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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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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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139 Responses to “Archieology 201 ~ Advanced Phrasing”

  1. Jan said

    Love, love, love this post, Bebe. I agree with it all ..that’s exactly why I love David’s singing. When he sang Heaven at his last audition, he said “I’m going to get into that song. I’m going to tell it to the judges and make sure they understand it”. And boy, he did. As he does with every song he sings. He doesn’t ever “slight” any song, he wants to do his best for us and when he doesn’t he even apologizes!
    Can’t get into anyone on Idol as none of them hold a candle to him and no one ever will!

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  2. Annie 318 said

    Bebe, you got every little detail of David’s singing down. I’ve thought the same thoughts but you said it & showed it so eloquently. I think David will go down in history as the most beautiful voice of his generation. Thank you for writing!
    The people on AI this year all lack what you’ve written about. I watched Pia sing on a morning show “All is Fair in Love”. She doesn’t interpret the song as much as she seems to just want to show how loudly she can sing. I know if I ever hear David sing it, I will weep for the sheer beauty of it.

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  3. Great article Bebe ….. David’s phrasing is one of the things that make him special, he is a natural. I think the best example of his phrasing skills is this rendition of Nature Boy … at the tender age of 13! I have been told this recording was his first attempt to lay down the track, no need for a second: http://youtu.be/Jn_JAm8sdcM

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  4. Abrra said

    Love this:
    “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.”

    It is the magic he brings to his live concerts. The proof is evident when we buy a ticket to the “same show” multiple times just to hear how he makes it new again.

    thanks for reminding us of Nature Boy ArchieFanDoc!
    I had made a Nature Boy video with images a while back by request. He sings is so well for one so young.

    Abrra

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  5. Amb4dja said

    Will come back and read this post and be on topic later… but just had to share this complete ODD moment and a laugh at myself to begin my day with, and have to comment quickly cuz battery ran down watching videos & I’ve got to go now anyway…BUT….just cracked up at myself…
    Came on as usual to see one thing and 1 hour later I’m lost in Davidland, happened randomly into the
    “Who We Are” post, which I’d never seen all the commentary and videos on. I’m completely engrossed watching some videos and suddenly feel a wet trickle on my sleeve, I realized I’d kind of been feeling something strange and not realized what it was, and was just too occupied to care apparently! ….my cup of tea had tipped to the side in my hand in my lap, onto my sleeve and couch…I totally hadn’t noticed for I’m sure what was a few minutes. Wow. I’ve stooped to new depths of ODD.
    Going to go wash my sleeve and couch (wow it is wasn’t so comical & goofy to me I’d be more upset…tea’s a ***** to get out!)…have a good day, all! ps. David…”See what you made me do?!!” *sigh*

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  6. TOfan said

    Awesome post, bebe! *standing O* And here I thought I was the only kid who read the dictionary in my spare time! lol

    “David has the ability to use his voice as if it was a musical instrument” … that’s exactly what a friend of mine (a professional musician & arranger) said when I gave him the CFTH album last year. He looked kind of puzzled as he said it, “When he sings, he uses his voice like he’s playing an instrument” and he went on to mention how David phrases lyrics to play with the rhythm, getting just ahead or behind the beat for a more soulful effect… I tried to look surprised. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  7. skydancer1x said

    Bebe!
    “Oh when you say those woooooooooooooooords…” (!!!!) like, onomatopoeia.(one of the best words ever)
    may I just say this article you have written is briiiiilliaaaaant!♥
    there is so much to comment on, but I will enter only exhibit A for now: ☺
    “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.”

    Bebe, I thought that, the first time I heard him sing “Shop Around” He blew me away with his performance.His emphasis on the words,his phrasing,his runs, everything in that song that night, and the ending!He came out like gangbusters on the stage that first week of live shows.Knew then, we were witnessing something very special.

    thanks for having audio of the songs available with your article!
    AND,the formula on the blackboard! I LOVE THAT! haha Looks like a winning formula to me.
    Einstein would be proud!haha

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  8. MunkFOD said

    Bebereader, This post is pure genius! wowza! With a capital WOW! love it love it love it! This is one I want to put in my special David file.. LOL! thanks so much! Don’t have any better commentary that what you have already said. … amen, amen and amen! LOL!

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  9. Marylee said

    Oh my gosh…this article is something I REALLY want to savor..on my way to a doctor’s appointment but it will be the very first thing I check out when I return~I’ve always been in total AWE of David’s phrasing! Thanks for the work that went into your article Bebe! 🙂

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  10. ram said

    Bebe- I love this! I get it now! He had me hooked from that very first song and this explains it. Amazing what he does and you explained it perfectly.

    I am savoring every little bit of this article! I have to enjoy it again and again. The samples are simply delicious!

    All that research and you obviously are now a Ph.D level Archeologist. You are now Profesora Bebe. 🙂

    Very clever use of the blackboard, lol. The equations were educational and “X + David Archuleta = The Voice” = Billiant.

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  11. ram said

    Oops, last word supposed to be Brilliant not Billiant. 😉

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  12. skydancer1x said

    3 and 4. ArchieFanDoc, and Abrra Thanks for posting Nature Boy.It is a wonderful example of pure genius at work. David singing that song always reminds me of a Nat King Cold performance for some reason, or any of the greats really.Sammy,Frank,Tony…
    David is singing like an adult, or better than, and he is only 13. Truly an amazing feat.Even back then, his voice was mesmerizing.
    Thing is, it comes so naturally to David, that is what boggles your mind.

    Amb4dja,funny story,But NOT! haha Hope you get the tea stains out.
    “David…”See what you made me do?!!” *sigh*”

    getting ‘lost’ in DavidWorld can be dangerous
    I have probably burned up a “barnyard’s worth” of chickens, while cooking in a state of ODD,
    and turned many a piece of toast, into unrecognizable charred squares.

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  13. betsy said

    Bebe – I can hardly comment on this as it is the best thing ever. I’ll have to think on it.

    But I will say one thing. I recognize that Crazy. Greenville, SC?

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  14. skydancer1x said

    ah, that would be Nat King COLE!not cold.
    Ram, seems we have the same problem this morning.haha

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  15. PaulaFOD said

    Love this post!! David’s phrasing is fantastic and he is amazing in his pronunciation! One thing I love, though, and I hope he does not change, he sometimes drops the “T” in words like important (he says im-por-ant). See the video w/Ryan Seacrest “David Archuleta Opens up about fame. Another time I caught it is in the song “The Day After Tomorrow” in the phrase “the past forgotten”, he says “for-ga-en” and I love it!

    Thanks Bebe for putting together an amazing article!

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  16. Tawna21 said

    Bebe, what a remarkable post!! What an education you’ve me this morning! 🙂 I didn’t realize that what David created in my heart and soul with his music had such big words to define it. I remember hearing those words in high school English (I loved English classes, btw), but they didn’t go with me past graduation, 😦

    Really, tho’ Bebe, I relate to what you’ve given me with this –> “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.” My feelings 100%.

    I will be re-reading this lesson.

