The world is noisy. How much time do we take to get rid of distractions and actually be still, & listen to our own instincts & thoughts?
— David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) September 11, 2014
Hope you are well.
Didn’t intend to do anymore blogging… wanted to cut down on that “noise” you mentioned in your last tweet. I sense you need some time and space to figure things out right now. But please know that beyond all the fan noise you are inundated with every hour of every day, there is a huge silent majority out there, very quietly in your corner. They may not be tweeting or blogging or commenting in never-ending circles of drama, making demands, second-guessing, pushing you onto the highest of pedestals, or mercilessly teasing you *blushes* but merely living their lives and quietly letting you live yours. They’re grateful for every note of music you’ve ever shared with us but not feeling entitled to anything more. Understanding it’s your life to live. That new music from you would be a gift but that it’s your gift to give, if you so wish, in your own time. This silent majority is pretty dang big, believe it or not. But do be warned that they won’t be so silent if you ever grace us with a concert again. Just sayin’ 🙂
Be still. Be well. Be happy.
A not-so-silent fan
Remembering being at Station 54 in Manhattan on the 1st #911anniversary. God bless the families of those heroes. https://t.co/tuWyusKThu
— David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) September 11, 2014
Perfectly said, and true! I will be not so silent on that first concert!
Today’s post to David was absolutely superbly written. Couldn’t have done better myself!
Thank you for showing some class. You said it best and no whining! David has so much on his plate with school, family, and song writing, he hardly has time for MKOP and tweeting to fans.
He deserves to be cut some slack until he has a handle on all these changes.
Amen to this Abrra and perfectly said Deb!! Will be silently waiting for David to do his thing and when the time comes for a concert, he’ll hear me then 😊😏😎
Well said ( and he is re-learning to think in English vs. Spanish )
deb, your just the best, i agree with abrra
Yes, yes, and yes, Deb! Plus a hearty “amen” to Abrra’s comment.
(Waves “hello” to Jane Welch #mkocblackfootmemories)
“There is a huge silent majority out there, very quietly in your corner.
They’re grateful for every note of music you’ve ever shared with us but not feeling entitled to anything more. Understanding it’s your life to live. That new music from you would be a gift but that it’s your gift to give, if you so wish, in your own time. (YES, especially THAT.)
This silent majority is pretty dang big, believe it or not. But do be warned that they won’t be so silent if you ever grace us with a concert again. Just sayin’ 🙂
Be still. Be well. Be happy.”
Tks so much Deb, once again for being our voice. I’ve thought those things so often.
LOL…I also am a bit afraid for David if and when “the music does appear”…..I’m afraid it will be an avalanche of LOVE descending down on him! Was thinking about this today while listening to NMHF in my car… I will simply just be overjoyed at hearing such a beautiful sound again and such amazing music from that one-of-a-kind Voice…IF it is to be. I also was thinking, if he never shared another note (don’t think that’s gonna happen but if)…I’d be bummed, yes…but still grateful for it all.
Hope all here and out there are well. Tks again for this post. 🙂
I even worry that my dramatic response to his music above, the “hyperbole” weirds him out…but I just, simply, love his music. That’s all. ok. I’m done. (for now..)
Yep, yep, yep. 🙂
PERFECTLY SAID!!! yes and amen!
“This silent majority is pretty dang big, believe it or not. But do be warned that they won’t be so silent if you ever grace us with a concert again. Just sayin’”
Haha…. so true TOfan!!!
I agree with “being silently in his corner” right now as that may be what he wants and needs. And I need as well…… I just can’t keep reading or commenting in “never-ending circles of drama, making demands, second-guessing, pushing you onto the highest of pedestals, or mercilessly teasing you”
I will add “analyzing every tweet” to that list, lol.
You are favourite! This post is soooo lovely…
“Be still. Be well. Be happy”
((((((((((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))))))))))) all around
So… you are terrible at staying away from blogging, lol
… not that I’m complaining, of course 🙂
*busted* LOLOL 😆
I am so very much with you on this one! And with that I shall quietly slip back into the realm of the silent majority. “Be still. Be well. Be happy.” Always.
I have often hoped you were still out there as part of that majority!!! Hope you’re well & great to “see” you!!! ♥
Actually it’s great to see a bunch of usually pretty silent folks poke their heads in. *silent high-five*
TOfan, Yes, you are busted! Keep them coming 🙂 This was a good one.
And hello Knotliser!!!!!
Still here, TOfan. I’m so glad you are too !! God bless you and that crazy little brain of yours !! haha
Put me in the not-quiet-silent department (so glad to join you here). I genuinely miss the days of gentle teasing and goofing off. Now when I do, you won’t find it with a search for @DavidArchie.
Planning ahead–let’s make a pact to sit together at David’s next concert in the US or Canada. I say we can make it happen! (Oh wait, geesh, there I go “stalking” again when all i really want to do is see my buddy, listen to some great music, and jabber away.)
Glad you came back for this TOfan! Aw, I love what you wrote, just perfect. Also love the “silent majority”. When that first concert hits…whenever that may be, look out. Looking forward to a time when I can see that young man on stage again too.
