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Betty’s Roots Tech Recap ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Sunday, March 1, 2015

 

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I had a delightful lunch on Saturday, Feb 21, with Dayzee and Tawna21. I finally got brave enough to “get acquainted”. For any of you who haven’t met them, they are such a delight to spend time with. That experience has emboldened me to take another step and say a few words about David’s Roots Tech appearance. I have relied on second hand news from others so many times that I shouldn’t hesitate to do my own recap. From having been there, I know how much it means to his fandom to get any little drop of news.

I felt the excitement in the air….it was electric. Something BIG was going down here today! I told my friend, she could go do anything she cared to do. All I needed was to find Hall D and sit down. I was content to stay there til his 5:30 show now that I had my bright green wrist band. (I guess I became one of those “campers” I read about later).

What a delightful day! About every hour there was a new program. Each one planned to inspire and motivate us to want to search for our families. I enjoyed it so much that I decided I’d come again next year and try to take classes all three days. If any of you have ever attended an “Education Week”, it was the same sort of rich experience. If I’m physically able, I still plan to come again for all of it, although it will be like David’s “overload”. I always end up with a headache from cramming so much information into my noggin’.

I’m not good at guesstimating, but to me the room was like 4 football fields in width and 2 football fields in depth—I mean HUGE! They had at least eight jumbotrons that enlarged the action on stage and it seemed to us that we’d see just as good or better by finding one of those big things to watch it on. So we moved to the South section and were very satisfied with our decision. We missed out on much of the confusion over the center seating and fortunately stayed within the room. I understand many were turned away. That was sad to hear. When David is concerned, they should never overbook the room. Can’t help but hurt for those who may have traveled just for this and were unable to get in.

rootstech2So, the Studio C came on stage and performed their little skit about talking to their grandmother about her history. She had lived a colorful life. When they discovered funny illegal activities she had been involved in, they quickly brought the interview with her to a close. Short and Sweet. From the applause we could tell there were many young fans there just for Studio C. I must admit the applause for Studio C was greater than for David at one point. You had to be young to appreciate them I think.

Studio C began some lip syncing and clowning around, then BANG out of nowhere came this…this…CRAZY person….I was lost. I’ve never heard “Jump” before. The character looked something like David, but then again it wasn’t him, was it? I had to ask my friend if THAT was David! She smiled and said yes. Then I understood the lip syncing and all fell into place. As I marveled at this character and what he was doing that I’ve never seen or heard David do, I thought to myself, “And this is someone who doesn’t like to be the center of attention”????? Sure fooled me.

I struggle some as David talks. I so want to help him succeed and find the right words to fit the occasion. But I’ve realized his unique use of the English language helps identify him and sets him apart. He searched for truth in every word he uttered as he visited with us about his music.

rootstech 1First there was the video, “Nunca Pense” BEAUTIFUL. I can feel and hear the rumble of those drums that struck to my very core. Even now I yearn for them to pound louder and louder. So haunting. The actors were outstanding. The music, the facial expressions that had been “handed down” from generation to generation—like “Go ahead, pick up that guitar and play with me”. The little chin nudges a couple of times to encourage the person to “Continue trying, don’t give up”. “Good Job”. I’ve thought it would be wonderful and justifiable for David to receive some Latino recognition for his work on it, but if it does nothing but touch the hearts of children and turns them to their fathers it will have accomplished what it was meant to do.

“Glorious”, is just glorious. All of the melodies come together to create a symphony. (A similar theme as in “Nunca Pense” as each progenitor brings his piece to the puzzle, the symphony is completed).  “Mirror”, what an undertaking. So many words at such a pace. David did a masterful job. He always owns the covers he undertakes. We will all have a copy of that song in our own collections one day, too. “Don’t Run Away” finally sounds complete now that he has picked it up again. (It was good to see Kendra there on the piano and as a back up singer).

The live performance of the song “Nunca Pense” was the frosting on the cake and on the week of family searching. I have searched for my family for years. I work a bit, then let it rest, then pick it up again. Each time I begin again, new pieces of the puzzle fall into place. I have relatives dead and gone who help me in my search. I believe it to be true. They are as much a part of me as my own mother and father and I love learning about them. That’s what David’s music was about and what Roots Tech was about and “Ohhhhhhhh, It’s Glorious”!

