@DavidArchie slays Sandy… in shorts!

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More amazing photos and video clips HERE.

Home-state crowds and open-air amphitheatres are clearly a magical combination for David.

Watch these two vids alone if you need proof:

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oh and these too… basically the whole show 🙂
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Beautiful, very emotional Numb!


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Holy Dancey McDancerston! (check out his disco hand motions at about 2:57, love!)

. AND WHO ELSE IS EXCITED TO GET A VINYL ALBUM????!!!!! Music ALWAYS sounds better on vinyl, trust me!

 

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IS THIS HORSE NOT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US??!

… except (in my case) with better hair 🙂

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love the llama… he’s like, “meh, I voted for Cook” 😆
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Sorry, couldn’t resist 😆 😆 😆

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Olympia revisited… because I can

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With all the excitement and amazingness of the Pacific Northwest leg of David’s tour, I forgot to actually post my Olympia videos here. AND THEY ARE AWESOME IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF!

Not because my videos are awesome but because that whole show was something special. It happened a mere couple of hours after David’s, ahem, revelatory insta post and I don’t know if that freed him up to let loose and be especially amazing but that’s what happened. Plus, the crowd was so enthusiastic and loving and he just fed off of that. PLUS, maybe some of the best acoustics I’ve ever experienced.

So for anyone who’s interested, please enjoy!!!

[in order of performance]

Spotlight Down… so much feeling… just remember what happened that afternoon

I’m Ready... the applause at the beginning was for David’s heartfelt introduction (which, of course, I didn’t record 😥 ) but it shows you how awesome the crowd was and how they showed him so much love. *sniff*

Thunder... I swear he rocked this even more than usual but it’s hard to tell because I was FEELING it! (Sorry for the cinema verité camera shakiness 🙂 )

Someone to Love… why oh why did I not leave the video running to catch David and Desmond and Jay nodding and thumbs-upping each other afterwards because they all felt how amazing this was! Soulful gahroovitude at its finest!

Other Things in Sight... same thing happened after this one… soooooooooo good!

Numb… SO much feeling, such an amazing song… wowed me all over again!

Intro to Beautiful... no shuffling, no rustling, just 100% rapt, mesmerized attention to every word. Amazing. (I am so sorry I didn’t get Scars but I love it too much and rock out too much to have been able to hold … well, anything… my arms were literally in the air like I just didn’t care… apologies!)

[EDIT… oh wait, the lovely Stephany caught it!!!!]

Greatest Showman Medley... everybody sang along, so cool

Postcards in the Sky… this song is life, I love it so…

Aiming for Hope... I openly sobbed all the way through this, I just hope you can’t hear it on the vid… heartbreakingly beautiful.

I Could Only Imagine… tears again… incredible… actual gasps from the crowd

Crush... and there was one… see next vid 🙂

Post Crush crush... love this!!!

(Note: Probably the lovely & amazing Shelley’s pic up top because she is lovely and amazing.)

p.s.
Dare you to find a thread better than this thread. 😆 😆 😆

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Get fab abs with ARCHIECISE!

Screen Shot 2018-05-31 at 6.37.47 PM.pngYou may have heard of “Beyoncercise” and “Rihannacise“… exercise classes inspired by those iconic singers’ moves… well, now we have… ARCHIECISE!

Let’s get you started on the latest fitness craze to hit the fandom since PX90!

Pull on that Invincible T-shirt, hydrate with Fiji water, and push play on those Groove Songs!

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Move 1: The Boomerang

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Grab one of your 18364380 copies of Postcards in the Sky, hold firmly with two hands and move through the air like you just don’t care.

Move 2: The Target

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Find a wide-open space in your favourite department store, shoo away any actual shoppers, and stretch out your leg and torso muscles on the left, then the right. Beware carpet burns… and store security.

Move 3: The Hopscotch aka The So-Adorbs-It-Might-Just-Kill-You

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Find yourself an oh-so-flattering yellow vest and some charming young folks and hop your way to total ArchuFitness! (Pro tip: Holding a cap in your hand improves balance.)

