Watching David Enchilada’s MoTab DVD with my mom

Source: Tumblr/ilovechudavidarchie

My mother passed along her love of music to me at a young age. Everything from Beniamino Gigli and Maria Callas records to Broadway recordings and Harry Belafonte albums played throughout the day, usually with my mom singing along.

And singing carols around the tree on Christmas night is a longstanding family tradition. So when I finally gave her a DVD of “Glad Christmas Tidings” a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to watch it with her. I envisioned ooo’s, ahhh’s and spontaneous standing O’s.

Not so much.

This is pretty much verbatim how it went:

Mom: That’s him? Ankellatta?

Me: Archuleta. David Archuleta.

Mom (gasps): What happened to his hair??

Me: What about it?

Mom: It looks punk! Has he gone punk?!

Me: It was filmed last year, that was the style.

Mom: But it’s sticking straight up??

Me: You’re missing the music.

Mom: And what is he wearing??

Me: A tuxedo.

Mom: It is?? But there’s no crease in the pants. He needs a crease in the pants. It reminds me of that Seinfeld episode…. and what are those dancers wearing?

Me: Period costumes.

Mom: How can the men move in those long pants??

Me: The theme is Pioneer Heritage, so they’re wearing vests and pants.

Mom: Ballet tights would be better… they could kick their legs higher… not for those older men, but the younger ones should wear tights.

Me (trying to get back to the music): Have you heard this carol before?

Mom: No, is it a new one?

Me: It’s an old one apparently, but I’d never heard it before.

Mom: How many people are in that choir?

Me: I’m not sure. A lot. … It’s  a huge venue, and his voice filled the place.

Mom: They must have good acoustics.

Me: Um, ya, but his voice is amazing.

Mom: He’s not on TV much anymore.

Me: This will be on TV. On PBS.

Mom: I’ll tell my friends. How do you say his name again, Archilada?

Me: Archuleta.

Mom: I don’t know why I can’t remember his name… He is very good…


Happy New Year, everyone!

(Source: Tumblr/akonathebest)


Adding this lovely blog post from SLC ICU nurse (Kim Maddox):

Dec. 24, 2011: "@emccaffertyful: @DavidArchie Thank you for seeing my niece! U made her day!! :D"

christmas eve

I’m not religious.  Not at all.  But I can feel awe in the presence of  truth and love and laughter.   And it seems I can believe (after all).

A  handful of us gathered close as a young man sang to my patients, and my two girls began to glow.  The girls were slowly getting better and becoming friends but they were still in the ICU.  A single, true voice rose to fill the room and the girls began to smile and heal.  It’s the music.  The song.

We were blessed yesterday and reminded that a melody can carry an entire heart.  A song can heal, make two sick girls giggle, help them forget where they are for a day and turn them into sunshine.  David Archuleta sang ‘O Holy Night’ at my patients’ bedside, a single voice, numinous and clear.  For the girls it was a private audience with our city’s superstar, a Christmas they will never forget, even in the hospital.

Read rest HERE.

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20 Responses to Watching David Enchilada’s MoTab DVD with my mom

  1. archiesfan4life says:

    Tofan – this is priceless! I see where your sense of humor comes from :)!

    Wishing everyone a very Happy & Healthy New Year! (((((HUGS)))))

  2. canarchaudry says:

    My dear Tofan….I knew Aquarius are fun people with great sense of humour…love this, lol !!!:))


    Audry ❤

  3. Heidijoy says:

    Bless You Tofan!! ha! Never did get to watch it with any family or friends. Gifted it to lots of friends.
    Your experience with your Mom is priceless I’m sure. She sounds like a hoot and you sound like a very patient daughter. A video of that going viral would be priceless!
    Kind of like the older couple learning how to Skype!!

  4. archugeezer says:

    Can’t help but love your Mom. Epic conversation about our favorite Enchilada. Your Mom could be friends with my Mom who loved GCT but mostly wanted to “comb David’s hair down.”

    One more thing, TOfan: Don’t leave us. We’ll be needing more smiles than ever the next two years. ❤

    Happy New Year, Everyone!

  5. peppertara says:

    Ah, Tofan you had me smiling, laughing, priceless post!
    Love your Mom, watching Mr. Ankellatta, Enchilada with her…..a special experience! I didn’t get to watch with anyone but I did gift it and had some good feedback. Although my sister keeps referring to him as David Angeleta (which is okay by me, ha).
    The story and photo of David visiting the sick kids and singing to them is also so priceless. ❤
    "A single, true voice rose to fill the room and the girls began to smile and heal. It’s the music. "
    Oh yes it is, I know David will be doing a lot more of that.

