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David Archuleta ~ La Voz en Espa√Īol

Posted by MT on Sunday, November 10, 2013


When it comes to David, I’m quite often “all about the career.” I think David’s voice is so phenomenal that the world simply MUST acknowledge it.¬† But on a personal level, it’s all about listening to the voice. That voice is what I’m dying to experience live.¬† The Voice, the voice, the voice. No special songs. No special theme. Just the voice singing anything he wants to to sing.

Like many of you I can’t wait until David gets home. He has been sorely missed. But thoughts of his homecoming bring up many questions. How will he have changed? What will he look like? (Once he has hair again.) Will his voice be deeper? Will his personality have changed? One thing we can be pretty sure of is that he’ll come home with an accent and speaking fluent Spanish.

The thought that naturally follows is; Will David be recording in Spanish soon after he gets back home and back to singing? I usually love David’s voice singing anything, but I wonder. If he does a whole album in Spanish, would I really want to buy it? After all, I wouldn’t understand a word he sings. So, I did a little research and made an interesting discovery.

I decided to listen closely to something he both recorded and performed live in Spanish. Listen to this “Riu Riu Chiu”from Verona. The whole thing is beautiful, but the part from 2:20 to the end where there are no words, just his voice. Gahhhhh…to die for vocals!


Now tell me it doesn’t make your little heart ache and sing with joy at the same time. As I listened to that last part I was so enthralled (that ending is exquisite) and it suddenly dawned on me. David has recorded tons of songs and I have loved them all, in the beginning. But it actually takes me a while to decide whether or not I really like the SONG. OK. That sounds strange. What I mean is, at first all I hear is his voice, not the lyrics. I’m so excited that I get to hear him sing ANYTHING new, that I don’t really listen to the words because I’m too busy drowning in his voice. After I’ve heard each song a few dozen times, I finally reach a point where I actually pay attention to the lyrics and decide if I like the song itself. Or I should say, which songs I like more and which I like less.

So…all of this to say that if David does make a Spanish album, it may very well be my favorite of all even though I won’t understand the words. It might actually be BECAUSE I don’t understand the words. It would be like all the background vocals that I love so much. He usually isn’t even singing actual words, just sounds. All I hear is him vocalizing the emotions he’s feeling. Sooo beautiful! I think his songs in Spanish might have that same effect on me.

Without the distraction of what the song is ABOUT, it will just be..the Voice. So David, bring on the Spanish album!! I am ready!!

How ready are you for a whole album of soft consonants sung by David?


MT is a staff writer for The Voice.

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KRAKATOA IN RANCAGUA ~ My Second Trip to Chile ~ David Archuleta

Posted by gladys1961 on Monday, November 5, 2012

Translated from Spanish to English by Djafan.  Scroll down for Spanish version below.

This second trip to Chile didn‚Äôt start two weeks before October 13th, it started July 15th, the day of the first Devotional.¬† That day I saw the announcement on the temple doors that said ‚ÄúPop Concert with Elders Coello and Archuleta.‚Ä̬† That day I began to plan my second trip to Chile.

The pop concert announcement on facebook listed the age and residence restrictions in order to attend.  The message was clear, only singles between 18 and 30 years of age and you had to live in Rancagua.  As time passed my prayers for a miracle became more intense.  I knew I had 3 months to try everything and I did.

Every institution whether commercial or religious is like a pyramid, there is always someone at the head, the one in charge.  So I sent an email to the head in August.  I told them the truth about my age, where I live and who I planned to attend with.  I immediately received an autoreply in acknowledgement.  August ended, September came and went and it was now October.  I filled out the registration form on Rancagua Jas Center Facebook page.  I hadn’t received a confirmation and was feeling down but remembered that David says that good things come to those who wait.  I tried but I was getting anxious.

One Friday afternoon I wrote to the Rancagua Jas Center on their facebook’s chat to initiate a conversation. I asked if the confirmation system was having problems and they said yes but not to worry they would be sending out confirmations shortly.  I thanked them and told them I would be waiting impatiently.  They asked for my information and told them they said I didn’t meet the requirements.  (my heart has very little resistance since I saw David live).  I told them I was aware but since I had gone to the previous Devotional I thought there would be a possibility to attend this concert too.

This person then introduced themselves as the one in charge of …. (this is confidential) I apologized and began addressing him/her as Mr.  He said he was sorry that an exception couldn’t be made in my case because if they did they’d have to make one for all the emails they’d received from all over South America.

My heart was torn.  I told them that miracles exist and that I was expecting a huge one.  I said goodbye and told anyone who would listen my woes.

I think I must cry very loud because every time I would approach someone they’d cover their ears, I think my cries could be heard on the other side of the continent.  It was a sad week but something kept telling me, Gladiola, miracles exist.  You may not believe this but I knew I’d see David again and that this time it would be different.  October 4th was my birthday and made a wish and on the 5th it came to pass.

That day I received an email, remember the head of the pyramid?

‚ÄúWe have received your registration, you are welcomed to attend by special invitation.¬† We will be expecting you on October 13th‚ÄĚ

It was signed by the person in charge and there was no question about it, I was invited.

Could you imagine my screams? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! I’m going to Chile, I’m going Chile!!!!!!  And it began again, the plane, hotel, reservations and finally David.  As you read you will see that this time it was different.


I’ve taken a few days to sort all these ideas and images which are still bouncing around in my head. Maybe nobody has noticed, but in a place in Chile, in a town called Rancagua, specifically Jas Center, the earth moved.  I don’t know to what degree, but it happened, I witnessed it. It was caused by David and three actions that are hazardous to the public health.  He shadow boxed, sang and knelt in front of the stage wearing a white hat like Chaplin wore, he danced Salsa a la Celia Cruz, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

But that was not the worst of it.  Several of us lost our jaws as they dropped from  our mouths hanging open. (I almost lost a rib going after the hat David threw to the public!!! Silly me!!!!, fighting over a hat at my age)

Now that my head and mind are rested I can put what I lived through on October 13 beginning at 7:30pm all on paper. I just hope that my words are faithful to all the events of that day.  I’ve decided to welcome the person that changed right before my eyes.


