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David Archuleta is Coming ~ Look Busy

Posted by bebereader on Saturday, October 19, 2013

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It’s been almost nineteen months that David has been away. His two year mission will be coming to a close sooner than we realize. It’s made me think about his last vlog in which he told us to explore our own hobbies and to basically take time for ourselves and our own interests. My own interests?! David, you were my hobby for the last five years! I put some of my own interests on hold when I became a fan, so I was kind of lost when he left and didn’t know what I’d do for the following twenty-four months.

Time has a way of passing when you’re not paying attention. There are a lot of things that could be accomplished in 24 months. Get an Associate’s or a Master’s Degree. Learn a foreign language. Give birth to a baby. Even two babies. Learn a sport. Write a novel. Lose weight or gain some if you need to. Let your hair grow. Catch up on back seasons of some TV shows. Save money. If I had saved ten dollars a week in a special fund since David left, I would have close to $1,000 by the time he comes home!

I learned that time doesn’t stand still and was thinking about things that have happened during the last year and a half. Obama was re-elected President. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in a four game sweep to win the World Series. The United States government shut down. Hurricane Sandy hit Atlantic City, NJ like a cyclone and caused 8 million people to lose power. The new Iphone5 became available. We lost Robin Gibb of The BeeGees and Marvin Hamlisch, two musicians whose contribution to music is immeasurable. Unfortunately there was a horrific movie theater shooting, a terrible school shooting and a heinous bombing in Massachusetts.

When I reflect on the last nineteen months, I didn’t save money in a special fund nor did I write the next great novel. I didn’t learn a new sport either. But I’ve been brushing up on my Spanish enough so that I can converse with Gladys en espanol, un pocito, during chat. I’m enjoying a brand new cereal that came on the market recently. It’s called Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch. The only reason I’m mentioning it is that I know David will like it too, because I remember how he loved Honey Bunches of Oats and this one is very similar, but even better. (Thank you for telling me about it, Sky!)

Since American Idol Season 7 ended I rarely watch TV but as of a year ago, I found a TV show that I can really sink my teeth into. Two shows, in fact! One is called, The Voice (no relation lol) and the other is Nashville. I also joined the ranks and succumbed to the Candy Crush Saga. Level 84, thank you very much! And my little granddaughter, who was almost one year old when David left, had wisps of blonde hair when I took her picture for the “I Will Be Here #2014″ video. She could only say one or two words at that time. Now she has a hot mess of blonde curls cascading down her back. Her vocabulary has grown tremendously and she speaks like she’s two going on twenty! I’m teaching her to say “David, Come Home!” :)

How are your plans going? Have you accomplished what you set out to do in David’s absence?

 

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David Archuleta, We’ll Be Here #DA2014

Posted by bebereader on Friday, March 23, 2012

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A beautiful tribute to David from us, his fans, this video truly speaks for itself. If he has any doubt that we’ll be here when he returns from his mission, he can watch this video and those doubts will quell away. Fans are represented from all over the world.  I watched it through tears of happiness.

A special thank you to @starrynites01, @pastelpastel and @zerogravity1 for putting this together and to all the fans who participated.

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Band Series, Part 3 ~ Introducing David Archuleta’s Band

Posted by bebereader on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Guitarist, Brian Green

We’ve already learned about two of David’s new band members; keyboardist Mark Nilan Jr and percussionist Steven Robinson. Each, with his unique abilities and background brings something special to the mix to complement David’s voice.

Next up is Brian Green, an accomplished guitarist/composer with an impressive resume. I contacted Brian on facebook (he’s not on Twitter) and asked him for updated biographical information for this article. He immediately and good-naturedly responded with a link to his website. His music stretches to many genres including jazz, pop, ambient, Brazilian and groove music.


What is groove music? According to Wikipedia:

“Groove is the sense of propulsive rhythmic “feel” or sense of “swing” created by the interaction of the music played by a band’s rhythm section (drums, electric bass or double bass, guitar, and keyboards). Groove is a consideration in genres such as salsa, funk, rock, fusion, and soul. The word is often used to describe the aspect of certain music that makes one want to move, dance, or “groove”.

