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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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Silence Before the Storm

Posted by paulafod on Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence.

Email received Friday at 11:19 pm from PaulaFOD:

Hi Angelica,

As you’ve heard, we were hit really hard in my area, and have not had electricity.  I am in Nashville tonight, staying with friends….so I am sending you an article I wrote…with the recap as promised, but also including the story from the Wednesday’s storms.  You are in no obligation to use it since it is so long, but it was cathartic for me to write it. I have a CD of the pictures Mickey took Monday night with me, but since I am borrowing the computer, I’m not sure how to get some pics to you.  I may have to send them later.

A Week in April, 2011

This week, the last week in April, 2011, has taught me about life and joy, friendship and family, fear and hope.  I’ve learned about the hardships of the people in Uganda, and I have seen devastation in my own community. I’ve made new friends that are special to me, and I’ve huddled with old friends seeking shelter from tornadoes that tore through the state of Alabama. And…I talked to David Archuleta. This has been a week.

On Monday, I attended the Invisible Children Event in Nashville at Lipscomb University. I was so excited – silly excited – that David was in Nashville, only 2 1/2 hours away from my home in Alabama. I was also happy to support Invisible Children, a charity close to David’s heart. We got there early, probably too early since no one was there yet except the people setting up, but it gave me time to meet some new friends (all of them Archies, and all of them fantastic!) and spend time talking with them. We heard a familiar voice rehearsing inside, and I could just get a glimpse of the big screen in the venue – David! All of us were more excited than ever! As other attendees began to arrive, we honored the time to be silent, and waited quietly. As we entered the Allen Arena, the silence was touching, respectful. The countdown began. When the time came to “Break the Silence”, David ran on stage with others participating in the event. Oh joy! He looked so happy – and that thrilled me!

I’m sure you have all seen the livestream videos of the event, so you know how amazing he was! His voice was so strong, so pure, so sincere. He was completely comfortable on that stage, and it translated into a powerful performance. His voice reached every part of the arena. “Gotta Get Through This” was fierce and full of Archu-growls. Wow. TOSOD, perfect. “My Hands”, the best I’ve ever heard. “Prayer of the Children”, the first time I’ve heard it live, was stunningly beautiful. Every song held power and he interacted with the audience as if we were old friends just spending time together. The last song,”Sound of Silence”, the duet with Landon Pigg, was touching and poignant. It was over all too soon.

Since the crowd was relatively small, I would guess not more than 200, we decided to wait inside the venue for a while, hoping that David would come out and we could speak with him. We asked if he could meet with the small group of us who waited….and it happened! We were allowed to step into the backstage area and have a time for autographs and pictures; and I took the opportunity to tell David that many Archies sent their love to him and that we were there to support him, and he thanked you all!  He smiled as he said this, and I lost the ability to speak coherently after that. It was joyous! I floated home, sending tweets along the way as my husband drove. I slept a few hours, and on Tuesday I relived the joy of the previous night while trying to concentrate at work. I stayed up until midnight, working along with my husband to get pictures ready to share with my new friends, FOD and The Voice.

At 4:30 on Wednesday morning, my husband and I were awakened by the first tornado siren of the day. We are cautious, but not alarmed by the threat of severe weather. Our area has seen tornadoes before, but we had no idea that this day would be historic in its devastation to our community and to the state of Alabama.

I took shelter in the basement of the church twice that day, all in all spending around four and a half hours seeking refuge in a safe place from the storms. Only once before in my life have I sought this kind of refuge, but this day was different. I stepped out of my office during the third tornado siren of the day to see rotating clouds coming straight toward downtown Moulton, straight toward my town, and co-workers and I ran to the church basement, 2 blocks from my office. I found out later that this rotation formed a tornado approximately two miles from my office, flattening a barn, killing some of the animals inside. The all clear was given and I returned to work, knowing that my husband, daughter, and son-in-law were all in
towns to the west of me, and every storm that passed me headed straight for them. We called each other, texted each other….”take shelter!”, “be safe”, “are you OK?”

