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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!

68 Responses to “Silence Before the Storm”

  1. Jane said

    OMG!!! Thank-you for sharing this with us..I hope and pray that you and your family are all okay….We just never know when things like this is going hit us. We just have to be sooooo thankful for what have…Your story made cry and certainly hope everyone is okay. May God Bless you all.


  2. emmegirl said

    Paula, kind of at a loss for words. I cannot imagine living that experience, and the uncertainty about the safety of loved ones. We really live a fragile existence and the recent tragedies are reminders of how each day with my family and friends is a true blessing. Thankful that you and your family are safe and prayers to all as they begin a long recovery.


  3. MT said

    Paula, thank you for sharing your story. I can’t imagine what that must have been like. I’m so glad to hear that you and your family made out okay.

    My prayers go out to all those affected by these terrible storms.


  4. grammyj said

    Thanks for your story. I do know a little what you are going through. I live in Iowa and tornadoes are common here. There was a large tornado that hit my town five years ago. The difference here is that most every house has a basement. There were luckily no fatalities but parts of town looked like a war zone. The loss of buildings is hard but they can be rebuilt, but the loss of life is heartbreaking. My prayers are with you.


  5. KathyH said

    Paula, sending hugs to you and you and all of those affected by the storms will be in my prayers. I’ve been through a major flood in my lifetime and my mother’s house was damaged by a tornado when she had early Alzheimer’s. I know that these things can change our way of thinking … you sound like you have a great perspective. If your family needs anything, be sure to tell your fan family. I know many would love to help if they can and I also know that communities can have a real need for tangibles — shampoo or canned goods. Just tell us, okay?


  6. Jeffr said

    Paula, thank God you and your family are well. Prayers out to all of those who suffered the devastation of their homes, communities and those who lost their lives. Thank you for sharing your story, it’s a personal outlook we don’t get to hear on the evening news, hope your power returns soon and you can return home. More prayers and best wishes as everyone begins the process of rebuilding. So happy you had the experience with David in Nashville, thank you for sharing that as well.


  7. skydancer1x said

    Paula,thank you for sharing your heartfelt story.I could feel your words, and my heart started to race as I read them. I am so glad that you and your family are safe.
    Many prayers being said for the people of Alabama♥, and all who encountered firsthand these horrific storms.


  8. kaycee said

    Paula, your words give such perspective. Life is so fragile…and we should cherish each day and each relationship. I’m so glad you and your family are well. Thoughts and prayers for all those whose lives were touched by this tragedy.


  9. Tawna21 said

    Paula, Thank you for your most heart-warming comments about the Invisible Children event and your happiness in your David time.

    Thank you again, for sharing your fears with us. It brings me closer to the realization that life is so fragile. Friends are so important. Faith is vital. Good luck with your re-building. My prayers are with you and those who have suffered through the last week.



  10. davidstopsmyaging said

    Paula, I am not someone who cries often, but your story was so powerful. My heartfelt prayers are with you and your family and all of those in the South who are so severely struck with this tragedy. The contrast between your jubilation with seeing and meeting David, to the horrors of having to experience one of the deadliest storms in history, is a stark reminder of the twists and turns that life gives us. Being a part of David’s fan community brings people from all over the world together, and we are here for you in good times and bad. We are all thinking of you. Let us know how we can help.


  11. Marylee said

    Paula..just read your heartfelt story starting with the Invisible Children event & the lovely experience of talking with David once again. Hearing/seeing footage of the devastation caused by the tornadoes was surreal~even more so from the perspective of someone who actually was surrounded by it as you were. So very sorry to hear about the loss of lives in your community & thank you for reminding us all to savor each day. ❤


  12. archangel48 said

    Paula, It’s heart-wrenching to see the devastation on TV. I can’t imagine living it as you and your neighbors have. My prayers are with you all. It’s times like these that I look around and am so appreciative of my family and friends.
    I’ve made my donations to the Red Cross. I’m not much, but I’m here.♥


  13. bebereader said


    Sending prayers that you and your family have made it back home safely.

    That you found a way to write a recap in the face of adversity is so appreciated. Thank you for sending our love to David. I’m so glad you were able to go to the show.

