Attitude of Gratitude

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Credit: The über-talented jenleighbarry.

When the official announcement was made that David Archuleta would release a Christmas album this fall, many people — including fans — were surprised.

“It’s too early in his career,” warned some. “It’s a cash grab,” snarked others.

Most fans, however — including me — seemed thrilled at the prospect of a CD pairing David’s glorious voice with traditional Christmas songs. For us, it was a no-brainer — after all, David’s often mentioned how much he loves singing those songs. He even included a number of them as encores at last December’s Jingle Ball shows.

What did take me by surprise, though, was David’s recent response to a CNN reporter, explaining the timing of Christmas From the Heart:

“I feel like you have to take advantage of the opportunities that you are given at the time,” said David.” “I don’t know how long I will be in the position with music that I am. … I just felt like while people are enjoying what I am doing and recognizing the work I am doing, it probably is a good time to do it.”

So even after all the accolades, the hit CD, the sold-out solo tour,  and the Teen Choice and ALMA Awards, he’s still taking nothing, NOTHING for granted. It could all disappear tomorrow, he reminds himself, so make the most of today.

Make the most of today. This message hit especially close to home for me this week after some personal sadness led me to reflect on the blessings in my life – not the least of which is discovering David’s music.

Not that David’s Voice blinds me to the pain and suffering in the world – in fact, sometimes it intensifies my awareness of that pain — but as I continue to listen, I feel drawn into a wellspring of love and light that is often overpowering.

While listening to certain songs – Save the Day, Think of Me, Angels – I often have to hit pause so I can catch my breath as the convulsive sobs subside.

Maybe not the effect most pop stars are going for but then again, David Archuleta is not most pop stars.

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Photo: jmahrer

Like all true artists, even his most “frivolous” efforts engage your full attention – never mere background, you are a participant … an active listener. Nowhere is this more evident than on CFTH. These are not carols to tinkle blithely off in the distance as you shop for stocking stuffers.

For What Child Is This, I need to sit and close my eyes as I become transported into the story. Riu Riu Chiu and Pat-a-Pan compel me to move and/or sing along – and Ave Maria … oh my … it requires my full and complete attention, not to mention a crate of tissues.

The prospect of David singing these songs live in 12 short days also fills me with gratitude. I don’t know why I’ve been given such a wondrous gift but I vow to treasure and share the sheer joy it brings as best I can.

In that same CNN interview, David was asked what sets CFTH apart from the multitudes of Christmas CDs already out there. This was his answer:

“I tried to give the music a reverence. We could have gone more radio friendly because I am in the more pop vein of music, but I wanted to make sure when people listened to it I got them thinking about what the songs were talking about. Whether it was through the vocals or the arrangement, I wanted people to connect with the songs emotionally.”

I think I’ll go make the most of today and listen again….

P.S. Wow, on this 1st anniversary of the debut CD release, check out this first vlog … where David thanks the fans (and mentions Canada at 2:45 🙂 ) …

… and then a look back at how much has happened in the past year in this Happy #DavidArchieVersary vid from musicis4David:

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49 Responses to Attitude of Gratitude

  1. TOfan says:

    From end of last thread / from Kizzi:

    ref – “Sometimes I really wonder, it feels like the actual timbre and tone of his voice soothes me, and I can not explain it….”

    DITTO but I will try figuring out the why of it til the day I die – hahahahah – on me 🙂

    One thing that occurred to me was that the timbre and tone of his voice creates Theta brain waves–those are brain waves that engage the inner and intuitive subconscious where we hold memories, sensations, emotions and sometimes secrets.

    Theta brain waves are found in REM sleep, yes, dreams.

    The brain uses theta brain waves to exercise itself, somewhat like working out one’s muscles to make one stronger and to release overall tension.
    Theta brain waves brings about creativity and intelligence among other abilities.

    While in the Theta state, the mind is capable of deep and profound learning, healing, and growth – it is the brain wave where our minds can connect to the Universe. I think this is what I seek in meditation and prayer.

    And, yes SF, as evidenced by the above I am a MAJOR GINORMOUS NERD – LOLOLOLOLOLOL 😆

  2. TOfan says:

    From end of last thread / from yjfanofdavid:

    Kizzi, I like your Theta brain theory of ODD. That explains a lot why we seek the Voice. Thank you for sharing your insights!!

