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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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David Archuleta’s MKOC Tour is Here!!!

Posted by bebereader on Sunday, November 27, 2011

Who’s feeling anxious and excited with David? Yeah, me too! His first stop on the My Kind of Christmas Tour was the last stop on his Christmas From the Heart Tour two years ago: The Theater at Westbury in Westbury, New York.

I’ve been to this venue many times and I like it because it’s different. The theatre is in the round, the stage is in the center, and the audience sits around it. It has a nice intimate feel.

I took a ride to Westbury about two weeks ago to scout the area for restaurants for before or after the show.

I found a place nearby in walking distance, in case you get there early and want to hang out or grab a bite to eat before the show. They close at 8pm.

Brush Hollow Deli and Pizzeria
990 Brush Hollow Road
Westbury, NY 11590
516/334-4242 or

For after the show there’s a 24/7 diner about four minutes away by car. It’s called Broadway Diner on North Broadway in Hicksville. Hope we can get a group together even for a little while, after the show.

287 N. Broadway
Hicksville, NY 11801
(516) 681-3982

Directions to Broadway Diner from venue:  Make right out of parking lot. Go down to the light. Stay to the right. Make a right turn on North Broadway. Diner is 1/8 of a mile on left side.

Hope to see a lot of you there to meet and decompress 

after this first show of the tour! Are y’all ready for this? Well, GET READY cause here he comes!

Amb4DA made a Smilebox!   Thanks for sharing!

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David Archuleta ~ Chapter 10: The Gift of Gratitude

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

By PaulaFOD/Staff Writer

“I sincerely appreciate all of the amazing things that have happened to me over the past few years.  I absolutely love singing and the opportunity it allows me to meet so many people and to share all those special feelings I’ve talked about earlier on, but I’m totally grateful every single day of my life for all the other less obvious blessings that have come my way.”  
-David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter 10

On this Thanksgiving 2011, may we know what it means to be thankful every single day.  Thanksgiving is born from a grateful heart.  A grateful heart is born from the gift of gratitude.  The gift of gratitude is, well… a gift.  And a gift is….

“… a gift is something that passes from one hand to the next, as a gesture of goodwill, as an act of compassion and love.  “Talent” implies some degree of unique skill, whereas “gift” takes the simple description one step further and makes that talent something meaningful to share with the rest of the world.  Talent mostly serves the person who has it – but a gift, by definition, is something special to give and receive.”
-David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter, 10

On this Thanksgiving 2011, I am grateful for God’s gift of gratitude, grateful that He gave this gift to David, who in turn passed it to all of us in his music, his attitude, his joy.  I am grateful for all of you reading this, for all of the precious Archies that began as strangers and have become friends.  I am grateful that we, in turn, have passed this gift on in charity.  I am grateful for Rising Star Outreach, Children’s Miracle Network, Stand Up to Cancer, Jonah and the Bone Marrow Registry, Make-a-Wish, Invisible Children, Childfund, and others who, out of their own gratitude, work to meet the needs of others.  Like love, the gift of gratitude grows when it is shared.  It trickles through our fingers, but is never fully given away because the very nature of a grateful heart is to see more for which to be grateful.

Gratitude is joyful, but it also fills hard times with hope…

“Everyone knows that the human condition comes with all kinds of situations-the good, the bad and the ugly.  Pain and hardship are almost impossible to avoid….Rather than feeling sorry for ourselves when the chips are down, we should take stock of the things that we actually feel happy and grateful for….Without the struggle, we can’t really appreciate the joy when it comes.”
-David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter 10

On this Thanksgiving 2011, I am grateful for the way we support David and each other… in hard times and happy times.

“If I had to break it all down to answer the question of how I stay true, it always goes back to the simple things: happiness, giving, loving, and sharing.  Those are the things that are important, and everyone has different ways of finding them.  You might think that sounds oversimplified, but I believe that when we simplify, we make life that much easier to handle.  I think the way my life has unfolded has only helped me to see those simple little things much more clearly.  The whole fame and recognition game makes the really important things stand out in a way that shows me how meaningful they truly are.  I have a deeper sense of appreciation for the small things in life that maybe I took for granted before all of this happened.  I’m able to enjoy life’s little treats with a new point of view, one that’s largely shaped by gratitude.”
-David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter 10

On this Thanksgiving 2011, I am grateful for life’s little treats…may we never overlook them or forget the simple things.  May we remember that every day in 2011 is a day of Thanksgiving…and that 2012 will bring a new year of Thanksgiving.

