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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 Language of Song

Posted by Abrra on Wednesday, July 14, 2010

“I don’t understand a word of Spanish but I FEEL everything David is singing.  David’s voice is beautiful in any language.”

~~ Pabuckie’s comment after hearing David sing in Spanish at the Tejano Awards Show

Just a little over two years into his career and David Archuleta has performed songs in four different languages:  English, Latin, Spanish and French.  His Christmas from the Heart CD was a groundbreaking moment in his career.  Doing a holiday CD is not uncommon.  Selecting material that crosses language barriers is, and proves yet again that David is a risk-taker.  For David the language of song is not expressed in words alone so comprehending the lyrics of the non-English language songs is not a requirement.  One simply feels the quintessential spirit of the message.  He breathes life into traditional carols by an infusion of melodic humming, creating a velvety tone, a technique he does to perfection.

 

The mark of a great singer is the ability to communicate the message with more than mere words.  David displays a raw emotional connection with each performance.  The spoken language of the song is not as relevant as the message conveyed through his interpretation.  David has demonstrated this ability countless times.  Honored with the ALMA Award Year in Music “Rising Male Star,” his capacity to tap into his passion for a song, then convey its meaning to an audience was breath-taking.  Contigo en la Distancia was flawlessly performed in Spanish on national television before an audience of Latino cultural elite.  Many well-known singers, actors and entertainment  industry  decision makers had stunned looks of appreciation when the lights went up.  This passion for the art of conveying emotion through song has caught the attention of the Latino community in a big way.  His voice was showcased in three solo parts in the production of Somos el Mundo, while most singers were featured once or twice.   Such recognition indicates a level of well deserved respect outside of mainstream pop and within a much larger world perspective.

 

 

“…music can be so much more than just entertainment.  It can be an act of communion, a dialog in sound, sacred or soulful, happy or sad…it can cover the entire spectrum of human emotions.”

~~ David Archuleta, Chords of Strength

When he sang “Be Still My Soul” in concert at Rexburg, Idaho, there was such palpable emotion in the execution of the song.  In a choked voice, while clutching his own hymn book, he spoke of how the song had a calming effect during times of strife.  Singer and audience shed a tear  of gratitude midway through the song.  His voice radiates his spiritual dedication to a higher power when he sings hymns.

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Using his voice to convey what David himself calls the “language of feeling,” and further describes as an act of catharsis, he references one definition of catharsis in his book, “Chords of Strength” as, “an experience of emotional release often inspired by or through art.”  In short, he gives everything to every performance.  We are witnesses of a spiritual intensity no matter what song he sings, what language he sings in, or what message he conveys.  We believe that what he does in that moment, is stand in his own truth as a singer, and we, as listeners, receive his message loud and clear.

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104 Responses to “The Language of Song”

  1. Pabuckie said

    Wow! Abrra, I loved the title of your article and the picture and couldn’t even get passed that to read the article. Then, I saw my quote! Thanks!

    I am speechless when it comes to David’s voice and his singing lately.
    It’s almost as if it’s not singing anymore to me. Like it’s some gutteral sounds he’s making with his voice because to me it’s not just “notes” set to music — but his heart and soul is like just coming out of that body and it happens to come out in “sound”. For me when I watch and hear him sing it’s like he’s singing from the “pit of his stomach” and I look at him and say “this is not singing”, I don’t know what this is anymore.

    All I know is his “sound” reaches right through me, and gives me “goosebumps”. I don’t know what I’m trying to say but it’s not about pitch (although he’s pitch-perfect), and I’ve never heard a singer sing like this before in my entire life!

    When David sings in Spanish I always think “oh, I’m not going to be able to sing along cause I don’t know a word of Spanish, Dang it!”
    but the other day when he sang “No Me Quede Mas” – it didn’t matter!
    I was enthralled listening to him, watching him, the PASSION and POWER in his voice when he sings, is unmatched by any other singer I’ve seen or heard in my lifetime.

    But like I said, when David sings, it doesn’t sound like just notes, or pitch or “singing” anymore to me, it sounds like “passionate, powerful” SOUNDS he’s just emoting from his most inner beautiful being just “going right through me”.

    I hope this makes sense because I’m really not sure how to explain it or put it into words. David can touch people with his VOICE and SOUNDS he makes – I’m having a hard time calling this “singing” anymore (even his “whoa’s” and “oh’s”) effect me and run right through me! In his POP music, every time I hear David sing a “whoah” or an “Oh” — I’m like — who does this? Or, how does he do this, make a “whoah” or “oh” sound so darn amazing! haha

    Beautiful article Abrra! Really, really love the title and pic on top! 🙂

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  2. Pabuckie said

    Sorry but I just thought of something I wanted to add:

    Some people don’t feel at all or don’t know how to feel, or don’t want to express how they feel … with David’s voice – he makes one feel – something – anything – whether it’s happy or sad, whether they want to or not and that’s a good thing!

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  3. Pabuckie said

    Marylee on twitter just posted this quote. Think it goes beautifully here.

    …”I learned the invaluable lesson that music has nothing to do with the way you look or what your age is. Music transcends those things”.
    (David Archuleta/Page 172/Chords of Strength)

    This quote from @DavidArchie touched me & made me love & respect him even more if that’s possible!”