Thanks to everyone on The Voice for your friendship and for loving and sharing David.

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Simply Irresistible ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Saturday, February 21, 2015

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“I’m really loving the Mexico love and that has triggered a ton of requests for meet & greets, and concerts from other Latin countries such as, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, including a slew of cities in Mexico. Which then triggered a what about us from all the Asian countries, and Canada :) Great stuff.”

 

“It is so good to see David moving along in his career and that he hasn’t lost any fan admiration! Can’t believe this time last year we were counting the days for his return. It’s a fun ride trying to keep up with David’s travels!”

 

“It fills my heart to see that wherever David goes he has fans. He makes quite an impression on anyone he meets! He can’t hide his charm; it translates into any language!”

 

These comments from our posters echo the feelings I had last week, watching the coverage of the Roots Tech and Meet The Mormons Mexico events. It seems David has a home wherever he may roam. He is so loved. Fans appear even at a moment’s notice to welcome him. The reluctant star cannot escape stardom.

 

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David Archuleta #backonthestage

Posted by djafan on Monday, February 16, 2015

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I’m still in awe of the way “Don’t Run Away” smashed it’s way to the top of my listening list since Sat. night. I looked at the lady that was standing next to me taking pictures also and just dropped my jaw! It was a ‘Wow, what is happening here!’ moment. I just stood and shivered when he ended it.

I was so intent in watching his moves with ‘Nunca Pense’ that I really didn’t realize when he ended. :) My Gosh! He put the moves, the swag, and miles on that stage. He hasn’t forgotten how to work the crowd. A little more stage time and he’ll have that fire in his soul, and feet, burning up the stage in a 3-alarm fire!!!

When he did a perfect slide into the high notes on “Mirrors” it was chilling (the good, blueberry ice kind). That’s a fast moving song with a lot of words to fit into a single breath, but he mastered it. He just smooth moved his way into ownership of this song.

And, of course, ‘Glorious’ was glorious. Stephanie Mabey had no idea, when she wrote the song, that somewhere in the future a man would come along and make her song come alive. It’s happened, and we are all witnesses of it!

David had the crowd in control and barely breathing. This man, in finding himself, has created a new crowd of followers. There was no screaming and hollering during his songs, afterwards was a different story. It’s what we’ve dreamed of, and discussed in the past. Let us hear ‘the voice’ and feel the music while he is performing. In slowing himself down and nurturing his needs and his talent, he’s gained the real respect that he deserves. I just can’t get over what I witnessed Saturday night. It was so beautiful.

Yeah, it was worth the squished in the crowd moments…. you have to understand where I’m coming from on that. At my tallest, I’m under 5 foot tall, and large, fast moving, crowds can cause some real apprehensive moments. There are times when I just won’t deal with it. But, then there are those times when I just suck it up and go with the flow. Saturday was one of those times. :D

Recap by Tawna

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Back On The Stage! Rootstech 2015 ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Saturday, February 14, 2015

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Rootstech 2015 is described as the world’s largest family history conference. It is a three-day event at the Salt Palace Convention Center which started on Thursday, February 12 and runs through Saturday night, February 14. Attendees are from 35 countries and from almost every state in the USA. For more info on the conference: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865621807/Thousands-attend-first-day-of-RootsTech-convention.html?pg=1

At the Saturday night finale, David is scheduled to be back on the stage performing four songs plus the debut of his video we’ve been waiting for from Costa Rica. Remember the beach, the waterfall and the ten second clip?

There are fans who will be attending this event so we will be anxiously waiting for any news in the way of pics, videos and coverage. To those lucky fans, thank you in advance and have fun!

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David Archuleta ~ Busy In Nashville

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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David’s been in Nashville for about three weeks!

Below are the four groups of writers who tweeted or sent pictures by Instagram. Maybe more to come. There certainly is an abundance of hashtags which tell a story by themselves!

