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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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Going Green for David Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Monday, September 16, 2013


Photo by Naree

I love green.  It has always been my favorite color.  It represents hope and the promise of renewal.  The Emerald City after the journey.  The goal obtained.  The clean gleam of grass after a rain.  For many months the photo below, found on twitter, was my desktop.  It’s from the window of the house of David’s hairdresser from Nandito Ako, the house he filmed the video for “I’ll Never Go.”  I find it restful and since I love the color green, very satisfying.



The greens of these trees these leaves
The many shades of green-
Olive green and deep dark green and yellow green
And greens I see but have no name for-
So many shades of light and beauty in green
And I with my eyes loving them all
And delighted and made happy by them all-

Wondering why and how God’s world
Has so so much Beauty
Just in green alone –
And being deep in happiness
At being alive
And loving them more
In regretting why and how
I will not one day soon
be able to see them again.

Shalom Freedman

I miss David.  On this Monday in September, I remember the greener days of summer and of being a fan.  It may not be one day soon, or as soon as we’d like, but we will see those days again.  After the looming winter, the emerald cities of tour dates will beckon once again.

Till then, here’s a lovely green video to feast your eyes and ears on.

Video credit ShelleyFOD

34 Responses to “Going Green for David Archuleta”

  1. Abrra said

    You have given us a gift today of beautiful images, a poem and a rockin’ video to watch.

    I am pondering GREEN. My mind does not want to go to the concept of color. I am lead to the abstract meanings of the word green.

    Back in 2008 when I first saw David Archuleta on American Idol I assumed he was young and not so experienced. I assumed his singing skills were “green”. First impressions do not serve me well. As it turned out, David was smoking, red hot as a singer. He was a stand out in a group of other talented singers. His shyness made him appear so much younger and “green” in some respects. Who can forget the gasps when he stood up from the stairs and walked toward the camera? By the end of season 7 I saw a truly talented young man stroll out on stage to perform in a way I had not seen before.

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    I think about clips in videos many times when I want to recall something about David. A Ford commercial where he is walking down the street and with a wave of his hand magically lifts the trash off the sidewalk. That was the perfect scene for him. It suits his philosophy of respecting nature and keeping it clean.

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    Most assume that when a singer starts out in their career that the end goal is monetary success. When I heard David say ” I just want to sing!” I knew that he was no ordinary entertainer. The green of money does not drive him. In fact, he spends a big part of his career raising green money for charities. His generosity is contagious as it inspires fans to support the same charities. An abundance of green can make a person successful in their career, but sharing the green with those less fortunate, makes that person a success in life.

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    The anticipation of David’s return is palpable. As the months dwindle down to that magical time when I can remove the counter and calendar from the sidebar, I think about David’s re-entry into his family life and his career. I imagine it will be somewhat of a shock to his system. I hope that he will have the chance to get his bearings and takes some time to catch up on things. He has received an education in his Spanish culture that can’t be bought with green. One can only pray that he will write songs that reflect his experiences while away. He will have back full control over his destiny as an artist. I wait with great anticipation for David Archuleta ver 2.0.

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  2. bluesky4home said

    Wizard Of Oz – Optimistic Voices Lyrics

    You’re out of the woods
    You’re out of the dark
    You’re out of the night
    Step into the sun
    Step into the light

    Keep straight ahead for the most glorious place
    On the face of the earth or the sky
    Hold onto your breath
    Hold onto your heart
    Hold onto your hope
    March up to the gate and bid it open

    You’re out of the woods
    You’re out of the dark
    You’re out of the night
    Step into the sun
    Step into the light
    March up to the gate and bid it open, open

    Dear Angleica –

    I find it so fitting that this selection is simply called: “Optimistic Voices” – a fitting tribute to both DA and to you. ^_^
    Thanks for the smile!

    On a personal note: I waited three times for a missionary son to come back. Each time, the last 6 months were the hardest. I know it is different for every “mom” (or “fan”) – that is how is was for me. So, for anyone who is feeling especially tender for the next several months… I hear ya.

    And really, “The Wizard of Oz”? Only one of my most favorite films ever! The metaphor is spot on. Because for him, he has been in a place that, although full of challenges, has kept him sheltered from the world. He has had few secular worries to deal with. Perhaps it has been somewhat different for him, because of his continued, limited, contact with his “work” & “fans”, etc. But it is not the same.