My Arrival

My arrival was somewhat tumultuous.  I arrived at Chile late, at noon (left Buenos Aires on October 13, at 7.35 am, with a stop in a province of my country).  My hotel reservation was not firm.  The buses to Rancagua were due out after 4:5pm in the afternoon for a two hour trip. The event as everyone knows is on Greece Street  #319 and the bus left me at 800 . If someone in Chile says that they saw a lady running 5 blocks and praying that the hands of the clock not advance beyond 6.45pm, yes, that was me.

When I arrived the door was closed; I felt a knot in my stomach.¬† A man approached me and told me, “Welcome to our Center!”¬† He opened the door and there were people already waiting in the hall. He told me to take a seat, that they‚Äôd be calling me soon because they first accommodated the people who had signed up, like me.

When my turn came, I approached the table where we were to check in.¬† I said say my name but I was surprised that it wasn‚Äôt on the list. The lady in charge told me I had to fill out a form and wait to enter.¬† I insisted that I had been invited, but she spoke to me in English and I was desperate.¬† I remembered I had printed the email sent to me by President McKinley and showed it to her.¬† She called over a Chilean member and she understood me.¬† When she saw my name she said, “Ahhhhhhh you’re Gladys from Argentina, come with me.”¬† She took me to another larger room and sat me in the 4th row. As we walked I told her I had pleaded for a seat, she smiled and said, “I know, we know you.!!!!” What a relief!!!

The entire row was empty so I chose the best seat with no one covering my view.¬† I had a direct view of the stage, I was in paradise. I could see two pianos arranged forming an L.¬† I think one was an organ.¬† Then came a group and they sat all around me, I was in center.¬† One said, “Lady could you move a little so we could sit together?” I said, “NO” and I think that startled them, hahaha.¬† It was a definite no. (Remember I ran 5 blocks.)

The Wait

The room was large.  It had ten chairs on each side with an aisle in the middle and 20 rows back.  The place gradually filled up and bustle was getting louder.  The stage was small.  There were two pianos, a microphone stand and a music stand. They had arranged screens on the sides of the stage.  They were showing different images while we waited.  They showed a bullfighter and I remembered David dressed as bullfighter in blue. I think running does me good; it accelerates my memory.

A young man stood before the microphone and told us we could not take pictures or videos, no screaming, okay to applaud. He spoke of the activities of the Center and invited everyone to participate.  He then asked us to say a prayer together. After the prayer he left and the same presenter from July 15 appeared.  He made some jokes about whether to sing or not, but said that he left that to the talented.

He greeted President McKinley, welcomed us all and told us to enjoy the event.   He introduced Elders, Archuleta and Coello.

Elder Coello took the stage and sat at the piano.¬† He played a beautiful song called Granada. I was amazed at his piano skills, he could be the perfect companion for David in the future. ¬†And then ……..


Elder Coello introduced David. He came with a big smile, said hello, took the microphone and started to sing “You Raise Me Up” in English.¬† Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.¬† Someone said that David just has to open his mouth and he has us in the palm of his hand, they were right.¬† It had been so long since I‚Äôd seen him, my God, how I had missed him.¬† Seeing him there so close singing that beautiful song, he hardly closed his eyes, he looked at us and he looked so happy.

When he finished the crowd cheered and screamed as David left the stage. Then a member of the church said that only applause please, to remember where we were.

He reminded us and I think he was right.¬† This was no place for screaming.¬† So we complied … for a while.

(With great joy I can tell you that I have received the list of each of the interpretations sung by Elder Archuleta and Coello.  They’ll be listed below.)

Then Elder Coello played a beautiful melody.

David made his appearance again with a completely clean and refreshed face.  He had a hymnal in his hand and sang two hymns in perfect Spanish. Again David was in a world of his own.  His eyes closed and totally connected. When he finished he placed the hymnal on the floor.  David took the microphone and approached the center of the stage and began to speak. It was not a speech.  It was something he had to share.  He said he felt comfortable in Chile, that the decision to do this mission had come from his heart.  That he loved what he was doing and loved music. That it had been a very difficult decision to make, but he knew he had to.

David then sang “What a Wonderful World.”¬† Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that David would sing this song. ¬†My dad loved Louis Armstrong. I still have his records. David sang the final note, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the way the Great Satchmo ended the song. I hope someone knows what I’m talking about.¬† David smiled all the time while looking at us; I think he was watching our reactions. I was on the edge of my seat trying to be a sponge.¬† I wanted to absorb every detail, every little movement, every smile. At the end of the song he said, “Thank you” and we all applauded but could not quell our cries of admiration.

David left the stage and Elder Coello continued on the piano with three performances. Waltzes and I think Viennese. I’d never heard a pianist like him, he was incredible.

David returned to the stage and sang three songs, one of which was a beautiful Christian song.  He then did a pop one then came two more songs that were specifically pop.  Ahhh I forgot one small detail, the three songs were sung in perfect Spanish.

Our loud applause and cheers could no longer be contained.¬† David just laughed and he looked really happy.¬† He then sang two beautiful hymns.¬† Then he said,¬† “Elder Coello is a capo, right? (capo-awesome) I don’t play as well as he but I’ll play a song I really like.” He then played “A Thousand Miles” on the piano.¬† I sang with him the entire song.¬† It was a dream for me to hear this song for the first time live.¬† No one could take the pleasure away from me of singing with David. Even if I was the center of some looks, I waited four years for this.¬† And David was here, he was not facing the audience but he turned to look at us and smiled as he sang.

At the end as always he thanked us.  Elder Coello played two jazz pieces, very fast, his fingers flew across the keyboard.  It is incredible that David has found the perfect partner in another part of the world.

