Paralyzed by the brilliance of #Paralyzed

Where the heck do I begin?

I feel this song jolt through me like an electric charge, words can’t even begin to capture the power, the intensity, the hypnotic state this song puts me in.

And this video is just icing on the cake. I was picturing something more literal… you know, David sunning himself on a waterfall, hesitant about jumping over… oh wait. πŸ˜‰

But this approach is so evocative, like dropping in on someone’s fever dream… those tossing and turning nights when endless disaster scenarios loop through your mind. Only with ballerinas.

Seriously though, the dark shadows and dust filtering through the decaying house with Sir David Archuleta all in black, raging at… himself… so powerful and we can all relate, am I right??

A few moments stood out for me… when the dancers link arms and make a chain blocking the door… whoah, that really hit me… and at the end when more light is coming in and David looks up like he is DONE with feeling paralyzed. YOU GO, DAVID!!!!!

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The song itself knocked me sideways when I first heard it live in Boston… I could not believe how it rocks out so powerfully… it’s such a “punch your arms in the air, roll every window in the car down and soar across the highway” song… did NOT see that coming from David, tbh.

Can a song have testosterone? Because I think this one does. For real. I had this feeling right from the beginning that guys would go for this song… because it rocks out, because it has “muscle” and “grit.” [I hate resorting to gender stereotypes but more guys turn up at Imagine Dragons and Mumford and Sons concerts than at Shawn Mendes or Justin Bieber shows… please don’t throw tomatoes, I do not make the rules, my friends!]

And I have noticed so many more guys commenting on and sharing the song than usually happens. Am I imagining things?? Have you guys noticed that too? [If I’m way off base, please let me know!]

But I digress…

Now that the studio version is here, it is just undeniable… inevitable… earworm-able. That driving beat and the way the song builds to an impossible crescendo that makes your heart want to beat right out of your chest… and THOSE VOCALS!!!!

… the way the refrain repeats like a meditative chant…and THOSE VOCALS!!!

… the way the subtle sound of chains clangs near he end of the song, genius! Oh, and did I mention THOSE VOCALS?!!!!

Specifically that alkdjflkjkfjakfjfkjfklfj run at the 2:39 mark (yes, I did replay it a few times πŸ™‚ ) comes at you like a thousand velvet arrows piercing your very soul!!!

OTT, I know, but RIGHT???!!!!

The lyrics really hit me where I live (I know I’m not alone in that)… and it just helps so much to know you’re not alone with these struggles, doesn’t it?

“I wake up to another day, another chance to get out of my own way” wow, get out of my brain, Archuleta!

This song needs to be on radio so more people can be devastated by its beauty. Only fair, I say. I have it on repeat on Spotify, I have shared it like crazy, gifted on iTunes… I just wish there was more we could do!!

HOW ABOUT YOU GUYS??? Thoughts? Impressions? Gush-tastic comments? Please please share, I’m dying to hear them!!


My fave comment on the YouTube so far! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Love these behind-the-scenes shots from Emily Morris, production assistant on the video shoot! More here.

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Love how he blows a kiss at the end of this … [fun fact: at the Toronto VIP event, when David left the room and waved at everyone, for some reason, by reflex (I do this with family & friends), I made the same gesture and blew him a big kiss… AND WAS INSTANTLY MORTIFIED! I was like, “why did I DO that?? what the heck was I thinking??” … so anyways, seeing him throw us all one, makes me feel a tad better, lol. This is the end of my TEDTalk. πŸ™‚ ]

AAAAAAAAND * big finish * … In this Chicago Tribune interview, David lists Toronto as one of his top-five favourite cities!!!!!! I can’t take much more of this amazingness from him… LIES!!! … bring it on! hahahahaha

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The day David Archuleta broke the Internet….

… you know, when this happened:

I never thought I’d see the day that David would post a picture… with his hair wet.


I think I’m safe in saying none of us ever thought we’d see David post a picture of himself swimming… without a turtleneck on… I’ll just leave it there.

I love that he feels confident enough to “let it all hang out” (as it were πŸ™‚ ) … if you’ve got it, flaunt it, I say.

