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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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“If the Fates Allow” ~ David Archuleta and the MOTAB

Posted by SandyBeaches on Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou amongst women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus
Holy Mary, Mother of God
Pray for us sinners
Now and at the hour of our death


Ever peaceful, ever beautiful, Ave Maria the song “prayer” is one of the most spiritual and uplifting songs known to mankind. The history of the beginnings of the hymn starts with two biblical passages which were joined together as far back as the fourth or fifth centuries. The hymn is admired by twelve religions and sung in several different languages. Ave Maria was composed in about 1825 by Franz Schubert when he was twenty-eight years old. The words used with Schubert’s music are not the words that the composer originally set to music. Franz Schubert actually wrote the music for an excerpt from the poem “The Lady of the Lake” by Sir Walter Scott. In this particular excerpt from the poem, the heroine is in hiding in a mountain cave with her father, while she prays to the Virgin Mary. A letter from Schubert to his father refers to his music Ave Maria: “My newest song from Scott’s Lady of the Lake especially had much success. They also wondered greatly at my piety, which I expressed in a hymn to the Holy Virgin and which it appears, grips every soul and turns it to devotion”. The original words by Sir Walter Scott include references to the Latin “Ave Maria” prayer. The Latin words of Ave Maria prayer (Hail Mary) is most commonly performed with the music of Schubert.
The well known, Emmy award winning composer Kurt Bestor from Utah, arranged and produced Ave Maria for David. David was demanding of himself and spent several hours working on the piece, striving for perfection. As Mr. Bestor stated about David, “He’s not happy unless it’s right”. The city of Prague Philharmonic orchestra recorded the strings, conducted by Mr. Bestor for Ave Maria.
One of my favourite videos of David singing Ave Maria took place in Salt Lake City on the second evening of the concert tour. The most profound moments of devotion that captured my heart, takes place within the song at the 3:47 to 4:12 mark. These are the moments in his song that show us the depth of his musicality and then the magnificence of his voice.

When we saw David on his Christmas tour in Providence in 2009, my VIP ticket number was drawn, giving me the chance to ask David a question. I talked it over with friends and we thought that I should ask him to sing a little of Ave Maria. I wondered if it was asking a lot but I went ahead and presented my request. After thinking for a moment David said to me, “Sure, ok”.  After preparing it in his mind he started to sing my most favorite Christmas hymn, but then he was told that perhaps he should not continue and understandably so. But he did sing these two symbolic words, “Ave Maria (Hail Mary)”.


Admin. addendum:  This video was posted on YouTube December 2, 2010 of a recent performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  It is the glorious Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.  Imagine the “Voice” in the video above backed up by this magnificent choir.

224 Responses to ““If the Fates Allow” ~ David Archuleta and the MOTAB”

  1. archangel48 said

    I’m all packed and ready for tomorrow’s trip West! My Hubby and I have never been through a few of these States, so this is really going to be exciting! The weather looks quite promising considering the areas we will travel. Happy for that!
    I hope all of you who have hit the skies, or the road have a safe and comfy journey. Sunday cannot come soon enough! The anticipation is making me antsy! 😆


  2. Jen A said

    Opening up the Voice and seeing this post, wow, what a dazzling impact! Beautifully informative, thank you so much SB!
    Safe travels to all heading to UT. The weather in my state has been dismal all week with schools closed so in a very (VERY) small way I am relieved to not have to try to fly out and make connections today. But if all the stars had aligned in the A household trust me I’d be trying!!! 🙂 Wow, just, I don’t know what to say. David Archuleta is singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir TONIGHT. ‘Kay, I have to go cry now, dehydrating myself at 8:15am. PLEASE, whoever will be there tonight, PLEASE let us know how it was!!!!!!!


  3. Pattirae said

    Thank you SandyBeaches for getting us ready for the next few days of glorious music and yes, the Voice! I will never forget this performance of David’s Ava Maria from Salt Lake last year. Two of my daughters were with me (one had flown in from Arizona)and when he sang this song, I started to cry and looked over at my daughters who were also emotional and teary-eyed. I will never forget that Christmas Concert and the many moments of emotional release. Both nights were incredible, but hearing and seeing him sing that first night will be a highlight for me for many years.

    Being able to see and hear him sing with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a dream of mine come true. When I talked to David at the Mentor’s Gala in October I mentioned to him that when I saw Natalie Cole with the Choir last year I said to myself, “..someday David will be here singing with the Choir..” I told him how thrilled I was that it was the very next year!! He grinned, along with his mother, and they both expressed how unbelievable it was. I could tell how thrilled he was for this blessing in his life.

    I am so looking forward to meeting many of you this week. I have friends coming to stay with me from Virginia and San Diego and can hardly sleep at night I am getting so excited. I love my “David” friends so much. They have become some of my very best friends.

    My love to each of you this Christmas season, may God bless you and your families.



  4. FG said

    If anyone has one Sunday MoTab ticket, please tweet me at @lovefrommich Thanks!


  5. SandyBeaches said

    FG…check with Marciami. Can’t tweet right now.



  6. betsy said

    SB – Thanks for this post. It is a beautiful reminder. Every time David sings this, I feel my mother around me.
    What a peaceful feeling. ♥


  7. bluesky said

    Just a note for those interested in mostly irrelevant data:

    The amazing choir performance above was performed and recorded in the building that gave the choir their name: the Tabernacle. This is the oval building with the rounded roof that is located on Temple Square. It was built by the original pioneers so that they could have meetings; and so that everyone could see easily, it was built without central pillars. The roof inside is rounded in such a way that the acoustics travel from one end to the other perfectly; you can hear what some one is saying without benefit of a microphone. People sitting on one side can hear people shuffling on the other side and it almost sounds as though they are sitting together. The choir does a lot of their recording for CDs from this building. It seats about 3800 to 4000.

    The building where DA and choir will be performing for the Christmas program is the Conference Center which is across the street from Temple Square. This building seats about 21,000.

    Saturday during the day I have been told, the choir will be recording. I wonder if they will use the Conference Center or the Tabernacle? I think it would be amazing for DA to hear himself and the choir in the wrap-around acoustics of the Tabernacle. And I wouldn’t mind if I were a very blissful, numbed-to-the-core-with-vibration fly on the ceiling. (Who says two weeks of life is not enough?)


  8. SandyBeaches said

    Jen-A…there will be many posts tonight and as the days go by. There are several posters here so you will be in for a treat.

    I have no idea what time it us here, I lost track somewhere in the night. The housekeepers were knocking at the door so it must be morning. That is what 19 hours if travel can do to you.

    We will bring it all home to you.



  9. jackryan4DA said

    DAVID is the hottest ticket in town!

    And the accompanying article of the video can be found here:


  10. archiesfan4life said

    I didn’t have time to read the article or the comments – just HAD to come here before I leave to start my trip to Utah to say good bye until next week – to say I am excited doesn’t even come close!

    I will bring back all the details to share. Must get to the airport now.



  11. Abrra said

    Showbiz Shelly interviews former American Idol David Archuleta about his upcoming performance on Fox’s New Year’s Eve Live! They also discuss his birthday, favorite wintertime activities, dating, Christmas and more!



  12. bebereader said

    Bringing Sweetonda’s comment from last article:

    sweetonDA said
    Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 1:29 PM e

    Arrived in SLC last night and staying with my sister. What a beautiful scene I was able to wake up to this morning. Snow in the mountains and on the ground really brought the Christmas spirit into my heart. I’m so excited for the concert tonight! I’m having a hard time being patient. 🙂

    Looking forward to hopefully meeting some of you. I will be leaving Saturday morning to beat the snow predicted for the day, so I won’t be able to go to the fan gathering, but I’m so happy so many of his fans are getting together. Have a great time the next few days and I’m praying everyone arrives safely.


  13. bebereader said


    Your article is the perfect introduction to this week’s MoTab’s concerts and festivities. David’s performance of “Ave Maria” from SLC last year was magnficent! I shudder at the thought of him singing it again this year with the choir behind him!

    I am so unbelievably proud of David; I can hardly stand it. To be a guest singer at this event is an honor and I can’t think of anyone more deserving! That he was chosen shows that he is considered to be in the company of (to quote Dolly Parton) “great great singers”.

    David at rehearsal:

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    credit MoTabChoir


  14. Dayzee said

    Let the feast begin.


  15. bluesky said

    Day 1

    Home from the dentist. Mostly good news. I feel so bad that my one son has to work tonight. But I did connect with some friends that are excited to have a chance to go to the concert. A mom and daughter. I told them I only had one ticket. Since my other son IS coming. But they said no problem and one will wait in the standby line to see if she can get in. The daughter is going over to the Conference Center to stand in line early at our “entry door”. We would like to get seats down as far as possible in our section cause there is a chance we could be pretty close. (Like, who can be close in a venue so large that it takes the sound 2.5 seconds to travel from the stage to the peeps at the rear? But they are pros at working with it and it always sounds immense. ((I really do mean that word: immensely good, grandly “whelming”, pronouncedly stupendous. Just so you know!)) )

    I am nervous. My being able to go is a good thing and good things always catch me up and say: “Boo!… Ha!!… You weren’t expecting us were you?!” Like I pad myself .. wrap up so tight, “just in case” that I sometimes can’t respond with much more than a short catch of breath * Uh!!* as I do a board straight fall backwards.

    And this is going to be immense. So glad there are cushioned seats. That are bolted down. And hands to hold.

    See you all soon! Peeps that are holding the home front here: wish you could be there with me. I truly do.


  16. Nina said

    I am so happy for this great honor David has received.
    I am so happy for all the fans who are going to be a part of this great event.
    I am so happy that David is a part of my life even though I am so far away from him.

    This is it.
    Enjoy yourself David!


  17. vlm said

    David, look at what you made me do!
    I joined a choir and we get invited to a lot of wakes – and our end song of the mass or service is Ave Maria. I get so immersed in the song and get teary-eyed – people at the wake start crying too.
    Thank you SB for the great post.
    Safe travel to the Utah-bound Archies. Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event. Keep us all posted!


  18. bebereader said

    David tweets:

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  19. dakgal said

    O’ the hour is drawing near.

    Why am I so nervous, you would think I was singing. Everything on me has either been shaking, jiggling ,tapping, knocking ( as in knees) or ticking all day long.

    David will be just fine–I admire his quiet confidence, that inner strength that he finds, even though he’s insides are shaking too!

    Hope everyone already there is already having a blast meeting familiar names and finally being able to put a face to them. And I wish a safe journey to those on their way.

    Can’t wait for the first tweet!!!


  20. dakgal said

    he’s insides???

    his insides ( someone should proof read before posting)


  21. xaris said

    I am hyperventilating right now. According to the program at Snarkies, it looks like David is singing Gesu Bambino. Two songs I have wanted to hear him sing are Ave Maria and Gesu Bambino. My next two are Ognuno Soffre and Nella Fantasia! I think I’ll keep wishing, it looks like wishes do come true!

    I hope all members of The Voice who are going to MOTAB have a truly glorious time while the rest of us poor wretches continue to wrap, bake, and clean house….

    Holiday Cheers to All!


  22. Abrra said

    Xaris Here you go!

