The Voice David Archuleta

My Kind of Perfect

Posted by yjfanofdavid on Monday, October 18, 2010

How do I begin to describe watching David brighten the blighted northeast Ohio for two short Autumn days?

Skate-for-the-Heart

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Do I begin with the surreality of picking up Angelica near a mall where I shop?  Or our giddy anticipation of being about to experience Archuleta back to back? Or sitting with her and the Snowangels in a restaurant in downtown Youngstown speculating which song he will perform while Joannie Rochette glides through the ice?

How will I forget  —

sending furious texts to Angelica in the darkness after the show started, to tell her I found closer seats;

glimpsing the elderly lady next to me who came to watch the Olympic skaters but could not take her eyes off David during the entire time Joannie skated to his rendition of My Kind of Perfect;

watching Joannie climbing up from the ice to give him a big hug after her performance; the pair skaters skating to him to bow their head after THEIR performance; and Straight No Chasers walking over to shake his hands in the group finale;

grabbing Angelica’s arms when we caught sight of David emerging at the side of stage to re-perform his two songs;

witnessing the skate show turning into a de facto mini-concert, David giving his all to perfect his performances, and the skating fans watching in awe of the young man they don’t know much about;

and finally,
listening to Falling Stars with Angelica, in silence, as we drove home from the show in the dark night, barely recovering from the magic we just experienced …

Q92-Stripped-Down-Concert

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What touched me the most?

Is it the generosity of a perfect stranger who shared her hard-won concert tickets with me?

Or the straight-A student who skipped school to come to see David, giving up her perfect attendance record?  The genuine concerns David expressed because so many teenagers skipped school to see him?  The urgency with which he showed them how to go for extra credit to make up for missed school?

Or is it the camera dude who sang along loudly to Elevator when David commanded the GUYS in the audience to SING? The female DJ who gradually turned to mush as she videotaped one performance after another? The Cook fan who came to the concert and lingered till the last moment, and later wrote her own recap?

Or is it the gentleness and kindness with which David treated every fawning woman, every giddy teenage girl, every bashful teen boy, every oblivious toddler, and the occasional self-conscious guys? Or the enthusiasm he greets us with as if each one of us were his ONLY fan? The hundreds of fan-given bracelets and charms tied to his backpack he carried with him everywhere?  His twitter compliments to the venue’s chef for the chicken chowder he ate from a Styrofoam cup in the car on the way to his next engagement?

How I wish a camera captured the beautiful Autumn sun that was reflected in his porcelain face;  the glistening jewel-colors I saw in his eyes as he looked up at me after signing the autograph; the tenderness with which he touched a little girl’s hair after having greeted 200 fans.

Ah.  My kind of concert.  My kind of hero.  My kind of Ohio.

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123 Responses to “My Kind of Perfect”

  1. Shawna said

    Wow, is all I can say!! David is so wonderful no matter what setting he is in!! Thank u so much for this beautiful recap of both events! Thank goodness he has fans everywhere who can share what they see at all these awesome events he is at!! Gotta luv the Internet:))

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  2. FG said

    Every single little thing he says and does is like a slice of joy. I love every word of yours YJ. I love his backback with everything that I am. I almost screamed when he patted that little girl’s head. Too much, too much.

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  3. TOfan said

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{YJ}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

    I was going to copy over my fave parts, but realized I’d be reposting every word! Don’t know how to thank you for your huge heart and generosity in trying to help Refnaf & I win tix last weekend. You are amazing!!! ♥♥♥

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  4. betsy said

    Yj, thanks for taking us on your journey with you. Everything happened as it was meant to.
    I can just picture the two of you listening to Falling Stars in silence.
    Magical night. ♥

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  5. cb said

    Yj, Thanks you so much for sharing. He sounded amazing at the Skating Event and it must have been incredible being there. The Q92 performance the next day was epic rambling! I love watching him talk to the crowd and reveal even more of himself. The extra credit was CLASSIC and also showed how hard he works. He gives 100%. I am so glad you guys got to be there together. I hope to meet you someday.
    Today is the last day to register for tickets for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concert. My odds of getting tickets is not great, 1 in a million! Yikes! Even if you can’t go you could register and if you won share tickets with someone who could. I can not tell you how much I would appreciate if someone shared with me, but really, if you win, COME to SLC. It should be wonderful!!!

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  6. refnaf said

    So perfectly said YJ!!!!! What awesome memories. I echo TOfan’s thanks for how persistent you were in getting us tics to the Q92 event. Hearing David sing and ramble was a highlight of my Archutrip so far!!!!
    ((((huge hugs)))

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  7. refnaf said

    cb> hope you get some tics to the MOTab!!! Being there would be a new high for us all!!!

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  8. djhsail said

    J, this is a beautiful, lyrical recap; you have great powers of observation. It was amazing to share the skating event with you and A. Hope to see you at the next David concert that we can attend.

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  9. Tawna21 said

    YJ, what a beautiful 2 days this must have been. I really like the way you have written your thoughts on this–statements and yet questions. It really created a very sensory experience for me. How perceptive of you to really ‘see’ the
    “glistening jewel-colors” in his eyes after he signed your CD. I’m always so dumb-founded that I fall apart and become mush-brained. Thank you for sharing these moments with us.

    Tawna

    now the wait begins for the “winners” of the MoTab tix **taps fingers on desk and counts the days til Nov 1**

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  10. ncgirlmarylee said

    “My kind of hero”, indeed! 🙂

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  11. Julee said

    Janice, you are awesome! Love it!

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  12. cb said

    Refnaf, I just hope to see you there 🙂

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  13. YJfanofdavid said

    Shawna, Tofan, Betsy, FG, Refnaf, Djhsail, Tawna, cb, Thank you for your kind words! To be honest, I don’t know how I was able to write this recap, because the only memory from these two days that I REALLY have is the palette of brilliant colors in his eyes when he looked up — colors I can only describe as the Autumn sun in the azure sky glistening in the emerald ocean. I am not kidding you. 🙂

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  14. djafan said

    YJ, What a beautiful post! I loved the way you took me into your moments one by one.

    He is sensory overload and you broke it down to the glistening jewel colors in his eyes and his tenderness touching the little girls eyes.

    So happy so many of this wonderful online community was able to share these David events and experience the magic he creates all around him whether speaking, singing, or just being.

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  15. bebereader said

    YJ,

    What a fresh approach to writing a recap!

    It’s all in the details…the giddy anticipation that comes when you’re on your way to see David, noticing as new fans catch the bug and as people watch in awe, witnessing how David treats all of his fans the same, the chowder, the sing-a-long, the backpack…

    Oh let me count the ways and the many many reasons we’re all on this fantastic journey. My kind of recap!

