Imagine David Archuleta

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Early Buzz Highlights from last night’s Imagine:

L.A. Times

6:29 Archie gets situated at the piano and looks a little nervous, but still gives a quick wave to the audience.

6:31 The sway-bots kick into gear almost the second David launches into John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which was one of his defining moments while competing on “Idol.”

6:32 Casey’s mouth is agape in awe of all that is Archuleta. He’s also the first to give the Season 7 runner-up a standing ovation.

David with a Jamie Oliver "Food Revolution" Petition ... can you Imagine those two together for a show? Blimey! (TwitPic: @MakisTrippy)

Canada’s own Masterclass Lady

Seated quietly at the piano, he performed another inspiring version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”, once again reminding all of us that he is a force to be reckoned with. The sophistication and poise he brings to this performance is pretty amazing. How he is able to pack so much into one song and yet make it sound flawless and effortless is beyond me. He is truly a rare and precious gem in the musical world.

Great comment from MindyM: “…But hearing him tonight, the nation got a chance to once again see the magic that only this young man can conjure up. It’s like lightning in a bottle. Hold on to it, hold on fast and hard, because you may never see anything like it again.”

The Huffington Post

David Archuleta delivered a piano-led encore of his rendition of “Imagine,” this time including the lyrics “Imagine there’s no heaven” that he cleverly skipped when in competition. It was good and the best guest performance of the night. Has he dyed his hair?

With this comment from LK10: “David has sung the full version of Imagine many times. Don’t worry. He still believes in Heaven and Hell. BTW, his hair has always been super black.He is half Hispanic. His mother is Honduran. He just grew his hair out more recently.”

American Idol Blog

David Archuleta, with two more years under his belt, sounded better and far more mature revisiting “Imagine.”

Interesting comments from non-Archies:
Highlander: “Archie, in honor of Lennon/McCartney week, was channeling an early Beatles era haircut.”

and Mike $: “Archie sounded a million times better than he ever did on the show. His voice is maturing nicely, and a lot of the nasally whiney crybaby stuff is thankfully gone from it. I hate the assinine communist message that Imagine has, but the melody is beautiful and Archie sang it wonderfully.”

Idol Nation

It was great to hear David Archuleta to sing “Imagine” again. Archie’s 2007 interpretation of the John Lennon classic will always be one of the most memorable Idol performances — ever. Man, that still gives me goose bumps.

Comment from Melanie: “Best part of the show was David Archuleta! The hair(beatle style ) and the piano he has such a great sense of what to do to honor the night. What a class act in every way not to mention THE VOICE!”

Screen cap: Brasil ArchAngels

Express Night Out

First up is Li’l David, the diminutive crooner who shot to fame during season seven, powered by a froggy voice, a poised performance style and a face that seems tailor-made for grandmas to pinch. (He made a Christmas album, for crying out loud.) He makes his first appearance this season during Wednesday night’s broadcast. More on that in a moment….

REMAINS OF THE DAVID
I’m pleased as punch to see David Archuleta return to the “Idol” stage, and I’m as fond as everyone else of his famed, much-lauded interpretation of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” But I’m still a little disappointed when I realize he’s about to play it again.

I’ve seen this on “Idol” already. Twice. The only thing different this time is his Ken doll haircut.

As expected, it’s a superlative performance. Eyes glisten. Children of all shapes, sizes, colors and ice cream preferences join hands and dance. Angels cry. Michele Bachmann and Nancy Pelosi hug and give each other pedicures. It’s all very touching.

In all seriousness, though, David’s voice — which was pretty darned good when he was on the show two years ago — sounds clearer and more striking than ever. Stardom has been very good to him.

And he still gets tongue-tied during his interview with Seacrest. It’s just like old times.

Loved this comment from Matthew: “David Archuleta is back with more mature look and skills. This time on piano, he reminded me why he was called ‘the chosen one’ two years ago. His vocal quality, technique and emotional connection to the lyrics are in his own league. American Idol should be very proud of finding this talent who doesn’t get swayed by popularity and the music trend that sells sex and shock factors.”

CNN.com

Remember back in Season 7? When there were actual “moments” on the Idol stage? David Archuleta came back to remind us. On the piano, Archie reprised his performance of “Imagine.” Oh, the good-ole-days of American Idol. I’m wistful. And he is still just so adorable.

Comment from griff: The highlight of the night was David Archuleta. Pure and simple. He’s a true artist.

