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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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David Archuleta’s 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.

104 Responses to “David Archuleta’s Everybody Hurts Video ~ A Review”

  1. ram said

    “What does one video matter?”. It matters much but we have been down this road before. Until such time as David takes complete control and/or hires professional caretakers who will not be satisfied with anything less then the excellence he strives for, we will see opportunities short of what could have been.

    Still I go back and listen AND watch for his gorgeousness in the parts where he appears. lol.

    Loved your vid and am hopeful for what is possible when he gets back. (Can’t bring myself to even say that year. It’s just too difficult still.)

    btw, I have enjoyed Bestor’s and Hancock’s work on this album. Would love David to continue to use this caliber of industry professionals.

    And way off topic is how now my focus is on True Colors and the various pronunciations of the word “colors”. I am gut level affected with the way he says it the very first time. Like with a hard “k” sound and way back in his throat or something, idk. Wooo! Still have it bad for this album. 🙂


  2. MT said

    Thanks for the thought provoking article. I understand what you mean and I really like your version of hte video. I like the part at the end where David sings “hold on” and the rain is falling on them as if to refresh and renew them, to help them continue to try and hold on.

    “In the song, “Everybody Hurts,” he descended emotionally far below anything portrayed on that video.” << Same here. As I said on another thread, I felt a disconnect between the song and the video, for that same reason.

    The video wasn't what I expected. I liked it, but it didn't fit my interpretation of what the song meant. But, after thinking about it for a while, I began to try to see it from David's prespective rather than my own, about what the song might have meant to him. He was leaving for his mission, hurting because he was about to leave everyone he loved behind, and his family was hurting because he was leaving them. Even his fans were hurting, and this could also be telling us to hold on, that he'll be back and it will be back to business and back to normal soon.

    I agree that it wasn't the dramatic video it could have been. And it doesn't represent the song they way I hear it still. But I do understand where they may have been coming from when I think about it from his possible perspective.

    I want to add that I too really appreciate all the hard work on David's part to give us music and videos. He worked his little tushy off to give us things to help us through the time he is away.

    So, whether we love the video or find it confusing, it is something to enjoy while keeping us engaged and discussing David and his music. I think that's what David wanted us to do when he decided to leave us with all these gifts.

    Thanks again, Angelica. I look forward to reading everyone's opinion on this.

    Oh! One more thing! (haha I just never stop do I?) Trying to figure it out made me listen to this song many times and made this song (that was not a favorite) become one of my favorites. So in the end, it actually did its job very well.


  3. MT said

    “Wooo! Still have it bad for this album.” << Me too!


  4. Abrra said

    Angelica, I woke up at 4 am and read your article on my phone while still in bed. I was so excited to see that you had made something new in video. You did such a great job combining the MJ video clips and David’s music. The black and white effect MADE it so dramatic. You have such an eye for what works.

    I had a similar reaction when I watched this most anticipated video promoting Everybody Hurts. I could almost forgive the cheese factor of the cut scenes ,if they had remotely told the story of the song. I had a disconnect with the pain and emotion in David’s voice and the level of “pain” represented by the scenarios. He two previous videos had the luxury of time, which this one did not. My wish for future videos is that they let David sing with minimal distraction. He is the star we follow, after all.

    My own solution was to rewrite history :). Last week I chopped the clips from all the interviews that Kari released of David talking about BEGIN and some parts of the EH video to make an ALL David tribute.

    Abrra 568 days


  5. cq#DA2014 said

    What a great article Angelica, thank you so much for the great read.
    Although I love the EH video because it’s from David, I do understand your point.


  6. bebereader said

    I agree, Angelica. It wasn’t one of his better ones. I was so caught up in being able to watch David record that I didn’t focus on the quality of the video. The way I see it is like from a parent’s perspective. My child brought home an assignment and instead of his usual grade of A+, he got a B-. I know he is capable of doing so much better but because of extenuating circumstances, that is, too much on his plate, he wasn’t able to give 100% this time. We’re not used to this from David who has always gone above and beyond.

    I loved how you combined MJ’s “Stranger In Moscow” video with David’s vocals on “Everybody Hurts”. You nailed the mood of the song by using visuals that depict sorrowful faces showing deep sadness, loneliness and feelings of desperation. That is exactly what the original video is lacking! Muchas Gracias!

    Abrra, I love your video, too!

    Ram, Good to see you again!!


  7. funfee said

    Wow, it’s not often that I totally disagree with other David fans but this time I do!!! I LOVED this video and it still makes me cry every single time I watch it. I guess some of the scenes just resonated with me. The dad feeling sad about his daughter leaving is so easy for me to understand because my daughter is turning 18 soon and although I know she needs to grow up and eventually leave home, it always chokes me up to think about it. The mom missing her little boy is so close to home for me too because I often feel so bad for my mom and dad being so far away from my children. (They live in South Africa and we are in Louisiana). In spite of the physical distance my children are still very close to their grandparents but I know that often my mom just would love to give them a big hug. When the little boy puts his chubby little hand on his mom’s cheek it reminds me of when my kids were little and that physical closeness we shared. So I have to say that I thought this video was lovely!


  8. betsy said

    Angelica, I was up early for work and watched this at 5 am. This is what pain looks and sounds like.
    Good job.


  9. josiann14 said

    Thank you Angelica! superb, and your words truly resonated with me. Now I really “felt” the song with those stunning visuals.
    Begin.? The best album ever for me. Everything about it was exceptional. The choice of songs, the production, David’s astounding vocals, each song sung with gut wrenching emotions, purpose and truth.
    Each time I listen I get transported to the deep recess of my soul and David’s sincerity and Love heals me. Every time. Nobody else can do that!
    thank you David for all that love, I am truly grateful.