How can I explain the feeling in the air?  It was like when a volcano is getting ready to erupt.  You do not know when (we know where) but there is something in the air that tells us that we must prepare for shocks and the fact that it’s imminence is close .


When David reappeared he had the microphone in his hand and said that he would like to dedicate this song to a married couple who have worked (harto/hard) in organizing this concert. He looked at Mckinley‚Äôs.¬† The first piano chords reminded me of an old tune that I had heard in a film of Al Jolson’s many years ago.¬† It was “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody.”¬† David was singing a very old song.¬† It brought me to my childhood when I was watching TV with my dad!!!!! Ohhhh David, you will always have my heart!!!

David then became a jazz singer and he moved around the stage.  Suddenly he was back beside Coello.  They sang a verse together both wearing white hats.  David then came to center stage and began to do a little dance.  He knelt as Al Jolson did and pointed towards the back.  He got up and finished the song with Coello. The two of them went to the center of stage and threw their hats to the audience.

What happened to the old David? Where is he?¬† Any David is fine with me, but this David ………… my gosh.¬† David’s smile illuminated everything.¬† He was so comfortable.¬† He exuded great confidence and masculinity.¬† The Richter scale was broken for a while. The sensations meter could be measured by looking at my seat mates, one of them had been able to catch the hat that David threw to the audience and said and I quote ‚Äď ‚ÄúIt is hot‚ÄĚ and the other said ‚ÄúI’m shaking‚ÄĚ and I thought AMEN.

(If this was something like the eruption of Krakatoa, imagine the eruption of Vesuvius in Pompeii.)


To appease the ravenous beasts (us) David stood in the middle of the stage as Coello played the first chords of “Imagine.”¬† You could hear everyone‚Äôs ohhhhhhhhh “Imagine there’s no heaven …..”¬† I thought, I must have done something good in this life that God has gifted me this moment.¬† (Perhaps this first verse brought confusion to believe that he sang “Heaven”).¬† David sang the whole song, there he was, almost in front of me.¬† It was a dream to see him sing “Imagine” live.¬† I saw him many times on YouTube. This was truly a memorable gift.

…………………. EYE OF THE TIGER. (Deserves special mention)

If you remember the song, it has a 50-second intro with many cymbal crashes. These were the most amazing 50 seconds, more extraordinary, more revealing, more ahhhhhhhhh.¬† David began to move his arms back, then flexing and throwing punches forward with the sound of the music. Suddenly he lifted his leg and kicked the air as if he was doing kick boxing training.¬† He then began to sing …………….
The song has many sound effects and David acted out each of them. As he sang his voice and his body emphasized each note.  His left hand was never still. It was out of this world see David completely free of shyness. The entire stage was his, he left no area untouched.

When he finished he laughed and looked toward President Mckinley and said in Spanish, “Misioneros, uhhhhh.we don‚Äôt do this, I apologize President.”¬† I think the President was as mesmerized as us. After all this, can there be more?

By now we were in a comatose state.¬† We thought we had seen it all but David knows no bounds.¬† (A question, do you read or pay attention to the lyrics of this song? I do not know, but it was like he was referring to someone. ¬†It’s just a personal observation)

After this experience I think I was having an out of body experience. Hahahaha sorry,  just had to say. What did David do? What could he have said???

Answering the first question, I will describe the situation.  David was perspiring but he never took off or unbuttoned his jacket.  Sweat was running down the side of his face and as usual he ran his hands over his face to wipe it.  Then to top this off he said: “Uhhhhhhhhhhh “It’s caliente (hot).  He meant that the place was very warm (hay calor). It was really warm but hot isn’t the term that is usually used.  The Center was quite large and pleasant. I suppose there are situations that do not merit explanation, right??

David then sang “Hero”, the Spanish version Mariah Carey sings.¬† He had such sweetness in his voice, caressing each note. His Spanish was perfect and he received a standing ovation and never stopped smiling.

I have no VOLCANOES NAMES left.

He asked, ‚ÄúWho wants to dance with me?‚Ä̬† We all raised our hands and heard the first chords of “Life is a Carnival” by the great Celia Cruz. David started singing in Spanish!!! And started dancing!!!¬† He did the basic steps of Salsa we know but we were all standing and clapping. Suddenly he put his other hand on his stomach and began to move and laugh.¬† He looked down at his feet every so often while he continued singing. I hope all of the Archies of world can one day see this.¬† Nobody should stop us from witnessing such a sight. Please David repeat this song in your welcome home concert in 2014.

When the song ended he said, ‚ÄúI like everyone to dance with me.¬† In the U.S. they all stay still in their seats.”


It is a beautiful song in David‚Äôs silky voice.¬† He sang in English. Throughout the concert he almost never closed his eyes.¬† “Someday” is something worth listening to.¬† He puts all of himself when he wants to convey something. The highs and lows of his voice have deepened considerably when singing a high note.¬† There are no shadows on his face, no signs of effort, everything happens naturally.¬† David has changed his stance when he sings too. There are times when you do not know how to describe.¬† Hopefully I can find the words for the right time.

Like thousands of times before when reading a recap of some fans or watching a video of a concert, I was trying to get into their heads and feel what those people felt. So here I’m trying to do the same, trying to describe every little moment so you can see the grandeur of what I saw.

When ‚ÄúSomeday‚ÄĚ ended he received a standing ovation. We stood. The South Americans are very demonstrative and David knows this.¬† He said, ‚ÄúI have to say goodbye, but when I say this, people usually say ‚Äėone more, one more‚Äė. How do they say in Spanish?‚ÄĚ

One more, one more, one more, one more ………….

David said ‚ÄúOk, ok, I will sing two more songs.‚ÄĚ

“Thanks to life”

This song is very beautiful and is almost an anthem in my country.  It was made famous by a famous a singer who has died, Mercedes Sosa. It was written by Violeta Parra, a Chilean artist, a great Chilean artist.