Move 4: The Point

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I don’t know about you but I mumble the Lord’s name in every workout… usually just before I pass out. This move is perfect for stretching, warming up, cooling down or pointing out a spot on the ceiling where someone flung their gum. Do 10 reps of 5 each side… and if you’re really limber, try it with your feet.

Move 5: The Wind Tunnel

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Head on over to your friendly neighbourhood wind turbine, stand in front of it and try not to be blown out into the ozone. Great core workout.

Move 6: The “Not a yes sir, not a follower…have a seat in the foyer, take a number”

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Get your Thunder thighs in shape with these signature moves… and if you don’t know them by heart already after hitting replay on every Thunder video known to man, shoo, be gone, leave your fan card at the door. Pfffffft.

Move 7: The Plank

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This is a tough one, designed to “kick your little booty,” to quote the man himself. (Cap and plaid shirt optional.)

Move 8: The “OMG I Can’t Believe He Just Did That!”

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You need the perfect shoes for this one… and the graceful elegance of a gazelle. May the force be with you.

Move 9: The Signature Twirl

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If you’re afraid of either parachutes or airplanes… or are an actual ballerina dancing on a wire… I’d avoid this move. If you do try it, keep away from stairs and airport lounges.

Move 10: The Up All Night

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You will be up all night … in pain… if you don’t do some warmups before trying this advanced level move. Ideal for workout studios on groovy rooftops with a group of super friendly strangers.

Move 11: The Viking

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Get your groove… and your viking helmet… on for this fun move targeting the gluteous maximus ….and minimus. Fling those hair flips to feel the burn… make sure there’s no one behind you.

Move 12: The Elevator

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My personal favourite, eh. 🙂 Pretend you’re alone dancing in the elevator of life and just go with the flow till you’re feet are back on the grouuuuuund. A+ cardio.

Move 13: The “Kill Me Now With This Cuteness”

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Great upper body workout, this move is simply 🤗🤗🤗. (If your cheeks hurt from smiling, ice every 20 minutes.)

Move 14: The Extreme Hunkerdown… like, right down

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Yoga mat and knee pads required. Do NOT try this on a giant exercise ball.

Move 15:  The Salsa… TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!

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WARNING: For professional Archieciser Instructors or Advanced Trainees only! May cause muscle pulls, vertigo, alopecia, and severe concert withdrawal. YOU HAVE BEEN DULY WARNED!!!!

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Final Master Class
Try these moves… if you dare! 🙂

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How about you guys?? Which ones have you tried so far? Seen any results?

Top pic source.

Gifs mostly from the lovely and amazing Tina.

 

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Happy Victoria Day weekend, fellow Canucks!

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Riches in Richland: The lovely and amazing Awestruck’s recap

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Hubby said to me, after each of the shows we saw in Washington State: “This is the best concert David’s had!”

How does he keep re-inventing the same concert on tour, making it different each time, with his voice, his words, and his joy in his music and his Light?

Light because he makes me smile when I see him, cry when I hear him sing, remain attentive to his stories…

What we all know from attending a concert live or virtually is that David has found his way – and it shows!

His comfort level is apparent from his body language to his now “polished” (hubby again) rambling. His emotion within a song has reached a new level – how this happened was totally unexpected by me, I could never have imagined it possible. I think it is because he is allowing himself to share his messages/stories with the audience with complete honesty and openness.

The Richmond VIP (of about 35 people) was composed of mostly first timers, which was awesome – most of which had not seen David live before (I asked a lot of people this question, lol).

Yes, he is going to do a Christian/Faith Base/Gospel album – in answer to my question. (!!!!!) When asked about the background of Cracks of Heaven and why he doesn’t sing it in concert – David replied that it was written about the stages a person goes through when they lose someone – he did not give a personal example – and also said that there are 16 songs on the album and he couldn’t possibly sing them all…

Here are a couple of beautifulsoulxxx’s VIP videos (thank you!!!):

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The concert itself.

Richland was electric! I have no new adjective with which to describe the way David sings.

The audience at this sold-out, 1,400-seat auditorium showed David some LOVE, let me tell you! Clapping, dancing, singing, cell-phone-light waving, arm/body swaying, cheering, quiet as church mice during Story Time… appreciative in all ways possible throughout the show as David wove a spell over everyone.