  10. Abrra said

    Beautiful review by a HS student. She gets David 🙂 I liked that she didn’t mention that he was away from his career.

    David Archuleta is back with ‘Begin’
    By Samira Shahbandy, George Washington High School

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After the finale of “American Idol” each season, we often don’t see many of the contestants again. David Archuleta, the season seven runner-up, was one we did see again, though. His song “Crush,” from his self-titled debut album, was a huge hit.

    After that, however, he wasn’t in the public eye as much. For many, he was a one-hit wonder.

    He’s stayed busy, though. On Aug. 7, Archuleta released his sixth album, “Begin.”

    Most of the songs are covers, but they’re beautiful arrangements. Depending on how you’re feeling, they might even make you cry. The songs sound so genuine that they make this album a work of art.

    One that is especially good is “Don’t Give Up,” featuring singer/songwriter Libbie Linton. It is so inspirational and incredible. The song, originally by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, is so lovely that I played it on repeat for hours. It never gets old, and it gives me a little bit of hope to deal with life’s curveballs.

    His cover of “Somewhere Only We Know” was hard for me to like at first because it is different from both the original and the version that Lifehouse did. After hearing it a few times, though, it became one of my favorite arrangements of the song. It’s unique and really shows off Archuleta’s vocal abilities.

    His cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” has beautiful music to go along with the delightful lyrics. I haven’t heard the original version, so I can’t compare it, but Archuleta’s version is a great song for any mood you may be in.

    My least favorite song on the album is his cover of U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love).” There’s nothing really wrong with it; I just don’t think it suits him, and I don’t care for his arrangement of it.

    “Broken” is the one original song on the album, co-written by Archuleta and Jon Hunt. It is a beautiful song with enchanting lyrics and an incredible vocal range. It really shows how far Archuleta has come the past few years.

    No matter what age you are, this album may just give you some hope to help get you through hard times. Archuleta has really done well selecting his songs because this album will tug on heartstrings around the world.

    Before I listened to “Begin,” I wasn’t sure if it could compare to his debut, but I was wrong. If anything, I think it will be the best liked of his albums. It will keep you thinking of Archuleta and wanting to hear to more of his music for a long time to come.

    Josiann14 Welcome to The Voice!!



  11. marlie7 said

    Angelica – I felt very disappointed with the original version of the video of Everybody Hurts. The vocals are so deep and painful,and at first I thought the man whose daughter was getting married was actually at a funeral LOL. Then, the rest of the video was confusing to me. And the only parts I really liked were of David 🙂

    Your version is fantastic (as always – you videographer par excellence!)

    One thing about this album is that almost all of it makes me sad. It doesn’t speak to me of hope that much. Don’t Give Up brings me to tears almost every time and for me, is the BEST song on the album, with Broken coming in next. Like Josianna, above, I play Don’t Give Up on repeat because it is so haunting and gorgeous.

    Abrra – there’s nothing I like better than watching David, just David and only David. Good job!


  12. pocoelsy said

    Hi all,

    Angelica, thanks for another thought provoking article, to be honest I love the official mv. just like Funfee #7, I can relate especially the female soldier part which get me teary everytime!!! I am in the same situation as both the mom and the child…as in.. I live so far away from my mom who is 77 now miss her and at the same time feel guilty for not being there for her and my daughter is in collage away from home.. miss her like crazy!!! but I have a little problem with the wedding scene cause if only the guy’s holding his late wife pic in stead of his baby he missing her and wishing she’d be there on this special day with him then I think it would have more impact to audience and I think they put the young couples there to attract …well the youngen, otherwise the vid would be too sad and serious, just my opinion 🙂

    I love your vid too, very well edited and the scene fits the song, very artistic with the black and white image and massage of the song hits home 🙂


  13. pocoelsy said

    Love your tribute vid, yes we love to see David more in the mv. I actually don’t mind if they put the whole recording session of him singing the song as the official mv. his voice and his expression tell the story so well and it’s not an act, it’s genuine, it’s from his heart.


  14. poof said

    I so agree with what you have written. I love the video you have made. Thanks, to me it fit the song perfectly.


  15. jans11 said

    Angelica, I enjoyed your video and your take on the original one. But I kind of agree with Fenfan that I loved the video from the beginning even though it is more simplistic. But, in life there all kinds of hurt…in different degrees. Therefore the original is fine too. Yes there are things that I would have changed or made a little better here and there, but with it being made in record time, to me it’s fine. I’m just glad David took the time to make the album! The main thing that I didn’t care for the first time I watched it, (which I’ve stated before in another post) was when the little boy and his dad met with the mom, it was like they were entering the war zone and that didn’t look right to me. EH was always one of my favorites on the album so was happy to see it made into a video. For some reason, he seems to pick my favorites to make into videos. Lucky, I guess! I look forward to each song every time I play the album. Each song has it’s own special part or parts that I can’t wait to hear again and again. Hearing David’s voice on the EH video makes me happy!♥ And Abrra, love your video, hearing David’s voice and seeing David’s face makes me happier!♥♥


  16. poluck8 said

    although David’s vocals were gut wrenching I don’t think they wanted to go too deep on the vedio becaue David is always about hope.


