Posted by djafan on Friday, September 26, 2014
:) tune in this Sunday if you’d like to hear the song!
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Be sure and tune in this Sunday for a sneak preview of a new recording by David Archuleta–it’ll heard near the… http://fb.me/4c283VfS8
You can hear an interview with David plus the new recording on FM100.3 or online at http://www.softsundaysounds.com/ this Sunday at the end of the first music set in the 7am, 9am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm hours.
Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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Little did we know when David left for this Military Tribute Tour to the Mid East that we would be the recipients of such an outpouring of updates. No, not from him so much, but apparently, he has people for that. We have been gifted with heart-wrenching, humorous, humbling blogs to laugh and cry over, photos to smile and sigh over, and even the snippet heard round the world of David singing “Bring Him Home.”
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Maybe hardened soldiers can withstand the full impact of his voice on that song, but it is probably a mercy that his fans did not receive the full report. We are better prepared now and can anticipate the song with something close to aplomb. Hah!
We have received so much that the previous thread, which I thought would easily hold the contents of the entire trip, has become heavier than a C-17 cargo plane to load. So this thread is a much needed additional transport for supplies and we will see how far this one takes us.
There is a single thought I come away with from everything we have seen up to this point on this journey. It was brought home to me, everything I had read on the blogs, every picture, every tweet of this trip by a single photo taken by Jason Hewlett on the way to Afghanistan. The picture below (edit mine) snapped on the plane of the combat boots worn by the soldiers. The nameless, faceless, heroes. The men and women whose feet are ready to march off to hell if need be to keep the world free.
Please click on the link below to give them your thanks and a big thank you to Holly and FOD for organizing this for the fans as a way to give back.
Also, here again are the links to 3D and J.
A big thank you to them for going into harm’s way to bring hope and laughter to where it is needed most. Vaya con Dios. We are amazed by your generosity of spirit to carry this act of love to the troops, and for taking us all along for the ride.
Posted by djafan on Monday, June 30, 2014
First Song: I Am A Child Of God.
Sir: What a beautiful song David, thank you. And thank you for being here with us today.
David: Yes, it’s a pleasure for me to be here with you, thank you.
Sir: We have received many questions David, are you ready to answer?
David: Yes, I believe so.
Sir: How are you?
David: I’m very well, I’m very happy, I love that song. It always fills me with joy, so I’m very well.
Sir: There is a question in regards to music. David, it’s obvious that music is an important part of your life, tell us why it is so important to you?
David: That’s a good question. Well, I think since I was young, six years old and also before, I always felt something with music. My parents, both sides of my family, were always doing things with music. I always felt something different and when I would start to sing I think I would feel that same thing. I was always singing in the house and in the yard and things like that. But when others started listening I realized that they felt something and I could tell that they were feeling the same thing as I. They would say, I feel something now, thank you for singing. It took me some time to understand what was happening because I didn’t think I sang very well but I liked doing it. When that happened I realized that it was a gift, that they could feel the same thing as I. It’s not like saying, oh I have a gift. It’s a blessing for me to feel closer to God and closer to other people. And it was incredible that others could feel the same thing, which is the power of music.
Madam: When you face challenges is there a song that helps you?
David: Wow there are many songs that always help me. Well if we’re speaking of hymns, there is one that I’d like to sing today. This was a song that I sang during my mission, I sang more than any other song. I’d like to share it with everyone. There are many songs; it’s a very difficult question. There is one called “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
Madam: That is one of my favorites too.
David: I’ve listened to it so many times. I also like other songs, not only church songs, hymns. There is one that is called What A Wonderful World, I love it. Songs like this make me happy. But, I was speaking with someone the other day and I was saying there is one song that I’ve listened to the most and has made me cry, in Spanish, it’s “Source of My Blessings.” That song says that we are not perfect, but we still feel we need to be closer to God.
Madam: And God takes our hearts, we get closer to him.
Sir: David, we received a question from Gladys of Argentina, she asks, I’d like to know if you have ever written a hymn, or would you like to?
David: Oh, I never have but it would be interesting to try it, I’ve thought about, I tried once, but it is difficult. I’m developing my songwriting skills. Even writing pop songs was a bit difficult for me. But since returning from my mission I’ve been writing a lot. I’m feeling more comfortable with that. I don’t feel much pressure from others, so they’re flowing out easily, and it’s fun. Maybe someday I’ll attempt again to write a hymn.
Madam: There are probably people who believe that music comes easily to you. Tell us what you have done to develop your musical talents.
