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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 ~ Man of a Thousand Faces

Posted by dakgal on Sunday, July 29, 2012

It has been kept a deep dark, well-guarded secret that on December 28, 1990, Lupe Archuleta gave birth to dodecatuplets.

Consider if you will, this all too familiar refrain that was Marlie’s #51 comment on Angelica’s recent post, Cover Me.

“The photos – OMG – how many David’s are there?  The man of a thousand (gorgeous) faces.”

There is not ONE person in this world who can change in looks so much–in the snap of a camera.  Near as I can figure there are 11 identical and one fraternal (the one they used on the CFTH album and the new album BEGIN.)   How can one person go from the cuddly little boy look–to the boy next door look –to the hot smexy man look with a face dripping with emotion?  No one person can go from a tousled haired boy wearing the Dennis The Menace look in a striped T-shirt—looking like he just took his dog for a ride in the wagon, to a steamy, suave, sophisticated ( I’ll make your knees buckle) young man dressed in a tuxedo—probably in a matter of hours!!

Now I think I have identified four of them–David–Ricky–Archie and Josh.  Am keeping a keen eye out for the other eight.

This is only common sense–how else could he have kept up the rigorous schedule he has had at times–and the international travel-jet lag–without even a mini bag under one eye?  Always as fresh as a daisy.  Hah!

HEY!  I didn’t just get off the pickle boat—the banana boat maybe.  Some of the media even report him as being in two places at once–which adds fuel to my fire!!

I figure that there are two in Chile—-one at home perfecting the guitar playing (when this one comes out, be prepared for a grand-mal-spazz).  Elsewhere in the world, another is polishing up and learning new dance and swagger/strut moves and leg lifts –to be used at random–one is off writing songs—one is out scouting out restaurants–all this is impossible for one person to do.  Lord only knows what the rest are up to, but I’m sure we will find out in due time—there is a long ways to go yet.

I’m sure some people in Chile are suspicious too.  They are at a meeting or church talking with a rather shy, soft-spoken, humble young man—then he is called upon to sing—he leaves the room for a moment, to check his teeth for debris.  He comes back out confident and in charge of every minute—the piano starts playing and when he belts out the first few notes, they all suck in a collective gasp and as the norm—forget to exhale—but they are thinking “ THIS CAN’T BE THE SAME PERSON!”

Then there is the not so small matter of all those shoes and clothes David has amassed –very rarely is he seen wearing the same shoes or clothes twice.

So!!!  Where are they???

Divided by twelve—THAT’S where they are!!!

And! Who grows their hair that fast in one week? I could go on and on, but you might think I’m nuts.

Or AM I?

I happen to have a VERY RELIABLE SOURCE.

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David Archuleta ~ Gladys’ Recap

Posted by gladys1961 on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My Visit to Rancagua

All the memories of July 15th are spinning in my head. I want to share the events of that day as best as I can. As the saying goes, the 15th of July was the first day of the rest of my life. That is how important I consider the first time I saw David in all his greatness.

I’m so grateful that two marvelous people sent me the information about the Devotional almost at the same time. (Sending a big kiss to Abrra and Dja.)

I arrived at work and opened my emails to see if there are any pictures or David news. When I saw the flyer I screamed and put my hands over my mouth. When I was finally able to speak, the only thing I said was “I’m going to Chile”. When there is an important thing in my life, the first thing I do is call my sisters. They all work together along with my niece Elaine. I told them I’m going to Chile. They know of my love for David, they put me on speaker phone and I told them all about the devotional, of the Mormons and the religious songs. My sisters know how insane I am when I speak of my favorite subject. I heard my niece in the background saying she’ll go with me!!!!! I’ll go to Chile with you!!!!! My sister Mary volunteered to look into flights, my niece into hotels and that is how this adventure began. I had mentioned before that I had started a savings for seeing David in 2014 at his welcome concert so I was OK with funds. I had to make sure the event was open to me also, so I called the representative in my country. They gave me the Chile contact information. This devotional is an experimental pilot, the first of its kind. My niece made all the arrangements thanks to the blessed internet.

The day of departure arrived! I had never been in an airport; it was my first time flying. It was a cold morning but by the time we boarded the sun was out. On Saturday July 14th at 14:25 hours we took off. We crossed the Andes and I remembered a picture Abrra made me, David with a book in his hand on one side and me on the other, a premonition? Haha

We landed and were taken to the hotel; everything went smoothly, no problems. The hotel room was a complete apartment, very comfortable. There were Brazilians, Peruvians, Colombians and Americans visiting Chile. We had dinner and made arrangements for the trip to Rancagua. I wanted to be there early, by noon. At the hotel they informed us that we needed to go by bus and to let the driver know where we wanted to get off. I had the address memorized, Grecia 319, Centro Jas De Rancagua. I was yet to feel nervous. Sunday I woke up at 9am because I had been at The Voice Unplugged chat the night before pretty late. But I needed to talk to them for emotional support.

