“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
~ Howard Thurman
I wasn’t really surprised when David made his announcement last December. I was, however, a little surprised. A few other uber fans had told me months prior, right after Twitter Gate occurred, that they KNEW he was going to announce such. I was definitely in the ‘It Won’t Happen’ camp. Duh on me. Ha! Ha! Ha!
It’s good to be wrong. Humble pie eaten periodically is quite beneficial and certainly a healthy mental diet nutrient.
Yet when he announced his hiatus from the music world for a 2 year mission, it did make a lot of sense. It was certainly an “A-Ha” moment. A culmination of what was, what is and what will be, all swirled together like a multi-flavor soft serve ice cream cone ready for consumption. With those new flavors intertwined, what would we fans find palatable? It became a time to catch up to what is and then taking up the opportunity during this hiatus to get to what will be, whatever that ends up being.
Being a David fan at this most definitely outrageous level has created a ton (to the Nth degree) of personal awareness. Certainly charitable giving has come to the forefront in many fans’ consciousness.
David has brought to his fans attention since his American Idol debut in 2008 charitable causes such as ChildFund, Invisible Children, DoSomething.org, Habitat For Humanity, Lisa Lopes Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Music for Relief, Stand Up To Cancer, We Are The World Foundation, Rising Star Outreach, Angels for a Cause and others.
Like most of you I have had a lifetime of being devoted to cherished charitable causes. Along comes David and my antennae evolve to new heights, develop novel sensors. Yes, the world has expanded and there is now a rich magnitude of awareness and a fresh depth of joy in charitable giving.
I have come to the conclusion that David is as devoted to others in need as he is to his music. That passion resonates profoundly. It echoes exquisitely through the depths and breadth of one’s spirit and soul.
With his new album BEGIN., and the snippets that most of us have enjoyed, I am all the more inspired to continue to expand my awareness of the needs of those in need.
BEGIN. is indeed a concrete message of a new launch. “If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change….”
In the 90 second snippet, “Broken” evokes the sense of wanting to help, to heal. The covers are raw emotion on the grill, flaming up with bursts of beauty, rare, tender giving, open, vulnerable, and so melodiously real for all to view and consume.
And, finally, it is for us to enjoy the evolution of David Archuleta, the Musician, the Singer, the Missionary and the Philanthropist. A life lesson in the giving of oneself….“I’m Gonna Make A Change…Gonna Make A Difference, Gonna Make It Right . . .”
Somos el mundo, nosotros somos el pueblo….We are the world, we are the people….
Things are Gonna Get Better
Although Walt Whitman is credited with these words, David, too, could lay claim:
Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, when I give… I give myself.
David on BEGIN. — Part 2:
While in the studio recording the BEGIN. album David talks about the next 2 years, the decision he has made and what some of the challenges he might face.
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