Rest in peace, Michael Johns

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Read rest HERE.

Such sad, sad news. Michael was one of my favourites from S7, loved his soulful voice and sense of humour. Can hardly believe it.
Here’s the Let It Be he sang with Brooke, David and Benton Paul:

Loved his version of this Dolly Parton song during S7:

Deepest sympathies to his family and friends, including David.
May Michael rest in peace.

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@DavidArchie good fan/bad fan questionnaire revisited

shockedThings have been simultaneously crazy and deadsville in the fandom lately… you know, the usual, so I thought it was time to repost this questionnaire to see where we stan, um, stand.

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I’ve never liked the terms “good fan” and “bad fan” … in my mind, we’re all just plain “fans” who have good days and bad days.

But hey, those terms are out there, so why not have an actual questionnaire that will let us know which side we fall on. Completely scientifically accurate, of course. :)

Calculators ready, aaaaand go!

The Officialish David Archuleta Fan Questionnaire

1. I have purchased every single David Archuleta album: Start with 10 points.

2. But I couldn’t bring myself to buy the stooopid memory box: Subtract 10 points.

3. I’m one of those people who spends most of David’s concerts filming or cell-casting them to share with others: Add 1,000,000 points.

4. I have been known to tweet “David Archuleta doesn’t walk, he floats on silver-lined clouds of magnificence that radiate with the perfection of a thousand stars”: You’re right… but subtract 1,000,000 points.

5. I’ve gifted other fans with concert tickets or CDs at least once: Add 500 points.

6. Pre-mission, I mailed several letters to David that included self-addressed envelopes… doused in perfume: Subtract 25 points and return the grass you stole from his yard.

7. I try to donate to David’s charities when I can: Add 65 points.

500653-david_archuleta_live_617_409-e12959217938518. I’ve been known to creep David’s friends and family on social media: Subtract a point for every incident… two points for downloading family photos.

9. I’ve gone way out of my comfort zone by traveling to faraway David performances: Add 100 points.

10. Cozying up to David’s team has wrangled me backstage/meet & greet opportunities: Subtract no points but feel the daggers of 1,000 jealous fans.

11. I power-voted for David on Idol: Add 1,000 points.

12. I fake-name-and-age voted for David for the Teen Choice Awards: Add 2,000 points… and you can throw out the Clearasil now.

13. I wish this was a pic of David and not his cousin Fernando: Subtract 25 points and wash your eyes out with soap.

14. I’ve never seen David live and my country will probably never be on his tour list but I’m still his forever fan: Add 2 million points.

15. I believe he’s keeping his hair so short because he doesn’t want anyone but himself selling his locks on eBay: You’re right… but still subtract 50 points.

16. I am listening to David’s music less and less and Beebs’ and Miley’s more and more: Subtract 50 points and smack yourself in the head.

17. I cried when he made his Announcement… with sorrow: Add 250 points.

18. I cried when he made his Announcement… with joy: Add 250 points.

19. I like his songs but download them for free online: Subtract all your points and set yourself on fire.

20. I have Chords of Strength memorized: Subtract all your points and set the book on fire.

21. I love Elevator: Add a bajillion points and come on by for cake anytime.

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Credit: Miranda Tacchia.

Now add up your points with your sharpie (you know you have one… just in case):

1-250: You barely scrape by as a fan. In fact, your stan card is under review for possible revocation. To be reinstated, you need to say four verses of Prayer of the Children and the Fa La La poem… aloud… on your lawn.

250-500: You’re a six-degrees-of-separation fan. You believe that if you stow away on Justin Timberlake’s tour bus, massage Jason Hewlett’s face, and tutor one of the ShayTard kids, you’ll eventually become bff ‘s with the Archuleta vet and get to hang with David. (Side note: The Archuleta vet’s not returning my calls for some strange reason.)

500-750: You are an average fan. You are so average, in fact, that you probably aren’t reading this because you aren’t extreme enough to troll Twitter or lurk on fan sites. It is rumoured you spell Archuleta with two “Ts”.

750-850: You are a good fan, except on the days when you’re a bad fan. You only criticize David, his team, his family, his beliefs, and other fans when they truly deserve it and you make sure you do so under the uber-creative screen names of “Anonymous,” “Lurker” or “Feel Free to Smack Me.”