And David…thank you for Chapter 10.  And for Christmas tour.  And for your music.  : )

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David Archuleta ~ Play by Play Live and Unplugged

Posted by djafan on Friday, November 18, 2011

By Skydancer/Staff Writer

I have an ODD ritual during my work week. I like to have lunch with David. We have a special place we go, sitting outside under a nice big shade tree during these lovely fall days. OK, so sometimes it’s a small parking lot shaded by a tree and a small area of grass to sit on, across the street from my building. But David sings to me, as I eat my lunch. We are alone. ♥  Occasionally during inclement weather, we sit in my car. Whatever. It’s a wonderful break during my day to have the opportunity to De-stress, and feed my ODD and David’s voice can take me away, better than any Calgon bath ever could.

Anyway, last Saturday I parked the car, reached for David, but he was nowhere to be found. DANG IT! I checked around for his Cds. Nope, what the heck? Oh yeah, took them out when I was cleaning the car..dang it again. Disappointed, I unwrapped my sandwich and turned on the radio… and was quickly reminded that it was Saturday and college football rules the airwaves.

I halfway listened for a minute, grumbling under my breath… the 2 announcers were getting pretty fired up over a bad call. As excitement and tension built in their voices, such detail of every play and its setup, a thought occurred to me…these people “ain’t got nothin'” on David’s fans! Spend a Saturday night in “Unplugged” at The Voice, and we’ll show you some real in-depth analysis! And as I laughed out loud at the thought, my mind wandered off to a place where only my state of ODD could take me…and to a David concert…somewhere….

Pre-concert interview with the local press:

David, welcome to our town!

Aww, thanks. Happy to be here.

David, tell us, how does it feel to be quarterbacking your own team in 2011?

Feels great, thanks!

Any regrets?

Not at all… it was time to move on as a free agent. I have some very talented musicians on my team now.

I’m sure they love playing for you David, who wouldn’t??

Aw, thank you.

Great haircut David, lookin’ good buddy!

Well, I used a little gel….

David, your fans say you have the best hands in the business…. but that’s not my question. (blush) do you plan your  killer “moves” ahead of time?

Huh? What moves?

BWAHAHA! (hes joking  right?)

Oh, HA! Well, I just like to sing you know. I guess when I really get into a song, I may make a few subtle moves here and there. I don’t know. It just kind of happens I guess.

You’ve got a stadium full of fans out there David. There’s lots of ‘marry me David!’ signs around. Any chance we’ll see you throw out that killer look to someone tonight? See your future in a beautiful face?

I’m concentrating on music right now…but you never know. I guess it could happen…well, have to go now…it’s time to sing.

Have a great concert David. By the way…you are drop dead gorgeous.


Yes David…you!♥

Later, in the announcer’s booth, two fans broadcasting the event:

Hey guys! We’re coming to you LIVE on radio station ODD 101 AM on your dial, sharing my booth with a new fan… first concert. Are you excited Betty?
EEEEP! OK, yeah well. Betty’s ready! And here we go!! “Archies ARE YOU READY FOR A CONCERRRRT!??”

The team is coming out on the stage…on the stage now… and the packed stadium is screaming so loud!

They are chanting now, David!! David!! David!! Oh man, the lights are out! More screaming…the band is playing his intro…and hereheCOMES!EEEK! Pink open shirt, thin white T tucked into jeans, belt, dark comfy shoes (hey, its my article) GAH! I mean who looks like that? Look at that huge smile, those eyes, that hair! that strut!…oh, sorry. Calling the first play now, looks like he’s opening with TMH! That’s a crowd pleaser, and it gets him pumped! Look at that finger point, oops…lost a fan on that one! haha and the one behind her and the one behind that one! I think they call that the the domino effect. Betty, can you believe that energy!?

Ladies and gentlemen, can you believe that VOICE! OK, what play is coming next? TOSOD! He’s swinging those arms all over the place..ooh, a quick back-step, crazy motion to his head, a turn, diggin in…wait for it.. GAHHHH!! Where was I? We are going right into the second play. He’s looking to cover more ground.. now…1stDOWN! 2ndDOWN! 3rdDOWN! 4thDOW…OWOWWN! ♫ MJ hop! The crowd is singing along with him. OK, get ready for it. Here comes a signature Archuleta play. ARHHHHHG!!!! Yes!! Did you see how high those kicks were people??!!!! Huh? What? Time out? Fans are asking…OK, seems the Archies have requested an instant replay on that move folks…Whoa!