    You are right, Abrra. It will be a bit of an adjustment. He will, I am sure, handle the speed, the space, the boundaries: whatever safety time zone that will fit for him – he will create it and deal with things in the same gentle, firm, loving way that he always has.

    LIke Dorothy, he will see us with new eyes. And, like the family, we may think he is just the same (maybe cuter, with funny things to say…) – but he will have changed and grown in ways we cannot always track or expect. No surprise: DA has always done the unexpected, he has always been a bit of a Cypher. And I trust him. ^_^


    PS Thanks again, Angelica for sharing your lovely pic and some of what it means to you.

    Abrra: I loved your comments!


  3. tawna21 said

    A really looong time ago (in my teens) green was my most favoritest, most bestest, had to have it color. That has changed for me (purples now). Angelica, you’ve had me revisiting the color and why it was possibly my favorite back then. I was young and looking for newness, clean-ness, and, as you stated, hope. It makes sense that I was attracted to that color. Thank you for putting some meaning into for me.

    Abrra, your thoughts make perfect sense, and I love them all, but this is where my heart is at right now.. ‘ I wait with great anticipation for David Archuleta ver 2.0.’. Me too!!!

    Bluesky, I never had a missionary son, but this has been, for me, like having one. This comment hit me square on >> ‘So, for anyone who is feeling especially tender for the next several months… I hear ya.’ That explains why I’ve recently been obsessed with playing David’s music more and more. I’ve even been exercising to BEGIN. I just crank up the speed on the ol’ treadmill and make my feet and body do the walking while my head and heart are doing the listening. (I’m one who uses distratction to even remotely enjoy exercising, so yeah, it works to listen to Be Still My Soul and workout)

    Seriously, I’ve become re-addicted to David. I’ll admit, that my ODD has waned a little. The love for his music, his charm and wit, his power to make me feel good and think positive thoughts have all been there, but not as overpowering as they were before he left. I’m feeling that changing as the countdown goes on. So yes, I’m waiting for #DA2014 and ver.2.0. I can’t wait to see who he brings back! ♥♥

    Oh, and Christmas songs? With David singing them anytime is a good time. 🙂



  4. Suzy-Q said

    I was born and raised in Southern California. I don’t know if it’s the smog or the heat but It’s not very green compared to other places in the world. When I was a young adult I paid attention to the photos of Europe showing the beautiful deep greens of the hills and valleys. I had to be there. So, when the opportunity came, I went to Holland to see the lush green and colorful fields of beautiful colors. Then I went on to Germany and Switzerland where the green hills and valleys are so green that I felt that I was in Heaven. I knew my dream had come true, just to be in that spot on earth. Years later my husband was transferred to Georgia. I knew very little about Georgia and so I didn’t know what to expect. What I saw was the same lush, deep, beautiful green that I saw in Europe. All along the green I longed for was in my own country and I didn’t discover it until then. I love living here. Yes, green has had an effect on me in many ways. Lessons I have learned by loving the color that brings peace and joy at the same time.

    I also know what it feels like to have those tender feelings of missing David. I am glad that others feel the same way so that I am not alone in my behavior. My family and friends would never understand.

    Great article, Angelica. You “get” me.


  5. rose said

    I wish I were as patient as you all seem to be. I would love for David to sing, and tour, and make appearances on every TV talk show there is the very moment he returns. I’m 75 years old, not getting any younger, and I want my last years to include as much David as possible. Everynight before I go to bed I watch David Archuleta (w/Lopez) singing “The Prayer”. I love it and actually wish they would record it. Then I put on a David album, turn off the lights, and go to bed and fall asleep listening to him sing. Meanwhile, I love hearing all your thoughts. It helps to know there are others missing him as much as I do. (Another song I have to watch David singing is “Love Me Tender”.)


  6. jans11 said

    Angelica, good article! Altho my favorite color is blue, always has been. Maybe because my birthstone is sapphire? That includes any shade that includes some green too. So I like aqua, teal, etc. Emerald green is gorgeous too.

