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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 ~ Reaping What He Sews

Posted by djafan on Sunday, June 30, 2013

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About seven years ago, on a hot summer day, my husband and I decided to go exploring in the abandoned home of his long deceased German grandmother. His uncle Hans, who had inherited the property, told us to help ourselves to whatever we found. The place had sat uninhabited for so long that it had fallen into a sad state of disrepair. Everything that had not been removed was left just as it had been when she was alive, down to articles of her clothing neatly folded in drawers or hanging forlornly in the closet. There were letters, delicately scrawled in German, some old photographs, and her passport, documenting her visits home. I rescued these for posterity and took only one other thing: an old Singer sewing machine. It was back in a corner and so covered with dust and cobwebs, I almost didn’t see it.

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It has stood in a corner of my kitchen these last seven years. I like it for its decorative design and for its sentimental value. Made of solid cast iron, it is much heavier than it looks. As a boy my husband often got scolded for sitting on the treadle and rocking back and forth. It was on this machine he learned to sew at his grandmother’s side.

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A few days ago he declared that he was going to start sewing again. On that machine! That machine that was made in 1923! That is ninety years old! That doesn’t even use electricity! But he merely bought a new belt, oiled it up and voila!

I have since learned from him and YouTube that this machine will sew through six layers of denim plus a layer of leather. Singers made in the 1920’s will even sew through a tin can. It was a selling point that was used to demonstrate to frugal shoppers why they should spend more on a Singer. The salesman would start with a gossamer thin piece of fabric and continue to sew through thicker and thicker cloth. Finally, when it was clear that he couldn’t possibly go any further, he sewed through a heavy tin can.

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So much like David, who we often think can’t get any better, go any further and yet he surprises us every time. How’s that for a smooth segue to David? You knew I would get there eventually, didn’t you?

In fact, the revival of this old Singer has become to my mind a metaphor for David. It stands in my kitchen, a testament to the fact that not all singers are alike. A rare few are made to stand the test of time. They have a strong base and are built to last. Designed for beauty as well as function, they operate with few moving parts, but what they do use, is poetry in motion. And they don’t need all the bells and whistles or even electricity to perform well. In fact, the technology most singers depend upon is superfluous to them. In their element unplugged, they have the power to penetrate the thickest layers, mending the tears that lie so deep; they bind what others cannot reach.

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65 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ Reaping What He Sews”

  1. Fernando Santiago said

    The machine and David are both singers!!!

    Saludos, Fernando

    El 30/06/2013, a las 01:27 a.m., The Voice escribió:

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  2. potluck8 said

    I just love this article today Angelica, what a perfect comparison, they are both hard working, made to last , built beautifully, and such a piece of art. Yes Fernando both are singers too,

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  3. Madeline Alvarez said

    What a wonderful story! So true to form in both….the Singer that lasts forever and “The Singer” that keeps giving forever more! Thanks for a great story.

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  4. bleubird19 said

    I love this! You write so beautifully and I love the analogies. My brother has the Singer machine that was our grandmother’s and I haven’t seen it in years, but it kind of brought tears to my eyes thinking about it and all it represents. Now I’ll think of David, also. Thanks for the memories this morning … both current and past. 🙂

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  5. MT said

    Angelica,
    This is such a great analogy for David!

    My grandmother had one of those, too. And I was the one who got fussed at for sitting on the treadle. LOL I remember that it was build on to the cabinet. If you pushed the machine back, then pulled up the forward panel, you could hide the machine inside and it just looked like a cabinet. But even though it was hidden away, (like David) you knew it was there somewhere and would soon be back and ready for action.

    Thanks for the great article and for bringing back some sweet memories from my childhood.

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  6. sweetonda said

    Angelica, thank you for this beautiful article. I love your writing and all the analogies and meaning you put into them.. Love the pictures too!

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  7. tawna21 said

    Thank you, Angelica, for this creation. David’s soul is the same as the sewing machine… old and yet solidly built. His soul is as decorated with his faith, good works, and humility, as the sewing machine is with its beautiful artwork and craftsmanship. David is as able to calm a troubled heart and yet have an audience jumping and screaming, as the machine is able to sew the finest gossamer to a tin can. Yep, our ‘singer’ is a Singer… reliable, well-built 😉 , and faithful to those that take care of him/it.

