Paul Cardall in concert with special guest David Archuleta
Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
May 13th -… http://fb.me/4oHl9oOme
Things have come to a head. I have reached a crisis. Everything looks bleak.
Where is the doggone new music??
Ok, so they tell me to Deal With It. So I did.
By Waiting until my face got squashed in (or Crushed, if you like ;) )
By keeping sympathetic friends who tried to sing like David Archuleta but …
By pretending to be someone else (meaning: rejecting my archie identity!)
By finding anyone who is willing to listen to my woes
Just dealing with it, you know?
with various distractions
Counting the minutes, hours.. whatever
Mostly just dealing with being patient the only way I know how
Trouble is, I think I’m turning into something unrecognisable, like this
What a dismal fate for a doggonely patient archie! :(
So, in order to save my sanity, I decided to go on a binge! By listening to David’s old songs with a vengence! For hours on end! Surprisingly, they still gave me a tremendous amount of satisfaction and re-affirmed my sense of well being. It was like spending a day with an old friend whom I have loved but with whom I had lost contact. Hm .. great stuff .. a new hobby! :)
At least, it has put a smile back on my face! :)
And who can forget this? :)
And of course this! :) :)
And this is my personal favourite!
(HUH! So who needs new music!! … I DON’T MEAN THAT!!! :P :P )
davidarchie posted on facebook and instagram about a great philosophy from The Hobbit – that it is only a great Power that can hold Evil in check, keeping Darkness at bay.
It was a timely post because we are nearing that time of the Lunar calendar to celebrate Chinese New Year!! :)
The ancient Chinese share a similar conviction – that there is a great power which can hold evil and darkness at bay. They believe that the power of Noise (Fireworks!) and Bustle (Parades and Crowds!) can drive away evil spirits so that the New Year can have a clean, fresh start.
May I also go one step further and say that the current “hour of silence” within our Archudom needs a little “rumpus” to keep everyone awake until the man himself brings forth that Album (which somehow turned into an EP – nevermind, us beggars cannot be choosers! ;) ) and also drive away all the “darker forces” which may be preventing David from completing that EP! (Joke! ;) )
So we are posting a vid of a CNY Parade well in advance of CNY (the noise comes at the end of the vid)
This is a beautifully-made vid made on the biggest and longest CNY Parades in San Francisco. But why post a vid of a CNY Parade in America instead of say … China? Well, I guess it’s simply for the reason that we are constantly straining our necks to look West into the direction where David Archuleta lives in order to check out whether he is SERIOUSLY working on that album/EP he promised!!! :x :x
Parades remind me of the time when David was standing on a float raising money for the Children’s Medical Centre in Dallas in 2010. Such a long time ago … But the good and eternals are ever-lasting .. yeah, like Fireworks and New Year Parades … and David Archuleta. :)
W I S H I N G A L L A R C H I E S
A H A P P Y A N D P R O S P E R O U S
C H I N E S E N E W Y E A R !!!
2 0 1 6 YEAR OF THE MONKEY
(We have not quite figured out why the Monkey is wearing a Santa hat
Well, why not? We believe in the integration of cultures :) )
PS Let’s hope this Monkey from the Monkey year will create alot of Noise and Buzz in the coming Archu-year!! :D
We all know how we hold in high regard MasterclassLady’s valued opinions and analysises on music and entertainment. She has put up a post on David’s The Prayer. It’s worth a read. :)
MasterClass Monday: David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco Perform A Singularly Magnificent Version Of The Prayer
First of all, you rarely, if ever, hear two impeccable MALE vocalists perform this number. It was written for a female/male combo and, up until this point, I have enjoyed this gender collaboration very much.
However, the pairing of David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco is nothing short of inspired. Although both possess uniquely distinct voices and come from different stylistic approaches to their music, what binds these two singers is their commitment to really excellent, technically secure and musically cohesive singing.
Secondly, the arrangement showcases the depth, breadth and beauty of their voices while staying true to who they are as artists. Both have incredible ranges and, through this arrangement, we not only have the opportunity to see and hear every gorgeous aspect of their voices, but also see two distinctly different artists performing together while remaining true to their artistic vision. This is very hard to achieve but achieve it they did!
Thirdly, the fact that they are physically distant from one another in this video was a superb idea. If they were standing together, this would have impeded their physical and vocal freedom and, as listeners, we would have become more aware of the difference in their performing styles. Also, the distance between each singer added a dramatic effect to the entire song. What a great call!
This performance is truly a brilliant masterpiece. I guarantee you will be playing this song for years to come.
The Prayer can be purchased on iTUNES. ”
My aunt related to me a story about what people in her little old home town used to do when they needed to reserve seats way in advance for the shows they wanted to watch.
