Deep thoughts….

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Photo: The Shellster… “Just keep listening. And pretty soon you’ll start…to figure out your part”

I heard a segment on CBC Radio Sunday morning where a number of listeners called in to share stories of music that had changed their life.

They spoke of being inspired to learn to play an instrument, of getting through tough times, of changing their perspective on things.

I, of course, couldn’t help but think of that day back in 2008 when I was flipping channels around and heard David sing Shop Around.

I, too, thought about the tough times his music helped me get through. Deep grief and sorrow.

I thought about the amazing friends I’ve made, people I never would have met otherwise. And how those people have changed my life in such great ways.

I thought about the places I never dreamed I’d go… heck, never even heard of (no offence, Safford, AZ).

I thought about the cultures I’ve learned more about and tried to develop a better understanding of.

I thought about how much my relationship with God and my faith (even though it is different from David’s) has deepened… and I’d thought I was already pretty tight with the big guy.

I thought about the artists David has introduced me to and the amazing experiences I’ve had because of that.

I thought about the diverse opinions I’ve been exposed to, that I may not have paid much attention to outside of my own “bubble,” but because these views were held by people I care about, and because we have David in common, I made the effort to try and understand where they were coming from.

I thought about the technology I HAD to learn about if I was going to keep up with the boi. How that actually helped me in my career. Did not see that coming.

I thought about how forcing myself to try to do a good deed each day and blog about it (inspired by David) took me FAR out of my comfort zone so many times and made me face how much work I needed to do on that.

I thought about the fact that, even though music has always been a big part of my life and there have been a few artists and songs that have had a big impact on me along the way, none of them has taken me a wild ride like this one.

How about you guys?? How has your life changed because of The Archuleta? Or other music?
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Run don’t walk to go read Kayla’s (Miss Rad Hair 2016) AWESOME Mesa recap HERE!!!
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Remember when this happened?

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I want MOAR!!!!

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And I thought I’d seen all the soundcheck videos but apparently I missed this one by Mr. Flirty McFlirterson

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So shoot me, I’m a little too not over Christmas

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His next take on LDB? 🙂

I know Christmas is over but, where David Archuleta is concerned, is Christmas ever really over? 🙂

This last Christmas tour in particular, I was really struck with how David can do one song so many different ways.

In particular, Little Drummer Boy.

Pretty simple carol, right? But David manages to take it places you never even dreamed of. And each version he does stirs up a completely different set of emotions … all centred on that same little drummer dude playing his heart out for that blessed babe.

Sound familiar?

So here’s a look at all the ones I could think of. If I’ve left any out, please do share!

Rock Star LDB

When he rocked this out at that 1st MKOC show in Westbury, we were all blown away… esp. when he started pounding that drum… and when he raised up those drum sticks in the air and belted out “ME AND MY DRUUUUUUM” *chills* baby *chills*

LDB with Dapo Torimiro

This might be my favourite. Have it on repeat every Christmas. Wait, scratch that, I listen to it all year, tbh. That lower register is like an IV drip of hot cocoa sprinkled with candy cane dust and dark chocolate Elf truffles.

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Love this, still listen to it. He starts so softly in the beginning that sometimes I forget how he builds the song so I crank up the volume and then when he belts it out half way through I have to rip out my earbuds. Good times.

LDB snippet 2012

Confession: I had never seen this one before now. Wow. It’s just a snippet but when he goes all soft and tender at the end with “when he smiled at me” (in Spanish), not gonna lie, it made me cry. So beautiful.

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LDB with Nathan

How much do love this duet version??! Again, *chills* when David starts belting it out… and I love how the crowd went wild when he did. I was going to post my Indy video but I can’t zoom so it’s super far away … so thanks, Kayla, for this version! This clip from Chelsy also sounds great!


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So what do you guys think?? Which is your favourite? What other LDB versions do you think he has up his sleeve? Hip hop LDB? Jazz? Be still my heart.
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The lovely Ms. Janey reminded me that David once said in an interview (can’t remember which one) that he took drum lessons as a kid… all becomes clear now.
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Thanks to the illustrious Tina for RT’ing this baby!

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Seemed timely. 🙂 #sofluffeh

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Rest of Tina’s awesome post HERE.

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No surprise…

… it’s another surprise 🙂
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Honeymoon, no doubt. 😉

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Random randomness

tumblr_ohqm7k5n3g1sta89lo1_1280Okay, I just stumbled upon this odd Photoshopped pic of David on Tumblr and it completely freaked me out… I might have screamed. Is it a photo? A painting? Some sort of découpage?

Is it not the creepiest David thing you’ve ever seen?? (My apologies to whoever created it… I could be wrong, what do I know, maybe others love this frightening, I mean, unique thing.)

It definitely looks like David, but more like David’s evil twin Dirango, who uses his piercing gaze not for good but for evil.

To hypnotize and mesmerize for the Dark Side. Directing his intense green eyes at unsuspecting targets in concert halls… oh, wait, that is David.

And the skin… beyond David’s usual glow, it’s polished to a Madame Tussaudish waxy finish.

And the hand … is it holding a microphone? Or is Dirango getting ready to punch someone’s lights out??

