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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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Softly Emerging as a Leader

Posted by bebereader on Friday, May 21, 2010

“By the choices & acts of our lives, we create the person that we are & the faces that we wear.  By the choices & acts of our lives we give to the world wherein our lives are lived, hoping others will find our contributions to be of worth and that the world will be a little more gracious for our time in it.”  — Kenneth Patton-selected tweet quote by David Archuleta

One year ago, if you had told David Archuleta that he was a leader I’m sure he would have denied it, declaring instead that he’s a quiet, unassuming guy who goes about his life minding his own business.  But leaders come in all shapes and sizes.  If you’re in charge of a work situation, you lead.  If you’re a parent or older sibling, you lead.  If you’re a teacher, you lead.  If you have people in your life who admire you, you lead.  The truth is that to be considered a leader, you don’t have to be a CEO of a major corporation, nor do you have to be interesting, rich, famous or powerful.

By living his life by his own morals and standards and by the compassion he shows to others, David has slowly emerged as a leader.  And he got to this position just by being himself, with all of his imperfections.  His moral standards are high but he never gets preachy; he leads by example.  In addition, he possesses the one trait that is essential to great leadership, a capacity for compassion.  It’s hard to affect anyone unless you care.

That David cares is evident in the way he spends a portion of his very limited time off, visiting hospitals and nursing homes in his hometown.  We hear of these visits only by chance, and no doubt in many cases, not at all.

In addition, he’s involved in and brings awareness to causes that mean a lot to him.  Many of these causes involve children.  Angels for a Cause was created by David’s fans to raise money for charities he endorses including Rising Star Outreach, for families suffering from leprosy.  Last year, on the property of Rising Star Outreach, The Pathway of Hope was launched to raise money to fund a new school.

The Lisa Lopes Foundation is funding a new medical center for the children and families of Honduras.  The Plane to Haiti provides much needed medical supplies, wheelchairs, doctors and physical therapists to victims of Haiti.  In addition, David was involved in the Hope for Haiti Telethon to raise funds for those afflicted by the earthquake.  David also supports Invisible Children, for children suffering from the effects of war in Uganda and Make A Wish, for making a child’s dream come true.

In January 2010, David went to Central America on behalf of Enterprise Mentors to help impoverished families become self-reliant by starting their own businesses.  He said of visiting with many and witnessing first-hand the poverty there, “We’ve been meeting with several of the families and seeing how it’s affected them.  It’s really neat and touching to see how different other peoples’ lives can be from ours.  We take so much for granted way too often in our lives.”

When David sings, he sings from his soul.  He reaches out and touches you and brings out the best in you.  He inspires you to take his lead, do good things and be a better person.  Gladys got it right when she recently said, in The Voice Unplugged, “He inspires so much respect, no one would dare do anything wrong.”

David Archuleta didn’t set out to be a leader.  He just lives his life, and that life is an expression of himself and his values.  Through his choices, he makes us believe in the decency of mankind and gives us hope for the future.  He’s an extraordinary role model who is secure in his beliefs about what is good and true about humanity.  He believes there is good in everyone and lives this belief by being compassionate to all, regardless of their differences.  That he has touched so many lives and has profoundly affected his fans in so many positive ways, just by being who he is, has made me respect and appreciate what he represents.

In the recent Ryan Seacrest interview, David had the chance to talk about fame and about how the decisions he makes are far-reaching.

I believe he now realizes that he is thought of as a leader and that people look up to him, depend on him and value his worth.  I believe he is very aware of the responsibility of fame to be a role model.  Not accepting that fact is a choice too, and one that all too many celebrities make, but he has taken, “the road less traveled.”  I believe that David Archuleta is ready and willing to take that road and shoulder his power.  And that, in the lives of many, will make “all the difference.”

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98 Responses to “Softly Emerging as a Leader”

  1. bebe – wow…. you have stated your case so well. It is masterfully written. Started to copy & paste but realized what I was doing nearly encompassed all that you wrote. But these two paragraphs moved me beyond words. Yours (words) will do….

    “By living his life by his own morals and standards and by the compassion he shows to others, David has slowly emerged as a leader. And he got to this position just by being himself, with all of his imperfections. His moral standards are high but he never gets preachy; he leads by example. In addition, he possesses the one trait that is essential to great leadership, a capacity for compassion. It’s hard to affect anyone unless you care.”

    Felt he showed his compassion for others – the ‘big picture’, per se. with the ‘message’ in the songs he sang on AI but also because he sang from his soul. It brought so many to tears – the backup singer during Hollywood week; Paula during Imagine1; some of the audience in the theater; myself nearly every performance he gave. Don’t know if they know why he affected them in that way but I’d like to think I do.

    “He just lives his life, and that life is an expression of himself and his values. Through his choices, he makes us believe in the decency of mankind and gives us hope for the future.”

    His strength of character is unparalleled though it was often challenged. The media and critics seemed brutal at first. They couldn’t believe he was for real… thought it was all an act or something. He is for real & is the real deal!

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  2. pabuckie said

    All I can say is “WOW” Bebereader! You have managed to fit so much of what David represents in this article. I have no words. This is stunning! Need to frame it!

