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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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David Archuleta Packs His Bag

Posted by Abrra on Thursday, December 9, 2010

An interesting book title crossed my email the other day, “Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life .”

One review by Peter Senge, author of “The Fifth Discipline” on Amazon said “Repacking Your Bags will help you figure out where you want to go in your life and what you really need for the journey.”  I didn’t need to read the book to find the idea fascinating .

As you can see from this graphic, much of what David shared were practical items he carried with him when he traveled.  Note the dozen Sharpies?  Like any good Eagle Scout, he wanted to be prepared for any fan encounter that would require an autograph.  I have wondered about what we can’t see, but must surely be inside his “backpack for living,” not in the physical sense but metaphorically.

At the beginning of Idol his canvas backpack was relatively empty.  A few sentimental reminders of home and of a friend who gave him a flattened milk carton.  Typical of a teenager who wants to hold tight to memories of high school, no matter how strange it may seem.  He packs a personal journal to ensure he keeps track of daily events to measure his progress.  Little did he know how important this journal would mean to his future.  It was just the right inspiration for his best-selling book, “Chords of Strength.”  Perhaps he also took along a few unfinished melodies to comfort him and work on whenever the spirit or muse moved him.

With long stretches away from home and his family and friends, the bag became a bit lighter in some ways.  His metaphorical backpack began to evolve; the meaning of its contents becoming more precious than the tangibles.  Some high school chums had gone away for two years but not forgotten.  He will see them when he can, when they return from their mission or perhaps in photographs they send from college or when they come to his concerts.  Another reduction came as he had to put education on hold.  That can be achieved over time and when the time is right.  In fact, just recently a radio DJ reported that David said he was doing studies again.

As time progressed his backpack took on new weight.  He was now the boss.  Hiring a new management team was a solid move forward into his future.  I can only imagine the weight on a young man’s shoulders who is responsible for the livelihood of band mates and a host of others involved with a national concert tour.

Looking ahead to more appearances and touring to promote his new CD, The Other Side of Down, the responsibilities and commitments he carries around on a daily basis will become greater in scope and number.  David may need to pack a few extra items to guide him along this journey.  I envisioned a few new items that he may find useful to help him move forward in his career.

What might be in David’s metaphorical backpack?  I gave it some thought!

Last Summer in Greenville, South Carolina, a fan gave him a ring engraved with the letters CTR.  The initials stand for Choose The Right.  It’s a Mormon tradition to give this ring so that youth will always think before they act in any situation.  Maintaining the courage of his personal convictions will be tested in a business where young talent can be lead down the wrong path.  David understands that being in the limelight places him in the position of a role model.  He is more than worthy of this honor.  His recipe for happiness is, “What can I do to make others happy?”  Will he be packing a few extra rings to give guidance to those who are in need of support to always Choose The Right?

A dream catcher is always handy.  David says the lyrics to his new song, “Elevator,” came to him in a dream.  But a dream catcher may be useful for more than songwriting.  He once said that his ultimate dream is to sing at the Olympics.  A dream of a lifetime!  Oh to witness him in a stadium with the world watching and hearing the power of  the Voice!  In the process of promoting, touring and participating in charity events, David has gained valuable exposure.  His hard work does get him noticed.  I am confident that one day he WILL sing at the Olympics!

Having a spiritual anchor tucked away inside the bag keeps David grounded.  He can access the warmth of his family no matter where he is.  Knowing that collectively and individually they are a soft place to fall when he has concerns, eases the loneliness of traveling.  Being on the road so much can blow David in so many directions as he crisscrosses the country.  Family love and his strong faith in God keeps him firm and anchors him from a possible shipwreck.  At a time when many young people are “all sail and no anchor,” David stays the steady course, with a strong sense of duty and a confident eye on the future.

The invisible contents in David’s “backpack for living” are just as noteworthy as the more tangible items inside.  If David were to actually share the contents of his real backpack for living, it would reveal how far he’s come in a very short time.  It would also make known some life lessons about loyalty, responsibility, commitment and courage.  Lessons we would all do well to pack in our own bags as we navigate through life.

110 Responses to “David Archuleta Packs His Bag”

  1. Suzy-Q said

    I gave him the ring in Greenville, SC at the zoo M&G. I hope it’s not rude to make a correction. Otherwise I loved the article. I can tell you put a lot of thought into it. Thanks for sharing!!