  17. Angelica,I really enjoyed your review of this video.and the video you put together,visually always wake up my brain.
    The first time I watched the original video,I was in tears. I was in tears, mainly because of David himself,watching him as he sang in the recording studio, knowing when he was there, and why, just brought forth so much emotion inside of me,as the song began to play. He alone,is such a storyteller,we don’t even need the book.I felt privileged to be there. There is nothing like watching him sing is there? His expressions alone he makes us feel the song, and watching his face at the end, it seems like this song took him to a place where deeper pain was evident, yes.I agree
    . you made your video…. “to illustrate the difference between sentimentality and seriously good work.”
    if David had been here for the making of the video maybe it would have been a bit different,or a lot different. I love that we have the video, and it’s lovely and I feel it , but I see what you mean about the situations depicted.

    sometimes, I think….actually often I think, that there has yet to be in Davids inner circle of management and marketers,videomakers, and countless others over the past few years, anyone who understands the full talent and genius of this guy, or really understands what pulls us to him and keeps us here!

    “What does one video matter?”. It matters much but we have been down this road before. Until such time as David takes complete control and/or hires professional caretakers who will not be satisfied with anything less then the excellence he strives for, we will see opportunities short of what could have been.


  18. Abrra said

    New video from David!!

    by theofficialarchuleta
    Here is David talking more about his BEGIN. album and the reason behind the meaning to the title in his words. Now available at iTunes and at Deseret Book

    Abrra 567 days


  19. Angelica said

    “Hey guys! It’s David here.”

    waaaaaahhhhh! I miss him so much. What a sight for sore eyes and ears! What did he say? Who cares, he’s adorable trying to say it. Chee-wa-wahs.

    Thanks also for the comments on what I wrote. It is just one person’s opinion after all. If the original version of the video speaks to you and touches you I’m glad and would not want to take that away from anyone.

    So good to see him. :x =((


  20. djafan said


    That is a beautiful screencap. As much as I love David in color sometimes the black and white brings attention to details that don’t stand out in color. Angelica created a video, thank you. I’ve been asking for an Angelica video for some time 🙂 It’s beautiful in it’s hurt though it does end with hope, great editing. I get what your saying and others who didn’t feel the lyrics, David’s incredible emotional vocals matched the visual of the MV. I agree 100% that I too didn’t feel the connect but with that being said I do love the video because of the outcome. I had said in a previous comment that it was ironic that those who weren’t satisfied were mostly fans. Reading the comments and sharing the video with non fans has been nothing but positive remarks. My grandkids didn’t know the song and were really taken in with the video. Even my 13 year old grandson who likes alternative and rap was held captive by it. So like Ram said “Until such time as David takes complete control and/or hires professional caretakers who will not be satisfied with anything less then the excellence he strives for, we will see opportunities short of what could have been.” YES, because David is a perfectionist but his persona and genius need to meet and my gut tells me they are getting closer and closer. Broken, his original where he is co writer and musical composer has received the highest praise from most reviewers. Still my favorite 🙂

    Ram, it’s so nice to see you ♥

    Well I choked and spilled my coffee. “Hey guys, it’s David here” the most beautiful words I have missed so much. ♥


  21. Abrra said

    WARNING! Picspam incoming!!! KA BOOOOOMMM!!!













  22. betsy said

    Thanks Abs. That smile in picspam #3.
    That’ll get me through the day. :)))))))))))


  23. bebereader said

    Wasn’t expecting a vlog; he surprised me again! I dare you to watch that vlog and keep from smiling. It’s just not possible!

    Masterclass Lady’s new article in her David Archuleta Retrospective Series is on “Works For Me”! Here’s an excerpt. Link below.

    “Works for Me” is a song released on David’s self-titled album through Wal-Mart as a Bonus Track back in November 2008. This song represents David’s self- image, a time in his life when he felt indecisive and had to deal with certain challenges. He co-wrote this song with Daniel Bedingfield and Toby Lightman.

    A call from Daniel Bedingfield to Toby Lightman asking her to come and write with them early one morning back in 2008 started their creative process.

    With David barely awake, Daniel downing Chai lattes and Toby with guitar in hand the basics of a song were started but not finished. A call from Sony a month later requesting them to finish the song required them to fly to Tulsa, Oklahoma, David’s last stop on his American Idol Tour. And as they say history was made or at least “Works for Me.

    Challenges sometimes create change and….”

    (click on link to read full article)


  24. djafan said

    I wanted to bring Masterclass part of the review. Love it 🙂

    Rosanne Simunovic’s Recollections

    As I write this article on “Works For Me”, I must confess that this is the first time I actually heard this terrific song. It was Pamela Pikewho suggested this song for review in this David Archuleta Retrospective Series.

    Well, what took me so long? I love everything about this number – the catchy rhythmic structure, the contagious melody, the luscious harmonies supplied by David and, of course, the seamless and transparent vocal delivery by David on the solo line.

    Once again, David highlighted the easy accessibility of his ringing head voice during the repetitious line: “work out just fine “. His voice sounds so liberated, so flexible and he manages to carry this head voice element throughout his range.

    As a result, David’s voice always sounds clear and centered. David never over sings – he sings tastefully, calling on the emotion to dictate how he will phrase his music. There is nothing contrived in this song – just pure, joyous singing, plain and simple.

    The simulation of the finger snapping at the beginning of the song set the mood so perfectly. It not only reinforces the catchiness of the tune itself but also reminds us not to take life so seriously. It’s a journey and there will be smooth roads and rocky ones.

    Once again, this song is a strong testament to David’s positive, yet ever-evolving nature and his ability to trust in something or someone more powerful than himself.

    Bravo David!


  25. Abrra said

    Bebe thanks for the MasterClass Lady article. Its always fun to learn new stories about David’s journey to stardom.

    Don’t forget to watch tonight!


