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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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The First Time Ever I Saw His Face

Posted by emilyluvsarchie on Monday, June 28, 2010

I’m on the bus..heading home from school…and I get a text from my mother.  All it says is “It’s here!”  There is no way in heaven’s name that THE BOOK, DAVID’S BOOK, is at my house.  I then begin receiving picture messages from my sister and father taunting me.  Pictures of the book…pictures of them touching  MY BOOK!  Yes.  Other people touching my book.  People who are not me.  Touching my newest, most prized possession, befoooooore me!  And let the flailing begin.  But, you see, I’m on a school bus.  With a large number of my fellow classmates…a freak attack such as this one might be some type of humiliation to most teens… and might possibly be alarming to others.  Two and a half years ago it would’ve been… but now, as long as, “oh it’s just that blonde girl freaking out over that singer she loves,” its all good.  I’m known for it now…

So after about the longest thirty minute bus ride of my life, I finally get home ..I burst through the door…And there it sits, sooo beautiful…soo unreal.  Now seriously people you all know that feeling, we all felt it the first time we saw it.  Now, I’ve never been a mother seeing as I’m only 15, but my mom (also an avid David fan) is obviously a mother, and I’m pretty sure her eyes were glimmering a bit more than they did the first time she saw me (her first born) but hey it’s all good..It’s David Archuleta for Pete’s sake!  She held it out to me, like that monkey guy did with Simba on top of that rock in the Lion King movie and says “There’s pictuuuuuuures!”…So being the impatient picture loving me that I am, I grabbed up that baby and started flipping through the pages to find these pictures.  The first one I saw was of an adorable little baby Davey, and I went through them one by one “awwwwwing” at every single picture…until I see one that’s very familiar..I mean very, very familiar…how familiar you may ask?  Well ,this picture was soo familiar I knew exactly when and where it was from…It was from the very first time a certain “blonde girl” saw a certain “singer she loves” and boooooooy did it bring back the memories…

Photo by Emily

“Mom, come here! You’ve got to see this!”….”  And that moment right there was “The Beginning”…for me at least.  Following David extensively everyday, through AI Season 7, he totally ruined my whole laid back, sweet, little Emily reputation.  I constantly was either freaking out over the newest “sweetest most adorable most amazing thing ever” David had done or in someone’s face for “not getting him.”  My friends quickly began to realize they were doomed, when I started referring to them as “flesh friends” due to my newly found “e-family” of David fans.  They learned it was either sink or swim with me now.  You either loved “my man” or you didn’t, and the second of the two would have to be changing.

Photo by Emily. When it first appeared I loved it so much I played around a bit with the design on his shirt and the background. Angelica

I had always been the type of person who ALWAYs just agreed with everyone.  Speaking my mind just wasn’t something I ever did..EVER.  But that quickly changed.  I would never ever ever let anyone dis my Mr. Archuleta.  I mean who did they think they were?  Pshh, just because they’re my best friend, or teacher, or…principal doesn’t mean I can’t yell at them a little if I disagree!  Fast forward toward the end of the AI season.  First of all, I had never had the slightest interest in the American Idol Tour that came to my town yearly….that was until now.  I remember screaming my head off in the middle of my homeroom when my mom texted me and told me we had tickets to see David…for real…singing….live…in the flesh…Mr. David James Archuleta…On stage…in the same room as me…breathing  the same air as me.  It was unreal.

