Can winter please be over???

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… and hopefully followed by a David summer tour? Or acoustic showcase? Or single performance? Or just David at a Nashville karaoke?

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Hey, wait a minute….

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Group hug, beautiful souls

Yup, it’s that time of year again, folks. And despite my best efforts, I’ve been getting that feeling that giving up David for Lent was the right thing for me to do this year. (Yes, I am nuts, fully aware, lol.) It actually started on Wed. but I pre-programmed this to go up now, in case you were wondering. (sheesh, I sound like David, lol)

What is Lent all about?

To me, it’s like when you had plans to go to a lavish dinner dance on a yacht in the Caribbean, all expenses paid, but at the last minute you find out your mom is deathly ill with the flu and she’d never ask you to change your plans but you love her, hey, she’s your mom, so you cancel your plans, change out of your fancy ball gown, whip up chicken soup, go over and nurse her back to health.

Unfortunately in the case of Lent, it takes 40 days and 40 nights for her to get back on her feet. So, sure, there’s sacrifice involved, but it comes from a place of love. And even though you weren’t expecting anything in return, you get rewards you never expected. She tells you funny stories about her childhood. You rediscover your love of Scrabble. You get a beautiful, warm feeling inside that only true, unconditional love can bring.

That, to me, is what Lent’s all about.

Be well my wonderful friends, love and peace to each one of you. (And please be forgiving of the random, sketchy posts that I’ve programmed to pop up.)

I will leave you with this:

InstaLove from RootsTech:

One of my best photobombs ever #studioc #davidarchuletta #rootstech

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#davidarchuleta #lovehim #rootstech2015

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Got to see David Archuleta perform his new song LIVE today!!

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My baby today. #DavidArchuleta #exmissionary #davidscomeback

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A little #studioc and #davidarchuletta to finish off #RootsTech It was a blast. #rtateam

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This will stay in my head for some time… not much I can do about that. :)

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@DavidArchie Nunca Pensé video outtakes (not really)

There was a legend around the village. A legend of an hombre who could salsa like no other.

His moves were known throughout the land. Throughout the ages.

He was … David Salschuleta….
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He could leap from the bottom of a waterfall….
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… to the top… in a single bound.
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How could I be like this hombre?

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Learn his captivating Latino ways?


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First, I must learn the guitar.
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David Salschuleta was never heard actually playing the guitar but he held it in his hands like a virtuoso.
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Photo: Willie T. (via DavidBeyondBorders.com)

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I now knew my mission. To look like I could play it as well as he looked like he could play it. And I knew just who could help me.

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My identical twin great-great-great-grand-cousin.

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But how?

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Wait, I know … there’s now an app for that!
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A few iPhone taps later and BAM!
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Guitar-holding lessons from one of the best!
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And voilà … now holding a guitar like a pro… impressing all the chicas in town….

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And where did Salschuleta learn his skillzz?

PLOT TWIST: Turns out he had the same app… and the same great-great-great-grand cousin.
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And we all lived Nunca Pensé’d ever after.

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Fuh-reak-ing OUT here, Mr. RootsTech @DavidArchie

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What the what what what??!!??!!!

AND WHY WEREN’T WE ALL THERE?!?!?

MIRRORS?!?!?! Are you KIDDING me?!?!?


p.s. Shelley & Liz ROCK!!!

AY! AY! AY! CARUMBA!!!!!

That’s right, DO NOT Run Away again!

‘TIS GLOOOOOOOORIOUS!!!!!

Ramblin ON!!!!

Looooooooooove this! Te quiero David Spanish song!!!! AND THERE’S A SINGALONG PART, OH HOW I HAVE MISSED HIS “C’MON, GUYS”!!!

(But, um, ladies who walked out at about 4:28, please call me, we need to have a talk.)

Joined the party late, folks, did I miss anything???

What do you guys think???!!!!

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NOT PLAYING FAIR, DAVID, NOT FAIR AT ALL!!!!
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I have a link in the sidebar to the lovely @rhiminee’s aMAZing Tumblr (run, do not walk, to check it out!), but here are some of her latest posts, they all make me deliriously happy but especially had to share these:
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Cherry Lane most popular track… surprised?

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Yes, I had already received my “Never Grow Up” CD in the mail, but of course I also had to buy an iTunes single of “Cherry Lane” … looks like other peeps did too. Not to be mean, but seeing that it filled all the bars in the Popularity column made me smile.

I love Brooke’s voice and I think she’s a sweetheart but her songs are usually too treacly for me… but as soon as David chimes in on “Cherry Lane,” he adds a darker layer, if that makes sense.

