David Archuleta ~ Thursday Update: Nashville Tribute Band Event Tix Available Now! Jeff LeBlanc in SoCal, Chewbacca Mom’s Story, Steven Robinson Featured – Wise Words Wednesday: #garbanzobeans #notchickpeas Hummus! Words of Wisdom, Chewbacca Mask Continued…, New Chapman Vids, KMB’s Audio Playlist, Fun Fan Finds


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Thursday Update 05/26/15

Nashville Tribute Band – Tix Available

Free tix are available for reservation now!  Sign up for a maximum of 6 tickets per person to be picked up at Will Call 90 minutes prior to the show!  David is one of the featured artists, and Marie Osmond will also be there.  Plan your trip to Idaho now!

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Bluedots (Marcella) did a great lyric video to the song David sings on The Redeemer album:

When The Son of Man (Comes Again) – (credit: bluedots)

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Jeff LeBlance In SoCal!

SoCal Archies grab your buddies and head for one or both of these concerts with Jeff LeBlanc!  Get your tix today!

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Waiting on the World to Change (credit: Jeff LeBlanc)

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Steven Robinson – ArchuBand!

Who remembers the season of the ArchuBand? That awesome group that toured with David on the epic MKOC Tour! Steven Robinson was the drummer extraordinaire who taught David some tricks with the sticks for his awesome performance of Little Drummer Boy!

Steven was recently featured in an article where he mentions touring with David! He’s now on tour with Selena Gomez on her world wide Revival tour! The Selena tour might be bigger, but if you watch the vid below, there will never be a tour that is more FUN than the MKOC Tour with David Archuleta!

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Little Drummer Boy – SLC (credit: 8throwcenter)

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That’s a wrap for the Thursday update post. Hope everyone who wants to attend gets tix for the Nashville Tribute Band Redeemer show!  Jeff LeBlanc puts on a great show – so if you’re in SoCal, try to go see him!

Have a great rest of the week!


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Homemade Hummus! 

Hummus with Za'atar

David rocked it old school and used a fork to make homemade hummus! Love the hashtags, though I must admit I was a bit confused, because I thought garbanzo beans and chickpeas are the same thing!  Let’s hit up Google and check it out!

Difference Between Garbanzo Beans and Chickpeas

Garbanzo beans and chickpeas are the same plant, or specifically, the same legume. Like many plants, garbanzo beans and chickpeas are just one of the various names and layman’s terms of the Cicer arietinum. Cicer arietinum belongs to the plant kingdom, Magnoliophyta division, Magnoliopsida class, Fabales order, Fabaceae family and subfamily Faboideae. The plant’s genus is Cicer.

The common names for this species are ceci bean, India pea, Bengal gram, or Egyptian pea. The garbanzo bean or chickpea is one of the world’s earliest crops. It was cultivated from the ancient times by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.

The etymology of “chickpea” comes from the Latin word “cicer.” “Cicer” evolved into the Anglo-French “chiche” to the English “chich.” From “chich” it evolved into “chich pea” to its modern form “chickpea.”

“Garbanzo,” on the other hand, is Spanish in origin and was first used in 1759. The term is derived form the Old Spanish “garroba” or “algarroba” and of Old Spanish “arvanço.”

Though referring to the same species, “chickpea” is often the common name used for English-speaking people while “garbanzo” is used by Spanish-speaking people. In a nation with both languages present, the names might be used interchangeably.

Two types of garbanzo beans or chickpeas are known, the Kabuli and the Desi. The Kabuli means from Kabul. It has a light color with large seeds as well as a smooth coat. It also has a uniform size and a round shape. This type is often cultivated in Northern Africa, Europe, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Chile.

The second type, the Desi (means local or native) is almost the opposite of the Kabuli. It is small, dark with a rough coat. It is cultivated in India, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Iran. Unlike the other type of chickpea or garbanzo bean, the desi has a thicker seed coat which contains a higher concentration of nutrients, specifically antioxidants like quercetin, kaempferol and myricetin. The desi is also richer in fiber and belongs to the group of foods which has a low glycemic index.

As a versatile legume, it is a staple ingredient in many Middle Eastern and Indian dishes. It is also an excellent source of zinc, folate, protein, and dietary fiber. It also has a good measure of minerals like phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. The plant also contributes additional health benefits. It can improve the diet and satiety. Its consumption can lead to less intake of processed foods and food in general which decreases a person’s calorie intake. It is a good source of carbohydrates for diabetes and can contribute to better control of blood sugar.