Crushable.com

But the contestants got a dose of undeniable talent when Rihanna and Idol alum David Archuleta paid the show a visit. Archie, who now looks older and huskier at age 19, performed a smooth rendition of “Imagine,” and has seemingly ditched his habit of licking his lips between each note. Apparently, Tim Urban whispered to Lee DeWyze, saying “He’s really good.”

AInow.org

On to the next performance of the night, and it is none other than the Nugget of the Decade, David Archuleta. WittleDavid is looking older, though he is still Keebler Elf height. He’s singing Imagine, for obvious reasons, and of course sounds amazing. I wish you were on the show this year, nugget. Aaron Kelly needs to take notes. After chattingwith Ryan and aw shucks-ing us for a few minutes, David gives the contestants a thumbs up (aw) and heads off.

EW’s Michael Slezak (for reals, you are not seeing things!)

I don’t think the season 7 runner-up missed a single note tonight while sitting at the piano and delivering a tender, haunting ”Imagine.” Still, why did the producers have young Archie repeat the seminal performance he gave back in the season 7 semifinals? Why not let the kid trying something different? I did enjoy the way the SwayBots malfunctioned during the performance — falling out of sync, turning to bizarre stretching and clapping exercises. A-

Comments from non-Archies: From scoop: Loved David Archuletta last night. I’ve always enjoyed his unique sound and was surprised how much more mature sounding he has become. Two years can do a lot for a young person. Maybe the age limit should be raised to 18. Who knows what Aaron Kelly will sound like 2 years from now. In my opinion, there’s still no comparison between the two, but I think Aaron may surprise us a few years from now.

From Cat: David Archuleta was an absolute joy to listen to and I’m glad they had him reprise “Imagine”. Somehow along the way his voice has gotten even better. He’s also become quite a handsome young man.

How can a window encompass perfection? ... oops, wrong song ...

And from our very own SnowAngelz:

abanana77: I also loved the piano accompaniment! Like when I first saw the piano I almost died of shock/nerves because it really surprixed me and I had not prepared myself for the possibility that he would play the piano. BUT afterwards (after I had ressurected myself from the floor in front of the TV) I think it was really smart because it also made it different from his first 2 performances of the song.

Zoe: WAY TO GO DAVID!!!! You NAILED that performance!! Even have the Beatles haircut going on there, haha. Piano chops for the win!! So very proud of our guy!!!!!

Ninaf: Hi All, stopping by to say 1 thing: THE PERFORMANCE WAS PERFECTION!!

Happy: ….”take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night, and pay no worship to the garish sun..” (I can’t help it….. when I get all giddy I like to quote Shakespeare… ) … the boy done good!

Refnaf: Flawless…. what a joy to see him sing again!! … I heard that he was not wearing socks!!!…must watch again

Betsy: Can’t believe he reinvented Imagine again. Loved that his hands were on the giant screen behind him for the majority of the performance. AI getting a little artistic. Or maybe just a rogue cameraperson!
sigh

TOfan: I’ve just rewatched, ahem, a couple of times and I think what strikes me most is how much he made Imagine his very own tonight. The first version, though stunning, did remind me a little of Eva Cassidy’s … this was David all David and nothing but David in all his glory. And how smart and wise and BRAVE to accompany himself on piano on such a big night. And how he sacrificed some of his own volume to turn and connect with the crowd. Love, love, LOVE him.

Beebee: A link to download A NICE, JUICY, BIIIG HD mp4 of David’s magnificent “Imagine” from last night….JUST in case you want (neeeeeeeed) it. You all may already have nabbed this, but just in case you hadn’t, here ’tis: DOWNLOAD mp4 HERE

Kizzi:

I had high expectations for last night’s performance.

And I even had the opportunity to see David perform during his Christmas tour and know the progress he’s made since AI.

Silly me. Oh, yeah, the hair, the clothes, all the outer package, is, of course, vitally important for the visual as a performing artist. It’s fun to watch the banter going on about the hair—best I heard was he looked like Zachary Quinto (not a bad comparison, that.) Cutest comment was from a teen who said he went from looking like a square to a “V” in body type. LOL.

But it was the depth and breath of his vocals, the exquisite tenderness of his melodic line and phrasing, the sophistication of a singer/musician proclaimed loud and clear with him at the piano that I hadn’t anticipated.

And that grand piano at his sole direction bringing forth his music to underscore the subtleties of his voice and the story he was telling. Well, that my friends, was beyond my imagination.

