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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 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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Saying Goodbye To Chile ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Friday, February 21, 2014

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I’m convinced that time will pass more quickly if I would only stop watching the calendar and counting down the days until David comes home. It’s kind of like a pot of water that won’t boil if you keep watching it. Yet I still wonder how he might be feeling as he finishes up his time in Chile, his home for the last two years. The reality is that I cannot make any assumptions nor can I imagine how he feels about saying goodbye to Chile.

However, I do believe that you leave a little piece of yourself wherever you visit. Perhaps there will always be a part of him that will remain in Chile, the part that came to life with every gorgeous sunset he witnessed, every glance he took at the Andes Mountains, every bite he took of the fresh-baked pastries and with every person he encountered along his journey during his mission, some who may have very few physical possessions yet are full of joy and grace.

I couldn’t be happier that the wait is almost over but I realize that it’s sort of a goodbye for me, too. How is it possible to love a foreign country that I never visited except by doing research online to write articles for this site? For me, chili had always been a delicious beef dish, eaten during the winter. Chilly was always a reason to put on double layers of clothing.

Through David, the country, C H I L E came to life for me, instead of just being a speck on the world map. In addition to his beautiful voice, everlasting friendships and computer skills, I have David to thank for yet another thing, for opening my eyes to this beautiful country with its historical sites, extensive landscape of mountains, volcanoes, rainforests, glaciers, deserts, waterfalls, beaches, lakes, rivers, forests and islands.

It’s not just the countryside that I admire; it’s also the people, who are passionate and fun-loving. I’ve even become fond of their music after doing some research on what’s playing on their airwaves. I picked up a few songs for my Ipod; Alberto Plaza’s “Bandito”and “Amiga” by Alexander Acha. But that’s not all. I found a little Argentenian bakery not too far away that makes the most delicious empanadas. If I ever get the chance to visit South America, Chile would be my first stop.

Soon, David’s time spent in Chile will become part of his past. He will be busy with all sorts of plans for new music, touring, family, friends, catching up with fans and going out for Pad Thai. If he feels sad about saying goodbye to Chile and the people he met there, I hope he also feels content that he made a difference in their lives.  He has certainly made a difference in ours.

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Anticipation ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Abrra on Monday, February 10, 2014

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Sitting here staring at a blank page.

I wonder how many writers have typed those exact words.

My own thoughts lately have been about reflecting on where the last six years have taken me as I follow the career of David Archuleta. From being completely off my radar, to being the most talented singer I have heard in decades. Here I am so many years later, still a big fan as well as helping to run a fan site. He is so worth it. I surely did not know that watching a TV show would change my life in so many ways. It’s all due to the joy that I discovered in a young man’s voice.

At times it has been exciting as well as confusing to follow the career of a celebrity from his first big break on “American Idol.” We want the best for him, yet it gets frustrating when the forward career movement seems to go so slowly. Every singer has to start out someplace. Having the opportunity for national exposure is about the best jump start a young singer can have. Yes, it takes talent to get noticed, but it take more than that to succeed in a very hard business. I do miss the excitement of appearances, radio station interviews, red carpet events. I learned that no one can sing patriotic songs better than David. How I loved to bash (on fan sites) the DJ’s who try to trap David into some crazy responses. I always felt that he would have a successful career and that it would most likely be a slow progression for him as he found his way with developing a style, as well as find his inner voice.

After Idol it was a frenzied existence trying to record a freshman album in the midst of a hectic tour. I often wondered where he found the energy to fit in so much work in so few hours in a day. I just had to be present for all the shows, in spirit. Fond memories of late night crappy cell casts from a fan’s cell phone over a web cam are now a thing of the past. Video has improved so much and cell phone audio is very good now. So, things do get better! It’s truly the fans who have brought David’s performances to us more than any other means. Many thanks to those who watch a concert with one eye on the lens!

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What I wasn’t prepared for was a two-year break for a mission for his church. There are now less than sixty days until Elder Archuleta’s mission is complete. I began to think about the possibilities that await him. I wonder about what he put on hold back in 2012 and what he will be doing once he has readjusted to his new life back home. He may face a few social changes such as remembering to speak in English or realizing that he no longer has a companion to shadow his every move. It has to be a culture shock to return to his old life, just as it was when he first arrived in Chile. I try not to project my wants and wishes for the career direction he may take, but one thing I do know is that he is ready to sing on stage again. I saw this with my own eyes. He can hardly contain the desire to move and perform. The search for a sound is something he has expressed in video blogs. Where does one find their sound? Maybe it is something you discover by trial and error. David has shown his ability to interpret a song and deliver a refreshing new twist. From watching videos released by the LDS Church, we have seen only Spanish versions of some classic songs. What I noticed as well is the diverse style that David brought to the songs he sang, even though they were classics that I have heard sung in a certain way. As an example, he sang “Little Drummer Boy” in a whole new way from how he performed it in his own My Kind Of Christmas Tour. Jaws dropped as he raised the drum mallets and declared his ownership of the song. Equally effective was the recent version of “Little Drummer Boy” starting with snare drums and his voice front and center, then adding in flute and violin as the song builds to a crescendo. That’s what I like, always a surprise or twist to a song.

