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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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How Much David Archuleta is Enough?

Posted by Abrra on Monday, August 29, 2011

I was reflecting on the recent twitter explosion when David’s account was compromised. Words were said that threw the twitter fans into disbelief. Sometimes a celebrity’s online identity is “stolen”, with  resulting fallout that can expose them to losing fans. There is a phrase: “the power of the printed word” that  rings true in this case where some fans fell for the hoax. Does reading it make it so? Much was made of the fact that there were three separate sources that were sending “David’s” tweets. A hacker was exposed! The true David Archuleta came back after adjusting his password. The fan world was at peace again!

As I read the drama unfolding on twitter, a question came to mind.

How much David is enough? 

We all have are own answer. In a manner of speaking, we all have are own relationship with David, the artist. I put this question to some fan friends to see what kind of responses I would get. I simply asked the question without explanation. I wanted to see how we are alike or different after three years of history with our favorite singer.I was interested in understanding what boundaries they would set on their relationship as a fan.

Let me share with you the replies.

¶”I think there is something in every fan, a natural  curiosity in us, that wants to know everything! but there is such a thing as too much information.”

¶”For me, I could never get enough of his music, never. I love and respect him enough that i am fine not knowing any personal stuff.”

¶”I haven’t gotten nearly enough of him performing live and I want to shake his hand and meet him face to face’

¶”He is like part of my family now, because i have integrated him into my daily life.

¶”In our “fan-tasy” world, no amount of David is ever enough. We would love to watch his every move and know his every thought, at any given moment. However, he is a human being not just an object of our fascination.  He has a life to live and his  purpose in life is not to amuse or entertain us. Therefore, although I check Twitter diligently in the hopes of catching any morsel of news, story, sighting, however minor, of  him, I am fully aware that every tweet, vlog, off-stage fan-picture, is icing on the cake and a gift to us. For me, I truly just want him to put out as much as music as his heart desires; as fans we are entitled to anything more.”

¶”When I know I can get as much David as I want, I am more content and maybe need him less. As far as a concert goes, I would go see him in a heartbeat, anytime he comes near.I still want to read about him every day, still want to listen to him every day. So if I can do that, and maybe see him a couple times a year, that would be enough.”

¶”I think David and his messages,meant to come through his voice, is needed so badly in this world right now. He is meant to do great things.Of this, I am certain. So how much David is enough?There can never be enough.Never. “

My take on this topic is that while I hope to have David and his music in my life to my last breath, I know that some things in his life could change that could either remove David from the music scene, or cause him to be less available to perform. Would my role as a fan change? Not really. I respect that any such decision made by him would be well vetted.

As long as he wants to make music, write songs or endorse charities, I am there. Whatever the future holds or decision he makes for himself, I will be a fan. If he needs to take time away for personal matters, I will understand. Judging from what he has said over the years, music is something he plans to continue doing as a career. Life can get complicated at times, but keeping your eye on the prize is what matters most.

His role as an artist is just one part of who he is. It is the public part of his life that we fans have shared with him. Being overly invested in his success as an artist could lead to  heavy disappointment for some. David operates on his own time schedule. At times this seems slower then we like. In the past 6 months, events have settled into a calmer routine. There are stretches of time that appear to those not inside his inner circle that he is taking a break. We find out later that he has re-recorded his CD with bonus tracks and planned a tour to Asia! He is busy even when we think otherwise. I trust that he can find the right balance in songwriting, performing and touring to maintain himself in the business.

Fame comes with a price, a Catch-22 of sorts. To be a successful singer you must to give up your anonymity and with that comes a certain loss of privacy.  David has done exceptionally well at preserving his privacy. He tells us just enough to allow us to feel a connection to him beyond his celebrity. I am content knowing just enough to keep me interested in who he is as a person as well as an artist

Whatever David wants to share with me as a fan, is enough David for me.

