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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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A High Speed Heart Connection

Posted by yjfanofdavid on Friday, January 8, 2010

Photo by Genevieve Wang ("gengen") 2009 Christmas Tour

A short time ago, Angelica posed a question on The Voice in the comments:  “Was David reserved to come along at a time when the Internet was here, in order that we could have so much access to him? And love him more than was possible before this technology arrived?”

The answer I arrived at is, yes and yes!  I too like to think it was cosmic design that he was reserved to come to us when the technology had finally caught up with the human capacity for sharing life and love.  The Internet is the difference between “Oh, he’s got a great voice” and having him inhabiting our entire psyche.  I don’t know about other artists, but a search of him in YouTube shows 4,370,000 results; Google shows 4,210,000 results.  AI brought him to us, but it is in cyberspace where our fondness turns to love and inexplicable attachment.

As Angelica said, “If not for the internet, we would have all returned to our usual lives before AI, not forgetting him, but not obsessing over him either.  Everything would have turned out so differently.  But it didn’t.  Why?  I believe, without deifying him, he has a message of love and healing the world needs to hear and in order for that message to be disseminated, he needs the Internet and all the angels it has gathered to him.”

Thanks to the Internet, he shares the story of his life with us, in real time.  The story is profound at times and trivial at others.  We know when he gets up because he says good morning to us.  We know what he eats for breakfast because he tells us he is eating oatmeal with blueberries.  He informs us he mixes up the conditioner and lotion in the shower.  We know when he wakes up from a nap.  He bids us good night before going to bed.  The Internet breeds familiarity but, rather than contempt, familiarity with David breeds love, for to know him is to love him.   Although he doesn’t tell us, we find out he sneaks out of his tour and goes visiting some of the lonely and forgotten souls among us.

We have reassessed our priorities.  When packing essentials for a trip, a power cord is as indispensable as a tooth brush and we fuss about reliable WiFi.  At home when our power goes out, we lament not the thawing of the refrigerator but the lack of internet access.  Priorities, schmiorities.

Our most vital body part is now our index finger.  He shows up with the slightest touch, materializing from nowhere and everywhere, singing, humming, dancing, jumping, running, sweating, laughing, talking, rambling, and just being.  Click.  He is a romantic figure, leading us through Fields of Gold.  Click.  He is a devout choir boy.  Click.  He is solving the existential riddle.  Click.  He is telling us the greatest story ever told.  Thanks to the Internet, he stands by ready to soothe, lift, comfort, and exhilarate, depending on what our heart requires at the time.

VIPs play havoc with our senses, because he leaps off the Internet and bounces into the room.  The three by three inch, two-dimensional David from our computer screen is now a 3 dimensional warm body, wrapping his big hand behind our back.  But oh, where is the replay button after he sings Crazy?  We greet him like a friend because, surely, we know him.  But why does he treat us like old friends too? Standing before that ILAA screen, we touch him, hug him, and just try to hang on to the flesh-and-blood David for as long as we can, and he happily indulges us.  After he looks at us and touches our hands, we are satisfied for the moment.  We return to our computers, and wait, with increased longing, for the next encounter…

Of modern celebrities, W. Somerset Maugham said:  “It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes.  They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved.”  David is the anti-celebrity.  There is no illusion and no disillusion about him.  He lets us behind the scenes and bravely shares his life.  And here is the irony:  He makes use of the latest technology yet his life and story hark back to a simpler time.  He shares with us the excitement of seeing a giant grape, a guy rollerblading down the street, a parade going by; the pleasure of eating roasted corn on the cob and cherry limeade.  He is amazed by the first snow on the mountain tops, the yellow hills against the blue sky, and the ocean and the stars in one glance.  He takes us back to a time when life was less complicated, when the beauty of the world was appreciated; when art still touched us, and when how we treated each other mattered.  Is our addiction actually a yearning for a time when goodness was good enough?

Does the Internet cause ODD?  This much we know:  the Internet tells the story of David so we read on, unable to put the book down, and with a click, we turn another page.

Photo by Genevieve Wang ("Gengen") from the 2009 Christmas Tour

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170 Responses to “A High Speed Heart Connection”

  1. FunnyGirl said

    gahhhh I love every word! Gotta re-read this later when I am alone without distractions. The attachment we have to him is fierce.

    THIS: “we touch him, hug him, and just try to hang on to the flesh-and-blood David for as long as we can” These ILAA folks don’t get it do they? 30 seconds just ain’t cuttin’ it!

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  2. SandyBeaches said

    Do you know what you just did YJfanofdavid?

    Somehow you just made it possible to love him even more…

    What a breathtaking, beautiful writing about David including the humor that you see in us, the DA fan. I am going to print it off so that I can show it to people as time goes by. When his real book does appear it will be a wonderful, cherished keepsake read time and time again.

    Thank you YJ, this is awesome including the pictures.

    I want to mention at this time that the sites “The Voice” and the Canadian site “Snow Angelz”, should be commended for giving us the most amazing and sincere writings about David found anywhere on the internet.

    SB

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  3. FunnyGirl said

    From Fans of David: “I am imagining a book-signing/meet and greet tour this spring and thinking that this may not be such a far-fetched idea. Maybe even a song or two thrown in for good measure? Working to confirm this.”

    gahhhhhhhhh!

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  4. TOfan said

    YJfanofdavid,
    what a beautifully written, thoughtful piece! Loved every word!

    I’ve also wondered about the role of the Internet in all this, and if we’d be so enamored without it …

    … and I’ve come to the conclusion that the sublime musical juggernaut that is David is simply meant to be … and if that means the Internet needed to be invented to make it happen, so be it! 😆

    Perfect Somerset Maugham quote!: “It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved.”

    I think that David — just by his very forthright nature — doesn’t do “illusions” … but that’s not to say some fans will conjure up those illusions all by themselves.

    {{{SB}}}

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  5. Marylee said

    OK…tears started to flow 15 seconds into this beautiful writing! The line that hit me the hardest was…”Is our addiction actually a yearning for a time when goodness was good enough?” I, too, will be copying this thoughtful writing so that I can re-visit it often!

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  6. Gemzone said

    Wow thank you for this beautiful article. I so relate to the line ”Is our addiction actually a yearning for a time when goodness was good enough?” Our world has deteriorated at such a astonishing speed that I do yearn for that time in my childhood where goodness was good enough. And you are right David gives me that feeling that I had oh so many years ago. Thank you for putting my feeling down in writing. Beautiful just beautiful!

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  7. YJfanofdavid said

    Thank you all for your very kind words. {{group hugs}} This is actually a homework project Angelica assigned to me after she suffered a temporary loss of her high-speed Internet connection and wondered about the correlation between ODD and the Internet. Thank you Angelica for making me think and write…

    Angelica also picked the gorgeous pictures of David above and added some lovely sentences of her own. So I can’t really take full credit for the post. 🙂

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  9. Gmax4 said

    What a wonderfully moving piece. Marylee, I have the tears right along with you too!!! Thank you YJ– for posting such a warm, heartfelt piece.
    I think many or all of David’s fans have been grappling with the reason for our ultimate facination with David. You have given us much to reflect upon, and I dare say that we all relate to what you have expressed. The reality is that David is more than just his beautiful voice. For me, I have always been “rooting for goodness to win”! I grew up in a time when Goodness was the expected norm. The society that we live in now is making “goodness” unpopular, and almost something to hide!!! David is not deterred by others to sacrifice or compromise his values or beliefs. He puts himself out there…just as he is. There is no pretense or illusion about who he is. David is the definition of GOODNESS in my mind. That is a rarity in our society. I am hopeful that by David just “being himself”, he will be able to help others. I am already seeing it happening. .

