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David Archuleta #DA2014 Video “We Are Still Here!!”

Posted by djafan on Friday, January 3, 2014

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We’re down the home stretch now for David’s return!  Almost two years ago the I’ll Be Here #DA2014 project was created to let David know we would wait for him and he said he would be back!!

Both video and slide show below were shared with David.

Kizoa slideshow: DA2014Slideshow

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We want every fan to participate!  So please spread the word!  See Monica’s message below.

Hey friends,

Happy New Year!  Although David isn’t returning from his mission for a few months still, we thought it might be good to get a head start on planning for a great welcome home video for him.  The video we did before he left was super rushed so this time around we hope to get a photo submission from anyone who wants to be included.  Please help spread the word to any fans who you know are not usually online by emailing this note to them directly.

The original message of the #DA2014 campaign was meant to unite ALL fans around the idea of supporting David unconditionally and letting him know that we’ll always be here for him.  The spirit of this video will be all about welcoming him back and reminding him that we are STILL here for him and that he was always in our hearts over the past two years.  We also want to communicate to him that whatever he chooses to do next in his career or personal life – we just want the best for him.  We want him to feel the love and loyalty, not any pressure!

So with that in mind, here are the guidelines for the photo submissions.

1. Submit a photo *ONE PHOTO PER PERSON* (in JPEG format) of yourself holding a sign (or with a sign Photo-shopped on an existing photo) that says the following:

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Welcome Back David!

(Still here)

Your name or Twitter handle

Your location

#DA2014

PLEASE FOLLOW ORDER ABOVE EXACTLY SO ALL SIGNS WILL LOOK THE SAME

Group photos are fine.  Writing the sign in your native language is fine.  If you would rather not include a photo of yourself, you can submit just a photo of the sign itself.

If you are not taking a new photo, ideally it would be great to use a recent photo of yourself from the last two years.  If you happened to do any interesting things in the spirit of #DA2014 (i.e. volunteering, working on your fitness etc.), it would be cool to show a photo of yourself doing that activity.

Feel free to get as creative as you like with the signs – just make sure that they follow the format above.  Please do not include any extra words or phrases as we want them to look uniform. ** And please only submit one photograph for each individual.**

PHOTOS NOT FOLLOWING THE FORMAT WILL GET RETURNED TO THE SENDER FOR EDITING.

Please email submissions with the subject line #DA2014 RETURN VIDEO to:

DavidArchuleta2014@gmail.com

No later than 12 noon PST on March 1st, 2014

If you need assistance using Photoshop or making a JPEG file, please specify that in your email by using the subject line: TECH SUPPORT and we will find a way to help you out.  Hopefully given the extra time, everyone who wants to participate will be able to do so.

Happy 2014 to everyone!  Looking forward to receiving your photo!

Thanks so much!

–Monica

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David Archuleta and the Year of the Horse ~ Happy New Year! #DA2014 is Here!

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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David Archuleta came into this world in 1990, the year of the horse on the Chinese calendar.  The year 2014 will usher in the year of the horse again.  Maybe it doesn’t matter.  And maybe it’s an auspicious omen of rebirth, renewal and growth.  I didn’t know about this fact until today, yet now it strikes me as strangely right.  Long before I knew he was a horse, I made these images.

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Long before that, I made this video.  The Chinese calendar predicted I would marry a rat late in life.  I did.  He’s not really a rat though; he’s actually quite nice.  So maybe there is something to it after all.  It came true for this dragon.  Hark!  Is that the faint sound of galloping hooves in the distance?  Gird your loins.  This one’s a runner.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

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Happy Birthday David Archuleta!

Posted by Angelica on Saturday, December 28, 2013

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Every year since this site began, we have celebrated David’s birthday.  We have celebrated birthdays 19, 20, 21, 22 and now 23.  That just makes my mind wobble.  How did this happen?  Maybe we were just having too much fun to notice how quickly the time has flown.

The summers die
One by one
How soon they fly
On and on
 
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Video Mormon Tabernacle Choir with Alfie Boe

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Merry Christmas from The Voice ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~
 
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From we at The Voice to all of you,
Not one Smilebox this year but two-
For every year he’s been away,
Ring out the bells,
Ring in DA.

