SNIPPETS OF DAVID SINGING IMAGINE TO TROOPS!!!!!! SOMEONE HOLD MEEEEE!!!!!!!
and ohmyheck, Dean Kaelin’s latest FB post gave me heart failure:
“Yesterday we got up early and boarded a Chinook helicopter wearing our battle gear and were flown to an FOB (Forward Operating Base) in the central part of Afghanistan. It was about a 30 minute ride. On the way we crossed over hills and the rebels shot at our helicopter. There were two machine guns mounted on either side of the helicopter we were on that fired down on the rebels as the helicopter made defensive maneuvers. ” Rest HERE.
Sidenote: Is it wrong that I’m scared for D., but also want to see a picture of him in battle gear? *hides*
MUST READ: Jason’s latest blog HERE. … We all knew David would not be pleased with that sleeping-on-the-plane pic but I guess now Jason knows that too… sounds like he’s also finding out why we’re all such huge fans of D’Arch… because he’s David.
EXCERPT: “But it drove the nail in the coffin today as we were sitting on a Chinook on our way from one base to another as we sailed the skies above Afghanistan. I was filming everything, as always, taking pictures, capturing the amazing moment to share with everyone later, and when I set my stuff down, over the roar of the engine, David waved over at me and did two signs: SLEEP and NO PHOTO. And he proceeded to pass out from our long day. For David, the most humble, quiet, considerate human being I think I’ve ever met, to have done that I realized Oh Man, What Have I Done?
That’s when I came to the conclusion I owe a real apology, in public and in private, to this great man. He knows little to no privacy. Even when we fly all over this huge world, and arrive at the bases bordering countries all apparently founded by some family with the last name “Stan”: Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan… In Afghanistan there are American and Filipino females standing with full toothed smiles, bright eyes, iPads above their heads with his photo on it, music blaring to “Crush” as David walks into the room unaware he’s about to be ambushed. His giggles of embarrassment ensue as everyone comes toward him like little zombie babies at a Church nursery; arms outstretched, wailing and gnashing of teeth, foaming at the mouth, pink eye dripping, snot flowing, diapers dragging on the floor, marching toward the prison gated door upon the arrival of a recently missing parent. Everyone wants to gobble him up. And yet he’s so gracious, he allows everyone to take photos with him, and he’ll stay until the last person has had their chance to be able to interact with him for a few seconds.
This past week and a half I’ve seen him do a phone greeting for several people, ask a girl to a dance on video from a suitor, hold up a sign for a father for his daughter at home, sign a guitar, do push-ups with a soldier, and even sign a unicorn mask. I mean, if he’s not signing his own CD for an hour following the show, or standing to take 10,607 photos with the same person, then he’s signing the inside of a soldier’s hat, reluctantly, asking them if they’re sure that’s what they really want, and willing to oblige if that makes the fans smile…
He’s the most reluctant superstar I’ve ever seen. Not that he doesn’t want to be successful, that’s an entirely different thing. He’s all about touching people’s hearts and works his tail off to make that a reality, helping them feel moved by music, and takes it very serious. His humility is real. His shyness is well documented, but when called upon to share his ability as a speaker and messenger, even without singing, takes even the best inspirational presenters aback. Few words spoken yet so well chosen. He delivers with the spirit, coupled with song and it leaves a grown man in tears. He’s just a wonderful, caring, helpful, fun, nice, everything you’d expect from afar and more than you could understand from outside kind of person.
In the mornings I hear him in the other room singing. As his Twitter Bio says, “I’m David. I like music”. Yep, that’s true in every sense of the word. He’s rooming with Dan Clark and I’m hanging with Dean Kaelin. I said to Dan, “I think I can hear you snoring through the wall, Dan. I thought there was an air raid in your room, which ended with a fight between Godzilla and a Grizzly Bear! I’m sure if David snored it would be a cantata, or Les Mis….” To which Dan said, “Yeah, he wakes up singing. I thought it was my alarm clock going off too early and I almost threw him across the room!” To which I responded, “I thought I had died and was being welcomed by the heavenly choir but it was just David humming upon waking….”
We laugh about it because he’s just so good at what he does, cares so much to create a powerful, moving moment for his audience, crafts each note of each song with care, and is at the end of the day just such a good human being.
I don’t write this to be anything but honest about what is, and this is the whole truth. I’m sure if David were to read this he’d be embarrassed by my praise of him, but that’s just how we all feel about him, plain and simple.
For that reason I want to publicly apologize to David, and let it be known I was just trying to be cute and tell the story, and that’s just not a good enough excuse to invade someone’s privacy.” Read whole blog HERE.
Seriously though, had to chuckle at David’s tweet:
Found internet. Been performing for the troops in Afghanistan. Wow, it’s amazing!!
— David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) July 16, 2014
Like he JUST got Internet when Jason and Dan and Dean have been blogging, tweeting and FBing like crazy… oh, David.
And thank goodness they have, otherwise we’d know NADA, if it were up to dear D.
Here’s Dean’s latest FB post… the last lines… *sobs*.
EXCERPT: “…We toured the base and got a special tour of the detention center where Afghan terrorists are detained, tried and sentenced. In the evening we came back and did a show for all of the MPs at the detention center. The concert was under a tent and the wind was really whipping outside. Jason made the comment, “This is the first time I’ve ever done a show in a tent, or a hurricane!” They were really appreciative of the show. It meant a lot to them to have us there and help them escape the stress, uncomfortable weather and occasional boredom of their situation as well as being away from their families. One young man announced that his wife just gave birth to their first child, a son, and he was going to be in Afghanistan for another 10 months. It was a very tender experience. They all stayed after to talk and get pictures. One dad had written “Hi Sarah” on a sign and had David hold it while he got his picture taken with David so that he could send it home to his daughter who was a fan. More when I can.”
— Ian (@Grice_Ian) July 17, 2014
— Aylin Garcia (@MechanicalAylin) July 17, 2014
— Dan Clark (@danclarkspeak) July 17, 2014