When the first chords played (Coello is amazing), I could not believe it.¬† It’s only 17 seconds before the words start but I being from Argentina know this song perfectly.¬† I do not know if I’m doing something good in this life, I just know I am getting many unexpected gifts.¬† I closed my eyes and listened to David singing a song almost from Argentina.¬† At the moment I came out of my trance I saw David smiling and looking at the music on the stand, he was afraid of forgetting some lines. When he finished I was sitting, I didn‚Äôt applaud, I wanted to freeze that moment forever. ¬†¬†David said, “Uhhhhhhh seems that some of you know this song.”

David took his hymnal and sang the last hymn. There were no signs of fatigue, no heavy breathing, no lines on his face. He just had a great peace about him. He stood to the left and sang with all the emotion we know that David has, he closed his eyes and it was like he was telling us a prayer.

When he finished he came to center stage alongside Coello and thanked everyone.  He said a few words, but I think I got lost in the moment.  I only looked at David and my heart already began to miss him.

The same girl who assigned me my seat thanked all those present in the center  Then she asked to give a hand for the Elders, for the President, Madam President and all those who had helped organize the concert.  She invited us to participate in the Center’s activities.  Meanwhile David and Coello remained standing behind her, not knowing what to do. She turned around and told them both to get off the stage and David laughed and left the stage.  When he came into the room all the Elders present surrounded him.  There was no way to approach him.  They led him toward the exit and I could not follow.

Personal observations. (Very personal)

When David came on stage he wore a black suit, white shirt, black shoes and turquoise tie.  His hair was combed back.  An incredible vision.

When David the boss asked the question: Who wants to dance with me? (Not a simple question) we all stood up instantly, he did not insist and we danced with him.

This is for Archies worldwide, not only for American Archies. When David asks you to do something, it’s just that, a desire.  And what mortal can deny David anything?

My only criticism is, David why didn’t you take off your coat?
I think if he did I would have missed my flight.

I just wish that my words reflect what I lived that night.  I hope to have conveyed some of the feelings, happiness, amazement and astonishment.   I know my mom did not put me through literature classes in the summer in vain.

Thanks to all and hope you enjoy.
See you soon David.



























En Espanol

Este segundo viaje a Chile no comenz√≥ dos semanas antes del 13 de octubre, comenz√≥ el mismo d√≠a del primer Devocional, el 15 de julio. Ese d√≠a vi un cartel en las puertas del templo que dec√≠a “Concierto Pop con los Elderes Coello y Archuleta”. Y desde ese d√≠a he planeado mi segundo viaje a Chile.

Ustedes sabr√°n sobre los avisos en facebook acerca de √©ste concierto pop, all√≠ hab√≠an restricciones de edad y de residencia,¬† para estar presente en ese concierto.¬† El mensaje era claro, el concierto s√≥lo era para j√≥venes entre 18 y 30 a√Īos y para los residentes en Rancagua.¬† A medida que pasaba el tiempo mis ruegos por un milagro iban en aumento. Yo pens√© -tengo 3 meses hacia delante para intentarlo todo- y as√≠ lo hice.

Por mi experiencia yo se que toda institución, sea comercial, religiosa, etc es una pirámide y por lo tanto siempre hay una cabeza , que es el responsable máximo. Yo me dirigí hacia la cabeza, y envié un e-mail (en agosto). Dije toda la verdad, mi edad, donde vivo y con quien pensaba ir y el e-mail fue contestado enseguida -pienso que por una cuestión de sistema, están preparados para contestar automáticamente-, mi petición fue recibida y sería contestado a la brevedad.

Terminó el mes de agosto, comenzó septiembre y empezó octubre.
En la pagina del Centro Jas de Rancagua en facebook, se emitieron  formularios para llenar y ser enviados, luego el mismo Centro nos confirmaría la invitación. Por lo cuál nuestro nombres estarían registrados en listas.

Yo no había recibido ninguna confirmación y realmente estaba triste, pero como dice David, siempre hay que esperar lo bueno. Y asi lo hice.
Pero mi paciencia se estaba agotando. Un viernes por la tarde vi en el cuadro de chat de facebook, el usuario Centro Jas Rancagua y escribí para iniciar una conversación.

Me presenté y le pregunte a la persona que estaba en ese momento en el chat, si había habido problemas de sistema con los envíos de confirmación y él me dijo:
CJR¬†¬†¬† -s√≠, hubo problemas pero t√ļ no te preocupes, pronto recibir√°s la tuya-
Gl.      -gracias por atenderme y esperare impaciente.
CJR.   Рdime tu nombre, por favor.
Gl.      -(le dí todos mis datos)
CJR.   -pero Gladys, tu no cumples con el requisito de edad ni los de residencia.
Gl.¬†¬†¬†¬† -(mi coraz√≥n tiene poca resistencia √ļltimamente, desde que vi a David en vivo). Ya lo se, pero como fui al Devocional anterior, pens√© que ten√≠a una chance de presenciar este concierto tambi√©n.

En resumen la persona se presento como¬† Jefe de la ………., (no puedo dar mas datos), yo por supuesto le ped√≠ perd√≥n por tutearlo y empece a decirle se√Īor,¬† hahaha, as√≠ soy yo.¬† √Čl se disculp√≥ por no poder hacer una excepcion conmigo, pero si la ten√≠a que hacer conmigo, tendr√≠a que hacerlo con todas las personas que enviaron sus e-mail desde toda Sudam√©rica.

Mi coraz√≥n estaba lleno de agujeritos¬† (como dec√≠a una telenovela de adolescentes de mi pa√≠s). Como pude le escrib√≠ a √©ste se√Īor y le dije que los milagros existen y que yo esperaba uno muy grande. Me desped√≠ y con el coraz√≥n acongojado le cont√© mis penas a todos los que quisieron escucharme.