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David Archuleta in Arizona ~ Update for Gifting

Posted by djafan on Friday, August 26, 2011

Please see below *Addendums* Newest added 8/26/11

Credit Constitution Week Website

Constitution Fair Information

Fresh from his successful, epic tour of Asia, David Archuleta is doing a concert in Arizona for his fans on the American Continent! This event is attended by tens of thousands each year as a celebration of the US Constitution. There will be awesome exhibits, lots to do and most importantly, there will be Daaavvviiiid!!! So much love was shown to him by fans in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Let’s show him he is just as welcome by fans in his own country. Come join us and Celebrate him home!  As the above post from the Constitution Week site states, the show starts at 6pm, gates will not open until 5pm. David will be on at 8pm followed by even MORE fireworks!

It’s gonna be LIVE from beginning to end and you.know.what.he’s.like.in.live performance.

Nuff said.

OK, now the News.

There was a post by SweetonDA, who is from Arizona, that triggered an email from Sandybeaches (making a serious offer, she can share that part if she’d like) that put me in contact with Barbara Stowell, a most amazing woman from Constitution Week. This put things in motion that have brought an exciting opportunity for all of David’s fans. Many David fans have contacted her regarding the Constitution event, including me, so because of this she came up with a great idea for us fans; I can’t thank her enough and team David for giving us the greenlight!

A donation of $25 will guarantee you entrance to the event and a seat in an area set up for fans close to the stage!  She asked if I thought the fans would be interested I said yes and volunteered to distribute wristbands and collect the donations  🙂

The event starts at 6:00pm and they will have a designated area to line up.  Remember that it will still be very warm so be prepared.

Let us know if you are going, what your plans are, or any ideas you may have to give David a great welcome.  Seriously, let’s make it happen! Roses to stomp, balloons, posters, or whatever we can come up with.  Seeing a lot of folks wearing wristbands would be awesome as he would know they were fans.

You will need to send a self addressed stamped envelope with a money order made out to: ConstitutionWeekUSA

If you are interested send an email to “TheVoiceDA@gmail.com” and we will provide you with the address to where you send your donation to obtain a fan seat wristband.

*Addendum 8/14/11*

Djafan has been in contact again with Barbara Stowell of Constitution Fair to update her.  Barbara  made a small request that folks wear red, white and blue to the event on Saturday in keeping with the spirit of the festivities!  Will try to get this message out to all the sites and twitter.  I wonder if that goes for David too?  That works for me!

Angelica

*Addendum 8/17/11*

The San Tan Legado is a new hotel and they are giving great discounted rates for this event.  Their number is 480-809-4051 talk to Sharon or email sharon@santanlegado.com   Tell her you are coming for the Constitution Fair for the discount.  🙂

Angelica

*Update…deadline for wristbands*

So far 100 seats are reserved !!! The deadline for requests is 9/2/11 to make sure there is enough time to get them back to you.  They are being sent out starting  Saturday 8/27/11.

Djafan

*Update for Gifting*

For the Gilbert, AZ event on September 17, SweetonDA will be accepting letters, cards, donation envelopes and gifts for David. Please keep packages small and no larger than a shirt box or large packing envelope. To get her mailing address, email her at

sweetonda@gmail.com

Bebereader

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David Archuleta ~ Grace Under Pressure & Arizona

Posted by paulafod on Monday, August 22, 2011


I have heard of Type A personalities and Type B personalities, extroverts and introverts, the Myers Briggs personality test, the four temperaments theory, and tests that tell me I’m a turtle. Actually, I’m a turtle-monkey, at least according to one test that I took. I don’t have any real theories of what type personality I may be, or if one is better than another, but I once heard someone ask the question “What do you get when you squeeze an orange?” The correct answer: Whatever is in an orange is what will come out of it when pressure is applied.

I came to think about what I am like under pressure last week. As usual, I was pretty hard on myself, always thinking I could do more, I could have done better, that I have so much to do and I don’t want to let anyone down. I feel as though I have been AWOL from The Voice and from other fan sites and people who have become very special to me. My responsibilities at work, at church, in artwork commissions, with family responsibilities and deadlines all put pressure on me but in fact, no one puts as much pressure on me as I put on myself.  This has not made me unhappy, just reflective.  Life under pressure is normal and life under pressure reveals what is inside a person.  Whatever is in me is what comes out when pressure is applied.

