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

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Archive for July, 2013

A World of Friends via @DavidArchie

Posted by Blueberry Ice on Sunday, July 28, 2013


“You make each day a special day. You know how, by just your being you.”

Fred Rogers (1928-2003)

Television Host, Educator, Minister, Songwriter

There are a number of things that I admire about David Archuleta but I never imagined how he would affect my life. How he tugs at my heart in a way that no celebrity has ever done. How he has become a necessary member of my family. A beautiful voice, incredible musician, charismatic personality, endearing kind-hearted soul… well, this list could go on and on. But when he shared his life and opened his heart, little did I know how he would introduce me to people from all over the world. How people I didn’t know or yet to meet would become as dear and important as David himself. Friendships that have touched my life in surprising ways. Funny thing is that I don’t make it a habit of ‘talking’ to strangers in cyberspace. And yet, I’ve never felt more comfortable in doing so, a result of a unique kinship, one that interlinks fellow fans in appreciation of all things related to David. It’s unexplainable. Enriching. A blessing. And I am grateful beyond words.


Last December, when I saw David’s beautiful smile and sparkling eyes, proudly holding the lovely birthday book put together by Shelley, my heart was full of gratitude for all that David had done but it also reminded me of how he has bridged and nurtured a worldwide circle of friends, people with incredible spirit, talent, wit, humor, thoughtfulness, kindness, generosity and caring. Such friendships are a precious gift that no money could buy; illuminated and elevated through the magic of David. How fitting that there is a holiday to acknowledge the importance of friends. The United Nations designated July 30th to be International Friendship Day but it’s also celebrated on August 4th in some areas. In 1998, Winnie the Pooh was designated the Ambassador of Friendship. If there is any person that would be the perfect ambassador for International Friendship Day, David gets my vote. What personally started as a very private solo experience has become a public soul-stirring journey and to be able to share that with friends who understand what it’s all about has made it a road trip of a lifetime, creating a wonderful scrapbook of irreplaceable memories and so much fun.

“We will be friends until forever, just you wait and see.“

– Winnie the Pooh

The world would be one very lonely and sad place without friends. So thank you all for welcoming, encouraging and sharing as you have made me laugh, cry, be inspired, think, learn, and yes, dare I say, grow as a person. Whether on good days or bad ones, you give me a reason to smile. How fortunate that there is a fandom centered around the unique specialness of David to celebrate his musical journey. The beauty of being a fan is that irregardless of the differences, similarities or reasons that have brought us here, what matters the most is what connects us all: our interest, care, love and support for an incredible singer, an extraordinary person and one who has left an indelible imprint on our hearts. Whether during times of feast or famine, this is my hope that as long as David Archuleta will have us, we will never go away. So here’s to celebrating each and every one of YOU! A huge thank you to David, for he’s allowed us to create cherished memories of friendships that will last a lifetime. How amazing is that? Happy Friendship Day! And when you get a chance, share an Archuhug today!

“Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.”

– John Evelyn (1620-1706) English writer, gardener, diarist

Blueberry Ice is a guest writer for The Voice

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The Essential David Archuleta ~ Defining the Ephemeral

Posted by betsy on Saturday, July 20, 2013


Not So Black and White

Most of us have mixed tapes (not tapes, but you know) of our favorite live performances by David. His live shows always seem to bring the best out of him, his voice is always so magical when he’s connecting to us this way.

So the other day I was thinking. What are my favorite songs off his official albums? Now I want to burn a CD of the best songs he’s put out – combine the best of the best. All my faves. Kind of a Greatest Hits, in my opinion, CD. 😉

I’ll allow myself 16, it’ll be difficult..

You Can – My first favorite recording of his. ❤

To Be With You – Love this song, but maybe because of the live versions. Not sure. Keeping it though.

Let Me Go – VERY under appreciated (by me) until recently. He ROCKS it out.


Somebody Out There – Duh. I’ll never not love this special song.

Ave Maria – I know it’s a Christmas song, but it’s too perfect not to include. Also, it’s my list. 🙂

Good Place – My very favorite thing he’s ever done, ever. I love the produced, recorded version. I love the live, acoustic one that I was lucky enough to hear. Both make me weep. Every word of this song is gold. I still want to stencil the chorus on the upper part of my kitchen wall. This song means so much.

Parachutes and Airplanes – His voice is so stellar here. The word blue, is all I’m saying.

