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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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Archive for September, 2012

BEGIN. A Poem of David Archuleta

Posted by MT on Friday, September 28, 2012

Cloaked in silence, to contemplate

Inspiration is born

A time away from stress and trials

Ties to the past are torn.

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To live without the daily grind

Free to think anew

Plan ahead for what could be

With hindsight still in view.

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To walk away evasive of

The shadows of the past

Begin anew with visions held

To see the future at last.

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The view is clear with thoughts untwined

Looking straight ahead

Focused on a single point

Where inspiration led.

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That path now cleared of fog and smoke

Was chosen carefully

This is where his heart has led

He follows faithfully.

* * *

David has said this is a time of new beginnings. It’s not only a new journey for him in South America. It’s the beginning of his future as a whole. He will spend these two years quietly. And while he will be primarily focused on sharing his faith, he will no doubt use this time to contemplate his future as well.

It’s a time away from the ordinary world that David was used to dealing with on a daily basis, a time for him to learn who he wants to be and where he wants to go with his life and his music. His decisions will be made without the pressures of the music world and without the influence of family, friends, and yes, even fans.

In the end, he will know that the decisions he makes are his own rather than a reflection of what those around him may want.

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A Little Too Not Over David Archuleta & Nandito Ako

Posted by betsy on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I want a Nandito Ako DVD.  I need a Nandito Ako DVD.  Not a bunch of video segments strung together.  And most certainly not a copy burned off the interwebz.  A REAL one.  A clear HD one.  I am accidentally memorizing the dialogue.  In Tagalog.  Through osmosis.

Best of all?  I love chatting about it with my friends, talking about the best parts, knowing what’s coming up, you can stop for a few minutes and make a snack, eat a piece of watermelon, pour a glass of wine, make a grilled cheese, have a laugh over that she-devil Margaret or an even bigger one over Uncle Stevil, watch D do a handstand, watch D nuzzle with a girl or two, watch D carry a girl or two, watch D yell at Anya in Tagalog on a beautiful beach, watch D & Anya fall in love on a long bus ride, watch D tell Holly that sorry, he didn’t mean to fall in love with someone else, watch D reunite with his long-lost mother, cry along with them when Holly says goodbye 😥  listen to “Nandito Ako” 857 times, listen to “I rated PG” 957 times, listen to “Wherever You Are” coming out of Holly’s walls a hundred times, take a peek at Holly’s Josh shrine in her room, watch Josh ask Aladdin “WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LAAMPA?” and watch sweet little Aladdin show him, yell at Anya to not go to the bad man’s apartment and DO NOT drink anything he gives you!

OK lol you guys get the picture.  THIS SHOW IS LIKE GOLD.  (queso lol)  And I discovered how much so after David left.

p.s.  I know I wrote D instead of Josh but it just came out like that and I am leaving it.

Also, who can forget good ole Volta saying, “Correct for a bouncing check!”?

Or any single one of his phrases:

“Are you emoting now?”
“Come on now Mando, I’ll wipe your lipstick off for you.”
“If he is now your boyfriend, tell him to introduce me to his blue-eyed blonde friends.”

And TERESA!  Who doesn’t love when she meets Josh in her house late at night and knocks him around a bit until she realizes who he is, lol, “ANYA WHY DO WE HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL STAR IN OUR HOUSE?”  “YOU LOOK LIKE AN ANGEL IN PERSON, YOU KNOW THAT?”
Ok, I may be done now.  We’ll see.  Stick a fork in me.

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On the AI7 Tour With David Archuleta ~ Were You There?

Posted by bebereader on Friday, September 14, 2012

A good indicator of what’s on our minds and in our hearts reveals itself in the discussions held in The Voice Unplugged on Saturday nights. One of the topics that creates a lot of dialogue and squeeing is The American Idol Tour, Season 7. Yes, it’s been over four years and we’re still talking about it.

I’ll admit that sometimes, I’m the initiator of the discussion.  I’ll also admit to incessantly grilling anyone at the mere mention that they’ve been to the tour.  But there’s a reason for my madness.  After Season 7 was over and the right David was not declared the official winner, I panicked at the thought of never seeing him again. I didn’t get tickets for the Idol Tour; I had too many other obligations.  The result is that I am like a sponge; I want to hear every detail, big or small about the tour, about what I missed. I want to feel like l was there!  As for tour footage from Season 7,  I’m glued to my seat in Unplugged.  So, I’ve decided to put my questions out in cyberspace to those of you who were lucky enough to witness his greatness. Thanking you in advance for your comments.

