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The Vlog That Rocked My World

Posted by djafan on Friday, February 25, 2011

Collage by Djafan

Bebe’s reaction to the above vlog

Don’t let the mention of Monster Jam trucks, platanos, garbage bag umbrellas and
roller coasters fool you. David’s latest vlog shows the maturity of a young man who
is at a crossroads in his life, and happily accepting the responsibilities that it
entails. He feels good about taking control of his life and making decisions based
on where he wants to go as an artist and person.

Parting ways with his label was one of those decisions and he acknowledges that
although there were other offers, it didn’t feel like the right thing since the label is
undergoing changes and he is also changing directions as an artist.

Showing the maturity of someone who embraces life and the opportunities afforded
him, in true David style he is trusting his instincts, taking what he has learned for
the last three years and using some time to write music on his own. His excitement
for writing is palpable and he’s even more excited to share it with us. He looks
forward to the future and ‘a couple of things coming up.

My reaction to the same vlog…

I trust the Archulator. I do. This is not about that. This is about me. I was just fine until the moment I watched his vlog. The moment that so many others who’d been going through mini melt downs suddenly experienced relief. Not I. Watching that vlog, the reality of the situation zoomed toward me like one of those special effects in a movie.  Like Ralph Fiennes in Quiz Show.  Like this…

My moment of truth. That’s when it hit me with the force of an oncoming wave. This is real. He is really going out there on his own. For some reason hearing him say it with his own lips scared me so bad I crept onto the ledge and lay there in a fetal position till the following afternoon. I waited that long to comment on the vlog and the words I said were true but not ALL the truth. The whole truth was that I was scared for him and not a little concerned for myself. Like I said, I trust the Archulator. Deep down, I  knew he would be OK but I wasn’t too sure about mySELF.  I miss him already. I know he needs the rest and time to live and work and create and play by his own rules. I know he’s made the right decision and is much better positioned to control his own destiny. But I asked myself, how long before a tour now?  How long the journey?  How distant the goal? How selfish can I be?  Pretty selfish it seems. But I have an excuse; I suffer from an incurable condition. I have a touch of ODD and sometimes it flares up on me.  Anyway, these remarks by Robert Anton,

and a late night conference call from my beloved fellow admins talked me down from the ledge.   I’m OK now.  Still selfish and needy about a certain half Honduran with a voice like smooth rich chocolate wrapped in emotional velvet but that will never change.  Some things you just have to learn to live with.  😛

 

 

 

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87 Responses to “The Vlog That Rocked My World”

  1. FG said

    Angelica! We have all grown accustomed to the fetal position at one time or another on this ODD journey. I feel your pain. Yours and Bebe’s reactions are two sides of the same coin – in this case a chocolate coin to be sure, wrapped in emotional foil! “AAAHHHHH! when will I see him again?” was my reaction. But I was relieved to hear he wasn’t going anywhere. And the “in due time” nonsense? I need to plan my time off work. And now the Stadium of Fire event – IN UTAH. Geez. That’s not working for me. I am excited & happy for him. The future is bright. But….when will I see him again?

    The Spanish chat is tonight??? I have to work!

    “We have every single Spanish song in every version he has ever sung from boy to man.” What kind of sick twisted people are you anyway????

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  2. xaris said

    I hear you, Angelica. I feel like I’ve been in withdrawal for a couple of months already. I’m hanging on to the idea of hearing non-self conscious music written solely by David. I wonder if he’s been saving the best melodies and lyrics floating around inside his head for music he writes by himself.

    Wooooot, Spanish songs and chat! I don’t speak a word of Spanish. Can I just watch the videos and throw out a “no habla” every now and then? (Runs to look up the Spanish word for button….)

    Have a good Friday everyone!

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  3. poof said

    Angelica, you always “cut to the chase”. I also didn’t experience the mini-melt down at all the early ruckus, but seeing his sweet face on that vlog was such a reminder of the youth, vulnerability and, yes, strength of David and the precariousness of his new position. It was so obvious David remains in a “good place”, but instead of a fetal position, I want to get out my checkbook, make some cookies, or do Something to help my Other child, to ease My anxiety.
    Yes, somethings you just have to learn to live with ….. I wonder if I have any chocolate chips and raisins……..

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  4. Blueberry Ice said

    Angelica, I think we all have that “incurable disease” but thank goodness there is the Archuleta antidote! And thank you for having the guts that I didn’t have to bare your soul because in truth, we ALL need to hear David sing again! As you wisely said “trust the Archulator” … I should have more faith!

    So excited about the Stadium of Fire show! For those of us out-of-staters, can you locals throw out some ideas of where to stay, what to do (especially to keep the kids entertained, haha), etc. It’ll take a miracle and a lot of convincing to be able to go but I’m certainly going to try. Thanks all!

    Ray, A belated Happy Anniversary! Hope it was fantastic. By the way, thanks for thinking ahead and getting those pacemakers ready for us but they are known to malfunction so could you have a crash cart on stand-by to resuscitate us, just in case … odds are that we’ll be needing it! lol.

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  5. KathyH said

    I love this post and I’ve been all over the place with reaction. On one hand, I love David and think he’s so talented and his voice and personality have me addicted, then, now and forever. I want to hear music from him. I need those concerts to look forward to. I want to buy not only one album, but ten, and I’ll keep several and give the others out as creatively as I can. I want to talk to my fan friends about how good he was on that particular song on that particular show or night, or about how much I admire him when he says this thing or supports this cause, and so on. There’s so much to LOVE about David and his music and he brightens my days.