Chickpeas also give some unique antioxidants and are also good for the colon. They also improve blood/fat regulation, lower the levels of LDL cholesterol which can decrease an individual’s chances of cardiovascular disease. Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are mainly produced by India, Pakistan, Turkey, Australia, Iran, Myanmar, Canada, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Iraq.

Both types are available to use in either canned or dried form. The dried form needs soaking in water for a night before using in cooking while the canned version can be used immediately. Aside from preparations, another difference between the two is that the dried beans have hulls that need to be removed before using while the canned beans have their hulls removed in the factory.


1.Garbanzo beans and chickpeas are the same thing. They are both common names for a plant specie named Cicer arietinum. Because they are the same plant and entity, they share the same scientific classification, uses, types, and other identifying characteristics.

2.The term “garbanzo bean” is used as a common name by Spanish-speaking or Latin people. Meanwhile, the term “chickpea” is used by English-speaking people.
3.Both “chickpea” and “garbanzo” have different etymologies. “Chickpea” is a term that descended from the English language while the term “garbanzo” came from the Spanish language.

Well, there you go – probably more information than you ever wanted to know about this legume that is the basis for hummus!  I saw many responses to David where fans said they had never tried hummus before, so here’s an easy recipe to try!

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Now it’s time for a hummus party! Looks like the celebration is happening at Eileen’s (@taterzen’s) house!  We may use potatoes lol! #BYOF – bring your own fork!

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Words of Wisdom 

David had been tweeting and posting on Instagram a LOT lately!  It’s been fun to experience David & Kari’s adventures through their photos & videos – almost like being there!  David’s recent tweets were thought provoking – maybe even a bit confusing for some fans – what did you think? Did you reply?

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Chewbacca Mask Continued…..

David tweeted about the viral video Candace Payne posted when she joyfully demonstrated her Chewbacca Mask purchase – and we all got a great laugh from watching it! Well Candace’s adventure continued with a trip with James Corden in her hilarious version of Carpool Karaoke!

Chewbacca Mom Takes James Corden to Work (credit: The Late Late Show with James Corden)

Chewbacca Mom Gets a Surprise… (credit:The Late Late Show with James Corden)

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Chapman Baccalaureate Vids 

Some new vids have surfaced! These are awesome!

He Lives In You (credit: Kristen Baldoz)

My Little Prayer (credit: Kristen Baldoz)

Be Still My Soul (credit: Kristen Baldoz)

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KMB Shares Her Audio Playlist 

KMB who shared her wonderfully detailed experience at the Cincinnati TOFW event  hearing David sing live for the first time, also shared her audio playlist!  The vocals are amazing!

Cincinnati TOFW 2016 (My Live Audio) – (credit: Kirsten Barraclough)

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Fun Fan Finds

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Who’s hungry for hummus? I love when David shares pics from his everyday life – especially when it’s a food tweet!  Concert tickets are selling fast!  Next up is Rexburg – there are still a few tickets left, so grab ‘em while you can!

What a lot of fans were thinking when they saw David’s hummus post:

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David Archuleta ~ Mini Monday Post: Holiday Joy – David & Nathan Christmas Show Season Tix On Sale Today! #simplejoysoflife, Chapman Pics from Lily, Cincinnati TOFW Recap, Goodies from Abrra’s Candy Jar, Jerry’s Painting


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Holiday Joy ~ Season Tix On Sale Today!

There’s nothing better than celebrating the holiday season with joyous music from David! This time he’ll be joined by Nathan Pacheco as part of the BYU Arts Bravo! 2016-17 Season. Tickets for Returning Season Ticket holders went on sale May 11th, and sales for new Season Tickets go on sale TODAY!

You must select tickets to 6 different events, so this option is best if you live in close proximity to Utah. Tickets to individual shows will go on sale approximately four to six weeks prior to the show, so check back in late September for more info!

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The video has gone viral and David found himself laughing so hard that it took three cry-laughing emojis to express himself!  I admit that I was also laughing hysterically as I watched the sheer joy that the simple things in life can bring!

