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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: Creating The Shape of Things to Come

Posted by bluesky4home on Monday, November 17, 2014

Shapebluesky (1)Picture Edit: Abrra

It seems I am a “shape-changer”.

I have lugged three huge lawn bags filled to the brim, out to the trunk of the car: some things just don’t fit they way they used to. Whether this is good news or bad, I will leave up to the imagination.

However, I found myself thinking of this the other day in relation to DA and wondered how things “fit” for him since his return to the states, his career, and his family.

Like coming home to a “found” trunk of clothes, some fit, some don’t, and some old favorites look different. Each missionary coming home (or anyone returning from a two-year-life-changing-experience) finds that things “fit” differently than before. We are not the same shape as we once were. Neither within nor without. Each person takes their own amount of time to reassess, evaluate, and experiment on the “shape” they are in. Which things are the same? Which are different?

And most of all – What did I bring home with me that I especially want to keep?

DA brought back an even greater determination to be of service to his fellow-man. This is very evident in the choices he has made of when and to whom, he has performed. I do not believe that this means he devalues his “regular” fan base. I think it just means he has sharpened his focus.

We know that he has said how he loved being in the mission-field because the focus was not on himself. I can imagine that trying to keep the focus on what he is doing rather than on himself, is one reason he seems more distant to his fans. It is because of his own goals and what he needs to do in order to achieve them, not from anything the fans have done. We are a diverse and sometimes unwieldy bunch, and we love to focus on him. He on the other-hand, would rather not focus on himself, and he has only so much time and energy. I believe that his ability to balance the demands of a public life and a private one will improve with time and maturity. (When your public is your “buyer”, you simply have to connect!) Yet for now, he wants to be more private. I can respect that.

He is working. Goes to school. Writes music. Records. Travels. Spends time with family. Has told us in different ways that he is working with a variety of music. And… Although he has not sung to us (sigh), I do not believe that that means he does not want to.

It is just that for the first time in his life, he gets to try it his way, in his own time frame, without constant input from outside sources. What a challenge he has taken on! What courage it must take to push himself to stand musically in a place previously denied him, and to hear the echo of his own heart.

He will come. What he brings to us all then, will not be perfect. But it will be as perfect as he can make it. And it will come from as true a place as he can discover: it will be with as much of his soul as he can form into sound.

It will be the shape of things to come.

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Bluesky is a staff writer for The Voice.

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137 Responses to “David Archuleta: Creating The Shape of Things to Come”

  1. tawna21 said

    Oh. My. Goodness, Bluesky!!! This article is ahhhh-sum!!! You’ve really put down some comments that pin the tail right on the donkey!!! I love the whole thing, but this>>>

    “It is just that for the first time in his life, he gets to try it his way, in his own time frame, without constant input from outside sources. What a challenge he has taken on! What courage it must take to push himself to stand musically in a place previously denied him, and to hear the echo of his own heart.” And this>>> “He will come. What he brings to us all then, will not be perfect. But it will be as perfect as he can make it. And it will come from as true a place as he can discover: it will be with as much of his soul as he can form into sound.”

    >>is exactly what I needed to have put in front of me. Thank you, thank you for your wisdom. ♥♥

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  2. tawna21 said

    Abrra, thank you for the gorgeous top photo. (sorry, I don’t seem to be able to get my thoughts all in one post today)

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  3. angelofdja said

    Bluesky, thank you! I love every word! David is blessed with such awesome fans!

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  4. jans11 said

    Bluesky, love your article and the fact that David will be back in his time. He said in his video that “I’m still David, but I’m so different”. And so far I see exactly what he’s talking about. The elder that is going home next week happened to say that he would be happy to be home…that he will be spreading God’s word, but he would do in in his way, when, where and how he wants. That makes me understand David’s life as he is living it now.. I will just keep being patient on getting to hear that fabulous voice. 🙂

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  5. Anodrlurker said

    Bluesky, thank you for such a beautiful, compassionate, thoughtful and smart write up about what David must be going through right now. I really appreciated it.

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  6. A well thought out article Bluesky! A mist enjoyable reading.

    David has been so fortunate in his life. . His voice and music have been acknowledged worldwide. His father said years ago now actually at Myrtle Beach that David likes to do things his way and so he continues to accomplish that quest. He has been so fortunate in his life already and while our young men are striving to accomplish world peace, while young doctors without borders are facing their own life crisis, I hope that David finds his most meaningful direction. I think he is on the road by stopping to look around.

    I saw the Christmas video in the previous article and considering the hardships in today’s world for any young nan, he was truly in his element and greatly blessed.

    David will always have focus placed on him but that is not thought to be a bad thing when his singing worldwide is healing and helpful in so many ways. People being fans and getting excited over seeing him is not selfish if the results of his music are compassion, , encouragement and life changing for listeners in any country, any nationality and any religion that he touches. It may take people watching him to reach his goals.

    Right now he is exploring and in a direction to learn. But he has so far had the gifts of wonderful opportunities throughout the world and they all contribute to as he said, building his foundation.

    I separate David from any named religion but think of him as a most capable individual, as a person who we think of fondly and respectfully with his own humanitarian efforts, ideals and talents continuing throughout the years.

    SB 🍁

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  7. Hi Bluesky! Loved reading your thoughts, particularly this part: “It is just that for the first time in his life, he gets to try it his way, in his own time frame, without constant input from outside sources. What a challenge he has taken on! What courage it must take to push himself to stand musically in a place previously denied him, and to hear the echo of his own heart.” So moved by this passage… brought me to tears. Thank you for your wonderful post! 🙂

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  8. That is a lovely picture Abrra…

    Snowangelz have gone fishing and there is ice fishing in the winter!

    I saw that TOfan had placed David’s “The Little Drummer Boy” in her message and it was a great time watching him sing his version as we can remember. I discovered “His Most Surprising Performance” video and towards the end when he looked out at the audience with a big smile, his eyes were sparkling. Moments like that were ahha so good. Watch out for your own eyes sparkling.

    SB

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  9. ray said

    bluesky, all i can say is you brought tears to my eyes,.what a great artical.