David is amazing under pressure. I cannot begin to fathom what it is like to have 729,938 people (at this writing) hang on your every tweet.  He was thrown from a quiet existence in Murray, Utah into a world of decisions and expectations at the age of 16, and at the ripe old age of 17, he was signed into the business world of music. He carries a lot of weight on his shoulders, because, as he said in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, many of his decisions affect a lot of people.  He refuses to take his family or his faith for granted regardless of  the pressure for him to do so. One radio interview (not worthy of recognition) tested David’s integrity in every way, but he never allowed someone else’s behavior to determine his own. He handled it with dignity and grace and I was so proud of that young man! I was also “madder than a wet hen” (as we say in the south), but I decided to follow David’s example and let it go.

 David has the generosity of heart to always see the worth of a person, to respect people for who they are without changing who he is. He never seems to harbor a grudge or carry the weight of anger. He cares about people. All of these amazing qualities come through that smile of his.

Occasionally, we get a glimpse into the fact that he feels the pressure like when he tweeted this face :/ when he was running late, or when we see the sleepy David trying to answer questions during an interview. “Who I Am” from TOSOD allowed us to see the side of David that feels the pressure. He may or may not have known about the upcoming release of Jive and management when he wrote this it, but the song was prophetic and gave us a glimpse of the traits I love about him. He has a quiet confidence in who he is, yet he knows he still has a lot to learn. He is grounded, yet capable of flying. Fresh from his tour in Asia, a huge undertaking, we witnessed again by tweets, videos and fan accounts, the way he handled the pressure of schedules, expectations, responsibilities and fan frenzy with astonishing composure.

I know it sounds as though I have put David on a pedestal. I haven’t really. I know he is not perfect nor do I expect him to be. I am grateful for him, for the truths that he has reminded me of, for the people he has brought into my life, and even for the pressure that being a fan has placed in my own life.  Some people don’t understand…and I’m OK with that.

Thank you David Archuleta, for staying true to who you are, even under pressure. You have been an inspiration and an encouragement to all of us who stand behind you as fans. Thank you for reminding me to say hello or good morning to at least five people with the same enthusiasm as when singing in front of thousands while on tour in Asia. Thank you for being willing to take on the pressure of sharing yourself in a skeptical world. Wherever there is pressure, there is grace. We’re ready for the next step….when you are.

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In the Melting Pot with David Archuleta ~ Pocoelsy’s Recap & Arizona

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Photo credit Pocoelsy’s daughters

As some of you may know, I went to his concert in Kuala Lumpur, so I just want to share with you all how he and the whole thing made me feel….here we go…

We started out journey at about 9 am. Two and a half hour drive to my eldest daughter’s campus to pick her and her friends up. Oh my daughter, she won 4 tickets from flyfm the week before. Hoping to get meet and greet passes but it’s not meant to be 😦 I was listening to fly with my younger daughter then and heard her name…. the next thing I knew, I heard her screamm… screeching so loud for the whole nation to hear her love for David, I’m so proud of her haha all excited lol! We never won any competition on radio before haha. It was fun but we had our tickets already so she gave away those tickets to her friends, one of them couldn’t go cause the mother didn’t want her to miss any classes, but GOD moves in mysterious ways… all the classes were canceled that day !!! so they didn’t miss any…so my good reputation as a mom is still intact!! lol.

We went to pick up the tickets at flyfm. When the girls saw the tickets they screamed their high pitch again haha..help building “the mood” for concert ….Oh my poor hubby haha lol. We checked in at our hotel and gave an extra ticket to one of the staff there. She was so happy, I could tell from her smile “ear to ear” as she thanked us nonstop. Had lunch and freshened up, then we went to the stadium.

When we arrived at the stadium about 4pm, a lot of people were already there, some were like us… waiting to go in for soundcheck, some were so excited and just happy to be there and listening to the soundcheck from the outside yeah! When we arrived David and the band were doing their private soundcheck, had he not skipped some difficult notes to save his voice for the show one might think they were playing his cd. My “entourage” haha just go WOW ald&6%$0>::}

In we went at about 4:45 pm waiting for our Prince Charming to show up lol and he did, swiftly walked in .. didn’t run as usual, he looked a bit tired though. We greeted him with longgg and louddd screams and clapping our hands till it hurt lol.. many of us were stunned I believe. He smiled back at us with the sweetest smile ever, die haha. My first impression of seeing him for the first time is on the left side bar above, thank you admins for giving me that honor 🙂 and may I add now about his physical appearance… ok. He actually glows as you all know… not because he’s fair. The “glow” was from the inside cause when I saw him he’s a bit tan, not too much but tan he was, he had some nice pink color on his skin especially his scratchy cheek. 🙂 He’s a muscular young man, I tell you lol I thought I’d see a small and thin guy… nope he’s not, he looks as healthy as a 20 year old man can be. My daughter said “must feel very sturdy when one gets to hug him” and I agree.