    “I took the opportunity to tell David that many Archies sent their love to him…..and he thanked you all! He smiled as he said this, and I lost the ability to speak coherently after that.”

    I can sure relate to that!


  14. PaulaFOD said

    Thank you all for your kindness! Archies are the best! My family is doing well! There were many large trees down in my town-many at neighbors homes and one at the school across the street from my home. We had two small trees on our garage, but damage is minimal and I feel so blessed! I am heading out of town with my husband on a business trip. I feel sad to leave in a way. My daughter and son-in-law are avid campers and have camping supplies that charge phones and make life easier for them. We were able to leave them our car with a full tank of gas. Since there is no electricity, most gas stations are not open. We are doing well! Please keep everyone in your prayers!


  15. Jan said

    Such a heartfelt post, Paula, I got goosebumps, galore! Thank God you all are ok. I know from experience how horrific those tornados are. I live in “tornado alley” here in Kansas and we had a F5 here about 6 yrs ago and it missed my house by 4 miles. A lot of friends got it though, so a lot of rebuilding.
    I feel so sad for all the people that have lost everything. I say a prayer for them everytime I see pictures of the devastation. It can be anyone of us, at anytime.


  16. Suzy-Q said

    I live in Dallas, Georgia. It is in the northwest part of the state between Atlanta and Chatanooga, TN. I am happy to say that we were not hit by the tornados nor did we have the strong winds that caused so much destruction. I watched the weather report on TV as the storm was coming our way from Alabama. It was scary to watch it come so fast. The counties that were hit only were given a 25 minute warning. It’s very typical for storms to hit Alabama before coming to our area. Usually they are not as strong by the time they reach us. The storm came into our county but stopped short of hitting our neighborhood. We had some strong winds but nothing damaging. We were so blessed to be in a small pocket of GA that was surrounded by hail, wind and tormados without experiencing it. I can only imagine what those people that were affected are going through. It’s so sad and humbling. God bless them all.


  17. archiesfan4life said

    Paula, my prayers are with you, your family and everyone affected by these horrific storms. As others have said, please let us know if we can help in any way. {{{{HUGS}}}


  18. Abrra said

    There is a lesson in your story, Paula. Things don’t really matter when times get tough, people matter. Glad that your family is safe. I have not had the same experience, but have come close during many hurricanes along the northeast coast. At least we had many hours to prepare for the worst. I can’t imagine 10 min notice to run for safety. Scarey!



  19. Abrra said

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  20. Dakgal said

    Paula–I hardly even know what to say, except I am so glad you and yours are safe. I hope and pray that everyone who is in need of assistance are getting it and quickly.

    Thank you for telling us about your David encounter, it is really appreciated especially with all you have been through.


  21. grasshopper said

    Paula thanks for the recap with the man himself, must of been a blast! I am looking forward to the day when he comes back to our neck of the woods and I am healthy enough to go see him again 🙂

    Thankyou for sharing your story, I am glad to here you & your family are safe. You just never know what life will bring you, in life we go through many trials and tribulations. With faith, family & friends on our side, these tragedy’s hopefully will make us stronger, we are reminded to never take life for granite.

    Blessings 🙂


  22. bebereader said

    ASCAP Interview!

    credit truthaboutmusic


  23. Abrra said

    Marylee asked me on twitter to make a MGR of GGTT highlights. As you know there were many! I went through the previous thread and took note of what time stamps the fans said they liked. I put them in a MovieMaker blender and it came out something like this:



  24. Blueberry Ice said

    Paula; I cannot imagine what you went through … your story shook me and reminds me of how precious life is and how it can change so instantaneously. I echo everyone’s sentiments for prayers of healing, hope, and recovery. Thank you for sharing.


  25. betsy said

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. Running for shelter in a terrible storm, huddling in a church basement – it is all so very scary, and yet you related it in such a beautiful way – children playing, babies sleeping, people encouraging one other. Thank you for that.

    Take care.


  26. emmegirl said

    Abrra takes such good care of us.


  27. bebereader said

    This, From AFC: David’s Mom, Lupe will be performing in Utah!

    David Archuleta, Talent by Inheritance?