    Tawna

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  17. Suzy-Q said

    Bebe, what a informative article. Thank you. I have always thought that David’s beautiful phrasing, timbre and the rest that you mentioned was the reason he could sing acapella so well. He doesn’t need backup instruments. When I listen to him I don’t even think about that there isn’t any music. It’s all in his voice.

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  18. SandyBeaches said

    Bebe…what a lovely and interesting read this afternoon. Seriously, how many singers would have people able to write about them in this way and continue to have enough to write about for many months?

    Mr. Einstein developed a grand equation…

    MT, I believe that I did not comment on your article. I was not near my pc for a few busy days. Your poem is so special about someone obviously very special to all of us.

    SB

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  19. kelly said

    Luv this post…agree…that David a capella is pure heaven!

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  20. archiesfan4life said

    Bebe – WOW! I second everything already said about this post! It is amazing!

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  21. betsy said

    A few moments of perfection.

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  22. FG said

    bebe!I don’t know where to start. I….I…I gotta think! WOW!!

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  23. MT said

    Bebe: What a wonderful article! We’ve been talking about the unique qualities of David’s music and this explains it so well. He has such a natural gift for phrasing, which he does so artfully. (Funny but, I’ve never even thought about phrasing until David.) It’s the difference between making a song good, and making it great. The beauty of it is that you don’t even notice any technique when he sings, and you shouldn’t notice it while he’s singing. You don’t notice it because you get lost in the song.

    #18 Aww, Thanks, SB!

    Sky, I’ve burnt a chicken or two myself that way! 😆

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  24. Archugeezer said

    Bebe, this article is both informative and fascinating, complete with a wonderful gathering of examples for those of us who can hear it and feel it with David, but could not adequately explain it.

    For want of better words, I just kept describing David’s music as “inclusive,” meaning always including the listener. His interpretation is less “look what I can do” and more like an open invitation to feel what he is feeling. The techniques he uses–those you describe so well–pull us in completely and teach us what the song really means, even though it is personal for each of us. And he can do it every time.

    Genius? Absolutely.

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  25. Marylee said

    Finally had a chance to skim through your article, BeBe & have every intention of re-visiting it in an attempt to take it all in. It’s obvious that a tremendous amount of thought went into it. In reading & listening to all the super examples you provided of David’s impeccable phrasing, two other songs come to my mind: 1) Good Place~ “I don’t know what I’m doing here~how I landed in this “SPACE”..he “holds” the word just long enough for it to express special meaning & 2)The Other Side of Down ~first time I heard it was impressed with the many different ways he pronounced the word “DOWN”..it is subtle but so effective! He does this better than any other artist ever!

    …and on a side note, Betsy, I recognized “Crazy” from Greenville, SC too..he rocked this song that night! 🙂

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  26. skydancer1x said

    21.Betsy
    David says..”he sings too high for me”
    and in the next second, just belts out the high notes!

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  27. ram said

    #21 Betsy no sooner did I finish posting then I had this overwhelming need to hear “Maybe I’m Amazed”. Very strange but true. I listened to the MGR too until I had to leave to do errands. I can’t explain why. Can you?

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  28. --bianca said

    A lovely post! You put into words things that are very clear but which I could never articulate. Thanks so much!

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  29. Dakgal said

    Bebe–

    Clarification + understanding + y
    (thought + knowledge) X 2
    audibles + visuals- sq. = Genius Bebe

    Too deep for me– so thanks for “splainin” –all I know is that I like what I hear and I could sense from the beginning that he possessed something unique and special, something no one else has. He knows what to do and when to do it! Little stinker.

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  30. Silverfox said

    Bebe, your insights are spot on. David is the epitome of a Modern Renaissance Man of Music at 20 years old! I am beyond amazed and in awe of David!

    I just met a few of David’s prodigy band members at SnowAngelz. David really is surrounding himself with musicians who speak many musical languages. David musical intelligence astounds me sometimes. He knew what he wanted to do when he cut ties with the label who may have seen David as a one dimensional artist which must have been so frustrating for David. Now he is free to explore even further his love for improvisation. His upcoming tours will be out of this world! Yup…I said TOURS..according to these tweets posted on somethingboutarchie from one of the band members.

    http://www.somethingboutarchie.com/2011/04/touring.html?spref=tw

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  31. Dakgal said

    Just call me after thoughts Charlie–

    Bebe those words–syllabication–alliteration–onomatopoeia.

    Wowza–When I was real young I thought the dictionary was what you used to sit on if you were too little to sit a the big table or stood on if you couldn’t reach something, then my English teacher made me open it. Still had a hard time getting past all the junk before the meaning of the word ( still do sometimes) but it is always by my computer now that I’m wiser–but never thought of reading it. Haha

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  32. SandyBeaches said

    All of the admins of all the sites must be abuzz searching it all out and all of us wide eyed right about now!

    Wonderful news to read. It will be all over the place!!

    SB

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  33. kaycee said

    Such a great post and so much great news coming out in bits and pieces! Exciting time! From what I’m hearing, it sounds like David’s new guitar player is Brian Green who played for Michael Buble! And after Silverfox’s post, I checked up on the rest of the band members at SnowAngelz…and can I just say…I am so excited for things to come! What an incredibly talented group of musicians!…for our incredibly talented guy!

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  34. MT said

    Kaycee, I saw that too! The combination of David with these guys is going to be amazing. It sounds like he’s really done an outstanding job of selecting his band. So excited!!

    *Waiting to see what comes next.*

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  35. djafan said

    Bebe,

    Fabulous article! All the things that make David’s singing so special you captured all in one place. I loved all the examples you put together, sounds of heaven.

    And I love the The Voice equation!!!

    David’s band is sounding unbelievable, David is a musical genius. These guys are gifted musicians!

    I posted last night on the previous thread several links as they appeared on twitter regarding David’s band members. Bringing them over along with some new ones.

    Bass player Ben Shepherd who posted on Snowanglez!

    “Yes it is true I will be playing bass for David Archuleta. Brian Green is on guitar!”
    Peace

    BassBen

    found these tweets

    @MarkNilanJr Keyboardist ( Currently on Glee)

    Had a great strings session today for Raquel’s upcoming record… now off to rehearsal with David Archuleta… and #GLEE early tmrw morning! 31 minutes ago via web

    Proud to say I will be the new keyboard player with David Archuleta. I’ll keep you posted with tour dates, etc! 8:17 AM Apr 2nd via Twitter for iPhone

    http://www.marknilanjr.com/live/

    Brian Green, guitarist according to bass player Ben Shepherd who posted on Snowanglez! (Used to be Buble’s guitarist)

    http://www.myspace.com/briandgreen/videos/following

    Drummer!!!!

    Steven J. Robinson

    http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-J-Robinson/1578400912

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  36. djafan said

    David tweets, batting cages??? He’s playing basketball Saturday!

    DavidArchie

    Went to some batting cages. Had a good time even though I’ve got some work to do with my swinging.

    This from Janel aka Nellie.

    His second reply to me: Steven J. Robinson April 13 at 5:11pm Report
    No problem! Yeah, you do kind of get sucked into becoming a fan! I remember watching him on Idol a few years ago…crazy!

