The Voice David Archuleta

American Idol XV The Farewell Season

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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The final season of American Idol begins its 15th year at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight on Fox, with a finale in April rather than May, ending four weeks earlier than normal.

I have not followed the show since Season 7 ended but I can’t help feeling a bit nostalgic at the mention of the end of an era in TV entertainment. Sure it ran its course; it was one of the pioneers of talent search shows, aside from Star Search that never made it quite as big. It provided many hours of good TV but most of all it gave us David Archuleta, The Voice, who changed our lives in more ways that we can count on our fingers. And for this I will be forever thankful.

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I lost interest in the show for a lot of reasons, but mainly because I no longer trusted the integrity of the voting tabulations (I mean, really!); I was tired of Simon’s lacerating put-downs and I was resentful that the show focused too frequently on watching people with no talent try out. It was dishonest. If the show was looking for the best talent in America, why focus on the worst? To get a laugh at the contestant’s expense?

According to a New York Times article, “Idol pulled in north of 30 million viewers at its peak , (but was able to draw only 11 million during its most recent round in 2015) and Fox milked it, expanding the excruciating audition rounds and padding the episodes. Celebrity guests flocked to pitch their wares. It was the biggest thing on TV; at times, it practically seemed like the only thing on TV.

Will you be tuning in tonight?

I think I will!

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82 Responses to “American Idol XV The Farewell Season”

  1. djafan said

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  2. Kristin said

    Bebe, thank you so much for posting this!! I found myself thinking about the end of an era with Idol earlier this afternoon…and it is kind of bittersweet. Very mixed feelings for me as the show was a part of my tween and teenage years. My Mom and I were avid fans of the show from the very first season but as you said, there were a lot of reasons, too, that also led us to stop watching. Season 8 was the last season I cared for any contestant or watched in its entirety while my Mom tried to watch and was finished after season 12 (I confess to still poking in when she still watched and reading about what was going on with the show online haha XP). I’m choosing not to watch tonight, and the season, for various reasons. David makes an appearance then I will tune in, but I’m going to make sure I watch the finale at least. For those watching the final season, enjoy it!! Wonder if he’ll be watching *shrugs*.

    But, you definitely nailed it with this: “It provided many hours of good TV but most of all it gave us David Archuleta, The Voice, who changed our lives in more ways that we can count on our fingers. And for this I will be forever thankful.”

    Even with the negatives that unfortunately came about with the show as time went on, I am forever thankful that we have all been tremendously blessed in so many ways by a then 16 year old young, shy teenager who blossomed into a remarkable, confident now 25 year old man who managed to elude the pitfalls of fame and dark sides of the music industry and find his way on HIS terms and not anyone else’s. For me, I honestly don’t know where I would be in my life today if David didn’t appear on Idol or if I didn’t watch that season. We all have been forever changed by this man. I love, admire and listen to others that got their start on Idol…but David has stayed with me since the very first time I saw him on my TV during one of many difficult low points in my life. I admit I wasn’t too bummed during that finale *like both Davids*, but was a tiny bit haha!! Mom voted for the other one haha BUT she respects our David and listens to his Christmas album sometimes 😀

    Also Bebe, the pictures for this post are quite striking. The top one of the always growing, remarkable ninja we all love so much to the second picture of a rising star giving one of the greatest performances of season 7 with Imagine 🙂 Last night, I was talking with a new close friend of mine at my college (she is now an avid David fan haha I let her borrow my copy of his memoir so she could read it) and we were catching up after the break and watched various David videos and…I would just find myself choking up after a video or two with how much he’s grown the last couple of years and the endless gratitude I have for his example in my life…and basically having my eyes opened with a greater, newer perspective about God, life, fame, the good things, the list goes on…and my friend commented about what an amazing man David is and the things he says, or sings haha, are so beautiful and refreshing…

    If anything…David’s appearance…was just in time. 🙂 Forever thankful to God for that!

    Have a wonderful evening everyone and if it’s chilly tonight, stay warm!!