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    The famous singing contest “American Idol” broadcast by Fox TV has served as a springboard for dozens of young talent making themselves known in the United States and around the world. In 2008 Murray resident David Archuleta shot to fame after winning second place in the fierce competition. However, many are unaware that his voice and charisma come from inheritance, his mother, who plans to win over Utah with her singing.

    Lupita Mayorga Archuleta, a native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, always dreamed of singing in front of thousands of people. She is the youngest of four sisters who were raised with a true appreciation for music and sports. At the age of 14, Mayorga played basketball for the national team of Honduras.

    “My dream since childhood has always been to be a famous singer,” she says. “My mother raised us in a way such that all the activities we did were done together; we sang together, we played basketball together and we were always very close.”

    During her childhood she and her sisters had their start in choirs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which motivated them to form a musical group and later to move to Miami, Florida.

    “The Mayorga Sisters” was the name chosen for this new project, performing in various styles, in both English and Spanish, covering the best of the time.

    “As the smallest of all, they encouraged me to be the soloist, and so my sisters’ singing group came to be,” says Mayorga. “We were organizing ourselves in baby steps, on how to interpret a song. The good thing is that we lived together and it was easier to practice.”

    For seven years “The Mayorga Sisters” settled in the Miami area, appearing in all sorts of events and festivals such as the “Festival of 8th Street”.

    “I remember the first time I sang solo, it was a ballad by Daniela Romo called ‘From My Fall into Love.” I was trembling with nerves because I didn’t know the song,” she said.

    In 1997, love brought Lupita Mayorga Archuleta to Utah, where she began a new phase of her life to raise a family that later would comprise of five children.

    Claudia, David, Daniel, Jazmine and Amber became her passion and commitment, but the love for music and desire to return to a stage never left her mind and heart.

    “My daughters are dying to sing together again someday. Whenever we reunite, they don’t need much practice, they do it totally by heart,” said Wilfredo Mayorga, Lupe’s father.

    Mayorga Archuleta will soon make her debut at Club Karamba, and although her mother is responsible for conveying the exact feelings in the songs to her daughter, this time around Lupita will not be interpreting any unreleased track; she will delight her audience only with the best of salsa, bachata and merengue.

    “I’ll be performing covers, a bit of bachata, salsa and merengue. The rest is a surprise,” she laughs. “It is the first time I perform in Utah and I want to sing to my Latino people. I hope you come to enjoy and dance. I’ll be there singing with all my love for you.”

    Lupita Mayorga Archuleta in concert
    WHEN:..Friday, May 6 at 9:00 pm
    WHERE:..Club Karamba, 1051 E. 2100 South, SLC
    TICKET & INFORMATION:..(801) 834-1853

    Translated from Spanish by Ozarko from


  28. djafan said


    Thank you so much for finding the time in the midst of your crises to write this up, it sounds like a very scary situation. It sure is a reminder about how life can change from one second to the next. Prayers for you and all that were affected.

    Your words about David also remind me that we need to take every opportunity to do the things we enjoy and not deprive ourselves of lives gifts, one of them being David. Thank you for giving him our love.


  29. djafan said

    This looks like maybe a different interview? I like that David is at this expo and people are seeking him out to participate.

    @EleriMusic: So cool, was not expecting to see David Archuleta here!

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  30. bebereader said

    Cool dja! I found a closeup blurry pic of that one on Twitter:

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  31. Abrra said

    Morning everyone! I want to thank all those who came in the Unplugged chat last night. We had some “new” faces join us from the balcony ( lurkers) and I think they had a great experience! We have a very laid back vibe, with David providing the entertainment.

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    I wanted to give a special shout out to emifriend! I saw that you came on chat after I left. Sorry to miss you. It was nice to read your chat saying that you are doing well in your recovery my friend. 🙂



  32. betsy said

    Awww dang. I missed Emifriend last night. So glad you are feeling up to visiting friends. 🙂
    Have a lovely day, all. ♥


  33. Abrra said

    Happy Birthday to my baby sis!

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    The cake is still good from last year 😉



  34. emmegirl said

    Chat was great last night, great catharsis. Good for what ails ya. Thanks guys.

    emifriend, so happy to hear your recovery is going well. Hope to see you soon.