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  10. pabuckie said

    Thanks for this beautifully written piece. Loved every word of it. I, too, like so many others think it is about David’s goodness, his morals and values and beliefs that he holds true to, as well as his voice. He reminds us of days when treating people with kindness and humanity is what it’s all about. I respect him so much for just being who he is. This article is to be treasured!!

    By the way, what pictures…..I only see one picture in this article.

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  11. TrudyFOD said

    Thank you for this article. I’m at work so I can’t cry but there are tears in my eyes. David Archuleta is beyond words…I’ve used all the most beautiful adjectives I can think of…but he is more. He makes me happy just by his smile, his silly vblogs, and just the moments he allows us into his life. We could all thank David forever and ever…and he would probably still think, “I’m just David.” He is so much more…he brings joy into a world with difficult times for many. I could lose all my physical worldly goods…but no one can ever take away my heart & soul about how I feel about David. He is all that is good — he is truly an Angel for us all.

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  12. FunnyGirl said

    Silverfox – I saw your post about telling those folks about David and their reaction – a 14 yo and her mom I think? I hate to think of you giving that a second thought! The unenlightened will never get us. I don’t even try anymore. Bless you for trying. He will gain all the fans he is meant to gain and we will still be here. We loved him before it was cool. Age doesn’t matter. So what he’s young? People can be very short-sighted and ageist and sexist. All we can do is keep our heads up high. I don’t even care if people think I am strange, a cougar, a perv, whatever, for loving him. I honestly don’t. Peace to you! 🙂

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  13. silverfox said

    YJfanofdavid,

    There are no words to describe how your beautiful words made me feel..just that I kept repeating, YES! YES! YES! Exactly! YES!

    David was a gift given to us at a time when so much of the world is in turmoil, when some of us were and are still dealing with difficulties in our lives. I shudder to think where we would be without the technology of the Internet & cyberspace. I used to think the world was spinning out of control with all the technological advances, the ability to have visual contact at a click of a button with someone on the other side of the world. I used to think, “What is to become of our privacy?” Now I thank GOD for giving us the world of Cyberspace as it has allowed David to come into & remain in our lives at a click of a button or mouse. 🙂

    There is however, one little drawback. The more David gives us, the more we want. We yearn for his tweets, for his blogs & more so for his Video blogs. In fact, isn’t it about time for a new Vlog? 😆

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  14. silverfox said

    FunnyGirl…

    {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

    Peace to you too!

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  15. silverfox said

    Happy birthday to the King!

    Say hello to the new King!

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  16. Marylee said

    Happy Birthday to the King…Say hello to the “New King”, indeed!!

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  17. Shawna said

    I too absolutely loved this!! It is so true. I trueky believe David is here at this time to do exactly what he is doing and the Internet is such a valuable tool in his sharing his goodness with us!!! I an tending 3 of my precious grandbabies right now and this so brought me to tear. Just thinking of all the goodness in their special little hearts and I can’t help but compare David, even though he is 19, to the perfect little spirits that they are and the pure love they give to every one like he does to all the people he comes in contact with!! He is such a unique young man in this day and age. I have a son just 6 months
    older than David and he doesn’t exude even half the goodness and love David does. My son is so full of himself he doesn’t even think of others and what might make them happy very often. I feel like that is all David does is do what he can to bring joy to others, especially his family, and his friends and his fans and the list would never end where he is concerned!!! I seem to be rambling a bit, but this just really touched me!!!!!

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  18. Jana said

    I love this article so much! Now I get it!! lol And I don’t feel so guilty for my ODD.

    “Is our addiction actually a yearning for a time when goodness was good enough?” Brilliant.

    I can hardly wait to see what the next page brings. (2010)

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  19. refnaf said

    gosh and wow and thank you YJF!! For me, the internet meant nothing, before David. Now it is my connection to not just him but so many people that I have come to love and appreciate.
    “Thanks to the Internet, he stands by ready to soothe, lift, comfort, and exhilarate, depending on what our heart requires at the time.” How true and how thankful I am…

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  20. SandyBeaches said

    To have been a young teenager for the first King of pop music perhaps has led us to be able to identify the Kings of music ever after. One must be an extraordinary musician and person beyond one’s dreams to be just that.

    You are right SF, David is just that…

    SB

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  21. Angelica said

    YJfanofdavid, Loving the comments from posters giving you recognition for a job really well done. Giving you an A+ on your homework assignment. 😉

    I did very little editing; you know this is a work straight from your own heart. The minuscule things I added are of little consequence and I can not even take credit for the photos, as they are the work of the incomparable Gengen. In these two passages, you capture so vividly the essence of David, and why we have come to love him so much…

    “He shows up with the slightest touch, materializing from nowhere and everywhere, singing, humming, dancing, jumping, running, sweating, laughing, talking, rambling, and just being….
    And here is the irony: He makes use of the latest technology yet his life and story hark back to a simpler time. He shares with us the excitement of seeing a giant grape, a guy rollerblading down the street, a parade going by; the pleasure of eating roasted corn on the cob and cherry limeade. He is amazed by the first snow on the mountain tops, the yellow hills against the blue sky, and the ocean and the stars in one glance. He takes us back to a time when life was less complicated, when the beauty of the world was appreciated; when art still touched us, and when how we treated each other mattered. Is our addiction actually a yearning for a time when goodness was good enough?”

    SF, thanks for Love Me Tender. I had to watch it twice. It has been too long since I relived that moment. His first time singing a romantic song on AI and with the addition of SBM that night,(excluding the finale,) his finest week on the show, IMO. You know I gotta add the other performance from the King that night.

    #2 (((SB))))

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  22. silverfox said

    Angelica..

    That was the night Simon said “David, you didn’t beat the competition tonight, you CRUSHED the competition!” and Ryan called David “Crusher”.

    Loved it!! I remember smiling A LOT for days after that night! 😀

    Having these videos we never get tired of and having access to them simply by the click of a mouse is another example of our “High Speed Heart Connection” to David which yjfanofdavid so beautifully & eloquently wrote about.

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  23. Angelica said

    Oh my heck, I’ve just been cruisin the net looking for anything David, (as we do,) and found this serious pic of David on Snarkys. What is it about him looking serious that just, idk, it’s enough to make you want to tic him off just to watch an expression like this. lol.

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  24. dakgal said

    “Was David reserved to come along at a time when the Internet was here, in order that we could have so much access to him? And love him more than was possible before this technology arrived?
    The answer I arrived at is, yes and yes!”

    I heartily concur, our children gave us a computer when my husband was taking treatment for cancer, thinking he would enjoy looking up his interests while recovering. But, it wasn’t to be and I hardly used it after his passing.. Enter David.. into my life. At first all I had was my DVR’s of AI, and I couldn’t get enough. Then one day I got brave and decided to look him up on the computer..one thing led to another..and here I am writing on a fan site. I can’t even begin to tell you what joy this young man has brought to my life when it was needed. YJfanofdavid, every beautiful word you wrote certainly pertains to me, he genuinely is a message of love and healing.. YES, YES and YES he definitely was reserved to come along at a time when the internet was here and I couldn’t be more thankful.

    Beautiful article Thank You

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  25. bebereader said

    YJ: Brilliant article! I still think there is a master plan that led us all to David and to each other, the web being part of the plan, as it keeps us in contact on a daily basis.

