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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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Imagine in Paris ~ DAVID ARCHULETA

Posted by sandybeaches9 on Thursday, January 15, 2015

Paris est Charlie, Je suis Charlie,… I am a free man

Charlie (1)Charlie Brown in mourning over the loss of lives after the attack at the Charlie Hebdo magazine which was named in reference to Charlie

After unimaginable tragedy struck Paris last week, the city had the eyes of the world upon it much like after the shocking events that took place in the cities of New York, Boston and recently in Ottawa. As they said then, Paris is the world today as it represents us who join in solidarity for world peace. It was said that these events will become common place events, but there are those who will not allow it to go on for generations. It is really about the decaying relationships between religions that generate wars and all that they say they stand for, when it is social psychological attitudes and the lack of respect for mankind that fuels the rages.

I watched intently as the days unfolded and then over 40 world leaders including kings and presidents came together linking arms in a solidarity march that will go down in history as the decisive moment exemplifying that we must stand together against the aggressors. The strength of world peace commitment was strong in Paris both then and now.


A Parisian: “I had heard the news about how huge the rally was in Paris this weekend. I had read the reports about what it was like, there on the ground. But until I saw this, this guy turning around his own stereo speakers, to play John Lennon’s Imagine, not just in his apartment, but out the window to the crowd below so they could hear it, until I saw his video of the crowd hearing him do that, I did not really understand how big it was until then”.

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There amidst the crowds of millions of Parisians who had gathered for the rally, I spotted a large banner that recited lines from John Lennon’s iconic ‘Imagine’. Parisians looked to John Lennon for inspiration in their darkest moment and broke into song. My thoughts went back to the stage where David once stood, singing the same song, reaching out to everyone who felt the need for world peace. We heard it and his singing related easily to any one of the tragedies that has taken place since then. I can wind the film ahead in time and in my imagination see David singing to the people who value world peace above all else.

There is a place in music now for someone as musically influential as John Lennon, one who is looking at the state of the world and giving what he has to aid world peace.

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SandyBeaches is a Staff Writer for The Voice.

75 Responses to “Imagine in Paris ~ DAVID ARCHULETA”

  1. jans11 said

    SB, what a great post. Even though the reason for it is not great. I get goosebumps every time I hear this song, I have always loved it. Even have the John Lennon album, so I play it often. When the crowd sang it in unison it brought tears to my eyes because we need to stand in unison against all the evil going on in the world. When David sang it, he sang it perfectly and made people feel it then and now people feel it because of the bad stuff going on that is absolutely horrible. So glad to see the people getting together to show their support against all the bad things that went on in their country and that is happening all over the world. Thank you David for giving all the support you do for the charities you work in to help the people have better lives. #hardtoexplainmyself #hopeyouunderstandwhatIamsaying!


  2. bluesky4home said

    Jan, I do understand what you are saying.

    Thank you for your post Sandybeaches! It is a hard topic. I especially agree with this line: “…it is social psychological attitudes and the lack of respect for mankind that fuels the rages.”

    I guess I would say the same thing in a different way, that is that these are times that challenge people to really look at what motivates their actions. Instead of more “group” think (which can be tempting) the harder task of introspection and taking responsibility for ones beliefs and actions is before us. Safe harbors can be found, but they may require more “rowing” than we had expected, and more inner strength than we knew we had.

    I am grateful to know people like the ones I find here. If we carry the “song” within us – and continue to look for it in others – we may find a wealth of goodness and reserves that bind and heal I am grateful that the Voice of DA is one more thing that resonates across boundaries and speaks to hearts.


  3. Jans & Bluesky, there are the handful of singers who are set apart by their voices singing for the ‘brotherhood of mankind’ and David is one of those singers. That may be one of the biggest reasons that I was drawn to his voice. Remember the video of him singing at the fire station in New York when he was very young but already a big voice with a purpose?. Imagine if there were no voices like his and those before him during the hard times. Their recordings will always be important to us.

    I put the first video on full screen and watched the faces of the young people as they sang and chanted. About the 33 second mark the camera was on a young man holding a sign and obviously taking in the moments as the song was played. This is the generation of young people who have great concerns but undaunted determination.

    I listened to David sing “Imagine” 17 times in a row the first night he performed it and it is just as great to listen to the many times after.