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Candace is so in love with her mask that she doesn’t want to share it with her kids – so Kohl’s came to the rescue with two more Wookie masks so everyone has their own! They also showered the kids with a bunch of Star Wars toys and games – talk about excellent customer service!  In case you were looking for one, Kohl’s has officially sold out of the Wookie masks…. maybe check on ebay lol! :-D

- Masks for all!  Credit Candace's FB

– Masks for all! Credit Candace’s FB

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Sunday Tweets From David

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Patty-Ann shared her thoughts on what these quotes mean:

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Chapman Pics From Lily

Lily shared a few more pics from the Chapman Baccalaureate on her FB:

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Cincinnati TOFW Recap 

Kirsten shared her amazing experience at the Cincinnati TOFW event! The wonderful details of her first time seeing David perform live make you feel like you are right there too! Thanks so much for sharing!

~ By Kirsten (kmb in comments)

Well, hello FOD!!! Gosh, where do I start? I had the great blessing of being able to attend TOFW Cincinnati on April 22nd and 23rd. As you all know, David performed 7 songs on Friday evening, with plenty of talking between songs. However, there were also a couple David mentions on Saturday! I’ll write about stuff chronologically. I’ve never written a David recap before, so who knows how long it will be. ;)

First of all, this was my FIRST opportunity to see David perform live!!! To give you an idea of how excited I was, I registered for the event and made other arrangements way back in February. Other years, my mom has asked me whether I wanted to go to TOFW and I’ve basically said, “Not really – it’s not worth all the hassle.” But, this year I actually asked her if she was willing to attend with me. David is a POWERFUL source of motivation, that’s for sure. And there was still a certain amount of hassle, but it was COMPLETELY WORTH IT to get to see and hear David sing live! The other presenters were good too, but I’m not going to mention them very much since this is an ODD fan recap.

Both Friday and Saturday, I sat 5 rows back from the stage on the far right side. On either side of the stage were two big screens as another way to watch what was happening onstage. I was elated to be so close to the stage, but the screen made it even easier to see David’s mannerisms and expressions.

Glorious & Presenter Introductions

“Glorious” was the perfect way to open the evening since its message is that we all matter and we all have valuable contributions to make. I didn’t make any notes about the song specifically, but I do remember David’s wave as he came onstage. I even attempted to wave back, although I’m sure David didn’t see it. I remember thinking how amazing it was that David was standing in front of me and that I was here listening to him IN PERSON. Glorious was surreal for me because of those thoughts After “Glorious,” David introduced himself rather nonchalantly, “I’m David…Archuleta.” (Yes, there was a brief pause between “David” and “Archuleta” which was completely endearing). I love David for wanting to be such a normal person. His theme was the “small and simple things” that have helped him through his life. When Fiona Givens introduced herself right after him, the first thing she said was, “All right, okay, everybody eat your hearts out,” and also, referring to David, she said, “I’m on stage with a man, could be my son. Lovely, isn’t he?” (Listening back to my audio, I realized that when Fiona asked that, I said “Yeah” out loud – how ODD of me!) To this David responded, “Isn’t she lovely?” How adorable is that? And then, when S. Michael Wilcox introduced himself, he said how wonderful it was to be in Kentucky or Ohio and then asked how many people were from both of those states. He said if Fiona feels old enough to be David’s mother, he’s old enough to be David’s grandfather. Then, he was going on with his intro when suddenly we hear David say, in his quiet way, “Don’t forget Indiana. You forgot to ask how many are from Indiana.” S. Michael Wilcox then joked, “See, I could be his great-grandfather now, he’s prompting me.” The rest of S. Michael Wilcox’s intro is actually quite profound if you’re interested in listening to it. But it’s just like our David not to want to forget anyone or leave anyone out. I loved all those little moments in the intros.


