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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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Review: David Archuleta’s Wait Music Video

Posted by djafan on Thursday, December 29, 2011

All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,

And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Edgar Allan Poe

“Wait is about sometimes not knowing what’s reality and what’s dream.”  David Archuleta


He stands as solid as the rocks in the distance, a determined gaze aimed right at us, his back set defiantly against the setting sun. In this moment, captured forever in time, the sun will never go down on him.The photo was no doubt his choice along with a hand written message “To all my fans,” his first time I think, to write those words. Curiously, he signs it more than once. David and David Archuleta. Layers of David. Are there layers of meaning here as well?

The photo was published on his Official Site within a day of the release of his Wait music video. I watched the images of loss and grief. The cup is spilt, the man will never reach what he frantically runs toward. The child is gone. If only they could reverse time, put the liquid back in the cup she would be saved. But the “pitiless wave” crashes against a wall and she helplessly falls.  The event is played backward and forward as we all do in our minds at such times. It is a theme at once familiar and alien to us all. We are never prepared.

That in a nutshell is my interpretation of the video. A dark, disturbing, dream-like work, beautiful in its images and pathos, made more beautiful by the voice and emotion of David Archuleta.

A couple of days before the video was released and purely on a whim, to have something to do over the long holiday weekend I bought the DVD of the movie “Inception.” I knew nothing about it except that David had referenced it to a dream he had that led to his writing the song, “Elevator.”

“It’s literally about a dream I had. That’s the first line – ‘I had a dream last night.  It was kind of like the movie ‘Inception’ or something. …It’s kind of reflective of my life right now.”

Source:  Interview with Regis Philbin, Archuleta explains the orgin of “Elevator.”

I watched the Wait video when it came out several times and only afterwards, in a moment of boredom, watched Inception. It was entertaining but no connection immediately appeared. Later that evening I watched the Wait video again and suddenly an “aha” moment hit me in the solar plexus.

For those of you who may live under the same rock I inhabit, here is a quick description of the movie, Inception. Using technology from the military, architects (who build the dreams) and a team of others, go into dreams that they have the ability to share. They find that with enough sedation, they can go three layers deep, “a dream within a dream,” as it were, to quote Poe. Their mission is to go into one particular man’s dream and plant a thought that will alter events in his and many other’s lives. There is more to it but as in Wait, that’s it in a nutshell.

Interestingly, there are scenes in the movie Inception called, the Zero Gravity Sequence and the Elevator Sequence. The song Zero Gravity was written in 2009 while Inception did not come out until 2010. In the Elevator Sequence, filmed on the California coast, there are black, craggy embankments rising up from the ocean, similar to the photo above that accompanies his Christmas greeting to his fans and the release of the Wait video. Not much of significance to note in any of this, just some random serendipity. More significantly, the word inception itself means “the beginning of something.” Also the explosion of objects that then hang suspended in space before gently falling is a sign that a dream is collapsing. Thus the shards of glass with the collapse of the dream in the death of a child, and in the end, sheets of paper (letters?) weightlessly floating downward.

You may say I’m a dreamer,
But I’m not the only one.

No, he is not the only one because in the dream that is the Wait video, it is all of us, the viewers, his fans, who are the dreamers. David is an intruder in the dream.  Watch the following clip and see if you see the aha moment too.


Just as in the movie Inception, he is there to plant a thought in our minds that will alter future events for him, for ourselves, and for untold others. My question to you is….what is the message?

127 Responses to “Review: David Archuleta’s Wait Music Video”

  1. loulou said

    I think that the wait video is beautiful to me it represents someone who has passed and you did not get a chance to see them and tell them how much you care before they passed and you want that chance to do so now .But it is just to late ! I am sure we have all went through that .David is so good in that video.


  2. gladys said

    I guess David has struggled with his own desicion, since his departure from JIVE. David delay his decision for us.
    David’s message: he tells us he wants to start over. The initial image, david is standing in the middle of the street, behind him there are many cars, but in the same final image, no cars, he is alone in the street and no cars in sight.
    Do not know what happens inside david, but one thing very clear to me, David does not want to be alone when he returns.
    He knows that we all support his decision, but also knows there are risks.
    I see him standing far away and with only one question in his face, you wait for me?
    Like any artist, David is often unsafe.
    The question I see is, why you wait for me?


  3. marlie7 said

    If David ever doubted how inspiring he is, how many lives he’s touched and changed, this should change his mind.


  4. Angelica, your work is definately a workout for the mind. Among the things that have come as reality is the truth that David has always been complex more than I ever imagined. Most of the time whenever there was to be something taking place in his career, we have waited for the news, the announcement and then we looked for hints and finally it seemed at the last moment we heard what was to take place. So yes this man is complex and I am not crtain why just now. It has been a torment at times.

    A most ineresting writing and comparrison.

    Gladys, I always love to hear what you have to say!



  5. Heidijoy said

    Angelica, Such food for thought! Thank You for the effort this must have taken to put together. My brain is trying to grasp it all. With PTSD it is a process. Wait is my favorite song from the Asian Edition. When we gathered in the Plaza restaurant after the SLC concert and “announcement’ all I could think was Wow the significance of the Song Wait is us fans saying Wait Wait Don’t Go. When the video came out it was hard to even have the desire to watch it. David looks so handsome and so serious. The various scenes are reminders of sudden loss and the pain of not being able to get someone back.
    I noticed in the Inception scene,someone bumps her shoulder much like the man does to David in his video.
    Gladys I enjoyed your scenario!!
    Yes David has a lot of depth!! I don’t see David doing anything that doesn’t have meaning and depth. I’m on this journey for the long run! I have my Twitter candle!!!


  6. ray said

    hello all ,gladys i agree with you i fell that is what he is now content with his decsion,will miss him very much,,still haveing hard time to listen to him sing,but have his pic.back up. i belive even more he was sent here by the good lord,and he is in traing for what is to come and we must be there to support him at that time in the furture,, will the little men in white coats come knocking on my door ,LOL


  7. Heidijoy said

    Thanks Marlie for the beautiful International Fan tribute. Love that it ended with “Waiting On The World To Change” from Beaver Creek………….and do I hear an AMEN!


  8. angelofdja said

    Gladys, just like so many others, this video has me thinking. I have to tell you though, I like the way your mind works! Thank you for sharing!
    Abrra, your birthday post for David is beautiful! I know he was feelin’ the love from near and far. He has brought a world of good to my life. I couldn’t be more excited for what the future has in store for him, and for us.
    My candle will stay lit for as long as he needs. It is heartwarming to know you all will still be here. Thanks so much for that. 😉


  9. kaycee said

    Thank you so much to all who have posted articles and made comments this past week. So many beautiful and insightful thoughts. David truly does inspire the best in us.

    Bliss asked a question a few days ago and due to company and holiday activities, I was unable to respond at that time. Having two children return from missions this past year, I thought I’d share some of my own observations. My son served in remote villages in a third world country, and my daughter served in a large city in the USA. Each missionary’s experience is different and unique, and how they are affected depends so much on the individual.

    In regards to my own children…”did they come back different?”…yes and no. They came home the same wonderful people, just a deeper, more multidimensional version of themselves—more compassionate and tolerant, more appreciative of what they have, more comfortable in their own skin, more aware of the needs of others, more willing to try new things, more able to embrace life, and more aware of “the bigger picture”. They both resumed their college education in the same majors they had previously chosen, and they both returned to the activities and hobbies they loved…but with a new zest and appreciation.

    If you’re worried about David not returning to music, I wouldn’t worry for a minute…with my own children, their mission just deepened their love for it. Just yesterday, I listened from the other room as they played the guitar and harmonized…not to a church hymn (which, by the way they love)…but a Jason Mraz song…then a Jack Johnson song…then a John Mayer song! Previous to a mission, my son would rather die than sing a note. Music was a great part of his mission, like it is in most missions. I forced him to take piano lessons for almost 2 years as a child (which he absolutely hated), but he ended up playing the piano on many occasions for worship services and firesides as well as singing for special events and even conducting congregations and choirs! He was even allowed to purchase a guitar for personal use during his down time. From a son who used to groan and roll his eyes when I would suggest Christmas caroling, he was the one to bring it up this year!

    My daughter, on the other hand, has always loved and participated in music, and is actually a vocal music major, but her mission experiences gave her a greater joy in music and a new level of musical expression. She, like David, had already attained so many of the above mentioned characteristics before her mission, but she came home with a peace and confidence she had not had before, and a fresh zest and love of life and all people.

    I know this is already way too long, but I wanted to add one more thing. My children came home with a whole new set of powerful relationships, not just relationships with the people they served (which was very powerful), but also with the other missionaries as well. They associate very closely with the other missionaries, struggle together, pray together, laugh together, serve together, etc. I hear my children talking to these friends now, and there is is such a closeness and appreciation there. The neat thing is they come from all walks of life—in the mission field, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from, how rich or poor your family is, what color your skin is, how educated you are, how famous you are…it’s about what is inside. I am excited for David to be able to make new friendships with people his own age without the glare of his celebrity status.