    Andrea Bocelli



  23. Abrra said

    I hope you made it there! Great article and just in the spirit we need.

    River sent this picture of the hall

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    Before the concert. Sound check.



  24. bebereader said

    Dak: The tweets have started:

    In our seats in the balcony. Choir is rehearsing. David was on stage when we came in … gah! His voice is gonna SOAR!!

    David is doing some more practicing w/ the Choir!! He just walked off the stage & the entire Choir clapped for him!

    …and our very own SandyBeaches sent this text and pic:

    “David just finished the warmup.” (pic attached)

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    and this, too:

    “More warmup. David is gone from the stage.”

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  25. Abrra said

    Inside the The Conference Center~ LaurieFOD
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  26. bebereader said

    Looks magnificent, Abs!


  27. bebereader said

    “Beautiful stage” (from SandyBeaches)

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  28. stenocruiser said

    I am on the verge of tears — there is no doubt in my mind that David was born for these very special performances. Ann Arbor was glorious and I can’t even imagine how amazing he will be with the Choir and orchestra in this magnificent setting. Be proud, David, you so richly deserve every ovation and accolade that will surely come your way these four days. Your fans join your family and friends in their pride and happiness for you.
    Oh my, when can we pre-order the DVD?


  29. bebereader said

    Steno: I’m so filled with pride I’m also on the verge of tears.
    Haven’t heard anything about pre-ordering the DVD yet..

    Here’s the inside of the program (from Snarkies) with this note: “Looks like David will be doing three solos: “The Cat & the Mouse Carol,” “Gesu Bambino,” and “Silent Night,” as well as singing with the choir.

    Edit: David also rehearsed “Joy To The World.””

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    David’s Bio, inside the program.

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  30. goodkarmaseeker said

    My eyes are filled with tears as well Stenocruiser and my heart is swelling with pride and love. Oh David, this is truly a moment you were meant for!!!!!!!!


  31. bebereader said

    Goodkarmaseeker: We’re all feeling it tonight, whether or not we have tickets or are at home. You can’t be a fan of David’s and not be filled with pride and love tonight. He is so deserving of this honor. It feels so good to know that he is being recognized for the amazing artist he is.


  32. xaris said

    Thanks Abrra! That’s a very pretty carol, but I think David is singing this one (I hope):

    This is Pavarotti singing and the audio is not that great, but just imagine David’s interpretation of this…I’m hyperventilating again. I think I’ll go back and catch up on articles to get my mind off this.


  33. Jen A said

    It’s a veritable sob fest! David is and shall be magnificent.
    We will celebrate when that DVD comes in the mail!


  34. Abrra said

    This is a beautiful building. It’s as if they built it just for the day when a very special singer would arrive. I know David was born for this purpose. He has arrived. We are blessed whether we are sitting in the hall or hanging here at the Voice. We feel the love across the country.

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  35. Fanis Archangelicus said

    My eyes are leaking too as I sit here trying to type a report in a minimzed document while keeping up with the comments on The Voice and watching FOD’s twitter list and checking out the twitvids that keep coming. I can hardly wait for tomorrow night when I shall be there watching this in person. My heart is filled with joy and pride and happiness for our dear David and for my beautiful state and our magnificent choir.

    “Group hug.”


  36. Abrra said

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    A full house! ~ DebVaFOD



  37. Jen A said

    My husband thinks I’ve gone off the deep end, I can’t stop crying…


  38. Fanis Archangelicus said

    Anybody want to hop on a plane and come to tomorrow night’s performance? Someone in my party had to cancel and I now have an extra ticket.


  39. Fanis Archangelicus said


    I think jwipe is at Kurt Bestor’s concert with Jason Castro tonight. At least I think I read that someplace.


  40. Fanis Archangelicus said

    LOL abs, I’m bouncing off the walls too. 🙂


  41. Abrra said

    Some random tweets


    He was nervous at first but he’s in perfect voice

    His hair looks gorgeous and I have NO words for the tux!! O_o

    green. bow. tie.

    @davidarchie singing Gesu bambino

    He’s singing The cat and the mouse carol

    He just did things with his voice I’ve never heard.

    Yummy green vest.

    @davidarchie singing Los pastores a belen

    He was SO happy singing the Spanish song

    Silent Night Just beautiful! Crowd loving him.

    That was the most beautiful Silent Night I have ever heard.

    RT @RachhhTGP: CFTH version of Silent Night. No choir just David + full orchestra. Intense & amazing. Thought he was gonna cry at the end!

    I think @davidarchie is done singing. Now there’s singing and dancing. He said lots of his friends and fam r here

    Abrra who is not as diligent at twitter as Bebe


  42. bebereader said

    Jen A #37 My husband keeps asking me why I’m crying, too. Every few minutes I get filled with emotion and it’s coming out in tears.

    Hope we can see a glimpse of David. I know videos aren’t allowed but just a pic? One pic?


  43. bebereader said

    Abrra You’re doing just fine!


  44. Jen A said

    I almost feel guilty reading the Tweets since they probably shouldn’t have their phones on at all. OMGAshley just tweeted that the first person to post a ninja vid would go to dinner with Brad Pitt as their reward LOL.


  45. jackryan4DA said

    Am not hearing anything. Am not there. Just looking at the pix


    As Cee-lo would wail, WHHHHHYYYYYY???


  46. bebereader said


    Not-a-lee PrincessArchie
    His hair looks gorgeous and I have NO words for the tux!!

    @DavidArchie I feel like history is being made! What a wonderful moment!!!

    David in a tux oh my!

    Yummy green vest.

    Maritza California27
    He’s singing in Spanish guys!! <33333

    He's singing Silent night

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    credit IceCreamKPie


  47. emmegirl said

    Don’t even know what to say…feeling immense pride and joy.

    Thanks to everyone for the updates.


  48. bebereader said

    CFTH version of Silent Night. No choir just David + full orchestra. Intense & amazing. Thought he was gonna cry at the end!

    That was the most beautiful Silent Night I have ever heard.

    Also green vest for his green bowtie. So much love for him in this audience, laughed at his jokes, whistles & wooo’s as he left the stage<3

    I think @davidarchie is done singing. Now there's singing and dancing. He said lots of his friends and fam r here

    @blaykee: He showed off every facet of his voice tonight with such control

    @pattycake24: @davidarchie came out again singing Angels, from the Realms of Glory

    There is no way i can describe what i just experienced

    Glory note x1000000000 to end the show. His voice commands the choir & orchestra

    Lindsay Farnworth LF512
    I love David’s smile! He looked so happy at the end! What an unbelieveable experience!

    @zerogravity1: Standing O!!!!

    Choir member happened to faint while David sang. Not saying it’s related but…

    RJ RJ0717
    Standing O for @DavidArchie at MOTAB concert.

    Standing ovation and the bis of the end of the last song that inlcudes STELLAR note from David

    20000 people standing ovation <33

    annyo84 annyo84
    He sang perfectly! PERFECTLY!! His eyes were glowing and when he spoke he was sweet and super funny as always


  49. goodkarmaseeker said

    I’m just about bursting here. What can we do with our joy?????????????????


  50. emmegirl said

    Goodkarmaseeker, haha, I know, it gives you this burst of energy you don’t know what to do with!


  51. bebereader said

    @pattycake24: Show is over. @davidarchie, director and Michael York were given flowers. Great show! Great job Motab

    RT @zerogravity1: They gave David a bouquet of flowers at the end and he held them while singing his final beautiful notes.

    @LaurieFOD: Totally bawled during Silent Night…he even did a little hunkerdown at “loves puuuure liiight” One word…stunning!!!!!

    I just saw David Archuletta in Concert! He is such a Cutie:) with a beauiful voice:) lookin all handsom in his Tux(;

    JuleeK momJulee

    @blaykee: When he looked at the HUGE crowd he gave his shy “Shop Around” look

    Annie AnnieDAFG
    David Archuleta, you are a genius! That was the most amazing beautiful thing I’ve ever heard in my life!

    @blaykee: Believe me when I say it was incredible. I’m not just saying it because there is no video proof. Its true!!

    @annyo84: The cat and the mouse song was actually really great! He said he never heard it before practicing it with the choir

    RT @annyo84: Seing all of them together on stage and hearing him reach that note with the choir was something that no words can describe


  52. MT said

    I’ve been keeping up with MOTAB tidbits all night, waiting (very excitedly, I might add) for the comments to start coming in. Thanks to everyone of you for the updates, pics, tweets, and for saying what I am feeling. It’s nice to know others are spazzing along with me. lol

    I’m so proud and so thrilled for David that I could scream! (and I’m not even the type to squee) I feel like David just took the Gold Medal at the Olympics. I could just burst with pride for that wonderful young man.

    WOW!! I can’t imagine how his mom must feel right now, or how he must feel!!


  53. djafan said

    helloooo all

    you guys are making me cry. I am in st george, my half way mark to slc. Will be leaving in the am, praying for continued good weather. I typing with cell , it’s hard



  54. bebereader said

    Time for a {{{{Group Hug}}}}

    MT My sentiments exactly! I’m trying to process the events of the night through reading about them on Twitter. One can only imagine what it was like to be there.


  55. bebereader said

    djafan: Praying for good road conditions for you as you continue your journey tomorrow. From the tweets tonight, David was magnificent.


  56. collegemom said

    This is just wonderful and exciting for David. I am hitting all the fansites, twitter, everywhere looking for any tidbits about tonight. So happy for him and those who get to see these performances first-hand. I am thinking that an unexpected (by me) side benefit to all this is that this invitation and his performance at such a well known, world-class level will open even more national and international doors for him and give him greater recognition for his musicianship among the musicians of the world (most of whom have not met and perhaps had never even heard of him). David deserves any wonderful thing that come his way.


  57. gladys said

    (((((((((((((GROUP HUG))))))))))))))))


  58. Dayzee said

    (sigh) David is all grown up. And he is beautiful. There was an electrical charge throughout the building whenever David was on stage. His glow was extreme. He looked and sounded so much more mature than I have ever seen him. He made me smile, he made me cry. He gave me chills. Can’t wait for tomorrow.


  59. gladys said

    One question. The concert will be televised during the day??
    I mean, from Utah, will be in a public or private channel?
    sorry so many questions.


  60. MT said

    djafan: Wishing you a safe trip and a thrilling concert experience!!

    bebe: awww {{{hugs}}}

    @DavidArchie: Got though the first night of performing with the choir at the conference center. What an amazing place to perform!

    ^^ saw David’s tweet. He “got through” it. It sounds like maybe he won’t feel he’s taken the gold till the last performance is done. I have to realy admire the strength it takes for a 19yo guy to handle a performance of this magnitude; not once, but four times. The nerves, the triumph, and again the nerves, the triumph, etc., four times. I am so amazed, and so proud, of how this young man handles so much at such a young age and still gives a stellar performance.


  61. dakgal said

    Is there a word that means –above and beyond spazzing?

    Could someone invent one–cause that’s how I feel!!


  62. emmegirl said

    dja, safe travels. Hope to hear from you soon.

    The tweets are almost too much. Those who are attending are being given a lifetime memory.

    In an interview he talked about not getting “too self indulgent” with the performance. I am so happy he allowed himself his moments to shine.

    collegemom, I hadn’t even thought about that, but it is very exciting to think of the exposure, and as you said, “recognition for his musicianship among the musicians of the world.” That is the class where he belongs.

