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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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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.

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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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“David Archuleta Is Coming Home” WWTT Party & #DA2014 Video “We Are Still Here!!”

Posted by djafan on Friday, February 28, 2014

Please join us in celebrating David Archuleta’s approaching return!  Join the world wide trending party!
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February 28th at 7pm PST – 10pm EST

See below for more times around the world.

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All submissions for the welcome home video have been received and the deadline has now expired.  That means that thing down there is working after all.  lol.  That’s a good thing.  AAAAANNNDD twitter trending party was a blast last night.  Thanks very much to all who participated and trended “David Archuleta is Coming Home” all over the world!

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Is David Archuleta Coming Home Today?

Posted by Angelica on Monday, February 10, 2014

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Rumor has it he just might be.


For it seems that missionaries who left for their missions on the day he did are scheduled to return on 2/10/14 or 3/24/14.

And then there is this tweet from Lady V a few days ago.

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This is all speculation of course.  I have no idea where in the world David Archuleta is right now.  But I hope he’s in the air somewhere flying home at this very moment.

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Because that thought makes me smile a very happy smile.

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Destination David Archuleta ~ Gladys Gets Her Visa

Posted by gladys1961 on Sunday, December 8, 2013

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My passport and visa: a new adventure.

I cannot count on getting a passport and visa as a simple bureaucratic procedure, because when David is involved, nothing is simple, nothing common, nothing is dull, nothing is normal.

The passport:

The first step was to obtain the passport.  A quick and simple procedure, right?  Except for the small detail of the picture.

Here in Argentina, and I guess , the rest of the world, when you see the picture the government employee took of you , you say – Dios mío!  I look like a robot with a grimace in the middle of the face ! !  We are always consistent with this picture.

And I was no exception, but this time, I had a permanent smile on my face that I could not erase. The employee asked me to sit down, fix my hair and make my face serious.  But I could not; I was happy! ! ! !

I could not tell the employee, “I’m going to see David, he will dance around the stage, I’ll go to a VIP and I’ll ask for a hug, etc etc! ! ! ! !”

I was still smiling and thinking about all that, but also listening to the voice of the employee – “Madam, you have to be serious.”

I had no choice but to swallow my huge smile.  If you ever see my passport, I will have full cheeks.  I’m not chubby; it’s my huge smile that is dancing inside me and wants out.

The first step was accomplished.  I went to get my passport and I thought – now comes the hard part.  Yes, the process was difficult but in the end it was fun.  Like everything that happens to me when David is in the middle.

The visa:

This second step was something dramatic but I ended up with a smile on my face, just the way this story started.

The whole process is done online.  The embassy website said that filling out the forms and answering questions could not take more than 75 minutes. hahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahhahhhahahahahhahhhahahhhahah

I stayed up from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the next day, reading the instructions and trying to fill out forms, some of them in English.

OK.  Sometime in the morning, I got up from the computer to drink a glass of water, calm down and continue.

I finished filling out the forms and asked for the first appointment, which was 8:00 a.m. for my picture (again) and to have my fingerprints taken. When I got to that place on the day and time specified, the line of people was very, very long.  And while I was in line, my appointment time passed.

I asked the man who was first in line and he told me that everyone had the same appointment time and I had to do the obligatory line.

And I said to myself -NO-I am not going to stand in line, if I do I’m going to lose my schedule.  I will ask the security guy who was standing at the door.  The man in line tried to stop me, saying that we are ALL staying in line without exception.  I pretended not to hear him, and knocked on the door.  Then the security guy on the other side opened all the doors and said the magic words:  EVERYONE CAN COME IN, BUT STAY IN LINE.

AHHHHHHH!  They allowed in about 10 people that were in front of me and then I stood behind a young woman.  She had done the forms wrong, and had not used the code that identifies us foreigners coming to America for sightseeing.  The clerk asked if she had filled out the form and she said no, another person had done it for her.

There I learned that people paid to do this process online. Grrrrrrrrr…

The clerk took my form and told the girl, pointing to my form – “this is the correct code; you have to redo it, and come back when you have fixed it.”

The clerk looked at me and said, “You madam, may pass.”

At this point I was sent to another employee and the first question was:

What is the purpose of your trip?

Concerts and sightseeing, I said.

Very well madam, pass across to take your photo and fingerprints.

That was fast.  And when I was leaving, the employee said:

Madam, they will expect you on October 4th (my second appointment) at the US Embassy.

The embassy.

I remember that at some point in the morning I read in the instructions that there were objects that cannot be carried to the Embassy, for example, cell phones, earphones, tote bags and much more.

I got up very early for my appointment at the embassy.  When I arrived, everything was very organized.  There were signs indicating the time of our appointment.  I stood in line at 8:00 a.m., attentive to everything, any indication for worry, right up to the last moment, when…

I realized no one had a purse; everyone had only papers in hand.  I asked the lady who was in front of me and she told me that before getting in this line, I was supposed to leave my passport at a window.  I left the line and stood behind one of the windows where an employee like a robot said:

Madam, give me your passport.  When entering the embassy, you should not carry cellular phones, headphones, big bags ……….. -

My expression changed, and the employee noticed and said:

Madam, these instructions are in the guidelines.  If you have any of these things, you cannot pass – (!!I was given back my passport!!!)

Putting on my best face, I said, Miss, don’t worry, I will get rid of all this and continue with the procedure

The employee then took my passport and I returned to the previous line, to await the call to the embassy.  While we were waiting, an embassy employee began shouting our names to give back our passports.  Each passport now had a number glued on the top of it.  That meant that they had accepted our entry into the embassy.

But I was very worried, because I was looking among employees who were outside the embassy for someone who might keep my purse, my phone, my headphones, my soul!!!!!!!!!

The line began to move and I could not get anyone.  But suddenly I saw a young policeman on the other side of the Avenue, and I went towards him, almost running.

Sir, please, I know it’s unusual what I’m going to ask, but could you hold my purse?  I cannot go to the embassy with all this?? -

Madam, I’m not allowed, but there (he pointed toward a white van) they’re going to keep it, you have to pay a very small amount and they keep these things-

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I was not the only one who had forgotten part of the instructions.  There were more people like me.  Sometimes I think God is looking after me.

My turn came.  I entered the embassy through various checks, and was directed to some more windows.  I was the first of the entire line.  The employee had a thick accent and the first thing she said was:

Gladys?

-yes, I am.

-Tell me your number.

(In a split second I thought, what number does that refer to?  Every form I had had numbers.)

Instinctively I raised my passport with the number on the top, lifted it and showed it to the clerk. She looked me up on a list, and said -

Gladys-go ahead, you can pass.

I waited in another line, and then I was in a very large room with many people.

In that place were the interviews.  They had 15 windows, and when it came my turn I knew I had to put myself into any answer, convince and beg them if necessary to give me the visa.

The employee who interviewed me was very young, with a very American accent; her Spanish was perfect.

She asked many questions about my life in Buenos Aires, my family, my job, my monthly salary. They have to make sure I do not use this visa request as an excuse to leave my country and work illegally there.

The Embassy also has all the information about me, they know everything about me, and even know the answers I had to answer to fill in the forms online.  I could not be wrong in any response.  After they found out my family, work, financial life, came the funniest part.

- Gladys?

- Yes

- Do you have relatives in the United States, or know someone?

- No.

- Why do you want to go to America?

- I want to go to concerts and sightsee.

- In that place are those shows?

- I guess it will be in Salt Lake City, Utah ..

- Oh yeah? and who will sing there?

- David Archuleta, do you know him? (I know I’m crazy, do not say anything)

- David Archulota? David Archoleta? I think so, yes ahhhhhhhh.

- David Archuleta, he will sing around May 2014, more or less.  I do not have the exact date, but by then he will already be in your home country.

- But he is not singing now, no?

- No, now he’s on a mission in Chile.

- You have traveled outside the country. (It was not a question, it was an affirmation.)

- Yes, I went to Chile several times to see him.  He is on a mission to Rancagua.  He is a Mormon and was referred to the country for two years.

- She opened her eyes wide and asked me, Do you know him?

- Yes, I’ve seen and greeted him a few times, he is a very young singer.

- Ahhhh

- I want to see him when he finishes his mission and gives his first concert, I guess it will be in Salt Lake City.

- Why do you like David Archuleta?

- I cannot explain, but I like him very much.  Have you heard some of his songs?

- A Long time ago.  I haven’t heard anything lately, but you have made me curious (hahahahaha, another fan). Ok Gladys.

While she was typing the last words on her computer, she said aloud, David Archuleta, pop-singer, then looked at me and said the most beautiful words I have ever heard in my life:

Gladys, your visa is approved.  You will be notified by e-mail.