David: Practice, practice, practice all the time. I believe that to develop any skills takes much time. The thing that has helped me the most is doing it many times. I remember doing it when I was young, six, seven, eight years old. I’d be singing every day the songs of my favorite artists. Repeating the songs so I could sound like them. Because at the beginning I sounded nothing like them. It was hard. So I’d do it over and over, for hours. I believe that we need to be patient with all that we want to develop in life, to have progress. It takes time, patience, and diligence.
Sir: David, you served a mission in Chile, correct?
David: Yes po. (A Chilean expression, adding Po after yes)
Sir: And you returned three months ago.
David: Ohh time flies, ay ay ay.
Sir: We received many questions about your mission. Silvana asks, how did the decision to go on a mission come about while having a singing career?
David: Well, I’ve always wanted to go on a mission, since I was young. I always knew I’d go, even though I didn’t know how I was going to speak to anyone, I don’t know how to communicate with others, I’ve only been doing it through music. I didn’t expect to be on a television show, singing and suddenly everyone recognizes you. I didn’t expect that. Even with that, I still always wanted to go on a mission. But I thought, how am I going to it? Maybe it was a sign from God that I was doing what I was supposed to do with music. But I was never satisfied with it, something was always missing. I attempted many times to go on a mission, but things like contracts, people who thought “what?” They’d say, “it’s crazy to want to do that.” But that same feeling that has always guided me to sing, the decisions I made, the songs I picked to sing was the same feeling that told me you have to go on a mission, you’re going to learn something, your life is going to change, you’re going to meet people, you’re going to learn things that you won’t learn any other way. It was a difficult decision to make, follow and be diligent; it was the most incredible decision of my life.
Madam: Nail wants to know, what is the difference between pre-mission David and today’s David, after your mission?
David: Well, I think I feel more comfortable with myself. Before the mission I was always worried about what others would think of me. I had to please everyone even though everyone wanted something different. I was afraid to trust myself. I doubted myself a lot and in the mission I had to learn to trust in myself. There wasn’t anyone saying you have to do that, you have to do this and that. There was a Mission President but he would say, I trust in you. It’s going to be fine and I know that you will do things well. I would go ahhhh, but I don’t know what I’m going to do? I’m not a good missionary, I don’t know how to speak to people, I don’t understand what these people are saying and many other things. But I began to learn, well I wanted to, I’m here to learn more about God, and the Savior Jesus Christ. I won’t be able to love God and love the people I’m visiting and teaching if I can’t love myself. I can’t trust in God If I can’t trust in myself. I think that a large part of the mission and the reason why I had to go and serve is because God had to say to me, “My son, you are very busy and preoccupied with many things, come with me, I need to teach and show you personally.” That is how I felt in my mission. So close to God, there are no distractions, no telephone twenty four hours, not worried about yourself, you’re only getting to know God, trusting yourself and loving others.
Madam: And serving the people you speak of.
Sir: Jazzman from Spain asks, how will I know if I am truly prepared to go on a mission?
David: Well, I had the same question. I had to realize that you are never ready to go on a mission. What I’m saying is that the perfect time doesn’t exist to go on a mission, because if I waited for that perfect timing I’d never go on a mission. Everyone says, not yet, not yet, you’re not ready. I used to say the same thing, I’m not prepared, I have no idea how I’m going to teach others to make changes in their lives. But it’s a step of faith. I trust that God will guide me. It is difficult, but it is never the perfect time to go, it’s always going to be difficult. You’ll always have to leave something behind, things like that, but it is worth it.
Sir: Yes, and we need to have a lot of faith.
Madam: Ricardo from Mexico wants to ask, what can you say that would motivate the youth to go on a mission?
David: (looks at the camera) If there is anyone who is thinking of going on a mission and you want to prepare, there are simple things you can do that we always hear, like go to church, study your scriptures, really scrutinize them, meditate over the words, and also pray. The things we have always been told are the things that are going to help you. Also Preach My Gospel, this helped me a lot. If you don’t have it, find it. Another thing that helped me a lot was to go to the temple. I know that there are many that don’t have a temple nearby, but you should try to go as much as possible. That is a place where you can prepare without distractions; you can speak to God, pray, and hear the voice of the spirit clearly. Spend time there. I’ve spent a lot of time in the temple; it is a good and sacred place.
Sir: An important question, some say that going on a mission is a sacrifice; do you feel that it was a sacrifice for you?
David: When you think about having to leave things behind, like work, your career, or your family, I think the hardest thing was leaving my family. Because I thought, they need me. But when you think of where you’re going, that you are going to serve others, that you will be close to God, know Him and feel like you never have before in your life, then it’s not a sacrifice because you gain so many things. How can it be a sacrifice if it is the biggest blessing in my life? But for me, technically leaving some things, maybe then yes, but truthfully it is not a sacrifice. How could life’s biggest blessing be a sacrifice?