  10. djafan said

    Hmmmm…David tweets.

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie

    “Wisdom comes to those who listen.”


  11. Heidijoy said

    Kaycee, Thank You so much for sharing so much about your children’s experiences and benifits from having served a mission. I especially liked to hear about the music and the relationships they developed. …and oh what a pleasure it must be to hear your children(adults) singing with each other and with the family.
    Our family enjoys singing Carols together on Christmas Eve. None of us our musicians and when my nieces husband played a TV screen with all the songs printed and in tune for us, it made it so enjoyable.
    ………thanks again for sharing.


  12. bluesky said

    Kaycee! I loved your post.


  13. Kaycee: Thanks so much for sharing a little of your son’s & daughter’s mission experiences & what they gained from it. It helps me a great deal to have this insight & encourages me in my attempt to put David’s happiness over my own sad feelings of him being gone from us for two years..closer to my goal now. This will be a truly amazing time in David’s life. Thank you for sharing.


  14. As a parent and now a grandparent I have seen our three children leave home each to their own calling. They had their spiritual beginnings with us as they went to Sunday school, were baptised and later joined the church. Each of the three took part in church activities and learned about community service, caring, sharing and giving. All three accompanied choirs with instruments during those years. All three learned about other religions as their friends sometimes took them to their churches.

    There are indeed so many ways for children of the world to learn about themselves and to become leaders or followers. When your child leaves home to any walk of life, the maturity, the independence, the soul searching begins. They have learned from us the parents who had them in our care, they learn from their teachers who give directions and they are inspired by their grandparents who teach them about the world as they have known it.

    I have watched as my children and my friend’s children changed and matured during their time away from home with their education or their career internships. I have watched as they walked in paths that have led them to emergency work, critical stress counselling (on the shores of Peggy’s Cove after Swissair went down into the ocean), and 24/7 service for fire and medical response. I have stood back and watched (and took part) with all three as they met the refugee planes from Kosovo that landed at our Canadian airbase. They remained at the base sometimes for a full 24 hours with the possible exposure to TB and other diseases. When the days were hot they brought van loads of the youth home with them at a time, youth who had fled from the dorms of their universities running for their own lives. They and their spouses helped with the thousands of stranded Americans who stayed with us during 911.

    So my point is this, there are many, many stories about our children around the world who grow and learn, have problems of their own and help the people of the world. Perhaps while we sit and watch and wait, we can read stories about the youth from all places, from all walks of life, from all education and from all cultures. It would be most interesting.

    We have read several stories about one way of life, now here is just one other…



  15. Susie said

    I’m a lurker. I lurk every day. I lurk several times during the day. Sometimes at work I go to your site and select and print the comments so I can keep up. It comes to a time when you just can’t keep quiet.

    I’ve struggled as all of us have with David’s decision. I’ve been asked by my family – What will you do? They really are teasing me because they do not understand.

    But I do have a plan. When David leaves , I am going to relive his journey. Fall in love with his person and his music all over again. I’m going to revisit chronologically all of his performances, his tweets, his blogs & vlogs from his first “Waiting on the World to Change” to his last “Waiting on the World to Change”.

    January will be 4 years of David. I’ve got 2 years to cram in 4 years. I hope that the fan sites have great archives, if not, YouTube will be my best friend. Hopefully, before I know it, he will be back & back with a widened sense of spirituality, purpose & confidence. He will be back to convey his message through song.

    As far as David’s mission, the LDS Church is smart. They chose David as the first Utahan (? spelling) and the youngest performer to be their guest singer for 2010. Why? What is their criteria for their choices? What do they want to connect to their “followers”?

    They want the “spirit” to be conveyed. They wanted the message of the beautiful birth of Christ to be conveyed; and David rewarded them with wonders unimagined, even before he sang a word, with sold out tickets and throngs of people beyond their doors.

    I feel they have given him a mission to utilize his particular talent, to connect through music. Music is so important to the Mormon Church, by evidence of having the most famous choir throughout the world. I get comfort in feeling David will be proclaiming his beliefs and fulfilling his mission in the way that he knows best – through music.

    Thank You to The Voice for giving us a place to proclaim our love for David to those who understand.


  16. jans11 said

    Angelica, your post is a very in-depth, thought provoking post! In which it has to be to even begin to understand the video. Very well written, but I still don’t know exactly what the message he’s trying to convey. Maybe I’m just dense. But it’s also another side of David that I never fully understood. He does that to me all the time…never ceases to amaze me yet again!


  17. Kathyh said

    Kaycee, thank you so much for sharing your family’s experiences with their missions. I learned so much and feel more excited for David and relieved for myself.


  18. sweetonDA said

    Angelica, I love how your mind works! I’m not a deep thinker as you can probably tell by my comments, but I really enjoy reading your posts. They do make me think and this one is no exception. I will have to watch these two clips over and over to try and decipher the message. Poe’s poem goes so perfectly with those pictures. Great job!

    Gladys, David will not be alone when he returns because we will all be here waiting for him and you will more than likely be speaking English better than us. 🙂

    Marlie, that thank you video is the best! Thanks for bringing it over.

    Kaycee, thank you for answering Bliss’s question and sharing your insights on the growth you see in your two returned missionaries.

    SB, “We have read several stories about one way of life, now here is just one other…” Thank you for sharing.


  19. bluesky said


    Thank you so much for sharing the experiences you have listed here. I wondered about things I have shared – wondered if it were too much. But now, having read your post, I find that I really love knowing more about your life and your family. It brings depth and a more multi-dimensional feeling to “knowing” you. I like your idea about sharing experiences. I believe that there is much more that we hold in commonality as people than might divide us as differences.

    One persons journey becomes the journey of us all.


  20. marlie7 said

    Susie – I invite you (and anyone else) to dig in the archives of TDC for the history of David Archuleta – beginning with the very first NotingDavid post, and including a complete archive of every American Idol performance, every Tour, every event, all cataloged (well, fairly well) and easily searchable. That is what it is there for – to let us each relive the best moments, the ones that made us fall in love with David, that made us swoon, and even the ones that occasionally made us cringe.

    I’m hoping over the next 2 years to make sure that we don’t lose those videos, that we capture them and store them for people to look at when they need to hear that voice and see the face that captured us all. I’m hoping to fill in any missing pieces and tag everything for the easiest searching and accessing.

    Please feel free to search, even if you don’t feel free to post over there for whatever reason. We haven’t captured all that material for any other reason than to share it.


  21. marlie7 said

    Oh, the fans just love him…


  22. djafan said


    You have me using parts of my brain I didn’t even know existed lol I have always admired the way your brain works. The picture David “chose” for his holiday greetings has had me in knots. Why that picture? the sun, the expression, that “look”. What is he saying to us? I don’t know but he sure means it. The poem is perfect, just perfect.

    Now the Wait video. I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve watched it. David’s brief explanation from the Christmas tour is all I had to analyze. But you sure bring out some interesting things. First I need to watch the movie Inception. The clip you posted was shocking to me, the same scene in David’s video. Just not enough for me to decipher. David has always liked songs with messages and he’s become a genius at it.

    I’ll keep trying.

    Gladys, your scenario is a good one. Your brain also sees things I miss.

    Kaycee and SB, thanks for sharing of your experiences. I believe that there are many ways to learn and grow spiritually and SB just shared another. There are many religions and churches that encourage mission work and all in different ways, mine included. SB, it looks to me like your children are on a life long mission with the type of work they do, helping others. Very admirable and fulfilling I’m sure.

    Susie, Welcome to The Voice.

    Now going back to try to decipher David’s message 🙂


  23. Pattirae said

    I not only love you (dearly) but I love everything you write on this wonderful fan site, along with all the other moderators. This is always my first place to go, sleepy eyes and all! I loved your explanation of the video as I didn’t get it at all at first. This has helped me a lot. Thank you for your genius insight and creativity.

    I loved Kaycee’s description of her son’s and daughter’s mission experiences. Two of our missionary daughter’s had the same kind of impact on their lives and were so glad they went. I also loved SandyBeaches description of very similar experiences with her children and the growth and strength that comes from serving others. We all have stories to share on the personal growth that adult children acquire, sometimes even surprising us with their wisdom, perseverance, hard work, sacrifice, and just plain guts.

    I would like to clarify something Susie#15 said in her comments. She said, “…the LDS church is smart. They chose David as the first Utahn and the youngest performer to be their guest singer for 2010.” The Church itself is not involved in the selection process of the guest singers and narrators for the Choir. They are chosen by the leadership of the Choir. I have mentioned Ron Gunnell, my husband’s cousin before (think Mentor’s International Gala.) He is a member of the Choir, the PR person for the Choir (he’s the one who goes to the artist’s homes, wherever they live in the world to invite them personally) and he’s also Assistant to the Choir President. I thought I’d share with you the story of how they came to get David as the artist for 2010. They wanted and asked for him in 2009 but Jive would not allow it. So Ron tried again in April of 2010. Jive would not give them an answer and it was looking somewhat grim again. Ron told us that it took several months of talks and persuasion before they finally relented. It took until October, just a few weeks before the tickets were to go on sell. He said it was nerve wracking to say the least. Then to have it the most successful, in demand (tickets) and best selling (Glad Christmas Tidings) Choir performance ever performed after all these years!!