When I left the embassy I still had a little fear.  Maybe I would get the visa for only one year, or just to one specific city, but I was happy.  I stopped by the place where the white van was parked, then withdrew my bag and went to my work. My colleagues congratulated me and we celebrated with breakfast.

A week later I received the passport notice with the visa inside it.  When I opened it, I let out a cry of joy.  My visa lasts for 10 years. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

David will have to eat Argentine chocolates for 10 years.

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Gladys is a guest writer for The Voice.

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David Archuleta ~ Caught in His Web

Posted by Angelica on Sunday, October 13, 2013

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ennui  (French) noun:  a feeling of listlessness and general dissatisfaction resulting from lack of activity or excitement.

This is what I’ve been feeling lately. I know a year and a half has passed. I know that means we have only six months left to wait. But I also know why this song by the Kinks has been playing over and over in my head lately.


There is a struggle going on in me. Sometimes I don’t play his music for days that turn into weeks. Sometimes I try to listen to other music for a while. I ended up placing my used copy of Sara Bareilles’ CD, The Blessed Unrest in the card I was mailing to him. It was a spur of the moment act. “Maybe you can listen to it on your P day,” I scrawled as I waited in line at the post office. The fact is, I’m tired. Tired of the same songs on the same albums of his. Tired of listening to anyone else because he has me ruined. So most of the time, I just don’t listen to anyone at all. Maybe I’m crazy, (pro-ba-bly) but I think I know something of what Teddy must have felt in the play Arsenic and Old Lace.

Reverend Harper: Have you ever tried to persuade him that he wasn’t Teddy Roosevelt?

Abby Brewster: Oh, no.

Martha Brewster: Oh, he’s so happy being Teddy Roosevelt.

Abby Brewster: Oh… Do you remember, Martha, once, a long time ago, we thought if he’d be George Washington, it might be a change for him, and we suggested it.

Martha Brewster: And do you know what happened? He just stayed under his bed for days and wouldn’t be anybody.

I just sit in my car in silence and don’t listen to anybody. It’s quite pleasant, really. I think a lot about stuff. Like a few days ago, I was sitting quietly in my car, waiting for the heavy wrought iron gate that sits at the entrance to our little lake community to slowly open. At that moment, I was wondering what the heck I was going to write about him next. It gets harder the longer he’s away. And then I saw them. A dozen spider webs had sprung up on the iron gate over night to adorn the bleak bars with a delicate, intricate beauty. I took out my phone and snapped a picture of it and drove on, thinking how like those webs his hold on us is. How we are caught, as securely as any prey was ever held. And how struggling only makes the cords of love grow tighter.

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Looking back, I realize why I did not see it coming. How was I to see those gently spinning diaphanous threads wafting toward me as I watched and listened each week in wide-eyed innocent wonder? What was there to fear while waiting on the world to change into imagining angels shopping around for smokey mountain memories along that long and winding road to heaven? By the time he strode out to Apologize it was too late. I was already tightly, hopelessly ensnared. With each concert that followed, each video uploaded, I became more captivated and more his captive.

In time he could walk away with confidence, knowing we were securely tethered until his return. When he does, the vibrations will be felt all over the web and across the wide world the net will tremble and our release will come. But we will never be free.

 

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David Archuleta ~ Coming Back Strong

Posted by mckenzieharr on Sunday, August 25, 2013

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The following is compiled from comments made on Twitter and FOD August 15, 2013 by @McKenzieHarr and used here with permission from the author. I felt the remarks deserved showcasing, if for no other reason than that they deal with a subject much on the minds of his fans right now.  That she does it so effectively is another. ~ Angelica

I know many people think that David could be more successful if his music were more mainstream or more “current.” I totally disagree. The best thing David has going for him right now is that he’s different. The reason he is different is because he can do things with his voice no other young singer can. He has a unique personality that cannot be mimicked like Justin Bieber’s. These things make him unique in an industry which is becoming increasingly homogeneous.

Yes, David’s last Jive CD did not sell as well as his first but we should not assume it’s because the songs were not good. The songs are different but like I said, different is good. Nobody seems to ever point out that WEG, who was managing the superhot Jonas Bros, at the time they managed David failed to get a single prime time talk show appearance for David. Way to use your leverage WEG. Or that the only half decent daytime talk show appearance WEG got was the fading Regis & Kelly and the little watched Wendy Williams. Or that SBL got no noticeable radio push from Jive. Why is David successful in Asia? Because the label actually supports him. So, I’ll say again, David’s music is not to blame. If David tries to mimic he “hottest sound” when he returns rather than remaining true to himself, his career will be doomed.

Some examples of failure despite releasing “current” music? Look at the Jonas Bros. Their first single “Pom Poms” had a very current sound and contained the requisite sexual innuendo to “prove” they had a mature sound. It went nowhere despite a premiere on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and several prime time TV performances. Why did it fail? Because the song, while current was absolutely generic and sounded horrible when performed live. Thus the Jonas Brothers are reduced to selling concert tickets for $20 on Groupon and performing in half empty venues with no media buzz.

Listen to Jessica Sanchez’s new CD. If you were looking for all the elements of the currently hot sound, you’d find it on Jessica’s CD. If you are looking for currently hot songwriters, they are on Jessica’s CD. How many copies did it sell in its first week? About 14,000. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Me,_You_%26_the_Music This despite NeYo guesting on the CD and a Glee stint. When the CD flopped, Jessica started adopting a sexy look and showing skin, hoping this would garner her some attention like it did for Britney. Despite this, she did not even get a second single. And there are now some pretty embarrassing pictures of Jessica out there now.

There are just so many, many failed pop singers who seek success by trying to mimic what is currently popular – on the flawed assumption that successfully mimicking what is popular will create a “good” song or such a song will itself be popular. Thus my tweet. I’m just so glad David is not like the Cody Simpson, Greyson Chance or many other Justin Bieber clones out there. He’s an original who has the courage to trust himself and his talent. Better yet, he has fans who trust his talent and know that his best chance of success is not by mimicking Justin – Bieber or Timberlake – or Bruno Mars, but in being himself.

My hope is that David will introduce the “David Archuleta” sound when he returns and most importantly he’ll FINALLY secure a management team and label capable and WILLING to promote him for who he is rather than who the market researchers say the public “wants.” If that happens, I’m pretty sure Cody Simpson, Greyson Chance and the Jonas Bros will be trying and failing to be the next David Archuleta.

High video views are a product of popularity but equally important if not more important is strong marketing and promotion. When the Jonas Bros were the Disney favorites, they easily secured millions and millions of views of their videos. Without such support, their most recent video for “First Time” has about 1.6 million views. Again, David has to get the right label and management when he returns. That will be critical. No more WEGs please!!!!

I loved the two Joy Williams co-writes on TOSOD, especially “My Kind of Perfect.” That song was so emotionally raw, honest and open, not to mention beautiful. A perfect song for those in David’s young teen/tween demo. Of course some brilliant market researcher probably told Jive the public would hate it. David has some good songs. He just doesn’t have the team who can help him sell them.

The great thing about MKOP is that if you simply take the lyrics literally, it can be a simple teen love song. However, there is metaphor and imagery in the lyrics that are so deep the song could be studied in a poetry class. That’s another thing I like about David’s songs. They have meaning and in fact multiple meanings if you dig deep enough.

I think David going away could in some way actually help his career. It gives him a great new back story. It creates interest and curiosity in him – witness the buzz from his mission announcement. The two year absence gives him something few artists ever get: a second chance to make a first impression. Don’t forget Alanis disappeared for a few years before making a big comeback with a new sound.

I guess if he had stuck around and worked on his music, his career might be better off but that’s not a certainty. David Cook has been diligently working away at his career since David left. He has gotten nowhere. His latest self released single that was premiered on American Idol flopped hard. As far as I know, there is no formerly successful Idol who has ever made a full comeback after a fall in popularity. So the odds were against David even if he stayed rather than left on a mission.

The mission is a real wildcard that could help David buck the trend. I think it could give David a chance to make a full comeback or go even further. He can’t waste that opportunity. He needs good management and a supportive label.

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Interviewing the Voice ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Abrra on Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Submitted by Abrra and Betsy

In David Archuleta’s absence, we, his fans, have been well cared for over the last several months by Team David. How say you? We have been the recipients of a treasure chest filled with music, video, and never-before-seen pictures from photo shoots and Kari Sellard’s personal camera. What a special treat all this has been for us! But as wonderful as all these gifts have been, we continue to want to hear from David, himself, all the more. It has been nearly 2 years since David Archuleta has spoken directly to fans. We are all anxious to hear about some of his experiences in South America and what he has in store for the next phase of his career.

Well Archangels, the wait is over! Sort of. (Work with me here if you will and suspend belief for a bit, ok?) Through the magic of imagination, breaking the laws of time and space, we have David Archuleta’s first interview with the press (The Voice, natch!) upon his early return from Chile.press22_PhotoBetsy and I got the chance to have an interview with him a month after his secret return.