Madam: South Korea wants to know if there was something difficult during your mission and what did you do to overcome it?
David: The mission wasn’t easy, there are times you think, oh, I can’t do this, especially at the beginning of my mission. I didn’t understand for nothing how the Chilenos spoke. Now I love them. Now I can better understand the Spanish language and speak it. But at the beginning, not at all. What are they saying? How am I going to teach them? There are also times that you don’t get along well with your companion, if you get angry with him you can’t just leave. You’re always with them, every day, every week. You have to learn to change the problems, correct them, love them and discuss the problem. There were difficult moments with the companions, but in the end we got along well because we were able to overcome our problems. There were many things, but then there is patience. I could speak for a long time about this.
Second song: Nearer My God to Thee
Sir: Thank you David, beautiful song. We received this question: as youth we feel alone and impotent, what have you done or do to avoid feeling like this?
David: I believe that each one of us has felt like this; we are not sufficient for the task we have in life, or the future or the present. What has helped me personally is knowing who I am, and that is, that I have a Heavenly Father, He is God, I am a son of His, like the first song says. This always fills me with joy. The challenge may not change, or the problem taken from me, but it gives me the strength to go on, to find a way to overcome it. Also, knowing that I can ask for help when I need it. Because there are many moments where I don’t know what to do, I think, what now? I’m lost, I don’t know what to do, I feel unmotivated, and that is the time you can get on your knees and ask for help through prayer.
Madam: Ingrid wants to know, how can you achieve spiritual and emotional balance while developing our talents without putting aside our love for the Savior?
David: Good question Ingrid. I think it is a great wisdom that I have learned, not only during the mission but also before. Many times we feel that to pursue our dreams, music, work, sports we have to leave the spiritual things aside. That is not true, that is when we need the most help. During the time I was working, especially on TV, there were moments when I read scripture more diligently because I felt the need to do so. You should never feel that you need to choose your dreams over the spiritual things and God. Because they go hand in hand. God knows us; He knows our dreams. So if you always remember that, and remain near Him like the song says, you will be able to develop your talents and dreams in a different and brilliant way. That is how I have felt. You never should feel that you need to choose, it is not like that. If it comes to that you should choose the spiritual, God is there guiding you.
Sir: Mararena from Ecuador asks, how do you keep harmony with the Lord when you are surrounded by fame, money, and popularity?
David: Well Macarena, that was a shock to me, surprising. All of a sudden people recognized me. It was unexpected attention that I didn’t have before. Many would tell me this is what is important, these things will help you feel happy, and feel good in life, you will have success. But when I tried to focus on these things and what I was being told, I felt depressed, what is going on? Why do I feel this way? This happened once, when I was singing and the release of my first album. I had a lot of attention during that time. And everyone told me, now you will be successful, now you will feel happy. But I felt uncomfortable and I asked myself, why is this happening to me? I felt discouraged. At that moment I was on vacation with my family and realized that this was what really made me feel happy, the simple things that I had always had. What you have doesn’t matter, money, popularity, attention. If you have made good decisions, and if you have family who you love around you, then you will feel good and happy, and that is the success I have had in my life.
Madam: Kevin from Colombia has this question, I’m not a Mormon but I’ve always been curious about the Latter Day Saints. The question I have is, how have you lived all these experiences, music, concerts, tours and all the success from a spiritual perspective?
David: Spiritually, well like I was saying before, why the music? Music doesn’t exist without the spiritual part, there is always that connection. And when people try to remove that part it doesn’t work for me. I say, I cannot do this. But when a song invites the Spirit and the listeners feel good, closer to God, have a different perspective of life, more positive, then it’s all worth it to me. That is why I make music. I feel that music is a responsibility that God has given me, and he trusts that I will make good use of it. But if I don’t use music responsibly I won’t feel that success. I won’t feel that incredible feeling that you can feel through music if I remove that spiritual part. I had to humble myself many times, and think, I’m going to let it work on that song, or that concert for people to feel that feeling, which is the Spirit.
Sir: David, Lucia asks, what is your favorite scripture?
David: I have many favorite scriptures, but one that has always helped me during my mission and my life, is in the book of Mormon. It’s in Ether 12:27, chapter 12, verse 27, where it speaks of our weaknesses and many times we try to hide them. Before the mission I did that a lot. That is why I didn’t feel that joy I could have because I tried to hide my imperfections. But reading this scripture and understanding what God gives us. He says, I give you your weaknesses so you can humble yourself and know that I’m here to help you and that you need me. That humbled me, but I love knowing that our weaknesses don’t prevent us from getting ahead. With God’s help our weaknesses can be tools in reality.