    Christmas will be here before we know it; to me the months are flying by. I agree, Tawna, David singing Christmas songs is good anytime! 🙂 To me the 3 months between New Years and when he comes home will be the longest part. Unless they have released some goodies on anything to look forward to(other than his return) 🙂 Like everyone, can’t wait to see “who he brings back”! 🙂



  7. bluesky4home said

    Rose – ((((((hugs)))))). In your honor I say: “Hurry up, DA!!”


  8. bebereader said

    “I miss David. On this Monday in September”…,

    …I long for the old days when we scrambled for tickets and stayed up late to watch new concert footage. There are other performers out there whose concert footage I can easily watch but I have no interest. There’s only one artist who is worth giving up very valuable sleeping time for and when he comes back home, it will feel like the planets are aligned and everything will be right where it should be…

    …” After the looming winter, the emerald cities of tour dates will beckon once again”
    Thank you for the lovely article, Angelica.

    From The Voice, I tweeted Angelica’s article to Kari like we always do but this time she replied!
    TheVoiceDA ‏@TheVoiceDA
    New article! “Going Green for David Archuleta” : @davidarchie @kariontour
    Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour
    @TheVoiceDA @DavidArchie will read it when I get to my computer! Thanks!


  9. MT said

    I’ve never been a particular fan of the color green, but that top pic could definitely change my mind!

    But … green reminds me of fresh cut grass after a summer rain, rain that feeds it and helps it to grow. (And it always smells so good.) I think this time away will be good for David. His mission is like that summer rain, he will be back refreshed, renewed, and ready to “grow” his career.

    This >>> “I miss David. On this Monday in September, I remember the greener days of summer and of being a fan. It may not be one day soon, or as soon as we’d like, but we will see those days again. After the looming winter, the emerald cities of tour dates will beckon once again.”

    Missing him, too. I am SO ready for those greener days to come again and for those Emerald Cities tour dates!


  10. bebereader said

    You and me both, MT! 🙂

    Join us tonight for “Nandito Ako” chat.
    10PM Eastern



  11. djafan said

    Angelica, I’d love to have a little piece of your brain 🙂 There are some colors that I associate with specific things. With green money, not yet ripe or ready come to mind. Red, anger, heat and fire. Blue, clean, fresh and wet. I wonder if when David says what his favorite color is if he associates it with what it’s meaning. For instance I love fall colors, so does David, orange in particular. So you triggered my curiosity, what is orange associated with?


    Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

    To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the color of fall and harvest. In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.

    Orange has very high visibility, so you can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design. Orange is very effective for promoting food products and toys.

    Dark orange can mean deceit and distrust.
    Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
    Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.

    I see David in orange 🙂


    “I miss David. On this Monday in September, I remember the greener days of summer and of being a fan. It may not be one day soon, or as soon as we’d like, but we will see those days again. After the looming winter, the emerald cities of tour dates will beckon once again.”

    Yes, missing David indeed. Some days more than others but always every day.


  12. jans11 said

    Rose, you sound a lot like me. You’re just a few yrs older and I can relate to the “God willing, and the creek don’t rise” cliché! I have to listen to David every day and I also go to sleep listening to him sing…absolute heaven! 🙂 I still ask my self “how does he do that”? I am busy and time does pass fast for me , but I agree that I want to cram as much of that great voice, all the concerts I can and have all the fun with the fans that I can. 🙂 He is just part of my life and always will be!



  13. Angelica, That top picture,is mystical! Thanks for the thoughts that always come from you when you put pen to paper♥
    I do love the color green.I associate it with springtime,and renewal…a fresh start.
    …and best of all David Archuleta returning to us, in the spring of 2014.

    I love the lyrics to “Optimistic Voices”
    Thanks bluesky for printing them out. I have heard that song so many times, but never really paid close attention to every word.

    love everyone’s comments♥ in case I haven’t told you lately, you guys are just awesome peeps♥

    September seems to be flying by,holy cow! The only time, that TIME ,seems to slow down is in Archuleta Land,
    where we are counting the days till David and his musical, wonderful ,talented ,handsome, self, returns.
    D ,we are waiting:)


  14. MT said

    *sigh* It’s sooooo quiet.

    Dear David,
    You need to get yourself back here and sing. We miss you. ♥

    Right now, the green I am thinking of is “green with envy” for all of you who have heard him live. But rest assured, I WILL see/hear him live. 😀

    Come on 2014!!!


  15. djafan said

    The sounds of silence….