    Found a little bit more on Theta brainwaves:

    If you are able to recall how relaxed and carefree you were as a child, then you are able to remember what it felt like to access your Theta Brain Waves.

    Children tend to have significantly higher amounts of Theta Waves than do adults – which is why children are not generally as stressed out as their parents. Children are able to say what’s on their mind and not be fearful of trying something new; this is the Theta Brainwave State.

    Accessing your Theta Brain Waves means having a deeper emotional connection with yourself.

    Generally, people have much stronger emotions – whether they be happy or sad – while in the Theta Range. If you have been too caught up in the Beta State for an extended period of time – chances are good that you forgot what your natural emotions feel like.

    Theta Waves have been linked to having a strong intuition. Theta Brainwaves are accessed when you have an instinctual-type “feeling”.

    Benefits from having more Theta brainwave activity include: A connection to your subconscious mind or subconscious processing, advanced problem solving, and learning ability.

    Additional Theta Brainwave benefits are: Long-term memory improvements, improvements in the healing of the brain and body, the ability to hyperfocus (i.e. Get in”The Zone”), and boosted immune system functioning (as is true with all forms of slower brainwave).

    Groups of people that already experience Theta Waves include: people who meditate, people who are extroverted, children, artists, and inventors.

    Meditation can allow you to tap into you your Theta Brain Waves quickly and experience a deeper connection with your subconscious. It has been documented that Theta Brain Waves also occur in extroverts when they communicate and during emotional bonding.

  3. yjfanofdavid says:

    Tofan: “While listening to certain songs – Save the Day, Think of Me, Angels – I often have to hit pause so I can catch my breath as the convulsive sobs subside.”

    I too experienced the “convulsive sobs,” often just inside my head, if that makes sense, while listening to certain songs. For me, it’s Save the day, Think of Me, Sweet Mountain Memories, When you Believe. David wails when he sings, and we sob when we listen. Something about the emotional connections from the Theta brainwaves?

  4. refnaf says:

    okay kizzi I think you are onto something, I need to read that all again and soak it in. The voice not only emotionally soothes me but physically as well. This is something that needs a good looking into. I am on the teeter-totter of trying to figure out why or just accepting it, but that is me, always on the fence…

    (((TOfan)))This kid is so special, his answers so mature. I have recently watched his speech over as well, and shared it with my daughter, who is trying to figure out what to do with her life. He has so much wisdom and expresses it in such a humble way. I truly believe he is heaven sent for a purpose and man, is he serving it.

    “Not that David’s Voice blinds me to the pain and suffering in the world – in fact, sometimes it intensifies my awareness of that pain — but as I continue to listen, I feel drawn into a wellspring of love and light that is often overpowering.”
    amen, I have just recieved some painful news and David’s voice will help me stay hopeful. I know I can count on that.

  5. TOfan says:

    kizzi & yjfanofdavid,

    fascinating stuff about the Theta brainwaves … part of me yearns to find an explanation for the profound effect David’s music has on me, but at the same time I don’t want to reduce the experience to mere physiological synapse firing, if that makes sense. Very interesting to think about though.

    … and When You Believe, oh yeah, that one gets me every time! lol

    (Also remembering our veterans on this Remembrance Day (and U.S. Veterans Day)!)

  6. awestruck says:

    While I am always interested in understanding the physical why of things – Theta brainwaves ftw – it was not paramount in the instance of David’s voice and what I feel when I listen to it. Mentally being able to accept into my heart what his voice does to me was especially sweet for me. Usually I have to know the why before acceptance comes.

    Now TOfan:
    – “Attitude of Gratitude” YUP, always keeps you appreciative of what you have.
    – “Not that David’s Voice blinds me to the pain and suffering in the world – in fact, sometimes it intensifies my awareness of that pain — but as I continue to listen, I feel drawn into a wellspring of love and light that is often overpowering.” YUP I am more aware of others – takes the emphasis off me and my chronic pain. David’s voice gives me hope. I have shed more healing tears since first hearing David sing than I could ever imagined.
    – “While listening to certain songs – Save the Day, Think of Me, Angels – I often have to hit pause so I can catch my breath as the convulsive sobs subside.” For me Crazy, Desparate and What Child Is This are songs I literally have to stop what I am doing and focus on the words, cry and heal.