OMGOSHH TOUR! David Archuleta for real LIVE.  What?!?!  The thought just killed me.  My first concert was Columbus, Ohio.  We booked our hotel way early, I spent every last second on fan chats, and that day coming closer and closer was all I talked, texted or thought about.  Ya’ll know the drill…drive for hours and hours…stay the night…get to the venue around eight in the morning and camp out the entire day.  Well, I had heard horror stories from other fans of the heat, the exhaustion, the dehydration, and the starvation, so we came… my entire family…all five of us “completely prepared”… or so we thought.  We had no idea of the “hecticness” of that first AMAZING moment.  When you start hearing screams of, “There’s a bus! Is that the bus?!  Oh my gosh, it’s THE BUS!!”  Nerves completely take over.  I became a shaky mess, awkwardly trying to rip my camera from its case, checking the battery life for the tenth and last time.  Then, more screams erupt..And here come the idols!  I realized how excited I got to see every single one of them as they walk up.  Even the ones I particularly disliked during the season got me excited.  But everyone knows the only thing that’s going on in my little head is “Oh My Gosh, I wonder where David is?!  I hope he comes out!  I hope he’s not on vocal rest!  I wonder what he’s wearing?!  Aw I wonder if he’s still in the bus?!”  Oh look there’s Jason!  He’s David friend!  Hi Jason (((HUGS)))  Eww, your dreads are scratchy! (it still beats me how he can stand those touching his face) and one by one the idols all come out, signing, smiling, laughing with fans, rushing somewhat, and I am getting more and more nervous.

Then, all of a sudden I hear screams…but not just any screams…these screams were special.  These screams were screeching a name…A very familiar name.  And I think we all know what that name was.  It was possibly the most terrifying noise I’ve ever heard.  Everything started moving a hundred miles an hour and before I knew it THIS….

Wondering which “DAVID DAVID DAVID” it was, my family stood there staring at the top of the stairs the idols were coming up…Then, dark dark slightly spiked hair.  That beautiful blackish perfect hair.  That wonderfully amazing  hair popped up from the stairs, and my body went numb. It…was…david…archuleta…THE David Archuleta.  David. James. Archuleta.  The one, the only, the man, the legend, THE DAVID!!  My David!  Our David.  He was happily boppin up the stairs with a black sharpie in his left hand and a water bottle in his right.  He waved with the sharpie occupied hand, and said “HEYY” (And yes, I know you can all hear his “HEEYY!!” in your head right now and you’re sitting there smiling because you know exactly what I’m talking about.)  And within the span of 10 seconds, David Archuleta, my hero, is standing just feet away from me.

Which brings me back full circle to a certain book and seeing a certain very familiar picture from the first time a certain blonde girl saw a certain singer she loves…the exact moment in fact when I first saw him in person.   I could not believe that pic…my pic, was chosen for his book!  🙂

Photo by Emily published in Chords of Strength

Stay tuned for the next installment…

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‘A Brotherhood of Faaaaaaans’

Posted by thefunnygirl on Thursday, June 24, 2010

I have always been impressed by acts of kindness.  You don’t see them often.  I am blessed to work for a company that believes in them.  I can gift a customer’s total order if I want to.  The death of a loved one, a house fire, and things of that nature have prompted unexpected gifts we have given our customers.  We actually don’t call them customers; they are our guests.  They always cry because they simply cannot believe that they are being given a gift.  People like me live for this kind of drama.  Only it isn’t fake, it is as real as the sun.

When I began blogging on this wild ride of ODD, I started to ‘meet’ other David fans from all over the country and world.  They seemed so sweet, kind, and big-hearted.  When the tours began and I actually got to meet some of them in ‘real’ life, I knew I was dealing with something bigger than I ever imagined.  We have gotten to know each through cyberspace, not as random David fans, but as friends.  We instantly bonded, as if we’d known each other for several years.  Perhaps we all share some common genetic trait that was triggered by The Voice!  Some of us know each other’s kids’ names, past surgeries, marital issues, etc.  We have shared far too much personal information than what safety experts would advise.  We have met complete strangers at random truck stops, park & rides, and coffee shops.  We have shared hotel rooms. And as David would say “You know what?” –  No one has been murdered, mugged, or poisoned!

