The Voice David Archuleta

A Night at the Grove With David Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Friday, January 21, 2011

When the tickets for MoTab were being distributed I had already secured 4 tickets for The Grove in Anaheim in Tier 3 for daughter, granddaughters and myself.  Not the best seats but ok for David’s concert on December 29, one day after his birthday.  Still flying high from my trip to Salt Lake I couldn’t believe I was going to see David again in a span of two weeks.

A few days before the concert my niece came to spend a few days with us for the holidays and wanted to go with us to the concert.  Thanks to my lucky stars, Zully from Honduras took to Twitter to sell a ticket, a VIP ticket no less in Tier 1, Row E!  I took it for guess who?  Meeeee!  I had made peace with the fact that I wouldn’t see David up close this time so this was such a sweet turn of events.  I waited for Zully at the box office and was starting to panic because there was no sign of her.  Suddenly Monica2112 from Twitter, who I’d told about the ticket situation, came walking up to me with another girl, Zully!  She was in line for the Meet and Greet!  We had crossed paths, so thank you Monica!

With ticket in hand I was now able to hang out and meet with David fans in VIP area, some for the first time:  Vermeer, Marthazz, Seattle_D, Karenkid, Starrynites, NP1107, Nancy and a sweet lady who sat next to me during the concert (if you’re reading this please tweet me @djafans or shoot me an email through The Voice email). Great times and now it was time for the concert.  In the audience sat fans of all ages, entire families.  He is gaining in the guy and college age girls; they were representing!

The Set List

Something ‘Bout Love,  The Other Side Of Down,  Touch My Hand,  To Be With You,  A Little Too Not Over You,  Parachutes and Airplanes, Angels,  My Hands,  Elevator,  Pat-A-Pan,  The First Noel,  Complain,  Falling Stars,  My Kind Of Perfect,  Stomping the Roses, and as a finale, Crush.

The concert was magnificent!  David exploded onto the stage; he burst out like a flash of lightning, sparkling like only he does and there he was.  I stood for most of the concert, dancing, singing, whistling and watching him intently, trying to remember every word and emotion that came to me as I watched him perform.

I’ve seen David perform live several times but this was by far the most intense, passionate, energized, sensitive, confident and powerful I’ve ever seen him.  He owned that stage at The Grove and commanded the audience effortlessly, with a glance, a gesture, a smile.  The power in his voice, the tenderness, the tone, deeper and richer than ever before, the new runs, the emotion pouring out to us, making even those old songs sound like new.  When he sat at the piano, those of us on the left side of the venue couldn’t see him and he apologized that we wouldn’t be able to see his face.  Can you believe that?  Thank goodness for big screens which did enable us to see his beautiful face.  I’m happy to say he was drinking lots of water (but I couldn’t secure his water bottle this time, darn it!) 😛  and sweated profusely from start to finish.  For the first time I’ve ever seen, he actually took the towel handed to him and slowly wiped his brow, face and chin to the delight of everyone.

Wrapped up in his magic, I was feeling euphoric with a swelled heart filled with joy and gratitude.  What a blessing it is to get David and his gift.  He ended the set with “Stomping The Roses”.  He told it to us and made us understand it!  The energy, the sassiness, the flirtatiousness…WOW, he is a master at this I tell you.  He left the stage but the applause was thunderous and out he came to close the show.  I’m so glad that some were able to catch at least the audio so I may relive my experience, but boy do I miss the videos!

Stomping the Roses clip

Crush clip

As we walked to the car, I thought my evening was over.  But I noticed a crowd gathering behind the venue and needless to say we ended up at a fence, waiting for David.  In an hour’s time there were a few hundred of us waiting.  Then the band came out and said “Bye” to us and told us David would be out shortly.  The screams let us know when David appeared and he walked along the fence, Sharpie in hand, signing, giving high fives and beaming.  You could see how happy he was to see us.

I took out my phone and ipod, started to record and before long he was in front of me signing my ipod!

David signing my ipod.

My granddaughter and niece took off their shoes and he signed those, too.  BTW my niece is a new convert telling all on facebook about David and his amazing voice and her wonderful aunt!

Signing my niece's shoe.

It was a great ending to a perfect evening.  It’s unfortunate that there are no videos from this show to capture the growth of this remarkable talent.  Hopefully my words brought you a sense of what I experienced.

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94 Responses to “A Night at the Grove With David Archuleta”

  1. wowArchie said

    Dear dear Djafan,

    Do you know how precious your recap is ? It was the first show after the new NO VIDEO POLICY “announced” by David’s manager on twitter, right?

    From the white-piano-twitpic Melinda sent to fans that night I spotted David’s beautiful muscle line from his left shoulder all the way down to his back.It is beautiful. Staring at his back and listening to his performances somehow comforted me. At least there were something for eyes and ears. Lucky you! —you sat so near to David and enjoyed his live show. I’m jealous, jealous, jealous!!