And if it gets people outside your already-loyal fan circle curious enough to check out, oh I don’t know, YOUR INCREDIBLY AMAZING NEW SONG #PARALYZED THAT DROPS IN A WEEK ON AUG. 27TH … then, you go, David!

Other things I love about this:

That he also posts this pic that’s taken further away …

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Oh, David.

And the way he starts the caption, all about “being one with nature”… as if getting things — actually,Β everythingΒ — off his chest wouldn’t cause ripples throughout the fandom matching his midriff… He’s like, “oh, did I forget something? Oh, haha, my shirt! Silly me.”

Right. You knew the paroxysms of shock you’d send literally around the world, Sir. THAT’s the smile we see in the picture, am I right??

Sidenote: Love his meditation pose… I’m a TM (Transcendental Meditation)-er from way back, and although I do not sit quite like this (and definitely not in a raging waterfall), David’s expression brought me instant Zen… (yes, his expression, sheesh)… I highly recommend meditation, of any form, to de-stress, combat anxiety, the works. But I digress… back to the photos. πŸ™‚

Can we talk about that back flip? Wowza! We were all uber-impressed when David pulled off a handstand, but this is next level! I can barely dive in front-ways, never mind a backflip.

David is in it to WIN it, you guys, in every way, and is diving in with both feet to the bright, bright future he so deserves. (See what I did there? πŸ˜‰ )

I feel beyond blessed to be on on this ride with you all, so proud of the individual David’s blossomed into, and soooooo excited for what’s to come.


[oh and the lovely and amazing Abrra sent me this sandal close-up (taken by djafan) because she knows me shoe well, um, too well. :)]
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A reminder to put this in your calendars: #Paralyzed viewing party on David’s official YouTube channel Tuesday, August 27th at 10AM ET/7AM PT:


Woohoooo! Check out the 1.30 clip on iTunes, sooooooooooooooo good!!!! Preorder #Paralyzed on the OS HERE.

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Or go preorder & hear the snippet HERE!!!

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I am LIVING for the replies on David’s post rn! Some of my faves so far:

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I love everything about this!

David looks like a rebel fighter about to pilot the Battlestar Archtastica into orbit to slay the hordes and save the world from mindless vacant music devoid of soul.

Basking in the glow of the molten heat generated by his new single.

Paralyzed is all of us, waiting on the edge of our seats for that wall of perfect sound.

Am I right??

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Back from Russia with love

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omigosh… David should go to Moscow more often, lol… love seeing him so happy and excited and heart so “full” (as he put it) as he does in his new insta and FB live posts.

The lovely and amazing archieprincess captured the insta live on youTube:

Here’s his FB live:

New music, new video, new exclusive content possibilities, OH MY!!!

Who else is SUPER EXCITED???!!!

I can’t believe David thinks we’d be “bored” by too much content??

Whether he’s singing, rambling, doing this:

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or HELLOOO, this*:

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So get thee to David’s FB page or take this poll on his insta story (HERE) and let him know what you think!

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What do you guys think, btw?Β πŸ™‚




*Β  Source.

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Rating @DavidArchie covers on a bucket-of-tears scale … because I can

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As many of you know, this has been a very tough time for me… and trust David to start posting these incredible covers just when I needed to hear them…

AND ONE A DAY FOR THE PAST 3 DAYS?!!!! IS HE ACTUALLY REAL???! [Please, do not answer that. Unicorns are clearly real.]

I’ve rated these covers on my own personal 5 “bucket of tears” scale:

You Are the Reason (Calum Scott)

Ranking: 😭😭😭😭

So many people had been requesting this on David’s earlier cover posts, that I looked it up on YouTube maybe an hour before he posted this cover. Whoah. Spooky. The video is really powerful but not as powerful as David’s rendition (sorry, Calum, you are awesome, though).

Someone You Loved (Lewis Capaldi)

Ranking: 😭😭😭😭😭

I literally cried so hard listening to this that I started choking and thought I’d never catch my breath again. It’s that good. Glad I pulled over before playing.