  4. Abrra said

     photo 34_zps2e8aefd7.jpg
    davidarchie I look out the window and what did I see? Well “hay” there, a pretty creative farmer for the winter time. An idea for all of you without snow, it’s just about using your imagination.. I’m done now. #lamejokes #hayman #winter #farmland #drives


  5. I sincerely appreciate your heartfelt thoughts on the subject!



  6. Haha, my last post is for Jan and Bluesky and right now I would ‘love’ to see the ground and the hay stacks! I am claustrophobic in all of this snow.



  7. jans11 said

    Thanks SB and Bluesky. And yes, I do remember him singing at the fire station. He is so good, his uniqueness is what drew me in to him also. But when he was young, I could always tell he was a nervous wreck by the way he twisted his hands around. When in sang at the Alma awards, he said he was “stinkin scared”! But he never misses a note. On stage and when he gets in his song, he is “the bomb”! 🙂 I will support him forever!

    Our deep freeze has let up and it’s going to be 60* tomorrow! Yea!! #butgetcoldagainnextweek!


  8. Jans, I never noticed that he was nervous at the Alma Awards but I can see why with the audience he had that night. There are many singers who have always been nervous so he is not alone on that.



  9. Dayzee said

    Thank you for this article Sandybeaches. What a great moment you have shared with us and thanks for reminding us of the NY fire station. I feel so blessed to be part of a group that includes you. Jan and Bluesky, I loved your comments.

    I remember David talking about that performance. He said he expected some rehearsal time, but was pushed toward stage and told he was “on”. Thinking of those circumstances with no time to prepare I am amazed at the depth and beauty of David’s interpretation of that song. It is just so pure and perfect. It could only come from the honest feelings of the artist. John Lennon wrote a marvelous song and David’s version is stellar. He is a fellow with huge hopes for this world.

    Abrra, I have no snow, but neither have i hay. Time to get creative.


  10. Dayzee, the AI days were tough especially backstage!

    I think that the tough times we are going through in the world right now has reminded me of the most important reasons that I made David’s music a big part of my world.

    To follow jans hashtags…#Iamlivinginanigloo


  11. Abrra said

    Dayzee is there a place in Utah that has no mountains? Maybe he is in Nashville 🙂 #startingtroubleagain



  12. Angelica said

    Someone tweeted he’s in Toole, Utah.


  13. Stillafan said

    I pretty much He is not moving to Nashville or going there, he had some events coming up Utah next month, I don’t think he would move there than head back home again for a couple of appearances, He prolly got bored so he is driving around in Utah.


  14. Dayzee said

    There are mountains around Tooele except towards the north where the Great Salt Lake is. That could be Tooele. Lots of farms. That is where I go sky diving and there are several recreational facilities in Tooele County. A motor sports arena, a place to swim with sharks, a place to get certified for diving.


  15. jans11 said

    Good to hear from David and I love his sense of humor! 🙂 Those haystacks are really cute.

    I remember that too, Dayzee. He said when do I go out and they said now and pushed him on out. I always was nervous for him every time he was on the AI stage for some reason. But he always nailed it! Maybe it was like I was watching one of my kids and wanted him to do good, I don’t know. Cause he always did!

    I thought David’s hash tags were cute, so I decided to try it out myself! 🙂

    Stillafan, he never said when he was going to move…maybe next summer….or whenever…..

    Dayzee, are you going sky diving this summer? That is so awesome that you do that. Not me, no siree!

    #dayzeeissobrave 🙂


  16. Abrra said

    Thanks Angelica.


    My comment #11 was meant in a teasing manner. An attempt at some humor.

    I don’t think the report was that he was moving there right away. Perhaps David meant in the near future. Nashville is a familiar environment for David as he has been there several times to write music.



  17. skydancer1x said

    Good morning ,from me and my phone. SB , such a beautifully written article, thank you . I too watched on television and my heart was there with the Parisians as they stood , and marched , and sang ,in the streets . Hearing “Imagine “being sung by the crowd spontaneously like that brought tears to my eyes . I always had and still have hope that David would be the musical genius for his generation and as Paula said “for the whole world to see, I can’t wait!!” Dayzee , yes…I remember David saying he was rushed on to the stage that night of his return to Idol to sing Imagine, too. He thought he would have a sound check /or mic check but they said “you’re on !” Talk about pressure and being rushed ..eek. Of course except for a couple of minutes of nerves he handled it beautifully.
    He always does. Love him showing us the cute snowman “hay ” people ! haha ,he couldn’t resist. Love that he couldn’t resist.


