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David Archuleta – A Blog from Afghanistan

Posted by djafan on Friday, July 18, 2014

Photo 1: I don’t think that’s how you properly salute, but oh well haha. We have to wear the body armor sometimes when we travel from one base to another on military aircraft here in Afghanistan.

 

Hey everyone,

I have written a letter to my family and friends, but I decided that I should share it with all of you as well:

First off, I am sorry that I can never write less than an essay and that my emails are always so long! But please bear with me and my imperfections with this one.

I wanted to write to all of you seeing as this last week has been quite incredible for me. Right now I am writing this to you as blasting winds full of dust attack my face and my eyes (I’m outside to have some time to myself). I am currently in Afghanistan, and as I don’t know when I will ever be here again I would like to take the time to write to you under interesting circumstances.

What am I doing here? I was invited by a man named Dan Clark. He is a world renown speaker who is the main contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He has spoken many, many times to the troops all over the world. We are joined by a professional impersonator/comedian named Jason Hewlett (he’s hilarious), and my voice trainer Dean Kaelin (accompanying me on the piano and guitar, and performing himself a number) to do a military tour. It is a tour with the focus to inspire and give an uplifting message to the troops as we entertain.

July 8th we left for the Middle East. We began in the country of Bahrain– a country I had never even heard of before. Afterwards we went to Kuwait. It was amazing to see how empty it is here terrain-wise: sand, sun, dust, and desert. However, due to oil and gas these are very wealthy countries. We visited an Islamic mosque and I was amazed to see that they believe in prophets, and even believe in Jesus Christ… As a prophet of God; not as the Only Begotten, yet they believe that He will come again. It is Ramadan here which is the month of fasting, where they cannot eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. We cannot eat or drink in front of them, and have to keep long-sleeve shirts and pants when in public Muslim-eye to not offend their traditions.

Anyway, this is a military tour, not a desert tourist trip. I wanted to express my love for these military men and women. Here in Afghanistan– along with in Iraq–they are in combat and there are attacks going on. I was surprised at the friendships and the respect the local people have with and for the troops, as the reason why we have been in these countries is to protect these people from opposing groups who seek for power and are extremists and terrorists trying to overtake the countries. We are now making transitions to let the Afghan military take charge of defending their own country so that they may strengthen their own sense of duty and value those rights and liberties more by taking the lead themselves.

We have met so many fathers who have yet to meet their newborn babies in person; they are out in this blazing heat of 100-140 degrees day to day (and wow it feels like a hair-dryer blowing in your face!). We have seen and felt their appreciation for us being here as we “come out of our way” to meet with them, perform for them, and let them know we love them — it is the LEAST we can do!! It is amazing to have them come up and say, “you don’t know how much this means to us. Thank you for coming to see us and break the routine. You bring a piece of home.”

These are people who learn what the word “duty” means. They literally put their lives on the line with rockets being shot at the bases, mines exploding their and civilians’ paths, and suicide bombers coming at them. It is real, but they do it because of their duty to our families and to our country, and to their duty to protecting countries and people who cannot do it alone. How grateful I am for their dedication and for them being awakened to their duty.

I hope the next time you see one of these service men and women, you think of their commitment that they have to this duty: to protecting our amazing and beautiful country where we have freedom, and working to help others have freedom as well. We take what we have for granted– whether- we go to the air-conditioned malls, or sit at our peaceful homes bored. Let us think twice about our liberty that we have in this promised land, and how God has truly blessed us. During this trip we are also getting to do some special faith-based events that we call firesides. It has been a wonderful bonus to the trip.

We have one more week of shows, and I will try and give you another (shorter) update as we come to a close.

I hope you are all well!

David

P.S. I’ve attached some photos.

Photo 2: This is a mortar with some army men that is setup to shoot back quickly at locations where incoming attacks come from.

Photo 3: These army men use those giant explosion-protected vehicles in the back to search for mines. They basically go through explosions many times so that it doesn’t happen to other military troops and civilians in normal cars or walking.

