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David Archuleta’s My Kind Of Christmas Tour ~ The Best Christmas Gift Ever! A Recap by Silverfox

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, December 6, 2011

credit Paula

There is so much to say but it’s hard to find the words which would do justice to David and the magic of the four concerts I was truly fortunate to attend, thanks in large part to SB. But I’m trying hard to find the words. Right now, as always after seeing David in concert & wondering when or if there will be a next time for me, I find myself in a fog, a feeling of sadness. For some reason, this time is different, because at the same time I feel a sense of peace knowing David is happy & truly content in the decisions he has made.

David’s MKOC Tour is his Christmas gift to his fans which is truly extraordinary. His gracious appreciation of and gratitude to his fans was so obvious in every move, every look, every smile, every word he uttered on stage and at the VIP M&G’s, but more so when he sang. Whether the upbeat, fun songs or the beautiful, heartfelt reverent songs, he poured his all into each & every note. He showed us how he feels about his fans & he takes nothing for granted. This tour, the whole production is so obviously HIS. I believe he knew exactly what he wanted to do and how he wanted to express himself to his fans. He may have had some input from others, but the production is ALL DAVID because it’s all about “giving”. I believe he also wanted, in the only & best way he knows, to give subliminal messages in the songs he chose about our concerns & worries about what he has in store for the future.

The tour opening in Westbury brought back many great memories of CFTH, but those were soon overshadowed by such remarkable performances by David, as if he had been performing non-stop these last two years. His vocals have never sounded so sublime, pitch-perfect and magnificent. SB & I had front row seats directly in front of David. We always describe ourselves as being mesmerized & hypnotized by David, and believe me, by the end of the concert, the audience was! He gave us surprise after surprise. He shared the stage with kids while he read a Christmas poem. He salsa danced around the stage like the Latino he is to his new fun song, Fa-la-la-la. Then before his very beautiful encore of Silent Night, he sang Little Drummer Boy in his low register, ever so softly at first then out of nowhere, he lifted some base drumsticks and proceeded to absolutely blow us away by beating the front of the base drum and dancing from side to side as he beat it like there was no tomorrow! It was David as we have never seen him before! To say we were flabbergasted is an understatement! I don’t think David knew what to expect or how his audience would react to his performance of Little Drummer Boy which is why it was not the encore in Westbury. It was the most exciting & outstanding performance I had ever seen in my life! So far..because of course, he was just getting started.

Irving Plaza was another outstanding performance but on a smaller stage. It was a standing only, mosh type venue. SB & I upgraded our tickets to Venue VIP which only meant standing in the balcony with a better view of the stage. The difference in this concert was the encore which was no surprise. David’s Little Drummer Boy took center stage as the Encore song. A brilliant decision as I am sure we will witness more & more as the tour progresses.

Now on to Turning Stone Casino in Verona which transformed David into the Broadway Star he could easily be. The large stage reminded me of the Las Vegas stages my sister & I saw Elvis perform in many times. I can see David perform in the biggest & most beautiful showrooms in Vegas or on Broadway someday. David surpassed himself in Verona. It was truly magical. The difference between Elvis & David is Elvis had a “crowd” on stage, an orchestra, his band & several background singers. David had four band members, and HIMSELF and needed nothing & no one else. When he came on stage he was bigger than life, filling the stage with his glow. It’s a mystery how he transforms the minute he walks on stage, any stage. This transformation is an unexplainable phenomena which I have only seen in David. What was so different about the stage in the Turning Stone Casino? Perhaps it was the size of the stage, the lighting, or the acoustics? No! It was David. How is it possible to improve perfection? Because that is precisely what David did in Verona. His stage presence was like no one I’ve seen before. His vocals were exquisite. His voice lifted the audience to heights we never knew existed. How does he do it night after night I wondered? Like in the last two concerts, he gave his all in every song reaching out to the audience with his beautiful voice & self. He gave us more surprises after he read his poem with the little girls from the audience when he broke out singing his new fun song again. (The man can D A N C E!). Then he started dancing with one of the little girls!! Such a joy to behold and that little girl will have something to remember forever! The first half was over leaving us anxiously anticipating what he had in store in the second half.