Question 1: What was your first thought as you crossed into UTAH airspace on the plane home?

Answer: I will get to sleep in my own bed! It was humbling to realize that I could now share all I had experienced with my family. The few times we spoke on Skype were not enough for me. I am so relieved to know that we would be together all the time now. I looked out the window of the plane and I saw the mountains and started singing UTAAAAAAH! (random sings it to interviewer like he did in SLC on AI Tour.) I so wanted to tweet “Hi! David here! I’m baacckkk!!”. I did take a minute to check my twitter timeline (laughs). I was blown away with all the messages from fans. It’s nice to know you are missed and not forgotten. Well, I did keep my promise to return. They kept their promise to wait. It’s a win-win!

Question 2: Just how many fans were there at the airport to greet you?

Answer: I kept my homecoming a secret, so it was just family, and strangely enough, Taylor Swift showed up in the lounge where we were gathered. But I had security escort her to another lounge. I hear she’s writing a song about me now. (laughs)

Question 3: We have talked endlessly about a David Returns Home Concert. Where would be your favorite place to hold this concert?

Answer: Ideally, I would like to have my first concert take place over a long weekend, three shows, at the Interlochen Music Academy in Michigan. It’s got a relaxed, cool vibe to it. My friend Sunny went to music school there, as did Norah Jones, Josh Groban and Jewel! Nothing is confirmed yet, but I am also considering the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It used to be the Louisana Superdome until hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. I hear that it has been completely rebuilt. Performing there would be an awesome thrill!

Question 4: Tell us about the first meal you had when you got back. What did you eat and who shared it with you?

Answer: My 2 younger sisters learned to cook while I was away. We had a special family dinner where they made Chicken Pad Thai. It was so good to eat something familiar. I am so proud of how they have grown up! They plan to open their own restaurant in a few years.

Question 5: Many famous artists have said they missed you and wanted to work with you. Have you decided on who you would like to record with next?

Answer: I suppose I can now announce it: I am collaborating with Alison Sudol who sings professionally as A Fine Frenzy. We will be working on some original songs for a fall tour. The planning is in the early stages. She will open the show and we will sing a few duets during my set. I met Alison 3 years ago and we have stayed in contact.

Question 6: Before you left for Chile, you said you can’t wait to show us the person you will become. How have you changed in the last 2 years?

Answer: How have I changed? Hmmm- let’s see. I am a more realistic person. I have gained a new appreciation for what people must do to survive in poverty. I have seen people in deepest despair, also watched others experience the greatest joy. I was blessed to help deliver a baby in an emergency situation.

Question 7: The world is waiting for you to release an album of Spanish songs. Did you do some songwriting while you were away?

Answer: Songwriting? I’ve written 150 songs in my head. New Life is one of my favorites and I wrote it after experiencing the joy of helping a new baby come into this world. A Spanish album will happen as soon as I can get some songs down on paper and record them. Spending time in a Spanish culture has definitely influenced me.

Question 8: Can you tell a funny story from your experience in Chile?

Answer: It was a challenge to avoid being recognized, even so far from the US. I was walking down the street in Santiago when someone called out, “Josh Bradley?” (laughs). Then the 4 girls started screaming and chased me until I was able to duck down a stairway to the train! I had forgotten that Nandito Ako had played over the internet and not just on TV5 in Manilla. It made me laugh that Josh was more recognizable than me. I will have the opportunity to act again. I have learned that it’s best to not hide behind your comfort zone. Acting is something I really enjoy which helps me to explore parts of human nature that I may not personally experience in my own life.

Question 9: Did you pick up any new habits while you were away?

Answer: Oh yes! You become part of the culture and things stick with you even when you are back home. I now always wear shoes, socks, or sandals in the house. Barefoot used to be the standard when I was home, but no longer. Down in Chile we had to always have something on our feet, even in the house. There were some interesting spider-like wildlife in the kitchen on occasion, haha. Speaking of the kitchen. I learned to cook a few pasta dishes and I can grill burgers like a pro. I never learned to like fish though. I guess bike riding became a new habit. We had no car so biking was the best way to get around. There were dogs everywhere so I was chased more times than I can count! I have learned that life is like riding a bike: to keep your balance, you must keep moving forward.

Question 10: We have to ask it, the marriage question. Any plans in the near future?

Answer: If I meet the right person, I wouldn’t hesitate. I won’t get married just to get married, but I am open to falling in love. It’ll happen, I’m sure. I wasn’t open to it before. I needed to get a few things behind me and now I have. I’m looking forward to falling in love, marrying, and becoming a father. I want lots of children.

David, I want to thank you for allowing The Voice to interview you. I know the fans will think of this interview like a cool drink in the hot desert. We enjoyed all the special music and videos that Team David shared in your absence. But having you back home now is the best gift!

Answer: I just want to thank the fans for all their support and understanding. It was not an easy decision that I made back in 2011. It was a goal of mine to fulfill a mission while I was young. My Heavenly Father, along with family, friends and fans kept me going.

There you have it! We will have a new concert, new music, and for David Archuleta a new start on life along with a fabulous singing career.

Disclaimer: The events described in this interview are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.


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David Archuleta’s Announcement and My Own Personal Journey

Posted by bebereader on Monday, June 3, 2013

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I have avoided watching David’s “announcement video” for the longest time since that day we saw it together in real-time on Livestream. He was hurting, or so I thought and I couldn’t handle it. I couldn’t watch him being vulnerable in front of so many people. Most of all, it hurt me to see him cry.

How would I live without his shining force for two years?
How could I get through two years with no new music, I thought.
Two years is way too long to go without a concert.

It was all about me.

I know about milestones and rites of passage in one’s religion so I should have seen David’s mission announcement coming instead of hitting me from out of left field.

In my religion, for example, when a young person reaches 13 they are considered to have achieved spiritual maturity and are welcomed into adulthood by having a Bar Mitzvah or for a girl, a Bat Mitzvah. This important event is marked by being called to read from the Torah, which is the fundamental narrative of the Jewish religion. This is usually done in temple before family, friends and a congregation of people and the reading is done in the Hebrew language. In addition, they must learn to chant in the ancient melody. Hebrew is written in symbols, not letters in the printed version of the Bible and is very hard to learn. It often takes months or years to accomplish this at the same time they have their regular school studies. It’s considered an honor to fulfill all of the required duties which I have simplified here. There is also a community service requirement.  The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is a milestone life-cycle event in the life of a Jewish person and is the culmination of years of study.

Having had a chunk of time to reflect on all this, I realize how selfish it was to think of myself and how David’s leaving would affect me.

Last night I was on YouTube as I usually am, watching old concert footage. Instead of avoiding the mission announcement link, this time I clicked on it! I watched it 3x. I saw it differently this time than I did all those months ago. I didn’t see a hurting David baring his soul. I saw a brave young man who didn’t know how the audience would react to his announcement and when he heard applause, was so touched that it brought tears to his eyes. I saw a brave young man who had the difficult task of telling his fans that he was taking a temporary leave from his music career. It was hard for him but he had the strength to do it anyway. I saw someone who had the courage to be vulnerable and who shed tears of relief.

Video credit David Archuleta

Even in his absence David continues to inspire me. It may have taken me 15 months to have the courage to watch the “announcement video” but seeing his strength is making ME strong enough to wait out the days until he comes back home.

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DAVID ARCHULETA ~ LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN!

Posted by djafan on Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Mckenzie did an awesome job highlighting David’s accomplishments during  his first year away on his mission.  She does a great job of promoting David.  I saw this tweet and was blown away by this amazing labor of love.

McKenzie Harris ‏@McKenzieHarr21 Mar

Uploading my 30 min vid of career highlights of @DavidArchie March 2012-March 2013 tonight, “Popstar on A Mission”. Check it out @kariontour

On March 28, 2012, American Idol star and Platinum recording artist David Archuleta left on a 2 year Mormon mission. 

In his absence, David’s team has successfully managed to keep his music career thriving by regularly releasing projects prepared before he left and by effectively harnessing the power of modern technology and social media to fully engage with fans around the work and to enlist their aid in keeping his name prominently in the public eye.

What David Archuleta and his team have accomplished this past year is something even fans doubted could be done. To an outsider looking in, David seems busier than ever before and certainly more busy than some artists actively pursuing their music careers. This is a testament to his incredible preparation before leaving, a marketing strategy effectively tailored to promote an artist not available to promote his work, and the undying support of one of the most committed fanbases in the world.