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David Archuleta Going Overseas! “An Evening Of Music, Comedy, and Motivational Theater”

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

VLOG!!!

 

Idk why I couldn’t get the video up, but my little sister helped me. I know it’s not the most convenient place to do a video, but oh well.

Thanks to all of those who tuned into the Face2Face Chat last week! if you missed it go here:

English: youth.lds.org
Español: jovenes.lds.org

Going to Costa Rica this weekend for a project that you’ll hear more about later, and then off to the Middle East and Africa to go see the Airforce Troops and do some singing for them. :)

Pardon the razor burns if you notice them. I had a bad shave this morning and wasn’t able to get the job done properly.

Utahns To Entertain Troops Overseas in “An Evening of Music, Comedy and Motivational Theater”

Dan Clark speaks to the troops all over the world and has performed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Africa.
This time he was invited by Armed Forces Entertainment to put together a 90 minute show. So he invited David Archuleta and Jason Hewlett to join him in “An Evening of Music, Comedy and Motivational Theater.”

The format is a variety show where Dan shares one of his world famous stories from the Chicken Soup For The Soul book series, that sets up a song performed by David Archuleta, followed by comic relief in a five minute bit by Jason Hewlett.

There are messages throughout, dealing with suicide prevention, divorce prevention and resiliency issues.

David’s song list includes “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Take Me Home” and John Lennon’s “Imagine”, mixed with his own pop hit “Crush” and more!

Jason Hewlett pulls the funniest faces and impersonates Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Adell, among others.

They leave on July 8 and perform for our combat troops 18 times on bases throughout Afghanistan, and in Kuwait, Bahrain, Ethiopia and Djbouti.

You can watch video on Good4Utah.com

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David Archuleta Live Chat: Face To Face & Cara A Cara

Posted by djafan on Sunday, June 22, 2014

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This event will be livestreamed twice, first in Spanish at 5:30pm then in English at 7:00pm Utah time.  The links are highlighted in blue.

Face to Face: Live Facebook Event with David Archuleta

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TO JOIN THE LIVE CHAT, GO TO THE LDS YOUTH FACEBOOK PAGE ON TUESDAY JUNE 24, AT 7:00 P.M. MDT (9:00 EDT, 8:00 CDT, 6:00 PDT).

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.

Cara a Cara: con David Archuleta en vivo por Facebook

Descripción


PARTICIPA EN EL CHAT EN VIVO: VISITA LA PÁGINA LDS YOUTH EN FACEBOOK EL MARTES 24 DE JUNIO A LAS 5:30 P.M. (HORA DE SALT LAKE CITY).

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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David Archuleta ~ Grinning in His Face

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Why am I grinning? Because David just followed ZZ Ward on twitter. I was unfamiliar with her work but it is so deliciously Adele-ish. Bluesly, soulful, and with just a touch of sedge. I just made that word up to denote a combination of sexy and edgy, but it’s also an actual word that means a plant that grows in wet ground. And this here is wet ground for dem dry bones to do some serious growth. As much as I like his uncovered work on the red CD and TOSOD, pop music is less adapted for him than the rich environment of this earthy medium. I think his voice was created, breathy vocal paralysis be praised, for this type of music. How many of our greatest singers have roots deeply planted in the soulful, spiritually rich soil of hymns? He is growing. He is a growing force that, I predict if he goes this direction, will be unstoppable.

In the article “David Archuleta and the Blues,” I mentioned the bare bones, soulful artistry of Son House.

“Most blues artists play the guitar but not all. Whether on guitar, or like Ray Charles on piano, the blues is limited only by the soul that can hold it, like Son House, in just his hands.”

Here is Son House singing, “Grinning in Your Face.”

After watching a few of ZZ’s videos I spied this gem. Her cover of Son House’s “Grinning in Your Face.” I hollered so loud at so many places in this, I’m surprised all of cyberspace didn’t hear me.