  2. Abrra – love your latest writings – very thought provoking. Going to reread so I can make a comment.


  3. Abrra said

    Thank you for the correction. I remembered your story, just mixed up the city in my mind. I have sent word to Angelica to change the city.

    My radar for articles is always on. This idea fascinated me by its abstract nature.

    Glad you found it worth a 2nd read. 🙂



  4. Angelica said

    Suzy,Abrra, Done!


  5. Suzy-Q said

    Angelica, Abrra, Thanks!


  6. poof said

    Good morning! I don’t have time to comment,,, oh look at me do it anyway! Abrra, such love and respect for David. We, as fans know watching him that David finds significance in everything. This post is so wonderful because you did the same thing! Thanks!


  7. Fiona said

    Wonderful article Abrra!!!
    I have some lovely photos that my friend took of the concert in Dallas!!! How do I post them here?


  8. MunkFOD said

    Abrra, Loved your article! I really enjoyed reading it! You are right on!

    Kaycee, If you are around. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!


  9. MT said

    Abrra, very thoughtful and insightful article. I really enjoyed it. It’s really interesting to think of what he carries and the meaning of it all.

    This line in particular struck me: “Knowing that collectively and individually they are a soft place to fall when he has concerns, eases the loneliness of traveling>” I’ve often thought of how lonely he must get some days. When he is travelling is when he seems to like to make blogs, or have his little twitter parties. I like to think he sees his fans as an extension of his family/friends when on the road and feeling alone. (And, I do think he reads the blogs sometimes, when he is bored and the time differences make it hard to be in contact with his family, or when his ego may need a little boost. And I mean that in the nicest way.) I like to think that we, in some way, can provide a little comfort for him in times like those.


  10. Dayzee said

    Thank you for this article. I was thinking David must be keeping his bag packed now. He gets up and goes to work almost daily. I appreciate how dedicated he is in his efforts to make a difference.
    My eye was drawn to #4 Personal Journal where he says he made a resolution to write in his journal once a week, but then adds that he writes daily. Overachieving again.


  11. Angelica said


    I like the way you packed his bags. Making right choices (CTR), holding fast to his dreams (dream catcher), and keeping a firm foundation of support (anchor, spiritual/family). Nice use of symbolism. You’ve included all the stuff that really matters to keep our David on course as he continues his journery. I say our David…he is ours, isn’t he? Can we keep him. lol. Love this. Love you. 😉

    Bringing this over from the last thread. It was posted late last night. Kaycee, my heart and prayers are with you and your lovely daughter. So glad David’s music gave her spirit a lift. (((hugs))) to you both.

    123.kaycee said
    Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 2:38 AM e

    Wow! I think it’s been almost a month since I’ve been able to check out videos of David or even get on this site. My teenage daughter (and fellow concert-goer) became very ill about a month ago and after weeks of great discomfort, hospitalizations, and stumping doctors was diagnosed with a very rare and serious disorder. She has just started a very aggressive chemotherapy and steroid treatment, and we are hoping for the best. Her spirits were quite low today, so we went out driving, and she turned to me with such sad eyes and said, “I just want to listen to David.” So we stuck in TOSOD and then CFTH, and the heaviness seemed to lift and the sadness seemed to fade.


  12. Abrra said

    Poof,MonkFOD,MT,Dayzee and Angelica!

    Thanks for reading. I wasn’t sure it was a concept I could get across in a meaningful way.

    Thanks for your kind words! I sent you an email. I can post them for you.



  13. Abrra said

    My heart goes out to you and your family. I am praying that you child’s treatments are successful.



  14. skydancer1x said

    Abrra,I love your brain.It always takes us on an adventure that provokes images and thought.
    hmmmm.David’s core values and the way he lives his life on a daily basis, makes the following sound like a David tweet!!

    from reviewer…“Repacking Your Bags will help you figure out where you want to go in your life and what you really need for the journey.”

    Having David in my life has reminded me that daily, that only the essentials are necessary.


  15. Abrra said

    Posting these for Fiona. Her friend Val took them at the Dallas concert.