Madam: Jamin from Spain wants to know, how do you know if you’re adequately prepared to go on a mission?
David: I believe we spoke a bit about that.
Madam: Sorry then.
David: No, it’s ok, it’s a good question. I’ll think about it some more.
Sir: Nicole from Brazil, do you have plans to write a book of your experiences on your mission?
David: Wow, I have thought about it, a lot, but I don’t know. I put out a book some years back. But it would be very interesting because my experiences now are very different. My outlook on life is deeper than before. I’d love to be able to explain, well I don’t know if I’d confuse everybody, but it would be incredible to speak of the people I met because I love very much the Chilenos and the people I met, and the food. I would love to share with all what I learned in a deeper way.
Madam: Patricia says, my brother is about to return from his mission, how could I help him adapt to family life without him losing that Spirit he’ll return with?
David: Well Patricia, have patience with your brother. Because when I got home all my family thought I was so strange. Because I’d say, oh no the TV, I can’t watch it, I can’t listen to that! I feel so strange here, where is my companion? You have to get accustomed a little at a time after the mission. Be patient with him and listen to him speak of the people he met because that is something important he’ll bring back with him, the people and his experiences. Maybe you can study with him. My sister did that with me because I wanted to study with someone. So if you want to help him conserve that Spirit, help him by asking him about the people he met and the experiences he had, and study with him.
Sir: When you make important decisions, what is the process you take? It is a challenge for the youth to maintain their beliefs when being influenced by their friends.
David: The process of making decisions? Hmmm interesting. I believe you need to think things through, especially when it’s a big decision. You need to think, why do I want to do this? And then take the question to the Lord, ask Him too. For example when I auditioned for American Idol, went on my mission, I always asked the Lord by praying, Father, what do you think about this? I feel like this, how should I do this? Is this fine? Am I crazy? I want to know. And always, when I do this, things turn out good for my growth as a person.
Madam: There are a lot of questions about your goals and plans now that you have returned from your mission. Can you tell us what you have in mind?
David: Yes, like I was saying, I am writing songs, I’m doing a lot of that. As a matter of fact I’m writing songs in English and Spanish. I don’t think I should release them all right now; I want to get things right this time. I have had so many experiences on the mission; I’ve thought of so many things, I feel I want to put that in my songs, not just anything. I’m dating. I want that to be in my songs. So I have plans to have future concerts and new albums. When? I don’t know exactly but I’m in that process now.
Sir: David, many young girls want to know your girlfriend’s name.
David: ¡¡¡¡oh my gosh ¡¡¡¡¡
Madam: Do you have a girlfriend?
David: No I don’t have a girlfriend, not yet, so there isn’t a name to say. Yes, but, we’ll leave it there. Family is important, so I also have that planned for the future, so there it is.
Madam: How has your mission affected your music?
David: I always sang on my mission, always. Knocking on doors, talking to people on the street. I would say many times, hello how are you? We’re missionaries and we would talk but at the beginning of my mission, when I couldn’t communicate, I’d say, can we sing you a song? I think we sang every day on the mission, in houses, in the street, it was entertaining. There were many who didn’t recognize me but would listen to the song. It didn’t matter who was singing, they listened.
Madam: And did they feel the Spirit?
David: It was incredible.
Madam: I’m sure that you left them with a smile.
David: I hope so.
Sir: Liliana asks, did you ever at some point in your life face a challenge which you thought you could not overcome?
David: There are many moments when you wake up and think, oh no, I can’t do this today, I can’t do anything right. I believe we have to have hope that things will get better because there are times when we feel that nothing is ever going to get better, never. I’m never going to feel better; I’m never going to find the answer I’m looking for. But you have to take your time, you have to wait and be patient, the answers will appear and you will overcome. There are so many times when I’ve felt like this, I don’t know how to do any of this, but then I was able to. Why was I about to give up? Ay ay ay, I was going to lose out on this blessing, this opportunity or what I have learned. So don’t give up. We have to be patient and you may feel out-of-place or frustrated sometimes, but we all do, it’s fine.
David: How much time do we have? Sorry.
Madam: We have ten minutes.
David: Ah yes, OK. Because I’d love to sing another song, but I think there is a question before one more song.
Madam: Oh let me see. Your responses are answering the questions before we receive them. Mina from Peru wants to know and says, I’d like to be a member but I fear that my family will not approve. What can I do to soften my mom’s heart?
David: I congratulate you because the Gospel is beautiful and is one of the things of the Latter Day Saints. And to be able to have that change, to live it, try it. I think those that start to know the church start with the missionaries, with friends. But aside from going to church and with friends, start with the missionaries. I was a missionary, (thumbs up), trust in the missionaries. They will help you with the changes you make, and it’s not always going to be easy, but you’ll start to feel different. You’ll have clarity and your family will see this change in your life. I think that is what will soften the heart of any person, to see the change you are receiving. There are things to do but I promise you that the change will come and you will feel the Spirit in you life. And your family will also feel it.
