All these feelings inside, keeping me up all night…

…such as:

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TOOOOOOUUUUUURRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!

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So who is going and where??!!

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THERE’S A GIANT BRANCH IN MY NON-OCEAN EYES RN!!!!!

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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.

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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO ALL MY U.S. LOVELIES!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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

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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. 🙂

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)

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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:  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: 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*

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*There is no such team.

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BRB FLAIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLIIIIINNNNNGGGGGG!!!!!

 
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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” 🙂

(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 too  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.” 🙂

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 😆 ) … 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.” 😆 😆 😆

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 benefits  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!” 🙂 )… 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.” 😆

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!” 😆 ) 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! 😆

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.” 😆

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. 🙂 )

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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 been  hard but he’s determined not to let it stop him. And  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!!!!!

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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.

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Videoooos from the splendiferous @peacesignpam!!!

Photos swiped from the lovely and amazing @cadthu’s insta post. 🙂

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“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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HERE IS THE LINK FOR TICKETS!!!!

I REPEAT, THE STARS HAVE ALIGNED, THE MOON IS IN THE SEVENTH HOUSE, JUPITER HAS ALIGNED WITH MARS, AND THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING!!!

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Get tissues ready for Taterzen’s Boise/Vegas recap

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David walking like an Egyptian… because he can.

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David Archuleta’s Spring Tour de Force

Sometimes I get questions about my wish to attend as many concerts as possible during one David Archuleta tour. “Isn’t the concert the same at every stop?”

Pshhh! Not even close!

Each concert is unique—performance, stage banter, fan meetups, VIPs, audience response, not to mention the singularly popular David Moment. Guarantee one will happen, and you don’t want to miss it. So, you go, and you go as often as you can,

Months ago, my concert get-up-and-go inexplicably got-up-and-went. I am now forced to choose when and where more carefully. This tour? Boise and Las Vegas.

I have a lot to share about Las Vegas and will explain why later. But first, Boise. It’s where I live. How thoughtful of David to come to me when it is getting more difficult for me to go to him.

The Boise crowd made it a party! A surprise party really, because there were many people there who were seeing David live for the first time, and the response was great! Granddaughter Emily joined us, her first David concert since her mission. I also loved seeing fans who do manage to attend concert after concert after concert. This fan base is a fun base.

David was on fire; and if you have read that about him on other tours, this was serious fire. Plus, he was having a great time while on fire; that can’t be easy.

David sang “Touch My Hand” to engage with the audience and did this by coaxing people to the stage while he was singing. He went stage left and began to beckon one girl to come to him. She had a “who me?” look that turned to sheer joy when he beckoned her again. He chose another, and then another.

By the time David moved to stage right and began a second round of beckoning, fans had it figured out. There was a rather eager response and some obvious competition to get to David. No fisticuffs erupted, but it was close.

David did himself proud in Boise. He is always on the upgrade. We should not be surprised at this, but we always are.

Oh, and “Paralyzed?” Yes, I was. I am. That song. Bona fide dealmaker.

David’s Las Vegas appearance with the Zion’s Youth Symphony & Chorus coincided with a preplanned visit to see family, and I decided to buy tickets to the concert for every family member over the age of 5. The sticker shock almost got me, but a promise is a promise and I will never complain about it again because of what happened later.

Some background:

I have been preaching the good news of David Archuleta’s voice since 2008. Family response has varied. Some became believers. Others are polite; they pay deference to my advancing age and the fact that I am The Mom. Nobody dislikes David because that is impossible.

All four of my children are into music at some level, music lovers to music pros. Two married daughters were at the concert. Middle daughter, Sara, started life with severe vision problems. Even after getting help, she leaned heavily on senses other than sight for her unique perspectives of the world. She brings them to her music.

Sara is a pianist, an organist and a vocalist. She has taught both piano and voice. She is extremely opinionated about music. (Sorry, Sara, but you know you are.)

As usual, David gave his all in that concert. I knew I would love it and I did. “Only in Sleep” was stunning perfection, an incredibly beautiful I-will-never-be-the-same-after-this perfection.