    I don’t want to make this too long but I just have to tell you another story about Ron and David and our family. After the funeral of my husband’s brother last month, Ron and I were talking and as always the subject of David comes up (and often by him:) He asked if I was going to Abravanal Hall for David’s Christmas concert. I said yes, also the one in Black Foot, and Cedar City. He said that he wanted to arrange a private meeting with David to meet my family after the show. What can I say, I hugged him and hoped it would really happen. He called me in the late afternoon that day from Abravanal Hall and said he was with David (he accompanies David every time he does anything in Utah, appearances, book signings, performances, etc.) He said that David said it would be impossible to meet after the show, but if we arrived at 6:30pm we could be with him right after the VIP. Ron met us in the foyer (there were eight of us—partial family.) He took us down a myriad of hallways until we were face to face with the most adorable person on planet earth. Everyone shook hands with David, visited for about 20 minutes, then we all had our individual or couple pictures taken with him. He was glowing with happiness, and even though I have met David several times before, I don’t think I have ever seen him smile so much and seem so happy. Then to experience the concert, well, what can I say, it was the most glorious night and will live in my heart forever. *tears*

    Love to all of you,



  24. tawna21 said

    Angelica, your analytical skills amaze me. They really do. I’m not in love with this video, so I haven’t really had a desire to figure it out. I just like the part about David being in it. 😉 Your comments do make sense to me though.

    There are some really good comments here from all of you. Please, don’t stop. Have I mentioned lately that I love this site? I’m pretty sure I have, but it bears repeating!!


    btw, this is interesting…


  25. Heidijoy said

    So nice to see you here Pattirae! I’m glad you got your visit. It probably was much better that way instead of the end. There was lots of family etc gathering after the showand it was so emotional. I’m so happy you made it to three concerts and thank you for sharing the info about David’s selection process for Motab.


  26. tawna21 said

    If anyone wants to read an exceptional fan tribute of the SLC show, check out SnowAngelz latest post by smanda. It’s beautiful.



  27. sweetonDA said

    Pattirae {{{{{hugs}}}}}


  28. kaycee said

    Hopefully my rather lengthy comment (#9) did not offend anyone. I truly did not intend to put my children and their experiences above anyone elses. I sincerely applaud and rejoice in the many opportunities out there for young people (as well as us old ones) that help them grow, experience life and find their path…and know there is so much good to be offered from all faiths and walks of life. I was just responding to Bliss’s questions and hopefully shedding a little insight into what David might experience in the next two years. Thank you, SB, for sharing your childrens’ experiences as well. I loved hearing about their wonderful acts of service to others.

    Pattirae…it was so nice meeting you in Cedar City!


  29. Hello Pattirae, so nice to see you here…

    I want to tell you about one of the most proud moments of my life.

    The date was one week after 9/11. My oldest daughter was married here in Canada on the Saturday following 9/11. The wedding was close to being cancelled because some of the wedding party was flying in and planes had not been flying for days. We did something that was not traditional here and that was for the parents of the bride to make a speech. I simply wanted to ask all of the nurses, paramedics, doctors and firefighters attending the wedding to stand. We were caught up in the emotions of 9/11 and the services being given by all of the emergency personnel. Out of the 275 guests at the wedding I think that nearly 200 stood at our request. It was a sobering moment and my children were apart from them in the wedding party but these were their friends and they were toasted and thanked by the rest of the guests. I was so very proud of every person who stood that day and it was not our disaster directly. These were someone elses children helping people from another country who needed assistance at the time of a disaster.

    You can go far and wide, but also the help you can give at home is essential to our lives.



  30. betsy said

    It’s out officially. The Real Thing.

    thank you David’s facebook page
    credit to ChannelVHD


  31. Susie said

    #20 – Marlie7 – I thank you for your invitation. I have to be honest and say that I have never visited your web site. I’m guessing that TDC is The David Chronicles. I will be there soon and look forward to experiencing its content.

    #23 – Pattirce – I envy you for knowing the selection process and apologize and respect your correction. Regardless of who was the initiator of their choice of David, I reward them for the awareness to know, he as a 19 year old, could convey their holy message. He makes us, his fans, so honored and proud.


  32. bluesky said

    Dear Angelica

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful article. I love getting a glimpse of your layered way of thinking. Hurray!

    Just watching the video now and I have to say that I must really be a visual person, because it never made sense to me until I saw it just now in a clear image and presentation. Guess I needed the clarity.

    For me, it seems really simple. I work with trauma survivors (among other groups)… (amazing how many DA fans are in related fields?) Someone who has lost a loved one or has been in a similarly traumatic situation has flashbacks. These often come at unexpected times. One can be in the middle of a crowd or alone. The overwhelming memory stops everything. And if it is a memory of someone they have lost who is dear to them, the urge to hold on to it now, despite whatever else is happening, can be very great. And very difficult.

    So for me, the video is about that moment: sweet and bitter at the same time. “I’ll find a way to make it last.” “Don’t go.”
    He mentioned that the music video was about someone who has already gone, so the words, “Don’t go”, are even more poignant.
    And the trains at the beginning, one on each side with him in the middle, for me depict the past and the future and how we can sometimes get caught in-between. Each of the sequences shown shows both sides of the past, the sweet and the bitter, the before and the after.

    The shoulder hit? Yes to your dream theory. And also it feels to me like the hit one takes from the unexpected. Or from present demands that cannot be met without being colored and upset by the past. After the papers fly, DA is backlit by cars with emergency lights flashing. Big things can strike suddenly. They can seem as sudden as a falling cup. Simple yet devastating.

    At the end, the regular noises come back. DA is alone. We are alone. I think many of us may have experienced this type of feeling.

    Well. Did not mean that to be a downer. (^_^)

    Seems to me that the joy DA sends forth is grounded by layers and depths that touch us all, that he is more a dedicated pilgrim than a drive by player in life.

    Thanks for your insight and point of view. Always a pleasure.

    ps – Pattirae!!!! *waves*


  33. MT said

    Love your article. You are such a deep thinker and I love the way your mind works.

    My theory on the vid: When the man passes David and bumps into him, maybe it represents how sometimes whe don’t see what’s right in front of our eyes, and the video is telling us not to take the people in our lives for granted, to look around and see what we have, take good care and treasure it … Once they’re gone, then we’re wishing we could turn back time to get it right. (Just a theory)

    thanks for sharing your story. I find it very reassuring to think that the David we know won’t be too dramatically changed.

    And the HD vid is gorgeous! I’ll admit I wasn’t a huge fan of it with the rather fuzzy version. But wow, David’s eyes in the clear one, looking straight at the camera …. His portrayal of the emotion is good too. Actually, the whole concept seems to be growing on me. I think I really like it.

    Thanks for sharing your experience with David and those little tidbits about him getting to sing with the MTC. You mentioned it’s the best selling (GCT)CD/DVD. Is it really? That’s awesome. I haven’t really heard how sales are doing. Do you know what the numbers are by any chance and/or how it compares to other years? I would love to know.


  34. tawna21 said

    #30…I must admit that seeing a cleaner version of the video helps me to want to watch it more.


  35. Angelica said

    The HD version is now in the article. Got it in an email tonight. It is crystal clear and beautiful. Thanks Betsy for putting it in comments.

    Back later but just want to say “muwaah!” to Pattirae! Love you too so much!


  36. poof said

    Thanks for your interpretation and thoughts on the video. And thanks everyone for your interpretations too. I just love the video, though I didn’t at first.(Yes, the better tape makes a huge difference.) I think it is beautiful; the black and white, the water and broken glass, David. I love his stiff, exaggerated motions and poses. It does seem dream like, but even that could be open to interpretation. There might be a story there, possibly. I really like that it is so open. It makes you think, play it again, think about it some more and play it again. And then there is the beautiful song. David looks so mature and lovely. If people only knew him from American Idol, I think this is a wonderful video to reintroduce him, a grown up, spectacular, David.

    This video is such a contrast to others. Check out David Cook’s The Last Goodbye video for an example.
    Think I’ll go watch this one, one. more. time. 🙂


  37. djafan said

    The message is…. David wants us to wait for him.


  38. Angelica said


    Thank you. It really is just that simple. If my brain on David makes things complex, it is because I find him to be just that. I would not still be here almost 4 years if he were not. I would have surely become bored long ago. Inception’s explanation of the shoulder bump as a sign of the subconscious resisting change makes sense to me. If the video is really a dream we all go into then that encounter proves his presence is there as a messenger. He has made it clear in the past that he likes messages, songs with messages. The message is repeated over and over. Wait for me. He is coming back to us, his fans and to his music.