Organic, yes. It is as if, with this performance, I see for the first time the direction David has chosen for his music. I felt like his personality, his dreams, his emotions were set out deliberately for all of us to hear, to see, to share.

It was indeed a cover of a “sacred” John Lennon song. An anthem. And, in that performance David paid homage to the great John Lennon, a tribute, as Jive tweeted yesterday. And a gift to his fans and an eye opener for anyone first hearing him sing or hearing him again after AI two years ago.

I know it is just one performance, one step, but for me it was a giant leap in many aspects, and, amazing that I say that because I am a fan.

I await his album and the direction he has taken to show us who he is, his music, his message.

And from Twitter:

From L.A. Times’ Richard Rushfield:
@richardrushfield: Just chatted w @davidarchie post show. Damnit I love that kid. Still the best

From AI8’s @AlIisonIraheta:
David Archuleta’s new hair is sooo hot! even the Chinese boys look at it and say “Dayyyyuuuummmm!”

@joejonas: Must say.. David Archuleta did a great job on American Idol tonight.

From IDF (via Archuleta Phillipines)

viking80: David is just that good. and these are not just words or sentiments from invested fans. he is one of the most naturally gifted singers i’ve ever heard. his is not a talent that must come with the razzle dazzle, strobe lights, smoke and mirror affectations many singers must rely on in order to distract you from the fact that they cannot sing. he is a stark reminder in today’s music scene that the art of singing is alive and well and on its way back. pop music has been dumbed down so much in the last few years that people i think are forgetting what a genuine singer sounds like – and david is a genuine singer. autotune and lip synch are tantamount to blasphemy when used in conjunction with him. his aol sessions were equally superb, and had many asking the same thing, lol… dude is just a stone singer.

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53 Responses to Imagine David Archuleta

  1. Kizzi says:

    LOL, TOfan I just posted this on the last thread. Hope you don’t mind my reposting it here. 🙂

    I had high expectations for last night’s performance.

    And I even had the opportunity to see David perform during his Christmas tour and know the progress he’s made since AI.

    Silly me. Oh, yeah, the hair, the clothes, all the outer package, is, of course, vitally important for the visual as a performing artist. It’s fun to watch the banter going on about the hair—best I heard was he looked like Zachary Quinto (not a bad comparison, that.) Cutest comment was from a teen who said he went from looking like a square to a “V” in body type. LOL.

    But it was the depth and breath of his vocals, the exquisite tenderness of his melodic line and phrasing, the sophistication of a singer/musician proclaimed loud and clear with him at the piano that I hadn’t anticipated.

    And that grand piano at his sole direction bringing forth his music to underscore the subtleties of his voice and the story he was telling. Well, that my friends, was beyond my imagination.

    Organic, yes. It is as if, with this performance, I see for the first time the direction David has chosen for his music. I felt like his personality, his dreams, his emotions were set out deliberately for all of us to hear, to see, to share.

    It was indeed a cover of a “sacred” John Lennon song. An anthem. And, in that performance David paid homage to the great John Lennon, a tribute, as Jive tweeted yesterday. And a gift to his fans and an eye opener for anyone first hearing him sing or hearing him again after AI two years ago.

    I know it is just one performance, one step, but for me it was a giant leap in many aspects, and, amazing that I say that because I am a fan.

    I await his album and the direction he has taken to show us who he is, his music, his message.

  2. abanana77 says:

    Umm… he wasn’t wearing socks?!?!?!

  3. TOfan says:

    Kizzi, thanks for reposting, crossed in cyberspace, BEAUTIFUL! So beautiful, I added it to the post!!!

    And here’s Emmegirl’s comment from end of last thread:

    It was amazing, he is amazing!
    Gotta think David had a huge hand (no pun intended) in that beautiful arrangement, it sounded so.. him.

    This performance had an organic type feel to it, the arrangement, the way he sang it, even his hair seemed organic (well, it did!) and to top it off… no socks!!

    I just love him so very much, that is all.
    Kizzi, just saw your post. Loving every syllable!
    Organic, YES! Such a different vibe than the other two (which I love too), but this, this one…..oooh!

    He has made me one big teary-eyed goosebump.

    I’m with you all teary-eyed and goosebumpy, Emmegirl!!! ♥

    [And FYI “Your Brain on David” has its own Tab up top if anyone missed it!]