After Fiona’s talk, David came back out and sang Angel, Beautiful, and BOTW. Angel was so serene. In particular, David paused during the word “weightless” and then paused after “maybe.” It’s almost like he was doing his best to show us the feeling of weightlessness through sound. And the pause after “maybe” was one of expectation, making “you’ll find some peace tonight” the resolution. When he sings “release,” it sounds like he’s actually quietly releasing something. It’s hard to explain, but David is somehow able to draw us a picture with his voice. Okay, I’ll stop analyzing word by word and just say that I felt and understood every word of Angel. And I knew that David was feeling every word of Angel. The other thing I’ll never forget is the look on his face when he finished singing and waited for the track to finish out. It was a look of contemplation and a look of peace and, I would add, a look of love. And he had his eyes closed too. That look told me all I needed to know (though I knew it already) of David’s deep compassion for others, especially those who are having hard times, which encompasses all of us. Seeing that expression on David’s face left quite an impression on me and captured the essence of the song for me. And then he talked about his Grandpa Archuleta crying when he heard David singing Angel at age 9. David said he doesn’t feel like he’s creating a moment when he sings but rather that he’s “following something I’m being shown, or following a feeling that I get.” With time and with performing more, David realized that people could feel the same thing that he was feeling. He went on to talk about how music can make you feel whatever emotions are in the songs. He figured out at a young age that he wanted people to feel uplifted with his music, so he chooses songs that bring peace and a good feeling. And he mentioned the Pixar movie Inside Out, saying that “sometimes you need those moments of sadness to feel a greater amount of joy,” so it’s okay to listen to some sad songs, but you take it too far if you always listen to sad songs. Feeling sadness allows us to appreciate the joy that comes afterward and savor the sweetness when the sweet times come.


Introducing this song, David shared essentially the message that is in the video on the TOFW YouTube Channel. But what was hilarious this time was that he started with, “I was thinking about a lot of you women” and then paused, so people started laughing/cheering, such that David said, “Well, let me finish,” which produced more laughter from the audience. My favorite line in the introduction is, “It doesn’t matter where we’ve been in life, but rather where we’re going right now, the choices we’re making.” He reminded us to not be afraid of the light that is within us. The one word that I wrote down about Beautiful was “power.” From the word “doom” onward the vocals had POWER. The word “gone” even had an Archu-growl. I enjoyed this live version more than the version on BEGIN. I’m so impressed with how David got up to the notes on “the sun will always, always shine.” If Angel was all about offering us comfort, Beautiful was all about empowering us to go do something. At least for me, Angel was calming and Beautiful was motivating. As I’m listening back to Beautiful in the midst of writing this recap, I’m thinking, “Because I’m beautiful in many different ways, I can and should improve and seek to fulfill my potential more.” It goes without saying that I like David’s version way more than Christina’s haha.

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Before BOTW, David talked about making his decision to go on a full-time LDS mission and about the inner voice that he has learned to follow in his life. By this inner voice David auditioned for AI and has decided to use music to help others in positive ways. By this inner voice, David knew that God knew who he was even when he felt like he was a nobody in junior high sitting alone during lunchtime. He spoke about how the same voice guided him to go on a mission but that it took faith to leave on his mission without knowing what he would come back to career-wise. BEGIN. was David’s way of trying to explain to the fans why he was choosing to go on a mission. He dedicated BOTW to everyone who has had a friend to help them get by or who has been that friend to others. BOTW started softly and just built and built. The shifts in dynamics were so amazing and fitting. The crescendos were just right. The power behind this arrangement is very noticeable live when the music just washes over you. The other special thing to me about this performance was to hear the ROAR rising during the last “ease your mind.” THE GLORY NOTES ON THIS SONG ARE TO DIE FOR!!!!! It was super special as an ODD fan to hear the roar start building and then to contribute to it. One of those moments that gave me chills. After we finished roaring for him, which lasted a while, one of the people helping with the event came to the microphone and started with, “Wow, what a wonderful evening we are having together,” and you could hear the awe and amazement in her voice. At that point, I thought for some reason that BOTW would be David’s last song. I’m glad to have been wrong, but BOTW would have been a fitting final song. It was a show-stopper!!!

Long Intro to Pride

Before David came back out, they played a little trailer for CTS. David asked us if we were having a good night so far and we all cheered and then he said slowly and shyly, “Well, I hope you enjoyed that video…[he laughs] of me, um.” He started talking about his mission (where “you find so much joy in such simple things”) and, in true rambling David fashion, then he went into how he felt after the AI experience and it’s all wonderful stuff, and about 7 minutes later he said, “That’s right, I was talking to y’all about my mission.” The intro to Pride is extensive and full of wisdom, but David’s sense of humor shines through. He was talking about reaching the pinnacle at 17 and he thought, “Ok, cool, but now what?” and someone yelled out, “You get to be here!” He laughed in response and said, “Yeah, I do get to be here, you’re right.” Right after that exchange he said, “Sorry, I get distracted really easily. I lose my train of thought.” He said fame is like an adrenaline rush, comparing it to a roller coaster and then to a sugar high. After the sugar high comes the “sugar crash” and, David quipped, “that’s why the roller coaster analogy doesn’t work very well.” He had the audience in the palm of his hand despite, or maybe because of, his rambling. We were hanging on his every word (at least I was). David said he found just as much joy sweating or freezing on the streets of Chile and getting to sing for 2 or 3 people as he did singing for thousands or millions. He didn’t need “more” like everybody was telling him he did, because the way you “get enough” is by doing the small and simple things, especially for other people. Pride reminds David of the power of one. He quoted Lord of the Rings, where Galadriel tells Frodo that “even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” You can choose to do good things or bad things, but either way, the power of one person is very strong.