And it’s Elevator now…going up, down, pointing… he’s added a lot to this one. He is amazing. We need some crowd participation for this one and he is gonna ask for it people! Is the crowd with him?? Of course they are! bwaaaaah! Just kidding folks. Woo hoo!!! They are doing their part! What a great crowd!! Wait, there has been a whistle blown and flag. What the random? Security is checking the crowd down in the front rows. Seems there was some sideline fan activity. Ahh ok, lets hear the call…”Chair Scooting.” Turns out to have been a good move, no penalty!! Oh these fans here tonight are too clever. Betty!? Whats that? Eeeeeep? Yeah, yeah, I agree. Jump in any time Betty… OK, David has called a 5 second time out for a drink of water. What is coming next, GGTT…would you look at that shoulder action! I can’t take it, and what’s this? Sending out an SOS?? How brilliant was that!! The man does cover songs like no one else in the business! “YOU OWN THAT SONG NOW DAVID!” Oops, ‘scuse me. Forgot I had a mic.

Now what? Oooooh did you see that hand pump? OH MY, he is in total control tonight everyone! Locked down that move. He’s feelin’ it. He is in the zone!! Betty, you’re drooling a little bit girlfriend. Here, have a bib. Whew, he’s sweating. Looks like he is slowing things down to introduce the team. Good strategy. Mark is covering him on keyboard…yea Mark! Ben’s backing him up on on bass..yea Ben! And Steven is masterful on those drums…yea Steven! Appears to be a rotating position for the guitar player. Don’t recognize this guy, but he’s doin’ a great job for our quarterback tonight. OH MY GOSH! He pulled off a, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! a a a a a a DANCE move, was that? was it? what was it?? It was amazing that’s what it was!! I knew he would have some trick up his sleeve, the man is on fire tonight! That was the best moment of this whole night! He has scored some amazing plays but that may just be the highlight of the evening for me! He winds it down and finishes with a fist pump to the beat! Awesome! David is awesome! No doubt he’s the boss on that stage. Oh My, he is singing Heaven now. Fans can’t hold back their love. They are all on their feet now. We had 14 amazing plays, and its all over now, ending with his signature CRUSH, FTW!

So Betty how was your first live concert, LIVE with David Archuleta?
Betty? uh…Betty?…ruh roh. HA! ♫ ♪ Welcome tooooo yourrrrrrrrrr life! ♪ ♪ ♫

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The Art of Ascphil and the Aftermath of the Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Monday, November 14, 2011

Portrait of David Archuleta (Ascphil's first attempt at portraiture)

By Ascphil/Contributing Writer

11 August 2011

How does one get over the week David was here in Manila? What a frenzied first three days for me! The last two days, I had to go back to reality unwillingly – back to work and to dealing with things that make you yearn for David’s infectious joy. It all seemed like a dream that you wanted to last longer. Manila was actually lucky to have him for five days and yet it seemed all too short. Can we just have him as an honorary Filipino citizen already? He espouses a lot of beliefs and values that we hold dear to our hearts about God and family that are intrinsic in our daily lives. We are a happy people despite our national problems, but David is so much more than just a bundle of joyful and peaceful energy. He carries with him an aura of indescribable bliss which you love to keep witnessing and basking in. Even if you have seen him once, twice, thrice, it is never enough. No wonder the fans want to be where he will be, and they are willing to spend for it even if they will have to scrimp on other stuff for the rest of the next months or year. Just the knowledge that he is breathing the same air you breathe is a comfort in itself, that the world is just a lot better than it used to be. When he was here, the rainy days became sunny. And when he left, the days went back to the dreary bouts of cloudiness and rain. It was like the weather was missing him as much as our hearts were. I have to confess that I ‘mourned’ after the third day, when I got home from the book signing, because I knew that I would not be able to see him again, that he would be leaving in a couple of days. I was not alone in that thought because I got texts from fellow Archies expressing the same anticipated misery. It has been difficult to get over those bliss-filled days, and it has been even more difficult for me to write down what it has been like during those days. Just the memory of having had so much joy, then longing for it is kicking in the Archudepression of missing David so much that it hurts. We had a piece of Heaven and want more of it. David, please come back!

*Note: I wrote the preceding paragraph in the morning of August 11th right after having breakfast in a fast-food outlet. I had just lost my two cell phones the previous day when I unwittingly dropped them in a cab that I rode to work. The next passenger found them but was barely responsive to texts and calls. I had to give up being able to recover them and was depressed because of all the contact numbers I had to reconstruct. The incidents made me brood then think about David once more. After writing, I found myself tearing up again and had to go in a toilet cubicle so I could cry in private. I was sobbing inconsolably yet trying to make my whimpers inaudible. I kept questioning God why I was feeling this way, why am I crying like this? Why does David affect me this way? What should I do about it? Please, what should I do? I don’t know what to do about this solitary feeling of helplessness. Why David of all people? At that point my tears were really flowing and my eyes were by now swollen.

