While David is busy eating his french toast with the sis (I see thick-cut toast with strawberries, oodles of ice-cream, custard or is it some sort of lemony syrup, and probably oozings of butter – yummy!) from the french toast truck, let us look at more pics of the Archucook concert happening.
Think I would rather not drivel over french toast at the moment when I have David’s concert pics to drool over (even though it is a Cook concert haha! )
Thank you Cindy Cassity and debrakay for the pictures!
Why is David praying to Cook?! 😯
David is doing a thumbs-up on Cook. They are both so supportive of each other.
But we Archies know better. Our thumbs-up’s are for David!!
Oops.. missed this pic. Cook did give David a thumbs-up too! 🙂
Bye-bye from the stage for the moment, David.
We look forward to seeing you more up there onstage and singing – soon!! 🙂
And after the Archucook concert –
(Wonder what’s wrapped up in that aluminium foil. Midnight supper? 🙂 )
Is it 2008 or 2014? 😯
It doesn’t really matter. Time can fly or stand still all it wants, but this Archucook bromance will always be ingrained in our hearts. I am having goosepimples just looking at this pic. 🙂
– David is looking more relaxed being in the public eye, than before his Middle East trip. It is a good sign.
– David has grown up in his interaction with Cook.
– The interaction between him and Cook is genuine and sincere.
– Cook will always treat David as a much-loved younger brother.
– David has nice legs. 😉
– David is still wearing those socks with shorts. Erm …
(… quite cute really. Maybe he is setting a new fashion trend … just like that buttoned-up look … or maybe he doesn’t even realise he is wearing them … oh well, it’s just the Voice I should care about, I keep reminding myself. Still … maybe he should go get a pair of nice sandals … and forget the socks … oh well, nevermind. Just go SING, David.)
With thanks to Marydee – this beautiful montage –
And this is Jason’s account of that evening in the Ethiopian restaurant.
” ..next came a real special moment, when the restaurant owner approached our table and begged David to sing.
“When introduced, the crowd kind of took notice and clapped a little, but once he laid into the first line of “Stand By Me” with “When the night has come”, there was a collective gasp and everyone reached for their phones to record it. With the flutes and drumbeats, and whatever other instruments were on stage, backing Dean and David’s performance, this was something most unique to witness. The cheers following the song lead to him throwing down REM’s, “Everybody Hurts”, to which the audience chanted “ONE MORE! ONE MORE!” upon his finish. Turning red from embarrassment we returned to our seats to sit back down and then came the flood. The whole room seemed to converge on David like a swarm of flies to a recent kill. We had to flank him with our people as we rushed him out of the place for his own safety.One guy grabbed David, in a headlock for a picture, Dan and I ripped the guy’s arm off David and yelled, ‘Hey, NO Touch!’ It got scary quick.”
And this hilarious number when David was singing. Guess it speaks for all of us too!! 😀
And the Snippets of Everybody Hurts and Bridge Over Troubled Waters which brought the soldiers to tears and standing ovations.
We at AAM decided that there has been too much talk about wars and plane crashes the past few weeks at every David-site, including ours. Even a David Archuleta site (peaceful and gentle David, remember?) has pictures of fighter planes and guns and soldiers toting guns – we can’t even begin to know all the names of these weapons and instruments of warfare. And the news of all those plane crashes – 370.. 17 .. Taiwan.. Algeria – is enough to make one lose sight of cheeriness and all the lighter things which can still instill a calmer demeanour to our lives and make us feel that life is still worth living.
Even with heavy hearts, we need to deal with adversity with not just grace, but also humour. Facing setbacks and possibly creating comebacks. We are not brushing off reality. Neither are we going to forget the importance and significances of what has come to pass and valuable lessons learnt.
Like David, Dean, Dan and Jason – from the pics I have seen, and from that vid where their plane was shot at in Afghanistan – they were holding up calmly with smiles on their faces, with lots of humour to boot.
So we will deviate somewhat from the horrors of war (since David has sent a tweet that he is home) and have some much needed humour (and a real G A H!! pic at the end!) in this post. 🙂 We have been getting many hilariously wacky poses and jokes from Jason Hewitt as he journeys with David in the Middle East and I’m sure most of you guys have seen them and had some good laughs. But we would rather focus on David. 🙂 Don’t ask why. 😉
Aahh.. this picture of peace and smiles is better. 🙂 Taken in Ethiopia.
We had David in a funny Bunny Suit before. Then a smart Missionary Suit Now, at the far end, a Bomb-Diffusing Suit!
But let us not think of it as a military suit. Think of it as David in another kind of suit. 😉
David weighing 200 Lbs! (Or more?!)
T H E G A H P I C T U R E ! ! !
The Face that can lighten our hearts in the face of adversity.