    Here is David from 2010 as he performs his Ambassador duties 🙂


    Oh ya, and I had to make a fun video of the 2 annoying actors who caught David outside the theater as he got a drive by kiss. ( LUCKY lady!!!)



  26. Dayzee said

    I love it when Abrra decorates. She always knows just what this room needs.


  27. MT said

    Awww it’s so nice to hear “Hey guys, It’s David heeere.” I sure do miss him and his rambly vlogs. He really didn’t say anything I didn’t already know, but it’s just nice to see his face and hear his voice.

    Abrra, nice pic spam. Even without “the hair” that is still one good looking guy! I particularly like that smiley #3 pic. 🙂


  28. cc halo said

    Angelica, I love your version of EH. I had been thinking of trying to match up the story part of David’s video with him singing “Things are Gonna Get Better”, which I think suits it better.

    To me, EH is so meaningful, especially David’s version. When my son was a young teen, he would cry and ask, “why me”–why did he have to have such hard things to deal with in his life (Asperger’s, depression,etc.). It would help him when I would point out that almost everybody has hard things to deal with, or great losses to bear. He didn’t feel so alone, then. The original video was hard for me to relate to, because if my son is able to marry, it would be one of the happiest days of my life. I would even be happy if he had a close friend or girlfriend who was sad to move away and leave him, rather than having such a hard time having friends in the first place. I think most of us have have losses and sorrows that aren’t resolved like they are are in the video, and David’s heartfelt singing reminds us that we can bear it because we’re not alone.


  29. Angelica said

    ((Cc Halo))

    Thank you for sharing that. Life can be so unfair at times and there is a difference between normal life changes and real challenges. ♥


  30. djafan said

    Cc Halo, I have friends who have children with asperger’s and it is heart wrenching at times. So my heart goes out to you. I’ve seen others being affected with the EH MV similarly with emotions that many may not relate to.


  31. MT said

    {{Cc Halo}} Thank you for sharing. I hope your son is able to find happiness in his own way.


  32. emmegirl14 said

    The parts of the EH video I felt were in sync with the depth of the song were those of him singing.
    “…nothing will ever be good enough for him unless it reaches his level of excellence.” Bravo Angelica!

    ram, “And way off topic is how now my focus is on True Colors and the various pronunciations of the word “colors”. I am gut level affected with the way he says it the very first time. Like with a hard “k” sound and way back in his throat or something, idk.”
    …..idk either, all I know is I love, love the variety of pronunciations when he sings. They add like a, idk, a texture to the song. I don’t know that I have ever heard anyone do that like he does. “Wooo! Still have it bad for this album”…. ME TOO!

    Miss him. *eyes*


  33. emmegirl14 said

    ((cchalo)), “I think most of us have have losses and sorrows that aren’t resolved like they are are in the video, and David’s heartfelt singing reminds us that we can bear it because we’re not alone.”…..well said.
    Life is more tough than not, and it’s okay to acknowledge that. In fact, it’s necessary. A sad song/video is another way of connecting with people, helping to realize we are not alone in our pain. I think that in itself can provide a measure of comfort and healing.


  34. Angelica said

    True Colors is still one of my favorites on the album. When he starts out, “You with the sad eyes..” No one ever uttered “sad eyes” with so much love and tenderness. I love the rapid falsetto, “DoneetoBEafraid” too. And the way he holds on to the “raaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiin” before he finally lets the “bow” fall softly at the end. He kills me.


  35. Abrra said

    Miss him. *eyes*

    That’s what drew me to each scream cap, his eyes. Some are asking and some are telling.

    Who wants to play in Unplugged tonight?

    I “fixed” another person’s video with True Colors 😉 It’s uploading now .



  36. bebereader said

    You said: “David’s heartfelt singing reminds us that we can bear it because we’re not alone.”

    When he sings “Everybody Hurts”, he makes us believe the lyrics and in the process, he heals us with his voice. I don’t know any other singer who could do this for me. Best wishes to your son.

    Re BEGIN, I’m focused on two songs this week:

    BOTW with David’s soulful wailing throughout sends shivers up my spine and this: “Sail on Silvergirl sail on by, your time has come to shine all your dreams are on their way…”.

    I remember that line from the original Simon and Garfunkel version and although it always stood out to me, I found no need to consume every single syllable as I do now. 🙂

    Pride is the other song of this week for me. The funny thing is that I used to skip this song when the album was brand new. Now I put it on repeat. The best parts for me are when David says “…in the Memphis skkkkkyyyyy.” (Sky, he said your name! LOL) And then, when he sings the lyrics “…one man betrayed by a kiss”. The K in kiss…well idek and enough said about that. haha

    I would love David to open his first concert back, singing “Pride”!!!


  37. poluck8 said

    The eyes are amazing and seem to be getting even more beautiful.


  38. ram said

    Bebe- haha only With David’s voice do we wonder how the letter K can have such an effect on us. It seems to hold such meaning or mystery or . . . . ?

    Yeh buddy I think I am totally losing it. *!*

    Thanks for the warning and the screamcaps Abrra.

    Angelica- Screamcap # 2- “You there. Look into my eyes. I have you under my spell. You will now do my bidding” . Ay ay ay!! chee wa wahs

    Screamcap # 5- “Can you do a handstand?”

    (Had too much caffeine.) Gonna try to see if I can get into unplugged.


  39. ram said

    Unfortunately livestream doesn’t recognize me anymore and I had to restore my computer not too long ago and I really didn’t know what I was doing so I might not have restored it with everything the same so I will try another way to get an account. 🙂


  40. Abrra said

    Just go back to Unplugged and type anything in the chat line and hit enter. It will prompt you to type your name, but you need not enter a password. You should be able to chat. i have it set up so that you don’t have to be “logged in” to chat.