MAGIC! That is what he had in store for us. Every song, full of love & Grace. Then came David’s rendition of Silent Night which is as we know, the most beautiful of any other rendition we have ever heard by anyone, and in Verona he made it even more poignant, reverent & beautiful. All of a sudden through the tears many of us had as he sang, snow started to fall! Real snow! It was like scene out of a movie or a beautiful painting. Looking at David in the center of the stage under the most beautiful lighting & singing this most beautiful song deep from within his heart & soul as the snow fell was the most beautiful sight I have ever seen and I will never forget it. I can still see & feel the deep & profound impact that particular performance had on me. David will never know & even if I were to try to tell him, I would not be able to find the words. I know there were many in the audience who were as affected as I.

credit David’s OS

His Little Drummer Boy in Verona was even more magnificent than you can imagine! Perhaps the large stage made it that much more powerful a performance. All I can say is that you just had to be there! It was an inspiration and IMO, his way of letting us know in his subliminal way that he is doing his bidding for Him every day of his life, using the gift he was given in the right way. He is doing what he was born and destined to do. David’s performance in Verona was truly unforgettable. In a way, I wish there were NO videos of any of the Little Drummer Boy performances until the end of the tour so that each audience can see & FEEL what the videos just can’t pick up which is the energy, excitement and astonishment of seeing David beating on the drum for HIM, putting his whole body into it as he dances side to side. It’s simply glorious!

Stroudsburg was another outstanding performance. A different venue, stage & audience…except for those of us who were fortunate to be there again. David’s vocals were still strong & had no sign of fatigue and his stage presence was still happy, alive and on fire! How does he do it I wondered again? So obvious was his joy on stage. Every song sung with an intensity as if knowing this was the last of the Eastern leg of his tour, he wanted to make sure the fans here felt his love & appreciation. It was like a huge joyous celebration. He danced, he talked more than usual, and danced some more! Zero Gravity got the audience up & dancing. His Little Drummer Boy was again a reminder to us that he is here to stay, playing his “Drum” to Him, playing his best to Him. Giving his thanks to Him for the gift of his amazing ability to reach people regardless of faiths, age, gender, or race through music. That is David’s destiny and he is living it every day.

What a grand & glorious 4 days of seeing David in concert. The best Christmas gift ever!

For anyone reading the fan sites or viewing the videos, you have to know the videos, audios, & recaps of personal experiences, even though some are brilliantly written really do not capture the full essence of seeing David in all his glory on this, his very special tour which is so obviously designed, produced & orchestrated by David to be exactly what he wanted to GIVE to his fans. If there is an opportunity to attend one of the MKOC concerts, PLEASE DO!

To David, all I can say is Thank you for yet again, another unforgettable experience & memories I can tuck away in my heart.

credit Maureen

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Hong Kong ~ Acoustic David Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

These two tweets say it all.

 CraigLeesonCraig Leeson

@misscaragrogan @david never heard of this bloke until today. Ridiculously talented. What a voice.

CraigLeesonCraig Leeson   If my voice dies I want it to come back as david archuleta. Just want to flick his ears the young pup.

I couldn’t sleep and went to twitter and surprise surprise.  There was a link to watch David perform on livestream along with many up waiting for David to perform.  Was fun.  Wait sucked the air out of me.

JR has great quality but doesn’t have them all up yet.  Westlife has them up.  I’ll update with JR’s as she uploads them.


Song List from Bebe (who was also up lol)

Gotta Get Through This
Everybody Wants To Rule The World
The Other Side of Down
Wait
Crazy
Crush
Stand By Me

Gotta Get Through This

Everybody Wants To Rule The World

The Other Side Of Down

Wait

Another Wait credit

Crazy

Crush

Stand By Me

And here is the full concert minus GGTT credit TamyaYan

Crush and Stand By Me credit likezerogravity

David Archuleta at CASBAA from Larissa Cheong on Vimeo.

 credit rotanrm

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DAVID ARCHULETA’S MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS TOUR

Posted by djafan on Thursday, October 6, 2011

Singing sensation David Archuleta announces his much-anticipated MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS Tour for the winter of 2011: The tour kicks off in Westbury, NY on December 1, and concludes in Beaver Creek, CO on December 21. David’s MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS Tour will feature epic orchestral arrangements of both traditional holiday and familiar classics, as well as an assortment of David’s own, melodic pop favorites. The tour promises to showcase more of David’s unique musicality and vocal prowess that his fans have come to love. David has also partnered with VIP Nation to offer VIP Packages on his upcoming tour, including meet & greets and exclusive merchandise.