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  4. Marylee said

    “In short, he gives everything to every performance. We are witnesses of a spiritual intensity no matter what song he sings, what language he sings in, or what message he conveys. We believe that what he does in that moment, is stand in his own truth as a singer, and we, as listeners, receive his message loud and clear”

    …so beautifully written, Abrra, as always!

    Thank you, Patty-Ann for sharing one of my favorite, inspiring quotes from David’s Chords of Strength. When I first read that..I completely “lost it”..uncontrollable tears..but he does that to me through his music so why would I think he wouldn’t touch me through his words/thoughts too?! That entire chapter draws me back again & again. As a fan, I can think of no better way for David to express his love & appreciation. How truly blessed we are!

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  5. FG said

    Oh Abrra I love this!! What a wonderful description of that which is indescribable. Several months ago I was playing an audio CD of some live David songs I had made in my car for my parents. (Abs – yours are 10 times better so thanks!) My mom had a hard time making out the words but she said “It really doesn’t matter because his voice is like another instrument in the song. I doesn’t matter if I understand the words, the sound of his voice is beautiful.”
    She called me last night to tell me that she finished the book. She told me it was amazing and he is wonderful and she’s so proud of him. My mom doesn’t have ODD but she has loved him since Season 7. She came to the Ann Arbor Symphony Christmas concert with me and cried and cried.

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  6. archiesfan4life said

    Abrra – beautiful – just beautiful! I do not speak Spanish yet I find the songs David sings in Spanish playing over and over in my head – complete with the words! He may be the new way to learn a second language:).

    Pabuckie #2 – I can attest to the fact that, yes, even those who seem to be incapable of showing any feelings can be and are touched by David – what you wrote made me realize that David does affect even the hardest of hearts. Thank you.

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  7. Pabuckie said

    Archiesfan4life: I agree – was thinking the same thing today too! David may be the new way to learn a 2nd language! haha

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  8. Pabuckie said

    OMG! Abrra – that slideshow is BEAUTIFUL! The VOICE, the PICS!
    I got “goosebumps” listening to it!! I love it!

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  9. TOfan said

    {{{Abs}}} Beautiful, just beautiful.

    FG, interesting you used the words “like an instrument” in the song. I gave CFTH to a professional musician friend and she said the same thing about David’s voice, meaning it as a supreme compliment.

    ♥♥♥ to all!

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  10. Fiona said

    Abrra, you are amazing! Beautiful article and that slideshow!!!! I had my usual problem of wanting to close my eyes because the singing was so beautiful but then I wouldn’t be able to see those gorgeous pictures of David!! What a dilemma!! 🙂

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  11. djafan said

    Abrra, That slideshow is pure love!

    “He breathes life into traditional carols by an infusion of melodic humming, creating a velvety tone, a technique he does to perfection.”

    David seems to have created a language all his own. For as long as I’ve loved music no one has come close to affecting me not only with his singing, humming, but also his speaking voice, I’ll confess his speech at the women’s conference and now that I have his interview with something pitchy on my ipod are so soothing and help me sleep, having sleep issues it has been a huge blessing. The spanish singing for me since I do understand it is the cherry, icing, and heart, spirit and soul filling experience that blows me away.

    Thank you abs for a great article!

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  12. Angelica said

    Abrra,

    What you have written about in this wonderful essay is no less than why we are all still here and still so devoted to this young man. His inner and outer beauty are compelling but it is his voice that holds us. That voice that you don’t just hear but feel. That alone would be enough to make us fans, but add to that his matchless gift of weaving emotion through that sound and we are caught in his soft web. He is Such an artist. My gosh, there is just nothing out there like him.

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  13. River said

    Nice job Abrra! BTW I have officially worn out the last disc you gave me (the one w/ SBoyle on last). Just so you know your gifts keep on giving as long as they can. (: Can’t wait for all the new stuff!!!

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  14. Fg said

    Angelica- caught in his soft web? Gosh!!!
    Sigh…

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  15. Fg said

    Oh and the Pomona videos, like the top picture, capture him as a yellow-hued glowing pear and there was an intensity at that show that surprised me. The Como La Flor in sepia is not to be missed.

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  16. Angelica said

    FG,

    The Pomona sepia-toned Coma la flor. /sigh. The masterpiece.

    P A Buckie,

    “It’s almost as if it’s not singing anymore to me. Like it’s some gutteral sounds he’s making with his voice because to me it’s not just “notes” set to music — but his heart and soul is like just coming out of that body and it happens to come out in “sound”. For me when I watch and hear him sing it’s like he’s singing from the “pit of his stomach” and I look at him and say “this is not singing”, I don’t know what this is anymore.”

    Got skilz? I think you do. 😉

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  17. bebereader said

    Abs: Bravo! To be honest I’ve never had patience to listen to a song in a foreign language because for me, understanding the lyrics has always been crucial to enjoying the song. Not so with David, who has proven that he could sing in any language and still convey the message of the song. Why? Because David Archuleta is a master at interpreting lyrics and melodies; he translates the song so that it is understood by anyone.

    People think it’s interesting that a large segment of David’s fanbase is made up of ‘older’ fans. It’s not hard to figure out why this is so. We have been around long enough to recognize a powerhouse talent when we see one. We have seen and heard our share of mediocre talent. We recognized a phenom when it crossed our path two and a half lovely years ago in the form of David Archuleta. And since that time, we have never been the same.

