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???

P.s.
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.

This

“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!

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(This one isn’t too shabby either)

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I repeat:

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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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Tuacahn is magic

  • 6968A9DF-B011-41D6-BEB3-8DD245778F71.jpeg381D9F90-B51F-4BC6-90F8-60C0681A7149.jpegI don’t know what it is about this place, guys, but I swear something weird and wonderful always happens when I come to Tuacahn. Today was no exception.

As you may have heard, the company I’ve worked for these past 9 years declared bankruptcy last week and I wasn’t even going to come to Tuacahn this weekend but I’m so glad I did.

David’s intro to both Invincible and I’m Ready… and the songs themselves… were just what I needed to hear.

David was incredible tonight… I hadn’t been able to see many videos or any Periscopes from recent shows, with everything going on, and he’s changing up songs and polishing up his stories like nobody’s business.

I swear, you blink, and this guy’s added 1366432 super soulful embellishments to his songs and taken his whole show up 465754 notches.

There were a few tech glitches tonight but they gave David the opportunity to (a) show off his soft shoe dance moves, and (b) show off his gift for improvising on the fly. He is such a pro, he really is.

Such a great crowd. So many lights for Glorious… beautiful sing-a-long for the Greatest Showman medley… and when he momentarily forgot the words, we had his  back.

He got choked up when introducing If I Could Only Imagine… when talking about people there who might’ve been physically or emotionally abused… it broke my heart… but he had beautiful thoughts to share about the power of forgiveness… here’s Shelley’s vid:


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And so glad she caught Spotlight Down:
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My pathetic vids:


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He is just the best of the best, you know? 😍

 

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Can we please talk about how amazing David was on GMA???

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Here, watch it again:

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NO ONE on this planet but David could get me up that early to watch TV… totally worth it.

Here are my Top 10 highlights:

1.David on my TV again. DUDES… is that face not MADE for TV? The camera loves him almost as much as we do!

….He sparkles, he glows… well, he always glows but on TV he glows IN HD!

2.He is so eloquent! He managed to get his “elevator speech” about his album, the meaning behind it, his tour, some wise advice for the new crop of Idols, all in just a few seconds… do you know how hard that is to do?? (Impossible for me, but very difficult for most peeps.)

3.That S7 charm was there in full force. Even the FB BTS guy, Rob Marciano, noticed it. David has a gift for connecting with people whether he’s singing or not… and the way he talks to us through the camera… that is GOLD on television… and he does it so naturally and authentically, like he’s just talking to us individually. (He actually was talking to me individually, sometimes you just know. 🙂 )

4.They put the Postcards album on their Times Square jumbotron!!! Not sure why this thrilled me so much… like it was MY album or something, lol… but it was so cool!

5.The BTS segment caught David snacking. I’m sorry, I thought this was classic David and I loved it. And also loved how he turned it all around and shared how he’d been chatting with the people in the green room and even knew their backgrounds. WHO does that??

6.He even charmed the make-up person:

 

7 to 10. He just looked so happy and relaxed and his eyes were twinkling and his outfit looked great and he wore my favourite shoes of his and no he didn’t sing but that means now they have to have him back!!!

How about you guys?? What did you think??

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If you only watch one thing from last night’s Dosey Doe show (see what I did there? 🙂 )… make it this one.

Beware the ending though, it is LETHAL!

I’ve watched it a bunch of times now and it takes me straight up through the Milky Way galaxy off to a land where rainbows shine through your eyes and David’s voice salsas through your ears… it’s a good place.
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Also loved the change-ups on Postcards… man, I love this song!

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The puppy totally put me over the edge *SOBS UNCONTROLLABLY*

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Can we talk about this picture??

… it kind of slipped under the radar because other stuff (like this aMAZing cover) was happening.

BUT COME ON!

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David’s at the fence, desperate to come through… or stay out… or climb it… or watch a fox frolic on the other side… I don’t know, I just know he looks so longingly through the chain link.

Like he’s caged… or finally free… or yearning for the Honduras food truck on the other side….

Can’t you just see this as a single cover for Upset With Me… or Desperate… or a cover of Don’t Fence Me In….

Or the poster for a Sal Mineo/ James Dean teen-incarceration musical featuring the most beautiful, yet tortured soul to ever sing a note…

It’s not a depressing musical though, it’s hopeful, ever-hopeful… ‘cuz that’s who David is… always seeing the darkness before the dawn, the light within, all the colours of the rainbow… oh wait, it’s in black and white…

Okay, scratch that… he’s a young intern at the coal mines just taking a much needed breath of fresh air above ground at the end of a long shift and grasping the fence for dear life…

Or a young refugee aching to break out of the camp and reunite with his long lost love, Totora, so they can skip joyfully back to the old country after peace is declared and rescue their emotional support Pokemon along the way…..

Those eyes, though… those eyes… they say, “Save me!” “Heal my soul!” “Help me get my cap back, it flew over the fence!”

I’m still on antibiotics and may have a fever, so I have no idea what I’m talking about.

But great picture, eh? What do you guys think of it??

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Must read! Love Jay!!

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I can only imagine…

…getting to hear David sing this live! (starts at 6:30ish… thank you, Shelleyyyyy! ❤ )

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Other Mesa highlights:

Shelley’s peri:
https://www.pscp.tv/girlgrammy/1nAKERWyAAkGL

Donna’s peri:
https://www.pscp.tv/djhsail/1YqGoLajeWlJv

[at 2:21ish, see D. almost get hugged off the stage 😆 … and no, that was NOT me! 😆 ]

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1PlJQXQyapNGE?t=1s

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Shelley’s vids:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ShelleyFOD/videos

 

And this lovely lady has insta stories from VIP:
https://www.instagram.com/elisemoff21/

THIS!!!! (sidenote: is he holding his phone in his shirt?? why yes. because he’s David Archuleta and he defies gravity 😆 😆 😆 )

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highly recommend reading the comments on David’s post… *sobs*

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love this one (& so many others!):
“Loved the impromptu-itnous of the evening. I loved the 💜 to ♥️. You shared stories of your personal journey. Your song about postcards to heaven, glorious!!! My personal favorite. The lyrics to each song are so clever. The song you said you wrote about your rebellious phase, lol!! To cute! Your voice is like butter! Smooth and melts my heart. In my opinion You have the best voice in the whole world!! So fun to meet you last night.”
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Did I miss anything, guys??? (besides the whole show? 🙂 )

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