850-1,000: You are a goodish fan. You only bought his Idol tracks and Glad Christmas Tidings. You might consider buying more if he comes back and duets with Susan Boyle.

1,000-1,200: You are a moderate fan. Moderately insane. You have so many David autographs, you’ve considered forging cheques with them. You sublet in Rancagua and sleep with a Josh Bradley body pillow.

1,200+: You are the perfect fan.* David has no clue who you are and he likes it that way. But he appreciates everything you do so much that when he looks straight into the camera during “Touch My Hand,” he is totally looking at you. For real.

*Yes, this was my score. Thanks for asking.

P.S.
ROFL – give this dad 1,000 points!

P.P.S.

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What happens in Ethiopia, stays in Ethiopia, right @DavidArchie?

A little too not over the fact that there were no videos of the songs David sang in Ethiopia (where is Jason when you need him? :) )…

Here’s what we do know, however (not really):

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Bob & Joyce in Africa
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Video snippet of David getting a “tip” :)

So how about you guys?? Wassup??

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@THEDAVIDCOOK FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!

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Cookie: “I love that dude to death, man.”
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Epic, epic moment… WHY WAS I NOT THERE?!?!?!

Or “honour” :)

Makes me want to…….

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Even MJ’s was on board! S7-nostalgia overload!!!

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Shorts + black socks + coolio hanging sunglasses + burgeoning fluffehish hair = WHO ARE YOU, MR. ARCHULETA???

(NOT going to comment on the shorts/black-almost-knee-socks combo because I tweeted about it last night and got virtually body-checked offline! Yikes!)

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Another angle (in HD :) ):

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From the lovely and amazing Abrra!!!

 
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More great pics HERE.

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A @DavidArchie tour like no other….

BREAKING NEWS!!!! DAVID BLOGGED AGAIN!!!!

datourwrap1“This week we finished the Military Tribute Tour. We went back to Kuwait for 3 shows, and then did our last show on the tour in Djibouti. It was a bittersweet experience having it come to an end, but it made such an impact on me.”

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Click pic 4 vid (*DYINGGGGG*)

Click pic 4 vid (*DYINGGGGG*)

Confession: I’m probably over-sensitive about things. And although I’ve been loving Jason’s incredibly detailed blogs, his Raptor-face pics frighten me. Seriously.

But this latest blog is all kinds of awesome….

From this:

“I am continually amazed at Dean’s wit, his genius on the piano, his spirit which pretty much can barely be held inside the bounds of his physical body.”

To this:

“And David, he is a most wonderful gift to our earth. His spirit is great, his heart is pure, his example something I wish I could emulate.”

To this:

“The spirit was there, the feeling of love and respect was strong, as we heard testimonies from those of many faiths. What an experience!”

And this:

“Encouraged by some to take the stage, as audience members are to run up and put money in the shirts of the dancers, I hesitated too long and never got my chance. It wasn’t meant to be. But next came a real special moment, when the restaurant owner approached our table and begged David to sing….

“David tried to let them know he wasn’t prepared and was embarrassed, but not in a jerky way, just in a ‘who told them I could sing?’ kind of way. After enough prodding he took the stage. Dean brought his guitar in case he’d have a chance to play with the band. When introduced the crowd kind of took notice and clapped a little, but once he laid into the first line of ‘Stand By Me’ with ‘When the night has come’, there was a collective gasp and everyone reached for their phones to record it. [WE ARE WAITING PATIENTLY PEOPLE!!!!!!!]

“With the flutes and drumbeats, and whatever other instruments were on stage, backing Dean and David’s performance, this was something most unique to witness. The cheers following the song lead to him throwing down REM’s, ‘Everybody Hurts’ to which the audience chanted ‘ONE MORE! ONE MORE!’ upon his finish.

“Turning red from embarrassment we returned to our seats to sit back down and then came the flood. The whole room seemed to converge on David like a swarm of flies to a recent kill. We had to flank him with our people as we rushed him out of the place for his own safety. One guy grabbed David, in a headlock for a picture, Dan and I ripped the guy’s arm off David and yelled, “Hey, NO Touch!” It got scary quick. [I imagine David saying: 'Where's that bomb-suit when you need it?!?!']