    Loved your article, Abs, and your AWESOME slideshow, too! Muaaah!

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  18. djafan said

    Tejano Awards Red Carpet….David comes on about 4ish and lights up the screen.

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  19. bebereader said

    See David at 00:27 (Red Carpet Tejano Awards)

    credit Tejano Beat

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  20. djafan said

    Oh nooooo!

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  21. dakgal said

    “The mark of a great singer is the ability to communicate the message with more than mere words.”

    Thanks for your article Abrra. Your above statement is why I find myself , not being able to understand one word of Spanish ( well maybe 10 or so) wanting to listen to No Me Queda Mas over and over. I don’t even know what the title means, but I know David ( hand expressions ) and his intensity in singing this song, so I feel whatever the words are saying.

    Even the tags for this article are right on!

    Tagged: killing us softly with his song, there is a place beyond words

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  22. betsy said

    This:

    “We are witnesses of a spiritual intensity no matter what song he sings, what language he sings in, or what message he conveys. We believe that what he does in that moment, is stand in his own truth as a singer, and we, as listeners, receive his message loud and clear.”

    Is beautiful. ♥

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  23. palmtreephan said

    Beautiful, Abrra…..simply beautiful. You have managed to convey, in extremely succinct fashion, the magic and artistry that is David Archuleta.

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  24. cb said

    Thank you so much for this article Abrra. The tag, “there is a place beyond words” is perfect. He does take us with him to a place beyond words.

    I loved this, “In short, he gives everything to every performance. We are witnesses of a spiritual intensity no matter what song he sings, what language he sings in, or what message he conveys. We believe that what he does in that moment, is stand in his own truth as a singer, and we, as listeners, receive his message loud and clear.”

    Angelica, thanks for this PABuckie quote, “because to me it’s not just “notes” set to music — but his heart and soul is like just coming out of that body and it happens to come out in “sound”. For me when I watch and hear him sing it’s like he’s singing from the “pit of his stomach” and I look at him and say “this is not singing”, I don’t know what this is anymore.”

    I was at the Rexburg concert and saw his eyes fill with tears as he haltingly tried to explain what was in his heart before he sang “Be Still My Soul.” There was no pretense, no front or defense just this amazing generosity and love and willingness to be vulnerable in order share what he feels. When he sang, the eloquence that is hard for him to find in words was all there and he communicated all that was in his heart. As PABuckie said, “his heart and soul is like just coming out of that body.” He truly went, “to a place beyond words,” and took us with him as well. It was courageous and passionate and beyond beautiful. I will never forget it. Not just the beautiful voice, but the spirit.

    I have never in my life seen anyone like him. He is a gift.

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  25. bebereader said

    ***sigh of relief***

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  26. Fg said

    CB how amazing to have been there, I’m glad you got to experience that. His vulnerability has always been so intriguing. He never hides anything and I doubt he could. Every breath, note, and smile teaches me something. They can call us crazy if they want to, but this young man is an example, everyday, of humility, kindness, respect for others, positivity, and grace.

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  27. cb said

    FG “this young man is an example, everyday, of humility, kindness, respect for others, positivity, and grace.” < So very true.
    His vulnerability kind of makes my heart ache, yet he always makes me smile. Does that even make sense?

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  28. bebereader said

    cb “His vulnerability kind of makes my heart ache, yet he always makes me smile. Does that even make sense?”

    Makes perfect sense, cb. David touches us very deeply, triggering happy tears of joy. Happens to me every day.

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  29. Abrra said

    I appreciate ALL your comments on this article and the slide show. To be honest, I was stuck on how to go forward on a different topic until Pabuckie’s quote popped to the right sidebar.

    EUREKA! The words came like a waterfall!

    Having an outlet like TheVoice to come and share our thoughts and feelings about David and his music, is simply an extension of what David said in his book.

    “…music can be so much more than just entertainment. It can be an act of communion, a dialog in sound, sacred or soulful, happy or sad…it can cover the entire spectrum of human emotions.”

    Here we commune and dialog about all aspects of this great singer. All of your comments about him ring true in my own heart. Thank you all for reading and expressing your unwavering support for David’s and his music.

    Abrra

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  30. bebereader said

    Join us in The Voice Unplugged for a bit.

    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

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  31. Tawna21 said

    Abs!!!! You are amazing! I am seriously trying to find the words to thank you for such a beautiful post and gorgeous slide show.

    “For David the language of song is not expressed in words alone so comprehending the lyrics of the non-English language songs is not a requirement. One simply feels the quintessential spirit of the message.”

    I LOVE this sentence! Thank you for helping me to finally understand what I’ve felt through these songs that are not my natiave language. It’s not so much the message in the words, since I can’t translate it, it’s the spirit that he is presenting that translates whatever the words may be into pure love from his heart. How does he do it? It doesn’t really matter, I guess, it just happens and it’s beautiful.

    Tawna

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  32. VLM said

    Thank you for the wonderful article.
    Everything you wrote is true – ever since I heard him sing Imagine, his voice has brought me to a place where I am now truly at peace.