They would hop into the theatre early and tie a handkerchief onto the arms or backs of the chairs they were reserving.
Not quite like this but you get the picture ;)
When they arrived for the show, the kerchiefs were still intact, and they happily took their reserved seats to enjoy the evening.
I was just wondering if that practice would work within the Archies’ circles, considering their existing goodwill and warmth with each other. ;) (totally said in jest, not in sarcasm .. ok, maybe said with a little envy since most of us are living halfway round the globe and are not able to attend David’s concerts in March :( )
Or would it be a mad clamour for tickets and reservations now that we hear news about the great responses to the concerts.
First there was this Sold-Out news from Sevier Valley Centre –
Wednesday March 23, 2016
Then another Sold-Out Show on March 26 with a “Second Show Added on March 25 By Overwhelming Demand”!
And it’s only January!!
Will there be the initiation of NUMB at last?
Will there be 1-2 more new songs?
Or perhaps some new covers? (David is a genius with covers, or haven’t you noticed? :) )
What I am certain is the collective power of heart-to-heart soul beating to rhythm on those nights will undoubtedly be shattering!
Tell me I’m talented, if you like
And tell me I’m cute, if you must
But please tell me I’m sensitive
These thoughts have often recurred in my mind many times throughout my life. And I make reference to David with these thoughts knowing they ring utter truth and relevance.
There has been too much criticism about people being “sensitive”. My opinion is it is society that has become somewhat dysfunctional and emotionally retarded to understand and appreciate the beauty of sensitivities to enable the world to keep alive our human-ness and humaneness.
I have been watching this vid many times and observing David’s facial expressions while he sang. And I detect a multitude of sensitivities through his eyes … through the raising of his eyebrows … through the looks he gave to his enraptured audience: empathy … thankfulness … heart-to-heart connection … sharing of the moment … kindness … compassion for the world … understanding and concern … do I need to name more?
David has made Sensitivity into a way of living his life – he is responsive to all the dimensions of his body, mind and soul. There is no escaping his shining light which is so blinding. I believe sensitive people are more loving, genuine and honest than those who are not, or who do not allow themselves to be so.
I think the vid was taken on the day when David fell ill – but still carried on with the scheduled concert. His sensitivities of sharing and giving compassion have brought out the best in the people who have come out to watch him by helping him along to sing and cheering him on, even though they did not know most of the lyrics. I have never read any negative comments or complaints about the day when “David could not sing”. Everyone expressed only thoughts of empathy and understanding.
The most profound beauty of the Archies’ connection with David, other than his Voice, is the fact that it has made more people realise that it’s not just about the Music.
It has very much to do with the fact that we need more sensitive people like David in this world.
And may I add: “more sensitive men” too?? ;) ;)
It’s that time of the year again when we reflect and resolve. … improve and make promises .. to others and to ourselves.
This incredible force unites the whole world and is renewed every year as the clock strikes 12 to usher in another wave of Hope .. Optimism .. and thoughts like “Let’s Try Again!”
Unity is often brought about by great music or great voices. And I invariably think of David Archuleta.
In my opinion, David had, through the years, overthought. He had been over-cautious, over-anxious as an artiste, and had made his life’s major decisions based on sheer systemmatic processes.
He had observed and subordinated rather than break free with his musical spirit.
Within my colossal ignorance, let me be bold and say that I believe David requires a Leap Of Faith in the new year. Without that faith, creativity is almost impossible.
Let me say this to dear David, beloved to us all:
- Every year it’s inevitable that we change at least a little. From the experiences we have been through. From the wisdom we have accumulated. So, David, celebrate that difference. Celebrate that new soul which has emerged. Let it flow into your music. Celebrate that talent which you have and no one of us has.
- ‘The Prayer’ and “Everybody Hurts” are good indications of what you can do to a song. Let your heart flow. Allow yourself to be pulled by what you love, not what you think is expected of you.
- Believe in yourself. Take that Leap of Faith.
(Whether David gets to read that message or not, I know we Archie’s are here in the new year to cheer him on! Hip Hip !! … :). )
I have been waiting for years for David to sing his version of Auld Lang Syne. Sissel has made it into a thing of beauty with her faultless voice. Asking for David’s rendition is of course asking for trouble. He will tug at our heart-strings and stir up our tear ducts. But all for a good cause – Hope … Optimism … and “Hey, let’s Try Again!!
WISHING EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY 2016 !!
Update: David tweets!
Anyone else worn out? Haha. Have you made your New Years resolutions? If not, do it! #HappyNewYear! #2016
That’s the way, David! Be free-spirited!
Love the pic! :)