    The whole article is worth requoting….I just can’t think of any words to this??? But want you to know how beautiful it is.

    And people don’t understand what it is we like about a boy, age 19 who sings and why we go to many concerts and now want to “camp out” at a book signing?

    THIS IS WHY. Thank you Bebe. I think every fansite should take a look at this article.

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  3. munkmusic said

    Bebereader, This is wonderful! You did an excellent job. This is why we love David so much. It isn’t just his music….it is…well everything that you said. This article ought to be forwarded to Jive, Disney Dreaming, Idols Now, CNN and all other blogs that write about David….!

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  4. archiesfan4life said

    Bebe – WOW is about all I can say too! I agree with the others who said everyone should read this. Thank you for brightening my morning after a rather stressful night – what would I do without all of you! Hugs to all!

    Your words about leadership and compassion touched me and made me remember learning that no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

    David and all his fans are THE most caring people in the world!

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  5. betsy said

    Dear Bebe,
    This is the best thing you’ve ever written. Every word is true and right. It’s beautiful. And made me cry.
    “Through his choices, he makes us believe in the decency of mankind and gives us hope for the future”

    This.
    Is David.
    Thank you for a perfect start to my Friday morning.

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  6. betsy said

    p.s.
    Thanks for writing from that beautiful heart of yours. ♥

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  7. grasshopper said

    Bebereader, you were so spot on, you described him so well. I loved it 🙂

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  8. Abrra said

    “I believe he now realizes that he is thought of as a leader and that people look up to him, depend on him and value his worth.”

    When I read this, it made me think about not only his public life, but his family. Every family has a “hero”. The one who shines the brightest and is looked to for “leadership”.

    The people who co-wrote with him the last few months have shown how much they respect his talents with the pen and the microphone.

    Fans also see this quality and take comfort in knowing that they can always depend on David for great music. We weren’t that surprised when he was asked to join the Spanish We Are The World video, now were we? To me this is the epitome of his worth as a singer and a humanitarian. He was among 3 teens we saw in the video and perhaps the BIGGEST voice.

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    Very comprehensive piece Bebe 🙂

    Abrra

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  9. Fay said

    This sums David up in a nut shell I must say from January 2008 my life has a little more meaning and I feel there’s hope because in that year 2008 AI introduced me to an Angel (David Archuleta)…I thankful to GOd to have Graced the world with such a wonderful SOul…God bless him always

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  10. Nanaweize said

    Bebe…great article…one I will read and re-read! Thanks!

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  11. Tawna21 said

    Beautiful article, Bebe. It’s amazing what a 19yo young man has done to the lives of so many. He is definitely a leader.

    TW

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  12. Pabuckie said

    David will be singing at Columbus Circle!

    http://www.snarkyarchies.com/2010/05/columbus-signingsinging-deets.html

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  13. Angelica said

    New blog!!!

    David Archuleta Blogs – 5/21/10

    Hey everyone! I thought I’d leave a note to let you guys know about what’s been up with me lately. This last weekend was a really great one! I got to spend time with some friends, which included some who drove down from Utah, and we all went to the Santa Monica Pier and rode the ferris wheel haha. We also walked around 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica and had a great time walking around and seeing the street performers. It’s really neat watching a bunch of those street performers.
    There are some really talented people who are down there performing that you’ll have to check out if you ever go there. We also ate at a restaurant called Buddha’s Belly and had some great ginger fried rice. Good stuff. I had a really fun time hanging with my friends. They rode the segways too but I’m too afraid to ride those lol. I really want to ride a bike sometime! I haven’t had a bike for sooo long, and I’m reaching a point where I’m tired of not riding one. I think I’m going to put that on my list of things to do. Yesterday I was finishing up vocals on some more songs. I know that Eman has been bubble tweeting and teasing you guys on twitter by playing the ends of some of the songs I’ve worked on with him lol. He’s funny. But I can’t wait until you guys get to hear the WHOLE songs! I’ve really appreciated how you guys have been supportive even during the quiet times, it really makes me feel better :). I’ll really try to wrap things up though! We’re just trying to plow through things and still get them sounding good. Today I’ll be heading out to Cupertino to the Apple headquarters! It should be fun to go there. I’ll be participating in what they have called Apple Idol for the workers there and it’ll be fun to see everything. I know Brooke White went last year and had a really great time. What have you guys thought of American Idol this season? You excited about the final 2? I think Crystal and Lee are both really talented people. I’m still impressed with how nice of a guy Lee was when I went back to perform earlier this season. He’s a really cool guy. My sister is in love with him. It’s weird because I’ve never seen her obsess over an idol contestant the way she has with him. She certainly didn’t act this way when I was on haha, which is totally ok. I not only got to talk to him but also Crystal and they were both nice to talk to. I’m really excited about going to the finale next week! It’s always so exciting to go back and see everyone there and catch up. It’s so chaotic with it being finale week though! And it’s always a pain trying to find clothes to wear because there’s the red carpet and all the pictures lol. But I’ll figure something out! Well I better get going, but let me know how you’ve felt about this season of American Idol and what performances really stood out to you. Let me know who you’re rooting for too! I’ll update again later.Song for the day – I’m Gonna Get You – Bizarre Inc.This song brings back memories when I was a teeny tiny kid. It was one of my favorite songs back when I still lived in Miami. Good times 🙂