    #YJ13 This bears repeating:

    “..the only memory from these two days that I REALLY have is the palette of brilliant colors in his eyes when he looked up — colors I can only describe as the Autumn sun in the azure sky glistening in the emerald ocean. I am not kidding you. :)”

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  16. bebereader said

    Go! Run! “David Archuleta: A Day In The Life” from AOL Music

    http://www.popeater.com/2010/10/18/david-archuleta-a-day-in-the-life/

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  17. skydancer1x said

    “What touched me the most?”
    I love that question yj, and all your answers that followed.
    what other singer/performer.. have you ever gone to see in your life, where that question would even be in your head afterwards?
    and then, to have your answers be anxiously read and understood,and appreciated and savored, by like minds..wanting to know. thank you yj!

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  18. embe said

    Angelica: I saw your comment in the previous thread about me not coming here much. I always read all posts and comments and find The Voice a fascinating site. It’s just that there’s usually soooo much to read over here, so I won’t even try to keep up with everything lol. I just read it at my own pace afterwards 🙂

    There are so many David-sites that I visit daily and try to keep up with in “real time”, ’cause the time difference is quite a lot between the US and Finland, and it’s hard when I just want to join in on all the fun but everyone’s asleep when I’m up and vice versa 😀

    I love The Voice. I should say that more often. I don’t usually post here, though, because I think my style is not “eloquent” or “beautiful” or anything of the sort that you guys express in your writing.

    But thank you so much for commenting on my MKOP cover ❤ I didn't even know JR was "leaking" it all over the place lol 😀

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  19. jackryan4DA said

    AOL has been teasing Archies for hours now, and here is the surprise

    A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DAVID ARCHULETA

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  20. jackryan4DA said

    The article for the vid w/ the original vid here

    http://www.popeater.com/2010/10/18/david-archuleta-a-day-in-the-life/

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  21. djafan said

    A day in the life, loved it, always to short, but love to see David in all the different environments, the picture gallery is a sight to behold.

    “As he strolled into Jive studios around noon, he instantly changed the vibe of the room.” They noticed it too.

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  22. Archugeezer said

    Oh dear! These recaps are killing me!

    I loved the way you shared the details of David working his magic. I am not surprised that people notice how David can change the vibe of a room. This kid has somehow changed the vibe of many lives.

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  23. jackryan4DA said

    The photographer of the 1-day-in-the-life shoot twitted and blogged about David

    http://dianalevine.tumblr.com/

    http://www.dianalevine.com/v3/

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  24. ilovedavid said

    Thanks for the recap. It made me teary-eyed reading about your wonderful experience. 🙂

    And the video… it just made me smile even after the past few hours being so stressful. He is wise beyond his years. 🙂

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  25. jackryan4DA said

    YJ – you are such a poet! I loooove your article. It is a refreshing approach in writing a recap. The best part for me “How I wish a camera captured the beautiful Autumn sun that was reflected in his porcelain face; the glistening jewel-colors I saw in his eyes as he looked up at me after signing the autograph; the tenderness with which he touched a little girl’s hair after having greeted 200 fans.”

    To paraphrase a line from a song of beloved songwriter, thank you for “painting it over our world that at times is gray”

    🙂

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  26. bebereader said

    JR Thanks for the links in comment #23

    Diana Levine, the photographer for “A Day in the Life” was so taken by David (no surprise), that I had to copy her comment here for all to see:

    “Here are some photos I shot for A Day in the Life: David Archuleta for PopEater. This was a great shoot – he is such a positive, talented young musician, and his energy and love for his work is infectious. We started the day at Jive Records, where he signed lots of copies of his new album, The Other Side of Down. We then documented the rest of his day, recording liners, doing interviews for Alloy.com, checking out his new “Archie App”, interviews with Associated Press, MTV (10 on Top and and MTV News with Jim Cantiello), and more. It was a blast getting to know him, and I can’t wait to see what he does next. You can check out the video documentary I shot, below.”

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  27. bebereader said

    Diana Levine’s collage:

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  28. ilovedavid said

    @bebereader David overload tonight… the pics are overwhelming hahaha 🙂

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  29. ray said

    hi peeps ,you know it has been over 2 years sence he look into the camer and a knot can into my stomick,and again tody just a pic from a day in thje life of david did it again,what is with this young man????? and again i have a new health problem,and here comes david

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  30. bluesky said

    With you, Ray.

    Hugs.

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  31. Angelica said

    Embe,

    Glad to know you enjoy The Voice and at least I got you out of lurkdom. 😆

    Yes I do like your cover of MKOP. It is bee-u-ti-ful! Please come back and visit again. There is no litmus test for eloquence on this site. Have you seen some of my sillyness? The motto of this site is: (click on ABOUT THE VOICE top left of page)

    “Do not worry about being eloquent. Everyone has something of value to say. If you speak with sincerity and passion, you speak with the tongue of angels.

    This is a gathering of angels.”

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  32. djafan said

    I love this picture, they’re both smiling at each other, it may be the closest I get to seeing the hug at the end.

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  33. Angelica said

    YJ,

    Please forgive. I failed to comment on your delightful recap of a weekend in Ohio I will never forget. Make that another weekend in Ohio I will never forget, as last December’s CFTH is burned into my soul. It is marvelous how you crafted this recap as a kind of Q&A straight from your heart to ours. I loved every moment of the time we spent together, all the moments with other fans, and of course, being “In This Moment” with David. It feels so good to bask in his warmth and feel the love that abounds in his presence, whether he is singing, rambling, or casually interacting with his fans.

    All of you international fans, keep requesting the label and tweeting for David to come to your country. If you have to travel a little far, you will not be disappointed. I hope many of you get to see him soon.

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  34. bebereader said

    djhsail#8

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  35. Pattirae said

    YJ, This is truly so clever, so succinct yet so emotional, and sooo powerful, I hardly know how to express myself. Just like Shawna in the very first comment, I could only think of one word in describing how I felt when I finished reading your recap—WOW!!! (with a major pause and deep sigh!) The three questions that you pose: How do I begin? How will I forget? What touched me the most? are brilliant!! Answering each of those questions just built on top of each other with exquisite vocabulary, describing everything and more of what many of us have experienced with David but wouldn’t be able to come close to expressing like you have here. I just find myself wanting to say WOW over and over again. Can you tell how much I loved it. I am so happy that you were able to share it with Angelica in such a special way. I loved picturing and “feeling” your moment together listening to Falling Stars in silent overwhelmingness (word?). All I can think of to say here is, thank you. Thank you for noticing all the intricate, moving, riveting, details of everything around you and surrounding David, but especially capturing “who he is.”

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  36. Angelica said

    Congratulations! Pictures, Images and Photos

    DAVID!!! Over half a million followers on twitter now!!

    xXxsPaRTaNxXx Pictures, Images and Photos

    And you know what’s coming don’t cha?

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  37. Angelica said

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  38. skydancer1x said

    36&37 Angelica hehehe! You put a big smile on my face. I AM going to learn that dance routine! haha….I love it.