Posted September 27, 2011 on his Official Site.

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR DETAILS OF EACH CONCERT.  6  VIP LOCATIONS SOLD OUT!!!!

Dec 1 (THURS), 8pm:

Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY

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VIP sold out

Dec 2 (FRI), 8pm:

Irving Plaza, New York, NY

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VIP sold out

Dec 3 (SAT), 8pm:

Turning Stone Resort & Casino – Event Center, Verona, NY

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VIP sold out

Dec 4 (SUN), 7pm:

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA

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VIP sold out

Dec 8 (THU), 8pm:

Knitting Factory, Boise, ID

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VIP on sale Oct 6

Dec 9 (FRI), 8pm:

Blackfoot Performing Arts Center, Blackfoot, ID

sold out

VIP on sale Oct 6

Dec 10 (SAT), 7.30pm:

Heritage Center Theater, Cedar City, UT

sold out | buy VIP now

Dec 13 (TUE), 8pm:

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA

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Dec 14 (WED), 8pm:

Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA

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Dec 16 (FRI), tba:

Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA

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Dec 17 (SAT), 8pm:

City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA

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VIP sold out

Dec 19 (MON), tba:

Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, UT

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VIP sold out

Dec 21 (WED), 7pm

Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek,Colorado

Call to reserve tickets 888.920.ARTS(2787)

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All times local unless otherwise noted.  More dates to be announced.

Who’s going? What concert? VIP? Moshing? Any get together plans? Please share in the comments :)

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DAVID ARCHULETA’S MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS TOUR

Posted by djafan on Saturday, October 1, 2011

Singing sensation David Archuleta announces his much-anticipated MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS Tour for the winter of 2011: The tour kicks off in Westbury, NY on December 1, and concludes in Beaver Creek, CO on December 21. David’s MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS Tour will feature epic orchestral arrangements of both traditional holiday and familiar classics, as well as an assortment of David’s own, melodic pop favorites. The tour promises to showcase more of David’s unique musicality and vocal prowess that his fans have come to love. David has also partnered with VIP Nation to offer VIP Packages on his upcoming tour, including meet & greets and exclusive merchandise.

Posted September 27, 2011 on his Official Site.

Wait, Santa already knows what you want. I made a list below and checked it twice. Gonna find out who's naughty or nice. haha*couph*VIP*cough*I mean hoho. JK. And get off my lap. Hijoles...next!!

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR DETAILS OF EACH CONCERT. 5 VIP LOCATIONS SOLD OUT!!!!

Date

Location/City/State

Tickets

Dec 1 (THU), 8pm:

Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY

buy tix now

VIP sold out

Dec 2 (FRI), 8pm:

Irving Plaza, New York, NY

buy tix now

VIP sold out

Dec 3 (SAT), 8pm:

Turning Stone Resort & Casino – Event Center, Verona, NY

buy tix now

buy VIP now

Dec 4 (SUN), 7pm:

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA

buy tix now

VIP sold out

Dec 8 (THU), 8pm:

Knitting Factory, Boise, ID

reg tix sale date tba

VIP on sale Oct 6

Dec 9 (FRI), 8pm:

Blackfoot Performing Arts Center, Blackfoot, ID

reg tix sale date tba

VIP on sale Oct 6

Dec 10 (SAT), tba:

Heritage Center Theater, Cedar City, UT

reg tix sale date tba      VIP sale date tba

Dec 13 (TUE), 8pm:

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA

buy tixs now

buy VIP now

Dec 14 (WED), 8pm:

Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA

buy tix now

buy VIP now

Dec 16 (FRI), tba:

Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA

buy tickets now

buy VIP now

Dec 17 (SAT), 8pm:

City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA

buy tix now

VIP sold out

Dec 19 (MON), tba:

Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, UT

buy tix now

VIP sold out

Dec 21 (WED), 7pm

Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek, CO

reg tix on sale Oct 3   buy VIP now

All times local unless otherwise noted.  More dates to be announced.