I returned to work and streamed constant weather information on my computer as I tried to focus. Cities across the state were hit hard, downtown areas taking direct hits, people laying in the street, cries for help from neighboring cities and towns. Many of Moulton’s emergency workers headed these cries for help, not knowing that our community, too, would soon be hit.

Moulton is a small town, surrounded by even smaller communities. Each community has a name, each community filled with co-workers, people we go to church with, people we attend school with, friends, family. At around 3:45, through the wail of the tornado siren we heard these communities named…directly in the path of a confirmed tornado on the ground, extensive damage reported, serious storm. Estimated time of arrival to Moulton, 10 minutes. I took the time to alert co-workers, call family, prepare to leave. I ran through constant lightning, wind that tossed me forward, then back. A man speaking into a microphone walked by me, staring at the sky. A truck with flashing lights rode by as if trying to alert people to take shelter. There was an odd color to the entire town, almost yellow. The tornado siren wailed, people ran.  It was surreal.

I spent the next 3 1/2 hours in the basement of our church with people I’ve known for years and people I’d never met. One lady cried quietly: she had lost her home in one of the first communities in our area hit by the tornado. We were all calm. We were all patient. Children played. Babies slept. We encouraged each other.  We lost power, and huddled in the dark, listening to a small battery operated police scanner as rescue workers rushed to help those hit by the tornado, even as more storms, like waves in an ocean, beat upon them. They were heroic. We had a copy of our church directory, and when the scanner announced a fatality, we looked for the address of church members we knew lived near that particular address, hoping it was not them, hearts breaking because someone was now gone. Finally, the storms passed.  My family was safe; I was safe; I was blessed.

At the time I am writing this, there have been nearly 300 deaths, 13 of these in my community. Many more are missing in Tuscaloosa, two hours south of here.  Most of northern Alabama has no power, and it is predicted that it will be at least 5-6 days before power is restored. Today is Friday.

It is fitting that the first day of this week was Easter Sunday, a celebration of resurrection and renewal and new beginnings. Our state has already begun to pull itself up from the destruction of Wednesday. I am so grateful for the Monday that brought me such joy!! Wednesday taught me that life is short, that storms come, and to love your family and the people you are blessed to know. Thank you to all of you who were so concerned about me and my family, it means more than you know. Now the last week in April, 2011 will come to an end.

The good news is that there will be more Mondays…days of joy and excitement,anticipation and surprises. Thank you all for letting me share them with you!

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David Archuleta ~ Invisible Children 25 Hours Of Silence Event

Posted by djafan on Monday, April 25, 2011

Invisible Children

How it Started

In the spring of 2003, three young filmmakers traveled to Africa in search of a story. What started out as a filmmaking adventure transformed into much more when these boys from Southern California discovered a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them, a tragedy where children are both the weapons and the victims.

After returning to the States, they created the documentary “Invisible Children: Rough Cut,” a film that exposes the tragic realities of northern Uganda’s night commuters and child soldiers.

The film was originally shown to friends and family, but has now been seen by millions of people. The overwhelming response has been, “How can I help?” To answer this question, the non-profit Invisible Children, Inc. was created, giving compassionate individuals an effective way to respond to the situation.

Read the rest of the story here

The boys filming in 2004

Before becoming a celebrity, David Archuleta was a supporter of Invisible Children. His involvement  introduced me to this cause. I remember the leather bracelet he wore on the Bonnie Hunt show, the Invisible Children t-shirt Dawn gave him that he wore on several occasions and his willingness to share with anyone who asked what they stood for.

‘Break the Silence’ Details from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

Event Details:

After 25 years of war waged by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, Invisible Children is getting loud… by shutting up. But after the silence ends at 8:00 PM on April 25th (in every time zone), it’s going to get even louder.

Break the Silence is happening in 18 cities across the U.S and will mark the end of the Invisible Children community’s 25 hours of silence for 25.