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  16. MT said

    kaycee, My heart goes out to you as well. Will be praying for a good outcome.

    #15 Great pics! Wow! Very nice. But then, David is such a great subject. He’s so photogenic.


  17. embe86 said

    Kaycee, I wish you and your daughter all the strength in the world.


  18. embe86 said

    Abrra #15

    Gorgeous pictures ❤ David's jacket has so many buttons! Possibly to prevent the Superman sign on his chest from accidentally showing.


  19. bebereader said


    Interesting idea to write about the ‘invisible” contents of David’s backpack in comparison to the “actual” items inside. I agree with you, he is a lesson in responsibility and commitment.


    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter. It is truly amazing how David’s music and voice can uplift our spirits better than any drug. For that alone I love and respect him.


    Really good pics of David! I hope to have your view one day!


  20. djafan said


    “The invisible contents in David’s “backpack for living” are just as noteworthy as the more tangible items inside. If David were to actually share the contents of his real backpack for living, it would reveal how far he’s come in a very short time. It would also make known some life lessons about loyalty, responsibility, commitment and courage.”

    David and that back pack. He let is see some of the stuff he carries around a while back, curious to see what items have left and what he’s added since. Thank you for such a thought provoking article and also for posting Fiona’s beautiful pictures.

    Kaycee, my thoughts and prayers go out to your daughter, you, and your family.


  21. Angelica said

    Fiona #15,

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures by your friend Val. That first pic with that crooked smile of his is just exquisite!


  22. djafan said

    A better view of David skating plus a little spin at the end!


  23. Fiona said

    Thanks for the kind comments! I will tell Val, she is a great photographer!! I will email Abrra with some more! 🙂


  24. djafan said

    Who I Am on Japan’s Amazing Race commercial!


  25. Abrra said

    More pictures from Dallas by Val ( Fiona’s friend and NEW fan!)

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    Fiona and Val in Dallas

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  26. djafan said

    Fiona, Val took some mighty awesome pictures 🙂


  27. Tawna21 said

    Love your article, Abrra. There’s a lot of thought provoking material in it. I think you are right on with the ideas you have presented. I need to re-read again and again to help me pack my own bag–it’s pretty empty right now. Thank you for giving me ideas.



  28. djafan said

    Another skating video credit davidfankimbee

    An in depth recap of Kaleidoscope by Kurt. Here are some excerpts, full recap at link.

    Dorothy Hamill then came out to introduce Paul Wylie skating to David Archuleta performing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” I will admit, I’ve never watched American Idol so while I knew who David Archuleta is by name, I’ve never really heard him sing before. I was pretty impressed – he’s got a beautiful voice and tone which filled the arena with warmth.

    Both David’s were given the opportunity to perform a song without a skater on the ice, and David Archuleta’s song was next. Scott talked about how he was now a bona fide star with web sites, fan clubs, bestselling albums, and a 20th birthday coming up really soon. David sang “Falling Stars”, which was absolutely gorgeous and heartfelt. His voice just filled the arena, and he can definitely emote while singing.

    David Archuleta was noticeably more comfortable on the ice, even trying a little 360 degree turn at one point, and skating unassisted around waving at the audience with the other skaters.


  29. Abrra said

    Bebe, Djafan, Angelica and Tawna!

    Thank you for reading this article. Backpacks can come in many intangible forms. I think we repack our hopes and dreams on a daily basis. Life kinda dictates and we adjust. I like that!

    The skating video’s are so sweet. I had to laugh out loud when David had to join the chain of hands beside the bright pink bikini. He does not have a sharpie big enough to fill in the flesh! ( shades of Angelica in her boots?). Don’t they know his hand holding standard? 😉

    Val’s pictures are amazingly good.

    Good news! Boston has Orla’s concert on now! After telling me they would not carry it. Orla is there to promote the DVD.

    First thing she says is that David is making her COOL!

    And the interviewer says ( I swear , learn your facts woman! ) “But he’s ITALIAN, right?” 😉

    Oh my heck! She seemed surprised that a Irish lady and an “eye-talian” ( /sarcasm off) could sing beautiful songs together.



  30. djafan said

    This video of Elevator from the Fillipines was uploaded yesterday, great view! Those are some amazing David loving fans!