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  3. tawna21 said

    Bebe, my thoughts exactly! I had never watch AI before season 7. I was coerced into watching it because, “you really need to see David Archuleta, Mom. He is from Utah and he’s sooo good” … says my daughter. 🙂 I voted my fingers off that season! 🙂 I haven’t watched, other than a week here or there, since then. I just couldn’t deal with the level that it sank to. (jmho) It has launched a lot of careers, and I won’t discount that. I will be forever grateful for a young, shy, teenage boy from Utah that gave it a shot and made it work for himself.

    “…but most of all it gave us David Archuleta, The Voice, who changed our lives in more ways that we can count on our fingers. And for this I will be forever thankful.” Me. Too!

    How perfect it would be for David to make an appearance this season… fingers are crossed! 🙂

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  4. Abrra said

    In case Bluesky missed this from last thread.


    credit: mundo archuleta

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  5. bluesky4home said

    Abrra… ha, ha!!

    Yeah, I ‘erm, missed it entirely… I probs missed several other vids as well. (let’s see… how many times did I watch it?)

    Please feel free to add all you like!! ^_^

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  6. Abrra said

    Interesting? lol

    Abrra

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  7. tawna21 said

    Very interesting….

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  8. skydancer1x said

    6. yes interesting lol

    Great post Bebe, thank you!…gosh that is a beautiful lead pic♥

    “but most of all it gave us David Archuleta, The Voice, who changed our lives in more ways that we can count on our fingers. And for this I will be forever thankful.” exactly! AMEN to that!

    There really wasn’t any talent show like it,was a brilliant idea to bring it to the US.and America ate it up!
    I will always remember the things the judges said about David from the beginning (audition) and throughout ,because they knew they were witnessing someone very special…gave him compliments and comments like we had never heard said about any contestant on prior seasons. What fun to be able to watch him each week♥
    yep, it started our journey,and what a journey.

    Pretty incredible.15 seasons…it’s time

    so David is dressed nice,and in a flower shop:) hmm…. ♥:D

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  9. djafan said

    Thank you Bebe. I’m grateful that AI exists because David decided to audition to be discovered but truth be told it left a real sour taste in my mouth. I tried watching, I did but when they cropped the heck out of him when they showed winners but left Adam intact when showing Kris…click.

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  10. jans11 said

    Thanks Bebe! I am forever grateful for David deciding to try out on AI! The rest of my life was never the same. I never watched the first season and when everyone was talking about Kelly Clarkson I didn’t know what they were talking about. So when the 2nd season started I knew I had to watch too. It was good fun I and enjoyed every year. Then when David sang his audition, I was totally hooked! I voted like crazy every week and worried that he was going to do good or make a mistake. I reveled every minute he was on camera. I was bummed when he lost and I always felt he was cheated some way. I thought that Simon gave him the shaft after hearing him and Ellen put him down on Ellen’s show! I was so mad at him and still will not ever watch him on any show! Some of the stuff I read about the goings on didn’t make me too happy so I wasn’t an AI fan anymore. But I had to watch it because it gave me good memories just to listen to the beginning music and the sillouette always reminded me of David even though he wasn’t there anymore. Crazy I know but that’s what imagined. 🙂 I kind of relented when Chris Allen won over Adam Lambert since they seemed to have it set up for Adam to win and he didn’t. I was happy and thought I guess it’s not as bad as I thought! Couldn’t stand Adam’s screaming no matter how good they thought he was! jmo

    Yes, season 7 and David was the best thing that came from AI and I hope that he makes an appearance since he is one of the main parts of the show. No one will ever measure up to his voice….ever! There is only one David Archuleta and I’m so glad that he has made a good difference in my life.

    Jeff’s video is interesting…not sure what he will be doing exactly….

    On tonight’s show I like the lady cop and the guy with the baby where his wife auditioned too but didn’t make it. again, jmo

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  11. Abrra said

    If you read between the lines, Brooke might be on Idol this season. I do know from her Instagram’s a few weeks ago that she was in LA for a brief time.

