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Is David Archuleta Coming Home Today?

Posted by Angelica on Monday, February 10, 2014

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Rumor has it he just might be.

For it seems that missionaries who left for their missions on the day he did are scheduled to return on 2/10/14 or 3/24/14.

And then there is this tweet from Lady V a few days ago.

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This is all speculation of course.  I have no idea where in the world David Archuleta is right now.  But I hope he’s in the air somewhere flying home at this very moment.

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Because that thought makes me smile a very happy smile.

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Posted in @DavidArchie, @kariontour, @LadyVmusic, David Archuleta, Mission | Tagged: , , , , , | 21 Comments »

Desperate for David Archuleta

Posted by ronaleem on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Although David was already on his mission and out of the public eye when I first became aware of the amazing person he is, I sympathize with fans who are desperate to have him back.

How does our desperation feel? I think David can tell us. The other morning as I was listening to my iPod, Desperate came up on the playlist. Although I had listened to this song many times, this was the first time I really heard it. And what I heard was incredible. David actually conveyed the feeling of desperation through his voice!

This is how I think he did it, but I want to mention two things before I get to David’s vocals. The first is the instrumental background: piano, throbbing drumbeat, and electronic sounds which are mostly loud, and frequently relentless and chaotic. This does not give David much opportunity for subtlety in dynamics or tempo.

Second is the lyrics. Desperate is not a profound song. The word “desperate” is used 13 times, 14 if you count the title. The chorus is repeated four times, leaving only three short sections of narrative to describe the subject’s emotional state. The first two sections convey his isolation and absolute despair; the third, his realization that he can change. Because David always strives for a positive message, despair actually turns to hope at the end of the second section when he sings, “It’s your life; it’s time you face it.” This line divides the song into two parts.

So, how does David do it? How does he express absolute despair, then the possibility of hope?

In the first part of the song, he keeps his voice in its lower register, which communicates a feeling of seriousness and heaviness, and contributes to the idea of despair. By staying in the lower register, his voice cannot soar into higher, brighter notes. Also, David clips the notes, and even exhales a little breath as he ends some of them. These clipped notes distinctly separate the words from one another, suggesting isolation, which in turn reinforces the sense of despair. The only time there is even a foreshadowing of hope is in the words “believin'” and “light” in the chorus. When David sings these words, he holds the notes instead of clipping them, thus entertaining the eventual possibility of hope replacing despair.

This possibility of hope is evident in the second part of the song. As David sings, “it’s time you face it,” he leaves his lower register and goes into his higher register. In addition, he holds the note on “it” instead of clipping it. In the lines, “You know that things have gotta change/ You can’t go back, you find a way/ And day by day, you start to come alive,” David’s voice steadily ascends the scale and his dynamics increase. When he sings “alive,” he holds this very high note for several beats and puts some runs into it as well, providing a bright sound. Ironically, “desperate” is sung ten times in this “hopeful” part of the song, but sung near or at the top of David’s range. In addition, he extends these repetitions of “desperate” by holding them for several beats. All of these vocal techniques contribute to the sense of despair, followed by the sense of hope, that David conveys through his interpretation of the song.

I always thought this song was a first-person account of desperation, that the lyrics were those of a person talking to himself. Thanks to some YouTube comments, I realized the lyrics could be addressed to a second person. I believe either interpretation holds up, although I prefer the first-person interpretation because it makes the intensity of the desperation more immediate and personal, which David definitely does.

Kirailah rolon:  Lol Why Would He Be Desperate He Is Hot

HeartSettoLove:  Because hot people have crap in their life happen too :p

And NarutoPHC replies to Kirailah with the third-person perspective:  Lol he is singing about the girl being desperate :P

I love becoming aware of aspects of David for the first time, as in this example of Desperate. I find it remarkable that a 17-year-old was able to convey feelings of desperation and hope so convincingly. David’s musical abilities and exceptional character continue to astound me.

And because I’m still learning about him and from him, I’m not utterly desperate to have him back yet. And no one else should be either, because David will be back soon!

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Ronaleem is a guest writer for The Voice.