  31. djafan said

    Falling Stars credit davidfankimbee….yeah.


  32. Heidijoy said

    Thanks Abrra for your wonderful article and analogies. Lots to think about and enjoy the symbolisms.

    Kaycee, You and your daughter are in my thoughts and prayers. I know the healing power of David’s music and am so glad your daughter receives some relief and enjoyment from his soothing voice and spirit.


  33. SandyBeaches said

    I can tell easily that David is a good skater…just look at the skates that they gave him to wear!! He was a good sport just to take to the ice in them, next time people at least a pair of hockey skates. He is such a tremendous athlete and good sport. I believe that I read that he played hockey before but that may be incorrect. It was great fun!

    Great article Abrra!



  34. Tawna21 said

    {{Kaycee}} God bless your family and most especially your daughter. May He give you all the strength and courage to face this challenge is my prayer for you. I’m sure you will feel his love for you thru David’s music.


    #31 vid says it’s private (?)


  35. Tawna21 said

    SB–what kind of skates does David have on? I know absolutely zero about skates!
    It seems to me that David played street hockey on in-line skates.



  36. archiesfan4life said

    Abrra – I love your article!

    {{{kaycee}}} you and your daughter are in my prayers.


  37. Lynnella said

    Abrra, your article is very thought provoking and insightful. You talked about how lonely he must get at times, for his friends and family. I was thinking today about how much his Mother must miss him. I remember when my first son went off to college, and then my second son joined the Army and went to Germany. I missed both of them so much at times I actually ached. His Mother had to give him up, so to speak, when he was only 17. He’s been gone so much of the time since then, and I’m sure she misses him dearly. I know I would.

    Kaycee, I am praying for your daughter and hope that God will bless you both this Christmas.


  38. skydancer1x said

    kaycee, please know I will be keeping you and your daughter in my prayers.


  39. skydancer1x said

    Fiona! OMG! Tell her she has won my award for “best photographer of the night!” These pics are so gorgeous!(Did Val take them from row H?)Holy cow.You must be beside yourself happy!Thanks so much for sharing them!So much fun meeting the two of you, and Terry and Marie.WHAT A NIGHT!such a cute picture of you two!


  40. Gayle122890 said

    Kaycee, praying for your family and especially your dear daughter.

    Fiona, those photos! A few articles ago I commented about the palacial venue that is the Majestic, and how so fit it was for The Prince. Wow, I never imagined how much he would actually look like a prince!

    Abrra, I shall finally start going through my “baggage” and replace it with a “backpack for living”.


  41. bebereader said

    Here’s “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” from Kaleidoscope by peanutjack182

    “Falling Stars” by mychemicalcookie


    Kaleidoscope Finale by mychemicalcookie


  42. vlm said

    THANKS A MILLION JR – just got the signed cd a while ago – you cannot imagine how I’m feeling – like I won that 700M lottery.. Yesterday when you called, my rainy, dreary afternoon also turned into a sunny one. I have started to correspond with the kindest, most wonderful people I met through David’s fan sites. It feels so good to be able able to share and talk everything DAVID!
    Kaycee, my prayers.
    Thank you Abrra for the wonderful write-up.
    And to Fiona: your pictures are awesome. He is indeed the most photogenic person on this planet.Thank you.


  43. jackryan4DA said

    WEll, David may have packed his bag and jetted out of Manila weeks ago but Manila is still not a little too over him. Finally, SonyPhil & MyxPhil will have a special feature on him (been waiting for this!) on 13 DEC 2010



  44. jackryan4DA said

    KAYCEE – my prayers go to you & your family

    VLM – it is my pleasure 🙂

    ABRRA – just looooove your take on David’s backpack for living


  45. FG said

    Kaycee – sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    Abrra – awesome article! I must reread it. My heart is too full for my brain to work properly LOL.

    That Dallas jacket is the best jacket in the history of jackets on the best person in the history of people. Sweet Merciful ya-ya.


  46. Fiona said

    Kaycee, praying for you and your family. xx
    Thanks everyone for the comments on the photos! Yes, skydancer, Val took those photos from row H!!! She is amazing and I told her I think she should be David’s official photographer and I will be her assistant! We would work for free of course … and for front row tickets!!!! You should see the album and frame she made for me – so lovely. Thanks to you once again for your kindness xx


  47. kaycee said

    Thanks you so much to everyone for your kind words of support and encouragement. I am incredibly touched by such an outpouring of love from people I have never met. David’s fans are wonderful people! Thank you.