Oh sorry this is sooo looong and I’m not even half way through my “story” yet, when it comes to David I can talk for hours haha.

I need to talk about his skin for a bit, I was so fascinated at how it looks so glowy, porcelain like and flawless especially on his forehead. When he flashed his pearly white mega watt smile his whole face was all lit up and we just couldn’t help ourselves but to smile back and feel sooo warm and good, it’s mutual  and so genuine.

Sitting there listening to him sing “Love Don’t Hate” and other songs live with minimum screams was pure bliss, his voice is just so tender yet powerful. It  filled up the whole venue, the way he sang the chorus was so sweet. While he strolled confidently and very relaxed on the stage like he was walking in the park, he said hello and thanked all of us who came out to see him, sang “Touch My Hand” hitting every notes with ease. He asked us if we had any song we wanted to hear. The answers were too many, haha. He ended up singing “Crazy” to us and before he started on the piano he said “Ok….oops I haven’t practiced this one…ok alright here we go ummm…” and I swear…he smiled his shy and mischievous smile for a second lol… then went on to belt out the most powerful, emotional, passionate right from the bottom of his heart with his soaring voice filled up the whole venue (again hee hee), that was the most incredible “Crazy” I’ve ever heard!!! I literally had the hair on my neck and arms standing up,  man… it was out of this world…

“Anymore songs you guy wants to hear?” Again the response was overwhelming, then someone said “Someone Like  You” (I think) he hesitated for a bit, knock a few notes on the keyboard and said “I could do acapella for you guys…” yayyyy…  🙂 but we got cut off by Sony CEO 😦  It’s time to move on to questions, stop yaying…and start NOOOO…OOO  ing. David in his  nicest way said “Oh sorry, umm yeah I guess I have to save my voice for tonight, hee (insert his sheepish adorable smile here). Ok David (and Adrain) we forgive you, and come to think of it I don’t mind really cause poor David must be very tired; the Malaysian (Asian) schedule was so punishing.

The questions I remember were the first one, “David, will you marry me?” haha. David just grinned his awkward grin and we laughed our awkward laugh lol. Adrain to the rescue noooo  noooo  new question please lol. That’s an adorable moment. The next question was Sanjana asking him to sing a birthday song to her cause it’s her birthday, so he did as you all know. The way he sang her name was soooo sweet and while he sang this it was as if he sang just for her you know!! like there’s only him and her…. he pointed his hand at her throughout the song, and said “Happy birthday.” At the end I think she cried… tears of joy…who wouldn’t, what a lucky girl!!! and so that’s about it, we said good-bye, “See you tonight guys! ” “See you Davidddd!” That’s all I can remember about sound check, good time.

The concert !!!  🙂

After sound check we had our dinner outside the stadium, ha, didn’t notice that we were so hungry during sound check… time flies when you’re having fun is so right, so we filled up “our tank” and went back to the stadium. It’s about 7 something pm. Sooo many people there, hanging around, some still buying tickets !!! We saw some people went in, so we did too.

Me and my family had to sit separately from my daughter’s friends since we had 4th row seats and their seats were somewhere in the middle. Bye have fun girl, see ya if we’re still breathing after the show haha. We found our seats, it was so close OMG and almost center OMG. We’re gonna be able to catch his shoe(s) or if we open our mouth too wide while ecstatically screaming our heads off the shoe might land in there haha…if he didn’t tie it properly and if he kicked hard enough while he “puts one foot front of the other” lol and then he can continue his show without his shoes hahaha. Ok I spotted many familiar faces from YouTube that AAM posted from the ticket launching day. In fact, we sat beside the cute twin girls from the vid who said they needed the meet n greet passes so badly (and they did get the passes) ha!they’re so lucky and as cute as can be.