  4. refnaf says:

    This is no joke…. I can hardly think about anything other than David’s performance last night (makes for good thoughts while doing mundane household chores) > It has been hit home hard to me… David’s music is so much more than entertainment… it (he) gives something so rare and beautiful, quite different than most pop music. Seeing him sitting behind the piano, as the singer/songwriter he is… wow. I feel so blessed that I have been gifted this fanship. That’s what it feels like to me, a gift. AND HE IS JUST STARTING OUT!!!

    Thanks for putting this post together TOfan….

    “I await his album and the direction he has taken to show us who he is, his music, his message.”
    Oh yes Kizzi, me tOO

  5. refnaf says:

    My ODD Nerve Centre is in overdrive… can’t process a single non-David-related thought

  6. abanana77 says:

    Refnaf – I have the same “problem”! (But it’s not actually a problem at all). This morning I almost forgot to check facebook AND my email because I spent so much time reading reviews, going on david sites and of course rewatching the performance!

    I love it when David thoughts take over my brain, though <33333

  7. TOfan says:

    Refnaf, I hear you! David Brain Lock on today!!!!

    Will keep adding buzz to the post (sorry it’s so long … but there’s so much great buzzing, it’s CRAZYYYY!)

    Apparently there’s an IDF thread wondering if David was lip-synching! 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    So what’s everybody’s fave buzz so far? (mine is AI.now “Nugget of the Decade” … for you, Josie! ♥)

  8. TOfan says:

    The streaming for Ryan Seacrest’s radio interview wouldn’t work 4 me, grrrr … here are a couple of interesting tweets about it tho’:

    @AnnieDAFG Ryan just suggested David get his own talk-show and invited him back on the radio show when the single comes out!

    @AnnieDAFG LOVE that he said he used to be afraid of standing up for himself, but has learnt to do that and not worry anymore about getting people mad

    😯

    Ryan’s tweets (via @AnnieDAFG):
    @seacrestlive David has been working on a memoir. He’s young and he doesn’t think he’s that interesting, but he decided it was a good opportunity to share

    He talks about his spiritual views. People want to know who he is and it’s a big part of who he is.

    David is talking about his dad. He isn’t part of the management any more but he could always trust him because there were no hidden motives.

    David goes back home to visit his parents when he has time off. He wants to keep his relationship with his family; they’re important to him.

    THE INTERVIEW IS UP HERE!!!:
    http://ryan.kiisfm.com/main.html

    Love Ryan. Love David. Love you all. *sniff*

  9. SandyBeaches says:

    SnowAngelz…There is so much to read here that I had to move over it quickly but I will get back and have a good read. All of the sites have tremendous reviews and readings today…

    Great job of reporting you have a basketfull of reports! It is all because of David and what an impact he has on us.

    What a party for the official close of the Archudrought season!

    SB

  10. Kizzi says:

    Jim Cantiello 60 Seconds on last night – he’s HyStErIcAl – look what performance is playing on Jim’s monitor….awwwwww

    Can’t embed so go here —–> http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/501478/american-idol-recap-big-mike-eliminated-then-saved.jhtml#name=news&id=1632717

  11. Kizzi says:

    David behind the scenes at AI last night showing “Jamie Olliver’s Food Revolution” petition for serving healthier foods at school.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    You can sign here —-> http://www.jamieoliver.com/campaigns/jamies-food-revolution/petition

  12. beebee says:

    Ryan made it pretty easy to download an mp3 of the interview, but if for any reason you couldn’t nab it and you want to download it, here’s another option.

    http://www.sendspace.com/file/fnt24o

    🙂

  13. TOfan says:

    {{{{beebee}}}

    What a great interview! I don’t know if it’s because David and Ryan have known each other so long, or if David’s still on a “high” from last night, or if his amazingness is growing along with his hair, but I’ve never heard him so happy, so confident and well-spoken and self-assured.

    And I love how he talked about his love and protectiveness of his family and they, in turn, for him. Choked me right up.

  14. Abrra says:

    oops I sent my mediafire to TOfan too LOL

    Great article. All you need to know in one place 🙂

    Abrra

  15. Kizzi says:

    To be on the look out for:

    From LA Times Idol Tracker:

    “On our way out, we ran into David Archuleta and spoke a bit about his performance (a special request by Simon Fuller himself) and this year’s crop of contestants. More of that interview coming up shortly…”

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/americanidoltracker/2010/04/idol-results-show-minutebyminute-big-mike-learns-a-little-humility-.html

  16. refnaf says:

    It is grand to have the Archudrought over…. I really loved the interview with Ryan, oh my heck, I am looking forward to the book more than ever.