    Wow…500,000 woot!

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  39. gladys said

    hi angelica, you had told me in a previous post that you had to tell me something, I have a little curiosity, I hope your mail or message, see you later.

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  40. Angelica said

    Gladys,

    I will email you tonight. Have to go into work for a little while and will do that when I get home. Thanks for the reminder. 😉

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  41. Abrra said

    YJ

    As I read your recap it seemed as if I was an observer in a movie. Each moment you shared was like a director, cutting to a new shot with each entry. I heard the music. Saw the colors. I felt your touch on my arm. Heard the gasp as he came on to the stage. I felt the friendship that happens whenever fans gather in one place. Its as much about the people you meet as it is about David.

    Abrra

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  42. YJfanofdavid said

    Thank you Momjulee, Djafan, skydancer, JR, Ilovedavid, Pattirae — I described so little, yet you all understood so much. When you have David as the muse, every ordinary writer is turned into an accidental poet.

    Abrra, “I felt the friendship that happens whenever fans gather in one place. Its as much about the people you meet as it is about David.”

    What is it about us that we hear in his voice and see in his person something that the rest of the world cannot, do not, and perhaps will never hear or see. Is that what binds us together?

    Embre, like you, English is not my first language, and not even my second, but we all speak the universal language of David, and YOU speak it fluently, my friend!

    Speaking of recaps, Ms. Archugeezer (#22) has a fun one here => http://mormonarchuletafan.wordpress.com/

    Angelica, I hope you have forgiven me for grabbing your arms so hard at the sight of David emerging at the side of the stage, for getting lost over and over again, and for bumping you when I drove through the curb cut from the parking lot in my post-M&G daze. Thank you for the ultimate experience – taking in the Archuleta with the Angelica. Now that I have warmed up the audience for you, are you going to tell us soon what YOU experienced in those two sweet Autumn days? 🙂

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  43. embe86 said

    YJfan, I’m sorry for not commenting on your fabulous writing earlier – I can’t believe I forgot to do that, because your recap made me feel like I was present in that moment. Your writing is exceptional, like a poetic stream of thoughts and still so easy to understand and take in. I actually wrote something just now, after listening to TOSOD. Here it is if you want to read it.

    “You know when you love a song so much you have to listen to it on full blast, even though it hurts your ears a bit… and you still feel like it’s not loud enough, like you want to hear every little detail and maybe even a breath intake here or there, just to feel the singer caressing the song into life..

    And then you just get lost in the song, like you had dived into water, and it’s kind of surrounding you and the water flows into your eyes and ears and nose and your every sense comes alive just for that song, that sound, and you feel the music like you feel the blood in your veins..

    and when the song stops you feel like something’s missing… so you need to play the song again… and even though you know exactly how the song goes, you know it by heart, you still get chills everytime you listen to it.

    That’s why I love David. I get lost in him everyday and I don’t want to find a way out. Ever.”

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  44. ascphil said

    YJ,
    I’m amazed. English is not your first or second language? And yet, you write so wonderfully well of how we all feel about our beloved David. I was so emotionally affected by your recap, how you connected the various snippets and vignets of experiences and observations which all give a collective image of why we all hold David so dear to our hearts. I was in tears after reading the last sentence.

    I also hold the same feelings you do about our fandom : “What is it about us that we hear in his voice and see in his person something that the rest of the world cannot, do not, and perhaps will never hear or see. Is that what binds us together?” I believe Silverfox had an unusual explanation for it that has something to do with our former lives which some will find incredulous or even laughable. But sometimes it makes you wonder why there is this strong bond and innate mutual understanding among us, complete strangers from different places yet we feel like long-lost friends when we meet, that many others do not feel with such intensity and passion.

    I recently had an email exchange with my father about the commonality of reincarnation as a belief, though not outwardly taught, in most religions, which he concluded from his studies on theologies and metaphysical subjects. Some of you may not believe in the concept, but it is something which recently is helping me rationalize my puzzling ODD on a different level. It is truly uncanny why we all follow David so closely, every day, constantly, ever since we first ‘discovered’ him. He is always in our minds.

    He has managed so far to put half a million of us under his twitter spell, with the number still rising. And he thinks he is weird and dull!

    Oh, and since Angelica, you and I are such goners for Falling Stars, check this piano cover out. It’s aahhmmaazzingly good.

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  45. bebereader said

    “Christmas From The Heart” is livestreaming on AOL Music!

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    Go Here: http://music.aol.com/holiday-and-christmas-cds#/4
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  46. bebereader said

    YJ#42 “What is it about us that we hear in his voice and see in his person something that the rest of the world cannot, do not, and perhaps will never hear or see. Is that what binds us together?”

    I think about this all the time. Do you think that perhaps we all have something similar but profound in our personalities, a characteristic that draws us to David and to each other?

    And Embe#43 Your writing is a breath of fresh air! Your point of view is inspiring! Please come back here often!

    “You know when you love a song so much you have to listen to it on full blast, even though it hurts your ears a bit… and you still feel like it’s not loud enough, like you want to hear every little detail and maybe even a breath intake here or there, just to feel the singer caressing the song into life..

    And then you just get lost in the song, like you had dived into water, and it’s kind of surrounding you and the water flows into your eyes and ears and nose and your every sense comes alive just for that song, that sound, and you feel the music like you feel the blood in your veins..”

    This is brilliant! I’ve often wondered too, why it is that when I put on my headphones and crank up the volume on David’s music that it’s never too loud. Is something wrong with my hearing? Any other music at that decibel is piercing and I’m forced to remove the headphones. Your analogy to being surrounded in water makes perfect sense. I’ve verbalized it as needing to be saturated in the sound of his voice.

    Asphill#44 “But sometimes it makes you wonder why there is this strong bond and innate mutual understanding among us, complete strangers from different places yet we feel like long-lost friends when we meet, that many others do not feel with such intensity and passion.”

    So true! It makes you wonder how it could be that someone you never met can understand you better than someone you’ve known most of your life? David’s fans share a deep connection to him and to each other; we communicate from the heart.

    Asphill, please add me to that list of goners for “Falling Stars”. The song owns me, from the first time I heard David sing it on the video from Witchita.

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  47. FG said

    You people have me eating candy corn while crying! LOL YJ you are amazing and embe, I love what you wrote. Add me to the Falling Stars list, from the 1st note it was all over for me. The song is genious and the piano cover shows how the notes form an auditory version of fireworks bursting and falling to the ground. For me anyway.

    Embe – about the breathing, I wrote this in a card for David a very long time ago:

    “If I could give you back a tiny piece of what you’ve given me, I’d take a breath from God, wrap it up in angel’s wings and send it sailing to you. You’d open it and know and feel all at once the beauty of this world and marvel with me at what a breath can do.”