While waiting for David… I looked around and.. my.. my.. I saw the mix of audience. All ages and all races like Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai, Caucasian ect…it’s like an Archie melting pot of fans, the power of the Archuleta indeed that binds us together! A lot of GUYS too, young and old, I think they made up almost 35% of the population there lol ohhh… maybe they had to come.. accompany their kids!!! I saw lots of college-goers too, but surprisingly not too many teens or tweens as it should be, ohhh cause it’s a school day and they had to rely on their (strict) parents, so that must be the BIG reason  😦  too bad for them, it’s a shame…it’s a crime…. I think about 80% of the venue was filled up.. not bad at all considering it’s a working/school day!!!

Singing SBL ect.. and screaming at the slightest movement on stage while waiting was a fun way to kill the time and help build up “the mooood”.

Finally the light was dim, cheering/ screaming, opening act was on, they were pretty good and very entertaining and very short….only 1 song !!! oh well… we were here for David Archuleta remember lol..hee hee.

Waiting for another 5 long minutes it’s like forever so we chanted Daviddd! Daviddd! Daviddd! Finally the band was out, another cheering-screaming so louddd eeekkk then……. Kaboom…… The one and only Davidarchie zzooommmed out on stage bouncing, flashing his trademark million dollar smile…. man…the screams, squeeees, whistles this time were deafening loudd and longgg, my my where’d those hands come from suddenly? There were thousand of hands up in the air haha and he burst out “Wasting time just going mindless”….people were up on their feet with excitement…Whattt? I can’t see him! In a flash I (had to) stood up (never-mind the small boys behind me lol, sorry little ones, aunty had to see him, didn’t pay this much to watch people’s backside right!!!?)  So did my daughters and almost everyone else. My hubby couldn’t cause there was a group of children, I think about 20-30 of them sat right behind him. I assume they were sponsored by Sony and David, I dunno. We never got to sit down for the whole show!!!

David looked stunningly gorrrgusss, happy, hyper and handsome and sounded sooo good and confident and handsome (did I say that already? haha) There’s no trace of the shy, awkward, childlike guy we saw this afternoon during the sound check. This David was so full of energy, confidence, in command and friendly!!haha I wonder what Sony people fed him for dinner, lol must be something he ate!!!

Those guys whom I assumed were accompanying their kids….ah… man was I wrong!!! While I couldn’t take my eyes off David, I spied some “dads” up on their feet cheering, punching air, singing along and believe it or not, at some point jamming/jumping their behind off… rofl… it’s really fun to see hahaha! Even the security guard who’s in charge of the corner of the stage couldn’t help but watch David in action once in a while. He tried to pull the “guard’s face” without success, smile was readily on his lips !!! haha

David sang STR, TOSOD, and ALTNOY continuously as you all know. His voice was (is) out of this world, pitch perfect, sweet and powerful. And I noticed that his voice and tone changed according to the song he sang. Sometime it’s fun and cheeky like in “Elevator.” Other times like in “Everything and More” he used his sweetest, most passionate voice ever…that was the best sound…sweetest song live… I’ve ever heard! Oh and have to add “Love Don’t Hate” too. Talking about “Elevator”..for me it was the most fun song of the set; David was sooo animated, his facial-body expressions were soo cute and adorable (I shouldn’t say those words, haha, about a 20 year old man but that’s the truth; couldn’t express it any other way, it’s all his fault!!) The way he put his feet together when he sang “and in my dream last night” and hophop hop hophoppp with the tune was sooo cute it hurt lol. And the part where he stood there gesturing with his hand “elevator goes up…” all of a sudden at “till the feet are back on the ground” he skipped backward, shook his whole body all at the same time and sprinted forward head first with the tune! Didn’t know that a human being could do that until that night  haha….man… who needs the dance guru, this was so raw so natural, just can’t blink not even 1 second otherwise will miss his cool adorable moves !!!! The band intro was as fun as the song itself, everyone was outstanding, and the salsa moves from the boss man caught us by surprise! It was smackxeyyyhh haha he could moved those urrr…  hips and swirl like nobody’s business as you prolly saw from the vid, I heard a lot of “thuds” in the venue there !!!

