David Archuleta: New sound? Or true sound?

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I found these recent tweets from the amazing videographer @muldur (8throwcenter) really interesting:

“Have two videos that never die. The most consistently watched on an ongoing basis. Curious about what draws the views. … I think it’s David talking. A Thousand Miles from York PA gets 20 to 30 views/day 9 months later.”


“MKOP New Albany, which has really bad sound, but again David talking, gets about 20/day 9 months later.”

I know that some of my favourite concert mp3s of David songs (all the Invisible Children songs, EWTRTW and WFM from MB) include intros that I might want to skip over if it were another artist, but not with David.

I imagine David would never believe videos that include him talking (such as the epic “extra credit” series 🙂 ) would get as many, or more, views as the song-only vids. Sorry, Mr. David “I’m not good at talking” Archuleta … your ramblings are clearly a big part of your charm, so don’t get any crazy ideas about cutting them short any time soon.

Why do you think those two vids (out of all the amazing 8throwcenter youTubes) get so many hits? Do you skip the talking part … or replay it? 🙂


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I was blessed to be at the York, PA, show, and when the local radio guy came out to introduce David, he said something like, “He was rehearsing a new song earlier that blew us away …you’re going to see a David Archuleta you’ve never seen before.”

We fans looked at each other mouthing silent screams. New music? What???? Did this guy not know that saying the words “new song” to a group of die-hard David fans is like screaming “FIRE!” in a dynamite factory???

When David sat down at the keyboard for ATM and I could see from where I was standing that the radio guy and a whole crowd of other backstage people were gathering in the wings to watch that one song, I figured out what he meant by “new song” and “a David Archuleta you’ve never seen before.”

He obviously only knew Idol and “Crush” David and seeing him play the piano and belt out ATM didn’t fit with the bubblegum teen pop image they (wrongly) associated with David.

I also think the crowd gathered to listen because they could feel how “right” that song felt coming from David … how well it suited his voice and showcased the soulful heart of his true sound.

I know David says he’s taking a “break” to find his sound … but I truly believe it’s there already …  I’m thinking it’s more that he’s now developing and tapping into that vein of pure soulful gold that we all know and love from him. What do you guys think? New sound? Or true sound?

P.P.S. Check out this great blog post, “David Dilemma” from Gina, a 20-year-old English major and Cook fan! 🙂

“During the 2008 season of American Idol, I favored the Cook of the Davids. When he won, I cut out news articles, was prone to random outbursts of joy, and (may or may not have) bragged to all my friends. In fact, I have a yellowed newspaper clipping on my bedroom wall even now, along with the dusty ghost of “David Cook, American Idol ’08” written on my chalkboard (yes, still). But recently, I’ve been not-so-secretly obsessing over David Archuleta. His lyrics are simple, yet meaningful, always uplifting, and sometimes spiritual. The perfect formula for some summer jams.

“As I happily allow my Archuleta addiction to run it’s course, I have been toting my iPod – complete with both of David’s CDs – around wherever I go. I’ve plugged my old, 1980’s cassette adapter (that is miraculously compatible with Apple products) into my car to blast David on the way to and from work, which is a 30-minute commute each way. I listen on the way to visit friends, dentist appointments, running errands, Half Price Books trips. Everywhere. I haven’t really listened to the actual radio in what seems weeks. When I do turn it on, I don’t recognize some of the songs, which is a rare occurrence for me. It’s been a while since I haven’t been up to date with the Top 40.

“Big deal, you say. Why is a David Archuleta obsession blog-worthy?