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  2. SandyBeaches said

    Djafan, while watching David on stage in SLC, I wondered what the whole experience would do for him and just how he would be celebrating at the Grove. He was coming off of a stage that saw the most outstanding performances of his life so far, that must have filled him with an enormous amount of new confidence. You just have to look at his face in the lead picture here to see the celebration mode that he was in. Secondly, there was no better place to have an after party considering the fact that the stage seems to be his favourite place to be and of course with his fans who love his music. It was fantastic to have this concert at that time.

    David was like the Energizer Bunny who probably didn’t want to stop at all that night. Some of his favorite stages in Manchester, Boston, Providence, New York, Long Island and all others are eagerly waiting for his return.

    SB

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  3. SandyBeaches said

    I think that I will write a poem about the vacant stages and empty theaters in North America waiting, waiting, with the sounds of thunderous applauds still echoing throughout the darkness. Haha, don’t take me seriously!

    Early morning, coffee still brewing, thanks Djafan for the lovely story!

    SB

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  4. kimk said

    beautiful post today and thank you!! goodness I can’t wait until we all get to see him live again and your lovely recap just sent me into outerspace!!! thanks!

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  5. MT said

    Djafan: ahhh … thank you. A good recap is like desert after dinner. Great recap! I’m so glad that you were able to get “up close and personal” and make a new David fan in the process! haha

    PS I wanted to say thanks to JR and Sky for their kind words on the last article. Thanks, guys.

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  6. Marylee said

    Djafan: What a great story! “wrapped up in his magic” is something that caught my eye & can certainly identify with..anyone who has ever seen him “live” knows that awesome/amazing/breathtaking feeling..*I could go on*!! lol ~He’s truly one of a kind! Thanks for sharing your “David-Experience” with us! 🙂

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  7. djafan said

    Good Morning!

    Forgot to make my video public from after the concert. It is now!!!!!

    MT,
    It was the first show after the new NO VIDEO POLICY “announced” by David’s manager on twitter, right?

    I know, some tried so hard to get video, but they were tough that night.

    SB,

    It was like he was also still flying high from the previous epic concert in Utah like me. He was so happy during and after the concert, all sparkly.

    I’d like to read that poem.

    Kimk, Thank you for your kind words. Crazy that I can’t wait to see him again, I tell you the more you see him the more you want to.

    MT, Thank you. My niece was visiting this last week and watched SFTH with my granddaughter and I, she reminded me of Paula. She said she wants take his eyes and put them in a jar and carry them around with her. She’s a fan 🙂

    My granddaughter was shocked that he has a mustache, the shadow…lol

    Marylee,

    “anyone who has ever seen him “live” knows that awesome/amazing/breathtaking feeling..”

    Oh yes, thank you!

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  8. Fiona said

    Djafan, thank you so much for this recap! It is always so nice to read about people’s personal experiences of David’s concerts. He is just getting better and better and I also can’t wait for tour!!!! So true, the more you see him, the more you want to again! Never enough David!!! 😉

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  9. Djafan,
    savoring every moment of your story this morning….I believe you hit the jackpot being able to see David so fresh off MoTab! You lucky duck! From the audios we were able to hear,and short glimpses of him he was on fire at The Grove!,ooooh,!”fire baby!FIRE!” Gosh, the setlist was amazing!
    Loved the shoe signing!:))

    S.B. I wish you would!(write a poem)seriously 🙂

    MT, ..thank YOU!:)

    Marylee, yes,definitely!”one of a kind” *sigh*

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  10. omgDavid said

    djafan, thanks for your wonderful recap. I felt I was there with you.

    This is my favorite, “I’ve seen David perform live several times but this was by far the most intense, passionate, energized, sensitive, confident and powerful I’ve ever seen him. He owned that stage at The Grove and commanded the audience effortlessly, with a glance, a gesture, a smile. The power in his voice, the tenderness, the tone, deeper and richer than ever before, the new runs, the emotion pouring out to us, making even those old songs sound like new.”, dang! tour schedule please.

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  11. betsy said

    I am sneaking on my daughter’s computer up here in the North Country.
    Love, love the recap dja. He “told it to you and made you understand it.” Yep, that’s what he does. 🙂

    Last night, we all gathered at a restaurant to celebrate my sister’s birthday. Sometime during the eating, drinking and laughing hysterically, Falling Stars came on the restaurant’s sound system.
    It sounded sooooo good. I have never heard David’s music in the general public before. And I gotta say, I like it.
    I casually asked my nephew (he manages the place) how they choose the music. He said they choose an On Demand music station – kind of like they have available on Cable Tv.

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  12. kelly said

    Thx for the recap. I’m sooooo excited for David and 2011!!

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  13. karenkid said

    Aww, man. I wish it HAD been me!!

    I do believe you may have met ‘zerogravity’ Karin and not ‘karenkid’ Karen. I can pretend tho!

    Glad you all got to be there. 🙂

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  14. Abrra said

    OmgDavid

    Kelly

    Karenkid

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    Thank your for coming by and please comment more? Fans are the heart of the Voice!

    Abrra

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  15. djafan said

    It’s time to celebrate!!!!

    David tweets!!!!