Hailing from and residing in Los Angeles, California, Brian first picked up a guitar when he was just eight years old, to impress a girl he liked in grade school.  He credits rocker Eddie Van Halen as his earliest influence but later became interested in jazz when he was in high school. In 2000 he was a Spotlight Award finalist, giving him the opportunity to perform at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with renowned pianist Gerald Clayton.  In 2001 he was honored as a Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellow and selected to participate in the 2001 Grammy Band.

Brian was accepted to the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in 2002, where he studied jazz and classical music and began a degree in Studio Jazz Guitar. In 2004 he worked with and recorded for producer David Foster as a featured soloist on Michael Buble’s hit single “Home”.  Then Warner Brothers approached him to play with Michael Buble on a tour around the world for a year and a half. After the Buble tour, he concentrated on completing his degree at USC and on being a composer and artist. He graduated with honors in 2007, the same year he recorded his debut album of all original jazz music, “Scenic Route”.

“The disc is fantastic for relaxing at home but the music is at its best live, where, in the tradition of jazz, Green and his band create plenty of improvised solos and experimental melodies. His is a modern jazz, often eschewing the piano but making use of other tools such as looping pedals to lay down melodies live and solo over them.” ~from Brian Green’s myspace page

“I always prefer playing live shows. Something can be lost in jazz that is too studied. Sometimes it’s better to create a vibe for the audience, an aesthetic. That’s what I try to do with my music…
I want to make a fun environment for everyone so that they can relate to me, the performer, without needing extensive knowledge of the history of jazz.” ~Brian Green

Brian and Steven accompanied David to the Invisible Children event  in Nashvile last month. We were treated to a new acoustic guitar-driven “Crush” that gave the song new depth.

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Since October 2010, Brian has been singing vocals and playing lead guitar for his own jazz/pop/indie band, Montë Mar. He credits The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Johnny Marr, Milton Nascimento and Radiohead as the band’s major influences. With music that grooves, improvised solos and experimental melodies, Brian’s skills and experience make him perfectly suited for David’s band.

The versatility of David’s new band is exciting and I can’t wait to hear them meld their sounds together and get their “groove” on!


Click on pic above to go to Brian’s Facebook page.

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Band Series, Part 2 ~ Introducing David Archuleta’s Band

Posted by bebereader on Saturday, May 7, 2011

Photo credit PaulaFOD

Percussionist: Steven J. Robinson

When I began to research percussionist/actor/singer/songwriter and producer, Steven J. Robinson, I found very little on the web. But I noticed that he’s active on Twitter where he’s very popular with the fans. I took a leap and decided to tweet him for some help. It soon became apparent why he’s so popular; he’s a delightful guy, very easy to talk to and really friendly. Bursting with excitement, he graciously answered all my questions and then some, without hesitation. :-D

Born in 1989 in Los Angeles, California, Steven Robinson comes from a family of performers. His Mom and Dad were singers and ministers in the Pentecostal church. It was only a matter of time before Steven set his sights on a similar career.

How did you become interested in music and particularly percussion?

“Drums was the very first thing that intrigued me. I was very small-around the age of 2-in church. I didn’t know anything about drumming, or what it’s main purpose was in a musical setting. All I remember is that the sound and physical nature of the instrument grabbed my attention, and never let go! The more I got into drums as time went on, the more I got into music.

Funny story-because I was so deeply rooted in church, and gospel music, my first time hearing secular music was in 3rd grade. The kids at school would bring their CD’s. Around that time, Britney Spears, NSync, Christina Aguilera, 98 Degrees, and Spice Girls were HUGE. I knew the sound wasn’t gospel, but I liked it! It was simpler, and most of the time, less dramatic. ha ha It was a nice change. But now I incorporate my gospel roots into my pop/r&b gigs, and people love it. :)”

According to his bio, Steven started playing drums professionally as early as junior high school!

When did you start playing professionally and getting gigs?

“In my sophomore year of high school, I was asked to play behind Marie Wise-Hawkins, a local country singer. I played with her for a year or so, doing local gigs and demo recordings. From her, I went on to playing in a rock band called NuLvL.“

After high school, he won a music scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in Boston, he auditioned at a local theater and began to get interested in every aspect of the entertainment industry including acting. He also worked in the studio with Japanese artist Sylvia Lynn and singer/songwriter Tori Salisbury. He has graced the stage musically and theatrically, in various productions from one coast to the other.  His artistry grows from writing, recording and performing his own material.

