A David Archuleta fan to the Finnish revisited

EmbeRemember our lovely Embe from Finland who wrote the post below???

She’s on Finland’s The Voice!!! And she sang Crazy David-style!!! (thx. Refnaf for the heads up!)
Watch here:http://www.iltasanomat.fi/videot/viihde/vid-1288638894082.html

*******Standing O!!!!!******

Will keep you posted on how to vote, in the meantime, please enjoy Embe’s original post below!


Snow for SnowAngelz! This is Lapland, in northern Finland.

Here I sit. Waiting. Waiting for my very own, signed copy of Chords of Strength. Lately I’ve been waiting a lot. Waiting for new David interviews and performances, waiting for David’s book, waiting for his new music…. waiting. And when the wait is FINALLY over for many others, I have to wait some more. I wait for some lovely fan to upload the interviews, the performances and the new songs to Youtube. I crrrave, not orange juice, but MY BOOK. It’s tiring to tip-toe around David fansites, careful not to accidentally read spoilers about COS. Because now it’s out in the open. People are quoting it, listing their favourite chapters and scanning the photos online for all to see. I feel left out. I don’t know how much longer it will take for my copy of COS to arrive, but waiting for it does certainly take all the perseverance I have in me. Lesson learned, David.

I’m from Finland, see. A Finnish Archie. I’m very proud of that title — makes me feel special, since there are not many of us. Actually I don’t know any other Finnish Archies. And because I’m selfish, I’m okay with being the only one for now. How cool would it be to grab David’s attention by saying, “Oh, by the way, I came to see you all the way from Finland!” And David would be all, “GOSH where did you park,” etc. And I’d get to tell him I’d walk a thousand miles (or in this case 4,751) if I could just see you.

Anyway. Being a Finnish fan of David is no picnic. I don’t see any TV shows that David’s on, I have to wait for months to get my book, I rarely read about David in the magazines they sell here and of course, the chances of ever meeting David are quite slim. (By the way, why do “slim chance” and “fat chance” mean the same thing?) But I am really grateful that they aired Season 7 of American Idol over here. Because that’s when I laid my eyes on the most amazing creature on the face of the Earth. Mr. “I’m David. I like music.”

Me with my dogs and a “vihta” — a traditional “bouquet” of birch branches Finns use in the sauna. Basically we soak the vihta in hot water and then hit ourselves and others with it. It’s great for blood circulation. Or I might just be brainwashed into believing that.

I had watched AI from Season 5, but none of the contestants blew me away like David did. One of the reasons that he had such a strong impact on me was probably the fact that I lost my mom at the end of March, 2008. She battled colon-cancer for three years and all I could do was watch her slowly fade away in front of my eyes. I tried to be strong in her presence, because I didn’t want my last moments with her to be wasted on me crying. But something broke inside me. I’m traumatized for life by what I witnessed my strong, brave mom go through during those three years. I will never say she “lost” the battle against cancer — if anything, SHE WON. The illness didn’t break her spirit, it didn’t affect her mind. And the way she handled the limitations the illness brought on her path was truly incredible. I still cannot believe her courage and I will always continue to tell people what an amazing woman my mom was. She died at the age of 49, just 10 days after her birthday.

As the cancer started taking its toll on all of us — mom, me, my big-brother, my dad, my mom’s mom, all of our relatives and friends — I had to find a place in my mind where I could hide. A place where I didn´t have to remember my mom being sick, a place to pretend. I couldn’t hide my feelings in our family; we´re such a close bunch. It´s impossible to pretend without someone noticing it (and sometimes it’s a real pain in the butt). So I wanted to find a way to escape the cruel reality. Often times it would be the gym, where I would train so hard my muscles we´re crying for help. I channelled the pain in my heart towards my body. But then I started watching Season 7 of American Idol. At first there was nothing special about it. But then I saw this young man with black hair and a nice tan explaining something about paralyzed vocal chords. And he paralyzed me with amazement. Each week I looked forward to seeing him and each week he helped me escape the pain that was haunting me whereever I went.

Here I am at home … Kidding! This is an ice chapel in the north. I live in central Finland, in a town called Jämsä. In the summer it’s really warm here, hot even (just to make that clear lol).