A taxi took us to board the bus and I slept the hour long trip and awoke as the driver was telling us we had arrived. We walked through a farmers market and asked if we were on course and we were. We finally arrived and took a picture. It was a very large place with many halls and rooms for events. We entered and an American spoke to us in Spanish with a heavy accent, he said “Make yourself at home”. The devotional was due to start at 6pm and we were there by 3:30pm, pretty early. I saw a large white car with many seats; I jokingly told my niece that David arrived in it. While inside I was looking at the posters and suddenly my niece screamed and covered her mouth. I saw someone walk quickly to the hall and I looked at her (she says she’s not a fan hahaha) and she said, “It was David!!!!!!!” I looked in and saw someone in a black suit wearing a backpack, black hair and glowy skin.  I knew it was him when I saw his profile!  He was looking around; I stood without moving a single muscle. Then an Elder invited us to come in and we sat in the second row. It was us and the Elders. We introduced ourselves and told them we were from Argentina. We said that in Argentina they didn’t have many devotionals and were invited to Chile (I ask God for forgiveness, there was never a devotional, forgive me God) I asked if we could stay there. They said yes, we were welcome to stay. Suddenly David was there again, speaking to the choir, he went to the pulpit and said something in Spanish and they answered in Spanish. He went to the back of the hall and I was dying to watch him but it would be too obvious. It was 4:30pm and we were told we had to step out while the choir practiced. I said we were from Argentina and she spoke with an American and she let her know that we’d been there since early and we were allowed to reserve seats in the third or fourth row. We wrote our names on sheets of paper and reserved seats on the fourth row in front of the pulpit. We were told to be back before 6pm to go to our reserved seats. We stepped out and hung around looking toward the hall. The door had a window and I looked in and saw David, he was setting up chairs. He looked serious. We went to eat and walk around some. I have to say that this wasn’t the nice part of Rancagua, there wasn’t much around. We went back and walked around the gardens. There was a woman there waiting like us. It was cool so we went to wait in the hallway. I stood standing hoping to get a glimpse of David again. As I was standing I realized who were fans, who were Mormons and who were Mormon fans. Some asked me where I was from, some of the Elders said they had served in my country and we started chatting. Almost everyone spoke English. The older Elders were American and only a few spoke Spanish. I recognized some of the Elders that I’ve seen in pictures with David. I didn’t anticipate so many wearing skirts, I was wearing pants but I was wearing my violet blazer.

While waiting I heard stories of the interest in David by those of his faith. For example one of the Mormon girls was there the day before during the choir practice and was told to leave because the practices were private. Another one pretending to need the bathroom was trying to get a glimpse, she was a fan. She was taking pictures through a window. She started fanning herself and said she saw David. Her friend and an Elder took her out for some fresh air so she could calm down. Then the hallways started filling up and there were two lines being formed outside the doors. There were two Elder sitting at the entrance not letting anyone in.

The Wait Was Over

The moment that I waited for 4 years was about to BEGIN. Finally the doors opened and everyone rushed in, luckily they respected the reserved seats. My niece and I went to our seats. I have to say that all the seats filled and many were standing behind the seats. They asked for silence because the show was about to start, it was almost 6:30. There wasn’t much silence. Another Elder explained about the devotional, the theme and development, and asked for no video nor screaming or applause. The girls’ choir wore red blouses. They sat towards the back. The Elders without David came in and all got situated. There were three chairs by the pulpit, two were occupied, and one wasn’t. Then David quietly made his way behind everyone on stage and sat on the empty chair. We could barely see him.

The presenting Elder named all in the choir, one at a time they stood and smiled. When it was David’s turn he stood and looked at everyone and smiled. I could hear someone saying, “There he is! There he is! There is David!” He didn’t notice the signal to sit and stood standing smiling until someone next to him touched his arm signaling him to sit. The presenter spoke of the Rancagua President. I don’t remember if they said he had 10 children or someone else did, this created some laughter. David turned to his neighbor asking and also laughed. The dissertation began and the principal orator commented that it seemed like it was his funeral because of all the nice things that were being said about him. Everyone laughed including David.

The devotional started. There were some history telling, the choir and soloists. They started playing the piano, they continued the performances. I’ll try to focus my mind in that moment. David rose and sat in the empty chair. I could see only part of his face as he kept looking down. Those with better seats could see him. He kept looking down reading from the hymn book and seldom looked up.