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  14. Abrra said

    Apple headquarters~~ pictures and video please

    I’m really excited about going to the finale next week!~~ pictures please

    Song of the day

    Thank you

    Abrra

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  15. bebereader said

    To {{{{{fandaforeverti48, pabuckie, munkmusic, archiesfan4life, betsy, grasshopper, Abs, Fay, Nanaweize, Tawna}}}}}}

    Thank you for your comments; you made my day! Writing about David is a very gratifying experience and a great outlet for my ODD! 😉

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  16. bebereader said

    grasshopper and Fay, I believe you are due a ‘Welcome Aboard” to The Voice! Hoping to see more of you on these pages. 😀

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  17. FG said

    Oh my bebe – is it possible to love him any more than we already do? As one customer at work told me once about David cuz his song came on our radio…”I love him so much I don’t even know what to do with myself!” AWESOME article!

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  18. angelofdja said

    Gosh Bebe, I’ve been feeling poorly the last few days, then I read this and I swear your words carried this “funk” right out of me! (Or maybe it was the subject of your article who has this uncanny way of making one feel better just by looking at him!)I won’t tell you what he does to me once he starts singing or talking for that matter!!!

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  19. blisskasden said

    Bebereader, wonderful article. Along with redefining masculinity, I believe David is also redefining “power”. David doen’t exert power OVER people. He shows, by example, how people can get in touch with the power within themselves, and use it to uplift themselves and others.

    While most 19 year old boys try to become a “chick magnet”, David has become a “humanity magnet”. Being a pop culture icon in our society is a very powerful tool. Most waste the power on self indulgent nonsense. David has seized his moment and is using this power to spread his message of optimism and
    hope.

    The sceptical question is “What is a 19 year old boy doing writing a memoir”? The answer is “Because, unlike everyone else who writes one, it took David only 19 years to have something worth sharing.

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  20. cassidy said

    Thanks very much for the nice article about David! How many 19 year olds, especially ones in the music business, have the morals, values, compassion, humanity, humility, etc. that David does? He doesn’t go out and flaunt his views he lives them. I’m an older fan and have been totally captivated by this wonderful young man!!!

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  21. Abrra said

    I wonder if David’s positive attitude has inspired this young lady? She has covered all her bases:

    How cute is that??

    Abrra

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  22. Abrra said

    Cassidy

    Welcome to The voice!

    Abrra

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  23. Angelica said

    Bliss#19 “What is a 19 year old boy doing writing a memoir”? The answer is “Because, unlike everyone else who writes one, it took David only 19 years to have something worth sharing.”

    Ahh! I do love your comments. Everything else was so true too but I refrained from copying and pasting the whole thing. 🙂

    Coming back to talk about beloved Bebe’s article in a mo.

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  24. djafan said

    Been away today…Going home now…bbl like Angelica to comment on your wonderful article.

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  25. Emi said

    Bravo Bebebewriter! You wrote thoughts I had not thought yet about our beloved David and helped me see him more clearly; especially when you wrote the following:

    David Archuleta didn’t set out to be a leader. He just lives his life, and that life is an expression of himself and his values. Through his choices, he makes us believe in the decency of mankind and gives us hope for the future. He’s an extraordinary role model who is secure in his beliefs about what is good and true about humanity. He believes there is good in everyone and lives this belief by being compassionate to all, regardless of their differences. That he has touched so many lives and has profoundly affected his fans in so many positive ways, just by being who he is, has made me respect and appreciate what he represents.

    Me too BEBE! The other thing is that David makes it all look so.. simple… so.. unhurried and easy….It’s not easy, surely, and I think his book will reveal some of the hard lessons David has learned to build this beautiful fruit in him.

    David even makes it look so easy there are moments/seconds perhaps when I think..”WOW. even I might could do that!Be that way! Think that way” That IS leadership… He is what they call a Servant Leader, one who leads by example and by serving others. I read a thick book about it in the 80’s from a Management training class..but somehow David has taught me more than that book ever did.

    Bliss… I am going to think about this for a while:

    Along with redefining masculinity, I believe David is also redefining “power”. David doesn’t exert power OVER people. He shows, by example, how people can get in touch with the power within themselves, and use it to uplift themselves and others.

    I’ve heard it said that some get their power from excluding others, and some get their power from including others. David is definitely an INCLUDER. I think his power is LOVE, and that it springs forth from his security in being loved — completely, awkwardnesses and all…He knows he will “always be blessed with love” so he gives it humbly and freely (like in the Riddle) more as a response and out of gratitude than out of an obligation or a work. It is because his Spirit and security is so right about it all that we can receive it from him (otherwise we would think him arrogant and manipulative instead of humble and sincere) … oh my I am going to be trying to grasp this for a while….