    – “Whether it was through the vocals or the arrangement, I wanted people to connect with the songs emotionally.” David I am emotionally connected, engaged, and entranced by the reverence upon hearing you sing the songs on CFTH. Thank you.

    Thanks TOfan for this article: I am reminded, once again, that David’s attitude continues to influence me in my daily life.

  7. refnaf says:

    awestruck, the daily life thing… ditto. I seriously have allowed David to help me to change little things, that add up to big things.. his example is so shiny and bright and glowy, just like him. …and it helps me get through.

  8. TOfan says:

    Refnaf, “bright and glowy” … lol, perfect!

    Canadian peeps, bulk bargain alert at amazon.ca … price for CFTH back down to $12.99 … and they have free shipping if you, ahem, buy a few! 😆

    Yesterday, the CD was down around #65 on their Top 100 bestseller list, today it’s up to 38! Woot!!

    While on the Amazon site, I caught a glimpse of Adam Lambert & Kris Allen’s CDs … made me appreciate David’s debut cover!

    Adam looks like he’s channeling Liza Minelli and Kris looks like he’s waiting for a bus. I’ll leave that marketing discussion to their fans! LOL

  9. awestruck says:

    Yikes- TOfan I do love a bargain, but hubby will have my head if I order any more (I have 10 currently to give out as early Christmas gifts, shh don’t tell him exactly how many I have)

    Adam looks “campy” in his words, exactly what does that mean? but yes I see Liza there. I kinda thought Kris’ cover was ok though.

    (((refnaf))) to small changes becoming a way of life…

    IdolChatter had this past week’s sales #’s for CFTH
    David Archuleta, Christmas From the Heart (8,000, +17 percent, 40,000/6,000 digital total)

    up 17% woohoo and I think we should see at least steady numbers up until Christmas.

  10. awestruck says:

    Hey TOfan is the ‘clock’ still on daylight savings time?

  11. TOfan says:

    Thanks, awestruck! *blushes*

  12. TOfan says:

    Cover story for the Brigham Young University “Universe” newspaper:

    http://universe.byu.edu/node/3993

    Fave bits:

    “When I went to [American Idol] audition I wasn’t expecting to be on tour and making albums a year later,” Archuleta said. “I was just thinking, ‘I guess I’ll go audition to see what it’s like.’ It’s crazy now, working on a third album; I never thought that would happen.”

    “I seriously would always joke with my friends, ‘You guys are all going to be geniuses; you’re all so smart and I’ll be behind McDonald’s trying to sing for my food,’” he said.

    Now, that would get me to go back to McDonald’s! 😆

  13. TOfan says:

    From A Look to the Stars: The World of Celebrity Giving

    “David Archuleta has teamed up with Tickets-for-Charity to offer a Charitable Sale program of great seats. Depending on the venue, with each ticket purchased there is a donation of between $20-$30 added to the price.

    “Donations help support some of the world’s most respected charities, including Habitat For Humanity International and its work to eliminate poverty housing by providing simple, decent and affordable shelter. Go to http://www.ticketsforcharity.com to purchase tickets.”

    Okay, I’ll stop spamming now! LOL

  14. refnaf says:

    Spam away TOfan!!
    Love all the good info, David is my upper. The interview for BYU> interestin how he sahres more about his connection to his faith than in the CNN interview, He seems so wise, he IS so wise!

    Does it surprise you that David would do the tics for charity thing? I have not heard of that before, gosh he kills me.

  15. TOfan says:

    Okay, I know this article (and photo with his co-songwriter Kina Grannis) should be upsetting … paparazzi and all … but I find it hilarious and heartwarming for some strange reason …

    http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/11/12/spotted-david-archuleta/

    “David Archuleta, International Man of Mystery” bahahahaha

    (The headline should read “Breaking News: Archie caught NOT smiling!” 😆 )

  16. munkmusic says:

    Hi, I am new to this site. I am not a Canadian and just discovered Snowangelz….I love this site. It is so positive and supportive of David! I just love it. I have visited other sites and comment sometimes. But I am really impressed! You guys are doing a wonderful job! So thanks! I will visit here often.

  17. awestruck says:

    TOfan What are you seeing – re that title? They must have changed it lol. A very rare pic indeed with a no smile David.