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  10. oliveoil said

    Beautifully stated.

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  11. TXNancy said

    Bluesky, after reading your exceptional words, I gave you a standing O, literally! I wish every fan, whose patience has waned, would read this. Finally, maybe they could understand what David has felt in his heart, since leaving Chile. He deserves so much respect for how he lives. Waiting is hard, but when we all gather at his first concert, wherever, whenever that may be, it’ll definitely be worth it.
    This time next Monday, I’ll be landing in SLC. Hub and I already had tickets to spend the wk with family there…and then the “Celebration of Christ” concerts were announced! I still can’t believe the timing! I’ll be taking 7 family members. My excitement to see David is tempered by all of the fans, who can’t be there. A lot of the joy in going to a David concert, is being with the ‘family of fans’, so I’ll be wishing you all were with me. I don’t have a ‘fancy phone’ so can’t tweet, etc. but I’m sure some fans will.

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  12. TXNancy said

    Forgot to mention…….♥ your David picture at the top, Abrra. A huge THANK YOU to you & the entire staff on THE VOICE…..your continuing efforts to support David, in such a classy way, is very much appreciated.

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  13. tawna21 said

    SB #6, “I separate David from any named religion but think of him as a most capable individual, as a person who we think of fondly and respectfully with his own humanitarian efforts, ideals and talents continuing throughout the years.”

    I so agree with this comment. I honestly don’t think it would matter what religion David embraced, he is who he is. He is a lover of humanity, so he embraces us. He has a talent that he can share, so he does. His ideals are set high, he lives them, and isn’t afraid to share them. He continues to be the example that we all need. He’s a mover and a doer.

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  14. djafan said

    Bluesky,

    Yes, yes, yes.

    “We are not the same shape as we once were. Neither within nor without. Each person takes their own amount of time to reassess, evaluate, and experiment on the “shape” they are in. Which things are the same? Which are different?”

    At my age my shape continues to change, physically and figuratively lol I think the moment we stop changing and evolving may be a sign that we’ve stopped “living” so to speak.

    “It is just that for the first time in his life, he gets to try it his way, in his own time frame, without constant input from outside sources. What a challenge he has taken on! What courage it must take to push himself to stand musically in a place previously denied him, and to hear the echo of his own heart.”

    In one of his instagram posts when he took his sisters to school David mentions that this was the first time in 7 years he truly was able to spend this much time with them. Seven years? That means since he was 16 and they were children, wow. I can’t imagine having so much time apart from my siblings when they were growing up. This most probably has been an incredible time in his life.

    SB, I going out on a limb to say we will see those sparkling eyes again, soon 🙂

    TXNancy, send folk over to read 🙂

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  15. djafan said

    David will be in Hawaii on Wednesday! She is Miss West Coast Teen USA 2015 ~ mahALOHAwai’i ~ BYUH

    Stuart Edge ‏@stuart_edge 50m50 minutes ago
    @PaigeRKnight @DavidArchie oh it’s true

    Paige Knight ‏@PaigeRKnight 29m29 minutes ago
    @stuart_edge @DavidArchie I’m determined to meet both of you

    And quick thinking kimak!

    kim ‏@kimak 20m20 minutes ago
    @stuart_edge @PaigeRKnight @DavidArchie can we have a video?!

    David will be doing a fireside that is open to all.

    David will be doing a q & a segment, talk and sing 🙂

    David will be judging a contest! A video competition! This is cool. Check out the link.

    http://willescenter.byuh.edu/sites/willescenter.byuh.edu/files/willes_center_great_ideas_video_competition_summary.pdf

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  16. bluesky4home said

    Abrra – First, thank you for that beautiful picture, what a great topping for an article! Second, thank you for your encouragement to post.

    Tawna – Thank you, I love your “tail on a donkey’ metaphor. Makes me smile. ^_^

    Angelofda – You are one of those fans. I appreciate you.

    Jans11 – You are one of my role models. I love your dear service-oriented heart.

    Anodrlurker – I love all your new addition to our comments. I don’t do numbers!!!!! *_*

    Sandybeaches – I always learn something when you comment. I love how you add multifaceted perceptions. And also how you appreciate the importance of “good influences” in the world, wherever they may come from. They are so needed. Thank you.

    Tonette – Thank you for your comment. DA has never been a slacker, and with new freedoms come ever more responsibilities. Like SB mentioned: young people today can find themselves faced with huge questions of “how?” when it comes to adding to goodness in the world. I respect so many in the up and coming generation. When so-called boundaries are gone in one place, they pop up in another, and I can find myself almost wishing for fewer options. I always say that “the amount of resistance equals the potential for change”. When resistance is conquered in each area, then, the impact of motion demands that my forward momentum be guided “true”.

    (Erm…just a flight of fancy on the laws of physics and calculus as applied to life. *_*)

    Ray – your tender and true heart often brings tears to my eyes.

    Oliveoil – *waves* LOVE your name. ^_^

    TXNancy – Thank you. How wonderful that you will get to attend! Not sure you are off the hook though, I know a couple of peeps that would love a write-up. Especially where your family is concerned and how they like the show, etc.

    Djafan – I know! That is one of the things that I keep uppermost in my mind: DA finally gets to prioritize around what matters most. While he has had many opportunities career-wise, they have often been at odds with his deep love and concern for his family. Those eyes are lit by the flames within. May they always reflect his joy in life and those he loves! Then he can flirt/gleam/laugh/sing/freely all he wants and we can hardly be expected not to completely float out of our seats (like little, connected air-balloons) when his fire catches the collective spirit all aflame.

    And…. I want pics and vids from Hawaii!!