    Thanks for thinking and writing -this is a great article!.. Emifriend

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  26. Abrra said

    Apple Appearance pictures:

    The otherwise intellegent ladies of Apple are going nuts for David Archuletta. Craziness. Randy Reiss tweet
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    Random things at work today: at a work “function”, David Archuleta from American Idol showed up & is singing… Adam tweeted

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    Yo, @DavidArchie is up now, killin’….”Crush”….. jaywashradio tweet

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    Me and @DavidArchie, chillin’..! Cool, genuine dude! Dope vocalist! jaywashradio tweet

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  27. emmegirl said

    You guys are incredible…just enjoying the article and posts.

    Wow bebe, great work… and “David Archuleta didn’t set out to be a leader. He just lives his life, and that life is an expression of himself and his values. Through his choices, he makes us believe in the decency of mankind and gives us hope for the future. He’s an extraordinary role model who is secure in his beliefs about what is good and true about humanity. He believes there is good in everyone and lives this belief by being compassionate to all, regardless of their differences. That he has touched so many lives and has profoundly affected his fans in so many positive ways, just by being who he is, has made me respect and appreciate what he represents.” This is EXACTLY what I think when I think of him!! Thank you for expressing it so spot on. I don’t even know what else to say!

    bliss, again, you nailed it…”how people can get in touch with the power within themselves, and use it to uplift themselves and others.”

    emi, I have never heard the references to power from exclusion or inclusion before, and it is a true representation of him…love that!

    abs, “The otherwise intellegent ladies of Apple are going nuts for David Archuletta. Craziness.” That tweet makes me nod with a knowing smile.

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  28. Angelica said

    Emi, Love your comment, and this..

    “David even makes it look so easy there are moments/seconds perhaps when I think..”WOW. even I might could do that!Be that way! Think that way” That IS leadership… He is what they call a Servant Leader, one who leads by example and by serving others.”

    Bebe,

    Thank you for the hard work and love you put into this article. You have so well expressed WHY we love this guy so much.

    “When David sings, he sings from his soul. He reaches out and touches you and brings out the best in you. He inspires you to take his lead, do good things and be a better person.”

    He sings from his soul. That soul that is the source of every artist’s gift and in David, is so pure and radiant it takes you to a place you know is real, and once visited, you never want to leave.

    What he does, what he believes, why he is the way he is, will in part be revealed in his book. Some of it we already know. Seeing so much of his good works here in this article I have to believe that there is a reason for all of this. What I got most of all, from your article Bebe, is that what we thought we were witnessing: the rise of a great singer, has turned out to be so much more. We are witnessing the rise of a great humanitarian who will leave a legacy of healing and hope for generations to come.

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  29. blisskasden said

    Angelica, one of best things I’ve learned from David is that if you lead with your heart, your head will follow. Who knew?

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  30. refnaf said

    (((hugs)) to all…David is the best! That sums it up for me.

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  31. blisskasden said

    Emmegirl, look for David to hit the lecture circuit after this next tour. We all saw what he could do at that Women’s Conference last year, and that wasn’t even his target audience he held spellbound for an hour. Could you imagine David waxing philosophical in that mesmerizing way he has, and throwing in a few vocals to boot?

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  32. emmegirl said

    bliss – a lecture tour, omgosh, David talking, inspiring, motivating, bringing people together, joking about cloud watching,charming the socks off everyone – and then bursting into song in the most beautiful voice you’ve ever heard! Sign me up!

    You need to be part of his management, your faith in him is unsurpassed! And the crazy thing is, I believe you are right, he could do it all and more!]

    (just the thought of it puts me in a tizzy!)

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  33. Tessielynn said

    Hello all,

    I have loved David from the time I first saw him and then heard him sing. He has only grown in my heart. I stumbled accross this wonderful Website a while ago and have loved it. It is right up my alley. I just wanted to come out of lurking to thank all of you for the classy way you express yourselves. It is always a pleasing snd uplifting experience to come here and catch up. I believe that this website truly represents the essense of David. There seems to be a choice here to take the higher road and find the good the fun and the positive. I have alot of respect for that. When I take the time to catch up on David I want to be uplifted. I find that here. Thanks!

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  34. Abrra said

    Singing “Imagine” at Apple’s Infinite Loop campus

    Abrra

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  35. djafan said

    Bebe…you’ve written a winner…I’m so proud of you and the hard work you put into your labors of love, it’s evident. I love every point you made but this jumps out to me…

    “By living his life by his own morals and standards and by the compassion he shows to others, David has slowly emerged as a leader. And he got to this position just by being himself, with all of his imperfections. His moral standards are high but he never gets preachy; he leads by example. In addition, he possesses the one trait that is essential to great leadership, a capacity for compassion. It’s hard to affect anyone unless you care.”

    This is what I’ve felt the times I’ve been in his presence, the compassion and caring toward all who approach him, you feel it. It casts a spell over you because once you’ve been there you want more of it, hence the multiple times we try to see him…lol

    I’m so moved by all the wonderful comments!

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  36. djafan said

    Just had to

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  37. Angelica said

    Tessielynn

    Thank you so much for coming out of lurkdom to express your feelings for David and this site. You have given us the greatest compliment we could ever desire..”this website truly represents the essense of David.” High praise indeed and if even just one person thinks that, we have succeeded.

    Drop in and talk with us again soon.