    I found it interesting, (though I admit to be overly analytical and always searching for the meaning in things) that he tweeted this morning…”Wisdom comes to those who listen.” I kept repeating it in my head because it reminded me of another saying, more well known. One he would never tweet but maybe wanted us to make the connection for ourselves.

    _____ ______ come to those who _____.

    Like all art the video is open to personal interpretation. It may mean one thing to one and another to someone else. No view is wrong. We get from a work what we bring to it from our own experience and frame of reference. If what moves you is merely the visual beauty of the piece and his voice, you will come away fully fulfilled.

    Thanks to everyone once again for so many thoughtful and informative comments about your own children’s experiences in and out of the LDS church. We have some fine young people out there performing selfless service but it seems only the ones who mess up get any media attention. I’m waiting for the world to change.


  39. Shanny in Australia said

    I have enjoyed reading all the stories and comments here. Thanks everyone.

    Pattirae, are you saying that Glad Christmas Tidings has been their best selling PBS Christmas special? I have been wondering how well it had been selling and hoped for David’s sake it was doing well.


  40. skydancer1x said

    Angelica, will you lend me your brain? Dak thought mine was a piece of gum and threw it away some time ago and I really really love yours♥.:))
    After watching the ‘real’ video,(what a difference) I can at least appreciate the beauty of the piece more, even though I come up with somewhat different takes on it,each time I view it. I am more than content, just watching David.He looks stunning and sounds beautiful, and I love this song so much.
    “Wait is about sometimes not knowing what’s reality and what’s dream.”-David Archuleta.
    Love the poem by Poe.Love reading anything Poe.Love David. That top picture. He is so mystifying.

    Kaycee, SB, Bluesky…all of your children, and your stories this morning are so wonderful to read about.. they are amazing people.

    note:(SB♥, I have many friends who were stranded on 9/11 within the airline industry, and know exactly what our ‘friends to the north’ did, to help stranded passengers and flight crews alike, when planes were grounded♥.We will never forget.)

    {{{ Pattirae}}}
    So happy you got time with “the man” after VIP!♥What a night.

    Thanks all of you.Going back to watch the video again.


  41. Bebereader said


    Thank you for all your efforts in analyzing the “Wait” video. I know it wasn’t easy. I didn’t realize until you pointed out that David’s input is all over this video from the comparison to the movie “Inception” which he has spoken about many times to the video’s hidden message, asking us to wait for him.
    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    (from tumblir)
    He rarely does something without sending a message whether in song or tweet. This is the most mature video he’s done so far.

    Kaycee, Thank you for the information on missions for those of us, like me who hadn’t a clue. Knowledge is power.

    And SandyBeaches, thank you for offering other ways young people can grow and learn rom all kinds of life experiences.

    PattiRae, I love love love when you tell us inside tidbits about anything David. Please continue. Your comments are always a pleasure to read. 🙂


  42. Heidijoy said

    For those that weren’t able to go to the MKOC tour and for those that were: has new merchandise for sale. Check it out under Merchandise.


  43. davidstopsmyaging said

    Hello Everyone,

    Angelica, I love your analysis of “Wait”. You are a deep thinker, too. I especially like this:

    “Just as in the movie Inception, he is there to plant a thought in our minds that will alter future events for him, for ourselves, and for untold others. My question to you is….what is the message?”

    It is so interesting to read all the different perspectives of what David is trying to say to us. I’ll bet that is just what he wanted the video to do….to effect each of us in different ways. We all have our own life experiences, and because of this, we each see it in our own unique ways. It would be so intriging to have him tell us what it all means to HIM, but I wonder if he ever will. It is almost making more connections to his fans by having them ponder the meaning IMO.

    “Wait” is about loss, confusion, despair, to be sure…David even said this. But what I see is not so much loss about SOMEONE, but SOMETHING. I see it being about loss of childhood, innocense, or the way things used to be. In some ways, I think it is about David’s loss of his youth. The child falling, the

    businessman running into David in an agressive manner, (could represent the label companies—humph), the trains running almost into him, him standing along at the end. I thought about this alot—and that is what I see. Also, the other “messages” he has been giving us seem to fit, the “I am not a child any longer, and I will take control of my life” message. “Me and my drum”, the beautiful picture of him with the sunlight behind him—“I am David, David Archuleta” In a way, it seems like he is mourning the loss of youth –like when he became emotional about Christmas caroling with his siblings, and I’ll bet his sister’s marriage has been emotional for him, too. I think his mission will be the beginning of his step into adulthood for him. I think he needs it to move forward.

    So, to anyone who cares, I just thought I would share. Sorry so long, and sorry if there is a big space in the middle—my computer is acting wierd!


  44. Abrra said

    I waited for a day to post about this article because I still don’t see how the scenes in the video relate to David or the song lyrics in a meaningful way. I went on a search to find out why my brain does not comprehend the symbolism. I get “sadness=loss”, “rain= tears”, the sudden impact of the cup and the shattering glass=death. Past those symbols, I am “EH?”

    Angelica thank you for giving this topic a reasoned explanation. It is one of the best analyses to date of the ones I have seen posted over many sites.

    I went to the finder of all facts, Google, to see what kind of brain function I demonstrate.

    Here are the results of my taking the left/right brain creativity test. As you see, I have a balanced brain 😉 This might contribute to my lack of insight here. I seem to be a mental fence sitter 😉

    Left Brain Right Brain
    55% 45%

    You are more left-brained than right-brained. Your left brain controls the right side of your body. In addition to being known as left-brained, you are also known as a critical thinker who uses logic and sense to collect information. You are able to retain this information through the use of numbers, words, and symbols. You usually only see parts of the “whole” picture, but this is what guides you step-by-step in a logical manner to your conclusion. Concise words, numerical and written formulas and technological systems are often forms of expression for you. Some occupations usually held by a left-brained person include a lab scientist, banker, judge, lawyer, mathematician, librarian, and skating judge. BTW I am none of these.

    Take the test if you like 🙂



  45. Abrra said


    Thank you for the link to his OS store. I wanted a hoodie so much! I went over and ordered 2 .



  46. MT said


    Thanks for that link. I love those things! Unfortunately I am not a creative one either. 😦 It says I am a left brain thinker. I am systematic and logical. Hmmm, guess that’s about right.
    Score: Left > 53/47 < right

    I do love math, but have never been those things either, LOL but I did work in accounting for about 10 years. Loved it. Numbers are consistent, non changing. 2+2 will always equal 4. It won't change it's mind and equal 5 on some days. LOL I like consistency.


  47. Heidijoy said

    #45 Abrra Ha! Your welcome. I ordered one hoodie and two differnent Tshirts. I gave all my Concert stuff away ie;t shirts,posters, pictures,and backpacks to younger fans that would use them more than I.
    So now I decide to order. ha! ha!


  48. tawna21 said

    If I could take a selfish moment here and interrupt this amazing thread for an announcement–*clears throat*– I just finished my last shift at work…I am officially retired from my place of employment for the last, almost, 18 years!!! 🙂 🙂

    “That’s all I have to say ’bout that”–Forrest Gump


    I think I’ll go take Abrra’s thinking test. haha


  49. davidstopsmyaging said

    Congratulations Tawna21! What a wonderful accomplishment…

    I just wanted to add to my above post that I loved Susie’s #15 thought about David’s mission involing music somewhere—-I hope that is what happens.

    Also, thanks to those who are sharing about their children’s missions. So interesting to read…..

    Also, Pattirae….so great to hear from someone so close to the source!


  50. Heidijoy said

    Tawna21, Congratulations on your Retirement!! Any speciall plans. I love Retirement!!


  51. PandasMama said

    Angelica, thank you for your analysis of the video. I agree with Abrra, it is one of the best I have read. It has given me much to think about.

    I, personally, am not very good at this type of analysis so my mind has been mulling over all that I have read, WAITING for something to just grab me and shout “this is what it means.” I even dared to ask my not-much-of-a-David-fan photographer / husband to watch and give me his opinion.(See, I am desperate to figure it out.) He seems to agree with what #43- Davidstopsmyaging said; the video is more about the loss of something than someone. He thinks it’s about something that you can no longer have.

    Abrra, I took the creativity test and I’m even more of a fence sitter than you are, but I am leaning the other way. I scored Left – 49% and Right – 51%. This is what it says : You are more right-brained than left-brained. The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body. In addition to being known as right-brained, you are also known as a creative thinker who uses feeling and intuition to gather information. You retain this information through the use of images and patterns. You are able to visualize the “whole” picture first, and then work backwards to put the pieces together to create the “whole” picture. Your thought process can appear quite illogical and meandering. The problem-solving techniques that you use involve free association, which is often very innovative and creative. The routes taken to arrive at your conclusions are completely opposite to what a left-brained person would be accustomed. You probably find it easy to express yourself using art, dance, or music. Some occupations usually held by a right-brained person are forest ranger, athlete, beautician, actor/actress, craftsman, and artist.