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  17. rarchiefan said

    I like what you have to say, yes he needs to follow his own heart and I’m ok with that. I am just hurt with one comment he said in his one and apparently last blog, “I never liked doing them.” Well why did he then or say his New Years resolution was to do one a Month? It made me feel like I have been a horrible person for enjoying them and looking forward to them, even worse I from time to time asked for them. He has his freedom to do as he pleases, but he still hurt my feelings. Perhaps he could have just said I don’t want to anymore. I know no one is perfect, not even D. But my fan level is almost nil. Can’t even listen to him sing right now, maybe that’s a good thing. He might be writing music, but I don’t know when or if he will ever have a connection to fans. Guess he will have to choose if he wants us or not in his life. I only hope when or if he does put new music out he will sell enough to have a career. If he chooses to just sing for charities then I hope he can make a career out of that. JMHO Expressing my feelings. Y’all take care!

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  18. ray said

    rarchiefan, you are lying to yourself, you are still a fan, our you wouldn,t be here, are you trying to convince me our your self, just go lesent to bring him home ,and son of man, try it. you wonn,t regreat it trust me . love ray

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  19. ray said

    i don,t mind admiting it but when he sings bring him home, he reaches into my heart , and squzzes the tears out every time.the passion is unbeliveable. listen again you all

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  20. rarchiefan said

    Wasn’t trying to convince anyone, especially myself, that I am not a fan. Obviously I wouldn’t have been hurt if I wasn’t. Sorry that is what you got out of what I said. I have both songs and do love them. Doesn’t stop me from feeling hurt. But I will shut up and go away. God Bless Ray.

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  21. oliveoil said

    Rarchiefan, I understand how you feel. Those comments David made about vlogging, however, were pretty honest. He always said he wasn’t good at it, talked too much, forgot what he was going to say, etc. Of course, that’s what made his vlogs so endearing .haha. After being away for 2 years he forgot how to even make a vlog and his sister had to help him. I miss his vlogs, but I wouldn’t take it personal.
    Bluesky, ( waves back.) Glad u like my name ! 🙂

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  22. jans11 said

    Bluesky, thanks! And {{{{hugs}}}} to you! That’s so nice of you.

    Ray, that’s what David’s voice does to us, that’s why we’re still here! ♥ Love him and his voice so much! He is so addicting…..

    #2015hopingtoseehimliveinconcertagain

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  23. bebereader said

    Bluesky,

    Thank you for such a compassionate and wise piece on David right now. I love your analogy of the found trunk of clothes to the changes that can happen to any one of us after being away for two years on a life-changing experience. Our perspective on things and people has to change in the process, too. Even something as simple as having two different reactions to the same book because a few years passed since the first read. All due to life experiences and self growth within those years.

    “I believe that his ability to balance the demands of a public life and a private one will improve with time and maturity. (When your public is your “buyer”, you simply have to connect!) Yet for now, he wants to be more private. I can respect that.”

    I respect that too. I just miss the popstar that I became a fan of six years ago. But I’m waiting for things to come because there’s no better place to be nor is there a better singer out there.

    #15 David will be judging a contest! Can’t wait to hear his opinions and to see him on the other side of a competition! Hope we get to see it.

    #20 rarchiefan,
    Please stay and continue to chat with us. I hear where you’re coming from. You’re a dedicated fan who is feeling hurt. David’s vlogs were so endearing to us but maybe he was embarrassed or felt inept on the techy side, especially having missed two years worth of changes in technology. I miss the vlogs too but am learning to exist without them. I don’t think we’ve really seen the last of them; just that they won’t be as frequent.

    Safe travels to David as he travels to Hawaii.

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  24. bebereader said

    Tamara Herring ‏@tlherring 2h2 hours ago

    My 8-mo old has found her calming song: “Glorious.” Without fail, it stops her crying. Thank you, @DavidArchie, for saving my sanity.

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  25. djafan said

    rarchiefan, I agree with bebe, stick around, don’t shut up. You’re feelings are valid and understandable. Bluesky’s words being a mother of missionary sons help me, I so appreciate her words.

    As for David not liking doing the vlogs is sad but I don’t begrudge him, it is what is at this moment but I agree with Bebe I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of them. It’s all part of that transition and maturing taking place.

    David will not only be doing a Q & A at the fireside he will also be singing! And it’s open to all.

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  26. Bluesky, I love everything about this! Thanks!

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  27. Anodrlurker said

    Bluesky, I just wanted to say ( I forgot to say this in my other post) that some of the things you said in this write up really resonated with me on a personal level as well – kind of the things that are helpful for me to hear at this particular point in my life. So thank you for that!

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  28. MT said

    Bluesky,
    Thanks so much for your eloquent and thought provoking post. (I just love the way you write/think.) You always look at things in such a positive light. Yes, I can imagine that such a life changing experience would make you view everything a little (or a lot) differently.

    I love the analogy of creating the shape of things to come as that is exactly what I think he’s doing right now. He is taking his time to mold his career into his own vision of how he sees himself going forward. It’s been a long wait and I admit my patience sometimes stretches thin, but I’m still here because I know when the masterpiece he’s molded is done, it will have been worth the wait.

    While the songs he’s been recording and singing recently aren’t exactly in my favorite genre, I have gotten them and am thoroughly enjoying them. His voice is incredible! I do look forward to the Pop and Spanish to come and can’t wait to hear his new sound. 🙂

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  29. MT said

    #20 rarchiefan,

    I absolutely understand where you’re coming from. You’re not the only fan I have seen/heard say something about that vlog. I didn’t take it as him saying he didn’t like talking to us. I thought maybe he just always felt awkward and a bit inept at it. He did tend to ramble quite a bit and seemed to have a hard time staying on topic. LOL And while that may have been charming to us, it probably made him feel like a bit of a spaz. He may even have looked back at them to see the types of things he might say and went Oh My Heck! I look like a nut! While none of us knows exactly why he didn’t like to make them, I honestly don’t believe it’s because he doesn’t care about his fans.

    As to why he’s not making vlogs now, my personal opinion is that it’s because he feels like maybe they should only be made when he has something special to say, like when he announces a new album! Like others here, I think we may still get a vlog now and then, just not as regularly as before, and probably mostly regarding his music.

    I hope you don’t stop talking and checking up on David. Please feel free to comment. I think we’ve all felt a little disappointed in one way or another but I think it will be worth the wait. I hope you stick around. 🙂

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  30. MT said

    Things that make you go hmmmm… LOL

    RootsTech ‏@RootsTechConf · 3h 3 hours ago
    Ready for another clue? One of the RootsTech closing event performers is the son of a jazz musician & a salsa dancer.