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  48. Angelica said

    Embe#18 and I quote:

    “I love The Voice. I should say that more often. I don’t usually post here, though, because I think my style is not “eloquent” or “beautiful” or anything of the sort that you guys express in your writing.”

    Embe#43

    “You know when you love a song so much you have to listen to it on full blast, even though it hurts your ears a bit… and you still feel like it’s not loud enough, like you want to hear every little detail and maybe even a breath intake here or there, just to feel the singer caressing the song into life..

    And then you just get lost in the song, like you had dived into water, and it’s kind of surrounding you and the water flows into your eyes and ears and nose and your every sense comes alive just for that song, that sound, and you feel the music like you feel the blood in your veins..

    and when the song stops you feel like something’s missing… so you need to play the song again… and even though you know exactly how the song goes, you know it by heart, you still get chills everytime you listen to it.”

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  49. Tawna21 said

    embe #46–I know just exactly how you feel. I love how you describe it as diving into water and how it flows into and around your whole body and soul…then when it ends, you go after the same thing again because the first time wasn’t enough. Wow! you really did put into words the sensation that I get when listening to David’s songs. Thank you for your poetic way of expressing this.

    Tawna

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  50. poof said

    Oh Embe, that was just perfect. You really captured how being “emersed” in a David song can Feel. Thanks so much for sharing. (please never stop!)

    Bebe #46, I think you are right. I think there might be something “big” and “important” in our minds and hearts that makes us feel like David “takes us home”.

    Back to my most favorite lyric Ever:
    When you were young,
    Scared in the night,
    Waiting for love to come along and make it right.

    For me, David is that “love in the night”.

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  51. djafan said

    Just caught up reading up…wow.

    YJ, “English is not my first language, and not even my second”

    I would’ve never guessed.

    Embe, you’re not a very good liar.

    “And then you just get lost in the song, like you had dived into water, and it’s kind of surrounding you and the water flows into your eyes and ears and nose and your every sense comes alive just for that song, that sound, and you feel the music like you feel the blood in your veins..”

    This is exactly how I feel, so exact it’s scary.

    Poof,

    When you were young,
    Scared in the night,
    Waiting for love to come along and make it right.

    Since the first time I heard these lyrics I felt as if David was singing to me, a young me.

    Acsphil,

    “Some of you may not believe in the concept, but it is something which recently is helping me rationalize my puzzling ODD on a different level. It is truly uncanny why we all follow David so closely, every day, constantly, ever since we first ‘discovered’ him. He is always in our minds.”

    I have had so many discussions with myself trying to rationalize this phenomenon that just when I think I have justified my behavior I realize how irrational I come across to others and I just tell myself it is what is. Maybe some day it will all be clear to us. In the meantime, what is David doing right now?

    From snarky’s tonight in Pittsburg!

    Andrea: So far, mostly everyone here to see David Archuleta!!

    Andrea: Hardly anyone here. Just amnounced david’s name. Imagine, he got the loudest screams.

    Andrea: Ok more people coming in now. I tnink they know who is coming on soon haha

    Andrea: Ok, @davidarchie coming up next, u should hear the screams for david. Holy heck !!

    “Crush”!
    “Angels”!

    Angela: he just signed a girl’s cd in the middle of the show. so sweet ♥

    “Elevator”!
    “My Hands”!
    “SBL”!

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  52. bluesky said

    I enjoyed your recap very much YJ.
    Thank you!

    (Falling stars and fireworks and hummingly musical vibrations just seem to light the air. *sigh*)

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  53. Angelica said

    Ascphil,

    That piano rendition of Falling Stars is so beautiful! I tweeted it to David and to Eman. I plan to make an mp3 of it too. Ah love. It is so painful at times. Still, there’s something about it…

    That is one of the songs that I swim in and feel it swimming in my veins as well, like Embe said. I have felt that with other songs of his as well, that voice inside me like warm liquid flowing through my veins and it’s almost like I don’t hear it at all but some higher sense is at work and everything, everything is the voice.

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  54. bebereader said

    To all you “Falling Stars” aficionados out there, my favorite performance of this song, thus far.

    credit Clear Channel

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  55. Tawna21 said

    Angelica #53–right now I’m swimming in CFTH and I may just drown cause I can’t come up for air. O Holy Night just put me down for the third count!!

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  56. djafan said

    I’ve added a link to the AOL CFTH listening party on the right sidebar. Click on picture of CFTH to go there!

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  57. bebereader said

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  58. bebereader said

    Pics from tonight’s event!

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  60. dakgal said

    Bebe– Thanks so much for the Falling Stars video, I hadn’t seen that one–man -o-man there just isn’t anything like David LIVE and that was just you-tube– real thing might send me into — well I’m just to scared to even think about it! It’s almost like a completely different song.

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  61. bebereader said

    Moar!

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  64. bebereader said

    Dak#60 ITA (I totally agree). And that was the first time David performed “Falling Stars”. Can you just imagine the song when he sings it on tour? *spazzz*

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  65. betsy said

    Love that Falling Stars :)I really like that song too.
    Now he needs to sing my favorite song in the world.
    “These are words, I want to say, every hour, of every day, these are words, that say how good it feels to be hear with you, today”
    Good Place
    I could go on, lol.

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  66. betsy said

    *here*

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  67. bebereader said

    And one more from Andrea FOD:

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    “@DavidArchie poses for me after the show..he said ‘I don’t know which way to turn’..haha”

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  68. embe said

    Angelica, Tawna, Bebe, Poof, djafan and FG – I guess I have to thank you for calling me a liar? I just can’t ever put myself into the same category with you as writers, since English is my third language (though I speak it way better than my second, Swedish) and I’m self-concious sometimes, ’cause most of you are native English speakers 😛 Still, I thank you with all my heart. It was so nice to wake up to such comments ❤

    "Busted" 😀 😀 What a cute kitten.

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  69. cb said

    Embe ““You know when you love a song so much you have to listen to it on full blast, even though it hurts your ears a bit… and you still feel like it’s not loud enough, like you want to hear every little detail and maybe even a breath intake here or there, just to feel the singer caressing the song into life..

    And then you just get lost in the song, like you had dived into water, and it’s kind of surrounding you and the water flows into your eyes and ears and nose and your every sense comes alive just for that song, that sound, and you feel the music like you feel the blood in your veins..

    and when the song stops you feel like something’s missing… so you need to play the song again… and even though you know exactly how the song goes, you know it by heart, you still get chills everytime you listen to it.”

    I have to repeat this too, because you so eloquently described what I feel. How did you do that? A M A Z I N G! You gave me the chills just reading your words. It’s like the song becomes a part of you. I love so much, that you feel this.

    Angelica, thanks for the Laurel and Hardy vid. I kept following to other bits on youtube and had a fun time.

    Bebe, I love that Falling Stars! Just beautiful, I love that song I want to hear it live more times. (Please David)

    FG, you are a poet! Poof, Ascphil, Abbra, DJA and so many more, I loved your comments.