Look Around – This is another that took a while for me to even LIKE. But when it hit me, it really hit me. This part:


My Kind of Perfect – It’s just – Idk – it’s pure David. ❤ (that and I remember where I was, who I was with, and what I was doing when I first heard it. Like a world event, lol)

Forevermore – Exquisite. Love the quiet music and the way he follows it, and leads it. 🙂

You are My Song – Gah. Love this song. From the first. Pretty love song.


Tell Me – He sings this sad song so well. Awww. Anya will come back, don’t you worry. 😉 Love the piano as well.

Nandito Ako – David singing in Tagalog drives me nuts. In a good way. 🙂

Don’t Give Up – This ended up being one of my most played on Begin. It tortures me. Sad.


I don’t want to hear about anyone else attempting to sing this. Cause he’s already done it.


Angel – Heartbreaking. I heard this after I heard the news of Cory Monteith’s death in a hotel and just cried. I’m not even a fan of his. But it is so sad, and the words “dark, cold, hotel room.” I just couldn’t take it.

Broken – Gorgeous and so David. Obviously. The world really needs to hear this. For their own good.

Let’s call this next one a bonus track since there are 17 now. 😉

Be Still My Soul – This song has such a beautiful message and sometimes I can’t tell when his voice ends and the violin begins. So real, so meaningful.

I just realized that my choices are very ballad-y. His voice is just so perfect on them though!

It may be because I prefer to watch him perform the louder pop stuff. Barriers etc.. Oh, and Your Eyes Don’t Lie. 🙂

What are your favorite recorded songs? Or live ones? Let’s talk about David. 🙂


Betsy is a staff writer for The Voice.

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Get Here (if you can) ~ David Archuleta

Posted by clairerolfe35 on Saturday, July 13, 2013


Abrra, I feel extremely inadequate in writing this.  For one thing, I cannot find where it relates to David, and I expect it to bore everyone.  I could not find the words to relate how much fun it was, mostly to be going with my lovely granddaughter.  I threw in everything and hope you will cut it drastically.  I only do this because you asked me to and I love you 🙂   Will send pics.  ~ Dayzee.


No worries Dayzee.  You supply the pics, and I’ll supply the relevant David connections.  After all this time, there isn’t much I can’t relate to David and that includes the importance of family.  The way you told of your experience with your granddaughter was wonderful and not one bit boring even without my throwing David in there every few sentences.   I had fun doing it though, and since I am responsible for supplying David content, I took liberties with your text.  My edits appear in red.  ~ Angelica

Inspired by photos of my parents from the 1920’s, my granddaughter and I take a week every summer to visit the ghost towns and old mining areas where my father worked at that time. It is interesting to see where they lived so long ago in east central Utah.


This year we visited Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Arches National Parks and Goblin Valley State Park.  We hiked to a place in Arches where the wind had eroded a twisting tunnel through the mountain and when the wind blew it would scream.  It was hard not to relate Arches with “Archies” or “Archuleta.”  Especially when I heard the screams.  It was just the wind, but it sure brought back fond memories.

This year we made plans for a hot air balloon ride.  I know David took a ride in a blimp, but I’m pretty sure he once said he’d like to ride in a balloon someday.    The most difficult part was getting up at 4:20 so that we could be in the balloon basket by dawn.  We watched them fill the balloon and get it off the ground.  The basket had four areas that held three people in each, with the pilot in the center.  13 people?  What were they thinking?  Indeed.  What were they thinking when they put like, a hundred people in a VIP and you had to stand on sore feet for hours waiting for a brief encounter with the pilot, uh, David.  Well, he is kind of a pilot of sorts, fixated as he is on going up.  Think about it:  The Other Side of Down, Elevator, Parachutes and Airplanes, Zero Gravity, and that “like a satellite we’re flying” song.  But I digress.


We were the only people from Utah, except David, who is from Utah but he wasn’t there, but I’m sure he would have wanted to be.  There were only 4 of us from the U.S.   There was a couple from Germany, one person from Ontario, one from Australia and the others were from Asian areas.  Unfortunately, for many fans, David has only been to the Asian areas.  I’m sure that will change when he gets back though.  Ages ranged from 8 to 78, much like the demographic of David’s fan base.  It was great hearing their stories.  The fellow from Australia had been ballooning in many different countries and he was disappointed to find there was no wild life to be seen in that area.  The only living things I have seen in that desert are lizards.  None large enough to be seen from a balloon.  It piqued my imagination that he had seen giraffes and kangaroos from the air.  David would have liked that.  He loves animals.  He might even love lizards.  I don’t know.  He wouldn’t step on one, that’s for sure.