    Thanks! When I play, I give it all I have, and I’ll do the same with David! It’s most definitely going to be a treat! We’re working on some cool stuff!

    Stadium Of Fire! Yep, I’ll be playing with him for that show! I’m looking forward to that one! I haven’t been to Utah, but I’ve heard it really is beautiful! I’ve just flown over it coming back and forth from LA to Boston/New York.

    And then the tour stuff!!!!!

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  37. djafan said

    Steven’s reply to another fan on his FB (posted 3 hours ago): @Rene- updates coming soon! Stay tuned! I dont have a twitter yet…Ill make one today. People have been asking me about Twitter all day ha ha ha!

    And just going to repeat this because we’re in for a treat!

    Thanks! When I play, I give it all I have, and I’ll do the same with David! It’s most definitely going to be a treat! We’re working on some cool stuff!

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  38. bebereader said

    Talk about YOWSA!

    Thank you all for your comments! It took a few years to formulate in my mind what it is about David’s music that draws me in so strongly. His excellent use of phrasing plays a huge part.

    Jan, After “Heaven” when David said “I’m going to tell it to the judges and make sure they understand it”, he understood back then that it was all in the interpretation of the song. He was so young at 16 and yet so wise.

    Annie, “I think David will go down in history as the most beautiful voice of his generation.” <<< THIS! He's a legend in the making!

    ArchieFanDoc, Amazing that he did that early recording of Nature Boy all in take. But then again, not so amazing, you know?

    Abrra, Thanks! David always keep it fresh.

    Amb4dja, You made me laugh! Tea stains FTW! It's all worth it.

    TOFan, Thank you! I'll laugh if you say you read the Encyclopedia too! (Like I did! LOL)

    Skydancer, "I have probably burned up a “barnyard’s worth” of chickens, while cooking in a state of ODD, and turned many a piece of toast, into unrecognizable charred squares. <<< so true, except in my case, it's decayed laundry LOL

    Skydancer and Ram, Wish I could take credit for Angelica's Einstein masterpiece! Methinks she's a genius, too!

    MunkFOD, Kelly, AF4L, FG, bianca THANKS for your comments!

    Betsy, Greenville, Crazy? Absolutely!

    PaulaFOD "One thing I love, though, and I hope he does not change, he sometimes drops the “T” in words like important (he says im-por-ant). See the video w/Ryan Seacrest “David Archuleta Opens up about fame. Another time I caught it is in the song “The Day After Tomorrow” in the phrase “the past forgotten”, he says “for-ga-en” and I love it!" I noticed that too; it's always for the good of the song. Genius!

    Tawna, Shhh I try to speak like him, sometimes, when I remember. LOL

    Suzy-Q I totally agree that David doesn't need music to back him up but I just love a live band behind him.

    SB, Honestly I can't think of anyone else I could write about ad infinitum. With David, there's a plethora of things to say.

    MT "It’s the difference between making a song good, and making it great." <<< And there, lies the genius!

    Archugeezer, You explained it beautifully and I'm in total agreement!

    Marylee, Ha! I was going to including TOSOD and all of David's different 'downs'. Actually I had several more to add. 🙂

    Aww Dak! So true! He DOES have something unique and special that nobody else has!!! And I still open the dictionary. I love the feel and smell of a book. The online dictionary is very handy but doesn't give the same satisfaction you get when you hold a book in your hands.

    Silverfox, Thanks for the link about David's new band members. Please let's open this discussion up about David's new band members. It's all about David; it's all good! 🙂

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  39. poof said

    Bebe, while reading your wonderful post, I kept picturing my music teacher father, reading and nodding his head in agreement. He would have Loved David. He passed away in 2006.

    ArchieFanDoc and Abrra, I have had broncitis for the last week or so and have tried being at work the last two days. Each day is such a struggle. Then I sat down and listened to Nature Boy. Awwwww,Awwwwwww,,, more soothing than NyQuil, Hall’s lozenges and extra soft tissues. Just what the doctor ordered. David is always good for what ails you, huh. Thanks.

    Dakgal, Thanks for the memory! I did sit on the dictionary at the dinner table when I was little,,,, boy I had forgotten about that.

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  40. Tawna21 said

    OH.MY.GOSH!!! We are all so dead when David and this new band is up and running and ready to tour! Can you even imagine what we’re going to be hearing and partaking of?? I just can’t even get a grip on the thoughts of it all. World–> meet David Archuleta and his band. I’m really liking that they are all so close to David’s age. More like jammin’ with your brothers. They are all so educated. These are not the boys on the corner just passing time. David picked them, and I love it! I’m hoping there’s a blog soon about all of this. 😛

    Tawna

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  41. refnaf said

    Absolutely awesome post bebebebebebe. I adore you and your writing, jsyk.
    And as for David and his band…….eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep
    That is all.

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  42. poof said

    Well, I bit has transpired in the last bit of time while I was busily typing away. Well said Refnaf,, EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEp

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  43. Suzy-Q said

    I love a good band behind a singer. Especially at a live concert where you can hear the full impact of the instruments. When the singer and the band become one it’s thrilling. The songs just vibrate through your body. I am so excited for the future!!!!

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  44. Angelica said

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    Bebewriter,

    Beautifully written and informative as heck! Really like the sound tracks and videos you used to embellish your lesson (article) with audio/visual aids. I have always been in awe of his genius for playing with words to create a certain rhythm or emotional effect. My hands comes to mind, the way he sings…”weathah channulaah” or “fiyah plaace” or “I put thapaRENtalcontrolON” like it’s all one word. It’s like you and TOfan were saying, he uses his voice as a musical instrument but he also uses words as a medium to create colors and textures, the way an artist uses paint. Can’t wait to hear and feel his creations with his new band on (((TOUR)))!!!! Love that word too!

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  45. davidstopsmyaging said

    Bebereader, I loved your article. I never really could put into words why I love the way David emphasizes his words and phrases while singing—but YOU put in into words—Thanks! His words are the paint, and his voice is the paintbrush–kind of what Angelica said-#44. Didn’t someone ask him once if he has an accent? When I listen to him sing, it’s almost like he does have an accent–his own personal accent. He sure knows how to use it to draw us in, doesn’t he?

    As has already been mentioned above—-EEEEEEEEEEEP (However, your EEEEEEEEP’s are much more expressive than my EEEEEEEEEEEP) So, I’ll have to add OHMYGOSHI’MGONNAPEEMYPANTSI’MSOEXCITEDABOUTNEWBANDSANDTOURS!! I Can Hardly Breathe. “It’s the butterflies, that keep you feeling so alive, so alive…” My stomach is so full of butterflies right now……..WhoooHoooo

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  46. bebereader said

    Poof, David is a music teacher’s dream. My music teacher husband loves David. He told him at a VIP that he wishes all his students were like him. Your Dad would have loved him too. {{{hugs}}}

    I didn’t sit on the dictionary at the dinner table; I sat on the New York City phone books! ha!

    Tawna, I’m with you. Need vlog soon.