  41. jans11 said

    Sooooo good to hear him say Hey guys, David here!!♥ It was like when we got rain the other day after 93 days of drought!
    Abrra….oh my goodness…those screamcaps!!!!!!!!!!
    #28 ccHalo…Bless you and your son, thanks for sharing.♥♥


  42. pocoelsy said

    And we get a vlog !!! so sweet ❤

    Jans11 #41 I wanted to say that too 🙂 yes it felt like rain after a long drought, isn't it 🙂 how refreshing to hear "Hi! i's David here" even his soft tender speaking voice hypnotised me lol.

    Abrra, your picspams is really"KABOOOOM-ING" real loud on my screen, love them …love them all<3 thank you. I love this
    "That’s what drew me to each scream cap, his eyes. Some are asking and some are telling." exactly his eyes can "talk" love them.


  43. cc halo said

    Thank you for your lovely comments, to those that responded. We are going through a rough patch just now, but I’m sure a little maturity will help my son–and as for me, David’s songs really are my happy place.


  44. betsy said

    Don’t laugh guys, I woke up with this song in my head today. 🙂


  45. MT said

    CC, David and his music is also my happy place. I’m glad he helps you, too. 🙂

    LOL Sorry, first thing I did was laugh when I read your comment above the video haha cuz I woke up with Rainbow in my head.

    I put my earbuds in while doing my make up and discovered something I had been missing! In Rainbow, around the 2:40 mark, OMG! his background vocals saying “and ohhhh” then “can’t you seeee”. Gahh, the huskiness in his very low register there is just to die for. Is this what we can expect a few years down the road? More of this?

    Take a listen and tell me … is this our David!?!? Or was someone doing his back up vocals? It sure sounds like him. Sorry, this is probably too much writing for two lines, but I am obsessing over his voice right there this morning. I can’t even tell you how many times I have replayed that 5 seconds this morning. (Probably well over a 100. LOL I told you I was obsessing!)

    Sooo .. is that actually David? If so, I am in serious trouble a few years down the road.


  46. Abrra said


    My ears tell me it is NOT David. The voice is deeper. When David does his own back up singing you can hear the “air” quality that makes his voice so special.

    Abrra the bubble-buster


  47. MT said

    Alright Miss Bubble-Buster! One vote for no. I think it does sound like him.

    I need a second opinion, and a third and fourth and a fifth. We need a concensus here. LOL Anyone else willing to weigh?

    I sure wish I knew soneone who could answer this qestion for sure. It is going to drive me nuts not knowing. Cuz I can absolutely hear (in my mind LOL) his voice getting huskier as he gets older. I spend time actually contemplating what he will sound like in the future. I know, I know, I need to find something better to fill my time. LOL But … well … you know how it is. It’s that ODD thing. 😀


  48. MT said

    Ummm haha that would be >> willing to “weigh IN”


  49. Blueberry Ice said

    Angelica; Nicely done on your video. The cat has gotten my tongue lately … not that I don’t have much to say, it’s just where do I begin? I love this album! It is a requirement that jump starts each day and gives me peace no matter what hectic kind of day I’m having. His voice has so many layers that it literally makes me forget how I did not care for some of the songs until he transformed them … it’s what some of you have called his ‘heart voice’ that grabs you and makes you want to never let it go. So I’ve been stuck in that vortex and now coming up for air. I don’t know how he is able to convey so many emotions; angst, tenderness, sadness, yearning, caring, sweetness, strength, peace, hope, … just to name a few. I need to play the whole CD on repeat. That has never happened before with any music that I’ve owned. It seems I can’t ever get enough of hearing that voice … maybe it’s because he is away and I’m missing him a bit much. I don’t know but all I can say is this. I expected to love this album even before it came out but he has surprised me and surpassed way beyond that expectation. As for the music video Everybody Hurts, it wasn’t what I was expecting but for where there is not enough David or for what it lacks in conveying the message of the song fully, it is more than compensated for by how David is able to emote what hits home to each of our hearts. Quite remarkable in how he does that. No wonder it’s hard to create a video that fully satisfies, since his singing ability sets such a high standard of expectations.

    Abrra; #21 … Oh my eyes! Merci!

    Cchalo; As a parent, I share in your pain, as nothing hurts more than the heartaches of your children. I too take comfort in the healing voice of David … wishing the best for you and your family.

    Betsy; #44 … Ahhh! That video is very special to me as that was my first introduction to David thanks to my kids. Can you believe that I looked him up based on just hearing his voice from that duet? Crazy, I know.

    MT; #45 … Lol! You broke my repeat revere of BEGIN. as I had to rush to listen to Rainbow but sorry dear MT, but I have to side w/ Abrra … don’t think it’s David at 2:40 but his lower register on Be Still My Soul @ 2:50 makes up for it! And yes, his voice is getting huskier and everything else and more … analysis of it fully will require a thesis in itself, haha!

    Poof and Jans; From the previous posts, hugs …


  50. betsy said

    I so love that you are replaying part of a D song over and over because I do it all the time.
    So Rainbow – The first part – sounds like D
    the second
    “Can’t you see” doesn’t sound like his annunciation but sort of like his voice a little.
    So I am basically no help here, but my opinion is it isn’t him.
    At least you aren’t listening to the above Hannah Freaking Montana video for the 2:36 moment of “I thought soooo, whoooaaa, oooooo 193 times.

    Basically you win for listening to an adult song lol.