    How cool is it to see Archuleta trending on twitter all day?? Here in Canada and the States and the UK???

    Going to check out that latest link Kizzi… I’d love to hear the idolsnow iphone interview. Do you think it will be tapeable??? rrrr is that a word???

  17. Kizzi says:

    Hang on to your toques my friends. Here is an amazing interview after AI last night with J-14 by David. The questions are ok but the answers are AMAZING. I blinked and David became an interviewee extraordinare. I call Time Warp.

    “Following his performance on American Idol this week, David Archuleta chatted exclusively with J-14 about his new hairdo, Aaron Kelly, and who he thinks will win this season.

    J-14: What was it like being back on the Idol stage?

    David: It really freaked me out! My mind left when I was talking to Ryan. I thought through what I was going to say, but then my mind totally went blank. It was pretty bad. And It was scary having the judges there – you feel like you’re going to be judged too. But I was so glad to get to sing “Imagine” again. I haven’t sung that song that much. I think I’ve performed it once out of all the tours I’ve ever done, and that’s it.

    J-14: Our readers have been tweeting about how much they like the new hairdo you debuted last night. Why the change?

    David: I’ve always had it generally the same, so I just wanted to do something different this time. I feel like people always associate me with the same haircut all the time — I want to show people that I’m in a new phase right now. It’s a new time for me!

    J-14: What was it like meeting this seasons contestants?

    David: They were all really cool people. Lee Dewyze was so friendly! My sister loves him, and I think he’s a really talented guy. I was really impressed with how cool he was and how he treated me.

    J-14: What do you think about Aaron Kelly? Ryan has called him “David Archuleta” because of the similarities betweent he two of you.

    David: I feel bad that he gets compared to me! No one wants to be compared to someone all the time. Aaron”s his own person, and I think he has a great voice!

    J-14: Which performance stood out to you this week?

    David: I really liked Katie Stevens’ performance Tuesday. It amazed me how much she connected to the song. People are always like ‘young people can’t connect to music,’ but I think she proved that wrong.

    J-14: Do you have any predictions for who’s going to be season nine’s winner?

    David: Crystal Bowersox has been pretty consistent every week. I know she’s been one that everyone’s been looking at. I like Siobhan’s awkwardness — she has a geniunie sense to her that’s just cool. I can’t pick just one person!”

    I like the opinionated David. New hair, new phase, opinions galore. This is pretty amazing alright!

    Source: http://www.j-14.com/2010/04/exclusive-qa-with-david-archuleta.html

  18. Josie says:

    Ahhhh! NUGGET of the decade!!! He is a nugget isn’t he?

    I loved last night – I can’t even wrap my head around it/him.

  19. Zoe says:

    Just listened to Ryan’s interview with David and I am beaming!!! He was so well-spoken and not rambling (not that he’s not adorable to us when he does that, lol), but he seems to have grown exponentially in organizing his thoughts during interviews. He answered all the questions thoughtfully and head on. He sounds so mature, intelligent and grounded!! Well of course….cause he is!!

    It’s been a looong winter anticipating all the exciting Archunews and events that await us. So grateful that the drought is finally over!!!

    Thanks for posting the interview, TOfan. I loved every second of it and am just SO DANG PROUD of this young man!!!!!

  20. Wow! I *almost* enjoyed reading these comments about David’s performance as much as the performance itself. David’s fans have a way with self-expression. After last night, his star will rise even higher, and we fans will soar right along with him. He gives us music that inspires and lifts our souls.

    All the reviews are raves! Even from “Mr. Sleazy.”

  21. YJfanofdavid says:

    Kizzi, Here it is: (From LA Times)

    As mentioned earlier in our minute-by-minute results show recap, we ran into David Archuleta on our way out of the “Idol”-dome, where he was ever the dimpled charmer, taking pictures with fans and embracing each and every “Idol” crew member within hugging distance.

    David’s thoughts on season 9’s Lennon-McCartney showdown? “They did great,” he said. “Everyone did really well [Tuesday] night. It was nice that they had that boost, and I think their effort really showed it, where you could see their emotion and passion… It also showed the magic of the Beatles’ songwriting. Nobody will ever do it like they did.”

    But even David was thrown by Michael Lynche’s near-exit. “That freaked me out,” he said. “I was like, ‘No! He better not go!’ He was really good, and I think everyone knew that he should stay.”

