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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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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.

100 Responses to “National Treasure”

  1. angelica – upon reading this, I had an urge to send this to someone of high ranking or authority….. “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.”

    Realized it was more personal…. it should be our oath as archangels. Thank you for this beautiful piece.

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  2. Jane said

    Very well said!!!!

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  3. pabuckie said

    Everything said is SO TRUE!
    That’s why I am SO PROUD to be a fan of Mr. David Archuleta! 🙂

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  4. ascphil said

    Oh, Angelica! Amen to all you just wrote!

    When I finished the book the day after I bought it, I couldn’t help but text this to a fellow Pinoy Archie:
    “…there were times last night I could no longer read thru my tears. But I couldn’t put it down either. The book validated everything I love about David. He is on his way to greatness.”

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  5. SandyBeaches said

    The crowd was small, the Stanley cup was being played for at the same time down the road in Philadelphia.

    I think that we can learn from him almost every day and that silly drought was perhaps for us to learn patience and I think we needed that perhaps.

    It takes a big piece of music to give me chills and it doesn’t happen often but David singing the national anthem did just that. It isn’t even my national anthem. Then my eyes were misty and I had to wipe them to continue watching and that happens almost never. What a wonderful day he had yeaterday.

    SB

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  6. Zoe said

    Beautiful article, Angelica. David is indeed a National Treasure. He seems to live every day of his life exhibiting those precious human values we all hold so dear.

    What an inspiration he is… a beacon of light for hope in this troubled world.

    Listening to him sing the National Anthem….chills, baby….CHILLS!!

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  7. awestruck said

    Angelica you said “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.”

    Beautifully stated, thank you.

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  8. SandyBeaches said

    I was quite taken with David singing and I missesd passing along my appreciation for such a lovely article Angelica!

    Here is something from David Cook speaking about COS!!

    Embedding please…

    SB

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  9. Nanaweize said

    Angelica…you have penned exactly what I feel!

    I was impressed that in Davids tweets he didn’t tweet “Yay…I met the President of the United States” but he tweeted about the awesome kids he met! What class!

    This is one of those statements in the book that really lets me know what a marvelous person I have picked to be a fan of…

    “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

    Go David Archuleta and Go Chords of Strength…David you are Our National Treasure!

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  10. bluesky said

    Angelica..

    You had angels with you as you penned this one. You hit the jackpot, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But I guess in reality, DA is the pot of gold at the beginning of the rainbow. He just shines and radiates the goodness which he sees in life outward and upward for us to see as well. He invites us to look not at him, but at the colors shining above.

    (Really! Just think of all the weather reports!!)

    And now I will hear the pun in my head between weather and whether: it is my choice to take his invitation to ‘look up’ and enjoy. Thanks for singing, DA. It is truly your mission.

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  11. SandyBeaches said

    Looking at the video on #8, pay special attention to 1:21 it is the Cook imitating David mark and really is so cool…

    SB

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  12. temp21 said

    Hi Angelica, I lurk but don’t post but this this THIS THIS article just made me teared up as I read line by line. You are a genius with words.

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  13. temp21 said

    Oh sorry. I forgot to say so was David. You should be the one to help him wirte the next book.

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  14. djafan said

    Angelica…”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.”

    “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.”

    These messages are felt as you read his book, I for one can actually hear him say the words. I’ve read that others are having the same experience.

    He is a National Treasure, making this about the children not about the President or himself. He shows us by example at every turn. I decided a while back that loving David is not strange, not loving him is.

    Thank you Angelica for this wonderful piece filled with your beautiful words, you have a gift for writing my thoughts and feelings better than I ever could!

    I think maybe his singing Lean On Me at the book signings may have been a little practice.

    This Lean On Me brought me to tears. Can you imagine him singing this to those amazing children? Is he saying something to us? He sure emphasized from 2:28 to 2:35…His single is going to drop soon and we need to get ready to support

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  15. Suzy-Q said

    Dear Angelica, Beautifully said. I was so touched by your article that I sent it to my daughers and a gradaughter. Hopefully they will appreciate my fandom a little more. Thanks!!