    I think this pretty well sums me up; working backwards, quite illogical and meandering, and completely opposite of others. Obviously I have missed my true calling as a forest ranger. HAHA.


  52. tawna21 said

    Thank you davidstopsmyaging–I’m ready for the next era..whatever that may be.

    Heidijoy—no special plans yet—learn how to cook for my hubby, again, for one thing.

    Abrra—- left 63% right 37% I’ve always said I’m seriously left-hand handicapped, this proves it! haha



  53. Angelica said

    I scored left 43 right 57.


    I like your analysis of the video. I was actually thinking along those same lines, loss being of youth, dreams, etc. Then I watched the movie inception and they planted a thought in my head that altered my views. haha. Still think we’re both right and at another time in the rolling year, I may see something completely different, depending on my perspective at that time.

    Tawna! Congratulations on your retirement!


  54. Heidijoy said

    Ok Abrra and others, you got me curious. Left-54% Right Brain-46%
    Left Brain Percentages Verbal-Most dominant characteristic 0% Symbolic (least dominant)

    Right Brain Percentages Holistic-Most dominant 24% Fantasy Oriented (Least dominant)

    Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmm!


  55. silverfox said

    I was reminiscing about last NYE when David appeared in Las Vegas. We were so happy he was on National TV and he was soooooo good and looked fantastic! I remember being so happy for him. He had just done the concerts with MOTAB & I thought he could have the world in the palm of his hands if that’s what he wanted.


  56. Heidijoy said

    SF Yes loved that outfit, that performance and the end of a wonderful 2010. He has become an even better performer and singer as evidenced in MKOC performances. I get a little pang in my tummy thinking about it.!
    Thank God we have lots of memories and You tubes to enjoy!!
    Wish David had a New Year’s Eve performance this year!


  57. MT said

    48. Tawna … Congratulations on your Retirement!! I hope you have lots of fun times and truly enjoy retirement.


  58. betsy said

    I’ve had a hard time the past few days writing anything. But I’m working through it. 🙂

    Abs, that test of yours! Fun to take, but grrrrr. I hate being different. (having 6 older, smarter, prettier sisters did this to me, lol)
    Left 43/ right/57

    Angelica, I liked your review. It made me think.
    The video is completely gorgeous. David is gorgeous. The message, to me, is not complicated. (apparently my brain doesn’t work that way, lol)
    It’s sadness. Sadness over the death of someone or something. Wishing it undone.
    p.s. I haven’t seen Inception.
    p.p.s. I broke out my watercolors this weekend. It’s been too long. I plan to go at this hard. 🙂


  59. dakgal said

    Angelica—Thanks a lot!!! I’m sooo glad I didn’t post my thoughts to your question—I’d have been so embarrassed! 🙄 Way over thought the whole thing-so much my brain hurts—it must look like a ball of wadded up yarn that I’ll never get untangled.

    Now I’m off to take the brain test and assess the damage.

    Sky—your brain is still intact—just stuck to the bottom of my shoe that I had on that day. I will scrape it off and send it back to you. 😉

    I do have a question to pose to all of you though and need your thoughts—

    Unless David goes to the highest mountain in Tibet—How are they ever going to keep his voice from being discovered—hence him? I read where he can sing at church services and functions, where members can bring guests—now– the minute one beautiful note comes out of his mouth—people are going to start talking about it and as word spreads and it will—somebody is going to investigate. Internet is everywhere— If he vocalizes every day— which he should to keep his voice in good shape—word will leak out about that too. I just can’t figger it out.—- Thoughts???


  60. tawna21 said

    Wow! SF #55— that was a year ago! How time flies, and look at the amount of water that has gone under the proverbial bridge in that time. Thanks for posting that reminder video. He was so gorgeous that night.

    Dak #59– me too —> ‘I just can’t figger it out.—- Thoughts???’ 😉



  61. skydancer1x said

    58. Betsy LOL! I promise I did not peek at your answers 😉 but I just took the test,and my results were EXACTLY the same as yours.! left 43, right 57!!! cross my heart.-X haha
    Dak,my postal person tends to bring me other peoples mail, so just stick my brain on a carrier pigeon and I will keep my eyes out for it.: )need that sucker.

    I have been up and down today.It was beautiful weather in north Texas today, in the high 60’s and sunshine. ..nothing this Felt more like spring. I went for a long walk, and I started wondering…. will David be long gone when spring arrives? I feel that he will be leaving sooner than later. Do they leave immediately after training?


  62. skydancer1x said

    in the high 60′s and sunshine. ..nothing this….nothing this? what does that mean? see Dak, I do need my brain stat! and by the way. I just can’t figger it out either.

    Tawna, he looked amazing last New Years,yep! but oh so much younger to me after seeing him on the MKOC tour.dont’cha think?Just GAH.

    thanks for bringing that video over SF♥
    ps.Tawna, congrats on your retirement! that’s wonderful.(I am still coming down off my “work mode” and I left my job on the 12th.) takes a little while


  63. Heidijoy said

    Dakgal- Interesting questions you pose re: David’s singing while on his mission. Some interesting facts about David singing all over the country and in foreign lands during the last 4 years at Firesides and rarely has anything been posted or surfaced. Of course we can always Hope! Once in awhile someone will tweet that they saw him.
    I just hope he sings for us again when he is done with his mission.

    My cousin who is a die hard Elvis fan says that when he went into the Army he had recorded music ahead to be release periodically. David said he will be recording in January and February and has already recorded music we have never heard. I wonder if some will be released periodically while he is gone?? I have more questions than answers.

    I repeat I just hope he sings for us again when he gets back. This New Years Eve would be even better. Of course I still can’t listen to too many You tubes yet!


  64. dakgal said

    Tawna—Congrats on your retirement–you will love it–part I like the best was not having to be somewhere at a particular time– only at my choosing.

    Pigeons on its way–just be sure what it ” drops off” is the brain. 😯

    Brain test results –just as I thought ….Left 00%—Right 00%

    I have had a totally different take on the song before the video came out–now I have to ponder on it some more. Dang

    But , I like the video–kind of like looking at abstract art.


  65. betsy said

    Sky, lol! WHEW!
    It’s been raining here all day and melted most of the snow. But more snow in the forecast for tomorrow.
    He’s still got stuff to do, but I bet he’s gone by Spring.
    That hurt just to write it. 😦


  66. gladys said

    forgiveness for writing in Spanish, I can not say it more clearly, I can not say more.


    YO LO SE.


  67. ascphil said


    This is a wonderful analysis and the video has made more sense now especially when you made references to the movie Inception. I was just watching the HBO channel which announced that it is showing Inception as it’s New Year’s Eve feature tonight at 12 midnight. I’m an architect and I’ve always been fascinated by that movie’s concept, so I can’t wait to watch it again on TV this time.

    The first time I heard the song Wait, I always felt it was a song that we’d rather address to David especially after we’ve just had an encounter with him. And when he explained before he performed it several times that it’s about losing someone, I then thought that it could be about his estrangement from family and loved ones. But how could those be very sad feelings because they are still very much with him? The video is very dark and had so much angst. But with your analysis and after David’s recent announcement, it makes so much sense that the song is actually addressed to all of us who are dear to his heart. He knew all along that he will be away for a period of time, and he has had inner conflct about his decision, therefore the dream.

    Yes, David is so complex and mystifying, and yet the song should be listened to and taken pretty literally. In the video, he was really looking into our eyes and telling us to Wait for him. All the other images in the video are the concepts by the video director and could be his own version of symbols in the song with some input from David. I have my own interpretations of these images: Two trams that pass on each side of him while he is in a dream state and merge into the same track as they leave him (leaving two worlds behind – possibly public & family), he walks away from a fully lighted city at night without the expected hustle and bustle (no more busy city life), the woman dropping a cup of coffee (he couldn’t sleep), the young girl falling after swirling happily (the loss of youth or innocence), shattering of glass (breaking thru unseen obstacles), the man running after someone desperately (being left behind or leaving someone who cares deeply), a man who bumps him holding papers which fly into the air (forcefulness of legal documents, i.e. contracts – freedom from them?), a drop of water makes ripples on still water (his multiplying effect on a lot of people, his fans), the splashing of water against a vertical surface (a form of rebelling act that cleanses), a large splash as a man’s foot stomps water on the ground (an unexpected occurrence caused by a strong statement – his announcement?), splashing water and the effect of rain on his face (blessings that he receives/will receive), cars with flashing hazard lights behind him as he sings (a call for urgency, an alarm for us to take notice), the reversal of all these (he will miss the life he once had).

    When I first saw the video in its low-res form, I did not feel the angst in David’s face as much as I do now with the HD version. He has very emotive eyes which really penetrate the soul once you see them up close. Then after reading Angelica’s analysis, I have become very deeply affected by the video after viewing it several times. Like Falling Stars, which is my favorite in the TOSOD album, it is a song about bittersweet separation. And David is so good at making us cry. He makes me cry a lot (sniff!). How we’ll miss him!