Sir: A question from Mexico.
David: Mexico! I had three companions from Mexico on the mission.
Sir: What scripture strengthens you during difficult times?
David: Aside from the scripture I mentioned before, there is one in the Bible in Proverbs. For those of you that don’t know, there are missionary plaques with your picture, the country and a scripture. The scripture on my plaque is Proverbs 3:5-6, where it speaks of trusting the Lord. He will guide you in all you do and in all your… I don’t remember exactly. This scripture has helped me a lot.
Madam: Yani from the Dominican Republic, wants to know of all the things you did on your mission, what would you have liked to do differently if you knew then what you know now?
David: I believe I would have done more things, I would have been more brave and not be so scared to do things, even though you didn’t know the outcome. But actually I wouldn’t change any of the past, because that’s how you learn, by whatever happened or didn’t happen in the past. I would’ve liked to have been more brave, speak with all, but this is how I’ve learned, next time I won’t do the same. I will speak with more people and I won’t have any fears any longer.
Madam: And faith conquers fear.
David: Yes, definitely
Sir: Here is the scripture from Proverbs.
David: Thank you, 5, 6 and 7.
Sir: Would you like to read?
David: Yes, if you want to read it, it’s in Proverbs 3 in the Bible and it says, “Trust in The Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.”
Sir: What an important scripture.
Madam: Jhon, via twitter wants to say, I want to go on a mission but I’m scared. It’s what we’ve been speaking of. What advise would you give him, us?
David: I also had that fear, like I said before, I don’t know how to speak, how to teach. But the truth is, when you get there you will learn daily and you’ll see that you don’t know everything, but that’s ok because you have a companion that will be with you all the time and you will learn from him. You’ll also learn about the Spirit. There will be times you won’t know what to say, but you’ll open your mouth and it comes out. You’ll ask yourself, where did those words come from? The Spirit is with you and is brilliant. So don’t worry, all will be fine.
Sir: Thank you David, is there anything else you’d like to share?
David: I feel like I’ve talked too much, I think I’d like to finish with a song.
Madam: We’d love that.
David: It’s a church hymn. I love it because it speaks of what is happening because there are so many missionaries serving in all parts of the world. I like to sing this hymn, “The Spirit of God.”
Sir and Madam: Thank you very much David.
Third song: The Spirit Of God
Posted by djafan on Sunday, June 22, 2014
picture credits ksl.tv
You can also view the event live on the Mormon Channel on YouTube. After June 24, a video of the event will be available on this page for you to watch at any time.
Participate in a live, interactive discussion with former American Idol contestant and returned missionary David Archuleta, moderated by Young Women general president Bonnie L. Oscarson and Young Men general president David L. Beck. Youth around the world will have opportunities to ask questions in real time and hear about David Archuleta’s decision to postpone a successful music career to serve the Lord. He will also share stories from his mission, give advice for future missionaries, and share his testimony in word and song. Invite your friends!
The LDS hosted David Archuleta live chat is geared for youth but from all I’ve read and the countless tweets worldwide promoting this event state that all are welcome. The questions that have been posted in English and Spanish so far cover a wide range of topics. David will be singing accompanied by Kendra Lowe.
También podrás ver este evento en vivo en la página del Canal mormón en YouTube. Después del 24 de junio, colocaremos el video en esta página para que lo vuelvas a ver en cualquier momento.
Participa en una conversación interactiva, en vivo, con el ex participante del concurso televisivo American Idol y ex misionero David Archuleta. Será moderada por la hermana Denise Posse Lindberg y el Presidente General de los Hombres Jóvenes, David L. Beck. Los jóvenes de todo el mundo tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas en tiempo real y escuchar a David Archuleta sobre su decisión de posponer una exitosa carrera musical para servir al Señor. También compartirá su testimonio, experiencias misionales y brindará consejos a futuros misioneros, no solo por medio de las palabras sino a través de la música. ¡Invita a tus amigos!
El LDS evento en vivo con David Archuleta es guiado para jovenes pero todo que lei promoviendo el evento indica que todos son envitados. Las preguntas en ingles y espanol cubren muchos temas. David cantara acompanado por Kendra Lowe.
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Posted by bebereader on Friday, June 6, 2014
I love when David goes to Nashville. He has said that in Nashville he had the best writing experience he’s ever had and that he always looks forward to returning. Whether he’s there to collaborate on songwriting, to visit friends, to meet with other musicians, to attend the Bonnaroo Music Festival next week or to go to Trader Joe’s, Nashville and David are a good match.