    Want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and a year ahead of peace. Hope we have a lot more smiles and great posts like this one, thanks TOfan. 🙂

  6. refnaf says:

    BAHHAHA!!! I must meet your mom!!!!! This is so hilarious TOfan!!!
    lol, “he IS very good” could be the beginning of ODD for her, ya never know!! 🙂

    Happy New Year peeps!!!!

  7. janey79 says:

    December 2010 at my dad’s house…

    Dad: I saw the Mormon Tabernacle on PBS last night. Where was David? David wasn’t there! Natalie Cole was on. She wasn’t very good. I thought you said David would be on? Where was David? He wasn’t there!

    Me: Dad, I knooooow. He will be on next year.

    December 2011 at my dad’s house…

    Dad: I saw David on PBS last week (mom interrupts and talks over him. I saw the David Archuleta show, he was really good! So much better than 2 years ago! He really connected with everyone and had such a good stage presence). He was reallyyyyy good!

    Me: 🙂

  8. sweetonda says:

    TOfan you are a hoot! Your mom sounds just like my grandmother did,

    Watching GCT with my mom was fun, but she also wanted to know why his hair was standing straight up too. Me: That’s the style. Her: Well I don’t like it. Me: *heavy sigh*

    Aren’t mom’s the best? She did love the DVD though and really does like David’s voice. Her favorite song is Silent Night. She says his version is the best she’s ever heard. I can’t argue with that. 🙂 She gets teary eyed with that one.

    Wishing you all a Happy and prosperous New Year!

  9. archiesfan4life says:

    Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! I so agree with Archugeezer – we will need each other more than ever the next two years. {{{{{HUGS}}}}}}

  10. djafan says:

    Happy New Year Tofan and to all!!!!

  11. TOfan says:

    Happy New Year, everyone!!!

    Some great pics on the Lyceum Philharmonic’s FB page (from Abravanel Hall concert) HERE. Love the comment on this one:
    “Madeline Noël: We are all just crushing on him so badly in this pic.” 😆
    Abravanel Hall

  12. Angelica says:


    So funny! Brings back memories of my own mom, now gone 😦 who never mind where you’re going, did you shower and put on clean undies? What if you should get in a wreck? lol.

    Happy New Year and Bonne année to all of you here!

  13. abanana77 says:

    Haha TOfan, this made me laugh! My mom also asked about his hair when she watched it the first time. Our convo pretty much went like this:

    Mom: What’s with his hair?
    Me: Yeah, I don’t like it either.

    lol, ’tis the truth.

    Happy New Year everyone! We had a New Years party last night and we had a music trivia game, and since I was choosing the songs for the trivia, I of course threw in a David song (I chose TOSOD). Everyone guessed it was David, got some very interesting spellings of Archuleta though, lol: Archuletta, Archeleta, Archileta, Arkeletta. Hahaha. Only one girl actually got the song title (I gifted the CD for her last year for Christmas haha). My brother did guess Elevator, which I thought was a pretty good guess since the clip they heard was the beginning: “down down, down down”. lol

    • TOfan says:

      ROTFL, your story made my day, abanana! 😆 I am so impressed someone got the song title right! lol And bonus points to your bro for even knowing “Elevator” hahahaha

  14. --bianca says:

    OMG, my mom is alive and inhabiting TOfan’s mom! A loving woman, but not good at compliments.

  15. Heidijoy says:

    Happy New Year All!! I’m missing @Jonerz on twitter. I know she has written recaps here before. Hope she is alright. If anyone has her contact information: Tell her hello. Please and Thank You.

  16. Happy New Year my dear friends at SnowAnglezz!

  17. Kizzi says:

    Happy New Year all.

    TOfan, wonderful story. Your Mom is tops.

    Mr. K was sitting by me when the SAz page loaded and asked “when did David dye his hair red?” after looking at the top pic. Lololol. Of course I had to tell him David did it for the MKOC tour, it was after all Christmas, and he was like :O

    I will disabuse him of that little joke, ummmm…soon. 😀

  18. TOfan says:

    ROTFL, Kiz!!! … Happy New Year, JR!!!

    New post/thread!


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