    As for his personal standout, Archie’s getting behind 17-year-old Katie Stevens, perhaps partly out of age empathy. “Katie is one of the people who I felt like really connected to the song she was singing,” David opined. “It was just really nice to say, ‘Man, she really improved.’ It was exciting to see that improvement.”

    David also offered his sympathy to Aaron Kelly, who’s now earned the nickname “Little Archuleta.” Said David: “I feel bad for him, because I’m a pretty weird person to be compared to. And he wants to be Aaron Kelly, he doesn’t want to be David Archuleta!”

    But taking note that Aaron sang “Long and Winding Road,” a song David had also chosen during season 7’s Beatles theme, he added, “It is kind of funny that he sang it, but I hope that people will distinguish him, and identify him as Aaron Kelly, because he’s really talented.”

    So what’s the latest on Archie? He’s still knee-deep in writing for his second album and is headed to New York next week for another round of sessions with S*A*M & Sluggo. But he’s also close to choosing a single, David added, which may be one of the songs co-written by Eman Kiriakou.

    No update on when the album may be released. “It’s just a matter of what songs do we want and what are we missing?” David explained. “We just want to make sure we have everything right.”

    Speaking of getting it right, Archie’s performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which “Idol” creator Simon Fuller personally requested, left contestants like Casey James speechless. So what kind of memories did being back on the “Idol” stage ring up? “It brings back how many people are watching,” said David. “You feel like everyone’s energy is so strong, it’s almost overwhelming. Your mind isn’t really thinking about anything, it’s just, like, going. It’s weird how it works when you’re on that stage. It’s a rush and you just hope that you don’t mess up. It was fun!”

    David says it’s been at least a year since he sang the song, and he’s only performed it “maybe three times in the last two years,” but he did get to practice a bit, even with only a few days’ notice. Still, the biggest relief involving his return to the “Idol” stage? Not being judged, for a change. “It was, like, ‘Ahhhh,’ ” he said with a demonstrative sigh. “You still feel like they are going to judge you, and like they are judging you in their minds. But it was nice getting to talk to all of the judges afterwards. They’re just really cool people.”

    — Shirley Halperin

    Photo: (Top) Credit: Jason Imber; (Bo

  22. TOfan says:

    ohmyheck, my head is spinning today! Josie & Zoe, you’re so right, I can’t quite wrap my mind around this “new” yet not-new-at-all David …and after a drought to have all these goodies thrown at us, I’m not ready! I’m not ready! 🙂

    Kizzi & YJ,
    thanks for those interviews, wow, just wow. Two things that jumped out at me:

    First, in J14, about Idol contestant Lee: “I was really impressed with how cool he was and how he treated me.” I thought that spoke volumes, not only about Lee (who I don’t know, not watching this year) but about David … my guess is that Lee was very genuine.

    And in the L.A. Times interview, about the new album: ““It’s just a matter of what songs do we want and what are we missing?” David explained. “We just want to make sure we have everything right.” He just sounds like such an old pro there. *sniff*

    And who the heck are S*A*M & Sluggo??? *runs to Google*

    Refnaf, thrills me no end he was trending in Canada today. CanadianArchie said she tracked some of the tweets and it looks as though many Cdn. fans from AI7 “rediscovered” David last night! Can Canadian tour dates be far behind??? Please, Let It Be!!!

    And welcome, Minna Bassett!! *waves*

  23. TOfan says:

    Amazing sound quality in this HQ vid of the song only, thanks, Lorna!
    (credit: paulopacher):

  24. TOfan says:

    So S*A*M & Sluggo have written for We The Kings, Metro Station, Katy Perry and *drumroll* the theme song from Snakes on a Plane. 😯

    Here’s what the NYT had to say about them:
    “They hew to a simple, effective blueprint: a twisting, pleading vocal; dense walls of rhythm guitar and bass; hooks with enough space to encourage sympathetic singalongs. It’s mood over skill, blunt feeling over nuance.”

    And from Rolling Stone (who named them 2008 Hot List Producers of the Year):
    “[They] have very simple tools of the trade. “It’s just a room with some guitars, a bong and a vocal booth,” explains Dave “Sluggo” Katz. 😯 😯 😯

  25. emmegirl says:

    Kizzi that LA Times interview, boy, he keeps hitting us in waves!