When David sang “Heaven”….. wow. I couldn’t believe how effortlessly he did all those runs, which I take pride in in my own singing. Finnish singers don’t do those. And I had always disliked Finnish music. I listened to groups like Sugababes, Backstreet Boys, Evanescence, Maroon 5 — each very different from eachother, but all had one thing in common: unique voices. Voices that you recognize. Voices that are bendy; that can do runs. Finnish singers don´t take risks like that. And when they do, it sounds very stiff and rehearsed. So I loved singers who added a little somethin’ somethin’ to their vocals. But none of my former favourite stars were like David. He was 16 and his voice was like water; it swirled around obstacles, flowing with ease and every sudden movement just melted together, the continuous flow never breaking. I will never forget it, and since then I have found comfort whenever I hear David’s voice, whether he’s singing or speaking, even. He glows purity.

Finland fast facts: Population: 5.4 million; Official languages: Finnish & Swedish; Capital city: Helsinki; Joined EU: 1995

So. David’s artistry, his soul, his warmth, his unique aura reached all the way to Finland, all the way to my breaking heart. David was the needed super-glue. I thank the Lord for David and his healing power and for the internet (though I’m not sure if the Lord had anything to do with that), because it gives me access to David. It’s like the key to the medicine cabinet. Not to mention all the special bonds I have formed with other Archies. IDF, Snarkies, TDC, The Voice, Soul David and of course, SnowAngelz. Finally I have someone who understands. I don’t have to explain why a guy licking his lips, laughing awkwardly, singing five seconds of Maybe I’m Amazed or tweeting about Thai food has me juddering in a fetal position in the corner of my couch. You all truly are (arch) angels, and we all have been infected by the same disease; ODD. ODD knows no cultural borders — it often catches you whether you like it or not and there is, fortunately, no cure.

Now, I must end this rambling nonsense to go check my mailbox for COS for the fourteenth time today. Perhaps David heard my frustrated call and hand-delivered the book himself 😉


P.S. “Be Still My Soul” (originally named “Finlandia Hymni”) was composed by Jean Sibelius, a world-famous Finnish artist. A few years ago Finland was actually considering changing the Finnish National Anthem, called Maamme, to the Finlandia Hymni, because Estonia has the same anthem as Finland does. One of the reasons was also that Finlandia Hymni represents Finland’s survival through the continuation of the war that was part of World War II. Here is the original, Finnish version of the hymn, and here is David’s:

P.S. Here is Embe’s beautiful cover of “My Kind of Perfect” … enjoy!

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32 Responses to A David Archuleta fan to the Finnish revisited

  1. dangitdavid says:

    I’m having a hard time thinking clearly right now…trying to deal with the lump in my throat!! I haven’t seen this post from Embe before and it’s left me in tears! I’m not even sure what to say! I just want to hug her even though it’s a few years old…it’s never too late for a hug right?? I’m going to listen to her sing on The Voice now and then come back to this later “sniff sniff”

  2. oliveoil says:

    Embe, that was REALLY GOOD !!!

  3. tawna21 says:

    So amazing!!!! Good job, Embe… and good luck!!!!!

    Thank you TOfan for re-posting this ‘bio’… I had never seen it before. What a tribute to not only David, but to Embe herself for her courage during a really hard time. ♥

  4. refnaf says:

    Thanks Tofan for reposting Emmi’s story **sniff** So amazing to see her following in David’s footsteps and going for her dream!!! And she is SOOO good!
    ((((((hugs)))))) to you embe!!

  5. Charlotte says:

    Video link doesn’t work, but I do love her story. Thank goodness for no cure for ODD 🙂

  6. djafan says:

    Oh Embe! So glad she continued to follow her dream and thanks to David for being such an inspiration to here and to so many.

    I’m able to see the video either, hopefully it will appear on youtube 🙂

  7. djafan says:

    “unable” sheesh

    • TOfan says:

      LOL dja ❤

      I think I've fixed the link… sorry about that… Attwitsend on Twitter asked who the "blonde Steven Tyler" was hahaha

  8. This is so awesome! Thank you (and refnaf) for sharing this! I’ve missed you Embe wherever you are and have wondered what you’ve been up to! Now I know haha!