  51. pocoelsy said

    Betsy, now you have me all curious that how you end up with that song in you head this morning, hehe I like that song very much David sounded so good there and his first time acting is not bad either 🙂

    MT, If I’m not mistaken there’s only one song on “forevermore” that David did background vocal himself I can’t remember what song but I doubt it’s rainbow!!! I had a listen just now too but I don’t think it’s him, sorry 🙂


  52. betsy said

    Blueberry! I had forgotten how you came across David, this is so interesting to me. I love hearing stories about this. We all heard something in his voice that reached us, grabbed on, and hooked us. 🙂

    Poco, I have no idea at all how that came to be in my head. I hadn’t thought about it or heard it in a year at least. It’s one of life’s mysteries.


  53. MT said

    “Basically you win for listening to an adult song lol.”
    hahahaha This had me ROFL!!

    Well, it looks like I am outvoted! haha But whoever it is, it makes a wonderful contrast in that part, the high voice and the lower huskier one. ♥ Doesn’t anyone besides me think it sounds like David? Or am i just losing my tiny little mind this morning?

    If anyone out there knows who does the background vocals, please let me know! I may be looking up a Fillipino singer. 🙂


  54. emmegirl14 said

    Betsy, lol, was there a full moon last night or something?
    I have always loved his voice in that song.

    Blueberry Ice, funny how life leads us. Love your story.

    MT, it might be Jay Durias, he worked with David on Rainbow (my fav song on that album btw)


  55. MT said

    Sorry for interrupting your BEGIN. revere. 🙂 ANd I”m sure you know you made me go check out 2:50 in Be Still My Soul. LOL And you’re right, HIs voice ther is just gorgeous.

    Thanks for the tip on Jay Durias. And since David killed the battery in my player this morning, (totally his fault) I spent some time on Youtube checking out Jay and I think you could be right. I didn’t hear his lower register in much of his songs, but in one or two places I could definitely hear a similarity. So maybe?

    I need to talk to Kari! LOL SHE would know.


  56. jans11 said

    MT, we may be outvoted but it sounds like David to me too! I listened to it 3 different times and it just does to me.

    Blueberry, I don’t know how he does it either, but it’s just like when I see him in concert, I want more, more! He’s so mesmerizing, hypnotizing!! Totally habit forming!♥
    Thanks for your hugs, it so appreciate them.


  57. jans11 said

    *I so appreciate them.


  58. Abrra said




  59. mspoohbear said

    #53-MT, the background vocals on “Rainbow” is Jay Durias. If you listen to songs of Southborder, you can tell it’s Jay’s voice. They compliment each other’s voice. Love “Rainbow” a lot.


  60. pocoelsy said

    CC, when it comes to our children that’s where it hurts the most, it breaks my heart all the time when my kids shared their pain and dissappointment with me, we’ll always be there for them 🙂 and then we have David’s music to uplift us when inneed, our kids are lucky to have us as their best friend …. we are lucky to have them too :), they teach us to “love unconditionaly”


  61. Abrra said

    Great crowd in Unplugged tonight! Right now 🙂



  62. funfee said

    Hi guys! Sorry I couldn’t make it to unplugged last night! I had a terrible migraine that I just could not get rid of. Missed you all!


  63. betsy said

    Apparently when I have the rare weekend off, all I do is cook and watch videos. Today is a MKOC day. This may be my favorite video of the entire tour.



  64. Abrra said

    Oh Betsy, very nice groovy performance 🙂

    I like these 2 so much that I have them on my phone for instant access at all times to show “not yet fans”


    You were missed last night. /hugs Hope your head feels all better today 😉

    I must say we had a great turnout last night. As many lurkers as chatters.


    I was hoping they would take the plunge and join the fun.
    We stayed til almost 3 am edt. Nice to see Collegemom stop by and chat near the end of the night 🙂

    Hey Marlie? You took my bar of soap with you. Bring it next week kk? 😉

    Abrra 565 days


  65. funfee said

    Thanks Abrra!! Much better today! 🙂


  66. jans11 said

    #59….Yea for Jay!! Good that he can blend in that well! Or is it that my hearing isn’t what it used to be??? haha

    Chat was fun last night, as usual!♥ Marlie, you should be ashamed of yourself! hehe:)


  67. jans11 said

    Happy Grandparents Day to all of you!!


  68. jans11 said

    At least to the grandparents…don’t want to offend anyone…lol


  69. betsy said

    Here guys, have a cool video to watch. Made by the same people who did the Grand Rapids lipdub. 🙂

    It’s not David related, but it IS very cool. Represents my state pretty well. 🙂


  70. djafan said

    Betsy boy David sure is groovy and you can feel how much he was enjoying himself and taking us along for the ride.

    Abrra, I have an iPod full of everything David but you just gave me an idea, I nneed a new playlist, vids for non fans lol

    Funfee glad your feeling better.

    Chat was such fun last night. If you haven’t joined in please check it out.

    Jane thanks for the grandparents day, I didn’t even know!


  71. jans11 said

    #64, Abrra…If those red pants were any tighter…that’s all I’m going to say!:)
    Whoo Hoo. saw This Christmas from 4th row center and I’m sure going to miss it this yr!:-(

    #69, Betsy, What an ingenious way of visiting a state! It was very interesting. I’ve always wanted to go to Mackinaw Island since I seen Somewhere in Time, but never have.

    #70, DJA, you are welcome. Out of 10 grandkids, I only got to see my oldest grandson that was on the way to work. Don’t know where they all were!