The Miracle

Suddenly David was behind the pulpit, with hymnal book in hand and he began to sing….in Spanish…. A very soft and slow song. I could see all his expressions. His eyebrows arched, he closed his eyes. His concentration was such that it seemed like he went to another place and when he opened his eyes he was still away. I was in a trance absorbing every second. At some point I forgot to breathe, everything was quiet. When he finished singing he closed the hymn book and sat down. Then others performed and David returned. The second song was more intense, just as beautiful. When David sang there was absolute silence. Everyone wanted to hear The Voice. I have to honestly say everyone was there to hear David.

During the third song the piano failed. He looked to see if it was fixed and turned to face the audience and sang. His voice in that song gave me the chills. Oh My God!!!! It was a beautiful song with so much emotion. He kept his eyes closed the entire time and when he opened them he smiled and sat down. At one time he dropped his book and was bent down looking for it. The other acts performed. During David’s fourth song he looked at the audience, smiled and began to sing. His voice elevated and he sang with all his soul. When he finished no one was breathing, he closed his book of hymns and stood standing in front of the pulpit, I almost fainted. I thought he was going to speak to us in Spanish. He took a deep breath and looked at the pianist, opened his book and sang the fifth song. The previous songs were beautiful but this last one was worth all my efforts, the expense, the entire trip. If David had only sang this one song I would have been equally satisfied. His voice filled the entire place. David’s face has so many nuances; so many sensations cross his face and you can tell he loves music with all his soul. But I also noticed that he loves his religion and God. He wants to pay tribute as much as he can. I saw him so focused and dedicated.

The Chaos

The devotional lasted about two hours. No sooner than they said the final words, they whisked David out. I stayed seated for a while trying to absorb all that had happened. My niece said we should go. We were leaving when there was a commotion at the back of the hall; there is only one person that could create that. I told my niece take out your camera and start recording. Just like I imagined, the Elders were like soccer players, side by side to say hello. David was at the end of the line. Everyone was all over David; there was an older elder at each of his side. The people had their cameras out and he just smiled, a little nervous because of the situation. I said hello to some of the Elders, gave them thanks. And honestly, I skipped several to get to David. He’s about my height, light skin, dark hair, green eyes and a very special glow. It was unreal to be standing before him and seeing him smile. I was about to speak English to him and say “Hi David, I’m… but I noticed everyone was speaking Spanish to him and no one said David. So I said, Hola, soy Gladys de Argentina, he said, Ohhh gracias por venir. I continued standing there, I didn’t want to leave, so I extended my hand and took his, I put my other hand on top of his and looked him in the eyes and said thank you, he smiled and I left. I think my niece recorded it. She also said hi, I think she’s a fan now, she was so happy to see him in person.

Afterwards everyone was excited, girls screaming “I touched him! I touched him!” He continued saying hello and the cameras continued to roll. He was then taken away. I stayed in the hall breathing the same air David did but it was late.

The Return

There were no buses going to Santiago. We made arrangements for a taxi with another family of four. The ride back was a little tight. We arrived at the hotel and rested for a bit. Went out to dinner and then met up with you all in The Voice Chat to share all about seeing David. I was and am so happy that I wanted to share this with all of you who understand and I would have loved to have you all there with me.

Maybe someone has the events differently, maybe there were 6 songs, maybe it was all a dream, maybe it was a dream that became reality.

It God allows it I’ll be in Chile again on October 13th. Only two Elders will be singing, Archuleta and Coello. I hope it’s a public event, not a private one like rumored. Guess who I want to go see?

I hope you like all that I wrote. Thank you girls.


Mi Visita A Rancagua

Todos los recuerdos del día 15 de julio están dando vuelta en mi cabeza, solo quiero ser fiel a todos los acontecimientos de ese dia. Como dice el dicho, el 15 de julio es el primer día del resto de mi vida, así de importante considero el día que vi. a David por primera vez y lo vi en toda su grandeza.

Estoy agradecida con dos personas maravillosas, casi al mismo tiempo me enviaron la información del Devocional Musical. (un beso enorme a abrra y a dja).

Al llegar a mi trabajo abro mis e-mails para ver si hay fotos, noticias o alguna novedad sobre David. Cuando vi el anuncio di un grito y enseguida me tape la boca con las manos y cuando pude hablar lo único que dije fue “ me voy a chile” Cuando hay algo importante en mi vida lo primero que hago es llamar a mis hermanas y contarles. Ellas trabajan juntas y junto con me sobrina Eliane. Lo único que les dije es ME VOY A CHILE. Mi hermana sabe de mi amor por David y dijo, espera voy poner el teléfono en voz alta así nos cuentas todo. Y como pude les conté del devocional, de David, de canciones religiosas, de los mormones. Por supuesto mis hermanas me conocen y sabem mis locuras cuando hablo de mi tema preferido.