    Ceeeelebrate good times come on
    about 1 hour ago via txt
    Retweeted by you and 100+ others

    This tweet hit over 100 retweets in under 3 minutes!

    Hi Fi!!!

    “He is just getting better and better and I also can’t wait for tour!!!”

    I don’t know he does it, just when I think I’ve seen him at his best he steps it up a notch.

    Skydancer, I think you’re right. He so loves to perform and happy to see his fans.

    Hi OmgDavid,

    “dang! tour schedule please.”

    Yes please! I was ready to back in the venue and do a repeat.

    Betsy, David does have a way of communicating and lucky you to hear Falling Stars!

    Hello Kelly, yes these are exciting times!

    Karenkid, oh darn, I mixed up the Karen’s, so sorry. I wish you could have been there tooooo!

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  16. SandyBeaches said

    This just in on Google Alert which may be old news or new news…but hey, who is leading the list of well known people?

    “Sony Music has signed a deal with Mobile Roadie to offer the latter’s “DIY” app platform to its stable of artists. First up will be David Archuleta, Marc Anthony, Camila and Pink, and eight others.

    The apps will be used to send out all things related to those artists: eg, news, tour dates and ticket info, music and videos; and paid content such as karaoke tracks and games. Mobile Roadie had already built up a reputation developing musicians’ apps so it’s an obvious partner for the venture.”

    SB

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  17. SandyBeaches said

    By the time I could get a poem written about those lonely theaters, he will be filling them up one after the other!

    SB

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  18. SandyBeaches said

    What does his tweet mean??

    SB

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  19. SandyBeaches said

    Ok it is the name of a song, but is it a random tweet because that I can understand that easily?…

    SB

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  20. djafan said

    SB, Random tweet singing, I don’t know what he means but if he’s here in Cali that was an early tweet of celebration. Something’s cooking!

    Here’s Celebration

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  21. djafan said

    Not to put a damper on things but David would have closer to 200,000 in sales of TOSOD.

    michael_18

    @jivemusic @melindaweg http://bit.ly/fiMafz Sent this a couple times to RIAA but seems they don’t care. Over 100,000 illegal dnlds of TOSOD

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  22. annie348 said

    djafan ~ hi. Such a great recap. I looked for you! I was in row 2 just in front of you I guess. I brought my special “David concert perfume” to share with you. I wish I would have waited outside after the concert to see him up close like you did. Next time. It was a GREAT PERFORMANCE!!! Love to everyone at the Voice.

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  23. djafan said

    Hi Annie!

    I looked for you too! Sure missed that beautiful scent!

    Definitely next time!

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  24. bebereader said

    Dja, Seeing David in concert is a slice of heaven, and your recap comes very close! Your descriptions took us back with you to that night, to that amazing show, just what we needed in this semi-Archu-drought.

    SandyBeaches, Please write that poem!

    Welcome to the new posters today! We love all the new ‘faces’.

    Betsy, So excited that you heard FS last night! Waiting for the day; I love that song soo much. As if nobody knows by now. LOL By the way, what restaurant was it?

    I found some more pics from The Grove!

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  25. annie348 said

    I can’t click over go comments. It just acts like it’s going to go but doesn’t!

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  26. Abrra said

    Annie348

    You might have had some lag. Are you all set now? Explain more if you are still having an issue please?

    Abrra

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  27. djafan said

    David’s SBL on Italian competition

    showSpot La 5 – Amici 2010/2011 – Tra poco

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  28. Abrra said

    Djafan

    You had a really exciting night in Anaheim! “Ticked all the boxes” as Simon would say. 😉 David’s concerts are the best family affair ever. So happy that he did come out afterward. That is something he has not done too often.This was extra special. I think its great because not everyone can win a ticket to VIP.

    I agree that David must have gotten a huge boost in confidence from MoTab because he sure put on a spectacular performance in Anaheim.

    We were so fortunate to have ninja audio from that night. I put the songs on mediafire for download here:
    http://www.mediafire.com/?8d6vuq9pr0xb4

    Abrra

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  29. prd9601 said

    This is off topic but I thought this video was just wonderful and would fit in here at ‘The Voice’. Take four minutes and enjoy this.

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  30. omgDavid said

    Thanks abbra for the welcome. I love it here. I lurk most of the time.

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  31. Suzy-Q said

    djafan, loved you recap. I got all excited just reading it. It’s unbelieveable what this young man is capable of. Thanks for sharing your experience.
    David hasn’t said when the tour begins as we all know. Maybe David has to get it just perfect before he lets us in on the secret. Like, when he postponed the release of TOSOD because he wanted it to be even better.
    Prd9601, lovely video and music. Thank you!

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  32. annie348 said

    Abrra~ I think it’s working now. But thanks for ALWAYS being here for me. You’re just the BEST!!

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  33. betsy said

    Bebe – His song was playing at Ruby Tuesdays. 🙂
    I will always love that place now.

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  34. emmegirl said

    dja, great recap. What an incredible 2 weeks, you were there for some of the best performances of the year! You have some seriously good karma going on!

