This video for David Archuleta’s banger Faith in Me is Everything & More (sorry, could not resist)… actually, it’s more than EAM because I wasn’t a huge fan of that song tbh lol … but I digress 🙂 …
Back to flailing myself around the room to FIM because what David does in this video is almost literally what I’ve been doing around my house to this song, hahaha (minus the elevator, the road, the football field and the pool 🙂 )
I declare here in “print” that this is my favourite video David’s ever done. From his bureau hop/slide at the beginning right through to the twist ending, I LOVED EVERY MINUTE!!
And the song FIM is amazing, why he’s not spamming TikTok with it (like everyone else seems to do), and starting dance challenges, I have no idea. Just want everyone to hear it, you know?
Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen it… & a message to those who haven’t seen it: WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU??!! Are you currently trapped under something heavy??!! If so, my sympathies because you’re missing this amazing videooooo!!!!
I actually laughed out loud at spots. David peering over that fence? Hysterical! David falling into the pool?? HOWLed!!! His “peppermint twist” in the elevator?? ICONIC!!!
And this is the video where we finally see David dancing down the street in a wet T-shirt?! ay ay ay
I’ve seen comments referencing Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller, Footloose and other ’80s classics but the first one that came to mind for me was Back to the Future… it’s got hints of them all while being wholly original and perfectly David, you know?
Joseph was clearly an awesome experience for David and it shows… he’s, like, UNLEASHED here! Beautiful to see!! ❤
What about you guys?? What were your favourite parts? (Try to narrow it down to 10… if you can. 🙂 )
Here are some screen shots, just ‘cuz:
Awesome interview with Glenn Rowley at Billboard. READ HERE.
David’s “relaxing” thank you message. 🙂 Thank YOU, David!!!!!
I love it so much I even bought in from iTunes… TWICE! hahaha
It just makes me want to get in my car and put the top down… I don’t have a convertible, small detail🙂 … and race for hours on the highway with Faith in Me blasting through my speakers! Woooohooooooooo!!!!!
Where do I begin? I want to tell you about a musical about dreams coming true and I feel like my dreams just did come true. I mean, getting to see the one, the only, David Archuleta in an Andrew Lloyd Webber masterpiece?! Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat??!! To quote one of his Idol songs, “In This Moment,” how can a window encompass perfection?
And the whole experience was just that… perfection.
Oh, except the weather, lol.
The Tuacahn amphitheatre is stunningly beautiful but it’s also completely outdoors! Which is awesome on a starry night but totally stressful when thunder starts rumbling, lightning starts flashing and the rain starts sprinkling your plastic poncho (a garment so hot I felt like stripping down to what David was wearing … or should I say not wearing! 😆 … throughout the show… more on that later 🙂 ).
Here’s my shot of the dark clouds… yikes.
The show was on hold at first… waiting to see if it was safe to continue… but the crowd was so much fun, I almost forgot I was terrified that (a) the show would be cancelled, or (b) David would be hit by lighting and get an unexpected perm.
I mean, we all did the wave a few times (why is that always so much fun? lol), then together we all sang “Don’t Stop Believin'” “YMCA,” “We Will Rock You,” and, lastly, Happy Birthday to someone’s grandma (led by a great group of theatre students in the back rows). Then miraculously the show went on!!! (After a towelling down of the stage, when the crowd started chanting, “LET’S GO, STAGE CREW!!)
Someone behind me said, “Do you think David Archuleta wants to slip and slide on his butt down those stairs?” Excellent point. However, he did tumble off the edge of the stage near the beginning, when twirling around to show everyone his new coat and the wind seemed to catch it and blow him over… thankfully people in the front helped him right back up and he didn’t miss a beat. What a pro!
Finally the big moment came and the show started. I don’t think it’s giving away any spoilers to say the roar of the crowd when David made his appearance was deafening. And not just from me. I got actual chills. It’s the first time I’ve heard his voice live since 2019 and I wasn’t prepared for how emotional that made me. Not exaggerating when I say he sounds better than ever.
I also wasn’t prepared for how hilarious he was… we all kinda know that… but he was doing it in character, both physical comedy, his facial expressions, little gestures, one-liners and interactions with the rest of the cast (who were incredibly talented).
Then, after one hysterically funny scene, he somehow transitions to a dark, intense, powerful performance of Close Every Door that brought me to tears. It was made even more dramatic by the actual lightning bolts lighting up the sky. I’ve taken the liberty of drawing them into this professional photo to give you an idea.
And as much as I didn’t want it to be raining (and slippery on stage for everyone), watching a shirtless David covered in dew drops belting out Close Every Door from the edge of the stage while lightning flashed over his head is not something I’ll ever forget. Like, wow.
The pace of the show is also lightning fast with incredible choreography, funny set-pieces and a sweet children’s choir that joins in all the fun. The narrator (played by Katie Lamark) has an amazing voice and I loved the way she interacted with the other characters, Joseph included… a real highlight.
More highlights are seeing David’s acting chops in action … let’s just say Josh Bradley’s all grown up 🙂 … you get to see him play happy, terrified, confused, delighted, scary, bossy, hilarious… the whole David Enchilada!