#nashville #nashvillemusic #pop #songwriter #songwriting #songwritingteam #songwritingduo #nashvillesongwriter #nashvillesongwriters #mics #tonegeek #music #studio #nashville #keiththomas #davidarchuletta #urbanpop #gabtrap #davidarchuleta #stephaniemabey #nashville #bluebirdcafe #music #songwriter #newmusic #nashville #nashvillesongwriter #nashvillesongwriters #davidarchuleta #camillenelson #shaunbalin #isabeaumiller #twoinc #songwritingduo #songwritingteam #songwriting #songwriter #pop #ballad

This one tweeted again today:

No shortage of great mic options for our David Archuleta vocal session #mics #tonegeek

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Exploring Nashville ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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I have a new disorder, OND, otherwise known as Obsessive Nashville Disorder. I have written about Nashville several times before and here I am again. I can’t get enough of this city that I have never visited. What’s not to like? It’s Music City, USA! The consensus is that Nashvillians are warm and welcoming people; you can find any type of cuisine to your liking; the cost of living is good; weather, usually mild, although they did have snow last week. Having grown up in NYC, Nashville seems like a perfect fit for me; a cosmopolitan city with a cozy feel.

It’s easy to understand why David likes Nashville, too. It has a completely different vibe than other big cities like, Los Angeles. The hustle-bustle that is felt in Nashville is all about music. The town has respect for and is a very nurturing community for musicians. You can’t walk 5 paces without running into someone who plays music or works in the business in some capacity.

“In Nashville, we don’t bug the celebrities when they are in public; it is an unwritten rule of decent behavior and respect. This is one reason why the celebrities like it here.” ~Emifriend, The Voice

Although David hasn’t told us that he’s in Nashville, he doesn’t have to. He was spotted at a restaurant by the name of Tazza last week and Stephanie Mabey tweeted that she had a writing session with him.

Don’t miss this video “36 Hours in Nashville” from The New York Times, sent by Emi.

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My curiosity about Nashville this time led me to research the lesser-known places than the famous Ryman Auditorium or The Grand Ole Opry. The places to browse, to eat, to learn, to play, to see shows, to spend one’s waking hours; the interesting places that David may find if he does some exploring when he gets a chance, in between writing sessions. I’m sure Nashville has them; doesn’t every city?

I started digging, but as soon as I got going, our Nashville resident extraordinaire, Emifriend appeared with some great suggestions and I picked up speed! Choosing which to include here was a daunting task but someone had to do it and I’m glad it was me. haha The following list, in no particular order, is a compilation of places I found from research, and suggestions from Emifriend.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

country-musicI would love to see their current exhibit, Kenny Rogers “Through the Years”, depicting the singer’s life in music. Throughout the museum on display there’s everything from Elvis’ gold Cadillac to Taylor Swift’s costume changes from her last tour. And part of the grand tour is a visit to RCA Studio B, where hits like Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” was recorded. http://countrymusichalloffame.org/

Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles

PALETASSTACK2I remember David tweeting about how much he loves avocado popsicles. I’m sure he can find them here. This Mexican popsicle shop makes natural creamy and fruit-only “paletas,” and customers can dunk their popsicles in fresh chocolate. The smooth avocado and Mexican caramel flavors seem to be the most popular. “Made in our store’s kitchen, Las Paletas offers “cream” paletas that have the texture of an ice cream bar and “fruit” paletas that have the texture of a traditional ice pop. Using fresh, ripe fruit, vegetables and other ingredients including grains, nuts, flowers and herbs from community gardens, we offer 20 or more flavors each day.” http://laspaletasnashville.com/

Centennial Park has a one-mile walking trail, biking trails, gardens, winding paths and a replica of the original Greek Parthenon with a life-size statue of Athena. The Parthenon also serves as Nashville’s art museum.