He brilliantly encored with Glorious and Crush. High-fiving his way back and forth across the stage until he finally left the stage – after 2 solid hours of giving ALL of himself.

I am so glad I encouraged this young gal seated in front of us to go stand right up at the stage during Crush. The joy on her face after he touched her hand was priceless. 🙂

I AM truly IN AWE of this young man.

Hubby and I took the opportunity to talk with Desmond (bass), Jay (drums) and Nick (guitar) after the show.

We told them that they were grooving along with David (at one point they were all doing the same side-to-side step together and the crowd went wild!) and that he seemed to really respond to their energy.

We thanked them for supporting David. Comments back were: “David is fun to work with,” “We are here to support David,” “We need a choreographer,” 🙂 “His voice is the purest I’ve ever worked with,” “He wants to tell his story and is happy when people take inspiration from them,” “He is honest and real”… very cool to get their perspective.

~ Awestruck

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Some awesome clips here, scroll through!

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Full disclosure: The picture up top isn’t from Richland, it’s Shelley’s from Mesa but I just think it’s an awesome shot! 🙂

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Deb here… just had to share that I put a clip of Aiming for Hope (from Olympia) on Instagram and a friend of mine from “real life” 🙂 commented: “I remember this guy from Idol. He can really sing. Pure talent” ❤ ❤ ❤
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Aaaaaaand… who’s excited for this song/video???!!! … featuring my fave of his shoes! 🙂

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The Actual Greatest Showman

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I feel 100% blessed to have witnessed this amazingness tonight… to quote birthday girl Refnaf, “It was like being in heaven.”

I’ve been dreaming of the day I’d get to hear Shine A Light live and oh em gee it blew the roof off the place!


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I never imagined Postcards in the Sky would make me cry but cry I did… ethereal, celestial, sublime.

Please do check out the lovely and amazing Tina’s channel for more vids.

Just when you think David can’t possibly improve on performance perfection, he proves you wrong… wow.

He just looked so HAPPY up there … I think that was the best part of all.

What did you guys think???

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The way the choir rocked out to Up All Night was a blast… my face hurt from smiling so much… and David was beaming ear to ear, you could tell he got a big kick out of it.

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According to the program, the Music Director had been trying to get David to sing with his orchestra and chorus since before his mission… he and his wife became huge fans during Idol… pretty cool.

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Loving all the comments from members of the chorus and symphony who were blown away by his talent… and just him. 😍😍😍😍😍

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Olympia, words fail me

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You guyyyyyyyys….

i am truly an emotional wreck right now.

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“Take a step, even when you fall it ain’t over yet. If you’re in the crossfire don’t forget, that you don’t have to be #invincible .” I have a tendency to give up on things. The feelings of not being good enough or simply being unmotivated have kept me laying in bed all day before. I’ve wanted to give up on school, on my career, on trying new things, and on myself a lot. It’s a battle that seems to not go away. I’ve also had to battle with an addictive personality. I’ve lost control to food, to video games, to anger, holding grudges, to pornography, fetishes, abuse and being manipulated (It’s a strong emotion that yes you can get addicted to and latch onto craving—even seeking after it) self-pity, excuse-seeking, and overall negative thinking. To social media, and yes, music. 🤯 You may not think all of these things are bad, but all of these things I have at some point lost self-control. But you know what? I keep trying. Through prayer and crying out to God, having family and close friends listen to me when I feel helpless and feel like giving up. They walk alongside me, cry with me, and help me get back on my feet when I’m lying on the ground. They’ve inspired me to become more than I thought I was. God knows we’re not perfect. He knows our bodies and minds provide us with plenty of weaknesses. But rather than letting them get the best of us, let us become stronger through them. “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” – 2 Cor 12:10 I get discouraged. I get frustrated. I get distracted. I get lazy. I get angry. I get moody. I get suspicious of others’ intentions. I get lonely. But the more I go through it all I can look back and say “I got through it.. I fought through.” And that’s what matters. A moment of hope and inspiration also shines in the darkness. If you’ve felt like giving up, feel like a failure, feel like you’ve lost self-control, like you’re not good enough.. Know you’re not alone, and in your weakness you can be made strong. We weren’t designed to live perfectly, but we were designed to keep trying and overcome. 💪

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What. Is. This. Life.