    Family History & Technology Conference: February 11–14, 2015
    Official hashtag: #rootstech Salt Lake City, Utah

    Son of a jazz musician & a salsa dancer. Haha Now, I wonder who that could be?

    (Sorry! I promise I’ll stop spamming now. 😀 )

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  31. djafan said

    MT, PLEASE DON’T STOP!!!

    I just saw that. Interesting. Kelly Clarkson is doing a Microsoft opening performance here. They must pay well and it’s a great way to keep honing those “skills” 🙂

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  32. MT said

    Dja,
    Awwww … Thanks! 😀

    Some days I don’t comment at all and then some days you can’t shut me up. LOL Love you guys! ♥

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  33. bluesky4home said

    Bebereader – Yeh, I miss the cute little pop-star who would say funny things and I could mentally hug all the time. *sigh* At the same time, that quality that made him way more than just a “cute little pop-star” is what I am counting on to bring him full circle back to that closeness. And it will be on a whole new level, is my guess!

    Rarchiefan – Here, there is always room for one more. ^_^

    Emilyluvsarchie – too long since I have “seen” you! I miss your lovely thoughts. Thank you for commenting here with us.

    Anodrlurker – (((((((hugs)))))))

    MT – *waves* Is this confession time? Because if it is, I have a confession to make. ^_^ Much of the music DA has done over the years is not my favorite genre. Nor yet now. Still, as you say – he is amazing to listen to, heals the heart, soothes the soul, calms the troubled waters. So, here I am. Thank you for your kind thoughts ^_^ .

    And… yes, please do not stop posting.

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  34. lynnella said

    Very insightful article Bluesky, and what a beautiful picture Abrra. As usual, you’ve both outdone yourselves.

    David may have reshaped himself to meet new criteria, I kind of expected that. What I didn’t expect, he has reshaped me too. I have a different outlook on the things that really matter. Not just in music, but life and the way we view others. When I watched American Idol, the year David was on, I could hardly wait from week to week, just to hear his voice. He has spoiled me for everyone else. Now, it’s not only his voice, but his character, and the things he does for others, and his music. He doesn’t just want to crank out any old song just to have a hit, he wants to write something of significance. Most of today’s music is so insignificant that it’s not even worth hearing. I don’t care which direction he goes in, I trust that it will be right and meaningful. I have learned, as I’ve watched since he’s returned, that he knows what he’s doing and he has a mission in mind for his music, as well as his life. I trust that whatever it is, he will be showing us his heart. And that’s the most we can ask of him.

    Lynne

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  35. bluesky4home said

    Lynnella – love your thoughts!

    And… tomorrow is Hawaii? It will be AM Thursday before we know if there are videos? Hoping. Hoping.

    (weird and watery cell-cast anyone?)

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  36. Abrra said

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  37. tawna21 said

    Interesting tweet! Wondering if there is a back story to it.

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  38. gladys1961 said

    I think David has discovered the reason for his mission in life.

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  39. jans11 said

    Tawna, that is the quote that Shelley put in the big birthday book everyone signed. We were wondering if he received it yet or if good minds think alike! 🙂

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  40. MT said

    Bluesky,
    Looks like David’s voice overrides genre for both of us. 😀

    I agree, there is something very soothing about listening to him sing. I was talking about David with a friend and told her that “my ears like David’s voice” and it’s so true. That’s about the only way I know how to explain it.

    When I got When The Son Of Man, I wasn’t really sure if I’d like it. So, since we’re confessing today, I’ll admit to listening to it about 50+ times already. I have it blaring through the house on repeat while I ride my exercise bike and it seems like I’m done in no time at all!

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  41. Anodrlurker said

    Hi all, bringing this over here:

    I voted David Archuleta! “Who should have won Season 7 of “American Idol”? ”

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/sheridanwatson/who-really-should-have-won-american-idol

    Cook currently has a 12% lead as of this posting!

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  42. poof said

    Rarchiefan I am so glad you posted on this site. I have always felt this is a site where everyone is welcome to share all their feelings, the good, the embarrassing, the hurt, the angry… The thing for me about this site, is not that you always have to feel positive about where you are “sitting” in Davidland, but that all feelings are accepted. At the core of it, David, the voice and the person, inspires us, so there is always an undercurrent of contentment?, peace? joy? at this site. I forever thank everyone here for this environment.

    I think we all have a plan for David we want him to follow, and I am sure these plans have similarities but differences too. Because he is such a powerful “voice” in our lives, it is hard when his plans for his Own life are different than our plan for him. That is what I keep trying to remind myself; to remember it is his life to live, not a life to please me or anyone else. I think he is consistently doing that now. I actively try to let my plans for him “go”.

    David will always, because he will always sing, be a part of my life. He enriches my life. I would be a fool to turn my back on that.

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  43. bebereader said

    Bluesky#33,

    It’s not the ‘cute little’ that I miss. And it has nothing to do with ‘mentally hugging’ him either. It’s the music. We all know that he is way more than ‘just a cute little popstar’. He has a gift and an amazing ability to sing all genres. That’s a given. However, it’s the light-hearted nature of David singing pop songs that I miss. I’m sorry if I wasn’t clear in my earlier comment.


    credit: Boo Radleigh

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  44. MT said

    Bebe,
    This …. “However, it’s the light-hearted nature of David singing pop songs that I miss.” <<< Ditto! Oh man, how I miss that side of him!! I love the serious songs, and the ballads too, but I also miss the more light-hearted side of him. I miss the smiles and laughter he shared.

    and This … "I just miss the popstar that I became a fan of six years ago. But I’m waiting for things to come because there’s no better place to be nor is there a better singer out there." Again, Ditto!! #bestvoice

    Ummm… Has anyone else checked out the OS today? You may want to take a look at it! 😀 😀 😀

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  45. bluesky4home said

    Ah, Bebereader… No worries, I knew that I was speaking only for myself. There is that mom part of me that likes to participate. Somehow I don’t think that will ever go away. Part of me is just a mom and likes to think back to when he was 16.