And I’ll tell you why this is so.  People who love David are very loving, giving, special people.  The staff at venues have commented about it.  Various TV show staff members have talked about it.  Reporters have tweeted about it.  Other celebrities have told David about it. And I want to believe that David can feel what I have felt from all of you.  I was gifted a VIP pass for Grand Rapids, my first ever VIP, by a caring and sweet friend I came to know while blogging.  She will never truly know what this meant to me.  Here are some other examples of the amazing things I’ve seen David’s fans do:

They gift tickets and VIPs, make and distribute CDs and DVDs, gift music and books, run blogs, create artwork, open their homes to traveling David fans, send care packages when someone is ill, donate to and create charities to help others, offer to send old computers to a fan whose computer broke (cuz you know we CANNOT survive without a computer!), arrange get-togethers, pass out flyers, promote David in every way possible (while keeping our jobs/families!), send info to NASA in case they don’t know about Zero Gravity, the list goes on and on….

We instantly connect with each other and share a secret language.  We all know about Nutter Butters, lettuce, Lemak Chili Padi, what he said to the cleaning lady in Manila, when first he gave the archugaze, and hush cats.  We understand love at first sight.  We understand and struggle with the fact that it is very possible to have motherly/protective/family feelings for him one moment, and very non-motherly feelings the next.  We worry when he travels, we worry if we don’t ‘see’ each other online when we expect to.  We have suffered fools that do not understand and seek to ridicule us for loving and supporting him.  We have gathered before and after concerts to eat and squeee about him with each other.  We have laughed, cried, sighed, hugged, and begged for mercy together, (a mercy which will never come by the way, dang it!)

Wherever he goes, the screams on the videos are the same.  The smiles on everyone’s faces are the same.  The love that we have for him is considered abnormal, over the top, obsessive, and fanatic by most people without ODD.  But what we have shared, and will continue to share, is above and beyond any expectation that the world could place upon us.  We know its real worth and depth, which is why we cling so tightly to it, and defend it with such fervor.  It is what his gift offers us, what we have been able to access because of it.  The delight of discovering hidden treasures in ourselves and others, of experiencing unheard of sounds that open up a heart and mind.  No one else understands this.  Thank goodness we have each other.  Thank you for being here.  And thank you David, from the bottom of my exhausted heart.

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Hijole…Spanish Music!!

Posted by bebereader on Thursday, June 17, 2010

In an interview on the red carpet at the recent American Idol finale, David stated that after he finishes his current album, he’ll record another one in Spanish.

Further confirmation came this week when David was interviewed by The Morning Paper/KHOP in California.  He said that it’s always been one of his dreams to do an album in Spanish and hopes to do one soon.

When David Archuleta crosses over to the Latin market and starts releasing music en espanol, the buzz is that his career could skyrocket.  It was the Latin community who embraced him and bestowed on him the prestigious Alma Award for “Rising Star” and the Latin community who invited David to participate in “Somos El Mundo,” the Spanish version of “We Are The World,” to raise revenue for Haiti.

It didn’t take long for fans to realize that two of  David’s new writers, Mitch Allan and Shelly Peiken have some Spanish songs to their credit.  Speculation became high of the possibility of the inclusion of a Spanish song on David’s new CD.

“Ni Freud, Ni Tu Mama” (Neither Freud, Nor Your Mom), a collaborative effort of Mitch Allan and Shelly Peiken was written in 2006 and recorded by the Mexican singer, Belinda.  It became a top 5 hit single in Central and South America.

Ay mi corazon!  Could they be collaborating on some Spanish songs for David?  Still reeling from “Contigo en la Distancia,” more gems may be on their way.  With David’s unique interpretation skills, he can tell a story in any language because he communicates not just with words, but with his whole being.

Mitch Allan

Artist/Producer/songwriter Mitch Allan has sold over 10 million records with Faith Hill, Chris Daughtry, Bowling For Soup, The Jonas Brothers, Belinda, Tokio Hotel, Leslie Roy, Takota, Anberlin, Bo Bice, Shinedown and his own band, SR-17.

Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Mitch Allan grew up listening to the music of Steely Dan, Pink Floyd and Super Tramp, his father’s favorite music, and was taught to pay attention to each instrument used in a song.  He became very active in the Baltimore music scene in the mid-nineties as lead singer and guitarist for his first band, Honor Among Thieves who later became known as SR-17 when they signed with RCA Records.  Currently focusing on song writing and producing, Mitch Allan started working with Kara DioGuardi.  They wrote their first song together so quickly that he approached her about other song writing opportunities.  The second song they co-wrote was “Bella Tracion” for Belinda and it won him a Latin Grammy award for Song of the Year.

“I have known Mitch a long time and his talent as a writer and producer never ceases to amaze me. He is a diverse talent who I am proud to call a friend…”, said Kara DioGuardi.

Mitch Allan, Kara DioGuardi and David Hodges collaborated on the song “Lost” which became a hit for Faith Hill.  In 2009, he co-wrote with Kara DioGuardi, the American Idol winner’s song, “No Boundaries“.

Mitch Allan’s fun song “1985”, a huge hit for the band Bowling For Soup,  went on to become certified Digital Triple Platinum.  It holds the iTunes record for the most downloads in one week.  After this song, Mitch’s phone started to ring off the hook and he became a sought-after songwriter.

His other Spanish credits include “Algunas Mas” (Someone Else) and “Perdido En Ti”  (Lost In You) co-written by Mitch Allan for Diego Gonzalez.  It charted within the Top 5 in Mexico.

Shelly Peiken


“I never take anything for granted, never assume there will be another hit.”

Shelly Peiken, a Grammy-nominated songwriter is an accomplished lyricist in the pop and rock world and has written hundreds of songs for artists like Christina Aguilera, Brandy, Mandy Moore, Meredith Brooks, Taylor Dayne, Natasha Bedingfield, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Keith Urban, Michelle Branch, Selena Gomez, Celine Dion, Ashlee Simpson, Backstreet Boys, LeeAnn Rimes, Cher and many more.

The song she is most famous for is ‘What A Girl Wants” by Christina Aguilera.

Other songs Shelly Peiken has written or co-written:

“Come On Over Baby“, “Too Beautiful For Words“ – Christina Aguilera
“Bitch” – Meredith Brooks (Grammy nominated)
“Almost Doesn’t Count – Brandy (Grammy-nominated)
“Stumble” – Natasha Bedingfield
“Pieces” and “Trouble Is” – Allison Iraheta
“I Can’t Cry” – Natalie Cole
“Whenever I Run” – Keith Urban
“Trouble With Good-bye” – LeAnn Rimes
“I’m Not Your Girl” – Reba McEntire
“Por Qui” and “As If” –  Myra

Shelly Peiken didn’t plan on being a songwriter; she envisioned a career in fashion designing.  But music bit her early on when she started writing songs as a young child.  She performed in clubs in NewYork, waiting six years to finally earn enough to support herself solely from her music.  In interviews she said she writes about 50 songs per year.  From those, she estimates that half will be recorded, eight will be released, three will get radio play and hopefully “one will be a big hit.”  By establishing relationships early on with labels, producers and managers, she was able to get her songs heard by artists and record companies which opened a lot of doors for her.  She crossed musical genres, and now writes not only pop and rock music but also country music and for international recording artists.

There’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months in ArchuHeaven.  We’re being showered with a NY Times bestselling book, TV appearances, book signings, radio interviews and performances. The drought is over and I predict a flood of soft consonants coming our way.  Find some high ground, hold on tight, and kiss your corazon goodbye!

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If You Can Make it There, You’ll Make it Anywhere…

Posted by Abrra on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

With the news that David’s book “Chords of Strength” made #15 on the New York Times best seller non-fiction list, I began to wonder how a book makes it to the list.  I was interested to read that the New York Times “tracks” a book (not every book published) they deem a potential best seller and ask 4,000 bookstores, both chain and independent, to report sales.  Other times they are alerted by the publisher to a book that has gained a fast rise in sales.  The fact that David’s first attempt at something outside the music world made it to this standard in publishing is astonishing.