I have to admit that I’m fascinated with the town. It all began in 2006 when I was a fan girl of the rock band, Bon Jovi. What does Nashville have to do with a rock band? Jon Bon Jovi always wanted to do a country-inspired rock album so he decided to take his band to Nashville, also known as “Music City”. He hung out at The Bluebird Cafe where songwriters and musicians would flock to daily, to network and get inspired by other musicians to write new songs. They wrote some songs in a matter of minutes while other songs took more time to get right. Bon Jovi released “Lost Highway” in 2007 which was recorded in Nashville, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts and went platinum.
I learned back then that Nashville doesn’t exclusively produce country music, although the biggest country hits come out of there. The genres go from country to soul to jazz to pop to indie to rock to folk to hip hop to punk rock to R&B.
What is the hype about this place and what might David see while he’s there? What is the attraction and why do musicians and people in the entertainment field move there? Why has Nashville been among the top 5 friendliest places to live in the US? After scouring every blog, travel site and article I could get my hands on, here’s what I found:
Nashville is huge, one of the biggest cities in the US, spanning a whopping 553 square miles! Many artists move to Nashville from NY and LA after they come for a visit and realize that the diversity of music makes it a desirable place to live if you’re in the music field. The town has respect for and is a very nurturing community for musicians. I learned that you can’t walk 5 paces without running into someone who plays music or works in the business in one way or another.
Catering to songwriters, there are hotels and cafes that host popular songwriter nights featuring live music from tomorrow’s stars.
“We have songwriters living here that have penned some of the greatest songs ever written, so it’s not uncommon to be at a writers night and someone like Gordon Kennedy is singing his hit ‘Change the World,’ which was recorded by Eric Clapton. Or you might hear Dan Penn doing ‘Do Right Woman’ made famous by Aretha Franklin.” ~Singer/songwriter Etta Britt
Imagine with me for a second…David is at The Bluebird Cafe on Open Mic Night or Writer’s Night. Someone hears him humming and asks if he would like to sing something for the small crowd of unassuming folk who are sitting at the tables. Anything he wants. No pressure. He agrees and a capella sings “What A Wonderful World.” Hey, a girl can dream.
“Being a huge college town fills the bars, coffee shops, streets, parks with young energetic people who add such a nice air of modernity to the place. The immense level of wealth in the community gives us an interesting mix of fine stores (many of the high end of privately owned boutique styles) and beautiful neighborhoods.” ~Anonymous
“The cost of living is relatively cheap and there are plenty of jobs. The economy is diverse and we have all four seasons. The amazing thing is that it has a small town attitude with the big city conveniences. And then, in 15 minutes, you can be in the woods, by a waterfall walking the trails and finding yourself a million miles from the world if that’s what you want.” ~Anonymous
“Nashville is home to the greatest music scene in America, wonderful colleges, and great places for entertainment, be it arts, sports, recreation, lakes, restaurants, trendy spots…you name it. It’s the most progressive city in Tennessee… It is now the most favored city in America for business relocation.” ~Anonymous
“It’s a city on the rise with a palpable buzz of energy all around. It has great people, real friendly…the type of people who will walk up as a stranger and say hello with a smile.” ~Anonymous
“In Nashville, we don’t bug the celebrities when they are in public; it is an unwritten rule of decent behavior and respect. This is one reason why the celebrities like it here.” ~Emifriend, The Voice
“I love LA but Nashville is truly special. The southern hospitality and community support for struggling artists is the real difference. You don’t have to be wary of people here. It’s far more real than Hollywood. It’s a big but refreshing change.” ~Actress Hayden Panettiere of the TV show “Nashville”
Nashville’s big attractions include The Grand Ole’ Opry, The Ryman Auditorium and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. The Bonnaroo Music Festival is a huge four-day outdoor event in Tennessee. This year the dates are June 12-15 and the top names are Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Ritchie and many, many others. David went to this festival when he was in Nashville in 2011. Maybe he will get to go again next week.
I hope David enjoys his stay in Nashville and sees it as a working vacation. I hope he takes his time and writes songs that are meaningful to him. Connecting with the right people who realize his talent can help steer him along the right path. However long it takes, I know it will be worth the wait.
Posted by Abrra on Saturday, May 3, 2014
I watched the movie Jobs recently. Steve Jobs was an extremely bright and fiercely independent man who knew thoroughly the ins and outs of computing. What does this have to do with David Archuleta you ask? David was not even on my radar until I saw an overhead camera panning shot of the Apple Campus. As the courtyard came into view, I saw the stage where David sang Imagine to a crowd of employees and their families. Everyone was having a picnic lunch while David sang and played the piano. After that I got lost in the story again.