  9. janey79 says:

    WOW. Incredible. So nice that you reposted Embe’s story. I had forgotten the details and it was nice to be reminded of some of the wonderful things David’s music has done for people. Good luck, Embe! Keep us posted 🙂

  10. barbsmsl says:

    That is so great. Does anyone have any idea what the judges were saying? All I could pick up was them asking her name, and her answer.

    • TOfan says:

      Well done, barb! I didn’t even catch that much. I kept listening hoping to hear FinnishFinnishFinnish Isn’t that David Archuleta’s version? FinnishFinnishFinnish 😆

  11. abanana77 says:

    WOW crazy awesome!!!!! Congrats Embe! She’s soooo good!!!!!!

  12. peppertara says:

    Congrats to Embe!! How wonderful for her and love her rendition of Crazy, inspired by the best!
    I do remember that awesome, previous post of hers and was so touched by it then and still am.
    Following her dream, way to go Embe! All the best to you!

  13. awestruck says:

    wonderful Embe and good luck!
    great to re-read this story!

  14. JenAIowa says:

    Did Embe have a baby daughter?

  15. Grammyj says:

    She got three chairs to turn around at the very end of the song. It was fun to see her and her family cheering her on. Hope she wins!

    • TOfan says:

      I hope she does too, Grammyj! I’ll try to find out if there’s a way we can vote for her!

      … and I found an audio clip Embe sent me a while back of her singing MKOP so I’ve added it to the end of the post, beautiful!

  16. betsy says:

    This is incredible, Embe! I hope you are still lurking sometime and see this post. I’ve often thought of you, and wondered what you were up to.

  17. TOfan says:

    Off-topic but found this article fascinating… and frightening:

  18. Charlotte says:

    Video still doesn’t work. Please fix the link.

  19. missbianca says:

    It’s wonderful to hear that Embe is pursuing her dream. Gooooooo, Embe! We’re rooting for you to go all the way!

    I, too, am having trouble with viewing the video but I’m certain it’s because of anti-advertising software that I have running. I HATE ads, and do all I can to block them. Sometimes, sigh, this means I don’t get to see things I want to, particularly when I can’t figure out what settings to un-block.

  20. TOfan says:

    Sorry, guys, I’m sorry you can’t see the video, it’s working for me but there is a short commercial before it starts.

    Here’s the link again, if that helps at all:

    • Charlotte says:

      Video still doesn’t work. all I get is some message in Finnish that I can’t read. The video never plays. If there is another link somewhere please post it.

      • missbianca says:

        I cut and pasted the message I got into Google Translate http://translate.google.com/#fi/en/ and that’s why I know mine is related to all my ad blocking software.

        Still SO excited for Embe! Anyone know when she’ll be on their broadcast next?

        • Charlotte says:

          Thanks Bianca. I get the same message as you so it is my adblock. However, I’d prefer not to disable it. I’ve had trouble with international sites before. Hopefully someone will put the vid on US youtube.
          P.S. Thanks also for the printable 2014 David Calendar you made. Have it hanging up in my room. Beautiful work 🙂

  21. TOfan says:

    This isn’t about our David… and yet it is. 🙂

    American Idol’s’ David Cook shares bill with Paper Tigers
    By Mike Weatherford

    Ah yes, the famous “David vs. David” season of “American Idol” in 2008.

    Need help remembering which was David Cook and which was David Archuleta?

    OK, on Dec. 25, Cook tweeted, “Happy Holidays, everyone!!!”

    On Dec. 24, Archuleta tweeted, “Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!”

    Well, let’s try this again. Archuleta was the cute one. Or was it Cook?

    One more try.

    Cook was the cute one who looked more like a grown-up. (It’s because he’s older.)

    And, by the way, he was that year’s winner.

    Cook went on to record two albums, and last spring returned to “Idol” to preview his next album with the single “Laying Me Low.”

    He shares a bill with the Paper Tigers on Saturday at Hard Rock Live on the Strip.

  22. Kizzi says:

    OMG Embe! How fantastic is this?! She sang it. Good luck and fingers crossed. Is there a way to keep up with her progress?

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