To snippet or not to snippet, that is the question

Credit: @DeseretBook

The lovely @kariontour tweeted today that David wants to know which BEGIN. song we’d like to hear a snippet from (apparently Angel and Somewhere Only We Know got the most votes). What’s your take on snippets? Are you dying to hear even a few seconds of David’s bound-to-be-incredible new songs? Or will you stay strong and hold out for the whole glorious album to be released on August 7th? …aaaaaand VOTE!!!!


Breaking news!!!! A soundcloud player for all the snippets now up on the OS (embedded below)!

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71 Responses to To snippet or not to snippet, that is the question

  1. djafan says:

    HECK YEAH!!! BRING’EM ALL! As you can see I have noooo patience lol

  2. refnaf says:

    ***wants now*** my first choice was Broken but then decided I need the whole song at once (lol, TOfan I just emailed that to u before I saw this post!!!)
    So my choice is BOTW…. can not believe the songs we are going to get… I am GIDDY
    I think it ios pretty dang cool the way Kari is keeping us so involved… this entire experience is much easier than I figured t would be…
    BTW Happy Canada Day> I have been off- line but loved the last post about border crossings> such lovely memories!!

  3. archugeezer says:

    Big YES!! Any song. Time is my enemy.

  4. abanana77 says:


    Usually I am totally against snippets, but for some reason this time it seems different. Or I am tricking myself into thinking it’s different. One snippet can’t hurt right? I DON’T KNOW.

    But if I were to snippet, My choice would’ve been True Colours (sorry can’t bear to spell it without the “u” lol). Sooo excited about that song!

  5. refnaf says:

    eeeeee You guys better decide quick!!! It’s up….

  6. grammyj says:

    I would highly recommend listening to the snippet. It was great. Can’t wait to hear the whole song!

  7. TOfan says:

    sfkasjflsdkfjlskfjlsakfjlasdkfj so close to caving… Somewhere Only We Know was my 2nd choice (tied with True Colours πŸ™‚ and Pride) after Broken … but will STAY STRONG & SNIPPET-FREEEEEEEEE!

  8. stenocruiser says:

    Oh TOfan, can you really stay strong? Twenty seconds of pure velvety beauty — surely you want to listen — eh? huh?

  9. peppertara says:

    Well, Somewhere Only We Know was the winner and I just listened to the snippet and wow, sounds gorgeous! There is never any mistaking that strong, silky voice of David’s, sounds fabulous. I am all for snippets, I find a little appetizer very nice. What I don’t like is releasing entire songs before the album is out. Too easy for illegal downloads,etc. But David snippets are definitely on my list! So thrilled about this album.
    I didn’t vote on which song to snippet, would have been a tough choice but BOTW, True Colours, Angel and Beautiful would have been up there. πŸ™‚ Broken would have been first but I think he asked for cover songs. Broken will be a beautiful surprise. πŸ™‚

  10. emmegirl14 says:

    Definitely a fan of the snippet – and this one, amaaazing. His voice, deep and strong.
    Gonna be a looong month.

    archugeezer, “time is my enemy”

    How about a snippet a week until the release.
    I am weak. tofan is strong.

  11. TOfan says:

    eeeek, you guys make it hard to resist but I think back to D’s first album when the snippets gave me a totally different impression of some of the songs and I wished I’d held out for the final version. For those TOSOD vids with David introducing each snippet from a horse-drawn carriage (that sounds so strange when I type it out, lol), I watched until I heard the first note and scrambled to hit the stop button, lol. Will I be able to last till Aug. 7th?? no idea, tbh

    For snippet fans, here’s an mp3, courtesy of the amazing @rhiminee! And looped so it repeats HERE.

    • abanana77 says:

      Haha you are stronger than me! I totally caved. (well actually I don’t count it as caving because I hadn’t decided yet whether I was listening to it or not) But I am cutting myself off. This is my one and only snippet!

      Also is this where we think the BEGIN. album title maybe came from?

      So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
      I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

  12. TOfan says:

    And not sure which teen mag this is in, but promo FTW!!!