This video is a record of the remarkable and unprecedented year in David Archuleta’s career AFTER he left on his mission. Here are the highlights of what David and his team accomplished:

Released 4 CDs
Earned 1 Gold CD
Earned a #28 Debut on Billboard 200 (His 4th Top 30 CD)
Released 4 Music Videos
Earned multiple chart topping singles
Starred in an Ad campaign for Bench clothing
Released 14 new videos on his YouTube Channel
Added 320,000 Twitter Followers
Inspired 37 World Wide Twitter Trends
Added over a Million Facebook Friends
Preparing to release DVD of Nandito Ako – the miniseries he filmed just before leaving.

Pick up David Archuleta’s New CD, “No Matter How Far” out March 26, 2013 and released by E1Music. Available on ITunes, Amazon, Walmart etc.

Request his debut single “Don’t Run Away” at your radio stations.

The songs in the video are:

Forevermore and Tell Me from David Archuleta’s CDs “No Matter How Far” and “Forevermore” released by Ivory Music and Video.

Nothing Else Better to Do from David Archuleta’s CD “No Matter How Far” released by E1Music.

Somewhere Only We Know from David Archuleta’s CD “Begin.” released by Highway Records.

Rainbow (Remix) from David Archuleta’s CD Forevermore, Expanded Edition released by Ivory Music and Video

Follow David Archuleta on Twitter @DavidArchie

Like David Archuleta on Facebook

Follow David’s manager Kari Sellards on Twitter @kariontour

Follow me on Twitter @mckenzieharr

Please retweet this video to support David Archuleta

 Let the countdown begin!

 

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KRAKATOA IN RANCAGUA ~ My Second Trip to Chile ~ David Archuleta

Posted by gladys1961 on Monday, November 5, 2012

 
 
Translated from Spanish to English by Djafan.  Scroll down for Spanish version below.

This second trip to Chile didn’t start two weeks before October 13th, it started July 15th, the day of the first Devotional.  That day I saw the announcement on the temple doors that said “Pop Concert with Elders Coello and Archuleta.”  That day I began to plan my second trip to Chile.

The pop concert announcement on facebook listed the age and residence restrictions in order to attend.  The message was clear, only singles between 18 and 30 years of age and you had to live in Rancagua.  As time passed my prayers for a miracle became more intense.  I knew I had 3 months to try everything and I did.

Every institution whether commercial or religious is like a pyramid, there is always someone at the head, the one in charge.  So I sent an email to the head in August.  I told them the truth about my age, where I live and who I planned to attend with.  I immediately received an autoreply in acknowledgement.  August ended, September came and went and it was now October.  I filled out the registration form on Rancagua Jas Center Facebook page.  I hadn’t received a confirmation and was feeling down but remembered that David says that good things come to those who wait.  I tried but I was getting anxious.

One Friday afternoon I wrote to the Rancagua Jas Center on their facebook’s chat to initiate a conversation. I asked if the confirmation system was having problems and they said yes but not to worry they would be sending out confirmations shortly.  I thanked them and told them I would be waiting impatiently.  They asked for my information and told them they said I didn’t meet the requirements.  (my heart has very little resistance since I saw David live).  I told them I was aware but since I had gone to the previous Devotional I thought there would be a possibility to attend this concert too.

This person then introduced themselves as the one in charge of …. (this is confidential) I apologized and began addressing him/her as Mr.  He said he was sorry that an exception couldn’t be made in my case because if they did they’d have to make one for all the emails they’d received from all over South America.

My heart was torn.  I told them that miracles exist and that I was expecting a huge one.  I said goodbye and told anyone who would listen my woes.

I think I must cry very loud because every time I would approach someone they’d cover their ears, I think my cries could be heard on the other side of the continent.  It was a sad week but something kept telling me, Gladiola, miracles exist.  You may not believe this but I knew I’d see David again and that this time it would be different.  October 4th was my birthday and made a wish and on the 5th it came to pass.

That day I received an email, remember the head of the pyramid?

“We have received your registration, you are welcomed to attend by special invitation.  We will be expecting you on October 13th”

It was signed by the person in charge and there was no question about it, I was invited.

Could you imagine my screams? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! I’m going to Chile, I’m going Chile!!!!!!  And it began again, the plane, hotel, reservations and finally David.  As you read you will see that this time it was different.

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I’ve taken a few days to sort all these ideas and images which are still bouncing around in my head. Maybe nobody has noticed, but in a place in Chile, in a town called Rancagua, specifically Jas Center, the earth moved.  I don’t know to what degree, but it happened, I witnessed it. It was caused by David and three actions that are hazardous to the public health.  He shadow boxed, sang and knelt in front of the stage wearing a white hat like Chaplin wore, he danced Salsa a la Celia Cruz, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

But that was not the worst of it.  Several of us lost our jaws as they dropped from  our mouths hanging open. (I almost lost a rib going after the hat David threw to the public!!! Silly me!!!!, fighting over a hat at my age)

Now that my head and mind are rested I can put what I lived through on October 13 beginning at 7:30pm all on paper. I just hope that my words are faithful to all the events of that day.  I’ve decided to welcome the person that changed right before my eyes.

LONG LIVE THE NEW DAVID.

My Arrival

My arrival was somewhat tumultuous.  I arrived at Chile late, at noon (left Buenos Aires on October 13, at 7.35 am, with a stop in a province of my country).  My hotel reservation was not firm.  The buses to Rancagua were due out after 4:5pm in the afternoon for a two hour trip. The event as everyone knows is on Greece Street  #319 and the bus left me at 800 . If someone in Chile says that they saw a lady running 5 blocks and praying that the hands of the clock not advance beyond 6.45pm, yes, that was me.

When I arrived the door was closed; I felt a knot in my stomach.  A man approached me and told me, “Welcome to our Center!”  He opened the door and there were people already waiting in the hall. He told me to take a seat, that they’d be calling me soon because they first accommodated the people who had signed up, like me.

When my turn came, I approached the table where we were to check in.  I said say my name but I was surprised that it wasn’t on the list. The lady in charge told me I had to fill out a form and wait to enter.  I insisted that I had been invited, but she spoke to me in English and I was desperate.  I remembered I had printed the email sent to me by President McKinley and showed it to her.  She called over a Chilean member and she understood me.  When she saw my name she said, “Ahhhhhhh you’re Gladys from Argentina, come with me.”  She took me to another larger room and sat me in the 4th row. As we walked I told her I had pleaded for a seat, she smiled and said, “I know, we know you.!!!!” What a relief!!!

The entire row was empty so I chose the best seat with no one covering my view.  I had a direct view of the stage, I was in paradise. I could see two pianos arranged forming an L.  I think one was an organ.  Then came a group and they sat all around me, I was in center.  One said, “Lady could you move a little so we could sit together?” I said, “NO” and I think that startled them, hahaha.  It was a definite no. (Remember I ran 5 blocks.)

The Wait

The room was large.  It had ten chairs on each side with an aisle in the middle and 20 rows back.  The place gradually filled up and bustle was getting louder.  The stage was small.  There were two pianos, a microphone stand and a music stand. They had arranged screens on the sides of the stage.  They were showing different images while we waited.  They showed a bullfighter and I remembered David dressed as bullfighter in blue. I think running does me good; it accelerates my memory.

A young man stood before the microphone and told us we could not take pictures or videos, no screaming, okay to applaud. He spoke of the activities of the Center and invited everyone to participate.  He then asked us to say a prayer together. After the prayer he left and the same presenter from July 15 appeared.  He made some jokes about whether to sing or not, but said that he left that to the talented.

He greeted President McKinley, welcomed us all and told us to enjoy the event.   He introduced Elders, Archuleta and Coello.

Elder Coello took the stage and sat at the piano.  He played a beautiful song called Granada. I was amazed at his piano skills, he could be the perfect companion for David in the future.  And then ……..

DAVID

Elder Coello introduced David. He came with a big smile, said hello, took the microphone and started to sing “You Raise Me Up” in English.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  Someone said that David just has to open his mouth and he has us in the palm of his hand, they were right.  It had been so long since I’d seen him, my God, how I had missed him.  Seeing him there so close singing that beautiful song, he hardly closed his eyes, he looked at us and he looked so happy.

When he finished the crowd cheered and screamed as David left the stage. Then a member of the church said that only applause please, to remember where we were.

He reminded us and I think he was right.  This was no place for screaming.  So we complied … for a while.

(With great joy I can tell you that I have received the list of each of the interpretations sung by Elder Archuleta and Coello.  They’ll be listed below.)

Then Elder Coello played a beautiful melody.

David made his appearance again with a completely clean and refreshed face.  He had a hymnal in his hand and sang two hymns in perfect Spanish. Again David was in a world of his own.  His eyes closed and totally connected. When he finished he placed the hymnal on the floor.  David took the microphone and approached the center of the stage and began to speak. It was not a speech.  It was something he had to share.  He said he felt comfortable in Chile, that the decision to do this mission had come from his heart.  That he loved what he was doing and loved music. That it had been a very difficult decision to make, but he knew he had to.