    “At home when our power goes out, we lament not the thawing of the refrigerator but the lack of internet access.”

    haha So true! Who needs food, anyway? The pull to the web is so strong because David lives there! Have I mentioned how impatient I get when I turn my computer on? I’m pretty quick but my fingers somehow don’t move quickly enough for me. The anticipation is overwhelming at times.

    “Does the Internet cause ODD?”

    I certainly think the Internet feeds our ODD but I can hardly think of a better meal!

    “Is our addiction actually a yearning for a time when goodness was good enough?”

    Yes!! YJ, that question was spot-on! David represents good morals and he satisfies a hungry yearning deep in our souls for peace and understanding.

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  26. Angelica said

    Bebe#25

    “I still think there is a master plan that led us all to David and to each other, the web being part of the plan

    There is a WEB on his shirt.

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  27. SandyBeaches said

    There were the days following the Christmas tour, when the nights were spent reviewing and loving and laughing at the wonderful videos that would come in a mile a minute on site after site. Hours of sleep were lost for the ever anxious fan who wanted to see all about the concert in any of the cities on any given night. It was a fantastic time and Christmas for all of us had a renewed spirit taking us back in time.

    But then, everything went quiet and we became restless changing our pace, slowing our pace in regards to repeatedly taking ourselves to the computer to find out about David’s latest adventures. Is he missing the stage, the hype and the times we sang along with him? Thank you for tweeting David you know us well…

    So now we are looking and reading about all that this fine fellow really is to people. Repeatedly again we see ourselves in the writings of others and that is the most amazing find and a once in a lifetime experience.

    When I come to a site I go to the last reply and scroll up… so I first saw this beautiful green background #23, with a silver spider web and thought, “what now, what beautiful piece of artwork has been found with a story and then I scrolled up further and well, hey, Angelica you always find hidden works of art…thank you for sharing”.

    David, in this step of the journey I think that you are reviewing what we need to know about ‘patience’…I didn’t tap my foot which usually leads to my leg keeping in time to a particular beat, even once today! I am doing better!

    SB

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  28. SandyBeaches said

    Angelica…I am trying to be BRAVE!

    I am sitting at my computer in a lofty place in our upstairs with all of the DARK rooms behind me…

    Over the years when all of our children lived here, they saw and heard a ghost and these are science people who were without active imaginations at the time… I am up here and it is dark and then I read…

    DO…NOT…LOOK…BEHIND…YOU

    SERIOUSLY !!!!!!

    Oh geez, phew, the lights are on now…!

    SB

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  29. betsy said

    {{yj}}
    “I believe, without deifying him, he has a message of love and healing the world needs to hear and in order for that message to be disseminated, he needs the Internet and all the angels it has gathered to him.”
    I could give you a big ole’ hug for that alone.

    Thanks for such a warm meaningful post. Straight from your heart. Which I happen to know is huge, despite your tiny self!

    I remember the night I first youtubed David. I couldn’t believe how many views he had already. It was shocking. It was the first time I saw him on AI. After Heaven. I kept yelling to my husband to come & look. Called my sister. Told her about it. It was like I found what I didn’t know I was looking for. 🙂

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  30. YJfanofdavid said

    I am so glad the post resonates with many of you. Thank you for sharing your own thoughts! I know my own fascination with this young man started, paradoxically, the day AFTER the AI finale. During AI, I thought he had a great voice and rooted for him, because he looked like a good kid. The day after, I casually googled him just wanting to make sure he’s okay. All these post-finale interviews videos turned up. And there he was, being interviewed on national TV right after he almost won the AI title. Was he basking in the glory? No, he was disrupting the host and calling out to someone in the audience! That’s his friend from back home and he just had to say hello, because that’s what a good friend would do, national TV or not! I know I was a goner after that ohmygodashely moment. Was he for real? Where did he even come from? Can we keep him? Well, I guess we did, in the cyberspace!

    I really felt my own attachment to him stemmed from a longing for a world that existed long before Brittney Spears, Jon and Kate, and Kayne West permeated it. I want the world rebooted and restored to its factory setting… Along comes David, who, just by going about living his life, shows us the way back to that world (well, almost literally — Angelica, is that why he is always wearing that green shirt, because the Web is part of the plan? lol).

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  31. djafan said

    YJfanofdavid….what a wonderful article! I would hope I could perform like you when given a homework assignment by Angelica. You have done a marvelous job and I hope to read more of your writings in the future.

    “The answer I arrived at is, yes and yes! I too like to think it was cosmic design that he was reserved to come to us when the technology had finally caught up with the human capacity for sharing life and love. The Internet is the difference between “Oh, he’s got a great voice” and having him inhabiting our entire psyche. I don’t know about other artists, but a search of him in YouTube shows 4,370,000 results; Google shows 4,210,000 results. AI brought him to us, but it is in cyberspace where our fondness turns to love and inexplicable attachment.”

    I work on a computer all day long and never touched a computer when I got home….then came David and the computer is where I found he lived and you all know the rest of the story…inexplicable attachment for sure!

    SB…thank you for your kind words!

    Good to see new and regular posters, Thank you all for commenting.

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  32. bebereader said

    Angelica: The pics are showing up for me! Keep ’em coming! Too funny about the ‘web design’ on David’s t-shirt!

    SB#27 “David, in this step of the journey I think that you are reviewing what we need to know about ‘patience’..”

    Amazing that David is teaching us without saying a word. Could be patience, could be tough love.

    Betsy #29 “I remember the night I first youtubed David. I couldn’t believe how many views he had already. It was shocking. It was the first time I saw him on AI. After Heaven. I kept yelling to my husband to come & look. Called my sister. Told her about it. It was like I found what I didn’t know I was looking for. ”

    Maybe a hidden treasure?

    I youtubed him too, when he was on AI. He had more hits than any of the other idols, every week, without fail.

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  33. YJfanofdavid said

    Betsy, {waves}

    “I believe, without deifying him, he has a message of love and healing the world needs to hear and in order for that message to be disseminated, he needs the Internet and all the angels it has gathered to him.”

    That is quote from Angelica. 🙂

    Angelica, your wicked sense of humor is killing me!

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  34. djafan said

    YJ…

    “VIPs play havoc with our senses, because he leaps off the Internet and bounces into the room. The three by three inch, two-dimensional David from our computer screen is now a 3 dimensional warm body, wrapping his big hand behind our back. But oh, where is the replay button after he sings Crazy? We greet him like a friend because, surely, we know him. But why does he treat us like old friends too? Standing before that ILAA screen, we touch him, hug him, and just try to hang on to the flesh-and-blood David for as long as we can, and he happily indulges us. After he looks at us and touches our hands, we are satisfied for the moment. We return to our computers, and wait, with increased longing, for the next encounter…”

    Another great truth….I’ve been two VIP’s and I felt exactly like this and he is so gracious and attentive to us. He blows me away.

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  35. djafan said

    Patience?

    Is that the new lesson?

    Oh God help me!

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  36. rapture said

    YJ, What an article! What a time for David and all of us to be connecting. And what it must be like for David to be able to reach out to his fans at his every whim (and how lucky for us all!)

    It is the internet that keeps all us fans connected with eachother! No matter where we travel, for concerts or otherwise, we have instant friends and heart connections. I have had the pleasure of connecting with fans clear across the country. How cool is that?

    I just met up with Nina, (one of my earliest David “cyber-friends”) last night while in the City. She talked about how much the fan community contributes to our individual experience and enjoyment of all things David.