He is hard at work doing interviews on national television and local radio stations, as well as meeting and signing books for those fortunate enough to attend a book signing.  This is a smart move rather than simply relying on word of mouth or fan sites to promote the product.  According to Alan T. Sorensen of Stanford Business School, who studied sales, the majority of book buyers look to the Times list to see what is worth reading.  Making the list is huge for David in that he is an unknown in the world of writers.  Consider how many copies of his book have been or will be gifted over the next 6 months.  Or how many who never heard of Idol or him, will pick up that book from a store display and buy it.  The snowball effect for him is obvious. Buy a book.  Buy a CD. Become a fan for life!

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One last thing.  Bestsellers can play a significant role in the movie industry.  David is iconic in that most fans agree he may be the best choice to star in a movie adapted from  “Chords of Strength.”  Put on a pair of 3-D glasses and imagine with me a twenty foot David defending Midnight and Cloudy’s honor from the evil tomcat who comes  a-courting!

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On Things Lost and Found

Posted by Abrra on Saturday, June 12, 2010

For whatsoever from one place doth fall,
Is with the tide unto another brought:
For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.

–Edmund Spenser, V. II. xxxix. 4-8 The Faerie Queene

“Sometimes I wonder what I lose with growing up,
And sometimes the notes are sad —

Maybe, if I sat further from the percussion section
I could hear the notes more clearly
And the melody would have more meaning.

And if I got close to the conductor,
The whole symphony could flow through me
And wash me free of fear –
Through love of life!

Sometimes I wonder what I lose with growing up.”

Life can sometimes seem ‘less than’ or ‘more than’ or ‘different than’ what we had thought it would be. It can just pile up and over the bright thing that made it seem worthwhile and wonderful and immediately precious when we were young.

I wrote the above poem when I was twenty-one. I began to realize that I could lose touch with that which made my inner life worthwhile, those visions that seemed to resonate with my truest self.

In the last two years I have learned something new. Another person, totally unknown to me, can, with no volition on my part, turn on the switch that lights up that inner world and show it to me again in all its peace, purity and wonder: David Archuleta.

David, keep singing and remind me once again that there is that other place, the one I know of and trust in and anchor myself to. … I am continually surprised that you can access with sound what comes to me in silence. … Smiting my momentary forgetfulness with joy.

Remind me of the amazing feeling that you first generated in me and what a shock of surprise it was.  I think some of what caused that complete and utter defenselessness, that piercing joy, was the sense of knowing, the recognition, the realization for me that there really was a “Black Stallion”, a “Wizard in the land of Oz” and magic kingdoms; the Bishop really existed and so did his silver candlesticks; Jean Val Jean rests in the arms of angels.

David sings to my deepest joys. His joy knows mine. He is able to look me in the eye and assure me of the verity of my truest dreams, the reality of my hearts wonder.

So…. the only conclusion I can come to after all is this:
I haven’t lost it.

Thanks, DA.

Photo credit BettyJane, Stroudsburg CFTH Tour

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National Treasure

Posted by djafan on Thursday, June 10, 2010

June 9, 2010, David Archuleta, by invitation, met with the President of the United States.  More importantly for him probably, he met with some very special kids who have risen above adversity most of us can not even imagine.

“The Children’s Miracle Network Champions program honors remarkable children from the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges.”

Go here to:

http://www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org/content.aspx?id=140

The Children’s Miracle Network is only one of many causes he has lifted his voice in song or exhortation to promote.  He sang “Lean on Me” to the the children in the East Room of the White House.  He meant every word.

Lean on me when you’re not strong

And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on.

“For me, the best songs are about getting through challenges:  your basic “triumph of the human spirit” type of stuff, which is a common theme in music, (and in life) that inspires me tremendously.”

Chords of Strength, pg 228

Whether he is singing our National Anthem for a packed stadium or as happened last night, for a sparse crowd, he delivers the same level of emotion and pride.  He doesn’t just sing the song, he feels it and believes it and means it.   He is an Eagle Scout who loves this country and its people, is a champion for children in distress and who just wrote a book straight from his heart to ours.