    On the other hand, I feel selfish. It is his life and celebrity has to be the one of the strangest ways to experience life. The popular music world seems dirty and difficult. I know he has to have won the good opinions of many he’s worked with, but there are the problems of radio pay-for-play and so many other things. Yes, if anyone can keep his sanity, it is David. But he has to make that choice. So I feel like I need to be fearless about the hole he would leave if he gave it up or even decided to take a giant step back. He would still exist in the world. He’d do great things with whatever path he chose. I just couldn’t watch as an avid admirer.

    Ugh. I guess I’m still conflicted. The Stadium of Fire performance happens at an awful time for me. My youngest turns 16 on July 3 and this is the year, too, that my oldest goes off to college. I feel some endings/new beginnings in that aspect of life, too, and feel that I should celebrate with the family at home. So I’m not going, and I worry about squandering a precious opportunity to see him.

    I guess I’m dealing. I know everyone is. I can’t wait until the other parts of the “things – plural” that David mentioned in his blog come to light. I suppose I should go watch the vlog again.

    Thanks for allowing me to vent.

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  6. KathyH said

    Adding that I don’t believe he’d give up music. But would he limit his audience? Perform locally more than not? IDK. Seems like he knows his fans are from all over … See? I’m confused. Sorry.

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  7. goodkarmaseeker said

    Thanks for this great post. I too admire the honesty expressed here.

    These past days have had me emotionally up and down about David’s musical career. At first I was so discouraged and anxious then when the vlog came out, I felt a sweet
    tide of relief wash over. Today when I was checking in on “the news” , I noticed that David was back in Utah and it came to me, “oh no, he’s not pursuing a label, a management, musical connections”. I’m excited about the performance in July but of course that’s way far both in time from now and distance from where I live.
    Guess I realize while it’s cool to say I can wait, I’m not sure how patient I will be. My poor family, for their good, I hope the wait is not long and David will keep up the communication he has mentioned, giving us some music for our souls.

    All of this has just made me realize what a case of ODD I have!

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  8. Abrra said

    I am very excited for Djafan’s chat tonight! For those (like me) who do not understand Spanish there are ways to read what is being said.

    Google Translate:
    http://translate.google.com/#
    Set the drop down menus From: Spanish To: English

    Drag mouse over text in chat
    Right click, choose Copy

    Go to translate page and right click in blank box, paste text
    It should show English translation on the right side field

    Or to do the reverse, within translator set the language menu to English to Spanish
    You can type what you want to say in English.
    Then copy and paste the Spanish translation into the chat line in Unplugged.

    Tip: If you don’t have extra web page tabs set on your browser, just have a 2nd one open with translator page set.

    Angelica
    At the risk of repeating myself, yet again, I am in it for the long haul. I am patient. David needs the time now to “exhale” and regroup his vision. He will keep us informed when he is ready to begin a tour. All I need to know is written on his face in the latest vblog.

    Abrra

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  9. Marylee said

    “My moment of truth. That’s when it hit me with the force of an oncoming wave. This is real. He is really going out there on his own. For some reason hearing him say it with his own lips scared me so bad I crept onto the ledge and lay there in a fetal position till the following afternoon”

    Angelica..oh my gosh..I had a “moment of truth” myself. I couldn’t share my thoughts in a tweet right away because I had to go back several times & hear him again..in an attempt to digest what he was telling us. I still get a little scared when I watch the vlog..not gonna’ lie. There is no denying this is a MAJOR decision for David & one that I’m sure he didn’t make lightly. So why do I still have tears in my eyes while I’m typing this? I suppose it’s because I adore this young man & remind myself every day how tirelessly hard he’s worked for his dream & I want him to achieve that dream..whatever it means to him.I appreciate your candidness because it makes me realize there are others out there that shared my initial fears. After shaking off those fears in my head, I finally just told myself to continue trusting THE ARCHULETA..afterall it’s what I’ve been doing for 3 years..why stop now? Shine on, David! ❤

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  10. Marylee said

    P.S. THANKS SO MUCH for sharing the Robert Anton video! Can’t tell you how much that helped my understanding of what it means to be “free” of a label ❤

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  11. betsy said

    Watching that vlog, I had such a sense of relief. David seems to know exactly what he wants now. And he is finally giving himself time to do it. The way he wants.
    But I agree with being conflicted. On one hand, I want him to go somewhere quiet with only his thoughts, notebook, pen and guitar. ♥
    No fans, nobody asking him for anything.
    On the other hand, I miss him and his music.
    On the third hand, lol, I know he can’t stay away from singing his heart out.
    So I guess I am not worried.
    We really are lucky, y’know? It’s only been a short four months since we were the recipients of a magical new album. And he is still writing! I think he must have musical notes inside his cells. 🙂

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  12. Angelica, I scooted back and forth off that ledge so many times last week,it wore out the seat of my britches.
    When the news first broke,reading Melindas tweets,and comments about David being dropped by Jive, then all the speculation… I felt a slew of emotions. Worried about David more than anything, and how he was handling it all. How did he feel? was he sad?. Then I was angry and disgusted at Melinda and Jive. Not hearing the full story straight from the horses mouth right away, pretty much spent the night curled up on the ledge.How and why did this happen to our wonderful talented, sweet David…how dare they,and why on earth would you drop David Archuleta? Are you kidding me!?
    It was here, at the Voice I would find consolation,and rational voices and regain my footing, and wait to hear something from David.
    He posts his vlog.What are we going to hear??(upset tummy)

    Then,he speaks.I study him, and I listen….I love him.♥
    I had to simplify his vlog
    “I know you love me,
    I love you all too, but a man’s gotta do.. what a mans got to do!”

    David has spoiled us all. I miss him too,Angelica..and you said it best..I LOVE what you wrote here:
    “I’m OK now. Still selfish and needy about a certain half Honduran with a voice like smooth rich chocolate wrapped in emotional velvet but that will never change. Some things you just have to learn to live with.”