    It is true. Without the internet to connect us all with each other’s words of wisdom, humor, support, friendship, and even sanity, all of this just wouldn’t be nearly as satisfying.

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  37. emmegirl said

    Great piece yjfanofdavid and Angelica! And I love the title!

    My computer is guilty as charged! It enables and perpetuates my “heart connection” and has become a trusted ally, we have bonded. I sometimes feel like Seymour in Little Shop Of Horrors,”feed me!” And it responds in kind, thank you very much!

    yjfanofdavid, “The day after, I casually googled him just wanting to make sure he’s okay.” lol, love this! Casually! I think he’d already reeled you in and you did’t even know it!

    and Betsy, this…”It was like I found what I didn’t know I was looking for.”

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  38. Angelica said

    Emmegirl#37

    “yjfanofdavid, “The day after, I casually googled him just wanting to make sure he’s okay.” lol, love this! Casually! I think he’d already reeled you in and you did’t even know it!”

    Yeah, I think she’s busted. lol.

    #30 (((YJ))) There you go again.
    “I want the world rebooted and restored to its factory setting. Along comes David, who, just by going about living his life, shows us the way back to that world.”

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  39. djafan said

    Betsy….same feeling, I didn’t realize I needed him until I found him.

    Audio not to good but a closer view of Crush performance at Sun Bowl…yay!

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  40. bebereader said

    Oh this topic is so full of win!

    When AI was over, I started getting depressed over the thought of not seeing David on TV every Tuesday night. I didn’t want to lose him in my life. Yes, his voice was beautiful but there was something about his spirit that enraptured me and drew me to him with a very powerful force that I didn’t really understand. But I knew that I had to keep track of him, had to follow his career, and like YJ, I had to know he was okay. Never did I expect my computer to inhabit a fanbase who felt as strongly as I did! And never did I expect such an outpouring of emotion from people who became instant {{{{friends}}}}!

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  41. Abrra said

    Yj
    “Does the Internet cause ODD?”

    I “suffer” daily from this affliction. Many hours spent mining YouTube and Google, seeking out something, anything, new about David. Using the net to stay connected to my new “friends” consumes just as much of my day. Outside of cyberspace, I talk to folks in my daily travels about David’s music. It happened again this week at the grocery deli counter. I had offered a CD to one of the ladies behind the counter and when another clerk saw it, she said “OH David Archuleta! He is CUTE! Too bad he didn’t win!” I cringed and asked her if she even recalled the name of the “winner”. She gave me a blank stare. I explained that more than anything he is a great singer and promised her a Cd by next week. She is very happy!
    On another note, my long time friend who has resisted my “David talk” has fallen into line, finally. I gave her a CD and this is what she wrote to me in an email:

    “I thought that nobody could sing “Fields of Gold” better than Sting. I was wrong, as your David just blew him away. He is phenomenal.”

    So there we have 3 new fans. Not bad for a week of just talking about his music and sharing his talent.

    Abrra

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  42. bebereader said

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  43. Angelica said

    Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color For Your Eyes
    by Kristin Andreassen

    I went to see the doctor. I’d come down with the blues.
    She said “No, I can’t cure you, but I know something you can do.
    Take out a piece of paper, and sit down for a while,
    And draw a pretty picture of something that makes you smile.”
    Well, I know what makes me happy. Didn’t have to think for long.
    But when I tried to draw it, it always came out wrong.
    I had a box of 12, 48 and 64,
    But nowhere could I find that one shade I was looking for.
    I guess I realized shoulda come as no surprise
    Crayola doesn’t make a color for your eyes.
    There is no way that I could possibly describe you.
    Crayola doesn’t make a color to draw my love.

    At first I thought of Green Blue, but then I saw Blue Green.
    And then sometimes in bright light, they look Aquamarine.
    I think at night they’re darker. I looked again for you.
    Saw Grey and Black and went out walkin’ after Midnight Blue
    But the hues of the deepest skies would be a compromise
    Crayola doesn’t make a color for your eyes.
    There is no way that I could possibly describe you.
    Crayola doesn’t make a color to draw my love.

    Spring Green is much too yellow, Sea Green is far too pale.
    Cornflower’s way too mellow, so I’ll try again and fail.
    There’s no way I can capture the way you make me feel.
    One look from you is rapture, whether Blue or Green or Teal.
    No color qualifies. That crayon’s telling lies
    Crayola doesn’t make a color for your eyes

    Hey look, it’s Periwinkle. So sure I got it now.
    But you wink and there’s a twinkle in your eye and still, somehow,
    I just can’t get that sparkle. Those glitter crayons won’t.
    Maybe Glow-In-The-Dark’ll get it right. Aw, no they don’t.
    Mr. Crayola tries, but I’m left to fantasize
    Crayola doesn’t make a color

    For your eyes, something darker let’s see what I can find.
    Melted mahogany and got the depth not the shine.
    Just about gave up and then I peeled the paper off a little end of…
    Really thought it coulda been… ahh, not even Burnt Sienna!
    Your passport says they’re brown, but I’m gonna keep lookin’ round…
    Crayola doesn’t make a color for your eyes
    There is no way that I could possibly describe you
    Crayola doesn’t make a color to draw my love

    Crayola doesn’t make a color for your eyes
    There is no way that I could possibly describe you
    Crayola doesn’t make a color to draw my love

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  44. Tawna21 said

    yjfanofdavid!! {{{hugs}}} from the bottom of my heart for this post. It completely wraps up in fine tissue and purple bows what is, and has been, in my heart for going on two years. A Love For David Archuleta that started with AI and has been fueled by the internet. A love that is impatient because he is ‘quiet’ for the time being and teases us with random tweets (yeah, I found an Emerald City Smoothie shop about 30 min. away–I will be going there–sigh). A love that requires daily doses of David (this site is a great place to get them–thanks to all of you). And most of all, a love that has made me work at being a better person because David’s example makes me want to be a better person (not so hard at home, but a work it’s a challenge–keep trying Tawna).

    Every word that has been said on this post brings it on home to me, and I am 100% in agreement with them all. Thanks all for creating a great ending to a hectic week. loves to all.

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  45. silverfox said

    Bebe! Those eyes..I can get completely lost in those gorgeous eyes!

    David is still having a grand time at home. But he’s also putting in some “work” time if you count song writing as work. Maybe for some, but I would venture to guess that for David, anything having to do with music is not “work” to him. I was wondering if David is still working on his book or is it finished? Is he working on it while he’s home? I can’t imagine David NOT working on something. He is naturally hyper and seems to have the need to always be doing something productive. Not a lazy bone in his body. 😆

    Good night David. Have a good & restful night’s sleep with sweet & happy dreams. Thank you for all you do and for who you are. Keep with you all our love, support & prayers always. Contigo siempre! We will be with you always!

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  46. FunnyGirl said

    ANGELICA – song suggestion:

    “i found a boy who had a dream
    making everyone smile
    He was sunshine”

    🙂

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  47. Kathy said

    “I want the world rebooted and restored to its factory setting… Along comes David …”

    Oh, how I adore this quote. Thanks for a wonderful article and discussion. Thanks for extending the supreme pleasure of discovering David on Idol. He’s just not the kind of person I’d ever want to let fade from my thoughts.

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  48. Abrra said

    I made some mp3’s of all the AI songs David sang. I numbered them nicely, BUT Mediafire read them out of order. You will have to select them carefully beginning with 1AIWaitingonTheWorldToChange and so forth. Sorry! I tried to make it easy. Mediafire FAIL!

    http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=b01acf3f99d1cd5967cd7f7bd65f7eef1dfd61d2dd49ff314da018f8c462ba45

    Abrra

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  49. djafan said

    David has reached 300,000 twitter followers!!!!!!!!!!!!! Click on picture to tweet him.