    Subtle as a rowboat full of holes 🙂

    “Obviously I can’t give anything away but wow, there’s a lot of solid talent”

    “All of them sounded incredible in person, now the true test is how they do under pressure…”

    Bumming out because my lame remote gave up the ghost tonight and there was no way to change the flippin channel or access my DVR to watch the first episode of the final season of American idol! 😩 did you watch/are you watching? It's crazy to think that nearly 15 seasons of idol have come and gone and that my season was 8 years ago. 8! How is that possible?! And it's even crazier to think that I got to be a part of this historic show. I will forever be grateful for my golden ticket that gave me such an enormous opportunity. A big, hard, amazing, unreal experience that completely kicked my booty and changed my life forever. And the best part, was the people ❤️ And here's handsome ol HCJr introducing the top 24 a few weeks ago. (And Paul on guitar and Matt on keys and the whole Rickey minor band who I had the pleasure of playing with week after week!) Anywho I had the chance to sit in the audience and listen to each one of the contestants sing and I was sincerely blown away!!!!! Obviously I can't give anything away but wow, there's a lot of solid talent. I even have a friend who auditioned this season and she is just the cutest and so spectacular. It will be fun to see how their journeys unfold. All of them sounded incredible in person, now the true test is how they do under pressure, with all the nerves, and the sleep deprivation, the lights, the cameras the judges and all that jazz. It's such a wild ride and I wish them all the best. 8 years later I still get nervous for these people. Bittersweet to see it come to its final season, but as they say, all good things must come to an end… Thank you @americanidol for everything #idol #americanidol

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  12. fenfan said

    Season 7 was the only one I watched. I am not sure whether this last one is being shown where I am. I don’t watch TV anymore and don’t own a TV set.
    #6 – very interesting. He has a good point about creating “moments” in a song. I think David is a master at doing that.

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  13. Abrra said

    Can you count the times you see David?

    #tbt Can't believe how fast 2015 went by but so excited for 2016! #blessed

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  14. gemzone said

    How do you watch the video? It says it’s private.

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  15. Abrra said

    Gemzone I double clicked it in the center and it played.

    Go to her page on IG and try playing from there?

    “https://www.instagram.com/p/BAQCOUmHEr-/?taken-by=karisellards” Copy the link but leave off the quotes and paste into you browser.

    Abrra

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  16. tawna21 said

    Abrra, #13… nope, it makes me dizzy! 🙂

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  17. gemzone said

    Abrra thanks but I meant the 20 minute video in the post.

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  18. Abrra said

    Gemzone

    Sorry for the confusion. I have removed the private video from the post. Something may have happened to cause them to take it off public.

    Abrra

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  19. gemzone said

    Abrra Thanks!

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  20. djafan said

    hahahahahaha!

    That was crazy! But lots of David!!!! About 35?

    I watched Jeff’s video, more tolerable than AI lol

    I thought it was interesting, Jeff seemed as pleasant as he always did in person. Spoke to him on several occasions and never seemed like what the media portrayed.

    I do wonder what David thinks though. Does he know? Maybe Jeff ran it by him and David said sure. Who knows lol

    But darn I feel AI is still trying to prove that Cook was it, that they didn’t goof. When we all know it was David and I have the numbers in many areas to prove it. sheesh.

    Remember this? It killed me. Sidenote: Most of David’s AI videos with millions of views somehow are gone.

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  21. jans11 said

    Oh Archie, that video sure brought back so many memories! 🙂 “lick those lips”!!!!!! lol

    Seen a lot of David in Kari’s video…wonder if it has a meaning….like Kari does a lot! hope hope Still hope he makes a live appearance on AI!

    Can’t figure out why his high count videos always disappear…it’s like he can’t get a break!!

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  22. djafan said

    And then there’s this :))))) Had to bring it over lol

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  23. jans11 said

    Cute as a button! 🙂

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  24. Abrra said

    Love the ” Ehhh, eh ehhh”! So did the crowd. 🙂

    I have all of David’s AI vids in the rotation in Unplugged. They never get old.

    Abrra

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  25. Abrra said

    Alex Preston (top 3 AI season 13) tweeted this link to something he wrote from his heart on his Facebook page.. It speaks for itself.