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I’ve seen videos and heard recordings of David for the past 10 years or so. They do not give him justice, something I noticed less than a second after he began to sing. There are things only the human ear can pick up no matter how advanced the digital recording is. There is also energy the performer emotes that is difficult to translate to digital media.

I didn’t know we would be so close to the stage for the concert on Monday. I could see every detail and was both fascinated and mesmerized. I could see the science of his singing, the functions to produce his sound. I could see the muscles in his jaw move in his open mouth, and yes, his epiglottis. I wanted to run up there with a mini flashlight, shine it in his mouth and see what his soft palate was doing. He has to have incredible control over all of his singing muscles.

One thing is sure. He definitely has his own unique sound. I really haven’t heard anything like it. Ever. I got all weepy and cried through every one of his songs.

He sings because he loves to sing and connect with the audience. There are so many artists who aren’t great singers but very popular and “successful” because they are showy and flashy. They leave it up to the sound engineers to “fix it in the mix” when they record.

I think David has worked hard to strengthen his singing muscles; he really has a lot of vocal stamina. I would love to see and hear his warmups.

Now my ears have been spoiled. If I hear more recordings from David, I am going to wonder what the song sounds like live.

Nothing about him is fake. I sure got that message. He is the real deal. I had no idea my heart would be so touched. It completely caught me off guard.

I tend to silently judge other vocalists, what they’re doing wrong or what they can improve. I thought of nothing for David. I’m pretty sure my mouth was hanging open during every song he sang.

With music, we can communicate on a physical plane and on a spiritual plane. I’ll bet David has healed many hearts as he connects spirit to spirit through song. His voice reaches and penetrates where words fall short.

I am convinced there are angels who help us. I think David must have his own set of angels to sustain him and lift him up. They probably even sing with him.

Pretty sure I gained another believer here. Best fan payday ever.

~TaterZen

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(as Sara said, videos & recordings don’t do David justice… but it’s all we had, it’s all we haaaaaad (sorry, couldn’t resist 🙂 )… and eternally grateful to Shelley et al for sharing!!!!!)

[Sadly, I can’t find a single Boise video but if anyone has one, or a Peri link, please add to comments!]

So instead, here’s an awesome interview from Fresno that I’d missed because I was *ahem* in Fresno, lol… thank you, JR!!!!

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That time David Archuleta almost killed me

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Whenever David Archuleta starts a new tour, we fans always declare it “best tour ever”… that’s because it is! The man ups his game every time and this new Postcards tour is no different.

I was blessed to attend the Boston, Norfolk and Sellersville shows the past few days and had both my socks blown off, and much of the top of my head. I had only seen snippets of songs here and there so much of it was a complete surprise. And wow. Just wow.

I literally walked around after the Boston show repeating OMG over and over again… not in a blaspheming way… in a “Man upstairs, please tell me what the heck just happened???” kind of way. In a “Praise be, how did I get to deserve to experience such amazingness???” kind of way. In a “who am I? where am I?” kind of way.

It all started in the Boston VIP, where David’s acoustic version of Postcards brought me to tears. It was just so beautiful and the power and meaning behind the song just really hit me. Oh how I wish I had video for you, lol.

I think my favourite VIP question was about Chords of Strength, which the young lady who asked the question said she’s read about five times. She asked David what was his favourite part about writing the book? “Finishing it,” he said, cracking us all up. He explained that he had help with the book and, at the time, felt he was pouring his heart out in his music, so why did he have to write it all down. 🙂

The City Winery was lovely with the venue in a separate space behind a full restaurant in the front. Before they opened the doors for the show, they played David’s debut album and TOSOD over the sound system throughout the restaurant. The manager told me later they like to do that to support the artists they bring in. David sure sounded great wafting through the place.

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I still can’t get over how amazing this show is. The new arrangements, the flow of the songs, the mashups, the way it’s been carefully crafted to build into a crescendo of awesomeness. To me, the whole show had a playlist feel to it, weaving in and out of songs and the “postcard” messages David has strategically positioned throughout the set list.

I’ve obviously loved David’s shows for his amazing songs and stories and vocals but this is the first time I’ve marvelled at the artistry of the show itself. How every element of it contributed to his overArching theme (* hides *).