    My only comment on the video, which is very well-made, is that the cameraman and director love his face so much that his body movements as he sings look exaggerated up close. If only his director told him that he is no longer in concert and could perform more subtly thru his eyes, just like he does when he isn’t singing, it would have been perfect. His sad face is just as gorgeous as when he smiles. I look forward to the day a good director gets the most out of those mesmerizing eyes and handsome face in a movie. I hope it happens soon enough.


  68. silverfox said

    About David’s beautiful video “Wait”, For me, the message is pretty simple yet powerful. Anyone who has lost a loved one suddenly & without warning has gone through the guilt & anguished feelings about all the things left unsaid but it’s too late, They are gone & there’s nothing you can do to bring them back or turn back time. You feel your world is shattered, your life is forever changed. All you have left are memories and dreams & you would give anything to be able to turn back time or for the dreams to last just one more minute. David’s is telling us to take time from our busy lives to let those we love how much they mean to us. I have had such an experience, and in fact still do. David is telling us not to waste precious time chasing material things of the world, when the most precious moments are those spent with those we love. That what i get from the video.

    The lyrics of the actual song though, sound more like a “lost love” or a breakup of a romantic relationship. The director of the video could have taken that direction, but David already did that type of video with ALTNOY.

    David takes direction VERY well. Especially since as far as I know, he has not yet experienced the loss of a close loved one. But his sensitivity & compassion allows him imagine how it must feel and he makes “acting” look easy.

    I do want to say one more thing. Like so many of David’s fans, I have gone through a myriad of feelings, from disbelief to sadness & even selfish anger..”How can he just leave us?” I understand why David is taking two + years to do what he feels in his heart he must do but I don’t feel I need to be reminded of how I should feel about it or made to feel guilty that I’m not thrilled about it. I can’t pretend all is well when my heart is hurting. However, me not being able to come to terms YET about David going away is my problem. For many of us, it will get worse before it gets better. For me, taking it day by day until he actually leaves is all I can do. He helped me through a dark period in my life & he has been a constant there since. It’s not easy to let go. I do want David to be happy, to live his life. I just thought he already was.

    Good night all. Sorry for the “downer”. It’s pretty much how I feel much of the time now it seems. but this too shall pass.


  69. Lynnella said

    I have been enjoying reading all of the interpretations posted here. I’m not sure what to make of the video. I wonder if it really has anything to do with the song itself. I wonder if the woman and the man are the parents of the child and have broken up and see the child in danger as a result. As for David’s becoming a missionary, I definitely think this is his passage to manhood, in the Church’s eyes, and possibly in the world’s eyes too. I realize that he isn’t required to do it by the church, but I think David feels a need to do this and feels he is being called by God to do it. I would never presume to question that calling. This may also be a way to break away from the “kid from Amer. Idol” image that people won’t let him escape. When he comes back, he will for sure be a man, not that he’s not already in our eyes. Annnnnd, laughing out loud at Sky and Dak’s exchanges about Sky’s brain. By the way, took the test and I am 50% left brain, 51% right brain. How can that be. My brain is more than 100%. No wonder I have a headache. I do write poetry, music and paint, and am left handed. Missed my calling for the lumberjack thing too, but did date one in college. Does that count?



  70. Susie said

    #49 – Davidstopsmyaging

    I am 99% sure that David himself stated that his mission involved music. I can’t find it right now, but when I do I will post it.


  71. djafan said

    Pattirae! Love hearing from you. How great that you got to spend some time with David and that you were able to attend multiple concerts. (((hugs)))

    Dak, hmmm David said music would be part of his mission, I hadn’t thought of your scenerio.

    SF, I remember that NYE performance, it’s still on my dvr and I watch it routinely. Looked, sounded, was great 🙂

    Sky, from what I’ve read once they enter into the MTC the clock begins and the length of stay depends on how fast they learn the language needed. My guess is if he is sent to a spanish speaking country his stay there will be short.

    Well I guess I’m almost perfectly balanced in my brain lol.

    Left Brain Right Brain
    50% 51%


  72. Susie said

    #49 – Davidstopsmyaging

    P.S. I’m not sure it if was reality or a dream!


  73. Susie said


    I’m not sure if it was reality or a dream!


  74. PattiNC said

    Ok took that brain 41% left / 59% right. pretty interesting..hate math, I’m a visual person and I’m artistic/creative

    Re: wait video, love all the explanations…I scored 0 on the symbolic so thanks for your insight!! ;). He does look great in the video, so much older. I too think he would make a good actor.


  75. Heidijoy said

    Djfan, Can you tell us what Gladys said #66.


  76. emmegirl said

    Betsy, six older sisters…wow, really! Prettier and smarter, don’t believe it for a second.

    Someone mentioned DC’s video. Watching the two…an exercise in contrast.

    Just really appreciate everyone sharing their thoughts, insight, fears, concerns, happiness, sadness…every single word you write, every feeling you express, helps me to feel not so alone…you all are amazing.

    All I know is, he is deliberate – the release of the video shortly after his announcement suggests a connection.

    Betsy, “He’s still got stuff to do, but I bet he’s gone by Spring. That hurt just to write it.” …sniff.

    SF, I’m already lamenting when he starts weaning us off his tweets.

    (thanks Heidijoy, I was hoping too for a translation of Gladys’s post. She has such a beautiful vulnerability when when writing about D.)


  77. marlie7 said

    Interesting brain test, Abrra. I was a little surprised by mine.

    Left Brain 45%
    Right Brain 55%


  78. ascphil said

    Abrra, I just took the test. Right-brainer here. 45%-left, 55%-Right

    SF, your take on Wait is exactly its universal appeal which is why a lot of us immediately loved it upon hearing the song.

    Dak, I have wondered myself how David will go about his mission being the celebrity that he is. But not everyone in the world has access to cable tv and the internet or have the resources to go to a city concert much less one in a foreign land. We have one time or another exclaimed how expensive it is to be a fan. Which is why I feel David feels compelled to reach the less fortunate in the world who don’t have the access to him that we who can afford have all enjoyed. I have often thought about this, of the people who have not heard his beautiful, healing voice because of their situation. This is why I am at peace with the idea of him going on this mission, because his gift is worth sharing most especially with the less fortunate. I want them to discover his wonderful gift and the exemplary person that he is, and be blessed by knowing him as well. Even if I will miss him so much, I feel that this is exactly what he has wanted to do ever since. It will energize him and feed his soul as much as he has energized us and fed our souls the past four years.

    Where I am we will be celebrating New Year’s Eve in less than twelve hours, so I’m using my time now on my laptop to greet everyone before things get hectic later preparing for the festivities at midnight.

    A Happy New Year & a Great 2012 to all!!! ❤


  79. dakgal said

    Heidijoy and Emmegirl

    Via Google translator–Gladys said:


    I know. <<<<<<part of message -not me saying it.


  80. gladys said

    My message is like the video of david, I say we really have very little time-

    I know.This statement is not only that, truly, I tell you, I know.


  81. Heidijoy said

    thank you Dakgal

    I agree Gladys Let’s show David our love!!


  82. emmegirl said

    Thanks Dak!
    Gladys, feels like no time at all, really. Feels surreal.

    Dak, I have been wondering about anonymity, etc, too. Idk, seems it would be difficult in today’s world.


  83. Angelica said

    Some great critiques of the Wait video here. ITA with all of you!


    “I understand why David is taking two + years to do what he feels in his heart he must do but I don’t feel I need to be reminded of how I should feel about it or made to feel guilty that I’m not thrilled about it.”

    I think I can say with complete confidence that none of us are thrilled about his leaving us. I may be wrong but I think you may be confusing some people’s support for what he has decided in his own heart to do with criticism of others who are not happy about it. None of us are happy about it. We are all trying to deal with it the best we know how. Our feelings are our feelings. What can be done ? They just are what they are. There is no way around them, only through. I do hope everyone here knows they absolutely have every right to their emotions and feels at liberty to express them. How else are we gonna get through this?

    Dakgal, lol!

    “Pigeons on its way–just be sure what it ” drops off” is the brain. 😯
    Brain test results –just as I thought ….Left 00%—Right 00%”

    I remember that exchange a while back between you and Sky. She posted something random and then came back to say that she had lost her brain and had anyone seen it? She said something like, it’s gray and wrinkled and really small. You then commented, was that your brain? I thought it was a wad of chewing gum and threw it away. You two are so hilarious! I laughed so hard at the time and even went into the archives of comments to look for the exact quotes. Couldn’t find it because I got lost just in reading all the great comments from folks over the years. I could do whole articles of just a selection of one person’s comments and it would be a great read. It’s always been my belief from the start of this site that the comments are the heart of it. Thanks to all of you who have shared and made us laugh, cry, think, sigh and just feel like the loving community we are.


