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Thank you David Archuleta for a Magical Experience in St. George

Posted by djafan on Monday, December 7, 2015

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It has taken me a while to get some coherent thoughts together from the two shows at  St. George. The excitement of seeing David again after four years was at times giving me palpitations! LOL And to think I was going to get to see him twice! Aye aye!

It took all the effort I could muster to not lose it when he bounced out onstage. I12182554_940598275987490_4123505116467345597_o was all set to periscope from a splendid view, fifth row center but I choked. To those who can maintain their composure in order to capture the moment, whether on Periscope or video, I thank you. Without you, I don’t know what we’d do, or I’d do. The videos create the buzz and excitement that makes us want to go see for ourselves. And even then, they can’t give you the magic of being there.

The last time I saw David was during the My Kind of Christmas Tour before his mission. I thought he was incredible. Multiply that by at least 1000. His voice has deepened; it is rich, smooth, and so passionate. Add that to the confidence that oozes from him and the result is a 12183966_940600355987282_895087790273139122_overy much in-control performer, one who commands his stage, his band, and his very loving audience. Every song, every word, every movement, salsa and other were used by David to give much more than a concert; it was an experience. He engaged all of our senses with his words, humor, song, hums, smiles, and passion. Sharing of himself with us like never before; he was both charming and sassy at the same time. A well-planned out show where he wore his feelings on his sleeve, trusting them with us. Reciprocally, we let him know we have his back,  yelling “Nooooo!” when he said he “didn’t think he wanted to do this anymore”. We yelled, sang, danced, swayed, and clapped to every song.

12189464_941194272594557_2434265466135367311_oThough he expressed his surprise at the fact that we all were there to see him after so many years, his humility is intact. Some fans want to know if David appreciates us. It was very evident in his expressions, in his satisfied look out to all, thanking us all repeatedly. But most of all was his eye contact, the look of recognition, the little waves as he looked to the right, to the left, high and low, visibly absorbing it all with a look of appreciation you could feel. Watching the you tubes is not enough to catch the banter, in between songs, where he talks to the audience.

The first night at St. George, I was blessed to sit next to Shelley. It was loads of fun sharing the first night of excitement with her.

The secoCTRUbktU8AAc0MNnd night I sat next to the infamous Gladys. After communicating with her in Unplugged, Skype and here on The Voice for so many years, it was extremely gratifying to see her in person. Gladys, if you remember was our sole fan friend from Argentina who was close enough to visit David at various events open to the public when he was on his mission in Chile. She selflessly reported to us that David was doing well. From a fans’ eyes we believed it. She was known for giving boxes of Toblerone chocolates to the missionaries at these events. Well, guess what? We had the luck of running into Lupe, David’s mom, as Gladys and I were leaving the theater. Lupe was gracious enough to introduce herself to my Mom after she heard her ask me if that was really David’s mom. She thanked us for traveling, she couldn’t believe how many people traveled to see David. I called after Gladys and I introduced her to Lupe and the rest is typical Gla12191312_940607962653188_5182618148246954473_odys. I just love her. Gladys explained to Lupe that she came from Argentina and that she had chocolates for David she brought with her. Lupe’s expression was epic, as Gladys pulled out two huge trademark Toblerone’s from her large purse, a rolled up long gift bag, and a card. And right there as Lupe watched she stuffed all into the bag and handed to her asking her if she could please give to David. Lupe told her she was going to go straight to David and give to him and that he was going to be really happy because he loves chocolate. This really happened! I witnessed it! LOL

Blueberry Ice and Mary Dee are two people I also want to thank for making it possible for me to take a carload to see David in St. George. Five grandkids, a daughter, and my Mother. It was a wonderful 6-hour drive that I will do again in a heartbeat and an unforgettable experience for all.

Speed reading is a wonderful skill to have. It allows me to surf the web and get a take on what David’s fans are talking about. There’s a segment who think that perhaps David wants to convert his fans to the LDS faith. When the concert was over, I asked my segment, my family members who got to attend if they were ready to convert. Huh?, 12184255_940604279320223_3786902421717873131_omy daughter was baffled. Tongue in cheek, I told them that this is what David was trying to do in these shows. They disagreed with me; the whole carload. My almost 19 year-old granddaughter said “One sharing their joys and experiences in such a setting doesn’t translate to trying to convert.” My daughter had the same reaction. She never felt preached to. The reason I’m sharing this is because of the criticisms I read, which are unfounded in my opinion.

Last, I want to thank the crew from FOD for hosting a wonderful fan12185315_940600665987251_1169578872889170975_o  luncheon where I got to meet and reconnect with so many wonderful fans including Deb, Nancy, Gladys, Dayzee, Jans, Shelley and Veronica, Linda, Gwen, Kalei, Shanny, Jani, Muldur, Kizzi, Nanawieze and her husband, Judie, Monica, Martha, Claudia, Tawna and her husband, Shawna, Jwipe and so many more.

But most importantly, I want to thank David for continuing with music.  Just the thought of never  having the opportunity to hear him sing, especially live, makes my heart and soul ache. Please never have that thought again. And a huge thank you to Trent Dabbs and Jamie Kenney for suggesting to David to write about how he was feeling and gracing us with “Numb”. I cannot wait for it’s release.

 

 

The performances were incredible.  I could go on and on about all of them so I won’t lol.

Don’t Run Away ~ This hit the core of my being, the passion and the cry, incredible.

Parachutes And Airplanes ~ Wow the fan participation was a sight to behold.