    (Next month that will be 8 years ago!!!)

    I can do denial with the best of them.

    I hope that you and I, and all of us get to see and hear that “pop star” light heartedness you speak of again. I think there is a good chance, judging from some of the people he has teamed up with.

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  46. bebereader said

    #44 MT,
    Great find over at David’s Official Site!
    Thank you! 🙂

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    “David Archuleta is teaming up with popular comedy sketch group Studio C from BYUtv to perform at RootsTech 2015. RootsTech is the largest family history conference in the world and will be happening on February 12–14, 2015.

    Both talents will be launching original pieces at the RootsTech Closing Event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 14. David will perform 4 songs, including a new song written by himself that is sung in Spanish and Portuguese. The accompanying music video was filmed in Costa Rica in 2014 and will also have its debut appearance. What’s more, the event will feature a never-before-seen sketch by Studio C. For more information, go to RootsTech.org”….

    click to read the rest:

    http://davidarchuleta.com/home/

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  47. djafan said

    Arhghighrgh!!! Another meeting. Will be back later!!!!

    Kalei ‏@KaleiLuvsHawaii Oct 22
    @kariontour when will you be sending the box?

    Kari Sellards
    ‏@kariontour
    @KaleiLuvsHawaii end of this month!

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  48. bluesky4home said

    Bebereader – I hope this signals the beginning of your wish!!!!! <3<3

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  49. Abrra said

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    http://davidarchuleta.com/home/

    Abrra

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  50. ray said

    i see,isee,isee, light ,the lds peeps are helping david with his come back . what say ye folks

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  51. ray said

    the light that is

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  52. bluesky4home said

    Waaiiiiiit just a minute here! Dates are not my strong point, but……. Isn’t Feb 14th Valentines Day?

    *_*

    I hardly know where to go from here.

    Ray…. The light! The light!

    (What is it Nemo’s Dad says? The light….it’s so pretty! I feel happy!)

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  53. tawna21 said

    Ray!!! You crack me up!! 😀

    Bluesky, you’re good with one date at least… Feb. 14th! 🙂

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  54. djafan said

    Abrra, that’s a great picture!

    David will be singing in Spanish and Portuguese on Feb 14th! New song and new video!

    Ray, Very possible!

    Kalei going to see David!

    @KaleiLuvsHawaii: Ok on my way to the Fireside! Traffic is a nightmare hope I get there in time! Bet it’ll be packed!

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  55. djafan said

    Hope you go Bluesky, Feb 14th!

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  56. Abrra said

    The Eagle has landed 🙂

    Abrra

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  57. djafan said

    Aloha Daviiiiiiiiid!

    Poof, thank you for the kind words, very much appreciated.

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  58. tawna21 said

    Abrra….. every time you comment “the eagle has landed” I have visions of a very covert operation going down….. just me…. weird. It’s late, I’m heading to bed. 😀

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  59. djafan said

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  60. djafan said

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  61. bebereader said

    Three seconds but we’ll take it!

    hawaiangal16
    2 minutes ago
    If the Savior Stood Beside Me. #DavidArchuleta ❤

    If the Savior Stood Beside Me. #DavidArchuleta ❤

    A post shared by hawaiangal16 (@hawaiangal16) on

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  62. Anodrlurker said

    Hi All, bringing this over here too — mob scene over David tonight!

    Abi ‏@abi_xo_ 54s55 seconds ago
    Sorry you got suffocated by a mob tonight @DavidArchie, I’m ashamed on behalf of my gender. (But you sounded lovely).

    See the swarm surrounding David after the Fireside! This girl took a photo!

    suh van nuh ‏@savtobe 2m2 minutes ago
    .82 seconds after they said amen
    #rip David Archuleta

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  63. bebereader said

    Poof#42

    Thank you!
    And ITA with your last paragraph!

    “David will always, because he will always sing, be a part of my life. He enriches my life. I would be a fool to turn my back on that.”

    Bluesky #48 ❤

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  64. bebereader said

    Thank you Anodrlurker! David always attracts a crowd! LOL

    bobbittdaredhed
    17 minutes ago
    David Archuletta! #davidarchuletta

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  65. As posted by MarthaPB

    MarthaPB ‏@mlpb3 7m7 minutes ago
    @DavidArchie After fireside in Hawaii

    http://instagram.com/p/vnIBLyCHWc/?modal=true

    note security around David

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  66. bebereader said

    beccaboo22396
    5 minutes ago
    My sweet David, he was making his way over to hug me. Lol just kidding!! I wasn’t lucky enough to get a picture with him, but it was a beautiful evening full of music and testimonies from other popular figures :)) #davidarchuletta #fireside #testimonies

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  67. jans11 said

    Loving all the goodies! I have the same pic of “Aloha” with me and my daughter standing at the bottom of the steps! I love it over there! Have fun David!

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  68. djafan said

    That Voice says it all for me.

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  69. Abrra said

    toria_brooke
    7 hours ago
    #hedoesntevengohere 🙅 Nah but fo real, this was a moment I’m so glad I was able to be apart of. He’s super down to earth and a total sweetheart. Thanks for visiting #byuh! You are adored😘❤️ #davidarchuleta#ifthesaviorstoodbesideme#lds#standupforwhatyoubelieve#byuh#standardforthenation

    Some “nosebleed seats” check in 🙂

    David being “crushed” in the mob. See the black arrow?

    A Close up crop from the mob.
    http://hawaii.bestofinstagram.net/post/103109723115/the-fireside-was-amazing-we-were-able-to-learn

    That smile!

    David and his constant date, Lupe!

    effielouise808
    6 hours ago
    #davidarchuleta in #7bros!!! I left Hawaii at the wrong time lol. Pic shot by @djcadivas being the fanboy that he is haha 😄👌 #rm

    photo/

    Who is most handsome? haha

    photo

    photo

    Packed house!

    devinsupertramp
    6 hours ago
    Had the opportunity to speak to all the amazing people at BYU Hawaii with @davidarchie, @tiffanyalvord, and @stuart_edge! An amazing experience, one I’ll never forget 🙂 #lds #teamsupertramp #fightforyourpassion

    Whew! If anything else shows up, I’ll bring it here.