David then sang “What a Wonderful World.”  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that David would sing this song.  My dad loved Louis Armstrong. I still have his records. David sang the final note, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the way the Great Satchmo ended the song. I hope someone knows what I’m talking about.  David smiled all the time while looking at us; I think he was watching our reactions. I was on the edge of my seat trying to be a sponge.  I wanted to absorb every detail, every little movement, every smile. At the end of the song he said, “Thank you” and we all applauded but could not quell our cries of admiration.

David left the stage and Elder Coello continued on the piano with three performances. Waltzes and I think Viennese. I’d never heard a pianist like him, he was incredible.

David returned to the stage and sang three songs, one of which was a beautiful Christian song.  He then did a pop one then came two more songs that were specifically pop.  Ahhh I forgot one small detail, the three songs were sung in perfect Spanish.

Our loud applause and cheers could no longer be contained.  David just laughed and he looked really happy.  He then sang two beautiful hymns.  Then he said,  “Elder Coello is a capo, right? (capo-awesome) I don’t play as well as he but I’ll play a song I really like.” He then played “A Thousand Miles” on the piano.  I sang with him the entire song.  It was a dream for me to hear this song for the first time live.  No one could take the pleasure away from me of singing with David. Even if I was the center of some looks, I waited four years for this.  And David was here, he was not facing the audience but he turned to look at us and smiled as he sang.

At the end as always he thanked us.  Elder Coello played two jazz pieces, very fast, his fingers flew across the keyboard.  It is incredible that David has found the perfect partner in another part of the world.

How can I explain the feeling in the air?  It was like when a volcano is getting ready to erupt.  You do not know when (we know where) but there is something in the air that tells us that we must prepare for shocks and the fact that it’s imminence is close .

The ERUPTION

When David reappeared he had the microphone in his hand and said that he would like to dedicate this song to a married couple who have worked (harto/hard) in organizing this concert. He looked at Mckinley’s.  The first piano chords reminded me of an old tune that I had heard in a film of Al Jolson’s many years ago.  It was “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody.”  David was singing a very old song.  It brought me to my childhood when I was watching TV with my dad!!!!! Ohhhh David, you will always have my heart!!!

David then became a jazz singer and he moved around the stage.  Suddenly he was back beside Coello.  They sang a verse together both wearing white hats.  David then came to center stage and began to do a little dance.  He knelt as Al Jolson did and pointed towards the back.  He got up and finished the song with Coello. The two of them went to the center of stage and threw their hats to the audience.

What happened to the old David? Where is he?  Any David is fine with me, but this David ………… my gosh.  David’s smile illuminated everything.  He was so comfortable.  He exuded great confidence and masculinity.  The Richter scale was broken for a while. The sensations meter could be measured by looking at my seat mates, one of them had been able to catch the hat that David threw to the audience and said and I quote – “It is hot” and the other said “I’m shaking” and I thought AMEN.

(If this was something like the eruption of Krakatoa, imagine the eruption of Vesuvius in Pompeii.)

THE CALM BEFORE

To appease the ravenous beasts (us) David stood in the middle of the stage as Coello played the first chords of “Imagine.”  You could hear everyone’s ohhhhhhhhh “Imagine there’s no heaven …..”  I thought, I must have done something good in this life that God has gifted me this moment.  (Perhaps this first verse brought confusion to believe that he sang “Heaven”).  David sang the whole song, there he was, almost in front of me.  It was a dream to see him sing “Imagine” live.  I saw him many times on YouTube. This was truly a memorable gift.

…………………. EYE OF THE TIGER. (Deserves special mention)

If you remember the song, it has a 50-second intro with many cymbal crashes. These were the most amazing 50 seconds, more extraordinary, more revealing, more ahhhhhhhhh.  David began to move his arms back, then flexing and throwing punches forward with the sound of the music. Suddenly he lifted his leg and kicked the air as if he was doing kick boxing training.  He then began to sing …………….
The song has many sound effects and David acted out each of them. As he sang his voice and his body emphasized each note.  His left hand was never still. It was out of this world see David completely free of shyness. The entire stage was his, he left no area untouched.

When he finished he laughed and looked toward President Mckinley and said in Spanish, “Misioneros, uhhhhh.we don’t do this, I apologize President.”  I think the President was as mesmerized as us. After all this, can there be more?

By now we were in a comatose state.  We thought we had seen it all but David knows no bounds.  (A question, do you read or pay attention to the lyrics of this song? I do not know, but it was like he was referring to someone.  It’s just a personal observation)

After this experience I think I was having an out of body experience. Hahahaha sorry,  just had to say. What did David do? What could he have said???

Answering the first question, I will describe the situation.  David was perspiring but he never took off or unbuttoned his jacket.  Sweat was running down the side of his face and as usual he ran his hands over his face to wipe it.  Then to top this off he said: “Uhhhhhhhhhhh “It’s caliente (hot).  He meant that the place was very warm (hay calor). It was really warm but hot isn’t the term that is usually used.  The Center was quite large and pleasant. I suppose there are situations that do not merit explanation, right??

David then sang “Hero”, the Spanish version Mariah Carey sings.  He had such sweetness in his voice, caressing each note. His Spanish was perfect and he received a standing ovation and never stopped smiling.

I have no VOLCANOES NAMES left.

He asked, “Who wants to dance with me?”  We all raised our hands and heard the first chords of “Life is a Carnival” by the great Celia Cruz. David started singing in Spanish!!! And started dancing!!!  He did the basic steps of Salsa we know but we were all standing and clapping. Suddenly he put his other hand on his stomach and began to move and laugh.  He looked down at his feet every so often while he continued singing. I hope all of the Archies of world can one day see this.  Nobody should stop us from witnessing such a sight. Please David repeat this song in your welcome home concert in 2014.

When the song ended he said, “I like everyone to dance with me.  In the U.S. they all stay still in their seats.”

SOMEDAY

It is a beautiful song in David’s silky voice.  He sang in English. Throughout the concert he almost never closed his eyes.  “Someday” is something worth listening to.  He puts all of himself when he wants to convey something. The highs and lows of his voice have deepened considerably when singing a high note.  There are no shadows on his face, no signs of effort, everything happens naturally.  David has changed his stance when he sings too. There are times when you do not know how to describe.  Hopefully I can find the words for the right time.

Like thousands of times before when reading a recap of some fans or watching a video of a concert, I was trying to get into their heads and feel what those people felt. So here I’m trying to do the same, trying to describe every little moment so you can see the grandeur of what I saw.

When “Someday” ended he received a standing ovation. We stood. The South Americans are very demonstrative and David knows this.  He said, “I have to say goodbye, but when I say this, people usually say ‘one more, one more‘. How do they say in Spanish?”

One more, one more, one more, one more ………….

David said “Ok, ok, I will sing two more songs.”

“Thanks to life”

This song is very beautiful and is almost an anthem in my country.  It was made famous by a famous a singer who has died, Mercedes Sosa. It was written by Violeta Parra, a Chilean artist, a great Chilean artist.

When the first chords played (Coello is amazing), I could not believe it.  It’s only 17 seconds before the words start but I being from Argentina know this song perfectly.  I do not know if I’m doing something good in this life, I just know I am getting many unexpected gifts.  I closed my eyes and listened to David singing a song almost from Argentina.  At the moment I came out of my trance I saw David smiling and looking at the music on the stand, he was afraid of forgetting some lines. When he finished I was sitting, I didn’t applaud, I wanted to freeze that moment forever.   David said, “Uhhhhhhh seems that some of you know this song.”

David took his hymnal and sang the last hymn. There were no signs of fatigue, no heavy breathing, no lines on his face. He just had a great peace about him. He stood to the left and sang with all the emotion we know that David has, he closed his eyes and it was like he was telling us a prayer.

When he finished he came to center stage alongside Coello and thanked everyone.  He said a few words, but I think I got lost in the moment.  I only looked at David and my heart already began to miss him.

The same girl who assigned me my seat thanked all those present in the center  Then she asked to give a hand for the Elders, for the President, Madam President and all those who had helped organize the concert.  She invited us to participate in the Center’s activities.  Meanwhile David and Coello remained standing behind her, not knowing what to do. She turned around and told them both to get off the stage and David laughed and left the stage.  When he came into the room all the Elders present surrounded him.  There was no way to approach him.  They led him toward the exit and I could not follow.

Personal observations. (Very personal)

When David came on stage he wore a black suit, white shirt, black shoes and turquoise tie.  His hair was combed back.  An incredible vision.

When David the boss asked the question: Who wants to dance with me? (Not a simple question) we all stood up instantly, he did not insist and we danced with him.

This is for Archies worldwide, not only for American Archies. When David asks you to do something, it’s just that, a desire.  And what mortal can deny David anything?

My only criticism is, David why didn’t you take off your coat?
I think if he did I would have missed my flight.