Nunca Pense ~ Love the encore screams!  And the Latino blood is very visible, the guy can dance.

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I was very affected by the concert experience and I encourage all to go see David if possible. Hoping and praying he heads out east and west, north and south as soon as it is feasible for him to do so. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I’m ready to do it all over again.

 

 

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Credit Pam Pike for the incredible pictures and Shelley for the incredible videos, thank you!

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David Archuleta – No Matter How Far, The Tracklist

Posted by djafan on Saturday, February 23, 2013

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1. Nothing Else Better To Do

2. Everything And More

3. Don’t Run Away

4. Tell Me

5. Love Don’t Hate

6. Wait

7. Heart Falls Out

8. Notice Me

9. I’ll Never Go

10. Forevermore

AMAZON

Walmart

Best Buy

Barnes And Noble

NO MATTER HOW FAR-002

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BetsYJfanofdavid~Together in New Albany With Finally, TheFunnyGirl :)

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Good Place

We began our trip to Ohio at noon on Saturday.  (A bit early, but we planned to let nothing get in our way, lol) FG, Rebecca and I sang and laughed the entire drive South. We made up dance moves (mostly FG) in the car.  As we arrived closer to our Hotel, we started seeing tweets about the soundcheck in progress, and quickly reprogrammed the GPS to take us to the venue.  It wasn’t easy to find, but find it we did.  The gates were all locked, but we were glad we went.  The area is beautiful, very pastoral.  We left and found our hotel, checked in, and went to get some early dinner.  Everyone was meeting up at a Japanese steakhouse later but we couldn’t wait to eat.

Later on, we showed up at the restaurant and people were starting to pour in.  I can’t begin to guess at the number of fans from all over.  We couldn’t move.  Mike was there and told us that the whole band was coming too.  We met them all.  They were fun and the young drummer Ben was teased quite a bit.  It seems he has a few nicknames.  Ben Jonas, Ralph Macchio, Mario Lopez, LOL, he’s a darling and a good sport.

Fast forward to the next morning.  Parked outside the venue, talked to a man who drove his daughter here from Niagara Falls.  What a good daddy. ♥   It was interesting to see the police cars going into the venue, 30-40 cars.  Security was tight.  After going through the metal detectors, we ran to the front.  There was no seating and we ending up against the rail, front row.

Then David.  He came out.  His presence is so strong that he is all you see on that stage.  His voice was strong and beautiful.  He didn’t appear nervous.  He had a new dance move during TOSOD.  It was adorable.  Falling Stars was amazing.  I know that could be a radio hit tomorrow.  My Kind Of Perfect had everyone in tears.  That song is so David, and deeply personal.  It IS him.  The last verse breaks my heart.

The show was over far too soon, as they all are.  I am left with beautiful memories of song, peace, love and friendship.  A mini 2010 Woodstock.  We are in a good place.    David has truly written his masterpiece.

Betsy

My Kind of Perfect is a Concert in New Albany

Since when is waking up at 4:00 am to drive to a concert the most logical and sensible thing to do?

Is it wrong to make a mad dash to the stage immediately after you enter so that you can be right behind the rails?

Why do you hug perfect strangers who introduce themselves with their cyber names like they are long-lost friends?

Is it a collective gasp I hear from the crowd when the first few notes of TOSD roll off his lips?

Why does his hopping one foot in front of the other make you forget all the soreness in your own feet from standing for hours?

Why can’t we take our eyes off this little guy in wrinkled T-shirt and over-sized jacket?  Why does a vocal genius disguise himself an unassuming, adorkable young man?

Why is he asking us to sing along on a yet-to-be released song and why do we know its every word?

Can you hear a pin drop when he sings the Love Song Of all Love Songs that is MKOP?  Why does the way he sings Maaayyy Beee make your heart ache with a yearning that you don’t know is still in your heart?  Why do a few notes induce an urge to weep?  How does he make his vocal cords vibrate pining and longing?  Does he realize how vulnerable we are?

If hearing one new song live overwhelms your senses and emotions, what does hearing THREE do to you?

How do you give a standing ovation when you are already standing on your feet for hours?

Does he really need to ever so politely ask his security guy if he can high-five his fans who have been patiently waiting for him to come out?  And why is it funny to see him outrunning his security and touching every outstretched hand down the line?

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Finally: Why do we feel a part of us is ripped from us when the black van finally drives him away?  Is it wrong to want to be reunited with it right away?

YJfanofdavid

New Albany – A Mindful Madness

My head is still not clear and I can barely string two words together. And Angelica wonders where my recap is. LOL! So do I, my friend, so do I. Perhaps it lies somewhere in the salty tears brought to the surface by My Kind of Perfect. Or maybe in my quivering lip or pained heart upon hearing Falling Stars live in its perfect painful glory. Maybe it is hiding behind my larger than life mountain of pride as TOSOD bounced its way into my tired soul. My fellow David friends and I were witness to an evolution of sight, sound, and surrender; confidence, courage, and charisma all wrapped up in light, love, and longing. It is never long enough, he is never close enough, and I cannot ever hear enough to quench my thirst for The Voice and the feast it provides me with.

I got to touch his arm and hand as he ran past and gave us high-fives. It made him seem real for those few seconds. His skin is so soft and perfect, like a rose petal. He is so lovely, radiant, sweet, and precious. I’m going to Grand Rapids on Saturday to see him again. My love and support for him is as limitless as his talent.

DAVID ARCHULETA ROCKS!!!! 🙂

TheFunnyGirl



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