Until the very end.
Steve Jobs was seated in a studio as he spoke into the microphone to record a voice over for a commercial. Here are the words he said:
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
This is where thoughts of David came rushing back to my mind.
The ones who see things differently…
Now you’re thinking, David Archuleta a rule breaker? I submit that he is, when it comes to his art. In his vlog informing fans he had decided to part ways with his label, Jive, he spoke of building a foundation. Not a prefabricated industrially manufactured edifice, but one of his own vision and making. He is laying it down brick by brick. There is a saying in art, “form follows function.” What is the function of what he wants to achieve through his art? When the structure rises into view, it will take a form that will truly reflect who he is as an artist.
When David posted a picture of a songwriting session, fans were happy to see some progress. We looked up who these unknown (to us) artists were and what their music sounded like. I was not disappointed.
You see, I trust his musical judgement. Writing his first song in Spanish was so logical. To me it was as if he was releasing that language that has been in his head for 2 years. Letting it go to make some room for English words to flow again.
So much has been speculated about what his new sound will be. Will he change locations to write with established songwriters? Will a recording label ask him to sign a contract? When is he moving out of Utah to be around more mainstream music? Does he know what fans want or expect from him?
We know what he wants and expects from fans. He told us.
David’s progress may not fit into anyone else’s timeline of success. But he knows himself well enough to set his own pace to get whatever he does, done to his liking. He won’t be rushed to satisfy others. I firmly believe that David will be recognized for his work in music, once he digs deep into his soul and lays it bare for all the world to see.
Posted by PandasMama on Sunday, April 20, 2014
David Archuleta has returned after 2 years away from the music industry. I know all of the fandom is excited to see what’s next for David, but many are worried at the same time. Will David return to the music career he was working on prior to leaving? Will he be able to return to the same level of success he had obtained? Will he sign with another major label? Will he release a new CD? If so, how soon? There are a lot of questions to be answered and from what I have recently learned, David has a lot of new ideas to consider, because there are a lot of changes about to hit the music industry.
Last month I completed an online course from Berklee College of Music covering the history of the music industry and where it is headed in the future. The course was taught by the very knowledgeable John Kellogg, Assistant Chair of the Music Business/Management Department at BCM. In addition to his position at Berklee, Mr. Kellogg is an entertainment attorney and has authored several books about the music industry. This class was very enlightening as to what is involved in becoming a successful recording artist and dealing with the, for a better word, insanity known as the music industry.
The music industry has always been known for its entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology, but along with these characteristics has come a roller coaster of concerns that the next great technological innovation will cause its demise. This fear dates back as far as sheet music when piano rolls and later records were introduced. Later with advent of radio, publishers once again thought no one would buy their records if they could hear it for free. But radio actually saved the music industry during WWII, when records could not be produced, by having live transmissions of programs and performances. Radio was concerned when television came about. Each time something new has been introduced, the industry feared it would be no more, but each time it has recovered and found new ways to thrive.
In the 1990’s people replaced their vinyl and cassette collections with CDs. This was a major boon for the industry. Artists re-released all of their older music previously on vinyl and cassette tapes on the new “indestructible” CD’s. By the end of the 1990’s, MP3’s started to take over the market. With this technology, people no longer needed expensive and bulky players to enjoy their music. iPods could easily fit anywhere and held hours of consumer’s favorite tunes. Today we are in the middle of a shift from the physical world of CDs and DVDs to another digital world beyond MP3s, the world of steaming services. In this new realm, audio and video recording will still be important to the music industry, but these recordings will just be delivered in new ways. Mr. Kellogg and other industry leaders believe that as soon as 2017 the record business will enter a new era where super WiFi will be readily available and people will no longer need a computer hard drive or CDs for music storage. Everything will be available in “the cloud” using subscription services like Pandora and Spotify. If you’re not yet familiar with “the cloud”, you might want to do a little Google search and learn what it is all about. It is taking over everything very soon. The internet has a new way to service the world, and it is awesome.
With this new super-duper internet, the need for a huge amount of monetary backing to produce quality music recordings will end. Soon, all the artist will need to record music and release it to the public will be a laptop with the proper software, a service provider to post the music, and the internet. Artists will be able to produce their own music, possibly at their homes or small studios, and deliver it to their fans without the need of the major record labels.