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  16. Tawna21 said

    Angelica—truly beautiful words this morning. The whole article is so true and so relevant. I am so grateful to be able to call myself a David Archuleta fan. His spirit has reached so many of us in the last couple of years, and now he is breaking out with rapid speed and reaching more people. With his book, his interviews, his causes, and his appearance in high places he is no longer the “runner up in AI7”, he is a force to be watched and followed. I’m watching and I’m following.

    TW

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  17. Tawna21 said

    SB– “It takes a big piece of music to give me chills and it doesn’t happen often but David singing the national anthem did just that. It isn’t even my national anthem.”

    This is why we love David–he has brought so many of us together that would never have known each other. If he were to sing the Canadian NA at an event, you can bet your last dollar that those of from other countries would feel just like you did last night. We would be teary-eyed and very proud of the ‘young man from Murray, Utah,USA’ that can sing with a heart full of love for the world.

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  18. SandyBeaches said

    So true Tawna and more and more each day, we are able to see more clearly the differences between the two roads that an artist can chose to go down…

    SB

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  19. djafan said

    Temp21…Thank you for delurking..we love it!

    Pictures from yesterday

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  20. Blisskasden said

    Angelica, beautifully written, as usual. I have always felt that David’s best quality (and the list is endless) is his essential goodness. It’s pure, it’s sweet, and it is real. Only the most hard hearted amongst us cannot feel it when they are near him, see him or hear him. David caresses your soul with his heart, and when he sings, he gently rips it open so you can be reawakened to the joy and hope you feared were gone forever. If you stay connected to David, you don’t have to close your heart anymore, because David will always be there to soothe you with a song, a word or a warm smile.

    I’d love to hear David sing the Carole King classic “You’ve Got a Friend”. In David’s hands, it’s not just a song, it’s an invitation.

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  21. betsy said

    Angelica, thank you for your gift of words. I read this at around 5 this morning and thought about it several times since.
    This:
    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.

    It’s terribly beautiful.

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  22. Shawna said

    Beautiful, Angelica! So love this!

    I am sitting in the waiting room at the hospital while my hubby is having an MRI to see what thus growth on a bone of his is and to pass the time decided to check here and sure enough, a new article! Love the gifted writers here! Just incredible!

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  23. Tawna21 said

    Hey Shawna–I spent the EARLY morning hours at the surgical center while my hubby had a wonderful colonoscopy. I read COS for a little bit, but my eyes were not ready to be open, so I closed them and the book and just waited. (yawn)

    Bliss–I was listening to an Anne Murray cd last week-end on a road trip, and while listening to her sing “In The Garden”, I could actually hear David singing it. It was weird, but I could hear his style and voice while she was singing. I teared up as I listened. I would love to hear him sing this–just one of my all-time fav gospel songs. I’ve got a list of gospel songs miles long that I would love to hear him put his spin on.

    TW

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  24. Tawna21 said

    Dang it! I was going to ask in my last comment if anyone heard the interviews this A.M. I wasn’t able to and wondered how they went.

    I’m done now!!
    TW

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  25. betsy said

    Bliss – Yes, I love baseball. Some of my best memories are of sitting with my Dad watching our beloved Tigers. (I grew up in Detroit)I was seven years old when we won the 1968 World Series – I remember it well.
    Instead of posters of the teen idols on my wall, I had Mark Fidrych up there. At 15, he was sure to be my future husband.

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  26. Abrra said

    David spoke in an interview on 97.1 in SLC. When asked why he was in DC he said for the children. Never once mentioned meeting the President (that I could hear)which most people would think was the best part of the visit. I am sure in my heart that Mr. Obama would feel the same way. Charity begins in the heart.

    Betsy
    Here is a link for 97.1 interview. David is on during the first 3 min or so.
    http://tinyurl.com/35wptlh

    The other interview wasn’t something I cared to continue hearing, after they treated him with disrespect.

    Abrra

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  27. blisskasden said

    Betsy, even though I grew up in NYC, I always loved the Tigers because they always played well against the hated Yankees. I’m older than you, so I remember the great Yankee killer, Frank Lary, who seemed to always beat them when I was a kid. The ’68 Tigers were a great team, and their comeback in the World Series that year was historic.

    Baseball is a lot like David. It can make you smile, make you cry, and show you something that you’ve never seen before. They are both unpredictable, yet dependable.

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  28. Kizzi said

    Angelica – Bravo! Beautifully said and it capture so much!