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How did it feel to be in that audience?  How about that applause?  Sounds thunderous to me.  Did you like/love/hate the shiny suit?  Did David always come out before and after the show to greet fans and sign autographs?  Did you give him a gift?  What kind of gift?  Did any other idols get gifts?  Are there any special moments or stories you’d like to share?  What about VIP experiences?  Did you take pictures?  If you’d like to share them here, send them to thevoiceda@gmail.com and we’ll be glad to post them for you.

Depending on your responses, I promise to behave and never, hardly ever, grill anyone in chat about the Idol Tour again. Mostly.  LOL

Posted in American Idol, American Idol Tour, David Archuleta, fandom, Season 7 | Tagged: , , , , , , | 70 Comments »

David Archuleta ~ I Will Always Return

Posted by pocoelsyforarchie on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I hear the wind call your name.

It calls me back home again.

It sparks up the fire – a flame that still burns.

Oh it’s to you I’ll always return.

As I was watching “Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron” on a lazy Saturday afternoon in July with my daughter, this song came on!!!  Man, it shook my world a little bit …ok…a lot!!!  I realized how much I miss David!!!  I can relate almost everything to him!!!  I’m nuts!!  I know!  haha.  He’s only been gone a few months, but somehow he’s just like a close family/friend to me and I believe to many of us as well.

“Spirit” the stallion has similar characteristic as David, though not exactly the same.  As the song progresses, the lyrics are really in sync with our situation, both on David’s part and ours.  I’m pretty sure that while he’s so super busy with his mission, a part of him misses our excitement-smile-scream-fan-boying and girling on our parts while he’s performing on his stage !!  It’s so evident how we all miss him and want the clock to run faster.  🙂  Our love and thoughts are all over the fansites and YouTube.

The guy has captured our hearts and we have captured his.  To wait for him and support him are just about normal and natural things for us to do.  He’s generously invited us into his life, so we’ll definitely be here as long as he needs us.  That’s what friends are for, right !?

The support and yearning words from the fans, David’s love and trust in us, and a wishful thinking on my part inspired me to make this vid for both David and us.   Hope you like it.

I encourage you all to watch this fantastic animation “Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron.”  It’s fun and inspiring and the songs by Bryan Adams are outstanding!!!

Thank you all.  🙂

Pocoelsy

Posted in Appreciation, Archies, David Archuleta, fan video | Tagged: , , , | 75 Comments »

David Archuleta ~ Remembering 9/11 Tragedy

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

In Memory of 9/11

David Archuleta singing in honor of those whose lives were lost and those who helped to save lives on 9/11/01. This was recorded on 9/11/2002 for a NYC Memorial Service at Fire Station 54 in Manhattan.

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David Archuleta’s Everybody Hurts Video ~ A Review

Posted by djafan on Thursday, September 6, 2012

At the risk of looking a dead gift horse in the mouth while simultaneously beating him, here is my eleventh hour review of the “Everybody Hurts” video.

I did not comment on the video when it was released. I watched it once with sound, once without sound, and then logged off my computer. Days later I returned to see many praising it, but not all. Among the dissenters was HG’s honest review and Silverfox’s on this site. I gathered from other comments that there was some controversy brewing over the matter but I didn’t go there. I make it a rule to stay away from drama that is not of my own making, for if I create it, I can hardly avoid it. For that reason, I try not to create it. But feigned indifference, my stance of choice on all but the most pressing issues, will not do. I don’t know why it won’t do but it just won’t. I don’t know why the video affected me so strongly but it did. Maybe by writing down my thoughts it will become clearer, at least to me.

I know they were pressed for time. I suspect David probably had very little to do with the making of the video other than laying down the vocals and allowing himself to be filmed doing so. He probably then left, trusting that others would do it justice and, with more important things on his mind, not much caring how it turned out. The music was the thing that mattered, a parting gift for his fans and he worked so hard and put so much love into it.

What does one video matter? It matters because to a fan of David, nothing will ever be good enough for him unless it reaches his level of excellence. In the song, “Everybody Hurts,” he descended emotionally far below anything portrayed on that video. Lyrically the song echoes the words of Henry David Thoreau, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Where in the video was this truth made plain by the lines, “when you feel like giving up…when you feel like letting go…don’t throw your hand!”? Not in a father giving his daughter away in marriage with much joy in store, or childhood friends parting but still keeping in touch by phone and text. And surely the mother in combat was not about to throw her hand or let go of life, so long as she could make it back to her child.