  13. TOfan says:

    Happy 4th of July to all the fans in the U.S!!… here’s my fave patriotic perf. for you guys!

  14. ray says:

    i can,t stop listen to it snippet ftw

  15. peppertara says:

    Can’t count the times I have listened to that snippet too….it’s David after all. Wasn’t too familiar with the song initially but my goodness David….can’t wait to hear it all!
    Love, love that GBA video TOfan and a very happy 4th of July to all the U.S. fans!

  16. Kizzi says:

    Ah, geeeeeez, I just listened to the snippet. Boy oh boy, that lower register *chills* the 3-D tone so full and rich *!!!!* Not what I was expecting. πŸ˜€

    I admire your strength TOfan. I’ve heard there is much merit in that kind of restraint….I’ve only heard about it cuz I can’t practice it. *sigh* lol

  17. Loved it!! Have listened more than once!!

  18. TOfan says:

    This is where I was last July 4th btw … sorry my vid is so shaky but it sure sounds good! πŸ™‚

  19. jackryan4da says:

    Staying snippet-free eh? Then I suggest you mute your computer for this BEGIN. promo vid I made last night. The SOWK snippet is on repeat – ok that’s enuff warning right? LOL

    • TOfan says:

      AWESOME promo vid, JR!!! (yes, I did mute it, lol) … Kari’s making it very difficult to resist, she just tweeted this:

  20. jackryan4da says:

    TOfan – but should you cave in cos you were once again mesmerized by the sight of our young man, don’t worry, we won’t blame you.

    You know what they say, when it comes to David, to resist is futile… just sayin’… tee-hee

  21. TOfan says:

    New clip up… True Colours… enjoy for those of you snippeting (snipping?):

    • Kizzi says:

      You know what TOfan, every time I hear a snippet, I have the sensation of an arrow piercing my heart, a good-ouchie feeling….like thrills to hear new music and a pang that it is still many months before it will ever be a possibility of more music being made…I miss that pint size crooner.

  22. --bianca says:

    In each of these 20 second snippets, David proves that he is the OWNER of all that he sings. They are gorgeous. Gorgeous. I didn’t say that about Forevermore (not my cup of bubble tea).

    Deb, your restraint is incredible.

  23. TOfan says:

    Since I haven’t heard the snippets, thought I’d share this awesome Tumblr post from @VeeBee123:

    BEGIN. snippets. And some ranting.

    Every time I listen to the radio, I cringe at the music being played. Most of the tracks that get the most airplay are bursting with cacophonous auto-tuned sounds, and badly written innuendos. The beats are disharmonious and the melodies are hard to pin down because of that deadly device called Auto Tune.

    Of course, there are exceptions in the glorified forms of Adele, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Sara Bareilles, Natasha Bedingfield, One Direction, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson and a few others. The problem is that these people who take the trouble to make meaningful music don’t last too long on the charts. They slide away too quickly for my liking.

    Anyway, the point of this post was to spaz about the BEGIN. snippets, so I’d better get on with it.

    True Colors- SOUL SOUL AND MORE MIND BLOWING SOUL. Who knew someone who wasn’t too appreciative of Jazz could make the very same genre sound so unbelievably amazing?! If a mere 20 seconds had this much epicness, I shudder (in a good way) to think of the surprises the rest of the song will hold.

    Somewhere Only We Know- So classically David. So pure and energizing. I feel like this song is representative of the rest of the tracks on the album. And the prognosis is very very good.

    So here we have David Archuleta in the middle of a degrading music industry, a shining beacon of hope that good music is not, in fact, lost. One does not need a great record label, or a great management. They just need to mean what they sing, and have those dedicated fans to back them, even when they’re gone for two years.


  24. peppertara says:

    Love the little snippet of True Colors!! So beautifully, soulfully David sounding. This will be one heck of an album.
    TOfan, love that Tumblr post from @VeeBee123. So spot on, very well said.
    Also love this tweet from WOW HD (you can pre-order from the Canada site too), yay!