    DA#2014

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  8. ronaleem said

    Angelica: Loved your article. I can’t tell you how long it took me to get the Singer / singer connection. Slow-witted or what? Actually, I was waiting to see what kind of sewing David had done! I guess I was being a little too literal. That sewing machine is a beauty, and I love the decorations on it, the colors especially. If we’re comparing Singer to singer, I would have to think those decorations would be beautiful sleeve tattoos on David, from shoulder to wrist. Since we know that will never happen, I like Tawna’s analogy a lot: “His soul is as decorated with his faith, good works, and humility, as the sewing machine is with its beautiful artwork and craftsmanship.”

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  9. violet4ever said

    Beautiful article! My grandmother had a similar treadle Singer but a plainer model. I used it a bit as a child. It’s a shame how today’s machines often chew up delicate fabrics and fail or break a needle on a hard section of folded fabric like a folded jeans seam. As a metaphor for singing, David handles both beautifully.

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  10. Angelica, I love your story, and your metaphor for David.It’s so perfect!.
    Love the pictures of ‘both’ Singers♥ both are strong and beautiful.
    “In their element unplugged, they have the power to penetrate the thickest layers, mending the tears that lie so deep; they bind what others cannot reach.”
    Love that.
    How many ‘Singers’ are out there today, that you say that about?:)

    (I still can’t get over could sew through a tin can) mine won’t even go over the bulky hem of a jean at the side seam!)

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  11. Angelica said

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    Potluck, I wish I had had you guys to help me write the article. Great comparisons you all come up with. “…hard working, made to last , built beautifully, and such a piece of art.”

    Madeline Alvarez, “…the Singer that lasts forever and “The Singer” that keeps giving forever more!”

    Tawna, “David’s soul is the same as the sewing machine… old and yet solidly built. His soul is as decorated with his faith, good works, and humility, as the sewing machine is with its beautiful artwork and craftsmanship.”

    SweetonDA, Thank you sweetly! Writing is hard but the visual art for me is my play. 🙂

    Ronaleem, “I would have to think those decorations would be beautiful sleeve tattoos on David, from shoulder to wrist.” I’m tempted to make a picture of that. haha. You are anything BUT slow-witted. If it took you a while to make the connection, then maybe I succeeded in E.B. White’s admonition to writers to, “Be obscure clearly.”

    Bleubird19, MT, and Violet4ever, I’m glad the article brought back some sweet memories of your own of these marvelous machines. Violet, thanks for sharing the drawbacks of some modern sewing machines. I kind of wanted to go further in comparing modern singers with their present counterparts in sewing machines, (I read that some are made of plastic, so yeah, that would have worked on so many levels). Alas, I am not qualified to comment on the state of today’s sewing machines as I cannot sew a lick. I took one semester of sewing in Home Economics in high school. Our only task was to sew an apron. Mine was a lovely periwinkle blue but it had the unfortunate drawbacks of a 20 foot sash and pockets on the same side as the hem. Got a D- and never sewed again. Thank goodness for iron-on tape! :D

    Sky, thank you! How many singers can you say that about these days? Well, off hand, I can think of only one. Can we pick ’em or can we pick ’em? Actually, I think we got picked. 😉

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  12. bluesky4home said

    Ha ha, Angelica…. great “learning to sew” story! And I think your analogy of the sewing machine is great! Sew many things remind us of what we love. And… I like the pic in #11 as well as your artwork above. “they operate with few moving parts, but what they do use, is poetry in motion.” I think that qualifies for a frame.

    love you.
    bluesky

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  13. Angelica said

    Thank you, Bluesky! Love you too. ♥

    I can’t take credit for Jake Chessum’s pics but I think another one of his would work well with that poetry in motion quote. 😀
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  14. jans11 said

    Very good post, Angelica! You sure do have a way with words and I too love the analogy! My grandma also had an old Singer and I would help her sew quilt pieces together. I have a 4 year old Singer and I bet it doesn’t sew a tin can! 🙂 Wouldn’t even try it! It does do buttonholes and some embroidery so I guess it will pass! 🙂
    To me, David will last just as long as that old Singer. Like the sewing machine being exceptional and long lasting, so is David. The machine was built to outdo others and the way David was made, he is also outdoing others, in singing, writing, acting and being a role model. And as far as I’m concerned there will never be a better “new model” in the future!