    Gladys {{hugs}} back!

    Dayzee, oh my, what at incredible evening. Your post has made me smile and cry!


  63. emmegirl said

    dakgal, he keeps us searching for new words to describe him and how he makes us feel…am beginning to think maybe there are no more…maybe they are all inadequate.


  64. sweetonDA said

    I am in AWE of Mr. David Archuleta. He was perfection tonight! I can’t thank the angel who gave me a chance to be there enough. I will relive this night over and over again. I’m so proud of him. And his sparkling eyes about did me in.

    dja, you’re going to love it.

    bebe, that pic above looks like you were in the same section that I was in, far right.


  65. Abrra said

    As far as I know,this concert series will only be available on DVD and I think it will come out NEXT Christmas. No television or streaming of the concert. If anyone gets video of any performance it would be a miracle.



  66. Abrra said

    Dak #61

    Will this do?

    Hyper Spaz

    An often-times unexpected and uncontrollable flare-up of excitement or enthusiasm too powerful to contain, yet at the same time too overwhelming as to be adequately expressed. The resulting tension on the individual’s physical body generally manifests itself through one of several ungovernable movements, including but not limited to the clenching of muscles and drawing in of the hands, arms, jaw and sometimes legs; the emittance of a high-pitched squeal, often through clenched teeth; momentary loss of the power of speech; the irrepressible desire to grab for the nearest person; wild flailing and movement of all parts of a person’s body.
    credit: Urban Dictionary



  67. wowArchie said

    I really wonder how many people get sleepless tonight because of David Archuleta ? I have to type out his full name letter by letter so that the steam of my mixed emotions has an exit.
    Ah! There’s so much love for him in the air!


  68. bluesky said

    Day 1, 11.30 pm

    I did not have to worry about the chairs being bolted down or not. The whole building levitated. Seriously. The air was filled with angels and DAs’ generously delivered love was the open gate through which they came.

    (The tux fit. Good sleeves. He filled it out just fine in that he owned the stage, the songs, the orchestra, the audience, the angels.)

    Imagine a cup full to the brim with the most delicious drink that exists. Now imagine that every time you take a sip, it refills completely. In fact, it refills faster than you can drink it or even appreciate it’s full texture, flavor and nourishment. It exists just to offer itself to you. To get inside and become a good part of you in whatsoever way you may need it.

    That was how it felt to me.



  69. SandyBeaches said

    David has become this awesome man just a few days short of his birthdy. I don’t know this David, this musical genius

    He was not the boy he was the man with a thousand talents each most beautiful. The choir loves him, we could see it on their faces.

    Words popular for the night…he was beyond anyone’s expectations. I am so honored to know him, so very proud.



  70. bebereader said

    A few late night tweets…

    MelindaWEG@davidarchie One down 3 more to go!! Let it snow let it snow let it snow! @DavidArchie so proud of you

    @walls6: FYI – noticed in the program that the David/MoTab DVD will be available sometime around September 2011 🙂

    Collegemom#56 I have to agree with you. There’s no way that this kind of performance can go unnoticed by master musicians whose league David is a part of.

    Sweetonda#64 Maybe I was there in my dreams but alas I never left my computer all night! That beautiful picture was taken by lucky IceCreamKPie.

    Dayzee, Sweetonda and Bluesky: Thank you for stopping by after the show to fill us in on tonight’s events.

    Bluesky’s comment bears repeating!

    “Imagine a cup full to the brim with the most delicious drink that exists. Now imagine that every time you take a sip, it refills completely. In fact, it refills faster than you can drink it or even appreciate it’s full texture, flavor and nourishment. It exists just to offer itself to you. To get inside and become a good part of you in whatsoever way you may need it.” ~Bluesky

    That’s our David!

    Still looking for pics from tonight. Melinda promises one or two tomorrow! 😀


  71. bebereader said

    Forgot to add this text from SB tonight!

    “Andrea Bocelli…meet David Archuleta. Beyond my wildest dreams. Master of the stage, classical music. Simply magnificent.”


  72. jackryan4DA said

    ABRRA – I believe the Sunday program will be streamed. Let me find where I read it…


  73. Tawna21 said

    #40 Fanis… I was sitting by jWipe at the Kurt Bestor concert w/Jason Castro. It was a great evening. Not a ‘David’ evening, but a good one. It was kind of funny at one point when Kurt was talking and introducing Jason a little more, he accidentally called him David. Jason snagged it up real quickly and gave Kurt some room to re-group himself. Jason signed autographs and took pics after. I’m glad I went.



  74. jackryan4DA said

    David Archuleta-Motab- Los Pastores a Belen thanks to pattiecake —


  75. jackryan4DA said

    Did you hear that last note? Did you? Did you?



  76. Tawna21 said

    Gladys & JR..
    I think this might be the link to get you the Sunday morning broadcast..



  77. It’s been a difficult day trying to get anything done…. so preoccupied with all that is happening over the next four (now three) days. Goodkarmamaster said it best……”My eyes are filled with tears as well Stenocruiser and my heart is swelling with pride and love. Oh David, this is truly a moment you were meant for!!!!!!!!”

    Would love to see a pic of his face when he saw the crowd in attendance – “the shy Shop Around” moment. Tried to picture it.

    If it’s possible, think my heart is filled with tears, too. Feels like it’s gonna burst open with every tear I’m shedding. Such a magnificent time for David. As many of you have said he was meant to do this. I’m a believer…


  78. jackryan4DA said

    OK, I found this comment from SLTribune — take heed those attending tomorrow’s event:

    My son had tickets to this concert tonight, something he was looking forward to for months. He received parking passes with the tickets and arrived at the designated parking lot an hour before the concert. The lot was full. He and his wife drove around SLC for a half an hour before they parked up near the capitol and walked down to the Conference Center. They got in a long line (designated for ticket holders) and after 15 minutes in line they announced “sorry, the Conference Center is full.” They were not able to attend the concert.

    If you have tickets for the Friday or Saturday concerts make sure you arrive in SLC at least two hours in advance! That way you won’t waste $20 on gas and be disappointed.


  79. grateful4all said

    David’s beautiful heart and magnificent voice filled the Conference Center with more class and grace than one can possibly comprehend! I have no adequate words, just tears of joy and pride!


  80. Angelica said

    Just jumping on line quickly to say I am beyond happy for David! Have finally packed, (it has been one of the most stressful weeks at work I’ve ever had and just got so exhausted.) Sorry for not commenting the last couple of days but no time. It almost became a battle with not getting the weekend off to go! Gaaaah!! But going I am and in the morning so I better log off and try to get a few hours shut eye. We will be keeping you updated as much as we possibly can.


    This article is such a fitting tribute to this epic event in the life of David and his many fans. Thanks so much for reminding us of that beautiful, spiritual performance of Ave Maria live. The expressions on his face during a lull in the singing are so moving and humbling to witness.

    I will read the comments tomorrow en route. Need to sign off and sleep. Big day tomorrow!


  81. vlm said

    It is late afternoon here in the other side of the world – I haven’t left my computer even for lunch break – my heart is full – so proud and happy that I am a fan of this magnificent creature named David Archuleta!
    That door leading to more glorious happenings are now opened wide for him –
    Thanks JR for that video. Thank you everyone for every news bits, tweets, pictures.
    I think I’ll have my lunch now (it is 4:08pm)


  82. Thanks Bluesky. As only you can do – make it feel so real.


  83. bebereader said

    JR#73 You found a video! A precious video! I can’t tell you how grateful I am to see even a tiny snippet of the show! He looks and sounds absolutely glorious. That last note, YES I heard it! I can’t even express what my heart feels now. Thank you for sharing it here!

    Fanda, VLM, Grateful4All (first time posting? Welcome!) We’re all feeling it the same and it’s an incredible feeling!

    Angelica: Safe travels to you! Enjoy!

    Have to get some rest. Don’t even look at the time.


  84. jackryan4DA said

    Just keeping tabs of the slew of interviews

    DA w/ Showbiz Shelly – and the lovely banter continues! (16 Dec 2010)


  85. jackryan4DA said

    RE my post @ #77, here is cutter’s suggestion for PEEPS WHO MAY HAVE PROBLEMS PARKING AT MOTAB EVENT

    That’s too bad about those people who didn’t get to go. Here’s a suggestion for parking. Park at the Triad Center on 300 west and North Temple Which is two blocks away and an easy walk to the Conference Center. There is an open lot on the east side of the street that will fill up fast, but on the west side its covered parking that everyone seems to ignore. Parking is free for both.


  86. FG said

    Hello everyone!

    calling SANDYBEACHES! I left you a voicemail did you get it? If you are on Twitter I am @lovefrommich

    It is a Christmas miracle – I am going to UTAH!!!!!!!!!!! OHMYHECKKKKKK whahhhhahahspazzzzz!


  87. jackryan4DA said

    in case not yet posted – LP33tv interview


  88. stenocruiser said

    Oh, JR — thank you, thank you for finding that video by patticake. David full of confidence and joy — glorious voice and, yes, that incredible final note!


  89. SandyBeaches said

    It is a little difficult to sleep, I am still in awe of the performance…

    The stage was once David’s home but now it is his castle. That is the only way I can describe the performance. There are so many wonderful tweets already.

    FG please ask Bebe for my email address. Now time for a little more sleep.



  90. Abrra said

    “@blaykee: When he looked at the HUGE crowd he gave his shy “Shop Around” look”

    I wonder if this is what she meant?
    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    I put the audio of Los Pastores a Belen on mediafire.
    Download here:



  91. skydancer1x said

    JR!!!! thank you for finding that video!!!Gosh! we can hear him so clearly and it is heaven!
    He sounds divine!!

    SB…”The stage was once David’s home but now it is his castle. That is the only way I can describe the performance. There are so many wonderful tweets already.”

    I love that.
    I keep thinking…what a beautiful and graceful way for David to exit his teen years, and begin a new decade. Velvet on a red cupcake!!


  92. emmegirl said

    64 sweetonda, love your words.
    67 bluesky, you too leave me in awe.
    68 sb, joyful tears as I head off to work.

    FG, karma. 🙂


  93. Abrra said

    From Snarkies
    momJulee did a recap of last night.

    ” David was not one speck nervous. He was so happy and so in his element. Loving every minute. He was sparkling. He was glowing. He was lit from within. He was gorgeous. The tux fit him like a glove. Sleeves perfect. Lines perfect.THIS IS WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE!! Thank you Motab wardrobe. Green not red, the perfect choice. His previous stylist should retreat in shame. The Archuleta always looks good. But he should always look this perfect and impeccable. His tux started the idiot grin I had on my face that did not leave the whole night.

    He is such an incredible artist. I’d love to know if he was purposely holding back at the beginning so as to make his later glory moments that much more effective. After he sang silent night, Annie and I heaved a huge sigh AT EXACTLY THE SAME TIME! Then we started grinning and laughing again. Grown men were crying during SN. It was perfection. When he left and the choir went into their number, I thought “Who are all these people and what are they doing on the stage?” Archustupor at its finest.