  48. skydancer1x said

    15.Abrra.He redefines “eye candy”
    I am again in the same frozen state.
    I could not take my eyes off of him.

    Its hard to keep up! there is so much happening with David!!
    videos,and pictures, and skating oh my!
    46.Fiona.If David saw these pictures… just might have a shot!haha


  49. skydancer1x said

    “That Dallas jacket is the best jacket in the history of jackets on the best person in the history of people. Sweet Merciful ya-ya.”

    the jacket and David, dangerous combination.deadly.


  50. betsy said

    Abrra – This is fascinating. I could ponder on David’s metaphoric bag for hours. All I really know is that, at such a young age, he seems to know what he needs.

    “He can access the warmth of his family no matter where he is. Knowing that collectively and individually they are a soft place to fall when he has concerns, eases the loneliness of traveling.”



  51. goodkarmaseeker said

    Kaycee, I hold you and your family in my heart with prayers and loving thoughts.


  52. YJfanofdavid said

    Abrra, Finally someone wrote a beautiful story about David’s backpack! It is like he packs everything meaningful to him in his life into that bag and carries them on his slender shoulder whenever he goes. What’s in the bag reminds him where he had come from and guides him where he is going. As he travels, he literally feels the love on his back from the things given to him by family, friends and fans — every step of the way.

    These were the thoughts that went through my mind when I snapped the picture above (the one with him in the blue shirt carrying his backpack). When he got up from the autograph table and getting ready to leave the M&G, he immediately reached for his raggedy backpack and I quickly grabbed my camera. I am glad I did…


  53. djafan said

    YJ, Thank you for taking that picture it is one of my favorites. I gave him an inscribed charm on a key chain during CFTH tour last year and I always wonder if it’s hanging on his backpack.

    Denver today!

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    Set list: SBL, TOSOD, FS, “Crush,” “Elevator,” “The First Noel,” “White Christmas” (a cappella!)

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  54. djafan said

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    Done in Denver! Going home before San Diego!
    less than 20 seconds ago via Twitter for Android


    Gotta hand it to @davidarchie. Put on a hell of a show at Hard Rock Denver this morning.
    23 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®


    This college guy said David has some chops!! There were college guys that won the radio thing!
    2 minutes ago via txt


    I got video if all of them
    half a minute ago via Echofon


  55. djafan said


    I took vids of the WHOLE thing! Will upload when I get home7
    10 minutes ago via Twitter for Android


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  56. bebereader said

    Great setlist for Denver, dja!
    And the wait is on for videos…

    Meanwhile, great recap here, of the Kaleidoscope show by Pandasmama:

    Here’s David signing autographs after the show yesterday:

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  57. djafan said

    Falling Stars from Denver credit shellyfod


  58. djafan said

    My Kind Of Perfect credit shellyfod


  59. djafan said

    White Christmas…..sigh.


  60. Abrra said

    SB Thx for your kind words.

    Archiesfan4life Thx! I love you 😉

    Lynnell I think that backpack is his lifeline in many ways.

    Gayle Good deal! We all need to repack sometimes.

    Vlm Thanks! Happy you got a signed CD!

    JR I wonder if you got to see his backpack in Manila? It was bursting at the seams in the picture above. 🙂

    FG Explain why so many are saying they have to re read it? /giggle The blue jacket is the most stylish eveah!

    Betsy ( baby sis!) He sure does know his own needs. Half the part of living is knowing the difference between your needs and wants.

    YJ !! I thank you for that more recent picture of him holding his backpack. It was inspirational.

    GAH! All the new vids and pics! Thank you Bebe and Djafan for posting. Can’t wait for the whole set.



  61. MT said

    #25 I just have to comment again. David looks REALLY good in that photo in #55 (thanks djafan) but the ones in #25 still have me taking a 2nd look, and a 3rd, etc. Love, love, love, love, love him in that shirt. Did I say I love that shirt? I LOVE that shirt. haha

    I really think he should wear that every time he sings his Christmas songs on the upcoming tour, like he did with the suit last year, Or, he could just wear it every single day. Someone call him and suggest it, okay? 😀


  62. djafan said

    Please vote for David here, Oh Holy Night performance.