Then an answer kept repeating itself in my head: ‘Write about it. Write about it. Write about it.’ I had stopped crying at that point. My misery was gone and I started wiping my face dry. ‘Take a leave if you have to. Write about it.’ This kept repeating in my head, which compelled me to get out of the comfort room and start heading for the office. I was figuring out how I could find the time to write, with deadlines to deal with at work. But then I realized that losing my phones was a sign in itself. I was being given a breather by not being bothered with texts and calls. Then I received notice that the opening of an office we had completed to turnover for operation the next week was postponed for another two weeks. Moreover, my immediate boss took a leave and would not be bothering me in the next few days. Things were falling into place for me to be able to write again.

Sadly, I tried to continue writing a few days after, but with no success.

21 October 2011

I dedicated the whole afternoon yesterday to do another sketch of David. It was very fulfilling, and I feel like I know David a little better just by studying and drawing every little detail of his fine features. I have always been fascinated by his profile, and after finishing it, I couldn’t help but want to keep staring at how exquisite his features are…

Profile of David Archuleta by Ascphil

I had been attempting to write my recap of David’s last visit of Manila from July 17 to 21 this year, but the few drafts I had written back in August and early this month just didn’t seem to be good enough. I keep thinking I need to do a re-write. It has been a struggle. But that’s all it has been up to now. So, I have decided to just write what’s on my mind and ramble, whatever…

Why does David never leave my consciousness? When I listen to other artist’s songs, I do not ponder about who they are. I just know enough about them to satisfy my curiosity in enjoying their song(s), then move on to the next artist or song. But when David’s songs are on, I listen hard enough to want to understand why he chose to sing that song, how relevant it must be to his life. What does he want to tell us with that song? Has he brainwashed us, his fans, into looking for every message in everything he sings or says? He makes me brood a lot about him, about life, about mine…

I passed by a chapel yesterday which called out to me, so I entered it. I wanted to have some real quiet time for a change, and talked to God about my family, their health and safety, my kids’ futures, my husband’s work, my own career and the general direction my life has taken.

Then I found myself praying again about this ODD. Why do I have this? God, is this the reason for the change in my work? Did you do this on purpose, lead me to David and eventually lead me away from my workaholic lifestyle, from a job that primarily caters to the whims of the well-heeled and the high-browed? But why do I feel some form of desperation, that there is always a need to see, hear and experience David? Why is he in my thoughts every waking day? I tried to engross myself with my work, and yet I keep ending up with an urge to check Twitter, check the fan sites, my email, just to find out the latest about David and the Archuworld, as if my life’s meaning depended on it. Why this fan-ship at my age?

There is a tug of war between my heart and my head because ‘loving’ David in a manner deeper than mere admiration is incredulous. How can I have feelings for someone which seems as strong as what I feel for my husband and my children? I want to believe that my ‘love’ for David is just like what I have for my own kids. And yet it is different. He is neither my family nor a friend, and yet he occupies such a big space in my heart. The perennial question I ask myself is: Why David?

At first I was simply addicted to the way he interpreted songs of other artists, that he brought them to new life, making me stop and listen well, something I never did before. The so-called ‘cry’ in his voice stirs up emotions in me that awaken my heart to what I’ve wanted to feel for a long time. And shedding tears because of it is a cleansing of the soul, a washing away of accumulated dark thoughts that have turned into enlightenment. His voice is mesmerizing when he sings, and soothing when he speaks. But it is not just his voice that captivates me. His smile is as contagious as the common cold, and it can transform the dreariest of days to one of the sunniest. I can keep watching his vlogs and have a smile plastered on my face the whole time. His dreamy eyes reveal a pure and gentle soul with the most compassionate heart, and his direct gaze can make one weak in the knees or render one tongue-tied as if cast in a magic spell. He is only two decades old and yet his youthful charm transcends his age. His childlike demeanor is entrancing, but he has a maturity of thought and depth of character that is admirable and inspiring even to those twice or thrice his age. He consistently behaves or acts in a manner that is selfless and humble, with the purpose of being respectful to others and always doing the right thing. I have asked myself this question three years ago: Is David a real person? How can someone so young be all of these? How can someone so young teach me life’s lessons as if I didn’t know the answers before? I know what they are, but I was too busy to listen, to care. But then David came, and he knew how to make me listen, to make me care. He became my life teacher in his own special, humble, loving way.

For a celebrity, I am glad he knows he can do away with any hype, any gimmicks, any special effects, any image re-do and any love interest to make people notice him. All he needs to do is sing and be his simple adorable self. Experiencing him live is the most potent advertising of all.

Why? Because after you experience his enchantment, you desire more of it. And the desire does not wane but actually gets stronger the more you have encounters with him. It’s like you can never have enough of David.