Click to play this Smilebox greeting

Click to play this Smilebox greeting

 

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Super Crash Course in Spanish – David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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In the past few weeks a large number of fans have lamented not learning Spanish while David has been in Chile. Well, it’s not too late! The Voice is now offering a super crash course in conversational Spanish! Each week until David returns, you will find a few simple Spanish phrases here with the English translation and the phonetic pronunciation, spoken by our own Djafan. The phrases will be designed to use when speaking to David at a VIP or simply for use in a fan letter. Imagine how chuffed he will be when he realizes that we learned a little Spanish while he was in Chile. :)

Ready for your first lesson?  Here we go!

A mi tambien me gustan los mangos.
I also like mangos.


Hola, como estas?
Hello. How are you?


Mucho gusto de conocerte.
Nice to meet you.


Mi nombre es (Divina).
My name is (your name).


Hasta la proxima vez.
Until next time…


Gracias.
Thank you.


 Adios.
Goodbye.


You’ll find the link to this page entitled, “Spanish Crash Course,” on the top of the site. It will contain all of the Spanish phrases as they are added each week. If there’s a certain phrase you’d like us to include, kindly post it in your comment.

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Destination David Archuleta ~ Gladys Gets Her Visa

Posted by gladys1961 on Sunday, December 8, 2013

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Translation by foddonna

My passport and visa: a new adventure.

I cannot count on getting a passport and visa as a simple bureaucratic procedure, because when David is involved, nothing is simple, nothing common, nothing is dull, nothing is normal.

The passport:

The first step was to obtain the passport.  A quick and simple procedure, right?  Except for the small detail of the picture.

Here in Argentina, and I guess , the rest of the world, when you see the picture the government employee took of you , you say – Dios mío!  I look like a robot with a grimace in the middle of the face ! !  We are always consistent with this picture.

And I was no exception, but this time, I had a permanent smile on my face that I could not erase. The employee asked me to sit down, fix my hair and make my face serious.  But I could not; I was happy! ! ! !

I could not tell the employee, “I’m going to see David, he will dance around the stage, I’ll go to a VIP and I’ll ask for a hug, etc etc! ! ! ! !”

I was still smiling and thinking about all that, but also listening to the voice of the employee – “Madam, you have to be serious.”

I had no choice but to swallow my huge smile.  If you ever see my passport, I will have full cheeks.  I’m not chubby; it’s my huge smile that is dancing inside me and wants out.

The first step was accomplished.  I went to get my passport and I thought – now comes the hard part.  Yes, the process was difficult but in the end it was fun.  Like everything that happens to me when David is in the middle.

The visa:

This second step was something dramatic but I ended up with a smile on my face, just the way this story started.

The whole process is done online.  The embassy website said that filling out the forms and answering questions could not take more than 75 minutes. hahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahhahhhahahahahhahhhahahhhahah

I stayed up from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the next day, reading the instructions and trying to fill out forms, some of them in English.

OK.  Sometime in the morning, I got up from the computer to drink a glass of water, calm down and continue.

I finished filling out the forms and asked for the first appointment, which was 8:00 a.m. for my picture (again) and to have my fingerprints taken. When I got to that place on the day and time specified, the line of people was very, very long.  And while I was in line, my appointment time passed.

I asked the man who was first in line and he told me that everyone had the same appointment time and I had to do the obligatory line.

And I said to myself -NO-I am not going to stand in line, if I do I’m going to lose my schedule.  I will ask the security guy who was standing at the door.  The man in line tried to stop me, saying that we are ALL staying in line without exception.  I pretended not to hear him, and knocked on the door.  Then the security guy on the other side opened all the doors and said the magic words:  EVERYONE CAN COME IN, BUT STAY IN LINE.

AHHHHHHH!  They allowed in about 10 people that were in front of me and then I stood behind a young woman.  She had done the forms wrong, and had not used the code that identifies us foreigners coming to America for sightseeing.  The clerk asked if she had filled out the form and she said no, another person had done it for her.

There I learned that people paid to do this process online. Grrrrrrrrr…

The clerk took my form and told the girl, pointing to my form – “this is the correct code; you have to redo it, and come back when you have fixed it.”

The clerk looked at me and said, “You madam, may pass.”

At this point I was sent to another employee and the first question was:

What is the purpose of your trip?