    Thanks for your great article♥

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  13. betsy said

    “he was not dropped not that it matters”
    best tag ever

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  14. emmegirl said

    Bebe, love that first sentence, great opener!

    Angelica, your confession has relieved a banana boatload of guilt. Don’t wanna have to wait, not for months, or weeks or even days. But I will, as I hang on every tweet, vlog, mention or sighting of “a certain half Honduran with a voice like smooth rich chocolate wrapped in emotional velvet.”

    The vlog, his hands.
    They are like a symbol of his old soul.

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  15. Betsy: “I think he must have musical notes inside his cells.” 🙂
    ♥(love that) ♫

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  16. FG, “We have every single Spanish song in every version he has ever sung from boy to man.” What kind of sick twisted people are you anyway????

    hahahahaha!
    that picture of “Contigo” David is mucho caliente! ohhh this is gonna be good>♥
    (thanks for posting the moving picture of Gladys, underneath.

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  17. djafan said

    Bebe and Angelica,

    I can identify so much with both of you. I’ve gone through the gamut of emotions with all the David news. Extremely high for the future and then wondering when I’m going to see him again.

    “Don’t let the mention of Monster Jam trucks, platanos, garbage bag umbrellas and
    roller coasters fool you.”

    Some narrow minded fools can’t get past this. The don’t see the whole colorful picture that is David. In one vlog I can and have screen capped more than 100 different expressions in a span of seven minutes. So much going on in that head of his and he is going to stop being self conscious because he is a self conscious kind of person he tells us 🙂 If we go by all of his expressions we are in for something I can’t even wrap my head around.

    “Like I said, I trust the Archulator. Deep down, I knew he would be OK but I wasn’t too sure about mySELF. I miss him already.”

    I’m not a selfish kind of person but the thought of not hearing and seeing David is not something I like to think about for to long because it causes heartache and I know it’s not normal to non ODD inflicted people but it is what it is and I know you all you get me. ♥

    FG,

    “We have every single Spanish song in every version he has ever sung from boy to man.” What kind of sick twisted people are you anyway????

    hahahaha…we’ll probable be there late, maybe you can catch some.

    That Robert Antone video did help and I wonder if he was watching twitter and decided to put it up to calm us down. If so we need to thank him.

    Xaris,

    You and all are invited to chat tonight. Abrra put up some useful links if you’d like to join in the conversation or just to watch. Hope you all make it.

    Poof,

    “I wonder if I have any chocolate chips and raisins…….”

    Sounds good right about now while waiting for him to tweet.

    Kathy,

    “See? I’m confused. Sorry.”

    You make all the arguments for all the scenarios and all very real and then we end up at the beginning, confused. What David does to us 🙂

    Betsy,

    “We really are lucky, y’know? It’s only been a short four months since we were the recipients of a magical new album. And he is still writing! I think he must have musical notes inside his cells. :)”

    We are so lucky and David has spoiled us that we need him now. He did say a full show for Stadium of Fire, so maybe Look Around and Good Place live, oh the thought of it gives me butterflies.

    Skydancer,

    “I know you love me,
    I love you all too, but a man’s gotta do.. what a mans got to do!”

    Awww…I love this! He is a man now.

    Emmegirl,

    The vlog, his hands.
    They are like a symbol of his old soul.

    This, this, this. Those hands, we could do a whole thread just on his hands but I think it’s better that we don’t 🙂

    Marylee,

    “I appreciate your candidness because it makes me realize there are others out there that shared my initial fears.”

    I love that we have a place where we can be real and candid. As you can see we are not alone. ♥

    GoodKarma,

    “I’m not sure how patient I will be. My poor family, for their good, I hope the wait is not long and David will keep up the communication he has mentioned, giving us some music for our souls.”

    He did say there would be regular communication with us, it was a New Year’s resolution and David doesn’t lie. I’m counting on those vlogs he promised.

    Blueberry Ice,

    “I think we all have that “incurable disease” but thank goodness there is the Archuleta antidote!”

    David is the disease and the cure…lol

    Longer interview thanks to JR!

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  18. Dakgal said

    Abrra –thank you once again for sharing your knowledge. I have been practicing with the Spanish words used here today and IT WORKS!

    Now I have a few hours to get it down to a fine art. Do they talk fast in Spanish in chat– will I ever be able to stay with them–maybe they can talk slooow -as in s l o w m o t i o n.

    And I agree with mucho caliente–muy mucho—si si
    Si recojo dos o tres palabras en español nuevo todo el mejor

    Adios

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  19. Dakgal said

    I posted and don’t know where it went??????

    Anybody seen a post floating around?

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  20. Abrra said

    Dak
    I released it from the spam filter.

    Abrra

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  21. ODDity said

    Everyone have fun at chat tonight! 🙂 Sounds like a blast. I won’t be able to come cuz I’m going to a fun dinner concert. I wish David would show up there.

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  22. MT said

    Angelica, Loved the article, and thanks for sharing your feelings. You are so right in that we all see things and react differently. I’m with BeBe in that I felt better after the Vlog. I try to see things from David’s perspective and am glad that he is taking control of his life.

    But the flip side of that same coin is …

    … “Still selfish and needy about a certain half Honduran with a voice like smooth rich chocolate wrapped in emotional velvet but that will never change. Some things you just have to learn to live with.”

    Dja,your post pretty much covers everything I was gonna say. Thanks, you saved me a lot of time writing. 🙂 So I’ll just say ditto to what you said!

    I guess what it boils down to is that we love him, we miss him, we want what’s best for him, but we want to see him too. How he’s gonna satisfy us I don’t know. But bless his heart, I know he’s gonna try.

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  23. bebereader said

    Great comments and discussion today!

