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DAVID ARCHULETA

Life and Choices

Posted by Angelica on Friday, September 19, 2014

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I recently came across this interview of Ashton Kutcher on Ellen, talking about his speech at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. He won the Teen Choice Award for “Ultimate Choice.”

Here is the actual speech he gave.

In 2008, David won the Teen Choice Award for “Most Fanatic Fans” and “Best Smile.” In 2009, he won the Teen Choice Award for “Breakout Artist of the Year,” “Best Love Song (Crush)” and “Best Tour (with Demi Lovato).” In 2010, he won “Best American Idol Alum.”

Now it is 2014 and David is no longer a teen. He is a grown man making choices that will affect the rest of his life. I find it interesting that while listening to Ashton’s views on life and the decisions/attitudes young people should adopt to be successful, I thought of David. Listen as Ashton elaborates the three talking points of his speech:

“The first thing is about opportunity. The second thing is about being sexy. And the third thing is about living life.”

In what ways do you think this view reflects/deviates from the path David is on now?

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Listening to Just David

Posted by Angelica on Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Opening My Eyes

Posted by Angelica on Saturday, September 6, 2014

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“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” Albert Einstein

I have a fairly long drive from my home to the nearest town, so when I’m not listening to music, I’m thinking.

This was the case the other day as I was driving in silence. I was anguishing over a dilemma that was causing me such pain of spirit and going round and round until a thought came galloping like a wild horse into my mind: “I just wish that something would just reach down out of the sky, just reach right down out of the heavens and OPEN MY EYES!” At the phrase, “open my eyes,” straight to my heart came the snippet of David singing those words. It actually made me shudder with wonder and in that very instant I felt convinced that this album he’s working on will be remarkable.

Tracking vocals tonight with David Archuleta… #Speechless #Talent

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And my own answer came, not shaking my frame all at once, but in quiet little pieces, like pebbles sparkling one by one at the bottom of a clear pool that once was murky. We struggle at what we already know. We squeeze shut our eyes and curse the darkness.

We at The Voice will wait and stand by him or float, if necessary, on what will become crystal clear in time. We will wait, because a singer with his gift will not come again in our lifetime, and because the same guidance that reached down into my car also guided him in that studio. The miracle is not that we are still here, but that we ever were. The miracle is that, for many of us, ever since we first heard him sing “Waiting on the World to Change,” our world has changed in a thousand positive ways. I know “it’s hard to be persistent when you’re standing at a distance.” But we keep right on waiting.

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People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
Thich Nhat Hanh

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Feeeels So Good ~ David Archuleta Writing Music From the Heart

Posted by Angelica on Thursday, August 28, 2014

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How happy does this make you? Happier than a VIP fan on the front row of a room without a roof? Yeah. I thought so. I’m right there with ya.  1sm111iknow1-1

DAVID!!!

#noshame

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School Daze

Posted by Angelica on Saturday, August 23, 2014

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I wonder if he’s going.
I wonder if it’s true.
Is he going to matriculate?
To good ole BYU?

I wouldn’t blame him if he did.
Aim higher at some learning.
I wouldn’t blame him
Aim sky high!
Just don’t forget
Us down here yearning.

For the music and the VOICE
That in this moment
Made us weep,
The next rejoice.

Still waiting patiently,
Impatiently,
The next rejoice.

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The Mantle of Stardom ~ David Archuleta

Posted by MT on Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Humility and Fame walk hand in hand
In the body of a single man.
Confusion reigns in the back of his mind,
Balance is something he seeks to find.

I often think of David’s vlog “I’m Still Alive.” In it, he talked about having a hard time coming back to the entertainment world where “It’s all about you, and how important you are, and letting everybody know that, and how great you are, and everybody look at you.” (see 2:22 in the following video)

I can understand how a transition like that could be a bit overwhelming for him. It makes me wonder how he’s going to work it all out. It was probably difficult before his mission to do any type of self-promotion. But now? I can’t imagine how hard it is to go from two years of “doing for others” to it being “all about him” once again. How does he work that out in his mind?

Every product out there, even one that’s been on the market for years and is known for quality, is continually marketed to a target audience. Mercedes, for example. It’s a great car and everyone knows it. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have to keep advertising, reminding their target audience that their product is still out there and trying to convince them it’s still the best on the market. They’re giving the buying public a reason to buy Mercedes rather than a competing brand. It’s the same with music. You have to believe in the excellence of your product and be willing to let everyone know that. Give them a reason to buy YOUR product.

David has said that he’s writing POP songs (along with some Spanish). This is a strong indication that he wants to continue his career; putting out albums and touring. The problem is, how do you get your music out there and sell tickets to your tour without marketing yourself and your music?

While stardom may not be David’s main goal in making music, success brings with it lots of opportunities. We know enough about David to know that promoting worthy causes is something that’s close to his heart. A recognizable name in the music industry would bring with it the ability to get the public’s attention for those causes. The bigger the name, the more attention and support he could draw towards those causes.