    Refref, The feeling is mutual m’dear! ❤

    Suzy-Q Love a good band behind David too, even though his voice is music. But there's something so professional about having a band behind him. I just want the best for him.

    Angelica, Thanks! It pays to learn from the best! 😉

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  47. skydancer1x said

    Angelica,
    You have such a wonderfully creative mind! You!Yes,You!
    The things you come up with every week, well, you are just amazingly talented, woman! I would just like to say thank you.. for incorporating your beautiful, and imaginative artistry, into each and every article we read.♥♥

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  48. bebereader said

    Davidstopsmyaging, I know what you mean about the accent. It’s more the way David accentuates and enunciates words to fit the song. Such a fascinating topic! Such a fascinating guy! We’re all missing him madly!

    Saw these old videos reposted on youtube tonight and had to share.
    They’re from David’s visit to Noah’s restaurant to promote TOSOD.

    At Noahs 1

    Noah’s 2 (He changes up SBL yet again!)

    Noah’s 5 (Love the banter before “Crush”)

    Noah’s 5 (VIP)

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  49. Angelica said

    Sky and Bebe,

    You’re welcome and thanks!

    Pretty exciting news about this new jazzy band of prodigies David has assembled. Listening to some of their stuff and I can really sense a freer vibe to let go with some of that munumunump boom boom. Better get those O2 tanks gassed up and the defibrillators recharged before our hearts go munumunump boom boom.

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  50. betsy said

    I just recently came home from work, watched AI, came online and started reading the comments. Dak – you just brought back memories with the sitting on the dictionary comment.
    But I grew up with the City of Detroit phonebooks. 🙂

    Bebe – I sincerely hope that everyone watches those Noah’s videos. They are like a movie of David. Clear – he looks and sounds like he’s standing next to you.
    Don’t underestimate these!

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  51. kaycee said

    Bebe — What an amazing post! I finally had time to sit down and really read and watch and listen–so many great observations! “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.” Yes, and yes!

    He does it so effortlessly every time he sings that it makes you wonder if he is making intentional artistic choices or if it just naturally comes out that way. At the Henderson book signing in Nevada last year, he just “whipped out” Angels upon request and completely floored the entire crowd with a song they had heard him sing countless times.

    Abbra — “The proof is evident when we buy a ticket to the “same show” multiple times just to hear how he makes it new again.” And, those wonderful nights, waiting up for videos from concerts so we can hear how he has changed up each song. (My Hands, great example!)

    Archugeezer — I loved this…”I just kept describing David’s music as “inclusive,” meaning always including the listener. His interpretation is less “look what I can do” and more like an open invitation to feel what he is feeling.” Makes me think back to those high school reports of David roaming the lunch room trying to make sure everyone felt included.

    Dakgal — “He knows what to do and when to do it! Little stinker.” Great summary in layman’s terms!

    Angelica — I’m with you!…”Listening to some of their stuff and I can really sense a freer vibe to let go with some of that munumunump boom boom. Better get those O2 tanks gassed up and the defibrillators recharged before our hearts go munumunump boom boom.”

    One of my favorite things that David does with a song is the way he builds it up…almost like starting a new relationship. It starts out masterfully simple and straight forward, introducing the melody and feel of the song…then it builds gradually and he subtly adds new flavor and dimension…and by the end of the song, you get the full Archuleta in all his glory!

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  52. Abrra said

    Betsy

    I agree. Those Noah’s vids are the bomb! Thx Bebebebe for posting them!

    I sat on a thick Webster’s dictionary. I can still see it in my mind.

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    It had to be 6″ thick. I wonder if there were booster seats invented back then? I can hear my mother laugh now. “You want me to by what? So you can what? ” “Go get the Webster’s, dinner is ready!”

    David in Singapore during an interview:

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    Abrra

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  53. skydancer1x said

    I love it here in the morning, where a plethora of goodies, await those of us who who sleep at night! Thank you night owls!! hoot hoot hurray!!

    Abrra the pic at 52 is gorgeous.Lately I have been changing my desktop wallpaper more often than I change my mind, and that’s saying something.:))

    I remember sitting on a book or several books to reach the table, but more than that I remember getting down from the seat afterwards with a little line across the back of each leg.

    The Noah’s videos are amazing, the info coming out about the band is exciting as all get out!!My heart is going munumump boom boom right now, with all the good news. Just soo happy♥

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  54. djafan said

    The interview!!!

    Thank Larissa for recording!!!

    http://twaud.io/qxSH

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  55. Blueberry Ice said

    Bebereader; A beautiful voice sounds empty if not sung with genuine emotions from the heart. A song would be just a bunch of words if not brought to life by a singer who is able to interpret, create, resonate music that evokes feedback from his listener and draws them into the singer’s world. You have insightfully defined what makes David a special performer, who with his unique voice, expertly utilizes the technical skills he was trained with, vitalizes and mesmorizes all who listens to his performance, each one never quite the same, improvised as only he can, creating a new song within the old one. I’ve always felt that David’s acapella performances touched me the most … perhaps it’s because in the midst of those glorious moments that I hear his voice as the golden instrument that we all are drawn to.

    Angelica; As always, your photo’s and artistic graphic creations perfectly compliment Bebe’s post … genius indeed!

    A cohesive band will be such an asset for David … so excited for what lies ahead!

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  56. skydancer1x said

    thanks Dja!
    awww, gotta love sleepy David.Thanks Larissa for recording.

    I have to say this because it is on the tip of my tongue..gets under my skin when interviewers don’t do their homework on who they will be talking to on the phone for heavens sake.At least get a bit more up to date on your celebrities. Grrrr.
    Wait till he see how many followers David has on FaceBook and Twitter. I don’t mean to be a downer,but it just irritates the stuffing out of me.

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  57. Abrra said

    Sky
    I understand what you are saying. The interviewer was giving David a chance to promote himself. Too bad he doesn’t realize that David is so over the AI tag for himself, personally. How many times did that guy say American Idol star???? haha They call celebs one trick ponies, but after hearing the SAME questions from ALL the radio DJ’s, I think they are the ones who lack imagination.

    I made some screen caps of him in the “How Far is Heaven” suit. I heard the song on Sirius and had to see the youtube. 😉
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    Abrra

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  58. Abrra said

    Some nice words for TOSOD in my mail today.

    “David Archuleta

    David does a good job at evolving from his self-titled debut album just enough to pick up new fans without alienating his core fan base. For most artists, the second album is the most crucial. Either a big step forward, or a big step backward in a singer’s career. Most critics think David’s taking a big step forward all the way to the other side of down. He’s a little older and a little more willing to play with sounds and vocal arrangements but he knows who he is. David Archuleta has seemingly found his kind of perfect in this tough industry and it’s reflected in this stellar second project.”

    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/04/15/music-this-season/

    Abrra

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  59. skydancer1x said

    57. awwww, look at him♥looking ever so cute in his white suit! thanks for posting those Abrra.
    I feel better already☺
    sorry about my rant at 56.having one of those days when my ‘tweak’ meter needle, seems to be in the sensitive zone.