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  38. dakgal said

    Great article bebe and also great responses. So all there is left for me is ” that sums it up for me ”

    One thing I love about David is his ability to gently and not in a preachy way get you to think about things. In his tweets about the sky and clouds, to me he’s saying ” Wake up and smell the roses.”

    Don’t let life pass you by– see the beauty around you. Its sad that there are many people 19 yrs.old–and older–who don’t even realize that there is a sky. There are so many beautiful things in life if you just look.

    And that’s our David.

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  39. bebereader said

    It’s been a wonderful day thanks to all of you and your comments, plus David’s “Imagine”.

    FG, Emifriend, Emmegirl, Bliss, Cassidy, Djafan, Angelica, ref, Tessielynn, Dak: I’m so touched!

    Angelofdja: David Archuleta, the miracle drug 😀

    Bliss#19: “The skeptical question is “What is a 19 year old boy doing writing a memoir”? The answer is “Because, unlike everyone else who writes one, it took David only 19 years to have something worth sharing.”

    Bliss, I’m sure that question will come up when the book gets critiqued and we will all be ready with your answer. 😀

    Cassidy#20 You’re in good company here. Welcome the Voice!

    Angelica#28: “…what we thought we were witnessing: the rise of a great singer, has turned out to be so much more. We are witnessing the rise of a great humanitarian who will leave a legacy of healing and hope for generations to come.” So true!

    Tessielynn#33 Welcome to The Voice! Your comment is understood and so appreciated. Would love to hear from you again.

    Niters! 😀

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  40. emmegirl said

    Thanks dja!

    This is way of topic, but was just thinking, in his blog he says they are just trying to plow through things and still get them sounding good. Is it safe to assume they have the songs selected and are going through the final phases of recording, producing and details of finalizing the album?

    If that is true, will we be seeing it sooner that we expected? And if so, this guy can hammer out an album in a hurry! And by all accounts from songwriters and interested parties, this album is going to be amazing! Do they have a deadline they are shooting for due to touring dates, touring partners, etc?

    Will patiently wait, but the thought of sooner as opposed to later gets the butterflies going. Regardless, I think it will be more than we imagined.

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  41. Angelica said

    Emmegirl,

    “And if so, this guy can hammer out an album in a hurry!”

    Can’t tell you where I read this a long time ago. Someone said they recalled singing in a choir in Utah. They had been practicing for weeks for an important performance that night. At the final rehearsal they were told there would be a soloist to sing and he would be there shortly to learn the song. The person who wrote said that at last he arrived, late, looking a bit bored and shambled over to a seat. To everyone’s surprise he was a mere boy with faded jeans, a baggy t-shirt, and mussed up hair. They handed him the sheet music for the first time, he looked it over a few seconds, lips moving. Then he got up and proceeded to sing the whole song with absolute perfection, pitch perfect, never missing a note or a pause. It was sheer beauty. Everyone just sat there in awe. He then turned and with a smile waved to everyone and walked out.

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  42. embe said

    Angelica #41

    Some parts of that don’t sound like David, but others do. IS the story about him?

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  43. Abrra said

    #42

    It can be about a very young, shy, 12 yr old David.

    Abrra

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  44. archiesfan4life said

    bliss #31 – David on the lecture circuit – YES!

    I know ‘reading’ COS will be uplifting and inspirational, but actually ‘hearing’ him discuss what he has written – I can’t even imagine what that would be like! I’d be in a daze for who knows how long:).

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  45. Abrra said

    David on the radio next Wednesday on Mix 106,5 in LA. There is a Listen Live feature on this link.

    http://tinyurl.com/27hbsqd

    WEDNESDAY all morning: Past IDOL contestants like Jason Castro and David Archuleta will stop by, and IDOL musical director Michael Orland will give his take on the two finalists.

    Abrra

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  46. Angelica said

    Embe#42 Yes, the story is about David but is purely anecdotal and like I said, I read it a couple of years ago so my own recall of it is not perfect. As Abrra guessed, he was around 12 at the time. He had to look at the sheet music while he sang, but the execution of it was flawless on a first run. It impressed the lady and the others that with no practice, he could manage that.

    Just thought that perhaps all the excited tweeting from writers is due to witnessing some of that magic from him now. And that yes, he could probably hammer out an album in a week that would be better than most stuff out there today.

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  47. emmegirl said

    Angelica, I never heard that story before.

    And when you look at all the touring, promos, performances plus albums he has done in a mere 2 yrs, he has had very little time to do any one thing or to practice much for any one thing – and yet the results are always incredible!

    I think your right, what might take others days in a recording studio, he knocks out in an evening!

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  48. raelovingangels said

    Hi friends!
    I wanted to drop by and add my 2 cents about what a beautiful job you have done with this site. I am sure it is alot of work, but the love shows through. The posts are amazing. Bebereader- just perfect. I love our quiet leader, who continues to harness his power for the forces of good. David always reminds me of that line in Star Wars where they say of Luke Skywalker “The force is strong in that one”. Have a wonderful day!