Break the Silence will unleash the voices of the thousands who are going silent and who have raised at least $25 to fund The Protection Plan – Invisible Children’s work to protect innocent civilians from LRA violence. (More information can be found by clicking here: Protection Plan.)

We’ll end this with two quick acronyms: RSVP ASAP. The cities will fill up, so now that you’ve raised your money and committed to 25 hours of silence, get your name on this list and we’ll see you at one of these cities.

Schedule of the night’s events:

April 25th, 2011

6:30PM – Doors open

7:30PM – 30 Minutes of Silence Begins

7:55PM – Break the Silence Video Begins

8:00PM – Silence is Broken

8-9PM – Celebration with new IC Media, Ugandan speaker, IC Roadies and musical performances

This message from Lauren Bailey (Invisible Children Team) via AFS

Come Monday—you name the price $$ for the event, all goes to ending a 25 year long war.

I just flew in to sunny Nashville, the birds are chirping and sky a’ clear blue. While taking in the scenery I hopped over to Allen Arena to check out the set-up for Monday’s Nashville 25: Break the Silence Event and got PUMPED.

This event is happening in 3 days, and it’s going to be amazing, I promise.

I want all of you to be able to come and experience Evelyn (our Ugandan speaker), performances from David Archuleta & Landon Pigg, as well as IC’s newest media…released yesterday.

But I know some of you are a little concerned about the raising $25 part. So, here’s the deal. Those of you who raised the $25—we love you. Thank you for your commitment, support and trust. You WILL be honored at this event.

However, I know a lot of you are college students with minimal incomes and maybe some with debt. We still want you to come be part of this monumental evening.

So, all of that is to say: You’re invited, don’t freak out about the $25. It’s suggested, but your attendance is more important.

YOU CAN STILL COME IF YOU HAVEN’T RAISED $25.

We will be taking donations at the door. If you haven’t RSVP’d then you can just drop your money in the donations bucket, and enter. You name the price ($5, $25, $100, you decide).

Just come, soak in the bliss of people coming together for a just an honorable cause—plus some sweet music and media.

However, do us a favor and stay silent. We’re breaking the silence at 8PM—please don’t be that kid who tries to do so beforehand. Thanks and can’t wait to see you there!

-Lauren + the Invisible Children Crew


David has been tweeting about his participation and support for Invisible Children.  There are 18 cities who will be hosting this event and the concerts to break the silence tonight at 8pm Central Time.  Three of those cities will be live streaming and one of those is Nashville where David is scheduled to perform.

This from PRNewswire:

David Archuleta “Breaks the Silence” with Invisible Children in Nashville, TN

100,000 young people have pledged 25 hours of silence to conclude Invisible Children’s national ’25’ campaign; the organization is hosting events in 18 cities across the country where partnering musical artists will “break the silence”

SAN DIEGO, April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Invisible Children is excited to announce David Archuleta as the most recently added headliner for their event: Break the Silence, which is the end of their campaign ’25’ that launched earlier this year. The former American Idol contestant, one of the youngest ever, will take the stage at Lipscomb University’s Allen arena in Nashville, TN, on Monday, April 25th, to raise awareness and funds to end Africa’s longest running war.

PRNewswire


Click on the link below to watch David Archuleta in Nashville


Watch Invisible Children Livestream Here


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New Series: Introducing David Archuleta’s Band

Posted by bebereader on Saturday, April 23, 2011

1. Keyboard Player: Mark Nilan Jr.

He’s David’s new keyboard player and he’s all that jazz! Mark Nilan Jr. was born in 1983 and raised in Detroit in a music loving family. At an early age he became familiar with legends like Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ray Charles and Chick Corea, all who helped bring him to where he is today, an accomplished jazz pianist and composer who is also the studio and on-screen keyboard player for Fox’s hit TV show, “Glee”.

During his high school years, he won awards for ‘best jazz soloist’ at local music festivals, received a spotlight performance at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, played professionally and taught music theory at his school. He received a full scholarship to Wayne State University where he studied jazz piano and was honored in 2004 as Best Jazz Composer. Then he went to Los Angeles and earned a Master’s Degree in jazz piano from the California Institute of the Arts.