    Loved his thoughts on the contestants; and no offense toward AL, but my goodness, the guy in that interview should be the mentor next week! I love how he so appreciates and respects individuality.

    David’s “new me” is, to borrow a term from MCL,… “a force to be reckoned with.”

    TOfan, those guys sound very interesting. I think even his fans who know him and his extraordinary talent more than anyone, are gonna be taken aback by this album.

  26. peppertara says:

    I loved reading all these comments here. Like everyone else I have been engrossed with all the reading, interviews, etc. with David the last couple of days. Seeing his performance has left me in an altered state. Can’t quite focus yet on what I should be focused on. He is awe inspiring and simply brilliant. So brilliant and beautiful. He still astounds me and his maturity, articulation and wisdom are just samples of what is to come from David. I’m still “ga ga ing” over it all like the rest of you. Can’t stop watching that heavenly performance either.
    Not to mention the cute hairdo which I have now become accustomed to and…no socks you say? Well, guess that is just as cute as the hairstyle!
    Loving all these reviews and thoughts on David. Yes, he is a force to be reckoned with and I agree, I’m sure his new album will surprise, astound and amaze. Lord help us!

  27. refnaf says:

    Another great interview! (((David))) in 3 parts

  28. refnaf says:

    hmmmm TOfan I need embedding help, lol

    Off to work, have a enjoyable day!

  29. TOfan says:

    David Cook TwitPic’d “a David sandwich” 😆

    David sandwich2

  30. TOfan says:

    emme,
    “I think even his fans who know him and his extraordinary talent more than anyone, are gonna be taken aback by this album.” You know what? (borrowing David’s phrase, lol) I think you’re right … it’s like all these writing sessions have amped up his creative drive and it’s a good thing we’re already along for the ride or we might get run over!

    peppertara, an “altered state” is right … and “brilliant and beautiful” … LOVE that.

    And Kizzi, went back to your comment about Imagine and loved this too:
    “Organic, yes. It is as if, with this performance, I see for the first time the direction David has chosen for his music. I felt like his personality, his dreams, his emotions were set out deliberately for all of us to hear, to see, to share.”

  31. emmegirl says:

    TOfan, “You know what” …don’t ya just love it!

  32. Kizzi says:

    Thanks yjfanofdavid for posting the interview. Great, authentic answers. It’s like David figured out how to get what is in his head out of his mouth in the spoken word.

    And I’m thinking when he becomes as good at the spoken word as he is at singing, he will become a sought after interviewee.

    After all Ryan S, after panning him for not being able to talk, not being a good interviewee with Larry King and others, was surprised enough at his radio interview yesterday to do a 180 turn about and told David he needed to do his own talk show (talk about altered states of reality)…or maybe that was a way (calculated or not) for Ryan to transition from his former comments.

    I had this image in my head of the expression on Ryan’s face yesterday (it came from the tone in Ryan’s voice which seemed more genuine than his usual polished radio host voice) was the same as Slezak’s when he interviewed David right after AI Season 7. You know, that “shock and awe” look.

    Cyber memo to David: You Are Doing It

    Yep, David is in charge of his destiny and he knows it and has it firmly in his hands, doing it his way and it has resonated with a whole lot more than the David fan community this time round.

    {{{Emmegirl}}} So good to read your thoughts and comments.

    TOfan – I am ArchuStuffed! I can’t absorb anything else at the moment.

    Quantum growth leaps are incredibly fun to track the trajectory. But, now I’m more in the “I gotta catch up” to reality mode.

    There was a massive reality shift after Wednesday performance for this avid David fan. Not that I didn’t see that potential and/or glimmerings of what has transpired in the last 36 hours…I just wasn’t ready for the leap.

    Now I gotta get my Quantum Leap mindset on so I’m not taken unawares in the future because I anticipate with a high level of confidence a series of Quantum Leaps in the foreseeable future.

    Seems there has been more than one seismic event in L.A. over the last couple of weeks. 😀

    Love ya’ SnowAngelzz. Canada rocks!

  33. TOfan says:

    {{{kizzi}}}

    Hot off @walls66 Twitter, vid from David’s Good Things Utah appearance this a.m.:

  34. TOfan says:

    David’s twitpic with Make A Wish buddy Jonah:

    “Me and Jonah in the limo”

    *heart melting*

    Me and Jonah in the limo! on Twitpic

    Click on pic 4 full size.