Waving Through a Window (from “Dear Evan Hansen”)

Ranking: 😭😭😭😭

Confession: Not a Ben Platt fan. *ducks tomatoes* … please don’t get me wrong, he’s unquestionably talented, but I find his phrasing of songs distracting to the point where the emotion doesn’t hit me. David’s hit me like a tsunami… soooooo beautiful and moving and real… not mannered or overly theatrical at all. I wanted to scream back, “OF COURSE I AM WAVING BACK AT YOU, DAVID!!!!”

Can’t We Just Talk? (Khalid)

Ranking: 😍😍😍😍😍

[featuring possibly my favourite comment of all time! πŸ™‚ ]
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Switched the ranking here away from tears because this cover made me smile for days… soulful R&B David is one of my fave Davids. And David’s lower register is like a hot tub in heaven bubbling with dark chocolate. Am I right??

Hills and Valleys (Tauren Wells)

[and how cool to see Tauren’s response!]
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Ranking: 😭😭😭😭

I listened to this one, and read David’s caption right when I was having trouble seeing a “Master Plan” that made any sense to me… I took it as a sign… that we are loved… we all matter… we’re not alone… and there are moments of grace and beauty even in our darkest hour… so five overflowing buckets of tears on this one.

Ocean Eyes (Billie Eilish)

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When you give me those Ocean Eyes. @billieeilish

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Ranking: 😍😍😍😍😍

Another confession: Billie Eilish frightens me a little. But retitle this cover “Heart Eyes”Β  BECAUSE I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!! Sooooo glad David’s switched to the IGTV thing and we get whole songs… really wish we had all of this one!

So what do you guys think?? Do you have a fave so far??

I know I’m making of light of all this, somewhat, but I don’t want to downplay how much these incredible covers, posted one after the other, right at this time, have meant to me… they are lifting and saving my life in a very real way and I can’t adequately express what that’s meant to me… I’m sure they’re doing the same for thousands of other people out there for a bunch of reasons… and it’s yet another reminder to me of how blessed we are to be fans of this remarkable human. Love & blessings to you all!!! {{{{{{❀️group hug❀️}}}}} Now go leave your requests on his insta!! πŸ™‚

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All these feelings inside, keeping me up all night…

…such as:






So who is going and where??!!



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When you give me those Ocean Eyes. @billieeilish

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Sorry I’ve been MIA, guys, a lot of not-so-great personal stuff going on… and, trust me, David’s music is helping me through it in a GIANT way.



I’ve always loved this version of David singing God Bless America!

Are people still here?? lol If so, how are you feeling about all this tour slash new music slash chicken news??

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David Archuleta LDSPMA interview: “A piece of heaven”

This interview was done last year but I hadn’t seen the whole thing. Big thanks to @trinaboice for sharing!

I love how David talks about feeling like he’s opened a window to heaven for himself when he sings and how it feels to share “piece of heaven” with the audience.

It’s heaven alright, David. πŸ™‚

In the second part, he talks about his experiences bringing prayer into writing sessions, and why he enjoys connecting with fans of all faiths, as well as those without any religious affiliations.

What a guy our guy is, eh?

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Leaked report on @DavidArchie’s face reading (not really)

Face Read

As you can see from David Archuleta’s insta stories, he was very very very busy this weekend.

But not too busy to get his face read. Yes, it’s a thing. Learn more here.

Fortunately, our ace investigative team* here at SAz was able to get a look at the reader’s full report, which she filed when this face popped up on her Skype screen.

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Face reading for “John Doe”:

Notes: My first impression is that he looks remarkably like David Archuleta. Excuse me one moment (leaves the room to scream at a pitch only dogs can hear).

Eyes: There are two. They don’t lie.

Nose: This is the nose of a true artist. A man who lives and BREATHES… special air that gives him a perpetual glow. A very glowy glow.

Smile:Β  Wait, what was I saying again? Where am? Who am I??

Bone structure: I am a little too not over the symmetry I see here. Very symmetrical. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a fine example of symmetry. It indicates perfection exists on and below the surface. Yes, that’s it. I need to stare more to make sure, however, so please stay on the line. Forever.