One year later in 2009, he wrote his debut album, “Hands On”, containing ten original songs. He said:

“I really wanted to break the smooth jazz stereotype of drum machine grooves and eight bar loops and just write great songs with a live band. My goal is to bring back the fire to jazz—a hot, intense vibe to the contemporary jazz world.”

The master engineer for the project, Ron Boustead knew a good thing when he saw it. “I could tell 30 seconds into the album that this was a high quality project—the tunes, musicianship, recording and mixing are all top notch.”

But Mark Nilan isn’t all about jazz.

”I love music, all genres…I love living in all sorts of musical worlds. During the making of the album I’d go to Paramount for a day of shooting Glee and playing pop tunes and then come home and work on some of my great fresh jazz music.”

He works in a vast range of music including jazz, pop and rap. He’s able to combine jazz with current music to create a unique sound which is why he’s known in the field as a “musical monster“.

UPCOMING SHOWS

David Archuleta LIVE at the 60th Annual Sun Fun Festival
05.28.11
Myrtle Beach, SC
Performing LIVE with David Archuleta as we kick-off this year’s Sun Fun Festival!

David Archuleta LIVE – Stadium of Fire
07.02.11 | 8:00pm
Provo, UT
Performing LIVE with David Archuleta during America’s Freedom Festival!

http://twitter.com/MarkNilanJr

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Ribbon in the Sky ~ The Soul Man Cometh

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Collage by Djafan

There is no cutting the ribbon that binds David to his soulful roots. It is not frayed. It is as strong as ever and if his cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky,” is any indication, it is getting stronger every day. There is just something special about the joy he exudes when singing these songs: “My Girl,” “Stand By Me,” “Shop Around,” and that luscious, impromptu, from the nether regions of his bodacious musical gut “Works for Me” from Reno. All stand as testimonies to what must be true, at least in part. Submitted for your consideration, the uncontrollable finger snapping in each of the two videos posted. Watching these performances, I get the distinct impression that here, in this place, with these songs, this man is in his element and loving every minute of it. Follow your bliss, David. Just follow your bliss. It will not steer you wrong.

Don’t let his smile lull you into a false sense of security. We got ourselves a serious situation on our hands.

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David Archuleta ~ Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game

Posted by djafan on Saturday, April 16, 2011

David will be at the Celebrity Basketball game for Duffy’s Hope in Delaware today.  There is a sold out VIP where many are attending.  He will be presented the list of all the TOSOD CD donors to the Children’s Hospital at the VIP.


Celebrity Basketball Game

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The mission of Duffy’s Hope, Inc. is to advance community hope by fostering the academic achievement and social enrichment of at-risk youth through advocacy, education, mentoring and community outreach.  To meet our mission, our year-round H.O.P.E. (Helping Our young People Excel) Mentor Program, in partnership with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware, has been active and growing for more than ten years.  Additionally, Duffy’s Hope, Inc. facilitates an eight-week summer basketball program for area at-risk boys; we proudly announced our first girls’ league this season. The focus of both of our programs is to provide intervention, resources and safe-havens for area youth The annual celebrity basketball game has become a major resource of promoting the importance of adult involvement in the lives of youth and the need for continual financial support of youth based programs.  Money generated from the celebrity games help to maintain our youth programs and allow Duffy’s Hope, Inc. to expand its services throughout the state.

The annual celebrity basketball game has become a major resource of promoting the importance of adult involvement in the lives of youth and the need for continual financial support of youth based programs.  Money generated from the celebrity games help to maintain our youth programs and allow Duffy’s Hope, Inc. to expand its services throughout the state.

Click here to go to Duffy’s Hope Website

David tweets about Duffy’s Hope Event!

Anyone coming to Duffy’s Hope tomorrow? Shout out if you’re gonna be there! I’m gonna be there to support so if you’re there come say hi!

Made it safely to the East Coast. On our way to Delaware for Duffy’s Hope tomorrow.