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  33. Abrra said

    I made an .mp3 of the Rexburg Concert. You can download it here:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?onwzxwmkjtcxxng

    It will fit on a CD or you can drag it to your iTunes (very big file 83MB). The quality isn’t a good as some but I listen to this file everyday at work.

    Abrra

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  34. Angelica said

    cb#24

    “There was no pretense, no front or defense just this amazing generosity and love and willingness to be vulnerable in order share what he feels. When he sang, the eloquence that is hard for him to find in words was all there and he communicated all that was in his heart.”

    Thanks for your generosity and willingness to share what you felt in Rexburg so beautifully.

    If anyone hasn’t done so yet, please check out TOfan’s satirical, insanely funny post on SnowAngelz about the new video shoot for SBL. It is a hoot! You will Photobucket

    And for FG and all of you. From Pomona with love.

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  35. tracewillow said

    Abs

    From the utmost bottom of my heart, thank you for an article of such deep intelligence and understanding of what is David; and the magnificent slide show that calls for an irresistable daily viewing, that which is mesmerising and altogether beautiful, beautiful.

    Trace

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  36. FG said

    Thanks Angelica for the link to Pomona. I wanted to post it but couldn’t figure out how from my ipod touch. I was stolen away upstairs, covertly checking on-line. LOL This thread is love.

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  37. FG said

    Oh, I wanted to share something. I took Spanish for 4 years in high school, then 4 years in college, then worked for an International company for several years using Spanish on a daily basis. I own the Spanish CDs by Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias, and a few others. (Cleary I have a little problem with Hispanic boys lol) At the time of my infatuation with them, I was also wanting to get as much Spanish as possible into my brain. I also have some non-fiction books written by some female Hispanic authors about being Latina and some issues they have faced. I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of Hispanic cultures, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

    Being able to understand David in Spanish is entirely entoxicating. But with the Latin and French I have been able to know the joy that his voice is without comprehending a word of it. Taking away the understanding really lets you focus on just the voice and the emotion he puts forth.

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  38. SandyBeaches said

    Abrra…This is a lovely article bringing together all that we admire and respect about David.

    When you look at the making of a Spanish album, what is the real possibility that it would be feasible? It takes several months to write and produce an album and what other difficulties would he incur in trying to have a complete album in Spanish? Would it not be a good thing to have a few Spanish songs already included in his current new album? His Christmas album is sung in four different languages and it is not overwhelming to learn the translation of a few songs for anyone of any speaking language making the album enjoyable for everyone. Just a thought…

    SB

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  39. Abrra said

    Trace
    Thank you for the comments. The fact that a person such as yourself, from half a world away, gets David’s message proves his ability to communicate through song has no boundaries.

    FG
    I envy you! When the Spanish CD comes along, you will have to give us an in depth article on the lyrics.

    SB A Spanish album of traditional Latino songs would be doable. He just has to rehearse and record. Writing is what takes the most time.

    Not enough pictures this thread!

    From Tejano Awards show backstage. David has their FULL attention. All eyes on him!

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    credit Tattooed Boy

    Anyone care to caption the above picture? 😉

    Abrra

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  40. FG said

    Hello SB! I think he has some time to work on it after the September album comes out, there will be a tour but (then GASP!) a dry spell until the next single after SBL. It’ll be interesting to see what he does around the holidays and after, jingle jams? some time out of the country perhaps?

    Oh I feel the need to explain that I don’t just go from one cute Hispanic boy to the next (LOL) and my infatuation with Ricky and Enrique were just passing fancies, not obsessive, and moz def not in any way spiritual! They can sing though! Clearly I am drawn to a certain look but I have never ever seen or heard anyone like David. I always feel the need to defend myself because my best friend literally ROTFL when I fell for David. She was like “Don’t you see a pattern here?” I was clueless. LOL I didn’t see it because I feel totally different about David. She thinks I am hilarious. LOL

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  41. FG said

    Abrra – I think I’ll leave the in-depth analysis to a native speaker LOL!
    Trace – where are you from?

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  42. FG said

    The way he says “Latinos” in that Pomona video….I want to spread him on a cracker or a small pumpernickel slice of bread. 🙂

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  43. refnaf said

    ((((abs)))
    Well said! You have got it girl!!!

    “David displays a raw emotional connection with each performance. The spoken language of the song is not as relevant as the message conveyed through his interpretation.”
    Hs ability to do this is a gift, for sure.
    BEBEBEB I agree that us mature fans know how rare and beautiful his voice and what he does with it is! I have been streaming SBL at Muchmusic in Canada, and have listened to a few other songs… they are soo meh, but then I am quite biased!

    Have a great day all you voice peeps!

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  44. Abrra said

    Ref
    Thank you for stopping by, much appreciate your words 🙂

    Abrra

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  45. FG said

    “they are so meh” LOL Refnaf!

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  46. SandyBeaches said

    FG…never feel you have to explain your passion for certain types of singers…at least not to US!!!

    I am hoping that with this new album he will have a few hit singles and be doing more than one video…it has to be and they will be televised all over the place…

    We have come to learn that when we look ahead we think that David may have a few quiet weeks but they will be filled to the brim, he is just so quiet about his plans until they happen…What a guy!

