Posted by voiceadmin on Wednesday, May 23, 2012
SINGING SENSATION AND AMERICAN IDOL FAVORITE,
TELLS HIS INSPIRING PERSONAL STORY
How many of you remember those words….the first words you probably read on the inside of the jacket of David’s N.Y. Times Bestseller… “CHORDS OF STRENGTH”?
As we opened to the introduction, we saw David’s first heartfelt words:
“I have no idea why I’m doing this, but I know I need to be doing it for some reason.” David Archuleta
The reason to me was loud and clear. No other person has ever inspired me the way David has. I have been around many years now, and have not ever felt the power of another person …as I have felt with David. His heart is full of wisdom, honesty and purity. To share his thoughts, experiences and dreams with fans and others…in a book…. was a beautiful gift. It felt as if he were chatting with us…. anywhere in our WORLD. The readers were treated to his strength of character and inner spirit. We could even feel the warmth of his smile and see his glow as we turned the pages….even the ones without pictures.
The picture he painted for us…was real. David is real….and that is what we love about him. He definitely left a “heartprint” with us in this book….as he has done with every song he sings and how we watch him live his life.
His wonderful personality captured our attention …and we didn’t want to finish the book and have it all over.
Are you ready to read Chords of Strength for a second, third or maybe even fourth time? How about giving his great book to family and friends who are graduating from high school or college this year? It is a special book to give to people of all ages…for any reason…or just because it feels so good to introduce David to others. Let’s all create more buzz for David during this special time of Chords of Strength’s 2nd anniversary. I am sure there are many of David’s new followers who are not aware that he has written a book. Now is a great time to let them know.
To celebrate the anniversary of David’s bestseller, which is June 1st, one of David’s fans has created a special book pillow to put up for auction. Another fan has generously donated an autographed copy of Chords of Strength. The two of them will be auctioned together for two weeks prior to June 1st. The proceeds of this book pillow and book will be given to Rising Star Outreach (RSO). http://www.risingstaroutreach.org/
David and his mother spent some time at this school in India during Jan. of 2011. They were there to help celebrate World Leprosy Day. They walked the Pathway of Hope that was built in part from bricks donated by many many fans. They spent time with the children in the school, as well as helped the people who have been afflicted with leprosy. Many of David’s fans have continued to support RSO with sponsorships, bricks and other donations for their new school. This is one of the organizations that has been dear to David’s heart. They still need our help…so we are hoping that fans will help contribute with this auction…. keeping David’s caring spirit active while he is away. Please pass the word around to others via twitter and help us help others.
You will not only be giving to others….you will have a chance to receive a one of a kind special remembrance to celebrate David’s NY Times bestseller…. “Chords of Strength”.
It is a large pillow that is approx. 21 x 21 inches. David’s sillouette is the centerpiece of the pillow…bordered with piano keys and musical notes. The pillow is all black and white.
Attached are rawhide Chords (of strength) that will hold a book while you read it ….or just use it to decorate your home.
The back of the pillow is made of black denim, and has two pockets. (not shown in pictures)
Included with the pillow is David Archuleta’s …..NY Times Bestseller….”Chords of Strength.”
The proceeds from this auction will be given to Rising Star Outreach….whose main office in now located in Provo, Utah.
TO PLACE A BID ON THIS ONE OF A KIND ITEM, VISIT
Bidding ends June 1st!
The donor of this pillow for auction wishes to remain anonymous.
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Posted by paulafod on Thursday, March 3, 2011
Composition in Words and TwitterCloud ~ Angelica
The day my daughter was born, right after her birth, the doctor held up a screaming, messy, little blob of pure joy so that I could see her. I touched her hand and she continued to scream. I spoke to her, and immediately she became quiet. She opened her eyes and searched for the source of those words. She recognized my voice. I spoke to her with words that she could not understand, but they reached her anyway…. “Hey, there little one.” Four words spoken with tenderness by a voice that was familiar were a comfort to her when everything around her was unfamiliar.
Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, is not far from my home. At the age of six, having been blind and deaf since the age of nineteen months, Helen stood at a water pump and discovered the beauty of a word. W-a-t-e-r. That word changed everything for her. Words rescued her from an existence that was dark and lonely and allowed her to inspire an entire world. Do you remember the afternoon of February 22, 2011? @DavidArchie tweeted that he would have a vlog up soon. We waited, almost patiently. After the uncertainty of the announcement of his release from the Jive roster and the release of his management, we needed to hear what he had to say. We hung on his every word. The David family huddled together for words of reassurance.