    58.that is a nice write up.Love hearing good things about TOSOD.
    Have a good evening everyone!

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  60. ray said

    dangeras,dangeras,site look at # 57,gods new model for mankine

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  61. Abrra said

    The man tweets
    @DavidArchie Doing a small photoshoot today to get some new pictures taken.

    Abrra /squeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  62. stenocruiser said

    #61 — hmmm, maybe now it’s time for those “you want me” kind of shots!

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  63. MT said

    Abrra, Squeeeing with you.

    Sky, LOL @ “you want me” shots. If there are any of those, I sure hope we get to see them!

    One more thought. I wonder what he needs new photos FOR? ❓

    Any ideas?

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  64. Abrra said

    MT

    How about “Band” shots for the shows coming up?

    David standing in the center, with the rest draped over instruments 😉

    Abrra

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  65. Angelica said

    Hah? What’s that? New pics? Photo shoot?

    He makes me very happy. 🙂

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  66. Tawna21 said

    Abrra, squeeing with you!!!! YES, some band shots 🙂

    Steno, ‘you want me shots’–’bout fell out of my chair laughing with that one

    Angelica, ‘he makes me very happy’–ohhh yesss!

    Tawna

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  67. Dakgal said

    Poof-Bebe-Betsy-abrra-skydancer1x

    Glad I could stir some memories about sitting at the table on books. In my case with the phone book , in my small town if I sat on the phone book, it would be like sitting on a comic book ( yes, that thick back then!!) 🙂 And who could afford encyclopedias, they were at the library. And skydancer those leg welts -stayed with you for hours and they hurt a bit too!

    Kaycee-#51– “Makes me think back to those high school reports of David roaming the lunch room trying to make sure everyone felt included.” Now that brought an immediate lump to my throat. How can you not just love him to pieces!

    Steno-#62–“hmmm, maybe now it’s time for those “you want me” kind of shots!” Haha– You little devil you!
    If they are , I’ll take a dozen 10×12 glossys. 😯

    I am a bit bemused over comments on other sites that refer to this new band as being a “jazz” band, when David, himself, said they speak 5 or 6 languages! I call it his “freedom” band, free to do a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and are very capable of doing so, along with David.

    Abs–The “How Far is Heaven” screen caps–well, all I can say is heaven’s not far cause its right in front of my eyes with those with those pics. And we wondered how he could get any better looking–little did we know…. 8) Right Steno!

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  68. bebereader said

    Kaycee “…he just “whipped out” Angels upon request and completely floored the entire crowd with a song they had heard him sing countless times.” Kaycee, I put my earbuds in last night, touched ‘shuffle’ on my IPod and “Angels” came on. By now I’ve heard every version of the song but David completely floored me again. The sound of his voice is always startlingly amazing!

    BlueberryIce “….creating a new song within the old one” <<< Love this! That's what he does!

    Did someone say "photoshoot"?? &*()))____!!! Oh no, we are dead!

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  69. MT said

    Ahh… I remember the dictionary as a Booster Seat, too. Lol ♫ Memories … ♫

    Dak: Freedom! I like that for a band name! Oh, wait … has it already been used?

    Abrra, band photos would be awesome!!! I wonder how long till we see those photos?

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  70. emmegirl said

    bebe, one word, two syllables..bril-yunt! This piece was an unbelievable amount of work, and you just brang it! You somehow described the subtle and not so subtle nuances of his genius stylizing to a “t”.

    poof, I wish your Dad had seen D too! Nature Boy, choosing that song, at such a young age, and singing it with the depth of maturity that he did, it slays me every time I listen to it. Hope you are feeling better soon.

    kaycee, “One of my favorite things that David does with a song is the way he builds it up…almost like starting a new relationship. It starts out masterfully simple and straight forward, introducing the melody and feel of the song…then it builds gradually and he subtly adds new flavor and dimension…and by the end of the song, you get the full Archuleta in all his glory!” …he is a masterful storyteller. I don’t know why, but the other day I was thinking what an incredible movie director he would make…he gets the essence.

    Betsy, those Noah vids, thank you. 🙂

    Blueberry Ice 55, love that!

    Angelica, “Better get those O2 tanks gassed up and the defibrillators recharged before our hearts go munumunump boom boom”…lol,that may not even be enough!

    Ray, lol,nice to see you’re still with us.

    Dakgal 67, “freedom band”, LOVE this! I think you nailed it. Musically multi-linguistic. (Sounds like a pasta dish.) Free to do a little bit of this and a little bit of that…no boundaries, and with his eclectic musical tastes..aay, yi yi, kill me now!

    And when you think things can’t get any better, he tweets about a photoshoot. Steno, he wouldn’t dare..would he :).

    ♥ every commment here! They fill your heart, be it through laughter or tears.

    Sooo, anyone in the mood for basketball?

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  71. grammyj said

    Here’s hoping for the photo shoot is for tour merchandise and posters!

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  72. Silverfox said

    I just heard a snippet of an unreleased song by David, “Notice Me” which was played by the co-writer of the song, Andrew Fromm, at a chat he announced on twitter. He played just enough for us to want more & more! Good way to get new followers too. 🙂

    IMO, the song IMO, is better than Falling Stars & and David’s interpretation and vocals…OMG!

    Why Falling Stars and not Notice Me? I’ll never understand.

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  73. emmegirl said

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  74. djafan said

    SF, I thought that was you when Andrew Fromm was saying Silverfox? What’s a Silverfox? lol

    He played it three times asked that no one record and to tell David to release it. SF is right it is so good.

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  75. skydancer1x said

    Oh Boy, photoshoot!!? eeek!
    71.GrammyJ “Here’s hoping for the photo shoot is for tour merchandise and posters!”
    love thinking about that possibility!
    62.Steno>>>>> “hmmm, maybe now it’s time for those “you want me” kind of shots!”
    I’ll second that! hahahaha!
    Love that MGR Emmigirl.Remember it well.
    Up late tonite, had a scary violent hailstorm awhile ago..with 60 mph straight line winds. Don’t like storms in the dark. I thought my windows were going to break, the hail was hitting them so hard.Will survey damage in the morning.lots of leaves stripped off of the trees.wild!

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  76. betsy said

    Dang it! I worked late and missed the song. By 5 minutes.
    Sigh.
    Oh well.
    I see that Ben Shepard’s father just commented over at Snowangelzz. Sounds very proud of his son. ♥
    He, too, must be a night owl.
    Emmegirl #73 ♥

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  77. Angelica said

    Sky,

    I think that storm is headed my way due here in the morning. Hope you find all is well at your house.

    I listened to Notice Me tonight too. It was sooooo good. I would love it if he would release that as a single or EP soon. Sounds like it could be a big hit but who knows? I only know I would buy it tonight if it were available. Oh wait. I would buy a recording of him singing the words on a box of cereal in his worst morning voice. haha.

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  78. skydancer1x said

    been stuck in the Tube.Love listening to what he has to say here last September….part 2, of 4 vids.