It doesn’t look like David will be playing basketball  🙂

@scpancake Haha. Unfortunately I don’t have those bball skills worked up but I will be cheering everybody on.

Though I read on twitter that they’re going to chant, David! David! David! and try to coax him on to the basketball court, hope they do!

Duffy Samuels, Duffy’s Hope CEO Interview WMDT ABC News Celebrity Basketball Game


David Archuleta Interview @ OC104 for Duffy’s HOPE Celebrity Basketball Game

David Archuleta @ WMDT FOX47’s Good Morning Delmarva – CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME

Will be adding pictures and video as the day progresses!

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Archieology 201 ~ Advanced Phrasing

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

“He digs into lyrics, considers words, lingers over them and has a master plan of the effect for the song. “

~Pamela Pike

Reading the dictionary was a hobby of mine when I was a child; I was fascinated by the syllabication and pronunciation of words and later by grammatical goodies like alliteration and onomatopoeia.  By the time I was in college I realized that I was super-sensitive to the timbre of a person’s voice. There have been times when the sound of it is so repelling to me that it sends shivers down my spine, while at the other extreme, so intoxicating that I cannot get enough of it. David Archuleta has the most beautiful voice in creation, whether speaking or singing.  With the soulfulness of someone older, he has the ability to control the power of  his voice to create his unique sound. I was drawn to David immediately, in part because of his crisp enunciation and the compelling way he phrases his songs.  His diction is nearly perfect. Unlike others who drop the ending consonant of a word, David, 99% of the time, ends his words with their rightful letter, like the ending “t” when he sings the word “night” in “Something ‘Bout Love.”

He’s very deliberate in his lyrical style and there’s no doubt that he instinctively knows what will work. A master at interpreting a song, David knows how to manipulate notes and lyrics, and he plays with them to get a desired outcome. The result is that he tells the story of a song with such emotion that he makes us understand. His use of phrasing is impeccable; he has the ability to tailor musical passages and control his breathing to make a song as expressive as he wants. Once he makes a song his own, it is untouchable by any other artist.

In “Imagine,” David conveys John Lennon’s message, that we should all be one country, one world, one people. To create a cry in his voice, he intentionally stretches out the notes and you can hear it throughout the entire song.

“A bruuuuutherhood of maaaaaaaan
Imaaagine all the people sharing for the world
You-hoooooo, you may say I’m a dreamuhhh…
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you‘ll join uuuuusssssss
And the worrrld will be as one
You may say I’m a dreamuuuuhhh
But I’m not the only one
Take my hand and joinnn us yeah
And the world will liiiiiiive, aaaaas one.”

He does the same in “When You Say You Love Me,” where one syllable words suddenly become multi-syllabic, as in “breathe” “be” “could” “alive” “fly” “words” “me” and “you.”

“What couuuuuuuld it beeeeeee that comes over me?…
At times I can hardly breeeeathe
For a moment, there’s no one else alive, iiiiiiiiiiiive…
When you’re with me if I close my eyes
There are times I swear I feel like I can flyyyyyyyyyy
For a moment in tiiiime
Somewhere between the heavens and earth, fro-zen in time
Oh when you say those woooooooooooooooords…
When you say you love meeeeeeeeeeee….whooooooooo
When you say you love me, do you know how I love youuuuuuuuu.”

When he sang “Contigo En La Distancia” at the ALMA Awards, his voice was as smooth as silk as he conveyed the heartfelt message of missing a loved one. You can hear his soft consonants and the control he has as he switches effortlessly from soft to powerful and makes an emotional connection with the audience.

David has the ability to use his voice as if it was a musical instrument, another example of phrasing. We’ve teased that we’d buy an album of his hums and wails but it’s not a joke. He uses this technique sometimes in “Barriers.” Does “mun-a-mump boom boom” sound familiar? And again at the beginning of “Something ‘Bout Love.” Another time at the end of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” throughout the entire repertoire of Christmas songs…

…and again when he performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the very end of “Los Pastores a Belen.”