    Your writing of David’s artistry today and quotes from COS reminded of something Marianne Williamson says in her book, A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles:

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

    Sounds like one of the themes of COS doesn’t it?

    Thanks Angelica for this exquisite piece.

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  29. bebereader said

    Angelica: Your writing has the power to evoke emotion in us and this piece was no exception. The last few days have been so inspiring as David continues on his journey.

    David makes statements in his book and at his live concerts about how helping others is the best feeling and how he wants to put his fame to good use. I don’t know many 19 year-olds who actually act on these profound feelings. David lives as he believes. He doesn’t just talk the talk; he actually walks the walk.

    “It is a beauty of spirit that we recognize as a triumphant return to the values of honor, self-sacrifice, goodness, and integrity.”

    David is like a throwback to a time when manners were important, respect was a virtue and morals and standards counted for something. I don’t know exactly when everything went haywire but David takes us back to a happier time. What a blessing he is in our lives!

    One more pic from yesterday’s event:

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    Courtesy Children’s Miracle Network.

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  30. pabuckie said

    I was one of the less fortunate people to hear that interview LIVE this morning. I have cried several times today about it.
    But have gotten my feelings out and because of DAVID himself and how he handled the interview and just thinking about how he handles pretty much every situation has helped me.

    THIS PUTS IT BACK ALL IN PERSPECTIVE FOR ME! Great video from 8throwcenter:

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  31. djafan said

    This from one the the Champion kids..Georgia

    After that, we went to the Nationals game. David sang the National Anthem, and the Champion from Idaho threw the first pitch. They both did awesome! Probably the most interesting part of the game was watching the reaction of all the young girls around when they realized that David was sitting with our group! Alison got his autograph and he patted Elizabeth on the shoulder and said goodbye as he was leaving. How cool is that!!!!! We took pictures with him at the White House earlier today. He really seemed like a nice young man!

    http://2010georgiachampion.blogspot.com/2010/06/wednesday.html

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  32. KathyH said

    I’ve been saddened to see all of the folks who were affected by the infamous Q105 interview. I didn’t hear it myself, but heard enough about it to be annoyed and talk with friends on twitter about radio and deejays and deteriorating values. And then David’s tweet reminded me that he is a person to be admired. Instead of deciding that all radio deejays are toads, as I did (heh) he said that ‘many’ were cool people. Which is likely true. David has had such a wonderful few days — and his work with the CMN kids and performances at the white house and Nationals game will be my focus. The deejays will get no attention, because they don’t deserve it. How does David know this at the ripe old age of 19.5, when I’m still having to remind myself all of the time?

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  33. KathyH said

    Love that blog, DJAfan! Thanks for bringing it here!

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  34. bebereader said

    Biiiggggg pics!

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    Courtesy Children’s Miracle Network

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  35. FG said

    Pabuckie – I hope your eyes stay dry. The hate and silliness of this world is exactly what we are all up against. Some people refuse to see the light, or were never taught how to see it. Chin up, my friend, as we press on to more archuvictories. 🙂

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  36. FG said

    gah bebe! He is the most handsome, adorable, talented truckload of sweetness!!!

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  37. bebereader said

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    Courtesy Children’s Miracle Network

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  38. djafan said

    Awwwww Bebe!!!!!

    Thank you Kathy…This is what is important to David, these kids.

    Pabuckie … David put them in there place with his tweet with such class (read between the lines) that was enough for me. Love him more everyday.

    FG…truckload, shipload, motherlode, all loads… lol

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  39. bebereader said

    FG#36 ….Yes he is, and a breath of fresh air!

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  40. bebereader said

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    Courtesy Children’s Miracle Network

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  41. Angelica said

    Thanks so much to everyone of you who took the time to let me know you liked the article. I’ve had an exhausting day at work but coming home to all the support here is so appreciated. You don’t even know how much you guys lift me up sometimes.

    Kizzi, I love that passage from Marianne Williamson’s book. I saved it to my quotes file. Now that David has me reading again, I just may have to check out the entire book.

    Temp21, well hello there! Welcome to The Voice.

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  42. Blisskasden said

    Bebereader #40, even in a picture with the President of the United States, the most compelling image on the screen is that of David. Who’s next, the Dalai Lama?