    The reason I sound so together up there is that I already had my meltdown last week when the ‘incorrect’ news leaked and the google alerts came pouring in. The media jumped on the word ‘dropped’ because negative publicity, of course is more
    interesting, even if it’s not true. Reading all the negative comments on those articles was extremely hurtful, especially to a diehard fan. What made it worse was not hearing a word from David to tell us otherwise.

    I cracked and felt the same way Angelica described. Luckily I was able to vent my frustrations to another fan (xoxo). We are our own support group here. It helps to have another David fan, someone who can get you through an occasional dark cloud. That plus a few nights in The Voice Unplugged seemed to do the trick.

    In retrospect, it’s not surprising that David wants time to be on his own. He’s been going non-stop since American Idol with rarely a moment to himself. And he’s been such a trooper about it, not knowing where he would be the next day, going with the
    flow and never a complaint.

    As frightening as it may seem to us for David to be without a label or management right now, he needs this time to develop his craft, away from the restrictions of a label. Had he stayed with Jive, do ya think they’d really let him do another album of his choice?

    “It’s time for me to find out who I am..” ~David Archuleta

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  24. another article…love the last part

    http://theeditingroomfloor.blogspot.com/2011/02/david-archuleta-life-is-tough-but-life.html

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  25. Dakgal said

    Thanks for the release from jail abs….boy -that threw me-thought maybe I was banned.

    I’m so happy for David right now–for a bazzlion reasons–I don’t have room for any doubt–remember–he wants to perform as much as we want him to.

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  26. Dakgal said

    I just wish I lived in his backyard or was the dog.

    Now that deserves to go to spam.

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  27. bebereader said

    haha dak Nope, that one deserves to be read and enjoyed! 🙂

    FG, Did you really call us sick twisted??? Guilty as charged! LOL

    Xaris: “I’m hanging on to the idea of hearing non-self conscious music written solely by David.” That he has the confidence to write by himself now gives me the chills! Idk what to expect but I know it’s going to be wonderful!

    Poof: “I want to …do Something to help my Other child, to ease My anxiety…” You just reminded me; the feelings I have are similar to how I felt when my daughter went off to college, out in the real world on her own.

    Blueberry Ice, (How did you choose your screen name, by the way?) That ‘incurable disease’ we all have is never going away ay ay ay…” 😉

    KathyH, David has really spoiled us. Sometimes I feel like I’m living my life from concert to concert, always waiting for the next one to come. Most fans haven’t heard David sing the songs from TOSOD. I live in NY, where David has a huge following and I wonder if he will make it here in the near future.

    Goodkarmaseeker, This really does feel like we’re on an emotional rollercoaster! During this time, would be great if David released an EP of songs that didn’t make it to TOSOD. Now THERE’s a goldmine!

    Marylee, “I adore this young man & remind myself every day how tirelessly hard he’s worked for his dream & I want him to achieve that dream..whatever it means to him.” Ditto 10x!

    Betsy, “I want him to go somewhere quiet with only his thoughts, notebook, pen and guitar. ♥”

    Yowsa!!! Your guitar comment just triggered the thought of David playing guitar on his next tour!

    Skycancer, I loved your entire comment and this “David has spoiled us all.” He has. Imagine how he’s going to spoil his kids? In a good way, of course. 😉

    Emmegirl, Thank you for loving my first sentence! haha I loved your last two: “The vlog, his hands. They are like a symbol of his old soul.”

    Dak, Come to chat tonight, por favor! I plan on going, it’s gonna be a hoot!

    ODD, Wishful thinking may come true! Have fun tonight!

    MT ” How he’s gonna satisfy us I don’t know. But bless his heart, I know he’s gonna try.” He always comes through for us!

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  28. emmegirl said

    Dakgal 26, lol!

    Skyancer, thanks for pointing out Gladys, didn’t recognize her!

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  29. Dakgal said

    FG—“thanks for posting the moving picture of Gladys, underneath.” ( the article)

    Now if I’d had coffee in my mouth it would have been all over the keyboard. Snort

    Skydancer—” What kind of sick twisted people are you anyway????

    You just finding that out? Where have you been woman?

    Meanwhile back at the banana ranch–Miss M. is regretting the day she ever messed with our David.

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  30. ROLF! all I can say is keeping up tonite without getting confused is going to be a challenge! haha
    29.Dak. you switched FG’s and my comment.hahaha♥
    &
    26. this>>>>> “I just wish I lived in his backyard or was the dog.”
    HAHAHAAA!
    why do I get the feeling you would be confined to your doghouse for certain bad behavior?

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  31. Jan said

    I won’t be able to go to the SOF concert as my son and family are coming up from Dallas for the 4th and I already have a trip planned on the 5th. I hope there are a lot of pictures and videos, since there isn’t any certain person saying they aren’t allowed! So glad that I seen David at the Telethon in Sept and in Wichita in Oct and Motab in Dec. But having that ODD, I’m still hoping for some tour dates to come up. Just don’t know if and when with him not having any backing right now. Don’t know how that works. Does anyone?

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  32. MT said

    Hmmm… random thought … if someone wants David to perform at an event, how are they going to reach him? Isn’t there like a musicians guild or something that musicians belong to? Maybe that way?

    Any idea?

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  33. bebereader said

    Promo video for Stadium of Fire

    credit 1015EagleFan

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  34. Dakgal said

    Abrra–see the can of worms you opened.

    Prueba de Prácticas – uno – dos – tres. Estoy seguro que va a divertirse tratando.
    hasta luego Adios

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  35. djafan said

    Dak you are a hoot!

    You’re doing fantastico!

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  36. Abrra said

    Blame Djafan. I am only the messenger.

    Abrra

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  37. Dakgal said

    Just driving by–Yah–but Abs , your such a sweet messenger.

