Here’s a recap from Karin (@zerogravity1) of the amazing Invisible Children “Break the Silence” Event in Nashville:
What I loved about the Invisible Children event….
* I loved everything about being in Nashville and witnessing a crowd of about 250 young people come together in complete silence for about 2 hours until the show began in an effort to stand up for the rights of the invisible and Break the Silence to the end the use of Child Soldiers in war.
* I loved that this wasn’t about seeing a show…or who was closest to the stage…or who had a better view… or about pushing and shoving to get close to the artists. It was about bringing change… taking a stand… creating awareness… making a difference.
* I loved the atmosphere of walking into a beautifully low lit arena… still completely silent… and seeing the passion in the eyes of the College Students who have raised money and spent their time speaking out about this great cause.
* I loved the different booths that surrounded the arena where you could write a letter to Government Officials to ask for help and create awareness about IC… or to look at the incredibly moving artwork drawn by Child Soldiers… or to sign a large banner in support of removing these children from the dangers of war.
* I loved the anticipation of sitting on the floor in front of the stage… yes, still silent… and watching a ticker click down 25 minutes until the crowd will erupt and Break the Silence. Such a moving, sobering experience to sit and reflect on how lucky we are, to be thankful for all that we have and to think that even on our worst day it still doesn’t compare to what these children have to endure each day.
* I loved that when the clock ticked to zero the crowd erupted in triumph as David and Landon leaped onto the stage with the biggest smiles waving their hands as if they were leading a Pep Rally. In the crowd you would find people hugging… giving high fives… and truly celebrating the efforts of Invisible Children.
* I loved Landon’s set… great songs… great artist!
* I loved David’s setlist… perfect mix of songs. TOSOD… My Hands… Crush… POTC… and WOW… GGTT. It couldn’t have gotten any better than that.
* I loved that the crowd still sings along to Crush at every show… just because.
* I loved that David’s voice was pitch perfect… once again. He sang the songs HE wanted to sing and felt confident singing.
* I loved that David is trying new things with his voice and his craft. There were beautiful new runs in Prayer of the Children and singing a fast, upbeat, difficult song like Gotta Get Thru This shows that David is ready to take his talent to yet another level.
* I loved David’s and Landon’s voices together during Sounds of Silence… and seeing their interaction on stage. You can tell David had become a big fan of Landon’s and the admiration was returned by Landon.
* I loved that after they both performed the COO of Invisible Children came onto the stage with David and Landon and told the crowd that both of “these guys are class acts” and thanked them for their support of IC. David had a huge smile on his face and was great about taking the compliment.
* I loved that we were able to spend a few minutes with David after the show and let him know that we appreciate him and appreciate the fact that he brings awareness to organizations like IC.
While visiting with David he took pictures with us individually… was so gracious about signing anything we wanted him to sign… and then we took a group shot. David seemed so relaxed… so happy to engage with fans again… and more confident than I’ve ever seen him. There wasn’t anything rushed with the visit and as always I think we all left feeling so good that David is happy and doing what HE wants to do. I left the arena feeling so moved that I was able to experience such an event and so happy knowing that David is in a good place. It was a special evening… and I love that!
And here is John’s (@JohnA_F) recap)!
WOW! It’s been a long time since I’ve written a recap for a David event. I may be a little rusty at this, but here it goes!!
The day started early with Karin arriving at my house at about 9AM. I took the day off work, but she had to work, so she set up a mini office at my dining room table. In between conference calls, emails and phone calls, she managed to chat/spazz/squee with me a little about what we were about to hear. I spent most of the day at my computer and doing laundry (BIG TIME YUCK!!)
The doors to event opened at 6:30, but like all good David Archuleta fans, we arrived at the venue at about 4PM. Sadly, there were only a few people in line. Even more sad, David is not that well known in Nashville. THAT JUST MEANS HE NEEDS TO PERFORM HERE MORE OFTEN, but I digress. Soon after we arrived, we heard (and saw on a big monitor inside the venue) David doing sound check. We heard, “The Other Side Of Down”, “Crush”, a mystery song and “Prayer Of The Children”. THAT was enough to let us know we were in for an EPIC night.
Karin and I took a quick walk over to the student union for bite to eat and bathroom break. When we returned to the venue, there were a few more people in line, but not too many. At this point, everyone was silent, including the Invisible Children people who were outside holding signs letting us know which line we were to be in. In fact, the I.C. people would only communicate with us and each other by writing what they had to say either on paper or a dry erase board. The unbroken silence was that important!