    Has anyone seen this? Click on picture to go there.

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  50. betsy said

    Thanks Abs. They will be a nice addition to my new mp4 player. I plan on spending my weekend off doing whatever I want.
    Except for the laundry part.

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  51. silverfox said

    Rumor has it that David will be performing in the Philippines on 2/5 with Cook & Nicole Scherzinger (a Pussycat Doll). Thing is the Jordin Sparks event is on the same date??

    Anyway, appearances overseas are likely I think, before another tour here in the USA. But with Cook again? Why on earth? Sorry to be sounding negative about that but really, why? The David’s certainly do not NEED each other. They are doing just fine on their own is all I’m saying. Besides the fact that it continues to keep AI in the mix. Jus’ sayin’.

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  52. Angelica said

    FunnyGirl#46

    “Oh baby, if I was your lady, I would make you happy…”

    Not gonna happen. A lot of songs will work lyrically for awhile and then become dead in the water over one phrase. I have spliced out a lyric that occurred only once, as in “In Praise of the Vulnerable Man,” but it can’t be done with recurring stanzas.

    Thanks for the suggestion though. Keep em coming! 😆

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  53. silverfox said

    Angelica, if you’re seriously taking suggestions for videos…This is MY theme song for David and how he makes ME feel..

    Lost Inside of You by Barbara Streisand

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  54. silverfox said

    Delete the video please. I just wanted to link the Video, not have it show up..sorry

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  55. Abrra said

    #51
    Sf

    I am going out on a limb and suggesting that a promoter has hired them again because it was so successful last year. The fans really loved that concert and many missed getting a ticket due to a sell out. This might be an opportunity to have lightning strike twice. Everyone wins.

    Abrra

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  56. silverfox said

    Angelica..this is another song I love and makes me think of David as I listen…By Turley Richards.

    http://www.lala.com/#album/2810527642498180897/Turley_Richards/BlindSighted

    go to “YOUR EYES” and listen with your eyes closed and tell me that’s not David.

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  57. silverfox said

    Angelica, Sorry. But you said keep em’ coming! heh!

    And you ARE the expert at putting beautiful visions of David with the lyrics and vice versa.

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  58. bebereader said

    #56 SF Ohhhh I just played “Your Eyes”
    Yes! Yes! Yes! That’s David!

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  59. poof said

    Again, a little late to the party,,,, but,, yjfanofdavid, can’t miss this chance to tell you how wonderful your article is. It was spot on for me. The boy that sang on AI showed only the glimmer of the person that I saw when I found him again, on the Internet last January.

    “The Internet breeds familiarity, but,rather then contempt, familiarity with David breeds love, for to know him is to love him.” 🙂

    My favorite part of your article was listing the many ways David shares himself with us on an almost daily basis, for me,thanks solely to the Internet. David finds joy and value in the mundane, the “everyday” and sometimes the difficult. This has changed my view of him from an amazingly talented artist to a role model who has changes me for the better on a daily basis.

    To me, David is the personification of beauty and goodness. That I can say that to all of you, without sarcasm, cynicism or hedging, says a lot for how far I have come. Thank you yjfanofdavid

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  60. Angelica said

    Dee,

    I like!

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  61. poof said

    sigh,,, proof reads too late…. “who changes me”…..

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  62. Jen A said

    MAGNIFICENT piece, thank you so much for providing so much warmth on a cold day.

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  63. FunnyGirl said

    OK thanks Angelica – but “If I were his lady I would fo-sho make him happy! LOL

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  64. silverfox said

    FG…lol!!!!!!!!

    You & about a millions others would love to try!

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  65. YJfanofdavid said

    Poof,
    “To me, David is the personification of beauty and goodness. That I can say that to all of you, without sarcasm, cynicism or hedging, says a lot for how far I have come.”

    I have come a long way myself. I too used to look at the world with sarcasm, cynicism, and disappointment. Nothing touched or moved me anymore. I feel I have seen it all and what I saw did not impress me. David says to us “not so fast” and forced us to take another look at the world. And I did, like many of you. A year ago, I couldn’t (or didn’t want to) even write a letter. I wouldn’t have recognized this new me.

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  66. FunnyGirl said

    I actually tried to make a video but it was an EPIC fail. The song was Elsewhere by Sarah McLachlan but part of the song doesn’t fit. It was a futile attempt at defending my ODD.

    I love the time and in between
    the calm inside me
    in the space where I can breathe
    I believe there is a
    distance I have wandered
    to touch upon the years of
    reaching out and reaching in
    holding out holding in
    I believe
    this is heaven to no one else but me
    and I’ll defend it as long as I can be
    left here to linger in silence
    if I choose to
    would you try to understand
    I know this love is passing time
    passing through like liquid
    I am drunk in my desire…
    but I love the way you smile at me
    I love the way your hands reach out and hold me near…
    I believe…
    I believe
    this is heaven to no one else but me
    and I’ll defend it as long as
    I can be left here to linger in silence
    if I choose to
    would you try to understand
    Oh the quiet child awaits the day when she can break free
    the mold that clings like desperation
    Mother can’t you see I’ve got
    to live my life the way I feel is right for me
    might not be right for you but it’s right for me…
    I believe…
    I believe
    this is heaven to no one else but me
    and I’ll defend it as long as
    I can be left here to linger in silence
    if I choose to
    would you try to understand it
    I would like to linger here in silence
    if I choose to
    would you understand it
    would you try to understand…

    This part seems to not fit:

    “Oh the quiet child awaits the day when she can break free
    the mold that clings like desperation
    Mother can’t you see I’ve got
    to live my life the way I feel is right for me
    might not be right for you but it’s right for me…”

    But the rest speaks to me somehow.

    Thanks for indulging my lovesick heart LOL.

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  67. FunnyGirl said

    LOL Silverfox – just LOL x 2! the poor little dude!

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  68. FunnyGirl said

    Poof and YJ – awesomeage. He is the rich sweet nougat in the candy bar of life isn’t he?

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  69. FunnyGirl said

    SF – thanks for that link! I liked that song!

    You guys know Jack Johnson? His songs/style would sound great on David, wouldn’t they?

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  70. bebereader said

    SF I think I’ve been playing “Your Eyes” too much. Now they’re only letting me hear a 30-second clip. LOL

    “..’cause they laugh, they cry, they smile and so do I.
    They look in me for in your eyes I can see..”

    YJ#65 “A year ago, I couldn’t (or didn’t want to) even write a letter.”
    That’s funny because your emails are pretty cool now!

    dja#49 David now has 300,000 twitter followers FTW!

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  71. bebereader said

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

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  72. betsy said

    Bebe – I am loving the random throwing in of pictures!

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  73. Angelica said

    *tosses this one in and runs*

    Photobucket

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  74. bebereader said

    Angelica: I was playing nicely, but okay, you asked for it! LOL

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

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  75. silverfox said

    Angelica! You bad girl!! Oh MY! Makes me glad he doesn’t wipe the sweat from his face..just lets it glisten. As if he needs to glisten & shine any more than he already does! 😀

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  76. djafan said

    Bebe and Angelica…tsk tsk

    How about this in honor of Elvis bday?

    Photobucket

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  77. Angelica said

    Photobucket

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  78. emmegirl said

    Cause I don’t know how to embed photos and I love this:

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  79. djafan said

    Hi emmegirl!