“And that was our night.

“Hahahahahahaha

“As we drove away people were taking pictures of the van, looking in, it was like the Beatles but wrapped in one person. To scare them off I did my Raptor face out the window, which did scare a few people.”

:)

And most of all this:

“Upon our return to our homes, I feel a greater peace than I’ve ever felt. The peace that only comes when you have done something for the right reason, for the service and love of others.” (Read whole blog HERE.)

This isn’t a tour any of us could attend. This isn’t a tour that could be crappy cellcast or live-tweeted. This isn’t a tour where we could watch 62928347 versions of every single song on YouTube… um, a bunch of times. But somehow it was perfect, wasn’t it?

Amazing.

How about you guys?? What are your thoughts about this tour? (And please do share, I’m getting so bored with my own words, lol.)

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Dean’s FB post (& more pics) HERE.

Credit: Dean's FB.

Credit: Dean’s FB.

Credit: Dean's FB

Credit: Dean’s FB

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@DavidArchie is DA BOMB, baby!

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“Going to light. It. Up. Like it’s dy-na-mite! heh heh”

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D. did not get the flip-flop memo.

D. did not get the flip-flop memo.

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"Can I go back to the bunny suit?"

“Can I go back to the bunny suit?”

And from @rhiminee’s hilarious Tumblr:

"Really, though...."

“Really, though….”

How ready are you guys to see some VIDEOS from this tour???!!!!!

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You really MUST read this! LOL (Click to see the rest)

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Oh, and remember he was in Costa Rica? (Seems like a long time ago, lol.)

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Yikes, @DavidArchie!!!

Yes, I admit, I did want to see a pic of David wearing one of those body armour helmets… but not like this… in a helicopter getting shot at!!!!! *someone hold me*

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“I’m at 63, soldier, how YOU doin’?”

But then there’s this….

"All you beauuuuuutiful girls.... oh, wait"

“All you beauuuuuutiful girls…. oh, wait”

And this….

PSX90??? That's for wimps!

PSX90??? That’s for wimps!

And this….

brb *DYINGGGGG*

brb *DYINGGGGG*

And this….

"Excuse me... is this the snack room?"

“Excuse me… is this the snack room?”

And this…

"Whoah, he is tall...."

“Whoah, he is TALL….”

And this….

"What, no Standing O??"

“What, no Standing O??”

And this….

"hmm, Twitter's pretty quiet tonight...."

“hmm, Twitter’s dead tonight….”

And this…..

"Yes, I do have a patterned pocket. Do you have a problem with that??"

“Yes, I do have a patterned pocket. Do you have a problem with that??”

from Jason’s new blog…

Excerpt: “David Archuleta – I’ve said all that can possibly be said about this great young man who is truly one of the great examples I’ve ever been around. His voice is as the angels of heaven, his heart is pure, his obedience rivals Nephi. Amazing ability to craft each song, care for creating a moment for the audience rather than worrying about making it sound good for his own glory, rather hoping they will feel something, and what’s awesome is that they always do.”

Read the rest of his amazing novel here. :)

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More pics!

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and videooooo … thanks, Jonerzz!!!

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Bring Him Home… I have no words for this, @DavidArchie

Top Gun, baby.

Top Gun, baby.

UPDATE:
Thanks to GrammyJ for posting this in the comments:


A full video of David singing a most sublime version of Bring Him Home … I’m talking, regular tissues won’t cut it, grab a Costco-size pack of paper towels… full-out sobbing here… in a good way.

And the most lovely Abrra has made an mp3 has made a brand-new mp3 with enhanced audio, download HERE, it’s a bit fuzzy but still GLORIOUS…

I kept thinking how it must’ve been to be sitting there, a tough soldier, not wanting to burst into tears, oh man.

Also, here’s an excerpt from Dean Kaelin’s latest FB post:

“Wow, the time seems to really be flying by. It is amazing that we only have one more week. Jason and I were “roomies” at Bagram Air Base and got along really well. We got up early (5:30am), ate and had to go through customs before leaving the country. (We have had to wake up early most every morning, but I haven’t minded for some reason.) There were somewhat tearful goodbyes as the 2 people who have been in charge of our tour over here and have traveled with us at every point said goodbye. They said they loved our show and that it was probably the best they had had, especially since it was so different than anything else they had seen, and also because it had an uplifting feeling and strong, positive messages. They invited us back at any time. In fact they asked if we could come back in October! They were talking with David about possibly doing a tour to Honduras. We’ll see.”
Read rest HERE.

