With budding maturity, David Archuleta captures two years’ worth of introspection and reflection, dozens of songwriting sessions, long days spent in the studio and nights in the air, all leading to The Other Side of Down, his highly anticipated second album.
Not only the follow up to David’s 2008 self-titled debut, it’s a reintroduction to the American Idol runner-up with the angelic voice who 30 million television viewers fell in love with during season 7—now older, wiser, with faith still on his side and an eternally optimistic wide-eyed outlook. Hence, the album’s title. “For me, it’s about moving forward and making progress,” David explains. “I’m heading towards ‘the other side of down,’ which is ‘up.’”
It’s here! It’s one of my favorite days of the year. What’s not to love about a holiday celebrating love? I’ve been told “Oh, no, you’re one of THOSE.” Yes I am. It’s the reason I chose to marry the love of my life on Valentine’s Day. Hearts, flowers, chocolates, poems, special weekends away – I am there for all of it.
Do you guys remember when David left us a singing Valentine message? This was 4 years ago, and it was the best thing.
David Archuleta Calendar Fundraiser Project to benefit ChildFund International
If you have ordered a calendar between Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 15th midnight you can be entered into a raffle to win a XL sized Calendar Photo Print of your choice. To be entered, you must e-mail me confirmation of your order number and date purchased at firstname.lastname@example.org.. These calendars are my way of saying thank you to David for always being an inspiration to me and to all of his fans by encouraging us all to follow our dreams, which he has shown can be challenging and scary but it is exactly those challenges that make it worth achieving. It is also David’s wish that by helping ChildFund (http://www.childfund.org/) we can help these children follow their dreams.
CLICK EACH CALENDAR LINK BELOW AND IT WILL TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO THE ORDER PAGE OF THAT SPECIFIC CALENDAR (requires Adobe Flash)
What makes this calendar special is that passages used are from David fans and David’s family. I asked them if they could provide passages that made them think of David. I felt this would truly make this calendar memorable, special and personal and a way to show our appreciation to David as he is away on his mission.
What makes this calendar unique is ChildFund International provided me with phrases to use in the calendar and a very special fan provided me with a poem she created about David and there are also phrases David had shared with us on twitter that were significant to him. I tried to make each calendar something that would be special to each of us and the photos can be looked on for many years to come even when the year is over.
This was a very fun and educational project and probably the most memorable. I thought these calendars were a great way to show my appreciation and respect for David’s choice to leave the comforts of what he knows behind to help and serve those who are truly in need of someone like him in their lives.
I am so honored and blessed to be a fan of David because even though he is gone he is still finding ways to stay in our lives because he left us with someone who is keeping the flame lit Kari! Thank you Kari for being the angel you are. We love you. THANK YOU ALL for helping to raise money and awareness to a very special organization to David Archuleta!
Payment methods accepted: Visa, MC, PayPal
Calendar size and cost:
8.5 x 11 = $23.28 plus $5 s/h (US Residents)
11×14 XL = $33.28 plus $5 s/h (to select this size use pull-down menu)
Please check costs for International shipping:
You can order any number of the SAME calendar together and if they’re going to the same ship to address, the cost is a flat-fee of $5 for all projects. The website, unfortunately, does not allow you to combine the different calendars together in the same shipment.
** All net proceeds will be donated to ChildFund International in honor of David Archuleta.
* David Archuleta’s management APPROVED THIS PROJECT and ChildFund International allowed me to use their messages in the calendar ****
Please note the Calendar Website can not be viewed on iPhone or IPad as “flash” is required to view calendar.
“I wanted to let you guys know March is the last month I have left before I leave. Keeping busy this month to make sure everything falls into place, though! There will be music! Sorry if this is so long and rambly again.”
We are sorry to report that due to copyright reasons, Bianca will be unable to create a special calendar marking David’s mission. Those who still want to mark the days until David returns are welcome to follow the calendar which will be put up on our right sidebar as we get closer to David’s departure.
The LDS Mission Countdown iPhone application is a virtual calendar that allows you to watch the days go by until your missionary’s or your own mission is complete!
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.
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