Una voz en el fondo decía (mi sobrina) te acompaño,!!!!!!!!!!!! te acompaño!!!!!!! Voy a chile con vos ¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mi hermana Mary me dijo yo te averiguo sobre los pasajes de avión y mi sobrina dijo, yo averiguo sobres los hotels. Y así comenzó toda esta aventura. Como lo conté muchas veces yo estoy ahorrando dólares para el año 2014 para ver a David en su concierto de bienvenida, asi que respaldo en dinero no me faltaba. Tenía que asegurarme que era un evento abierto al público en general, y llame a la iglesia representante en mi país, hable con una secretaria y ella me dio el mail del representante en Chile. Este devocional era un experimento piloto, era el primero que se hacia. Mi sobrino inicio todos los tramites gracias al bendito Internet.

Llego el día de la partida. Nunca había estado en un aeropuerto y era mi primer vuelo en avión. Esa mañana hacia mucho frío pero cuando llego la hora de salida salio el sol y el clima se puso calido. Sábado 14/7/12 a las 14.25 hs. Levantamos vuelo, atravesamos los andes y me acorde del dibujo que me hizo abrra, yo de un lado y David del otro con un libro en la mano jajajajajaj premonitorio.

Desde el aeropuerto nos llevaron al hotel, el curso de los eventos se fueron dando naturalmente y en orden, sin problemas. La habitación del hotel era un departamento totalmente equipado y muy cómodo. Había muchos brasileros, peruanos, colombianos y americanos de visita en chile.

Cuando terminamos de acomodarnos ya era algo tarde, no habíamos cenado y todavía tenia que organizar el viaje a Rancagua para el día siguiente. Yo quería estar temprano, cerca del mediodía. En el hotel nos informaron que teníamos que ir a la terminal de buses y allí tomar uno hacia Rancagua y decirle al asistente del chofer donde nos queríamos bajar. Yo tenía en mi cabeza la dirección grabada a fuego GRECIA 319, CENTRO JAS DE RANCAGUA.

Yo todavía no estaba nerviosa. Llego el domingo, me levante a las 9 de la mañana. El día anterior hable un rato en el chat de the voice con las chicas y me acosté bastante tarde, pero hablar con ellas me dio mas animo para enfrentar el día siguiente.

Al dia siguiente tomamos un taxi hacia la terminal. Fue algo asi como una hora de viaje. You y Eliane nos dormimos y desperate cuando el asistente nos avisaba que teníamos que bajar. NOs bajamos y caminamos atravesando una feria de frutas y verduras. Ahí pregunte si estábamos en el camino correcto y nos dijeron que si. Por fin llegamos. Eliane me tomo una foto delante del centro. Es un lugar muy grande con muchos pasillos y salones de eventos. Entramos y nos recibió un señor norteamericano que hablaba un español con mucho acento, nos dijo – están en su casa- El devocional comenzaba a las 6 de la tarde y nosotros llegamos, a 3.30 PM, demasiado temprano. Antes de entrar yo vi una camioneta blanca, era grande y con muchos asientos, en broma le dije a mi sobrina, -seguro que ahí vino David- Cuando estábamos adentro mi sobrina miraba dentro del salón y yo miraba unos carteles que estaban pegados en la pared De repente mi sobrina grito y se tapo la boca, yo vi a una persona que paso rápido hacia el salón. Le pregunte con los ojos, y ella (que no es fans jajajaaj) dijo ¡!!!!!!!! Era David!!!!!!!!!!!

Yo me quede en blanco y mire dentro del salón y no vi a nadie, pero por la otra puerta vi. Que salía alguien, de traje negro, mochila en la espalda, pelo negro y una piel brillante y entonces lo vi de perfil, ¡!!!! Era David ¡!!!!!!!!! El estaba buscando a alguien y miraba a todos lados, yo por supuesto estaba parada sin mover ningún músculo. Luego un elder nos invito a pasar al salón donde se iba a llevar a cabo el devocional y nos sentamos en la segunda fila, éramos las únicas, solo los elders y nosotras. Nos presentamos y le dijimos que éramos de Argentina, nos dimos la mano. Le dije que en Argentina no había muchos devocionales, por eso veníamos a chile. Por que habíamos sido invitadas a presenciar éste (pido perdón a dios, nunca hubo ningún devocional, éste era el primero- perdón dios-). Le pregunte si nos podíamos quedar allí y dijo que si, que éramos bienvenidas y allí nos quedamos sentadas esperando y de repente allí estaba David de nuevo, hablando con la gente del coro. Se acerco al pulpit y hablo algo en español, le contestaron en español y se fue hacia el fondo del salón. Yo me moria por seguirlo con la mirada, pero no podía ser tan evidente.

