Longer BEGIN. snippets … can you stand it???

New longer BEGIN. snippets, people!!!! (I am still holding strong & snippet-free, however … k, “strong” might be the wrong word 😯 )

Here are 3 ways for you to enjoy:

Listen all together (thanks, mych3ME!!!!)

Or one at a time:


Somewhere Only We Know

Everybody Hurts

Don’t Give Up featuring Libbie Linton (read all about her HERE)


Bridge Over Troubled Water


True Colors


Be Still My Soul

Or download JR4DA’s amazing mp3s HERE.

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25 Responses to Longer BEGIN. snippets … can you stand it???

  1. archugeezer says:

    You’re quite the hostess, TOfan, serving up so many declicious goodies when you’re on a diet.

    When these longer previews surfaced late last night, I couldn’t get there fast enough. “Incredible” is an understatement, and “Broken” made me weep. I cannot wait for all of us–you included–to hear every word, every note, every nuance of the gift he has left for us.

  2. Kizzi says:

    No, I cannot s.t.a.n.d. it TOFan. Had to sit down. “Broken” with the violins (maybe cellos)…no words…I got major chills from my toes to the top of my head – this is not hyperbole. I listened to the extended snippets on my morning constitutional this A.M. and what a way to enjoy nature and life and the sun! And when “Broken” came on, I came to a screeching halt and was in alt! Ack…no words, no words.

    LOL on “dieting” archugeezer. 😀 😀

    August 7th is D-Day! Can’t wait to hear the album.

    ***Waves*** like crazy & ***blows kisses*** to all SAz’s and friends. 😀

  3. Anonymous says:

    No words…….I cannot wait for you to hear these songs TOfan … His voice is the finest instrument I have ever heard or imagined> simply heavenly

  4. emmegirl14 says:

    tofan, Pride, well, you will feel it. True Colors, I love even more (the end,1:26, what!)
    Beautiful, gosh, I just love it. Don’t Give Up duet, wow. Angel made me cry. BOTW, sooo good.
    And Broken, it’s almost too much.

    I’m honestly not trying to torment you tofan, I just need to say it, scream it…. I already looove this album!!!

    archugeezer, lol! and kizzi – Yes yes yes to every thing you guys said.
    A little emotional here. {{huge Josh Bradley style hug to everybody}}

    • Kizzi says:

      awwww emme, you are right, it is “emotional” in a such a goooooood way. And the lower register in these songs is so riveting…deep, dense, verdant,rich tones! WOWZA. Ref said it succinctly, “finest instrument” :O 😀

  5. peppertara says:

    Can I stand it?? Barely. I made the mistake of checking twitter before I went to bed last night and discovered these incredible gems of much, much longer snippets. I was up far too late listening repeatedly to all of this incredible beauty, got hooked! We all know how that works. I can’t even describe the magic that David creates with this album, pure musical bliss, really. Broken had me ‘teary’ too (as did a few others) very profound and beautiful sounding, from the inner workings of David, really need to hear it all. It’s all beautiful, in fact I am crazy about his rendition of ‘Beautiful’, chills…as I am with the other songs.
    I don’t think I have ever heard David sound better, such maturity and perfection of delivery, geesh.

    refnaf…..”His voice is the finest instrument I have ever heard or imagined> simply heavenly”
    Beautifully stated, can’t imagine it getting any better than this.
    TOfan, make sure you are definitely sitting down at first listen to these songs, lol.
    Thanks for always keeping us updated. Really appreciate what you do!

  6. peppertara says:

    Forgot to say I just love everyone’s comments and understand completely!
    emmegirl14….absolutely and yes to everything you said!
    TOfan, hope we are not making it more difficult, you’ve hung out this far, seems you’ll make it, lol.

    • Kizzi says:

      I love the “understand completely” comment pepper…it’s truly grand to share an understanding with other David music fans,”the inner workings of David” and “such maturity.” 😀

      O’ happy day

  7. emmegirl14 says:

    My greed is showing…I dream we get to someday see him perform every one of these treasures.

    I just love the collection of songs he chose….he chose. No one else. Sang the way he wanted…he wanted. No one else.

    ref “His voice is the finest instrument I have ever heard or imagined”.
    Simply stated, simple truth.