    I have been a fan of his since he appeared on AI because he was so unique, shy and wrote a few of his own songs that he sang on the show.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Preston_%28singer%29

    I haven’t watched AI 15 yet. I have it on DVR so I can skip past the ads 😉 I have watched every season of AI and prefer it over The Voice. I think it’s because the contestants are a bit more “raw” and you can see them improve so dramatically over the weeks.

    I am not sure I will watch the “expert” reviews.

    Abrra

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  26. djafan said

    Watching David YouTube vids on big TV, he is good😂

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  27. fenfan said

    #22 Christmas is over but I still have that song playing in a loop in my head. The David version, of course.
    Btw, has he abandoned Nashville and moved back to Utah?

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  28. Abrra said

    Fenfan
    I think David has had so many obligations back in Utah with the holidays and concert dates that he has just stayed rather than hop back and forth to Nashville. It really doesn’t matter where he is because his business can be done via computer.

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  29. djafan said

    Looks like the outfit from the flower shop.

    #DavidArchuleta😍😭 S/o to Tees' nervy friends😂#HisVoice😩😍

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  30. jans11 said

    26…Dja, I can do that too. My grandsons installed Chromecast for me for Christmas. Nothing like David on big screen whenever I want! 🙂

    Got my blue hoodie today! The one that says “I don’t need therapy, I just need to listen to David Archuleta”! And that’s a fact! 🙂

     photo 16dayzee_zpswaiezbfp.jpg

    admin Abrra edit: Dayzee sent a pic of hers

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  31. Abrra said

    Before Fen fan says it Its not the same sweater in #29 and he added a hoodie.

    See what a fashionista I can be Fen? 😉 I am feeling evil this morning hahaha

    The Sunday puzzle is courtesy of American Idol. I don’t know who did the editing. Have fun with it 🙂

    http://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=11b763ab375f

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  32. fenfan said

    LOL Abrra you beat me to it. And you are right. Not the same and there seems to be a hoodie under the pullover. Indeed you have a keen eye for David’s sartorial choices.👕👖👞😎

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  33. Abrra said

    I have you all figured out now Fenfan 🙂 hehe Cute emogies.

    I just finished watching both nights of AI15. I found the production most entertaining. The auditions moved fast and the background stories were mostly engaging. I too found the “baby” appearances a distraction, as the judges mentioned.
    Hire a sitter!
    The contestants song choices represented a good mix of genres and they sang well for the most part. The judges were great, especially Harry Connick, Jr. He knows the technical side of music and acknowledges when a singer executes a song well.

    The former winners added a bit of spice to the show. It was nice seeing them help out the nervous contestants with advice about how to audition.

    I will savor ever week til the finale. I have watched from the beginning and AI is one of my favorite shows. The best part is getting to know about David and his music.

    Abrra

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  34. tawna21 said

    Oh my, Abrra!! 😀 😀 HIlarious puzzle!! Thanks!!!

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  35. jans11 said

    What a fun puzzle! Thanks Abs! 🙂

    I have a blue hoodie and Dayzee has a black one. I was sure she had a blue one too since that’s also her favorite color too. 🙂

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  36. djafan said

    Yep not same attire. Had to put my glasses on lol

    Soldout👍

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  37. djafan said

    Well, since I don’t watch AI and haven’t since season 7 (only when David made an appearance) I watched Jeffs reviews. So far some interesting stuff some not. David mentions are nice, nothing personal or such. His passion for music comes through. With that said I do find it odd. Zero from him and now this. But maybe the last year and all the nostalgia going around had something to do with it.

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  40. Abrra said

    This is an IG account I started following because Marlie posted some clips to Facebook. They give you the recipe in about 15 sec as you watch.

