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The Mantle of Stardom ~ David Archuleta

Posted by MT on Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Humility and Fame walk hand in hand
In the body of a single man.
Confusion reigns in the back of his mind,
Balance is something he seeks to find.

I often think of David’s vlog “I’m Still Alive.” In it, he talked about having a hard time coming back to the entertainment world where “It’s all about you, and how important you are, and letting everybody know that, and how great you are, and everybody look at you.” (see 2:22 in the following video)

I can understand how a transition like that could be a bit overwhelming for him. It makes me wonder how he’s going to work it all out. It was probably difficult before his mission to do any type of self-promotion. But now? I can’t imagine how hard it is to go from two years of “doing for others” to it being “all about him” once again. How does he work that out in his mind?

Every product out there, even one that’s been on the market for years and is known for quality, is continually marketed to a target audience. Mercedes, for example. It’s a great car and everyone knows it. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have to keep advertising, reminding their target audience that their product is still out there and trying to convince them it’s still the best on the market. They’re giving the buying public a reason to buy Mercedes rather than a competing brand. It’s the same with music. You have to believe in the excellence of your product and be willing to let everyone know that. Give them a reason to buy YOUR product.

David has said that he’s writing POP songs (along with some Spanish). This is a strong indication that he wants to continue his career; putting out albums and touring. The problem is, how do you get your music out there and sell tickets to your tour without marketing yourself and your music?

While stardom may not be David’s main goal in making music, success brings with it lots of opportunities. We know enough about David to know that promoting worthy causes is something that’s close to his heart. A recognizable name in the music industry would bring with it the ability to get the public’s attention for those causes. The bigger the name, the more attention and support he could draw towards those causes.

But how does he reconcile, in his mind, the humble human being that he is with the part of him that wants to perform? How does the reluctant star gain attention for his causes without self-promotion? It’s a dilemma I believe he’s struggling with.

Perhaps one day he’ll realize that self-promotion is simply a tool that’s used as part of the job, a means of selling a product. HIS product, himself and his music. Done the right way, stardom and fame can be a mantle he wears like a warm winter coat. If he sees it that way, he could simply put it on when needed, when he’s performing or doing interviews. It wouldn’t be a fake persona, it would simply be a line drawn between the man and the star, allowing him to promote his product, himself, while remaining true to who he is as a person. At the end of the workday he could simply let the mantle fall away, allowing him to remain the same humble guy he has always been.

Can it be done? Is it possible to separate the man from the star?

MT is a Staff Writer for The Voice.

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Here’s a Riddle for Ya and How the Milk Carton Kids Got Found

Posted by Angelica on Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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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.

Photo credit Brendan Pattengale

Photo credit Brendan Pattengale

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.

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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.

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David Archuleta ~ Spanish Face to Face Chat Translated!

Posted by djafan on Monday, June 30, 2014

First Song: I Am A Child Of God.