But how does he reconcile, in his mind, the humble human being that he is with the part of him that wants to perform? How does the reluctant star gain attention for his causes without self-promotion? It’s a dilemma I believe he’s struggling with.

Perhaps one day he’ll realize that self-promotion is simply a tool that’s used as part of the job, a means of selling a product. HIS product, himself and his music. Done the right way, stardom and fame can be a mantle he wears like a warm winter coat. If he sees it that way, he could simply put it on when needed, when he’s performing or doing interviews. It wouldn’t be a fake persona, it would simply be a line drawn between the man and the star, allowing him to promote his product, himself, while remaining true to who he is as a person. At the end of the workday he could simply let the mantle fall away, allowing him to remain the same humble guy he has always been.

Can it be done? Is it possible to separate the man from the star?

MT is a Staff Writer for The Voice.

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This Guy Here.

Posted by Angelica on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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I have been missing him. Especially when just yesterday, I came across an envelope from the past I’d forgotten I even had. It contained several bookmarks made by a fan from the year 2010. Each bookmark was a monthly calendar with a tweet from David. I don’t recall who made them, but there was a note from Abrra with the words, “You can trim the rest – Enjoy!” Here they are, in all their grand random gloriousness.

January @DavidArchie I say “Hi I’m lost I just need to turn around.” Guy says, “David Archuleta is lost?” Should that really be surprising?”

February @DavidArchie “Are you who I think you are?” I say maybe… “Ricky Archuleta. You’re Ricky Archuleta, right?” I say no sorry. She walks off lol.

March @DavidArchie I can’t fall asleep. Still not used to the time change I guess. So I decided to handwash a shirt. :) It makes you appreciate it.

April @DavidArchie My left eye’s red again. That little stinker.

May @DavidArchie Bah! Bad internet connections! I have a blog to get up internet! Work with me here please! @DavidArchie Kinda awkward but I found a good connection in front of someone else’s door!

June @DavidArchie Yeah so idk about having 40 different shirts heh.. How about 2 weeks worth? At least it’s not the shiny suit every night again. hahaha

July @DavidArchie Lady comes up to me and says, “excuse me, but has anyone told you you look a lot like David Archuleta?” I say oh a few times. Haha

August @DavidArchie Oh man, I’m not handling hot salsa as well as I thought I was going to.

September @DavidArchie bah, cursed catchy melody ideas in my head that don’t stay long enough for me to get them out! Why can’t they stick around a bit more?

October @DavidArchie Oh my heck, there are cats outside fighting and they’re really loud! Hush cats people are trying to sleep! You shouldn’t fight anyway.

November @DavidArchie Wow that was one useless piece of information. What has twitter done to me? Lol.

December @DavidArchie Well now I have something from 12 years ago on my to-do list. Make homemade green eggs and ham.


Don’t get me wrong, I love the man he brought back.  I’m just glad to see this guy here came back with him.

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Here’s a Riddle for Ya and How the Milk Carton Kids Got Found

Posted by Angelica on Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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The previous post about The Civil Wars was an unanticipated preamble to the present article. I was in the process of writing about another duet I had recently discovered: The Milk Carton Kids. It was late at night when I saw the news of the Civil Wars ending and the thought struck me how numerous the similarities exist between them and TMCK. Both groups are/were duos. Both perform folk music. Both are known for pure, rich vocals and exquisite harmony. Both are accompanied only by accoustic guitar. Both are fueled by a body of lyrically intelligent songs with amazing meaning and melody.

Photo credit Brendan Pattengale

Photo credit Brendan Pattengale

I had tickets to see The Milk Carton Kids perform next month. A few days ago, I got an email that all their shows for August and September had been canceled due to vocal strain. This was a blow, as when their tour starts up again in October, they will not be near enough for me to attend. Translation – they are not David Archuleta for whom apparently, no geographical coordinate within the continental United States is too far for me to travel.

But they are so talented and their music is poignant and gorgeous. The two struggled separately for years without much success until 2011 when Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan ditched their solo careers and became The Milk Carton Kids, blending so flawlessly their tenor voices that it’s almost like listening to one voice. They have since toured to sold-out venues in the US and Europe and been nominated for a Grammy for their album, The Ash and Clay. Here they are performing in an empty space they fill completely.