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Pancake Pantry is a Nashville tradition! David has had breakfast here when he was in Nashville. Family owned business since 1961, has a down to earth atmosphere with 23 different pancakes on the menu. There have been celebrity sightings here and it’s Vince Gill’s favorite place for breakfast. http://www.thepancakepantry.com/

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The Bluebird Cafe and other such establishments have open mic nights. What is open mic night? It’s a live show in a small club where audience members may perform at the microphone. It’s an opportunity for songwriters, singers and musicians to get the experience of singing to a live audience while trying out new material. I can just imagine David going with some songwriters to open mic night at The Bluebird. Hopefully he would get up to sing and when the audience hears his voice they will be blown away! http://bluebirdcafe.com/index.cfm

Gibson Guitar Factory George Gruhn trades guitars from all over the world here and is world-renown for his expertise with guitars. For trades/repairs/sales, the home of Gibson electric guitars today is “Gibson USA,” built in 1974 in Nashville specifically for the production of Gibson’s Les Paul guitars. The entire guitar industry went through a slump in the ’70s but the spirit of hope remained strong at Gibson.

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The Groove Record Shop sells new and used vinyl records and cds. It specializes in hard to find records. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, The Groove will probably have it the next week. There’s always something new to see. They also host in-store performances from bands visiting the area. They offer hours of browsing pleasure. Sounds like a place I could get lost in. http://thegroovenashville.com/

Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant

26d7c9f6a43e98fbc42cb626a6ee4213(Love this one! Thanks Emi!) “Where the main ingredients are Real Food, Real People and Real Atmosphere! Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant in Leiper’s Fork, TN is more than just a place to enjoy a good meal. It’s a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. With mismatched tables and chairs and an eclectic clientele of tourists, farmers, songwriters… Puckett’s stage has recently held Tanya Tucker, Rodney Crowell,…Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers…and many more hit songwriters.” http://puckettsofleipersfork.com/history/history.php

The Franklin Theater, where you can see plays, movies and concerts. In 2014, The Franklin hosted sold out concerts for Art Garfunkel, Bret Michaels and Sheryl Crow. http://www.franklintheatre.com/

Tango Grill Parrillada

1405430368004-B6919055977Z1-NAS-RREVTango-0720005I hope David finds this restaurant. The chef is from Uraguay and specializes in South American gourmet food. Homemade empanadas are on the menu among other Argentinian dishes. Take a look for yourself. http://www.tangogrillnashville.com/

To find out what concerts are playing in the venues in and around Nashville, this link is helpful: http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/

So did I sell you on Nashville yet? haha With any luck David will visit some of these places.

Thank you, Emi, for your contributions!

 

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DAVID ARCHULETA and The Seven-Year Itch

Posted by MT on Saturday, January 10, 2015

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For seven years I’ve been right here
Same house, same job, same chair
Nothing ever changes much
Haha not even my hair

But now and then I get the itch
To grab for something new
I tell myself, ok, it’s time
“What” change is up to you

I usually end quitting a job
Or getting a brand new name
After seven years of the same ‘ole thing
I’m looking to make that change

But though I’m more than ready
To cut something from my life
One thing I know that hasn’t changed
Is the music I know is right

Seven years ago I heard the sound
Of a voice that filled my heart
Seven years ago, I let it in
With no clue at the start

That seven years later I’d still be here
No urge to deviate
Still talking, caring, sharing
Still prepared to wait

Yes, I am prone to the “Seven Year Itch” everyone talks about. Out with the old and in with the new! It really does happen to me. I’ve gotten divorced, once, at the seven year mark, sold and bought houses more than once at the seven year mark, even changed jobs almost always near the seven year mark. It seems I get bored with life and start feeling a strong urge for change.

So, it surprises me that even though I’ve been a fan of David Archuleta for seven years now, I’m having no urge to move on. I’m still as enthralled with his voice as I have ever been, even after a two year hiatus for his mission and almost a year of waiting since his return to see what kind of music he’ll eventually release.

I would have thought I’d have gotten bored by now but it hasn’t happened and it really does surprise me. But, maybe it shouldn’t. Besides the amazing voice, he’s been an enigma from the beginning, totally unpredictable. David is an unusual personality and he continues to surprise me. It may not always be what I’m looking for from him, but I’m certainly never bored!

So here I sit, in the same old chair. Well, actually it’s a new chair and a new computer. But, it’s not a new singer. THAT hasn’t changed at all. I’ve thought about checking out other singers when times were slow, and sometimes I did, but I always end up back here, looking for a song, a snippet, or even a single note from that one special voice.