I came to love David through the words he sang. I came to admire David because of the words he spoke and wrote. I have grown to respect David not only because of the words he chooses to use, but because there are words that he refuses to use…words of negativity or gossip….words to retaliate or tear down. I love his humorous words…tales of huge grapes, mistaken identities (Ricky Archuleta), giant bowls of guacamole, and whether or not fish have brains….all of these words endear him to me.
With David as my inspiration, I hope to be more careful with the words I choose, and I want my life to reinforce the optimism, hope, and encouragement that my words express. I will not be perfect, but I want to think twice before I hurl words into the atmosphere. Once a word has been received by another person, it is irretrievable. As David recently quoted, the lack of words can be as harmful as harsh words, so I want to communicate with those so important to me David once said that a smile can make someone’s day. It’s true. It’s also true that a kind word has the power to make a huge difference in the life of another person.
So now we wait for more words from David, more songs, more tweets, more news of tour or an appearance or a music label or new management. While we wait, we’ll use words that make a difference….words like Music for Smiles, Rising Star Outreach, Children’s Miracle Network, Stand Up 2 Cancer. We’ll use our words to remind David that we are his fans. We’ll remind each other what a blessing it is to be an Archie. We’ll use our word power to make a difference.
After all, we never know who’s listening.
Posted in Angels for a Cause, Children's Miracle Network, David Archuleta, Editorial, lyrics, Rising Star Outreach, role models, song writing, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Twitter cloud | Tagged: David Archuleta is a lyrical genius, Words can wound or heal | 96 Comments »
Posted by Abrra on Sunday, February 6, 2011
I have spent the last week pondering what my next topic for an article would be. I never try to force it from my brain, it just shows up. We all have been extremely moved by his trip to India this January. How can you not be impressed by his desire to help the sick? It’s not something that most people his age set as a priority. He goes to the extreme this time by flying half way around the earth to acknowledge Rising Star Outreach, a charity he supports.
The whole experience reminded me of the term “ripple effect”. When you drop a stone into a lake you see the water ripple in concentric circles, outward. Like the stone, David has made ripples that expanded. Spreading much more help to those in the leprosy colony than he will ever know.
Drop a Pebble in the Water
Drop a pebble in the water:
just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
Circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center,
flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling
where the end is going to be.
Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
just a flash and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort
on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn’t believe the volume
of the one kind word you gave.
James W. Foley
This journey began when Dr. Scott McGavin told David about Rising Star Outreach back in fall of 2008. During his solo tour David mentioned RSO in a blog in March 2009. The fans responded overwhelmingly to the cause. Dr. McGavin gave his thanks in June before leaving on a trip to help children with dental needs in India.
As you can hear from the video, they received so much money that they put it to use with more projects. Can you see the ripples? Over the last several months, David gave his time to signing items to auction for the RSO. Some fans formed a group called Hearts and Hands. They created a patchwork quilt and pillow with pictures of David mixed in with some of his quotes.
From Hearts and Hands facebook page
More recently he got the chance to travel to India to perform at a benefit where the children did interpretive dance to Somebody Out There as David sang on stage. David also spent time visiting the leprosy colony with a medical team. He volunteered along side doctors cleaning wounds-a profound and life changing experience. Stacey Tookey, a choreographer along on the trip to India said, “What an amazing experience. Went there to teach the kids and instead they taught me so much.” She may have caught another ripple?
Collage by Djafan
While David was giving his time in India to the sick, back home the fan sites were donating money for bricks for the Pathway of Hope. “The Pathway of Hope winds between two very important buildings on the property of Rising Star Outreach. One ends starts with a plaque that gives thanks to all volunteers, supporters and those who have given in memoriam. The other end has a plaque that reads Pathway of Hope, Lovingly donated by fans of David Archuleta, Angels for a Cause. This plaque gives thanks to all fans of David Archuleta, fans from all over the world who worked for months to bring this project together. What started out as a small brick area, with a lovely bench has turned into a real piece of art!”
The best thing about this ripple effect of charity has been the coming together of people who share his desire to be of service to others. We have read here, on this site, about those who are collecting loose change at work and around the house for Rising Star Outreach. Every time you hold out the RSO jar and ask for change, you increase awareness of leprosy and the devastation is has wrought on these families. Another ripple moves outward, ever expanding the help that is so needed.
We have so much, I am so proud to know that we share so freely.
Update on donations from The Voice group on AFAC since January 28, 2011
Total for bricks $1,000.00 (20 bricks)
Total accrued for bricks that need inscription $165.00 (3.3 bricks)
For child sponsor $360.00 for year
Total dollars $1,525.00
Thank you all so much!
Posted in David Archuleta, Pathway of Hope, Rising Star Outreach | Tagged: Angels for a Cause/The Voice, Charity, David Archuleta, Faith, Hearts and Hands, hope, Ripples, RSO | 148 Comments »