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Which brings me to what I was intending to write pre-Civil War. The touting of what a tour de force work of promotion The Milk Carton Kid’s have achieved in such a short time. Visit their official site and click on TOURS and you will find not just the upcoming tour dates, but all the past tours listed and every venue they’ve ever performed. I can’t help but think how gosh almighty that would look on David’s official site. Think of all the cities he has performed on tour, all the early TV appearances that could be listed. It would be a ponderous chain of events and an impressive page indeed. The Milk Carton Kids also have an entire page devoted to fans who do covers of their songs. Every fan, every cover, ever done and more being added all the time. How appreciative is that? There is even a listing and link at the bottom of every page of their OS for their Management, their Booking Agent and their Press Agent. But here is the savvy part, for this is how I came to know them and how it happened that I got online and purchased tickets to their concert. Their first two albums, Prologue and Retrospect are free for download on their OS. Smart. Back in 2011, the same year The Milk Carton Kids started, I wrote an article about music industry changes and the importance of seeing the world differently in this technological age. I encourage you to give it another look because it says a lot of what I want to say here but lack the space. Today, for a variety of reasons, the money is in tours and merchandise. But first, you have to get them to come to a show.

This is about an example of how a true artist with the right self-promotion can sell out venues without selling out. This is not about whether or not you like indie folk or that I want David to go that route. I don’t. I just want him to honor what is real and true for him musically. Considering his choice of Stephanie Mabey and Justin Christensen to work with, maybe it will sound something like the video below. All he has to do is get them to come out to a show. His voice and charisma will do the rest. Watch how the merest change of expression on his face elicits a reaction. Then the smile. He wins again.

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Civil Wars Officially Over

Posted by Angelica on Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Says band member Joy Williams:

I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together. I sincerely hope that ‘You Are My Sunshine’ will be accepted as a token of my gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years. I’m so thankful and my heart is full. Looking ahead, I’m excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I’ve loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon.

And band member John Paul White adds:

I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.

 


 

Having won four Grammys for Barton Hollow and their album The Civil Wars debuting in 2013 at NO. 1 on the Billboard 200, the war is over. What a sad day for music and for a friend and fan of David’s. Hopefully, Joy Williams will continue to make music and write, maybe even write and perform a duet with David. I think their voices would blend beautifully on a song. Best of luck to both Joy and John on their future endeavors. In their brief career as a duo, they exposed the lie that good music with meaningful, original lyrics and beautiful harmonies cannot succeed in an industry saturated with the banal, the vulgar, and the fraudulent.

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Embracing David Archuleta

Posted by Abrra on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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“..this was my first time coming back performing with the title “David Archuleta” and having to embrace that..”

A few months ago a fan who has had a son return from a mission said, “The David who left will not be back.”

This comment has stuck in my brain ever since I had heard it. Back then I really didn’t know what to think. Did it mean that he would be so different that I wouldn’t understand who he had become? There was never a doubt in my mind that David would not continue his singing career. I had a few concerns about his readjustment to living back in the US. After a few weeks, I was excited to see that he was back writing music and hanging out with musicians in the studio. They were happy to be working with him on new material. He was beginning to act like the “old David” that I knew from 2012.

And then he got silent. Not too much coming from him on twitter. No vlog besides the short ones just when he came back home. Fans began to get restless and the rumor mill buzzed with everything from he’s going to college to he is dating like crazy, as he looks for his kind of perfect. Many “sightings” began to pop up on twitter, some with pictures, showing him with friends around Utah. Something that never has happened before was that people tweeted pictures from Sunday services, some posed with a fan after services, some without his knowledge. Fans were desperate for news and ravenously consumed any information that may give a clue to what David was working on. Then we got word that Called To Serve would be live-streamed. Finally, we got to see what David was doing on his mission, first hand. Because he had asked for privacy while he was in Chile, it was a relief to see him talk about his mission publicly. I think it was a relief to him too.

David posted a vlog to fans where he talked about what he was doing. Exasperated by things he had read online about his lack of communication with fans, he said he had been busy working on writing music. I saw an assertive man telling us how he wasn’t going to do things just to please others. He was going to run his career his way. If he had anything to share, he’d be in touch. This was a huge change in how he communicated before he left for Chile. This time there was no doubt. He was not going to be pressured to produce music or anything else, until he was satisfied with the result.

Eventually, more news surfaced showing that David had visited Shay Carl the YouTube celebrity. I’d never heard of him but I did read where he might be of help showing David how to become more social media savvy. It might have paid off some, because we had the Face To Face chats which were live-streamed for all to view on demand. Though LDS youth were the target, I know fans enjoyed watching him speak, even in two languages. These videos show David’s genuine love for his faith and fellow man. He was as real and open as I have ever seen him.

I am beginning to get what “The David who left will not be back” meant.

David has become more open about who he is, a mature man who knows what he wants in his life. Not just a singer, but a humanitarian, who sings. The Military Tribute Tour was a chance for him and the other men who entertained with him, to thank the troops by using his God-given talent. He even said he had to embrace the title “David Archuleta” as he sang for them. So, I have come to the realization that in some way, David had to go on his mission to find himself. To be comfortable with expressing what he needs in his life. He left as a young man who needed to get away from all the celebrity and what that meant in his life. He came back a mature man who knows what he wants and is willing to embrace the celebrity on his own terms. Mission accomplished!

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