Posted by bluesky4home on Friday, January 2, 2015
screamcap by Bebereader
When I was younger, I often remarked to my Dad that in order to make certain that there would be sufficient energy to run a home, all one would have to do would be to hook up a generator to the handle of the refrigerator. (We had a family of ten at the time.) I estimated that the boost of power the generator would get each time the door opened and closed could keep it going indefinitely. The refrigerator is certainly an appliance that gets a lot of use! And one knows basically what to expect from a refrigerator. It is a common appliance that usually behaves itself.
I could say the same thing about most of the music around us today. That is, that it is fairly common within its genre and I pretty much know what to expect when I open any given “door” in order to get some goodies. I don’t have to be fully awake. I don’t have to be fully engaged. I can rummage through the fridge with my eyes half-shut and my mind mostly somewhere else.
Which leads me to “Dear DA”.
Once, years ago, I posted a comment that went something like this:
“Listening to DA is kind of like a surreal trip to the refrigerator in the middle of the night. I know I am hungry for something, not sure what. So, I trundle along, shuffling into the kitchen expecting maybe – something I might have forgotten about or overlooked. Or something I remember that there might be more of, if not already snapped up by others.
The lights are dim, comfortable.
Then I open the fridge.
And instead of a small, unobtrusive refrigerator bulb to guide my way to the known, I am bowled over with brilliant, white, explosive, sound, symphony, emotion and light. A light that makes me forget why I came to the refrigerator in the first place, and remember instead bigger, better things for which I had no idea I was hungering.”
That, Dear DA, is what happens when I think that I am looking for “something” and find out instead, that Comfort & Joy have found me.
Bluesky is a Staff Writer for The Voice.
Posted in @DavidArchie, Appreciation, music, The Voice | Tagged: Comfort & Joy, from the heart, hungry for music, the Voice | 153 Comments »
Posted by bebereader on Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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!
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.
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!
Posted in @DavidArchie, David Archuleta, music, The Voice | Tagged: #DA2015, Angels We Have Heard on High, CHRISTMAS, Oh Christmas Tree, Rockefeller Center, The Christmas Tree | 60 Comments »
Posted by djafan on Wednesday, December 17, 2014
THIS FROM BROOKE WHITE ABOUT DAVID.
This guy, I can’t tell you the love and respect I have for him and his absolutely incredible talent which can only be surpassed by his character. Maybe he wins the #bestpersonIknow hashtag award. I’ve known him for years now since our Idol days, and have watched him grow from a shy teenage heart throb into such a great dude with such a solid sense of himself, God and all that is important in life. Since the return of his mission we’ve seen each other for a quick minute but have talked several times. Every one wants a piece of him, I knew people were beating down his door with requests and opportunities to lend his golden pipes so I was apprehensive at first to even ask him to do this, as a friend I try not to ask for anything :-) But given the nature of the project I figured it was worth asking, so I picked up the phone and gave him a call and told him about the cause. With in a few days he responded with an enthusiastic yes! Such great news! It just so happened that we would both be in Nashville at the same time, this in itself is a miracle.
So he came to Daniel Tashian’s studio on a Friday and the three of us wrote and recorded “Cherry Lane”, one of the happiest songs of the whole record…. stylistically it probably leans a bit more my direction with it’s throw back vibe, but the soothing sound of his voice on this call and answer chorus is what makes it completely magical. You don’t understand, his pitch perfect tone is at such a world class level, and it’s baffling, and yeah, nerve racking to even have my voice on the same track. Seriously, I get a tear whenever I hear him sing. Who doesn’t?! Anywho, “Cherry Lane” is a song for us grown ups, it was that first street I grew up on, it represents a simpler happy time and place when we’d “rather stay outside and play than stare down at the phone all day”. It’s emotional too though, David’s voice beckoning “we could go back, we could go back to where we were”. Thanks David for being a part of this. Also, funny side note, I was so excited that I called my parents from Nashville to tell them about the song the next day, and my mom said “oh honey, the street was actually called “cheery lynn”…. haha, ah well, cherry lane/ cheery lynn, tomato /tomahto close enough ;-)
We’ve reached over 60% of our goal! Please help spread the word and get us over the hump!
Go here to listen to > Cherry Lane It’s just after the main article. Look for a small > and click to play.