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  79. skydancer1x said

    would love to have heard Notice Me. Who knows, maybe one day I will.♥
    Thanks Angelica, good luck with the weather in the morning. I don’t EVEN want to see the new flowers I just planted 😦
    oh well.
    thanks for cracking me up before I go to bed, with this>>>>>>>>>>>”Oh wait. I would buy a recording of him singing the words on a box of cereal in his worst morning voice. haha.”

    hahahahaha!

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  80. Angelica said

    Love that Sky. Don’t know how I missed that part of that collection of vids but it sure is apropos for this thread. Less is definitely more. That raw magic that connects you to a song and a singer is lost with too much production and autotune.

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  81. Angelica said

    Going to bed too, Sky. Photobucket

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  82. jackryan4DA said

    SF & ABRRA – sent you emails. Up to you on what you do w/ the “subject matter”

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  83. SandyBeaches said

    “Notice Me” was beautiful last night. I heard from SF that I might catch it and Andrew Fromm (who co wrote it, hope I am right on that), played it again! I look forward to hearing all of it soon, somehow…

    It came to be perhaps a spcial “Birthday Present” for our very own…SILVERFOX!!

    Happy Birthday SF!! With the magic wands there will be “balloons and a cake” here later today . Hope that the cake is big enough for everyone!

    Enjoy your birthday evening with Elton John!! It won’t be long until there is a concert with David!!

    Birthday {{{HUGS}}} and Best Wishes,

    SB

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  84. Amb4dja said

    I actually came in quickly just to make sure you guys saw the TOSOD review Abrra already posted #58
    (I only got it today in my email DA alerts)…that’s awesome; we need more’a’dat. I want to make sure that’s everywhere…(I’ll do any little thing that may help to get TOSOD a resurge somehow…and the attention and sales it deserves!)

    and two quick notes while I’m here..
    Abrra #52…ahhh…plaid never looked so good.

    and ps. (to my #5 and to Skydancer 12 & Bebe 38)…the tea came out! …and even if it hadn’t…wouldn’t have stopped my living-dangerously ODD habits!

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  85. Amb4dja said

    pps. Bebe…meant to say you post is great; you broke it down so thoroughly.

    “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.”
    Well said.

    I’ve often said and feel David is like any master craftsman, and his medium is music.
    In his able ‘hands’ (heart, Voice) a piece of music is turned, shaped, the nuances and emotions found and expressed like any memorable work of art. I just know when David sits down with any piece of music, it’s in good hands and I’m in for something unique and wonderful.

    love that Einstein graphic too.

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  86. Amb4dja said

    oops “your post”- sorry, hurrying this morn!.. have a great day.

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  87. emmegirl said

    aaaggh, did not know about Notice Me. If per chance in a million he plays tweets about playing it again, could a little birdie spread the word. 🙂

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  88. SandyBeaches said

    Emmegirl..I believe that it happened quite fast last night and a number of us asked him to play it again so in finding out the determination of David’fans…well yes we were determined so he played it again. Just a snippet though right up til the chorus. It sounds like a beautiful song!

    There will hopefully be more notice next time.

    SB

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  89. MT said

    Happy Birthday, SF!! I hope you have a fantabuluous day!

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  90. kaycee said

    Happy Birthday, Siverfox! I have always enjoyed your comments.

    Hmmmm. Not to start any speculation, but my daughter follows Matt Clayton on Facebook, and he is in Orange County this weekend. David had a photo shoot yesterday…crossing fingers that there could be some correlation. 🙂

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  91. jackryan4DA said

    David Archuleta Interview @ Good Morning Delmarva – CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME (15 April 2011)

    HE IS PLAYING! No ifs, no buts! Now am seriously wondering what he’ll wear, LOL

    And again, Happy Bday SF!

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  92. archiesfan4life said

    Happy Birthday SF! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  93. grasshopper said

    Fabulous write BeBe, I caught up in all this deliciousness and burned two batches of cookies lol ha,ha,

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  94. pattiNC said

    Happy Birthday SF! Have a great day!

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  95. davidstopsmyaging said

    Happy Birthday Silverfox! I have been reading your words ever since David’s fan sights first appeared after AI season 7. I hope you have a wonderful day.

    Sky, #78, I just love that video. It really gives us a picture into David’s thought process when it comes to music—his sensitivity.

    I hope those of you who had those huge storms last night are safe and sound.

    Took today off, and I think I’ll just sit and relax in the David vortex. My husband and kids are all off somewhere…..it’s just me and the computer. Feels like heaven 🙂

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  96. Hooked said

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear sister, happy birthday to you.

    You are loved. I wish David knew how much happiness he has brought your way with his music and the friends you have made. Because of him we have had a blast traveling all over. You deserve all that is good in this world because you are good. Have a great time tonight with your family. See you soon.

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  97. SandyBeaches said

    Thanks JR for passing along the phone interview in regards to tomorrow’s celebrity basketball game. It will be so exciting to watch when the videos start to roll in!!

    Yes we are the fans of his every song, every video and every game that he plays!

    SB

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  98. SandyBeaches said

    Hi Hooked…see you on tour! Well don’t know where or when but I think that it will be soon!

    SB

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  99. Heidijoy said

    Happy Birthday Silverfox! Enjoy!! Blessings and Best Wishes to you!

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  100. Heidijoy said

    Thanks MT and Bebereader for your recent features here. I appreciate all your efforts and savor your thoughts and creativity. Thanks too to Angelica for the artistic support of the features. I’ve been back to Lurking but want you to know that sometimes I’m speechless. Ha!
    Thank too to all the commenters.
    Excited about Basketball and hope for a Tour.

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  101. Blueberry Ice said

    Silverfox; Hope you have a wonderful birthday … may it bring another year filled with happiness and perhaps a David concert in the near future!

    Amb4Dja; #84; Speaking of “living-dangerously ODD habits” … While listening to David, I hate to admit how many times I’ve missed getting off the correct turnoff while driving on the freeway … good thing I’ve yet to end up in the neighboring states! lol

    Jackryan4Da; I just want thank you for your tireless and amazing job of recording, posting and archiving all of the numerous wonderful David videos … I’m really getting spoiled and loving it!

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  102. Hooked said

    #98 Yes, I already have my tickets, I just don’t know where I am going!!!! But I hope it is soon. Thanks for everything, you are one of the great friends I refer to.

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  103. jackryan4DA said

    Here’s my stab at the lyrics of NOTICE ME and as usual there is a line or two that I cannot make out, LOL

    I.
    I tried to find the words
    Until you walk by
    But I just can’t explain
    The way I feel inside

    II.
    My friends keep saying
    You’re untouchable
    And I can’t help
    Feeling invisible

    Refrain:
    I can never seem to catch a ride
    So you can see me in a diff’rent light
    Tell me what its gonna take cos
    I wish you would notice me

    If you’d only give me just one chance
    I could be The One: “Here I am!”
    What its gonna take to understand
    Wish you would notice me

    Notice (3x) me
    Notice (3x) me

    III.
    You’re gone, the fright that minute (?)
    Seems to fade
    I’m charmed to you
    And I can’t look away

    IV.
    We come from different places
    Girl I know, whoooo
    If we must collide
    It could be beautiful

    (Repeat Refrain EXCEPT last line)

    Bridge:
    I want you to know
    How amazing you are
    You leave me breathless
    You didn’t even try
    But you’ve stolen my heart
    And I don’t want it baaaack…
    I don’t want it baa-aacck…

    (Repeat Refrain till fade)

    The audio quality during the live stream was not that good and somewhere in the song Andrew even coughed. But David’s voice still pushes through the technical barriers. That plaintive tone in his voice – GAH! Only him… only him…

    NOTICE ME could easily be the theme song/national anthem of infatuated archies, LOL

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  104. MunkFOD said

    Happy Birthday Silver Fox! 🙂

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  105. stenocruiser said

    Hi there Silverfox — wishing you the happiest of birthdays and a great year ahead.