    Abrra, from the last post, I remember when Elvis was in the Army and gone for 2 years and he came back bigger and better! So will David. Actually, my husband was over in Germany at the same time. He was in a different unit but seen him once in awhile. I met my husband right after he got out of the Army.

    #DA2014

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  15. tawna21 said

    HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!! to all of our friends up there ♥

    wow…. I just saw my quote up top…. thanks

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  16. archugeezer said

    Angelica – I read this late last night and it keeps coming to my mind. Such a lovely and apt analogy.

    Like other commenters, I have fond memories of my grandmother’s Singer and the forbidden ride on the treadle. And, yes, your words automatically inspire other comparisons. Most of mine are hokey because that’s the way my mind operates; but I couldn’t help but think of the “common thread” we have with the Singer David. We are as diverse as can be but we tend to gather wherever we can, and whenever we’re inclined, to reminisce and support him while we wait—it seems like forever right now—for his return.

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  17. bebereader said

    BRAVISIMO for another Angelica masterpiece!!

    Your warm, insightful article brought back good memories….
    I was always fascinated by sewing machines at the homes of friends because we didn’t have one when I was growing up. My Mother taught me to sew by hand. She hand made clothes for my Barbie dolls from patterns we bought at the local Singer Sewing Store. We didn’t have to buy any fabric; when we had scraps of fabric left from other things, my dolls would get new clothes! My doll had a suit that matched the recently-upholstered green and beige paisley living room chair and a red velour bathrobe that matched mine exactly! My dolls were the best dressed in the neighborhood! LOL

    After reading your article I had to play “Tell Me” a few times. That song touches me so deeply and it’s not for the lyrics; rather it’s the way he sings them.

    “In their element unplugged, they have the power to penetrate the thickest layers, mending the tears that lie so deep; they bind what others cannot reach.”

    Yes, David is like an old Singer sewing machine that stands the test of time. Strong, sturdy, reliable, with a glowing shine and built to last!

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  18. Abrra said

    I cannot tell you all the emotions this article stirred up in me. You see, before I was a computer geek, I was a sewing geek. In the 70’s & 80’s I made EVERYTHING for the house and family. Clothes for my daughter and myself, shirts and suits for my husband, even curtains for my uncle’s RV! I was a woman possessed by the addiction to sewing. It didn’t help that I was employed at a big beautiful fabric store. I think I left my pay there every week.

    I had a Singer Slant O Matic 503 machine. The man who came to oil it and reset the tension ( polyester thread was the pits!) said my machine was “the last of the BEST!)

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    The year that David was born, 1990, I moved away from sewing to my newest obsession–Computers. Since then, being a fan of David has increased my knowledge with computing because I must have all things David related in order to keep him close. ( You do know he lives in our computers, don’t you?)

    My trusty Singer 503 is now gone. I moved 6 years ago and there was not enough room to keep it where I live now. We parted as friends and I know someone has it and is teaching their child the fine art of sewing.

    Thank you Angelica for a beautiful article. I don’t have any analogies, you said it best.

    Tawna
    We created the quote box as a special place to share feelings about David. We cull the comments section looking for quotes from fans that express how David and his music has affected them. Thank you for commenting and being so “quotable” 🙂

    Abrra

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  19. djafan said

    Angelica,

    You amaze me with your ability to tie these real life stories to David. I was thinking “Where is she going with this?” right before I read it lol.

    “So much like David, who we often think can’t get any better, go any further and yet he surprises us every time. How’s that for a smooth segue to David? You knew I would get there eventually, didn’t you?”

    This is absolutely beautiful.

    “In fact, the revival of this old Singer has become to my mind a metaphor for David. It stands in my kitchen, a testament to the fact that not all singers are alike. A rare few are made to stand the test of time. They have a strong base and are built to last. Designed for beauty as well as function, they operate with few moving parts, but what they do use, is poetry in motion. And they don’t need all the bells and whistles or even electricity to perform well. In fact, the technology most singers depend upon is superfluous to them. In their element unplugged, they have the power to penetrate the thickest layers, mending the tears that lie so deep; they bind what others cannot reach.”