Giving us fresh new takes on songs we’ve heard, like I’m Ready and Invincible… genius… matching them with contemporary covers… genius… Dave Brunelle’s harmonies … genius… acoustic set to change the pace and mood and showcase the musicians and David’s incredible vocals… pure genius.

And who knew Waiting in the Stars was the banging show opener we never knew we needed??! … you guessed it, G.E.N.I.U.S.!!

And in Boston, during Postcards in the Sky, when everyone started waving the postcards that Amanda (@LangoneLady), Melissa (@melissad309) and Ashley (@Palrice8) (sorry if I’m misspelling anyone’s name!) had carefully made and handed out to everybody, David’s look of surprise and “Cool, I wasn’t expecting that!” was priceless.

The emotional power of Glorious fused with You Say made me cry Every. Single. Night. Those songs were speaking to ME about ME guiding ME, comforting ME. I almost turned around to make sure other people were hearing MY songs. For real.

And then, still all choked up, he starts singing Shine A Light, my second fave on the album (after Postcards), which I did not think he’d be singing… SOMEONE HAND ME AN ENTIRE BOX OF KLEENEX!!!! … sidenote, I take full credit for putting my phone flashlight up in the air during the chorus and starting it off, and then David suggested everyone do it…  *bows*… it was soooooo magical… David had told us that the parents of his co-writer on the song, Isabeau Miller, were in the audience, which made it even more special.

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PARALYZED GETS ITS OWN PARAGRAPH!!!!!

THIS SONG. THIS SONG. GAHHHHHH…”obsessed” doesn’t even begin to cover my reaction… did NOT see that one coming at all. It’s like “Take Me to Church” meets Imagine Dragons meets Buffy the Fan Slayer … like whoah!!!! (see how out of actual words I am rn?!)

That song belongs on radio STAT!!! The groove of it, the power, the lyrics we can all relate to, the way David lets his voice fly.

I need it in my phone so I can stop people in the streets and put headphones on them and push play because they need to hear it. (Several restraining orders currently prevent me from doing that.) It’s THAT good.

And we heard that there are apparently more where that come from, just as good or even better. WE ARE NOT WORTHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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At the Sellersville VIP, my two favourite questions were:

  • When David does a certain vocal run on tour, does he ever think, “dang, I should’ve done it that way on the album”? David said not really, because he tries out so many options during the recording process that he’s happy with what they end up with for the album. And also, he said he’s less focused on “showing off” vocal “ad libs” and acrobatics than he might’ve been earlier in his career. He gave Invincible as an example. How simple his delivery is on that song. Which supports the theme of the song… “I don’t have to be invincible vocally either.” Then he added that he’ll be working on an upcoming project where those vocal acrobatics will come into play… his long-awaited Spanish album… HUGE cheers in the room for that answer… he said that’s because you can be more expressive and emotional with those songs.
  • I also loved this question: Do you have any big career goals that you’re working toward, that you haven’t achieved yet. And David answered that yes, he does. That he’d like to get back to the level of mainstream music success he once had, get back on the radio, but do it for the right reasons, to make music with a purpose, music that feeds the soul, music that might be fun to listen to but also lifts people and helps them look at things in a new way.

I was just so happy to hear David declare out loud to all of us there what he’s aiming for. Saying it is halfway to doing it. And it just shows a huge leap of confidence, imo. He didn’t say it in a boastful way, but just simply and honestly putting that out into the world.

All of us have always known that he belongs with the best of the best recording artists out there… that he’s more talented than many of them, in my view… but to hear him acknowledge that that is where he belongs… I wanted to leap out of my seat and scream “YES!!! YES!!!! YOU GO, DAVID!!!!” (I did do that in my head, however.)

Sidenote: Continuing in my long-standing tradition of awkwardness where David’s concerned, when we went up for the photo at VIP, David was on vocal rest and couldn’t talk but 100% forgetting that I blurted out, “Hey, how’s it going??” Then remembered he couldn’t say anything so I just told him that Paralyzed is crazy good… I believe my exact words were, “crazy crazy crazy good”… but he was probably thinking, “crazy sounds about right”. 😆

It was amazing to see so many lovely and amazing fan friends… some I hadn’t seen since before David went on his mission… even some folks from back in the Noting David days, like Abrra, and Bebereader and SilverFox and SandyBeaches, Amb4DA, Astrid and DJbell and River and Marlie and just everyone. {{{{{{group hug}}}}

On that theme, I loved this comment that was on David’s last insta post:

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Sorry this is so long… I will add things in the comments if I remember anything more.