    Thanks again Yja, and WOW, all of the comments which I just got caught up on were great! I kinda love this place 🙂

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  70. FG said

    OMG he is so dag-nabbit frickety frackity guh-rifficly beautiful. I gotta go to the eye doctor. I am WOUNDED.

    Embe – your command of the English language is masterful.

    I am undone. Will there be videos to add to this madness?

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  71. FG said

    Angelica “that voice inside me like warm liquid flowing through my veins and it’s almost like I don’t hear it at all but some higher sense is at work and everything, everything is the voice.”

    Dang it you.

    Do you realize that most people would lock us up and throw away the key? It is a genetic condition, to be sure. People fear what they don’t understand. LOL

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  72. MunkFOD said

    HI Everyone! The pics and videos are awesome! WOW! Thanks so much for posting. Looks and sounds like last night was incredible! Waiting patiently (LOL!) for tour dates! Have a great day everyone!

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  73. vee from Sydney, still awake said

    Good morning angels

    angels from Altar bar thanks to 8throwcenter

    Greetings from Land down under

    time for me to sleep now ( 12:14 am here in Sydney)

    I would like to thank you for all the recaps. I feel I was there with you. Sitting there with wide open eyes , listening quietly ( not like those people chattering while my Angel is singing Angels).

    🙂

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  74. YJfanodavid said

    Speaking of

    “that voice inside me like warm liquid flowing through my veins and it’s almost like I don’t hear it at all but some higher sense is at work and everything, everything is the voice,”

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  75. vee from Sydney, still awake said

    Desertrat of Souldavid mentioned about Julio Iglesias Jr’s Angels in Spanish.


    Let us imagine our David singing this. Close our eyes, feel the words ( well can’t understand the words but we know the English translation)……

    Vee

    P.S. I am not good with words but my contribution is to be awake and look for videos when everyone is asleep. Well it is good that I live at the other side of the world (like the other side of down), different time line. Not as wonderful as JR but I can help a little bit.

    sleeeeepppppp nite nite , good morning to you all

    Vee again

    O;^) angel ( tilt you head to see the little faces)

    |-O big yawn | I asleep ( that is my cue …zzzzzzz)
    (( )):** hugs and kisses

    Vee one last time for tonight….see you again everyone
    You all make my day a little bit better!!!!!!!!

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  76. FG said

    My Hands

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  77. Angelica said

    Hey MunkFOD!

    FG, if it wasn’t genetic in the beginning, it is now. I think his voice alters your DNA.

    Vee!! G’day mate from the other side of down under. Thanks so much for covering the night shift for us and bringing videos. We appreciate ya!

    YJ, I will watch that video when I get home from work. Wonder what tis?

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  78. bebereader said

    Morning!

    *waves to Vee and everyone*

    Here’s “Elevator” from last night!

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    “In which David graciously signs a CD for a fan in the front row, and then engages the audience with Elevator. I love the end where he asks for audience participation, and don’t miss Mike K’s accompaniment, especially during this part where he seems to know exactly whether to strum loud or soft or not at all for the audience parts. Elevator live is so much fun!”

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  79. bebereader said

    I’ll admit that “Elevator” wasn’t a favorite of mine when I first heard it a few months back, but that has changed! With each performance, David has been able to perfect the new songs to his liking. I’m digging the interaction with the audience in “Elevator”! So endearing!

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  80. bebereader said

    “Crush”

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    “In which David is invited to sing at a fan’s wedding, and sings a wonderful acoustic Crush. I love Crush with just David, the keyboard and Mike on guitar.”

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  81. ilovedavid said

    RE pic on #67: His eyes are stunning. Their beauty shines through the picture even if it’s a bit blurred. Lately, when I see pictures where his eyes really stand out, I remember the line below from Just The Way You Are (took the liberty of changing her to his)

    His eyes, his eyes
    Make the stars look like they’re not shining

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  82. djafan said

    Hellooooo!

    Embe…Angelica, Tawna, Bebe, Poof, djafan and FG – I guess I have to thank you for calling me a liar?

    You’re welcome 🙂 By the way English is my second language.

    Thank you VEEEEe and BEBEEEE for the pictures and videos!!!

    Ilovedavid, that picture, that smile, those eyes, mixed with that voice is a deadly combination.

    Great review!!!

    The Other Side of Down Suits David Archuleta Just Fine
    Christa Banister : TheFish.com Contributing Writer

    Artist: David Archuleta

    Title: The Other Side of Down

    Label: Jive

    In the 2000 movie High Fidelity, a perpetually down-on-his-luck record store owner named Rob (played by John Cusack) posed the following cosmic question: Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?

    Well, whatever came first, the music or the misery, American Idol alum David Archuleta definitely seems to understand Rob’s plight on his third album, The Other Side of Down.While anyone expecting a plodding downer of an album filled with songs in decidedly minor keys may be disappointed by how Archuleta sings the blues, fans of Archuleta’s previous work will be delighted by his growth, both musically and lyrically.

    Recently admitting to MTV.com that “everyone has those rough patches, so I don’t want to ignore them and act like everything’s hunky dory,” Archuletta sings about life’s rougher moments with the conviction of someone who’s been there and explores with new quality—hip-hop, dance and R&B—in the process.

    While there’s not a bad track in the bunch, a rarity in our singles-driven marketplace, there are still a few standouts including “Elevator,” a catchy piece on the somewhat-awkward process of growing up and “Things Are Going to Get Better” where Archuletta’s stellar pipes get an even bigger lift with a stellar backing choir.

    Getting a little introspective, “Who Am I” explores the question that everyone has asked him/herself at some point in time, while “Look Around,” one of the album’s most club-friendly tracks, invites listeners to see the beauty in the simple things.

    Despite all the venting, however, Archuletta never seems to lose sight of the fact that he’s got plenty to be thankful for, and songs like “Complain,” “Good Place” and “My Kind of Perfect” not only acknowledge this, but offer an engaging sense of optimism in the process, the perfect antidote for life’s more challenging moments.

    **This Review first Published October 19, 2010

    http://www.thefish.com/music/reviews/11639731/The-Other-Side-of-Down-Suits-David-Archuleta-Just-Fine-/

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  83. bebereader said

    Ilovedavid#81

    “His eyes, his eyes
    Make the stars look like they’re not shining”

    Thanks!
    That describes David’s eyes perfectly!

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  84. ilovedavid said

    @djafan: completely agree! which is why close up vids are dangerous for us.

    @bebereader: thanks for sharing but i wasn’t prepared for that pic! hahaha! now, it’s hard to concentrate on what I’m doing 🙂

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  85. bluesky said

    #76

    Time will continue to pass, DA. Your voice will continue to deepen, enrich and gain strength. You will continue to get more and more of those “deadly skills” mentioned so often. *sigh*

    (On a side note, I believe I saw an obscure news item concerning 3 Fairy God Mothers who were disbarred recently and sent to an alternate universe. It seems they recklessly exceeded their authority by creating a being that was 99% magic. And could sing. At sentencing they appeared remarkably unrepentant.)