  18. Abrra said

    One of the reasons that I am thankful for your post because it changes the conversation a bit.

    Imagine is an iconic song that speaks about man’s universal desire for peace and freedom. As the saying goes” For everything there is a cost.” I do not understand why it was so necessary for the in-your-face publishing of the magazine cover. How was it helpful in the furtherance of freedom of expression?
    The earth is a large place. Where and how you are raised is the defining influence that shapes your mindset on those things spoken about in the song. We do all live under one sky, but its the spot on the earth we walk (and live) on that influences us the most. Imagine is about a dream for a perfect world. A wish for a peace to be created by people who dream in the context of their own situation is a tall order.

    “Imagine” By John Lennon

    Imagine there’s no heaven
    It’s easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today…

    Imagine there’s no countries
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace…

    You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world…

    You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will live as one



  19. Oh Abrra, talk about “tall orders”, let me think on that for a bit!! Answers to many questions are still out there unanswered!

    SB 🍁


  20. djafan said

    SB, I’ve been living in a bubble the last couple of months and didn’t know about this atrocious act of violence, it has no place on. Thank you for this.

    I was a fan of the song “Imagine” having heard it at a young age during Lennon memorials. It always left a strong impression on me when it was played during past acts of violence and war.

    I understood the lyrics.

    But I didn’t feel the lyrics until this.

    And this.

    And the one in the article 🙂


  21. bebereader said

    Your point, however subtle, is greatly understood, SB. The power music has to heal is so strong. We need (and have) another John Lennon to write and sing these type of songs. David has the ability with his emotions to present this type of song in such a way as to make the words understood by all. He also has the drive needed to do this. If only he knew the impact he could have on society.

    How touching to watch the videos of the Parisians sing the words to “Imagine”, a song that by now is universally known.

    It was popular when I was in high school. Always a favorite of mine back then even if I didn’t quite understand the depth of the lyrics. But I understood them well enough to write them in permanent marker on the cover of my notebook, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us and the world will live as one.”

    Thank you for this very relevant article.

    Je suis Charlie


  22. lynnella said

    #4 Abrra, Is that “hay Carl” and his family (groan).

    Too embarrassed to put my name.


  23. Abrra, there is nothing in this earthly world that can justify the events that have taken place. I think that I will pretty much leave it at that!

    SB 🍁


  24. Djafan $ Bebe, if I could only have one song of David’s that would be the one. The one that took me from there to here 7 years later and all of this is the reason why his music has become important. There is the word incomprehensible for what we see but I prefer the word invaluable for what music can be.

    SB 🍁


  25. bluesky4home said

    Lynnella…. yes, I think it is!!


  26. bluesky4home said

    Djafan: the messenger changes the message.


  27. tawna21 said

    SB, While your article says so much, and I love it, your comment in #23 sums it up perfectly…. “there is nothing in this earthly world that can justify the events that have taken place. I think that I will pretty much leave it at that!”

    Nothing warrants the violence that is going on.

    How secure it makes me feel to know that a musical artist that I love because of his genuine, guile free nature and soul, is of the same thinking as what has been posted here.

    Thank you for the videos…


  28. Music is known as the healer, the unifier and motivator. It has walked hand and hand with soldiers during the two world wars, with the people waiting at home and for generations it could be heard coming from the depths of the coal mines. Earlier generations understood far better the link between singing together and living together. Singing together is an ancient language of shared emotions, one that expresses through music the universal dreams (thank you John Lennon), and hopes too deep for words.

    Music sung together links minds and hearts as we have just seen in Paris and certainly touched ours as we watched.

    In a more casual environment, an audience sometimes is offered the chance to sing together with the performer.👦

    SB 🍁


  29. skydancer1x said

    Agree SB and Tawna. Oddly while I liked to listen to Lennons Imagine over the years, I didn’t like his political leanings .and I believe the world where everyone lives in peace ,is a Utopia that can never truly happen. And a dream that seems further away than ever. Especially in today’s world , when jihadists, want nothing but terror to exist in all nations. Just my thoughts. Good freedom loving people should not have to live in fear or suffer under tyrants. The singing of Imagine … as David sang it on Idol (the parts he sang ) were his favorite verse. Mine too. ✌️


  30. Sky, sometimes I don’t believe that all of a dream can be realized but then again it is a dream and they are wonderful to imagine.

