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Martin Luther King ~ I Have a Dream

Posted by Abrra on Monday, January 19, 2015

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Today in the USA we honor a fallen leader, Martin Luther King Jr. He was a leader not in the political (elected) sense, but in the spirit of humanity. Here is his “I Have A Dream” speech given at the March on Washington August 28, 1963. As many of us here grew up seeing these scenes of protesting crowds on the nightly news, we knew change for the better was on the horizon. We’re not there just yet, but the dream still lives.


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Complete text of speech here.


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Imagine in Paris ~ DAVID ARCHULETA

Posted by sandybeaches9 on Thursday, January 15, 2015

Paris est Charlie, Je suis Charlie,… I am a free man

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After unimaginable tragedy struck Paris last week, the city had the eyes of the world upon it much like after the shocking events that took place in the cities of New York, Boston and recently in Ottawa. As they said then, Paris is the world today as it represents us who join in solidarity for world peace. It was said that these events will become common place events, but there are those who will not allow it to go on for generations. It is really about the decaying relationships between religions that generate wars and all that they say they stand for, when it is social psychological attitudes and the lack of respect for mankind that fuels the rages.

I watched intently as the days unfolded and then over 40 world leaders including kings and presidents came together linking arms in a solidarity march that will go down in history as the decisive moment exemplifying that we must stand together against the aggressors. The strength of world peace commitment was strong in Paris both then and now.

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A Parisian: “I had heard the news about how huge the rally was in Paris this weekend. I had read the reports about what it was like, there on the ground. But until I saw this, this guy turning around his own stereo speakers, to play John Lennon’s Imagine, not just in his apartment, but out the window to the crowd below so they could hear it, until I saw his video of the crowd hearing him do that, I did not really understand how big it was until then”.

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There amidst the crowds of millions of Parisians who had gathered for the rally, I spotted a large banner that recited lines from John Lennon’s iconic ‘Imagine’. Parisians looked to John Lennon for inspiration in their darkest moment and broke into song. My thoughts went back to the stage where David once stood, singing the same song, reaching out to everyone who felt the need for world peace. We heard it and his singing related easily to any one of the tragedies that has taken place since then. I can wind the film ahead in time and in my imagination see David singing to the people who value world peace above all else.

There is a place in music now for someone as musically influential as John Lennon, one who is looking at the state of the world and giving what he has to aid world peace.

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SandyBeaches is a Staff Writer for The Voice.

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DAVID ARCHULETA and The Seven-Year Itch

Posted by MT on Saturday, January 10, 2015

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For seven years I’ve been right here
Same house, same job, same chair
Nothing ever changes much
Haha not even my hair

But now and then I get the itch
To grab for something new
I tell myself, ok, it’s time
“What” change is up to you

I usually end quitting a job
Or getting a brand new name
After seven years of the same ‘ole thing
I’m looking to make that change

But though I’m more than ready
To cut something from my life
One thing I know that hasn’t changed
Is the music I know is right

Seven years ago I heard the sound
Of a voice that filled my heart
Seven years ago, I let it in
With no clue at the start

That seven years later I’d still be here
No urge to deviate
Still talking, caring, sharing
Still prepared to wait

Yes, I am prone to the “Seven Year Itch” everyone talks about. Out with the old and in with the new! It really does happen to me. I’ve gotten divorced, once, at the seven year mark, sold and bought houses more than once at the seven year mark, even changed jobs almost always near the seven year mark. It seems I get bored with life and start feeling a strong urge for change.

So, it surprises me that even though I’ve been a fan of David Archuleta for seven years now, I’m having no urge to move on. I’m still as enthralled with his voice as I have ever been, even after a two year hiatus for his mission and almost a year of waiting since his return to see what kind of music he’ll eventually release.

I would have thought I’d have gotten bored by now but it hasn’t happened and it really does surprise me. But, maybe it shouldn’t. Besides the amazing voice, he’s been an enigma from the beginning, totally unpredictable. David is an unusual personality and he continues to surprise me. It may not always be what I’m looking for from him, but I’m certainly never bored!