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  106. emmegirl said

    Thanks SB! So Mr. Fromm got a taste of David’s intense fans, lol! You guys were lucky to be in the right place at the right time!

    Silverfox, Happy Birthday! Hope you day is all that and more.

    Davidstopsmyaging, lol! Sounds like you too will be having a happy day!

    JR, thanks for the stab at the lyrics. I can just hear the lament in his voice! As you said, only him, only him.

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  107. Silverfox said

    SB let the cat out of the bag! 😉

    Today IS my Birthday and wondered how everyone here knew??

    Thank you all for the Birthday wishes! 🙂

    Funny, but not unusual for many of David’s older fans to feel younger inside and in spirit since David came into our lives. He has had a profound affect on me & my life. He is stuck with me as a fan forever & unconditionally even when he makes me crazy sometimes wondering if he’s really & truly OK & happy, because at the end of the day, every day, that is what I wish for him.

    Going to see Elton John tonight. He is my age so I grew up & “older” with him & his music. I’m going with my kids & granddaughter! I imagine seeing David when he’s 60 YO still touring and his current young fans who will grow with him taking their kids & grandkids to see David The Master in concert. Do his young fans even know how fortunate they are to have the opportunity to grow with David? To see him in his prime when he’s a world reknowned vocalist, musician & composer? I was not especially a huge Elton fan until my sons were teens & loved his music. I really listened then and could understand the genius in Elton. Perhaps that will be the case for David. It may take some time before he is seen by the masses as we, his original & true fans see him now as the musical genius who can, like a master magician, make magic on stage and when he is seen as The Voice.

    I can get so mushy some times, I know…but mark my words. It may not be tomorrow, or next week or next year, maybe not even 5 years from now…but David WILL be known as one of the Greatest Artists ever.

    Hae a great day everyone!

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  108. djafan said

    Happy Birthday Silverfox!!!!


    Comments by ZingerBug.com

    We need David to sing you Happy Birthday 🙂

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  109. emmegirl said

    SF, your “mushy” post should be put in a time capsule because I think you are right on.

    Enjoy Elton! What a terrific birthday gift.

    ♫ so goodbye yellow brick road ♫

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  110. Hooked said

    By the way SF, stay with your”kids” and make sure they help you up and down the stairs!!!! Have fun.

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  111. Angelica said

    Photobucket

    Have fun at the Elton John concert tonight!!

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  112. Lynnella said

    Bebe – What an amazing article. I love this site. It makes me think, stretches my mind, and changes the way I look at what I hear from David. I guess I just used to take his musical genius for granted, and didn’t really disect it much. But, it’s so much more meaningful when it’s disected the way all of you here at the Voice express it. Also, my vocabulary just increased by at least a few words on this one.

    Silverfox – though I’ve never met you, I feel like I know you just from reading your insightful thoughts. I hope your birthday is the best yet. My son and daughter-in-law are going to see Elton tonight, also. I saw him back in 1989 in Atlanta. It was one of the best concerts I ever went to. I know you’ll enjoy it.

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  113. Fiona said

    Happy Birthday Silverfox!!

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  114. SandyBeaches said

    Hooked #110…you are sooo bad!!

    We look forward to hearing about Sr. Elton John’s concert later tonight. Concerts are a lot of fun to go to. Well I don’t have to tell you about that!

    SB

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  115. emmegirl said

    Babysitting my granddaughter tonight but will be here tomorrow night with my beer and popcorn waiting for the basketball game…for as long as it takes. 🙂

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  116. ram said

    Happy birthday SF! Hope you have a great time with your family at the Elton John concert.

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  117. djafan said

    David is in the East Coast!!!!!

    DavidArchie

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

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  118. Abrra said

    Happy Birthday Silverfox! Can’t wait for a report on the EJ concert.

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    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

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  119. djafan said

    We need to try to prepare ourselves. She I think was the one that went on the blimp ride with David.

    SunnyHilden

    The 3rd day memory of David Archuleta rehearsing his awesome new cover ballad just sent tears to my smile. That’s God at work. xoxo 13 minutes ago via web

    # Bio Grateful songwriter for Ray Charles, Sting, David Archuleta, Patti LaBelle…singer, pianist, fan of life, angels, nature, baseball, wonder & being a blessing.

    http://www.sunnyhilden.com/

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  120. SandyBeaches said

    If you wander on over to @FrommSongs and look down the tweets by up to 10 hours, you will see the displeasure expressed by known David fans about the release of the snippet last night.

    David’s fans are amazingly loyal so that is good to see. Don’t mess with Archie fans, ever, yes they have his back covered.

    SB

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  121. Jan said

    I have this problem…I know that David sings well, I love the way he sings…he is the best singer ever…but, when he opens his mouth and sings like he does in the Happy Birthday video, it’s like oh, my gosh!!! I can’t believe him, his voice! He never ceases to amaze me…beautiful!!! c’mon tour!!
    Happy Birthday Silverfox!!! Have fun at the concert.

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  122. Tawna21 said

    SilverFox Happy Birthday!!! ♪♫♥ I hope your day has been so, so good and happy! Enjoy Elton John!

    Tawna

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  123. bebereader said

    Silverfox,

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    Diehard Elton John fan here, since the 1970s. Been to many of his shows and they are amazing. Can’t wait to hear how it went.

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  124. Tawna21 said

    SF #107–I completely agree with your predictions. Time is on David’s side and he has plenty of time to accomplish what he is supposed to and what he desires to. He is on his way, it’s obvious, with all that is happening right now. I just wish him the very best in this process of ‘growing up’ in the industry. The very best part is that David is such a sponge, and he knows how to absorb what he needs to learn in order to grow and improve with his music. Then, on the other hand, he knows what to squish out and let run down the drain because it has no place in his bucket of life and the strong bubbles that will take him where he’s headed. Although David learns from everything that he experiences, he knows how to hang on to, and what to let go of.

    I’m so glad he made it to the East Coast–I get really nervous knowing he’s in the air when the weather is so bad. My prayers are with all of you back that way with the tornados and bad winds and rains. We had some of it here in Utah a couple of days ago, but nothing like what you are getting. Hang in there! ♥

    Tawna

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  125. SandyBeaches said

    bebe,

    I believe that SF will be back and on line around 12 am EDT. That should be about the time that Unplugged is in full swing…I have to be up early so will catch the update tomorrow unless I can’t sleep and that is another possibility. Now tomorrow night after the BB game, I will be around for certain waiting for the ninjas…

    I love the B’day tulip, must be the sparkles!