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  63. Abrra said

    FG DO NOT LOOK AT #62 ok?

    Too late 😦



  64. djafan said

    I should’ve put a warning, beautiful young man.


  65. bebereader said

    ShelleyFOD took some cool videos today at the Denver event:

    David taking a pics with fans

    The First Noel


  66. bebereader said

    More from ShelleyFod

    “The Other Side of Down”


    “Something ‘Bout Love”


  67. bebereader said


    credit ShelleyFOD


  68. bebereader said


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  69. Suzy-Q said

    I just love these people who take videos of David and then share them with the other fans. A BIG thankyou!


  70. bebereader said

    David’s intro! by lizmag3

    Talking about cd by Shelley FOD


  71. skydancer1x said

    69 Suzy-Q.I’m with you! Thank you sooo much! This is such a gift!

    David gave such an amazing performance in Denver.I don’t know what came over me tonite, but watching these performances,I have just had tears running down my face.The beauty of Davids voice just overwhelmed me, and at the same time, the people who talked incessantly through his performance made me crazy, and upset me.Someone who puts on a performance like David just gave these people deserves an attentive audience. I’m sorry, but it just went all over me.


  72. djafan said

    skydancer, I know the feeling of tears with his heartfelt performances and when some don’t respect the hard work and him pouring out his heart to give them a great performance hurts.

    At my age now I would have shushed them.


  73. bebereader said

    BREAKING NEWS: We have an exciting and big named guest scheduled for the final show of 2010! Who do you think will…

    You guys were fun to play with! Yes, it is @davidarchie, which means it will be time to start promoting and sending in your questions!

    Date of show 12/20/10


  74. djafan said

    A smile.

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  75. bebereader said

    This just in!
    Two new videos from David’s tree-lighting performance on November 20 in Ft. Wayne, IN by Neverendproductions.
    These are long but so good!

    Part 1

    Part 2


  76. bebereader said

    dja#74 Thank you for the screencaps!!! Just beautiful!


  77. djafan said

    Bebe…your welcome 🙂

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  78. FG said

    Abrra – I think some of us want to re-read cuz there is so much goodness to take in! And I tend to rush due to time so then I need to re-read LOL!

    Can I get some mercy over here with the screencaps? WHOAAAAA.on a stick.


  79. Suzy-Q said

    “Will he be packing a few extra rings to give guidance to those who are in need of support to always Choose The Right?” Abrra

    I should have added that during the VIP at the Demi concert, I gave David 30 CTR children’s rings. They only cost a couple of dollars and they are adjustable. I wrote him a note that told him if he wanted to give these out to the children at hospitals etc. that I would appreciate it. I thought that it would mean so much coming from him. I don’t know what happened because I didn’t give him my address but now I am thinking that when I see him at the book signing in SLC, I would give him more. They sell them at the Deseret Book Store.


  80. Abrra said


    That sounds like a plan. The rings serve as a reminder to think through a situation before moving forward. People can be impulsive at the worst times it seems.

    Be sure you include your mailing address and a note telling him you’d like to know how he gave them away. His reply would be interesting, I bet!



  81. bebereader said

    Happy Saturday!

    A few things…

    1) Continue to vote for SBL for Video of the Year on Musiqtone. It’s now at #4!

    2) Stream “Falling Stars” on All Access:

    3) Keep requesting “SBL”, “Elevator”, “Falling Stars”, “HYAMLC” and David’s other Christmas songs on your local radio stations.

    Use this link for Top 40 and Hot Adult Contemporary:

    Find your state, then click the mediabase link to request online. If you don’t see the song(s) you want, go to the bottom of the page and type them in along with your name and confirmation code.

    Also, The 2010 Children’s Medical Center Parade in Dallas is being televised from 12/11 to 12/25. Snarkies provided a list to find out when it will be aired on your local station.