Eran las 4.30 pm y nos dijieron si nos podíamos ir por que iba a empezar las practicas del coro. Yo le dije que veníamos de Argentina a presencia el coro, ella hablo con la señora norteamericana y dijo que como estábamos desde muy temprano que podíamos reservar el lugar a partir de la tercera o cuarta fila. Asi que escribí mi nombre en una hoja y lo deje en la cuarta fila, justo en frente del pulpito. Nos dijo que viniéramos un poco antes de las 6 pm y que nuestro lugares estaban reservados. Nos fuimos, me quede un rato en el pasillo mirando hacia el salón, la puerta tenia una abertura de vidrio y mire hacia adentro, y vi a David, el estaba ordenando las sillas hacia el fondo del salón, en todo momento estaba muy serio. Salimos del centro y fuimos a comer algo en frente y pasear un poco. Tengo que decir que esa parte de Rancagua no era muy linda, no había lugares para pasear, así que entramos de nuevo al centro, nos quedamos en los jardines de adelante. Una señora que estaba allí esperando como nosotros dijo que tenia frío y entro al centro. Yo la seguí y esperamos en los pasillos nuevamente. Yo me quede parada, no quería sentarme por si veía a David de nuevo. Estando parada allí me di cuenta quien era fans y quien era mormón y quien era fans- mormón. Algunas señoras se me acercaron para preguntarme de donde era yo y le dije de donde venia. Algunos elders me contaron que habían servido en mi país y así comenzamos a hablar. Allí casi todos hablan ingles. Los elders mayores son norteamericanos y solo unos pocos hablan español. Reconocí muchos elders que salen en las fotos con David. El único detalle que no prevei, es que yo tendría que haber ido de pollera y fui de pantalón, pero tenia mi saco violeta puesto, por que casi todas las mujeres estaban de pollera.

Estando parada en el pasillo escuche historias sobre el asedio de los mismos mormones hacia David. Por ejemplo, una de las chicas (ella es mormona) estuvo en los pisos superiores el día anterior para presenciar el ensayo del coro, con David por supuesto y como había muchos de ellos en el lugar, los sacaron por que las practicas del coro debían ser privadas. Y otra niña que vino acompañada de un elder y fue hasta el final del pasillo (dijo que buscaba el baño) y me di cuenta que ella no era mormona, ella era fans. Se acerco a una de las puertas y comenzó a sacar fotos. Luego vi que se ponía la mano en la boca y se ventilaba, ella había visto a David. Su amigo y otro elder la llevaron afuera para que se calmara. Luego el pasillo comenzó a llenarse y la gente ya estaba haciendo filas delante de las puertas para entrar, apenas se abrieran, había una silla en cada puerta con un elder sentado en ella, para que no entrara nadie.

Termino La Espera

El momento tan ansiado durante 4 años estaba a punto de comenzar. Finalmente las puertas se abrieron. Todo el mundo entro apresurado y por suerte respetaron los lugares reservados. Mi sobrina y yo nos dirigimos a la cuarta fila de bancas largas, eran como 10 filas creo y luego había sillas, y más atrás había espacio para estar parados. Debo decir que estaba todo lleno, todas las bancos estaban ocupados, las sillas también y detrás había mucha gente parada.

Uno de los elders pidió silencio para poder comenzar, eran casi las 6.30 pm. Pero nadie hacia silencio, luego se levanto un elder mas joven, explico de qué se trataba del devocional, explico la temática y el desarrollo. Y pidió especialmente, que no hubiera fotos, ni videos, ni gritos, ni carteles, ni aplausos. Entonces entraron las chicas del coro, todas de camisa roja. Se situaron en el fondo del scenarios. Luego entraron los elders pero David no entro con ellos, todos se acomodaron. A los costados del pulpito y muy detrás estaban todos ubicados, y justo a un paso del pulpito había 3 sillas, dos sillas estaban ocupadas. Entro David con su cara mirando hacia delante y de espaldas a nosotros, se sitúo a un costado del pulpito detrás de una de las chicas del coro, casi no podíamos verlo.

El elder presentador fue nombrando a todos los participantes del coro y cada vez que nombraba a uno se paraba miraba hacia delante y sonreía. Luego le hacían una seña para que se sentara y así continuaron con todas las presentaciones. Cuando le llego el turno a David, él se paro, miro al publico se sonrío y yo escuchaba de fondo, ¡!!!! Ahí esta, ahí esta, ahí esta David ¡!!!!!!!!!! . Pero el no vio la seña para que se sentara y siguió parado y miro hacia el costado y se seguía sonriendo, hasta que su compañero de banco le toco el brazo y se sentó. El presentador hablo del orador principal, que era el jefe de la iglesia en Rancagua, en verdad, no recuerdo si dijo que el tenia 10 hijos, o hablaba de alguien mas, pero ésta información genero una risa en el salón con David y su companero también se ríeron. Entones se acerco el orador principal para empezar con su disertación y dijo que parecía que estaban hablando en su funeral por todas las cosas hermosas que el elder presentador dijo de él. Todos nos reímos y David también río.

