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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 Time for Reflection and….

Posted by djafan on Sunday, April 4, 2010

No matter what faith you hold, Spring is a time of renewal and hope.  It is the joy of the resurrected Lord for Christians, the blessed remembrance of the Passover for Jews.  For all of us, it is a miraculous event as the earth awakens and puts on her beautiful garments strewn with jewels.  Color of pink azaleas, yellow daffodils, purple wisteria, color of  emerald grass below sparkling cerulean skies.  Soft breezes are redolent with fragrance and the air is heavy with bird song and the whirring of winged insects.

Be still and listen carefully.   Be still and look closely.   Be still and know that God is in the details.

28 Responses to “A Time for Reflection and….”

  1. pabuckie said

    Wow! Angelica! Thanks for the beautiful pics and the video of David singing Be Still My Soul. I also loved when he sang How Great Thou Art! My dream would be to hear him singing these songs one day.

    Hope everyone hear who celebrates has a Happy & Blessed Easter and those that don’t a HAPPY SUNDAY!!

    This site has such a warm, friendly & comfortable feel to it with a lotta love & respect. I appreciate all you and everyone else does here! Hope everyone has a great day.


  2. pabuckie said

    Credit: Archuleta Fanscene

    I never saw this video of David singing Imagine at 13 at the Wellington, Fl. Boys & Girls Club on May 17, 2004. The video is poor quality because it was filmed from TV with a webcam, but boy can he sing and I love the little girl smiling at him.


  3. bluebar said

    Thank you for the Easter greeting!
    The beautiful photos along with David’s singing brings a special calm… and a personal renewal of faith to the start of this day.
    We are blessed to be a part of this on-line community… as fans, then friends and most assuredly a family.
    Happy Spring to all of you!


  4. pabuckie said

    Listening to David sing “How Great Thou Art” for EASTER just gave me chills!


  5. djafans said

    Angelica, Thank you for your beautiful words to start this day and the video, it had been some time since I last listened to it and it is perfect for today.

    Good morning to all and have a blessed day!


  6. bebereader said

    Angelica: Thank you for the most beautiful holiday greeting! This week marks the first official week of spring. Warmer weather makes us feel more alive and there is a sense of newness in the air. The birds are chirping each morning and the trees are beginning to bud! To everyone, Happy Holiday of Spring!


  7. bebereader said

    Look what I found on Twitter!

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    Think it’s David?


  8. bebereader said

    Bringing this over from the last post:

    archiesfan4life said
    Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 12:27 PM e

    Happy Easter! I am just stopping by very quickly, but have to let bebe know that “tizzified” is now my new fav word:):):).

    Love and hugs to everyone – enjoy this beautiful spring day!


  9. betsy said

    How very beautiful Angelica! Thank you. Happy Easter, Happy Passover and Happy Spring to everyone!


  10. betsy said

    #7 bebe –
    The new tweet from @idolsnow references David – just a note about him being given a Billboard book at age 13. Wonder if that is a hint. I tweeted them back. 🙂
    So happy today I could explode!!
    Played with my Adam all weekend. He is the happiest baby I have ever seen. With the exception of his mother. 🙂 She was the same. 🙂


  11. Emi said

    Oh Happy Day! Love seeing the pictures, hopefiled essay, young David singing so deliberately and the affect on the kids around him … and all of you! Thanks everybody!


  12. pabuckie said

    Bebe! Did u see I asked if it was a male or female and
    Idolsnow said it is a MALE! They posted it on MJS Big Blog too!!

    Also, they answered another HINT — the person is not from Season 1 or 3.

    I asked also if “finalist” means Final 2 – but they haven’t said.


  13. bebereader said

    pabuckie#12 I saw that! Okay, so we know that it’s a male and not from Season 1 or 3. haha They are playing with us big time!

    Somehow I don’t think they’re going to answer your tweet regarding if “finalist” means final two because that would give it away. In fact, just the fact that they aren’t answering it has my hopes wayyyyy up!!!

    Idolsnow has picked up over 100 twitter followers in the last 24 hours. They don’t call us fanatic for nothing!! 😀

    betsy#10 Good detective work. Let us know if idolsnow answers you, please!