Whatever he sings (or writes) always has so many layers for me, one of the reasons I’m still here, I guess. He hints at a deep well of sadness that I can certainly relate to, can’t speak for anyone else.

I’m glad he’s taken a step back from his “new ring tone” … a lot of nonsense out there right now.

A local DJ I really like posted a blog today, introducing it with: “If you wonder why radio people are a little bit ‘off’, try reading/hearing some of the comments we get” … and her blog included this:
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:)

Anyone else been listening to “Cherry Lane”?

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David RootsTech video script leaks (not really)

The crack snoopy snoops at SAz have hacked into Edward Snowdon’s private stash of documents and discovered *gasp* script leaks for the new David Archuleta RootsTech video*.

Here’s an excerpt:

[EXT., COSTA RICAN BEACH, HIGH NOON]

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As the waves lap against the shore on a pristine stretch of powdery sand, we see Daveeed (who looks just like David Archuleta) fearlessly stroll toward the surf. We know he is fearless because he dares to wear white pants after Labour Day.

A guitar strums nearby as Daveeed thinks back to his ancestors, the proud yet humble Archangelo family. The shining star of the family, named Eduardo, was a shy fellow who hated to be the centre of attention despite his angelic voice. It was a cross he was resigned to bear because he knew his singing brought joy to his introverted neighbour Maria.

Maria was a real introvert … not one of those “oh I’ll just jump on the introvert bandwagon” types.

Eduardo knew his singing brought Maria joy because she told him so in the 1,218680 letters she’d written to him… even though she lived next door.

A slow dissolve takes us back to olden days… a simpler time before social media became an evil scourge that took over your life… except for those times you could use it to promote special projects that took over other people’s lives.

A time when you didn’t just see someone with a guitar, you actually heard them play it.

[INTERIOR, VILLAGE HUT, DUSK]

10694355_967758386582973_83188731831741103_oEduardo’s family gathers to hear big news, exciting news. Eduardo is marrying Marisol, the village girl he had a crush on once and is a little too not over ever since he touched her hand because there’s just something about love… plus he’s desperate to find his kind of perfect.

An extreme closeup of Eduardo’s face reveal’s a single tear of joy trembling on his cheek as he shares his happy news.

[EXT., MOUNTAINSIDE, DAY]

costa-Rica-singing-waterfall-cropCut to a thundering waterfall that symbolizes the intensity of Eduardo’s emotions.

Daveeed (again, who looks just like David Archuleta except his hair is gone) belts out a song so full of passion and power that the waterfall rushes faster and threatens to wash him off the edge of the cliff he’s on. His red safety pants save him, however, as they have magical powers to hypnotize and mesmerize… even waterfalls.

[INT., VILLAGE HUT, DUSK]

Extreme close up on Eduardo in his suspendered pantaloons — not white, because he is not so fearless as Daveeed. Eduardo has been saving the best news for last. After the wedding, he’ll be whisking Marisol into a time machine so they can attend the RootsTech genealogy conference in Salt Lake City and meet his present-day relatives, including Daveeed.

Eduardo is a little nervous about the whole thing because Daveeed will be in the middle of a signing and pretending to enjoy it. But of course he will be happy to see his relative from another time and land — does he disregard contact with time-travellers?  No!  Of course not!

[INT., SALT LAKE CITY, NIGHT]

Cut to 2015 where past and present are united. Daveeed embraces his ancestor and asks if he’ll be staying for dinner. “If you’ll be there, then I suppose we will see each other then,” says Eduardo, yawning.

[END CREDITS]

Across the generations, some things never change.

And they all lived Spanishly ever after.

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*not really.

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7 reasons David should stop reading fan comments

The lovely oliveoil’s comment today (on this post from last summer) … along with David’s blog today… got me to read this post again, and I realize I still feel the same way I did then — and I’m thrilled he does too.

What did you guys think of his blog???

(and hey, is this not an A+++++ smile (no science needed)?

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(repost from June 2014)
10155140_836714873022077_485396357_nI thought this before the vlog, but it became even clearer to me after watching the vlog (which was awesome and all that, but just reinforced my own personal opinion on this)… David’s a grownup and can clearly tell us off in his own lovely David way, but this is my rant and I’m sticking to it:

7 reasons David should stop reading fan comments (on Twitter, youTube, wherever):

1. Life’s too short. For the thousands of supportive “I’m a forever fan” comments out there, the handful of “WANT VLOG NOW!” or “YOU SUCK!” … or worse … are the ones that stick. I heard a novelist interviewed on the radio this morning who said he was depressed for six months over a single bad review (despite all the glowing ones he got). It’s human nature. He no longer reads reviews, btw (and probably doesn’t read Twitter comments either. :) ).