    Spanish song was brilliant!! He was so happy singing it. He was animated and smiling and his eyes sparkling. Loved when he talked about his Latinos!

    I can’t begin to describe Angels from the Realms. Michael York had just finished reading “And sudddenly there was an ANGEL standing in the midst of them” or whatever and then the lights came on David and he started singing. His voice just cut through the entire choir. Honestly, a lot of artists get drowned out by this number but he was so clear and beautiful. I don’t know why I was not prepared for that. David was completely confused as usual by the standing o. The crowd went wild. I think Michael York took it upon himself to guide David through the adulation. I thought he was going to guide David’s mike to his mouth to get him to sing the reprise. I want to analyze that last modulation on GLO-O-O-RI-A!! And then the waving!!! May he always do his cute little wave no matter how epic the circumstances!!! Heard Lupe and Grandpa were in tears.

    The Spirit brings JOY. Last night was truly JOYFUL AND TRIUMPHANT!! It was beyond wonderful to hear @onerichsong’s arrrangement of SN note for note. I have to say D managed to make the choir pale by comparison just a few times. I wanted to stand up and shout SEE? SEE WHY WE LOVE HIM SO MUCH??? I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF THIS GLORIOUS YOUNG MAN FROM THE BEGINNING!!!”

    From the MoTabChoir twitter

    Mr. David Archuleta!

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  94. bluesky said

    Day 2, 8 am

    They say God is in the details. So let me share a couple of details with you: DAs hands.

    Rolling Stone made comments about DAs right arm. Being the student/teacher of movement that I am, noticing DAs hands and arms and how he uses or does not use them directly relates (in my world of work) with how he processes language. The right arm connects to the language brain and we all know of DAs struggles with language. So when his movements with his hands and arms (which I believe he consciously works on) dramatically change, I notice right away.

    Usually, his left hand is more limber, flexible, all fingers acting separately, while his right is a bit more stiff with the fingers more like he is wearing a mitten (all the fingers acting as one), and performing the same basic movement that his right arm performs. (I know, I know, I am totally a geek. Sorry. Please read other posts if you are bored. I tend to bring out the glassy-eyed look on peeps faces. *why are you even telling me this?* But I promise, I will finally get to the point in the end. ^_^)

    Although he totally works on his movements and has made TONS of progress, the “arm-in-a-sling” right arm and hand have always seemed to be there as a strong foundation. He even seemed to be conscious of changing hands with the mic: knowing he needs to do it and wanting to do it, but conscious of it.

    Now about the concert last night. It says something major (and by major I mean life-changing) when DA gets on the stage (in front of a full orchestra, a professional 350 member choir and 21,000 people) and has full, descriptive, articulate movement with his right arm and hand. It was like he was painting as a master painter would.

    His hands – both sides – sculpted, conducted, shaped, soothed, drew-out, emoted, enhanced, spoke, flavored and emphasized. It was as if he were drawing or painting on our hearts. Physically writing the message in the air for us to imbibe, to breathe in and become part of. He was every inch a professional in every moment and every movement.

    His hands, those thoroughbreds masquerading as appendages, were so innately and naturally expressive, conducting every emotion, meaning and turn of musical phrase, that they could have had their own opera.

    It was as if the hall and the people were his home, finally found and comfortable: “Ah, now I have room! Now I can be comfortably myself! Now I can move and be moved. The canvas is finally big enough to paint/show you what I have always wanted to show you.”

    For me at least DA, you painted God. May your canvases ever match your heart.


  95. skydancer1x said

    OMG. just look at him.He is glorious. thank you Abrra! This picture is worth a thousand words!


  96. skydancer1x said

    Bluesky, how amazing are you??!!Your beautiful words have me in absolute tears.So astute, the observing of the hands.Is that the right word. I don’t even know what I am saying. Thank you for this comment you have so beautifully written! WOW.

    “His hands – both sides – sculpted, conducted, shaped, soothed, drew-out, emoted, enhanced, spoke, flavored and emphasized. It was as if he were drawing or painting on our hearts. Physically writing the message in the air for us to imbibe, to breathe in and become part of. He was every inch a professional in every moment and every movement.”

    and this
    “It was as if the hall and the people were his home, finally found and comfortable: “Ah, now I have room! Now I can be comfortably myself! Now I can move and be moved. The canvas is finally big enough to paint/show you what I have always wanted to show you.”
    “For me at least DA, you painted God. May your canvases ever match your heart.”

    The picture of David above.I can see in his face, the pure joy in his heart. He is just beaming as he is singing!


  97. wowArchie said

    The “WOW” factors in David’s performances have been brought out one by one by all the sweet fans. I’m so grateful for being able to read all the words about this grand event.

    19, SINGING SOLO in MOTOB choir for X’mas concert?! Unbelievable!!


    I love your writings! So romantically beautiful! It makes me feel like I was standing under a Maple tree watching red leaves flying around me….


    “HYPER SPAZ” Yeah! exact way to describe what i see here right now! Thank you for the MP3. The ending of the Spanish carol sounded brilliant! Even Mr. Andrea Bocelli’s voice can’t compare to this one!(agree? SandyBeaches?)


  98. betsy said

    Thank you all for your updates. It means more than you know. I am so proud of him I could burst.
    I want to tell the world about it.


    “For me at least DA, you painted God. May your canvases ever match your heart.”

    One of the most beautiful things you have ever written; one of the most beautiful things I have ever read.


  99. Abrra said

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    found on @pabuckie’s twitpic page

    No audio but much to see here , bless the ninjas!


    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

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    screen caps from above video . Thx FOD!

    ( Bluesky, please analyze the look? )

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    Press conference time in SLC with @DavidArchie~ Kari Sellards via Uber twitter ( David’s tour manager)

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic screen cap



  100. wowArchie said

    OMG!!! Look at that smile! He is so handsome in tux. Thanks again Abrra for my another sleepless night here in Singapore.


  101. Bright Light said

    Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences. The recaps, tweets, and detailed observations bring me a ‘contact high’. 🙂

    Bluesky, beautifully said. In the snippet that we’ve seen, I also noticed the change with his hands especially the little ‘flick’ at round :43.

    In addition to his beautiful gift of music, I greatly admire David’s work ethic, continuous ‘quality improvement’, and his unbelievable courage at such a young age.

    On a side note, I’d love it if someone could post the 2 photos of David that Motab tweeted – the rehearsal photo and the performance photo. The contrast is pretty dramatic to me.

    Thanks again everyone!


  102. Abrra said

    #101 Bright Lights

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  103. Bright Light said

    Thanks Abra, from ‘”aw shucks” David’ to ‘”masterful performer” David’!


  104. Dayzee said

    What a great fan site this is!! We ask and we receive. I loved Bright Lights request for the contrasting photos, and AbrraCadabra! they appear!


  105. jackryan4DA said

    Thanks to pattycake4 — DA singing CAT & MOUSE — yipee!!


  106. Jen A said

    #94 Blue Sky, I want to tell you that I would DIVORCE MR. A and MARRY your post #94 if such a thing were possible. I need to go take a tranquilizer. Well done, well done!


  107. Abrra said

    I made an MP3 of video in #105
    The Cat and Mouse Carol
    Download here:



  108. jackryan4DA said

    LYRICS: The Cat & the Mouse Carol aka Cat Christmas Carol (Ted Hutchinson)

    Said the cat to the mouse, in their dark little house,
    In that stable so long ago,
    “I am wondering why that bright star in the sky
    Is shining upon us down below.”

    CHORUS: And the night skies rang, as the angels sang,
    When Love came down to the earth;
    And the night skies rang, as the angels sang,
    When the Baby King had his birth.

    Said the mouse to the cat, as in wonder they sat,
    And they saw Mary’s face filled with joy,
    “Perhaps that star we can see is to tell you and me,
    Of the coming of this precious little boy.”

    Sleepy shepherds they saw as they crept through the door
    And they brought little gifts to the child.
    As they gazed with love on the child from above,
    Mary turned to the shepherds and smiled.

    So they happily sat, little mouse, little cat,
    As they heard Mary singing to her son,
    As she cradles with care, little Jesus so fair,
    This baby, the Lord’s chosen one.


  109. bebereader said

    JR, Thank for the new video and the lyrics!
    Abs, love the mp3!

    David tweets:

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    MoTabChoir tweets:

    Great show with @DavidArchie last night. Another one tonight. And don’t worry, it will be on CD and DVD next year. about 4 hours ago via Twitpic


  110. Dayzee said

    Jackryan, thank you thank you. You decorate these walls with marvelous things.


  111. YJfanofdavid said

    After listening to Los Pastore, I have the strange sensation that I have really not been alive until now. And I wasn’t even at the majestic MOTab concert hall — just sitting in front of my computer staring at a stealthy shaky video.

    And Bluesky, If his voice painted God, your words are a master painting of his voice!!

    “His hands, those thoroughbreds masquerading as appendages, were so innately and naturally expressive, conducting every emotion, meaning and turn of musical phrase, that they could have had their own opera.
    It was as if the hall and the people were his home, finally found and comfortable: “Ah, now I have room! Now I can be comfortably myself! Now I can move and be moved. The canvas is finally big enough to paint/show you what I have always wanted to show you.”
    For me at least DA, you painted God. May your canvases ever match your heart.”


  112. bebereader said

    YJ I have to agree with you. Bluesky’s comment should be read by the entire fanbase. Her descriptions and analogies are so on the money. We’re blessed to have her here as a poster.

    David’s intro on “Cat and Mouse” is so heartfelt.

    I’ve been in touch with djafan. I spoke with her a few hours ago when she was on the road, two hours away from SLC, with good road and weather conditions. She heard “Los Pastores Belen” on her cell phone with teeny tiny speakers and said David sounded incredible! I imagine she must have arrived in SLC by now.

    From The Deseret News, Mike Terry

    SALT LAKE CITY — Teen idol David Archuleta grew up listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

    “They’re still one of my most favorites on iTunes,” he said. “So to be here, performing with them, is like, ‘Wow! Is this really happening?’ “

    For long-time actor and narrator Michael York, it has “already been an extraordinary experience. I’ve been to Salt Lake before, but as an outsider, outside the buildings, outside the experience. To now be an insider, to belong as part of the experience — it’s more than entertainment. There’s a feeling of fellowship, of worship. It has all magically come together. I’m much looking forward to the next three days.”

    David Archuleta will be the guest star at the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert this year.

    Archuleta and York were speaking at a press conference Friday morning in connection with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concert.

    Thursday night’s dress rehearsal “was magnificent,” said choir president Mac Christensen, “probably the greatest opening night we’ve ever had.” And it’s just going to get better, he said. “David was out of this world. And Michael — what a pro.”

    The choir is “delighted to have one of our own featured,” choir director Mack Wilberg said of Archuleta. “And distinguished actor Michael York brings a wealth of experience to the stage and a stature to storytelling.”

    Archuleta talked about the humbling feeling he has in being a part of the concert. “When you grow up having so much respect and admiration for something, it doesn’t seem like you would ever be there. It was the same with ‘America Idol.’ I didn’t think that would ever happen.”

    Sometimes he wonders, he said, about why so much is happening to him at such a young age. “I feel the Lord has allowed me to be here at this time for a reason. The teen years are so hard. It’s cool to be able to reach out to teens.”