    SB

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  47. emmegirl said

    Abrra, what a piece, really loved it. Wit AND smarts…makes a dangerous woman!

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  48. stenocruiser said

    Press release: David performance and possibly the new album title “Other Side of Down”. Just love it!

    TEEN SENSATION DAVID ARCHULETA TO PERFORM AT THE CLASSIC:
    Today at 7:06am
    Media Contact:
    Karl Koon
    614.939.3055

    [New Albany, Ohio] – The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day announced today that American Idol celebrity David Archuleta will be the headline entertainment for the Tween Brands Concert at The Classic, presented by Justice on Sunday, September 26, 2010.

    Archuleta was the Season 7 runner-up for American Idol, and proved to be one of the best young phenoms to ever grace the Idol stage. Inspired by Les Miserables at the age of six, David began singing and used his angelic voice to win the Junior Vocal Competition on Star Search in 2003. On April 7, 2010, he returned to the Idol stage for a special performance of Imagine by John Lennon. He is currently working on his sophomore album “Other Side of Down” in stores September 14.

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=143450675665994

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  49. djafan said

    I like!

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  50. Nancy L said

    The “Other Side of Down” album title is very “David.” He is THE most positive person and it really reflects his attitude on life. Yes, it’s unusual and quirky and a great title. I can’t wait to hear the new songs and see the cover photo!

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  51. Angelica said

    Other Side of Down? That’s Up, right?

    Sounds hopeful. 🙂

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  52. angelofdja said

    Abrra, your way of explaining this “phenom-of-VOICE” called David Archuleta has me nodding my head in agreement, smilin’ big :grin:, and shedding a tear all at once!! THANKS! You nailed it!
    I also do not understand the Spanish language. Although I am planning on taking that course next semester in College. Never in my life have I really cared about learning a second language. See what David makes us do? Heck, I wouldn’t even be attending if it wasn’t for the inspiration of one David James Archuleta!
    Many of you that “hang” here make my days so enjoyable. It is so amazing how David can bring together a lovely bunch of smart, and classy folks! (I have heard “birds-of-a-feather-flock-together”!):-)

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  53. djafan said

    Seems to be a pattern here…All eyes on David entering the venue.

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  54. djafan said

    Nancy…I’m in agreement here…

    “The “Other Side of Down” album title is very “David.” He is THE most positive person and it really reflects his attitude on life. Yes, it’s unusual and quirky and a great title. I can’t wait to hear the new songs and see the cover photo!”

    Angelica…yes it is…lol

    “Other Side of Down? That’s Up, right?

    Sounds hopeful. :)”

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  55. djafan said

    Good Morning David!

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  56. SandyBeaches said

    I seriously hope and maybe even pray that someday…the people who do write-ups about David for a concert, an appearance at their functions or anything at all will finally ‘know who he is’ enough to drop the…Season 7 Idol RUNNER-UP title and address him for who he is now…He isn’t a runner up to anyone. Actually everyone is running after him and are lost in his dust…

    How about update by saying this people…”We are excited and honored to have here with us songwriter and singing star, the worldwide sensational David Archuleta”…Just axe the antiquated runner thing please…There it is out in the universe people, no more…

    SB

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  57. SandyBeaches said

    There I am being different from the world, David taught me that…

    SB

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  58. angelofdja said

    SB,
    I eagerly await the day that all of the world sees him for what he is and then accordingly refers to him as that! “Songwriter and singing star, the worldwide sensational David Archuleta”…
    AMEN!

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  59. djafan said

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  60. poof said

    Abrra. Thank you for such a wonderful post. It seems like we are “narrowing in” on those feelings that have just left us lost for words. The wonderful thing (of many) about David, though, is just when we think we “get” him and how we feel about “getting him”, he takes us off to a new and different plane of thought and feelings.

    Yes, Abrra, we have been around long enough to know what a rare flower David is. I think the world is figuring out too.

    Oh my gosh! I just love the title “Other Side of Down” I think David’s people are listening too.

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  61. djafan said

    Photoshoot photographer Jake Cessum.

    http://thedailychessum.com/archive

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  62. ascphil said

    DjaFan #61

    No wonder David is excited about the rest of his photos. This photographer, Chessum, has a very impressive portfolio. Matt Clayton was right about him. Can’t wait to see the cover art of Other Side of Down. Wooohooo!

    Abrra,
    Great article! You nailed the very thing that makes us all so hooked on David. His gift of sound is truly transcendental to those of us who open our hearts to what he freely gives us.

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  63. djafan said

    Ascphil…I checked out the site impressive indeed. Can’t wait to see not only the pictures but hopefully the behind the scenes video.

    And David tweets

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    from snarky’s

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  64. ram said

    Am very excited to see the other photos after reading this interview in Professional Photography. The interview explains Chessum’s approach in establishing the rapport between the photographer and the subject.

    http://www.professionalphotographer.co.uk/Magazine/Latest-Issue/Jake-Chessum-Interview

    I am loving the title of the new album. Very very clever.:)

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  65. goodkarmaseeker said

    Abrra
    You have once again put into words what I feel in my heart about David and his VOICE. Thanks!

    We have had a local radio challenge putting SBL up against some of the current popular offerings and WOW what an eye opener that’s been for me. As much as I’d like a totally soulful vibe from David, I know now that the pop world and the younger set NEED David’s message so much. When I pull up the pictures of the “artists” (?) he’s up against and listen to some of their songs, well, he certainly is the other side of down.