Comenzó tocando el piano uno de los elders (el elder chileno que sale en las fotos con David, uno que es un poco gordito, alto y morocho). Mas tarde otro elder contaba una historia y luego cantaba alguien del coro y así sucesivamente. Tratare de ubicar mi mente es ese momento.

En un momento dado David se paro y se ubico en una de las tres sillas detrás del pulpito, justo delante de mi, yo le veía media cara por que él se escondía, pero supongo que la gente que estaba de costado lo veía bien. El siempre se mantenía agachado leyendo su libro de himnos, pocas veces levanto la vista.

El Milagro

De repente David se paro detrás del pulpito con el libro de himnos apoyado y con la mano encima de él y comenzó a cantar……………. en español………..Una canción muy suave y lenta. Yo podía ver todas sus expresiones, arqueaba sus cejas, cerraba los ojos, su concentración era tal que parecía que estaba en otro lugar y cuando abría sus ojos todavía seguía en otro lugar. Yo estaba en trance, quería absorber cada segundo, creo que en algún momento me olvide respirar, todo era silencio, cuando termino de cantar, cerro su libro de himnos y se sentó.

Luego vinieron más relatos y más coros y luego vino David otra vez.

La segunda canción fue un poco más extensa, igual de hermosa y cuando cantaba David el silencio era absolute. Todos querían escuchar la voz. Debo decir con honestidad que todos estaban alli para escuchar a David.

Durante la tercera canción el pianista fallo, David dio vuelta su cabeza, espero a que el pianista arreglara el desperfecto y entonces David se dio vuelta y comenzó a cantar. Su voz se elevo en un momento de la canción y se sintió un escalofrío general, escuche, ¡!!!!!!Dios Mio ¡!!!! en el fondo del salón. Era una canción hermosa y había tal sentimiento que mantuvo cerrado los ojos todo el tiempo y cuando los abrió, sonrío y se sentó.

David desapareció detrás del pulpito, no lo vi. por 2 minutos, creo que se le cayó su libro de himnos y lo estaba buscando. La cuarta cancion fue algo indescriptible, miro al publico sonrío y empezó a cantar. Su voz era alta y canto con toda su alma. Cuando termino nadie respiraba, el cerro su libro de himnos, se quedo parado frente al pulpit y yo casi me desmayo. Pensé que iba a hablar al público en español. Respiro hondo, miro hacia atrás, al pianista y abrió nuevamente su libro de himnos y empezó la quinta canción. Las canciones anteriores fueron hermosas pero ésta última valió todo mi esfuerzo, todo el gasto, todo el viaje. Si solo David hubiera cantado esta sola canción yo estaría satisfecha igualmente. Su voz lleno todo lugar. La cara de David tiene tantos matices, pasan tantas sensaciones en ese rostro y se nota que él ama la música con toda su alma. Pero también note que el ama su religión y ama a dios y que quiere rendirle tributo cada vez que puede. Yo lo vi tan compenetrado y comprometido.

El Caos

El devocional duro dos horas aproximadamente. Apenas dijeron las ultimas palabras y sacaron a David rápidamente del lugar. Yo me quede sentada un rato tratando de absorber todo lo sucedido. Mi sobrina me dijo que eran como las 8.30 pm y que deberíamos irnos. Estábamos llendo hacia el final del salón y de repente vi un tumulto al final del salón y hay solo una persona en este mundo que puede provocar algo asi. Así que le dije a mi sobrina, saca la cámara y empieza a filmar. Como yo me imagine, los elders estaban como los jugadores de futbol, uno al lado del otro para que la gente los saludara y al final de la fila estaba David. Todo el mundo estaba “encima” de David, el tenia a un elder mayor de cada lado cuidándolo. Pero la gente tenía sus cámaras delante de su cara y el solo sonreia, algo nervioso por toda la situación que se genero. Yo salude a algunos elders, salude a la supervisora y le di las gracias. Y para ser honesta me saltee a varios elders y llegue a David. Él es de mi estatura, es de piel blanca, pelo renegrido, ojos verdes y tiene un brillo muy especial. Era casi irreal estar parada frente a él, verlo sonreír.

Yo estuve a punto de hablarle en ingles y decirle HI David, i am…….. Pero vi. que todo el mundo le hablaba en español y nadie le dijo David., entonces me acerque y le dije:

Gladys: – hola, soy gladys de Argentina.

David: -ohhhh gracias por venir

Yo seguía parada ahí, no queria irme, entonces extendi mi mano, le tome su mano, la puse sobre mi palma y encima puse mi otra mano, lo mire a los ojos, y le dije gracia, el solo sonrío y me fui. Yo creo que mi sobrina grabo todo. Ella también lo saludo y ahora creo que es una fans por que ella estaba tan contenta de verlo en persona.

