Words cut like razor blades and left you with a scar

I posted something late last night then scrapped it when I realized that this quote from COS sums up what being a David fan is all about for me.

Maybe it means something different for you. Maybe it means simply liking David on Idol. Maybe it means listening to some of David’s music some of the time. Maybe it means listening to David’s music all of the time. Maybe it means buying a song or two and seeing the occasional show. Maybe it means wanting to hear him sing every song ever written – and to be there live when he does it.

Maybe it means following him on Twitter and watching his vlogs now and then. Maybe it means checking out his concert YouTubes and leaving comments there. Maybe it means voting in online polls. Maybe it means supporting David’s favourite charities. Maybe it means hanging back and watching his career unfold from afar, cheering him on from the sidelines.

Maybe it means ignoring hackers who try to stir up trouble and spread false rumours. Maybe it means letting those hackers whip you into a fearful frenzy to the point where you’re tweeting David demanding action and answers. Maybe it means respecting him as an artist and a person free to defy your expectations of him. Maybe it means wanting nothing from David beyond what he’s willing to give. Maybe it means wanting everything and more.

We each have to find our own way on this crazy ride but for me it all comes back to David’s words above, “completing the experience of singing” — I feel blessed to do just that.

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43 Responses to Words cut like razor blades and left you with a scar

  1. KathyH says:

    Standing O, TOFan.

  2. MunkFOD says:

    Double standing O! gosh….tears… I don’t have words… …thinkin what to say… thanks ! Respect enough to let him live his life and build him and others up… love him enough to let him go….. Be there to build up when words cut like razor blades… exchange the joy, optimism, peace, happiness, healing that is in David’s music. ….follow his example in supporting charities… There is no time to waste in demanding anything from him… or giving hackers the attention they want… Moving on… looking up… supporting David in the full sense … I will always be here for him… always. Thanks again for your wonderful article and quote.. That quote of Davids puts everything into perspective! 😀

  3. betsy says:

    Thank you for this. <333

  4. bleubird19b says:

    Absolutely beautiful, TOfan. Love your commentary and wisdom. 🙂

    LOVE THIS: “Maybe it means respecting him as an artist and a person free to defy your expectations of him. Maybe it means wanting nothing from David beyond what he’s willing to give. Maybe it means wanting everything and more.”

    (Thanks for telling me you had another post up and scrapped it, cause I had seen you say something about a new post up yesterday and by the time I got here I didn’t see it. Thought I was going a little crazy or something.)

  5. awestruck says:

    Ah TOfan – I just finished re-re-re-re… reading COS and this quote makes me feel… … … humble. To have David acknowledge his fans as being an integral part of his singing, well – no words really except that like you I feel blessed.

    I have so little time now to participate online, but I read always, think of the wonderful fan community and of the wonderful friends I have made being a part of it. It has given me a new perspective.

  6. Heidijoy says:

    I love that excerpt from Chords of Strength. David is so special!! I sometimes feel like I’m a 24-7 fan since I retired. ha!ha! I went and watched Decisions,Decisions Feb 22,2011 during some of the turmoil in the fandom. I trust and support David. The DVD of Motab is currently in Denver on the way to Iowa where I live.(It was in Utah yesterday)

  7. Heidijoy says:

    OOps! I got cut off. I plan to be a David fan for life. Thanks Tofan et al Nice to be among David supporters!

  8. refnaf says:

    Thanks for this TOfan> you have an amazing abilbity to sum it all up perfectly for me and alot of others as well ((((hugs))))
    As a fandom we are all so unique, but with one constant> our admiration and love for David’s talent and how he shines as a person. “We each have to find our own way on this crazy ride” and let others as well> Go with the flow, baby!!!

  9. TOfan says:

    thanks, everyone, love you guys!!! ♥ Not gonna lie, was not a happy camper yesterday but I find reading David’s own words in COS is almost as calming and soul-restoring as listening to him sing. Like this tweet from him today after his little Twitter par-tay:
    “Thanks for sharing all the comments you guys! Helps me have a different view on the week from what you guys had to say.” … Me too. 🙂

  10. Kizzi says:

    TOfan: Always a thing of beauty and respect…your words and outlook.

    I haven’t kept up with the details of the twitter hackers, etc. Must have been a defining moment in the downside of humanness on the net.

    I think the negative extremes we see on the net dwell in the realm of usurpted power… the relative anonymity coupled with the speed of getting one’s words, pictures, thoughts, etc out to so many…very powerful, that.