Who’s going? What concert? VIP? Moshing? Any get together plans? Please share in the comments :)

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David Archuleta ~ Into the Vortex

Posted by Angelica on Monday, June 6, 2011

I know many of you out there have been swept up into various video vortexes since the Voice emerged with his jazzy-soul-funk-blues-pop-fusion-go-head-with-yo-bad-self-vibe.  Whew!   Let me take you down a couple of my own recent rabbit holes.

First, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”  Yeah, I know, everybody’s thinks they have explored and conquered that world already but this is the part that won’t let me go.  Right where he begins to feel the joy while the band transitions to an upbeat tempo and he’s not singing but BRINGS THE MIC UP AND IDK GOES SHHHHH INTO IT OR SOMETHING SO DASTARDLY I MEAN HOW DARE HE USE HIS MOUTH AS A WIND INSTRUMENT LIKE THAT?   Who makes a shhhhhh sound into a mic for no earthly reason except the pure love of sound?  Play dat funky music, white boi!  He don’t play fair and that’s the way you do it!  He even has a sly, crooked smile on his face the whole time.  Why does that drive me crazy?

Speaking of crazy, welcome to my other abyss.  “Crazy” from the AI Viewing Party.  It’s all good but this is, IMO the best Crazy yet and the part that keeps me tethered tight is right here.

That.  That Ray Charles/Stevie Wonder shoulder roll at the beginning followed by that scrunching, crouching, hunkering low down in his seat as he reaches way down for something in the deepest depths of his soulful soul.   What he brings to the surface is something primal, like all human emotion from the beginning of time.  He wields his voice like a sword, so sharp it cuts right through you and with the tender passage that follows, you are healed.  Who does that?  Who makes a sound like that?  I have never heard anyone do what he does with his voice and genius for emotional expression.

This next part is for David, my message in a bottle that I hope will somehow wash up on whatever shore you wander.  Own who you are, all of it.  Embrace it.  Wrap your arms around it and if they don’t reach the whole entirety of your being, drill down till all of who you are bubbles up to the surface and know that you are the owner of all that you find.  Your treasure is waiting.

Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:21

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Band Series, Part 3 ~ Introducing David Archuleta’s Band

Posted by bebereader on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Guitarist, Brian Green

We’ve already learned about two of David’s new band members; keyboardist Mark Nilan Jr and percussionist Steven Robinson. Each, with his unique abilities and background brings something special to the mix to complement David’s voice.

Next up is Brian Green, an accomplished guitarist/composer with an impressive resume. I contacted Brian on facebook (he’s not on Twitter) and asked him for updated biographical information for this article. He immediately and good-naturedly responded with a link to his website. His music stretches to many genres including jazz, pop, ambient, Brazilian and groove music.


What is groove music? According to Wikipedia:

“Groove is the sense of propulsive rhythmic “feel” or sense of “swing” created by the interaction of the music played by a band’s rhythm section (drums, electric bass or double bass, guitar, and keyboards). Groove is a consideration in genres such as salsa, funk, rock, fusion, and soul. The word is often used to describe the aspect of certain music that makes one want to move, dance, or “groove”.

Hailing from and residing in Los Angeles, California, Brian first picked up a guitar when he was just eight years old, to impress a girl he liked in grade school.  He credits rocker Eddie Van Halen as his earliest influence but later became interested in jazz when he was in high school. In 2000 he was a Spotlight Award finalist, giving him the opportunity to perform at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with renowned pianist Gerald Clayton.  In 2001 he was honored as a Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellow and selected to participate in the 2001 Grammy Band.

Brian was accepted to the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in 2002, where he studied jazz and classical music and began a degree in Studio Jazz Guitar. In 2004 he worked with and recorded for producer David Foster as a featured soloist on Michael Buble’s hit single “Home”.  Then Warner Brothers approached him to play with Michael Buble on a tour around the world for a year and a half. After the Buble tour, he concentrated on completing his degree at USC and on being a composer and artist. He graduated with honors in 2007, the same year he recorded his debut album of all original jazz music, “Scenic Route”.