    He feels a humble responsibility to be a good example, to let them see a positive, uplifting side to life. “I owe so much to my family and friends, to the role models I’ve had. I’ve learned to hang on to the simple, important things and remember the blessings the Lord has given me.”

    It’s an amazing experience, he said, “to be given an opportunity to share with a lot of people something that is important to you.”

    For both performers, being here at Christmas adds to the enjoyment. “As an actor, I’ve spent Christmases all over the world,” said York. “In Morocco, all you can do is go to the bazaar and buy an orange, and let that be a symbol. I’ve been in Russia, France.” This year it will be a joy to be home, he said.

    He was also moved to learn that this program doesn’t just stay in the Conference Center, that it is also broadcast in the Tabernacle and other centers, and that it goes out to PBS stations.

    “You walk in this building and have 21,000 people,” added Christensen, but 95 percent to 99 percent of all the PBS stations around the country air the Christmas program.

    Of course, they are a year behind. This year stations are airing last year’s Natalie Cole/David McCullough program. “We just had a call from David McCullough, who had just watched it and was pleased,” said Christensen.

    He expects this year’s program will be equally successful next year. “David brings in so many young people. There are so many possibilities. It just doesn’t stop.”

    The concert, added Wilberg, “is not just our gift to this community. It is our gift to the nation.”

    Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, a mini-concert will be presented after “Music and the Spoken Word,” which will also feature the guest performers. Tickets for all concerts have all been distributed, but a standby line will form at the north gate of Temple Square. Patrons are asked to come early, particularly with traffic and parking congestion, and to be in their seats at least a half-hour before the performance begins.


  113. Bright Light said

    “Audio Only” of some of the songs, including Silent Night

    (from lindsayjean512 ‘s youtube)


  114. Abrra said

    #113 Bright Light
    Thanks for the link. Here are the files from #113 converted to mp3 format. I have left the names as is because I can’t identify the actual titles, precisely. Just don’t have much time to decipher. Any help is appreciated if you listen and can give me correct titles, I will edit them.

    Download Los Pastores A Belen and Silent Night here:
    (seems to be better audio than the one I last posted)

    Download FirstPart here : ( help with titles? )

    Download LastPart here: ( help with titles?)



  115. bebereader said

    Bright Light,

    Thanks so much!


  116. djafan said

    I am beyond words, I couldn’t comment on such beautiful heartmelting comments if I tried. The love, respect, and admiration for one Mr. David Archuleta is flowing out of this computer screen. I’m here in SLC, checked, resting for the signing tonight. I still can’t believe I’m here and my husband with me too…miracles.

    I want to thank you all for keeping this place alive and breathing all things Archuleta, I’m so moved.



  117. jackryan4DA said

    LYRICS: Los Pasteros a Belen (Eager Shepherds on their Way)

    Los pastores a belén corren presurosos
    (Eager shepherds on their way to the Betlehem stable)
    Llevan de tanto correr los zapatos rotos
    (Running onward wth great haste o the infant’s cradle)

    Hay hay hay que alegres van
    (Ay, ay, ay, with joy they run)
    Hay hay hay si volverán
    (Ay, ay, ay, back home they’ll come)

    Con la pan pan pan, con la pan
    (With a tap, tap, tap, with the tap)
    Con la pandereta y las castañuelas
    (With the tambourine tap & the castanet snap!)

    Un pastor se tropezó a media vereda
    (A pastor stumbled in the middle of the path)
    Y un borreguito grito:¡este aquí se queda!
    (And a little lamb cry: This is it, it’s here!)

    Hay hay hay que alegres van
    (Ay, ay, ay, with joy they run)
    Hay hay hay si volverán
    (Ay, ay, ay, back home they’ll come)

    Con la pan pan pan, con la pan
    (With a tap, tap, tap, with the tap)
    Con la pandereta y las castañuelas
    (With the tambourine tap & the castanet snap!)


  118. Tawna21 said

    Bluesky #94..what a beautiful description (that’s not really the word I’m looking for). The whole comment is absolutely breathtaking. Thank you, thank you!



  119. Bright Light said

    # 114 Abrra, In looking at the 1st page of the program, I think the FirstPart and LastPart files are from the “Processional: A Christmas Rounedlay” which appears to have been composed/arranged by Mack Wilberg.

    In the FirstPart file I recognize “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” but not the other carol. In the LastPart file I recognize”Angels We Have Heard on High”.

    I’ll defer to someone who attended to see if my deductions are correct.


  120. Bright Light said



  121. bebereader said

    3 new videos of Press Conference at this link:

    Another pic of the Press Conference:

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  122. bebereader said

    David Archuleta talks about performing with his “idols”, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – The guest performers of this year’s ‘Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert’ say the experience is once-in-a-lifetime.

    Singer David Archuleta and actor Michael York spoke together Friday at the LDS Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City.

    Archuleta, who is from Utah, says he grew up listening to the choir and says it’s even his number one played list on his iPod.

    But, Archuleta says being able to stand on the same stage as the choir is a dream come true. “There’s no place like performing here, and it’s just really incredible having the choir jsut right behind you, it’s like wow, is this really happening?” says Archuleta.

    The concerts are Friday and Saturday evening at the LDS Conference Center. All of the seat tickets are gone, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave them away for free. They are being sold for big bucks on internet sites.


  123. jackryan4DA said

    Care to check out the PressCon vids YT version?



    PressCon Q&A still uploading 🙂


  124. bluesky said

    Day 2, 7.20 pm

    Lovely, lovely peeps (that let me ramble and share, “May your generosity redouble to your fortune.”:

    Tonight I go to video my sons performance. Their band is so fun! And MOM must be there. It is this son that accompanied me last night to the concert. Every other song it was, “I can’t believe he just did that!” He has a healthy regard and respect for DA. In fact it was this son that made me sit down at my computer and listen to that first and fatal “Imagine”.

    My thoughts are with you all that are going and all that are reading. What an absolutely amazing thing we are all experiencing!
    Thanks for letting this ‘square’ be part of your circle.


  125. Abrra said

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    WOO HOO! 1st in line? ;)~ suttygal

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    Deseret looks perfectly ready! :)~ suttygal


  126. bebereader said

    Oh the bookstore looks so beautiful, Abs. Thanks for the pics!

    UPDATE: On the phone, I just spoke to djafan who was waiting for David in that very store when Angelica arrived. It was the first time the lovely djafan and the beautiful Angelica met, in person and I could have sworn I heard fireworks go off! They share a brain, you know. What a thrill to be there by phone to hear the laughing and spazzing and just plain thrill! The love shone through the phone wires. I hung up and let them be but am looking forward for mucho details tonight. 😀


  127. Abrra said


    Angels We Have Heard On High

    credit carorz

    Download mp3 here:



  128. jackryan4DA said

    Q&A of MoTab PressCon in 2 parts

    PART 1

    PART 2

    Hope the links work 🙂


  129. skydancer1x said

    “David is such an endearing presence”…(ok,Michael York just went up another notch, in my book)

    David looks like he could levitate at any given moment.


  130. bebereader said

    Skydancer, It’s very evident that Michael York is a huge fan of David’s!

    Djafan sent this pic:

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic


  131. bebereader said

    Random tweets fromtonight

    Waiting in line for the signing. It is very cold

    David did amazing tonight. I watched a few of his performances, but I am in line or the signing now. I am excited for tomorrows show 🙂

    Book store people are so nice they let us go inside.


  132. Abrra said

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    David Archuleta and Michael York Join With Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Annual Christmas Concert
    Dec 17 2010 — Salt Lake City

    Pop singer David Archuleta and actor Michael York took center stage Thursday night to kick off the annual Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square concerts. (Downloadable, broadcast-quality video clips from the concert and a press conference with the performers are available for news media use. Watch YouTube video of press conference here.)

    Choir president Mac Christensen called this year’s opening show “the greatest night we’ve ever had.”A capacity crowd witnessed the performance in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, and three more performances are scheduled. Two concerts will be Friday, 17 December, and Saturday, 18 December, both at 7:30 p.m. The weekly half-hour CBS radio broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word on Sunday, 19 December, at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Center will also feature Archuleta and York. This will be followed by additional music from the previous performances in a mini-concert. (Attendees should plan on being in their seats 30 to 60 minutes before each performance begins and should not save seats.)

    “It just seemed so unreal last night,” said Archuleta, who has lived in Utah since age 10. “It was one of those moments where it was very hard to actually take it in and realize this is actually happening. … I’ve always enjoyed listening to the Choir — I think they’re my most listened to thing on iTunes. It’s amazing. There’s no place like performing here. It’s really incredible having the Choir right behind you. It’s like, ‘Wow, is this really happening?’”



  133. bebereader said

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    LDS Newsroom

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    Deseret News


  134. Abrra said

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  135. jackryan4DA said

    2 more vids – am on a roll tee-hee

    DA & Michael York Join w/ MoTab Choir for 2010 Christmas Concert

    DA @ Fox13News – CHRISTMAS CONCERT THIS WKEND w MOTAB (17 Dec 2010)


  136. bebereader said

    If you look up the word ‘magnficent’ in a picture dictionary, you’d find the picture in #134.


  137. jackryan4DA said

    Am going bonkers over the links — look at that — one works, the other failed –using the same SHARE method under YT – sigh… sigh.. sigh…


  138. jackryan4DA said

    Heard there is a petition for the DVD to be released early. I think someone from MoTab said they are considering Sept as the earliest release but I don’t think that would still be early enough for archies…

    I think MoTab will have to deal with something totally unexpected for this year’s concert – hahahahaha. Beware the archies on a mission


  139. Abrra said

    Not to fret. I can’t post one either. I check often and fix them so yours will be fine. Nothing we can do, it’s how WordPress “doesn’t” work.



  140. bebereader said

    Hearing about David fans meeting for the very first time is always so heartwarming!

    This text from djafan:

    “Hi…We just met cb, shawna, SB, pattirae, river….so many people…”


  141. bluesky said

    136 – Bebereader:



  142. xaris said

    Ooooohhhhh. Thanks for the mediafire Abrra–big hug to you, Bright Light, and Lindsayjean. The first part is Gesu Bambino in English (O Come All Ye Faithful is the chorus part), and the last part is Angels in the Realms of Glory. Breathtaking.


    Admin Abrra thanks you! I edited the file names on my Mediafire mp3’s


  143. xaris said

    Oops, that should read O Come Let Us Adore Him is the chorus part. I’m spazzing here….


  144. betsy said

    Happiness has a face.


  145. bebereader said

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    credit suttygal

    Debbie DebVaFOD
    Well, my 5 seconds with David was a bit of a blur, but I did get an Archugaze …. gahhhh!!

    The line is moving! David is IN THE HOUSE!

    Michelle Natalie SmileyMichelle
    David is in the building. :

    1/4 through silent night, me and old man next to me started sobbing. eek embarrassing

    David Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was absolutely amazing tonight! Bring on Christmas! Thanks

    I JUST SAW DAVID ARCHULETA! He is so humble he’s an amazing person”)


  146. emmegirl said

    Not much time to browse tonight but sounds like everyone is having a great time in SLC and he was amazing, again.