Creo que lloro muy fuerte, por que cada vez que me veían se tapaban las orejas y  mis lamentos se deben haber escuchado hasta el otro lado del continente. Fue una semana dolorosa, pero había algo que me decía, -Gladiola, los milagros existen-.  Ustedes no van a poder creer, pero yo sabía que vería nuevamente a David y que ésta vez sería distinto.

El d√≠a 4 de octubre fue mi cumplea√Īos y ped√≠ un deseo y el d√≠a 5 se cumpli√≥.

Ese día recibí un e-mail, (de la punta de la pirámide, se acuerdan?)

“hemos recibido su reserva, usted es bienvenida a asistir en calidad de nuestras misiones especiales………………… esperamos el 13 de octubre, ………….”

Por supuesto, firmaba la punta de la pirámide y era una invitación incuestionable.

Se imaginan mis gritos, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!!!me voy a Chile, me voy a Chile !!!!!!!! y así comenzó nuevamente el circulo, avión, hotel, reservas, etc  y finalmente David.
Por todo lo que ustedes leerán a continuación, sabrán que no me equivoque al pensar que ésta vez sería distinto.

He tomado unos dias para acomodar todas las ideas e imagenes que todavia rebotan en mi cabeza. Quizas nadie se dio cuenta pero en un lugar lejano de Chile, en un ciudad llamada Rancagua, especificamente en el Centro Jas, hubo un movimiento, no se de que tipo o de que escala, pero lo hubo, yo lo presencie. Lo causo David con tres movimientos peligrosos para la salud publica, pelear y boxear contra unas sombra, cantar y arrodillarse frente al publico usando un sombrero blanco, estilo Chaplin y bailar salsa al estilo de Celia Cruz, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Pero eso no fue lo mas grave, varias de nosotras perdimos nuestras quijadas, de tanto tener la boca abierta. ( y yo casi pierdo una costilla por agarrar el sombrero que david tir√≥ al publico, !!!!!!!! que¬†verg√ľenza!!!!!!!!!!, peleando por un sombrero a mi edad)


Mi cabeza y mi mente¬†est√°n¬†ahora descansadas y puedo volcar en papel (!!!!! que antig√ľedad!!!, quise decir escribir en la computadora) lo que¬†viv√≠¬†el 13 de octubre a partir de ¬†la 7.30 pm, solo espero que mis palabras sean fieles a todos los acontecimientos de ese¬†d√≠a.¬† He decidido darle la bienvenida a un persona que cambio delante de mis ojos.


 Mi llegada.

Mi llegada fue algo tumultuosa, llegue a Chile muy tarde, a las 12. del mediodia, ( sali de Buenos Aires el mismo dia 13, ¬†a las 7.35 am, con escala en una provincia de mi pais), mi reserva en el hotel no estaba firme, los micros hacia Rancagua sal√≠an despues de las 4.15 pm de la tarde y son dos horas de viaje. El evento como todos saben es en la calle Grecia n¬ļ 319, y el micro me dejo a ¬†la altura del 800. Si alguien de Chile les cuenta que vieron a una se√Īora corriendo 5 cuadras y rezando que las agujas del reloj no avanzaran mas alla de las 6.45 pm, s√≠, esa era yo.

Cuando llegu√© la puerta estaba cerrada, se me hizo un nudo en el estomago, pero se acerco un se√Īor y me dijo !!! buenvenida a nuestro Centro ¬†!!, √©l me abrio la puerta y pase, ya hab√≠a gente esperando en el salon donde se hizo el evento del 15 de julio, me dijo que me siente , que pronto iban a llamarme, por que acomodaban primero a las personas que se hab√≠an anotado, como yo.

Cuando llego mi turno, me acerque a la mesa donde estaban todas las listas, di mi apellido, pero con asombro vi que no estaba anotada. La se√Īora encargada de las listas, me dijo que tenia que llenar un papel y esperar para entrar, yo le¬†insist√≠¬†que¬†hab√≠a¬†sido invitada, pero ella me hablaba en ingles y yo estaba desesperada.¬† Me acorde que hab√≠a impreso los e-mail que me¬†envi√≥¬†el Presidente Mckinley y se lo¬†mostr√©, cuando la se√Īora vio la firma llam√≥ a una miembro chilena, la cu√°l me¬†entendi√≥¬†y cuando ella vio mi nombre dijo:

-ahhhhhhh vos sos Gladys de Argentina, ven conmigo- y me llevo a otro salón mas grande y me sentó en la 4 fila. Mientras caminabamos, le conté que yo había rogado, suplicado, pedido por un lugar y ella me sonrió y dijo otra vez: Рsi ya lo se, te conocemos-

!!!!!!!!!! QUE ALIVIO !!!!!!!!!

Toda la fila era para mi, asi que elegí el mejor lugar, sin cabezas grandes delante de mí, con una visión directa hacia el escenario, estaba en el paraiso. Podia ver dos pianos, puestos en forma de L, en realidad eran dos pianos, creo que uno de ellos era un órgano.  Luego vinieron un grupo de miembros de la iglesia, eran muchas y se sentaron a mi alrededor, y yo en medio de todas ellas, yo creo que molestaba un poco, luego me dijeron:

– Se√Īora se podria correr un poco, asi nosotras nos sentamos todas juntas???

 Yo dije NO, jajajajaj creo que las asuste, por que fue un no rotundo (acuérdense que corrí 5 cuadras )

La espera

El salon era grande, tenia diez sillas en cada costado con un pasillo en el medio, y 20 filas hacia atr√°s, el lugar se llenaba poco a poco y el bullicio era cada vez mas grande.

El escenario era peque√Īo, ademas de los pianos, habia un¬†micr√≥fono¬†de pie y un atril. Hab√≠an dispuesto pantallas a los costados del escenario para pasar¬†im√°genes. Una de las¬†im√°genes¬†mientras¬†esper√°bamos, era la de un torero, y yo me acorde de David vestido de torero, con un traje de color azul. Creo que me hace bien correr, me acelera la memoria.