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Ryan Seacrest Poll FINALS: Whose Album Are You Most Excited For? DAVID ARCHULETA’S!

Posted by djafan on Sunday, March 3, 2013

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As you all know I’m a voting, commenting, viewing, anything to get David’s name out there junkie lol.   I put up the occasional link for you all to see and join in if possible.  Some do some don’t, either is fine, doesn’t make any fan better than another.  I try to touch everything put out relating to David but even in his absence it’s hard to do.  So I pick and choose what are the best promo opportunities IMO and go at it :)

This leads me to the Ryan Seacrest poll.  Will Seacrest debut or play David’s single or any other of his songs?  Not likely but not impossible.  Seacrest is viewed and followed by not only fans of almost every artist but also the media, music and news alike.  So I put this poll as the #1 priority.  And after seeing these tweets I feel this is more than a mindless poll.  I believe this will show the interest in David is still strong and that his fans are here waiting for him.

Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour

@CADTHU @DavidArchie we all know he would never ask but I am for Team Archie asking for all to vote! http://ryanseacrest.com/2013/02/26/finals-whos-album-are-you-most-excited-for/

Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour

I need to pack but looks like I got some voting to do for @DavidArchie Come on and vote with me if you can! http://ryanseacrest.com/2013/02/26/finals-whos-album-are-you-most-excited-for/

David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie

Way to go Archies! He’s in the FINALS “Whose Album Are You Most Excited For?” Ends on 3/4 so lets get at it! http://ryanseacrest.com/2013/02/26/finals-whos-album-are-you-most-excited-for/ … (KS)
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Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour

@CADTHU @DavidArchie we all know he would never ask but I am for Team Archie asking for all to vote! http://ryanseacrest.com/2013/02/26/finals-whos-album-are-you-most-excited-for/

Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour

@CADTHU @DavidArchie we all know he would never ask but I am for Team Archie asking for all to vote! http://ryanseacrest.com/2013/02/26/finals-whos-album-are-you-most-excited-for/

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Voting ends tomorrow so this time I’m asking to please put in your vote.  You can vote multiple times by clearing your cookies and history after every vote.

 

FINAL ROUND: Who’s Album Are You Most Excited For in 2013?

Ella Henderson

David Cook

Girls Generation

David Archuleta

Avril Lavigne

Be sure to check back Tuesday, March 5 to see who wins!

You can vote on computer, laptop, iphone, & ipad!  Vote now! 

Click here to VOTE!

Posted in @DavidArchie, @kariontour, Appreciation, career longevity, David Archuleta, fandom, poll | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 31 Comments »

David Archuleta New Music Video For Everybody Hurts

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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It’s coming!!!

Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook
Be on the look out for the David Archuleta @DavidArchie new music video within the hour. #excited #music #BEGIN

Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook
Re-synchronize your watches & look for the new @DavidArchie music video between 7-8 pm EST #apologies #forgiveness #begging

Deseret Book ‏@DeseretBook
Can’t confirm nor deny! LOL RT @nellie1983: @DeseretBook @DavidArchie So that means we shoud expect it at 7:59 right? LOL

IT’S HERE!!!

Published on Aug 22, 2012 by 

David performs the REM classic “Everybody Hurts” with an orchestra which includes producer Kurt Bestor. The shots of David were recorded in a studio the day before he left on his mission.

“I hope you know that I never wanted to leave you guys without music, and will continue when I get back.” – David Archuleta

David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie

Here is the official music video of “Everybody Hurts” off of David’s new album BEGIN. out now —>

Posted in Appreciation, Archies, Begin., David Archuleta, The Voice | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 97 Comments »

Loss and Redemption ~ David Archuleta

Posted by FunnyGirl on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dear Friends,

Some of you know about what happened with my older son, but most of you do not. None of this was David related until he announced the mission. It was then that a cycle of pain and loss restarted in my heart, and now, after many weeks of processing it all, I felt compelled to share it, with the hope that it may help someone.

My oldest child, now age 12, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two-and-a-half. He was a healthy baby and was developing normally until 16 months, when he received 4 vaccinations during a routine office visit. Within one week of that day he lost all his words, eye contact, and started to have severe bowel issues. I am not trying to start a debate about vaccines, I am just telling you what happened to my child. Thus began our journey into the pit of despair and heartache. Several doctors, tests, and hours of research later we began to understand what we could do to begin to try to heal his physical and sensory problems.