    Just love how David has become a family affair. Does your niece wear those shoes! Dang that no vids policy …from what you described, they would have been more than adequate to sustain us until tour. 🙂

    prd9601, what incredible photography and a beautiful score.

    Listening to TOSOD album on way home tonight. Gaah, the only thing better than David singing, is David singing backup to David.

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  35. silverfox said

    Djafan, ***sigh*** Recaps like yours just make it harder to be patient. He’s POETRY IN MOTION on stage! I’m so glad you were there since we don’t have the videos we would normally have of David’s first (& only, so far) full concert since his CFTH Tour in 2009! Your detailed account allows us to share your unforgettable experience. Muchas Gracias!

    And there’s a rumor that David will be performing in Indonesia in March?? Sounds plausible. But what is David doing until then, besides India?

    No matter what David is doing or not doing next week, month, or year, I hope he knows we will always be here…We will stand by him through thick & thin. Especially when we have performances like The Grove or like this in Pittsburgh way back in the summer of 2009, to look forward to in the near future…

    Good night & sweet dreams!

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  36. emmegirl said

    SF, great choice!

    Wonder how long he will be in India, possibly as long as 3-4 weeks?

    I know this was posted not too long ago but the performance is more than worthy of another look.
    (yeah, they all are.)

    What else I loved was the conversation at the beginning, his demeanor – unguarded, totally relaxed, confident…not a second of awkwardness. There’s no place like home.

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  37. Abrra said

    Emmegirl
    Where did you get that information? Sounds way too long for a humanitarian visit.

    Abrra

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  38. MT said

    36. Emmegirl: I love that video. It’s one of my all time favorites! And I can’t believe no one took him up on the to sit next to him and play chopsticks when he said “I could teach you. It’s really easy.” I really was waiting for someone to volunteer. haha

    He looks just gorgeous here. Hair (ablolutely perfect), eyes, smile, and that shirt fit perfectly. And as you said, he was so comfortable there. When there is a small, intimate gathering of his fans, I think he knows he’s in good hands and can relax and be himself.

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  39. dakgal said

    DJA When you left David in your re-cap—I wasn’t ready to go home yet!!

    “He owned that stage at The Grove and commanded the audience effortlessly, with a glance, a gesture, a smile.”

    Ya know , when you think back, that’s what that little stinker has been doing all along, since word one at the try outs with AI. I know that’s what got me–hook -line- and sinker. What’s really scary –is now he’s refining it–letting all abandon go——we in BIG trouble.

    And really now –could those eyelashes get any longer –in the picture where he’s signing your i-pod.

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  40. emmegirl said

    Abrra, just thinking out loud,(not the smartest thing to do.) It’s just that I could see him doing that if the circumstances allowed.

    Probably not possible or probable. I know it will be a hugely rewarding trip for him regardless of the capacity he goes in.

    MT, the gorgeousness, off the meter.

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  41. Dayzee said

    DJA you have captured the essence of an evening with David. The euphoric feeling that covers us when we are in his presence. Thank you for bringing that to us.
    MT-I was there for Chopsticks. We were all so in awe, there is no way anyone could believe we had an opportunity to sit with David at the piano. By the time we realized the offer, they had moved on and we were all chagrined. I flinch every time I see that now. Kicking myself. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

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  42. wowArchie said

    Dayzee

    hahaha… come, let me help you. *kick*

    2 years ago a big Canadian David fan Gengen (anyone remembers her?)mentioned that she thought young girls were too silly when they met David in person. She thought they really should have focused their attentions on his beautiful eyes/face and talk to him instead of asking him to sign cds/posters non-stop. I did what she suggested when David came visit Singapore and I was so grateful for Gengen’s advise.

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  43. Jo said

    It sound like bebereader is right, asian tour first, there is already a rumor that David will go to India for rising star outreach program and Indonesia concert, but all not yet confirmed.
    Like wowarchie, I focused also David beautiful face and eyes when the first time I met him at the hotel, just starstruck that I was not able to say a thing to him even he said Hi!, just a firmed handshake ha ha!

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  44. djafan said

    Abrra,

    “We were so fortunate to have ninja audio from that night. I put the songs on mediafire for download here:”

    Thank you Abrra for this. I’m blasting it in the car and reliving that evening.

    prd9601,

    I took the four minutes, what a creative piece of art form. Truly enjoyed.

    Dayzee,

    “It’s unbelieveable what this young man is capable of.”

    He blows me away Dayzee, away.

    Emmegirl,

    “Does your niece wear those shoes!”

    She does! I’ve been lucky, I always have family with me at David events. They don’t have ODD, don’t understand how not, but they do love David and hanging out with nutty me.

    SF,

    “He’s POETRY IN MOTION on stage!”

    He is an exquisite piece of art. I wonder how these rumors are going to pan out, India? Indonesia? I hope he goes to these places and more. Thanks for the video, there’s like 5 in the set from that interview, one of my favorite.

    Dakgal,

    “that’s what that little stinker has been doing all along, since word one at the try outs with AI. I know that’s what got me–hook -line- and sinker. What’s really scary –is now he’s refining it–letting all abandon go——we in BIG trouble.”