In the past, signing with a record label was necessary to get your music out to the world. There were many choices depending on the genre of music the artist performed. Today, 3 large conglomerates and their subsidiaries own the majority of all record labels: Sony Music Entertainment, Japan; Universal Music Group, France; and Warner Music Group, Leonard Blavatnik, Russia. These three companies distribute 85% to 90% of all records sold today. But these big money labels aren’t raking in the dough like they used to. The public is now more likely to purchase singles from a digital source like iTunes or Amazon then purchase an actual hard copy CD. The labels have lost revenue and outlets for purchasing actual CD’s have all but vanished. The record companies are looking for new ways to survive this technological change. That is why you see major acts suddenly being sponsored on their tours by huge companies such as Target, Coke, Pepsi, Nike, LiveNation, and iHeartRadio which is owned by Clear Channel, the largest radio broadcasting company.
While the big acts are out working to keep themselves and the big 3 in business, lesser known artists are getting tired of working to produce a product that they are barely compensated for. Recording contracts with these labels are very complex things, involving insane percentages of asset values, royalties and advances. Most artists signed to major labels make less than $1 per CD sold at full price, and this is only after the label takes out the advance money for producing the CD in the first place. Many times an artist doesn’t even break even on a first CD and the advance money recovery is carried over to the next CD they put out. That is why labels sign artists to multiple CD deals, hoping that they will make money off of the artist in the long run. Smaller, independent labels have better deals for artists, sometimes even splitting the royalties 50/50. But now, new artists are discovering they don’t have to play with the big guys to actually have a career in music.
With technological advancements, many artists are starting to create their own record labels. This way they are assured of making more money off of their projects. All of the money that previously went into the hands of the records executives, can now go back to the artist and their team. It’s like a DIY (Do It Yourself) project, except John Kellogg calls it DIO (Do It Ourselves) because he still believes the artist will need a team to make the project (the artist’s career) work. The artist cannot do it all themselves. They will need the lawyer for proper contracts (even contracts with themselves). They will need agents to help with bookings, promotions, social media, etc. It will be a team effort, but the artist will benefit greatly in the long run, as long as they cover all of their bases.
Let’s take a step back to the idea of the distribution of music to the public through “the cloud.” This technology will be very important because it will be the way artists promote themselves. It might not seem logical for an artist to put their music out on the internet for free or almost free, but without the big money of record labels backing them, artists will need a way to reach new audiences. Internet streaming of music will be necessary to lead new fans to an artist and their music. With the demise of the CD album, many artists will be releasing singles and social media will be very necessary for the promotion of the artists. Most that succeed will make money touring, not recording, unless they own all the rights to the music they produce and the music is used in other formats like movies, television, and subscription services, all of which the artist will receive royalties for. Several artists have already become very popular with the younger audiences just by using YouTube. Once the artist has a following they can tour and make money. Royalties for writing music and having it played on the streaming services and the radio will help the artist financially, but the majority of income will come from live performances and they will need to have a dynamic, engaging live performance to keep their fans happy and wanting more.
Another way artists will be reaching their fans is through live streamed performances. I know many of David’s fans have taken part in at least one of the poor quality cell phone “concerts” over the past few years. Actually, most of us probably heard David announce his decision to go on a full-time mission while watching his Christmas concert from Salt Lake City broadcast over Ustream from someone’s cell phone. Well, those types of concerts have suddenly grown up and are now being used by artists to reach their fans through streaming services like ConcertWindow and StageIt, where the audience pays to watch an actual high quality performance over the internet. For a nominal fee, you can see your favorite artist, or maybe one you are just interested in checking out for the first time, without having to travel many miles from your home or pay the exorbitant ticket prices asked these days. Just last month I watched concerts by Imagine Dragons, Keith Urban, and Willie Nelson performed live at a venue right here in Austin, TX, and broadcast at no cost by iTunes as part of their promotion of acts during the SXSW Music Festival. Five evenings of performances were broadcast around the world for free. With the advances in streaming technology, anyone will soon be able to watch their favorite artist perform live without ever leaving the comfort of home. Pay-for-view streamed concerts will soon be the norm for many artists.
Streaming services, DYI recording labels, social media, Cloud technology, and the demise of the CD and major record companies; these are just some of the new changes coming to the music industry in the next few years. Artists must get on the bandwagon with all of the technology or they will be left behind. I guess the same applies to the music fans of the world, too. We don’t want to be left behind, clinging to old technology that probably won’t work 5 to 10 years down the road.
So now that I have bombarded you with information, just think how David must feel at this very moment. Returning from two years in a much more technologically challenged culture and having to dive in head first into the insanity of the music industry. It has to be overwhelming. He has to take his time and decide what will and won’t work for him and his career. He has to learn and plan and pray and listen to his heart before he can dive back in with both feet, if he wants to succeed in the digital age of music.
PandasMama is a guest writer for The Voice and maintains her own blog, Cacophony vs Harmony.