It was a pleasant surprise recently to see some activity on David’s official site. A simple thing such as a contest to win a scrap of his MKOC stage backdrop has given fans a spark of excitement that we needed. It is a confirmation that they are gearing up for his return in the spring. Most anticipated is the music. Spanish artist Enrique Iglesias has expressed a desire to work with David. This would be an opportunity for introducing David to international audiences that may not be as familiar with his music. I have seen tweets from Victoria Horn, who has been a collaborator, mentioning that she will see David soon. Knowing it will take time, maybe a year or more to have some original songs, I am fine with that.

Singing aside, if he has some contracts that were set in motion before he left, so be it. David has proven his ability to step outside of the music. He has what it takes to be an actor or a model, as well as a great singer. One has to balance the artistic with the practical when it comes to a professional career. Nothing worth waiting for can be rushed, especially something that has to flow from within your heart and soul.

Take your time David Archuleta. I will be here, there and everywhere as your fan.

Abrra,
Very sorry to intrude but you know I-had-to-do-this after that last sentence of yours.  Especially with the celebration of their 50th anniversary this week.   
Angelica.

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David Archuleta Official Site Contest ~ Win a piece of MKOC!

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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This was taken directly from David Archuleta’s Official Site.

Feb 4, 2014 – Bearing David Archuleta’s name against a red background with a snowflake motif, the gigantic “My Kind of Christmas” concert backdrop is a memorable part of that concert tour. Fans – we are now giving you a rare chance to own a piece of this iconic curtain of fabric!

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Simply log in to this site and leave a comment on this post by Saturday, February 8, 2014, 11.59pm PST and you will automatically be entered into a random drawing to win a 20 by 20-inch piece of the backdrop! The winner will be announced on February 9, 2014.

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Picture is shown for illustrative purpose only; the actual piece sent to the winner may not have the same pattern. 12-in ruler and CD are shown for scaling purposes only and are not included with the prize.The contest is open worldwide to everyone above the age of 13. Please post only one comment. Anyone who posts multiple comments will be disqualified from the drawing.Last but definitely not least, if you don’t win, there will still be chances to take home a piece of MKOC history and benefit ChildFund International at the same time! Don’t forget to check in with DavidArchuleta.com every day as we will tell you how, very soon!Questions? Leave a comment or email contest@davidarchuleta.com. Your comment to ask a question will be counted as a contest entry.

Your chance to win a piece of MKOC! Check it our here>>>> http://davidarchuleta.com/home/?p=5738  (KS)

This to remind us of that epic Christmas Tour :)

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**REMINDER**

Deadline for submitting your picture for welcome back video for David is March 1st 12 noon PCT. You can go .

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Welcome Back David!

(Still here)

Your name or Twitter handle

Your location

#DA2014

PLEASE FOLLOW ORDER ABOVE EXACTLY SO ALL SIGNS WILL LOOK THE SAME

Group photos are fine.  Writing the sign in your native language is fine.  If you would rather not include a photo of yourself, you can submit just a photo of the sign itself.

If you are not taking a new photo, ideally it would be great to use a recent photo of yourself from the last two years.  If you happened to do any interesting things in the spirit of #DA2014 (i.e. volunteering, working on your fitness etc.), it would be cool to show a photo of yourself doing that activity.

Feel free to get as creative as you like with the signs – just make sure that they follow the format above.  Please do not include any extra words or phrases as we want them to look uniform. ** And please only submit one photograph for each individual.**

PHOTOS NOT FOLLOWING THE FORMAT WILL GET RETURNED TO THE SENDER FOR EDITING.

Please email submissions with the subject line #DA2014 RETURN VIDEO to:

DavidArchuleta2014@gmail.com

No later than 12 noon PST on March 1st, 2014

If you need assistance using Photoshop or making a JPEG file, please specify that in your email by using the subject line: TECH SUPPORT and we will find a way to help you out.  Hopefully given the extra time, everyone who wants to participate will be able to do so.