Scruff: I’m getting a strong feeling that there’s something called #TeamScruff out there and I have an overwhelming sense that I need to join this team. Not sure what it is BUT I AM SO IN! #TEAMSCRUFF!!!!!

Hair: Is that technically part of the face? It is now. Wow. Just wow. The magnificence of this hair speaks of the magnificence of the man. Am I right, fellow #TeamScruffers??

Dimple:Β Hold. On. A. New. York. Minute. NO ONE told me there was a dimple??? This changes everything. I can’t possibly charge for this session. Can I pay you?? Please, wait! Don’t hang up! I’m a professional here!!!

*connection lost*


*There is no such team.





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David Archuleta came to Toronto and I am still alive. An autobiography.

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You guys. Where do I begin?

I’d ask you to pinch me, but I don’t think that would even convince me that Saturday actually happened.

I’ve been wishing and hoping that David would come to Toronto since the last time he performed here… singing two songs for the CHUM Christmas Breakfast event in 2008. Heck, it’s why I started this site, lol. My not-so-subtle way of sending out “PLEASE COME UP TO THIS CHILLY PLACE!!!” vibes.

Leading up to the weekend, I was so nervous about it, I was downright nauseous… you’d think it was going to be me performing.

I thought the event was going to be so amazing because David would be performing in my home town… steps from my former office… right next door to one of my favourite butcher shops! I mean, come on! Pretty dang special!

But it became so much more than that.

I’d always hoped he’d do a full concert here, of course, and I’d invite… basically everyone I know.

But then two years ago, my sister got very ill and it made me sad that if David did do a show here, there was no way she could handle being in such a crowd, with all the noise and the hubbub. But then this miracle popped up. To be held in a small, intimate place with no hustle, no bustle. Just David.

Even still, I wasn’t sure she’d be up to coming, but she rallied for me, and she does love David’s voice and songs (as does my niece and my hubby, who also came with me).

And I’m not exaggerating when I say this was the most wonderful experience in all my years of being a David fan.

Sitting there with the people I love most in this world and experiencing the magic and wonder that is David Archuleta alongside them. Hearing them whisper “Wow!” as he finished a song, chuckle at his Davidisms, and watch them soak in his wise words, and later shake his hand. I still can’t believe it happened, tbh.

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My sister was so engaged by it all, she even asked two questions during the Q&A… if he has any favourite places he likes to go for inspiration … at which point, he started spontaneously singing “You’re my inspiraaaaation” πŸ™‚

(Answer: When he’s alone, especially surrounded by nature, in the mountains or the woods… “it’s easier to hear inspiration there… no distractions”).

And how does he envision success… what that looks like to him now?

He said that was a good question because it’s ever-changing. He said he’s learned over time that success is making a positive impact on people’s lives, initiating a change, however small, to become better.

He also said he wants to reach as many people as he can, making music that will get on the radio or on playlists (which have replaced radio somewhat), creating songs that will catch people’s attention but also instigate that change… “continuously moving forward and lifting people along the way”). As I chanted internally, GO DAVID! GO DAVID! At least I hope it was internally.

I’m still processing the whole experience, to be honest.

It hit me that I’ve walked along that strip of Queen Street West countless times (one of my favourite stores in Toronto, Mokuba, which sells nothing but ribbon is on the next block) and never dreamed I’d be opening that door someday and walking upstairs to a kind of heaven.

The studio itself is extremely cool. I suspect it was a cool, funky apartment slash loft at some point, with cozy rooms decorated with antique rugs and music industry plaques and a wall of signatures, David’s included.

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The little kitchen area was set up with snacks and beverages and I got a chance to introduce my family to the lovely and amazing Kari and to Charlotte (aka @mydearwriter!!!), and David friends from far and wide, and even met some new ones, which was awesome.

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After about 20 minutes, we were invited into the next room, which was set up with rows of folding chairs. A beautiful grand piano was tucked into an alcove at the front, surrounded by strings of twinkly lights. I tried to take some pics and videos but I was too far back and they just came out as blackness, unfortunately.