    Two new toys in one week -it’s so much fun! ▼♥M♥♥♥♥♪▼▼▼▼♪♪♪♪♫♫♫♫♫♥♥♥♥ and ♣♣♣♣♣☻☻☻☻☻☻•••••♦♥♥☻☻☻☻☻♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♠♥♥♥♥♫♫♫♫♫♫

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  38. Dakgal said

    OK Abs put the wand away–I think I’ve been spammed.( again)

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  39. bebereader said

    Jan#31 and MT#32,

    I don’t know the answer to your questions but I find them fascinating. If I wanted to get in touch with David or any artist, I’d start with ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
    http://www.ascap.com/about/

    Found this on youtube today!
    Memories…

    credit unofficialarchuletta

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  40. Abrra said

    I enjoy surfing Tumblr. Here are 2 finds for today. If I could say with conviction who made them, I would.

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    Collage of the AOL Sessions

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    TOSOD photoshoot

    Abrra

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  41. can not enter the chat, is impossible, I do not know what happens, but the screen does not open chat

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  42. Abrra said

    I seem to be having log in server issues with the Unplugged server. It should clear up. If you are trying to log in and it hangs, keep refreshing the page every few min. Sorry! Very unexpected 😦

    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

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  43. Abrra said

    Working well now!

    Spanish chat is happening now!

    Abrra

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  44. Angelica said

    Thanks for the comments and show of support, you guys. It’s nice to know we are not alone on this ride. More later but want to go to Spanish chat now! Adios por ahora!

    My google translator is working bueno!

    Dakgal,

    “I just wish I lived in his backyard or was the dog.”

    hahahaa!! You really are a hoot and a holler!

    Photobucket

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  45. Blueberry Ice said

    Skydancer1x; “David has spoiled us all” … How right you are as he has raised the music standard so high that no one else can satisfy or compete.

    Djafan & Bebereader; #17 & #27; I see that you carefully highlighted something from each commenters … thank you for that as I really enjoy your feedback to all our responses:)

    Bebereader, my screen name was inspired from David’s bonus song, Nothing Else Better To Do, (TOSOD Japan’s edition); this beautiful song took me back in time, triggering a wonderful memory of when we were vacationing in Hawaii, feeling the warm sun, hearing the soothing sounds of the ocean’s gentle waves, all while enjoying a mound of lovely shaved ice flavored with blueberry raspberry … sigh, being in paradise & serenaded by David’s melodic voice … unforgettable!

    Dkagal, #26 wish I had your wit and humor!

    Abrra, #40 bottom photo; muy bueno! 🙂

    Hope you’re having fun at chat tonight! Sorry to miss it.

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  46. Amb4dja said

    Early morning ramblings of a distraught ODD’r here…climbing in off the the ledge & ever hopeful..

    In my usual random posting way…here I am in the middle of the morning, talking to myself…needing someone to “walk ME in from the ledge!!!”…Angelica…once again I feel a kindred spirit in your words here tonight. What brings me to this ODD night of 2am postings? Catching up on David news, after being a bit unplugged for 2 wks with a(NOTHER!)computer “on the blink” away being fixed. (I’m not on Twitter) …and am hit with the belated Jive news.
    My immediate reaction was a resigned sigh…to a change I’d felt might come. It’s a numbers game and change comes swift these days based on them. Never mind for now all the questions I’ve felt for months over lack of radio play, missed potential of a hit (SBL), follow-up ballad (MKOP),an overall solid cd that didn’t get it’s due etc etc…who knows what happened.

    My next feeling was hopeful…I HOPE this means growth in a new direction and a great fit for David somewhere new…where this unique artist can blossom as big as all his wonderful potential.

    But… in the meantime what I feel NOW…was what I came here and read and realized (again) I was not alone feeling….when will I hear the Voice again???..what’s next?? Tour?? David?? what next?
    Bottom line…I just have to hear David sing for the rest of my life. And all I could say was a prayer…God, this Voice could not exist to be silenced. So..in true David spirit, onward.
    But right now…I do feel a little pit in my stomach. (do I sound 12?) Please just don’t let this artist fade away! Ok…that’s 2(now almost 3am) drama talking. ha.

    I happily got distracted when I saw you’d done Spanish night 2nite on the Voice Unplugged (sorry I was not there earlier)…such awesome videos…reaffirms the greatness that cannot be silenced. Gives me a pang too tonight tho’… I want him to get the music career he wants and deserves.

    …enuf rambling…j’s sayin’…I “get” the “rocked my world” thing….I realized it was what I was feeling under all the rational thinking of what happened or why. I’m going to go listen to some awesome Spanish vocals now, and go to bed!! Tks as usual for the place to come…vent…and most importantly keep David’s artistry alive and well.

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  47. kaycee said

    Can I just say…I love this site! A warm, welcoming place where my ODD fits right in! So many wonderful comments–some inspiring, some insightful, and some flat out humorous, but they all help me make some sort of sense as to what I’m feeling…which at this point in the game, who knows! I loved Betsy’s “on the other hand…on the third hand” haha! We need to be an octopus in order to weigh in on all the scenarios and possibilities for David (and us)at this point! Haha, maybe even a centipede!

    With the latest turn of events, as I have mulled things over in my mind, I have thought a lot about my own son who is David’s age. Down time for him is critical. It helps him find perspective, lifts his spirits, revives his creativity, and gives him renewed strength to face his responsibilities and challenges. He is extremely busy, but when he takes that time, he is much happier and much more himself. As I look at the last 3 years in David’s life, it has pretty much been non-stop…touring, writing, recording, doing interviews, traveling, making appearances, supporting charity events, etc. There have been expectations from all directions…his label, the music industry, his family, his fans, the media…what to wear, what to say, what music to make, what events to show up at, etc. The deadlines, the demands, the haters, etc. Just to write it all down makes me exhausted!