    DA, sometimes I feel that if I really could “hold on to your hand” (as you so excellently, passionately and convincingly suggest) I would be mercifully zapped into oblivion.

    (Perhaps I could make a fourth for lunch.)

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  86. bluesky said

    I love how his eyes always look as though he is asking a question. His gaze always goes outward.

    I suppose the other way would be to look like one is aware that people are looking at you or toward you or trying to see into you. But not DA. He always looks into people.

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  87. bebereader said

    Bluesky#85/86 I can’t imagine what will become of us when David’s ‘voice deepens, enriches and gains more strength’. And you say he’s going to develop more of those deadly skills? YIKES!

    Interesting observation you made about his eyes in #86. I have to agree with you. There’s a quality about David’s eyes that is undefined, for lack of a better word and yet so terribly beautiful at the same time. I think you’re getting somewhere when you say “…his eyes always look as though he is asking a question. His gaze always goes outward…He always looks into people.”

    Was waiting for this! Good quality “Falling Stars” soundcheck at Grand Rapids.

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  88. bebereader said

    SUPER CLOSEUP “Crush” from last night, with fans screaming for an encore.

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  89. djafan said

    Something Bout Love with intro

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  90. ilovedavid said

    Love the Pittsburgh vids. While watching, I came across Elevator from Z100 and decided to watch it again before I went to bed. I don’t think that was such a good idea. I ended up listening to it over and over again. I still can’t get over how anyone can sound like that LIVE! Some singers don’t even sound that good recorded! If his voice gets even better, I don’t know what will become of me and the rest of his fans too. Ok, just had to let that out so I can finally maybe get to sleep. 🙂

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  91. djafan said

    David Archuleta backstage at Fall Q Ball

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  92. Abrra said

    Ilovedavid

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    In case you missed it, I made an mp3 of that youtube.
    You can download it here:
    http://www.mediafire.com/?nsys5nqfxg03ke7

    Abrra

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  93. silverfox said

    If David’s vocals last night is any indication of what we can expect from him on his TOUR, we are in for one heck of a show! His vocals seem to get better & better with each performance. “Angels” was fantastic & is one of his best renditions & the way he looked right into the camera several times gave me chills!

    The question is…WHEN might we expect to hear something definite about a tour in the works? I hope David realizes how anxious we are for a solo tour. Enough with these little radio station promos already. I know they are a prelude for what’s to come which is why I’m so ready for his next solo tour! 🙂

    One thing I just don’t understand…David has over 500K followers on twitter…which BTW does not include every single die-hard fan as not all his fans have a twitter account, but even if only half of his twitter followers are DIE-HARD David Archuleta fans who were waiting breathlessly for TOSOD, how is it that his album sales are below 50K?? I just don’t get it!? I realize not all David’s fans can afford to purchase his album, but come on! Surely in the US alone there are at least 50K fans of David’s who can afford to BUY his album! All I can say to those “fans” who downloaded his album or any of the songs on his album, illegally, shame on you!! Unfortunately, those “fans” will not care or even see my rant but at least I feel better for ranting.

    David deserves so much better for what he does for us just with his voice & by his very existence.

    Now I’ll just go to my corner and listen again to the videos from last night. David continues to give 110% everywhere he goes, no matter the size of the audience. He is an amazing artist, the consummate professional. Is there any doubt he is The Voice of this generation?

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  94. kaycee said

    Hey all! Does anyone have that quote that was posted for a few days at the top of the site about the frequency working in David? It was comment made by someone (I wish I could give her credit)during a time of much hand wringing in the David world?

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  95. Abrra said

    I got a request for Angels mp3 from last night. Instead of send it to just a few, I put it on mediafire.

    Angels~AltarBar Pittsburg
    http://www.mediafire.com/?tbrm876q67e9iag

    Abrra

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  96. Abrra said

    Kaycee
    It was Angelica’s quote. I bet she or Bebe “the saver of all things” may have it in a file and can post it.

    Abrra

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  97. dakgal said

    SF speaking of Twitter , I found this amusing., got it from Snarkys– Jim loves our David, and everything lovable about him. Listen from about 7:50 on–

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  98. Angelica said

    Kaycee,

    “I just can not bring myself to worry about David’s career because there is a frequency greater than radio waves working in him and FOR him that will bring to pass his ultimate success in due time.”

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  99. silverfox said

    Dakgal!! Thanks for posting that video. I think I really miss a lot of great stuff about David cause I’m out of the loop so much now. 😦

    I LOVE that they love David & actually GET him! Although I wouldn’t exactly describe David even “lovingly” as an “Idiot Savant”. 😀 But Jim is right about David being a Savant. A true musical savant. No doubt. And David really KNOWS to pace himself on twitter which is what makes his tweets so special & randomly wonderful. When I get a tweet on my phone from David, it just makes me so happy just to know what he’s thinking. Someday a collection of his tweets will make a great book! 😀

    David, Buenas Noches, wherever you are this fine evening. Thank you for who you are & for all you do. Contigo siempre!

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  100. djafan said

    SF, No question in my mind that he is the Voice of this generation, just some in this generation don’t know it yet but they will in due time. A book of David tweets, now that’s an idea. Everyone seems to love them and he sure is a musical savant.

    I think TOSOD tour is going to be more than we can even imagine.

    Dak, thanks for that video, I find it interesting that it seems that everyone that comes in to some contact with David even via twitter he makes an impression of being special.

    David’s tweet, hmmmm he’s thinking….

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  101. dakgal said

    SF–I agree with the term “idiot” savant even being “loving used” –I prefer “dorky” savant or “just being who he is savant”. I read a description about someone else that fits David to a tee. It said the person thinks at “warp speed” and sometimes starts to say a word– is hesitant ( like they’re thinking way ahead of themselves) and that makes them appear to stumble over words. Sometimes David will start to say a word–then stop on one syllable–say another word in its place–then two words later use the original word he was going to say in his reply. Am I explaining very clearly? Savant is ONE correct word tho.

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  102. blisskasden said

    Hi all. I’m taking the liberty of bringing over my recent posts from the You Tube video of “Angels” from “8th Row Center” from Pittsburgh. Much has been written about David’s CD sales (or lack thereof), so here is my 2 cents.

    “Once again David shows us that he is the best singer on the planet. He has 500,000 followers on Twitter. His new CD is fantastic and needs to be bought or downloaded legally. Why would someone follow an artist on Twitter and not support him by buying his work? Look at David giving 150% on this stage. It’s not enough to vote for him on meaningless polls. David deserves the respect of everyone who calls themselves a fan by OWNING his CD. He deserves nothing less.”