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  43. bebereader said

    Some of us are in The Voice Unplugged now.
    Care to join us?

    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

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  44. Angelica said

    Oh wow. WordPress crashed and so did I. lol. We’re both back up now, though.

    Bliss, I was thinking the same thing about #40. Just as on AI, my eyes immediately focus on only David. Loved your comment above btw, #20

    “I have always felt that David’s best quality (and the list is endless) is his essential goodness. It’s pure, it’s sweet, and it is real. Only the most hard hearted amongst us cannot feel it when they are near him, see him or hear him. David caresses your soul with his heart, and when he sings, he gently rips it open so you can be reawakened to the joy and hope you feared were gone forever.”

    That is so Blissful. And so true.

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  45. bebe#29 – love this post – can so relate to your thoughts. “David is like a throwback to a time when manners were important, respect was a virtue and morals and standards counted for something.”

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  46. Angelica said

    Fandaforeverti48,

    Thanks for reminding me of that comment by Bebe. I love it too. So many great comments today. Thanks for the sentiments you expressed in #1.

    Gonna mosey on over to the Voice Unplugged awhile.

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  47. djafan said

    Had a great time in chat! Goodnight all!

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  48. Angelica said

    This pic needed cropping. So Latin looking. Nice shoes. All he needs is the hat. See you guys in the morning.

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  49. FG said

    How sweet is this?

    Angelica – LOL he was BORN to wear that hat.

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  50. KathyH said

    Well, and he’s got his knees bent like he was getting ready to break into some sort of Latin dance, doesn’t he?

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  51. KathyH said

    Funnygirl, that video made me cry! Love her reaction, and the boy’s. They are so reverent as they look at the pages. David is very much loved.

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  52. djafan said

    Good Morning!

    FG that is so sweet!

    Angelica…love your cropping.

    So David tweets this morning….hmmmm. Smart young man.

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  53. Suzy-Q said

    I have observed how David does his interviews. If he trust the interviewer, then he makes the answer fairly short. If he doesn’t, then he makes the answers really long so that it will take up more time and the interviewer will not be able to ask as many dumb questions in the period of time alloted. If he doesn’t like the question he often says, “What, what”. This makes them repeat the question and sometimes they realize what a stupid question it is. You hear it in the way they reword it or the way they hesitate. Sometimes, they will even skip the question. He also will lead them away from the original question by develing into something that leads them away from getting a potential embarassing answer and takes them in different direction. It really frustrates him when someone tries to get him to say a word that they could tease him about. For instance: wiener, bekini, etc. David skips the wiener and sings about bologne. That interviewer has bologne for brains. Our David is a pretty smart cookie!

    P.S. I hope that I worded this so it makes sense.

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  54. Pabuckie said

    #53. Suzy-Q — I understood every word of what you said and thanks I totally agree!

    David looks like he was almost ready to break out some bachata moves there! LOL

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  55. Angelica said

    FG,

    Thanks for that video. We can all relate to how she feels, can’t we? And yes, he was born to wear that hat. I’d pay.

    KathyH,

    “Well, and he’s got his knees bent like he was getting ready to break into some sort of Latin dance, doesn’t he?”

    That was my initial thought. If you look down on the floor you can almost imagine the circle on the rug as a hat that he could do a dance around. Something like this. ahaha.

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  56. djafan said

    Suzy….you made perfect sense to me and you’ve made great observations on how David masterfully deals with these jerks. Who ended up singing the wiener song? lol

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  57. Angelica said

    Suzy-Q,

    Great analysis of David’s skillful handling of interviewers. I haven’t listened to the North Carolina interview and I don’t think I will. It would only hurt me and life is too short and full of win to suffer imbeciles.

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  58. Suzy-Q said

    DJAfan, “Who ended up singing the wierner song?”. Good one!! haha

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  59. Blisskasden said

    Suzy-Q, kudos for pointing out, in detail, how David masterfully deflects the toxic questions from these moronic daytime bores. Excuse me if I sound like an old fogie, but I remember when morning radio was hosted by soft spoken professionals who gently guided you into the day with friendly talk and top tunes. My favorite in NYC was Herb Oscar Anderson, but every city had them, and it was a pleasure to wake up to their voice.