“The disc is fantastic for relaxing at home but the music is at its best live, where, in the tradition of jazz, Green and his band create plenty of improvised solos and experimental melodies. His is a modern jazz, often eschewing the piano but making use of other tools such as looping pedals to lay down melodies live and solo over them.” ~from Brian Green’s myspace page

“I always prefer playing live shows. Something can be lost in jazz that is too studied. Sometimes it’s better to create a vibe for the audience, an aesthetic. That’s what I try to do with my music…
I want to make a fun environment for everyone so that they can relate to me, the performer, without needing extensive knowledge of the history of jazz.” ~Brian Green

Brian and Steven accompanied David to the Invisible Children event  in Nashvile last month. We were treated to a new acoustic guitar-driven “Crush” that gave the song new depth.

credit JR

Since October 2010, Brian has been singing vocals and playing lead guitar for his own jazz/pop/indie band, Montë Mar. He credits The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Johnny Marr, Milton Nascimento and Radiohead as the band’s major influences. With music that grooves, improvised solos and experimental melodies, Brian’s skills and experience make him perfectly suited for David’s band.

The versatility of David’s new band is exciting and I can’t wait to hear them meld their sounds together and get their “groove” on!


Click on pic above to go to Brian’s Facebook page.

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Band Series, Part 2 ~ Introducing David Archuleta’s Band

Posted by bebereader on Saturday, May 7, 2011

Photo credit PaulaFOD

Percussionist: Steven J. Robinson

When I began to research percussionist/actor/singer/songwriter and producer, Steven J. Robinson, I found very little on the web. But I noticed that he’s active on Twitter where he’s very popular with the fans. I took a leap and decided to tweet him for some help. It soon became apparent why he’s so popular; he’s a delightful guy, very easy to talk to and really friendly. Bursting with excitement, he graciously answered all my questions and then some, without hesitation. :-D

Born in 1989 in Los Angeles, California, Steven Robinson comes from a family of performers. His Mom and Dad were singers and ministers in the Pentecostal church. It was only a matter of time before Steven set his sights on a similar career.

How did you become interested in music and particularly percussion?

“Drums was the very first thing that intrigued me. I was very small-around the age of 2-in church. I didn’t know anything about drumming, or what it’s main purpose was in a musical setting. All I remember is that the sound and physical nature of the instrument grabbed my attention, and never let go! The more I got into drums as time went on, the more I got into music.

Funny story-because I was so deeply rooted in church, and gospel music, my first time hearing secular music was in 3rd grade. The kids at school would bring their CD’s. Around that time, Britney Spears, NSync, Christina Aguilera, 98 Degrees, and Spice Girls were HUGE. I knew the sound wasn’t gospel, but I liked it! It was simpler, and most of the time, less dramatic. ha ha It was a nice change. But now I incorporate my gospel roots into my pop/r&b gigs, and people love it. :)”

According to his bio, Steven started playing drums professionally as early as junior high school!

When did you start playing professionally and getting gigs?

“In my sophomore year of high school, I was asked to play behind Marie Wise-Hawkins, a local country singer. I played with her for a year or so, doing local gigs and demo recordings. From her, I went on to playing in a rock band called NuLvL.“

After high school, he won a music scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in Boston, he auditioned at a local theater and began to get interested in every aspect of the entertainment industry including acting. He also worked in the studio with Japanese artist Sylvia Lynn and singer/songwriter Tori Salisbury. He has graced the stage musically and theatrically, in various productions from one coast to the other.  His artistry grows from writing, recording and performing his own material.

Were you in a band in college?

“During college, I played in an R&B band called “Aftershock”. We were a 20-piece band! This was my first experience playing r&b in a huge setting. I learned so much! From this opportunity, I was given my first semi high profile gig, with Universal Motown’s Devin Johnson. Devin sang and played keyboards in Aftershock. During these playing experiences, a good buddy of mine named Andre Brown shaped and molded the raw talent inside of me. Andre taught me how to play to a click track (much different than practicing to cd’s!), and showed me different ways to approach r&b drumming. I thank God for having Andre placed in my life.”

Have you had prior band experience?

“While in LA, I’ve been on the hustle as a drummer and an actor, looking for the next great opportunity. I played for a number of up and coming acts before landing the gig with David. At the end of the day, it’s all about networking, and building relationships with fellow entertainers. That’s how I got the recommendation for David’s new band. :)”

Which brings us to this week’s Twitter parties. Enthusiastic fans asked Steven all kinds of cool questions to which he so generously obliged. ;) Names of tweeters have been removed to protect our innocence. LOL.  Steven’s replies are in italics.