    As much as it worries me to think of him being around a lot less, I guess I worry about him burning out or getting disillusioned with the whole music business. How grateful I was when his vlog came out and he let us know that he is still moving forward with music. My oldest daughter is a music major in college, and she recently said after a very intensive and demanding day, ” I hope I still love music after all this!” It made me think of all the craziness around David, the guy who just wants to sing!

    I truly believe his voice was meant to be heard by many to heal, to uplift, to inspire, and yes, to entertain!…and I don’t believe he will be giving up on it any time soon…but even that beautiful voice has to go on vocal rest at times to keep it at it’s best. So, when I get impatient during the slow times I need to remind myself that “good things come to those who wait!” (Now, if only patience were one of my strong points!)

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  48. Abrra said

    #31 Jan
    Some of the biggest connections David made in the business are with song writers and producers. Names like Emilio Estefan, Jeff Fenster ( <-he mentions in his blog)

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    David Hodges, Emmanuel Kiriakou and Jess Cates are just the tip of the iceberg. Bebe has written several articles on the people David has worked with in the industry. I will guarantee that anyone who has spent an hour with David will not forget his talent. I can only imagine the songs that we have not heard.

    Music people network in ways that are not always on twitter, ya know?

    #46 Amb4dja

    I am fine with David taking some time for himself. As Kaycee said it “revives his creativity, and gives him renewed strength to face his responsibilities and challenges”. We don’t really want to push David back on tour before he feels prepared do we?

    The man once said “Give it time….and it will fall in line.”

    Abrra

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  49. Abrra said

    Big shout out to Djafan for hosting our very first Spanish language chat in Unplugged!

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    When I came on this morning to clear the chat log, I saw that she has offered to do more of these on Fridays. We had many new faces. I am sure this fills a niche in the fan community for his Latino fans.

    Abrra

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  50. MT said

    Ok, I just have to say that there’s something about that photo in the upper left corner when I load the site that’s speaking to me. I can’t get over it. It’s like he’s saying, “Just wait! There’s a lot more going on in this head than I’m letting on.” There’s so much more to him than the people (non-fans) realize. I can’t wait to see what his song-writing produces.

    I don’t know. Maybe the drought is getting to me. haha But theres’s just something in that look.

    Not to mention he’s just plain gorgeous. Put THAT on an album cover and people will be buying the hard copy just to look at it!

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  51. Amb4dja said

    Morning …hey, first…forgot to mention this brilliant line, Angelica:

    “Still selfish and needy about a certain half Honduran with a voice like smooth rich chocolate wrapped in emotional velvet but that will never change. Some things you just have to learn to live with.” I LOVE that. That is my new perfect description of David’s voice. 🙂 …and exactly how I was feeling last night..

    Abrra~#48…I DO get that, and of course support whole heartedly…and like many of us, have hoped for, and seen it as perhaps inevitable…David being ‘free’ to go and grow and BE who he IS as an artist and a human being. Perhaps an indie label, one of the many industry people we’ve heard and know “get it” pair up with him, the “brilliant producer” with vision, etc. Sky is the limit with David.
    Like Angelica said in her post…my ramblings were just the “selfish fan” rambling…that even when the grand Post-Idol ride we’ve all been on has been both blessing and curse…it’s had it’s MOMENTS…and this means abrupt change, PAUSE, and the unknown.
    (ps and btw…I also am temporarily caught up in petty things like not wanting anything negative put on him from this…”another Idol bites the dust” banners…tho’ it matters not at the end of the day…I know, I know.)

    It’s a new day…and I DO…always…Trust the Archulator. Always have, Always will. ..so…now we see what’s next. 🙂

    Thanks again for Spanish night at Unplugged! (how do you say “Encore!” in Espanol?!)
    This ODD’r fell asleep, on the couch, plugged into my headset on the laptop listening to the most ANGELIC Spanish vocals…”like smooth rich chocolate wrapped in emotional velvet.” …until Microsoft decided to ruin my sweet dreams, run updates and shut me down.

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  52. Amb4dja said

    MT#50…I hear ya…that picture totally charmed me this morning too.
    It’s plain handsome, and adorkable…and all things David..sage and silly wrapped into that sly, playful smile.

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  53. MT said

    Amb4dja, I think we may be talking about two different pictures. I agree, the ones at the top of this article are all the things you said.

    But I was actually referring to the one that is permanent at the far left side of the page at the very top, where he’s not really smiling. (check it out). That one is just … I don’t even know. Something about that one gets to me.

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  54. MT said

    Oh, and #40, Abrra, that last pic! He’s looking straight at us. whoa!

    I don’t know what tumbler is, but I’m gonna have to find it and check it out.

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  55. Angelica said

    MT,

    http://archieplease.tumblr.com/

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  56. Amb4dja said

    MT..not the one at top of this article..the one above Angelica’s quote in the left sidebar…that’s the one I meant.
    Btw…roaming all the great articles I’ve missed lately here this afternoon, and if that
    “Voice is Here to Stay” poem, was yours…well done!

    Lots of good stuff read today…too much to mention or post about (I think I WAS supposed to get at least a FEW other things done today…but…you keep “pulling me back in!!”)

    Love the revisit to still one of my all-time favorite David writings, Angelica’s
    “A Growing Force”…all truer today than it was then..amen.

    And LOVED that interview (was it in Manila?) about things like David standing his ground with his new cd and photo shoot…all telling. And as that article says….that is definitely NOT a man who doesn’t know where he is going.