Un se√Īor muy joven se paro delante del microfono ¬†y nos dijo que no podiamos tomar fotos ni videos, tampoco gritar, pero si aplaudir. Habl√≥ de las actividades del Centro e invitaba a todos a participar, luego pidio que rezaramos una oracion todos juntos. Al termino de la oracion se fue y vino el mismo presentador del 15 de julio. ¬†El ¬†hizo algunas bromas sobre si cantar o no, pero dijo que ese trabajo se lo dejaba a los talentosos.

Entonces vino a saludar el Presidente Mckinley y nos dio la bienvenida a todos y dijo que disfrutaramos del evento y que ahora daba paso a los Elders Coello y Archuleta.

Subio al escenario el Elder Coello, se sento al piano y toco una hermosa canci√≥n llamada Granada. Me asombr√≥ su ductilidad en el piano, podr√≠a ser el perfecto acompa√Īante para david en el futuro. Y luego ……..


Un Elder lo presento y David entr√≥ con una sonrisa amplia, dijo -hola-, ¬†tom√≥ el microfono y se dispuso a cantar ”¬†You raise me up ”¬†en ingles ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, alguien dijo que con solo abrir la boca, David ya nos ten√≠a en la palma de su mano, y ten√≠a razon. Hace tanto que no lo ve√≠a, dios mio, cu√°nto lo extra√Īaba.¬† Verlo all√≠ tan cerca cantando esa hermosa canci√≥n, el casi no cerro los ojos, nos miraba a todos y se veia feliz.¬† Cuando √©l termino la gente¬†aplaudi√≥¬†y grito y David se retir√≥. Entonces se acerco un miembro de la iglesia y nos dijo que solamente aplaudieramos, que no gritaramos que recordasemos donde estabamos.

Practicamente nos reto como a ni√Īos, pero creo que tenia razon, no era lugar para gritos, y asi lo hicimos, …por unos momentos.

 Luego el Elder Coello, toco el piano una hermosa melodia.

David¬†hace su aparici√≥n nuevamente con un semblante totalmente limpio y descansado, tiene el himnario en la mano y canta dos himnos en perfecto espa√Īol. Otra vez David estaba en su mundo, con los ojos cerrados y totalmente compenetrado. Cuando termino cerro el himnario, lo dejo en el piso, tom√≥ el microfono y se acerco al centro del escenario y nos hablo. No era un discurso, era algo que nos ten√≠a que contar.¬† √Čl dijo que se sent√≠a comodo en Chile, que la desicion de hacer √©sta mision habia salido de su corazon y que √©l amaba lo que √©staba haciendo y amaba la musica. Que hab√≠a sido una desicion muy dificil de tomar. Pero sab√≠a que ten√≠a que hacerlo.

A continuaci√≥n cant√≤¬†What a wonderful world, nunca ni en mis sue√Īos m√°s locos imagin√© que David podr√≠a cantar √©sta canci√≥n. Mi pap√° amaba a Louis Armstrong. Todav√≠a conservo discos de √©l.¬†David cant√≥¬†la nota final yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, que s√≥lo el Gran Satchmo hace. Espero que alguien sepa de lo que estoy hablando, el sonrio todo el tiempo y nos miraba, creo que observaba nuestras reacciones. Yo estaba al borde de mi asiento tratando de ser una esponja, quer√≠a¬†absorber¬†cada detalle, cada minimo movimiento, cada sonrisa. Al final de la canci√≥n dijo -gracias- y todos aplaudimos, no pudimos aplacar nuestros gritos de admiraci√≥n.

David se retiró hacia un costado detrás de unas cortinas y el Elder Coello siguió en el piano con tres interpretaciones, eran valses, y creo que eran vieneses. Me saco el sombrero antes semejante pianista, increible.

A continuacion David volvio al escenario y cant√≥ tres canciones, una de ellas era una hermosa canci√≥n cristiana, creo que √©l hizo un arreglo pop, luego vinieron dos canciones m√°s, que eran especificamente pop, ahhh me olvidaba un peque√Īo detalle, las tres canciones fueron cantadas en perfecto espa√Īol.

Nuestros aplausos y gritos ya no pod√≠an ser contenidos de ninguna manera, David solo re√≠a y √©l realmente se ve√≠a feliz. Siguieron dos hermosos himnos. Luego David dijo del Elder Coello, – es un capo- verdad ?- Yo no se tocar tan bien como √©l, pero voy a tocar algo que me gusta mucho-.¬†Thousand miles¬†fue lo que √©l toco en el piano, yo cant√© con √©l todo el tiempo. Era un sue√Īo para m√≠ escuchar por primera vez esta cancion en vivo, nadie me iba a quitar el placer de cantar con David. Aunque fuese el centro de algunas miradas, espere 4 a√Īos para √©sto. Y ahi estaba David, √©l no estaba frente al p√ļblico, el piano estaba de costado, pero √©l al cantar nos miraba y sonreia.

Al terminar como siempre di√≥ las gracias y se retiro. Vino entonces el Elder Coello y toco dos piezas de jazz, muy rapidas, sus dedos volaban por el teclado. Es admirable que David haya encontrado al compa√Īero perfecto en la otra parte del mundo.

Como puedo explicar la temperatura del ambiente, es algo asi como cuando un volcan va a hacer erupcion, no sabemos cuando (sí sabemos donde) pero hay algo en el aire que nos avisa que nos preparemos para las sacudidas, la inminencia del hecho esta cerca.


Cuando reaparecio David, √©l ven√≠a con el microfono en la mano y nos dijo –¬†queremos¬†dedicar √©sta cancion a un matrimonio que ha trabajado “harto” en la organizaci√≥n de √©ste concierto- √Čl mir√≥ a el matrimonio Mckinley y ………..