    You stirred so many memories. I would have never guessed that I’d be searching the net trying to find the sewing machine of my childhood. My grandmother sewed on a machine just like this and passed it down to my mother who sewed and taught me. The first lesson was sewing straight lines up and down a piece of material at the age of 7 with my little legs pedaling back and forth as hard as I could. I spent hours upon hours sewing. So much that by the age of ten I was making my own patterns and making close for my dolls. I don’t know what happened to that machine. We moved and then there was a new one. I continued sewing for myself and my children later though it was never the same. The new could not do what that old Singer did just like no one compares to David old or new and I truly believe David will stand the test of time. I just hope to be around for the next 30 to 40 years to enjoy what’s to come.

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  20. djafan said

    Angelica, your imagery is a work of fine art 🙂

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  21. missbianca said

    Loved this article! When my mother passed (coincidentally as I was downloading the album “David Archuleta”) I asked for only 2 things of hers, one of which being the Singer sewing machine she bought the year I was born (not as old as your grandmother’s!). I sewed many things on it in my youth, even though it only did the basics: forward, backward, zippers, and buttonholes (the last 2 with attachments). The classics don’t need bells and whistles, they just need to reliably perform their mission in the best way possible. 😀

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  22. poof said

    Angelica,
    You always seem to say “it”,,,, just right. Just beautiful.

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  23. skydancer1x said

    18.Nice machine Abrra! You sewed suits for your husband!? I am so impressed..holy cow!
    I still have flashbacks of the blouse I made in ‘HomeEc ‘ (*cough*),didn’t get far with that ‘creation’
    My talents lie in that seam ripper thingy.

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  24. bebereader said

    A little bit of trivia I found on Twitter…
    ‏Pete Wentz is the bassist for the band Fall Out Boy. In a recent interview with Seventeen magazine, he stated that he would choose David to play him in a movie about his life. That’s the second time that I know of that David has been chosen to play the role of someone’s life in a movie, the first being Paul Anka.

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    Here’s the tweet:
    @plainfrancis
    Waaat?! Pete Wentz wants DAVID ARCHULETA to play for his life in movie xD that would be weird http://www.seventeen.com/_mobile/entertainment/interviews/pete-wentz-interview

    “6. Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
    Maybe that dude on American Idol, David Archuleta. If he grew his hair out a bit, I think it might work out.”

    Bring on those movie offers!

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  25. djafan said

    Sky,

    “My talents lie in that seam ripper thingy.” hahaha

    MissBianca,

    “The classics don’t need bells and whistles, they just need to reliably perform their mission in the best way possible.”

    Well said.

    Archugeezer,

    “but I couldn’t help but think of the “common thread” we have with the Singer David. We are as diverse as can be but we tend to gather wherever we can, and whenever we’re inclined, to reminisce and support him while we wait—it seems like forever right now—for his return.”

    Nice and here we wait.

    Jan,

    “And as far as I’m concerned there will never be a better “new model” in the future!”

    Ditto!!!

    Abrra, I hope you’re taking notes, so many wonderful quotable comments 🙂

    Bebe, Movies, commercials, endorsements, modeling, broadway! Yes bring them on!!!

    Last week we had a great successful trending party, “Counting The Days David Archuleta” It trended worldwide within 20 mins and lasted for over an hour. Also trending in Chile, the US and many cities in the US.

    It’s great to see so many non fans commenting wondering why David Archuleta is trending, many let them know. A lot of tweets saying they’d forgot about him but loved his music. Many saying they’re still his fans just waiting for his return. So the trending creates buzz and that’s a good thing IMO 🙂 Thank you to all that participated.

    They are planning a WWTT for every 28 of the month until his return and if you have any trending phrase ideas DM them to Linda (@erlindita)

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  26. betsy said

    I just love the way you write, Angelica. Always have.
    And what a beautiful piece of machinery.
    p.s. I learned to sew in 7th grade and loved it. When I was sewing again 3 years later, the teacher (Sister Mary), wanted me to do all of her attendance, etc. for her so I never got to make anything that year. Got an A though. 🙂
    p.p.s I never had a mean nun. 🙂

    OT, but I remember a customer that used to come into our store and he had the most amazing tattoo. It encircled his bicep, and was something like this:

    http://www.tattooset.com/tattoo/2612-musical-notes-arm
    (only it was around the bicep)

    When I asked him about it, he said that it was the chorus to a song he had written, and it was very meaningful in his life.