    Hi munkmusic – all are welcome, no need to be Canadian. TOfan’s in charge here and YES does a great job. Love your name, any special meaning that you’d be willing to share?

  18. TOfan says:

    LOL, awestruck, yes they’ve added Kina Grannis’s name — it originally said “unidentified woman” as if they caught him on a mystery date or something, lol.

    munkmusic, welcome!! You just became an honorary Canadian, congrats. (Hope you like maple syrup! 🙂 )

  19. TOfan says:

    New David blog (dang it, I’m spamming again):

    Hello to all! I’m sorry I haven’t made a blog for a while. I’ve been in the studio a lot doing writing and recording, and it’s been a lot of fun! Last week I got to work with Matt Squire and Victoria Horn, and this week I’ve been working with Daniel Bedingfield and Kina Grannis. They’re all really great and talented people! I can’t wait for you all to hear the songs that we’ve been working on 🙂 heheh. But I’ve been loving the writing sessions!

    While I’ve been working in LA, I’ve gotten to spend time with my aunt! It’s been a lot of fun getting to spend time with her and let her be a part of all of the things I’ve been doing down here. I haven’t gotten to spend this much time with her for years, so it’s always great to be with family and have good times. It’s been a hectic, busy week but we still manage to do some fun things here and there.

    All right, so Monday while we were writing, Kina told me she was going to the Imogen Heap concert. I just about passed out! I have been wanting to see Imogen Heap for soooo long and she’s one of my favorite musicians! So I got tickets for me and my aunt and we got to go to Imogen’s show. It was AMAZING! it was fun to see how nervous Imogen was and she was just so genuine and quirky. And then her music and the way she loops cool sounds is incredible. I couldn’t get enough of it, and she kept going until midnight lol. I was exhausted but I was so happy to watch her. But anyway, you can never get enough of Imogen but you’ve probably had enough of my blabbing lol.

    That’s all I have for right now! More writing today so I better head off. There are some fun things coming up this week that I’ll talk to you about next time! But until then I’ll talk to you later!

    Song for the day: The Moment I Said It – Imogen Heap

    This song really stood out to me when she performed it at the concert. SO good!

  20. munkmusic says:

    TOfan! Thanks! I always wanted to be Canadian! I appreciate the welcome! I am from Wisconsin….so I am not too far away!

    Awestruck, thanks for the welcome too!
    I was a music major in college. Have done some arranging of music and directed choirs. Have been a rehearsal pianist for some professional people…..enough of me…..I love David’s music and appreciate his gift and musicianship. He has great character and integrity….He is a gift.

  21. calliexoda says:

    Hi Tofan! I just found your wonderful site and can’t wait to read all the articles! Looks like it’s gonna take some time to peruse, and it may just have to wait till the weekend, but I am PSYCHED to know that you (and fellow Canadians) have started your own site to celebrate the artistry and inspiration of the magnificent David Archuleta.

    Long live ODD!!

    By the way, I may show up as Calliexoda (WordPress can be such a pain in the butt), but it’s really me, ZOE!!

  22. happy says:

    TOfan- “It could all disappear tomorrow, he reminds himself, so make the most of today.”

    Thanks for a lovely reminder 🙂

  23. TOfan says:

    Zoe!!!! *waves* Yay, you found your way to the Great White North! “Calliexoda” sounds very “Xena Warrior Princess” LOL.

    munkmusic, Wisconsin’s not far at all! It’s so cool that David has so many musicians and music teachers as fans … “I love David’s music and appreciate his gift and musicianship. He has great character and integrity….He is a gift.” Yes, indeed!

    {{{happy}}} I must have been quite preoccupied with making the most of today because about half way through I realized I’d been wearing two different socks all day. sheesh 😆

  24. TOfan says:

    If that singing thing doesn’t work out, David’s showing promise as a relationship counsellor:

    [Tweet from @angeli_eleanor]
    @DavidArchie my friends are not talking to me since yesterday…I think they’re mad at me…what will I do?

    [Tweet back to @angeli_eleanor]
    Ask them what’s the matter. Lack of communication is one of the biggest things for arguments and stuff it seems lol

    … then, Dr. Archie still in session:
    [Tweets again to @angeli_eleanor]
    Hope things work out with your friends though! Don’t get discouraged though. Things can always work out.