When we go skydiving,  (uuurrk!!!!  Wait!  What?  Guurrl, you can’t just throw a line like that out and not give details, Dayzee.  Please elaborate in comments.)  the plane reaches an altitude above 12,000 feet.  The balloon was only 3,000, but that was enough.  With the balloon there is no steering and the pilot controls altitude by heating the air in the balloon.  He then finds air currents to ride on.  We were in the air for 90 minutes.  About the length of time of a David concert.  The pilot radioed his crew where to pick us up, but as we were landing a strong wind blew us to the wrong side of a railroad track.  The balloon was lifted again and the ground crew grabbed ropes and pulled us to the side where they could retrieve the balloon and pack it on the truck they had driven there.  Just like the roadies pack up David’s gear and off he goes in the bus they had driven there.

It was a great experience that we will never forget.  I could say that about every David concert I’ve been to too.  But I digress.  That reminds me, David digresses a lot, like the way he can never stay on topic in vlogs, just rambles on and on in that adorable way of his.  Oh dear.  I did it again.  #DA2014 can’t come soon enough.  Just come back soon David, even in a hot air balloon.

You can reach me by railway

You can reach me by trailway

You can reach me on an airplane

You can reach me with your mind

You can reach me by a caravan

Cross the desert like an Arab man

I don’t care how you get here

Get here if you can

You can reach me by sailboat

Climb a tree and swing rope to rope

Take a sled and slide down the slope

Into these arms of mine

You can jump on a speedy colt

Cross the border in a blaze of hope

I don’t care how you get here

Get here if you can

There are hills and mountains between us

Always something to get over

If I had my way, surely you would be closer

I need you closer

There are hills and mountains between us

Always something to get over

If I had my way, surely you would be closer

I need you closer

You can windsurf into my life

Take me up on a carpet ride

You can make it in a big balloon

But you better make it soon.

“Get here (if you can)” Brenda Russell


Dayzee is a guest writer for The Voice

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David Archuleta on Guitar ~ Killing Us Softly

Posted by MT on Saturday, July 6, 2013


I recently ran across an interview  with Mike Krompass, one of the co-writers of “A Little Too Not Over You,” from January 2009.  He was asked if David played guitar.

He says he’s not very good on guitar. Have you seen him play?

… he actually called me from his video shoot and he was like, “Can you tell me the chords for A Little Too Not Over You?” and he was playing it over the phone for me. Yeah, he can play. He plays piano great and he plays guitar. He is very talented.

Full interview here.

I thought I had read somewhere that he played, but wasn’t really sure until I recently read this interview.  I have to tell you, I got pretty excited at the thought of David on stage playing a guitar and singing.  Visions of a Spanish ballad in David’s beautiful voice with him accompanying himself on guitar were running through my head.

But then I watched the video of him singing “Waiting On The World To Change” with Jeff Leblanc and I began having second thoughts.  Watch the video and take a good look at the way David moves when he sings (particularly from 2:50 on), his full body rhythm and his very expressive hand movements, and tell me that you don’t appreciate the fact that David sings with his whole being.  You can almost see the music moving through him.


I started thinking about it and suddenly wasn’t so sure I’d want him hidden behind a guitar, unable to move around the stage and unable to express himself with his hands as well as his voice.

So I’ve decided that I wouldn’t mind if he uses a guitar on one or two songs, the way he does with the piano, (very generous of me, right?) but I definitely hope he doesn’t begin using it for too many songs.  I want to see him moving around, rockin’ that stage!

What do you guys think?

Would you like to see David on stage with a guitar in his hands?

Are you a fan of the acoustic style of singing/performing?

Would you prefer he do more songs either at the piano or with a guitar?

Or would you prefer that he remains free to move around, jump, dance and sing with those beautifully expressive hands of his, having fun on stage?

Watching that video also made me wonder what he would be like on stage without a mic to hold onto.  If he used a head mic instead, how do you think he would move? Would he be more likely to dance? Would it change the way he performs?  And most important…would we be able to handle it?



MT is a Staff Writer for The Voice

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