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  27. Angelica said

    “If we’re comparing Singer to singer, I would have to think those decorations would be beautiful sleeve tattoos on David, from shoulder to wrist.”

    “I remember a customer that used to come into our store and he had the most amazing tattoo. It encircled his bicep…(only it was around the bicep) When I asked him about it, he said that it was the chorus to a song he had written, and it was very meaningful in his life.”

    Ronaleem and Betsy, y’all gone fool around and make me put tattoos on that boy. I will not be be responsible for whatever happens.

    As always, I will blame Abrra’s iPhone.

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  28. bebereader said

    Uh oh.
    Did she say something about putting tatoos on David?
    Yikes!

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  29. SandyBeaches said

    Your article is another treasure Angelica!

    As we are approaching our daughter’s wedding, sometimes I awake in the night for some reason and I look to find something to read. Here it is, another story that relates to honouring David.

    I hope that he will know someday how the home fires have been kept burning, how the interest in him has flourished. While it is a task, it is one of pleasure using great writing skills and devotion.

    All the best to each of you as the days of summer go by. Our daughter’s friends are holding a wedding shower at our cottage this weekend. I have spent many hours lately by myself there preparing for the his and her shower updating and arranging for the event. I have enjoyed the hours by the lake listening to David while fondly remembering the years gone by.

    SB

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  30. ronaleem said

    #27 Angelica: Do it!! And instead of musical notes around the bicep, you can put “Singer” there instead.

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  31. fenfan said

    Angelica – My grandmother, aunt and uncle had Singer machines like yours. They were all good at working those machines. But I can’t sew to save my life.
    The Singer as a metaphor for David – perfect!
    And yes I would like to see a “tattooed” David. LOL

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  32. djafan said

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    Maureen_#DA2014 ‏@Maureen_abms 9 May
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  33. Just saw this on twitter! adorbs!!

    McKenzie Harris ‏@McKenzieHarr 3h
    Here’s a change! David Archuleta lining up for an autograph. @davidarchie seems nervous. pic.twitter.com/L0TgoMPAl0
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  34. MT said

    Sky,
    How cute is that! He’s now been on both sides of that table.

    Oh, and I’m throwing my vote in for the tattoos. 🙂

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  35. pocoelsy said

    Angelica,

    SIGHHH !!! what a smart and beautiful, article !!!

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  36. MT said

    Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July!!

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  37. Angelica said

    Thanks for the kind feedback on the article. You’re right SB, it was my pleasure to do it. Glad it gave some pleasure to others. Have fun at the wedding shower. I’m sure you’ve done an awesome job on the preparations!

    In response to the tattoo, I’m tempted, very tempted. But every creation I make is picked up by Google images. I wouldn’t want anyone to see a tattooed David and assume it was real and post it around the web. I mean if he wants to get a tattoo that’s his business (never gonna happen).

    A wonderful happy 4th of July to everyone! God Bless America.

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  38. djafan said

    McKenzie Harris ‏@McKenzieHarr 4h
    No Matter How Far by David Archuleta just $5 on Amazon. #173 on Top Selling MP3s. Download! http://www.amazon.com/No-Matter-How-Far/dp/B00BNVSW82/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1372905403&sr=8-2&keywords=No+matter+how+far … pic.twitter.com/1fCthA87P7

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  39. cq#DA2014 said

    HAPPY 4TH OF JULY to all the staff, commenters, lurkers that are American. God bless America!

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  40. stenocruiser said

    A very happy 4th of July from North of the border — God bless you all ! Have a wonderful celebration !

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  41. MT said

    Awwwww … Happy 4th of July from David and team.

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie 1h
    Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July! (Team Archie) pic.twitter.com/rKOkThvcxJ

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  42. djafan said

    No Matter How Far!!!

    Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)
    #23 in MP3 Downloads > MP3 Albums > Rock

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  43. djafan said

    Happy 4th to everyone!!!!!!!! Teamarchie tweeted picture…WOW 🙂

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    I love this….

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  44. MT said

    Dja,
    Love that performance.

    Here’s another one of my favs:

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  45. fenfan said

    Happy 4th of July to all my David friends from the US of A!
    I have been hearing David sing all your patriotic songs in my head today.
    He’s calling me now from youtube to go watch him sing those songs – so I’m off.