    Betsy, Happy Birthday to you…


  35. skydancer1x said

    Good Sunday morning, Abrra, and
    Happy Birthday Betsy! quiet Sunday. Raining here in Texas, much needed and in the 50’s today. Distracted by daughter, and possum,and kitties oh my, last night but loved coming to chat anyway!
    Daughter is familiar with my ODD Thanks for all the great videos Abrra. I could listen to David and the POTC MGR forever and can’t even find the words anymore. Bebe said it right its OP#$%%*&()*& or like that everytime it comes out of him in that MGR.
    The cats still have not met, I am all ears for some hissing but for he just retreats under the bed.haha This is an all girlie house, so he needs to get used to it.


    31.loving the collar on that shirt/jacket. loving that picture. thank you abrra:)))


  36. skydancer1x said

    Emmefriend, glad your recovery is going are amazing.


  37. emmegirl said

    Nice to see you’re in still in one piece, sky!


  38. bebereader said

    Betsy, Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! So glad you were able to make it to chat last night for your impromptu birthday party!

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    Emifriend, Argghhh We must have missed you by seconds last night! Wishing you a speedy recovery. You are missed around here!


    From Twitter:

    @DavidArchie was just on the radio in Pizza Hut, Bangor Northern Ireland! There is #somethingaboutlove 10 minutes ago


  39. archiesfan4life said

    Happy Birthday Betsy – have a great day!


  40. heidijoy said

    Paula, I can’t imagine the range of emotions and experiences you’ve had in the last week. I appreciated your contact with us from Nashville and the excellent reports and pictures. I’ve enjoyed the stream and you tubes so much,that I can only imagine what it was like to be there.
    Little did I know that you were in the middle of all those tornadoes with the loss and devastation of your area. I am so glad you and your family are alright. You and your family/community are in my prayers. I remember all those times going to the basement in Iowa when my priority was bringing my cigarettes while my mother grabbed the rosary. (I’ve since changed my priorities). Please keep us posted. I’m still amazed that you were able to recap the concert after going through all of this and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Glad you are recovering well Emifriend.

    Happy Birthday Betsy.


  41. Angelica said

    Chat was a blast! Sorry we left before you arrived Emmefriend. Come back!


    Did you finally decide on what to wear for your big day? Have fun!


  42. emmegirl said

    Betsy, hope you get a Wingswin for your birthday.


  43. Marylee said

    Abrra ~your GGTT/MashUp is divine!!! ~problem is..I can’t stop watching! lol ~thanks again ❤


  44. djafan said

    Happy Birthday Betsy!!!!!!!!!

    Chat was great fun last night. Those of you that haven’t been in chat I encourage you to check it.

    If any of you have some time please vote for David on this poll. It’s a very tight one!


  45. betsy said

    Aww thanks everyone! ((hugs))
    What a great day. 🙂
    Seriously – the best birthday I can ever remember.
    Now. On to listen to a little song called Song of Silence.


  46. betsy said

    *Sound of Silence* I don’t know where my head is.


  47. MT said

    Emmifriend, so happy to hear your recovery is going well. Sorry I missed you in chat. Hope to see you there next time.

    Betsy, Happy Birthday! Glad to hear it was the best ever!


  48. Tawna21 said

    Betsy~~ Wishing you a Happy Birthday!!

    Emifriend~~ {{hugs}} so glad to hear you’re doing well. 😛

    Wish I could have been in chat last night…had family from out of town here and couldn’t slip away.

    Have a great week all. 🙂



  49. SandyBeaches said


    I have been out of town for a few days and only this morning have I been able to read the news here and what amazing news in so many directions.

    Paula… Your real life storm story should be on the news as it describes in reality how it feels and how it was to be caught in such a terrible storm. All the best to everyone affected by the tragedy.



  50. SandyBeaches said

    It is easy to see that I am typing on my iPhone.

    I had included a ”Happy Belated Birthday’ to Betsy!!…

    Next in line is David’s interview….

    Have a good Monday everyone,



  51. FG said

    Paula, thank you for sharing your story. I’m so glad you are ok. I have always been terrified of tornadoes so I can’t even imagine being that close to one. I’m glad you got to see David.

    Betsy – Happy Birthday!