Happy 2014 to everyone!  Looking forward to receiving your photo!

Thanks so much!

–Monica

Posted in @DavidArchie, Appreciation, Archies, concerts, Contests, fillers, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 48 Comments »

Le Chat on a Hot Tin Roof ~ The Voice Talks Back

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Brick:  What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?

“Maggie the cat:  Just staying on it I guess, long as she can.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ~ Tennessee Williams

Someone is going around spreading lies about The Voice.  He went to FOD.  He went to Soul David.  He went to twitter.  He even went to David’s twitter account.  He went everywhere but to me and to The Voice.  When it first began back in August, I determined that unless and until the site’s name was used, I would simply ignore it.  But bullies don’t go away just because they are ignored.  Now he has named us and in that libelous act, maligned the reputation of this site and the marvelous people who visit and post here.

I cannot in good conscience let that go unchallenged.

His issue is with The Voice Unplugged.  sigh…  He calls it a “secret chat room.”  You know, the one Abrra posts an invitation to every Saturday, not just with a comment, but with a huge pic and the caption, “COME JOIN US AT THE VOICE UNPLUGGED” giving the time and a link.  The secret chat room with the picture widget on the left sidebar saying, “THE VOICE UNPLUGGED CLICK ON PICTURE BELOW.”  Right now it’s Micki’s wonderful photo shop of David as a cowboy.  Before it was hot mess hair and before that something else.  I forget what.  The picture changes from time to time but never the location of the chat room link.  If all else fails and you still can’t gain access to it, just ask Blisskasden.  He’s always there.

What do we do there?  We watch performance videos of David.  We chat.  We connect.  We talk about each others lives.  We talk about his voice, his hair, his clothes, his smile, his winsome, charming way of doing every little thing.  It’s magic.

He is fascinating and we adore him.  Apparently we cannot get enough of him or each other.  lol.  We also hold Nandito Ako chat each Tuesday night.  For the past two years!  Not really my thing after a couple of views and not mentioning any names, (Bebe) but there are some here who can rightfully claim Tagalog as their second language.

Blisskasden’s chosen method of attack is to describe in his own words what we do in chat.  I can honestly say that I have never read any fan, on any David site or chat room, use such vile phrases or words in reference to David.  He does not even claim that these words are anything but his own.   I will not repeat them here, but I could, verbatim.   For the record, they are on Soul David and FOD.  Yet he recently stated on Soul David, “I have never once posted anything that has been disrespectful or hurtful to David, and never will.”

He also made this remarkable statement on SD.  “David will be home soon. it’s time to clean up the fan base so David will feel inspired to produce the kind of music that reflects his values.”

By clean up the fan base, I suppose he means to purge it of the older female fans who lack the right to swoon over David.  Well, nice try but we are not going anywhere.   We are still here.  And we will be here long after the kitty standing vigil in the window above is gone and longer still after his return.

One last thing, Bliss.  You also stated on Soul David, “I guess my uncle Sidney was right when he told me that you cannot win an argument with a woman by using rational thinking.”

I as well as many other women can match your capacity for rational thought any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

And you can quote me.

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David Archuleta #DA2014 Video “We Are Still Here!!”

Posted by djafan on Friday, January 3, 2014

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We’re down the home stretch now for David’s return!  Almost two years ago the I’ll Be Here #DA2014 project was created to let David know we would wait for him and he said he would be back!!

Both video and slide show below were shared with David.

Kizoa slideshow: DA2014Slideshow

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We want every fan to participate!  So please spread the word!  See Monica’s message below.

Hey friends,

Happy New Year!  Although David isn’t returning from his mission for a few months still, we thought it might be good to get a head start on planning for a great welcome home video for him.  The video we did before he left was super rushed so this time around we hope to get a photo submission from anyone who wants to be included.  Please help spread the word to any fans who you know are not usually online by emailing this note to them directly.

The original message of the #DA2014 campaign was meant to unite ALL fans around the idea of supporting David unconditionally and letting him know that we’ll always be here for him.  The spirit of this video will be all about welcoming him back and reminding him that we are STILL here for him and that he was always in our hearts over the past two years.  We also want to communicate to him that whatever he chooses to do next in his career or personal life – we just want the best for him.  We want him to feel the love and loyalty, not any pressure!

So with that in mind, here are the guidelines for the photo submissions.

1. Submit a photo *ONE PHOTO PER PERSON* (in JPEG format) of yourself holding a sign (or with a sign Photo-shopped on an existing photo) that says the following:

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Welcome Back David!