Photo credit PeaceLoveDavid-tumbler

Finally, the last song… what David… you just performed 13 songs noooo no wayyy haha! That’s how we felt, every song he performed had something extra (hope you know what I mean) something special on its own, Zero Gravity was no exception, soo electrifying, dancey and everybody just singing and jumping like there’s no tomorrow lol! Then “Terima kasih Malaysia, bye, thank you sooo much you guys!” and off they went… gone behind the curtain 😦 We’re not gonna let him go so easily haha, so we chanted “David! David! We want more! We want more!” We were pretty good at it now, lol. It worked, he’s back, “Ok I’m back …. I’m gonna do a couple more songs for you guys.” Geezzz David, you don’t understand, you can do 50 more songs and we won’t be angry with you or complain not one tiny bit…. so we got the emo-driven powerful “Heaven” and Crazy” and another intensely electrifying “Crush” haha. It’s so intense that he had to hop sideways at one point to keep his balance… sometimes watching him I had to hold my breath cause he could have stumbled or fallen flat on his face at any given moment, this young man is truly the definition of the word “dangerous” haha. The wildest “Crush” evahh! The band was crazeeh and David came out for the last time ran around bowing, blowing kiss(es)!!!! said “thank you” to us profusely and went on to do this “air drum” thing, haha that was hottt and fooling around with Steven’s drum for a bit before he left the stage. The band still banging their instruments for another good 2 minutes haha crazy crazy, they really enjoyed themselves there.  🙂

David’s stage presence and command of the stage were as brilliant as his singing. It’s so captivating, and the way I felt was that I was not watching the concert, not just as an audience but I was a big part of it, this was how David could reach out to us, make us feel like we’re long time friends who are having fun together, and I think everyone there felt the same. Now I understand when people said that it’s as if he sang directly to each of us individually !!! The lady in front of me and about the same age as me was dancing jumping singing along throughout the whole concert. So did the boys behind me.. no need to mention about the twins beside us…they had the time of their lives! lol

You all probably watched all the YouTube vids by now.  I have to say that to witness David through my own eyes and ears was the most memorable and fun concert I’ve had in ages or ever.  David must be naturally gifted or he was well rehearsed with the band or both cause he’s so in-tune with the drum beats and such, how he pumped his fist, whipped his head until you can see his sweat dripping, how he rolled his shoulders, and  doing his little footwork each time it was so precise and effortless!!! To me the most rewarding thing was to see his joy, how he’s in tune with the music doing what he loves to do the most. The sparkling in his eyes and the genuine, gentle smile that never left his face said it all and that made me happy.  🙂

Sorry this is wayyy tooo looong, longer than I expected, but yeah that’s how he made me feel. LOVED every minute of it.. I’m in good company.

Pocoelsy

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David Archuleta in Arizona ~ Update for Gifting

Posted by djafan on Saturday, August 13, 2011

Please see below *Addendums* Newest added 8/26/11

Credit Constitution Week Website

Constitution Fair Information

Fresh from his successful, epic tour of Asia, David Archuleta is doing a concert in Arizona for his fans on the American Continent! This event is attended by tens of thousands each year as a celebration of the US Constitution. There will be awesome exhibits, lots to do and most importantly, there will be Daaavvviiiid!!! So much love was shown to him by fans in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Let’s show him he is just as welcome by fans in his own country. Come join us and Celebrate him home!  As the above post from the Constitution Week site states, the show starts at 6pm, gates will not open until 5pm. David will be on at 8pm followed by even MORE fireworks!

It’s gonna be LIVE from beginning to end and you.know.what.he’s.like.in.live performance.

Nuff said.

OK, now the News.

There was a post by SweetonDA, who is from Arizona, that triggered an email from Sandybeaches (making a serious offer, she can share that part if she’d like) that put me in contact with Barbara Stowell, a most amazing woman from Constitution Week. This put things in motion that have brought an exciting opportunity for all of David’s fans. Many David fans have contacted her regarding the Constitution event, including me, so because of this she came up with a great idea for us fans; I can’t thank her enough and team David for giving us the greenlight!