Después todo fue un torbellino, chicas saltando y diciendo, ¡!!!!! Lo toque ¡!!!!! ¡!!!!! Lo toque ¡!!!!!!!! El seguía allí parado recibiendo saludos y las cámaras frente a el. Entonces los elders mayores lo sacaron de alli y se lo llevaron. Yo me quede un rato en ese salón respirando el mismo aire que David, pero ya era muy tarde.

El Regreso

Cuando llegamos a la terminal de buses en Rancagua no había buses hacia Santiago de Chile. Arreglamos precio con un taxista y compartimos el viaje con una familia de 4 personas, así que fue un viaje algo apretado. Llegamos al hotel, descansamos un poco. Salimos a cenar y luego a las 11.15 pm me conecte al chat de the voice para contar todo lo sucedido. Estaba y estoy tan contenta que quería compartir todo esto con gente que me entendiera y que yo hubiera deseado que estuvieran allí conmigo.

Quizás alguien en algún momento me corrija en algún detalle, quizás fueron 6 canciones, quizás fue todo un sueño, quizás……………Fue un sueño hecho realidad.

Si Dios quiere el 13 de octubre yo estaré de nuevo en Chile. Solo cantaran dos elders, Archuleta y Coello. Solo espero que sea un evento público y no privado como estaban rumoreando. ¿¿ Adivinen cual de esos dos cantantes me interesa ¿???

Espero les guste todo lo que escribi. Gracias chicas.

♦ Many thanks to Djafan for her work in translating this article into English. 

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David Archuleta ~ Talks About The Inspiration Behind BEGIN & MORE…Part 2

Posted by djafan on Thursday, July 19, 2012

David Archuleta Talks About His Upcoming BEGIN. Album

Published on Jul 19, 2012 by 

Here is a look at David in the studio while recording the BEGIN. album. He talks about where some of the inspiration came from with the choices he picked for the album for this next chapter in his life.

BEGIN. Photo Contest On OS

To celebrate the launch of David’s new album BEGIN. we are doing a photo contest Check it out hear —>  (ks)

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David Archuleta ~ BEGIN.

Posted by djafan on Friday, July 13, 2012


TXNancy said:

Remember this twitpic from Kari back in March? Now, we have 18 amazing seconds of David’s glorious voice, singing “Broken”! How can we go to sleep tonight? How can we wait 26 more days to have BEGIN. in our hands? I, for one, can hardly wait to read the liner notes, as I expect David’s words to be exceptionally heartfelt and emotional.

@DavidArchie in the studio recording an original song. Cannot wait for you all to hear it.— Kari Sellards (@kariontour) March 25, 2012

BEGIN. Longer Previous Courtesy of itunes International

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David Archuleta ~ Cover Me

Posted by djafan on Monday, July 9, 2012

“I believe that the only excuse we have for being musicians and for making music in any fashion, is to make it differently, to perform it differently, to establish the music’s difference, vis-a-vis our own difference.”

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009) Directors:Michèle Hozer, Peter Raymont

Glenn Gould

I recently watched a documentary on the life and work of Glenn Gould, 1932-1982 and naturally, I thought of David. I could be watching a documentary on the etymology of tsetse flies in Tswana and naturally think of David too, but that is beside the point. The similarities between David and Gould were hard to ignore: both musical prodigies and both possessing a combination of good looks and extremely winning personalities.

According to Wikipedia, “At the age of 10, he began attending The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.. Gould passed his final Conservatory examination in piano at the age of 12 (achieving the “highest marks of any candidate”), thus attaining “professional standing as a pianist” at that age. One year later he passed the written theory exams, qualifying for an ATCM diploma.”

In his twenties, Gould came to New York and set the world of classical music on fire. All classical musicians spend a good deal of their time “covering” others, and most take pride in being faithful to the original composer. Not Gould, as the above quote by him reveals. No one had ever heard Bach played with such absolute freedom and disregard for convention. He became something of a superstar, an iconic exciting figure, packing concert halls in North America and Russia way beyond the fire code limit. He wrote and arranged a number of original works as well and won a Juno Award for Best Classical Album of the Year in 1979, 1983 and 1984. He won four Grammies, three posthumously before his untimely death at age 50.

Philosopher Mark Kingwell writes that “his influence is made inescapable. No performer after him can avoid the example he sets… Now, everyone must perform through him: he can be emulated or rejected, but he cannot be ignored.”