I couldn’t Peri but took as many videos as I could tonight… it really was a very special night.

They are here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSnowAngelz

Be sure to read the descriptions, they are the closest I’ll get to a recap rn… WAY too many emotions…
To be continued…..

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EDIT: continued….

okay, i’ve had 24 hours to think about things… took David’s wise advice and spent some quality time in the beautiful Washington State nature… and here’s how I recall last night.

Stage 1: Super excitement for the VIP and show.

Stage 2: (after reading David’s insta post) super terror for the VIP and show

Stage 3: holding myself back from giving him the hugest hug in the universe at the VIP and show.

I don’t know if it was his manly scruff, or what, but when David walked out at VIP, I swear he looked 10 years older … so 26 😂 … I kid! I did think he looked and seemed older. In a good way.

He was chill and laid back and answered all the vip questions thoughtfully, as always. I asked about the Christmas album, how it would differ from CFTH (which I still love) and he said this one wouldn’t be as orchestrated but it would have some strings, and he’s recording them next week. And he’s written several original songs for it. 🙌🏼 🙌🏼🙌🏼

A couple of people asked about his songwriting… what is his process? (he said melody comes first to him) and what was the first song he ever wrote (Falling) and what instruments he played (he said piano, used to play guitar but he’s forgotten 😢).

He was asked for advice on stage fright and how to pursue a career in inspirational music. Oh and he sang a lovely happy birthday to several people.

He thought one girl put up her hand when he asked who else had a birthday and she said, “If you sing to me, it can be my birthday.” 😂

Come picture time it was fun to watch him do some crazy poses and dance moves with some of the girls. And when Ref and I went up we told him we didn’t need a picture, we were just there to support him, but he said, “You came all this way so why not get a picture,” so we basically leapt in front of the camera… when The Archuleta tells you to get a picture, you get a picture.

We took it with the well-travelled TimBits we brought him. 😂 And it’s probably my favourite vip pic… go figure.

The show itself was also one of my favourites to date. I felt so connected to each song… in the moment, “present” if that makes sense… and REALLY felt David expressing the meaning of every song… the acoustics of this place were incredible… if my little phone can take videos that sound that good you KNOW the acoustics were amazing.

A few times during the show I just sat back and marvelled at the gorgeous sound and tone of David’s voice and just soaked in every buttery note.

Love love LOVED this crowd! All ages, lots of gorgeous girls and guys. In fact one guy screamed out that David should’ve won Idol and he said thanks but that Cook was a great guy and now a Tennessee neighbour. 😍

Aiming for Hope and If I Could Only Imagine brought me to tears… and I was definitely not the only one.

And when David introduced those songs, you could literally hear a pin drop… complete and utter focus on his every word… not a rustle, not a cough…I literally think people were holding their breath, they were THAT captivated.

Other times, he was moving, he was grooving… if you can only watch one video, watch Someone to Love… he was in the ZONE! Soooooooo good. Soulful gahroovitude, as the lovely and amazing Beebs used to say. What my video didn’t capture was David, Desmond and Jay smiling and nodding and thumbs-upping each other afterwards because they knew how amazing it was.

I stood back a bit during Crush to catch the stampede towards the stage… so awesome… one girl literally almost pulled David off the stage and then proceeded to have a full on meltdown in front of me from the excitement of touching his hand…’‘‘twas awesome 😂.

i just love seeing all that love thrown his way. He deserves each and every morsel of it. (You DO, David, you DO!!!)

i just reread the insta post and I feel like the David I saw let loose on stage last night had a weight lifted off his shoulders. Or maybe not off his shoulders but from under his feet … where it was shaped like a giant pedestal.

All I know is that I couldn’t be prouder to be a fan of this very human being.

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Born to Be Wild…ish

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Mr. Heck’s Angels gets his own post…

… *warning* if you tweet David asking where his helmet is, I will be forced to hunt you down and give your head a shake

Hit that open road, David! Let the wind blow through your hair… oh wait, maybe let it grow in first… let your Postcards fly into the Sky! … get a little more ease a little more breeze! … woooohoooooo!