Concerts and sightseeing, I said.

Very well madam, pass across to take your photo and fingerprints.

That was fast.  And when I was leaving, the employee said:

Madam, they will expect you on October 4th (my second appointment) at the US Embassy.

The embassy.

I remember that at some point in the morning I read in the instructions that there were objects that cannot be carried to the Embassy, for example, cell phones, earphones, tote bags and much more.

I got up very early for my appointment at the embassy.  When I arrived, everything was very organized.  There were signs indicating the time of our appointment.  I stood in line at 8:00 a.m., attentive to everything, any indication for worry, right up to the last moment, when…

I realized no one had a purse; everyone had only papers in hand.  I asked the lady who was in front of me and she told me that before getting in this line, I was supposed to leave my passport at a window.  I left the line and stood behind one of the windows where an employee like a robot said:

Madam, give me your passport.  When entering the embassy, you should not carry cellular phones, headphones, big bags ……….. -

My expression changed, and the employee noticed and said:

Madam, these instructions are in the guidelines.  If you have any of these things, you cannot pass – (!!I was given back my passport!!!)

Putting on my best face, I said, Miss, don’t worry, I will get rid of all this and continue with the procedure

The employee then took my passport and I returned to the previous line, to await the call to the embassy.  While we were waiting, an embassy employee began shouting our names to give back our passports.  Each passport now had a number glued on the top of it.  That meant that they had accepted our entry into the embassy.

But I was very worried, because I was looking among employees who were outside the embassy for someone who might keep my purse, my phone, my headphones, my soul!!!!!!!!!

The line began to move and I could not get anyone.  But suddenly I saw a young policeman on the other side of the Avenue, and I went towards him, almost running.

Sir, please, I know it’s unusual what I’m going to ask, but could you hold my purse?  I cannot go to the embassy with all this?? -

Madam, I’m not allowed, but there (he pointed toward a white van) they’re going to keep it, you have to pay a very small amount and they keep these things-

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I was not the only one who had forgotten part of the instructions.  There were more people like me.  Sometimes I think God is looking after me.

My turn came.  I entered the embassy through various checks, and was directed to some more windows.  I was the first of the entire line.  The employee had a thick accent and the first thing she said was:

Gladys?

-yes, I am.

-Tell me your number.

(In a split second I thought, what number does that refer to?  Every form I had had numbers.)

Instinctively I raised my passport with the number on the top, lifted it and showed it to the clerk. She looked me up on a list, and said -

Gladys-go ahead, you can pass.

I waited in another line, and then I was in a very large room with many people.

In that place were the interviews.  They had 15 windows, and when it came my turn I knew I had to put myself into any answer, convince and beg them if necessary to give me the visa.

The employee who interviewed me was very young, with a very American accent; her Spanish was perfect.

She asked many questions about my life in Buenos Aires, my family, my job, my monthly salary. They have to make sure I do not use this visa request as an excuse to leave my country and work illegally there.

The Embassy also has all the information about me, they know everything about me, and even know the answers I had to answer to fill in the forms online.  I could not be wrong in any response.  After they found out my family, work, financial life, came the funniest part.

- Gladys?

- Yes

- Do you have relatives in the United States, or know someone?

- No.

- Why do you want to go to America?

- I want to go to concerts and sightsee.

- In that place are those shows?

- I guess it will be in Salt Lake City, Utah ..

- Oh yeah? and who will sing there?

- David Archuleta, do you know him? (I know I’m crazy, do not say anything)

- David Archulota? David Archoleta? I think so, yes ahhhhhhhh.

- David Archuleta, he will sing around May 2014, more or less.  I do not have the exact date, but by then he will already be in your home country.

- But he is not singing now, no?

- No, now he’s on a mission in Chile.

- You have traveled outside the country. (It was not a question, it was an affirmation.)

- Yes, I went to Chile several times to see him.  He is on a mission to Rancagua.  He is a Mormon and was referred to the country for two years.

- She opened her eyes wide and asked me, Do you know him?

- Yes, I’ve seen and greeted him a few times, he is a very young singer.

- Ahhhh

- I want to see him when he finishes his mission and gives his first concert, I guess it will be in Salt Lake City.

- Why do you like David Archuleta?