    Slow Cooker Fajitas RECIPE: Serves 10 Ingredients: – 1 Red Bell Pepper / sliced – 1 Yellow Bell Pepper / sliced – 1 Green Bell Pepper / sliced – 1 Yellow Onion / sliced – 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts / cut in half – 2 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning* – 4 Cloves Garlic / diced – 1 Lime – 1 10 oz Can Diced Tomatoes With Green Chiles / drained For serving: (optional) – Flour Tortillas – Cheese – Sour Cream – Guacamole *To make your own Taco Seasoning at home: (or use pre-made taco seasoning mix) – 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder – 1/2 tsp Onion Powder – 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper – 1/3 tsp Oregano – 1/2 tsp Paprika – 1 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin – 1 tsp Salt – 1 tsp Black Pepper – 1 tsp Corn Starch Add half of the sliced peppers and onions to your slow cooker. Next, layer the chicken and coat all sides with taco seasoning. Top with garlic, tomatoes (be sure to drain) and the juice from one lime. Add the remaining peppers and onions, cover, and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours. Remove chicken and cut/shred into slices (chicken left longer will tend to shred more – cook to your preference). Return the sliced chicken to the slow cooker to marinate in the juices for about 10 more minutes (on LOW) until ready to serve. If you find that there is too much liquid, you can remove till there is a desired amount before serving. Assemble Fajitas to your liking – we recommend topping with cheese, sour cream, and guacamole! Enjoy!

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  41. jans11 said

    Thanks, Dja for posting Jeff’s videos. I wondered where they were so I could see them. I agree with you as some of it is interesting and some isn’t. They were a lot longer than I thought they would be, but I agreed with a lot of what he said about the contestants. Actually, back in the Simon days, I agreed a lot with him but it was his rude way that I didn’t like. I guess he is just trying out the Youtube thing like a lot of others are now and starting out with AI in it’s last season.

    Abs, those recipes look good! Some of those come up on FB and they are really interesting to watch.

    Hoping for some good David news this week! Is the show that’s sold out the one in Denver? So glad to see that!

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  42. tawna21 said

    Jans… the sold out show is one in a town in south central Utah…. there are some other performers with David. I think Dayzee is going.

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  43. fenfan said

    Any sightings of Mr Archuleta anywhere? Does anyone hear any music????
    I checked for tickets in Denver – there are lots left. But Denver is just a tad far for me.

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  44. jans11 said

    Thanks, Tawna. Guess I haven’t heard of that one…imagine that! 🙂 And of course Dayzee would be going…lol.. 🙂 .I would be too if I lived out there. It would have to be a super good reason to miss a David Archuleta concert. Hoping he migrates to the midwest sometime soon! I would go to Denver, but it’s about 8 hrs away and I’ve already been in Utah for 2 weeks! That trip was awesome! ♥ I do hope that Denver sells out…don’t like to see empty seats at a DA concert!

    Fenfan, where do you live?

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  45. djafan said

    Abrra, That’s a cool!

    Fenfan, aside from the flower shop and the pic with girl…nothing. I believe he’s probably working on a MV for Numb, or spending time putting his feelers out there 🙂

    YAY Dayzee!!!

    Jans, I hope Denver comes together. I just think that there has to be something in the works soon to have booked such a large venue.

    Tawna, Have they announced the other performers?

    Make a Wish posted some pictures. Nice that he takes the time to do these things.

    How many shoes does David have? lol

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  46. djafan said

    David Archuleta week 2.

    Celebrating week two of AI by watching the best singer ever to be on that show. Boy was he young. I’m still amazed and blown away.

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  47. tawna21 said

    Dja…..

    Wednesday March 23, 2016

    David Archuleta **sold out**

    With special guest Hillary Weeks and John Bytheway. This is sure to be a enteraining night full of great music and comedy.
    *****************************

    —Hillary Weeks is a singer/songwriter… http://hilaryweeks.com/ .
    —John Bytheway ….”A bestselling author, favorite speaker, and part-time instructor at Brigham Young University. ” https://www.facebook.com/johnbytheway

    They are both LDS (in case anyone wonders 🙂 ).

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  48. Abrra said

    Tawna

    Surprise 😉

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  49. tawna21 said

    I went back and YouTubed this season’s AI auditions…. it reminded me of why I don’t watch them. I just can’t like the audition weeks. Maybe when the real thing happens I’ll watch this final season some…. just because it could have some new twists and turns to it. I’m still trying to figure out Jeff’s deal with his YouTube ‘re-cap and critique’. o_O

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  50. bluesky4home said

    46 Djafan:

    The incredible power of a soul with no agenda other than connecting with other souls.

    Simply devastating in both its simplicity and its reach.