  52. SandyBeaches said

    We were so caught up with the moments with David and the moments have been out of this world. Well, we know that life is short but long enough to watch out for the stumbling blocks just a bit better. I suppose that if we had known where our missing (seemed to us to be) person was at times, or what was happening, we would not have appeared to be so ‘restless’, (kindly used instead of ‘crazed’ since it is Monday).

    In David’s book called “Entering The Entertainment Industry Using Great Intelligence”, we just had chapter #1 as heard in his ASCAP interview.

    If he writes a book down the road, perhaps his opening quote will be:

    “I encourage people to take the time to figure out who they are, what you will say yes to and what you will say no to. Have a line to draw so you’ll have a frame of reference of what you will compromise and what you won’t compromise”.

    This should be added to classic quotes by famous people…



  53. MunkFOD said

    HI everyone! I usually lurk most of the time. You guys have a such wonderful way of expressing yourselves. Love the articles here. I just had to come out of lurking and tell Paula…..hope you are doing OK…stay safe and you are in my prayers. This spring has been a tough one for many.

    Excited for David’s future!


  54. bebereader said

    David tweets:


    Crazy to hear the news about Bin Laden. All the best to the US troops, and what they do for our country.

    RT @TheRealJordin I do not celebrate someones death but I do hope this is one closer step 2 ending the war & bringing our troops back home.


  55. bebereader said


    Good point! David has learned a lot in a short time and is taking what he learned and using it in the right way, to step back and take note of where he’s been and where he wants to go. I’m so proud of him for understanding the business the way he does and for knowing how it can suck you in if you let it. He’s learning life lessons that some in the business never take the time to learn.

    In many of David’s interviews there pearls of wisdom and you just found one.

    I encourage people to take the time to figure out who they are, what you will say yes to and what you will say no to. Have a line to draw so you’ll have a frame of reference of what you will compromise and what you won’t compromise”.


  56. betsy said

    This is really old, but I still love it. 🙂
    From November 09

    p.s. Don’t ask me why I am looking at this old stuff. I don’t understand it myself, half the time. 🙂


  57. djafan said

    Betsy, lol Why is it that we do what we do? I voted like a mad woman yesterday for David on that poll along with many others, just hate seeing him loose as dumb as these polls can sometimes be. And he made it to the next round against Clarkson, but the glamberts and claymates are voting against David, arrghhh! hahaha


    Hope you had a good time on your out of town days 🙂

    I’ve watched this interview over and over, David has grown before our eyes. One can only imagine all the things he’s had to go through these past three years and I’m glad to see that he hasn’t let it get him down, you could see it in his eyes, the intent listening to the interviewer, confidence, understanding, and a sense of “I know what I have to do” and the acknowledgment of mistakes and good decisions that are helping him move forward.

    “This should be added to classic quotes by famous people…”

    I think we should think about putting all of David’s quotes in one place and maybe calling it “Quotes For Living by David Archuleta” I’d buy it.


    This was on google alerts and I’m sure you’d appreciate it.

    Some Sunday Evening Love For The Phenomenal David Archuleta
    May 1, 2011
    by Masterclass Lady

    Thank you to Marc for making me aware of this video. I was on a quest for songs that have the perfect rhythm and drive for a healthy, brisk walking routine. Music not only makes exercise a great deal of fun, but it also makes the time go by like “that”!

    This video is a year and half old, but who cares, right? Excellence is eternal and David Archuleta certainly embodies all the qualities I look for in an artist. His enthusiasm and passion for the music is so apparent in this video but the bottom line is this: David is one of the finest young singers to come along in a very, very long time.

    My hope and my dream is that he finds someone truly great and sublimely gifted in the music industry who will move his career to an international level. How did Jive ever let this young man go? How?

    Hang in there, David. It took David Foster a long time to achieve success with Michael Buble and look at him now. Michael was ready to give up his musical dreams in his early twenties but he was fortunate to have a wise manager who kept him focused on the prize.

    Time for the two Davids (Foster and Archuleta) to meet and begin the magical process of transforming David into a superstar.