    On the billboard for tomorrow I have a video that I believe you are going to enjoy and you may have a few smiles…We were writing about the need and enjoyment of people coming together to sing and this one is great. David is there!

    For those of you who do Abrra’s puzzles, can you guess this one? Should be easy for this crowd!



  31. I read my last comments and I think that I have been watching Sheldon far too much!

    Well it is after midnight here cold and stormy so I think I will post tomorrow’s video.

    Before I do I want to say just how much David’s blog came to me as a positive closure in its own way.

    Voices come together when they are needed.


  32. lynnella said

    Sandybeaches – I’ve been trying to avoid replying to this post. It makes me feel so helpless to see the things happening in the world today. I’ve become somewhat of a hermit. I’m retired, and due to some health issues, only go out when I need something or really want to go somewhere. You never know where the invisible army could strike next. They could be right next to you on a bus or in an aisle in a crowded store. The possibilities are endless. I have faith in God’s protection, but I’m sure others who have been attacked also had, and yet they died. Who knows what the answer is. But, when I saw the picture above with all the leaders linked arm in arm, it made me think if everyone would stand up and be counted, at least the enemies of peace could be somewhat defeated, or at least slowed down. The problem is, you don’t know who they are until it’s too late. They blend in with society. It’s a scary time we’re living in. Music can calm the savage beast, but unfortunately it cannot stop it. Here’s my take on this:

    Stand Up

    Lord, teach us how to live,
    in the world today,
    Times are getting rougher,
    more people need to pray,
    There are so many out there,
    who don’t care about,
    Their fellow man, they only,
    want to kill and shout,
    They impose their way of thinking,
    on those who aren’t as strong,
    And, if you don’t agree with them,
    you will not last long,
    It’s been that way throughout,
    the history of mankind,
    The prize goes to the strongest,
    it can blow your mind,
    The only way to overcome,
    is standing side by side,
    Then, the cowardly murderers,
    will have to run and hide,
    For, if the good will rise up,
    the evil can be defeated,
    Yet, often times we don’t step in,
    when others are mistreated,
    If our little world seems safe,
    from outside evil strangers,
    We may choose not to help those,
    whose existence is in danger,
    Just know that we’re not safe,
    no matter how it looks,
    If they are not defeated there,
    then, we could be the next,
    To feel the wrath of evil and,
    that day we should be dreading,
    For, if no one will take a chance,
    it will keep on spreading.

    Sorry this post is so long.



  33. Lynnella…even in your fears, I enjoyed your very fine writing.

    I searched every quote that I could find to give some courage but “in the bleak mid winter”, this is what I found…

    “Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
    To guide the future as he has the past.
    Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
    All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
    Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
    His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.”


  34. bluesky4home said

    Sandybeaches, your comment “in the bleak midwinter” (when half-spent was the night), reminded me of this performance of one of the singers that I follow: Nathan Pacheco.

    This is a recording of “Nessun Dorma”. The singer is a man in prison who is scheduled to die at dawn. There is no reason for him to hope, yet he does. He believes that love will save him.And the words go something like this:

    Italian Text
    Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!
    Tu pure, o, Principessa,
    nella tua fredda stanza,
    guardi le stelle
    che tremano d’amore
    e di speranza.
    Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me,
    il nome mio nessun saprà!
    No, no, sulla tua bocca lo dirò
    quando la luce splenderà!
    Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio
    che ti fa mia!
    (Il nome suo nessun saprà!…
    e noi dovrem, ahime, morir!)
    Dilegua, o notte!
    Tramontate, stelle!
    Tramontate, stelle!
    All’alba vincerò!
    vincerò, vincerò!

    English Translation
    Nobody shall sleep!…
    Nobody shall sleep!
    Even you, o Princess,
    in your cold room,
    watch the stars,
    that tremble with love and with hope.
    But my secret is hidden within me,
    my name no one shall know…
    On your mouth I will tell it when the light shines.
    And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!…
    (No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.)
    Vanish, o night!
    Set, stars! Set, stars!
    At dawn, I will win! I will win! I will win!