    Hi @DavidArchie fans, #BEGIN is now available for pre-order on #WOWHD @boo_radleigh @FODFansofDavid πŸ˜€

  25. jackryan4da says:

    Once again TOfan, cover your ears πŸ™‚ 2nd snippet, True Colors, in vid form πŸ™‚

  26. jackryan4da says:

    3rd snippet, 3rd promo vid πŸ™‚


  27. jackryan4da says:

    Since we are 1/3 through previewing the album, I decided to loop the 3 snippets so far w/ another promo vid πŸ™‚

    And no TOfan, am not making it hard for you, tee-hee

  28. SandyBeaches says:

    TOfan…I never thought I would do this but I am going ” no snippets” I want to hear ‘Angel’ unheard before until the moment! The others as well. It is a big challenge for me to challenge myself like this, really!

    When Abrra did it for another album I thought, “How can she do that?” But she did!


  29. emmegirl14 says:

    High-five snowangelz!

  30. SandyBeaches says:

    Emmegirl, I am anxious to see what I actually do when a snippet is posted! Haha, will my fingers tremble and I have to hold myself back?? Or will I be strong in my beliefs and determined? I know, crazy!


  31. SandyBeaches says:

    The time has come…NO! TOfan where are you? Are you hanging tough??? No not Angel!!


    • TOfan says:

      SB, yes I am hanging tough but Kari isn’t making it easy… they’ve created a soundcloud player on the OS (I finally figured out how to embed it at the end of the post above)!!! yikes

  32. jackryan4da says:

    Ok you snippet-free Archies, just this once, won’t you join us into the dark side with this 5-clip promo vid?

    [quickly hides from TOfan & SB] πŸ˜‰

  33. SandyBeaches says:

    OK JR, I’ve dropped in on SA in this early morning!
    You are making it so tempting!!! I will do battle with myself and see what happens next, haha. Can’t cave in yet!!

    TOfan, how could you work with embedding and not listen?? So tempting!


    • jackryan4da says:

      Dear SB,

      β€œmay you faaa-e-yyyand some comfort here…”


      • TOfan says:

        No fair, JR!!!!! 😯 😯 😯

      • SandyBeaches says:

        JR, you are a terrible tease.
        On a serious note, a question. DId David do this in such a short time for his fans only or would he have done it with any more intensity etc, if he had had more time? I can’t tell from the few snippets that I listened to. I am hoping for great success worldwide..


  34. peppertara says:

    Kudos to those of you who are still snippet free, wow. These snippets are very tasty morsels meant to soothe the ears, warm the heart and turn any frown into a smile (and of course leave you wanting more) and they do just that. Listening to the entire songs will probably wet the eyes some too. He is just so, so good.
    jackryan4da….your 5-clip promo vid is wonderful!

  35. jackryan4da says:


    Based on the Forevermore album post recording, I can tell you that given more time, he can find a way to make his recording more sublime πŸ˜‰ But I think we can all agree that with the limited time that he had for BEGIN., he gave it his all.

    As always, I can imagine he was intense as he could ever be to a small or big group, limited or more time.

    On a more serious note: So, you cave in???

  36. refnaf says:

    You guys are so funny!! and a word for TOfan…..LISTEN>> THE SNIPPETS ARE TO DIE FOR
    lol, I CAN not stop listening….His voice is sublime, that is all.

    JR> great promo vids!!!!!

  37. refnaf says:

    And another thing TOfan, your side bar is always so entertaining!!!! (((hug)))

  38. SandyBeaches says:

    I came to the rescue of a friend today!! SF is at work and asked me about the new snippets!!
    So YES, JR…”I Caved!!”…I am a loser!! No I am not, they are beyond fabulous and needed me hearing them!! I do what I can for friends!

    They are exceptional and as I remember, snippets do not tell all and do not give full credit. David does come alive when an orchestra is part of the song. Perhaps a coincidence I know…

    I said from the start that this would be exceptional…yes, I caved in…how about you TOfan?


  39. SandyBeaches says:

    I have so much appreciation for Kurt Bestor for working with David. He is a wonderful musician himself and they have so much respect for each other.