    🙂

  25. munkmusic says:

    Hi TOfan, Sorry I missed you earlier! Have a great night. I will check in tomorrow. David is finished writing for this week. Sounds like he had a great and productive day. Can’t wait to hear his new music! It’s going to be great!

  26. refnaf says:

    morning angelz, and welcome zoe and munkmusic, glad you found your way here.

    Last night I was listening to LMT, and wow…

  27. refnaf says:

    and the studio version, love his tender voice on this

    had to share!

  28. munkmusic says:

    Good Morning refnaf! Love the video! For someone without much life experience yet…..man alive! Oh my gosh! Well, what can I say…..as David experiences more…..well….I will just say, he is going to kill us off one by one!

  29. TOfan says:

    thanks, Ref! Haven’t listened to the A.I. songs for ages. Simply beautiful.

    For anyone NoT going to the Mashawhatchamacallit, CT, MGM Foxwoods show on Dec. 17th … no worries … THAT’s the performance they’ve chosen for David’s Billboard Live concert!

    And calling all music majors (*cough*munkmusic*cough*) and virtuoso pianists (happy), here’s a vid showcasing David’s range:

  30. munkmusic says:

    Hey TOfan! Thanks! Yeah this video gives us “music geeks” a real appreciation for David’s talent! He is just something else and then he has perfect pitch on top of that! AND his mind remembers every song he has ever heard since well…..who knows …..infancy! He is a miracle…..yeah that is it, he is. He isn’t suppose to be able to sing, right? WOW! He is something else. So THANKS for the awesome video!

  31. djafan says:

    Tofan: “While listening to certain songs – Save the Day, Think of Me, Angels – I often have to hit pause so I can catch my breath as the convulsive sobs subside.”

    I too get convulsive sobs, mostly to Save the Day, I pray that I hear him sing this live someday. The reactions I have to what his voice, his wail, his spirit that comes through in his songs do to me continue to surprise me. It’s not sadness I feel but hope, not sure yet of hope exactly of what. I just know I want to be part of this forever.

    Kizzi…. Have to read that again….very interesting.

  32. bebereader says:

    TOfan: Been busy with real life and haven’t visited snowangelz for awhile. Big mistake, I see that I missed a lot! I’ve always enjoyed your writing here and at other sites.

    Like you, I’ve noticed how David doesn’t take things for granted. He makes the best of every situation by finding the good in the smallest things. Getting stuck in an elevator allows him time to think and reflect as does getting stuck in city traffic. “Having flaws is what makes us who we are”, David says before he sings “Works For Me”. And even the pain he experiences after excercising doesn’t throw him off. In fact, he said the pain from exercising proves that his body is changing for the better. He sees everything as an opportunity to do well. His “attitude of gratitude’ is very refreshing!

    Great article; it got me thinking!
    Be back soon to read about those brain waves Kizzi mentioned. Fascinating stuff!

  33. kait1159 says:

    Hey, all,
    I’m sure that most of you are aware of the work done by TeamArchie. You may not know that the site was recently hacked. They have moved to a simpler site, at least for the time being, and are in need of sponsors for gifting. If anyone is interested, their new site is http://teamarchie.weebly.com/forum.html. Here’s a blurb from Grace about their current efforts: “Our gifting is heavily supported by people who sponsor albums to giftees. If you would like to participate in this program, please leave your email address and the maximum number of cds you are willing to send, and in what format (physical, itunes, mp3). We will then email you the information for the giftees: their name, address, email, etc and you will take over and send the gift directly to them. I will email you specific directions/advice for sponsorship as well, so you will be properly directed in how to fulfill this important role.

    We are in heavy need for more sponsors for physical gifts. Thank you for your support!”

    To the admins: I looked for a contact email to send this directly to you, but didn’t find one. If this type of post doesn’t meet requirements, please feel free to delete. I offered to help spread the word, and you are one of the sites I frequent the most often. Thanks! —KH

  34. TOfan says:

    djafan, “It’s not sadness I feel but hope, not sure yet of hope exactly of what. I just know I want to be part of this forever.” So true! These lines in “When You Believe” get me every time:

    “… when you’re blinded by your pain
    Can’t see your way straight through the rain
    A small but still resilient voice
    Says hope is very near, ohhhh” … actually, the whole song gets me every time! lol

    Bebereader! *waves* So great to finally meet you in AC!! Have put The Voice in our blogroll!

    kait1159, you read my mind! I was just about to post a Team Archie update, so thank you!