David got a warm welcome when he came in and he asked who was from Toronto or Canada in general, adding, “I’m not from Canada but I enjoy being here.” * verklempt *

Earlier, my sister and my niece had told me their favourite songs on the last album were Numb and Postcards in the Sky, so I was so happy he sang both.

He started with Numb and then told a story about when he first signed with Jive after Idol. Apparently, he showed the label a song he’d written, which was about letting your voice be heard, and they told him, “that song is tooΒ  mature, it isn’t really you.” He said that since he was 17 at the time, they’d wanted him to be a “‘teen bop’ kind of singer.”

I’d never heard him do Numb on the piano and it was so raw and vulnerable, a different take than when he sings it with the band. His voice trembled with emotion and I could really feel the angst of that struggle he’d gone through.

Next, he sang Invincible and then told the story behind I’m Ready… how his late friend Annie Schmidt, whose voice is on the album version of the song, helped him during the writing process.

It was awesome to learn more about her and what she was like. David said she liked hipster stuff like hiking and flannel shirts, and then said, “Oh, you guys in Canada like hiking!” and a bunch of us called out “and flannel”… everybody laughed and he said, “I like flannel as well.” πŸ™‚

Then, he said we’d all have a “chat”… and that’s just what it felt like. It was like having David over to your living room, if your living room was this super cool downtown loft place with a ginormous grand piano in it… it was so relaxed and laid-back and David seemed like he was in such a good place, it made me really happy to see.

Someone asked how his grandma was and he explained what had happened when she went missing and that she’s back home now and doing well.

The lovely @rosieelinda asked what have been his favourite places to travel to and he thought about it for a while and said Waterton, Alberta, (“it looks like Scandinavia… or maybe Canada πŸ˜† ) … and he added that he’s never made it up to Banff, at which point the entire place let out a collective “awww” in disappointment for him. Oh, Canada, lol.

The lovely @Pastelpastel asked him how it feels to have people at his shows say they’ve waited more than 10 years to see him live, and he said he feels very grateful, and that even though his music isn’t “in people’s faces” commercially, knowing that he has a following of people who are engaged in what he’s doing makes him feel “I must be doing something right,” which motivates him to keep going. (Yay!!!!!!)

A young gentleman (sorry, I didn’t catch his name) asked if he wasn’t a singer, what would he be, at which point David noticed that the young man was wearing a Detective Pikachu hat. It turned out that he had bought one for David too… he told David that the guy who sold it to him said, “It’s kind of dorky” and so he said, “okay, perfect.” πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

David said his alternate career would be as a psychologist and talked about courses he’s taken and that the instructor said he was doing really well and if he’d ever thought of pursuing that and he said, yes! But that he realized he learned a lot about how the mind works and that he can use that in his music.

The lovely @Suttygal asked about the hardest thing about therapy and also what journey his new music will take us on. So David talked about the benefitsΒ  of therapy and how using their techniques consistently is probably the hardest thing. He said his new music will talk about how it’s okay to have those battles inside you. He said he’s realizing therapy isn’t about fixing himself but learning more about himself. And a lot of the new songs will be about that… the “next chapter.”

Another gentleman asked about collaborations and David said he’d like to collaborate with a rapper (he was in Canada after all, so a bunch of us called out “Drake!” πŸ™‚ )… he said that many rappers are messengers and he marvels at how they work.

My favourite question was, “what was the last lie or white lie you’ve told.” πŸ˜†

David said he’d told a white lie recently when a friend stayed at his place in Nashville but stayed longer than expected and then also had his son stay as well and asked David if that was okay and David paused and said, “sure?” He explained that by the time he gets back to Nashville after tour, he likes his alone time,* (“to sing karaoke by myself!” πŸ˜† ) so that’s why he hesitated, but that he did explain everything to his friend later.

*I noticed my niece nodding vigorously at this, lol.

The lovely @honeybeemelx asked David how he handles depression and he talked about celebrating small victories in a day to help you get through it. He compared it to having a knife in your back… that you can’t pretend it’s not there… you have to acknowledge it, explain you need to take it out and move it aside.