“As I said, I strongly believe that fame brings with it the opportunity to help other people.  You can use your name for the purpose of doing good, as opposed to just being tabloid material all the time.  You can actually make a difference.  I feel that all celebrities should take this responsibility seriously and take advantage of their position to spread positive messages.  I hold this as a top priority as I move further along in my career; whatever “status” I have will be as much for others as it is for myself, because fame is nothing without generosity and kindness. “

Chords of Strength, pg 236.

Some people think us strange to love him so much.  What they don’t realize is that what we love, what attracts us and keeps us fixated on this star is not just the unparalleled beauty of his voice.  It is a beauty of spirit that we recognize as a triumphant return to the values of honor, self-sacrifice, goodness, and integrity.  The values this land was founded upon, the values we were raised to believe in and cherish.  And so we cherish him and everything for which he and this nation and the people who lived and died for it stands.  Being a fan of David Archuleta is a daily reminder of the better angels in us all.

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More Yum from Orem

Posted by tawna21 on Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I was overwhelmed, awestruck, hypnotized, and mesmerized today.  I really was just overcome with love and affection when David walked out onto the plaza.  Without sounding lustful, I have to say that he is without a doubt beautiful!  Not only his physical appearance, but his spiritual beauty is just amazing.  But we already know all that.  It’s just that when you behold it up close and personal it’s breathtaking.

I was sitting/standing by Dayzee for most of the time, and we walked into the bookstore together.  We were right behind Annalisa from Italy (annyo84) , she let us move towards the front with her because we were both short people like her.  We were right in front of two girls (I can’t remember their names) that spent the 10 minutes we were in line rehearsing what they were going to say to David.  The one girl actually was about to pass out when she got to him, but she got out what she had been rehearsing.  It was actually a beautiful scene as she thanked him for his influence on her life, and David was so gentle and kind to her.

I saw and talked to refnaf, bluesky, John_AF, pattierae, shawna (stidwell), cb, zerogravity1, momjulee and gemzone.  I saw lots of others that I have seen before, but don’t really know their names, and I’m not really one to walk up and introduce myself (I need to take David’s advice and go out of my way and out of my comfort zone—–says me to self).

I took some pics of David (I’ve attached 3), mostly outside because they were hurrying us right along because of his time crunch with the airlines schedule.  But you know, you never would have guessed that inside his pretty little head was whirling around the fact that he had to make a plane that afternoon.  He was just as calm and cool as a cucumber, and so willing to take a few seconds and chat with fans as they were in front of him.  Did I mention that I just love this guy?!  I so wish we could all be in Rexburg together–I saw a tweet from David Osmond that he will be with David in Rexburg.   hmmm….

I’m gonna go look at my personalized book some more (I actually bought a new one today for him to sign so I can use my used one to mark up as I re-read it).  🙂  Hopefully real soon, lots more of us can meet.

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Weize Was Amazed

Posted by nanaweize on Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Nanaweize’s recap from SLC

I’m not very good at putting my thoughts into words but here goes!  I can only say that today has been a very beautiful day for me.  It seemed that everything went the way it was supposed to go.

It was a spectacular day here in Utah.  The sky was blue and the sun was shining.  I was very excited to be heading up to have my book signed and to see David’s bright smiling face.  I felt the excitement running through my body and soul.  It was almost like when I was a kid and waiting for my birthday or Christmas.  And I was able to meet up with several of my David friends which in itself is very nice!

My hubby and I took a couple of neighbors with us.  It was a 16 year old girl and her mom.  Both were very excited to see David so that made it even better for me.

We arrived in the line at 11am.  My husband…being the great guy he is…saved our place in line so we could go over to the spot where David was going to sing.  It was a great spot.  There were already a lot of people there but we still could see very well.  I was amazed at the view David would have from where he would be singing.  Deseret Book Store is directly across from Temple Square .  The view of the Salt Lake Temple was wonderful.   I said to my neighbor that David is going to just love the view.  She agreed!