    In trouble for sure. I think you figured it out! Those eyelashes don’t seem real, I’ve seen him several times up close and everytime he takes my breath away.

    Dayzee,

    Thank you, euphoric is perfect!

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  45. Abrra – thanks for sharing your mediafire stash. Was stuck on that video at radio station in SLC. Nice to know everyone is starstruck when looking into his eyes – they’re very powerful. Was much more careful the 2nd time. Also love the mp3’s from this concert. Thanks so much.

    Djafan – your recap was great – loved the way you made it seem so much more personal by sharing your feelings and this…..”Wrapped up in his magic, I was feeling euphoric with a swelled heart filled with joy and gratitude. What a blessing it is to get David and his gift. He ended the set with “Stomping The Roses”. He told it to us and made us understand it! The energy, the sassiness, the flirtatiousness…WOW, he is a master at this I tell you.” This drought is killing me but you all are helping ‘save the day’ with all these wonderful videos and mp3’s.

    Been listening to my David song collection shuffled on iphone (only 162 songs). My husband kept asking “When did he sing that song?” Did he really think I found all these great covers (Edwin McCain, Josh Groban, Five for Fighting, Sting, etc) by myself? Amassed quite a collection over the past 3 years. It is a good listen.

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  46. SandyBeaches said

    Djafan, in comment #2 yesterday I wrote…”celebrating at the Grove.” then I wrote ” celebration mode that he was in”

    Then David tweeted a few hours later, “Ceeeelebrate good times come on”

    Coincidence? Probably not, but don’t spoil my fun!

    SB

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  47. Abrra said

    I went looking at IDF picture thread today. These are from Ft.Wayne radio promo concert. I didn’t have them in my files so I will assume they have not been posted here.

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    This girl’s face (in the blue jacket) says it all!

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    The man doing what he loves. Singing for his fans.

    Abrra

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  48. archangel48 said

    David has to be the most gorgeous human being I have ever laid eyes on…
    Thank-you Abrra. These photos you have found are a fantastic sight first thing this morning! My day is gonna be great! 😉

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  49. poof said

    Happy Weekend all
    I just finished weaning myself off CFTH and the Mo Tab tapes and have TOSOD back on repeat in my car. I cannot get over how much I LOVE SBL. His voice, the beat, the way it just soars and the great lyrics. There should be a way for us, his loyal and beloved fans, to push this song into more exposure. Any thoughts, anyone?

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  50. wowArchie said

    Abrra

    Good morning. I’d like to thank you again for all the mp3 & MGRs you made. I love them all especially the “Morning David” ! David In that video = the real David I saw in person. He was a bit pale, looked like lack of sleep from jetlag.

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  51. bebereader said

    Dak, David’s eyelashes…Women have to buy EXTRA EXTRA LONG AND THICK mascara to get what David was given by nature. 🙂 As Emmegirl said “…gorgeousness, off the meter.”

    Jo,
    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    “…when the first time I met him at the hotel, just starstruck that I was not able to say a thing to him even he said Hi!, just a firmed handshake ha ha!”

    haha That’s ODD at it’s finest!

    Fanda48, Someone should make a list of David’s covers. And then David should record them for CDs!

    Archangel48, I totally agree!

    Poof, How I wish SBL had taken off. I predicted it would go multi-platinum; that’s how much faith I have in it. Here’s David, performing it for a huge crowd at Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium last summer.

    credit r2rod2

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  52. Heidijoy said

    Thanks Djfan for sharing your experience with us. Just what the Dr. ordered!!
    I’d also like to say How grateful I am for David and his fans on this third anniversary of his audition. Thanks to you gals that saw fit to add The Voice and your hard work does not go unnoticed. Thanks to the administrators, writers and all those who comment. Its been a pleasure to also meet some of you @ MOTAB and Reno.

    I’m still listening to CFTH and of course all the videos you gals post plus Other Side of Down.

    David tweeted from Utah and I’m hoping it works out for him to see Joy Williams while she is in the area.
    ….and praying for patience!!

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  53. MT said

    Heidijoy: I saw that tweet. How does he not get mobbed when he sits in a Gym with all those kids? Is he really “just another guy” when he’s there?

    Also wanted to share something. My 11 year old grandson got a little money for Christmas, among other things of couse, but when I asked what he spent it on, guess what he told me? He bought the entire CFTH CD on iTunes? Cool, huh?

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  54. Heidijoy said

    MT I’m not sure but I remember when he went to one of his brother’s games he left and waited in the car before the end of the game. (Bret told that story) I always thought that was considerate that he didn’t want to take the attention away from his brother at the end of the game.

    Neat story about your grandson!!