    Despite all outward appearances, he believes that victory is possible. I share this performance with you not because the story is an exact parallel to the topic of this thread, but because I love the spirit of hope – and something more than hope – that is pervade here by a feeling so deep as his soul.

    May we each believe, and continue to believe in all that is good. May we encourage each other and those around us. Especially in the night, the candle is easier to see.

    love to all,


  35. skydancer1x said

    Good afternoon’ ! bluesky , one of my very favorite songs , so beautiful, and I never even knew the translation. thank you for posting it! (know I went on sort of a little rant in my earlier post. Didn’t mean to do that really. Sometimes I just get crazy with all that is going on in the world. )


  36. skydancer1x said

    Lynella , I meant to tell you how I always love reading your posts, and love your poetry ❤️”Stand Up” thank you for sharing that poem with all of us I Think ….you are awesome 😊. One of my favorite quotes………………”All that is necessary for evil to triumph , is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Burke


  37. Bluesky, this is the first time that I have heard him sing and it is a lovely addition to the thread. I will listen again! I also listened to Sissel’s ‘In the Bleak Mid Winter’ again. Beautiful singers!



  38. lynnella said

    I didn’t mean to give the impression that I felt hopeless. My hope is in the Lord. Like I’ve heard said many times, I’ve read the end of the book. He will triumph over all the evil in this world. What I was trying to convey is that, if the countries of the world who have any power and even those that don’t have much, will band together, this enemy of peace can be overcome. Most of the reason I don’t go out much is due to health problems I’ve been having since April. I’m hoping they will improve and I can become active again. I love you all here and appreciate your kind comments about my post. Thank you for brightening my day every day. I read the comments on this site each day.

    Love you all, Lynne


  39. Abrra said

    Just WOW! Charice Sings “Let It Go” Such a great voice 🙂

    Artista News

    Thanks to MarthMB for the find on twitter.



  40. bluesky4home said

    Lynnella – My impression of what you wrote was simply that of a heartfelt yearning, both for those close to where you are and for the world at large. I always appreciate what you have to say.

    Thanks for just showing up. This is a “come as you are” party. ^_^


  41. Abrra said

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  42. jans11 said

    29…Sky, ♥ Amen! Not a rant….true feelings.

    31…thanks SB for the video, it’s one of my favs, but I haven’t seen this particular one with the names on it.

    32…love your posts too…keep them coming! 🙂

    34…beautiful! I never knew the words either. He has a fantastic voice!

    39…even though everyone has sang it, I would love to hear David sing Let It Go. He always makes all songs his own.

    40…Good thing this is a “come as you are” party, because I’m usually not too “dressed” up!! 🙂


  43. Dayzee said

    Lynnella—loved Stand Up. Thanx for sharing with us. It was inspiring to see the solidarity of the people in Paris, showing the world that they were united in finding this act despicable.

    Sandybeaches at #23 simply covers it all. I cannot understand the thirst for violence and disregard for others. It is great for so many contributors here to bring us hope found in music

    I spent yesterday on the road, just the stereo and me.. Thanks to Abrra’s candy jar my 7-year-old Ipod is filled with David. I remembered going to buy that Ipod with my granddaughter when I first realized it would be necessary. I am thinking many of you have devices of the same age.


  44. Abrra said

    Sunday’s puzzle brings memories of Manila.



  45. FYI, David’s blog was picked up by a mainstream gossip blog. Not for the faint-hearted so proceed with caution.
    Just thought it was interesting that this is got mainstream attention and that he was referred to as “Prince of Pop.” Pretty sure Nick Jonas and Bieber won’t take kindly to that.


  46. You know that looks like all around trash talk that is pretty common place these days in ‘that’ world of ‘entertainment’.

    Younger people like David and his music because he is a great pop singer when he does perform.

    Older people like him because they know just how musically talented he is and can totally compare him to any of the greats and he has been there. They see it, they get it. That is what blows you away if you are interested in an exceptional singer. I didn’t fly all the way from coast to coast to watch a pop star one Christmas. The concerts were extraordinary.

    SB 🍁


  47. Abrra said


    Really? That blog is no more mainstream than Vote For The Worst. It’s a blog by some creature who feels so bad about themselves that they bash good people in the name of freedom of the press. A bunch of whiners.

    “celebrities are disposable” that’s about the mentality working on that blog.