    Can’t wait for next Tuesday. I feel so pent up from not buying David music, I’m afraid I’m going to really over do it.

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  66. bebereader said

    “Other Side of Down” <<<<—- Cool, edgy title! Me likes! 😀

    Getting excited about the new pictures of David coming our way by Jake Chessum. I just listened to his interview and am impressed! His pictures have appeared in top magazines including The New Yorker.

    "My approach to taking a picture is quite spontaneous. I take a lot of gear with me…"

    "If you can keep them interested….they are more likely to come along with you on a kind of continuous chat….I try to keep chatting and telling jokes and tell stupid things about myself whatever it is just to keep it moving…"

    "I try to be spontaneous, try to surprise myself, nothing worse than seeing the same picture again and again and again. I literally try to surprise myself. I try to mix it up as much as possible…"

    "The moment you meet you have to assess what that person is about or try to assess it (I can't say I'm always successful) but what's gonna get them to perform for you on the set, what's gonna get them to reveal something funny or reveal something physically about them self, or do some crazy move, or laugh or look serious whatever it ends up being."

    My imagination is running wild!

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  67. bebereader said

    From Neon Limelight:

    “David Archuleta’s Sophomore Album Gets Title, Release Date”

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    After going the self-titled route for his debut album, David Archuleta has locked down a title for his sophomore set.

    According to an announcement on his official website, Archie’s upcoming album will be titled Other Side of Down. (Prepare for the onslaught of interviewers prying for the deep hidden meaning behind the title.)

    The announcement of the album title comes with more good news for longing ArchAngels. Other Side of Down has a solid release date — September 14. Sadly, the album’s artwork is still under wraps, though Jive did offer a preview with a few behind the scenes photos from the shoot last month.

    The album is led by Archie’s dance-tinged tune “Something ‘Bout Love,” which hits iTunes on July 20.

    http://neonlimelight.com/2010/07/15/david-archuletas-sophomore-album-gets-title-release-date/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NeonLimelight+%28%2F%2FNeon+Limelight%2F%2F%29&utm_content=Twitter

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  68. bebereader said

    And the buzz continues…

    From Zap2It

    ‘American Idol’: David Archuleta’s new album gets title, release date

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    Former “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta has set a release date for his new album.

    The album — which also has a title now, “Other Side of Down” — will be available in stores and online on Sept. 14, Archuleta announced on his website. The first single from it, “Something ‘Bout Love,” has been streaming on the site for a couple weeks and goes on sale on Tuesday (July 20).

    Archuleta’s first album, released a few months after he finished second to David Cook on “Idol” in 2008, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard album charts. He also released a holiday album, “Christmas from the Heart,” which got as high as No. 30 last year.

    There’s no word yet on whether Archuleta will go on tour to support “Other Side of Down,” but the release date announcement does tell fans to “stay tuned for more great news.”

    http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2010/07/american-idol-david-archuletas-new-album-gets-title-release-date.html

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  69. Fg said

    Paging BETSY!! Check ur Twitter! Wanna go to OHIO???

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  70. bebereader said

    #69 “Paging BETSY!! Check ur Twitter! Wanna go to OHIO???”

    *jealous*

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  71. bebereader said

    From Hollywood Gossip:

    “David Archuleta Album Title, Release Date: Announced!”

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    Mark your calendar, David Archuleta fans: this singer has released important details about his new album.

    First, it will be titled “Other Side of Down.” Second, it will be available online and in stores on September 14.

    Take an early listen to the first single off the CD, “Something ‘Bout Love” RIGHT NOW. What do you think of it?

    http://ht.ly/189jcT

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  72. FG said

    LOL BEBE and everyone else is invited too! LOL Betsy lives near me that’s why! Who’s coming?

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  73. djafan said

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    And get this for your phone…nice.

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  74. Shawna said

    I read this yesterday, and I love it, Abrra. So beautifully written. Thank you so much. So love the new CD title. Couldn’t be more David, that is for sure!1 It will be interesting to hear how he came up with it. And that dang song, I just can’t get enough of it. I think I listen to it 24/7. I have abandoned all the others, I feel bad. Only want to listen to this one right now. It just lightens up my whole day and makes me so happy all the time. And my cute little 8 year old granddaughter is loving it too. We have had it streaming all day, blasting through the house from his website. She wants me to download it on her ipod. I told her I would buy it for her when it comes out on itunes legally when I buy mine too. Tending 7 grandkids today. So funnnnnnnnnn!!!

    And that picture is now my wallpaper on my phone and will be on my work computer tomorrow. Can’t get away with it here at home, dangit!! Would love to though!1

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  75. Tawna21 said

    okee-dokee!! What is not to like about the new cd title?! David talks to us in parables it seems like. If you know David you will understand the meaning behind the title. I REALLY, REALLY love it! I sure hope the next 5 days goes by quicker than the last 5. How long does it take to get to July 20th? (are we almost there, mom?)

    abraa, I keep going back thru your article, and am just amazed at the beauty of it. It has such a great depth to it. Thanks again.