So here I sit, in the same old chair. Well, actually it’s a new chair and a new computer. But, it’s not a new singer. THAT hasn’t changed at all. I’ve thought about checking out other singers when times were slow, and sometimes I did, but I always end up back here, looking for a song, a snippet, or even a single note from that one special voice.

I’m at that seven year mark right now, in many ways. I just quit a job I’ve had for the last seven years. I’m almost ready to sell my house and move again. I’ve got the itch, bad. But one thing I haven’t even considered is not waiting for David’s new music. No matter how long I have to wait, I’m here. For reasons I can’t even fully explain, my desire to hear that one voice remains steady. Apparently, it has become one of the few things in my life that is not susceptible to the seven year itch.

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MT is a Staff Writer for The Voice.

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Sound, Emotion and Light ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bluesky4home on Friday, January 2, 2015

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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.

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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.

Thank you.

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Bluesky is a Staff Writer for The Voice.

 

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Happy New Year from The Voice ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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May all your dreams come true!

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Happy Birthday David Archuleta

Posted by Abrra on Saturday, December 27, 2014

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Dear David,

We first met you when you were just 16 and on our TV screens every week for months. We feel like we have watched you grow from a child to a man over these last eight years. There were times when we worried that you had too much going on that might be overwhelming for you. At other times we experienced a David drought while you worked on writing or charity work.

It’s been a joy to follow you in your career because you gave us so much beyond the music. You gave us new friendships and the fun of visiting new cities to catch a concert. Being a fan gave us a chance to meet up with fan friends who shared the same excitement of seeing you for the first time in person. These may seem like small things, but they mean so much to us.

In honor of your 24th birthday, we would like to give something back to you. It has no tangible value nor is it something new but you could say it’s the gift that keeps on giving. We give to you our fan loyalty and support. We understand that it will take some time to get back on track with music and concerts. If you ever wonder if your fans will be there for your new music, the answer is YES!

Happy Birthday, David! From everyone at The Voice.

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Oh Christmas Tree in NYC ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Brooke + David Archuleta “Cherry Lane”

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 ;-)

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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.

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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.

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David Archuleta Collaborates Singing #AngelsFromTheRealmsOfGlory for Youtube Video of Worlds Largest Live Nativity

Posted by djafan on Thursday, December 11, 2014

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The Live Nativity Youtube video!

BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO!

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DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE NOW!

CLICK HERE!

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
  • ThePianoGuys
  • 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.

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A Teenager’s View of David Archuleta

Posted by emmazaugg on Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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When we saw the One Voice Children’s Choir sing “Glorious” on YouTube, my mom got her credit card and bought tickets to the “Celebration of Christ” concert, knowing my Grandma was going, and that DAVID WOULD BE THERE! I had been watching David’s “Glorious” video multiple times a day for weeks, and I couldn’t get enough of it. His face is so sweet! In fact I have to keep drawing it :).

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The whole show was amazing, but I couldn’t help but glance at the program often to see when David would be singing next. I felt so happy when he came out and performed his first number “The First Noel”. David sang a neat arrangement of “Do You Hear What I Hear” that he finished with a low, resonating note. I was enthralled. My mom and I squealed when we saw “Glorious” in the program (I think that song will be a forever favorite). Hearing David sing the lead with the children’s choir harmonizing was exactly what I had hoped! The beautiful first piano notes transported me into the song immediately. I really hope David records “Believe” (from Polar Express), his voice was incredible (I feel torn because I really like how Josh Groban sings the song, yet there’s something about David).

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When we saw Masa Fukuda conducting the children’s choir in their YouTube video, we wanted to meet him! And we did! At the end of the concert, as he was exiting the building, we were able to tell him how much we enjoyed the choir. It was a treat to hear inside tidbits he told us of how David helped ease the children’s anxiety before they appeared on America’s Got Talent. David assured them he often gets nervous too. We also heard Stephanie Mabey (the composer of “Glorious”) is a sister to some former One Voice choir members. Mr. Fukuda was as adorable in person as he appears in the video.

I wish I could say I was exaggerating, but I really do want to hear David’s voice in my mind and heart at all times. I was so glad to be able to go to the concert. What a thrill :).

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Emmazaugg is the 16 year-old granddaughter of Pattirae. These are her drawings.

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