The Closeness of Loved Ones
The Comforts of Home
The best way to celebrate love at Christmas 😀
We’ve come to the end of David Archuleta’s Christmas Season with Nathan Pacheco. It had been Divine! Emotional on many levels.
The very beautiful Sacramento Crest Theatre – the last venue
This is the deal. The Encore to remember all encores. A very happy and appreciative audience. I must be a fervent Archie – why did I have goosebumps and nearly burst out in tears listening to this? 😥
It’s like how the quote goes:
“It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas!”
Especially when there is David Archuleta’s Christmas music and David Archuleta’s Christmas concerts! 😀
It would not be an exaggeration to say that David’s Christmas shows with Nathan Pacheco turned out to be a tremendous success. Judging by this tweet, David too was “SO HAPPY” and Nathan gave him “Such A Big Hug that David nearly fell over”! (Edit: Trying to imagine Big Nathan bear-hugging and over-powering our Little David haha!! 😀 )
“DAVID ARCHULETA MADE PEOPLE HAPPY JUST BY ASSOCIATION!”
(Looove the tweet! So much truth in the observation!)
Much has been written about the Christmas Season through the decades and centuries. But Christmas is not just about the season. Or about parties and gifts. It is the feeling. The feeling from the spirit. The feeling from the heart. The feeling of connection with the true meaning of goodwill and love. The feeling of our hearts’ connection with Music.
Christmas is the season when David Archuleta shines. It is the season when more people open their hearts to take in his music.
“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” – Janice Maeditere. David understood this. Did he not name his album CHRISTMAS FROM THE HEART ♥ ? 😀
He opens his heart on so many levels:
“Christmas celebrates the awesome and amazing fact that God is grander, wiser and more mysterious than we could have ever imagined.”
David has sung this Bach/Gounod version of Ave Maria many times. It is even more believable now. Such a beauty – in both skill and emotion! ♥
“I heard the bells on Christmas Day, their old, familiar carols play, and wild and
sweet the words repeat of peace on earth, goodwill to men!”
[Henry Wadsworth Longfellow]
Little Drummer Boy at VIP Boise. Really enjoyed this uptempo version!
SMOOTH (like Butter!!) – The Christmas Song
Not forgetting the release of NUMB (which continues to gather viewers) and My Little Prayer (which has reached no.2 on Billboard’s Christian music, if I got it right). Everything adds on to the Wonderful-ness of David’s Christmas Season! 😀 YAY!!
And then there are the different levels of D-fan adoration and excitement –
I find JakeUpdegraff (@OnAirJake) (a diehard Archie) really amusing 😀
“Here’s a thread of how I just met my #1 celeb crush. My everything. The best.The nicest. The David Archuleta” “on route to king@davidarchie’s concert and I need distraction to contain my excitement ..”
And after the Christmas concert:
“And then he hugged me goodbye and exchanged merry christmases and I went on my way. MY HEART IS SHAKING AT THIS POINT. WHAT IS MY LIFE???”
And David himself too will never be the same again from now onwards. Besides the usual diehard Archies (who,we suspect, will hang around for another thousand years heh heh! moi aussi!) he seems to have collected a different kind of fans from the look of some pics taken before VIP Costa Mesa, California – another packed sold-out show. I believe he is on the way to being recognised as a musician who deserves to be celebrated. 2017 should augur well! 😀
A Happy and Fulfilled Christmas, David Archuleta!
And all the Archies too!
Its been awhile since I listened to David’s music. Out of the blue just the other day, I was listening to Josh Groban’s “When you say you love me” and I remembered that David did a cover of this song during the American Idol tour back in 2008.
I did a quick search on youtube and I found this video of David’s “When you say you love me” during the tour’s opening night at Glendale, Arizona.
The memories came flooding back and I recalled the amazement I felt when I first listened to David’s version of this song. It’s just as glorious as it was back then. The maturity in his performance shone through loud and clear. The glory notes were strong and sustained and David truly made this song his own just like he does on so many other covers.
Then I remembered another cover that he did back in the days and this was a Spanish song called “Contigo En La Distancia” during an award show for Latin entertainers:
There he was singing with just a guitarist for accompaniment and he nailed that song with consummate ease that left the audience in awe.This was a David Archuleta at his vocal best and his stage presence was something to see as he prowled the stage while belting out the song with such power.
He had total technical grasp over his material and yet there was something magical added to the mix. An artistic flair that not many vocalist possess. Either you have it or you don’t. Another virtuoso performance during his American Idol days was this little beauty:
I miss this David.His subsequent teenybopper-ish music didn’t quite match up to this potential. I am waiting for the day that this David Arculeta reappears on the music scene.
That little talk with God in his dream has sent David’s name buzzing again. And that God-inspired song has continued to soar sky-high.
♥GOD LOVES DAVID!♥
♥AND SO DO WEEEEEE!!♥
David has led his life and pursued his career HIS WAY despite the various bumps he had had to encounter. As a fan, I can only hope that his career will continue to ascend and rise high.
In this respect, I have noticed many comments which inspired and revived many of my thought processes which have been long left at the back of my mind after David’s self-imposed silence from the music world.