“Okay, I’ll level with you. In some ways, it’s not. Everyone has their favorite artists, everyone goes through phases of musical addiction. This happens to be one of mine. Now that that’s out in the open, I’ll tell you why you’re not wasting your time reading this…

“The reason this is blog-worthy, the ‘moral of the story’ if you will, is the difference listening to David’s music has made in my life. His music is so pure, so uplifting, so wholesome, that I have found its echoes in my day-to-day life. I am happier, yes, but also more willing to share my happiness. I am more willing to forgive, more able to see the bright side. Life seems more livable. And now, when I do turn on the radio, I am slightly appalled by the material permitted to stream through the airwaves and into my car’s speakers. I find myself switching channels continuously, as every other song played is offensive in some way, which is frustrating enough that the radio is off and David back on within minutes.”

Read the whole post HERE.
(Thanks, @pabuckie for tweeting the link!)

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17 Responses to David Archuleta: New sound? Or true sound?

  1. peppertara says:

    Love this topic….Think it may be David and his new, true music! Think David has it all within him, one can only imagine what will pour forth from him. We have heard some incredible sampling already and it just about knocks you off your feet! Interesting about the videos, I can never skip over David’s chatter, almost as sweet as his singing and yes, definitely part of his charm.
    Loved reading the blog post from Gina….she has a great way of expressing herself too. Love this paragraph….“The reason this is blog-worthy,”……
    Must call it a night but lots of good stuff to ponder here TOfan and this exciting news from Sony Malaysia is all over the place now: An Asia tour edition of TOSOD with 5 brand new songs! One surprise out of the bag!

    From Sony Malaysia:

    “Also if you’ve read the above correctly, yes there will be a new album release entitled The Other Side of Down: Asian Tour Edition album. Releasing on the 19th of July, the CD+DVD album includes 5 brand new songs on top of the original track list of The Other Side of Down inclusive of a lyrics booklet for only RM49.90. As for the DVD portion of the album, it includes 4 karaoke videos for you to sing along to your favourite David Archuleta song. So be sure to get a copy of the album this coming July.”

    Let’s pray this will also be available to the rest of us!!

  2. TOfan says:

    peppertara … 5 new songs???? *dead*

    Either David’s been a prolific writing machine this year or maybe some of the songs will be tracks that never made it onto TOSOD … as you say, pep, “Let’s pray this will also be available to the rest of us!!” Maybe on the new website, which is one week away from launch! 🙂

  3. jackryan4DA says:


    Radio 91.3 Singapore
    @Radio_913 Radio 91.3 Singapore
    Listen tonight from 8pm to hear David Archuleta’s Brand New Single!

    Listen here – http://tunein.com/tuner/?StationId=14767&amp

  4. jackryan4DA says:

    And I got confirmation that the CD w/ 5 news o=songs will be available in Manila 🙂

    Am calm now. The whole? that’ s a different story, LOL

  5. TOfan says:

    @Radio_913 David archuleta’s new single on in the next 30 minutes! Listen into 91.3 now!!

    Listen here:

    Here it is! “Everything & More”:

  6. abanana77 says:

    Ahhhhh! Such a treat! 5 new songs?!?

    Hoping these songs are new stuff he’s been working on but I think that’s unlikely. More likely they are stuff from TOSOD days. In that case, I would reallllllllly like If I Could Only Be to be one of them. Hahaha obvs will be happy with anything but I’ve always wanted to hear IICOB again!

  7. TOfan says:

    “Everything and More” made me cry … in a good way. It’s so cheesy but felt so REAL the way David poured his heart out in it … love the bridge … I’m thinking these Asia songs will be along the lines of the bonus tracks, not necessarily signaling David’s new direction but, as he’s said, a gift for the fans. … I’ll take it! 😆

    VERRRRRY interesting that it is a love song… 😯

    • abanana77 says:

      Hahaha I don’t think it’s that interesting. Probably why it didn’t make TOSOD. Hahaha

      • TOfan says:

        LOL, I just find it interesting that after all those interviews where he said Jive was trying to tell him every song had to be turned into a love song & he didn’t want to write any more relationship songs ‘cuz he hadn’t had one yet, then he records this one … hmmm

  8. Heidijoy says:

    Love the song! So heartfelt and sincere. Hmm! Like that David’s voice is front and center. Not overly produced. Heavenly compared to everything else they were playing before and after on that station. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

    • TOfan says:

      the quality of the recording isn’t great so now I’m wondering if it’s a leak from one of the 5 Asia songs? Time will tell!