How did U come about joining @DavidArchie’s band? Did U know about him before joining his band?
His last drummer was an acquaintance of mine…he called me in to audition.

How’s the music coming along?
The music is great! Cant wait to get back to work!

Luv new vibe- David Archuleta’s band with your bongos adds new flavor & vibe.
Awesome! That was the plan!

Who are some of your favorite gospel artists?
GREAT question-Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, Doobie Powell, Tye Tribbett, Skillet, the list goes on!

What’s David doing today?
Not sure….lol check his tweets

You are so sweet. ‘family’ .. you have such a positive, sunny attitude..I love that. no wonder David chose you.
Thank you so very much! :-)

Are we getting any closer to Tour news???
Everyday that passes gets closer to news. :-)

Any more ‘sexy acoustic sets’ in the works? Loved the last one!!
Oh yeah! Much more sexy acousticness in the works!

“Much more sexy acousticness in the works!” Lord have Mercy on us all. Imma start prayin now.
Talk to the Lord!! Lol

How do you transport those big drums?
A car, and lots of patience lol

*cough* going to Asia soon? *cough*COUGH*
ha ha ha dont know yet…hopefully!

Morning! Do u guys rehearse in a set studio or do u pack up ur drums each day & travel around?
We’re in a set studio.

Any particular reason for choosing drums as your instrument? Do you have a favorite drummer?
I was chosen by God to play drums. :-) For whatever reason! Fav drummers-brook alexander, teddy campbell, aaron spears

Will david’s tour start in June!?
June? Who said that?

Have u ever heard @davidarchie sing some Prince?
We’re trying to convince him actually! #iloveprince

I have all the tamales you need. just need tour dates and you can have them all :P
ha ha ha ha you little sneak!! Lol

ooh rehearsals tonight eh? i raise my bribe by 10 tamales if you agree to cellcast the rehearsals tonight ;)
ha ha ha ha!!!!!! I really cant wait to meet you! Ha ha what show are you coming to?

You skipped over my tweet about “full set at Myrtle Beach”??? but I’ll forgive you this time! LOL
Oh Im sorry!!! Yes full set!!

or we can meet in INDONESIA in JULY :P
ha ha ha!

oh yeah! My man, Steven, is a clever dude! Not gonna get one over on him! But good try! haha ♥ you guys :)

Good Place Good Place Good Place (trying subliminal mind control) Good Place Good Place Good Place
ha ha ha!

Hi! Question, don’t know if it’s been answered… Whose brilliant idea was it to mash up Gotta Get Thru This & Msg in a Bottle?!
All collaborative my friend :-)

Thanks 4the twitter party & info about the Cajon, my music shop closed in the neighborhood :( Boo hope we didn’t overwhelm U :)
Not at all! I throw the twitter parties cause yall are awesome!

We do know for sure that there is a summer tour, right?
Not confirmed yet.

Hmmm….boss man just called me. Indonesia. :-)

Call me ignorant but do you mean David by “boss man”? Don’t want to assume!
Yep. That’s David!

Tell @DavidArchie that we love when he adds lots of na na na’s, yeah yeahs and humming in his songs! :)
He knows, that’s why he does it! Ha ha

Yeah, that @DavidArchie acts so innocent, but he KNOWS what he’s doin’! haha
Agreed!!!

Uh oh. With that last reply, I think we’re headed for Trouble with a capital T.

http://twitter.com/#!/StevenJRob
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1578400912

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David Archuleta ~ the Man, the Music, the Mission

Posted by bluesky4home on Monday, March 7, 2011

Sundance Film Festival ~ January 2009

The Man (Or: DA ((aka: Christopher Robin)) visits my Hundred Acre Woods.)

Truthfully? My natural thought processes tend to be more like Eeyore than Winnie the Pooh. I have also been known to share a weekly cup of anxiety with Piglet. (Just sayin’: There are probably going to be thorns on that there rose. But, no stomping please. Good roses are hard to find!) Some people tell me that the words pragmatic and paranoid are just a little too close in my dictionary.  *sigh*

So when DA began his career following Idol with the outlook: “I could get hit by a car…”, part of me nodded in melancholy approval of his “seize the day” attitude. And I totally understood his occasional forays into: “If this doesn’t work out I might…” From my viewpoint this was no ‘starry-eyed puppy’. Although he may have been inexperienced, he was still a man who had done his homework and knew something about the odds.