  48. Thanks Abrra for finishing that off. I didn’t read enough to formulate anything! Real short attention span!


  49. Abrra said


    Its a blog where anyone can make a thread and call it “news”.




  50. Hey sorry if I upset anyone by posting that blog. I actually really just thought I’d share it here as a piece of news that David’s blog got featured somewhere else too. No offense meant at all. Just sharing the find.


  51. Abrra said

    I understand if you thought it was a legit post, but now you know.



  52. Okay, sorry about that. I thought it was one of those hollywood sites like Just Jared and Lainey. If it upsets you that much please just delete the post.


  53. Abrra said

    It can stand. I appreciate that you bring many links to us 🙂 I thank you for the help. Just needed to clarify that one 🙂



  54. tawna21 said

    Anodrlurker….. it proves, like Abrra said, that there are so many looking for attention out here in the big, wide world, that they will go to many extremes to get it! No harm done.


  55. tawna21 said

    Oh, and thanks for the puzzle, Abrra!!!

    The one thing that really makes me sad about that creepy blog…. they used sweet, sweet Gwen’s photo in it! Sad day.


  56. These days, we don’t identify the differences between the days as we did years ago when Sunday had a different meaning. In many work places it was a day of rest. So in keeping with the struggles we are facing worldwide, I want to give to you a song that we saw here a few years ago in the article “The Power of Passion and a Prayer”. I had a dream that someday David would sing with the MOTAB choir and months later the dream was fulfilled and we experienced it together. My second dream is waiting in the wings that he would do a duet someday with Andre Bocelli. Dreams are fun to have. Here is something for a Sunday.



  57. jans11 said

    Abs, love, love, love the puzzle! So vibrant and beautiful. ♥

    45…good thing there was a warning on the article so I wouldn’t read it! Usually we have positive warnings on David, but when it’s negative, I don’t want to penalize myself for reading bad things on a perfectly wonderful person! #idontlikepepleputtingdownourarchie #badarticleifitdoes


  58. Jans…You have the very best #hashtags!!


  59. I have never done a puzzle because of the lack of patience, but I will give it a go! Then be hooked…Latino on the right sidebar>


  60. djafan said

    Lynnela, you have some mad skills, what poem.

    Andrlurker, i appreciate all the info you bring and though that was some colorful site and not in a good way lol i read the entire thread and saw some positive David comments. What surprised me was the full on introvert vs extrovert discussion that unexpectedly took place ha!

    SB, let us know how the puzzle attempt goes 🙂


  61. Abrra said

    This is an article posted by a local to Utah TV station regarding David’s posting his recent written blog.

    David Archuleta expresses need to be ‘true to himself’
    By Arianne Brown, Contributor

    In a blog post published on Jan. 13, singer/songwriter, David Archuleta wrote a letter to his fans about his need to be true to himself.
    Archuleta, who was first introduced to much of America as a 16-year-old on the popular singing competition “American Idol,” was catapulted to stardom after taking second in the competition with over 97 million votes.
    His singing career didn’t start there, however. At 10 years old, he won the children’s division of the Utah Talent Competition, and went on to become the Junior Vocal Champion on “Star Search” just two years later.
    Even with millions of fans, the spotlight has been something with which this young star has struggled. A self-described introvert, Archuleta told fans in his letter that he doesn’t like being the center of attention.
    Archuleta wrote about his struggle to remain true to himself amidst the push to do what others expected him to.

    Read more here:

    It is a newsworthy topic as young entertainers seldom speak out as David has in his blog. Not sure all of the article is about current information or accurate.



  62. djafan said

    “ reached out to Archuleta’s publicist and was told that he was unavailable for an interview. However, according to recent press updates, the singer is working on a new album titled, “For me,” which is said to be about moving forward and making progress.”



  63. Managements no matter who they are, seem to care least about the performer making so many more artists go it alone or not at all.

    I watched a video today in two parts about Susan Boyle and how overwhelmed she was, but that is understandable considering the sharp contrasts of her old to new lifestyle and the huge fame that happened overnight. It just went all too fast for her being the quiet person that she was before.

    Fans did not know how David felt, but someone did and they knew it for a very long time. Exceptional mentors are invaluable.



  64. Abrra said

    I was reading over at FOD comments and this is what seems to possibly be a confusion by KSL. They gleaned their info about David’s blog from his OS. It’s a very old interview from 2010.