  84. tawna21 said

    SF, we do understand how you feel. We are all on the same train, but we are each in a different seat.
    The seats may look the same, but they feel differently to each one of us. Each one of us has to become comfortable in that seat, and do it in our own way. Whether we lay down on it, sit Indian style, cross-legged, or plant both feet squarely on the floor, it’s only in our own way that we will arrive at, and be comfortable in, our own ‘good place’. I’m thinking that this 2+ year train ride is going to take us all thru a lot of different, personal, self-introspections as we search for that ‘good place’. Hopefully, we all stay on for the entire trip. My ticket is for a round trip, so I will be.♥♥

    {{hugs to all}}



  85. Blisskasden said

    I showed the video to a non fan friend (poor sap) and all she could say was that David was the handsomest 21 year old she’s ever seen. I always felt that David’s “looks” worked both for him and against him. Of course , it’s great to look like a movie star if you’re in the public eye, but David wants to be taken seriously as a singer of meaningful music. That’s not easy to do when you look like you just stepped out of a Renaissance painting.

    The close ups of David’s face in the “Wait” video make whatever meaning it is trying to convey secondary. I mean, look at him. Who looks like that? Great looking people of both sexes have, for some reason, not been taken seriously over the years. It’s as if the public feels that it’s unfair to be both good looking and talented, so they trivialize the talent of these people. David has been a victim of that mentality over the past four years, and it’s tough to shake that image. The MKOC tour put all that behind him. That was no kid up there. That was a seasoned, confident professional, in total command of the stage and his audience, and it was a pleasure to be witness to 2 of those shows.

    David is truly a feast for the eyes , ears, mind, and heart. He probably smells good, too.


  86. Joyluck said

    Ditto for me Blisskasden… well said. Happy New Year everyone!


  87. Bebereader said

    I took the test and have the same percentages as Abrra!
    Left Brain Right Brain
    55% 45%

    I’m glad to see more people posting again. We need each other now more than ever. Nobody in my offline life understands this!

    Bliss “David is truly a feast for the eyes , ears, mind, and heart. He probably smells good, too.”

    Your instincts are right! I accidentally (not on purpose) smelled him at a VIP and he smells great! 🙂


  88. Blisskasden said

    Bebereader, thanks for confirming my “suspicions”. There are no emotional or spiritual impurities festering in Davi’s heart or soul, so he smells pure and fresh. I’m starting to sound like an Ivory Snow commercial, so I’ll bid you all a good night.


  89. Bebereader said


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  90. dakgal said

    Good ol’ night owl Bebe—I can’t sleep either so I’ll dump some random thoughts out of my busy brain:

    I’ll bet you a dollar to a donut that David has had his diploma for some time now or GED–probably a requirement for a mission–or they would have drop outs wanting to go. Knowing David he just wouldn’t mention it.

    These are all assuming he’ll be going in Feb. or March.

    Brooke’s baby girl will be almost 2 yrs old when he comes home.

    He could very well be an uncle by the time he comes back.

    My calculations have his brother graduating high school in 2012–I think?

    Maybe his sister Jazzy also before he returns or right when he does.
    I don’t remember the span between ages, for sure.

    Many things will have changed that’s for sure!

    Bliss–#85—“That was no kid up there. That was a seasoned, confident professional, in total command of the stage and his audience, and it was a pleasure to be witness to 2 of those shows.”

    Those words just make my day—-and he most handsome—as you said —- “I mean, look at him. Who looks like that?


  91. Shawna said

    Abs, that test was kind of interesting!! 66% left-34% right for me…

    Angelica, love your analysis of “Wait”! This song drew me right in on my first listen and has been my favorite of the TOSOD Asian edition!! The HD Vid is beautiful! I love it:)

    O, and by the way, the missionaries all stay in the mission home a specific length of time,and only stay longer if there are VISA issues. My first son learned French to go to France at the MTC and all the missionaries that went into the MTC with him for that mission all left on the same day from the airport in SLC. My
    second son learned Spanish to go to a Mexico
    mission and had to stay two weeks longer
    with all the missionaries going to his mission because of delays in their VISA getting there! They all left SLC on the same day too. It is pretty structured with the length of stay . If they don’t learn a language their stay at the MTC is much shorter. Just thought I would share…


  92. Abrra said

    #85 Bliss

    That’s what happens when I watch the video. Who cares if there is a story?? Look at that face! Seriously, David could stand there and sing, I am fine with that 🙂



  93. Shawna said

    When I say mission home I mean the MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTER or MTC as we call it.


  94. Angelica said


    Or just stand there. 🙂


  95. xaris said

    Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!

    I’ve been enjoying reading various interpretations of the Wait video. I like the fact that it is abstract and open to individual interpretation. Ascphil, I think you made some great points, especially about the trains being the two worlds David is leaving behind. The train on the right even has the word ‘Autograph’ written on the front. I thought that odd the first time I watched the video. And didn’t David tweet a quote one time about the ripple effect of doing a good deed?

    Like most of you, I’m so happy for David and sad for my own selfish little being-ha! I always worried that David had missed the last few years of his childhood because of Idol. I work with high school aged kids and I know how important that time is in their maturation. David has repeatedly said he felt like his life was moving faster than he could keep up with after Idol–perhaps like the man running in the video-and that can’t be a good feeling for one so young. I often wondered if he felt like his life had been hijacked by his success and popularity. Maybe now he is getting it back.

    I thought it curious that he signed the holiday message both David and David Archuleta. He does make a distinction between ‘Just David’ and ‘David Archuleta’ the singer, almost like he thinks of them as two separate halves of his personality. Perhaps his two years will help him merge these two aspects.

    So as not to be completely serious, can I just fangirl for a minute over those gorgeous eyes in the Wait video-YOWZA!

    Have a good day, y’all!


  96. Susie said

    I found the reference where David, himself, connects mission and music.

    It was a post on the Fans of David website from December 23, 2011 in the portion of the post entitled “Beaver Creek VIP – We’ll Be There.”

    In the narrative below the video are the words:

    “David came in wearing his 1000 mega watt smile, and HE WAS HAPPY. He was happy, joyful, and seemingly at great peace!! He greeted us and quickly addressed the question in some minds regarding music in his future: He assured us that although he will be leaving on his two year mission, he WILL NOT be leaving music and WILL continue his music career upon returning. He also shared that he will be able to use music (in some capacity) during his mission. And so many times he thanked the fans for allowing him to do all of “this.”

    This statement helps to ease my pain in missing him, knowing he will be extremely happy both spiritually and in his love for music.


  97. SandyBeaches said

    Xaris, we knew early on that David was complex, sometimes mysterious, sometimes complicated. Sometimes it felt like communicating with him was a puzzle and he had all the answers.

    Sometimes I wish that it had been not that way, but a time when you read updates, heard and read the news and messages and it was all very simple. There have been multiple interpretations for the simplest of happenings.

    We have spent hours upon hours composing articles that just might give explanations for the puzzles. Like Djafan wrote following one of my articles on the pieces to the puzzle…that will do for now!! I exclaimed…what you will be looking for more? So the writing continued.

    In time to come let the mysteries lie quiet and the natural beauty of his performances remain with us.

    Xaris,, some new and interesting interpretations.

    Happy New Year and hopefully 2012 will be a great year for all of you the fans.



  98. WoAiDA said

    Happy New Year to all!!


  99. marlie7 said

    Bliss #85 “The close ups of David’s face in the “Wait” video make whatever meaning it is trying to convey secondary. I mean, look at him. Who looks like that? Great looking people of both sexes have, for some reason, not been taken seriously over the years. It’s as if the public feels that it’s unfair to be both good looking and talented, so they trivialize the talent of these people. David has been a victim of that mentality over the past four years, and it’s tough to shake that image. The MKOC tour put all that behind him. That was no kid up there. That was a seasoned, confident professional, in total command of the stage and his audience, and it was a pleasure to be witness to 2 of those shows.”

    Yes, yes,yes. And especially your words : “I mean, look at him. Who looks like that?” 🙂


  100. marlie7 said

    SF: Your feelings are likely those of many of us. What a hole I feel in my heart right now. I do know that this decision isn’t my choice, it is David’s, but that doesn’t make it any easier to accept. I’m trying to, though. I can’t begrudge him what he seems to really want. That is my main conflict – what he wants it important to me, but what I want is for him to stay here and continue in his music career. Not happening. Teeter-totter. Ave Maria and O Holy Night are still on the list of just can’t watch. Hugs to you!


  101. archiesfan4life said

    {{{{{HUGS}}}}}} to everyone – I share the feelings of so many here – I am still waiting for that “acceptance” stage. I do want to wish all of you a Happy and Healthy New Year.


  102. gladys said

    girls, before the year ends I want to thank you for all this year (and earlier), the new friendships that I have and will, talks on Saturday, I laughed a lot since 3 years ago.
    A david owe much more, he already has my heart and soul.
    I will try my thanks as great as the love I have for you. In some way you will know how great my appreciation.
    I promise you.

    happy new year girls.


  103. loulou said

    I want to wish you all a very happy new year !!!!!