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  46. djafan said

    MT, Love that one too!

    This from Masterclass Lady…beautiful piece.

    Rosanne Simunovic’s Recollections

    I honestly cannot comprehend how David continues to deliver meticulous, clean, pitch-perfect, LIVE performances time after time after time.

    During this version of the Star Spangled Banner, he vocalizes this extremely intricate melody with musical precision, adding his subtle but clean soulful inflections to create one of the best performances of the American National Anthem I have ever heard.

    The melodic range of this song is vast, tickling the lower range while challenging the singer to sustain powerful, upper-range vocals in last two-thirds of this song.

    David, wisely, uses this opportunity to further sustain his extremely confident and technically secure upper range by changing the melody subtly to add increased drama and dignity to this signature anthem.

    And it works, for during these special glorious moments, the crowd erupts and the fireworks explode! There is moment after moment after moment during this song that only David and his sublime vocal gift can deliver.

    If there is any doubt why technical study is so important for the longevity and success of a singer’s career, this video pretty much eliminates the last residue of denial. Ha! The whole purpose to becoming a great singer is to achieve a level of significance and longevity that can only be achieved through the perfect combination of technical and artistic skills.

    David understands this and his stellar performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” is testament to this.

    This statement is reinforced through his beautiful performance of “God Bless America”, as featured in Videos #2 and #3 – the former at the tender age of 12 and the second as an adolescent in 2011.

    Age is irrelevant here – David has a musical gift that has always been mature beyond his years. He is a true vocal prodigy and always envisions melodic entities that are absolute genius to the ear.

    I love how he starts slowly and reverently during the opening strains of this number. By doing so, he reinforces the spiritual basis for this national treasure of a song.

    However, David is an exceptionally expressive singer and, as he did during his performance of “The Star Spangled Banner”, delivers a very nuanced, highly dynamic rendering of this hymn.

    As the song moves along, his voice becomes more resonant, more passionate but still so resplendent with head voice. Because of this, he easily taps into exposing that pure, translucent head voice at the end of this song without a waver. This is incredibly difficult to do after such an energetic and powerful performance. The control that David exhibits is absolutely remarkable.

    I loved how he stretched the vowels in some of the words, to emphasize the meaning and heighten the expressive elements. David also intelligently shapes his phrases so well – such a beautiful ebb and flow, exquisite highs and lows.

    And, the arrangement is so gorgeous and inspired. I believe there are three key changes within this number and it adds so much dimension and power to the final product. But, without David’s stellar technique, work ethic and artistic vision, the arrangement could never have risen to such extraordinary heights.

    Bravo David!

    And Happy Independence Day One And All!

    http://masterclasslady.com/2013/07/04/david-archuleta-retrospective-series-part-seventeen-star-spangled-bannergod-bless-america/

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  47. pocoelsy said

    Happy 4th July to all American Archies, have a great celebration 🙂

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  48. Suzy-Q said

    #43 Now, that’s my favorite photo of David! Wowza!!!

    Angelica, I loved the article. It also brought back memories of my grandmother who was a beautiful seamstress. I remember the steady motion of the treadle while she stitched one piece of cloth and without cutting the thread went on to stitch the next and the next until they were all strung together. As a child it was the first machine I learned to sew straight stitches on. The last five and a half years, of David watching, has been like those pieces of cloth all strung together and then, last year, he cut the threads to make the a new life. But, what he makes will be beautiful and he will give it to us with his love.

    Happy 4th of July, everyone!!!

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  49. betsy said

    Have a happy and safe 4th you guys. 🙂

    I was just watching the US Open America the Beautiful video a few minutes ago and here is another thing I love about it.
    The words on the ticker underneath him: Anthem Singer
    Because really, he is. ❤

    (also love the Ralph Lauren clothing, just saying)

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  50. bebereader said

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Here’s Marcella’s new video!


    credit 0o0bluedots0o0

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  51. Happy Fourth of July everyone!
    wowza! love all the patriotic songs sung by David…”‘nobody does it better” just a fact!, and that new one from bluedots nice closeups in there…jfhkjfhkjshakh!

    and what an awesome pic at 43!.♥awww David♥

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  52. jans11 said

    Just want to wish everyone a Happy and safe 4th of July!!