    You don’t need to add a v to the url… “http”

    That is one of the most heartfelt moments of David’s Christmas tour…thanks for posting.

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  80. Abrra said

    FG

    /evil eye

    My wand is getting heated up by you! 😉

    If you need help with making a video, just holler. Perhaps I can call and we can brainstorm on some quiet afternoon? What went wrong with your last attempt?

    Abrra

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  81. Angelica said

    Emmegirl,

    Thank you so much for posting that. I kept rewinding .12 – .15

    When he looks over at his mom with such love as he realizes she is too overcome to go on and then looks down smiling. awww…

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  82. bebereader said

    dja#76 Look who’s calling who bad? LOL

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  83. Angelica said

    Photobucket

    Yes, Bebe. Who is she thinking she is? Are chu callink me bad? I weel keel you in your sleep.

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  84. Abrra said

    Come to chat? Betsy and I are there. All welcome!

    http://www.livestream.com/thedavidchronicleschannel

    Abrra

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  85. emmegirl said

    Thanks djafan, I didn’t know how to post video either lol!

    Angelica, my favorite part too. His look is so knowing, so sweet.

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  86. silverfox said

    Here are the lyrics as I hear them for “Your Eyes” written by Turley Richards:

    Your eyes are like the brightest star in the middle of the night
    Moon shines on the lake so fragile that they might break
    I saw my peacefulness when I look into your eyes

    Cause they laugh, they cry, they smile and so do I
    They look in me for in your eyes I can see

    Your eyes are like a whirlpool that draws me in to the depths of your soul
    Where I can see a pot of gold
    I hope you turn back when I try to steal your eyes

    Cause they laugh, they cry, they smile and so do I
    They look in me for in your eyes I can see
    That you’re precious, so gentle, they can be so crazy and lovely, unpredictable too

    I thinks it’s time you discover you are special
    Look in your eyes, they laugh, they cry, they smile, so do I
    They look in me for in your eyes oh I can see
    Oh baby, your eyes are so special, I love you, I love you, I love you

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  87. djafan said

    SCARRRRRRY CAT!!! LOL

    SF…those are beautiful lyrics and they just fit David.

    YJ reading your article again…so many parts that jump out.

    “Thanks to the Internet, he shares the story of his life with us, in real time. The story is profound at times and trivial at others. We know when he gets up because he says good morning to us. We know what he eats for breakfast because he tells us he is eating oatmeal with blueberries. He informs us he mixes up the conditioner and lotion in the shower. We know when he wakes up from a nap. He bids us good night before going to bed. The Internet breeds familiarity but, rather than contempt, familiarity with David breeds love, for to know him is to love him. Although he doesn’t tell us, we find out he sneaks out of his tour and goes visiting some of the lonely and forgotten souls among us.”

    This internet connection not only breeds love for me because of his giving and caring heart but has me trying things just because he mentions them. I now drink almond milk, eat honey bunches of oats, almond butter(delicious), and I finally found a wheatgrass shot, rough but if David drank it so did I….lol

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  88. Tawna21 said

    SF #56 ‘Your Eyes’ is amazing, and I really can hear David singing this song–we would all be mush. This song is going to have to be on my iTunes playlist, I can tell.

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  89. rapture said

    Good evening all,

    I’ve really enjoyed reading all the posts here! (Especially the dueling photo images!) You ladies are too funny!

    I’m actually here with at special request. If I had the video know-how, I’d do it myself, but alas, I have not:

    I’ve been thinking recently how cool it would be to set Michelle Kwan’s skating performance to David’s Fields of Gold. It is certainly moving in its original form with Eva singing, but David’s voice has a way of improving perfection.

    Think one of you incredibly talented folks would do that?

    I even had thoughts of a David/Eva duet – either alternating verses, or a blended harmony. I know, I have fancy dreams for one with no video talent, but a girl can dream right? Besides, it’s crazy how often prayers are answered here on these boards!

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  90. rapture said

    Oh, I forgot to post this link.

    There is Youtube video of Michelle’s 2002 Olympic performance, but it’s not great quality. I found this one from her 2003 performance at the Worlds with better quality:

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  91. Angelica said

    Heading out to Central America for some charity work? Just like that? Without any warning? Bless his heart. Let’s keep David and all those he is off to help in our hearts and prayers.

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  92. Abrra said

    Rapture #90

    I will try. It all depends on the time syncing up song with performance.

    Abrra

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  93. silverfox said

    Rapture, the video of Michelle’s performance to Eva’s Fields Of Gold is beautiful. Eva’s voice is also beautiful and I can see why David loved Eva’s rendition of the song. Not trying to take anything away from Eva, but I prefer David rendition. Her voice is amazing, but David’s has something more.

    David just tweeted that he’s leaving tomorrow for Central America to do some charity work!

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  94. bebereader said

    …and he said “I should have someway of tweeting you guys still, don’t worry lol. If not I’ll find a way! Even though I’m not all too interesting lol.”

    Is he kidding? I guess he doesn’t know how we live for his tweets! I was just over on his twitter page. He received about 400 tweets in a matter of three minutes, after he posted that he is leaving for Central America.

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  95. Angelica said

    Abrra, I’ve already downloaded Michelle and David. Let me see what I can do.

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  96. djafan said

    Thank you Abrra for taking up Rapture’s request…I love her idea.

    SF…As good as Eva was I do still feel there is something untouchable in David’s version.

    OMG…He’s not interesting…silly young man and here we all wait for a tidbit from him. Leaving to Central America, I assume Honduras maybe related to the Lisa Lopes Foundation.

    Here is Central America…

    Photobucket

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  97. Abrra said

    Angelica,
    I did too. She shall have 2 versions.

    Abrra

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  98. Angelica said

    As you wish, Master.

    grasshopper

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  99. Angelica said

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  100. Abrra said

    Abrra

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  101. silverfox said

    But of course! David is at a concert! Like any normal 19 YO..goes to a concert the night before he’s off to another country to do charity work. 😆

    Dja, I thought the same thing about the Lisa Lopes Foundation. You could “feel” David’s excitement and happiness about his trip. I think David would love to be able to someday devote his life to performing only for charity and helping those in need all over the world. And maybe someday he will.

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  102. Heidijoy said

    Abarra, Thank You. Michelle skating to David singing Fields of Gold is beautiful. Two of my favorite people.

    A nice sendoff as David goes to do his Charity Work. He sounds very happy.

    I pray for his safety and continued happiness.

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  103. Angelica said

    The grasshopper smiles and bows deeply to the master. Exquisitely done.

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  104. djafan said

    Angelica and Abrra,

    You two are fast! Great job!

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  105. bebereader said

    Super job!
    I love them both!

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  106. silverfox said

    Angelica, Abrra..both versions of David’s Fields Of Gold To Kwan’s skating were brilliant!

    Tomorrow David leaves for Central America to do some charity work. And so starts a little bit of concern for David’s health & safety as I always do when he travels. But this time he’s off to a place he’s never been since we’ve “known” him. But he is so happy so I am also happy he is able to do this.

    David hasn’t tweeted his last tweet yet tonight I don’t think, as he was at a concert and tomorrow is Sunday, so after tonight, we won’t hear from him until Monday. It’s going to be a very long 24-36 hours or longer. And so I’m posting the Archangels Prayer every night until David returns home to Utah & his family safe & sound.