The first step was special education preschool. The district here that diagnosed him told us that he would never speak, dress himself, never be able to live alone or have a relationship. We were told to start looking into long-term care options. Words cannot describe the loss and devastation that we felt. I’ll never forget the first day of preschool. I had to take him there; I just couldn’t let him take the school bus; he just looked so tiny. I dropped him off, both of us sobbing. The teacher had to block the door to keep him from getting out. I went out to my car and cried and cried and cried. I didn’t want to take him there. He was supposed to be home with me. Did he know I was coming back for him? Did he understand what I told him about school and that it would help him? Would it even help him? I trusted no one. Who were they to tell me what my child’s future would be? I sat there in the parking lot in my car sobbing. When I finally went in to get him I was so relieved. He seemed fine. The thought of doing it again the next day was too much to think about.

His preschool day was two-and-a-half hours every morning. The longest two-and-a-half hours you could ever imagine. In the meantime we were working on special diets, vitamins, sensory therapy and lab tests to help with the bowel issues. I thanked God for credit cards and that we were able to get high credit limits. Everything we tried with him was very successful and immediate. We did everything outside of mainstream medicine with the help of a doctor who I know is an angel. We went through about 15 doctors before we found her. The preschool was awesome, and it truly was needed to help him catch up on things he had missed. But having him gone everyday, even though it was just the half day, was very depressing. It was a true loss. Then after preschool would come elementary school. I would never get those preschool years back.

I never did get those years back. But what I did get was something even greater. Our son began to speak again. He began to interact with us. He was able to handle sensory input. He has been in a regular classroom setting since Kindergarten. He continued with speech therapy through 3rd grade. He was able to stop the special diet after 5 years. He is now in 7th grade and has all A’s in school. He scored within his grade level on the MEAP test two years in a row now. He has friends, sleepovers, normal relationships and is an awesome big brother.

Over time I began to accept that this journey with my son was somehow meant to be. I ended up working at the sensory clinic that helped him so much. I was able to talk to and give hope to thousands of parents. I was able to work with the children and see them progress. I have been witness to the restoration of my son’s health and well-being. I have come from the depths of despair to the triumph of redemption.

When David announced his mission I was in shock. The next morning I cried for six hours. I had not cried like that since that morning at preschool. All the feelings of loss and fairness and right and wrong and why and how came rushing back. I was losing my baby again. I know he’s not a baby, and he’s not mine, but you all know and understand that is exactly what it feels like. Much like taking my son to that preschool, this was something that had to be done despite how I felt about it. It was going to happen, and all my tears and frustration were no match for it. I came to accept that just as I took my son and handed him over to strangers, I had to support David in his choice because what is best for me is not necessarily the best for him. I could have not sent my son to preschool and kept him home with me. But I had to do what was best for him, despite my own pain.

For those of you that have not experienced a loss, and even for those who have, David’s leaving is devastating. The routine and activities of the last 4 years will change. We will have to find a new normal. And we will. Nothing will stop what is meant to be for David. We must be strong and have faith that the future will bring nothing but the best of times for all of us. My journey with my son taught me that even though things seem impossible you can never give up hope.

We cannot get back the two years that he will be away. What we can do is be here to support one another, buy whatever music comes out, and take good care of the love we have in our hearts for him. One by one we were chosen to be on this journey, for reasons we may never know. His voice took root in our hearts. His spirit made our own start to blossom. Now we must tend to the garden while he is away.

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David Archuleta’s MKOC Tour ~ On to Stroudsburg, PA

Posted by djafan on Sunday, December 4, 2011

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Next stop on the My Kind of Christmas Tour is at the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg, PA.   From all accounts this tour is already a complete success.

THE SHERMAN THEATRE


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I  had never heard Amy Grant’s I Need a Silent Night so I went and took a listen, it’s David’s song now.  Sorry Amy.


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We’ll be here, updating with videos and links from all the epic concerts. Please don’t hesitate to contribute and join in the fun.