And David tweets!
And posts on his instagram!
“Never Grow Up” Charity Album : Links to this worthy cause are bolded.
I am supporting O.U.R. in their mission to save children from slavery by getting all of you involved in a charity album!
O.U.R., comprised largely of former NAVY Seals, Special Agents and members of the CIA, sets up and engages in missions with the purpose of rescuing kidnapped children from sexual slavery throughout the world. In October, one such mission resulted in 55 children being freed from sex slavery in Colombia. Another recent undercover mission into Haiti was documented thoroughly here to give supporters a sense of how much planning one of these missions takes.
Each mission costs roughly $20,000, so White’s goal of $25,000 in pledges will result in $20,000 being donated to help pay for one mission, with the rest of the pledges being used to cover production and shipping costs. But that’s not all. With Foundation Entertainment’s matching offer, a successful campaign will mean that two missions can be carried out instead of just one.
To learn more about Operation Underground Railroad, visit their Ways to Help page, their O.U.R. Process page or their Become an Abolitionist page.
Posted in @DavidArchie, David Archuleta, fillers, music, role models, songwriting, The Voice, Uncategorized | Tagged: #bestpersonIknowaward, @DavidArchie, Brooke White, Charity Album, Cherry Lane, David Archuleta, Friends, from the heart, I get a tear whenever I hear him sing. Who doesn’t?!, I knew people were beating down his door with requests and opportunities to lend his golden pipes, music, Never Grow Up, perfect pitch tone, respect, soothing sound of his voice, the Voice, world class level | 124 Comments »
Posted by djafan on Thursday, December 11, 2014
The Live Nativity Youtube video!
BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO!
DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE NOW!
NOTE: You can go directly to step #3 like with the Glorious download.
History WAS made with the Guinness Book of World Records!
The event for the Worlds Largest Nativity included:
- David Archuleta
- Peter Hollens
- Shay Carl & the Shaytards
- Devin Graham
- Stuart Edge
- Studio C
- Alex Boye
- Cute Girl Hairstyles
- & many more
The collaboration for Angels From The Realms of Glory was aired on FM100.3 today!
All coming together for a Christ centered YouTube video to be released tomorrow on ThePianoGuys youtube channel.
Posted in @DavidArchie, @FM1003, David Archuleta, music, Uncategorized | Tagged: @DavidArchie, Angels From The Realms of Glory, CHRISTMAS, Collaboration, David Archuleta, MOtab, music, Music video, Peter Hollens, The Piano Guys, the Voice, Worlds Largest Live Nativity | 130 Comments »
Posted by bebereader on Saturday, November 29, 2014
credit Veronica Ledezma
credit One Voice Childrens’ Choir IG – backstage
Here are two playlists from last night’s performances.
From last night’s show:
“When David’s name was first announced and he walked out on stage, and everyone rose to their feet in love, adoration, respect and gratitude, well it was quite a moment. The evening was his and his alone, even though the other performances were entertaining and special, you knew the audience was waiting with bated breath (I know we five were) until David showed up on that stage again!!” ~Pattirae
“At the finale he looked at each of us and waved. He was situated at stage left and slowly walked across the entire stage to stage right and made a conscious effort to include us all. And yes, we did appreciate. :)” ~Dayzee
And to those fans who are lucky enough to go to tonight’s shows, have a great time! Be sure to let us know all about it in comments here.
Posted in @DavidArchie, @ginaorr, @kariontour, concerts, fillers, music, The Voice, Welcome Back | Tagged: 3 CONCERTS, 5 songs, @DavidArchie, CHRISTMAS, David Archuleta, HEADLINER, Interfaith, missing him | 119 Comments »
Posted by djafan on Thursday, November 27, 2014
David tweeted about this weekends concerts! And surprised us with a twitter party! Look on the right sidebar to see his tweets.
There are many many fans going, some with great video taking reputations. Will be following twitter for any news.
Click on the links below for event details.
Purchase your tickets at “ARTTIX” and enter PROMO CODE “DBOOK” for 20% discount.