I think what I loved most about it all was how the director and his team tailored the show for David’s personal journey. He starts in a leather jacket and jeans, holding a microphone as if he’s doing a concert, wearing a black tie that reminded me of his mission suit. Then, at the end, that outfit comes back (minus the tie).
All goes silent, a mist rises, and David starts to sing a cappella:
I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain To see for certain what I thought I knew Far far away, someone was weeping But the world was sleeping Any dream will do
Before he started singing, you could literally hear a pin drop, it was so silent… it was like everyone was holding their breath.
Then, as David walks up the tall stairs, each one lights up in a rainbow colour… I was an emotional mess. He stands tall at the top revealing the rainbow lining of his jacket… David himself has a rainbow lining… accckkk I’m getting emotional again just typing this, it was so beautiful.
I apologize if I’ve given away too much, I’ve tried not to, there are so many fun surprises in the show. Hearing and feeling the love of the sold out crowds for David was also thrilling. (And hearing people around me say things like, “he is so good!” and “his voice is incredible!”) The megamix number at the end gets everyone on their feet, and the whole cast gets a great ovation but for sure, the biggest cheers are for David when he comes back in his amazing dreamcoat. Here’s my capture of the ending twirl.
This dream came true for me and I’m so grateful… but I also have another dream… for everyone to see this!! Really hope this production either goes to Broadway or they record a live version and share.
Go! Go! Go! David!!! … any dream will do!!!!
Some links to check out for more pecs… I mean pics!!!!:
In case you missed it, here’s David Archuleta’s insta live from yesterday. It’s got everything! A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer… on the floor. 🙂
The question in Spanish is “What does it feel like to be gay?” And David’s reply (paraphrasing courtesy of the lovely Donna) is:
“It is all I have known, so it just feels like me. I don’t know how it feels to be heterosexual, though I have tried many times, for most of my life, until I published my message last year. I tried to deny it and tried to get married to women three times but they always said, ‘you are so cold.’ They wanted a connection but I couldn’t give that to them.”
And in case you don’t get a chance to read through all the comments, here are some beautiful, eloquent replies from David. He speaks so purely from the heart like no one I’ve ever seen. So incredibly proud to be a fan of his, more now than ever before. (And, like, I was a pretty big fan before, hahaha.). The first bunch are his reply to this comment 😥 :
“My heart breaks for you. Yes, God is full of grace, but He doesn’t forgive perpetual sin. We all sin, it’s whether we act on that sin. And not everyone is meant to marry David, so you may be one who is meant to just exist how you are but do not act on your sin and do not marry. I will continue to pray for you.”
Beautifully put, David, just beautiful. ❤ ❤ ❤
Also love this comment:
And if you want to hear the two singing parts again… because David… here you go:
Hi guys, it’s been a minute, lol. But I wanted to share these links for anyone who missed seeing David at the LoveLoud festival last night. As the lovely and amazing Tina said in her comment, he was “incandescent.”
Here’s video taken by the lovely Melissa from right in the crowd! Those cheers! ❤ (Thank you, Melissa!!!!!)
I’m still feeling overwhelmed from watching the livestream (soooo grateful for that, btw), I can’t imagine how powerful it must’ve been to be there live.
So many feelings came pouring through for me. Everything David said. How emotional he got. That he was speaking — and singing! — publicly for the first time in months! How precious that beautiful voice of his is, how healing it is, and yet he needs to heal. What a risk he was taking testing out his voice in such a huge venue at such a large event because he needed to give a message of love and support to LGBTQIA+ youth. It was just too much, just too much… in a good way, lol.
When David got choked up when he first came on stage … realizing that when he recorded the intro clip a couple of years ago, not only did he still have dark hair but that he was still in the dark about his true self… it took me right back to the night of his mission “Announcement”… in 2011, also in SLC.
I’ve never been able to go back and watch that video and now I think I know why. We know now (from what David’s shared in videos and interviews) that back then, he was in a broken place. (I mean, he even wrote a song not long after called “Broken” 😥 ) He was desperate then to “change” himself, to leave everything behind and try to “fix” himself. It literally pains me to watch that announcement and maybe, even though I didn’t know what was going on with him then, on some level those dark feelings came through? idk, I may be way far off… hindsight is always 20/20, right? lol
But it felt like his tears last night came from a place where he’s been putting those broken pieces back together… finally starting to feel whole… in his words, not being afraid of who he is any longer but seeing the beauty we have always seen and felt in him.
It’s the complete opposite of the announcement vid for me, I could watch this one over & over and cry right with him, clutching my heart the whole time like I was last night, lol and loving the waves of love coming his way from that wonderful cheering crowd.
His words are always so meaningful and authentic and cut right to the heart of things but maybe because we missed hearing them for two long months, they hit home like never before:
“It’s a beautiful thing to be queer.”
“All of me is worth loving and all of you is worth loving.”