Source.

(This one isn’t too shabby either)

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I repeat:

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Source.

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I may love the comments on the top pic as much as the pic itself. 🙂

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Tuacahn is magic Part 2

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Okay, my quick recap of Tuacahn Night 1 talked about the magic of this place. Little did I know that David would take that Friday night magic and abracadabra it up into a show of spellbinding skyrockets.

Seriously.

I don’t know if it was the wild Saturday night crowd or the fact that it was his last show until his next run, but he and the band were in sync and on fiyah!

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Maybe they’ve been doing this the whole time, but I loved how Desmond and David connect and interact during Someone to Love… like they’re having a convo or something, so cool.

Thunder was Thunderous and I totally could not contain myself during Scars to Your Beautiful… love Alessia Cara but David just ROCKS this song. I think he may have pointed at me at “no scars to your beautiful” but I was rocking out myself to it so much that my eyes weren’t quite focused, lolol. [Sorry, I can’t find a vid or Peri of the Sat. night Scars, so if you do PLEASE share in the comments… SOOOO good!]

You could hear a pin drop during his intro to Postcards in the Sky … he was so passionate and personal and heartfelt and I’m pretty sure it touched every person there. Sometimes when he is so emphatic with these messages, I can’t help but think that he’s talking to his younger self, in a way… not sure if that makes sense.

The lovely and amazing Tina, transcribed some of it on her Tumblr:

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See the rest here. And Shirley’s Peri of the whole thing.

It was really cool to see all the people that had the postcards that Shirley & Gwen handed out before the show waving them in the air during the chorus of Postcards… I did actually think I was taking a video of that and showing the crowd but I guess I didn’t quite fully hit the “record” button. #fanfail

I’m Ready was incredible… every song was, of course, but I just felt so much emotion from the songs on the Saturday night show. The crowd was electric and at one point a row of girls right behind me all yelled out, “WE LOVE YOU, DAVID!” … truer words were never spoke…  🙂 🙂 🙂

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When the lovely and amazing Cheryl & Shirley & Shelley & Gwen & Linda (hope I’m not missing anyone) held up the David-face fans that Cheryl & Shirley had had made, David’s reaction was priceless. He asked them to turn them around so the rest of the crowd could see them. So cute! And he went on to say something like, “Well, they say if you can befriend yourself you’ll never feel alone.” *DEAD* And then, “That kind of threw me off a little.”

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Aiming for Hope about KILLED me. It wasn’t on the set list (Say Me was)… and as much as I love Say Me, I really needed to hear Aiming for Hope this weekend … it just struck me so personally this time and I 100% bawled through the whole thing… not one of those slow builds to getting choked up but tears immediately springing forth and rolling down my cheeks. I could hardly see him through all the salty water. I was about to stand at the end but he missed the final piano chord and, after weeping, everyone chuckled when he took like 4 stabs at it.

As it turned out, the next song killed me (and everyone else) even more.

David started getting choked up even during the intro… it was so moving… and people chuckled when he swatted away a moth that was flying around him before starting the song but someone (Kalei?) accurately pointed out that moths are attracted by light 🙂 🙂 🙂 … anyways, see for yourself:

What you can’t see in the video is just how overcome with emotion David was at the end… and how everyone spontaneously rose to their feet and applauded him for a really long time … and he stood and nodded and soaked it all in while he collected himself… he was visibly moved by the reaction and the support… it made me cry even more, dang it.

A friend who was sitting a few rows back from Refnaf, Awestruck, Mr. Awestruck and I told us that, near the beginning of the song, an elderly man near them got up and started walking slowly down the stairs toward the stage, then stopped and put his hand on his heart as he stood there for the rest of the song. I totally get that. Such a powerful performance… I’ll never forget it.

Here’s what Desmond shared on Twitter about it:

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And this, from Brenda: #word

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You might have seen in the vids and Peris how windy it was Sat. night… and that added to the magic of it all…

… sitting under a full moon on a starlit night surrounded by otherworldly red rocks while a warm breeze blows through your hair and David Archuleta sings his heart out.

Doesn’t get much better than that, my friends.

How about you guys?? From what you caught of the show, what did you think??

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