    Abrra

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  70. Abrra said

    From Abrra’s candy Jar https://www.mediafire.com/folder/87sawq7b9rowg/Hawaii_November_2014

    This is from the video in #68 If The Savior Stood Beside Me.

    jj0_o1998
    8 hours ago · BYU Hawaii
    AHHHHHHHHHHH can’t believe I got to shake hands with such an down to earth person with such an amazing gift. Honestly had such a good time tonight @daviedarchie #daviedarchie #LDS #fireside #mormon #handshake #touched

    Abrra

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  71. bluesky4home said

    Three things strike me:

    The complete silence – you could hear a pin drop. I think this was a form of respect from the crowd, who were overwhelmingly in his own age group. Which leads me to…

    How many of them were recording this on their own phones? How many of them will replay it? How many will be uplifted and strengthened in positive ways in their own lives? How many will share it? And will this be of benefit to our world-wide army of young people (as a group, not just LDS) who are set to go out and meet the challenges that face our world? I say, never underestimate the power of one good deed. Or one song. Or one Voice multiplied by many hearts.

    Lastly, did you hear his voice crack near the end of the verse in Spanish? This is the heart of the matter, the presence and the soul, the tenderness, the relinquishment to a strength and love that is as real to him as his own hand.

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  72. Abrra said

    A few more of David the Blur on this Facebook. These girls are great ninjas at finding pictures.
    https://www.facebook.com/DavidArchuletaUniverse?fref=photo

    Abrra

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  73. tawna21 said

    Here’s one ♥

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  74. Abrra said

    Same song, different view. A bit closer. I’ll add it to Unplugged!


    TheOriginalVelenova

    More handsomeness.

    GULP!

    Abrra

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  75. MT said

    Thanks so much to all of you for bringing everything here to share! (I’m lazy, lol, I like it all in one place. So easy that way!)

    Somehow the thought of him needing body guards at a fireside strikes me as a little funny but I guess any time there is a large crowd and David appears, it’ll be needed. Isn’t it nice to know he still has that “IT” factor? And can I just add, I hope that’s always the case. It bodes well for him drawing large crowds at concerts soon! 🙂

    And of course, his voice is stellar as always! Nicely done, David!

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  76. bluesky4home said

    It is on the word “Salvador” that his voice breaks. “Savior” in English.

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  77. bluesky4home said

    I feel a Masterclass blog coming on. (well, I would welcome one! ^_^)

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  78. tawna21 said

    Bluesky, I’ve noticed that quite often when he sings this song in Spanish, he chokes up on those last few words. The Chilean people are still in his heart and singing in their language, about whom he was teaching and preaching about, brings them closer to him.

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  79. bluesky4home said

    MT – ha, ha! You have no idea!! I love it that the tall fellows around him were a bit flummoxed.

    Dear DA: I take that back… It is not MT that has “no idea” – (dear Mr. “Who, ME?). It is you. You may know a lot, and you may (being mostly a mere mortal) have some idea how it works, but the magic that those sneaky Fairy Godmothers liberally sprinkled over your crib is powerful stuff.

    Just sayin’.

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  80. MT said

    Bluesky,
    I hope I didn’t give the impression that I make light of the circumstances of the occasion. It’s just that it tickles me to no end that no matter why, or when, or where he shows up, you always see the “fangirl smiles” 😀 in the faces surrounding him.

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  81. bluesky4home said

    No, no, MT: read my comment above. I get as much a kick out of it as anyone. (and I will bet that those putting the meeting together do as well!)

    It can’t be helped: that is what is so funny!

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  82. Abrra said

    The video contest judging has begun. David in pink shirt.

    Sweet note next to this post.

    raena_lopez
    2 hours ago
    Got to hear David Archuleta and 3 others talk at last nights fireside! He also sang a song at the end which was absolutely amazing!😍 Would’ve gotten a picture with him but he had to leave because too many girls were fan-girling😂 Haha still a great experience!😊 #hesoundslikeanangel

    Abrra

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  83. Abrra said

    Some of the Q & A last night in Hawaii in 3 parts. First one will flip upright at about :15 in.


    TheOriginalVelenova

    stopinthebox
    49 minutes ago · Polynesian Cultural Center
    Hanging out with @davidarchie and his mom at the PCC. 😏😆 #davidarchuleta #archiethailand #davidarchie #hawaii #fanboy #oahu #pcc #polynesianculturalcenter #byuh #tonga

    Abrra

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  84. skydancer1x said

    Ahh finally made it here.Been helping a friend out with a move to Colorado,and visiting other friends.

    Bluesky♥ lovely article. I love this that you said
    “We are not the same shape as we once were. Neither within nor without. Each person takes their own amount of time to reassess, evaluate, and experiment on the “shape” they are in. Which things are the same? Which are different?”

    Ahh ,watching David as he performs at the fireside.I love that Voice.
    He is a good man.He has a tender heart.
    I think his heart is rising to the surface in his voice like never before.Love.Tenderness, all there inside, ready to float out in beautiful sweet notes,giving us chills as we listen. I hope he will return to all of us soon.There is no other voice that can touch your heart, and your soul, like his can no matter what he sings.

    I am looking forward to that Spanish video in 2015.

    Bluesky you were right,you could have heard a pin drop when he was singing.
    That song in particular seems to mean a lot to him,he always gets emotional when he sings it.♥

    Thanks for all the goodies admins!!! ♥Ya’ll rock!

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  85. djafan said

    Hey all!!!!! What did Simon say??? When you got it, you got it. And David has it. The excitement is so exciting!!! There were bodyguards in Chile and now in Hawaii. David Archuleta looks and sounds better than ever. Those smiles say it all 🙂

    The judging, he looks very serious, hopefully we’ll see something from that.

    oh heck!