Were you in a band in college?

“During college, I played in an R&B band called “Aftershock”. We were a 20-piece band! This was my first experience playing r&b in a huge setting. I learned so much! From this opportunity, I was given my first semi high profile gig, with Universal Motown’s Devin Johnson. Devin sang and played keyboards in Aftershock. During these playing experiences, a good buddy of mine named Andre Brown shaped and molded the raw talent inside of me. Andre taught me how to play to a click track (much different than practicing to cd’s!), and showed me different ways to approach r&b drumming. I thank God for having Andre placed in my life.”

Have you had prior band experience?

“While in LA, I’ve been on the hustle as a drummer and an actor, looking for the next great opportunity. I played for a number of up and coming acts before landing the gig with David. At the end of the day, it’s all about networking, and building relationships with fellow entertainers. That’s how I got the recommendation for David’s new band. :)”

Which brings us to this week’s Twitter parties. Enthusiastic fans asked Steven all kinds of cool questions to which he so generously obliged. ;) Names of tweeters have been removed to protect our innocence. LOL.  Steven’s replies are in italics.

How did U come about joining @DavidArchie’s band? Did U know about him before joining his band?
His last drummer was an acquaintance of mine…he called me in to audition.

How’s the music coming along?
The music is great! Cant wait to get back to work!

Luv new vibe- David Archuleta’s band with your bongos adds new flavor & vibe.
Awesome! That was the plan!

Who are some of your favorite gospel artists?
GREAT question-Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, Doobie Powell, Tye Tribbett, Skillet, the list goes on!

What’s David doing today?
Not sure….lol check his tweets

You are so sweet. ‘family’ .. you have such a positive, sunny attitude..I love that. no wonder David chose you.
Thank you so very much! :-)

Are we getting any closer to Tour news???
Everyday that passes gets closer to news. :-)

Any more ‘sexy acoustic sets’ in the works? Loved the last one!!
Oh yeah! Much more sexy acousticness in the works!

“Much more sexy acousticness in the works!” Lord have Mercy on us all. Imma start prayin now.
Talk to the Lord!! Lol

How do you transport those big drums?
A car, and lots of patience lol

*cough* going to Asia soon? *cough*COUGH*
ha ha ha dont know yet…hopefully!

Morning! Do u guys rehearse in a set studio or do u pack up ur drums each day & travel around?
We’re in a set studio.

Any particular reason for choosing drums as your instrument? Do you have a favorite drummer?
I was chosen by God to play drums. :-) For whatever reason! Fav drummers-brook alexander, teddy campbell, aaron spears

Will david’s tour start in June!?
June? Who said that?

Have u ever heard @davidarchie sing some Prince?
We’re trying to convince him actually! #iloveprince

I have all the tamales you need. just need tour dates and you can have them all :P
ha ha ha ha you little sneak!! Lol

ooh rehearsals tonight eh? i raise my bribe by 10 tamales if you agree to cellcast the rehearsals tonight ;)
ha ha ha ha!!!!!! I really cant wait to meet you! Ha ha what show are you coming to?

You skipped over my tweet about “full set at Myrtle Beach”??? but I’ll forgive you this time! LOL
Oh Im sorry!!! Yes full set!!

or we can meet in INDONESIA in JULY :P
ha ha ha!

oh yeah! My man, Steven, is a clever dude! Not gonna get one over on him! But good try! haha ♥ you guys :)

Good Place Good Place Good Place (trying subliminal mind control) Good Place Good Place Good Place
ha ha ha!

Hi! Question, don’t know if it’s been answered… Whose brilliant idea was it to mash up Gotta Get Thru This & Msg in a Bottle?!
All collaborative my friend :-)

Thanks 4the twitter party & info about the Cajon, my music shop closed in the neighborhood :( Boo hope we didn’t overwhelm U :)
Not at all! I throw the twitter parties cause yall are awesome!

We do know for sure that there is a summer tour, right?
Not confirmed yet.

Hmmm….boss man just called me. Indonesia. :-)

Call me ignorant but do you mean David by “boss man”? Don’t want to assume!
Yep. That’s David!

Tell @DavidArchie that we love when he adds lots of na na na’s, yeah yeahs and humming in his songs! :)
He knows, that’s why he does it! Ha ha

Yeah, that @DavidArchie acts so innocent, but he KNOWS what he’s doin’! haha
Agreed!!!