    I just can’t wait for everyone to get back and let the recaps begin! And am excited to hear about all the fan encounters!


  147. bebereader said

    Emmegirl: Missed you tonight! Yes, let the fangirlying recaps begin!

    I just saw this on Twitter. With a Press Conference, CD signing and full show to do tonight, it astounds me how David had time to do this. He knows his priorities and lives as he believes!

    @DavidArchie One of my patients at the Hospital told me about how you called her today and sang to her That meant a lot and is appreciated:) 7 minutes ago via web in reply to DavidArchie


  148. bebereader said

    Mormon Tabernacle Choir fans cheer their ‘American Idol’
    By Catherine Reese Newton

    The Salt Lake Tribune
    Published Dec 17, 2010 10:28PM
    Updated 8 minutes ago

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    “It seems safe to surmise that 19th-century Welsh pioneer John Parry never dreamed that the choir he started would one day share the stage with a runner-up from America’s top-rated televised singing competition — in a filled-to-capacity 21,000-seat arena, no less. But there was David Archuleta on Friday night, singing his heart out with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in its annual Christmas extravaganza and proclaiming his delight at finding himself in such company.

    How did the world of “American Idol” reconcile with Utah’s most venerable musical institution? Better than you might have guessed. Canny programming by music director Mack Wilberg and enthusiastic performances by all involved made for a surprisingly enjoyable evening of seasonal favorites.

    The thread that loosely tied the program together was the American frontier. Wilberg’s opening processional, a lively take-off on the familiar carol “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks,” featured a flock of dancers in pioneer attire — subtly setting the stage for organist Richard Elliott’s annual solo, “A Holiday Hoedown,” which came toward the end of the evening. Elliott once again astonished the crowd with his virtuosity and wit in this clever fantasia that might better have been titled “Deck Them Halls.” (Who else would embellish a Christmas carol with a few bars from “Turkey in the Straw”?)

    But of course Archuleta was the main draw. The frenzy for tickets to this free event was even more feverish than usual this year, thanks to the presence of the 19-year-old pop star. Archuleta has a lovely voice that combines an appealing sweetness with surprising strength. He also displayed an impressive range in Friday’s show, capped by a spectacular final high note in the concert-closing “Angels, From the Realms of Glory.” In between came familiar carols such as “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night,” which Archuleta dressed up with some pop stylings; plus a couple of surprises, including the mildly mariachi-flavored “Los pastores a Belén,” which he sang in Spanish. Archuleta’s collaboration with the 360-voice choir on “Gesù Bambino” was especially harmonious.

    The evening’s other guest was British actor Michael York, who told the story of John Parry and his journey from New Market, North Wales, to Salt Lake City. The tale was compelling enough, but it was York’s masterful delivery, punctuated by a few well-placed Welsh-accented phrases, that really sold the story.

    Wilberg and associate conductor Ryan Murphy led the choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells on Temple Square in a handful of other selections. Highlights included “Gloria in excelsis” from Mozart’s C Minor Mass and “Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres,” the closing chorus from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ magnificent Christmas cantata “Hodie.””


  149. bebereader said

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    “David signing at Deseret Book”

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    credit kimak


  150. archangel48 said

    Oh my! 26 hours later and we are HERE! I am sitting here now just bawlin’ like a baby over all these terrific videos and staring at the gorgeousness of Mr. Archuleta in that green vest! I cannot wait for Sunday to bask in the gloriousness of the VOICE!


  151. SandyBeaches said

    Everyone who is coming to SLC has arrived. We as in Angelica, djafan, CB, Marciami, SF, hooked and many others first met up in line in a corner of the bookstore with greetings all the way around.

    We approached David together and he was quite surprised to see all of us. Another person on The Voice gang will tell the little story.

    We gathered in a little cafe and watched the people get his autograph. In the cafe, our stories flourished and time went by until they actually turned off the lights.

    We went out into the soft snowy night and walked to our hotels. The Christmas lights decorate every tree each of a different color. The moods of the people in the streets are jovial.

    I shook his hand and told him that his music is in a new place now, a wonderful place.



  152. SB – thank you for this beautiful article. The title fittingly describes this special time. Brought tears that are flowing still.

    We are so blessed to be on this journey with David and to be sharing it with so many talented and selfless people here. Difficult to fully express the gratitude I’m feeling right now. Thank you so very much.


  153. jackryan4DA said

    SB – Oh wow, to be with you guys… Someday.

    And yes, David’s music is in a new place, a wonderful place I quite agree. His artistry has always been destined to be in a good place as it comes from a good heart.


  154. SandyBeaches said

    I failed to mention just how much we miss everyone who is not here We speak about you and hope that we are able to bring the wonder of it all to you. With two of our admins here, you will not be without some Christmas stories.

    We are meeting up with the Snow Angelz and others this morning. There are stories to tell!!

    A little more sleep until morning…



  155. jackryan4DA said

    Am being anal again with the vids am posting but would you believe we have 3 sets (2 vids/set) of PRESSCON VIDS?

    SET A – Q&A vids courtesy of KSLNews – over 16 minutes
    [already posted above – see Vids 25-23a & 25-23b in my YT channel]

    SET B – Longer unedited vid cr LDSOrg Newsroom – over 24 minutes
    [still uploading – see Vids 25-29a & 25-29b in my YT channel]

    SET C – RAW footage by Fox13NOW – about 30 minutes

    Vid 25-30a – Part 1

    Vid 25-30b – Part 2


  156. Abrra said


    Snowangelz! /cry I miss them. I miss being there, but it was my choice. Hug them for me? Bebe and I had a chat with Djafan about 2 am our time. She told us about David’s reaction when all of you Voice folks stood before him. He recognized each one! They made SF go up first. I know how she gets in his presence so it was a brave thing for her. David never gets tired of being with fans. Haha love you guys!

    Oh the balloons in the pic of the book signing came from our very own Marciami! I don’t want to give away too much, but the balloons came with a very special gift that Marcia delivered.



  157. dakgal said

    Aw, come on you guys in SLC that went to the concert last night!

    I’m getting hydrophobic here, as abs says hyper-spazzing. If you didn,t go, do you know someone who knows someone who went. I want to read at least one delicious paragraph about it, I’ll hang on every vowel, consonant and syllable, every comma and period.

    Please I beg you, don’t make me wait until next Christmas. Please just one little tidbit to calm me down.

    And I thank you (HOW WAS THE CONCERT!!!)


  158. bebereader said

    And the great weekend continues….

    SB, Thanks for the recap.
    Love the details.
    (Okay, am obsessed with the details.)

    Archangel48, fandaforeverti48 and JR,
    Thanks for your comments today.

    jwipe’s pic of Temple Square at night…

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    The descriptions of the magnificence of the show, the beauty of Temple Square, and of course David’s outstanding performances just keep getting better each day. All indications are that David has stepped into a new realm and his fans couldn’t be more proud.

    Some pics from Deseret News..
    Their article to follow in next comment.

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  159. bebereader said

    Outstanding audio in this!

    “Cat and Mouse Carol” from 15263457689


  160. bebereader said

    Deseret News article:

    Mormon Tabernacle Choir, David Archuleta shine in Christmas concert

    By Carma Wadley, Deseret News
    Published: Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 12:08 a.m. MST

    David Archuleta was endearing; Michael York, distinguished; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, spectacular.

    “The music was glorious; the setting, magical; the messages, powerful. The dancers, the orchestra, the bells all added to the special flavor of the night.

    It was, in fact, the very essence of Christmas. The annual Christmas concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir had all the joy, the reflection, the tradition, the emotion that make the season so meaningful.

    Archuleta, who rose to fame as a finalist on “American Idol,” brought youthful exuberance to the task. “It’s mind-boggling to stand in front of the choir, and in front of you — and there are a lot of you,” he told the audience. “I’m so grateful to be here.”

    His rich voice was equally at home with traditional carols such as “Joy to the World” and “Gesu bambino”; the sweet and tender “Cat and Mouse Carol,” which talks of how “love came down to earth”; and a soulful “Silent Night.” Archuleta also shared some of his own “pioneer heritage” with a Spanish carol, sung in Spanish: “Los pastores a belen.”

    Heritage played an important part in the narration, “Sing, Choirs of Angels,” given by York. As all the best stories do, he said, it begins in the middle, in a humble Welsh home when a child named John Parry was born. The story goes on to tell the story of the beginning — but not the end — of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As both a mason and a musician, Parry set out to build things that last.

    The opening “Processional: A Christmas Roundelay” also carried a pioneer flavor. The dancers, choreographed by Carol Iwasaki, were splendid whether they were dancing at an old-fashioned celebration, an elegant ball, in the center of a music box or as if they were angels.

    Richard Elliot’s “A Holiday Hoedown for Organ (Deck the Halls)” featured amazing hand and footwork. York’s reading of the Christmas story from Luke, the signature “Angels, from the Realms of Glory,” the rest of the musical tribute to the season all proved the truth of York’s musing that “we feel the presence of our ancestors and of generations after whenever we are joined in song.”

    At a press conference Friday morning, Archuleta and York talked about the “extraordinary experience” of appearing on the Christmas concert.

    Archuleta grew up listening to the choir, and even now plays their songs on iTunes. And to be joining them at Christmas makes it “even more special,” he said. “What we are celebrating, what we share with the music, what we talk about — at no other time of the year do you feel this way. You can’t deny it. We are singing about and celebrating Christ’s birth. It’s very humbling to think about that.”

    For York, who has spent more than 45 years on stage and screen, the concerts provide a sense of continuity, he said. This past year he has spent 550 hours of recording time narrating the Old and New Testaments for a project called “Word of Promise.”

    Then he was asked to narrate Luke for a new Catholic Bible project. “I love Luke. He’s such a great recorder. So to get to do Luke on this stage is like a dream fulfilled,” said York. He also just released an album of prayers, “so in my mind, it’s only natural to be here,” he said. But, he added, it’s also “a privilege and an honor to be here, to be part of one of the great celebrations of Christmas that the world puts on.”

    Narrating a story involving Welsh heritage was a moving experience, York said. “I’m half Welsh, so I feel that keenly. The courage they had to cross the ocean, the great faith they had. That’s another reason why I want to be here. It’s an extraordinary story worth the telling.”

    York is the only one who “could tell that story,” added choir president Mac Christensen. “We are so pleased to have him here. He’s a true, kind, brilliant genius.”

    As for Archuleta, “we’ve been trying to get him ever since he was on ‘American Idol.’ He’s just gotten better, so now we have him at his best.”

    Choir director Mack Wilberg added his delight in this year’s guest artists. It’s great to feature “one of our own,” as well as to have someone who brings “such stature to storytelling” as Michael York. Noting that it will again be filmed for release on PBS stations next year, Wilberg said, “the concert is our gift, not only to the community, but to the nation.”

    It’s one that will be a treat to unwrap again and again.”


  161. bebereader said


    I feel your paaaaaain. Those of us who are ‘left back home’ are suffering badly. 😦 This isn’t just ODD; this is ODD with a twist of MoTab starvation.

    Perhaps after tonight’s show, we’ll get a little relief. A short recap. Someone. Please. Anyone. Be so kind and recap us. Soon. 😀

    Oh, and you can send it to



  162. bebereader said

    “Joy To The World” from 15263457689

    “Silent Night”

    (Chilling…Outstanding…no words…)


  163. djafan said

    Hello everyone!!!!

