A Thousand Miles: A Vancouver fan’s Nokia recap

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“Cause you know I’d fly a thousand, 78 miles (or 1,735 kilometres) if I could just see youuu”……and I did just that last week … for a David Archuleta concert.

For three years I waited and hoped to see David perform at one of his Christmas shows.  This year I decided that I just could not wait any longer and made the trip from Vancouver to Los Angeles to see David at Club Nokia on his magnificent MKOC tour.  What an experience it was!

I finally had the most awesome experience of being there…..seeing him live and on fire with life, love, passion and the beauty of the season in his heart.

I was completely immersed in the moment with a very special young artist on stage. Interestingly, during David’s remarkable performance, I kept having visions of candles lit around the world, of hearts united in joy and peace. Okay, may sound a little corny but these feelings kept washing over me and I realized it was because David was really singing to the masses, adding his light and gift of joy in song to the world.  Many just hadn’t realized it.

The world is not the same because of it however and neither am I. Every nuance, every note left its mark and its vibration out there, in the world, in space and time, never to be erased just as it is never erased from your heart.  That was part of the beauty of it all.

David was in such fine form!  THIS, THIS is what I had waited for! My time had come and what a fantastic time it was!!  His sweet and lovable banter was just more icing on the cake.

I loved embracing every moment, his tremendous energy, his fun and funky upbeat, dancy tunes to his soulful, jazz (where does it all come from, whoa) to his incredibly joyful and lovable Fa La La La La with the kids (just loved seeing that live) and his most sacred, reverent, glorious renditions of beautiful Christmas carols.  David had never been better or sounded better to me.

Of course I can imagine that every fan who has seen him on this tour, anywhere. would probably say the same.  It’s as though he pushes a button in his brain and he morphs into a jazz mode, then pushes another button and he’s in pop heaven, then another and he is immersed in the classic beauty of timeless carols with the most masterful expression and delivery of each song.  How does he do it? Only one so gifted and versatile as David could master that.  And that Voice. It only seems to get better, really just left me in awe at how naturally and powerfully it flows.

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Every song was a special highlight for me with phenomenal vocals and heart but one in particular was extra special….his beautiful rendition of O Holy Night.  My favorite Christmas carol, I have always wanted (badly) to hear David sing that song live.  That night I finally had my chance to hear it.  It was the most gorgeous, moving, heartfelt, reverent and powerful rendition of that song ever, for me. One of the most beautiful sounds I have ever been blessed to hear.

That song was also one of my dear mother’s favourite carols (she passed away this year) and at one point during the song it almost felt as though David was singing that song for me and for my mother … and for anyone else whose heart was filled to overflowing because of it. I honestly cannot describe how it made me feel. It truly made this first Christmas without my mom that much easier and that much more joyful. All I can say is thank you David, from the bottom of my heart.  It meant a great deal to me, so very special.

What a joy to see David live on this Christmas tour, I had such a great time!  Next to me was a delightful younger fan who was as fan happy as I was. I love how different worlds come together (the younger and the older) the older being myself, when it comes to David and his music.  We both got into the songs (no I’m not too old yet) ha, rooted for David together and tried to decipher his “amazingness” through eye contact at times.

Met some very nice people and almost ran into (literally) Jeanette McCurdy during intermission.  She is quite adorable.  So sweet that she was there along with many of David’s friends and people in the biz.  David has left me with the most wonderful memories, etched forever in the cells of my brain and my heart.

My mother would always tell me to do the things that bring me joy, the things I love to do.  Did travelling to this concert bring me joy? Was it something I loved to do?

Oh yes….big time!!!  The best Christmas gift for me this year.  I am so glad that I flew those thousand and seventy-eight miles (or 1,735 kilometres) :) to see David in action.

(oh…and the way David beats on that drum during the incredible LDB, the guy can play!  Have a feeling we might see him sitting behind a drum set one day and playing his heart out. It was the best encore)!  I can still hear the beats just as I can still hear David’s glorious voice in song.

Thank you David, your concert was nothing short of phenomenal for me!

Merry Christmas!   Feliz Navidad!

peppertara

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20 Responses to A Thousand Miles: A Vancouver fan’s Nokia recap

  1. TOfan says:

    Peppertara, I can’t tell you how much I loved reading your story… in tears now, happy ones that you got to finally get to a show and that it came during this first Christmas without your mom and brought such wonderful memories of her for you. {{{{hugs}}}}

    [bringing this over from end of last thread, from Awestruck… I admit I feel like I’m cheating on MKOC LDB by loving this Dapo version too, but I dooooo!!!!]
    The Christmas that keeps on giving:

    Dapo and Friends Christmas Album available for download

    http://dapoandfriendschristmas.com/

    David sings… ldb ahhhhh LITTLE DRUMMER BOY (one of my all time favorites)

    Also available on David’s official site

    *dies*

  2. awestruck says:

    peppertara – so wonderful to read your re-cap. The first time seeing David will always be special, but times after will still leave you reeling at his artistry. THIS first time for you, however, will have even more meaning knowing what it has done to help you and your first Christmas without your Mom.

    Not corny at all those candles lit for all, a beautiful picture that would be a wonder in reality. David bringing people together – yes he has that ability and desire.

    Thank you for this!