    We have seen the Howard Stern-ization of morning radio, and every city must now have its aggressive, foul mouthed male “shock jock” coupled with an equally “in your face” female to reinforce the guy with sexual innuendo and locker room “humor”.

    Pardon the rant, but to subject David to this trash, in the name of promoting his book, sticks in my craw. David navigates this terrain better than anyone I’ve ever heard, but I say, enough already. This station is in North Carolina, right? What ever happened to Southern gentility?

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  60. Marciami said

    Angelica –
    Thank you so much for your article. National Treasure is a perfect title He is a treasure to be honored and respected and loved and admired. He is exciting and fun and unique and inspiring and soulful. A treasure to behold in all his wonder. He is a special treasure to me every day. Beauty of spirit really describes one of the feeling i experience with David – and he lifts up my spirit.

    Bliss #20-
    I would love to sit and chat with you!! What a writer and thinker you are, full of awareness. What you wrote has just stayed with me since I read it. Your words are beyond adjectives for me. When you say David “caresses your soul with his heart, and when he sings, he gently rips it open so you can be reawakened to the joy and hope you feared were gone forever. If you stay connected to David, you don’t have to close your heart anymore, because David will always be there to soothe you with a song, a word or a warm smile.” Hope you don’t mind, I have copied it. You captured with words what I feel but can’t explain or sometimes understand, and obviously feel yourself. When you wrote that he gently rips open your heart, I just about died – that is how it feels. The sentiment reminds me of the words in Desperate which I was so lucky to hear him perform. “I want somebody, just anybody, to lay their hands on my soul tonight, and give me a reason to keep believing that someday I’m going to see the light”. I do feel desperate at times and that is when David helps me and touches my soul. Thank you for touching my soul too.

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  61. Marciami said

    Angelica – I see you did a lovely job of cropping that pic in the wee hours of this am!!! Couldn’t resist that temptation to focus on what is important. Yes, the shoes are fantastic and the profile is mighty fine looking. Thanks.

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  62. Angelica said

    Bliss,

    “This station is in North Carolina, right? What ever happened to Southern gentility?”

    It is alive and well but most of these jocks travel from other places and they may not even be from NC. I just found out David was interviewed by phone this morning by a station in Jackson, MS, just up the road from me. Still waiting for it to be posted and I will post it here if it is respectful. I’m still hoping for a book signing in the south and these forays into southern interviews may be feelers.

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  63. Pabuckie said

    #55 Angelica – you crack me up! Where do you find these things? LOL

    Bliss: I dont know how you come up with the words you write but I always love them! I know David inspires you but still – the words really hit the mark and express what a lot of us feel! Like ME! LOL

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  64. bebereader said

    Now THIS is a GOOD interview!

    http://www.y101.com/

    Y101.com in Jackson

    David talks about the Children’s Miracle Network and then talks about his book, new music and the idol finale.

    “It’s amazing getting to meet them (the children) in person because…. you know that kids go through a hard time but when you feel their energy and spirit and how they stay positive….”

    David always keeps it real.

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  65. djafan said

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  66. Blisskasden said

    Angelica, sorry to sound like a “Yankee” (LOL). I have always found folks from the south to be extremely warm and friendly. You’re right about these radio guys coming from other places. The jerk in N.C. sounded like guys I grew up with in the Bronx.

    Marciami, it’s so great to share my feelings and love for David with other people who love him. Thank you for feeling what I feel.

    Pabuckie, If you want to know where I come up with the words I write about David, you’ll have to ask David, himself. He’s the boss.

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  67. emifriend said

    Suzy Q.. I like your analysis of the interviews. I went back to listen to the horrid one to see how David did it, and I felt better about it immediately. David controlled them so well and they hardly knew it. Interesting that they had to interrupt him after every question, and I do believe/agree David is most deliberate about the length of his answers. David’s finesses is surprising because his so called ” awkwardness” covers it up so well, but I am starting to think that awkwardness is just a rouse somehow to disguise the fact that David is really YODA or somebody like that.

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  68. Angelica said

    Emifriend,

    Photobucket

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  69. SandyBeaches said

    SuzyQ…Let’s see, what can I say that is different? Everyone writes so beautifully that you have to search for thoughts that have not already been expressed.