    SB

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  126. SandyBeaches said

    Does this mean that he is not playing?….well yeah looks that way, just answered my own question.

    “Haha. Unfortunately I don’t have those bball skills worked up but I will be cheering everybody on.”
    6 minutes ago via web in reply to scpancake

    SB

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  127. jackryan4DA said

    Re post #103, some correction in the lyrics

    I.
    I tried to find the words I try to find the words
    When you walk by
    I just can’t explain
    the way I feel inside

    II.
    My friends keep saying
    You’re untouchable
    And I can’t help
    Feeling invisible

    Refrain:
    I can never seem to catch a ride I’d give anything to catch your eye
    So you can see me in a diff’rent light So you could see me in a different light

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  128. bebereader said

    Kaycee#90 If Matt Clayton was the one who did the photoshoot pics, they’re going to be wonderful!! On the other hand, considering the subject, the pics will be wonderful regardless of who took the pics! 😉

    JR#91 Loved the interview! Muchas gracias! Thanks for taking a stab at the lyrics to “Notice Me”.

    Grasshopper#93 So sorry about the cookies. Hope it was worth it! LOL

    Heidi Joy#99/#100 Please come back out to play more often!

    Lynella#112 Glad you liked. I’m analytical by nature, what can I say? lol

    Jan#121 I know exactly what you mean!!! See my comment #68. Quoting myself here. Heh! : “…I put my earbuds in last night, touched ‘shuffle’ on my IPod and “Angels” came on. By now I’ve heard every version of the song but David completely floored me again. The sound of his voice is always startlingly amazing!”

    Found this on MJ’s:

    “David Archuleta will be honored as part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center 100. The event is the cancer center’s annual fundraiser which recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to advancing the fight against cancer. The dinner takes place on Wednesday, June 1 at the Westin Boston Waterfront. More information HERE: http://archuletafanscene.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/cancer-honor.jpg

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  129. betsy said

    Belated Happy Birthday, SF 🙂
    Hope the Elton show is all beauty in music. I love him.
    Beauty in music? WTH? What do I even mean? Idk.
    I have Elton’s Harmony in my head for some reason.
    “Hello, baby hello”

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  130. bebereader said

    David had a Twitter party tonight! Did you catch it or miss it? (I missed it but it was a good one!)

    David Tweets:

    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!

    Jonerz@DavidArchie If you tweet because you wonder if you still have fans…..the answer is, YESSSSS!!!! WE ARE STILLLLLLHERE!!!!! lol
    @DavidArchie@Jonerz Haha thanks!

    @JackPaps@davidarchie im going! Cant wait! See you theree (:
    @davidarchie@JackPaps Cool stuff!

    @KellyAnn95@DavidArchie’s unusual lack of exclamation points has been really putting me down lately…
    @davidarchie@KellyAnn95 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does that help? haha

    @scpancake@DavidArchie Are you going to play some ball?????????????????? HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM????????
    @scpancake Haha. Unfortunately I don’t have those bball skills worked up but I will be cheering everybody on.

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  131. bebereader said

    Betsy#129 “…Harmony and me, we’re pretty good company…”

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  132. betsy said

    Hahaha Bebe!
    That song is in my head.

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  133. skydancer1x said

    Happy Birthday Silverfox! Hope it was a great one,
    and that Elton’s show was really really good tonite
    in honor of your special day:))

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  134. betsy said

    Jr – Great job on the lyrics!
    But I thought he sang this:

    I’m drawn to you
    and I can’t look away

    Although I am typically bad at deciphering lyrics!

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  135. Annie 318 said

    Silverfox~ wishing for you a year of dreams coming true! Just want you to know I always enjoy reading your comments. Happy birthday!

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  136. Silverfox said

    It is late & very late getting home from the Elton John Concert. Had a mis-adventure afterwards which made it a very memorable birthday. After the concert, we walked four blocks to a parking garage in the wind & rain. We get to the car and NO KEYS. Mu daughter lost her car key at the arena…the HUGE 24K seat, 4 levels high arena! Anyway, we did get the spare key finally, and we were hungry so we went to eat before coming home.

    The concert was amazing! Sir Elton sang most, if not all of his hit songs..at least 25 songs with no break & no opener either. Of course he sits at the piano throughout his performance which helps him put all his energy into his vocals and piano playing. And the man can still sing and play the piano as well as ever. His band members are superb, super musicians and 4 background singers were also superb. He mentioned this was the largest audience so far on this concert tour & he graciously thanked the audience which consisted of a wide range of people, young & old. It was a very enjoyable concert with lots of great music by one of the “Greats”.

    I have to confess though, that my mind kept getting sidetracked as I imagined David doing the same thing someday far in the future singing his “oldies but goodies”, like Crush, My Hands, WFM, Angels, as well as all the hit songs he will have had throughout his long career. His audiences of older fans reminiscing about the “good old days” like all the older fans of Sir Elton tonight. I looked around at some of the faces of the older men & women and you could see how the music was taking them back in time when they were young, maybe a little wild & free. Many were singing along, swaying, & clapping their hands to the beat of the music as they recalled those early days of Rocket Man, Yellow Brick Road, Bennie & The Jets, and of course the one David sang so magnificently, DLTSGDOM, and so many others.

    I also must confess that this is the first concert I have been to other than David’s concerts, in many, many years. And yes, it was a terrific concert. Sir Elton is still a huge draw, no question. But would I have preferred to see David in concert instead? A million times YES! Again, no question. I should be happier & more comfortable at a concert by an artist whose music I basically grew up with, right? No so for this David fan. There is no explanation. Just the truth.

    Don’t misunderstand me. If anyone has the opportunity to see Sir Elton John in concert, do so. But if you are a die-hard David fan & have seen David in concert, be prepared to imagine & wish you were seeing & listening to David on stage instead.

    Now I must get some sleep. Thanks again for all the awesome happy BD wishes!

    ps…I see David says he will not be playing BB this afternoon. Don’t be too sure. He may get out just for fun…and not wearing shorts either. 😀

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  137. djafan said

    David’s songs with writing credits. Two new ones Notice Me, we’ve been hearing about. What I’m Living For just appeared, hope we get to hear these.

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  138. emmegirl said

    Sounds like a wonderful evening, SF, lost keys and all! What a treat for you and your family. Thanks for the recap at such a late hour.

    “I should be happier & more comfortable at a concert by an artist whose music I basically grew up with, right? No so for this David fan. There is no explanation. Just the truth.” ♥♥♥

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  139. cb said

    Silverfox, Little late, but Happy Bithday! It sounds like a fun day. I saw Elton John in concert long ago when I was young and I understand what you mean. All my old favorites now pale in comparison to David. For me his is THE VOICE. I want to hear every song in his voice now.
    Bebed, I loved this article soooo much. Thank you. I love trying to figure out and analyze exactly why he is so unique. He has a voice like no other.

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