- I cannot explain, but I like him very much.  Have you heard some of his songs?

- A Long time ago.  I haven’t heard anything lately, but you have made me curious (hahahahaha, another fan). Ok Gladys.

While she was typing the last words on her computer, she said aloud, David Archuleta, pop-singer, then looked at me and said the most beautiful words I have ever heard in my life:

Gladys, your visa is approved.  You will be notified by e-mail.

When I left the embassy I still had a little fear.  Maybe I would get the visa for only one year, or just to one specific city, but I was happy.  I stopped by the place where the white van was parked, then withdrew my bag and went to my work. My colleagues congratulated me and we celebrated with breakfast.

A week later I received the passport notice with the visa inside it.  When I opened it, I let out a cry of joy.  My visa lasts for 10 years. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

David will have to eat Argentine chocolates for 10 years.

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Gladys is a guest writer for The Voice.

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David Archuleta on Sale Now!

Posted by djafan on Saturday, November 30, 2013

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With Christmas fast approaching (and David’s return getting closer!) many are out shopping after Thanksgiving when sales are at their best. I’m more of the online shopper and usually not until the week before lol. But while on twitter this tweet got my attention.

Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook6h

It’s true @DavidArchie fans—the inspirational album BEGIN by David Archuleta is now just $7.49! http://bit.ly/181Gnws  #BlackFriday #DA2014

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Photo credit Desert Book

I thought maybe other stores have David’s stuff on sale. So I checked several out and I was happy to see many stores do have various David merchandise on sale! This makes it perfect for us to stock up with David’s music for gifting and spreading his voice.

I’ve compiled a list with a couple of lowest priced items from each though there are more. Click on the store names and happy shopping!

Deseret Book : Chords Of Strength $4.99 – BEGIN. $7.49

Walmart : Christmas From The Heart $7.00 – No Matter How Far $10.00 (online only prices)

Amazon : The Other Side Of Down $7.99 – Christmas From The Heart $8.38

Best Buy : Christmas From The Heart $7.99 – Glad Christmas Tidings DVD $19.99

Barnes&Noble : David Archuleta CD $1.99 – David Archuleta Dream Big $8.95 (paperback)

Target : Glad Christmas Tidings DVD $16.79 – Christmas From The Heart $7.29

Sears : Christmas From The Heart $5.99 – Glad Christmas Tidings Blue Ray DVD $19.99 (scroll down the page for bargains)

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I know at times we need a silent night but not when David stuff goes on sale!

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So on the heels of this Thanksgiving,

Give the Voice that keeps on giving!

Wrap it round you head to toe,

Fill the stocking,

Tie the bow,

Then let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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Original photo credit Team David

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Voice ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Angelica on Monday, November 25, 2013

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pil•grim (ˈpɪl grɪm, -grəm) n.

1. a person who journeys, esp. a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion.
2. a traveler or wanderer, esp. in a foreign place.

3. (cap.) one of the band of Puritans who founded the colony of Plymouth, Mass., in 1620

The little Mayflower held ninety-nine and of that number, fifty-seven survived the first year. Not only survived, but thrived. And when the bountiful harvest was gathered, they too gathered together and three days did not seem too long to celebrate.

How far away this week seemed to us last year or the year before!  But we are still standing and that makes us survivors too. There is so much to celebrate.  Family, friends, good food and the certain knowledge that the bustling holiday season will bring us close to the day we celebrate him home.

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The iconic painting above by Norman Rockewell is titled “Freedom from Want.”  I am not entirely free in this regard.  I want him home.  Now don’t go getting your knickers in a wad because I disrespected the intent of the painting or one of Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” or more to the point, any of the people who don’t enjoy this basic freedom from lack in a world filled with abundance.  Doesn’t change the fact.  I want him back.  Yesterday.

Happy Thanksgiving.  Our pilgrim is almost home.

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The Smoking Memory and Strange Powers of David Archuleta’s Fans

Posted by betsy on Sunday, November 17, 2013

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I’ve been thinking about this a lot.  We all have some kind of David Superpower.  Or call it a kind of extrasensory perception fueled by our ODD.  I really started thinking about this a few weeks ago.  Have you ever gone to a David site, looked at the amount of comments, and noticed that the last time you were there, there were 47 and now there are 52?  That’s the kind of thing I’m talking about.  I always seem to remember the comment numbers on any given site, most days.  “Oh, there are 3 new comments, or no new comments.”  Is this weird?  Does anyone else do this?