    So, I will write as I `thought` after reading your analysis of David responding in interviews.

    “Hey, exactly,that’s what he does and she sees it all beyond my analysis! He is so clever and you tell me that this fellow who is 19 is teaching me things I should know but obviously do not? Wow, she has it and it is true! A secret uncovered! I did learn something today and it is all about patience.“ So sorry about the odd quotation marks this slips into French and I don`t dare to do much or I will lose my writing.

    I showed some of my family today`s tweets from David on my iphone…I was so impressed with what he said.

    Thanks SuzyQ

    SB

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  70. bebereader said

    Pabuckie’s new video~~~A really nice recap of the book tour, so far, in pics!!

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  71. Nanaweize said

    Pabuckie…love the new video…It just lifts me higher and higher!

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  72. djafan said

    Yoda…maybe…

    Pabuckie! Great video!!

    Hot Guy Gallery…Guess who?!

    http://www.seventeen.com/fun-stuff/video-hub/?c=Beauty#v36672589001

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  73. Angelica said

    Bliss, that’s OK. No offense taken. And looks like my state redeemed the south with that interview from Jackson, eh?

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  74. pabuckie said

    I just read that David’s Book is #15 on the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST!!!!!!

    OMG! I’m so happy — it’s on MJS Big Blog!

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  75. Blisskasden said

    Angelica, the South has indeed risen. Great interview by respectful and informed DJs, and David sounded happy, upbeat, and wide awake. The N.C debacle will be filed in same garbage can as the Club 57 non-event.

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  76. Blisskasden said

    Pabuckie, #15 already!! Wow. Thanks for the scoop.

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  77. Suzy-Q said

    Thank you everyone! And, your welcome!

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  78. pabuckie said

    Here’s the link for the NEW YORK TIMES ON LINE!! IT’S THERE-#15!!

    http://tinyurl.com/25ytxbk

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  79. emmegirl said

    Great thread, great stuff, you guys are all awesome.

    Southern hospitality is alive and well with that Y101 interview! And awesome job David!

    Yoda David, Archuyoda, Yodaleta…no matter how you say it, it rings true.

    In order to navigate as deftly as he does, you have to really understand the nature of the beast, and does he ever – he’s always two steps ahead. He really really is one very smart cookie.

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  80. Suzy-Q said

    Wow! I just read my comment and realized I spelled at least six words wrong. It’s especially embarrassing that I spelled B O L O G N A wrong. All I had to do was sing the dumb song (or is it me that is dumb). English is my first and only language and I am not a youngster so I have no excuses. Next time, I’ll spell check. Sorry.

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  81. emmegirl said

    OMGosh, pabuckie #15!!!!!

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  82. Angelica said

    How do you do that? How do you write a first book at 19 and wind up on the New York Times best seller list in less than 2 weeks of its release? Maybe he is Yoda. The force is indeed great with this one.

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  83. Blisskasden said

    I guess that the announcer at the Nationals game the other night was right when he introduced David as a…bestselling author. I’m sure I join everyone here and throughout David’s fan base in congratulating this remarkable young man on this incredible accomplishment. I have never been happier for another person. No one I have ever known deserves success and happiness more than David Archuleta.

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  84. emmegirl said

    Still dancin’…eeeeeeekkkk!!!!!

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  85. djafan said

    CONFETTI BEING THROWN…YAYAYAYAYAYA

    YOU BETTER BELIEVE THE FORCE IS WITH HIM!!!!!

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  86. pabuckie said

    #83 Bliss – maybe that guy knew he was on the New York Times List since he said that!

    Never mind a Bestselling Book!! David’s LIFE STORY is so inspirational there should be a MOVIE MADE OF HIS JOURNEY!

    Now would’t THAT just put us all over the edge! LOL

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  87. Blisskasden said

    #86 Pabuckie, by all means “Chords of Strength-the Movie”. starring David playing himself. David is destined to be a serious actor. He might as well start by playing himself. David on the silver screen. It’s hard to grasp the magnitude of it.

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  88. Suzy-Q said

    I was thinking the same thing. A MOVIE, YES!

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  89. SandyBeaches said

    Hey that was great, the announcer at the National baseball game introducing David as…”a best selling author”….