    Click to access BroadcastSyndication120110.pdf

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    See you in chat tonight! 😀


  82. MT said

    Abrra, just went back to re-read as FG mentioned. It’s such a fascinating article in so many ways. I agree with so much that you said. That backpack is a reminder of who he was, where he came from, what’s important, and helps to keep him grounded. It’s a little piece of home. I agree also that the intangable contents, such as responsibility, can become much heavier than the actual physical backpack. And I, too, love that he still carries all those friendship bracelets to remind him of all the different kinds of relationships he has with so many people everywhere. I also wonder if the fact that the backpack physically sits on his back is good reminder of all those that “have his back.” I hope so.

    I also want to say to ALL of you here, thank you. When I want a gorgeous photo of David to drool over, I know where to come. Gahhhh!! Isn’t he just beautiful!


  83. Abrra said

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  84. Abrra said

    “I also wonder if the fact that the backpack physically sits on his back is good reminder of all those that “have his back.”

    I agree with that statement. If nothing else is communicated to David by fans, I hope he feels our unconditional support.



  85. bluesky said


    What you said. ^_^ This article and the comments below it are full of all sorts of “win”. Thanks to everyone!



  86. jackryan4DA said

    HD VID of David Archuleta’s Interview Orla Fallon’s Celtic Christmas Special


  87. bebereader said

    If you’re one of the lucky ones who will be going to see David at MoTab, please let us know here, in a comment so that we can add your name to the list on the left sidebar. Be sure to include the date of your show. Thank you.


  88. Abrra said

    Nothing like more David pictures, right? One of our chat room friends, Terry from Tampa, sent her Dallas pictures to share with everyone.

    The set list for Dallas concert.
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    Thank you Terry!



  89. archangel48 said

    Oh my! David is rockin’ that jacket and jeans! What a beautiful sight this morning! Thanks Abrra (and Terry) for puttin’ some sunshine in an otherwise snowy, wet, cold, dreary day!
    BTW…I am blessed with 2 tickets to the MoTab show for Sunday the 19th!


  90. dakgal said

    With all the squeeing and perfect re-caps, videos and David appearances and sightings,I didn’t want to be left out, so I just thought I’d share my tremendously exciting news of the month.

    Are ya ready?

    Hold the phone!

    STOP the presses!

    ( to be continued )


  91. jackryan4DA said

    FIONA – your pictures are so… they leave me speechless. I may just have to borrow from FG: YA-YA fer sure!

    ABRRA – David’s bag was out of site when he was in Manila. Probably because he really didn’t go anywhere. People went to his room to see him. So the only time he went out was to go to Skydome and to leave for the airport. And in both cases, he had lots of people taking care of him and his personal stuff


  92. dakgal said

    My Christmas cactus BLOOMED!!! Yippee

    It’s got to be about 30 years old ( almost as old as me)

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    OK —Carry on


  93. betsy said

    JR – LOVE that video! I saw it last night, then I caught up with his twitter page. 🙂
    Funny guy.


  94. wowArchie said

    Hello, my dear Archie friends,

    Gosh ! I missed all the chattings. The past few days for no reasons my itouch couldn’t let me read all the comments here. It’s like I was thrown into a dark dungeon suddenly! Terrible, terrible feeling!

    Congrat to your castus! My ball-shape cactus once “bloomed” after I came home from summer holiday– it was at my neighbor’s patio with ciggarate butts poking all over it!!

    Love your writings. Very thoughtful. Would David change his backpac soon? He has been using the same bag through all these year!

    Fiona , Val , and Terry
    In your photos David looks like a very handsome bull- fighting Spanish soldier. I feel like throwing roses to him… gggggggh! Too good looking!


  95. betsy said

    Dak – beautiful! Reminds me of “The Homecoming”

    It’s been 1 year since the Cleveland concert. So I’m celebrating. Have a song.


  96. bebereader said

    Congrats on your tickets, Archangels48!

    Dak, Your cactus plant is beau-tee-ful. Yeah.

    Like David, many of you are preparing for the MoTabs this week. 😀

    If you’re one of the lucky ones who will be going to see David at MoTab, please let us know here, in a comment so that we can add your name to the list on the left sidebar. Be sure to include the date of your show. Thank you.

    Meanwhile, Vote for David on 99.3 WAJK’s New Pix @ 6 Finals!
    “Falling Stars” made it to the finals of the contest WAJK radio has been running all year! Vote repeatedly if you like.