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  55. Gayle122890 said

    Hi all! Just a little story I’ve been wanting to share: When David came to Bakersfield in Nov 09 my daughter and I went to see him. I was lucky to be able to get seats in the front row a little to the left. He came out running to the sound of “Waiting for Yesterday”. A little bit into the song, he walked over to our side. I went numb. Numb because he did that thing with his eyes. I guess what you call an Archugaze? He looked at me with bushy eyebrows and happy eyes. And he was generous with that gaze. He had this happy look that said to me, “I’m glad you’re here” But to me it was not just here in the theater, but HERE. I had trouble responding. I could hear my mind telling me to “do something, stupid!” All I could do was stretch out my arm and wave at him real quick-like as he was moving away. Don’t have to say that I keep that in my heart in a very special place.

    Happy Saturday everyone!

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  56. Angelica said

    “…this was by far the most intense, passionate, energized, sensitive, confident and powerful I’ve ever seen him. He owned that stage at The Grove and commanded the audience effortlessly, with a glance, a gesture, a smile.”

    Dja, this was by far one of the best recaps I have ever read. You captured the thrill of it all for those of us who couldn’t be there. The pic of him signing your ipod and your neice’s shoe, the short vid taken by you of the crowd, it is all so satisfying in this Archudrought!

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  57. Abrra said

    Archangel48 and WowArchie and Heidijoy

    Thank you for the compliments to the site. Its a team effort. We all bring our skills which make it work well.

    Abrra

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  58. Abrra said

    You know what night this is right?

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    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

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  59. bluebar said

    Abrra – Do you have this video at “Unplugged?” It is the first David fan video I ever viewed. It was posted a few weeks after his Idol audition, and it is still a favorite of mine… along with a million others!

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  60. Abrra said

    Bluebar

    I do not have that video. I am allowed 10GB of content on the site in my free account. I have had to limit what I upload to mainly David performance/ interview videos. There are some fan videos but I don’t, as a rule, use too many.

    Its nice that you can post it here where we can share your enthusiasm!

    Abrra

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  61. MT said

    Abrra, I may miss you guys in chat tonight. But if My grandson goes to be early I’ll try to sneak in for a while.If I don’t make it, have fun you guys. Watch The WALK for me. 🙂

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  62. bebereader said

    Gayle, Lucky you for being the recipient of the famous Archugaze. Was it something like this?
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    or this?
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    I have yet to meet that gaze.

    Bluebar, Cool video! Never heard that song by Fergie, but I’m really liking it. Thanks for sharing!

    See y’all in chat later.

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  63. Abrra said

    Mt
    Bring him with you, he’s a fan right? We are kid friendly 🙂

    Abrra

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  64. djafan said

    David tweeted another task! Twitter is full of drawings.

    @davidarchie

    Task for the day: Draw something. Doesn’t have to be fancy because I sure can’t draw either haha. It can be simple.

    Hm well my twitpic doesn’t work I guess, but I drew shape people lol. For those who took on the draw task today what did you draw?

    Thank you Fanda! David makes me step out of my comfort zone.

    SB,

    Coincidence? Probably not, but don’t spoil my fun!

    Maybe he read it here?

    Hi Heidijoy! Thank you!

    Awww Angelica, Thank you so much for your words and encouragement in my attempts to put pencil to paper. I’m not a natural writer or a lot of other things I seem to be now, that David turned my world upside down or maybe right side up?! 🙂

    Bebe and Abrra, those pictures, that’s all.

    Gayle,

    And he was generous with that gaze.

    What a beautiful sentence!

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  65. emmegirl said

    Gayle, or this one

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  66. emmegirl said

    Gayle, “And he was generous with that gaze. He had this happy look that said to me, “I’m glad you’re here” But to me it was not just here in the theater, but HERE.” …uhhh…wow!

    dja,not a natural writer…you underestimate yourself.

    bluebar, your vid got me going. I know everyone has seen these, but they slay me. I think he could have performed in the crib.

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  67. emmegirl said

    I’m out of control. I’m done.

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  68. Abrra said

    Can’t ever look at WCWIO. 😉

    Abrra

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  69. Abrra said

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    credit for the find @Thekueen
    @DavidArchie in a poster of converse (wal-mart) yay! first I thought wasn’t david but yes haha

    Abrra

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  70. betsy said

    Just snuck onto my daughter’s computer for a second. Emmegirl is cracking me up.
    Out of control, lol.
    I am trapped out of town by horrible snow conditions. I plan on being in my own bed by tomorrow night.

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  71. emmegirl said

    abs, ik, it still hurts.

    I lied. Still can’t get over the NYE performances. He was absolutely beautiful, pure class, looking every day of 20, voice strong and spot-on on a frosty night, took over that stage with complete assurance. The little dance moves, perfect, the smile, his presence; the thank you, smile that charms your socks off and little wave at the end of TOSOD.

    Idk why, but I just love the little move at :23 where he throws his arms back opening up his chest a bit and steps out with his left leg. Have no reasonable explanation for my love of this wee little move.

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  72. emmegirl said

    Abrra, do you know where that poster was..in the US or another country.

    Converse All Star! “are you shy?”

    Betsy, how is it we get it these weird zones with him? They blindside you out of nowhere. I could have used you here tonight. 🙂 Safe trip home.