    Tawna

    btw–does one have to have an iphone to get that wallpaper? I got the text, but am not sure how to get the pics to my phone. I’m like you, Shawna, and probably better not put it on my computer wallpaper–not for now anyway.

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  76. djafan said

    lol Tawna,

    Wouldn’t work on my phone either but it looks magnificent on my 25′ monitor….sigh.

    I wish I knew where the photoshoot is going to be…disnyland, magic mountain, santa monica pier…

    This from gantdaily.com

    David Archuleta To Release New Album In September

    July 15, 2010 at 9:19 AM by AHN · Leave a Comment
    Anthony Jones – AHN Entertainment Reporter

    Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN) – David Archuleta, named the “Best American Idol ever” in a Billboard readers poll, has revealed the title and release date for his sophomore album. “The Other Side of Down” is set to hit stores on September 14th.

    “I’m really looking forward to releasing this album. Most of the songs on the album represent thoughts and experiences that I’ve personally gone through,” Archuleta said in a statement.

    “I hope this album helps people understand more of where I’m coming from as an artist and as a person,” he continued. “It’s about moving forward in life, making progress in accomplishing your goals and dreams while appreciating what life has given you.”

    “Something ‘Bout Love” is the first single to lead Archuleta’s new album. The dance-fueled track, produced by S*A*M & Sluggo (Katy Perry, Metro Station) and co-written by Archuleta, is a departure for the 19-year-old “Idol” runner-up.

    The single will be available for digital download on July 20th. The track is available for listening online and is set to impact radio on August 2nd. A music video for “Something ‘Bout Love” is on the way and will be directed by Declan Whitebloom, who helmed Archuleta’s “Crush” video.

    He also penned his first book, “Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song, And The Power of Perseverance,” which was released this summer and is currently on a book signing tour.

    Archuleta’s new album is the follow-up to his self-titled album released in 2008, and 2009’s “Christmas from the Heart.”

    http://gantdaily.com/2010/07/15/david-archuleta-to-release-new-album-in-september/

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  77. dakgal said

    Betcha a nickel– the “Other Side of Down” is happy-optimistic-grateful-you can go up- you can soar–believe in yourself.

    David has us thinking with little four words! How does he do that?

    I’m so excited.

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  78. bluesky said

    Abrra #39

    “Adoption – shmoption, let’s have him for lunch!”

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  79. emilyluvsarchie said

    Abrra, Love this article and fabulous slideshow! I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched it.

    FG, I get to go to the New Albany show! Sooo excited!

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  80. emilyluvsarchie said

    I have a cute/funny story. My little brother, Nick, really does like David, but sometimes thinks he has to act like… well…a nine year old brother. (Ok, actually he may get a bit jealous from time to time, thinking perhaps that his big sisters and mom, might pay more attention to David than to him, maybe…. sometimes…) Anyway, we were all excited earlier, on-line, buying tickets for the event in Ohio. Nick said, “Oh, no, I don’t want to see HIM again”.To be fair,it has only been 13 days from our 7 hour drive to DC, to sit in the 95 degree heat for 9 hours(3rd row rehearsal, baby!) to hear David sing two songs. Anyway, an hour later in the car, out of the blue, Nick says ” Mom, could you buy me a ticket too? Just in case I want to see David?” Gotta love him!

    ps- of course we had already “bought” him a free kid’s ticket! 🙂

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  81. bebereader said

    Emily, I loved your story! It proves how far reaching David’s appeal is and how even young children can’t resist his power. Please give your little brother a hug for us? 😀

    So excited for all those going to the Ohio event. Just thinking that September 26 is roughly two weeks after “The Other Side of Down” drops. Maybe you’ll get to hear some new songs!!

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  82. emmegirl said

    Emily, thanks for that cute story.

    “to be fair,it has only been 13 days from our 7 hour drive to DC, to sit in the 95 degree heat for 9 hours(3rd row rehearsal, baby!) to hear David sing two songs.” LOL!!!!

    Your family had got to rank right up there amongst his most loyal fans! Love it!

    I am merely streaming, or is that merrily streaming! GO SBL!

    http://www.z100.com/cc-common/ondemand/music.html

    http://www.kissfmcolorado.com/cc-common/ondemand/music.html

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  83. Angelica said

    Emilyluvsarchie,

    No way! Your family is taking you to Ohio too? Look for your fellow staff writer FG while you’re there. Of course, between the two of you, we expect a full-out professional investigation followed by a write-up complete with videos, photos, and lots of hilarity.

    Your bro sounds as swell as your parental units. Did you discuss the little matter of my adoption with them yet? Of course, custody would only be effective at times when all of you were sashaying to another David event. In between I would have to go back home to hubby who has legal papers on me too. He don’t own me though. 😆

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  84. Tawna21 said

    Emily~~ what a cute/funny story! Your little brother sounds like a ‘kid’ brother that keeps his family on their toes. :):)

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  85. emilyluvsarchie said

    Bebereader, consider him hugged! And new music would be great, but he could just hum and that would fine with me too! After all, he is David!

    emmegirl, we do kind of like him!

    Angelica, actually, Ohio concerts are the closest David ever comes to us. (West Virginia is one of the four states David said he has never visited) So this one is a piece of cake!

    And about the adoption,ANYTIME, after all, we are one big happy family in this “fandom” anyway!