    Maybe, just maybe we have heard the last of the introduction of David as…a runner up!!!…There are so many other ways of introducing David. “Runner up” is said by announcers, journalists and djs who know very little about David…

    Pabuckie, now that you mention it, David never ceases to amaze us and besides writing other books in the future, he will be in a movie…

    SB

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  90. Angelica said

    Yes, he must make a movie and play himself. Who else could play him that would not fall short of his beauty? I couldn’t stand to see another actor play him or lip-sync his songs. No one could do it with all the expression and emotion on his face even if they dubbed in the Voice. No, he must do it himself, the way the Beatles did “A Hard Day’s Night.”

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  91. Blisskasden said

    David is a complete original. No one, not even the most accomplished actor, could capture the subtleties and intangible qualities that make him who he is. Plus, there just aren’t any good enough actors who have his “movie star” good looks.

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  92. Amb4dja said

    Struggling with my O.D.D. tonight…picture if u will…
    My computer, dead, (haven’t selected the new laptop…yet.) So, instead of my usual quiet David-zone at home, I sit on the boyfriend’s pc, trying to concentrate on all the beautiful David postings here, as he watches some ridiculous French speaking movie (too loud)…alas, I cannot focus as I’d like to! O.D.D. coupled with my A.D.D. is more than I can handle! Cannot make the intelligable commentary this surely deserves tonight…jeez, I’ll be speaking in French soon.

    But just wanted to say, beautifully said Angelica! (Tres jolie?) ..And everyone else’s commentary too.
    Love the title…he certainly is a National Treasure.
    Love the inclusion of those great quotes from the book. And these two from you:
    “He sang “Lean on Me” to the the children in the East Room of the White House. He meant every word.” ~and~
    “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.”
    If there is anything new to say, I certainly can’t think straight to say it…but all your sentiments did remind me of something I posted a long time ago on another site..to the effect that I thought David Archuleta’s down-to-earth, human qualities appealed to that which is naturally human and good and real in all of us, that has long felt lost to us and our culture…and I think that’s why their is such a passionate, natural inclination so many feel. (and the VOICE, of course!!) Young and old, he really has brought out the best in people, even how they approach and interact with him.

    other random thoughts here tonight…
    Bliss #40…the president was in that picture??! (“who’s next the Dali Lama?”…I cracked up.) I felt the same…I thought, “Is it just me?”…cuz we love David so…but truly…he stands out in every crowd…among any “great.”

    Anjelica #48…Ole’!! or as I think like I’ve heard David says e’hole’!(sp?)…which I think is something like OMG! in Spanish. Great pic!
    …the Bachata…never heard of it before David’s tweet. Then last Sunday I turn on On Demand Fitness…and see Bachata lessons….haha, I think I nailed it. I’m ready David! 🙂 I even have a hat like that.

    In the “glad I missed it category”: (WHO WAS RUDE TO HIM?!!) morons. Ugh. I hate that.
    But SuzyQ #53 got it right..
    and and Emmegirl #79 “In order to navigate as deftly as he does, you have to really understand the nature of the beast, and does he ever – he’s always two steps ahead.” Absolutely. Remember Kathy Griffith and how he turned it back on her so smoothly, subtley…he totally catches them off guard. And the rest of the really silly dj’s don’t even get it..they just go on in their own little world.

    Ok, sorry…lonng post…gotta log off and come back when all’s quiet.
    OH FINAL POSITIVE NOTE…#15…I’ll say it again…this book was a great move for David. 🙂 Happy!!

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  93. pabuckie said

    This Book came at the right time and David said YES! Smart GUY!

    #89 Sandybeaches 🙂 and the guy also said “American Idol SuperSTAR” not that other word “runner-up”! YEAH!

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  94. Amb4dja said

    ps. #29 pic…
    that little happy face…I just love it. Lights my world.

    .. happy there is some shred of that “cute young David” look left…cuz the pics this week…have all had a new mature look to me..(no less adorable!)
    (but the rugged five-o’clock shadow above the lip caught me off guard!! I’m like…whoa…when did that happen?! ha!!)

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  95. emmegirl said

    Yep, casting anyone else in that role would be laughable. Not even an Oscar winning actor could come close to capturing his essence… and besides, where else would they find a face with such character, or that megawatt smile, and that bewitching laugh, and…….

    amb4dj – “And the rest of the really silly dj’s don’t even get it..they just go on in their own little world.” ……..and I love the irony of it!