Sir: What a beautiful song David, thank you. And thank you for being here with us today.
David: Yes, it’s a pleasure for me to be here with you, thank you.
Sir: We have received many questions David, are you ready to answer?
David: Yes, I believe so.
Sir: How are you?
David: I’m very well, I’m very happy, I love that song. It always fills me with joy, so I’m very well.
Sir: There is a question in regards to music. David, it’s obvious that music is an important part of your life, tell us why it is so important to you?
David: That’s a good question. Well, I think since I was young, six years old and also before, I always felt something with music. My parents, both sides of my family, were always doing things with music. I always felt something different and when I would start to sing I think I would feel that same thing. I was always singing in the house and in the yard and things like that. But when others started listening I realized that they felt something and I could tell that they were feeling the same thing as I. They would say, I feel something now, thank you for singing. It took me some time to understand what was happening because I didn’t think I sang very well but I liked doing it. When that happened I realized that it was a gift, that they could feel the same thing as I. It’s not like saying, oh I have a gift. It’s a blessing for me to feel closer to God and closer to other people. And it was incredible that others could feel the same thing, which is the power of music.
Madam: When you face challenges is there a song that helps you?
David: Wow there are many songs that always help me. Well if we’re speaking of hymns, there is one that I’d like to sing today. This was a song that I sang during my mission, I sang more than any other song. I’d like to share it with everyone. There are many songs; it’s a very difficult question. There is one called “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
Madam: That is one of my favorites too.
David: I’ve listened to it so many times. I also like other songs, not only church songs, hymns. There is one that is called What A Wonderful World, I love it. Songs like this make me happy. But, I was speaking with someone the other day and I was saying there is one song that I’ve listened to the most and has made me cry, in Spanish, it’s “Source of My Blessings.” That song says that we are not perfect, but we still feel we need to be closer to God.
Madam: And God takes our hearts, we get closer to him.
David: Yes.
Sir: David, we received a question from Gladys of Argentina, she asks, I’d like to know if you have ever written a hymn, or would you like to?
David: Oh, I never have but it would be interesting to try it, I’ve thought about, I tried once, but it is difficult. I’m developing my songwriting skills. Even writing pop songs was a bit difficult for me. But since returning from my mission I’ve been writing a lot. I’m feeling more comfortable with that. I don’t feel much pressure from others, so they’re flowing out easily, and it’s fun. Maybe someday I’ll attempt again to write a hymn.
Madam: There are probably people who believe that music comes easily to you. Tell us what you have done to develop your musical talents.
David: Practice, practice, practice all the time. I believe that to develop any skills takes much time. The thing that has helped me the most is doing it many times. I remember doing it when I was young, six, seven, eight years old. I’d be singing every day the songs of my favorite artists. Repeating the songs so I could sound like them. Because at the beginning I sounded nothing like them. It was hard. So I’d do it over and over, for hours. I believe that we need to be patient with all that we want to develop in life, to have progress. It takes time, patience, and diligence.
Sir: David, you served a mission in Chile, correct?
David: Yes po. (A Chilean expression, adding Po after yes)
Sir: And you returned three months ago.
David: Ohh time flies, ay ay ay.
Sir: We received many questions about your mission. Silvana asks, how did the decision to go on a mission come about while having a singing career?
David: Well, I’ve always wanted to go on a mission, since I was young. I always knew I’d go, even though I didn’t know how I was going to speak to anyone, I don’t know how to communicate with others, I’ve only been doing it through music. I didn’t expect to be on a television show, singing and suddenly everyone recognizes you. I didn’t expect that. Even with that, I still always wanted to go on a mission. But I thought, how am I going to it? Maybe it was a sign from God that I was doing what I was supposed to do with music. But I was never satisfied with it, something was always missing. I attempted many times to go on a mission, but things like contracts, people who thought “what?” They’d say, “it’s crazy to want to do that.” But that same feeling that has always guided me to sing, the decisions I made, the songs I picked to sing was the same feeling that told me you have to go on a mission, you’re going to learn something, your life is going to change, you’re going to meet people, you’re going to learn things that you won’t learn any other way. It was a difficult decision to make, follow and be diligent; it was the most incredible decision of my life.