    Tawna, yeah, he is a handful! 🙂

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  86. betsy said

    ♥ Ohio, I love you. ♥
    And will see you real soon. 🙂

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  87. Abrra said

    Happy for all who are going to Ohio!

    I went to bed early (?) about 3 pm for a nap and just woke up now 12 hours later when I heard an intuitive say this on the radio:

    “The other side of down is up, the other side of spirit is inspiration.”

    When you are invested in a phrase like that, I suppose it begins to make itself heard.

    Abrra

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  88. tracewillow said

    FG! #41
    I’m from Malaysia, half a world away as Abrra says but I hear David, get David, see David and I dang well wanna go to Ohio too! And all the concerts!!

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  89. FG said

    Bluesky! LOL on the caption!

    Trace – did you get to see him when he was in Malaysia?

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  90. FG said

    Emily – squeeeee and see you there!! gah

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  91. tracewillow said

    FG #89 Yes yes yes I absolutely did. Wild horses could not have stopped me!

    When he ran onto the stage, the feeling that hit me real hard then, at the very first sight of him, was that the sun had come out, even though it was quite bright at the time haha.

    I was the first person in the queue that morning – about 7 am – even though the show was in the late afternoon. And I made many friends with all the teenie boppers who surrounded me. They were really sweet to me since I was there by myself. I had the time of my life as if I had lived all these umpteen years for just that – to see and hear David LIVE! After the show, I told my people at home that “I could now die in peace!”

    Well, no, come to think of it, I need to see and hear him many many more times …..

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  92. Angelica said

    Tracewillow,

    “When he ran onto the stage, the feeling that hit me real hard then, at the very first sight of him, was that the sun had come out, even though it was quite bright at the time…I had the time of my life as if I had lived all these umpteen years for just that – to see and hear David LIVE!”

    Wow. How beautifully you described seeing David for the first time. Thanks and I really hope you do get to see him “many many more times..”

    FG ~ You have mail.

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  93. FG said

    Tracewillow – that is awesome! I’m so glad you got to see him.

    Angelica – thanks!

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  94. emifriend said

    The thing I love most about David’s ability to communicate thru his music– no matter what the language is– every time, the message is faith, hope and love. These are things that grace every single step David takes-he walks faith, hope and love out in his daily life. There is no contradiction in David. David sings as one who “knows he will always be blessed with love” and he gives this to us–heart to heart messages through his music, his words, his actions and his very being.

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  95. bebereader said

    New pics from David’s helicopter ride in Vegas!

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    credit: Archu-lover on IDF

    courtesy of Betsy

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  96. bebereader said

    Today is Video Shoot Day for ‘Something ‘Bout Love”! Hoping for another Behind The Scenes peek at the filming of this video.

    Looking back:

    and

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  97. betsy said

    Look at the smile on that girl’s face. It’s a beautiful thing. 🙂

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  98. Abrra said

    @airjear First Celebrity I meet @DavidArchie
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    Credit @airjear David archuletas here at Thai spice dayummm lol
    5:45 PM Jul 13th via Twitter for iPhone

    Abrra

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  99. bebereader said

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  100. emmegirl said

    Gosh, I wish he would give us just one little twitpic from the video shoot – that is all I am asking, one little twitpic…sooomething, aaannnyything…we don’t need much. We are ecstatically happy with any little crumb we can get. Pleeeease.

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  101. emmegirl said

    Are those sunglasses in his lap in the 4th pic down #95?
    If so, could you put them on please David?

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  102. bebereader said

    #101 Emmegirl

    Good luck getting David to put on those sunglasses.

    Here he is again, at the marketplace in San Antonio, with shades in tow.

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  103. bebereader said

    Tweets from AshleyJaded, someone who is on the set of the filming of “Something ‘Bout Love”:

    Incredibly hot today! At the David archuletta shoot in downtown, I think I’m going to melt! about 3 hours ago via UberTwitter

    @mhel4dja It hasn’t started yet, but cameras are usually banned on set! about 3 hours ago via UberTwitter in reply to mhel4dja

    @archielover895 Not the lead, I have no idea if there’s a leading lady actually! about 1 hour ago via UberTwitter in reply to archielover895

    @archuletalovato Right now I think they are currently filming in a different location. No progress! haven’t seen the man himself yet. about 1 hour ago via UberTwitter in reply to archuletalovato

    David archuleta just rolled in the building, meet and greet with some of his fans, wearing skinny jeans and a t. For all those wondering 😉 about 1 hour ago via UberTwitter

    @Marylee_DAangel Blue tee, grey jeans, and feds… I feel like such a spy aha! 41 minutes ago via UberTwitter in reply to Marylee_DAangel

    @juli_85 Sorry people if I give out the address I could get sued. I think the fans he is meeting with are competition winners. Thanks 38 minutes ago via UberTwitter in reply to juli_85

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  104. always seem to be late to the party….

    Abrra, you are amazing! You’ve described what has been so difficult to understand. Loved every beautifully written word – especially this.. “One simply feels the quintessential spirit of the message.”

    May be too late here, as well but brought this over from last article:

    Oh these spanish versed songs sung by David are the best. No need to translate – he expresses the meaning through the passion & emotion in his performance. Oh my…..

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