    The first song I ever heard him sing. On You Tube. Unbelieving and unprepared for the effect it would have on me.
    I had to change my weekly schedule and become acquainted with what AI even was… and learn how to vote by phone.

    Why? My family (and heart) had just been increased by one. And DA became a permanent member.

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  51. Abrra said

    How about a mid week puzzle to pass the time? Courtesy of AI7 here is an iconic pose that fans all remember well.

    http://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=167609b55105

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  52. fenfan said

    #44 Jans, I live in Singapore, about 19 to 23 hours from Denver as the plane flies!

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  53. jans11 said

    Dja, you might have something there about Denver…hope so! Love all David’s shoes…as I am a shoe person myself. 🙂 Sweet David, making a girls wish come true!

    46…perfect song for right now….

    50….Bluesky…he’s one of my 14 grandkids…:)

    51…Abs, perfect puzzle for now….love it!

    52…Fenfan….yes, I think you live a bit far! 🙂 I’m only about 2 hrs away from Denver as the plane flies…it’s having the money to fly all the time! 🙂

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  54. tawna21 said

    Abs… thanks for the puzzle …. iconic pose is certainly a truth!!! 🙂

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  55. djafan said

    Bluesky, I love how you express yourself very very much 🙂

    Jans, David is a member of my family, just ask any of them lol

    Thanks Tawna. Sounds like it will be entertaining. Just hope it doesn’t cut in to David’s time on stage lol

    David has added a concert in Arizona!

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  56. djafan said

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    Does this give anyone a clue as to my state of mind? hahaha

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  58. cc halo said

    Brooke White has lived in L.A. (the Valley) for a long time, though she’s from Arizona originally. We have an acquaintance who directed her first music video before AI.

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  59. bluesky4home said

    Djafan: I love you right back. ❤

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  60. jans11 said

    56…Hip, hip, hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  61. bluesky4home said

    Seems so quiet around here.
    I am not watching AI. Has anything been happening?
    Golly, seems so long ago that I had to schedule my week around it. ^_^

    Just so you know… I love all the side pictures.
    Some kinda of spooky talented person working here. ^_^

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  62. djafan said

    Yes, so very quiet. It’s driving a little batty I must confess. January has not been a good #Patience month for me so far lol

    No David on AI I read but lotsa a Tori…whatever.

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  63. tawna21 said

    Dja…. we’re all getting our long winter’s naps in 😀

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  64. Abrra said

    No explanation needed.Requires many views.

    Abrra

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  65. djafan said

    Napping in January.. I believe David normally is quiet in January…. I think😉

    Abrra 👍😆🌪😳💐😂🎶💗😍😅

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  66. jans11 said

    Cabin fever in January is bad enough, but a David drought makes it worse than ever! Every week I think something will come up…..maybe next week! 🙂

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  67. fenfan said

    #64 That video needs to be longer.

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  68. djafan said

    January is a down month in the entertainment industry straight from David. Toward the end of this vlog.

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  69. jans11 said

    Love those blogs! Even if it is an old one. 🙂 The month is half over so we only have a few more weeks of blah! 🙂

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  70. Abrra said

    Celebrating David’s upcoming show in Arizona! A memory of his last visit.

    http://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=1409fa2b9850

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  71. jans11 said

    Thanks for the memories, Abs! Last night I got into an abyss of David’s old videos on AI! Such great memories and there will never be another one like him! So it may as well be the last year! 🙂

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  72. Abrra said

    Confession: I spent the afternoon doing some of the puzzles that I had skipped 😉 Sort of an abyss of another sort. I watched The Martian while playing with puzzles.

    Abrra

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  73. tawna21 said

    Thank you for the puzzle Abrra! A stress reliever today!! 🙂

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  74. Abrra said

    I love to hear this speech every year.

    Peace.

    Abrra

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  75. jans11 said

    MLK…a great person!

    Been listening to Jeff on his videos. He has a good insight on the singers and AI.

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  76. djafan said

    Hola! I agree that this is the best interpretation of The Prayer. Listen to it every day.