    • canarchaudry says:

      Coming out of my cocoon to let you all know how exciited I was when I heard the extended snippets!!! really enjoyed everyone’s comment and I could not agree with you more:)

      Emmegirl14….I just love the collection of songs he chose….he chose. No one else. Sang the way he wanted…he wanted. No one else….absolutely!! I can not wait to hear his very own original song “Broken” as well which I loove already.

  8. bianca4archie says:

    Deb, I still think waiting until release day may be deadly to your heart on that day. It will be too much awesome to take in all at once and you may explode. David’s voice sounds better than ever on BEGIN. and that’s saying a whole lot since that’s what hooked us all in the first place. Maybe start 10 days before release and listen to one of the short snippets each day to keep from exploding from the beauty of it all?

    • TOfan says:

      Miss B., I was actually thinking that very thing, lol… I might have to ration one song a day or something, come Aug. 7th … except no way could I pull that off! 😆

  9. awestruck says:

    I’m with you TOfan… though am LOVING everyone’s comments – so much to look forward to.

    Hugs to ALL

  10. canarchaudry says:

    Thank you TOfan for making me de-lurk….This is it!!…the one we have been all waiting for!!:))
    David’s forte…an amzing balladeer although we all know he can sing anything!!…can not wait
    to hear the whole album specially his own original song “Broken” which I loove already…I’ll say… be ready to have tissue on hand come August 7th!

    I agree with bianca4archie… “David’s voice sounds better than ever on BEGIN. and that’s saying
    a whole lot since that’s what hooked us all in the first place”.

    Always grateful for all that you do to keep the site updated on everything about David…thanks also for being the fun loving, kind and humorous person that you are lol..

    Great comments from everyone…love them all <333

    • TOfan says:

      audry!!!!! awestruck!!!! we’ve missed you guys (((((hugs)))) … these snippets must be some powerful kind of nitroglycerin to blast you & awestruck out of lurkdom! 😆

  11. SandyBeaches says:

    I hope that the eager beavers of the world leave a few seconds to be released! The leaks of some of the entire songs will happen. 90 seconds is where I end my listening and I have to make good on this one!!

    TOfan it will be fantastic to read your comments after you have listened to the album. ‘Album’, so much more of a word than ‘CD’… Just a little rambling…

    If you close your eyes, listen with your headphones/ear buds, you will be able to imagine sitting in the audience with him on stage and it can feel like you are at his real concert.

    It has been written that because of the limited time that David was left with to record the album, it has a live performance sound to it and it actually does. But, that is the greatest sound because with a little imagination we have a concert to go to! See you at the concert…I have 3rd row center!! I can get good seats for everyone! See what happens? Separation anxiety sets in!


  12. SandyBeaches says:

    Before this busy life took hold of my life today I listened to…Angel…the eyes closed, ear bud presentation. Please do that …nobody else in this world gives any more passion, patience and artistry to every single word of a song and every breath that goes with it. Could they even if they wanted to?


  13. TOfan says:

    Interesting post on FanScene HERE where Dean Kaelin shares his involvement with warming up David’s voice during the BEGIN. recording sessions … my favourite part:

    “For David’s part, he did an amazing job. On the recording session I attended David sang the song 4 or 5 times so that Kurt would have different takes to choose from. I felt that any one of the takes could have been used for a finished product. David’s tone, interpretation, pitch and control were so great that each take sounded like it was ready for the album This is EXTREMELY unusual in today’s music world. Most singers go over and over a section trying to get it close, then the engineers use electronic tools to tune the voice and make it sound good. The fact that David did this so quickly will definitely give the album more of a ‘live’ and an honest feeling. It isn’t ‘manufactured’ and perfected by electronic gadgets, but David’s soulfulness, emotion, passion and interpretation come through clearly and naturally.”

  14. silverfox says:


    You may be thinking to yourself all the accolades, the praise, the “there are no words!”, and all the other descriptions of Begin may be just a little OTT!

    We may be just a little biased when it comes to David & his immense talent but be assured there are almost no words which can do justice to what David created in a mere two weeks! The saying “Good things come to those who wait” is true except this album is not only “good”, I believe it is arguably David’s best. I have to admit I look forward to your review of each song…if you do hold out for the official release of Begin. As brilliant as you are and never at a loss for words…this may be the first time you may be!

    Yes, Begin is THAT GOOD! All of it! Be ready to be amazed because it is amazing! 😀

  15. ray says:

    tofan, we will see you aug 14th cause that is when you will come to

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