2.We are a bunch of freaks (myself included). Nice, well-meaning freaks, for the most part, but freaks nonetheless. I’ve embraced my freakdom. Face it. It’s just not “normal” to obsessively follow a 17-year-old singer for six years. I’ve accepted that fact. And if you haven’t, answer me this? Is your David fandom something you’d list on your list of “interests” on a job application? Online dating profile? In your Christmas letter to extended family? Fan (short for “fanatic”) freaks — who have no idea what it’s like to live their idol’s life or to forge a career in the music business — don’t generally offer helpful insights to that artist. Just sayin’.

3. David owes us nothing. Zero. Bupkis. We are a self-interested bunch. Unlike David, who pursues music because of what he can give, not what he can get, we fans operate the other way around. We want, want, want, MORE from David. Even paying for a CD or a concert ticket doesn’t entitle us to anything… we get so much MORE in return. Like the credit card ad says, “CD: $12.99 … hearing David sing: PRICELESS.” More reward than we actually deserve, imo. David did not ask us to wait for two years, vote in polls, start or read fan blogs, all that other stuff that some peeps seem to think he owes us for. He doesn’t.

4. We are fickle and sometimes outright lie to him. “Ooooo, take as long as you need for yourself when you get back” many fans wrote to David online to welcome him home. FALSE. Two short months later many of these same fans were nagging him online for news… sounds like some even called him “lazy” (as if). So why should he pay attention to anything we say, when our adoration and loyalty can turn on a dime if we don’t get tossed enough cookies.

5. We care too much. You can’t trust the opinions of people over-invested in you — no objectivity there at all. When I see peeps tweeting other celebs, suggesting they work with David, I cringe. (Have I done this? Possibly, I can’t remember… that’s what fan freakishness does to you — affects your memory and your judgment.) Gives me flashbacks of my mom calling the mother of a classmate I had a crush on asking the mom to ask her son to take me to the school dance. I knew she meant well but NO! Just, NO!!!!!

6. It’s asking for trouble. Remember after the Idol finale, where David practically left his aorta on that stage, and he said, “I hope that’s enough for them”… broke my heart, but he was right … it will never be enough for some of us. I’m not saying fans shouldn’t voice their opinions. Go for it! Knock yourselves out! (In some cases, literally.) But should David open that Pandora’s Box? (Which might look like it’s filled with rose petals, but it only takes one hidden viper to poison you.)

7. Our opinions matter… to us! David does not need to see them. IMO, they only add to the pressure he’s already under, and distract him from making the amazing life-changing music he was born to make. What if Michelangelo had been on Tumblr and kept having to read, “Dude, enough with the chapel ceilings! How about something for us agnostics!”  (And yes, I did just compare David to Michelangelo.)

Even reading the positive, supportive comments is not a good idea. I remember when Bonnie Hunt gave David great advice to not listen to either the praise or the critics. I doubt David goes near fansites with a 10-foot-pole but if he does … STOP READING NOW AND NEVER COME BACK! We need to hear what you have to say — in music obviously, on Twitter, in vlogs, Instagram, whatever you like — yes, it is part of your “job” … but, trust me, you do not need to hear what we have to say. Even this post. It’s a test. Avert your eyes.

So, am I nuts? What do you guys think?

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Breakthrough Scientific Smile Research! (not really)

Here at SAz, we spare no expense at funding the finest cutting-edge scientific studies known to fandom. Why? Because inquiring fans need to know, that’s why.

It’s not enough that David is living the dream. We need to see him SMILING the dream.

So we scoured the globe to find the premiere smile-ologists at the forefront of teeth-baring research and asked these experts to analyze David’s recent appearance of contentment.

Is he actually, dare I say it, happy? Is songwriting and singing in Music City, USA, all it’s cracked up to be? When, instead, he could be, I don’t know, highlighting textbooks at BYU?

Does he actually enjoy sitting at the piano creating brand-new genius David-ish melodies? Or is he just limbering up his hands for his TRUE goal: becoming an ear-nose-throat doctor?

Take a look at our exhaustive investigative results below and you tell us, my friends.

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Graph C (leather-couch throwback)

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So how about you guys? What’s your hypothesis?

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Songwriting pics get their own post

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Late write with @davidarchie 🌜#nashville

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No shortage of great mic options for our David Archuleta vocal session #mics #tonegeek

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Who else is loving the fact that while all the Idol shenanigans are going on, David is in Nashville? Making music. New music. Nashville music. New Nashville music. :) :) :)

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