    Gina Orr retweeted
    –bianca @missbianca · 22m 22 minutes ago
    Holy Moley! I just went to http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/brookewhite … and snared a CD with @DavidArchie’s signature! You know you want one! 10 left!

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  86. djafan said

    They were gone in minutes 🙂 I didn’t get one but so happy that they sold so fast!

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  87. djafan said

    Q & A video #2. What a special man.

    Someone mention this? Feb. 14th!

    http://ink361.com/app/users/ig-697947521/shanellearchie28/photos/ig-781385250229414847_697947521

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  88. MT said

    Do we have any idea what kind of videos he’s judging? And why they are judging them? What did I miss????

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  89. MT said

    Oh! Another question. Does anyone know how many CDs Brook had with David’s signature because they’re all gone!

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  90. djafan said

    MT,
    This video has the details of the competition.

    Here is an example of what was submitted for this competition but this poor guy had a glitch.

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  91. Abrra said

    From the contest event.
    Dr. Brian Kinghorn ‏@jrscienceworld is live tweeting as David is at the podium.

    Another brief live tweet session.

    Abrra

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  92. Abrra said

    http://hawaii.bestofinstagram.net/post/103173524455/just-chilling-with-my-homie-david-archuleta-by

    http://hawaii.bestofinstagram.net/post/103178065195/wow-just-look-how-happy-he-is-to-meet-me

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  93. MT said

    Dja, Abrra,
    Oh, I get it now. Thanks! 🙂

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  94. jans11 said

    I do too. But wasn’t happy about the teacher saying that the girl judge was actually more important, (well known or whatever he said) than David Archuleta. I’ve never heard of her! 🙂 Guess it’s just the grandma in me… 🙂

    Also, what happened to the new post “Lullabies and Happy Songs” that came up in my emails? Guess it’ll show up later. 🙂

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  95. MT said

    Jan,
    Comment #85 has the link for Brooke’s page for the “Lullabies and Happy Songs.” Maybe your email put the page up instead of just the link?

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  96. bluesky4home said

    Tiffany Alvord

    http://www.last.fm
    Tiffany Lynn Alvord is an American singer and songwriter. She has been cited as one of YouTube’s first “home-grown celebrities” and has a large social presence on YouTube with over 400 million video views and over 2.2 million subscribers, making her channel among the top 50 most subscribed music channels on YouTube. She also has a strong following on social media sites, including more than 2.4 million Facebook fans and over 350 thousand Twitter followers. In December 2012, Alvord performed in Times Square on the Nivea stage with Carly Rae Jepsen, Train, PSY and Taylor Swift as part of the 2012 …

    It goes on. In other words, these people DA met up with and is spending time with in Hawaii, could teach him a thing or two about social media. ^_^

    Just sayin.

    Dear DA. Love you tons. Check out the fun things your fellow peeps are doing!

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  97. jans11 said

    Whoops, the “New Post” jumped out at me and I just assumed that it was from here so I reread it and it came from David Archuleta site! 🙂 So, MT, you are exactly right! 🙂

    And, Bluesky, thanks for the info. She is a very popular person and a real cutie. I agree, ” In other words, these people DA met up with and is spending time with in Hawaii, could teach him a thing or two about social media. ^_^” I just thought the teacher would say a few more positives on introducing David as a judge, but it’s ok, it’s just me, I guess. 🙂

    #82 where David is judging, he looks so much older, so grown up there. jmo

    #83 is a great photo of David and Lupe with the native dancer at the Polynesian Cultural Center! I have one of those taken at about the same place 5 yrs ago when me and my sisters and daughter were there and went to the Luau there. It was awesome!

    Thanks to all that has posted all these wonderful photos and videos! Love em’!!

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  98. jans11 said

    Here’s Tiffany singing. I always say, you learn something new everyday!

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  99. fenfan said

    I haven’t watched those Q and A vids yet. Are they worth spending time on or are they filled with more of the same quotes as those in the tweets in #91?

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  100. Fenfan, completely worth spending time on. David’s answers in the Fireside Q&A are so beautiful and touching. Really blew me away – he is such a special young man. Not ashamed to say, I cried when I watched part 2. The quotes are from the contest so they are completely different.

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  101. Abrra said

    David checks in after judging in Hawaii.

    davidarchie
    7 hours ago
    Awesome time tonight at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii!! One of the coolest places on Oahu, and great people. #northshore #PCC #Hawaii #Mahalo #Aloha 🌋🏄🌊

    Abrra

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  102. Abrra said

    Head over to FOD http://fansofdavid.com/ and read Kalei’s recap of David in Hawaii. She has a few more pictures of him we haven’t seen yet and a super write up.

    Here is part 4 of the Q & A


    fansofdavidvideos

    Abrra

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  103. Abrra said

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  104. Abrra said

    Abrra

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  105. bebereader said

    Worldwide Trending Party Tonight on Twitter!

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

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  106. Incredible official (close up) video taken by BYU Hawaii of David singing at Fireside. Goosebumps and tears again!
    Best video yet – HD quality.

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  107. bluesky4home said

    I agree with you Anodrlurker. The way he sings that song says everything.

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  108. Abrra said

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  109. Angelica said

    Hawaya shirtless guys! Too bad he didn’t go native. haha.

    Don’t judge me.

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  110. Haha! Angelica, if he did it would have SLAYED waaaaaaaay too many people! *dead* Seeing similar comments on his FB and IG! Hahaha!

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  111. betsy said

    Angelica ♥
    My brother moved to Hawaii several years ago and hasn’t been seen sporting any type of shirt since.
    Grows bamboo, builds houses from said bamboo, yoga at sunrise and has his own beautiful life.
    People change, stuff happens. 🙂
    Love you guys.

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  112. lynnella said

    Angelica – If he had gone shirtless, Kim Kardashian would only THINK she crashed the internet. It would have caused a seismic rumble heard round the world. AND, far be it from me to judge ;)~

    Lynne

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  113. jans11 said

    Oh, Mr. David Archuleta, you are so awesome when you sing. ♥

    Just seen 2 photos of the 4 of them over on Instagram. 2nd one is David upside down ziplining. Don’t know how to bring it over. Says it was posted 1 hr ago, but maybe everyone has seen it. But it’s cute!!