  104. angelofdja said

    Just finished cleaning all the magnets on my referigerator. Man, I didn’t realize there were that many! Point is, I took that brain test a moment after. Go figure I’m left-brained 56 to 44! I’ve never been any of those careers they mention for us left brainers, although I’m most intrigued by the skating judge!
    Tawna, CONGRATULATIONS! ENJOY retirement! Soon you’ll wonder how you ever fit work in!
    Lynella, you cracked-me-up with the I dated a lumberjack, does that count? Bwahaha!
    The test says I would make a good judge or lawyer. As a kid when I watched numerous Ironside shows, I wanted to be a female Raymond Burr! Ha! Ha! I was so sure I was going to be an attorney, then a judge. Boy, how life changes…
    Silverfox, I appreciate your comments so much. I look forward to your writings whenever/wherever I see you post. Thank you.
    So many great ideas about David’s Wait video. You all amaze me with how your minds work.
    It’s been quite the journey so far. As I see it, we are just heading on to a different leg of that journey.
    Happy New Year to all of you. You have helped me in more ways than you know.


  105. betsy said

    Happy New Year to everyone.

    Also, I just remembered that my husband used to be a logger in Idaho, waaaay back before I knew him. My kind of lumberjack. 🙂

    Bliss – he smelled like soap when I accidentally smelled him. 😉


  106. lct said

    Many of you know by now that David Archuleta (“American Idol” and so much more!) is heading out on a two year Mormon Mission early next year. David isn’t going to have much contact, if any, with his fans for the next couple of years, so we thought it would be a good idea to show him how much we’ll all miss him while he is away by making him “good luck” cards!

    You can draw the card, use the computer to make it, or get arts and crafty! Then, send us your card to and we’ll post them!


  107. Heidijoy said

    #104 I had to laugh at our similarities. I’m left Brain too according to the Test.
    When I was a student nurse, classmates told me I should be a lawyer because I always figured out the cases like Raymond Burr. I’ve always liked Ice Skating shows that are judged better than ones that were not contests.

    Got another note from David yesterday!! He is glad I made the last two shows and so am I. Darn, didn’t think to smell him. The Eyes and smile had me mesmerized!!

    Happy Ending to 2011 with lots of mixed feelings but Counting my Blessings!


  108. Heidijoy said

    I have a funny story to tell about a fellow David fan (who shall remain anonymous) She’s a LURKER and proud of it. ha!

    She had been to both the SLC Show and the Beaver Creek show and then had to rush with all the Christmas stuff and travel. She then accompanied her daughter to have surgery and stayed with her a few days during recovery. She returned to her Hometown and then back to work where everyone knows her love for DA. They told her it was too bad that it had to end that way.
    She thought they meant David’s announcement and went on to explain the turmoil, the feelings etc etc. Come to find out they meant her daughter’s surgery. She says she already knew her daughter was alright when she went on and on and on about David.
    I laughed so hard when she told me that as only a Die Hard David fan would.


  109. Abrra said

    Great comments today!

    How about some Pic SPAM from Jan’s SLC concert?

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    Thanks Jan!

    Retirement? What is that? haha Good times ahead!

    Bring me that lurker? 🙂



  110. Abrra said

    In the mail bag:

    christmas eve
    by kim maddox

    I’m not religious. Not at all. But I can feel awe in the presence of truth and love and laughter. And it seems I can believe (after all).

    A handful of us gathered close as a young man sang to my patients, and my two girls began to glow. The girls were slowly getting better and becoming friends but they were still in the ICU. A single, true voice rose to fill the room and the girls began to smile and heal. It’s the music. The song.

    We were blessed yesterday and reminded that a melody can carry an entire heart. A song can heal, make two sick girls giggle, help them forget where they are for a day and turn them into sunshine. David Archuleta sang ‘O Holy Night’ at my patients’ bedside, a single voice, numinous and clear. For the girls it was a private audience with our city’s superstar, a Christmas they will never forget, even in the hospital.

    Christmas has taken on a new meaning this year. I want for nothing and I can receive. Because of this, the joy of giving has become real. Exponentially more joyous. A friend came by to set up the drums in the basement at the crack of dawn this morning. I welcomed the help. Today we’re baking and cooking, the house will be full tonight. When the kids wake up too early tomorrow, I won’t be able to deny them. I’ll laugh, remembering the Christmas my five year old daughter set all the alram clocks for 5 a.m., stumble out to make coffee, put on music and watch the wild rumpus unfold. And just as it all begins to settle down, I’ll ask them to follow me down the stairs…

    The parts that hurt help to make up the whole. I found myself at the mall this morning, shopping for my sister. Pajamas, the Christmas gift we used to give each other. Our tradition. I fell into a vacuum of all those that are not here, those that could be, who I miss, who I love, and I reached for my music, cued up El Camino and put my phone up to my ear. More magic. The Black Keys led me out of that mess and rocked me into the parking lot where my truck was nowhere to be found. And it was all right.

    I am grateful and sad and willing and humble, certain there is something wondrous in the air. This day is perfect.

    Merry Christmas, all.

    Another example of David’s priorities.



  111. djafan said

    Hope everyone is having a great NYE day.

    Heidijoy, great story. David on the brain has got me into a few embarrassing David mentions. lol

    Abrra, That’s a beautiful story.

    Please view, share, comment, and like David’s Wait video!

    David is almost at 800,000 twitter followers! 799,804 Followers

    David tweets!

    Last day of the year! What a year it’s been. Can’t believe a new one is coming up already starting tomorrow.


  112. Abrra said

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  113. Spirit said

    I also have the same yin – yang feelings that many of you do about David’s mission. My head can be very rational and believes that this will be a wonderful time for him. Also, when he returns as a 23 year old, I believe that he will be taken more seriously by those who saw him as a “teen artist”. But, ………my heart is still breaking.

    I plan to follow David’s leading and go on my own spiritual mission this year. Haven’t decided on the details, but would like to focus on this area of my life.

    Happy New Year to all!


  114. PattiNC said

    66 more followers for David to hit 800,000!!!! Happy New Year everyone!


  115. sweetonDA said

    Happy New Year to everyone here at The Voice!

    Just found out that my nephew, who is on a mission in Jamaica, told his mother that one of David’s best friends is in his mission. Small world!

    Took the test…50% left and 51% right…That looks pretty balanced but if you ask my family they’d say I’m not balanced at all. 😉

    Had a bit of a down day today thinking about David leaving. There are definitely ups and downs, but I’m still happy for him.

    Bliss, you just know how to say things and put a smile on my face. thank you


  116. Lynnella said

    Speaking of how David smells, does anyone remember this video with Guillermo, from Jimmy Kimmel’s show, where he talks about how Paula Abdul smells:

    Funny stuff from David even back then. He didn’t know how funny he was then, and still doesn’t.



  117. tawna21 said

    Thank you Mr. Snarr!!!!

    Happy New Year to everyone here!! 2012 is upon us and I’m wishing for the very best for all of us! 🙂


    thank you bebe for the card!


  118. ray said

    happy new year everone


  119. Blisskasden said

    SweeyonDA, you’re very welcome and Happy New Year to you and everyone on this site.


  120. Heidijoy said

    Happy New Year to all!!!

    Thanks for the support of David and his fans!!

    Lynella, Yes I remember that clip with David and Guillermo on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane.

    David now has over 800,000 Twitter followers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sweet Dreams!!!


  121. dakgal said


    Tawna —# 117—Thanks for that —wasn’t Mr. Snarr the name of the mayor of Murray?

    Glad I didn’t read the article that was written.


  122. bluesky said

    Happy New Year Everyone!!! Un Prospero Ano Nuevo, tambien!


  123. tawna21 said

    yes Dak, he was the mayor during David’s AI homecoming.

    Happy New Year to all



  124. jans11 said

    Thanks Abrra, for bringing some of the pics over to this site. I have been super busy and have had tons of company. I am here now because I left my dauaghter’s party and came on home. Can you go ahead and take and post whichever ones you want?

    Happy New Years everyone!!


  125. Abrra said

    Can you email the link for your facebook pictures? I only found those here that I posted. I know there are more. Thanks!


  126. djafan said


    David tweeted at midnight Utah time!

    Happy New Year everyone! Hope you’re all having a good time!


  127. Abrra I hope you see this. Shortly after David’s announcement, I had some computer issues. In fixing the issues the technician lost about 80 of my downloads of David’s music. They worked on it for hours and said that they couldn’t get them back. I was devastated to say the least. I spent all day NYE working on it and was finally able to get all but about 10 titles back. The ones I could not find were from this My Kind of Christmas tour. I posted on FOD what happened, etc, and djafan directed me to your mediafile treasure trove. You are my hero, and I can’t thank you enough for allowing us to download from your files. I was so stressed out and so unhappy that it pretty much ruined my New Years. Knowing there will probably be no new music from David for 2 years made it even more depressing to have lost some that I had. Thank you so much for your technical ability. I am somewhat computer challenged as I am 70, so I didn’t grow up with them, but obviously the geek squad was more computer challenged than I. I am one happy camper now.


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