But when will it ever be enough? For many of us who experience a deep connection with David, he is like a beloved member of our family, of our lives. Will there ever be a finite desire for something as priceless as time spent with a beloved one?

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Pandora’s Unforgettable Moments on Ice with David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Friday, November 11, 2011

Skate for the Heart

Holiday music is the theme for this Saturday’s Pandora Unforgettable Moments on Ice event. David is the special guest singer and will sing a Christmas song or two while ice skaters perform. Joining David on the bill is the popular group of musicians, Manheim Steamroller, known primarily for their modern recordings of Christmas music. The show will be hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi, with the skating side of the event led by Brian Boitano and two-time Olympic champion Ekaterina Gordeeva. The show will be taped on Saturday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, AZ.  NBC will broadcast the show on Sunday, November 27, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST.

No stranger to ice skating shows, David has lent his voice to the  Kaleidoscope series…

and has participated in Skate For The Heart as well.

This year David shares Pandora’s stage with innovative musical ensemble Manheim Steamroller. Watch their eye and ear pleasing rendition “Carol of the Bells”:

Note: Grand Canyon University is now offering a 33% discount on tickets for this event through Friday at 5pm. Use promotional code VETSDAY to get the discount online at, by phone at 602-639-8999, or at the GCU box office at 3300 W. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix.

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Wait and the Art of Compromise ~ MT

Posted by djafan on Sunday, November 6, 2011

Credit photoshop art Juan

For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfill it in its true potential – the imagination.           ~ Lawrence Durrell

I once asked the question, “What level of stardom does David really want?” I didn’t know the answer then and I still don’t. But I wonder if, like me, his opinion on this has changed in the last year. Just what level of success does he hope for? And what is he willing to do to gain it?

During his recent tour in Asia, David was greeted and treated as a Superstar. Both his reception at the airports and the reaction of the crowds at these events must have reminded him what it was like three years ago when he was just coming off of American Idol, reminded him how it felt to be so loved and adored by throngs of fans. He was obviously moved by it. The result was a fantastic series of concerts with David singing his heart out, including a breathtakingly beautiful performance of Heaven. It was so evident that the warm reception he received in Asia meant a great deal to him.

It should have shown David very clearly what could happen when someone has faith him and promotes him properly. Could it also have affected his idea of where he might want his career to go and made him reconsider just how much success he really wants? If so, then another question he must surely be wrestling with is: how much will he have to compromise in order to get to that place?

During an interview with The Truth About Music in April of this year, David talks about how an artist needs to think about just how much he would be willing to compromise to get to where he wants to be.

Credit: truthaboutmusic  (Starts at 3:06)

In order to move forward in his career David will need exposure, promotion, and to work with a label. There are some things David will never compromise on and that’s one of the things that makes me proud to be a fan. Core values should never be compromised. However, in order for any partnership to work, there needs to be some “give and take” on both sides. How much he is willing to compromise and where that compromise might lead him remains to be seen. But we might be getting a clue in the very near future.

David just returned from Hong Kong to shoot a Music Video for his new song, “Wait”. I love this song! I think it has the potential to be a fabulous video. Wait is a romantic song, a song about love and about longing. It’s about needing someone and not being able to stop thinking about them, even when they’re gone. My sincerest wish is that it’s portrayed that way in the video. At age 17/18 he may have been opposed to the idea of being promoted and seen as a romantic figure since he was still so young. But now almost 21, I hope he is more open to the idea. Or at the very least, less opposed to it. Is he ready to share his dreams with us? Ready to encourage us to look for love and to hold on to that someone special in our lives?

It will be interesting to see what interpretation is used and how the song is presented in the video. I think it will give us some insight into where his career may go in the near future.

Whatever he decides, I will support him 100%. But I really hope he is ready to make a video about wishing, hoping, and longing for that special someone. I hope he’s ready to take his music, his videos, and his career to the next level.

Guess we just have to wait and see.

Article by MT

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Marius and His Mom Respond to The Voice/David Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Friday, November 4, 2011

Dasianu Marius Vasile Free Woodward


I’m not sure who I’m writing to. Is this Angelica? My name is Lynne Woodward and I am Marius’ adoptive mother. I was googling his name and came across this website I hadn’t seen before. I was so amazed and moved as I read through it, the love and compassion that shone through your description of Marius and the very generous donation you’re making on his behalf. I don’t know how I can thank you. I’m blown away by David Archuleta’s fans – such a unique group of incredibly caring and giving individuals. Truly. I wish so bad Marius could meet every single one of you and thank you personally. But please let me thank you, as his mom, for what you are doing. Marius wants desperately to be able to go to Romania next summer for his sister’s wedding. Marius and his sister, Alina, have not seen each other since Marius left for America in August of 2008. It’s been very hard on Marius and his brother to be so far from their sister, and of course very difficult for her to be the last member of her family left in Romania. So thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your donation. It will go straight toward the effort of reuniting the three siblings at the wedding. I hope all who donated will be able to see this message and know of our gratitude.

