credit n8edwards IG (thanks Abrra for this find)
ReCap (bluesky style):
Bigger. Better. Bolder.
Buckling up will do no good. All seats will jettison – airlifting hearts to new flights of blessed reality. A reality brighter than you knew and at the same time, the beloved home you always craved.
Dayzee will tell you that I tried to do video but my poor little iPad simply did not have enough memory. *_* Well, I have never tried to film anything that long before, so it was a learning experience.
I just want to say that it is my firm belief that any qualms anyone has had about songs, genres, et al. No. Worries.
Watch the whole speech when it comes. (it has to… wish I had been able to get it all). Listen to the songs.
He is back. But is more than he ever was: deeper, stronger, a man on course. With talent pouring out of every nuance, sound, breath, action, deed.
(and Dayzee is amazing. ^_^)
Just FYI: although the venue was at a University, the topic was ….kinda not something youngers are going to say: “wow! that sounds like fun, let’s go!” Maybe because of interest. It was great. I loved hearing the different viewpoints that I did get to hear. (not being able to get to the whole day)
And… just 20 min. or so before it began, I asked an usher how many people they were expecting – it still seemed kind of sparse to me. She told me that they expected about 2000, but that the ticket numbers were 4500. She thought the snow would make a big difference. I concurred.
But then… in just 30 more minutes the whole place filled up. I am sure there were upwards of 3000 there. And…. from my view, it looked like 80% were people the same age as DA. And they LOVED him. They were obviously there to see him. And they would not bring HIM out until he was due to go on. They knew that once he came out, no one would pay any attention to anyone else.
The audience… most all of them his contemporaries or just about…. watched for him all the time. They were constantly looking for “when is he coming out?” Even though no one said his name. And after he spoke and sang his last song – complete standing ovation. Complete. I am telling you – us olders were most certainly outnumbered. And although everyone was very kind and just treated us in grand style, you could plainly see that they consider DA t.h.e.i.r.s.
Can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of him.
(Can’t tell you how many guys – there with their girl friends – were just as “where IS he?” as the rest of them. All ages. All there for him. You gotta know that is why they never even mentioned him by name until just before he went on: the applause would have been a dead give away. ((Although, to be fair, the audience was great – they were very supportive and generous in their applause for both other musical numbers. They clapped and cheered along with the Baptist Choir – who were very good – and they loved the native American dancers as well. The announcer was just careful to refer to DA only as: various musical numbers tonight, until his set was announced. Good Call.)) ^_^ )
Recap by Dayzee:
He Lives in You is my new favorite song. David has once again outdone himself.
Bluesky was so gracious and fun. A great friend to share an evening with David.
Wow Wow Wow. Will try to settle myself down and return tomorrow.
I was so nervous yesterday preparing for an evening with David. Mastering snowy roads, finding Bluesky in an area I was unfamiliar with, reaching the venue on time, parking, finding the right place to be. I was so antsy I found myself at Bluesky’s home half an hour early. After listening to my profuse apologies, she responded as if it was perfectly ok to interrupt her getting ready. As if she did not think I was that babbling idiot that I was. Everything went smoothly and we were finally parked and looking for the official entry. Why do I worry? I am always afraid something horrible will happen and carefully laid plans will fall through.
There were no people visible outside the building. It was 5:30 and the doors were to be unlocked at 6:30. We decided to walk over to Will Call (always open) and find a restroom. After a nice young man took us through tunnels we were told to take the elevator up to the restroom. While waiting for the elevator I heard piano. Was that Be Still My Soul? Then that heavenly voice floated into the hallway. The elevator came. And went.
After recovering, we asked a fellow wearing the “Im here to help you” jacket where we should wait. Bluesky charmed him into feeling responsible for getting us to the best seats available. He unlocked doors and pointed the way. and told us to find the front row. Did not need to tell us twice. The first five rows were for VIP from the college, then a gap to the front of the rest of the seating. So we were on the front row behind VIP. And we were there for an hour and a half before the program began. Thank you Bluesky and Jacket fellow. Lupe, Claudia and other family were five rows in front of us on the real front row. Nice to see the family support.
When David appeared the crowd was deafening. A great welcome. When David went to the microphone to sing the first number, he gave us a puckish grin and started out “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. At that point the entire audience was completely his. He went on to sing He Lives in You. So there I was taking the most pitiful video ever. One of the best frames showed the size 12 bright red Converse shoes of my neighbor. Somehow I was able to keep the camera somewhere in David’s direction when my screen told me NO more videoing because I had run out of storage. David was at that point in the song where he absolutely becomes awesome and shakes the rafters. Crap! The video above at #59 ends in the same place. Hoping someone will find the ending of that song.
When David was speaking I could not find the rambling man anywhere. His thoughts were concise and to the point. He laid himself out for all to see and hear. There were a few moments when I thought someone should get him a kleenex. He does not hold back his emotions. Gosh I love this guy.
The crowd showed their appreciation with a standing ovation. The room was all David. A line formed to shake David’s hand (or get a hug) but security sent them packing. In a nice way.
There is nothing like the feelings that engulf you after a David concert. Warm and fuzzy,yet electric and intense. All emotions combine to make me useless.
Can’t wait til next time.
credit Dayzee’s keychain
THE VIDEOS ~ 8 Thoughts By David Archuleta
1. The Truth Within
3. The Greater Good
4. What Matters Most
5. Facing Your Fears
6. Mission and the power of Religious Freedom
7. Serving Others
8. Understanding Others and Understanding Yourself ?
Videos credit to aimeevargas, Rochelle Dawn, Kelsi Johnson