It was sheer pleasure when David finally made it to the platform and began singing Crush.  A warm feeling began to run through my body…I was so proud to be there.

I must say it was as if one of my own kids was up in front singing their heart out.  It seemed as if David put everything into the song.  It felt like he was looking at each and every one of us and letting us know that he cared about us and wanted to do his best.

He talked a little and then began to sing God Bless The Broken Road.  I wondered where I had been and why hadn’t I heard this song before?  But I never had so it was a real treat.  It was great and I really wanted him to sing more.

As David was singing Crush a man walked up behind me.  He asked another fellow behind me who this guy was.  He didn’t seem to know anything about David.  I turned to him to explain to him that David had been on American Idol.  It seemed like he finally realized who David was.  He began to bop up and down with the music and clapped really loud.  He said “boy this kid can sing”.  We all agreed!

I know the line was pretty long but the time we were in it seemed to go by fast.  Even the arthritis in my knees didn’t seem to be too annoyed at the wait and the standing.  Things just seemed to move along very smoothly.  I think Deseret Book did an awesome job preparing for David and his fans.  They even had cinnamon rolls and water available for purchase.  All the employees seemed so nice to everyone.

Soon I spotted David.  Oh my what a feeling!  When it was my turn to have my book signed it was like our eyes locked and I was the only one in the store.  He was so nice and gracious and seemed to listen to everything I said.


Well my hair doesn’t look as gray in the picture as I thought it was…Look how David is listening to me and looking right at me…Made me forget what I was about to say!!! LOL

What is it with this kid?  What kind of hold does he have on us?  I often ask myself these questions and the best answer I can come up with is… I don’t know.   But I like it!

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Bliss at the Border

Posted by blisskasden on Sunday, June 6, 2010

David has been on fire since Tuesday.  Countless interviews, signings, great performances, etc.  He navigates the terrain seamlessly and effortlessly.  He is always exactly who he is regardless of the hysteria around him.  He looks like a million bucks whether he’s just rolled out of bed or has just signed his thousandth book.  He is the most gracious and well-mannered human being on the planet regardless of the situation, and leaves everyone who meets him better than they were before, and clamoring for more.

On Wednesday, I met Pabuckie at Borders at around 3:00.  We shared the long wait until the bewitching hour when David would make his umpteenth triumphant arrival since he redefined celebrity over two years ago.  We hid out in the Kids Department which was adjacent to the area that David was to sign and, dare we dream, sing.  I haven’t been around that many coloring books and paint by numbers books since the Eisenhower administration, but it was worth it to get a good look at David.  Unfortunately, as the time came for “David to take Manhattan”, a few of the Borders militia shooed us away and put us behind a few barriers.  (I prefer  David singing”Barriers” myself.)  After David blew the joint open with his “Lean On Me”  

we schlepped to the back of the line and waited not so patiently for our moment in the blazing sun of David’s beautiful face and megawatt smile.

I decided to have David sign my book with my “David name, ” Blisskasden,” which he did.

I read today where some fans drove eight hours to wait eight more hours just to see David today at the MOA.  To the uninitiated, that might sound crazy.  To all of us who love and respect David, it seems like the sanest thing in the world to do.

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From A to Z: Archiesfan4life and Zoe

Posted by djafan on Saturday, June 5, 2010

Archiesfan4life getting the full treatment.

I have been to four of David’s concerts and have spent countless hours these past two years indulging my ODD, yet I was totally unprepared for meeting him face to face.  It was a moment I will never forget and when I recall times in my life that have touched me deeply, this will be one of those memories.  It was an extremely emotional moment for me because of all that has changed in my life these past two years, and I will write that story soon I promise.

I had three books to be signed so I had a few precious extra seconds to stand in front of David.  I always remember something I read once and I am not sure I have the wording exact, but it went something like:  “People may forget what you said, but they will NEVER forget how you made them feel.”