“After AMERICAN IDOL and “Crush” in 2008, Archuleta actually became a rather big star in Asia and in other locations overseas. But in America, he was wiped from the scene via an industry that wanted to clear the field of those in his demographic (to make way for Justin Bieber literally). For two years after “Crush,” radio stations were besieged with requests to play David’s next singles, but they were rountinely told that his label (at the time, Jive) was telling the stations NOT to play David’s next single (Ciara fans were told the same thing) and Jive was disbanded a year or two later… And why? Industry politics… After David returned from his mission in 2014, several labels had meetings with him, but they likely wanted him to turn into post-teen-boy sex puppy which, obviously, David wouldn’t want to waste his time on… But we have to understand that the handful of men who run the music industry aren’t there to present popular talent to the public, but more often to act as a firewall between the public and the artist they want to see and hear”.
“Wonder why some people get mad for a trending video. well, why is it trending if people dont like it or something? maybe they just dont see the real value and message of this video. Oh my, i’d rather listen to music like than some of those songs coming out today all bout the same old things: fame, sex, money”
“it’s nice to hear pure music about love and faith”.
“His popularity now is only about his music. And lately, his music is very uplifting, especially this one. I think that is a very good sign of how he is handling the job of a music artist. You guys don’t need to worry about any system controlling him. God has helped him avoid all that garbage that’s effected other artists lately”.
“answer my prayer david, run the music world again”
“This is probably the most sincere song I’ve ever heard. Thank you! 😂😂After you finished your mission, i can’t help but to like you more! 😍😍You’ve became a great man💪 David”.
“Keep up the good work with your music. I love how you keep your standards high each and every day and never giving in to the music standards of today. I love your voice and your music! Keep doing what you’re doing”
“Keep the good work David! I searched for you when I came across your old songs , and wondered if you had new music out. Much respect for continuous singing meaningful music throughout the years ❤ thank you for this beautiful song”
Thank you Shelley for amazing pic!
David is collecting Sold-Out Christmas Shows one after another! There were 3 more SOLD-OUT in Layton! Not only that ….
HE BLEW OUT THE POWER OF THE AFTERNOON SHOW !! 😀
(and he documented it)
Things do happen when David performs! LOL! 😛 😀
The article below is interesting. His home state of Utah doesn’t seem to have enough of him.
(We Archies don’t seem to get enough of him either! Touche!! 😯 )
(And we’re not just from Utah.
We’re from all over the world! 😀 )
“Just how popular is David Archuleta in Utah? So popular that venues don’t even require a “radius clause” in their contracts.
Six concerts, in a relatively limited radius. And Davis Arts Council executive director Kirt Bateman, whose organization is presenting the Layton concerts, doesn’t even care.
That’s how popular Archuleta is.
“When you book an artist — especially if he’s going to do three performances like this — there’s usually a radius clause in the contract,” Bateman explains. “Generally, a radius clause is 90 miles around our venue, to protect us from an artist booking another show close enough that it would affect our ticket sales.”
Although the radius clause is “super-standard in the industry,” according to Bateman, in Archuleta’s case it just doesn’t matter. Because, seemingly, Utah can’t get enough of their favorite American Idol.
“David set up these other shows with our blessing,” Bateman said. “And they’re all sold out.”
Archuleta still holds the record for fastest sellout of a Davis Arts Council show — 30 minutes.
“He’s a genuinely kind person,” Bateman said. “He’s humble, he’s kind, he’s generous. … There’s just an endearing quality about him, and it hasn’t lessened at all over the years.”
Bateman says, near as he can tell, older women want Archuleta to be their son, and younger women want him to be their husband.
And then, of course, there’s the talent. Archuleta’s instrument — his voice — is impressively well-developed, according to Bateman, with a stage presence that is incredibly warm and inviting to an audience.”
Trending on Youtube and Apple Music
Over 1 million views on Facebook overnight.
Charting on iTunes and Amazon
And David’s own story on how he wrote this very personal piece of music in the middle of the night:
“New song and video called My Little Prayer now up! Link in bio and song on iTunes! Something I try to do to each day is begin by saying a prayer in the morning, and then end my day with a prayer at night. Sometimes, however, I fall asleep before I say my nightly prayer. One time almost a year ago I had one of these nights where I fell asleep before saying a prayer. Something unusual happened. That night I had a dream. It was different than anything I had experiences before. In my dream I was praying-having a conversation with God. The conversation was also different. I was singing. I could hear simple chords in my dream that I was laying a simple melody and prayer on top of. As I was having this conversation in music with God, He told me to get up and write this down. I thought and said, “…but… I’m sleeping. I’m not sure I know how to get up from a dream!” He told me “if you don’t get up now, you’ll forget it in the morning.” I tried everything I could to wake up, and I did! There in the middle of the night I went straight to the piano with the words and melody I had spoken in my dream still clear in my head, and wrote it all down. It was the fastest I had ever written a song because I feel this one was given to me. I’ve sung this song several times this year now and people kept asking where to find it so I felt it would be good to share it during this Holiday season. I hope you enjoy it and find encouragement to begin your own simple and sincere conversations in prayer! #mylittleprayer #prayer #christmas #lighttheworld”
Both David’s story and his Little Prayer are intriguing. To describe the song as DIVINE is definitely no exaggeration! 😀
Let’s have the music video again ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Thank you FOD for all the lovely screencaps!
David tweets to express his thanks for the great response to his Little Prayer –
Feeling overwhelmed by all the love you’ve shown for#MyLittlePrayer !Thank you! be sure to share it with someone you feel could use it!
Thank you Pocoelsy for the beautiful montage