    Could the writer, reading this paragraph below, think that was the name of his new CD? LOL Here we go again. Naming the album comes a bit later after a few songs are written, right ? haha
    “For me, Christmas music has always been such a big time in my life,” David recounts.* A year later saw him singing with the prestigious Mormon Tabernacle Choir at their Christmas extravaganza, which earned him rave reviews.

    David you are giving me a headache LOL



  65. Djafan, I thought that the songs on “The Other side of Down” were about him and his own thoughts? Once he does this he will have it out in the open if it didn’t work before. Then move on. We may better see eye to eye with him this time on what he is really trying to say. You know when he is interviewed how he laughs and says that he knows that he is running on? Maybe the ability to express one’s self is really that hard to do. Songwriters definitely need a topic.



  66. lynnella said

    Thanks to everyone for the kind comments about my poem. That’s how I spend my spare time, oh wait, I’m retired, so I have nothing but spare time (lol). Seriously though, I have been writing music since the mid 70’s, which is for church for choir and solo, and one day figured, lyrics are just poetry basically, so I gave it a try. Three and a half years later, I have over 200 poems. I’m hoping to some day have them put into a book and published. The working title is Poems of Faith and Hope. Watch for it in your local bookstore (haha). I’ll try not to turn this into a poem blogsite.

    Thanks again for all the love,



  67. Abrra said


  68. tawna21 said

    #67…. a very nice photo of ‘happy’ 🙂


  69. Abrra said

    Confirmed by Kari

    kim ‏@kimak 2h2 hours ago
    @kariontour is @DavidArchie’s new CD titled ‘For Me’ we saw a press release on @KSLcom thanks!

    Kari Sellards @kariontour · 17m 17 minutes ago
    @kimak I wouldn’t call that a press release! If not on his OS or from him don’t believe it! People just talk to talk even if they’re wrong!



  70. Angelica said


    Thank you for writing about an issue that puts in perspective the many lesser things we stress over. I agree with you that,

    “…there is nothing in this earthly world that can justify the events that have taken place.”

    In fact, over 100 journalist have been killed in 2014 alone. The right to free speech is under attack. Among those who wholeheartedly support that right, there is a counter-movement to Je suis Charlie (I am Charlie) in Je ne suis pas Charlie (I am not Charlie). I would fall into the latter group because in a volatile, evil world, thoughtful people would do well to know the difference between free speech worth saying and simply being a reckless provocateur.


  71. skydancer1x said

    Haha Abrra , perhaps we need a little bottle of tylenol in the sidebar. 💊. Nice to have that cleared up ‘stat’ by Kari . Sure do like her tweet 😀🎶


  72. lynnella said

    #70 Angelica, very well said. I am with you. While I hate the fact that people are being killed, in this case for drawing cartoons about Islam, at the same time, a little common sense should be used. What did they expect, given the events of the past year. It’s sad to think that people can’t say anything they want, and, even in this country, especially celebrities, have to choose their words carefully for fear of offending someone. A slip of the tongue or a lapse in judgement with a statement that hasn’t been thought out or is given on the spur of the moment, and they are issuing apologies to this group or that. You are allowed to have your opinion, just not to voice it publicly. It’s a touchy time we live in. I’m extremely thankful I’m not famous. I think I understand why David doesn’t want to be a hugely famous person. He wants to sing, but just not talk. Wise man.



  73. jans11 said

    58…thanks SB…they are kind of my ps and pss’! 🙂

    65..I agree, especially since he wrote most of them…right from the heart.

    67…Oh, happy David! Love it!

    69…NEW MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am excited!! #cantwaitbutiwillhaveto

    Good night every one. Sleep tight and sweet David dreams! 🙂


  74. Angelica, I caught up on the news tonight and other countries are having rallies of their own led by their leaders as copycats of “Je Suis Charlie”. These are countries in political situations that are needing to rise up and take a stand. While we might not think we should provoke, they are living lives that we can not imagine and needing to take a stand.

    In the US, some of the actors attending the Golden Globes gave their support to solidarity in Paris from George Clooney to Katherine Bates.

    For generations, people have stood their ground for freedom and unless we have lived in that part of the world we can only understand that they are trying to come together in a new unity and have found their starting point.

    We can continue our hopes for more music and maybe David will have just that song to renew the spirit.

    SB 🍁


  75. djafan said

    “The dream still lives”


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