David rehearsing with the Children’s Choir
Posted in @DavidArchie, concerts, fillers, music, The Voice, Uncategorized | Tagged: #Glorious, 3 CONCERTS, 4 SONGS, @DavidArchie, CHRISTMAS, David Archuleta, HEADLINER, Interfaith, music, the Voice | 96 Comments »
Posted by djafan on Monday, November 24, 2014
106,022 Views as of 7:30am 11/24/2014
“His voice has matured and resonates with a silky, richness – it filled the entire venue and everyone was literally hypnotized and mesmerized by the depth of emotion in every single note. He got a little choked up at the end of the Spanish portion, and it was all I could do to hold the phone steady and not cry – even after all this time, David still has the power to move people to tears.”
“The bodyguards read the situation clearly and immediately surrounded David and Lupe and started moving them towards the exit. Then panic ensued as people realized David was leaving, and the crowd went into full Reno Solo Tour GA (General Admission) mode – if you were at Reno, you know what I mean – and it took everything in my power not to get knocked down and trampled! I was afraid for David – it was like the heyday of David Mania – and the bodyguards (I think there were six of them) linked arms and cut a path towards the exit and ushered David and Lupe into a waiting car where they were whisked off into the night, the red tail-lights getting smaller and smaller in the distance, and then he was gone.”
And then there’s this:
Continuing my journey on the #northshore of Oahu with @climb_works . Such a blast! Nice people, and got me to try things I probably wouldn’t have before. Highly recommend checking out these awesome places in Hawaii! #CLIMB #hangingaround #zipline #iheartHawaii #SummerbreezeinNovember
Posted in @DavidArchie, David Archuleta, fillers, Hawaii, music, role models, The Voice, Uncategorized | Tagged: @DavidArchie, David Archuleta, feeling his voice, missing him, music, singer, the gift | 43 Comments »
Posted by bluesky4home on Monday, November 17, 2014
Picture Edit: Abrra
It seems I am a “shape-changer”.
I have lugged three huge lawn bags filled to the brim, out to the trunk of the car: some things just don’t fit they way they used to. Whether this is good news or bad, I will leave up to the imagination.
However, I found myself thinking of this the other day in relation to DA and wondered how things “fit” for him since his return to the states, his career, and his family.
Like coming home to a “found” trunk of clothes, some fit, some don’t, and some old favorites look different. Each missionary coming home (or anyone returning from a two-year-life-changing-experience) finds that things “fit” differently than before. We are not the same shape as we once were. Neither within nor without. Each person takes their own amount of time to reassess, evaluate, and experiment on the “shape” they are in. Which things are the same? Which are different?
And most of all – What did I bring home with me that I especially want to keep?
DA brought back an even greater determination to be of service to his fellow-man. This is very evident in the choices he has made of when and to whom, he has performed. I do not believe that this means he devalues his “regular” fan base. I think it just means he has sharpened his focus.
We know that he has said how he loved being in the mission-field because the focus was not on himself. I can imagine that trying to keep the focus on what he is doing rather than on himself, is one reason he seems more distant to his fans. It is because of his own goals and what he needs to do in order to achieve them, not from anything the fans have done. We are a diverse and sometimes unwieldy bunch, and we love to focus on him. He on the other-hand, would rather not focus on himself, and he has only so much time and energy. I believe that his ability to balance the demands of a public life and a private one will improve with time and maturity. (When your public is your “buyer”, you simply have to connect!) Yet for now, he wants to be more private. I can respect that.
He is working. Goes to school. Writes music. Records. Travels. Spends time with family. Has told us in different ways that he is working with a variety of music. And… Although he has not sung to us (sigh), I do not believe that that means he does not want to.
It is just that for the first time in his life, he gets to try it his way, in his own time frame, without constant input from outside sources. What a challenge he has taken on! What courage it must take to push himself to stand musically in a place previously denied him, and to hear the echo of his own heart.
He will come. What he brings to us all then, will not be perfect. But it will be as perfect as he can make it. And it will come from as true a place as he can discover: it will be with as much of his soul as he can form into sound.
It will be the shape of things to come.
Bluesky is a staff writer for The Voice.
Posted in @DavidArchie, Balance, David Archuleta, Mission, music, songwriting, The Voice | Tagged: #DA2014, @DavidArchie, David Archuleta, determination, life-changing-experience, sharpening focus, the shape of things to come | 137 Comments »