So my own Pooh Bear (in search of ever more DA music), has always been accompanied by a very faithful Eeyore (ready to predict the inevitable lack). However DA, (with his inimitable way of upsetting my “Is it half full, or half empty?” apple cart), has come to the rescue once again, and like Christopher Robin who cures all ills, he has set right the affairs in my Hundred Acre Woods. He has answered the question of the ages: “Will there be enough music from you, DA?” He has penned ‘Happily Ever After’ into my story.

How? By answering the simple question: “Who would you like to sing with this year?” And DA, (who seems to always speak while offering a restful, mental branch on which any migrant thought may land) said: Tony Bennett.  “I think it would be so cool! He’s just… he’s been doing it for so long and he still sounds amazing.” (DA, you just kinda make my heart go pitter-patter when you say things like that.)

Thereupon my inner “Eeyore” sat down in shocked wonder and blissfully forgot that he had ever lost his tail. You could say, he “closed his eyes and saw the view”.

The Music (Or: Is there a ((classical)) genre that does NOT wait anxiously for DA to rebirth it?)

Cannons! Fireworks! Stadiums of cheers! Cue the 1812 Overture and Beethoven’s’ Ode to Joy! While DA can often confuse, entertain and delight us with seeming non-sequiturs, he is never random when it comes to music. (Exhibit “A”: Eva Cassidy.) So I knew he was perfectly serious. And. I. Rejoiced.

Tony Bennett. (Bless his unsuspecting heart!) This genre of music has not been on the top of my listening choices. But I do appreciate it. And I love what Michael Buble has done and is doing to bring that genius forward to a new audience.

My lack however, did not stop me from recognizing DAs’ own brilliance, appreciation, embodiment, and slam-dunk delivery of said genre whenever he got the chance.

So you can get the idea, here is Tony Bennett (generation jumping) with Michael Buble in 2010.

I can totally see how DA would look on stage with either of these lovely people. (Or both?! Yes, please?) And I would start saving my money….. now.

The Mission (Or: Even though the offer may self-destruct in 10 seconds, I believe DA has accepted his own Mission Impossible and will succeed.)

The historical perspective: Tony Bennetts’ first number one hit was in 1951. He was 25 years old. After several hits his run came to an end in the mid 60s and he seemed to disappear. He had a 15 year span when he was off the musical radar. In the 90s he came back stronger than ever, again putting out gold records. He has kept his musical style intact and “remains a popular and critically praised recording artist and concert performer.” Two things are credited with his comeback success:  1) a good manager (his brother) and 2) being true to his own music.

The New York Times said, “Tony Bennett has not just bridged the generation gap, he has demolished it. He has solidly connected with a younger crowd weaned on rock. And there have been no compromises.” At age 68 he had made it all the way back. He was 84 this last August and is still giving performances and concerts. (Added note: He was taught the “Bel canto” singing discipline, which was said to “keep his voice in good shape for his entire career.”)

Mr. Bennett also knows he has unique fans, especially the ones in the UK. He says how they “really take you in and treat you like family” (Sound like any fans you know?)

DA is a planner, a worker, a dreamer, an avid learner and constantly searches the heavens (both within and without) for guidance. He makes goals. He has vision. He has experience with challenges and how they can ultimately work in surprising ways for ones benefit. He also recognizes and appreciates these attributes when he finds them in others.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that he said he would like to sing with Tony Bennett. This year. Ahem. (Please take notice, Mr. Bennett!) I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that he dreams of singing until he is 84. Think of all the songs!!!! It. blows. my. mind. (Cause, (( love ya Mr. B.)) DA has more than one genre he can sing – actually.) (And, actually, he already copped the whole “demolishing generation gaps” thing when he was 17: “Shop Around”, “Imagine”, Christmas tour, anyone?)

DA, I love how you think and I trust you. Thank you so much for just being who you are. And for wanting to sing with Tony Bennett.

“You find it! You know it! Don’t make it wait! These are words I wanna say every hour of every day.” Wherever he is, DA makes it a “good place”. And my heart is comforted. My Hundred Acre Woods is lit with the eternal sunlight of contentment. And me? *sigh* I have been given the map to the honey tree.

“Silly old bear”.



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