  58. skydancer1x said

    52. and 55. SB, and Bebe.♥
    Definitely ‘pearls of wisdom’ from our fabulous young man.I so agree with both your comments!
    SB. I can see that book, and if ones actions were automatically written words, he is already well into that first chapter or two. TOSOD was the musical prelude, the introduction, sung beautifully by the author, to his fans.

    I am so proud of that head he has on his shoulders,his remarkable instincts,his character,and his determination. I am so happy with his decision to take the time he needs! To do things his way and let the chips fall where they may.Staying true, staying real. What a man!!


  59. djafan said

    @davidarchie tweets!

    Just had a tour of the In N Out Burger corporate offices and university. Such a cool place! Many thanks to the great staff there! 9 minutes ago via txt

    The only one I know of in So. Cali is 5 minutes from me, 5 MINUTES!!!!


  60. MT said

    Dja, he’s in your neck of the woods!!!

    Interesting tweet though, about In N Out Burgers. Why would they be giving him the grand tour? Could there be a deal there? He would certainly look good in an ad. 🙂 (Probably a stretch, but it would be cool.)


  61. Dakgal said

    In this interview with ASCAP–I can’t put my finger on why–maybe because he’s not his usual bubbly smiley self, but I detect a melancholy bordering on sadness in his voice.
    Fortunately in life there are “do-overs” and unfortunately there are things you can never “do over”, and I think David’s lost out on a lot of the can’t do overs. So I really want him to now do what HE feels is right and is happy about.

    Sometimes it just makes my heart hurt–to think of all he has been through in his young life, and IMO, the pressures even before AI to do things he wasn’t prepared for nor wanted to do.

    Skydancer #58–“I am so proud of that head he has on his shoulders,his remarkable instincts,his character,and his determination. I am so happy with his decision to take the time he needs! To do things his way and let the chips fall where they may. Staying true, staying real. What a man!!”

    Bravo!! Well said! He needs time to just be himself and to be with himself ( if that makes any sense). Something I think he has been robbed of intentionally or unintentionally.

    It sometimes makes me feel selfish to request TOUR TOUR when I have no idea what it takes out of a person or if he’s ready to do it, just because I would love to see him again.

    Don’t know where all of this is coming from, maybe because I just think the world of him.

    Thanks to my friends here for letting me vent, which I rarely do, but I know you will understand.


  62. Abrra said

    I saw a more mature David in the ASCAP interview. I saw an emerging singer/songwriter in a setting where one of his kind might consider to be important to his craft. Having the chance to mingle with other songwriters was a great opportunity for one just starting out on his own.

    I submit it was respect for the time and place of where he found himself. He treated the experience with candor and maturity. His message was almost a signal to any young artist who may need to hear that trusting your gut feeling is the best way to approach any new situation. Not always following the advice of industry executives whose main interest is the bottom line, not the proper development of what best suits the artist. Many have criticized the Idol Machine for crushing or misdirecting new talent. For me it’s the consequences of what comes after that does the most harm.

    Beware the label executives that give you what you ask for, then throw you to the wolves with no promotion. That is a lesson learned the hard way. Leaving the contract with his label was a liberation for David. He is learning his craft in the places he finds most assuring. For the time being he is listening to his gut on what he wants to do.



  63. MT said

    Dak: “Sometimes it just makes my heart hurt–to think of all he has been through in his young life”

    I feel that way too sometimes. He’s been through quite a bit. But I don’t think there is anything wrong with hoping for Tour. I think he misses it just as much as we do. In fact, he might like the idea of experimenting with his style during tour and seeing what works for him and what doesn’t. It might be a real learning experience for him, especially with the new band members who can adapt to whatever new style changes he wants to incorporate, who can work on the fly, just like he does.

    Abrra:”For the time being he is listening to his gut on what he wants to do.”

    ^^ This. He is finally listening to himself FIRST. I think this phase of self discovery is something that he kind of jumped over due to the hustle and bustle of AI followed by a very busy 3 years under Jive. (no blame, just accounting for the delay) With his newfound freedom, he can now go through that phase, just a little later than he might normally have done it, and find out who he really wants to be and whwere he feels comfortable in regards to his music.

    I think it was very forthright of him to acknowledge that he’s had some hard knocks, but he made it clear that he’s still looking/moving forward. It’s going to take more than that to stop him from following his dream. He’s tougher than he looks.