Even the outlines drawn on the fence are running to get closer to D. :)

Even the outlines drawn on the fence are running to get closer to D. :)

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How about you guys??? Have you heard/seen BHH yet?? What did you think? Feel? Are you now seriously dehydrated??

P.S.
This service member went from this:

To this:

And this:

To this: :)

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More awesome pics HERE.
And HERE.
And still more HERE.

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DAVID ARCHULETA FOR PRESIDENT!!!

Sorry, David, you got bumped for Dean’s latest FB post, which mentions NEW SETLIST and HIS VOICE SOUNDING “REALLY GREAT” (and which “Hero” song do they mean? Mariah Carey’s? Enrique’s? hmm)

His stripes make it look like they've just taken him prisoner... the most super adorkable prisoner. :)

His stripes make it look like they’ve just taken him prisoner… the most upbeat prisoner ever, lol.

Today was our last day in Afghanistan. We started by going around to some of the places where soldiers were working in the Bagram Air Base and probably wouldn’t get a chance to come to our show. We did little “mini-shows” for them where Dan told a story, Jason did some funny bits and David sang a song and I accompanied on guitar. They seemed to really appreciate it since they are the “behind the scenes people” with loading and maintenance, etc on 24 hour shifts and are often forgotten.

We also got a chance to tour the airfield. We saw A-10s and F-16s (fighter planes) and got great information about them and what they can do. We saw a few take-off as well. They are LOUD! There were a couple of Air Guard units that are currently based here out of Kansas and Alabama. They are just “regular guys” with normal jobs, but are also in the guard and they got deployed. They were really nice to us and seemed very appreciative that we had taken the time to come to them. They are going out on missions every day.

We did our biggest show so far in the “Clam Shell” in the evening. Once again we performed in a giant tent with winds howling outside and blowing the canvas on the tent around. The sound was pretty “echoie” since it was a large space with a cement floor. They use it as a full court basketball court as well as other things. We had a private dinner with the two base generals. They were very gracious. Military leaders all have their own special coin created. When someone offers exceptional service, the leader will sometimes “coin” the person. They do this by placing the coin in their palm and then shaking your hand, passing the coin to you. We have been “coined” at nearly all of the places we have performed. So I have a very cool collection of coins to bring home as souvenirs.

The show was probably our best so far. The audience was great. They were very responsive, laughed and seemed to really enjoy it. The show clicked along really well. We changed things up a bit and David and I started with two songs we hadn’t done so far; “Stand by Me” and “Fields of Gold”. The other songs we did were “Crush”, “Imagine”, “Hero”, “Everybody Hurts”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and he did “Bring Him Home” as an encore. His voice sounded really great in the echoing “Clam shell”. Jason was really funny. Dan’s stories clicked and all and all we felt it was a great way to end our tour of Afghanistan. When “Vertical Horizons” was here on July 4th there were a couple of incoming mortars that hit nearby in the middle of their show so everyone had to hit the ground with their hands over their head until the “all clear” was given after several minutes and they were able to finish their show. Unfortunately we didn’t have that kind of excitement this time! haha

More pics from Dean HERE.

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(You knew that was coming, right? :) )

MORE BREAKING NEWS!!!! DAVID ACTUALLY BLOGGED!!!! (oh and I got my body-armour pic wish! :) :) :)

"I don’t think that’s how you properly salute, but oh well haha. We have to wear the body armor sometimes when we travel from one base to another on military aircraft here in Afghanistan."

“I don’t think that’s how you properly salute, but oh well haha. We have to wear the body armor sometimes when we travel from one base to another on military aircraft here in Afghanistan.”

Hey everyone,

I have written a letter to my family and friends, but I decided that I should share it with all of you as well:

First off, I am sorry that I can never write less than an essay and that my emails are always so long! But please bear with me and my imperfections with this one.

I wanted to write to all of you seeing as this last week has been quite incredible for me. Right now I am writing this to you as blasting winds full of dust attack my face and my eyes (I’m outside to have some time to myself). I am currently in Afghanistan, and as I don’t know when I will ever be here again I would like to take the time to write to you under interesting circumstances.