Los primeros acordes del piano me hizo recordar a una vieja melodia que yo habia escuchado en una pelicula de Al Jolson y !!!!!!!!!!!!! David comenz√≥ a cantarla¬†!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fue hace tantos a√Īos, ¬†era Rock-a- bye your baby with a Dixie melody.¬† David estaba actuando una¬†canci√≥n¬†muy antigua, me traia a mi ni√Īez cuando yo miraba la¬†televisi√≥n¬†con mi pap√°, !!!!!!!!!!!!! ohhhh David, siempre¬†tendr√°s¬†mi¬†coraz√≥n¬†!!!!!!!!!!

√Čl en ese momento era un cantante de jazz, se¬†mov√≠a¬†por todo el escenario, de repente fue hacia¬†atr√°s, al lado de Coello, cantaron una frase los dos juntos y ambos se pusieron sombreros blancos, entonces David vino al centro del escenario,¬†empez√≥¬†a hacer unos pasos de baile y se arrodillo como lo hac√≠a Al Jolson y se√Īalo hacia atr√°s, luego se paro y termino la cancion junto a Coello. Luego¬†vinieron¬†los dos al centro del escenario y tiraron sus sombreros al publico. ¬Ņ que paso con el otro David? ¬Ņdonde est√°?, no importa, cualquier David est√° bien para m√≠, pero √©ste David ………… my gosh.¬† La sonrisa de David iluminaba todo, estaba tan¬†c√≥modo¬†y exudaba confianza y mucha masculinidad.

La escala de Ritcher ya se¬†hab√≠a¬†roto hace rato. El¬†par√°metro¬†de sensaciones se¬†pod√≠a¬†medir mirando a mis compa√Īeras de silla, una de ellas¬†hab√≠a¬†podido tomar el sombrero que David arroj√≥ al p√ļblico y dijo, textualmente ¬†– -uffff tengo calor- y la otra dijo – estoy temblando- y yo pens√© AMEN.

(Sí ésto fue algo parecido al la erupcion del Volcan de Krakatoa, imaginense la erupcion del Vesuvio en Pompeya.)


Para aplacar a las fieras voraces (nosotras) David se par√≥ en medio del escenario y Coello toco los primeros acordes de¬†Imagine,¬†hubo un ohhhhhhhhh general ……….imagine there¬īs no heaven………., en ese momento pens√©, yo¬†deb√≠¬†haber hecho algo bueno en √©sta vida, para que Dios me regale √©ste momento.¬†(quizas √©ste primer verso trajo¬†confusi√≥n¬†de creer que √©l cant√≥ ¬†” heaven “).¬† David cant√≥ la¬†canci√≥n¬†entera,¬†ah√≠¬†estaba √©l, casi frente a m√≠, era un sue√Īo verlo cantar Imagine, lo vi tantas veces en youtube. Realmente fue un regalo inolvidable.

.…………………EYE OF THE TIGER.¬†(merece una¬†menci√≥n¬†especial)

Si ustedes recuerdan la canci√≥n, tiene una intro de 50 segundos con muchos golpes de platillos. √Čstos fueron los 50 segundos m√°s asombrosos, m√°s extraordinarios, m√°s reveladores, m√°s ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

David¬†empez√≥¬†a mover sus brazos hacia atr√°s, luego a flexionarlos y a dar golpes de pu√Īo hacia delante con los acordes de la¬†m√ļsica. Y de repente levanto las piernas y daba patadas en el aire como si estuviera haciendo entrenamiento de kick boxing y luego¬†comenz√≥¬†a cantar…………….La canci√≥n tiene muchos golpe de efectos, y david hizo cada uno de ellos. Mientras cantaba, su voz y su cuerpo hac√≠a enfasis en cada nota fuerte, su mano izquierda nunca estuvo quieta. Fue algo fuera de √©ste mundo ver a David totalmente exento de timidez. Todo el escenario era suyo, no quedo un solo lugar sin pisar.

Cuando termino, él se rio y miro hacia el Presidente Mckinley y le pidio disculpas, él dijo- uhhhhh nosotros los msioneros no hacemos ésto, le pido disculpas presidente-

Yo creo que el presidente estaba tan hipnotizado como nosotros. Después de ésto que más puede haber??

Para éste momento ya estábamos en un principio de estado comatoso, nada podía mejorar lo que habíamos visto, pero se sabe que David no tiene límites.

(una pregunta, ¬Ņ ustedes leyeron o prestaron atenci√≥n a la letra de √©sta canci√≥n? yo no se, pero es como que se refer√≠a a alguien? ok, es solo una interpretaci√≥n personal)

¬†Despu√©s¬†de √©sta experiencia, creo que yo estaba fuera de mi cuerpo, hahahaha perdon, lo tenia que decir. ¬ŅQue pudo haber hecho David, que pudo haber dicho???

Contestando la primera pregunta, voy a describir la¬†situaci√≥n, David estaba transpirando, por que en¬†ning√ļn¬†momento se sac√≥ el saco, tampoco lo desaboton√≥, la¬†transpiraci√≥n¬†le¬†corr√≠a¬†por el costado de la cara y como de costumbre √©l se pasaba la manos por la cara y se secaba. Luego para coronar √©sto, √©l dijo:

-uhhhhhhhhhhh ¬†que caliente –¬†√©l quiso decir que el lugar estaba muy caluroso.

Realmente el ambiente estaba caluroso pero no por que hiciera calor alli dentro, el Centro era bastante amplio y agradable. Supongo que hay situaciones que no merecen explicación alguna, verdad??

After this experience I think I was having an out of body experience hahahaha sorry, just had to say. What did David do? What could he have said???
Acto siguiente cant√≥¬†” hero ”¬†en espa√Īol, la versi√≥n de Mariah Carey, hab√≠a tanta dulzura en su voz, acariciaba cada nota. Su espa√Īol era perfecto y recibio casi una ovaci√≥n. Nunca dejo de sonreir.