    Will be on as often as I can with a house full of company! 🙂

    #DA2014

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  53. bebereader said

    I watched PBS’ special, “A Capitol Fourth” tonight and remembered when David was on it three years ago!

    Barry Manilow, Candice and Scotty (from American Idol and Neil Diamond) were on tonight’s show. They were all good but I can’t help remembering David’s performances which were top-notch.

    Angelica posted the SSB video in comment #37. Here’s “Stand By Me”.


    credit thop1984

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  54. gladys1961 said

    Gisselle told me this story today. A sister, church member, she was eating a chocolate and suddenly saw David.
    EA: – ohhhhh, there is a sister who always gives me chocolates when she sees me.
    Sister: – I know, is gladys.
    Then he smiled happily.

    (I would have liked to see David’s face when she said my name, she read his thoughts hahaha.
    The sister is a member of the church and she reads my blogs regularly, it is not a missionary.)

    The clouds are gone, now clear and beautiful day will come for me.

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  55. fenfan said

    OMG Gladys!!!!! You know what this means? You are now synonymous with chocolates in David’s mind. To him chocolates = Gladys. He thinks of you every time he sees or eats chocolates! OMG OMG OMG!!!

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  56. Dayzee said

    Made me happy to see an article with a sewing machine. Isn’t that old singer beautiful? I worked for Viking sewing machines for many years and I have always loved making stuff.
    To have that related to David in so many interesting ways is just great! Loved MT’s thought at #5 that David, like the sewing machine, will be “back and ready for action.”

    Thank you Angelica for your restraint in decorating David. Surely that artwork would circle not only his arm but also the globe.

    Looking forward to the next 4th of July when David will be adding to our videos with new patriotic performances.

    I spent several days on the beaches in So. California as we prepared for my son’s wedding there. Lots of family and friends and it was great. Just as we were gathering for the ceremony, I received a call that my son in Utah had fallen from a ladder at work. He had hit his head on a concrete floor. After a week, he is still unresponsive, but we feel things will be better. Appreciate being able to come here and spend time with David and friends.

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  57. Angelica said

    Gladys, :)

    Dayzee, my heart goes out to you and your son. I will be praying for a complete recovery. ((hug))

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  58. Abrra said

    Dayzee my friend, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Wishing your dear son a full and speedy recovery from his injuries.

    Abrra

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  59. Abrra said

    Bebe I watched the Capitol 4th program as well. I was switching back and forth from the Boston Pops show that was on at the same time over local Boston channels. Both were great in different ways. It was good to see Barry Manilow again. It was sweet to see everyone in the crowd singing along to his songs. I too, thought of David being there years ago and what an honor it was to be asked to perform. The Boston Pops event is near and dear to my heart. They honored the heroes who were first responders after the April 19th bombing at the Marathon. This was the first time a crowd has gathered since then. Security was insane.

     photo hatchshell_zps953b46ce.jpg

    It takes place in a beautiful setting along the Charles River. There is a music”hatch shell” where the orchestra assembles to play.

    Abrra

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  60. Abrra said

    I am over in Unplugged for a couple of hours. The AC is on and all are welcomed to come join me. 🙂

    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

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  61. Suzy-Q said

    Dayzee, How horrible for that to happen to your son. Head injuries are scary. I’ll prayer for his recovery. So sorry!

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  62. ronaleem said

    Dayzee: SO sorry to hear about your son. I, too, will add my prayers to those of the others of your online friends. Love you!

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  63. Awww Dayzee, love you girl♥ will be saying prayers for your son that he will recover from his injury very soon!♥

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  64. bebereader said

    Dayzee,
    I will be praying for your son’s full recovery. {{{{hugs}}}}

    Angelica,
    I think you made a wise decision in laying off the tatoos. I see your beautiful artwork on Google images and all of it honors David because it’s honest; it enhance his already good looks.

    Gladys,
    Chocolate is your middle name now! 🙂

    Suzy-Q,
    That pic is my new favorite too!
    Note my new avatar!

    Sky#33,
    Thanks for sharing that Twitter find with us. David was so adorbs back then too!

    Abs,
    Be right there!

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  65. MT said

    Dayzee,
    I’ll be praying for your son to get well very soon. (((hugs)))

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