LOL….at the heart of it all as always Ms. TOfan. I like your style of non-blogging! 😀
I am part of the Silent Majority and it’s brilliant that you have ID that unseen segment of fandom.
My passion to listen to David’s artistry hasn’t dimmed. It’s not dormant. Just simmering on the back burner so when David decides to share his gift, the flame will burn brighter than before.
From the Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz:
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
I’m sorry but I don’t understand. Who is taking things personally? And who is needlessly suffering? I thought the post was about all the David fans out there who are behind the scenes letting David do his own thing while they go about doing theirs. Like me. 🙂 Stepping back to that now. 🙂
People can talk and express their feelings, and that’s just as fine as those who are silent–it’s just a different way of being a fan.
They could be meeting about apple cores for all I care… one foot in front of the other, people! 🙂
TOfan….I’m a little late here, but wanted to let you know that I enjoyed this absolutely perfect post! So glad that you can’t resist adding your uplifting, humorous, spot on perspective as we “patiently” wait to see what David has in store for us.
Off topic, but had to share. #fanduties
[BTW, the term “stake conference” in the first quote refers to twice-a-year Saturday/Sunday meetings where several wards (congregations) in one geographical area meet together.]
From a BYU Football news list (of all places):
09/14/14 Football Guy 1 Comment: “My son was on Channel 4 in SLC yesterday talking BYU football. And he sat next to David Archuleta for stake conference…shared a hymnbook.”
09/15/14 Football Guy 2 Response: “Channel 4 is great – but sharing a hymnbook with David Archuleta is waaay cool!”
Whoah! I hope he lip-synched, better to hear The David with. 🙂
Someday we will look back and see that this has been a big be part of our journey..
We have a place called “Cape Split” that is a peninsula of land that reaches out into the Bay of Fundy. People have been hiking it for years. It is a rough walk over tree roots and a path that twists every which way. I almost get dizzy walking it so I look down and make certain I don’t trip. When you come out of the woods into a big field, you are at the end which is phenominal with the water and cliff surrounding you. It is a rugged but awesome trip out the several kilometres. Only the rugged want to travel it. I faltered but kept going. A much loved place almost surprisingly so. I see this journey and think of it.
I have been to the Bay of Fundy but missed Cape Split… need to go back! (I like your analogy though, SB. 🙂 )
I have no idea how that came to my mind. Must have been the hour!! I said “only the rugged want to travel it”! I am not that rugged, didn’t really want to travel it but, I made it! 😎
Not really that anonymous!
Browsing by, with a sigh. ((((HUG)))
♥ ♥ ♥
*to the tune of the Elton John song*
The belt is baaaaack 🙂
Random here. I was Googling for a gif of astonishment and this came up, lol:
Late to the discussion but just wanted to say so nice to see the “Silent Majority” recognized, thank you! (And I didn’t think you were trying to say those fans were “better” just overlooked.)
I think we ODD fans forget that we represent a teeny tiny portion of David’s total fan base. When you see the number of FB, Instagram & youTube likes, shares, etc. from all around the world, you realize that most of his fans are quite “normal” if you know what I mean. Like I might be with John Mayer, buying his new music, going to some of his shows, if I can, but not even following him on Twitter at all or knowing anything about his personal life.
So when I see fans on some of the more hand-wringing sites complaining about him distancing himself from “fans,” I think they forget that the ODD fans (especially the really vocal ones) are a microscopic minority, and a rather creepy obsessive one at that (if I were putting myself in his shoes). So why should he cater to a super-small group who he can never fully please anyway?
When you’re stuck in the loop of “super fan world” it skews your perspective. You think our little Lichtenstein is actually the size of Russia. It’s not. David has said before that what he originally wanted was to create music, perform then disappear again once he stepped off stage. So knowing there are fan sites out there obsessively chronicling every single moment of your life and your career for the past SIX YEARS, and fans discussing same 24/7, must seem bizarre to him. (Even more so after being away from it for 2 yrs.) Every one bases their point of view on their own experience and I just remember him saying about sitting behind Jason Mraz at a concert but not freaking out about it, he said something like “I’m not OBSESSED or anything.” Because THAT would be strange. 🙂
I kind of hope he is a little ticked off at all the tweets nagging him to do a vlog, tweet more, etc. because his songs with “attitude” (WFM, STR) are among my faves so maybe that vibe will inspire more.
I try to be honest with myself about how odd my ODD is, and how few of us there really are. And part of me is grateful to him for being gone for 2 years (and being quiet now) so I could get my life back.
I did not mean to rant, will go back to “silent” mode now. 🙂
no worries, appreciate your POV, marin… you might get a kick out of this old tweet I stumbled across:
I’m late, late, late to the party but I HEART you TOfan
I could totally see David being a country star… that whole Nashville culture seems more down-to-earth somehow…. and once again JR4DA ROCKS!!!!!!
So good to hear David’s voice! Sounds amazing, gospel with a country flair? I could see David doing various kinds of music, gospel, pop, some Spanish and who knows what else. His voice sounds so rich…and more mature, loving it. Not a huge country music fan myself but hearing David’s voice on this beautiful song….definitely sweet music to my ears!
and yes….JR4DA rocks!
Looking forward to hearing him sing the song “Glorious” 🙂