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  73. bebereader said

    Emmegirl#71,

    Speaking of dance moves in that New Year’s Eve performance of Elevator, check out :36-:38. Idk what you call it, maybe a knee hunkerdown? Whatever it is, I like it!

    Missed you in chat tonight! 😀

    Betsy, Safe travels home tomorrow.

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  74. Angelica said

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  75. Jen A said

    Good one, Angelica!!! Starting the morning with a BIG smile!!Thanks!

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  76. Abrra said

    #72
    I found that picture in #69 on twitter. I posted all I know below it. I do not know, first hand where the poster is displayed.

    #74
    Made my day all over again. The day in Providence where David looks at the dark haired girl after they hug, is forever etched in my memory. It was the first time I saw David up close. I am forever changed for the good 😉

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    I will never forget his hair and the glow of his face.

    I want to thank everyone 🙂 who came to Unplugged last night for our weekly chat session. It’s a wonderful way for us to connect one on one in real time.

    Abrra

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  77. silverfox said

    Official announcement finally?

    “Notes of compassion”

    PRIYADARSHINI PAITANDY

    Reaching out: David Archuleta
    American Idol contestant David Archuleta, who’s in town this weekend, speaks about giving back to society through music

    Remember David Archuleta, the baby-faced first runner-up of ‘American Idol 7′? He’s coming to Chennai. What follows the announcement are shrieks of delight and a volley of queries —“When is he here? Where is he performing? Where to buy tickets?…”

    Well, the singer will be here this weekend, but not for a concert. “I’ll be visiting Rising Star Outreach to meet children with leprosy, and their parents,” says David, in a phone interview. Rising Star Outreach (located in Kancheepuram district) works in close association with Marriott Home, which educates these children.

    Marriott Home is an initiative by the Marriott group, and the event is part of Courtyard by Marriott’s fifth anniversary celebrations.

    David has been associated with Rising Star Outreach for over a year now. “I was introduced to the organisation by my dentist, a good family friend of ours. He showed me the website. I didn’t even know that leprosy still existed,” he says. What shocked him most was that those with leprosy are still ostracised by society.

    This is David’s first visit to India, and the singer says he is quite excited about it. But, his goal is to be able to give back something to the people he will be meeting. “I think I’ll get to sing for them. That will be a neat experience, as music is really special to me,” he says.

    David, who’s released three albums so far, says his favourite singers include Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Eva Cassidy. Has he tried listening to Indian music? “I’ve heard Lata Mangeshkar when I was 15. I found her songs interesting,” he says.

    Admin Abrra adding link for above article
    http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/metroplus/article1118802.ece
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    India is ahead 12 hrs. I’m confused about which weekend, since THIS weekend is over in India & we know David was in Utah yesterday?? Unless he flew out late yesterday?

    Have a great day!

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  78. silverfox said

    Abrra beat me to the punch or post. (as usual).

    Admins, go ahead & delete mine. 🙂

    And I’m serious when I say I hope David wants to come home after he experiences India and the needs of the children there. They will be “changed” when they see & hear David sing, but more importantly David will also be CHANGED. This trip will be like nothing David has experienced so far.

    And if he has not yet left or even if he has…

    Dear Lord,

    Please take care of David. Watch over him and protect him from all harm.
    Cloak him with your love and give him the strength to endure all that is thrown in his path.
    Give David the courage and guidance to say no to those who ask for more than he can reasonably give.
    Surround David with people who will love and support David UNCONDITIONALLY as we, his Archangels do.
    Separate David from those who have agendas other than for his well being.
    Give him rest when he’s weary and stamina to sustain his hectic pace.
    Give him assurance when he feels doubt and give him joy when he feels sad.
    Keep him always in your protective arms during this time on his journey to India.
    Keep David and and his voice healthy & strong as he fulfills his Destiny.
    May he continue to encounter goodwill and happiness wherever his life journey takes him.
    May David always know & feel the love and pride we feel for him.
    Though we may be unworthy, we humbly pray.
    Amen

    David, Thank you for all you do and for who you are. Keep with you all our love, support & prayers always. Contigo siempre! We will be with you always!
    Please TAKE CARE & GOD BE WITH YOU!
    ***********
    Right now I can’t help but think of David singing this…

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  79. Silverfox,
    Is a bit confusing,huh? Where are you David? Inquiring minds want to know.haha

    Angelica,geez!
    I need to go to confession.

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  80. emmegirl said

    skydancer, we could carpool.

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  81. bebereader said

    David’s visit to India will be enriching for him and a blessing to those he shares his music with, people who have so little and are suffering the effects of leprosy. I imagine that this trip will shape the way he writes his next album as he reflects upon his experiences.

    I’ve been a fan of an artist who went to India a few years ago. I remember how the trip affected the new music he wrote, which became less about himself and more about the human condition. He shared with his fans, the pics he took in India. It was the first time I had ever seen closeup personal photos of India. I was in awe and inspired. I hope David shares with us, too. 🙂

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  82. MT said

    68.Abrra said: Can’t ever look at WCWIO.