Madam: Nail wants to know, what is the difference between pre-mission David and today’s David, after your mission?
David: Well, I think I feel more comfortable with myself. Before the mission I was always worried about what others would think of me. I had to please everyone even though everyone wanted something different. I was afraid to trust myself. I doubted myself a lot and in the mission I had to learn to trust in myself. There wasn’t anyone saying you have to do that, you have to do this and that. There was a Mission President but he would say, I trust in you. It’s going to be fine and I know that you will do things well. I would go ahhhh, but I don’t know what I’m going to do? I’m not a good missionary, I don’t know how to speak to people, I don’t understand what these people are saying and many other things. But I began to learn, well I wanted to, I’m here to learn more about God, and the Savior Jesus Christ. I won’t be able to love God and love the people I’m visiting and teaching if I can’t love myself. I can’t trust in God If I can’t trust in myself. I think that a large part of the mission and the reason why I had to go and serve is because God had to say to me, “My son, you are very busy and preoccupied with many things, come with me, I need to teach and show you personally.” That is how I felt in my mission. So close to God, there are no distractions, no telephone twenty four hours, not worried about yourself, you’re only getting to know God, trusting yourself and loving others.
Madam: And serving the people you speak of.
Sir: Jazzman from Spain asks, how will I know if I am truly prepared to go on a mission?
David: Well, I had the same question. I had to realize that you are never ready to go on a mission. What I’m saying is that the perfect time doesn’t exist to go on a mission, because if I waited for that perfect timing I’d never go on a mission. Everyone says, not yet, not yet, you’re not ready. I used to say the same thing, I’m not prepared, I have no idea how I’m going to teach others to make changes in their lives. But it’s a step of faith. I trust that God will guide me. It is difficult, but it is never the perfect time to go, it’s always going to be difficult. You’ll always have to leave something behind, things like that, but it is worth it.
Sir: Yes, and we need to have a lot of faith.
Madam: Ricardo from Mexico wants to ask, what can you say that would motivate the youth to go on a mission?
David: (looks at the camera) If there is anyone who is thinking of going on a mission and you want to prepare, there are simple things you can do that we always hear, like go to church, study your scriptures, really scrutinize them, meditate over the words, and also pray. The things we have always been told are the things that are going to help you. Also Preach My Gospel, this helped me a lot. If you don’t have it, find it. Another thing that helped me a lot was to go to the temple. I know that there are many that don’t have a temple nearby, but you should try to go as much as possible. That is a place where you can prepare without distractions; you can speak to God, pray, and hear the voice of the spirit clearly. Spend time there. I’ve spent a lot of time in the temple; it is a good and sacred place.
Sir: An important question, some say that going on a mission is a sacrifice; do you feel that it was a sacrifice for you?
David: When you think about having to leave things behind, like work, your career, or your family, I think the hardest thing was leaving my family. Because I thought, they need me. But when you think of where you’re going, that you are going to serve others, that you will be close to God, know Him and feel like you never have before in your life, then it’s not a sacrifice because you gain so many things. How can it be a sacrifice if it is the biggest blessing in my life? But for me, technically leaving some things, maybe then yes, but truthfully it is not a sacrifice. How could life’s biggest blessing be a sacrifice?
Madam: South Korea wants to know if there was something difficult during your mission and what did you do to overcome it?
David: The mission wasn’t easy, there are times you think, oh, I can’t do this, especially at the beginning of my mission. I didn’t understand for nothing how the Chilenos spoke. Now I love them. Now I can better understand the Spanish language and speak it. But at the beginning, not at all. What are they saying? How am I going to teach them? There are also times that you don’t get along well with your companion, if you get angry with him you can’t just leave. You’re always with them, every day, every week. You have to learn to change the problems, correct them, love them and discuss the problem. There were difficult moments with the companions, but in the end we got along well because we were able to overcome our problems. There were many things, but then there is patience. I could speak for a long time about this.