√Čl pregunt√≥ ¬Ņquien quiere bailar conmigo?, todos nos levantamos la mano y sonaron los primeros acordes de¬†” La vida es una carnaval “¬†de la gran Celia Cruz. David empez√≥ a cantar en espa√Īol y¬†!!!!!!!¬†empez√≥¬†a bailar !!!!!!!!, hizo los pasos b√°sicos de la salsa que ya conocemos, pero todos estabamos de pie batiendo palmas y de repente puso la otra mano en su estomago y empezo a moverse, y a reirse. √Čl se miraba los pies cada tanto y¬†segu√≠a¬†cantando. Espero que todos los archies del mundo alguna vez puedan ver √©sto, nadie tiene derecho a prohibir semejante¬†visi√≥n. Por favor David repite √©sta canci√≥n en tu concierto de bienvenida en 2014.

Cuando termino la canción, él dijo Рme gusta que todos bailen conmigo, en Estados Unidos todos se quedan quietos en sus asientos-.


Es una canción hermosa para escuchar en la voz sedosa de David, él la cantó en ingles. Durante todo el concierto casi nunca cerró los ojos.

Someday es algo digno de escuchar, el pone todo de sí cuando quiere trasmitir algo. Los altos y los bajos de su voz se han profundizado notablemente, cuando canta una nota alta, no hay sombras en su cara, no hay ningun razgo de esfuerzo, todo sale naturalmente. David ha cambiado su postura para cantar, tambien.

Hay momentos que no se como explicarlos, ojala encontrara las palabras, para el momento adecuado.

Como miles de veces antes, cuando le√≠a una recap de alguna fans o miraba un video de algun concierto, yo intentaba meterme en la cabeza y sentir lo que esas personas sintieron. Por eso aqui intento hacer los mismo, tratar de describir cada peque√Īo momento para que vean la grandiosidad de lo que yo v√≠.

Cuando terminó esta canción el recibio una ovacion, algunos nos pusimos de pie. Los sudamericanos somos muy demostrativos y David lo sabe.

David dijo:- tengo que despedirme, pero cuando yo digo √©sto, la gente generalmente dice……………, no se como se dice en espa√Īol?

UNA M√ĀS, UNA M√ĀS, UNA M√ĀS, UNA M√ĀS…………………………………..

David – ok, cantare dos canciones m√°s.


Es una cancion muy hermosa y es casi un himno en mi pa√≠s, aqu√≠ la hizo famosa una cantante que ya ha fallecido, ella era Mercedes Sosa. √Čsta canci√≥n la escribio Violeta Parra, una artista chilena, una inmensa artista chilena.

Cuándo empezaron los primeros acordes (Coello es increible), yo no podía creerlo, solo son 17 segundos antes de la letra, pero yo como argentina conozco perfectamente ésta canción.

Yo no se si estoy haciendo algo bueno en esta vida, solo sé que estoy recibiendo muchos regalos inesperados.

En ese momento yo¬†cerr√©¬†los ojos y escuche a David, cantando una canci√≥n (casi) argentina. En¬†alg√ļn¬†momento cuando sal√≠ de mi trance, vi a david sonriendo y mirando las letras en el atril, por que ten√≠a miedo de olvidarse algunas lineas. Cuando termino, yo¬†segu√≠a¬†sentada, creo que no¬†aplaud√≠,¬†quer√≠a¬†que ese momento se congelara para siempre.

David dijo: Рuhhhhhhh parece que conocen ésta canción-

Luego tom√≥ su himnario y cant√≥ el ultimo himno, no habia cansancio, no hab√≠a¬†respiraci√≥n¬†fuerte, no hab√≠a lineas en su cara, solo hab√≠a una inmensa paz. √Čl no se paro en el centro sino hacia la izquierda y cant√≥ con toda la emocion que sabemos que David tiene, cerro los ojos y era como si estuviera diciendonos un plegaria.

TERMINO. Vino al centro del escenario, di√≥ las gracias junto a Coello, dijo algunas palabras, pero yo creo que ¬†me perd√≠ en ese momento, s√≥lo miraba a David y mi¬†coraz√≥n¬†empezaba a extra√Īarlo.

Subio al escenario la misma ni√Īa que me asign√≥ mi lugar, ella agradecia a todos los asistentes en el centro, pidi√≥ un aplauso para los Elders, pare el presidente y Se√Īora y para todos los que habian colaborado en la organizacion del concierto. Y nos invitaba a participar de las actividades. Mientras tanto David y Coello segu√≠an parados detras de ella, sin saber que hacer. La joven se dio vuelta y les dijo a ambos que bajaran del escenario y David ri√≥. Y se fue.¬† Cuando sali√≥ hacia la sala, todos ¬†los Elders presentes lo rodearon, no hubo forma de acercarse, lo llevaron hacia la salida y yo no pude seguirlo, tome un peque√Īo video, pero eso es todo.

Nos vemos en navidad nuevamente David.


Cuando david apareció en el escenario, vestía un traje negro, camisa blanca, zapatos negros y corbata turquesa, su cabello estaba peinado hacia atrás, increíble visión.

Cuando the boss David hizo la pregunta : ¬Ņquien quiere bailar conmigo?, (no era una simple pregunta)¬†todos instant√°neamente nos pusimos de pie, √©l no tuvo que¬†insistir¬†y bailamos con √©l.

√Čste peque√Īo acto es para los archies de todo el mundo, no s√≥lo para los archies norteamericanos. Cu√°ndo David pregunta algo, es m√°s que eso, es un deseo y,¬†¬Ņqu√© mortal se puede negar a un deseo de David?

Mi √ļnica critica para David es una pregunta ¬†¬Ņpor que no te sacaste el saco?

Yo creo que sí lo hacia, yo perdía mi vuelo de regreso.

ok.  Sólo deseo que mis palabras reflejen lo vivido esa noche. Si logro trasmitir algo de las sensaciones, felicidad, estupor, asombro, sabré que mi mamá no gastó en vano en clases de literatura que tomaba en los veranos.

Gracias a todos y que disfruten la lectura.

Hasta la vuelta David.

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