  72. betsy said

    jan, I love Somewhere in Time! I used to live up north (Traverse City) and I worked with someone whose mother was in that movie. They used tons of locals.:)

    Fun fact: Did you know that no vehicles are allowed on the island?
    They had one in the movie, but that is the only time.
    My husband and I stayed at the Grand Hotel once, and it is pictured in the video. It has the world’s longest porch. 🙂

    Sigh. Missing D today.


  73. MT said

    Thanks for the info. I did look up Jay Durias on Youtube. He has a really nice voice and you’re right, his voice and David’s compliment each other very well. I love that part, love the combination of high and low. As David gets older ,his voice may get deeper and it’s possible it may end up sounding very much like that.

    Had a fun time in chat last night! You guys really had me laughing last night. It was a great way to end the day. 🙂

    *sigh* me too.

    Thanks for those vids. I was watching another one of the “This Christmas” videos just now too, the one where he was talking about turning 21 and joking around about looking 15. haha Cute.


  74. jans11 said

    Betsy, I loved it too. I had heard about the no vehicle rule,but wasn’t sure. To stay at the Grand Hotel is the reason why I want to go. I’ll bet it was awesome. The whole package sounds awesome to me.

    I am missing David too…..this ODD is something else…I tell ya! Good thing we have his videos!♥

    My sister came to visit from out of town yesterday and we had a good NA time. She hasn’t seen any of it, so we had a good time. Later, when I was out in the car, I got behind a car with the license plate: 788 AKO! Could not believe it!


  75. finally logging on! wow thanks for these vids, Betsy and Abrra.♥ ( I almost got stuck in the vortex again! )
    Betsy, that Michigan video is really something. Lots of pretty places in Michigan and love that hotel from the movie Somewhere in Time what a beautiful place to stay!
    (that was such a good movie.)
    71. Jan, lol! those pants,perhaps he washed and dried them … on high heat!

    I sure do love “I need a Silent Night” definitely one of my faves now.

    Fi, missed you in chat : those darn migraines are awful.Hope today was much better♥.

    missing our David 😦


  76. gladys1961 said

    I found this video. Close-up.
    I almost danced with david.


  77. marlie7 said

    Abrra #64: Soap? Bar of soap? Why did I need that? hahaha I must certainly be the baddest of the bad girls at chat. I need to learn to make my comments in code, like Bebe does j;kladf;diufoau;f;kl

    Jans #66: Is there shame to be found anywhere near David? Oh, yeah, sometimes. hee hee

    Enjoyed chat very much – that trip through all the AI videos was so heartwarming and brought back so many memories.


  78. funfee said

    Abrra, those videos!!!!!!!!!! Aaaaah!
    Sky, yes, feeling much better, thanks 🙂 Seems like we are all having David withdrawals 😦


  79. Abrra said


    I love that you are a bad girl. 🙂 I sit there and laugh the whole time. I can only wonder what Bebe is “saying” in her gibberish of letters.

    How about some “hot-mess” hair for Monday morning??


    I noticed that FOD has suspended their Saturday night chats so the team can take a break while David is away. I’d like to extend a welcoming hand to all who want to join us in Unplugged. We will not be going away. With so many fan sites scaling back, please know that our intention is to keep going.

    I am glued to my TV over the next few days. The 911 coverage is so very compelling. I am drawn to watch as I try to comprehend the reason for all that happened so long ago. The aftershock on our society and the world, continues to reverberate.

    Abrra 564 days


  80. pocoelsy said


    “please know that our intention is to keep going”… Music to my ears 🙂


  81. cq#DA2014 said

    So glad to know you are here to stay, thank you for the all The Voice team for all your hard work.


  82. funfee said

    Abrra, so glad to hear that! Love the Voice!


  83. MT said

    “bad girl” LOL You just keep being you. I love eveything you say. 🙂

    Thanks for the “hot mess hair” pic this morning. Nice way to start the day.


  84. fenfan said

    It’s good to hear that this site will remain and you will not pull the plug on Unplugged. Love chatting with you all.
    The MKOC tour videos are addicting. I clicked on the This Christmas links above and got lost in youtube watching David sing that song over and over at various tour stops. Then I found this.

    This comment on the video describes exactly how I felt after watching it.
    “goosebumps, shivers, tears in my eyes, heart racing. proof that this is a voice to be reckoned with!!!”


  85. djafan said

    Good Morning!!!

    Great find Gladys and Fenfan!! I hadn’t seen those!

    Was wondering if anyone is planning to go to the Sounds of David event??

    Charity Event

    The Sounds of David Committee invite you to join us at this exciting fan event for 2013!
    To purchase tickets please go to:

    Hope to see you there!

    The Sounds of David
    Luncheon and Fan Mixer
    Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 12:00 to 4:30 PM

    In honor of – David Archuleta and his Music

    Newport Beach Marriott Bayview Hotel
    500 Bayview Circle, Newport Beach, California 92660

    $45.00 per person – Buffet Luncheon Included


  86. this is a drive by, with paintbrush in hand…. (and paint on clothes)
    Monday hot mess hair FTW Abs♥
    actually… everything about that pic is a win! thanks, I needed that!
    thanks for the video Gladys. nice and closeup. gah!!

    hope the neighbors are enjoying listening to BEGIN….I sure am! :)))
    David is helping me paint today♥


  87. djafan said

    Take out tissue…Pocoelsy ♥


  88. djafan said

    Another one! Thx TherealNoelia


  89. mspoohbear said

    So glad to hear that The Voice is staying! I know how hard it must be to keep this site going, so I give a big salute and hugs to all The Voice admins. It’s nice to know that there’s a place where we can talk about anything David and even non-David stuff. Thank you!