And the Voice that can make us love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
Thanks to Walter Clark, an army nurse in the Middle East,who recorded this, we have this gem of David singing Bring Him Home.
As we all know, this beautiful piece of music was taken from the stage production of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, all the songs of which David had learnt since the age of 6.
Just for the sake of knowing a little more about Bring Him Home, all the songs from Les Miz are worthy of great listens, thanks to the French composer, Claude-Michel Schonberg and the lyricist, Alain Boublil. The original production was staged at the Palais de Sport in Paris in 1980 and opened to high acclaim in London and Broadway and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 1987, and won 8 including Best Musical and Best Original Score.
I saw the stage production in London 3 times during 3 consecutive years and cried 3 consecutive times. Then I watched the film version starring Hugh Jackman 3 times, and cried another 3 times.
Listening to this full version of David’s, I cried the 7th time! There will be more crying to do when I continue to listen to it more times!!
I have long wished for David to sing Empty Chairs At Empty Tables, also from Les Miz, but Bring Him Home is definitely aptly sung in the Middle East. I hope they will bring all those soldiers home soon, together with all the soldiers in the warzones in the world, who are fighting there and fighting for their lives.
Please let all the wars cease. Too many lives have been lost. And for what?
Please bring all those young men home soon.
A Blog from the Man Himself!
I have written a letter to my family and friends, but I decided that I should share it with all of you as well:
First off, I am sorry that I can never write less than an essay and that my emails are always so long! But please bear with me and my imperfections with this one.
I wanted to write to all of you seeing as this last week has been quite incredible for me. Right now I am writing this to you as blasting winds full of dust attack my face and my eyes (I’m outside to have some time to myself). I am currently in Afghanistan, and as I don’t know when I will ever be here again I would like to take the time to write to you under interesting circumstances.
What am I doing here? I was invited by a man named Dan Clark. He is a world renown speaker who is the main contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He has spoken many, many times to the troops all over the world. We are joined by a professional impersonator/comedian named Jason Hewlett (he’s hilarious), and my voice trainer Dean Kaelin (accompanying me on the piano and guitar, and performing himself a number) to do a military tour. It is a tour with the focus to inspire and give an uplifting message to the troops as we entertain.
July 8th we left for the Middle East. We began in the country of Bahrain– a country I had never even heard of before. Afterwards we went to Kuwait. It was amazing to see how empty it is here terrain-wise: sand, sun, dust, and desert. However, due to oil and gas these are very wealthy countries. We visited an Islamic mosque and I was amazed to see that they believe in prophets, and even believe in Jesus Christ… As a prophet of God; not as the Only Begotten, yet they believe that He will come again. It is Ramadan here which is the month of fasting, where they cannot eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. We cannot eat or drink in front of them, and have to keep long-sleeve shirts and pants when in public Muslim-eye to not offend their traditions.
Anyway, this is a military tour, not a desert tourist trip. I wanted to express my love for these military men and women. Here in Afghanistan– along with in Iraq–they are in combat and there are attacks going on. I was surprised at the friendships and the respect the local people have with and for the troops, as the reason why we have been in these countries is to protect these people from opposing groups who seek for power and are extremists and terrorists trying to overtake the countries. We are now making transitions to let the Afghan military take charge of defending their own country so that they may strengthen their own sense of duty and value those rights and liberties more by taking the lead themselves.
We have met so many fathers who have yet to meet their newborn babies in person; they are out in this blazing heat of 100-140 degrees day to day (and wow it feels like a hair-dryer blowing in your face!). We have seen and felt their appreciation for us being here as we “come out of our way” to meet with them, perform for them, and let them know we love them — it is the LEAST we can do!! It is amazing to have them come up and say, “you don’t know how much this means to us. Thank you for coming to see us and break the routine. You bring a piece of home.”
These are people who learn what the word “duty” means. They literally put their lives on the line with rockets being shot at the bases, mines exploding their and civilians’ paths, and suicide bombers coming at them. It is real, but they do it because of their duty to our families and to our country, and to their duty to protecting countries and people who cannot do it alone. How grateful I am for their dedication and for them being awakened to their duty.
I hope the next time you see one of these service men and women, you think of their commitment that they have to this duty: to protecting our amazing and beautiful country where we have freedom, and working to help others have freedom as well. We take what we have for granted– whether- we go to the air-conditioned malls, or sit at our peaceful homes bored. Let us think twice about our liberty that we have in this promised land, and how God has truly blessed us. During this trip we are also getting to do some special faith-based events that we call firesides. It has been a wonderful bonus to the trip.
We have one more week of shows, and I will try and give you another (shorter) update as we come to a close.
I hope you are all well!
P.S. I’ve attached some photos