He then sang an amazing Happy Birthday to the stupendous @refnaf whose actual birthday was on Saturday… her hubby joked to David that they wondered if that was his reason for coming to Toronto on that particular day! πŸ˜†

David then sang Postcards in the Sky and Glorious to a track. My niece was blown away by both and said Glorious was a great “singing in the shower song.” πŸ˜†

Then we all went back into the kitchen area for snacks, mingling and to line up for pictures with David. Even though it wasn’t rushed at all, I always feel like I’m taking up too much of his time, so we just did one group shot, which was awesome. At which point my hubby thanked him for being good for my “mental health” … yes, he said those actual words. Luckily there was a sofa I could hide behind. And my sister told David he could be a motivational speaker. (“Who sings!!!!” I wanted to add. πŸ™‚ )


THEN…. cue the swell of dramatic instrumental music…

We were called back into the room with seats for a super secret sneak peek of some short clips from a couple of David’s brand. new. songs. I repeat. Brand. New. Songs.

We were all asked to leave our bags and phones etc. out in the kitchen area because of the super secret nature of it all.

No problem. I’ll leave my phone, house keys, wallet and driver’s license outside on the sidewalk if it means I can hear even a snippet of what David’s working on!!!!

The first clip was the studio version of Paralyzed… sooooooooo goood!!!! crazy crazy crazy gooooood!!!! Everyone loved it, you could tell. And he didn’t even play the best part… that crescendo he builds up to at the end!

Next clip was a mid-tempo song with David’s vocals layered throughout. I remember lyrics about not being able to breathe, and it seemed like it was talking about sabotaging a relationship, or something like that. Loved it. Very cool vibe, kind of dreamy.

The last one was my favourite (along with Paralyzed)… I’m guess it’s called Brave (or has “brave” in the title) but the delivery was super fresh and current, almost hip-hoppy, super catchy and made you want to move… it had all these layers and sounds and yet his voice still shone out loud and clear. And then it hit me that if he hadn’t played the best part of Paralyzed, he probably hadn’t played the best part of these either AND YET THEY WERE AMAAAAAAAAZING!!!!!

David said they were “just demos” … exsqueeze me? demos?? who on earth sounds like that on a demo?? Ah, right, of course, David, that’s who.

He asked for a show of hands of which of the three we liked better but it was impossible to pick just one… it seemed like most people liked 1 and 3 the best but I may only think that because those were my faves, hahahaha.

Sorry for the stream of consciousness play by play, you guys, there’s probably more but my brain is mush from magnificence overload… I’ll add more in the comments if I remember anything else. The BEST thing about it all was that he said he’d be back. YES! YES! A THOUSAND TIMES, YES!!!!!!!

He also said he’d be in Toronto for a bit to work on some NEW CHRISTMAS MUSIC! Still wrapping my mind around that one. We just got the incredible Winter in the Air last year and there’s going to be more?? And he’s working on it here?? Maybe this all was just a dream, lol.

I admire David so much for not giving up … on his gift, on sharing that gift, on staying true to himself, on not listening to the naysayers and following his own voice. He did say he’s heard “no” a few times this year and that’s beenΒ  hard but he’s determined not to let it stop him. AndΒ  it occurred to me why we’re here.

The music business is a tough one, a brutal one, in fact, and I really think we’re here to be “patrons” of his, the way Mozart and Da Vinci had patrons (albeit royal ones)… so the artist knows they have a dedicated core group of supporters in their corner to cheer them on… to support them and the art they’re making, in ways big and small.

David is an artist I feel honoured to support in any way I can… his talent and his generosity of spirit are remarkable and the fact that he came all this way to reach out to fans here is a testament to that spirit. I feel incredibly grateful right now. And further astonished than I already was. How does he do that??

Group hug!!!!!



And so so so sorry to David and Kari and everyone who travelled here from elsewhere about this freezing weather. But this is the land where winter never sleeps, so there you go.

Videoooos from the splendiferous @peacesignpam!!!

Photos swiped from the lovely and amazing @cadthu’s insta post. πŸ™‚

“TORONTO, ONTARIO” … a little too not over this!

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David Archuleta in T.O.! This is not a drill!





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