Again, thank you.

Lynne Woodward (Marius’ mom)

The article that caught the attention of Lynne Woodward and Marius here in which a donation is made in David’s name from his fans from money sent for the Arizona event. The following is a talk given by Marius to the Shriners, October, 2011 published here with his permission and that of his adopted mom, along with her above email.

Good morning, everyone. My name is Marius. Thank you for asking me to come and tell you my story today. I was born in a small village in Romania in January 1999. My parents were  Catrina and Mihai Dasianu. I had an older brother, Ionut, who was 10, and my sister, Alina, who was 7. We lived on a farm. I liked living on a farm. I liked playing with my friends and my dog and talking to the neighbors. I liked hanging out with my mother and helping her around the house. She was a very loving mother. My dad taught me lots of things. He taught me how to work hard. He taught me how to fix things. He was playful and joked around a lot. But when he drank, he became a different person who I was afraid of.

Our family didn’t have a lot of money. Sometimes my parents left to work in Italy, and Alina or Ionut would take care of me at home. Then Ionut went to work in Italy too. In December of 2007 my parents came home for Christmas.

On the night of December 7th my sister Alina was out with her boyfriend. Ionut was still in Italy working. I had gone to bed. I woke up in the middle of the night. There was smoke all around me and I could see fire. I thought I saw my mother through the smoke. I got out of bed and tried to get to her, but I slipped and fell in something wet. Then I couldn’t see her any more, so I broke a window to get out of the house. I don’t remember any more after that, but I was told our neighbor found me lying on the ground. He called the ambulance and they took me to the hospital. When I woke up in the hospital, the nurses told me I had been in a coma for two weeks. I was in a lot of pain. I was pretty shocked and sad when I saw I had lost my nose and all my fingers. My legs were bandaged so I couldn’t see them, but I knew they were burned pretty bad because of how much they hurt.

My brother, Ionut, came a few days later. I really wanted to see my parents, but Ionut and the nurses told me I couldn’t yet. They said my parents had been burned too, and they were being treated just down the hall.  Two American girls, Jessica and Ashley, started visiting me in the hospital. January 30th was my birthday and I turned nine. Jess and Ashley came with balloons and some presents and threw me a little party. I was happy that I had a party, but it was hard to enjoy it because I was still in so much pain and I wished so bad that my mom and dad were there.

Jess and Ashley started coming to see me every day. A lot of the people in the hospital didn’t like Americans. They told me Jess and Ashley were witches and to pretend to be asleep when they came. I tried, but they were so nice and pretty that after a while I gave up and started looking forward to their visits. One boy in the hospital kept sticking his tongue at me and calling me a monster. Ashley told me next time he was mean to tell him that I had 2 American girlfriends, and what did he have? He stopped bothering me. After that I always called Jess and Ashley my 2 girlfriends.

I had been in the hospital for 5 months. A lot of times Ashley and Jess brought me little things  – balloons, stickers, candy. One day I asked them if they could bring me a flower, a real flower. They didn’t know it, but the next day was Romanian Mother’s Day. When they brought the flower, I asked the nurses to wheel me down the hall so I could give the flower to my mother. The nurses told me they couldn’t because my parents had been transferred to another hospital. I was so sad and disappointed that I still couldn’t see them.

It was only a few days later that my aunt told me my mom and dad had both died in the fire. I felt like my heart was breaking and I cried all day long. I was so sad and scared I couldn’t eat for a week. Later I really wanted to know more about what happened and how the fire started. My brother Ionut told me about the phone call he got in Italy the morning after the fire. He found out that my dad had been drinking a lot that night. He became really really angry about something. I know that, because of the alcohol, he was not in his right mind. My dad poured gas around the house and lit it on fire. When my brother got the call, my dad had already died, but my mother was still alive. My brother came as fast as he could from Italy, but by the time he got to Romania, my mother had also died. It was really difficult for him. He loved my parents too. He was only 18 years old. He had to bury my parents and he was also very worried about me.

I was so scared. I didn’t know what would happen to me. Then Ashley and Jess told me that they and their families had been working for months to arrange for me to come to America for better medical treatment. A lot of people were donating money to help with the expenses. Shriners Hospitals for Children had accepted me as a patient and said they would do all the surgeries I needed at no charge. Ionut was going become my legal guardian so he could come to America with me. But Ashley and Jess said it was my decision to go or not. For all those months I had just wanted to go home, but now my parents were gone. I had nothing to go home to. I decided I would go to America. Pretty soon I got more and more excited and started telling everyone in the hospital that I was going to America to get new hands and a new nose.

