Attitude of gratitude, y’all

So it was U.S. Thanksgiving this week and although we had our Canadian Thanksgiving back in October, I thought hey, always a good time to reflect on what you’re grateful for, right?

In terms of being a David fan, I’m primarily thankful that he can still sing at all. Sitting there in Layton when he was “under the weather” (gross understatement, dude) and he could barely croak out TOSOD and MKOP, a bunch of us actually contemplated that that was it. That maybe he’d gotten another virus like the one that wiped out his other vocal chord. That this was the day the music died.

It makes me cringe even typing that.

Hallelujah that he got better and belted out like never before at his next gig. But the whole experience did give me pause. It forced me to enjoy every song, every subsequent performance as if it were his last. Especially after his pre-Numb intro, it struck me that he could get overwhelmed or discouraged or disenchanted … or just change gears… a.n.y.. t.i.m.e. So I’m grateful to have that little wake up call and, more than ever, enjoy the NOW of David.

Every note we get is a gift, in my view.

Hearing him live is such a blessing, VERY grateful I’ve had the chance to do that too. And whatever mountains you need to move to get to at least one show, I urge you to try. I got to see Adele in concert here just before she injured her vocal chords and yes, she was incredible. As we filed out, I kept hearing people say “That was amazing! She sounds just like the record!” And she did. But, as we know, David sounds even more incredible live. Don’t even have words any more to describe it. I can’t make the Christmas shows and it’s KEEEELING me.

I am also grateful I’ve mellowed out as a fan. Sure, I do blog about the guy but, truth be told, only when I feel like it, and only because it’s fun for me (and believe it or not, I do have a life, hahaha). But with all the Adele promo going on, once upon a time I might have been on here in all caps wondering WHY NOT DAVID???!!!!!

No more, thank goodness. That was exhausting. I really just want to feel the joy his voice brings me. And I sure am grateful for that.

How about you guys? If you’re still here you must be grateful for something, lol.

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30 Responses to Attitude of gratitude, y’all

  1. Kizzi says:

    Great post TO fan. You have a wonderful gift and are a gift. I agree totally. Enjoy and appreciate the present.

    Thank you for all that you do and sharing your sense of fun and joy in the wonderful world of being a David Archuleta fan.

  2. tawna21 says:

    TOfan….. I’m here, also, because of the joy that his voice brings to me. But, I also love to HEAR the new joy that is in his voice. It’s so obvious that he has pretty much discovered, career wise, what brings him happiness, and that makes me happy. We were so very close to losing him. And, he is strong enough, in his determination to do it his way, that he could stop at any time. Oh, how I hope that never happens. I’m so thankful for the music and inspiration that we have from this young man.

  3. awestruck says:

    I’m grateful for you TOfan!

  4. Jane says:

    TOfan, great post. I was so worried about his voice that night in Layton also. I thank the good Lord everyday that his voice will keep going. I think we all are luck to be able to hear him sing. He is amazing on stage. I wish everyone could witness him on stage. ❤️

  5. missbianca says:

    What a beautiful, thoughtful post! I am so thankful that I can still visit here at SA and feel the connection to those I have met through our mutual interest in David. Those connections sustain me especially when I can’t get to concerts.

    Thank you for making this such a special place. ❤ ❤ ❤

  6. Anonymous says:

    What a lovely post. Yes, I agree, every note he brings us is a gift. Very grateful that he is still singing and sharing his beautiful voice. I’ll take whatever he is willing to share. Hard to imagine not hearing that voice.
    Thankful for your posts too TOfan and all you do!

  7. peppertara says:

    Oops, Anonymous would be me. 🙂

  8. pabuckie says:

    NICE post! I, too, am grateful for David’s music and am really looking forward to his new music. I hope I see him sing live again one day. His voice is a blessing and a gift. Through life’s ups and downs I’ve learned to cherish and treasure each and every single moment of life.

  9. Nan says:

    You know I’m always here appreciating every word you write. Love ya kiddo!

  10. TaterZen says:

    ❤ Loved this post, and I especially loved this: “…enjoy the NOW of David.” It could be the clarion call for David fans at every level, be they casual or crazed.

    I am grateful for David’s fascinating journey, for his talent, for his willingness to share, for the blessed opportunity to hear David live, for the fun, for meeting so many good people.

  11. trace says:

    Well said, Tofan.
    “..enjoy the NOW of David”.

  12. oliveoil says:

    Tofan, I am grateful for your post because it pretty much mirrors my feelings for David and his voice. I’m glad that he still wants to sing for people, and that he is making new music for us. I’m thankful for American Idol because that’s where I discovered this amazing kid with the heavenly voice. It doesn’t bother me that this is the last season, cuz I haven’t found another contestant to match him, even though there have been many very talented vocalists. I just pray that he continues to have a career and that I get to see him again in concert,

  13. marin says:

    Really appreciate this post. And thank you for sharing about the Layton concert, I have been out of the loop and didn’t know exactly what went on there (and no videos of that night, right? Now I understand why.) I am grateful even more now that David is still singing for us and more than that, that he’s worked through a difficult patch, found a way out of feeling “numb” and maybe reconnected with what he loves about music. Very happy he WANTS to sing and continue making music again and is sharing that tremendous gift of his.

    I am also grateful for everyone’s comments, although it often leaves me with nothing left to add. 🙂

  14. refnaf says:

    THIS “So I’m grateful to have that little wake up call and, more than ever, enjoy the NOW of David”
    So true!
    So thankful for all the experiences being a David fan has brought me!
    More than that is just having that voice to soak in!
    And of course all the peeps I can now call my friends because of him!

    • tawna21 says:

      We have seen pictures of him at Sodalicious… maybe Swigs also. That’s quite the war we have going on here I guess! 😀 Not being much of a soda drinker, I have no favorites in it!

    • missbianca says:

      I’m pretty sure Swig–so probably both of them (being the fair guy he is). My husband thinks these sugar-packed drinks sound great. I think they’d give me a super-headache. (Pass the coffee.)

  15. TOfan says:

    We don’t have either of those chains here, we have poutine wars instead, lol.

    And extremely relevant: 🙂

  16. TOfan says:

    Well well well… my comment was “I hope it’s mostly you though 🙂 #justsaying

    View this post on Instagram

    Coming soon. #ASaviorIsBorn

    A post shared by David Archuleta (@davidarchie) on

  17. TOfan says:

    If you haven’t read this particular @rhiminee post, you need to reevaluate your priorities:

  18. roxfox says:

    “I really just want to feel the joy his voice brings me.” That explains it perfectly…JOY. Especially the live performances. We really did learn didn’t we in Layton, that “every note is a gift.” I’m sorry I won’t be seeing you again in Layton, but I’m sure glad I tapped your shoulder at Tuachan. <33 Thanks for the hugs. P.S. Be also watching for this 🙂 'Church Kicks Off "12 Days of Social" with David Archuleta, Lindsey Stirling, Alex Boye & More – '

  19. TOfan says:


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