Soon the doors opened and those who raised more than $100.00 were let in first. We were next. Typical David Archuleta fans…Karin and I sprinted down the steps to the stage area. After a few minutes of standing in front of the stage, all proud of ourselves, we realized that we were the only ones there. Everyone else was sitting WAAAAYYYYYY back in the seats. AWKWARD!!! So…we went back to join everyone else. There were tables set up around the perimeter of the seating area that anyone could check out. Some of the tables were to purchase I.C. merchandise, some were to have your picture taken, some were of pictures of Invisible Children. Keep in mind, we were doing all of this while being completely silent.
At about 7PM some people started to go to the stage area, so we followed them, made our way to the front and promptly sat down in front of the key board. We were still totally silent as we waited for the countdown to break the silence. The countdown clock finally started at 7:30 and at 7:55 I noticed that there were a few people at stage left…unsure who all was there. At exactly 8PM, I.C. people took the stage, the lights came on and everyone was cheering. Before I knew it, David was on stage, also. He was cheering, clapping, celebrating and encouraging us to do the same.
Soon David was gone and we were then shown a video of I.C. and the work that is being done in South Africa. After the video, we heard a touching story from a woman who lived in Uganda and knew first hand the tragedy of war there.
Now on to the entertainment! First up, Landon Pigg. I had never heard him before, but I liked what I heard…very unique. When Landon was done….well….y’all know who was next!!
When David came out with two of his new band members, Brian on guitar and Steve on drums, he was, as usual, smiling and waving to the crowd. A lot of cheers for him from the 300 people in the audience.
I know y’all have seen the videos, so I won’t go into too much detail:
“The Other Side Of Down” was fun for all of us. David definitely started his set off right doing this one and he really did “put one foot in front of the other”.
“My Hands” = my goodness!! Seriously??? It’s a great song and has always been a favorite of mine…but the ending??? WHOA!!! KILLAH!!!!
“Gotta Get Through This” I had not heard this before, but WOW!! LOVED IT and add the “Message In the Bottle” line??? Dang straight it’s a great song!! THIS is what he needs to be doing!!
“Crush” will always be another favorite of mine. As David says, it’s what really started his career. So many of us were in front of our computers the morning it premiered on Z100 and heard it live for the first time in Detroit for the Ford Day event. It’s just a cute, cool song that has won the hearts of many, many people the world over.
And the most perfect song to end his set…”Prayer Of The Children”! Just too much for words. His voice just…SOARED!!! There was one point in the song, as he opened his eyes, it looked like he was maybe tearing up. I don’t know for sure, but it just shows the importance of the song to him and how much he feels the words.
After that, David thanked everyone and stated to leave, but then stopped, hesitated a little bit and then started telling us that there was another song they wanted to do, but didn’t have much time to practice and didn’t know how well it would sound or work. Then, Landon came back on stage and they proceeded to sing “Sounds of Silence”!!! I was floored!! IT WAS SO FLIPPIN’ GOOD!!! There were parts of the song where you could tell they didn’t have a lot of time to practice, but it still sounded AWESOMESAUCE!!!!
The CEO of I.C. came on stage and thanked David and Landon for volunteering their time to do the event. We were asked to hang out so we could be part of videos/pictures that would be used for future promotions. A lot of different poses involved…some of us smiling/cheering, other poses of us looking serious/somber.
After that, they turned up the music and had a dance party for anyone who wanted to…dance (or if you’re like me, watch others dance HAHA). While this was happening, there were rumors floating around that David was going to come out and sign things for us. No one knew for sure, but we waited for a bit. Sure enough, he poked his head out from behind the curtain to about 10 – 15 of us waiting. He seemed a bit apprehensive, understandably so, at being on the outside of the curtain, which made him visible to those who were dancing not too far away. I’m sure he feared that there may be a rush of fans if they had seen him. So he went back behind the curtain and we were led back to where he was waiting for us. Again, it was a very small group and David was, as usual, very gracious and accommodating to us…he signed posters/cd’s/phones/etc and posed for pictures.
It was an EPIC night for sure. Each time I see David perform, it seems to be a little different, whether it is a new sound, vibe, or new cover song, he ALWAYS manages to keep in new and fresh.
I LOVE THE NEW BAND!! Can I say that again??? WOW!! Talk about new sound/vibe. THIS IS EXCITING AND FUTURE EVENTS WILL BE GREAT!! OH YEAH…Steve on the drums….WAY KEWL!!!
Seriously…I’m glad he is able to now take time to find what he wants to do with his music. He is free to experiment with different sounds, instruments, songs…whatever he wants, because his contractual obligations to Jive ARE NO MORE!!
Truth be told, I hope he takes as much time as he needs to be comfortable and happy with what he is doing…for himself and us.
I, for one, am not putting away my shades anytime soon, ‘cuz D’s future is VERY BRIGHT!! HEH!!