  90. goodkarmaseeker said

    Hooray for staying right here to keep the vigil. I read pretty much every day and have as a goal to join in on chat
    some night soon. I love you all. Thanks for keeping the candle burning while we wait : )


  91. Dayzee said

    Oh Jan. No fourth row center for us this year. Or next. Thank heavens for this place to give us the opportunity to lean on each other. To pull the plug on Unplugged would leave us all circling the drain.

    The Sounds of David event looks interesting, except for the part that David will not be there. The essence of David perhaps? Might be fun.

    The hawt mess is awesome.

    Sky, nice to know you are such a boy scout. Always prepared with paintbrush in hand. Haha.


  92. djafan said

    Jan, I’m going God willing. A gathering of all fans of David for a good cause where I can let my hair down and talk all things David without any rolling of the eyes 🙂

    If we buy the tickets at one time we can be seated together so I was wondering if anyone else was going before the tickets are purchased.

    So far from The Voice:



  93. Spirit said

    Abrra……I appreciate your affirmation that The Voice will be here for us during David’s mission. “With so many fan sites scaling back, please know that our intention is to keep going.” I don’t post often, but I am here almost every day. I’m sure that there are many other daily lurkers out there. It’s so comforting to be able to stay in touch with everyone and to keep up with “David news” during this time.

    I want to add my sincere thank you to the staff of The Voice for all that you do to support David and for providing this special place for us to gather.

    Also want to say that I looooovvvveee the “hot mess” hair picture!

    Hmmm….sometimes they skip the number 13 when numbering doors or floors. Maybe we could just skip 2013 and jump directly to 2014!


  94. pocoelsy said

    Djafan, Abrra, if you’re still on here !! I sent you an email, please check it out ..thank you. Thank you for putting my vid up here Dajafan, hope you all like it 🙂


  95. tawna21 said

    Spirit #93…”Hmmm….sometimes they skip the number 13 when numbering doors or floors. Maybe we could just skip 2013 and jump directly to 2014!”

    I really, really like that idea 🙂 🙂


  96. jans11 said

    76 Gladys….And he says he can’t dance!

    79 Abrra…Gah..that “hot-mess” hair is just..gah! It would be sight any morning!! ♥ Thank you so much for keeping up Unplugged! Thanks to all that keep everything running so well! Very good team work!
    I watched the 9-11 Special on Fox News the other night again and it just makes me sick to think anything like that would even happen. It happened on my birthday, so I try and have a good birthday anyway. Always say a prayer for all the families and what they had to go through. Have to work tomorrow, but going to Applebee’s for dinner,♥

    87 Thanks Pocoelsy for the video. Can’t wait til he comes back either…miss him so.

    88 Love this one too! He’s a dancing fool! Just wait til he gets back! Jazzy and Amber are little dolls, just like their brother!

    91 Dayzee, sure gonna miss him the next 2 Christmas’. My cd’s and dvd’s are going to get a big work out, for sure.

    92 DJA, I would love to go, but I have 2 trips scheduled in the next 6 weeks. If there is any opportunity at all to go after the first of the year, I’ll grab it!

    93 Spirit, that’s a good idea…let’s just skip 2013 and leap on into 2014! Instead of Quantum Leap, it’s Fan Lover Leap!♥ Or something like that….lol


  97. Abrra said


    Its not until next year in April.

    The Sounds of David
    Luncheon and Fan Mixer
    Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 12:00 to 4:30 PM

    In honor of – David Archuleta and his Music

    Newport Beach Marriott Bayview Hotel
    500 Bayview Circle, Newport Beach, California 92660

    $45.00 per person – Buffet Luncheon Included



  98. bebereader said

    “I Need A Silent Night”, one of favorites from the MKOC Tour! I love the way David’s voice goes up and down the scale with ease. He’s such a joy to watch and listen to. If I dare to watch one of those videos I will never stop!

    Thanks for the closeup of “Fa la la la la”!! That’s one of djbell’s videos. Idk how I missed it when she first posted. I guess it’s because we are inundated with so many videos at one time, after a tour. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up. Oh, to have that luxury now….Love how she got a closeup of David’s legs when he danced.

    Marlie and Abs,
    My comments in chat are in no secret code nor are they written in gibberish. I understand what I’m saying. I just can’t express it in words. Some things are just beyond description. 🙂

    Poco Your video in #87 is absolutely amazing! Keep up the great work!

    Wish I lived a little closer to attend the fan luncheon in California! If you’re going, have a ‘grand old time”, to quote David.


  99. gladys1961 said

    perhaps already saw it, but I found it today on my facebook,
    awesome photo.


  100. jans11 said

    Abrra, yea, I know, but my budget won’t let me think about anything else for a few more months and they want travelers to book now since space is limited. It’s actually on my son’s birthday. So I won’t forget it for 2 reasons!♥♥ Probably won’t be able to go unless I win the lottery! 🙂

    Gladys, that was on my FB too. Gorgeous picture of David!


  101. Spirit said

    99 Gladys1961
    I love that picture of David with President Obama, too. The detail that always strikes me about the picture is that everyone in the background is staring at David, not President Obama. Haha! Yep….hard to take your eyes off of him!


  102. Angelica said

    My thoughts go out to all those who lost lives and loved ones on this day in New York. God bless the USA.


  103. SandyBeaches said

    Jans…start a new piggy bank, see you there.



  104. SandyBeaches said

    We had 45,000 Americans as our guests during the tragedy and then we all went on from there slowly to where we are now.

    It is impossible to not think about that day and those sad times.



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