In an afterthought while writing this, I wondered how a video like MJ’s “Stranger in Moscow” would work with David’s cover of “Everybody Hurts.” It was edited hastily and in places is choppy. Since he was singing another song, I removed the frames containing Michael which necessitated some repetition of images and I added something of David. It is only meant to be a rough draft to illustrate the difference between sentimentality and seriously good work. Good enough even, for David.

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The Compartmentalist vs David Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Saturday, September 1, 2012

Below is an excerpt from an article in the September edition of The New Yorker, by Lizzie Widdicombe entitled, “Teen Titan – The Man Who Made Justin Bieber.”  Click on the above link for a fascinating read, the story of how a star was born and the Machiavellian machinations that delivered him into a world of fame, power, and wealth.  Well written and informative, it is an education in how things work in the very competitive music industry where marketing is all and art is superfluous.  At one point she quotes Universal Music Group CEO, Lucian Grainge, who recently signed a distribution deal with Braun… “We’re not in the art business.”

 One afternoon, I sat in on a meeting Braun had in his living room with a potential client, a nineteen-year-old singer named Tori Kelly, and her parents. At eleven, Kelly had appeared on the TV series “America’s Most Talented Kid,” and she’d had a deal with the Geffen label. But her career had stalled.

Braun leaned back on the couch, his hands crossed behind his head. “So what do you guys want to do?” he asked in an antsy tone. “I think you’re a real artist with a real voice. I want to understand what you want so I can help you out.”

Kelly’s mom, wearing pink Capri pants, explained that Kelly had just self-released an album, which was charting on iTunes. Kelly named a few pop acts that she’d like to open for: Beyoncé, Alicia Keyes, Justin Timberlake. “Justin”-meaning Bieber-“would be great.” She said that she’d like to perform with a band and with choreography, “if it fits.”

Braun interrupted: “You’ve been doing this for a while now. What do you think the holdup has been?”

Kelly said, in a small voice, “I think the people we have worked with, they don’t see the full picture. They don’t know what to do with me.”

After a minute, Kelly picked up one of Braun’s guitars and performed a song-the chorus went, “Lavish me with your love.” It sounded a bit like acoustic Lauryn Hill. Braun listened attentively. It was nothing like the R. & B. and dance-oriented pop on his roster.

When Kelly finished, Braun asked, “Are you a fan of Jewel?”

She said, politely, “I’m not super-familiar . . .”

Braun jumped in. “Let me give you the background,” he said. “Jewel tried to get signed, it didn’t work out. She drove to California, and she lived in her car. She was homeless, she played coffee shops. She wrote really amazing songs. Then she sold millions of records.” He explained that in the late nineties, during the height of Jewel’s fame, the charts were dominated by elaborate pop acts like the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync. “But the biggest female star on the planet was someone who came in with a guitar, real quiet, and people would sit there and just be blown away by these singer-songwriter songs.” He went on, “That is the lane for you. There is a time for that again.”

Kelly was wary. Her father said, “So, like, a Jewel-meets-Fiona Apple-meets-Beyoncé?”

Braun said, “Jewel-meets-Tori Kelly. The Beyoncé thing comes later.” He said that the strategy was a marketing approach, not a musical one. “People compartmentalize things. Kobe needs to be like Jordan. Justin Bieber needs to be like Justin Timberlake. You want to dictate to the public who you want them to compare you to. If I was to market you, I’d want them to call you the next Jewel. Because if another Jewel came out, in today’s music market, people would go crazy. That’s what they’re missing.”

Kelly asked, meekly, “How about just the next Tori Kelly?” ?

One of the things that has always impeded the public’s acceptance of David Archuleta is his refusal to be compartmentalized, to be placed inside a convenient box.  He is the whole package who refuses to be packaged.  People want the familiar, the no-brainer, the known entity.  During AI, he made the  media uncomfortable, which was a microcosm of the disconnect felt by many viewers.  Who is this guy?  To whom can we liken him, thereby giving ourselves permission to like him?  I don’t blame Scooter Braun for knowing the public so completely and doing his job so well.  The blame lies squarely at the feet of a complacent public’s refusal to admit that, like many of the scantily clad empresses on stage, most of the emperors that strut before them are also wearing no clothes.

Teen Magazine 2012, Singapore

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