    MasterClass Monday: David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco Perform A Singularly Magnificent Version Of The Prayer

    Update: I just received an email from Richard Parkinson that he did not arrange this song. I trusted a site source and should have gone to the main source – Richard. However, I still know Richard to be an incredible arranger and he has worked with many singers, including David Archuleta, in the past to create inspiring musical arrangements.

    I guess you’ll just have to trust me when I say this is the most moving rendition of The Prayer I have ever heard in my entire life of hearing endless upon endless versions of this beautiful David Foster composition.

    And, I suspect, some of you will agree with me and the rest of you – I guess – will have to play the “agree to disagree” game with me. It wouldn’t be the first time. Ha!

    First of all, you rarely, if ever, hear two impeccable MALE vocalists perform this number. It was written for a female/male combo and, up until this point, I have enjoyed this gender collaboration very much.

    However, the pairing of David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco is nothing short of inspired. Although both possess uniquely distinct voices and come from different stylistic approaches to their music, what binds these two singers is their commitment to really excellent, technically secure and musically cohesive singing.

    Secondly, the arrangement, conceived and created by the very talented Richard Parkinson (Arranger to be determined) showcases the depth, breadth and beauty of their voices while staying true to who they are as artists. Both have incredible ranges and, through this arrangement, we not only have the opportunity to see and hear every gorgeous aspect of their voices, but also see two distinctly different artists performing together while remaining true to their artistic vision. This is very hard to achieve but achieve it they did!

    Thirdly, the fact that they are physically distant from one another in this video was a superb idea. If they were standing together, this would have impeded their physical and vocal freedom and, as listeners, we would have become more aware of the difference in their performing styles. Also, the distance between each singer added a dramatic effect to the entire song. What a great call!

    This performance is truly a brilliant masterpiece. Enjoy the video (featured below) on this MasterClass Monday and beyond. I guarantee you will be playing this song for years to come.

    The Prayer can be purchased on iTUNES.

    http://masterclasslady.com/2016/01/18/masterclass-monday-david-archuleta-and-nathan-pacheco-perform-a-singularly-magnificent-version-of-the-prayer/

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  77. djafan said

    Jans, I’ve also been listening to Jeff’s videos. I have no interest in AI but interestingly enough I’m able to connect his critiques with David’s musicianship easily. David is really really good 🙂

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  78. djafan said

    Gandalf /ˈɡændɑːlf/ is a fictional character and one of the main protagonists in J. R. R. Tolkien’s novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He is a wizard, member of the Istari order, as well as leader of the Fellowship of the Ring and the army of the West. In The Lord of the Rings, he is initially known as Gandalf the Grey, but returns from death as Gandalf the White.

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  79. Abrra said

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  80. bluesky4home said

    I love that quote from Tolkien. How very true it is. I am grateful for the light in others that encourages me and helps to light my path.

    I wanted to let the Masterclass Lady know about Leo-Z and that he is the arranger of “The Prayer” as it is done by DA and NP. so I left a note on her blog. But to do that, I had to (darn!) visit Nathan’s site to be certain that my info was correct.

    This is the new song he has posted:

    You can read a bit about it on his FB page:

    https://www.facebook.com/NathanPachecoMusic

    Some say that this is the influence of moving to Nashville!!! ^_^
    (I love seeing his son!!)

    Do we have some of the same to look forward to with DA? Woooooo! Wouldn’t that be amazing?
    I can’t really see it, I see DA as more soulful. But still…. I guess we never know what will happen.

    Love you guys.
    bluesky

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  81. MT said

    I’m still listening to The Prayer. It’s on repeat as I sit in the morning doing my hair and make up. 🙂 Great way to start the day!

    Love the Gandalf quote. I agree. It’s the love, kindness. and generosity we show each other that makes this world a better place. Who says one person can’t make a difference?

    Bluesky,
    Thanks for posting the video of Nathan. It was good. I can see DA doing it with a soulful twist. I’m anxious to see what his new sound is and how his new experiences will influence his music.

    #stillwaiting #goodthingsontheway 🙂

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  82. MT said

    Thanks for the post Bebe! I am watching American Idol’s final season. There are a few I’ve really liked but no one yet that tempts me to vote. We’ll see how it goes as the season progresses.

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