  14. pabuckie said

    How would that be giving it away? There are 5 potential MALE runner-ups.



  15. pabuckie said

    I have to tell ya I won’t get my hopes up cuz I don’t want to be disappointed if it’s not David.

    Ruben Studdard was already on and the fact that they said it’s not Season 1 or 3 but left out Season 2 makes me think Clay Aiken is a possibility.

    Also because Clay and Rubben are going on tour together.

    God help anyone OTHER THAN DAVID who sings Imagine on that show!!


  16. bebereader said

    Idolsnow can’t confirm yet who will be on AI’s results show on Wednesday but they gave us a link to an interview with David by Fred Bronson, at the beginning of American Idol.

    Q&A David Archuleta of American Idol

    “Just seventeen, David Archuleta is the youngest contestant still in the running to win season seven of “American Idol.” In this exclusive Billboard interview, the Utah native opens up about the vocal paralysis that almost kept him from singing, singing for season one “Idol” contestants, mulling careers in medicine and how he’d still like to go to college.

    Neil Diamond called you a prodigy and a lot of people think you have an incredible gift for music. How does that feel?

    I still feel weird when people say, “you’re a good singer,” because I’ve never looked at myself like that. I’ve always looked at myself as someone who loves music and loves to try and interpret it as I see it.

    It seems like you’re always emotionally connected to the lyrics you’re singing.

    When I was younger, I didn’t know what made me sing the song differently or how I sang it. I still don’t really understand fully, but the lyrics do mean a lot to me now, a lot more than before. I didn’t even pay attention to the lyrics when I was 12, 13. Probably around the second year I did “Star Search” is when I paid more attention to the lyrics. I thought the music itself had such a power to it and now that I’ve understood how powerful lyrics are as well, I think that has allowed me to progress.

    Online, there’s a popular video of you meeting the first season contestants at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood. How did that come about.

    I got into [the first season of] “American Idol” and then Tamyra Gray sang “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and opened up soulful music and expressive music to me. I couldn’t stop watching “Idol” over and over again with TiVo. I’d sing along with Kelly [Clarkson] and Tamyra. Those were the two people I’d really listen to, because I’d never heard people sing like that before. It allowed me to see what performing and really getting into a song was like.

    And then I sang “And I Am Telling You” on a “Jenny Jones” show for future Latino stars [that also featured first season finalist] A.J. [Gil]. I was 11 and my aunt and I ran into A.J. outside of the hotel and he said, “Come in. I want you to meet Tamyra,” because she had totally changed my life. So I sang the song for her and that was just really scary but cool at the same time. Then they had me sing for some other contestants and then Kelly [Clarkson] and Justin [Guarini] came down and they all wanted me to sing for them. That was really cool. Kelly hadn’t even won yet at that point.

    Earlier this season, you talked about suffering vocal paralysis a few years ago. Were you worried you wouldn’t be able to sing again?

    The year after “Star Search” is when I found out I had vocal paralysis. That’s when I was really struggling, barely getting through a minute-and-a-half song. I took a break after that, because I thought, “I can’t do this.” I was having a hard time singing and I didn’t have a range back then and I didn’t know if it was permanent or not. I had no idea what it was. I’d never even heard of it. I didn’t know your vocal chords could get paralyzed. After a while, I thought, “I need to start singing again. I just love it too much.” You know, there’s just something about it that makes you feel something that you can’t feel anywhere else. So I kept doing that, just singing here and there, [like] Stadium of Fire, this thing they do in Utah for the Fourth of July at BYU Stadium.

    After a while, my voice started coming back. My range started getting bigger. So I started trying to figure out what I could do again. I thought everyone could sing. A lot of people have that ability and it seemed the older I got, the more people could sing.
    I started to write some songs. I thought that was really fun to do. I still can’t really do that. I’d like to get into that more. I think this experience on “American Idol,” trying to figure out what songs work best with your voice and trying to arrange them has really helped and I’d like to see if I can write some more stuff, because I’ve only written like three songs all the way.

    Did you have help as a songwriter?

    I wrote the melody and lyrics all by myself, then we had some guy help out trying to figure out the music. We had some tracks made. He probably hates me because it took forever for me to try to explain it. It’s like, “No, not that. That’s not it. Take this out.” He was really good. He was patient with someone who was so new to writing music.