  64. Dakgal said

    Abs and MT—I feel very confident in knowing David is doing what he feels is right for him, and I know he is very excited about it.

    What I meant about touring, I don’t want him to feel pressured into doing one just for the fans sake–I think it’s going to be so much more enjoyable for him to do a tour knowing he can do what he wants to do,the way he wants to do it and not be rushed.

    About the “can’t do overs”– I simply meant –his Jr. and Sr. years at school–graduation and the proms–and some of the little things that go along with those life experiences that he missed out on. Things that have nothing to do with his career, cause he is young enough and savvy enough to re-invent and shape that as he sees fit, now.

    Abrra—“I saw a more mature David in the ASCAP interview”

    “I submit it was respect for the time and place of where he found himself. He treated the experience with candor and maturity.”

    Perhaps, that is what I saw too and got maudlin about it–like he’s going through his own kind of graduation–
    of which he should graduate with highest honors!!


  65. djafan said


    “What I meant about touring, I don’t want him to feel pressured into doing one just for the fans sake–I think it’s going to be so much more enjoyable for him to do a tour knowing he can do what he wants to do,the way he wants to do it and not be rushed.”

    I think this is exactly what he’s doing. He didn’t rush into a tour in the fall, winter, or spring. He’s had a sprinkle of performances to keep his and our whistle’s wet, I think that’s the term lol. We hear through his band that things are coming, not to much divulging just enough to keep us at ready.


    “I think it was very forthright of him to acknowledge that he’s had some hard knocks, but he made it clear that he’s still looking/moving forward. It’s going to take more than that to stop him from following his dream. He’s tougher than he looks.”

    Yes! At different VIP’s I’ve been at I heard “He’s got a spine of steel” “He’s the boss” He’s tough” from people that had been around him and knew him pre idol and believe it.


    “He is learning his craft in the places he finds most assuring. For the time being he is listening to his gut on what he wants to do.”

    If Invisible Children even is any indication of him honing his craft and going with his gut I think we’re just seeing the tip of the ice berg or volcano 🙂


  66. djafan said

    04-22-2011–The Good Friday Chart


    5. Tokyo Police Club – Bambi

    4. The Naked and Famous – Punching In A Dream

    3. Penguin Prison – Golden Train

    2. Linkin Park – Waiting for the End

    1. David Archuleta – Falling Stars

    Final Chart of April! 04-29-2011


    5. The Naked and Famous – Punching In A Dream

    4. Tokyo Police Club – Bambi

    3. Linkin Park – Waiting for the End

    2. Penguin Prison – Golden Train

    1. David Archuleta – Falling Stars

    And SBL 28 and Elevator 6 on both charts.

    28. David Archuleta – Something ‘Bout Love

    6. David Archuleta – Elevator

    I vote on this Philipine radio count down maybe once a week, the link is on the right side bar under Fan Archuduties.

    It amazes that David’s TOSOD songs have been on the top of the charts for months now in Asia.


  67. bebereader said


    I’ve heard a few people comment that David seems a little sad in the ASCAP interview; you’re not alone.

    I watched it again and again. I see what you mean but I don’t really see sadness; I see the realization that he must take charge this time and will no longer listen to other people because he knows what’s best for himself. I see growth and maturity.

    Taking charge of one’s life is probably one of the hardest lessons of growing up. There’s a sadness to growing up and leaving childhood behind. David’s been asked many times in interviews if he is sorry he missed out on prom and other high school activities. He answers that he didn’t think success would come so soon but that he’s grateful for it and appreciates all the experiences he’s had due to his career. I think he has a healthy attitude and understands the trade-off for success in the music business.


  68. Jan said

    Just now getting back on here, been in and out the last few days. I was one of the lurkers that finally joined in on chat Sat night. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it so much. So I’ll join more often now that I am all signed up.
    #67, Bebereader, that’s what I see too. Not a sadness, but someone putting a new perspective on his life and doing it the way he wants and hoping he’s making the right choices. Yes, with growth and maturity is right. He is 20 going on 30. When I was 20, I had hardly went 50 miles away from my house, and look where he has been and I hope he has a very long, great future. He deserves it!


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