You can find incredible vids on the illustrious DJbell’s youTube channel HERE.

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David on teeeveeeeee today!

(Somewhat lame, non-Shelley photos courtesy of me.)

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About to go into a David Archuleta concert and I can hardly bear it. *hides*

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.@DavidArchie’s Postcards in the Sky video is here and I am kvelling even though I am not sure what that means

Things I love about this video:

The song

The song

The song

(spoiler alert) The hopeful ending

The snazz outfit

The white sneaks (*yes, I’m that sha-la-la-la-low)

David dancing in the cotton candy clouds making him an actual angel as we already suspected

The song

The song

The candles reflected when he’s looking through the window… I just kept thinking, “all the souls who need some light” *sobs*

The song

Did I mention the perfect hair? (*see footnote above)

And last, but not least, the song

 

SO WHAT DID YOU GUYS THINK???!!!!

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Another great interview: https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/03/22/archuleta/

Love this: “It’s not like I’m a drinker or partier. That’s not the way I was raised. I participate in my church, and when I did the new album, I asked all the songwriters if they minded that I said a prayer before I sang. But I’m not going to say that I’m innocent or naive. I’ve been in the entertainment industry for 11 years. I like to live honestly and be what I really am, and that’s a good boy with a twist.”

*OFFICIALLY DEADDDD*

And courtesy of the illustrious Tina:

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This is awesome… both points of view! lol (scroll through to see Haley’s video)
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AND THIS!!!!!

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Awesome podcast is awesome

What an amazing interview!

So cool to hear the writing process for Invincible, who David wrote Waiting in the Stars for, what Upset With Me is about, sort of, generally, hypothetically, in a broad sense 😆 … and his relationship advice “don’t follow what I do” awwww

What did you guys think??

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Great interview and story in The Ithacan HERE.

Found this part particularly interesting:

Archuleta’s publicist Ken Phillips worked with the Jonas Brothers even before Disney picked them up and has also aided other “American Idol” stars like Cook, who won the show’s seventh season, and Lee DeWyze, who appeared on the ninth. He said some artists grow frustrated when the public pays more attention to their old hits than their new creations, but that the enduring popularity of their first hits comes with the territory of stardom.

“I think every artist is always going to keep trying to create and make new music, so of course they want people to listen to their latest creation, but they understand,” he said.

Archuleta said he is grateful for his fans’ support and enjoys connecting with them, even if on a nostalgic level.

“I don’t really feel pigeonholed by it because I feel like I can do as I like,” Archuleta said. “And I think it’s been nice because I think it’s cool to have that nostalgia behind it. I still sing the songs that bring people that nostalgia. You know, ‘Crush,’ specifically. … They’ve always just been really open to what I have to offer now, and it’s fun that they still remember ‘American Idol,’ and they remember ‘Hannah Montana’ and ‘iCarly.’”

 

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Pizza, Pickler and props, oh my

Here’s a sneak peek of the interview:

“when I’m courting someone next time”

HIS PRECIOUSNESS IS GOING TO KEEEEEL ME!!!!

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Just going to leave this here…..

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And a big thank you to the lovely and amazing Tina for capturing this moment (which I kept replaying before I saw this 😆 )

And on the Pickler & Ben website, HERE, they not only include the interview clip, but also a YouTube of Postcards in the Sky and a link to David’s tour schedule page. *heart eyes for days*

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I came across these Amazon reviews by *ahem* accident and just had to share:

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I love the clickbait headline of this story, which is basically just a rehash of Donny Osmond’s original tweet. It makes it sound like they engage in a rap battle or something. (Although, to be fair, we were not there and do not know what actually ensued.)

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Sooooooo, how excited are we for touuuuurrrrrr????!!!!!

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Screenshots from here.

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