In May Ashley and Jess had to go back to America, but I wasn’t too sad because I knew I would see them again soon. On July 1st I took my first steps since the fire almost 7 months before. Just a few days later, Ionut and I went to get my passport. Except for the ambulance, it was the first time I had ever ridden in a car. On August 3rd we left the hospital and went straight to the airport. I was so excited I felt like I was going to burst. When we arrived in Los Angeles, my girlfriends, Ashley and Jess, and their families were there to meet us. They had balloons and signs and everyone was cheering. I felt a little shy, but really happy. I was in America! I had people who loved me and were going to help me! I could hardly believe how lucky I was.

My first few months in America are kind of a blur. Everything was so new and strange, and I couldn’t understand a thing anyone was saying. But it still was so fun and exciting!The doctors at Shriners Hospitals for Children told my families that before they started the surgeries, we just needed to go have a good time. So we did! Disneyland, Sea World, the beach, horseback riding, the zoo, boating. They kept me so busy with activities, sometimes I just wanted a day at home to rest! But even with so many fun things happening, it was still hard. I got stared everywhere I went. Some people jumped back and looked scared when they saw me. A few people said really mean things. I didn’t like it. But I was starting to realize that most people stared just because they wanted to know what happened. I think lots of people had never seen anyone who was burned before.

After a month of fun, Ionut and I moved in with the Frees, Jessica’s family, in Arizona. They have a lot of kids, so I started picking up English pretty quickly. I started school in Arizona. Around Christmas time everyone got a really big surprise. My brother Ionut and Ashley, my girlfriend, announced that they were engaged! What the heck? Ashley was my girlfriend! No, seriously, I was really happy. Ashley was going to be my new sister, and after the wedding I was going to go live with her parents in San Diego and they were going to adopt me. The Free family was sad I was leaving them, but they knew that it was the right thing.  And they would always be my second family. In April of 2009 my brother Ionut, and Ashley, my ex-girlfriend, got married. I was Ionut’s best man.

A couple of months later I moved to San Diego to live with my new mom and dad, Paul and Lynne Woodward. When I started 4th grade in San Diego, it was tough. I didn’t know anybody. I got stared at all over again. There was one real cute little girl in kindergarten who cried every time she saw me. I tried to smile at everyone who stared and just be myself. Pretty soon I started making lots of friends. I think the kids started to realize that I’m a regular guy who might have some scars, but still likes to joke around and have a good time. I was even elected Student Body Vice President! But one of the best days in 4th grade was the day I saw the little kindergarten girl and she didn’t cry. She waved at me and smiled and said, “Hi Marius.” Wow, that was a great day.

I just started 6th grade at a new middle school. I’m making a lot of new friends. Some kids still stare, but once most kids find out what happened, it’s no big deal. During all this time I was having LOTS of surgeries at Shriners Hospitals for Children. My first surgery the doctors put more skin on my eyes. Finally I could close my eyes again! And I really liked how they looked. Then they got my hands ready for some toes to be transferred to be made fingers. Then a couple months later they transferred my right big toe to my right hand. I had a thumb! Can you believe it? I could pick things up, eat, and write with one hand again. It was so cool. My next surgeries were pretty crazy. I was getting my new nose and it was going to take three surgeries. For the first surgery the doctors at Shriners took a bunch of skin from my head, pulled it down over my forehead and onto my nose. The next surgery they took some bone from my rib to give my nose its shape. For five weeks half of my head didn’t have any skin on it. Also, the skin from my head that was attached to my forehead started growing hair. I called it my little pet. It looked pretty funny. Then the last surgery they took the skin and put it back up on my head. They also transferred my second toe. Now I had 2 thumbs and a nose! It was pretty unbelievable.

Since then I’ve had 2 more toes transferred. My doctor says that when my next 2 toes are transferred in February, I’ll be the first person in the world to have 6 toes transferred to make fingers. Guinness Book of World Records, here I come! A while ago my sister read this poem to me

Be glad your nose is on your face, not pasted on some other place.

For if it was where it is not, you might dislike your nose a lot.

Imagine if your preshus nose were san-wiched in between your toes.

That really would not be a treat, for you’d be forced to smell your feet.

Inside your ear your nose would be  an ab-so-lute ka-TAS-tro-fee,

For when you had the urge to sneeze, your brain would rattle from the breeze.

