Pilgrim lighting a candle at The Edicule. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. Photograph by Tommy Huynh.
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer
This is the magic that happens when writing about David. I thought yes, Albert Schweitzer you have said it to me and then when looking for that candle, that spark, there was a picture that stood out above all the rest. David gets chills when the music is awesome to him and my hands started to shake a little on the keyboard when I saw this amazing picture.
I have the deepest appreciation for all that David has given to me through his singing and by the person who he is now and always has been. We say this expression throughout the years and each time I hear it I am reminded of how lucky in life I have been.
The winter has us locked into coldness and the sounds of the frozen trees echo in the stillness. For me it has been the perfect time to dwell upon who inspires us. We can think about what is important and what impresses our minds and souls. There is never enough time to think such thoughts so it seems.
As we continue to enjoy David’s music, we can think about the people who have been bringing the joy of his music to us. Imagine for a moment if we did not have the pictures, the videos and the bits of news that have trailed back to us from faraway places. David’s voice is so amazing and sensitive that in listening to his singing voice we actually hear him speaking. It is such a personal experience when you listen to him sing in any language. I know the words of “O come O Come Emmanuel” but even if I didn’t, I don’t need to know the words of “O Ven O Ven Emmanuel” in Spanish. I believe that I hear the meaning in his voice. Listening to him is an incredible gift never taken without appreciation. This song has been an inspiration to me that I have not had for a while.
It is time to look around us and see who we have kept company with, those we already know and those who we have just met. A long time ago now, out of the blue we were talking one night on The Voice Unplugged about the song “Nobody Does It Better” and from that conversation came the first bracelet, “Nobody Sings It Better.” We distributed it as far and wide as we could, taking them to concerts and handing them out as different occasions arose. It actually became an article to buy on an overseas site.
The second bracelet was quickly thought out to bring his fans together. They were distributed worldwide as the requests came in. This bracelet expressed to him and ourselves that he has become a part of our souls. When David was away for only a while, a message was sent from him to his fans that we are a part of his heart. So that all said and done, we continued to live our lives to the fullest and came to our sites to connect and share the news.
I recognize the dedication of the sites to keep the fans together when sometimes so far apart, making it possible to continue in our enjoyment of the refined, accomplished, classical singer that David Archuleta is. Looking at the activities around this site includes the articles which were contributed by the staff and guest writers. For me, I couldn’t write anymore no matter how hard I tried, so I have to give so much credit to those who could, when there was hardly anything that I could consciously see to write about. But in the end of any conversation we might have, it is David through his music, that is still my greatest inspiration.
“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
SandyBeaches is a staff writer for The Voice.