What am I doing here? I was invited by a man named Dan Clark. He is a world renown speaker who is the main contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He has spoken many, many times to the troops all over the world. We are joined by a professional impersonator/comedian named Jason Hewlett (he’s hilarious), and my voice trainer Dean Kaelin (accompanying me on the piano and guitar, and performing himself a number) to do a military tour. It is a tour with the focus to inspire and give an uplifting message to the troops as we entertain.

July 8th we left for the Middle East. We began in the country of Bahrain– a country I had never even heard of before. Afterwards we went to Kuwait. It was amazing to see how empty it is here terrain-wise: sand, sun, dust, and desert. However, due to oil and gas these are very wealthy countries. We visited an Islamic mosque and I was amazed to see that they believe in prophets, and even believe in Jesus Christ… As a prophet of God; not as the Only Begotten, yet they believe that He will come again. It is Ramadan here which is the month of fasting, where they cannot eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. We cannot eat or drink in front of them, and have to keep long-sleeve shirts and pants when in public Muslim-eye to not offend their traditions.

Anyway, this is a military tour, not a desert tourist trip. I wanted to express my love for these military men and women. Here in Afghanistan– along with in Iraq–they are in combat and there are attacks going on. I was surprised at the friendships and the respect the local people have with and for the troops, as the reason why we have been in these countries is to protect these people from opposing groups who seek for power and are extremists and terrorists trying to overtake the countries. We are now making transitions to let the Afghan military take charge of defending their own country so that they may strengthen their own sense of duty and value those rights and liberties more by taking the lead themselves.

We have met so many fathers who have yet to meet their newborn babies in person; they are out in this blazing heat of 100-140 degrees day to day (and wow it feels like a hair-dryer blowing in your face!). We have seen and felt their appreciation for us being here as we “come out of our way” to meet with them, perform for them, and let them know we love them — it is the LEAST we can do!! It is amazing to have them come up and say, “you don’t know how much this means to us. Thank you for coming to see us and break the routine. You bring a piece of home.”

These are people who learn what the word “duty” means. They literally put their lives on the line with rockets being shot at the bases, mines exploding their and civilians’ paths, and suicide bombers coming at them. It is real, but they do it because of their duty to our families and to our country, and to their duty to protecting countries and people who cannot do it alone. How grateful I am for their dedication and for them being awakened to their duty.

I hope the next time you see one of these service men and women, you think of their commitment that they have to this duty: to protecting our amazing and beautiful country where we have freedom, and working to help others have freedom as well. We take what we have for granted– whether- we go to the air-conditioned malls, or sit at our peaceful homes bored. Let us think twice about our liberty that we have in this promised land, and how God has truly blessed us. During this trip we are also getting to do some special faith-based events that we call firesides. It has been a wonderful bonus to the trip.

We have one more week of shows, and I will try and give you another (shorter) update as we come to a close.

I hope you are all well!

David

*SOBS* … no idea why, it just got to me for some reason… It’s been great hearing about the tour through Jason, Dan and Dean’s eyes but I think what we were all waiting on the edge of our seats for was DAVID’s take on things. I know I was…. Please go see the rest of his pics & leave a comment, guys, HERE!

What do you guys think??? Is he not Everything & More David than ever? Does he not make you even more uber-proud to be his fan?? Are you not happy I made that wish for a body-armour pic?? :)

(Which is also on D’s Instagram btw)

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Imagine needs to come first… as the lovely Ms. B. commented on the last thread, “In the Imagine world, nobody would be shot at or shot down.” … Amen to that, my friend!

Dean’s latest FB post:

DeanFlagOk, today was much more peaceful. I didn’t mean to make everyone nervous with my last post. We actually feel very safe here. The soldiers are doing a great job and we are exclusively on bases throughout our tour. However, we are in a war zone and things are constantly happening. Troops go out on missions daily either by air or on ground.