    Good night all! For David…

    Dear lord,

    Please take care of David.
    Watch over him, protect him from all harm.
    Cloak him with your love and give him the strength to endure all that is thrown in his path.
    Give David the courage and guidance to say no to those who ask for more than he can reasonably give.
    Surround David with loving and supportive people who love him unconditionally as we, his devoted Archangels do.
    Separate David from those who have agendas other than for his well being.
    Give him rest when he feels weary.
    Give him stamina to sustain his hectic pace.
    Give him assurance when he feels doubt.
    Give him joy when he feels sad and never allow David to feel alone or lonely.
    Give us the wisdom to always do right by David.
    Help us support David so that it’s always in his best interest.
    CLOAK DAVID IN YOUR PROTECTIVE ARMS AS HE JOURNEYS TO FAR AWAY PLACES DOING GOOD AND CHARITABLE WORKS.
    Keep David and his voice healthy & strong as he fulfills his Destiny which was written in his Book of Life before he was born.
    Though we may be unworthy Lord, we humbly pray. Amen

    David, have a good & restful night’s sleep with sweet & happy dreams. Thank you for all you do and for who you are. HAVE A SAFE & ENJOYABLE TRIP TO CENTRAL AMERICA. Keep with you all our love, support & prayers always. Contigo siempre! We will be with you always! TAKE CARE!

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  107. Angelica said

    Thank you SF. Amen. Sweet dreams to all.

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  108. lct said

    Wow, you wrote about the feelings I have! Right now with no David I have a sadness and emptiness in my heart and I guess that is why I am voting and searching everything and anything about our loved one. Thank you for this beautiful article!

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  109. Abrra said

    #103
    “The grasshopper smiles and bows deeply to the master.”

    Master apologizes with great humility with regards to making contact with the grasshopper’s head, as we both bow deeply in simultaneous appreciation.

    Abrra

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  110. Heidijoy said

    angelica, sorry I missed your You tube of David/Michelle earlier. it’s so beautiful too. Thanks

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  111. SandyBeaches said

    Thank you SF for the continuation of David’s prayer during his comings and goings and stay in Honduras…Not that we worry or anything…If I say more, Abrra will tell me to be calm to do all else but worry, need I say more?

    SB

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  112. rapture said

    Wow Ladies!

    “Ask and you shall receive.” You prove it time and time again!

    I am soooo happy to add these to my collection! Thank you, thank you!

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  113. rapture said

    Oops! That was for Abrra and Angelica !

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  114. Abrra said

    #111
    Sb
    When did what I say ever make a difference? hmm? 😉 Worry makes wrinkles. Imagine that David is with a group of volunteers and has company on his trip.

    #113
    Rap
    If I am asked, I try. 🙂

    Abrra

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  115. silverfox said

    Here are the names of the chapters in David’s book “Chords of Strength”,

    Pure beginnings
    Hit with inspiration
    School of American idol
    Bumps in the road
    Hope rises
    Be careful what you wish for
    Stepping it up
    Divine frequency
    The joy in sound
    Staying true
    Dreaming on

    Read about it here..

    http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/462902872&referer=brief_results

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  116. Angelica said

    SF,

    I was just coming here with a copy ready to paste when I saw you beat me to it. Thanks! Isn’t this exciting to get the table of contents! It sounds amazing. Maybe I’ll actually read a book again. Haven’t done much of that in say…a year and a half. 😆

    Ain’t no maybe about it. 😉

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  117. silverfox said

    The names of the chapters surprised me at first glance because it looks as if David wrote mostly about his experience on AI. Will he go into detail about what he personally went through behind the glamor and glitz of AI and the strength it took to carry on and not give up?

    It would be interesting to know who suggested to David that he write a book. Does anyone know? I don’t think it was David’s idea. In fact, David may have been hesitant, thinking why would anyone be interested in what he has to say. Seems to me it would have to be someone close to him who had first hand knowledge of his life. Someone who realizes David has a story worth telling. A story with lessons we can all learn from. How even when doctors said, “You can’t”, David thought and believed, “I will”. That is hope & perseverance.

    Makes me all the more anxious for the book. In fact I would be thrilled if this is a first book in a series with David writing a book every few years! 😉

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  118. djafan said

    I’m loving the names of the chapters…here is a little background on the co author…very interesting.

    Monica Haim – Biography

    Monica Haim
    Writer, Director & Producer: Awake Zion

    Monica recently completed a master’s degree in cultural journalism at the Gallatin School at NYU. She received a BFA in Acting from the Tisch School of Arts, also at NYU. The idea for Awake Zion was the result of many years of Hebrew school and a deep-seated relationship with music. Her recent studies in ethnomusicology, music criticism, arts and social worlds reporting provided a forum where she could explore the ideas for the project with perspective from various disciplines, creative and academic. Throughout the making of the film, Monica has immersed herself in the culture of the music, following Jewish and non-Jewish reggae musicians and enthusiasts from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to New York, New Jersey, Newton, Los Angeles, Israel and Jamaica, on a continued exploration of this unlikely cultural link.

    In 2004 Monica founded Twin Goat Productions, a company specializing in slice-of-life documentary projects. Upcoming projects include Meeting Me, a documentary that will explore the meaning of family through the prism of adoption; Yeah-Yeah, another music-driven piece about the underground legacy of Afrobeat music; and ECO, a documentary about perma-culture and modern organic life, as experienced through various self-sustained global villages. Two years ago Monica was published in an anthology, 9/11 8:48am: Documenting America’s Worst Tragedy (Blue Ear Press, 2001), and her essay was adapted for the London theatrical premiere, Voices from September 11th, which ran at the Old Vic on September 11th 2002. Monica freelances as an associate producer for KPI TV, a documentary production company in New York. She has previously freelanced editorially for Time Out New York and Nylon, and worked as a public relations executive in Manhattan and San Francisco for three years. Awake Zion is Monica’s directorial debut.

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  119. djafan said

    New ZG video from Westbury because I love him and miss him!

    Just listen and look at him….sigh

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  120. Angelica said

    Monica Haim Awake Zion

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  121. bebereader said

    I’m excited about David’s book! I can’t help but wonder if it’s going to be geared for kids, encouraging them to follow their dreams or more for adults. I guess it’s going to appeal to all ages. Dja, Thanks for the info on co-writer, Monica Haim. This book is going to be so cool!!

    Here’s the link to pre-order “Chords of Strength”: http://www.amazon.com/Chords-Strength-Memoir-Power-Perseverance/dp/0451230183/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262114514&sr=8-1

    The link is also above on the left sidebar.

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  122. djafan said

    Mashup of the Riddle from Tina from FOD….my heart aches now.

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  123. bebereader said

    It never fails! He always makes me smile!
    I dare you to watch this and not smile!

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  124. Abrra said

    #122
    uhhhh What is that look at 3:02??? Ohhhh myyyy!

    Abrra

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  125. silverfox said

    OK, My turn. David left today for Spanish speaking Central America, so I’ve been watching this video off & on all day…

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  126. Fiona said

    Wow! What an absolutely beautifully written article! Thank you so much. I don’t know what we would do without the internet anymore. It really helps us to “know and love David”!

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  127. betsy said

    dja – I feel you on the aching heart.

    bebe – *lema chicken padi* 🙂

    I am missing everyone, not just David.

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  128. betsy said

    The mood I’m in:

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  129. silverfox said

    I would LOVE to someday hear David sing this LIVE in concert. His vocals here at the Newark NJ VIP are out of this world amazing!!