A donation of $25 will guarantee you entrance to the event and a seat in an area set up for fans close to the stage!  She asked if I thought the fans would be interested I said yes and volunteered to distribute wristbands and collect the donations  🙂

The event starts at 6:00pm and they will have a designated area to line up.  Remember that it will still be very warm so be prepared.

Let us know if you are going, what your plans are, or any ideas you may have to give David a great welcome.  Seriously, let’s make it happen! Roses to stomp, balloons, posters, or whatever we can come up with.  Seeing a lot of folks wearing wristbands would be awesome as he would know they were fans.

You will need to send a self addressed stamped envelope with a money order made out to: ConstitutionWeekUSA

If you are interested send an email to “TheVoiceDA@gmail.com” and we will provide you with the address to where you send your donation to obtain a fan seat wristband.

*Addendum 8/14/11*

Djafan has been in contact again with Barbara Stowell of Constitution Fair to update her.  Barbara  made a small request that folks wear red, white and blue to the event on Saturday in keeping with the spirit of the festivities!  Will try to get this message out to all the sites and twitter.  I wonder if that goes for David too?  That works for me!

Angelica

*Addendum 8/17/11*

The San Tan Legado is a new hotel and they are giving great discounted rates for this event.  Their number is 480-809-4051 talk to Sharon or email sharon@santanlegado.com   Tell her you are coming for the Constitution Fair for the discount.  🙂

Angelica

*Update…deadline for wristbands*

So far 100 seats are reserved !!! The deadline for requests is 9/2/11 to make sure there is enough time to get them back to you.

Djafan

*Update for Gifting*

For the Gilbert, AZ event on September 17, SweetonDA will be accepting letters, cards, donation envelopes and gifts for David. Please keep packages small and no larger than a shirt box or large packing envelope. To get her mailing address, email her at

sweetonda@gmail.com

Bebereader

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I Remember When ~ Three Stages of David Archuleta

Posted by SandyBeaches on Monday, August 8, 2011

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

~ Arthur Schopenhauer

I have a story for you in three parts. I have just come to realize that there are three stages that David has stood on that have made his career spectacular. The first was a time that I would remember as a landmark before he left to fulfill his dreams. It was a stage in which 84,000 people in the audiences along with directors, conductors, the Tabernacle Choir, family, friends and fans witnessed the introduction of the most beloved voice. A voice soon to be heard and felt more intently on the American continent and around the world. That stage has a special place in my memory as being the stage that confirmed to him who he could be, and it was one of the proudest moments that I would ever remember.

Months went by, and then one day I realized stage two delivered itself in the song “Crazy,” an amazing story of someone who had stepped back and taken a long, methodical look at the oftentimes controversial world of music. The lyrics of the song and the emotions that were introduced for the first time are telltale that the story is about him.

The crowd was anxious for David to sing to them the night of the Idol After Party. While he was preparing to sing, “Alright, let it go!” was called out excitedly by a fellow in the audience and captured on video. The song “Crazy” is the most divulging of songs bearing the brunt of emotions that enabled him to sing it so magnificently. This may very well be his ultimate song that became a turning point.

The words with his expressions, tell us everything that we wanted to know about him months before. So now let me tell you quite possibly the story that unfolded.

I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place
Even your emotions had an echo
In so much space

A simple walk on a California beach with the warm sun on his face and wind at his back could have opened his mind to absolute clarity. It was a time that let him give up everything that was steering him in the direction he did not want to go in and directing him to where his heart wanted to take him.

And when you’re out there
Without care,
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough
I just knew too much

What a wonderful feeling that he must have had to be giving up the concerns that tormented him for so long. The Albatross was gone.

The third stage has been empowering for him, with his fears subsiding and shyness all but gone.  “Heaven” took us by storm and left us in awe with a bounty of emotions. The songs themselves are a progression by stages: of realizing who he is, of taking command of himself and now, with this final stage, allowing him to perform with absolute perfection. With his hand oftentimes reaching outwards, his grasp extends beyond the audience to touch Heaven itself.

From the very first word of the song his spirit soars with full intent. He has scaled a lofty summit toward his goals. You can see it in his eyes. We feel it in our hearts. He comes face to face with the One and everyone, who has loved him and stood beside him, giving him all the trust and courage he has ever wanted or needed.