    “David’s CD can be bought for less than the price of going to a movie. To those who love him, he is an artist and a magical person. To his label, he is a product that either makes them money or doesn’t. David is not about the money, but if we want David to remain available to us as a performing and recording artist, he will need a label that can show a profit from his CDs. Drooling over David’s good looks and wonderful personality will not get that done”.

    A poster referred to David as a “balladeer”. I couldn’t let that go without comment.

    “With all due respect, I don’t see David as a “balladeer”. David can sing it all at the highest level . David’s “problem” has nothing to do with any aspect of his talent. The reason he is not selling CDs like hotcakes has to do with the lingering public misconceptions about him. There is so much mythology about David, his biography should be written by Homer. What is true, however, is that he is, hands down, the best singer on the music scene today and his CD sales don’t reflect it”.

    End of You Tube posts.

    Bottom line. David Archuleta is a musical genius. The American music buying public wouldn’t know a musical genius if it landed on the “Jersey Shore”.

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  103. djafan said

    Hey Bliss,

    I’ve seen you out on youtube and I agree. For some reason the states seemed to have had their ears and hearts ruined by what radio plays calling it music.

    I’d like David to do a world tour and start in the Asian countries where they appreciate, value, and recognize a great voice and amazing songs. Their support for David has not wavered, he is constantly on the radio there and charting on many music charts. So hopefully by the time he comes back to the states those here3 will be ready and will have witnessed how to value a true artist.

    Am I dreaming???

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  104. Shawna said

    Just in response to buying the CD, and downloading. I am aure that a lot of us have even bought way more than one, so that even makes it look worse than it is. I bought one from Amazon, the fan pack, six from target, and ten from Smith’s Marketplace here in Utah, plus downloaded both the pre-ordered deluxe cd and the cd from itunes, and then when I couldn’t get it to work on my iphone, I bought and downloaded both the deluxe CD and the CD on another itunes account. So I alone count for 18 physical CD’s and 4 itunes ones. It really is a shame, cause he worked so hard on it, but apparently CD’s just aren’t selling. Walmart told me the market is the movies and most people just download illegally instead of buying it. This is sad. How do people live with themselves when they are really breaking the law by doing it? I just don’t get it and wonder why 501,000 are following him and not buying it. It would already be gold if they all had just bought one!!!

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  105. pocoelsy said

    Hello Blisskasden,

    I went on youtube and saw your comments there, I love all of them since the begining of The David’s greatness, they’re all so true but those great vids are most likely be seen by his loyal fans who’re most likely (hopefully) bought his album legally. If you leave your truer than true comments on any of his VIVO vid hopefully all of those casual or may I say those who want to steal from our fantastic David may think twice before they do it illegally. Afterall David is all about goodness it would be shameful x 2 to steal from him. I myself left some comments on there but my wording are not very well written so hope to see you go there and change people’s mind……………TOSOD is such a great album it would be a waste if it doesn’t sell…..make me sad make all of us sad.

    OK on a happier news, rumor whatever, heard that David may come to Malaysia….. Me and my family are so there I’m ready whoo hoo happy dance….

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  106. betsy said

    David singing My Hands, Cuyahoga Falls Ohio 10/11/10

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  107. MomWithODD said

    I am here for the first time because I saw Sharon’s post at FOD that there were some wonderful reflections about David here … and boy was it ever the truth! 🙂 I think you guys are all high on something … or that is, someone who’s initials are DJA!! 🙂

    I’ve been needing this because David’s sales have been worrying me, but like some of you … I try not to let it get me down … but it’s just not right, is it?

    #98, Angelica … that really helps put it in perspective for me. Thanks for that.

    Bliskaden … I feel your frustration too! All I can hope is that David’s management AND label wake up and take the steps needed to remedy this because it’s just not right.

    It’s great to see all the familiar names here … Thanks everyone for being here for David!! David truly does have the MOST WONDERFUL fans!!! And I’m proud to be among you all!! 🙂

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  108. kaycee said

    Ah, yes, Angelica! That was the quote I was looking for! Thanks so much for digging that up for me. With all the concerns and frustrations being expressed on the fan sites, that quote seems to bring it all into perspective for me.

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  109. Angelica said

    Pocoelsy,

    What great news! Hope that rumor is true!

    Bliss,

    Good to see you again. Might have known you were busy on the front lines at YouTube fighting for David’s right to respect as only you can. I don’t think we can depend on honor among thieves. The system is broke. It needs fixing not only for David, but for all musical artists who work hard to produce their work and deserve to be fairly compensated.

    Welcome MomWithODD!

    You’re welcome Kaycee!

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  110. betsy said

    Same night, Angels

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  111. betsy said

    I love his introduction to Angels.
    It’s breaking my heart.
    He is the real thing.

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  112. MomWithODD said

    Oh, and yj … your recap is so inspiring … thank you so much for sharing that memorable experience with such eloquence! 🙂

    thanks for the warm welcome, Angelica! 🙂

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  113. blisskasden said

    What galls me about these CD sales is that that it flies in the face of David’s presumed popularity. He is Mr. go-to guy for the media on all questions about American Idol. Every clone shock jock and sidekick shock- chick can’t get enough of him, and fall in love with him by the end of the interview. Every personal appearance is met with Elvis-esque hysteria. He is told time and time again that he is loved by millions and he is available to everyone at all times. He wins every popularity poll his name is on.

    Where are these millions of fans? 500,000 Twitter followers, my ass. People here and elsewhere have said that they have bought multiple copies. That makes it even worse in terms of actual numbers of buyers. I’d like to call every one of his “followers” and ask them to show me their CD or proof of download. Aren’t even half of these “followers” fans of his music?

    David called his fans “go-getters”. They need to live up to his praise and “go get” his CD, and pronto!

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  114. betsy said

    Pretty sure David has a lot of non fans following him on Twitter.
    Because his tweets are so loved, he almost always has several TOP TWEETS every week.
    They show up on the site right before one logs in. And everyone on Twitter sees this.
    p.s.
    People magazine did an article last week on gay teen suicide and bullying. Then this week they reviewed David’s cd and called it bubble gum pop. (they did say his voice was beautiful)
    It would’ve been great if they mentioned how David has helped many through dark days. I read one young person’s comment somewhere and that is exactly what he said.
    Maybe they need a researcher.
    Sorry, rambling at 1:30 a.m. – I never make sense.