Anyways, just thought I’d share.

Hey, let’s look at less frightening pics instead!

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Isn’t this adorbs?? I had wondered who won that Tunespeak contest thingie.

And here’s a winner from the Christmas concert:

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David Archuleta: Tickets, Meet & Greet – Kristen S.

Spent a month trying to win tickets for David Archuleta’s Christmas concert and it was well worth it to be able to meet my favorite singer!!
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Also found on Tumblr: 🙂 🙂 🙂

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I can’t believe I’ve never singled out True Colors… one of my favourite songs on BEGIN. … don’t think I have gushed nearly enough about David’s live appearances of this song (esp. this one) … would LOVE to hear him sing this live one day. (Song starts about 2:10.)


Comment on the vid:
“god bless this amazing and beautiful soul” ♥♥♥
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Are there Golden Globes for gifs? There should be. And @rhiminee should win one. Here’s a sampler:
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Moar HERE!
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How much do you think David would love THIS gig? 🙂

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EDIT: Have always loved Scott Hamilton:

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And can someone tell me what a betta fish is??

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My Top 14* @DavidArchie surprises in 2016

14022321_1047356001984849_235288138658088838_nWhat an amazing David Year we have had, my friends. I feel grateful, blessed, positively giddy at times. I hope he’s taking a well-deserved break right now although he’s probably in a baby home somewhere hugging 3832238292 little orphans.

Mr. David Archuleta was sure full of surprises in 2016. Methinks he likes to surprise us. 🙂

And I, for one, am all for those surprises.

So, in the honour of it being New Year’s Eve, here are my Top 14 David surprises this year:

  1. David sings Elvis … and Lion King


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2. David flies with The Thunderbirds. Of course he does.


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3. David covers 7 Years … remember the 1st time we heard him do this?? Oh sweet Lorde.


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4. David learns to rope. Definitely saw that coming, right?

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5. David sings My Little Prayer for the first time…

I remember we were all, like, “Is that his own song? It sounds like him. Is that a hymn? Have you heard it before?? I never have. Why is this giant branch in my eye???”


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6. David does VIPs again!!! Did NOT see that coming.


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7. David sings this live for the first time:

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8. David starts posting epic IG stories LIKE A BOSS!!!!!

 

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9. David raps… ‘natch


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10. David casually drops in at our fan lunch… I repeat, DROPS IN AT OUR FAN LUNCH. I still can’t believe this actually happened.


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11. David slays Ave Maria… and me in the front row. I need more travel insurance.


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12. David shares new music (someone hold me)

To quote Kayla (who took this video): “Be prepared to be hit in the honey nut feelios.”

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And from Tina’s amazing Tumblr:

And check out her MUST-READ slash watch list of best David live performances in 2016 HERE.
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13. David becomes a video-releasing MACHINE!


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14. David takes over Tuacahn!

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ADDED BONUS TRAAAAACKKKKK!!!!!!

Well Canada, you've taken a little piece of my heart. 🇨🇦 I sure did enjoy the Time Out For Women event in Lethbridge last night! What a special night. I really needed this little trip. Thanks to everyone who came! Hope you enjoyed it as well and enjoy the 2nd day of the conference there. We had a sleepless night because after driving 2+ hours back to Calgary and getting there at midnight… I found that I had left my bag with my wallet and passport in Lethbridge! 😱😵😓 We drove another 4 1/2 hours round trip to get my bag and head back straight to the Calgary airport at 5 AM. @karisellards what a trooper you are! Sorry again 😅😁 and thanks for handling it so calmly!! Just another memory to add to the books! We'll be laughing about this one for a while once we get some sleep 😂😂. 😴 #tofw #tofwlethbridge #alberta #canada #timhortons #roadtrips #forgetful #whoops #nobodysperfect #karithedrivingmachine

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Thank you, David!!!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!!!!

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How about you guys?? What were your favourite David surprises this year??

*You actually thought I could limit it to 10??!?

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Happy Birthday, David… of all the @DavidArchies in the world, you’re the DavidArchiest

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Ain’t it the truth?

David, I hope you have the most amazing birthday … a day that brings you even a fraction of the joy that you and your music bring to all of us.

But the truth is, you’re probably singing to some elders, helping out a friend, visiting a neighbour, singing to some very sick folks, or finding a cure for global warming.

That makes you happy though, and I think that’s ultimately all we fans want for you… to be happy.

So Happy Happy Birthday, David. There is still no way you look 26.

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How do you guys think David is spending his b’day???
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LOOOOOVE THIS!!!!!