We love you, David! ❤
I’ve made a donation and if you’d also like to do so (or to learn more), click: LoveLoud Foundation
I’m sure most of you visiting here have watched David Archuleta’s 50+-minute Instagram video by now. But if you haven’t, I strongly encourage you to. [TRIGGER WARNING, however: It’s raw, it’s emotional, and he discusses suicidal ideation and trauma.]
He bares his soul as a way to work through some of the struggles he’s dealing with right now. I especially recommend watching it if you were raised in a faith tradition (like my own, for example, Roman Catholicism) that prohibits same-sex marriage and has a history of making people have to choose between their faith and their sexuality.
I also encourage you to read through the comments on the post. There are so many beautiful ones. Like this one:
“Go forth and dance”… I love that and hope David does just that.
As difficult as the video is to watch, the raw truth he shares is so important.
I know that each one of us wants nothing more than David to be happy, so it’s gut-wrenching to watch him struggle like this.
It’s also difficult not to feel anger and resentment at the forces that have caused him to literally hate himself FOR DECADES! 😥 How anyone could watch David pour his heart out like this and still oppose same-sex marriage is beyond me.
Like many of you, I sobbed through much of the video and hope and pray David is learning to love himself and find the peace and joy he so deserves.
I also hope he postpones his tour until he can give himself the care and healing he needs to restore his mental health and wellness. But if he does go ahead with it, hopefully he’ll feel the love from the crowds, reconnect with his sense of purpose and see, up close, the positive difference he’s making in the world.
Seeing David perform on the New Year’s Eve PBS United in Song special was nothing short of magical.
First, he slayed Movin’… when you watch, check out how the orchestra and conductor are bopping along and smiling.
Oozing charisma like a volcano blasts lava, David moved and grooved across the stage and added vocal flourishes that made me fall in love with the song all over again.
And those backup singers?? Amazing!
But then True Colors… oh sweet peaches, that blew me away. If you think “oh, I’ve heard David sing that a million times,” THINK AGAIN!!!
You have NEVER heard it like this. The arrangement was so deliciously full of surprises, I was hypnotized, so mesmerized. 🙂 For real, though. Totally blew me away.
I can’t get over how David can still surprise me with his talent. We’ve listened to his songs and watched his performances over the years, so you begin to think we’ve seen all he has to offer. HA! As if.
Then he does something like this interpretation of True Colors. So soft and tender in the beginning, making every phrase count. Telling that story in a brand new way. Making the meaning hit home like never before. I got choked up, it was so beautiful.
And little touches like saving the lyric “like a rainbow” until the very end (usually it’s repeated throughout the song). Genius. And the smile that spreads across his face when he sings that last line. Glorious. 🙂
And at the end, how the crowd erupts in cheers and wild applause… LOVE. IT.
I was able to watch it on my PBS app, but try THIS LINK (Movin’ is at about 32 minutes in, and True Colors at about 1:14).
Does anything capture the mood of this pandemic more than hiding under the covers surrounded by pillows?? Just me? mkay.
On David Archuleta’s birthday today, what could be a better time to rank our King’s preference for fluffy, cottony cushions?
So here we go, using my own personal ranking system formulated after months of perfecting algorithms, consulting focus groups, and flipping coins.
Losing Sleep pillows
Okay, these pillows are clearly the gold standard where the David pillow-verse is concerned. Could he look any comfier? Even though he’s singing about being melatonin- and sleep-deprived, these cloud-like cushions look like they dropped from heaven. Ranking 10/10.
Tik Tok @muffymarraco Trivia Challenge
In contrast to the Losing Sleep set-up, here David looks like someone tucked him in like a human burrito. I’m guessing foam- not down-filled, with an excess of starch in the pillowcase… give the boy some Downy, for Pete’s sake! Ranking 2/10.
Tik Tok Miley’s 16th Birthday chat
If you read the comments on this one, some peeps suspected David was high, hahaha… pillows high on thread count, I say!!! That smile says it all. Obvs these pillows were super soft and comfy, inducing a dreamy euphoria akin to, um, birthday cake. 🙂 Ranking 7/10.
Tik Tok @djgallixc jamming
How comfortable were these pillows? So luxurious that David did two, count ’em, TWO TTs where he’s jamming to this DJ’s tunes. Pillow dancing is a rare talent but David clearly excels… ‘natch. Ranking 8/10.
Up All Night reflections
These pillows look flat and lifeless but hey, they were clearly from the prop department so they were likely filled with sawdust and diminished expectations. But they did work well for the scenes of the rooftop gathering reflected on them, so hey, that’s show biz! Ranking: 5/5.
Nandito Ako pillowscenes
Who knew Nandito Ako had so many pillow scenes?? Score! lol The first one was hilarious as David appears be lying on wood planks with his head on a cardboard box wrapped in fabric. Ranking: 2/10.
The second one gives us some homey flashes of coloured linens (with David nursing a sore head… was that from the altercation with the oar-wielding dude on the beach?). Ranking 5/10.
And the last one is a hospital pillow… say no more. Ranking 2/10.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAVID!!!
MAY ALL YOUR DAYS BE FILLED WITH JOY AND WONDER AND ALL YOUR PILLOWS FILLED WITH THE SOFT DOWN OF A BABY UNICORN!!!!!