  35. jackryan4DA says:

    Hi guys! I think my ODD just went on overdrive. I just screencapped David’s Idol appearance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0V64DjuMZM as if I have all the time in the world! But how can one ignore these:


    Pecs R Us (coined by ronaldsf)

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/m5jmmyknxyn/20100407 DA @ AIS9 07.jpg

    Webber would be proud
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/yoxagweyo4m/20100407 DA @ AIS9 IMAGINE 29.bmp

    I better quit my laptop now. Enjoy Mr. Sunshine in all his glory For more pix (100+), vids & mp3 of his Idol guesting
    http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=b168764a61c78fdf67cd7f7bd65f7eef60d55ca7053ca1e487095ac91101628c

    Cheers!

  36. TOfan says:

    David at Soccer Practice:

  37. refnaf says:

    Gah… it is too wonderful having David stuff to catch up on after a day at work. Love him, love you guys!

  38. River says:

    I am reprieved from the Archudraught with all these cool vids and replaying Imagine..oh maybe 50 times. there’s always some little thing I missed. I really, really, loved the long interview w/ Ryan yesterday and found it intriguing and revealling. Our guy has grown up. Ray always said that David was in charge and the musicians agreed and said he was always particular about details. I am thrilled beyond words at the direction he’s going and the joy this journey brings. Anticipation builds for the book, its tour and then album 2. Woo, I get shaky just thinking about it.

  39. TOfan says:

    River!!!!! *waves* Was thinking of you during the Olympics & wondering if you were there for speed skating!

    I loved the interview with Ryan, too. It’s so cool to see him growing in confidence and taking charge … even of the interview, lol … while remaining the sweet genuine soul we all fell in love with two years ago.

    I just watched the Good Things Utah interview (name tailor-made for David!) and LOL’d at his face when the ladies brought up vasectomies, surprise births and airplane bathrooms … and he was about to say “celebrity” but changed it to “people who are well known” …I LOVE that he makes that distinction … that the only difference between them & the rest of the world is that more people know who they are. … and David and little Jonah *sniff*

  40. abanana77 says:

    Ummm I am overwhelmed by the flood of davidness today and yesterday! I am behind on reading/watching interviews!

    But Jonah is sooo adorable! Make A Wish is SUCH a great organization! Look how happy he is 😀

  41. abanana77 says:

    LOL at him being there for the discussion of what the sucess rate for vasectomies is! And how often you have to go get them checked. Seriously dying from that interview.

    Also how is he the most perfect person ever? In being asked what he thinks about being charged for airline washrooms he says “well it will help bring people together”. Seriously is he real?

  42. TOfan says:

    hahahaha, I know … when they started talking about how cramped the airplane bathrooms are and he turned right around and looked into the crowd like he wanted to escape, I was holding my sides laughing so hard.

    And when he asks, “But what if you don’t have any money?” (for the bathroom) And she says, “You just have to hold it” and he says, “But what if you can’t?” bahahahahahaha 😆

    That charity idea of his was a good one, though, I must say! 🙂 🙂

    • betsy says:

      I just saw that for the first time! (the restroom one – how did I miss that?!) I am seriously loling all over the place. His slow turn to the crowd. After the *standing up sideways* remark.
      Oh I can’t take all this!

  43. abanana77 says:

    LOL I was also dying when he was like “But what if you can’t [hold it]?” Bahahahahahahha. Sorry I really think that whole thing was hilarious. Just so random that he was there in the first place! Haha

  44. Josie says:

    Isn’t it crazy how one “new” performance from David can send my ODD into overdrive? 2 years later! Whoddathunk? Not me! I’ve listened to/watched this performance of Imagine a zillion times in the past 3 days – I can’t seem to get enough. What, pray tell, is gonna happen when his new stuff comes out? I’d better stay unemployed for a little while!

    I see that the Idolsnow interviews are no longer up…anything good in them?

  45. TOfan says:

    Josie, oh no, I hadn’t had a chance to view them either! Refnaf, did you???? Anyone?
    And yes, as much I’m anxious to hear the new music, I don’t know if I can handle it! lol If just one song has this effect (and not even a new one!), yikes. Has none of our “training” prepared us at all??? 😆

    And we’re not alone, two (of the many) vids of Wednesday night’s Imagine already have 21,220 and 50,964 views!!!

  46. River says:

    tofan *waving back* YES I was at the Olympics and yes I’d love to tell you about it. maricorgi@aol.com

    and how about David on the harley??? the fun never ends.

  47. TOfan says:

    New post up!

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