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  49. Abrra said

    #48 raelovingangels
    I am so gratified that you can see the “love”. It is due in part,to the love and respect, we all have for David and each other here that helps make this site run. It’s an honor to serve on his behalf with such a fine group of friends.

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    Abrra

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  50. silverfox said

    Hellooooo!

    We had severe thunderstorms & tornado warnings here last night so I turned off & unplugged my computer and went to bed. I woke up, read my email and listened to most beautiful voice in the world. Thank you Abrra! 😉

    Bebe, oh my! I have said it before. The Voice fan site dedicated to David The Voice, has the most prolific & eloquent writers who can make us THINK about things we hadn’t before or can make us realize we aren’t alone in our thoughts or perceptions of David, but just can’t find the right words to express ourselves. A writer like Bebe who really “gets” David. Who connects all the dots so that we have a better understanding of WHY we feel as we do about David.

    David, who has been an enigma is now allowing us into some parts of his life with his book which in turn will give us an insight as to why David has emerged as The Leader Bebe describes in her beautiful article. David wrote the book in hopes of helping us understand HIM & why he is like he is. He never said he wanted to tell anyone how to live or tell anyone if they live as he does, they will be happier. He simply wants us to know why he is like he is and why he believes as he does. No preaching from David, “Do as I do or believe as I do and you will happy”. He doesn’t have to “tell” or say anything. It’s his demeanor, his ways, his actions, that speak a thousand words. He is not egotistical, conceited, mean-spirited, envious or vane. He sees the good with the bad. And he doesn’t waste time. He is a doer. Even on his off time, seems he never sits around wasting time. Time is precious and he uses it wisely. That is why David is quietly emerging as a leader at 19 years old, I think. It’s the example he sets so effortlessly. What comes hard for most of us comes so easily for David. I think David has been this way since birth. I’m not trying to portray David as a saint. He has his flaws, minor as they may be to us. But I believe David was born with a destiny as we all were. I sincerely hope I live to see David fulfill his true destiny, which I always thought was to be a huge superstar, but I’m rethinking that idea. Perhaps his destiny is more meaningful & profound. He’s 19 years old, but he is an old Soul. He knows now he’s here to do more than just sing.

    I have always loved David’s hands and if you look closely, his hands are NOT those of a young man who has never done a hard days labor. They look like the strong, working hands of a man who is extending his hands, metaphorically, to those who are willing to accept them. He is emerging quietly & softly as a leader & endearing himself to the masses will come in time. It’s his destiny now, I think.

    Don’t mean to come off like some weirdo…Bebe just made me THINK.

    Have some errands to attend to so have a great day & see you later!

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  51. Abrra said

    While I was searching around for pictures I was brought to this link at AFS:

    http://archuletafanscene.com/david-archuleta-fan-scene/

    Its full of David concert encounters. Quite a nice walk down memory lane.

    Abrra

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  52. djafan said

    Ditto on what Abrra said #49…Very much appreciated.

    SF a weirdo? Never, you have been one of his most staunch supporters from the get go. Yes, Bebe’s article also made me think, so excited to see what surprises are in store for us on this unreal wonderful ride.

    Waiting for my book!!!!!!

    Chart Watch Extra: Out-Of-The-Box Smashes
    Posted Fri May 21, 2010 7:18am PDT by Paul Grein in Chart Watch

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    http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart_watch/53676/chart-watch-extra-out-of-the-box-smashes/

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  53. emmegirl said

    Goodness SF, amazing words, top to bottom.

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  54. Angelica said

    Raelovingangels! Hi and thanks! It was so fun to meet you and Joymus in Orlando last summer. Good times! Come back and talk again. We will have lots to talk about soon. 😉

    SF, love the thought you put into your comments. I like the way you think.

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  55. djafan said

    ImagineApple by The Voice

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  56. Angelica said

    #55 Wooot!! New toy! Gotta get up and do the happy dance!

    woo hoo Pictures, Images and Photos

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  57. djafan said

    hahahahahaha

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  58. gladys said

    angelica: that cat dance like me, it seems to me better than I, jajajaj

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  59. bebereader said

    So much love here; my head is spinning! Thank you!
    It feels good to be in the company of people who understand when you say:

    When you look at the faces of those who are either watching David perform live or meeting him, do you notice a familiar look on their faces? Perhaps it’s the look of awe or astonishment. I’ve seen this look on the faces of fans, journalists when they interview him, and on David’s writers when they bubble tweet. The Ameican Idol judges had ‘the look’ at David’s first audition and at Hollywood Week. I’m noticing it more and more lately. It’s the look of someone who knows they have (to paraphrase Angelica in comment #46) witnessed magic.

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  60. pabuckie said

    Silverfox: Let me just say I love how you think. I think a lot of the same thoughts just can’t seem to write them down on paper.

    Glad I have this site to come to and read what is in my mind but hard to express.

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  61. bebereader said

    Raelovingangels#48 Thank you for your thoughtful comment. “The force is strong in that one.” 😉

    {{{Silverfox}}}#50 I appreciate the accolades but have to throw them right back at you. 😀 Thinking is good.