If the fledgling, sedgling David Archuleta nutures growth in this direction, y’all ain’t even begun to hear me holla.

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David Archuleta ~ Expanding the Vision

Posted by Angelica on Friday, May 23, 2014

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Been doing a lot of thinking about life the past few days. I reconnected with some family and friends I had kind of lost touch with for a while. That’s so easy to do and they were feeling the need too, but like me, just didn’t make the call. Then I set up my studio in a spare room, got out my paints and brushes, and placed before me a huge three foot by three foot white empty canvas. It’s a scary sight but exciting too! Made a lot of absolutely horrible sketches on paper and felt really good about it! Then I got into bed and the tweet came from David.  I lay in the dark with my phone and read the whole article. It was just what I needed to hear.

I want to share a dream I had earlier this week about David. In the dream I was sitting at my computer on the YouTube site, and a new music video appeared with him striding forward smiling. It was all in this cool bluish filter effect and there was a nice beat and just when he came really close and I thought he was going to sing, he stopped and said, “Wait.” Then blank screen!! In my dream I yelled, “Nooooooo!! What are you doing? You have a MAGNIFICENT VOICE!” Then off camera, (or off dream) I heard a loud voice say to me, “STOP! You are looking through a pin hole.” I saw a tiny aperture appear in the distance and through it I could only see a small part of David’s face. All around was this vastness I couldn’t see past but in my dream I felt so much was going on back there. Then I woke up.

It set me to pondering. What do you think is going on beyond our view? And is it, as in my dream, bigger than we imagine?

 

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The Artist and His Fans

Posted by Angelica on Friday, May 16, 2014

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“Monsters. Madmen. Mouth-breathing miscreants. Mindless masters of mayhem who should not be forgiven despite knowing not what they do. They’ve created thornless roses.”

I love reading Don Engebretson’s blog, The Renegade Gardner. His essay here (scroll down to Black Spot Award, Worst New Garden Product: Thornless Roses) is especially good; so much truth in so few words. He goes on to say,
“It’s the principle of the thing…LIFE HAS THORNS, an eternal and infinite principle perfectly espoused by nature and appreciated best by gardeners. You don’t mess with the material manifestation of universal truths,” and follows this with a quote by Abraham Lincoln, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

I am aware that some fans are frustrated right now. They are uncertain where David is headed musically and personally. I’d be willing to wager he shares some of those concerns too. He has to go from a selfless life that, “has nothing to do with him,” to a world that again wants to celebrate him. That person he brought back is not going to simply, like Athena, spring fully formed and clothed out of the head of Zeus, but must be created.

The thing I am hearing from fans is that they don’t care about getting music right away; they know that takes time. They want to know if the love for his fans is still there.

Ah, there it is. The thorn that every rose must have. Somewhere between the rose and the thorn, the musical genius he is and the imperfect being we all are, is the man he brought back.

What I came to realize early on (for there is no other explanation) was that I and many of his fans had somehow been caught up in his gravity, our days revolving round and round, held not just by the voice but by a magnetism and star power beyond anything I had ever felt. And when I listen to the Sara Bareilles song, Satellite, we are all the “perfect little satellites spinning round and round this broken earthly light.”

We are all broken. And he will never be nor should be that Someone who loves us from above. But somebody out there still loves us from the ground.

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Counting UP – Are We There Yet?

Posted by MT on Sunday, May 11, 2014

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Well, our countdown is finally over. David Archuleta is home! Yay!!

Now what?

Do any of you feel a bit lost or confused right now? I do. David’s home. He’s not in Chile anymore. But what does that mean in terms of being a fan for the moment?

When he was gone, the countdown made sense. We knew the date he left so we knew approximately when he’d get home. I don’t know about you, but I never really thought much farther than that while he was gone. I had a return date. That was all I needed. I knew he’d be back by the end of March and that was good enough for me. I settled in for the long haul and knew I’d have to find ways to amuse myself. No problem. I did. For two years.