    Me either, I never watch this one. Funny though, this is the performance that began my journey as a fangirl! My son saw the show, called me and said, “Mom, did you see American Idol? David messed up. You have to call in and vote. We can’t let them send him home. He’s too talented.” I called, I voted, and the rest is history. haha

    Emmigirl, Sky: We could definitely carpool. 🙂

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  83. MT said

    BeBe: I agree. It think it will have a profound effect on David.

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  84. bebereader said

    1. Who is your favorite American Idol alum? — Vote for David here: http://yhoo.it/grY1vm

    2. Stream “Falling Stars” on All Access: http://www.allaccess.com/hot-modern-ac/cool-new-music

    3. Vote for David’s songs on Sirius Satellite Radio: http://www.sirius.com/top20
    They’re not listed. At the bottom, add David’s name and the song(s) you want to vote for.

    4. Request David’s music on your local stations.
    Find your state, then the mediabase link. If you don’t see David’s songs listed, fill them in at the bottom. Be sure to include your name and confirmation code. http://urlPass.com/63qt

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  85. Emmigirl, MT,…ROFL!

    (so as luck would have it Emi…our comments end up sandwiched between #78.Silverfox’s beautiful thoughts, and amazing, beautiful prayer…and POTC!…and #81.Bebe’s lovely words!..:))

    I love this place..:))

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  86. Suzy-Q said

    Mariott is owned by a Mormon family. That also maybe how David got into this particular charity.
    Since I was 17 yrs. old I have wanted to go to India. I had a friend who’s father was a reporter and photographer and he went there several times. The one chance that I had fell through. I love the architecture. A friend of my brother sent him 300 photos of India and my brother passed them on to me. Everyone was beautiful. Five years ago I went to Egypt and came back with stomach problems. Not serious but my doctor told me that people over 60 shouldn’t go to third world countries. Dang it! I hope David is kept safe and doesn’t get any bugs while he is there. Thanks Silverfox for your beautiful prayer. You have covered all of the basis.

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  87. Jo said

    David is so great, reaching out for people with leprosy , that was being outcast by the societies. It will be fulfilling experience and hopefully he write a song inspire by this experience in India.
    Just want to share David kindness, when we were at the hotel, David bodyguard said no picture, but David said why not, so we take pictures ha ha! David keep saying sorry, he don’t look good right now and all smelly because he just come from airport, but he is glowing and smell so good ha ha. Like Gayle, I also experience archu smiling gaze upclose, that make me speechless and stunned ha ha! since I have a problem of responding quickly to a situation that make me surprise.

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  88. djafan said

    SF,

    Thank you so much for the prayer and your words. I also believe that this trip will touch David in ways I can’t even imagine. He is such a compassionate and caring person and to first hand be able to see what he and his fans because of him are a part of is going to be a great experience.

    Carpool, you guys are to funny..lol

    Emmegirl, thank you 🙂

    Jo,

    “It will be fulfilling experience and hopefully he write a song inspire by this experience in India.”

    I remember seeing that video in front of the hotel. So you got to see him up close and personal and witness his kindness, great.

    American Idol: Favorite American Idol Poll Results

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    http://the-dam-nation.blogspot.com/2011/01/american-idol-favorite-american-idol.html

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  89. BEBEREADER @ #62 — that’s my Archugaze! I was the recipient of that look and smile, haha! So those of you who had experienced such same Weapon of Obfuscation can imagine what I went through after being Archugazed upon! Am LOL cos the young man has no idea… no idea what a simple gaze could do. Dang Archuleta! I wonder if the military has nay inkling of such weapon?

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  90. BTW, may I invite you to join the 3rd ANNUAL ARCHIE AWARDS?!

    http://www.thedavidchronicles.com/2011/01/the-3rd-annual-archie-awards/

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  91. bebereader said

    Jo, Loved your story. You’re so lucky to be the recipient of an Archugaze. I’ve met him twice and am still waiting for mine.

    and JR, you lucky duck! I remember in your video you were seated to his right. I heard you introduce yourself. He looked directly at you and whammo, you got your Archugaze. I thought to myself “If she blocked it out, at least she has proof on video.” I’m pretty sure he has no idea what his eyes do to us.

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  92. Gayle122890 said

    Bebereader #62: First pic-Yup, that’s it…He has a way of making that joyful connection with you as another human being with just one look. I don’t think I would have survived anything like in the second photo! Emmegirl 65: That is a totally different kind of gaze 😉

    David keeps inspiring me by getting personally involved where there is a need. Can’t wait to see what he has to share with us from his experience in India.

    I sure do miss going on “Unplugged”. Been relying mainly on my phone to keep up! 🙂

    Djafan, thank you for your recap. I loved it. I almost made it there. So close, then it all slipped away. (Whaaah!) Sorry, don’t mean to whine. This: “The power in his voice, the tenderness, the tone, deeper and richer than ever before, the new runs, the emotion pouring out to us, making even those old songs sound like new.” Delicious to my soul.

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  93. djafan said

    Gayle, you’re not whining at all, Thank you, maybe next time. 🙂

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