And the poem goes on. I got thinking what pieces of me I’ve got where. I made a diagram to try to keep it all straight. So far I’ve got —

1.     Some of my back on my legs.
2.    Part of my stomach on my hands.
3.    The back of my ear on my eyes.
4.    Four toes on my hands.
5.    Some of my leg on my hands.
6.    Some of my leg on my feet.
7.    Part of my head on my nose.
8.    Part of my rib in my nose.
9.    Part of my arm on my mouth
10.  Some of my leg on my arm
11.   And some of my leg on my forehead.

I’m totally all over the place! But I am so grateful. With every surgery I can do more, I look more handsome (smolder here), and my life gets better. I have had so many great experiences since I’ve been in America. One of the greatest was becoming an uncle! Ashley and Ionut had baby Ethan a year ago. I got to throw out the first pitch at a San Diego Padres baseball game. I’ve been asked to speak at some events for Shriners, including a Kenny G concert. I got to ride on the Shriners float in the Rose Parade last January. I even won 1st prize for scariest costume at our school’s Halloween carnival! I think if you ask my parents, though, they’ll say the best day ever was June 17th, 2011, when my adoption was final. That day I became their son for real, Marius Dasianu Free Woodward.

I have a very good and happy life, but sometimes things are still hard. I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like if I had not been burned. A lot of times I wish I looked like the other kids. It still hurts when people stare or say mean things. I wish I could do pull-ups and dribble a basketball a little better. I really miss my sister in Romania. I miss my angel mother every day and pray for her every night. I still think about my dad. He was a good dad. I try to understand what made him do what he did, but I don’t know if I’ll ever completely understand what happened. I really love my new family, but I miss my parents every day.

But I have so many things to be grateful for.  I’m grateful for my neighbor who found me on the ground and called the ambulance. I’m grateful to the Romanian doctors for keeping me alive. I’m grateful to Ashley and Jessica for caring enough to want to help me. I’m grateful to Ionut for giving up his own life and coming to America with me, even though he STOLE MY GIRLFRIEND! I’m so grateful for the hundreds of people who donated money to help me come. I’m grateful for the opportunities I have living in America. I’m especially grateful to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Because of them I can see, I can run, I can use my hands, I can do karate, I can play the trombone, jump on the trampoline, drive a go-kart, go to school. I’ll be  grateful forever to Shriners Hospitals for Children who have made all these things possible. Thank you very much.

Excerpt from a follow up email from Lynne dated October 6th in which the above talk was included.

…he’s been in school, doing great, amazing social skills, everyone loves him, Student Body Vice President and everything! Balancing everything with surgery after surgery after surgery, in which I have never heard one, not ONE, complaint, ever. Eye surgery so he could close his eyes again, brand new nose, 4 toes transferred to his hands to make fingers, with 2 more coming up in February, and a bunch of other stuff. He’s such a handsome guy now! And just the most amazing kid ever. His attitude, his zest for life, his love for people, his appreciation for what he has, his sense of humor and fun. My gosh, the kid is one in a million and the light of my life, and he inspires everyone wherever he goes, just by being himself.

Again, just saying “thank you” seems woefully inadequate for what you are doing. Thank you so much for being so interested in him! And for passing his story along on your website. Let me tell you, meeting David was a thrill! I was so nervous I could hardly talk for the first few minutes. But what a sweet and darling boy. It was such a privilege to meet him. And it’s such a privilege to, from that meeting, get to meet you! Our lives have been enriched from this experience.

Again, thank you.

Sincerely, your friend,

To read more of the story of Marius go to TeamMarius, also posted on the right sidebar. I would like to thank you all too, so much, for your generosity to this wonderful young man. And I would love to use this post to help make the reunion of Marius and his sister in Romania a reality. If you would like to help too, please go here to make a donation, however small. David truly does have the greatest fans in the world.

Marius with David

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Hong Kong ~ Acoustic David Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

These two tweets say it all.

 CraigLeesonCraig Leeson

@misscaragrogan @david never heard of this bloke until today. Ridiculously talented. What a voice.

CraigLeesonCraig Leeson   If my voice dies I want it to come back as david archuleta. Just want to flick his ears the young pup.

I couldn’t sleep and went to twitter and surprise surprise.  There was a link to watch David perform on livestream along with many up waiting for David to perform.  Was fun.  Wait sucked the air out of me.

JR has great quality but doesn’t have them all up yet.  Westlife has them up.  I’ll update with JR’s as she uploads them.

Song List from Bebe (who was also up lol)

Gotta Get Through This
Everybody Wants To Rule The World
The Other Side of Down
Stand By Me

Gotta Get Through This

Everybody Wants To Rule The World

The Other Side Of Down


Another Wait credit



Stand By Me

And here is the full concert minus GGTT credit TamyaYan

Crush and Stand By Me credit likezerogravity

David Archuleta at CASBAA from Larissa Cheong on Vimeo.

 credit rotanrm

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