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  114. lynnella said

    I saw it on his facebook. Couldn’t get it to copy. Go on there to see it. So cute. Looks like he’s having a ball

    Lynne

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  115. fenfan said

    Not sure whether this would work.
    Can someone make that upside down pic bigger?

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  116. Here’s the zipline post – I hope it works!

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  117. Bringing this over: Lucky girl met David at a football game this afternoon.
    David looks so happy! Enjoying himself seems like!

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  118. jans11 said

    So happy that he is enjoying himself! Wonder how many fans stood on their heads or turned their pc upside down to see the 2nd pic of him ziplining! Yep, I did! 🙂

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  119. Abrra said

     photo 48_zpsf9e7f334.jpg

    Here you go, Lynnella

    Jan I just waved my magic wand and it’s no longer upside down 😉
    Abrra

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  120. Abrra said

    David back home?

    Abrra

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  121. jans11 said

    Thanks, Abrra, you are quite a miracle worker! 🙂 He is so dang cute there!

    David’s trip was a short one to be in Hawaii. When we got there we didn’t want to leave! Awesome pic of David. ♥

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  122. ray said

    you got to love him still david

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  123. Abrra said

    All are welcome to chat!

     photo dfbbc075-b4e6-4324-8eeb-32ff322233ea_zpse4eb1407.jpg
    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    keana_farms
    Look who stopped by yesterday, it’s David Archuleta …. AKA @davidarchie Thanks for the fun ride David! #keanafarms#climbworks#alwaysclimb#zip#zipline#davidarchuleta#davidarchie#northshore#oahu#hawaii#vacation#waikiki#hawaiilife#singinginthetrees

    Abrra

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  124. The sun is so bright and strong in this photo…am sure David will miss it once he’s back in Utah!

    Also, the hashtag @singingintrees was in this photo! Oh David! So precious!

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  125. Abrra said

    A smiling Sunday puzzle today!

    http://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=12c9c4b63791

    Abrra

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  126. betsy said

    I love these puzzles, can’t wait to do it. It’s really good for keeping those brain parts connected. Going in. Thanks. 🙂

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  127. Angelica said

    Betsy, Thanks for pointing me toward Chris Tomlin and this song last night in chat. I will be buying his album for sure. Hugs my sista.

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  128. betsy said

    Angelica. 🙂 When I heard it at the PT’s office, I thought I was listening to The Fray. Just sounded like them, and good.
    I remember David adding part of their song “How to Save a Life” into Don’t Let Go.
    Hugs back.
    I am back to work the first week of December. Yikes. It’s been since the last week of July, time flies. 🙂

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  129. skydancer1x said

    trying to work todays puzzle is making me sleepy ,think its time for a sunday nap.:D good one Abs.thanks♥

    Betsy, good to hear you will be back to work! and yes,time does fly that’s for sure.

    that picture of David ziplining,love it.haha looks like so much fun!! took my first glider ride on Oahu, but never ziplined before,anywhere,although I think I tried to do something similar on our backyard clothesline when I was little…knocked the breath out of me of course,and got a spanking besides.lol #mommanothappy

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  130. jans11 said

    Handsome David with his sweet smile. Thanx Abs!

    Sky, what a cute little story on your “ziplining on the clothesline”! 🙂

    Been listening to Christmas from the Heart Album and it sure brings a lot of good memories of the “good old days”!! 🙂

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  131. jans11 said

    Wanted to say that that Chris Tomlin is great! Love it and will have to ck it out too!

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  132. tawna21 said

    Lovely puzzle today, Abrra. 🙂 Thank you.

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  133. bebereader said

    Watching the American Music Awards and hoping that David will one day be up for an award. A Grammy would be better but I will take an AMA.

    Just saw this funny tweet:

    Nicholas Rice ‏@NicholasARice 26m26 minutes ago

    They HAD to pick Pitbull to host this? They couldn’t find ANYONE else? Where’s Lil Kim? Or David Archuleta? ANYBODY BUT PITBULL WOULD DO 😩

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  134. collegemom said

    Can you get nominated for a Grammy singing a song (Glorious) or just for writing?

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  135. bebereader said

    Another appearance for David!

    from
    The Bismark Tribune
    in North Dakota

    “Six students from Century High School have been chosen to participate in the National American Choral Director’s Association High School Mixed Honor Choir and College/Community Latin American Honor Choirs in February.

    More than 3,000 vocal performance students from all 50 states went through a recorded audition process, and these CHS students were selected: Christian Bowlinger, Jhanvi Patel, Michael Mock, Tanner Woutat, Brennan Tyler and Karter Dolan. They will join the other singers in Salt Lake City for a concert that will include a performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, David Archuleta and Sylvia McNair on Feb. 28.”

    http://bismarcktribune.com/lifestyles/hometown/article_cd8b9078-70d3-11e4-8bbf-c7d9d4b7da0c.html#.VHJ3G-42vgc.twitter

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  136. bebereader said

    Collegemom#112

    I believe most of the Grammys are awarded to the singer of the song rather than the writer but I have seen categories for both singer and writer for the same song. I hope this helps to answer your question.

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  137. jans11 said

    I just can’t watch much of award shows. I think David is so much better than so many of them and hurts to know that he isn’t getting any awards for his beautiful voice! Hoping that I can see him receive some more awards in my lifetime! 🙂 Maybe I sound like an old grandma hen looking out for my chicken, but I was at the concert in Wichita where there were many performers and not one of them was any better than David and yet they are real popular and famous. Bruno Mars was just starting out and look where he is now! I know David is choosing this route and must be happy, so it’s probably just me and I need to be happy for him. I am, and happy for everything that comes our way in pictures and videos. I think I need him to make a vlog for us…a few words from the man himself. 🙂 Please David…..talk to us!!!! 🙂 Ms. Meloncholy here needs to quit thinking……….

    Would love for him to receive a Grammy for Glorious! Yes!!!!

    If they keep announcing things going on in Feb. and they are close enough, I could make it all in one trip! 🙂

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