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  62. Abrra said

    Out of the box:
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    Credit ArchuletaPhilippines site

    On the display:
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    Credit ArchuletaPhilippines site

    Abrra

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  63. angelofdja said

    Silverfox, WOW…I have always loved the way you think! 🙂

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  64. Emi said

    As i have always said “it’s think or thwim!”

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  65. Hello all. This is the first time I do this. I’m not very articulate so I will leave the writing to all the wonderful people in this website that have expressed a lot of what I think of and feel for David. I am so thank ful for all of you. I just want to say that I feel like I have found a home here with you all. This is where I can connect to get insight and perspective on everyhing pertaining to My Beloved. I’d like to say that I’n not one to fall for celebrities or such. I really don’t care for them. I just don’t understand where this tremendous affection for David came from. I often ask myself Why? What is it? What was it about this boy that suddenly and surprisingly took a hold of me. Without knowing a thing about him (I never watched American Idol) I felt an instant connection to him somehow. The very first time I saw those eyes I knew there was something very, very special behind them. I have come to know the wonder that David is. It has given me a partial answer to my question as to “What is it about him?” Silverfox said, “Perhaps his destiny is more meaningful and profound”. That is exactly what had been in my mind lately. It may not involve his music career, but I do feel that David is destined for greatness. I just hope that I will be able to see this destiny fulfilled and get the full answer to my queston. Thank you all and I will be here always if only as a lurker-happily.

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  66. Abrra said

    #65 Gayle
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    You had much to say:
    “I just don’t understand where this tremendous affection for David came from. I often ask myself Why? What is it? What was it about this boy that suddenly and surprisingly took a hold of me. Without knowing a thing about him (I never watched American Idol) I felt an instant connection to him somehow.”

    Countless times we have said this to each other in person and in comments. David has a pure heart. It is the reason we are so attracted to him as a singer and a person. What you saw in his eyes may have been his love of music and wanting to share his gift with the world. His celebrity makes it possible to affect more in need with his humanitarian causes. We fans join him in his mission to aid the needy and multiply the” loaves of bread”.

    Abrra

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  67. pabuckie said

    #65 Gayle I loved what you just said. I too feel like David is destined for more than just his music. His kindheartedness on American Idol drew me in even before his voice did.

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  68. Tawna21 said

    wow, it’s been fun to ‘hear’ from all of our new friends today… you’ve all said exactly what the rest of us feel…I hope to hear from you more.

    SF–for whatever reason (I honestly don’t know why) when I was folding laundry today, the vision of you meeting David in the elevator at a hotel popped into my head and I found myself chuckling outloud. I could just imagine how you must have felt at that moment. I would have been exploding on the inside, but wanting to appear calm (and sane) on the outside. Thus a lame “hi” is probably all that would have come out. Anyway, I’m still chuckling over this–wish I could have been the video camera in that elevator!! {{hugs to ya SF}}

    I can’t get enough of David singing ‘Imagine’ yesterday. He certainly keeps that song fresh for us in the way he changes it up everytime he sings it. Lovin’ it.

    Bliss, I loved your comment on the youTube video.

    TW

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  69. bebereader said

    He tweets!

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  70. emmegirl said

    abrra, whaaat?

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  71. debra said

    Love all the positive things said here about David. Wonderful site. Thanks

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  72. emmegirl said

    abrra – duh, I guess we won’t be hearing from you for awhile.

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  73. Abrra said

    #71 Debra
    Welcome to The Voice!!

    Abrra

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  74. djafan said

    what????!!!!!!

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  75. Angelica said

    Djafan, you have mail, missy.

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  76. djafan said

    Ooops…got it.

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  77. blisskasden said

    Tawna21, thanks for reading my You Tube post. If you’re interested, I added another one there in response to someone else’s comment. Sometimes when I hear David sing, I am so moved that I have to write something immediately.

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  78. silverfox said

    Helloooo, Djafan, Angelica, Bebe, Abrra and everyone!!!

    Just got home. I got David’s tweet about getting a hair TRIM…not a hair CUT. There is a difference…isn’t there? Oh well, David can be bald or have hair past his shoulders. In any case, we may not find out if it was a trim or a cut until he appears on the red carpet at the AI Finale on Wednesday. But either way, it’s all about THE VOICE..isn’t it? 🙂

    I’m teasing. I know a lot of fans really disliked David’s hair. But I thought he just needed to get it styled differently, maybe layered a bit. JHMO.

    BTW, I’m glad nobody thinks I’m a weirdo. At least nobody who commented about my comment. 😉

    Tawna #68, OMG! The “elevator” was so long ago. I still can’t believe it happened and that I lived to tell about it. 😆

    It’s so nice to see new names every time I come on The Voice.

    I know it’s so very early in LA, but it’s 10:30 here & knowing me, I’ll doze off until tomorrow, so cause I’m really tired so…

    David, hope you have a very good & restful night’s sleep with sweet & happy dreams tonight and a very relaxing Sunday. 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! TAKE CARE!

    Sweet Dreams to all!

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  79. Angelica said

    Debra#71

    Photobucket

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  80. silverfox said

    “Oh well, David can be bald or have hair past his shoulders”.

    Uh..yes, AND??????