    Then there is the lure of “collateral” celebrity status. Meaning if u stand close enough or interact enough or hit the net enough about any celebrity, you might believe you are a lesser celebrity living under THE Celebrity’s umbrella. Sheer maddness.

    After I read COS I realized David voice is strong, his focus firm, and his commitment to HIS values solid. He will do as he wishes the way he wishes. No whining, no blaming.

    I exist now in the “sit back and watch” category of fandom… and watch him grow. After AI7 I just wanted him to obtain his dream. With COS I realized he will get his dream, his way, on his timeline. All I needed to do was sit back, relax, and enjoy.

    Love ya. Love your perspective. 😀

  11. Marylee says:

    “More than fans, the felt like a team of morale boosters who would always be around to remind me of my worth” ~ David Archuleta/Chords of Strength

    Tofan: I remember reading that entire passage from COS & was so touched by it..just thinking that David feels this way about us warms my heart. It reminds me a line from one of my favorite songs (A Song For You)… “I know your image of me is what I hope to be” ~because a morale booster is what I will always strive to be for David.

    Love your article..amazing to see all the many ways we can be a dedicated fan to this lovely young man who has given so much of himself to us. ❤

  12. Marylee says:

    ..oops…”they”<<<<<noticed the typo the minute I hit the "post" button. 🙂

  13. Love this, thanks 🙂 David’s fans are as diverse and talented as he is. (well not me when it comes to the talented part..)

  14. MunkFOD says:

    PS… just have to say… David is so wise and brilliant… look at how he brought light, happiness, ….turned the tide… today with his simple tweet. …”What kind of person do you want to be this week?” Made people look inside themselves.. then he connected with his fans by responding to them and laughing sometimes… All I could do was smile… and watch… awesome!

  15. peppertara says:

    Aw TOfan, love this post. After a kind of whirlwind day this was so nice to see. Anything related positively to David always seems to de-stress me and bring a sense of calm and joy (used to call David my little sweet soulful stress reliever), actually still do!
    You especially TOfan, have a way of putting into words and very beautifully at that, the thoughts and feelings so many of us have when it comes to David.
    Yesterday’s twitter ‘shenanigans’ (I know you like that word) haha, did have me hurting for David, he didn’t deserve that. That said, today his tweets were as always…wise, kind, funny and so David….nothing’s gonna break his stride (or his fans for that matter). So those who try to interfere in that special flow of dynamic energy between David and his fans, will never succeed. 🙂
    That quote from David’s book is one of my favorites, I remember reading it over and over again. I feel blessed to be a fan too and it is such a pleasure to support David in any way I can. Whatever David wants to share, I am a most grateful recipient! No demands, no expectations, just want to let David be David…..and that’s a wonderful thing in itself.
    Loved everyone’s great comments here and love this wonderful post TOfan!
    awestruck…..a very warm hello!!

    • MunkFOD says:

      love this… “So those who try to interfere in that special flow of dynamic energy between David and his fans, will never succeed……. no demands, no expectations… just want to let David be David… and that’s a wonderful thing in itself.. ”

      awesome words! nothing’s gonna break our stride! 😀

      • refnaf says:

        WOW peppertara…. love this “those who try to interfere in that special flow of dynamic energy between David and his fans, will never succeed. “

    • TOfan says:

      peppertara, “those who try to interfere in that special flow of dynamic energy between David and his fans, will never succeed” … LOVE that!!! (& that you used “shenanigans” 🙂 🙂 🙂 )

    • awestruck says:

      waves peppertara!

  16. MunkFOD says:

    JIVE died… just confirms to me that David knows what is best and we need to continue to trust him..

  17. haroldcpim says:

    To Fan
    Love the way you put it. Personally I am all of the maybeeee’s and more. Just love David as a human being and performer. We should all be as optomistic and sensitive as he is.Just can not get enough of him. Thanks for your comments.

  18. MunkFOD says:

    @kimak RT @Gibson90210
    Photo: @DavidArchie filming a segment for Fox’s The Real Winning Edge. Can’t go wrong with the zebra Baldwin!… tumblr.com/xm74aolze7

    winning edge David Archuleta

  19. archiesfan4life says:

    Hey TOfan and Ref – thanks for your nice wishes on FB!

  20. TOfan says:

    Awesome Vietnam TV video of the Vietnam concert (thanks @omygoshashley!) with new footage of David leaving the concert with security at 14:38 … love the quick look he flashes the security guard who’s holding his arm, like “yo, loosen up the grip there buddy!” 😆 :

    …and a quick vid of KL autograph session question asking D. if he’d heard Cookie’s album yet?

  21. TOfan says:

    new post/thread!

    🙂

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