    *Has anyone heard from SF lately.

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  96. djafan said

    What a write up!

    Brad Nolan will interview David Archuleta on “The Country Kick-Off” Wednesday June 16th.

    From his Public Resume:

    Host of “Brad Nolan’s Country Kick-Off” on KWCD Country 92.3. This is a high energy morning show that derives the best of southern Arizona, Nashville, and everything in between.

    American Idol has just completed its ninth season, with millions of people continuing to tune in to what has become a cultural phenomenon. Certain contestants have stuck in the public’s memory, and it’s impossible to forget David Archuleta, one of the most beloved contestants in the show’s history. The seventh season finale, pitting Archuleta against David Cook, garnered the highest recorded vote total in the show’s history. Although Archuleta ended the season as runner up, his renditions of John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change,” John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” blew viewers and the judges away and marked him as a talent to watch.

    In CHORDS OF STRENGTH (Celebra Hardcover; June 1, 2010; 978-0451230188; $22.95), David shares with readers the amazing journey he went through to prove himself, and what he learned about life and faith along the way. Filled with David’s personal favorite quotes as well as photos of David sent in by dedicated fans around the globe, David’s memoir offers an intimate and uplifting look at a young Hollywood success story.

    David came by his love for music naturally. As a girl growing up in Honduras, his mother loved to perform in local shows and performances, and as an adult in Salt Lake City sang in her friend’s Mexican restaurant; David’s father was a jazz musician; together they played in a salsa band. David began singing with his parents, and when he was as young as 10, his talent and potential were glaringly obvious. He performed on the Jenny Jones Show at just 11, and at 13 gave a compelling performance on Star Search. But his journey towards his dream was derailed when David was diagnosed with a rare and sometimes incurable condition: vocal cord paralysis. High risk surgery or years of painstaking therapy were his only options.

    “Sometimes it takes a miracle to reignite a person’s passion. Sometimes when you least expect it, the tables turn and that scary feeling that has taken a hold of you for so long somehow turns into hope. Call it luck, call it help from above, call it whatever you will…I definitely believe some kind of miracle was at play when my voice, for no understandable or explainable reason, started to feel better again.”

    (continued)

    Sixteen years old and appearing on the juggernaut that is American Idol, David charmed America with his optimistic personality, and gorgeous and soulful voice. He also touched and inspired many with his emotional and uplifting story. Like any teenager, David struggled with insecurities and often doubted his singing abilities. By working to overcome his fears and self-doubt and slowly gaining confidence, David wowed American Idol judges and viewers. And despite initially low expectations, David made it to the “Final 2.” Although in the end he lost to Cook, David walked away with a record deal and a sense of accomplishment that will last a lifetime. David recalled, “I was harder on myself than the judges ever were. I thought I’d be lucky if there was one person out there watching on TV who might be affected in some tiny way by my singing. If I could accomplish only that, I’ve done my job.”

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    David Archuleta is a singer and songwriter who got his first big break on American Idol in 2007. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    http://bradnolan.com/archuleta/

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  97. bebereader said

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    Congratulations to David! I’m overjoyed by the wonderful news! Making The New York Times Bestseller List is
    B I G T I M E !!!

    David, if by any chance you see this, (you confirmed that you know this site) you never cease to amaze us! Thank you for being the wonderful person you are! You fill us with pride every day!

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  98. FG said

    I am so dang happy about the NY Bestsellers List! squuuuueeeeeee!

    Bliss – ever since the 1st time I saw the Crush video (and then ALTNOY) I could feel the big screen calling out to him. He is such a natural in front of the camera. He has no idea how talented he is. Could we handle that face on the large screen? Picture him as Will Smith’s character in the Pursuit of Happyness – he could TOTALLY pull off any acting role! Methinks he could use his song channeling device to transport himself into a role. Ahhhh, sweet speculation!

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  99. Abrra said

    I will be over at http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged for about an hour. Drop by if you wish 🙂

    Abrra

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  100. bebereader said

    Another great interview, with 98.7 Salt Lake:

    [audio src="http://images.radcity.net/6702/4344908.mp3" /]

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