I just wish that my words reflect what I lived that night.  I hope to have conveyed some of the feelings, happiness, amazement and astonishment.   I know my mom did not put me through literature classes in the summer in vain.

Thanks to all and hope you enjoy.
See you soon David.

 13 OCTOBER 2012 LIST OF SONGS

“GRANADA” – ELDER COELLO

“GO THE DISTANCE” – ELDER ARCHULETA

“FANTASIA IMPROMTU” BY CHOPIN – ELDER COELLO

“¿DÓNDE HALLO EL SOLAZ?”  HIMNO  #69 – ELDER ARCHULETA

“QUÉ FIRMES CIMIENTOS”  HIMNO #40 – ELDER ARCHULETA

“WONDERFUL WORLD” – ELDER ARCHULETA

“THE BLUE DANUBE WALTZ” BY STRAUSS – ELDER COELLO

“THE PETIT CHEN WALTZ” BY CHOPIN – ELDER COELLO

“YOU RAISE ME UP” – ELDER ARCHULETA

“UN MINUTO MAS” (JUST ONE MORE MINUTE) – ELDER ARCHULETA

“GOD SENT HIS SON” – ELDER ARCHULETA

“I’M TRYING TO BE LIKE JESUS” – ELDER ARCHULETA

“I LOVE TO SEE THE TEMPLE” – ELDER ARCHULETA

“A THOUSAND MILES” – ELDER ARCHULETA

“TAKE FIVE” (JAZZ) – ELDER COELLO

“TAKE THE A TRAIN” (JAZZ) – ELDER COELLO

“ROCK A BYE YOUR BABY WITH A DIXIE MELODY” – ELDERES COELLO Y ARCHULETA

“IMAGINE” – ELDER ARCHULETA

“EYE OF THE TIGER” – ELDER ARCHULETA

“HERO” – ELDER ARCHULETA

“CARABAL” (SALSA) – ELDER COELLO

“LA VIDA UN SES CARNAVAL” (SALSA) – ELDER ARCHULETA

“SUENA” – ELDER ARCHULETA

“GRACIAS A LA VIDA” – ELDER ARCHULETA

“PARA SIEMPRE DIOS ESTÉ CON VOS”  HIMNO #89 – ELDER ARCHULETA

En Espanol

Este segundo viaje a Chile no comenzó dos semanas antes del 13 de octubre, comenzó el mismo día del primer Devocional, el 15 de julio. Ese día vi un cartel en las puertas del templo que decía “Concierto Pop con los Elderes Coello y Archuleta”. Y desde ese día he planeado mi segundo viaje a Chile.

Ustedes sabrán sobre los avisos en facebook acerca de éste concierto pop, allí habían restricciones de edad y de residencia,  para estar presente en ese concierto.  El mensaje era claro, el concierto sólo era para jóvenes entre 18 y 30 años y para los residentes en Rancagua.  A medida que pasaba el tiempo mis ruegos por un milagro iban en aumento. Yo pensé -tengo 3 meses hacia delante para intentarlo todo- y así lo hice.

Por mi experiencia yo se que toda institución, sea comercial, religiosa, etc es una pirámide y por lo tanto siempre hay una cabeza , que es el responsable máximo. Yo me dirigí hacia la cabeza, y envié un e-mail (en agosto). Dije toda la verdad, mi edad, donde vivo y con quien pensaba ir y el e-mail fue contestado enseguida -pienso que por una cuestión de sistema, están preparados para contestar automáticamente-, mi petición fue recibida y sería contestado a la brevedad.

Terminó el mes de agosto, comenzó septiembre y empezó octubre.
En la pagina del Centro Jas de Rancagua en facebook, se emitieron  formularios para llenar y ser enviados, luego el mismo Centro nos confirmaría la invitación. Por lo cuál nuestro nombres estarían registrados en listas.

Yo no había recibido ninguna confirmación y realmente estaba triste, pero como dice David, siempre hay que esperar lo bueno. Y asi lo hice.
Pero mi paciencia se estaba agotando. Un viernes por la tarde vi en el cuadro de chat de facebook, el usuario Centro Jas Rancagua y escribí para iniciar una conversación.

Me presenté y le pregunte a la persona que estaba en ese momento en el chat, si había habido problemas de sistema con los envíos de confirmación y él me dijo:
CJR    -sí, hubo problemas pero tú no te preocupes, pronto recibirás la tuya-
Gl.      -gracias por atenderme y esperare impaciente.
CJR.   – dime tu nombre, por favor.
Gl.      -(le dí todos mis datos)
CJR.   -pero Gladys, tu no cumples con el requisito de edad ni los de residencia.
Gl.     -(mi corazón tiene poca resistencia últimamente, desde que vi a David en vivo). Ya lo se, pero como fui al Devocional anterior, pensé que tenía una chance de presenciar este concierto también.

En resumen la persona se presento como  Jefe de la ………., (no puedo dar mas datos), yo por supuesto le pedí perdón por tutearlo y empece a decirle señor,  hahaha, así soy yo.  Él se disculpó por no poder hacer una excepcion conmigo, pero si la tenía que hacer conmigo, tendría que hacerlo con todas las personas que enviaron sus e-mail desde toda Sudamérica.

Mi corazón estaba lleno de agujeritos  (como decía una telenovela de adolescentes de mi país). Como pude le escribí a éste señor y le dije que los milagros existen y que yo esperaba uno muy grande. Me despedí y con el corazón acongojado le conté mis penas a todos los que quisieron escucharme.

Creo que lloro muy fuerte, por que cada vez que me veían se tapaban las orejas y  mis lamentos se deben haber escuchado hasta el otro lado del continente. Fue una semana dolorosa, pero había algo que me decía, -Gladiola, los milagros existen-.  Ustedes no van a poder creer, pero yo sabía que vería nuevamente a David y que ésta vez sería distinto.

El día 4 de octubre fue mi cumpleaños y pedí un deseo y el día 5 se cumplió.

Ese día recibí un e-mail, (de la punta de la pirámide, se acuerdan?)

“hemos recibido su reserva, usted es bienvenida a asistir en calidad de nuestras misiones especiales…………………..la esperamos el 13 de octubre, ………….”

Por supuesto, firmaba la punta de la pirámide y era una invitación incuestionable.

Se imaginan mis gritos, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!!!me voy a Chile, me voy a Chile !!!!!!!! y así comenzó nuevamente el circulo, avión, hotel, reservas, etc  y finalmente David.
Por todo lo que ustedes leerán a continuación, sabrán que no me equivoque al pensar que ésta vez sería distinto.

He tomado unos dias para acomodar todas las ideas e imagenes que todavia rebotan en mi cabeza. Quizas nadie se dio cuenta pero en un lugar lejano de Chile, en un ciudad llamada Rancagua, especificamente en el Centro Jas, hubo un movimiento, no se de que tipo o de que escala, pero lo hubo, yo lo presencie. Lo causo David con tres movimientos peligrosos para la salud publica, pelear y boxear contra unas sombra, cantar y arrodillarse frente al publico usando un sombrero blanco, estilo Chaplin y bailar salsa al estilo de Celia Cruz, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Pero eso no fue lo mas grave, varias de nosotras perdimos nuestras quijadas, de tanto tener la boca abierta. ( y yo casi pierdo una costilla por agarrar el sombrero que david tiró al publico, !!!!!!!! que vergüenza!!!!!!!!!!, peleando por un sombrero a mi edad)

 

Mi cabeza y mi mente están ahora descansadas y puedo volcar en papel (!!!!! que antigüedad!!!, quise decir escribir en la computadora) lo que viví el 13 de octubre a partir de  la 7.30 pm, solo espero que mis palabras sean fieles a todos los acontecimientos de ese día.  He decidido darle la bienvenida a un persona que cambio delante de mis ojos.

LARGA VIDA AL NUEVO DAVID.

 Mi llegada.

Mi llegada fue algo tumultuosa, llegue a Chile muy tarde, a las 12. del mediodia, ( sali de Buenos Aires el mismo dia 13,  a las 7.35 am, con escala en una provincia de mi pais), mi reserva en el hotel no estaba firme, los micros hacia Rancagua salían despues de las 4.15 pm de la tarde y son dos horas de viaje. El evento como todos saben es en la calle Grecia nº 319, y el micro me dejo a  la altura del 800. Si alguien de Chile les cuenta que vieron a una señora corriendo 5 cuadras y rezando que las agujas del reloj no avanzaran mas alla de las 6.45 pm, sí, esa era yo.

Cuando llegué la puerta estaba cerrada, se me hizo un nudo en el estomago, pero se acerco un señor y me dijo !!! buenvenida a nuestro Centro  !!, él me abrio la puerta y pase, ya había gente esperando en el salon donde se hizo el evento del 15 de julio, me dijo que me siente , que pronto iban a llamarme, por que acomodaban primero a las personas que se habían anotado, como yo.