Uh oh. With that last reply, I think we’re headed for Trouble with a capital T.

http://twitter.com/#!/StevenJRob
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1578400912

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Something Good This Way Comes

Posted by Abrra on Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Oh Holy Night, Stroudsburg, PA

Sometimes plans work out, sometimes not.  More about that later.   At Foxwoods I met Dawn, SF, Bubbly, TOfan, refnaf, djxox, river, rapture, ninaf, knotliser and her daughter Nora and so many others I had not met till that day.  Lots of hugs and introductions all around.  Everyone who came within my reach was handed a CFTH Tour Live CD.  Sharing David’s music is a passion of mine.

The VIP was nice.  When it was time to go inside for sound check, I was able to get a 2nd row seat!  The big screens were on during sound check and  David kept glancing at them as he sang.  I think the reality of the importance of the Billboard Live stream was finally sinking in.  David sang Happy Birthday to a girl named Katie who was in a wheelchair and was near the stage.  He leaned down close to sing to her.   She was the happiest girl in the world for that moment in time.  It was very emotional for all of us.

I found my seat for the concert and it was in the first row!  Yes!  This was a hope I had cherished for so many concerts and here it was at last!  Dawn and I sat on the left end of center section.  I looked to my right and the next fifteen seats across the front were filled with all my online friends.  We could not have planned such a perfect experience, all of us sitting together on the first row like that.  Security told us no video or be removed from the theater.  Djxox is a hero!  She sat quietly with her camera in her lap and only looked into the lens occasionally as if taking still shots.  She captured many videos that were perfection.

The show began and every song was so full of energy pulled from the crowd’s love.  At one point David announced the Billboard Live streaming to the world.  He thanked all the fans in the theater and those  watching online and waved to all the international fans, saying he wished he could see them.  The Christmas set was so well done.  He hit every note and filled every heart and soul in that theater with his voice.  He owned the stage and I could see the respect in the eyes of his fellow musicians.  Steve, the guitarist, often gave David a thumbs up or a nod of approval.

After the show, I met with most of the ladies mentioned previously, at a dinner in the casino.  We talked nonstop about David.  Surprise!

The next morning, Dawn,  refnaf, TOfan and I, all headed in Dawn’s car to Stroudsburg.  Fun times listening to the live CD and refnaf’s ipod selections of party remixes of David’s songs.  We made it safely in about four hours and dropped the Snowangelz off at their hotel, then found a parking spot for the night.  The VIP was a LONG wait.  I met Burkey and her daughter, KT, archiesfan4life, Zoe and some men from FOD.  I love that men come to the shows to see David, rather than simply as drivers.  More CD’s given and hugs exchanged all around.

At this show we had seats on the right side 3rd row.  It was a small place so the sound was LOUD from the speakers ten feet from our seats.  Dawn and I bonded with an usher who told us she had never heard of David before, but liked his rehearsal very much.  A fan had given her his CFTH CD, so we told her to be sure and get it signed after the show if she could.  By the end of the first pop song she was toast!  She had a seat on the aisle in front of us.  She turned around and gushed, “He is GOOD!”  Fangirl in the making FTW!  She cried at Ave Maria.  We had warned her this was going to be a concert she would never forget.  By the end of “Oh Holy Night” the usher had her CFTH Cd in hand, anxious to bring it backstage for David Archuleta to autograph for posterity.

I am not the religious type, but something happened at the end of Oh Holy Night in Stroudsburg.  As we were leaving up the side aisle, folks were talking about how he looked at the end of it.  Many hands covered dropped jaws.  David sang the high notes and the beams of light surrounded him.  He literally disappeared into the light and emerged as an angel.  It was stunning.  Not at any show have I seen this phenomenon occur.  I wasn’t looking for it; it just happened.  Something heavenly and spiritual happened.  I know it.  I witnessed it.


With blizzard conditions predicted for the Northeast, I decided to go back home to Massachusetts the next morning by train, missing Boston and Westbury.  I was able to transfer my VIP’s to other fans with help from Kristen, so I’m glad someone got a chance to see David in my place.  So sadly, as I said,  my best-laid plans did not all come to pass. My concert experience ended here.  But as fate would have it,  my story does not.  To be continued….

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