    Ok…one more article, then off to other things~it’s a good day again, fellow Archies…with help from all the great fan insights here, I can see clearly again. 😉

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  57. Amb4dja said

    oh yea, ps. THANK YOU too, Robert Anton.

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  58. djafan said

    Good Morning to all!

    Just a quick stop to say I’m so glad to be here today and now, you guys are all remarkable ♥

    Thank you Abrra for the shout out and a shout out to you and Bebe for getting the videos, doing studio so I could play 🙂

    And all of you who joined in spanish speaking or not loved seeing you there. It was a great turnout. There were between 20 and 25 chatters for most of the night from all over. Great success.

    I also want to give Gladys and Andrea a shout out. They were hosting just as much as I was, it was greatly appreciated. They rock!

    David tweets!

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  59. Abrra said

    MT

    When you go to the link that Angelica gave you, click the ARCHIVE link for a lot of pretty! Click a picture you like, look below the picture for a list of other folks who post there Click any name to see what they have. You can wander for hours in Tumblr.

    Abrra

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  60. SandyBeaches said

    Alright those of you in your Spanish clique from last night!!! Hello we are here the other 1,000 who could not be there or if we could it might be too Spanish! So, tell us when time permits (and apart from our personal lives, there seems to lots of time), what went on during Spanish night? How many new people did you meet? What did you talk about? Well I can almost guess that one…Were there people from other countries? Is there any news to report? Can any English speaking fans now speak Spanish? So share, your mothers taught you that! I just had to say that, I am getting used to quotes. It is never too late in life to learn about living. Oops there’s another quote. But then again, you can keep on learning about the good life forever. You can quote me on that.

    SB

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  61. djafan said

    hahahahahaha

    SB, you crack me up. I’m doing a little write up of the spanish chat. Just to let you know and everyone else, that you’re all more than welcome to come over. It was fun to see the regulars using google translator and join right in and you can join in in english too which some did 🙂

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  62. SandyBeaches said

    Thank you djafan…I could not be there so I will read all about it!

    I am sitting near a very huge snowbank waiting for someone and all I can see are people in parkas and scarves and mitts and a few Canadian touques!! It is called a winter cool down I am having…

    My Bad…really I know. Before I put my hands in my muff. Did you know that Shakespeare used the expression “My Bad” in Sonnet 112? Then it was used again in the movie “Clueless” in 1995 and then in Nashville by the fabulous David Archuleta!!? I will always remember that moment when a hush fell over the audience, take two, last song!!

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  63. SandyBeaches said

    Oops…

    SB

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  64. bebereader said

    Blueberry Ice #45 Thank you for the story of your screen name! I kinda thought it came from NEBTT!

    Yo habla espanol un poco, pero me divertí muchisimo! 🙂
    Translation: I speak a little spanish but I had so much fun!

    Speaking Spanish is not a requirement to attend the Spanish chat. There were plenty of us non-Spanish speakers there last night. We communicated very well with each other, between the lines. And the emotion in David’s voice can be understood in any language.

    Dja, Congrats on a successful night!
    Abrra, The Spanish set you compiled = PERFECTO, mi amiga!

    Kaycee, Loved your entire comment and this about your son.

    “Down time for him is critical. It helps him find perspective, lifts his spirits, revives his creativity, and gives him renewed strength to face his responsibilities and challenges. He is extremely busy, but when he takes that time, he is much happier and much more himself.”

    I believe this to be true for anyone. We all need time to chill and be ourselves. If I don’t take the time, I get all cranky and well, you don’t wanna know. LOL

    SandyBeaches, Missed you in chat last night! Su mala. LOL
    (look that one up in Google Translator: http://translate.google.com/#auto|es|
    In Google Translator, the first translation may not be the correct one. Click on the translated words and all the possible translations will appear.

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  65. Dakgal said

    As a non Spanish speaking person–last night’s chat was a blast.

    Woke up this morning and couldn’t focus on anything–my eyes were still going around in circles (like Jerry Colonna)–going back and forth between google and chat. I’d type in something-then translate what it said in Spanish–back into English and OH MY it didn’t say what I wanted to say at all–so I quit for fear I would insult some one —like call them a owl faced baboon or a sprattle-legged coat hanger.

    But the videos—Spazzzzzz ♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  66. Heidijoy said

    Angelica and Abrra, I went to that tumblr site and thought I might not make it back out. The Spanish night sounds like fun. Thank You gals for providing so much for David fans. Glad you had help with that Djfan. Agree with SB. Would love to hear all about it!

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  67. Abrra said

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    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

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  68. Angelica said

    Heidijoy,

    I went into tumblr last night after Spanish chat. Was just going to get a source for a photo and tumbled deeper and deeper till it was 3am! *yawn*

    Spanish chat was fun but it was a challenge to translate. Gave me a higher regard for the Spanish speaking ladies like Gladys, who have persevered despite that challenge. Hope to see a lot of you in the regular chat tonight!

    Amb4dja,

    Thank you for sharing your feelings with us. I want to make very clear that this site is a place to share feelings and so I’m glad you felt safe doing that. I know how cathartic it was to me to talk by phone and then write mine down in this post. This is NOT about not trusting the Archulator. That was another post. This is about dealing with the inevitable feelings brought on by change that some of us are experiencing. It can be almost a grieving process. For however long he will be gone on his much needed down time, (and thanks Kaycee for so eloquently pointing out the benefits) we all have to find a way to deal with the loss in a way that keeps us strong for him and for ourselves.

    As David retweeted from Paulo Coelho today…

    “Loneliness, when accepted, is a gift that will lead us to find a purpose in life.”

    Which I take to mean that we should accept our feelings as a very precious part of us and not run away from them because they are there to teach us something very important.