David, from your fans everywhere, bravo and thank you!

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David Archuleta ~ Little Things Matter Most

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
~Maya Angelou~

There was no mistake made when David was named. The name David means “beloved.” It’s the little things David does that make him so endearing to us. He points at a lucky someone in the audience when he sings “I’m just a little too not over you” and we all squeal. Then he waves at her because it’s not polite to point. He makes a concerted effort to acknowledge us, to let us know that we’re important to him. The little things he does do not go unnoticed.

When he’s at a mall appearance, he looks up and waves to those at the top level, and at his concerts, he always asks, “How’re you guys doing in the back?” In Ho Chi Minh City, he allowed fans onstage at the end of the show to give him flowers. Worried about pushing in the mosh, he often gestures with his hand to move back. Who does this? These are some of the little things David does. He genuinely cares about us.

He talks to fans during soundcheck and smiles as he listens to them sing his songs to him; he walks through a chaotic airport with a smile on his face, while hundreds are screaming, anxiously waiting to catch a glimpse of him. He tells us that he is no better than us, that if we have a dream we should go for it. He makes us want to emulate him, to be more like him.

When on tour, he stays up late until he opens every one of our gifts and often, when given a return addressed envelope, sends back a hand-written thank you note. He high-fives a line of fans who have waited in the heat to see him, even though he is pressed for time. When asked to take a picture, he says ‘Why not?’ while his handlers urge him that it’s time to go. He makes us feel important. In Hanoi he gestured with his hand to let the guard know it was okay, that he didn’t have to remove the fan who came onstage to wipe his brow.  A gentle leader, who inspires gentle acts of kindness in others.

And the list goes on…at home, the elderly woman whose leaves he raked, the stealth performances he gives at nursing homes, the countless hospitals he visits. On the road, the elderly fans he gets up from his seat at busy autograph signings to give a hug to, the humble thanks for gifts, the embracing of traditional garb, and all the impromptu serenades of Happy Birthday.  Always, the vlogs, the twitter parties, the penetrating eye contact and the way he lets us hold his hand or give him a hug when we meet him. The unfailing empathy and compassion he shows to one and all.  Is this guy for realz?

Big things are important but more often it’s the little things that have the greatest impact.

“It is not the size of our actions but the amount of love and care that is put into them that matters.”  
~Mother Teresa~

It’s these little things David repeatedly does that reveal his character and how much he cares about his fans.  Little wonder the feeling is so mutual.

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David Archuleta ~ The Rush of Crush

Posted by djafan on Monday, August 1, 2011

It was Friday, August 1, 2008. I had the day off. I set the alarm for 5am and sprinted to my computer. This surprised me as I was unaware that I could still sprint. hah! Strapped on my headphones and away yay yay I whooshed! It was an exhilarating experience, watching his reaction to the plaintive cries of his first-born. I listened to this on repeat so many times my satellite provider cut me off for 24 hours! Say what? It hurt too. The shock to my system almost sent me into ODD DT’s. Not pretty. Needless to say, I quickly switched to High Speed DSL after that. But it was all worth it. Witnessing his profound joy was one of the sweetest moments ever.

Video credit Tinabeebop

Still have a crush on that song. When it first came out, I wrote these words. The songwriters were Emanuel Kiriakou, Jess Cates, and David Hodges. ♥

“Why is it that, though I have and love all of David’s songs, I only rarely play any of them more than once, but with Crush I have to keep hitting replay over and over? My thoughts were that it is a really complex work with so many emotions: longing, doubt, fear, frustration, anger, passion, love and yes, even the first stirrings of sexual desire. It hooks you with a moan and then his vocals start off so soft, “What a rush”. Then they get sharp and full of angst with, “Why do I keep running from the truth”. Then comes that love call that on the second refrain seems to reach out across time and space, “I just got to know!!”  He becomes everyone who ever loved and aches to know if their love will be returned. Then the gorgeous layering vocals and it ends on the yay, yay, yay, as if to tell us he’s just another 17 year old and this is really just another light contemporary pop song.
Right. And I’m the Queen of England.”

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Video credit Booradleigh

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