    I’ve sent off physical gifts of CDs to Brazil and Australia and the thought of CFTH soaring across the globe in my envelope is a wonderful feeling! If you need to spread the ArchuWord any time, please do (the contact email is in the sidebar on the right, and it’s now in bold to make it easier to spot, so thanks for that too!). 🙂

  35. silverfox says:

    Hi there Snow Angelz!

    TOfan, when I’m feeling sad or worried or disillusioned with the state of the world, I listen to David’s “When You Believe” and even though it brings me to tears, I feel hopeful and I start to believe that miracles can & do happen. In fact, David is the Miracle in my life.

    Hope you are having great day! See you later.

  36. refnaf says:

    hey snow angelz, beautiful day here, putting up christmas lights in a tshirt!! that’s a first.

    dja, hearing David sing Save the Day live would tear me up. There are so many of David’s songs that can bring me almost instant good vibes if I am down. When you Believe is one, Angels, and I’ll Be and even ZG has such a hopeful message. He is my drug. I am in this forever.

    Bebe, the fact that David does not take things for granted amazes me because alot of kids his age (my own included) do. Seems like our culture has helped us raise kids who think they are “owed” and instant material gratification and having it all is so important. David tends to see beyond the material, it just does not impress him much. I know that that is what I love most about him, (other than the Voice)
    Hi SF **waves** I can see David as a miracle in your life!!

  37. bebereader says:

    I think Kizzi is on to something with her mention of the theta brain wave theory and why David’s voice has such a profound effect on us.

    In connection with this, I’ve often wondered why sometimes I feel like I’m on a swing when I listen to David sing. Are you saying ‘huh’? now? LOL Please bear with me for a moment. Do you know that relaxed feeling that a swing gives you? As you go back and forth on the swing, it lifts you up and carries you forward and then drops you and sweeps you backwards. Then it lifts you up again and drops you….lift and drop, lift and drop, lift and drop, lift etc. I actually get that physical feeling sometimes when David sings slower songs and it happens very frequently to me in CFTH.

    I decided to do a little research of my own on swings and on theta brain waves. Apparently, using a swing is a common relaxation technique, documented all over the web.

    “The very act of swinging, when it is correctly performed, involves that specific objective attitude of mind. The tension in the eyes and the mind is relieved because a condition of relaxation is produced in all the muscles of the body.” http://www.central-fixation.com/use-your-own-eyes/chapter-19.php

    “While in the Theta state, the mind is capable of deep and profound learning, healing, relaxation and growth..” http://www.formulaformiracles.net/brain-waves.html

    Does anyone else see the connection?

  38. refnaf says:

    Theta brain waves and swinging and David’s voice….mmmmmmmmmm, I need to think (and sleep) on this.

    Hugs to everyone> ((((David))))

  39. conditioner says:

    Kizzi,
    First of all it was such a pleasure to meet you in Manchester!! and thank you again for putting on such a wonderful gathering of all David adorers(is that even a word?).I especially enjoyed meeting NONI, what a spirit that woman has, just heartwarming! I thoroughly enjoyed that evening and putting faces together with names.

    secondly,(and forgive the delayed response) loved your theta brain wave write up. Fascinating! brings some science to this inexplicable phenomenon we have come to know as the power of David’s ‘voice’ and of course his spirit.. For me, I need a little science to help me understand. Nevertheless, there is still a mysticism about this whole experience.
    Here is a little addendum to your post
    ”While in the Theta state, the mind is capable of deep and profound learning, healing, and growth” – ”it is the brain wave where our minds can connect to the DIVINE and manifest changes in the material world”.

    Renaf,

    Good for you getting out there putting up your Christmas decs!!! You are a very smart lady doing it this early!!
    “David tends to see beyond the material, it just does not impress him much. I know that that is what I love most about him, (other than the Voice)”
    I have to concur wholeheartedly, and, he not only HAS high morals, he actually lives by them, it is extraordinary really, something I personally have never seen before, particularly from an 18 year old…. Not only does he serve as a great example for his peers, but he does so for all of us.

    TOfan
    I just have to say, I so admire you, with all that is going on with you, you manage to keep things going here swimmingly, thank you for that!
    I look forward to our next tour!! but mostly, I look forward to us all going together to a Toronto, (or at least Canadian) show!!