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  69. Jan said

    Was a lurker on the Spanish chat last night as I can’t write out the words, but I can read it somewhat. Enough to kind of know what was said. The videos were so good; I saw some new ones and enjoyed them all. I also went to Tumblr and really enjoyed all the pictures and comments. Neverending……. Another site that I didn’t know existed. I love it when I learn about the good ones.

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  70. stenocruiser said

    I, too, lurked last night in Spanish chat. Fun to see our amigas — Gladys, Andrea, Juliet — joined by other Spanish-speaking fans who are now also chat friends. Abrra, the videos were all excellent choices — first time I’ve heard David sing Spirit of God, just lovely. Tried to use google translate part of the time but then just settled back to listen to David and watch the chatting roll. From what I could gather, everyone was loving David — of course. Bet a Latin-America tour would be a sell-out everywhere — but, first, he must come to Canada!

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  71. betsy said

    Although he really likes/loves Marc Anthony, David is his very favorite idol.
    “He’s got one of the greatest voices I’ve ever heard.”

    Oh. By the way. That was said by one of the new idol contestants, Jovanny Barretto.
    http://www.latina.com/entertainment/tv/karen-rodriguez-julie-zorrilla-and-jovany-barretto-are-among-american-idols-top-24

    Third video down.

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  72. Julieta said

    Hi to all! thanks for doing the Spanish chat! I enjoyed it so much 🙂 I’ll try to get more often so I can practise my poor English lol

    see ya!

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  73. MT said

    Angelica, Thanks for the tumbler link! Gonna check that out.:)

    Amb4dja #56, Yes, the poem was mine. Thanks, so glad you liked it!

    #59 Abrra, Thanks for the instructions. Haha If I don’t come back, you’ll know where to start looking for me!!

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  74. hpfanrinnie said

    I agree, I’ve been kind of selfish about it too. Sure, I’m happy for him, but I couldn’t help but think “how long before a tour?” “will this ruin my chance to finally see him?” and hated myself for it. Glad to know that I’m not alone, lol 🙂

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  75. bebereader said

    Another fun night last night in chat. We watched some old and some new. I had forgotten how good the Dallas set is! It made those of us there miss tour so badly. Was just thinking that the only song from TOSOD that I heard David perform live is “Something ‘Bout Love” last summer at the Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day Tennis event. Seems like eons ago.

    HPfanrinnie, You’re not alone!

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  76. Angelica said

    Yoohoo! Anyone here? Just popping in to hope everyone had a good day spending time with family. My husband and I drove the 80 miles to visit his parents who are in their 90’s. Both mentally well but very weak and unstable walking. They enjoy being together in their own home but I don’t know how much longer that can last. It is sad. They are both very dear to me.

    I enjoyed chat last night. Great crowd and David was fantastic, as usual. We watched Richmond, Dallas and Sayreville. Couldn’t find TOSOD from Dallas with the MJ move at .40 sec so I am posting it here and now. 🙂

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  77. Hi anyone!
    Bebe, I could watch David’s performances till the cows come home.Or till I fall asleep, haha
    If we can’t see him live for awhile, at least we have wonderful videos to watch and chat about together, love Saturday nights in Unplugged.
    David was amazing at the Dallas performance,but then, when isn’t he ever anything BUT just that!
    I was remembering today, how the release date of TOSOD kept getting pushed forward, because David was taking such care♥ with the music he had been writing, and final touches.I remember how excited he was for us to hear it, and how the waiting for us was torture.haha

    All I know is I will forever cherish TOSOD♥ Each and every song is a labor of pure love from David. And as far as I am concerned, it’s a wonderful masterpiece! He worked hard, and gave us a wonderful gift. I hope he is extremely proud.
    I don’t know what David will be singing to us in the future. The “phone book” would be fine with me, whistling, humming, whatever…just want to hear his voice till the day I die.

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  78. thanks Angelica!! I love that move. I hope he keeps it!!!☺☺☺☺♥♥♥♥ he is just too much. We need an MGR of that coolness..yes?

    (My Dad is 92.I hear your heart Angelica♥)

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  79. Look at the big spread that @DavidArchie got in the Provo Daily Herald today

    http://twitpic.com/44k3oy

    Niiice 🙂

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  80. MT said

    Angelica, Ahhh… the MJ move. I loved it the first time I saw it. Thanks for posting it here.

    And I understand about parents. I lost my Dad when I was only 12. But, I’m lucky my mom is still here and still strong. We celebrated her birthday all day and into the evening yesterday. I love her to pieces, couldn’t ask for a better mother. ♥

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  81. MT said

    JR thanks for bringing the link. What a great spread in the paper for him!!

    ♫ ♥ And they used a gorgeous pic!! ♥ ♫

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  82. bebereader said

    Sky,

    Since we don’t know when the next tour is, the videos we have are all the more precious. Watching them together in chat is the closest thing to being in the audience together at one of David’s shows. Your Dallas show was a classic; had a hoot watching them with you last night. It always helps when someone is in chat who went to the show we’re watching, to fill us in on all the details.

    It’s a shame that we missed out on some gems in Anaheim, especially since it was David’s last solo show before taking a break to write.

    JR, Thanks for the twitpic! Hope he takes ‘the show on the road’!

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  83. thanks Abrra!
    He really caught me off guard with that move.
    Genius…and perfectly executed thank you very much.

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  84. MT said

    Abrra, girl, you make some killer videos. 🙂 Nice Job!!

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  85. Abrra said

    Thanks ladies! If you had not mentioned it, I may have forgot it was on youtube LOL

    Abrra

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  86. Dakgal said

    Abrra–Double THUD!!! I think I’ve been slaked.

    That is all!!

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  87. Dakgal said

    Sorry Angelica–thanks for bringing that to our attention (I think)

    I’m to weak to type anything e
    l
    s
    e.

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