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🙂 🙂 🙂

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‘Twas the night before #Zippergate

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Using this pic again, ‘cuz it’s awesome (credit: the lovely Kayla with the rad hair)

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‘Twas the night before the night before Christmas and all through Sac concert hall
Not a zipper was stirring, not one, none at all
The songs were sung by the performers with care
In hopes that no wardrobe malfunctions would soon be there

But in the in-ear mic there arose such a clatter
David looked off-stage to see what was the matter
Away to his pants he flew like a flash
For flash he wished not to do, that would be rash

A prank, perhaps, for the very last show?
Why no! Kari insisted, no no no no no
For she has David’s back (and clearly also his front)*
She thought he’d check quietly but David was blunt

Had Zero Gravity overtaken? The fastener needing to be mended??
Giving “opening night” a new meaning, one not intended??
Pray tell, no, ’twas just the light… an optical illusion
There was no prank after all, no final-show collusion

And then, in a twinkling, we heard David laugh
A sound that rivals his songs, not even by half
His mirth overfloweth, his spirits run high
He is quick on his feet, and good on the fly

David sprang to his mic, shared his Voice and his craft
Disaster was averted, he felt no sudden drafts
And play well they all did, fastened up for the night,
Singing “Merry Christmas to all! And to all a good night!”

*credit Kalei for this one 🙂

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyeux Noël, Buon Natale, Feliz Navidad, Happy Festivus

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Photo: the lovely and amazing @abovetheruins

However you choose to celebrate this season… and I hope you’re celebrating in some way! … I wish you all peace, joy, love and lots of laughter right through 2017.

This past year was a rocky one for me, and a lot of others, and I found this Christmas tour of David’s to be such a blessing.

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Proof I was actually in Indy being hypnotized and mesmerized and it wasn’t all a beautiful dream. (Photo: Aaron Ashton)

How did you feel about it?? What was your favourite part???

Have you recovered from those Ave Maria VIPs yet? That soundcheck Christmas Song?? From the barrage of IG stories that are the gift we never expected?

An embarrassment of ArchuRiches and to think we also get NEW MUUUUSIIIIIC come 2017. {{{{{{{{group hug}}}}}} to one and all!

Thanks for every comment, private message, lurker visit, the works. Lavabombs of love to you and yours!!!!!!

Thanks to Nathan, Kari, the band and the whole team on this wonderful tour, what a gift.

And the biggest thank you of all to David. Thanks for being awesome, for being there, for being you. ♥♥♥

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LOVE THIS!

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Check out Monse’s amazing vids from last night on her channel HERE.
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And Janey’s Periscope from last night! https://www.periscope.tv/w/1OwGWnDavlWKQ https://www.facebook.com/deb.smyth.714/posts/10154071100810986?notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic&notif_id=1482600708659489 . https://www.instagram.com/p/BOY7SkpARbq/ .
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Oh, sweet peaches, stop what you’re doing and watch this!

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Photo: Kayla by way of Tina’s Tumblr

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ohmyheck… I was catching up on Kayla’s amazing videos and stumbled on this one that I didn’t even know existed… (yes, I have been living under a rock, it seems).

I am sitting here at work tearing up at how beautiful this is. I love everything about it. The way he floats from note to note… how effortlessly jazzilicious it is… Mel’s piano… his diva hand conducting himself to greater heights of magnificence… how he plays with the melody like it’s a shiny new toy … his tone, people, his tone, oh man, it’s like nectar, actual nectar…. the way Nathan looks over smiling and appreciating the sublime talent of this guy (in my mind, that’s what he’s doing, he could, however, be figuring out his grocery list).

Who the heck sounds like this this at SOUND CHECK?!?!? David, that’s who.

Anywayyyyyys… I need to listen again…and again….

Thank you, Kayla, for capturing this!!!!
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Very deep thoughts from David here… ones I can really relate to … bothers me to hear him say, “As bad of a person I feel I am sometimes” 😦 😦 😦

Christmas show tonight in Orange County, California! There are still tickets left so come and join us! What a beautiful place the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa is. 😵 In today's 25 days of Christmas for #lighttheworld I've been thinking about how easy it is for me to hold grudges and let things from the past get to me and affect me. I let those things bring anger, bring fear, bring anxiety. I'm setting a goal to let each of these grudges go! It takes dedication. It's remembering that commitment and sticking to it. I'm excited though. There is power in forgiveness. Each time I think "it's just not possible under these circumstances. Not this time. Not yet. " I think of Christ and His power to forgive. He believes we have the power to change, and I know I have the power to change and let go of those things and moments that are holding me back in fear and resentment. Who and what are you holding and grudging against? Think about how there is power to forgive. And as soon as you learn to forgive, you will feel that power of forgiveness for yourself too and it's AMAZING! "Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." (Luke 6:37) as hard as that is, I remember that Christ could even forgive those who hanged Him on the cross. As bad of a person I feel I am sometimes, I remember He can forgive me, and I can realize that the moment I can do the same and forgive someone else who has wronged me–even if that person I need to forgive is me–I feel the healing that comes from forgiving. Believe it is in you! Because it is. If you feel you can't, say a prayer and ask for that strength to forgive and it will come. Whether you're receiving it or giving it, What a gift forgiveness is! christmasconcert #costamesa #oc #california #forgive #forgiveness #Christmas

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The lovely & amazing Tina gave me the heads up on this amazing “reaction” vid… another MUST WATCH, lol … LOOOOVE this guy!!!
(and his reaction makes me wonder: Is it physically possible NOT to clutch your heart while watching David sing??)

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Ave Marie from VIP tonight… *SOBS*

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I’ve run out of Ps and Ss… LOOOOVE that Jake finally met David! #adorbs

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