We flew on a C-130 plane to Jalalabad which is fairly close to the border with Pakistan. It was probably collectively our favorite day on the tour thus far. The troops were super happy to see us. They gave us a great tour of their base, which was like a small village. The perimeter of this camp was 3.5 miles. The biggest problem here is with IEDs, which are the hidden explosives that insurgents hide in the ground. There is a group of brave young men that go out frequently to check for and dig up these explosives before they can hurt anyone. There is amazing equipment that helps them be able to do it with relative safety. There is tons of high-tech stuff as well.

This is also a big helicopter air base and we got a great tour about the blackhawk and apache helicopters. We also visited the med station. There were several huge David Archuleta fans there. It was really fun. We performed a mini-concert for them since they were working and would not be available to come to the show. The show was in the camp chapel. There was a huge U.S. flag as our backdrop so it looked really cool.

The terrain was much different here; quite a bit of water (lakes, rivers) and lower elevation (900 feet), so it was hot and humid. Yesterday we were really high (7600 feet), and Bagram is 4500 feet).

At the end of the day we flew back to Bagram on a Chinook helicopter again. No excitement in the flights today! Here are a few pictures.

Thank you, Dean!!!

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Maybe David needs a tutorial on “camouflage”? :)

Nice try, D... we see you!

Nice try, D… we see you!

More here.

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And you know I’m going to post any possible Canadian connection to David, right? lol Dapo Torimiro posted this on FB — congrats to Toronto’s Nasri Atweh, lead singer of Magic!:

#tbt Dapo, David Archuleta, and Nasri (Magic!) at DMP_Studio. Congrats to Nasri and his group Magic! on scoring their first #1 single “Rude” on iTunes today!! #singer #songwriter #nasri #magic #rude #dapo #davidarchuleta #songwriting — with Dapo Torimiro, David Archuleta, Lisa Murray and Nasri Atweh.
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66020056And here are the tweets from Nasri (back when he was with The Messengers) from their songwriting session slash Mario Kart game, back in 2010 (thanks, BeckyFOD!):
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Anywayyyys, thought this was cool….

P.P.S.

From the lovely and amazing Abrra, from the comments on the last thread:

From Abrra’s Candy Jar
I took the snippets of David singing Imagine from Dan Clark’s video and put them in MP3 format.

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Audio (.MP3)
http://www.mediafire.com/download/zk8p2pjsammf2bq/Imagine+snippet.mp3

I made ringtones from BHH for iPhone and Andriod. Find them in the main Middle East folder.
https://www.mediafire.com/folder/666tvd9b6256v/Middle_East_Shows

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BREAKING NEWS: Imagine snippets!!!!!

BREAKING NEWS!!!!
SNIPPETS OF DAVID SINGING IMAGINE TO TROOPS!!!!!! SOMEONE HOLD MEEEEE!!!!!!!

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and ohmyheck, Dean Kaelin’s latest FB post gave me heart failure:

“Yesterday we got up early and boarded a Chinook helicopter wearing our battle gear and were flown to an FOB (Forward Operating Base) in the central part of Afghanistan. It was about a 30 minute ride. On the way we crossed over hills and the rebels shot at our helicopter. There were two machine guns mounted on either side of the helicopter we were on that fired down on the rebels as the helicopter made defensive maneuvers. ” Rest HERE.

Sidenote: Is it wrong that I’m scared for D., but also want to see a picture of him in battle gear? *hides*

MUST READ: Jason’s latest blog HERE. … We all knew David would not be pleased with that sleeping-on-the-plane pic but I guess now Jason knows that too… sounds like he’s also finding out why we’re all such huge fans of D’Arch… because he’s David.

EXCERPT: “But it drove the nail in the coffin today as we were sitting on a Chinook on our way from one base to another as we sailed the skies above Afghanistan. I was filming everything, as always, taking pictures, capturing the amazing moment to share with everyone later, and when I set my stuff down, over the roar of the engine, David waved over at me and did two signs: SLEEP and NO PHOTO. And he proceeded to pass out from our long day. For David, the most humble, quiet, considerate human being I think I’ve ever met, to have done that I realized Oh Man, What Have I Done?