    Sunshine,

    I miss you!?:( Get an assistant STAT!!

  40. kait1159 says:

    TOfan,
    Hehe, thanks for pointing out the contact info., which of course now seems obviously and prominently placed. Sorry I didn’t find it before. I felt a similar pleasure at sending CDs to International fans — got some sweet responses from some, too.

    Kizzi, the brain wave information is very interesting. Explains why I access my own creativity more easily when I’m relaxed — and why often my creativity in one area is stimulated by my participation in another. I, too, often listen to David’s music when I’m feeling stress. When You Believe and Smoky Mountain Memories are the Idol performances I listen to most often in these conditions. Imagine is a favorite but tends to send me in another direction — active thinking rather than flow-thinking.

  41. happy says:

    bebe- do you have to be swinging on a swing?… I usually do most of my swinging on a vine. Is that close enough? 🙂

  42. ojs759 says:

    What a great place this is! Great job TOfan!!!! I am hoping to spend more time here with all the Canadian/International David fans. (3 weeks left till my due date….then I will be at home with baby…maybe then I will have more time to be a fan …wishful thinking?)

    Great article TOfan.
    Have a GREAT day!!!

  43. bebereader says:

    happy at 8:01 am

    “bebe- do you have to be swinging on a swing?… I usually do most of my swinging on a vine. Is that close enough?”

    happy…’Works For Me” haha

  44. TOfan says:

    bebe, fascinating stuff about Theta brainwaves and swinging, so what happens if you take a ride on a swing while listening to CFTH on your iPod??? yikes

    happy, vines are a fine choice!! (I prefer chandeliers, myself :lol:)

    {{{conditioner}}} ”it is the brain wave where our minds can connect to the DIVINE and manifest changes in the material world”…wow, LOVE that! But I’ll need time to let such deep thoughts sink into my Theta-challenged brain! lol

    ojs!!! *waves* Will be thinking of you these next weeks! Best wishes for much health & happiness & CFTH! Did you see David’s tweet about the Rush song? “Listening to “Spirit of Radio” by Rush. Such a great song.” … hosers FTW!!! lol

  45. bebereader says:

    TOfan at 1:12 pm

    “bebe, fascinating stuff about Theta brainwaves and swinging, so what happens if you take a ride on a swing while listening to CFTH on your iPod??? yikes”

    I’m not saying a word. LOL

  46. TOfan says:

    bebe, Theta ODD FTW!!! 😆

  47. KT says:

    So late to this party that I’m not even fashionably late!

    TOFan, great article…I have always been such a fan of your writing.

    You quote David’s CNN interview in which he states:

    “I feel like you have to take advantage of the opportunities that you are given at the time,” said David.” “I don’t know how long I will be in the position with music that I am. … I just felt like while people are enjoying what I am doing and recognizing the work I am doing, it probably is a good time to do it.”

    When I read the article that quote jumped out at me too. I just shook my head and smiled. When, I said to myself, will he get it? Then it occurred to me that he will likely never get it, given what we have come to understand about his personality. Perhaps that is OK. I suspect the “never taking anything for granted” attitude is part of what keeps him grounded. Note to David: Just in case the earth falls off its axis and you find your “position with music” has shifted, we have a back up plan. You have earned an international critical mass following and together we will form David Archuleta International Inc and sell shares which will keep you well financed and the shareholders completely happy forever…because forever is how long your music will live!

  48. djxox says:

    Ok, it looks like I have some reading to do before I say, “I’ll have what their having!” …..swinging….on vines…and better yet, chandeliers??? 😯 all while listening to CFTH… or is that optional? 😉

  49. awestruck says:

    KT – “Then it occurred to me that he will likely never get it, given what we have come to understand about his personality. Perhaps that is OK. I suspect the “never taking anything for granted” attitude is part of what keeps him grounded. Note to David: Just in case the earth falls off its axis and you find your “position with music” has shifted, we have a back up plan. You have earned an international critical mass following and together we will form David Archuleta International Inc and sell shares which will keep you well financed and the shareholders completely happy forever…because forever is how long your music will live!”

    BWAHHHHH Count me in.

    bebe/djxox – swinging FTW. CFTH optional only during the summer months.

    TOfan – you’ve got mail.

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