    I am so tired that I didn’t realize I didn’t finish that sentence. 🙂

    What I meant was, he can be bald or have hair down past his shoulders & it would make no difference to me. Let me add…longer hair has not changed the essence of who David is. And besides, his most beautiful physical feature, his EYES, will never change. Oh yeah..the color does change…but always beautiful!

    Good night.

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  81. debra said

    Thanks Abs and Angelica. 🙂

    I’m looking forward to this summer and lots of sitings, vids and new music. Also patiently waiting for my book to show up in my mailbox.

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  82. Tawna21 said

    bliss #77–I’m tjw1972, and I loved your reply.

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  83. gladys said

    gayle 122890.

    I was chatting with the girls from “the voice” and ask them that affected me so much david, could not understand and they answered me: “Welcome to the club”

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  84. blisskasden said

    Tawna21, so I was actually answering YOU on Youtube. To quote David at Westbury, “I’m so confused” (LOL).

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  85. Emi said

    SilverFox
    What you said in post #50
    “Perhaps his destiny is more meaningful & profound. He’s 19 years old, but he is an old Soul. He knows now he’s here to do more than just sing.”

    Reminds me of the John Irving movel: A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY which was later made into the movie SIMON BIRCH …

    Anybody else read it? It’s a funny, quirky, John Irving classic- a book about a kid (with a very old Soul) in search of his destiny; he finds it and profoundly impacts a whole community.

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  86. sf – agree with pabuckie#60…. “I love how you think. I think a lot of the same thoughts just can’t seem to write them down on paper.”

    Not sure why but for the past few weeks, have had similar thoughts to this….”Perhaps his destiny is more meaningful & profound. He’s 19 years old, but he is an old Soul. He knows now he’s here to do more than just sing.”

    If you’re a weirdo, then I must be too. Seriously, it really bothered me at first thinking his destiny was more than sing. Selfishly, wasn’t sure if I could stand not having new music from him but realized after your post that his destiny was his music and so much more. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  87. emmegirl said

    There was a youtube of David’s AI Imagine, this last performance, that had close to 100,000 views and I can’t find it anymore. I had favorited a different video of that performance, but every time I viewed it the other one was in the list on the right. Now it is nowhere. Just curious, if anyone else can access it.

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  88. Abrra said

    Emmegirl

    I looked at all the videos listed on YT of this performance. This one had the highest views a 22,000+

    Could you be mistaken on the view count?
    I need more details 🙂 This one cut Ryan’s intro but shows David and Ryan at the end.

    Abrra

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  89. Angelica said

    I looked too. Same results as Abrra. I did find this though.
    475,462 views.

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  90. emmegirl said

    Thanks guys. Nope, positive about the count. I was kinda keeping an eye on it and watching it go up in the weeks after the performance, I also left a comment on it. The one I had favorited was the one you found abrra. I kept it cause I thought it had the best quality. Hmmm..not sayin nuthin.

    Thanks Angelica, L&H, those guys are great!

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  91. Abrra said

    Maybe it was taken down. The TMH performance from Idol last year went missing shortly after he was on too. Not before I grabbed it!

    Abrra

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  92. Abrra said

    For those of you who read about my train ride buddy, John, here is an update he sent me. It’s a honor to know him.

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    Nice to hear from you and thanks for the update! I will keep an eye out for David’s book and definitely look it over when I see it!

    I just finished my exams on Wednesday and am now relaxing a bit before heading to Tanzania again for the summer. Princeton is financing me to do service and research in Bagamoyo, the same town I was in last summer. I’m really looking forward to it! I will be volunteering for the same HIV/AIDS care organization I was at last summer and I will be doing research on how churches and mosques act to promote health in Bagamoyo. This summer research will then form the basis for my senior thesis which I will write next year. It will certainly be great to go back there, see all my African friends, and do some more volunteering.

    How are you doing? Will you be going to any of David’s concerts soon?

    All my best,

    John

    Abrra

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  93. emmegirl said

    Abrra, beginning to think the music biz has more bed partners than the federal government!

    Thanks for the update on John. What a great guy! What a wonderful, unexpected blessing in your life.

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  94. bebereader said

    Abrra#92: Thank you for sharing John’s update with us. He came to mind when I was doing research on David’s charities for this article and I wondered if you’d heard from him. Like David, his generosity of spirit is both uplifting and inspiring.

    John’s letter brought to my mind David’s speech before “POC”, this in particular: “…there’s nothing you can do in this life that will make you happier than helping someone out who needs it….”

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  95. emmegirl said

    lol, Angelica, I actually just watched that video! Saving that one! Love it!

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  96. Tawna21 said

    bliss (#84 from late last night)–that’s just what I registered at youTube as. I’m always confused, so now I feel better that I’m not alone.

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  97. pabuckie said

    #90 Emmegirl — I too had that Imagine video favorited. And you are right about the count. Unfortunately I see that account has been suspended. Don’t know why and it was a good one.

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  98. bebereader said

    Saw this on youtube, courtesy of jackryan. It’s Deseret’s full news coverage of David’s AI7 homecoming, including performances of Imagine, Stand By Me and Angels. Some never before seen footage, for me, anyway. Thank you for uploading, JR! 🙂

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