I’m at that seven year mark right now, in many ways. I just quit a job I’ve had for the last seven years. I’m almost ready to sell my house and move again. I’ve got the itch, bad. But one thing I haven’t even considered is not waiting for David’s new music. No matter how long I have to wait, I’m here. For reasons I can’t even fully explain, my desire to hear that one voice remains steady. Apparently, it has become one of the few things in my life that is not susceptible to the seven year itch.

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MT is a Staff Writer for The Voice.

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Happy New Year from The Voice ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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May all your dreams come true!

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Happy Birthday David Archuleta

Posted by Abrra on Saturday, December 27, 2014

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Dear David,

We first met you when you were just 16 and on our TV screens every week for months. We feel like we have watched you grow from a child to a man over these last eight years. There were times when we worried that you had too much going on that might be overwhelming for you. At other times we experienced a David drought while you worked on writing or charity work.

It’s been a joy to follow you in your career because you gave us so much beyond the music. You gave us new friendships and the fun of visiting new cities to catch a concert. Being a fan gave us a chance to meet up with fan friends who shared the same excitement of seeing you for the first time in person. These may seem like small things, but they mean so much to us.

In honor of your 24th birthday, we would like to give something back to you. It has no tangible value nor is it something new but you could say it’s the gift that keeps on giving. We give to you our fan loyalty and support. We understand that it will take some time to get back on track with music and concerts. If you ever wonder if your fans will be there for your new music, the answer is YES!

Happy Birthday, David! From everyone at The Voice.

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Oh Christmas Tree in NYC ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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David has shared with us that Christmas is his favorite holiday. Having grown up in New York City makes me wonder if he has ever seen in person the tree at Rockefeller Center. I remember that he was in NYC for the Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2008. The tree was probably in place, standing tall, unadorned but not yet lit with 45,000 LED lights. I hope he caught at least a glimpse.

The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center makes holiday time even more special for those living in or near The Big Apple. You can’t do your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping in the city without taking a peek at the tree. At night is when it really shines, when it lights up all of midtown Manhattan. Main streets that are usually heavily trafficked are blocked off to make room for the thousands of tourists plus natives. Don’t drop a glove because when you look down, you can’t even see the ground. Snow in NYC at Christmas is a given but it’s magic snow that tickles your face as it melts. It never reaches the ground to turn to slush like normal snow does. Across the street, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the store windows at Saks Fifth Avenue are usually decked out in full glory, many times with a Nutcracker theme.

I can’t deal with the crowds now but I still see the tree from the car window when I’m in the city. I know exactly when to look between West 48th and 51st Streets, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It’s right there between the two office buildings. If I dare to turn away for even a second I miss it and I don’t want to. It’s a sight to behold!

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My fascination for the tree stretches to it’s roots. This year the Norway spruce is 85 feet tall and weighs 13 tons. It took an eight-man team to carefully wrap, tie, hoist and secure it to the back of a flatbed trailer coming from Danville, Pennsylvania to midtown Manhattan. It lived on the property owned by a couple who bought their home two years ago but knew that the tree in their yard could one day be destined for greatness and be chosen for Rockefeller Center since it was scoped by the head gardener for Rockefeller Center as a possible specimen for the last few years.

“We look for Norway spruce because it holds up to the weight we’re putting on there, with all the lights and everything,” Rockefeller Center head gardener, Erik Pauze said. “It’s got to be able to hold on to its needles, and a Norway spruce does that well.”

When the tree is chosen and arrangements are made to take it to NYC, the celebration begins. Crowds gather to watch it being chopped down. It takes one full month to decorate, including the Swaroski star on top. Then it’s ready to be lit.

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After the holidays are over the tree will come down and be made into lumber to be used to build homes. For the eighth year, the 2014 Christmas Tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Last year’s tree was used to help build exterior and interior walls for a home in Bridgeport, CT. Each year, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree continues to be a symbol of hope.

May this holiday season bring you all that you wish for, including new music from The Voice along with the opportunity to see him live on tour and to get together with fan friends!

Many blessings for joy and peace in the New Year!

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