This brings me to the subject of David doing covers. He recently recorded Forevermore, an album of original Philippines music, fittingly named by how often I play it. I mean the thing never gets old. From comments on YouTube and elsewhere, he seems to have stayed pretty faithful to the originals. If the snippets off his upcoming album Begin., recorded in the US before leaving for his mission are any indication, these covers will be more uniquely his own. They were all specially and lovingly chosen by him to convey his feelings at this unique time in his life.

Whether a classical musician, a seasoned performer or a young man on a mission with not a lot of time but an awful lot to say, doing covers carries the same challenge. Glenn Gould’s words bear repeating…”I believe that the only excuse we have for being musicians and for making music in any fashion, is to make it differently, to perform it differently, to establish the music’s difference, vis-a-vis our own difference.”

Two years ago, Peter Gabriel, who David covers on Begin. with “Don’t Give Up” did an entire album of covers. Of it Jon Pareles of the New York Times had this to say.

“For many singer-songwriters there comes a time to make an album of other people’s songs. That’s what Peter Gabriel does with “Scratch My Back” (Virgin)…A covers album can be a tribute or a miscellany, a throwaway or a statement about what a songwriter holds dear. The production can imitate the original arrangements; the way Seal and Rod Stewart did on their recent soul collections, or apply a distinctly personal approach, as Rosanne Cash did on “The List.” Meanwhile, in recording company offices, hopes arise that a familiar voice and a familiar song can add up to radio play…

When he eventually decided to make a full album of covers, Mr. Gabriel ruled out drums and guitars. He went on to renounce the funk, soul and world-music elements that have filled his past albums. He was determined to strip the songs down to the bare melody and lyric.”

On the following audio tracks, listen to the song in its original recording by Paul Simon. Then listen to Peter Gabriel’s cover. This is not about who has the better voice or which one you like best or which has a good beat and would be easy to dance to. It’s not even a competition. Both artists are geniuses in their own right. This is about what was brought to the original, and whether what was brought made you hear the song and its words differently. Did the one who did the cover of the original bring something new to the song emotionally, and did he make you understand it in a way you didn’t before?

Paul Simon  The Boy in the Bubble

Peter Gabriel  The Boy in the Bubble

I have such a good feeling about Begin. I think this just may be the start of something good getting even better.

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David Archuleta ~ Silence, Now Begin.

Posted by SandyBeaches on Thursday, July 5, 2012

Oh the tranquility of silence, how wonderful and generous a time that allows us to think, to discover and rediscover what we have deep within our minds and hearts. I awoke from a dream one night with one of David’s songs from his new album going on and on in my head. I had to reach for it and listen to it. So in this night it felt as if he was patiently waiting there for it to be discovered, with a peaceful smile on his face and the question, “What took you so long?” I felt elated because the words in the song give us the story that speaks to us about David and his journey. We are familiar with much of life being symbolic to David like the mere mention to us in a tweet of the formation of beautiful clouds in the blue sky one day. Watching him talk to a squirrel in a park is his way of giving us a gentle nudge to slow down and look at what is real and natural. He was reminding us then to notice the simple things. What took us so long? Only the greats can reach out to people and touch them through their art and in his near silence, he is fast becoming one of the greats.

Without hesitation I hear David’s own thoughts throughout the song. He is strongly passionate about everything in nature that is part of the land and he takes himself away to it whenever he can. I remember the day when he drove off into the mountains and sent the following picture back to us. The words of the song go wonderfully well with his picture. David doesn’t speak to one person but to everyone and it would not be odd for him to ask us if this might be a place where we would love to go.

I walked across an empty land

I knew the pathway like the back of my hand

I felt the earth beneath my feet

I came across a fallen tree

I felt the branches of it looking at me

Is this the place we used to love?

Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of?

Photo by David Archuleta

Oh simple thing where have you gone?

I’m getting old and I need something to rely on

So tell me when you’re gonna let me in

I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin.

Although this is not a Beatles song, I hear Paul McCartney which makes it so amazing to now hear it in David’s voice. He complements the words, the music and the English flare and I find that extraordinarily exciting. The lyrics seem to reflect upon David’s own beliefs. So now as the words of the song so obviously portray, perhaps where he has gone has become where he has longed to begin. It is possible that this is somewhere and something that he can rely on to be with him and guide him for the rest of his life. We require some environmental serenity in order to achieve spiritual sensitivity.

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The 4th of July ~ A Celebration in Song ~ David Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Independence Day To All!

Here are some favorites and a mashup by Abrra for you to start your 4th celebrations.  No one sings Patriotic like David Archuleta!

Enjoy and be safe!

Star Spangled Banner Mash Up

by Abrra

My Country ‘Tis Of Thee ~ America The Beautiful Stadium Of Fire 2011

by 8throwcenter

America The Beautiful

by r2rod2

Star Spangled Banner Stadium Of Fire 2011

by 8throwcenter

God Bless America

by oldphatone

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Smilebox by Angelica

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