    Are we missing David much? 😀

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  130. bebereader said

    I’m sighing all day…

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  131. SandyBeaches said

    Something for all David admirers who are yes, ‘sighing’ & ‘missing’ him…I give you one of my favorite groups of all times…

    …”and the moment you wander far from me”

    SB

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  132. Fiona said

    silverfox #56, what a lovely song! Really pretty!

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  133. djafan said

    Hi Fiona! YJ sure wrote a gem that we all relate to.

    Love all the videos!

    abrra…that darn look…it must be part of his spell.

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  134. emmegirl said

    Nice care package of videos. Thanks all!

    I remember the first time I saw that interview of him early on in AI when the interviewer was suggesting to David that he would get preferential treatment from his teachers back home because he was on AI. David just could not understand what he was talking about and finally the interviewer goes, “never mind, that’s okay.” I remember my first thought was, “why doesn’t he get that?”

    And then I got it…he didn’t understand it because it is inconceivable to him that he could be treated any differently than anyone else simply because he was on TV. It just did not compute! That was when I first began to realize how truly special he really is.

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  135. silverfox said

    If David’s charity work has to do with the Lisa Lopes Foundation, he’s on his way to Honduras. It takes aproximately 15 hours fight time from Utah to Honduras and the time there is one hour earlier than EST (same as CST in the U.S). So the time in Honduras is 9:00pm. So even if David left early this morning, he has not arrived yet. He’s still in the air, hopefully comfortable & warm. The temps while David is there will be highs in the 70’s, low’s in the 50’s, with high humidity. If David is going to Guatamala as well, the temps are similar.

    David, as we all know has family in Honduras who I’m sure are very anxious to see him. Hopefully David will spend as much time as he can visiting his relatives.

    Yes, I have researched as much as I could about where I think David is going to be. I’m sure I’m not the only one. 😉

    Good night all! For David…

    Dear lord,

    Please take care of David.
    Watch over him, protect him from all harm.
    Cloak him with your love and give him the strength to endure all that is thrown in his path.
    Give David the courage and guidance to say no to those who ask for more than he can reasonably give.
    Surround David with loving and supportive people who love him unconditionally as we, his devoted Archangels do.
    Separate David from those who have agendas other than for his well being.
    Give him rest when he feels weary.
    Give him stamina to sustain his hectic pace.
    Give him assurance when he feels doubt.
    Give him joy when he feels sad and never allow David to feel alone or lonely.
    Give us the wisdom to always do right by David.
    Help us support David so that it’s always in his best interest.
    CLOAK DAVID IN YOUR PROTECTIVE ARMS AS HE JOURNEYS TO FAR AWAY PLACES DOING GOOD AND CHARITABLE WORKS.
    Keep David and his voice healthy & strong as he fulfills his Destiny which was written in his Book of Life before he was born.
    Though we may be unworthy Lord, we humbly pray. Amen

    David, have a good & restful night’s sleep with sweet & happy dreams. Thank you for all you do and for who you are. HAVE A SAFE & ENJOYABLE TRIP TO CENTRAL AMERICA. Keep with you all our love, support & prayers always. Contigo siempre! We will be with you always! TAKE CARE!

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  136. Angelica said

    Gaaaahhh…you guys are killing me. Just for that, Mr. Smexy himself. Take that.

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  137. bebereader said

    Betsy#127 lema chicken padi/I miss you too!

    Emmegirl#134 A care package of videos, indeed and just what we need. As famous as David is now, I think he’d still react the same way to that question.

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  138. Abrra said

    Its HOT in here!

    Abrra

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  139. betsy said

    Just throwing this in for good measure:
    Pay close attention to the 1:42 ish mark. and – well there are just too many moments.

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  140. Angelica said

    Emmegirl#134

    “And then I got it…he didn’t understand it because it is inconceivable to him that he could be treated any differently than anyone else simply because he was on TV. It just did not compute! That was when I first began to realize how truly special he really is.”

    I watched that and thought the same thing. How special is that? There is no faking that kind of genuineness and humility. sigh..

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  141. bebereader said

    Help! Need more videos!

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  142. bebereader said

    Oh here’s one:

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  143. SandyBeaches said

    OK Bebe…I thought of a surprising moment and this is one of them. Place…Pittsburgh on a warm night. I was sitting right about where the camera must have been…The crowd was delighted and later that night everyone in David land saw and heard the song for the first time and loved it!

    Just for you…

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  144. Fiona said

    Angelica, #136 that was a killer! I love how he gets into a trance when he sings … and puts me in one too! That was gorgeous, and oh my gosh, he is beyond beautiful…

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  145. Angelica said

    Betsy#139

    That swagger at 1:20 – 1:24 I hate him!

    Can’t nobody walk like David when he wants to.

    Bebe and SB – My Hands Providence and Bubbly Pittsburg?

    Unfair much?

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  146. SandyBeaches said

    Bebe or Angelica…Thanks for fixing my vids!

    SB

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  147. betsy said

    Take that!

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  148. Angelica said

    SB,

    Are you using the embed code and no v?

    Fiona, ITA. 😛

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  149. bebereader said

    SB#143 Thank you! I had forgotten that you were there that night! Watching these videos again is like seeing them for the first time and I don’t know why! I’m just enjoying them!

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  150. djafan said

    Hi SB,

    It was me…lol

    Don’t use the v and also delete anything after the = sign on the url.

    here is an example of the =

    Hope that helps!

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  151. betsy said

    SB – thanks for the memory. Haven’t seen Bubbly in awhile. Loved it 🙂

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  152. bebereader said

    Oh Betsy #147 That was so unfair!

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  153. Angelica said

    Dja – why not just use the embed code?

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  154. bebereader said

    Angelica: I always use the embedded code. Seems to work all the time.

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  155. djafan said

    Angelica and bebe,

    When I say the embed code I mean the one after the = sign on the url.

    You both are entering the youtube= code with brackets around the url. It’s not necessary to embed a video in the comments.

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  156. betsy said

    because it reminds me of how much he cares. Love you David 🙂

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  157. bebereader said

    dja #155 I copy and paste the code right from youtube; I don’t actually type anything. Are you saying that we should copy and paste the first code (url) and not the second code (embed)? If so, that’s easy.

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  158. Angelica said

    eh…I don’t get it. What’s easier than copy, paste, embed code? Voila!

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  159. bebereader said

    Betsy #156 That’s a good one! Thank you! His voice has always been beautiful.

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  160. djafan said

    That’s what I do…lol

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  161. djafan said

    Angelica…because I’m lazy…lol

    I have to go to share when the url is already there…lol

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  162. betsy said

    Yaaaay a pic of David from today!!

    Photobucket

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  163. betsy said

    David running into Brooke at the airport FTW! Love unexpected David sightings!

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  164. djafan said

    Thank you Betsy! I took the liberty to edit so we could see him!

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  165. betsy said

    thanks dj! I love the size of that!

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  166. Nancy said

    Hi All! Happy New Year! Didn’t know if this has already been posted or not. Maybe the FBI is not up yet? 🙂

    David to Appear at Fireside in Guatemala Tomorrow
    According to enishi39 on Twitter, David will be heading to Guatemala on January 12th (tomorrow).

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  167. […] Here’s a lovely article by thevoicedavidarchuleta.com about the wonderful role of the internet in our connection with […]

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  168. Sorry, aber das bezweifel ich ganz stark…Baer

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  169. Love this post! Thanks for this. I’ll be sure to come back again. P.S: I’ve bookmark your site as well.

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  170. YJfanofdavid said

    Trista and Cody, Welcome to the Voice. Please be sure to come back to visit!

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