Second song: Nearer My God to Thee

Sir: Thank you David, beautiful song. We received this question: as youth we feel alone and impotent, what have you done or do to avoid feeling like this?
David: I believe that each one of us has felt like this; we are not sufficient for the task we have in life, or the future or the present. What has helped me personally is knowing who I am, and that is, that I have a Heavenly Father, He is God, I am a son of His, like the first song says. This always fills me with joy. The challenge may not change, or the problem taken from me, but it gives me the strength to go on, to find a way to overcome it. Also, knowing that I can ask for help when I need it. Because there are many moments where I don’t know what to do, I think, what now? I’m lost, I don’t know what to do, I feel unmotivated, and that is the time you can get on your knees and ask for help through prayer.
Madam: Ingrid wants to know, how can you achieve spiritual and emotional balance while developing our talents without putting aside our love for the Savior?
David: Good question Ingrid. I think it is a great wisdom that I have learned, not only during the mission but also before. Many times we feel that to pursue our dreams, music, work, sports we have to leave the spiritual things aside. That is not true, that is when we need the most help. During the time I was working, especially on TV, there were moments when I read scripture more diligently because I felt the need to do so. You should never feel that you need to choose your dreams over the spiritual things and God. Because they go hand in hand. God knows us; He knows our dreams. So if you always remember that, and remain near Him like the song says, you will be able to develop your talents and dreams in a different and brilliant way. That is how I have felt. You never should feel that you need to choose, it is not like that. If it comes to that you should choose the spiritual, God is there guiding you.
Sir: Mararena from Ecuador asks, how do you keep harmony with the Lord when you are surrounded by fame, money, and popularity?
David: Well Macarena, that was a shock to me, surprising. All of a sudden people recognized me. It was unexpected attention that I didn’t have before. Many would tell me this is what is important, these things will help you feel happy, and feel good in life, you will have success. But when I tried to focus on these things and what I was being told, I felt depressed, what is going on? Why do I feel this way? This happened once, when I was singing and the release of my first album. I had a lot of attention during that time. And everyone told me, now you will be successful, now you will feel happy. But I felt uncomfortable and I asked myself, why is this happening to me? I felt discouraged. At that moment I was on vacation with my family and realized that this was what really made me feel happy, the simple things that I had always had. What you have doesn’t matter, money, popularity, attention. If you have made good decisions, and if you have family who you love around you, then you will feel good and happy, and that is the success I have had in my life.
Madam: Kevin from Colombia has this question, I’m not a Mormon but I’ve always been curious about the Latter Day Saints. The question I have is, how have you lived all these experiences, music, concerts, tours and all the success from a spiritual perspective?
David: Spiritually, well like I was saying before, why the music? Music doesn’t exist without the spiritual part, there is always that connection. And when people try to remove that part it doesn’t work for me. I say, I cannot do this. But when a song invites the Spirit and the listeners feel good, closer to God, have a different perspective of life, more positive, then it’s all worth it to me. That is why I make music. I feel that music is a responsibility that God has given me, and he trusts that I will make good use of it. But if I don’t use music responsibly I won’t feel that success. I won’t feel that incredible feeling that you can feel through music if I remove that spiritual part. I had to humble myself many times, and think, I’m going to let it work on that song, or that concert for people to feel that feeling, which is the Spirit.
Sir: David, Lucia asks, what is your favorite scripture?
David: I have many favorite scriptures, but one that has always helped me during my mission and my life, is in the book of Mormon. It’s in Ether 12:27, chapter 12, verse 27, where it speaks of our weaknesses and many times we try to hide them. Before the mission I did that a lot. That is why I didn’t feel that joy I could have because I tried to hide my imperfections. But reading this scripture and understanding what God gives us. He says, I give you your weaknesses so you can humble yourself and know that I’m here to help you and that you need me. That humbled me, but I love knowing that our weaknesses don’t prevent us from getting ahead. With God’s help our weaknesses can be tools in reality.
Madam: Jamin from Spain wants to know, how do you know if you’re adequately prepared to go on a mission?
David: I believe we spoke a bit about that.
Madam: Sorry then.
David: No, it’s ok, it’s a good question. I’ll think about it some more.
Sir: Nicole from Brazil, do you have plans to write a book of your experiences on your mission?
David: Wow, I have thought about it, a lot, but I don’t know. I put out a book some years back. But it would be very interesting because my experiences now are very different. My outlook on life is deeper than before. I’d love to be able to explain, well I don’t know if I’d confuse everybody, but it would be incredible to speak of the people I met because I love very much the Chilenos and the people I met, and the food. I would love to share with all what I learned in a deeper way.
Madam: Patricia says, my brother is about to return from his mission, how could I help him adapt to family life without him losing that Spirit he’ll return with?
David: Well Patricia, have patience with your brother. Because when I got home all my family thought I was so strange. Because I’d say, oh no the TV, I can’t watch it, I can’t listen to that! I feel so strange here, where is my companion? You have to get accustomed a little at a time after the mission. Be patient with him and listen to him speak of the people he met because that is something important he’ll bring back with him, the people and his experiences. Maybe you can study with him. My sister did that with me because I wanted to study with someone. So if you want to help him conserve that Spirit, help him by asking him about the people he met and the experiences he had, and study with him.
Sir: When you make important decisions, what is the process you take? It is a challenge for the youth to maintain their beliefs when being influenced by their friends.