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  115. Pattirae said

    Dear Bliss,
    I have so agreed with everything you’ve said in #102 and #113. I am almost in anguish over some of the things I’ve read today on other sights about him just not making the grade to be a pop singer like he wants to be. Of course they are basing their reasoning on several factors, but low CD sales seems to the main one. I certainly don’t have any answers, just am soooo puzzled like Bliss as to why he has so many twitter followers, why he wins so many fan polls, why so many scream at the top of their lungs when they see him at a concert (and then SCREAM for more), why he is in such demand for quality shows (Skate, Celtic, MDA, Arthur Ashe, MTV, etc),why DJ’s love him so, and on and on. I know I am just repeating everything Bliss has mentioned but I can’t help it. The very same thing has been on my mind all day. I just don’t understand why all these fans and events don’t add up to several hundred thousand in CD sales. It really just blows my mind. Like Bliss says, “he is the best singer on the planet.” If there are still so many misconceptions out there, why did “Crush” do so well? why did he sale 900,000 CD’s last go around? Because I love every song so much on this new CD, I really did assume that “everyone” would love it like I do. Please, I need help! or answers, one or the other.

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  116. blisskasden said

    I think it’s important to remember that David is, first and foremost, a humanitarian. Singing is his way of manifesting his humanity, and reaching people.

    This world is a much better place because David Archuleta walks amongst us.

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  117. a fan said

    David have a lot of international twitter followers, especially Asian ones. Those twitter followers might have bought his CD’s but the international sale isn’t counted in the US sale. This might explain why the album sale is so disproportional from the number of twitter followers?

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  118. djafan said

    Welcome Momwithodd!

    Pattirae, like Angelica says “the system is broke” along with much of the American population’s ears.

    Betsy, “Sorry, rambling at 1:30 a.m. – I never make sense.”

    You always make sense to me.

    Pocoelsy,

    “OK on a happier news, rumor whatever, heard that David may come to Malaysia….. Me and my family are so there I’m ready whoo hoo happy dance….”

    I hope this is more than a rumor!

    Bliss,

    “I think it’s important to remember that David is, first and foremost, a humanitarian. Singing is his way of manifesting his humanity, and reaching people.”

    “This world is a much better place because David Archuleta walks amongst us.”

    Just had to repeat this.

    I’ve been reading the reviews and 8 out of 10 are positive, mostly getting better reviews than Mars, yet Mars is selling. It all points to promo. So here’s to getting promo going.

    And here is another review from the New York Post that praises TOSOD from a critic who was prepared to hate it.

    DAVID ARCHULETA

    “The Other Side of Down”

    ***

    HAVING been totally prepared to hate David Archuleta’s sophomore album, “The Other Side of Down,” as being more mush from the wimp, the disc is shockingly good, displaying huge musical evolution beyond the “American Idol”-style schlock ‘n’ roll.

    While Archuleta’s voice is still bright and youthful, the sugar is gone. You hear that in mature lyrics that have emotional depth in songs such as “Falling Stars,” “My Kind of Perfect” and “Stomping the Roses.” After his stint on “American Idol” and his debut record, it seemed as if this kid were pure plastic. This record’s pulse says otherwise.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/music/gunning_for_variety_with_musical_jbSfmNG4QV2moKUjbx0o1K#ixzz12yI0tByD

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  119. MomWithODD said

    #116 beautifully said, bliss! 🙂

    djafan … thanks for the warm welcome…

    This is a good place! 😉

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  120. bebereader said

    Welcome to first time posters, including MomwithODD and A Fan! Hope to see you around here often. Your comments are welcome!

    It’s not accurate to use the number 500,000 as a yardstick for measuring the amount of fans David has. They’re not all David’s fans; they’re fans of Twitter and found out that it’s cool to follow David, Mr. Twitter Universe. In addition, some of them became fans right after American Idol and may have lost interest by now but are still counted.

    The night TOSOD was leaked on youtube I had a sinking feeling. How could AOL have not locked their files? Those leaked songs remained on youtube far too long, a few days, I think, waiting to be illegally downloaded. It’s hard to believe but there are actually some people who don’t understand the piracy thing and think that if the files are available on youtube it must be okay to download. And then of course there are those who know very well that they’re stealing but do it anyway. They promise to buy the cd when it comes out but either forget or don’t have the funds.

    The combination of brand new music and new technology is a real problem. But the stealing of music online is going to happen whether we like it or not. That’s why the first week’s sales of any album should not accurately reflect the amount of interest in any new cd. If there was a way to add the number of TOSODs that were illegally downloaded online, I’m sure we’d see a much higher number of ‘sales’.

    One more thing…why isn’t David on TV, promoting the cd? His Today Show appearance the week he was in NY was canceled but not rescheduled. He was in Los Angeles last week. Why didn’t he turn up on nighttime TV talk shows to promote sales? I don’t understand why Jive didn’t make this happen.

    People are not going to buy TOSOD if they don’t know it exists.

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  121. Sharon said

    Good Morning Everyone! It is quite early for me, and all sites are still sleeping! I just want to say that “The Voice” is a “Good Place” to come and listen to the very eloquent dialogue from wonderful fans. I am a little intimidated by all of the great writers here, but want you all to know that it is always such a warm, fuzzy, cozy place to lurk!!!

    David is listening to his label, his management, his fans and lastly, and most importantly, his inner voice. I hope that the pressure he is must be feeling from all of these sources is more supportive than paralyzing. We all love this young man to infinity and back, and something is just not right about these numbers!! A fan on FOD found 7 sites one day where you could download just TOSOD for free. Each of those 7 sites had 15,000 and more downloads. The next day she found more. She reported them to Jive, and I think some were shut down, but not all. It has been reportd previously when his first album came out that David’s music was the most sought after to download. This is David’s livihood…I am just so upset about this aspect alone. What can we do. Can we challenge and shame those who have done this to go and buy a physical copy or go to itunes to buy one?? Could a campaign like that work?

    This is all so troubling as, we all know that David is the best singer out there. I am an 60 something fan, so I have heard many singers. No one in my lifetime has come close to touching my heart in quite the same way as dear David. His voice and heart are always in unison…creating magic!!!

    One thing all of you can do to help David is to please go to VEVO and stream his videos! SBL just went over the 4 million mark last night. David is compensated with $$$$….$25-40 for every 1000 hits for any of his songs on VEVO. (GG -found this information) It is such an easy peasy way to help David, and at the same time hear his great music! You do have to keep clicking replay, as I have not found a way to a steady stream.

    Thank you everyone for spreading David’s love with all of your wonderful messages! This is a “Good Place”! Leave the light on for me…I will be back! 🙂

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  122. Abrra said

    New article ———————————————–>

    Abrra

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  123. djafan said

    You are welcome momwithodd! It’s nice to see familiar faces on the voice!

    Bebe and Sharon, you both seem to understand the nature of this illegal downloading and how it effects the artist. Being a first time fan of anyone it sure has opened my eyes. I too remember David’s being the most sought illegal download and now it seems that way again.

    Sharon, I hope and pray that David is looking at this without stressing himself. That the label and new management and those close to him regroup and work out plan of action on where to go from here. I keep saying David sells himself, they just need to put him out in the public eye.

    Sharon, Glad you came out of lurking and yes please come back and join in!!!

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