(Still here)

Your name or Twitter handle

Your location

#DA2014

PLEASE FOLLOW ORDER ABOVE EXACTLY SO ALL SIGNS WILL LOOK THE SAME

Group photos are fine.  Writing the sign in your native language is fine.  If you would rather not include a photo of yourself, you can submit just a photo of the sign itself.

If you are not taking a new photo, ideally it would be great to use a recent photo of yourself from the last two years.  If you happened to do any interesting things in the spirit of #DA2014 (i.e. volunteering, working on your fitness etc.), it would be cool to show a photo of yourself doing that activity.

Feel free to get as creative as you like with the signs – just make sure that they follow the format above.  Please do not include any extra words or phrases as we want them to look uniform. ** And please only submit one photograph for each individual.**

PHOTOS NOT FOLLOWING THE FORMAT WILL GET RETURNED TO THE SENDER FOR EDITING.

Please email submissions with the subject line #DA2014 RETURN VIDEO to:

DavidArchuleta2014@gmail.com

No later than 12 noon PST on March 1st, 2014

If you need assistance using Photoshop or making a JPEG file, please specify that in your email by using the subject line: TECH SUPPORT and we will find a way to help you out.  Hopefully given the extra time, everyone who wants to participate will be able to do so.

Happy 2014 to everyone!  Looking forward to receiving your photo!

Thanks so much!

–Monica

Posted in @DavidArchie, Appreciation, Archies, David Archuleta, fandom, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , | 51 Comments »

David Archuleta and the Year of the Horse ~ Happy New Year! #DA2014 is Here!

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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David Archuleta came into this world in 1990, the year of the horse on the Chinese calendar.  The year 2014 will usher in the year of the horse again.  Maybe it doesn’t matter.  And maybe it’s an auspicious omen of rebirth, renewal and growth.  I didn’t know about this fact until today, yet now it strikes me as strangely right.  Long before I knew he was a horse, I made these images.

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Long before that, I made this video.  The Chinese calendar predicted I would marry a rat late in life.  I did.  He’s not really a rat though; he’s actually quite nice.  So maybe there is something to it after all.  It came true for this dragon.  Hark!  Is that the faint sound of galloping hooves in the distance?  Gird your loins.  This one’s a runner.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

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Merry Christmas from The Voice ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~
 
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From we at The Voice to all of you,
Not one Smilebox this year but two-
For every year he’s been away,
Ring out the bells,
Ring in DA.

Click to play this Smilebox greeting

Click to play this Smilebox greeting

 

Posted in @DavidArchie, @kariontour, David Archuleta, Merry Christmas | Tagged: , , , , | 72 Comments »

David Archuleta and the Art of Whistling

Posted by Angelica on Friday, August 30, 2013

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You know how to whistle, don’t you? You just put your lips together and…blow. 

Lauren Bacall, To Have and Have Not.

I don’t know how to whistle.  I could put my lips together and blow till my brains fell out and never produce anything but wind and severe hyperventilation. Maybe that’s why I admire people who can whistle. Don’t sit next to Djafan during a David concert if you value your eardrums. She is a two-fingered whistler, the most piercing kind, especially when produced within the acoustically perfect walls of the Conference Center during a certain MOtab Christmas performance.

David has mad whistling skills. When the snippet for YEDL was released, some questioned the use of whistling on the song.  I didn’t.  I loved it.  But most people, me included, did not know it was actually David that was doing the whistling. We discovered that only when he performed the song live in concert for the first time.

David is a pucker whistler. This is advantageous for several reasons:

1)  He has an excellent set of puckerers and this shows them off to maximum advantage.

2) Pucker whistling is more refined than the ear squealer.

3)  It allows for the creation of a more sustained note with maximum control.

4)  It is melodious when played by a virtuoso.  A virtuous virtuoso is even better as this produces the purest sound.

While many people can whistle, true whistling aficionados are rare.  Listen to the end of the rehearsal video of David in Manilla.  It’s as though he is playing a musical instrument.  He is.

Video credit yojeigor  5/15/09

I was there in Beaumont, Texas on the front row of a tightly jostling mosh pit when he performed YEDL in concert for the first time ever.

Video credit xamourdemusique  3/11/09

He got better. Major flirt alert @ 1.47

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And better.

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And better.

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Was all this really four years ago?  Yet still we wait, held here by the power of the purest sound.  A whistle on the wind.  Laughter and the sweetest smile.  A voice we cannot somehow live without.  We wait, ears cocked to the wind for a sound to come whistling toward us again.  We are here.  We are still here.

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