That’s when I came to the conclusion I owe a real apology, in public and in private, to this great man. He knows little to no privacy. Even when we fly all over this huge world, and arrive at the bases bordering countries all apparently founded by some family with the last name “Stan”: Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan… In Afghanistan there are American and Filipino females standing with full toothed smiles, bright eyes, iPads above their heads with his photo on it, music blaring to “Crush” as David walks into the room unaware he’s about to be ambushed. His giggles of embarrassment ensue as everyone comes toward him like little zombie babies at a Church nursery; arms outstretched, wailing and gnashing of teeth, foaming at the mouth, pink eye dripping, snot flowing, diapers dragging on the floor, marching toward the prison gated door upon the arrival of a recently missing parent. Everyone wants to gobble him up. And yet he’s so gracious, he allows everyone to take photos with him, and he’ll stay until the last person has had their chance to be able to interact with him for a few seconds.

This past week and a half I’ve seen him do a phone greeting for several people, ask a girl to a dance on video from a suitor, hold up a sign for a father for his daughter at home, sign a guitar, do push-ups with a soldier, and even sign a unicorn mask. I mean, if he’s not signing his own CD for an hour following the show, or standing to take 10,607 photos with the same person, then he’s signing the inside of a soldier’s hat, reluctantly, asking them if they’re sure that’s what they really want, and willing to oblige if that makes the fans smile…

He’s the most reluctant superstar I’ve ever seen. Not that he doesn’t want to be successful, that’s an entirely different thing. He’s all about touching people’s hearts and works his tail off to make that a reality, helping them feel moved by music, and takes it very serious. His humility is real. His shyness is well documented, but when called upon to share his ability as a speaker and messenger, even without singing, takes even the best inspirational presenters aback. Few words spoken yet so well chosen. He delivers with the spirit, coupled with song and it leaves a grown man in tears. He’s just a wonderful, caring, helpful, fun, nice, everything you’d expect from afar and more than you could understand from outside kind of person.

In the mornings I hear him in the other room singing. As his Twitter Bio says, “I’m David. I like music”. Yep, that’s true in every sense of the word. He’s rooming with Dan Clark and I’m hanging with Dean Kaelin. I said to Dan, “I think I can hear you snoring through the wall, Dan. I thought there was an air raid in your room, which ended with a fight between Godzilla and a Grizzly Bear! I’m sure if David snored it would be a cantata, or Les Mis….” To which Dan said, “Yeah, he wakes up singing. I thought it was my alarm clock going off too early and I almost threw him across the room!” To which I responded, “I thought I had died and was being welcomed by the heavenly choir but it was just David humming upon waking….”

We laugh about it because he’s just so good at what he does, cares so much to create a powerful, moving moment for his audience, crafts each note of each song with care, and is at the end of the day just such a good human being.

I don’t write this to be anything but honest about what is, and this is the whole truth. I’m sure if David were to read this he’d be embarrassed by my praise of him, but that’s just how we all feel about him, plain and simple.

For that reason I want to publicly apologize to David, and let it be known I was just trying to be cute and tell the story, and that’s just not a good enough excuse to invade someone’s privacy.” Read whole blog HERE.

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Dean5317_10152266419205017_4513093756519102172_n(You may be sensing a theme here. :) )

Seriously though, had to chuckle at David’s tweet:

Like he JUST got Internet when Jason and Dan and Dean have been blogging, tweeting and FBing like crazy… oh, David.

And thank goodness they have, otherwise we’d know NADA, if it were up to dear D.

Here’s Dean’s latest FB post… the last lines… *sobs*.

EXCERPT: “…We toured the base and got a special tour of the detention center where Afghan terrorists are detained, tried and sentenced. In the evening we came back and did a show for all of the MPs at the detention center. The concert was under a tent and the wind was really whipping outside. Jason made the comment, “This is the first time I’ve ever done a show in a tent, or a hurricane!” They were really appreciative of the show. It meant a lot to them to have us there and help them escape the stress, uncomfortable weather and occasional boredom of their situation as well as being away from their families. One young man announced that his wife just gave birth to their first child, a son, and he was going to be in Afghanistan for another 10 months. It was a very tender experience. They all stayed after to talk and get pictures. One dad had written “Hi Sarah” on a sign and had David hold it while he got his picture taken with David so that he could send it home to his daughter who was a fan. More when I can.”

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New pics!

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David and the ladieeees. :)

David and the ladieeees. :)

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Can someone tell me what D's holding?? LOL

Can someone tell me what D’s holding?? LOL

More here.

And Dan Clark update here:

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