    What are your earliest musical memories?

    My earliest memories are my dad playing trumpet all the time and my mom singing with her sisters. I remember when I was a little kid, my mom and her sisters would perform at all these places.

    I didn’t like trumpet. I hated it because it was so loud and it just rang throughout the house. I’m a fan of jazz now, but back then I thought jazz was my dad playing trumpet as loud as he can. I covered my ears. Music became important to me probably when I watched the 10th anniversary tape of “Les Miserables” that my dad had. I was so fascinated by it. I was like six or seven.

    Have you ever thought about another career besides music?

    I was looking into dental stuff, but I don’t think that’s for me. Then I started thinking being an ear, nose and throat doctor would be really cool. If I can’t do something with music, I’d at least like to help people with music because the ear, nose and throat doctors I went to about my vocal paralysis helped me. I thought it’d be cool to figure out how to solve all the problems I’ve had, because I’ve had issues with my nose and I’m sure I have something wrong with my hearing and the voice.

    Do you want to go to college

    I do. I’d love to still see what catches my eye. You know, music is something that I don’t think I’ll ever want to give up. But I’d like to see if there are any other occupations I’d find interesting. I still don’t really know. I haven’t paid attention much since music has been all around me, surrounding me everywhere. Especially now with this competition, it’s all I think about. I don’t have time to really concentrate on anything else.

    When I met your father a couple of months ago, he said you were very interested in my Billboard chart books.

    I found a lot of songs [for “American Idol”] that way, a lot of songs I hadn’t heard before. I didn’t even know “One Sweet Day” until I saw it in that book. It was No. 1 for 16 weeks. Those are very influential books to me. My friends would come over and we’d look through the books. People thought I was weird to know so much.”


  17. pabuckie said

    Another point — Idolnow gained over 100 followers in the past 2 hours – mostly David fans — if David isn’t on the show — watch those numbers drop drastically.


  18. betsy said

    I loved that interview! Loved rereading it. Thanks for posting it. I may read it again. For the third time today 🙂
    I think it’s fun how idolnow has been having fun with the fans. They were sworn to secrecy and I respect that.


  19. pabuckie said

    How much secrecy were they sworn to?
    Obviously they can say who it’s NOT going to be?
    Not Female, not season 1 or 3. So obviously they can say that.

    I just really hope another guest does not come on and sing Imagine. I think that would be a real INSULT. David owns that song on the show — is known for it and heck, they even said in an article it is the most popular song in the HISTORY of the show. So, if anyone else does it (and being David is available to do it) — that in my opinion would be a major insult. No guest should sing that song but David.


  20. bebereader said

    pabuckie #14 “How would that be giving it away? There are 5 potential MALE runner-ups.”

    I stand (sit) corrected! LOL

    Thinking aloud, these are the possibilities, assuming that ‘finalist’ means runner-up:

    Clay Aiken (Season 2)
    Bo Bice (Season 4)
    Season 5 had a female runner-up (Katharine McPhee)
    Blake Lewis (Season 6)
    DAVID ARCHULETA (Season 7)
    Adam Lambert ( Season 8 ) – Isn’t he overseas now?


  21. pabuckie said

    Bebe! LOL!

    Ok if anyone wants to follow @idolsnow
    they said they would give us another hint if they get 1000 followers tonight — they have 891 now.


  22. bebereader said

    Heard about the earthquake in Los Angeles today. Hoping there was not much damage done.


  23. pabuckie said

    Bebe — now that you have the list up staring me in the face

    I really think it’s between David and Clay. (sigh)


  24. bebereader said

    Pabuckie: They need 74 more followers for the next hint. Why do I feel like I’m a game show contestant? LOL I hope the next hint is a good one. We’ve got to crack this case!


  25. pabuckie said

    The hint : Its someone who has been watching AI since Season 1.


  26. pabuckie said

    idolsnow It’s someone who has been interviewed by IdolsNow’s Fred Bronson. It’s someone with at least two vowels in their last name (maybe more).


  27. pabuckie said

    Where is everybody?
    More hints — to many to post.


  28. djafans said

    Home now!

    Hints! Has anyone narrowed it down? Is it possible?


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