In “Falling Stars,” Eman, the writer, felt the song had a different energy and wanted David to leave off the vibratos he’s famous for so he wouldn’t sound like himself. The result: David delivered a powerful recording, filled with angst, vulnerability and sensuality. He also changed the pronunciation of the word “me” to “ma-ee” and “to” becomes “to-uu” creating the different vibe.

“…I won’t be offended
‘Cause I always knew that the day would come,
When I’m not enough to make you stay
You tell me it’s not possible, no way that we could break
But nothing is illogical, believe me…”

In “Crazy”, he teasingly mocks the lyrics as he sings them tongue in cheek:

…Do you really think you’re in control-oh ahhhhh?
I think you’re crazeh, I think you’re carrrazy,
I think you’re crazeh just like meeeee-ee.
I think you’re CRAZY! I think you’re CRAZEH,
I think you‘re crazy crazy crazy crazy just like mee-eee.”

Phrasing in music can be used to stretch out notes for emphasis, to speed up a song to create excitement, or to slow down a passage at the end of a phrase. Changing the pronunciation of a word is another example of phrasing. David has used all of these and more when he sings. His natural phrasing, runs and nuances have become his trademark and he never sings a song the same way twice. His ability to match his voice to a musical passage and use it as an instrument is astonishing to me. His uncanny ability to interpret music and connect to the audience is pure genius.

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In Sound’s Embrace

Posted by MT on Saturday, April 9, 2011

In David’s book, Chords of Strength, he discusses in great detail his view of what music can be, describing it as a means of transferring emotion from one person to another, from a performer to his audience.  He recognized the power of music from a very early age.

Some of the greatest singers of our time had the ability to put their emotions into their songs. Their music touched something inside of us and made us feel less alone. David is one who also has that gift. When he sings, it’s as if he’s inviting us into his heart, to feel what he feels, to see life as he sees it.

It’s a way of transporting us out of our daily lives and into the song with him. He captures us, and holds us hostage there, until the song ends. In the process, I believe David has given, to each of us, something that we haven’t found anywhere else.

It’s difficult to put into words what David’s music has meant to me. The following poem is as close as I could come.  It’s about the joy, the tears, the happiness, the reverence, and even the laughter that he evokes in me while he sings.

It’s about letting go and living, in that moment, in the music of the song.

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Who We Are

Posted by thefunnygirl on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

City of Shadows ~ Alexey Titarenko

We are teachers, doctors, journalists, volunteers, lawyers, housewives, painters, writers, computer geeks, bankers, students, retail workers, retirees, sisters, moms, grandmas, brothers, cousins, and strangers. We are from different countries, cities, religions, races, colors, backgrounds, upbringings, morals, and beliefs. We go about the business of our daily lives just as you do. We pretend to be like you. Some of us will tell you about our history, while others never would. There are a lot of us. You probably work with or live near one of us. We are everywhere and nowhere at the same time. We walk among you, a shadowy culture whose numbers are growing.

We are not so different from you. Just like you, we were born into a destiny. We realized a long time ago not to question it or try to understand it, but to simply let it be. We lived a different life before we came here, and since we cannot go back, we have made a life for ourselves here among you. We are still misunderstood, even labeled with negative terms. So, many of us do not reveal ourselves. We have come to accept that being different is not wrong, it is just who and what we are.

A long time ago, I heard about some people who loved a stranger. They loved him as if he were a family member. It wasn’t a crush or some silly passing fad. I saw pictures of them screaming and passing out when he would finally come to town. Who were these people? Why did they behave this way? They were from all walks of life. They were from different countries, cities, religions, and races. They went about their daily lives just as we do now. Unless he was coming to town. When he was there, they became something else entirely. Tales of their love and the lengths to which they’d go to see him are legendary. Some people thought they were crazy.

I have a picture of their arms and hands.