David: The process of making decisions? Hmmm interesting. I believe you need to think things through, especially when it’s a big decision. You need to think, why do I want to do this? And then take the question to the Lord, ask Him too. For example when I auditioned for American Idol, went on my mission, I always asked the Lord by praying, Father, what do you think about this? I feel like this, how should I do this? Is this fine? Am I crazy? I want to know. And always, when I do this, things turn out good for my growth as a person.
Madam: There are a lot of questions about your goals and plans now that you have returned from your mission. Can you tell us what you have in mind?
David: Yes, like I was saying, I am writing songs, I’m doing a lot of that. As a matter of fact I’m writing songs in English and Spanish. I don’t think I should release them all right now; I want to get things right this time. I have had so many experiences on the mission; I’ve thought of so many things, I feel I want to put that in my songs, not just anything. I’m dating.   I want that to be in my songs. So I have plans to have future concerts and new albums. When? I don’t know exactly but I’m in that process now.
Sir: David, many young girls want to know your girlfriend’s name.
David: ¡¡¡¡oh my gosh ¡¡¡¡¡
Madam: Do you have a girlfriend?
David: No I don’t have a girlfriend, not yet, so there isn’t a name to say. Yes, but, we’ll leave it there. Family is important, so I also have that planned for the future, so there it is.
Madam: How has your mission affected your music?
David: I always sang on my mission, always. Knocking on doors, talking to people on the street. I would say many times, hello how are you? We’re missionaries and we would talk but at the beginning of my mission, when I couldn’t communicate, I’d say, can we sing you a song? I think we sang every day on the mission, in houses, in the street, it was entertaining. There were many who didn’t recognize me but would listen to the song. It didn’t matter who was singing, they listened.
Madam: And did they feel the Spirit?
David: It was incredible.
Madam: I’m sure that you left them with a smile.
David: I hope so.
Sir: Liliana asks, did you ever at some point in your life face a challenge which you thought you could not overcome?
David: There are many moments when you wake up and think, oh no, I can’t do this today, I can’t do anything right. I believe we have to have hope that things will get better because there are times when we feel that nothing is ever going to get better, never. I’m never going to feel better; I’m never going to find the answer I’m looking for. But you have to take your time, you have to wait and be patient, the answers will appear and you will overcome. There are so many times when I’ve felt like this, I don’t know how to do any of this, but then I was able to. Why was I about to give up? Ay ay ay, I was going to lose out on this blessing, this opportunity or what I have learned. So don’t give up. We have to be patient and you may feel out-of-place or frustrated sometimes, but we all do, it’s fine.
David: How much time do we have? Sorry.
Madam: We have ten minutes.
David: Ah yes, OK. Because I’d love to sing another song, but I think there is a question before one more song.
Madam: Oh let me see. Your responses are answering the questions before we receive them. Mina from Peru wants to know and says, I’d like to be a member but I fear that my family will not approve. What can I do to soften my mom’s heart?
David: I congratulate you because the Gospel is beautiful and is one of the things of the Latter Day Saints. And to be able to have that change, to live it, try it. I think those that start to know the church start with the missionaries, with friends. But aside from going to church and with friends, start with the missionaries. I was a missionary, (thumbs up), trust in the missionaries. They will help you with the changes you make, and it’s not always going to be easy, but you’ll start to feel different. You’ll have clarity and your family will see this change in your life. I think that is what will soften the heart of any person, to see the change you are receiving. There are things to do but I promise you that the change will come and you will feel the Spirit in you life. And your family will also feel it.
Sir: A question from Mexico.
David: Mexico! I had three companions from Mexico on the mission.
Sir: What scripture strengthens you during difficult times?
David: Aside from the scripture I mentioned before, there is one in the Bible in Proverbs. For those of you that don’t know, there are missionary plaques with your picture, the country and a scripture. The scripture on my plaque is Proverbs 3:5-6, where it speaks of trusting the Lord. He will guide you in all you do and in all your… I don’t remember exactly. This scripture has helped me a lot.
Madam: Yani from the Dominican Republic, wants to know of all the things you did on your mission, what would you have liked to do differently if you knew then what you know now?
David: I believe I would have done more things, I would have been more brave and not be so scared to do things, even though you didn’t know the outcome. But actually I wouldn’t change any of the past, because that’s how you learn, by whatever happened or didn’t happen in the past. I would’ve liked to have been more brave, speak with all, but this is how I’ve learned, next time I won’t do the same. I will speak with more people and I won’t have any fears any longer.
Madam: And faith conquers fear.
David: Yes, definitely
Sir: Here is the scripture from Proverbs.
David: Thank you, 5, 6 and 7.
Sir: Would you like to read?
David: Yes, if you want to read it, it’s in Proverbs 3 in the Bible and it says, “Trust in The Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.”
Sir: What an important scripture.
Madam: Jhon, via twitter wants to say, I want to go on a mission but I’m scared. It’s what we’ve been speaking of. What advise would you give him, us?
David: I also had that fear, like I said before, I don’t know how to speak, how to teach. But the truth is, when you get there you will learn daily and you’ll see that you don’t know everything, but that’s ok because you have a companion that will be with you all the time and you will learn from him. You’ll also learn about the Spirit. There will be times you won’t know what to say, but you’ll open your mouth and it comes out. You’ll ask yourself, where did those words come from? The Spirit is with you and is brilliant. So don’t worry, all will be fine.
Sir: Thank you David, is there anything else you’d like to share?
David: I feel like I’ve talked too much, I think I’d like to finish with a song.
Madam: We’d love that.
David: It’s a church hymn. I love it because it speaks of what is happening because there are so many missionaries serving in all parts of the world. I like to sing this hymn, “The Spirit of God.”
Sir and Madam: Thank you very much David.
David: Likewise.