    I still cannot believe I’m here and I saw snow fall for the first time in my life! What beauty. My husband and I took a walk and had breakfast this morning, the luncheon next, waiting for Angelica to walk over, and tonight the “concert”. I bought binoculars just in case I “need” a close up of the one and only.

    I listened to the clip of Los Pastores a Belen and that’s it. I decided I want my virgin senses for tonight.

    I met Angelica, our brains recognized each other right away, it took our eyes just a little bit longer…lol. Meeting so many great people last night, Sandybeaches has those eyes David talks about, as matter of fact so do all the other David fans I met, hmmmm interesting. Pattirae, Shawna, Marcia, River,CB, seeing Hooked and Silverfox again it was an experience in itself. Then the man himself arrived and we grouped ourselves ready for our turn, we put SF first, then SB, Hooked, Angelica, and myself. We all huddled closely to get a good view…hahaha, sorry I’ve been having bouts of the giggles. David looked up and saw SF and said Hiiii, instant recognition, he then looked at SB and looked at each one of us and finished his sentence, to all of you. I tell you it warmed my heart to see that look of recognition and surprise to see all of us together. David himself glowed, sparkled, was iluminating from within, incredible, and this was at a bookstore. I can’t wait for tonight!

    Ok..going to get ready to leave now. Thank you all for keeping the homefront warm and toasty. I miss every single one of you and I wish you were all here.


  164. Jen A said

    Bebe you and Abrra gonna be in Voice chat tonight?


  165. Fanis Archangelicus said

    I was there last night and feel the pain of you who are waiting anxiously for word of last night’s performance. I’m not very good at this but here are some of my impressions to hopefully tide you over until more eloquent voices emerge.

    I have to say that known superlatives cannot do justice to our dear David, who was utterly magnificent last night. As he stepped onto that giant stage in front of 21,000 people he was sophisticated, poised, charismatic, gracious, charming, warm and elegant. Yes, our darling, awkward, adorkable David was all of those things and more. His countenance radiated the spirit and joy of the season as, through song, he both gently and powerfully told the Christmas story, and he told it with a sense of wonderment that was electrifying and palpable. Michael York, though fabulous as the designated story teller, was not the only story teller there. Our sweet David was enchanting and held the audience in the palm of his hand.

    The program last night was a world-class production and proves that David, with his enormous talent, belongs in the great music halls of the world backed by the best choirs and orchestras. We all know he can sing any genre of music but the immensity of this, this……ooooooooooooooooooh.

    I thought it was touching that whenever David left the stage and waved his signature wave, many fans in the audience waved back. It was amazing to see how many arms were waving in that vast sea of people.

    Our David was superb! I so wish everyone could have been there.


  166. betsy said

    Lol at you djafan, “Our brains recognized each other”
    So glad you all met and David recognized you. <333
    (I am feeling all "hearts all over the world tonight-y)
    It's a beautiful thing.

    Fanis – Who are you trying to kid? Your words are beautiful and quite eloquent. Thank you.
    p.s. I always loved the word *countenance* 🙂
    It is very Jane Austen. 🙂


  167. poof said

    dear fanis,
    Thank you so much. It felt like I was standing outside, cold and shivery with my nose pressed to the window trying to get a glimpse of this amazing event, and you came out and shared what you saw and felt. This is a tough one to miss. It is hard to be so filled with excitement and joy for him and sad not to be apart of it. I Greatly appreciate you taking your time to share.


  168. bebereader said


    Thank you for feeding the hungry, here. 😀
    My favorite part:

    “The program last night was a world-class production and proves that David, with his enormous talent, belongs in the great music halls of the world backed by the best choirs and orchestras. We all know he can sing any genre of music but the immensity of this, this……ooooooooooooooooooh.”

    I’ve always felt that David commanded the respect of having a full orchestra behind him. A dream come true!

    {{{{HUGS}}}} for the recap.


    I plan to stop in The Voice Unplugged tonight if I can swing it. Playing it by ear. Pun intended.


    Gosh it seems like you’ve all been gone for a week. LOL Weird, that. You’re probably munching on some Pad Thai right now at the Thaifoon bash. Have a great time at tonight’s show! That Mr. Djafan will be with you to witness the awesomeness is well…awesome in itself.


  169. bebereader said

    Book signing pics at Deseret Books Facebook page:


  170. Abrra said

    A better view of Marciami’s ballon bouquet! Note the STAR on top ? That’s in honor of our David who just happens to be a STAR as well.

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    Thank you Bebe for putting the link to so many great pictures. I spied a few familiar faces and backs of heads LOL

    Jen A

    I will be in chat tonight for sure. I have uploaded all the videos of any MoTab performance I could find.



  171. emmegirl said

    Fanis Archangelicus, agree with Betsy, your post is so beautiful and moving. Thank you so much for that, have been waiting for any niblets.

    Poof 167, my nose is cold too. 🙂
    Cannot wait for more amazing posts when the gang gets home.

    dja, SNOW! Would have loved to have been there to see your face. 🙂 Loved your’s and SB’s story about the book signing. Another thing I would have loved to have seen…five plus one with grins and giggles.

    It warms your heart hearing all these wonderful stories of love and friendship.


  172. Abrra said

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    For those who feel like this ->>>

    “Please I beg you, don’t make me wait until next Christmas. Please just one little tidbit to calm me down.”

    There will be assistance 😉

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    Dr. Abrra


  173. bluesky said

    Fanis Archangelicus:

    I loved what you wrote. I think you should do it again! I heard from peeps that went to both the Thur and Fri nights, that he changed up a bit of Silent Night as well as coming in with a bit more confidence and strength at the beginning. Since I was only there Thur I cannot comment on any improvements. Thur was perfection to me. But we all know DA excels in giving us new definitions for ‘perfection’.


  174. Abrra said

    I just got a nice surprise call from Djafan who was at the fan luncheon in Utah at Thaifoon. The phone was passed around to friends who wanted to say hello. Thank you Djafan,SF,Tawna,Claudia, Shawna and SandyBeaches for thinking of me and being good friends. SB promised to tranquilize me, then escort me, the next time some shindig requires us to fly 😉

    Special thanks to Shawna for the “cell cast” of the concert after I texted her. You rock!



  175. collegemom said

    100% off topic but fyi the Hits Daily Double Rumor Mill says that Jeff Fenster has resigned from Jive


  176. dakgal said

    Fanis—You have a big sloppy one coming your way!! Thank you,Thank you!! I’ve now read your recap 10 times and as promised soaked in every vowel,consonant, syllable ,comma and period.

    I feel rejuvenated with Archulation, but I’m always hungry for more.

    Abs I could have used Lucy a couple of times today, it’s just as I thought after the gals saw the concert, their minds would go to mush.

    See ya , tonite!


  177. jackryan4DA said

    SB & DJAFAN – thank you for your brief recaps. As you can see I have been in a frenzy getting & posting all MOTAB-related vids — coz am going cra-zeh just reading snippets of spazzing & OMGahs. Goodness – I want, nay, I NEED the real mojo people! 😉 Am literally attached to my laptop just to hear morsels of stories from the performances. So thank you very much for sharing.

    FANIS – special mthanks to you cos this made me LOL

    “I thought it was touching that whenever David left the stage and waved his signature wave, many fans in the audience waved back. It was amazing to see how many arms were waving in that vast sea of people.”

    Who does that???? Oh yeah. Just the netizens of Republic Archuleta 🙂

    ps: Guys, make sure you watch the RAW FOOTAGE of the PRESSCON. Plenty of tidbits there!


  178. bluesky said

    Hello everyone!!

    Please remember to check listings in your area for the Tabernacle Choir Broadcast tomorrow morning. It is called: Music and the Spoken Word. You may be able to watch/listen to DA as (or during a different time in your area) he sings for the weekly broadcast with the Choir. It is a 30 minute program. The listing index will tell you whether it is carried in your area by TV or by radio, and if radio it will list AM or FM.

    It would be really cool to have this once, a network of DA fans across the globe “holding hands” as it were while we watch/listen to him perform.

    All my best,


  179. Abrra said


    I watched those press videos today. Thank you for bringing them. I bow to your mad skilz in finding them!

    I was struck by the ones in charge of the choir event pursued David since the Idol finale. He was a real “get” for them. They waited for him no matter how long it took.

    We should have some info from a few of the folks i spoke to today. I asked them to stop in after the concert and give some impressions. You might get your “fix”.

    I am in Unplugged giving aide to the Archu-afflicted.



  180. Abrra said

    Thank you for the reminder.
    I looked into the Spoken Word and it lead me to a LIVE broadcast link. You need to sign in for see the live boradcast.

    Worth stopping by in the morning and see if he is there. Beats radio, which is all I was able to find locally.



  181. jackryan4DA said

    ABRRA – I delight in bringing hard to find vids cos we Archies cannot get enuff of TheArchuletor, that’s fer sure 🙂

    I cannot wait to hear from SF, Angelica & the gang! Actually am afraid of what I will read from Angelica. We all know how she writes. I’ve been crying just hearing David’s voice w/ MOTAB and just imagining the magnificence and splendor of him coming to that stage, in awe of his dream turned reality and with the audience likewise in awe of him.

    Anyone knows if it is possible for an artist to have a repeat engagement with the MOTAB Choir?

    “… you might get your fix.” — you sound so business-like, Ms “Drug Trafficker”, bahahahahahaha


  182. bebereader said

    David tweets:

    Tomorrow night the Kaleidoscope performance will air on FOX after the NFL game if you want to tune in! 12 minutes ago via txt

    VickiFOD’s picture:

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    “Waiting to get in to the conference center. Beautiful night.”

    At the David Archuleta MoTab concert. Sitting with one of his former voice teachers and @onerichsong. About to start 🙂 11 minutes ago via Twitter for Android

    @OHernan: Lots of screamy girls at Archuleta-MoTab’sChristmas concert.

    Just thought I’d bring the above tidbits here since we’re starved and all.

    Spoke to djafan twice today; the first time she passed me…I mean her cell phone around the table in The Thaifoon Restaurant. It was a thrill to catch up with SandyBeaches, Silverfox, Pattirae and Angelica who I thought was Shawna (don’t even ask! LOL) and a few others before dessert came. So much noise in the background, busy nice noise of people enjoying themselves.

    Then djafan called again, tonight, one hour before the show started. She was with Mr. Djafan and Angelica. I was happy to hear that they made it to their seats with an hour to spare. All cell phones had to be turned off so I doubt I’ll hear from her again until maybe after the show.

    Collegemom: Thanks for the interesting news about Jeff Fenster.

    Bluesky: I intend to check the list to see if “The Spoken Word” will be broadcast in my area. Don’t want to miss it!

    JR Wish you could join us in The Voice Unplugged one night/afternoon. I feel your pain and there’s strength in numbers.

    Now…time for a little Voice Unplugged and Dr. Abrra, who needs help as much as the rest of us….LOL


  183. jackryan4DA said

    Not MOTAB-related but still on David


  184. emmegirl said

    Checking in between cooking and cleaning, wish I could join you guys.

    bebe, “time for a little Voice Unplugged and Dr. Abrra, who needs help as much as the rest of us”…lol!