  97. bebereader said

    From Snarkies–

    Important information for anyone going to the CD signing at Deseret Books after Friday’s MoTab:

    “Singer-songwriter David Archuleta will sign copies of his album, The Other Side of Down, immediately following his performance at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 17.

    Due to the demands of Mr. Archuleta’s schedule, he will only be able to sign for a limited time that evening. He will start signing at approximately 9:30 p.m. and is scheduled to sign until 11 p.m.

    – One product signed per person
    – No memorabilia
    – No posed photographs with Mr. Archuleta. There will be a designated area to take a photo after leaving the signing line.
    – No personalization. Unfortunately Mr. Archuleta only has time to sign his name.

    The line will form at the store’s northeast entrance.

    Archuleta rose to instant stardom when, at the age of 16, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol. In May 2008 he finished in second place, receiving over 44 million votes. He has since gone on to release a successful Gold-selling pop album, a Christmas album and a New York Times bestselling memoir, and on 5 October released a brand new pop album.

    Friday, December 17, 9:30-11:00 p.m.

    Downtown Deseret Book
    45 W. South Temple (Across the street from Temple Square)
    Salt Lake City, Utah


  98. Anna said

    Off- Topic- I was wondering if someone would please send a link to David’s mentor’s gala performances & make an MP3 Of “Nothing Else Better To Do”. I wold buy the Japanese CD, but, I really can’t afford to after buying 3 copies already.

    I LOVE this article; and the fact that David makes the choice to make these things so evidently important to him! His family can be sure he misses them too.


  99. Abrra said

    He is hardly ever with out his bag. It’s his life line in a few ways, I am guessing 🙂

    To copy that song is piracy. David worked so hard for his songs, we must respect that.

    The mp3’s posted on this site are of live performances that come from youtube audio.

    Here is the link to Pattirae’s Youtube page. She was at the Mentor’s gala.

    Dream Sky High

    Angels (partial)



  100. Tawna21 said

    Dak #92~~YAY!! the plant is gorgeous and I know how exciting it is for a Christmas cactus to bloom. Mine finally gave up and is now blooming in Christmas cactus heaven–it was the same color as yours.

    Bebe–I will be at the MoTab concert Sat. 12/18


  101. MT said

    First, I just wanted to say to how much I enjoyed chat last night. It’s the first time I did that and it was really fun. Love Abrra’s choice of videos. 😉

    DAK & Tawna, the Christmas cactus if beautiful. Mine blooms in July, in 100 degree heat. Never in winter. It’s confused. Go figure. lolol


  102. Abrra said


    It’s so nice when a fan takes the plunge into Unplugged! We have a nice time and David always shows up 🙂 Glad you made it.

    As for the videos, you can thank the great people who take them!



  103. bluesky said

    Dear Admins:

    Through the good grace of the ‘angels’ I will be attending Thursday the 16th and Sunday the 19th. I feel glutted with graciousness. Thanks to those who are making this possible.



  104. archiesfan4life said

    Hi bebe #96 – I will be going to the Saturday concert – I still can’t believe it!!!!!!!!


  105. Angelica said


    Congratulations on obtaining tix! I will be there at the Sunday performance too and hope to see you and bluesky and many others. Also attending the Saturday performance. Please everyone let us know which shows you will be going to so we can place your names on the side bar.


    Congrats to you on your Christmas cactus blooming. Anyone who has ever had one understands what an unpredictable joy that is.


  106. djafan said

    Hello everyone!

    Dak that is beautiful, plants don’t do well with me.

    Thank you for letting us know when you’ll be attending, I’ve added your names to the left sidebar. I’m going to the CD signing on Friday and to the concert on Saturday the 18th.

    Keep letting us know!


  107. betsy said

    Archangel48 – So glad you and many others are going to the Motab concert. More than a concert, really. More like EVENT OF A LIFETIME!


  108. archangel48 said

    Betsy, Thanks! You are so right. That is exactly how I feel. It IS an event of a lifetime! 😀


  109. Suzy-Q said

    I will be attending the Friday night, Saturday night and the Sunday performances. Also the book signing. Just call me “Lucky”!!!


  110. Angelica said


    See ya there, Lucky. 😆


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