Third song: The Spirit Of God

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Transcribed by Gladys/Translated by Djafan.

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David Archuleta Live Chat: Face To Face & Cara A Cara

Posted by djafan on Sunday, June 22, 2014

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This event will be livestreamed twice, first in Spanish at 5:30pm then in English at 7:00pm Utah time.  The links are highlighted in blue.

Face to Face: Live Facebook Event with David Archuleta

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TO JOIN THE LIVE CHAT, GO TO THE LDS YOUTH FACEBOOK PAGE ON TUESDAY JUNE 24, AT 7:00 P.M. MDT (9:00 EDT, 8:00 CDT, 6:00 PDT).

You can also view the event live on the Mormon Channel on YouTube. After June 24, a video of the event will be available on this page for you to watch at any time.


Participate in a live, interactive discussion with former American Idol contestant and returned missionary David Archuleta, moderated by Young Women general president Bonnie L. Oscarson and Young Men general president David L. Beck. Youth around the world will have opportunities to ask questions in real time and hear about David Archuleta’s decision to postpone a successful music career to serve the Lord. He will also share stories from his mission, give advice for future missionaries, and share his testimony in word and song. Invite your friends!

The LDS hosted David Archuleta live chat is geared for youth but from all I’ve read and the countless tweets worldwide promoting this event state that all are welcome.  The questions that have been posted in English and Spanish so far cover a wide range of topics.  David will be singing accompanied by Kendra Lowe.

Cara a Cara: con David Archuleta en vivo por Facebook

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PARTICIPA EN EL CHAT EN VIVO: VISITA LA PÁGINA LDS YOUTH EN FACEBOOK EL MARTES 24 DE JUNIO A LAS 5:30 P.M. (HORA DE SALT LAKE CITY).

También podrás ver este evento en vivo en la página del Canal mormón en YouTube. Después del 24 de junio, colocaremos el video en esta página para que lo vuelvas a ver en cualquier momento.


Participa en una conversación interactiva, en vivo, con el ex participante del concurso televisivo American Idol y ex misionero David Archuleta. Será moderada por la hermana Denise Posse Lindberg y el Presidente General de los Hombres Jóvenes, David L. Beck. Los jóvenes de todo el mundo tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas en tiempo real y escuchar a David Archuleta sobre su decisión de posponer una exitosa carrera musical para servir al Señor. También compartirá su testimonio, experiencias misionales y brindará consejos a futuros misioneros, no solo por medio de las palabras sino a través de la música. ¡Invita a tus amigos!

El LDS evento en vivo con David Archuleta es guiado para jovenes pero todo que lei promoviendo el evento indica que todos son envitados. Las preguntas en ingles y espanol cubren muchos temas. David cantara acompanado por Kendra Lowe.

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David Archuleta: A New Song! Now A Morning Person! & Futbol!

Posted by djafan on Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Finished a new song with and @d this morning.

It’s nice to get a song done before noon. I feel refreshed. Thank you and for being morning people.

you’re not a morning person !

oh, yes I am!

AWESOME! Hey I thought you once said you don’t sing as well in the morning?

that’s different from writing in the morning. My mind is much more clear in the morning for ideas.

You’re a MORNING PERSON now ? Lol

after 2 years of never sleeping in, I have become a huge fan of how much easier it is to get things done in the mornings.

go chile jazzy dog david

Now time to spare to get ready for Chile vs. Spain!!! I’ve never felt this way before for sports.