    Abrra, your Lucy comic is priceless. As CEO of Voice Unplugged, you are grossly underpaid.

    Thanks for looking out for us, will check back later for any news.


  185. bebereader said

    “Angels, from the Realms of Glory” from 15263457689


  186. poof said

    Okay. Through whining! This place is great,,, I am rejuvenated with archulation! What a glorious last few days!


  187. bebereader said

    David beamed tonight! So happy & handsome. His voice was glorious!

    @DavidArchie STANDING O!!!!

    Wow!wow!wow! best night! Crowd loved, adored David! Partial standing o after Silent Night, full one at the end! lots of woohoos for D! 😀


    SilentNight by @DavidArchie is the best SilentNight sung by any artist ever!!In the History of Christmas Music!! half a minute ago via TweetDeck

    Just the sweeping sound of Silent Night.The way David tenderly sings it, like he is pray singing

    RT @Jana__OR: Walking in a crowd of 1000’s! @DavidArchie “s name is heard everywhere! So very cool! 6 minutes ago via TweetDeck

    Cant believe I was that astounded by the simulcast. I may not make it out of the conference center tomorrow.

    @DavidArchie Just so you know you made me cry tonight, want to convert to Mormonism & made my trip from Christmas! Came from Chicago!

    @nareejo he was so charming, so confident on stage. no trace of nerves, nothing. and he was flawless!

    I seriously felt like I needed oxygen after Silent Night. 9 minutes ago via Twitter for Android

    So. Worth. The. Trip.<3

    Debbie DebVaFOD
    @nareejo He certainly deserved it. I would've stood there all night if it would've brought him back out again!

    Great show with @DavidArchie last night. Another one tonight. And don't worry, it will be on CD and DVD next year.

    Man walking behind me "I had low expectations of Archuleta, but he delivered. He was especially charming on that little spanish number".

    Twitvid of the aftermath by Rach

    (Hey, that's all we've got!)


  188. gladys said

    Los pastores de belen.

    the shepherds to Bethlehem, are hurrying after so much running, the shoes are broken.
    ay ay them are happy, ay ay ay them if they return again with the tambourine (separated into syllables the word tambourine). and castanets.
    a shepherd stumbled in the middle lane and a lamb cry! This here it is.!
    ay ay ay them are happy, ay ay ay if it will return with the tambourine and castanets.
    The shepherds of Bethlehem are very happy that the baby Jesus was born, one like them.
    aya ay ay to go gay, ay ay aya if will return with the tambourine and castanets.

    tambourine= pandereta. pan pan dereta.
    I hope you understand me, I tried very hard, the translations are not things I do best


  189. Dayzee said

    I have to say every time David gets on stage he just gets better and better and better. I can’t wait to see what he does tomorrow. As his pretend (I pretend, David does not) Grammy I was so freaking proud of him tonight. His biological family must be bursting.
    After the concert, the fellow ahead of me said, “That David really shines.” His young daughter corrected him, “No Daddy, he sparkles.” A woman behind me said she had never been a fan of David Arculeta but she was now. She said he had the sweetest voice she had ever heard. I think she has no clue where that sentiment might lead.
    Had a great time at the luncheon. Thanks to all who made it so special. There was so much love in that room, for David and for his fans. So grateful I was able to attend. And by the way, the Thai food was yummy.


  190. Abrra said

    Book signing !

    credit HushCatsTX



  191. bebereader said


    Thanks for the translation of Los Pastores de Belen. Makes it easier for those non-Spanish speakers to understand what David is singing. Had a fun time with you in chat tonight!


    Feedback! Thank you! Just what we need. Glad you came to chat tonight, too. We didn’t mean to interrogate you about the show as soon as you arrived but that is just what a bad case of ODD can do to you. haha


  192. Djafan said


    No computer available tonight. I”m on iPod.
    Just want to say that there are no words to describe David, nothing .coherent at this poiint.

    I just know that supporting dAvid is no accident.



  193. hooked said

    I got home this afternoon and I am honestly having serious withdrawals. I can’t get the music, the voice out of my head. I can’t focus on anything. His face is embedded in my brain, I close my eyes and I still see him, I hear him.


  194. Fanis Archangelicus said

    Thanks to those of you who kindly commented on my comment. 🙂 I am so grateful to have been there.

    Now I can hardly wait to hear what happened tonight and at the fan breakfast and luncheon today which I had to miss.


  195. hooked said

    SB, SF – are you guys ok?


  196. jackryan4DA said

    Gladys, Bebereader – You may also want to check the post I made at #117l – lyrics of Los Pasteros a Belen w/ translation which I got from an old music sheet


  197. jackryan4DA said

    GESU BAMBINO, finally thanks to 15263457689

    Check out the rest of her/his vids – she got the complete set

    Meanwhile am so happy that this was captured. I was wondering if someone could still capture the REPRISE of the the FINALE number, done after the Choir gifts their guest artists w/ flowers. Thanks to margonui75, we can preview it (Sept is too much, too long!)


  198. wowArchie said


    Thank you darling. You’ve been a busy bee this weekend updating all the videos and any possible infos for us. As an overseas fan who can only count on Internet, I definitely appreciated it a lot. And I have to let you know this. ( blow kiss to you)


  199. Abrra said

    Thanks for the new videos.

    I put all my mp3’s in one folder for those who may have missed some.

    Download here from MoTab folder.

    Another way to hear this morning’s broadcast choose a player from the right hand side to listen live. I THINK it begins at 9:30 am MT which is 11:30 EST for those keeping score 😉



  200. Jen A said

    Good morning, all. From the spazzing on Twitter after the concert last night (I peeked b4 I went to bed) it seems as though The Man outdid himself again and delivered the finest Silent Night in the history of the universe. Hopefully a ninja vid surfaces so we can share in the glory of it.


  201. jackryan4DA said

    WowArchie – catches your kiss and boomerangs it back to you 🙂 I sorta got the hang of working/recording; cleaning the house/recording; cooking/recording – hehehe. And while sleeping – downloading of course! Ah the things that lad from Utah makes us do;)

    ps: yesterday was the perfect time cos I was just wrapping Christmas gifts so recording was peanuts 🙂


  202. jackryan4DA said

    TO SF, SB. ANGELICA, DJFAN & THE GANG – I just have one question after your MOTAB experience:

    how on earth did you restrain yourself from hugging David out of sheer pride?


  203. pattiNC said

    Morning all…Jackryan4DA question for you…will there be a way to capture the live stream on KSL this morning?? I have to go out and will miss it, but hoping someone will be able to tape it, and the mini concert, which I don’t even know will be streamed. I’ve cried over YT vids the last couple days…what the heck?? can’t imagine what it was like to be there.


  204. embe said

    Hey you all – this is the amazing “Silent Night” from Saturday.


  205. emmegirl said

    hooked, I don’t think you’re alone. Seems most of the concert goers are still trying to process what they saw and heard.

    Example, dja’s #192 post. She wasn’t quite ready. 🙂


  206. jackryan4DA said

    PattiNC – as long as my internet does not go loco on me and I have the correct link, I have no problem capturing it 🙂


  207. jackryan4DA said

    MP4s & MP3s (320 kpbs) of 18Dec NOTAB Concert



  208. skydancer1x said

    193. hooked..
    “I got home this afternoon and I am honestly having serious withdrawals. I can’t get the music, the voice out of my head. I can’t focus on anything. His face is embedded in my brain, I close my eyes and I still see him, I hear him.”

    exactly like I felt a couple of weeks ago in Dallas.But MOTAB! I am not sure you will ever recover!!
    193 Djafan “Just want to say that there are no words to describe David, nothing .coherent at this poiint.” (that sentence alone, says it all)
    “I just know that supporting dAvid is no accident.”

    all I know is, if you can’t get somebody out of your head,then maybe they’re supposed to be there.


  209. dakgal said

    Hey, Everybody—I told you –those concert goers are toast!!

    `Like I said from MOTAB— Straight to REHAB—

    Someone send out a posse, some are probably still wandering around SLC-not remembering where they are.


  210. pattiNC said

    Jackryan4DA….I love you!!!! 🙂 thinking happy thoughts about your internet!


  211. wowArchie said

    hahaha Dakgal

    #209 what you said about those David concert goers made me laugh…haha

    Dr.Abrra needs some more nurses’ help for her overcrowded clinic!


  212. Nina said


    It is coming right now!!!


  213. bebereader said

    Thanks to all who provided links to The Spoken Word.
    I’m listening on radio now since my cable network doesn’t provide the network.

    But all is good. I just heard David sing the most beautiful “Joy To The World”. So gloiouis!

    Djafan texted this to me before the show:

    “”In center…David just soundchecked JTTW. Sounded heavenly. FunnyGirl made it! I am getting emotional. I’m with SF, SB. Marciami, Angelica and FG are sitting one section over from us.”

    I’m just wondering how they will recover from this?

    Correction: Watching live video on the link Nina just sent! Thank you so much!

    JR#196 The lyrics you sent in #117 were much appreciated. Gladys and I were in chat at the time and when asked, she was so kind to translate and post, on the spot, as the video for Los Pastores de Belen was on the screen. I love to compare different translations of the same song.

    Thank you all who posted videos and links to mediafire accts.


  214. bebereader said

    From “Music and the Spoken Word”

    “Joy To The World”

    “Angels From The Realms of Glory”

    credit totoroarchie


  215. jackryan4DA said

    DA @ Music&theSpokenWord 01 JOY TO THE WORLD (19 Dec 2010)

    DA @ Music&theSpokenWord 02 ANGELS FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY (19 Dec 2010


  216. Abrra said

    Be sure to refresh the page before posting videos. We seems to be getting duplicates.

    Dr. Abrra


  217. betsy said

    I think it was no accident that a few weeks ago, our cable company added a few extra channels. Byutv being one of them.
    What an amazing way to start the day.
    Joy to the World was exquisite.
    I can only imagine how the girls are feeling right about now.


  218. Abrra said

    Has anyone had issues since the snowflakes have arrived on the site? Please let us know? We want to determine if it is causing problems.



  219. gladys said

    I am a little sad and maybe angry.
    This morning I learned that melinda notice that we could see David in MO TAB, I could not see, I did not know this.
    Today early morning I was watching the blogs to see if there was anything new about it, did not see anything, I went to sleep peacefully.
    A while ago I heard from Andrea, who was the show live on BYU channel, I’m really sad.
    I think I’m more angry than sad, but I guess the anger is going to go. The news that take place at the last minute. those reports are not for us Latinos, we love david.

    Right now I’m seeing on Fox Network East, the NFL football game (I guess that today is not a pleasant day for me), I pass the link so you can see, if I am correct.


  220. Abrra said

    There was a link this morning in #212 for the live broadcast of MoTab Spoken Word. I am sorry you missed it. I also had posted a link to a radio broadcast in # 199.

    Thank you for the link for the Kaleidoscope show later. FOX East sounds right 😉



  221. Andrekvr1991 said

    yes Abra that’s good know to according to EST in my country is at the same time. 🙂


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    New article~ New thread! —–>>>>>>


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