Cuando llego mi turno, me acerque a la mesa donde estaban todas las listas, di mi apellido, pero con asombro vi que no estaba anotada. La señora encargada de las listas, me dijo que tenia que llenar un papel y esperar para entrar, yo le insistí que había sido invitada, pero ella me hablaba en ingles y yo estaba desesperada.  Me acorde que había impreso los e-mail que me envió el Presidente Mckinley y se lo mostré, cuando la señora vio la firma llamó a una miembro chilena, la cuál me entendió y cuando ella vio mi nombre dijo:

-ahhhhhhh vos sos Gladys de Argentina, ven conmigo- y me llevo a otro salón mas grande y me sentó en la 4 fila. Mientras caminabamos, le conté que yo había rogado, suplicado, pedido por un lugar y ella me sonrió y dijo otra vez: – si ya lo se, te conocemos-

!!!!!!!!!! QUE ALIVIO !!!!!!!!!

Toda la fila era para mi, asi que elegí el mejor lugar, sin cabezas grandes delante de mí, con una visión directa hacia el escenario, estaba en el paraiso. Podia ver dos pianos, puestos en forma de L, en realidad eran dos pianos, creo que uno de ellos era un órgano.  Luego vinieron un grupo de miembros de la iglesia, eran muchas y se sentaron a mi alrededor, y yo en medio de todas ellas, yo creo que molestaba un poco, luego me dijeron:

- Señora se podria correr un poco, asi nosotras nos sentamos todas juntas???

- Yo dije NO, jajajajaj creo que las asuste, por que fue un no rotundo (acuérdense que corrí 5 cuadras )

La espera

El salon era grande, tenia diez sillas en cada costado con un pasillo en el medio, y 20 filas hacia atrás, el lugar se llenaba poco a poco y el bullicio era cada vez mas grande.

El escenario era pequeño, ademas de los pianos, habia un micrófono de pie y un atril. Habían dispuesto pantallas a los costados del escenario para pasar imágenes. Una de las imágenes mientras esperábamos, era la de un torero, y yo me acorde de David vestido de torero, con un traje de color azul. Creo que me hace bien correr, me acelera la memoria.

Un señor muy joven se paro delante del microfono  y nos dijo que no podiamos tomar fotos ni videos, tampoco gritar, pero si aplaudir. Habló de las actividades del Centro e invitaba a todos a participar, luego pidio que rezaramos una oracion todos juntos. Al termino de la oracion se fue y vino el mismo presentador del 15 de julio.  El  hizo algunas bromas sobre si cantar o no, pero dijo que ese trabajo se lo dejaba a los talentosos.

Entonces vino a saludar el Presidente Mckinley y nos dio la bienvenida a todos y dijo que disfrutaramos del evento y que ahora daba paso a los Elders Coello y Archuleta.

Subio al escenario el Elder Coello, se sento al piano y toco una hermosa canción llamada Granada. Me asombró su ductilidad en el piano, podría ser el perfecto acompañante para david en el futuro. Y luego ……..

DAVID

Un Elder lo presento y David entró con una sonrisa amplia, dijo -hola-,  tomó el microfono y se dispuso a cantar ” You raise me up ” en ingles ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, alguien dijo que con solo abrir la boca, David ya nos tenía en la palma de su mano, y tenía razon. Hace tanto que no lo veía, dios mio, cuánto lo extrañaba.  Verlo allí tan cerca cantando esa hermosa canción, el casi no cerro los ojos, nos miraba a todos y se veia feliz.  Cuando él termino la gente aplaudió y grito y David se retiró. Entonces se acerco un miembro de la iglesia y nos dijo que solamente aplaudieramos, que no gritaramos que recordasemos donde estabamos.

Practicamente nos reto como a niños, pero creo que tenia razon, no era lugar para gritos, y asi lo hicimos, …por unos momentos.

 Luego el Elder Coello, toco el piano una hermosa melodia.

David hace su aparición nuevamente con un semblante totalmente limpio y descansado, tiene el himnario en la mano y canta dos himnos en perfecto español. Otra vez David estaba en su mundo, con los ojos cerrados y totalmente compenetrado. Cuando termino cerro el himnario, lo dejo en el piso, tomó el microfono y se acerco al centro del escenario y nos hablo. No era un discurso, era algo que nos tenía que contar.  Él dijo que se sentía comodo en Chile, que la desicion de hacer ésta mision habia salido de su corazon y que él amaba lo que éstaba haciendo y amaba la musica. Que había sido una desicion muy dificil de tomar. Pero sabía que tenía que hacerlo.

A continuación cantò What a wonderful world, nunca ni en mis sueños más locos imaginé que David podría cantar ésta canción. Mi papá amaba a Louis Armstrong. Todavía conservo discos de él. David cantó la nota final yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, que sólo el Gran Satchmo hace. Espero que alguien sepa de lo que estoy hablando, el sonrio todo el tiempo y nos miraba, creo que observaba nuestras reacciones. Yo estaba al borde de mi asiento tratando de ser una esponja, quería absorber cada detalle, cada minimo movimiento, cada sonrisa. Al final de la canción dijo -gracias- y todos aplaudimos, no pudimos aplacar nuestros gritos de admiración.

David se retiró hacia un costado detrás de unas cortinas y el Elder Coello siguió en el piano con tres interpretaciones, eran valses, y creo que eran vieneses. Me saco el sombrero antes semejante pianista, increible.

A continuacion David volvio al escenario y cantó tres canciones, una de ellas era una hermosa canción cristiana, creo que él hizo un arreglo pop, luego vinieron dos canciones más, que eran especificamente pop, ahhh me olvidaba un pequeño detalle, las tres canciones fueron cantadas en perfecto español.

Nuestros aplausos y gritos ya no podían ser contenidos de ninguna manera, David solo reía y él realmente se veía feliz. Siguieron dos hermosos himnos. Luego David dijo del Elder Coello, – es un capo- verdad ?- Yo no se tocar tan bien como él, pero voy a tocar algo que me gusta mucho-. Thousand miles fue lo que él toco en el piano, yo canté con él todo el tiempo. Era un sueño para mí escuchar por primera vez esta cancion en vivo, nadie me iba a quitar el placer de cantar con David. Aunque fuese el centro de algunas miradas, espere 4 años para ésto. Y ahi estaba David, él no estaba frente al público, el piano estaba de costado, pero él al cantar nos miraba y sonreia.

Al terminar como siempre dió las gracias y se retiro. Vino entonces el Elder Coello y toco dos piezas de jazz, muy rapidas, sus dedos volaban por el teclado. Es admirable que David haya encontrado al compañero perfecto en la otra parte del mundo.

Como puedo explicar la temperatura del ambiente, es algo asi como cuando un volcan va a hacer erupcion, no sabemos cuando (sí sabemos donde) pero hay algo en el aire que nos avisa que nos preparemos para las sacudidas, la inminencia del hecho esta cerca.

LA ERUPCIÓN.

Cuando reaparecio David, él venía con el microfono en la mano y nos dijo - queremos dedicar ésta cancion a un matrimonio que ha trabajado “harto” en la organización de éste concierto- Él miró a el matrimonio Mckinley y ………..

Los primeros acordes del piano me hizo recordar a una vieja melodia que yo habia escuchado en una pelicula de Al Jolson y !!!!!!!!!!!!! David comenzó a cantarla !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fue hace tantos años,  era Rock-a- bye your baby with a Dixie melody.  David estaba actuando una canción muy antigua, me traia a mi niñez cuando yo miraba la televisión con mi papá, !!!!!!!!!!!!! ohhhh David, siempre tendrás mi corazón !!!!!!!!!!

Él en ese momento era un cantante de jazz, se movía por todo el escenario, de repente fue hacia atrás, al lado de Coello, cantaron una frase los dos juntos y ambos se pusieron sombreros blancos, entonces David vino al centro del escenario, empezó a hacer unos pasos de baile y se arrodillo como lo hacía Al Jolson y señalo hacia atrás, luego se paro y termino la cancion junto a Coello. Luego vinieron los dos al centro del escenario y tiraron sus sombreros al publico. ¿ que paso con el otro David? ¿donde está?, no importa, cualquier David está bien para mí, pero éste David ………… my gosh.  La sonrisa de David iluminaba todo, estaba tan cómodo y exudaba confianza y mucha masculinidad.

La escala de Ritcher ya se había roto hace rato. El parámetro de sensaciones se podía medir mirando a mis compañeras de silla, una de ellas había podido tomar el sombrero que David arrojó al público y dijo, textualmente  - -uffff tengo calor- y la otra dijo – estoy temblando- y yo pensé AMEN.

(Sí ésto fue algo parecido al la erupcion del Volcan de Krakatoa, imaginense la erupcion del Vesuvio en Pompeya.)