Vamos Chile!!

GOAALLL!!! Yes Chile!!!!

Gracias Aranguiz! Chile 2-0 Spain

Congrats to Chile advancing on!! . Man, feel bad for Spain though. Rough year they’ve had.

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GET READY FOR A TRENDING PARTY!

INOURHEARTS

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Oh No Purple! Twitter Party!

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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I don’t know if that is too great of an idea :/

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Cabs, Rain and Going Home Again ~ David Archuleta’s Who I Am

Posted by bluebar on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Summertime vacations: Road trips!  First things first. Load up the car with all seven of my David CD’s!!  Taking David along certainly makes the trip more enjoyable.  “Never leave home without him!” and the chance to listen to the David songs I hadn’t played for a while.

There is room in my CD case for 24 discs. So, this year, I decided to include some older albums that I hadn’t listened to in years, not since I “met” David.  I added music by Billy Joel, Tom Jones, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Elton John and Hall & Oates. (I know, oldies, but goodies!)

All very fabulously successful artists.  Mind you, I’m not giving up on David… Oh, noooooooooo, never!! Just so proud to have David in my CD case along with these greats!!

I had just listened to The Other Side of Down and was as amazed as ever over David’s “Who I Am.” Oh, David. You’re stuck in a cab for two hours, pondering your life, “taking the time out now,” “walking in my own two shoes” finding yourself. This song conveys so well the mood you were in four years ago when you wrote it.

David Archuleta “Who I Am” with lyrics:

Next CD up was Can’t Stop Dreaming by Daryl Hall.

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The first song is titled “Cab Driver.” Wow, a cab song! Hahahaha! Btw… this is a still relevant, very jazzy and soulful song. Daryl Hall wrote “Cab Driver” almost 20 years ago. In it, he finds himself needing a cab. The driver asks: “Where am I goin’ to?” He replies: He wants to get back to his girl; he’s been on the road way too long, and sadly, it’s not the life he bargained for.

Daryl Hall “Cab Driver” Live:

Standing in the rain
Cab comes into view
Ask me, “Where am I goin’ to?”
Running for so long
Been gone too many nights
And my heart has paid the price
This ain’t heaven
This ain’t the life bargained for
My reason for living
Isn’t here inside this car
Girl, I gotta get back to you

Cab driver
Take me home
Spent too much time away
Too much time alone
Cab driver
Take me home
Spent too much time away from my baby

I need familiar streets
To show that you’re near
Feeling like a stranger here
Oh does the mirror show the miles on my face
Am I goin’ any place?

This ain’t heaven
This ain’t the life I was hopin’ for
My reason for living
Sure ain’t here inside this car
You know I’ve gotta get back to you

Cab driver
Take me home
Spent too much time away
Too much time alone
Cab driver
Take me home
Spent too much time away from my baby

I need to see the look on your face
A kiss from your lips…oh the taste, baby
Nothing waiting for me but a lonely room
I’ve gotta get back to you baby – soon

Cab driver
Take me home
Spent too much time away
Too much time alone
Cab driver
Take me home
Spent too much time away from my baby

Listening to David’s “Who I Am,” I had visions of David in LA trying to get a cab to go back home (not necessarily to see his girl, but who knows?).  Regardless he has to get back to Utah!! Via Nashville? Perhaps. But certainly David has to get back to writing and recording all that music we know is in him. And someday again, very soon, I hope my next road trip will be to see and hear David’s “jazz and soul” at a show!!

In a timeless, coming of age song, David tells us he’s “Gonna take the time now,” “It’s OK, ’cause I know where I’m going!” Trust the Archuleta!!

And as good as it is to get back home, hopefully David will never tire of being on the road!  Just remember to step out of the cab, David.
Daryl has some good advice:

“My reason for living
Sure ain’t here inside this car.”

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Bluebar is a guest wrtiter for The Voice.

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He’s Alive! Aliiiiivvvvvee!!!!!!

Posted by Angelica on Friday, May 30, 2014

Hear him roar.

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David Archuleta ~ Expanding the Vision

Posted by Angelica on Friday, May 23, 2014

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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?

 

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The Artist and His Fans

Posted by Angelica on Friday, May 16, 2014

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“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.

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