  16. MT: I hope to meet you in person and give you a big hug at a LIVE concert!!!!


  17. bluesky4home said

    So… like you and the squirrel, DA: honestly, you should be able to relate to us.

    ~ We see you and we are totally distracted

    ~ We want to feed you. And.. really DA… you do seem to be eternally hungary

    ~ We sometimes get anxious about how to talk to you

    ~ You seem to speak a different (but charming) language than we do

    ~ We are always surprised when you spend some valuable time with us

    ~ We might get anxious and try not to “scare” you away too soon

    ~ We try to think of names to describe you. These names usually remind us of other things we like as well

    ~ We miss you as soon as you are gone and wonder if or when we will see you again

    ~ And… yes, we do wonder if people think we are a bit “crazy” for the way we act around you.

    So, please, when you come home DA, just think to yourself: SQUIRREL!!!! And you will understand us completely. Generally, we are harmless.



  18. Abrra said

    Reminder for anyone who has not signed the birthday card for David, You have until October 4th. ShellyFOD will put all the messages in book form and Kari will mail the book to David in time for his birthday in December.

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    Let’s show David how much we think of him!



  19. bebereader said

    From Kari for #throwback thursday

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie 22m


    A new video but with a “throwback” feel. Very creative video done by Marcella @0o0bluedots0o0 (KS)
    Retweeted by Kari Sellards


  20. MT said

    19 Bebe,
    Wow!!! Love it! I can’t imagine how many hours she spent or how hard she worked on this to get the words to match his mouth throughout the song. If she doesn’t work with video editing for a living, she should. Outstanding job, Marcella!!


  21. MT said

    Awwww ♥ I would love that.


  22. tawna21 said

    Wow! Bebe #19!!! very impressive! Marcella did a great job with her video!!!!!


  23. That video! Marcella,hats off to YOU! Holy cow! Beautiful job, I can’t stop watching it.
    Going back for more right now…:)


  24. djafan said

    I’m speechless!!! The edits on the Heart Falls Out video are incredible!!!! Yay for Marcella and lucky for us!!! I love this song I think this video is good enough for an official release!!!


  25. Kaycee said

    The video is AMAZING! I can’t believe how well Marcella matched the vocals! Feels like a wonderful rain in the desert!

    Angelica, loved your article. Green has always been my favorite color too. “Emerald cities of tour dates”…can’t wait!

    Bluesky–that squirrel video clip illustrates so much about what we love about David…and he didn’t even sing a note!


  26. bebereader said

    Forgot to add my thoughts when I posted the video. I got so caught up in how much I enjoyed it! If Kari thought it was good enough to use for throwback thursday, then it made quite an impression. The way Marcella matched up David’s words to parts of other videos is truly amazing! I subscribe to her youtube account and all her videos are good but this one was exceptional!


  27. Abrra said

    Tonight on YT I bumped into Michael Buble’s PBS special “Caught In The Act”. He starts talking to fans about flash cameras and has fun with the crowd. At time stamp 22:00-24:15 he jumps off the stage and wades through the isles on the lower level of the theater. It’s so fun! Almost as good as a meet and greet.

    It made me wonder if David could ever survive such a move.



  28. bebereader said


    Pandemonium would ensue and the roof would blow off the venue if David ever attempted that move! haha


  29. #27.abs…” It made me wonder if David could ever survive such a move.”

    NO!! hahaha just sayin’… and neither would we!! 0–I–< 0–I—< 0–I—<0–I—<0–I—<0–I—<0–I—<
    (but I'd sure like to see him try :))


  30. Skydancer: I like all your little dead people.

    Marcella: You have some amazing skills, lady. I hope you have the chance to pursue all your dreams.


  31. Abrra said

    This link came in my email today. Click the thumbnails to see all the pictures.

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    It is from 2010 97.1ZHT Radio party at Noah’s in Salt Lake City, Utah.



  32. Abrra said

    5a photo 5a.jpg

    Click the link



  33. SandyBeaches said

    At the 26 minute mark of Michael’s concert is the song possibly titled…..”I Want To Go Home….or that is close.

    It is 3 am in Austin Texas and nearly time to get ready to catch a plane home. Boy do I know what Michael is singing about although my thoughts turned to David.



  34. bebereader said

    New article ——>>>


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