 LA CALMA ANTES DE …………

Para aplacar a las fieras voraces (nosotras) David se paró en medio del escenario y Coello toco los primeros acordes de Imagine, hubo un ohhhhhhhhh general ……….imagine there´s no heaven………., en ese momento pensé, yo debí haber hecho algo bueno en ésta vida, para que Dios me regale éste momento. (quizas éste primer verso trajo confusión de creer que él cantó  ” heaven “).  David cantó la canción entera, ahí estaba él, casi frente a mí, era un sueño verlo cantar Imagine, lo vi tantas veces en youtube. Realmente fue un regalo inolvidable.

.…………………EYE OF THE TIGER. (merece una mención especial)

Si ustedes recuerdan la canción, tiene una intro de 50 segundos con muchos golpes de platillos. Éstos fueron los 50 segundos más asombrosos, más extraordinarios, más reveladores, más ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

David empezó a mover sus brazos hacia atrás, luego a flexionarlos y a dar golpes de puño hacia delante con los acordes de la música. Y de repente levanto las piernas y daba patadas en el aire como si estuviera haciendo entrenamiento de kick boxing y luego comenzó a cantar…………….La canción tiene muchos golpe de efectos, y david hizo cada uno de ellos. Mientras cantaba, su voz y su cuerpo hacía enfasis en cada nota fuerte, su mano izquierda nunca estuvo quieta. Fue algo fuera de éste mundo ver a David totalmente exento de timidez. Todo el escenario era suyo, no quedo un solo lugar sin pisar.

Cuando termino, él se rio y miro hacia el Presidente Mckinley y le pidio disculpas, él dijo- uhhhhh nosotros los msioneros no hacemos ésto, le pido disculpas presidente-

Yo creo que el presidente estaba tan hipnotizado como nosotros. Después de ésto que más puede haber??

Para éste momento ya estábamos en un principio de estado comatoso, nada podía mejorar lo que habíamos visto, pero se sabe que David no tiene límites.

(una pregunta, ¿ ustedes leyeron o prestaron atención a la letra de ésta canción? yo no se, pero es como que se refería a alguien? ok, es solo una interpretación personal)

 Después de ésta experiencia, creo que yo estaba fuera de mi cuerpo, hahahaha perdon, lo tenia que decir. ¿Que pudo haber hecho David, que pudo haber dicho???

Contestando la primera pregunta, voy a describir la situación, David estaba transpirando, por que en ningún momento se sacó el saco, tampoco lo desabotonó, la transpiración le corría por el costado de la cara y como de costumbre él se pasaba la manos por la cara y se secaba. Luego para coronar ésto, él dijo:

-uhhhhhhhhhhh  que caliente - él quiso decir que el lugar estaba muy caluroso.

Realmente el ambiente estaba caluroso pero no por que hiciera calor alli dentro, el Centro era bastante amplio y agradable. Supongo que hay situaciones que no merecen explicación alguna, verdad??

After this experience I think I was having an out of body experience hahahaha sorry, just had to say. What did David do? What could he have said???
Acto siguiente cantó ” hero ” en español, la versión de Mariah Carey, había tanta dulzura en su voz, acariciaba cada nota. Su español era perfecto y recibio casi una ovación. Nunca dejo de sonreir.

 YA NO TENGO MAS NOMBRES DE VOLCANES.

Él preguntó ¿quien quiere bailar conmigo?, todos nos levantamos la mano y sonaron los primeros acordes de ” La vida es una carnaval “ de la gran Celia Cruz. David empezó a cantar en español y !!!!!!! empezó a bailar !!!!!!!!, hizo los pasos básicos de la salsa que ya conocemos, pero todos estabamos de pie batiendo palmas y de repente puso la otra mano en su estomago y empezo a moverse, y a reirse. Él se miraba los pies cada tanto y seguía cantando. Espero que todos los archies del mundo alguna vez puedan ver ésto, nadie tiene derecho a prohibir semejante visión. Por favor David repite ésta canción en tu concierto de bienvenida en 2014.

Cuando termino la canción, él dijo – me gusta que todos bailen conmigo, en Estados Unidos todos se quedan quietos en sus asientos-.

SOMEDAY

Es una canción hermosa para escuchar en la voz sedosa de David, él la cantó en ingles. Durante todo el concierto casi nunca cerró los ojos.

Someday es algo digno de escuchar, el pone todo de sí cuando quiere trasmitir algo. Los altos y los bajos de su voz se han profundizado notablemente, cuando canta una nota alta, no hay sombras en su cara, no hay ningun razgo de esfuerzo, todo sale naturalmente. David ha cambiado su postura para cantar, tambien.

Hay momentos que no se como explicarlos, ojala encontrara las palabras, para el momento adecuado.

Como miles de veces antes, cuando leía una recap de alguna fans o miraba un video de algun concierto, yo intentaba meterme en la cabeza y sentir lo que esas personas sintieron. Por eso aqui intento hacer los mismo, tratar de describir cada pequeño momento para que vean la grandiosidad de lo que yo ví.

Cuando terminó esta canción el recibio una ovacion, algunos nos pusimos de pie. Los sudamericanos somos muy demostrativos y David lo sabe.

David dijo:- tengo que despedirme, pero cuando yo digo ésto, la gente generalmente dice……………, no se como se dice en español?

UNA MÁS, UNA MÁS, UNA MÁS, UNA MÁS…………………………………..

David – ok, cantare dos canciones más.

GRACIAS A LA VIDA.

Es una cancion muy hermosa y es casi un himno en mi país, aquí la hizo famosa una cantante que ya ha fallecido, ella era Mercedes Sosa. Ésta canción la escribio Violeta Parra, una artista chilena, una inmensa artista chilena.

Cuándo empezaron los primeros acordes (Coello es increible), yo no podía creerlo, solo son 17 segundos antes de la letra, pero yo como argentina conozco perfectamente ésta canción.

Yo no se si estoy haciendo algo bueno en esta vida, solo sé que estoy recibiendo muchos regalos inesperados.

En ese momento yo cerré los ojos y escuche a David, cantando una canción (casi) argentina. En algún momento cuando salí de mi trance, vi a david sonriendo y mirando las letras en el atril, por que tenía miedo de olvidarse algunas lineas. Cuando termino, yo seguía sentada, creo que no aplaudí, quería que ese momento se congelara para siempre.

David dijo: – uhhhhhhh parece que conocen ésta canción-

Luego tomó su himnario y cantó el ultimo himno, no habia cansancio, no había respiración fuerte, no había lineas en su cara, solo había una inmensa paz. Él no se paro en el centro sino hacia la izquierda y cantó con toda la emocion que sabemos que David tiene, cerro los ojos y era como si estuviera diciendonos un plegaria.

TERMINO. Vino al centro del escenario, dió las gracias junto a Coello, dijo algunas palabras, pero yo creo que  me perdí en ese momento, sólo miraba a David y mi corazón empezaba a extrañarlo.

Subio al escenario la misma niña que me asignó mi lugar, ella agradecia a todos los asistentes en el centro, pidió un aplauso para los Elders, pare el presidente y Señora y para todos los que habian colaborado en la organizacion del concierto. Y nos invitaba a participar de las actividades. Mientras tanto David y Coello seguían parados detras de ella, sin saber que hacer. La joven se dio vuelta y les dijo a ambos que bajaran del escenario y David rió. Y se fue.  Cuando salió hacia la sala, todos  los Elders presentes lo rodearon, no hubo forma de acercarse, lo llevaron hacia la salida y yo no pude seguirlo, tome un pequeño video, pero eso es todo.

Nos vemos en navidad nuevamente David.

OBSERVACIONES PERSONALES. (MUY PERSONALES)

Cuando david apareció en el escenario, vestía un traje negro, camisa blanca, zapatos negros y corbata turquesa, su cabello estaba peinado hacia atrás, increíble visión.

Cuando the boss David hizo la pregunta : ¿quien quiere bailar conmigo?, (no era una simple pregunta) todos instantáneamente nos pusimos de pie, él no tuvo que insistir y bailamos con él.

Éste pequeño acto es para los archies de todo el mundo, no sólo para los archies norteamericanos. Cuándo David pregunta algo, es más que eso, es un deseo y, ¿qué mortal se puede negar a un deseo de David?

Mi única critica para David es una pregunta  ¿por que no te sacaste el saco?

Yo creo que sí lo hacia, yo perdía mi vuelo de regreso.

ok.  Sólo deseo que mis palabras reflejen lo vivido esa noche. Si logro trasmitir algo de las sensaciones, felicidad, estupor, asombro, sabré que mi mamá no gastó en vano en clases de literatura que tomaba en los veranos.

Gracias a todos y que disfruten la lectura.

Hasta la vuelta David.

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