I’ll share a picture of our arms and hands with you. Yeah, I know. I’m not comparing them. But look at the hands and arms of the fans. Do you see yours? Or mine? Do you see a ghost of your former self?  We are not so different from them. Just like them, we were born into a destiny. We give our love in countless ways to a stranger because he stole our hearts without even trying. He soothed our souls when he opened his mouth and poured out the most beautiful sound we’d ever heard.

I used to be a normal person. Well, kind of. You know, a wife, mom, worker, daughter, sister…then I found the Ear Candy that is The Voice.  Ear Candy that morphed into Heart & Soul Candy.  We ain’t even gonna talk about the Eye Candy.  I try to act normal, as if I’m not holding back on planning my time off this year based upon his schedule.  Not thinking about which purse I should use this spring based upon how well the paperback edition of Chords of Strength will fit in it. Not sitting at work thinking about blogs from Nascar, or maybe how dolphins look from overhead while one passes over in a blimp. Or wondering if my Ticketmaster alert for David Archuleta is still active.  So sure that Twitter must not be working properly because I only received one tweet from @davidarchie all day!

In this Post Ubiquitous Candy Era, I act normal. I try really hard to anyway. Saying things like”Those Elvis fans were crazy!” while wearing my VIP I ♥ David Archuleta t-shirt.

No. They were not crazy. They be my homeys.

We are not so different from you. In fact, if you know that the Squiggly Pig is copyrighted__you my friend, are one of us.




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Who He Is

Posted by djafan on Friday, April 1, 2011

David Archuleta graced us with another video blog yesterday saying what could have been said in half the time, yet in typical David fashion, he would go on.  blah blah blah blah blah.  For 8 minutes and 37 seconds to be exact, talking about building foundations for the future.  Yawn.  I’m so over him.

That’s the best I can do for the gag fest that typically marks the 1st of April, because for me, this is a day for keeping it real.

The charuth is, he had me at buenos dias. I really meant and need to say that in typical David fashion, he exceeded all expectations. He is in control of his destiny and it showed in every poorly lighted frame of his video blog. If I had to find a fault that would be my only one, not enough attention to the aesthetics of good lighting. We have to make screen caps and collages with this stuff, dude, work with us here! Never mind. I can’t complain. He gave us the scoop and let us into the workings of his genius and it was a beautiful thing to see even in the poorest of light. Behold, the solid foundation he is laying:

This time around, he is hand-picking the band and keeping them close together, close to the action in his home base of LA.

He wants to work as often as he can with them to get, as he put it, the “vibe,” “feel” and “chemistry” just right, so he can “feel inspired by the people I’m working with on stage.”

He is writing alone now to find out “what David is.” When he figures out what he wants to say and how he wants to say it and gets more skilled at it, he will collaborate with other writers again. Until then, this is his time to find out what he is capable of creating, without outside persuasion, from the depths of his own beautiful soul.  Very smart move.  I swear he slays me.

He wants to sometime do a vlog during a  jam session with his band and let us actually watch the process.   I declare he will be the death of me.

To that end, (being the end of me) he proceeded to write a song on the piano, using keys in the lower scale he never uses to write with but which he finds himself suddenly liking. He sings in his elfin tongue words that are unintelligible to the human ear but nevertheless, enchanting.  I know he will be my demise.  I’m willing to live with that for as long as I can.

One more thing and this is the best part of this whole excellent vlog for me. Music is the universal language but he takes that metaphor even further.  He describes the different genres of music as separate and unique languages in themselves. You can hear him in the video but I will record it here in his own words because he gets this so right it’s scary.

“Before I had some really great musicians and band members that I was really learning from…you know, really great pop, great at doing pop stuff. It’s almost like they, in a music sense, they, the past members I’ve had, spoke English and Spanish.  But now, I’m trying to learn more languages, like these band members will speak five or six different languages.  So I want to broaden my horizon as a musician and learn to speak those languages or different cultures of those different sides of music.”

What musical languages he will learn in the days ahead is what keeps me hanging on for dear life.

“You have to get a sense of who you are before you can know what decisions to make. “

David Archuleta ~ March 31, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

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