  3. peppertara says:

    Ah, thanks TOfan, awestruck. Yes, it definitely was very special for me. Brought me a kind of joy that came at time when I needed it. David does bring people together so well without even realizing it. That concert will always mean so much to me!
    Wow, that LDB from Dapo and friends….amazing! I am loving David’s lower register these days too. ;)
    Heard a couple of versions of “This Christmas” today on the radio and all I could think of was David and his incredible version of that song, so good!
    Thanks so much for your kind comments. <3

  4. pabuckie says:

    So happy you got to see him after waiting 3 years and I agree. That song “O Holy Night” is also my favorite Christmas Carol. Every year I look forward to hearing that song because for me it’s lyrics are the true meaning of Christmas. I’ve listened to everyone under the sun sing that song, but David’s reverent, powerful rendition is the absolute BEST. Stunning in all it’s GLORY. Enjoyed reading about how it made you feel good about your MOM.

  5. Kizzi says:

    peppertara – I am so excited that you made the journey and attended the concert at Club Nokia. Wonderful recap! Merry Christmas to you!

    ***********************************************
    Soulful, jazzy, happy b-day at Anaheim VIP “…to you, and you, and you, and you, and you, and you, yeah …” the runs *sigh*

  6. refnaf says:

    peppertara!!!! Awesome recap>> and I too am soooo happy that this is the tour you were able to get to….Every single song David chose for this concert is special, and the concert tells the Christmas story in a wondrrful way!!
    This is my question also>>> “It’s as though he pushes a button in his brain and he morphs into a jazz mode, then pushes another button and he’s in pop heaven, then another and he is immersed in the classic beauty of timeless carols with the most masterful expression and delivery of each song. How does he do it? ” I believe there are very few, if any, artists> that can do what he seems to do so effortlessly.
    What a blessing that you had peace about your mom>>> David’s voice can do so much ((((hug)))

  7. emmegirl says:

    peppertara, so happy that you made your “thousand mile” journey to see David. He touches us in ways he will never ever know.

    “The world is not the same because of it however and neither am I. Every nuance, every note left its mark and its vibration out there, in the world, in space and time, never to be erased just as it is never erased from your heart.”….I just love this..beautifully said. ♥

  8. abanana77 says:

    {{{peppertara}}} Sooo glad you got to go this year!! Oh Holy NIght was a very special song for me too, had been waiting a long time to hear him sing that live also. So glad you connected so well with David on that song. Not much can beat that feeling of pure connection through music <333

    Also loved what you wrote about how the "young" and "old" fans come together. When it comes to David fans, one thing I've learned is that it doesn't matter how old or how young you are. As long as you "get" David, everything else (age, gender, nationality, religion) seems so much less important. It's actually refreshing to have something like that, where you can go hang out with people you probably wouldn't normally hang out with, and genuinely enjoy yourself. I like it anyways :)

  9. peppertara says:

    Thanks everyone for your very nice comments. (((hugs)))
    pabuckie….so very true, David’s OHN….simply the best ever! Thank you emmegirl, Kizzi.
    refnaf…..yes, this concert definitely told the Christmas story in a wonderful way, only like David could do that, was brilliant.
    abanana. …love what you said about the young and the old too. It’s true, there are no barriers when it comes to David and his music (except maybe the song from his debut album)! That’s a barrier that I love. :) I think that’s the way David looks at his fans and at the world, he appreciates all and gives such respect to everyone.
    Wow, some real gems at the VIPs, David’s happy Birthday…..a classic! Love the you and you and you and you, haha. What….he sang Man In The Mirror (or part of it). OMH……would have loved to have been there. He really needs to sing the whole song, he must.

    • TOfan says:

      Totally agree, peppertara, he must sing the whole song!!!

      Fasten your seatbelts for this, folks, “This Christmas” Anaheim (thank youuuuu YouCanCallMeTina):

      …and this *sniff*

  10. TOfan says:

    Awesome backstage view of the band rocking out to LDB (& D’s drum-off with Steven, lol), vid taken by Steven’s wife! :)

  11. peppertara says:

    Popping in here quick. Those videos are outstanding! OMG…..that VIP GP/Let It Be….I can’t even describe……oh my, he really should do that one on his next tour. Had me in tears, Let It Be…one of my all time fave songs and absolutely love Good Place…..brilliant David. <3
    'This Christmas"…..holy moly and love David's band….incredible musicians!
    So happy for David playing on home turf tonight, will be amazing for him…and his fans.
    Thanks for the videos TOfan, was a treat!

  12. refnaf says:

    Gosh this tour is killing me….. these vids will be playing for me all through the cold days and nights of Jan. and Feb….. CAN NOT GET ENOUGH. I am hoping for a livestream tonight…. just sayin’

  13. Kizzi says:

    Just saw the announcement. Surprised, yet not. His decision and subsequent announcement alone are powerful statements of faith. He has never hidden his devoutness.

    I can just imagine him channeling his magic in music to two years of service to humankind! If people, who are searching for hope and for a doorway to the divine, paths intersect with David’s, well, they will have a most powerful experience…

    You, you may say
    I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
    I hope some day you’ll join us
    And the world will live as one

    Keep living your beautiful dreams David. :D

    • awestruck says:

      Kizzi – As usual you capture my thoughts completely

      “I can just imagine him channeling his magic in music to two years of service to humankind! If people’s, who are searching for hope and for a doorway to the divine, paths intersect with David’s, well, they will have a most powerful experience…”

  14. refnaf says:

    David’s announcement

    I am feeling such love and respect for him…. when you watch this it is very clear that this is something he needs to do. What hits me so hard is that he is following the same “feeling” of spirit that brought us to him through AI. I can only be thankful that he follows his heart, else we would not have experienced these past 3+ years, met other fans and have a collection of music and videos to wait with. Now we are here together , and will be ready when he comes back.

  15. awestruck says:

    Refnaf – we WILL be here and ready when he comes back. I’m still crying as I have just watched.

    Follow you heart David, it has steered you wrong.

  16. TOfan says:

    {{{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}} everyone … I’ve moved your comments to the next post/thread … possibly my last.
    :)

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