  40. betsy says:

    I love snippets, snippets and I are simpatico. β™₯
    I don’t know how you do it. I am on that play button so fast, you’d think I never heard music before.
    This has been in my head for days.
    So tell me when, you’re gonna let meeee in, I’m feeling tired and I need somewhere to begiiinnn.
    Keep my eeeeyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeesssssssssss down below
    So beautiful.
    Stay strong Deb. πŸ™‚

  41. refnaf says:

    SB> yay for caving!!!!
    Betsy I am not encouraging TOfan…… I want her to come squeeeee with us. haha
    That is what I am doing I am >OVERWHELMED WITH THE THOUGHT OF THIS CD……AND SQUEEING. Seriously when I saw that there were 2 more snippets this morning my tummy did a flip and I still have butterflies listening to them. These two songs will be my faves I think….. but the entire thing is going to be BEAUTIFUL. **************wails***************

    • TOfan says:

      hahaha, you guysssssss… I’m sure I’ll catch up to you in flailing once the CD comes out… it may look something like this:

  42. archugeezer says:

    SB!? Wow! And I am with you on your assessment of David and an orchestra.

    I have to say, I am neither surprised nor ashamed of anyone who gives in. There are no losers among us, only preview aficionados–haha. Rumor has it that there will be a fan gathering of BEGIN. snippet virgins soon, a voluntary sequestering of sorts. Apparently this will take place as soon as they can find a room small enough.

    Stay strong, Deb. We’re rooting for you. My only wish now is that I could see your face on August 7 when David’s voice finds you.

    • TOfan says:

      “Apparently this will take place as soon as they can find a room small enough” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA *DEADDDD* … touchΓ©, geez, touchΓ© πŸ˜†

    • Kizzi says:

      ROFLMBO!!!! “…….room small enough…” Gotta love the snippet hold outs. Keeps things interesting. Too funny. I enjoy the fans almost as much as I enjoy the music, snippets and all. I saw on AFS that there is a fan get together in August, in Utah I believe, and it’s very tempting to go just to hang out with fellow Archu-aficionados. πŸ˜€

  43. SandyBeaches says:

    I am so weak, all I needed was SF writing from work asking me to tell her about them and I was off pushing buttons. I was so surprised that we would have them today and they are such powerful songs.

    Way to go Deb! Last fan standing? David just won me over and I didn’t have to board a jet and fly for a day, oh I miss that!!!


  44. peppertara says:

    TOfan I’ve heard there are a few more non-snippet listeners out there to fill up that small room, LOL. You’re not alone! SandyBeaches…don’t blame you one bit, no wrong done at all!
    My goodness, these latest two snippets are beyond gorgeous!! David’s voice is so strong, powerful and moving in these songs and all this just from little snippets.
    Either way is good, to snippet or not to snippet. As one commenter said on the OS….we’re now suffering from OSLD…”obsessive snippet listening disorder”, ha. Once you’re in, there is no turning back.
    Sounds like David has poured his heart and his soulful singing in to each song, the time frame doesn’t really affect an artist like David, I’m sure. He is a Master at what he does. ❀

    • TOfan says:

      OSLD? lolol… at least i don’t have that! πŸ˜† … whatever evil genius designed the Soundcloud widget made it so it automatically updates with the new snippets, on its own … *resistinggggg*

  45. emmegirl14 says:

    I am savoring my sweet, sweet snippets.

    tofan, where do you hide your cape and tights? This could explain the boot fetish.

    • TOfan says:

      LOL, emme … btw, I figured out how to put the Soundcloud snippet player in the sidebar top right … but I need someone to test it for me to make sure it works! πŸ˜†

      • emmegirl14 says:

        Well done! It works beeeea-u-ti-fully!
        Today’s songs really pushed this over the top.
        Three more to go….oh no.

  46. jackryan4da says:

    After unleashing the BOTW and EH, are you guys still breathing???

    OSLD peppertara? Well I can only strive to be an enabler so here’s the promo vid for BOWT & EH

    We’ll be plastered like melted cheese by the time Kari previews Broken :8

  47. TOfan says:

    New post/thread!


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