Theodore Roethke (1908-63)

 

“Broken” wallpaper, original source unknown

A dark theme permeates David Archuleta’s new album, Begin., despite an interview with Deseret Book, in which he describes it as “easy listening.” To paraphrase a quote by novelist, Wallace Stegner, “Hard writing makes easy reading.” Begin. is to easy listening as hard writing is to easy reading. It is easy to listen to only because of all the hard work and talent that went into it. On this his fifth album his voice, including backup vocals which, as usual, are all him, never sounded better.

Yet conceptually, this is no easy listening album. Distilled into ten songs, one co-written by him and arguably the saddest, he takes on war, genocide, grief, murder, martyrdom, addiction, loneliness, desolation, despair, shame, low self-esteem, depression, bullying, suicide, poverty, homelessness, brutality, corruption and child abuse. That is a ponderous weight of sorrow contained in one brief body of work. Yet it is not, I think, so much a reflection of the darkness within himself, (though for a serious artist, this is essential) as a stubborn refusal to turn away from the harsher realities of life. Begin. is ultimately and overwhelmingly a message of hope.

David has repeatedly stated in interviews and in a video to his fans that these songs are clues to help them understand why he made the decision to go on a mission. He echoes this again in the liner notes: “Some people may not understand why I have made the decisions I have chosen to make, but that is the reason why I made this album…It really comes from my heart and I did my best to help you all know where I am coming from on my mission decision. While I can’t always [say] what I want to say using words, I hope that these songs will help you know.” David Archuleta

David sings of the lost and now he has gone to seek for them. Not as David Archuleta, the celebrity but as a humble servant of God who, in the name of love has sacrificed his all for what he believes: that we are all broke, flawed, imperfect, but we are not broken beyond repair.

We have only to Begin.

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