David has the VERY rare quality – in a crowd of people, hundreds of cameras focused on him, young girls screaming their love for him, and his peeps trying to keep him on schedule –of being able to make you feel like you are the only person in that room.  Yes, I may forget what he said to me or what I said to him, BUT I will NEVER forget how he made me feel!

David redefines the word genuine IMHO.  He is genuinely interested in what you say to him – even though he has heard it all a million times; he truly cares about people and it shows – maybe that is why he seems to glow – and he does!

What makes this journey we are on all the more special is the bond we have – and continue to develop – with other fans.  What can I say about sharing this unbelievable experience with Zoe, Bebe and Mr. Bebe and getting to say hi to fans I have met before from FOD and meeting new ones that day!!!  I love all of you and I look forward to creating many more memories for a loooong time to come.

Archiesfan4life~ AF4L

Hi Folks,

The onset of our trip felt like a mad comic caper as AF4L and I had several issues with my GPS suddenly not working and our printed maps not entirely easy to read.  Neither of us are great navigators on the road, and the NJ road systems are not the easiest to understand.  After several stops to ask for directions we finally arrived safe and sound at the bookstore at about noon, where there were already about fifty people sitting in a line of chairs outside the  front entrance.  We bought our copies of COS, checked out the location where David would be signing, had some lunch, then headed to our hotel to check in.

When we came back about 5pm the line was now down the block, around the corner, and for several blocks beyond.  Guess there were several hundred fans lined up by that time.  Mostly teens and twenty-something gals and guys, but certainly a fair share of middleagers like us.

We had to first find a place to park and after driving around the town, took a peek at the parking lot in the back of the bookstore, and found a space not too far from the back door entrance.  That was a huge deal for us, and we quickly gathered our chairs, books, food, and, since the sky looked a bit unsettled, our umbrellas.  As soon as we started to walk to the end of the line, the skies suddenly opened up, so we ran back to the car, threw everything inside, (heaven forbid if our books got wet!!) and stayed put till the storm passed.

As we waited, there were a few fans who were hanging out in the lot, and they informed us that David would be coming into the store around 6pm through the back entrance.  We were so excited at the prospect of seeing his car pull into the parking lot, that we decided to wait till he got there.  And since Bebe and her sweet hubby were parked by the front of the store, we decided to all gather in my car and WAIT FOR DAVID to arrive!

When he finally arrived, none of us were really able to get a good look at him as he scooted through the back door (love that Ninja David!)  The three of us then walked around to the front of the store and AF4L will hopefully tell you about the poor woman who was not feeling well and to whom she provided some assistance.  Her good deed and Mr. Bebe’s crafty plan allowed us to get into the store relatively quickly.

As we headed downstairs there was suddenly a sense of electricity in the air, a buzz of excitement that was like a shot of adrenaline to my body.  Lots of chatter, cameras everywhere, fans laughing and singing as they stood in line…and towards the back, somewhat elevated and standing behind a table was our darling David!  We couldn’t take our eyes off him as we moved through the line, he was lit up like a firecracker, all smiles, laughing, grinning, chatting with each fan as he signed his or her book.  I’ve already commented about his stunning good looks and won’t belabor that point, as I believe I am sounding a bit too fangirly about that aspect of our dear David James.

His Royal Aspect

When it was my turn to step forward, I suddenly forgot most of what I had practiced for so long!!

“Hi David, so great to finally meet you, I’m a big fan.”  was probably something like my oh-so-typical greeting.

“Aw thanks!”  His typical reply…

“Is your hand getting tired yet?”  (GOOD GRIEF, where did that come from?  It was never in my plan to say!)

“Oh no, I’m fine” said he.

By that time the book was signed and as I turned to go I said something typical like…”Your music has enriched my life.  Thank you, David!”

And that was it.

And I still haven’t completely settled down from the experience.

I’m so grateful that I could share it all with AF4L and Bebe, and Mr. Bebe too!  Who knew that among the many blessings that David has brought to my life, I would be meeting and becoming dear friends with the loveliest people!

And who knew that typical could be so extraordinary!

Zoe

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