But….he’s home now.  I don’t know what I was expecting but I don’t think this is it. I feel like I’m still waiting for him to get back. And I guess I am because, while we’re no longer waiting for a return, we’re still waiting for something else. Something more. The Music. Because to us, David = music.

Two things are making it difficult for me. First, I’m not really sure what I’m waiting for. There are so many variables, so many unknowns. Will David’s music be the same? Will it change? What type of music will he record? And in what language? Will he be heading to the Philippines? Will he do a concert here in the United States anytime soon? Will he vlog soon to introduce us to “the man he has become?” (I hope we can get reacquainted soon.)

Second, we don’t have a date. We’re no longer counting down, we’re counting up! But up to when? It’s the not knowing that makes it hard.

It’s like being on a road trip and not knowing your destination. If you know it, then you can anticipate if it’s going to be a long trip and be prepared to sit back and relax knowing you won’t be there for quite a while. When you know it’s going to be days in the car, you prepare for it.

A half hour trip is nothing. Just your driver’s license and the car will get you there. If you’re going to be driving for a really long time, you pack an ice chest, you bring iPods and iPads, you pack a bag and book a hotel. The problem is that (even though we don’t mind waiting) we have no idea where we’re going or how long we need to be prepared to wait.

I want him to take as long as he needs; forever if that’s what he needs for HIM.  But for ME, I hope I don’t have to wait that long.

*sigh* It’s the final countdown (or count UP). If only we had a clue.

Dear David,

I’m trying to be patient but can we get a hint? Pretty please? Should I pack an ice chest? Will I need my iPod and iPad?

Thanks,

MT

PS: If you tell me I need to pack a bag and book a hotel, I hope it’s for a concert. ;)

ΜΤ

MT is a staff writer for The Voice.

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DAVID TWEETS….HOLA!!!!!!!!

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DAVID'S FIRST TWEET

Posted in @DavidArchie, Archies, David Archuleta, fandom, fillers, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 25 Comments »

The World Is Waiting David Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Friday, March 21, 2014

ARE WE READY TO CAUSE AN UPROAR??!!

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Everyone join us in celebrating David Archuleta’s World Wide Trending Party!

Add the trending phrase to every tweet.

Remember that only the phrase should be all caps.

The World Is Waiting David Archuleta

And I challenge you to also add The Best Is Yet To Come.

my tweet:

@davidarchie The World Is Waiting David Archuleta > The Best Is Yet To Come < ♥

Just change the last symbol, add video link, or say something else at the end :)

See below for your trending time.

FLYER

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This from the TDAMS committee

HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY!!!

There is SO much to celebrate this year!  This is our 5th year in which we are able to award THE DAVID ARCHULETA MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP!!!  Since it began, we – actually the FANS – have given out $16,000 worth of scholarships to 8 deserving students!!  That’s $16,000 that these students would not have had to further their music education if it hadn’t been for YOU!!   Do you remember our first year?

We posted this heartfelt video (shown below) made by strangerphilosophy. (our very own Angelica!)

www.thedavidarchuletamusicscholarship.org 

Friend us and ‘like’ us on Facebook –  Follow us on Twitter

I leave you with a “A THOUGHT”

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“David Archuleta Is Coming Home” WWTT Party & #DA2014 Video “We Are Still Here!!”

Posted by djafan on Friday, February 28, 2014

Please join us in celebrating David Archuleta’s approaching return!  Join the world wide trending party!
David Archuleta Is Coming Home

February 28th at 7pm PST – 10pm EST

See below for more times around the world.

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All submissions for the welcome home video have been received and the deadline has now expired.  That means that thing down there is working after all.  lol.  That’s a good thing.  AAAAANNNDD twitter trending party was a blast last night.  Thanks very much to all who participated and trended “David Archuleta is Coming Home” all over the world!

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