      Listening to it, I realize I would LOVE an album of feisty-David songs (STR, WFM, YEDL) where he struts his stuff with attitude and then one or two of these sensitive ballads where he rips our hearts out 😆

  9. TOfan says:

    Mystery solved!
    @LadyVmusic wow i can not believe you guys found so quick about one of my secrets.. spoke to @DavidArchie and he said it’s ok for me to tell you….
    so in Asia @DavidArchie is releasing a single, which @matt_squire and i co-wrote.. hope you like it guys. 🙂 and thank you for your support!…
    world premiere of “everything and more” david archuleta release in Asia which i had the pleasure of co-writing with him. http://t.co/70vYH7t

    She also tweeted it was written during TOSOD writing cycle.

    What do you guys think of it??????

  10. refnaf says:

    New David music is always good>>>> but this one is not my fave on my first few listens. Some of his stuff (especiallly his latest covers) have me in a listening frenzy, a vortex, on first listen, but E and M is not doing it for me. Not that there is any thing wrong with that!!!! Excited about getting more!! 5 maybe??? Woot!!!

    Love your post TOfan>>> I have been painting furniture the last few days and have my ipod on ALL DAY. Today the “extra credit” came on and I was mesmerized. I adore his banter> I always try to get mp3’s that include it>> I also listened to the entire SLC solo tour and it is awesome to hear him speaking> his little giggles etc. are so real, and honest, you just know he is enjoying himself.

    I think that David’s “sound” is there already> his voice is so recognizable, he just needs to keep making his own decisions about how he uses his gift and all will be well.

    New interview eeeep


    “I want to make my voice come through more,” Archuleta said. “I want to do songs that are more vocally driven, so I can be emotional.”

  11. jackryan4DA says:

    Bet everyone loving the new song? 🙂

    Had to drop out of internet last night cos I rushed to my mom. My uncle passed away unexpectedly last night and mom is quite hysterical. We just lost Dad, now this…

    Anw, here’s my recording, good audio quality w/ my stab at the lyrics

    You see the storm headin’ our way
    I know the cold can make things delay
    Up here it can’t do any harm

    The cracks show in the concrete jungle
    Tear apart the weakest of hearts
    Up here you’ll be safe in my arms, oohhh

    I know that you’re feelin’
    Like we’re only dreamin’
    Don’t look down cos this is real

    Like a satellite we’re flyin’
    Overhead where we see it all
    Nothing can touch us
    We’re everything and more
    There’s no turning back from this point
    Reaching heights like never before
    Nothing can touch us
    We’re everything, were everything and more

    Let’s try holdin’ each other
    Found love to last forever
    Up here gives you wings to stay strong, oooh

    The air is pure now that we’re breathin’
    Somethin’ to believe in
    ‘Cause up here it’s where we both belong


    Trust me this is worth
    Not falling back to earth
    Everything and more
    Is up here

    Like a satellite we’re flyin’
    Overhead where we see it all
    Nothing can touch us
    We’re everything and more
    There’s no turning back from this point
    Reaching heights like never before
    Nothing can touch us
    We’re everything and more
    Nothing can touch us
    We’re everything, were everything and more

    Were everything and more

    • TOfan says:

      So sorry for your loss, JR!

      {{{{hugs}}} to you & your family.

      • jackryan4DA says:

        Thanks TOfan. Can u just correct some labels in the lyrics?

        CODA should be CLIMB / REFRAIN
        And REFRAIN shld be CHORUS

        The rest of the mistakes are the obvious ones – missing ‘ in the word “were”

  12. TOfan says:

    New post/thread!


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