ME AND MY DRRRUUUUUUMMMM!

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Posted in artistic freedom, concerts, David Archuleta, genres, music genres, My Kind of Christmas Tour | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 87 Comments »

One Fan’s ODDyssey ~ Before and After David Archuleta

Posted by gladys1961 on Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I recently wrote a comment on The Voice about who I was before February 2008. After some of the girls read it, they said it could have been an article. I said to myself, “Why not?” But perhaps who I was before David is not important: what’s important is who I am now, thanks to him.

David disrupted the daily life that I had established for myself. I almost never listened to music. It didn’t interest me much, particularly music in Spanish. I remember my dad listening to an album of Louis Armstrong and I loved it. I didn’t understand the words but I loved his voice. Then my dad passed on and I became the head of the family and since then, my life was work, work, work. So much that I had to leave my college studies.

As a little girl I asked my mom and dad, “What else is out there?” When I became an adult I asked myself the same question. This can’t be all there is in life; there has to be something more. After a while, I stopped asking and just accepted my life. I locked myself in my own world, took care of my responsibilities and nothing more.

Then one day in February 2008, someone entered my life without permission or fair warning. He just came in and stayed with me. Like all Latinos who don’t speak English, I didn’t understand what he said, but there was something in his look. I’m not sure how to describe how confidence looks. I only know that when David sings, I believe him.

I felt like a teenager again. I started to dress differently, even communicate differently. I thought I should get to know people before deciding whether or not I liked them. I didn’t want to dislike someone without even knowing them, like I did before. I’d ask myself “Why do I dislike this person if I don’t know them?” (David said this in an interview.) I started to listen to music again. I began to discover that not all moments of happiness need to be huge moments. And they don’t even have to be mine; the happiness of others can make me happy too. I learned to use social networking to communicate with friends around the world.

I remember being at a meeting the night David was going to sing a Spanish song at the ALMA Awards. The time was set for 7pm I think, but there was something wrong with the station schedule and I spent the whole day worrying that I might miss it. I asked at work if I could leave a little earlier. My instincts were right. When I got home I turned my computer on an hour earlier, at 6pm, as they were announcing David. In that performance of “Contigo En La Distancia,” we witnessed the glory and passion that is a David Archuleta performance.

I wish I could share all my stories of how David changed my life. I was traveling in a taxi to see a client and got a text message from Julieta, whom some of you may know from The Voice Unplugged. She said “They announced David is singing with Jordin in a few minutes!!!!! Hurry uuppppp!” Out of character for me, and just like in a movie, I told the taxi driver, “I’ll pay double if we leave here now and you get me to my house in 10 minutes!” hahaha. My God, what memories! I made it home just in time!

After accepting David as part of my life, I had to also accept that I didn’t understand why he was there. But I don’t let it frustrate me; I take it as a challenge. I started using Google Translator to understand everything I read about David and for a time it was enough. But not being able to understand the interviews was killing me. I wanted to understand what he was saying and I wanted to know why everyone looked at him with adoration every time he opened his mouth. I started my English studies again. And now I think the circle is closing.

What lies ahead? Beyond being a David fan, beyond the desire to discover new friends and a new world, a life full of possibilities that are now a reality? David plants seeds in fertile soil, under the sun, in the rain, during cold weather and snow, sick with fever, tired, at times almost voiceless, but always with a smile, always prepared. I believe that three years of planting has been enough. Now David, it’s time to harvest. But we all know that David will never stop planting seeds, with every song, every appearance, and every contact with his fans.

Looking back, I believed that I was living a nice comfortable life but now I realize that I existed in a shell while life continued around me. It’s said that things happen for a reason. I know that I’m a lucky person to have David in my life. David opened my eyes and showed me that I had many roads to choose from, that nothing is impossible. Now I stand straight, swallow hard, and take my first steps down the road I have chosen to follow.  Who knows, this may be that first step that leads me to see David in concert. Anything and everything is possible.

Gladys is a guest writer and long-time commenter on The Voice.  She lives in Argentina.

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The Ripple Effect

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!

thevoicedavidarchuleta

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