A superpower that six years ago none of us would understand or even think of having. :)

How about this?  You see a picture of David and know the circumstances of the day on which it was taken.  The where, when, and how of it.  The clothing and hair are always a dead giveaway.

YouTube videos.  You watch a favorite performance enough times and you know the minute/second marker of your favorite note.  You know where it was recorded without having to read the title.  You know the minute he’s going to go all hunkerdown on us.  “Smoky Mountain Memories” anyone?  Keeeeep my head above the waterrrr!!!   BTW, that would be 2.11-2.16.  And we have years of performances in our heads.  Thank God for our fans who record.  Which is NOT easy.  I tried and didn’t even finish an entire song.  Got tired of it.  Great, now I’m stuck on SMM and can’t stop watching it.  Do people REALIZE how good this was/is?  I mean, I know you guys do, but it’s just so good and now I’m rambling.

Another one is that some people would stay offline all day and come on because they felt that David was going to tweet, and he almost always did.  Well, I know one person this happens to. :)

Some people are geniuses at buying tickets.

Others have this superpower:  Mention something that you’ve seen approximately once in a video five years ago and someone will know it and find it for you.  This happens regularly.

Oh, David mentioned something he ate three years ago on July something when he was in Nashville?  Just ask anyone, they will know what and where.

I think our brains have gotten larger, it’s the only explanation.  Has keeping up with everything David related made us smarter?  Or just more motivated to remember?

What is your David Superpower? Please tell us!

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Betsy is a staff writer for The Voice.

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David Archuleta ~ La Voz en Español

Posted by MT on Sunday, November 10, 2013

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When it comes to David, I’m quite often “all about the career.” I think David’s voice is so phenomenal that the world simply MUST acknowledge it.  But on a personal level, it’s all about listening to the voice. That voice is what I’m dying to experience live.  The Voice, the voice, the voice. No special songs. No special theme. Just the voice singing anything he wants to to sing.

Like many of you I can’t wait until David gets home. He has been sorely missed. But thoughts of his homecoming bring up many questions. How will he have changed? What will he look like? (Once he has hair again.) Will his voice be deeper? Will his personality have changed? One thing we can be pretty sure of is that he’ll come home with an accent and speaking fluent Spanish.

The thought that naturally follows is; Will David be recording in Spanish soon after he gets back home and back to singing? I usually love David’s voice singing anything, but I wonder. If he does a whole album in Spanish, would I really want to buy it? After all, I wouldn’t understand a word he sings. So, I did a little research and made an interesting discovery.

I decided to listen closely to something he both recorded and performed live in Spanish. Listen to this “Riu Riu Chiu”from Verona. The whole thing is beautiful, but the part from 2:20 to the end where there are no words, just his voice. Gahhhhh…to die for vocals!

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Now tell me it doesn’t make your little heart ache and sing with joy at the same time. As I listened to that last part I was so enthralled (that ending is exquisite) and it suddenly dawned on me. David has recorded tons of songs and I have loved them all, in the beginning. But it actually takes me a while to decide whether or not I really like the SONG. OK. That sounds strange. What I mean is, at first all I hear is his voice, not the lyrics. I’m so excited that I get to hear him sing ANYTHING new, that I don’t really listen to the words because I’m too busy drowning in his voice. After I’ve heard each song a few dozen times, I finally reach a point where I actually pay attention to the lyrics and decide if I like the song itself. Or I should say, which songs I like more and which I like less.

So…all of this to say that if David does make a Spanish album, it may very well be my favorite of all even though I won’t understand the words. It might actually be BECAUSE I don’t understand the words. It would be like all the background vocals that I love so much. He usually isn’t even singing actual words, just sounds. All I hear is him vocalizing the emotions he’s feeling. Sooo beautiful! I think his songs in Spanish might have that same effect on me.

Without the distraction of what the song is ABOUT, it will just be..the Voice. So David, bring on the Spanish album!! I am ready!!

How ready are you for a whole album of soft consonants sung by David?

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MT is a staff writer for The Voice.

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