Confession time: Pride is my least favorite song on BEGIN. It just never “spoke to me” in the way that the other ones did. Well, I’m here to tell you, this song MUST be experienced live to be fully appreciated. Hearing David’s explanation about the power of one finally allowed me to “get” this song. Afterward, I thought, “Now I know why David put Pride on BEGIN.” Incidentally, I listened to the recording again when I got home and it still didn’t move me very much. But, live, it is SO AMAZING, starting from David’s invitation for us to clap along. There was so much energy in the room. The one word I would describe this performance with is “fun.” David had fun and the audience had fun. On each chorus, he hunkered down and then stomped across the stage. He also used a lot of gestures on this song. He was moving and really getting into it. Pride was the song that surprised me the most from David’s set. I LOVED IT!!! The last line, “in the name of love,” characterizes David’s approach to life. He loves everyone—God, family, friends, fans, and strangers—and treats them accordingly. He seems to live each moment in a spirit of love. (Am I getting a little philosophical or what?)

True Colors

I actually remember very little about TC (maybe because I was still trying to process the awesomeness of Pride). I need to give a shout-out here to Donna for her TC video, without which this section would be MUCH shorter. I hope it’s okay to use other peoples’ videos to assist me in writing my own recap haha. Is that cheating? In his intro to TC, David said that since problems aren’t going to go away, if we wait to be free of challenges to be happy, we won’t ever be happy. He quoted Lord of the Rings again, where Gandalf tells Frodo, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” He spoke about how to gain joy and said, “We need to learn and acquire attributes that develop happiness, like hope, patience, and unconditional love.” He emphasized that this includes patience, hope, and love for oneself. He told us to not be afraid of our weaknesses or our strengths but to let our true colors show. The intro to TC was profound and the performance was lovely. Several people did sway along with the music. When David sang the opening line, he did it in such a way that it felt like he was talking to each person individually. I felt like he was singing for me even though I was in a room full of people. It’s incredible how David can perform for so many and yet affect us all one by one. Oh and when he sang “smile now” you could tell by his voice that he was actually smiling. David’s TC has a “friend next door” quality to it, especially live, that I absolutely love. On Donna’s video, I noticed that he pointed to himself on “you call me up” – if only I had his number! ;) This performance is SO SOULFUL! I think Cyndi Lauper would be proud. The “hey” was a nice surprise and I love all the little changes he does. With David, as we all know, no 2 performances are ever exactly the same. It’s one of the reasons I’m still here, 8 years and counting.

Be Still My Soul

After TC, S. Michael Wilcox gave his talk and afterward David came back out to close the evening with BSMS. I had been furiously taking notes all night and I was tired, so after writing a few things from David’s intro, I decided to put my pencil down and just focus on the big screen. And my phone had run out of space in the middle of Pride, so I couldn’t think about recording. I just sat back and soaked in BSMS. I’m so glad I did. David said that this song is for the times when you feel overwhelmed, alone, have too much on your plate, or feel like you’re not enough. I think David genuinely wants everyone to be happy, and it shows in his demeanor, tone of voice, spoken words, and singing. This performance is his BEST rendition of BSMS to date, in my humble opinion. I may be biased because it’s the one I’ve experienced in person, but nonetheless, it is so incredibly special to me. Two things in particular stood out to me. The look on his face during the instrumental interlude before the 3rd verse was similar to the one after Angel but even more contemplative and peaceful, as if David was simply absorbing the emotion of the words and music and was lost in it. I know in his head he was probably counting to come in at the right time, but all that showed on his face was serenity. The big screen magnified that look in such a way that I’ll always remember it. I wondered if he was blinking back tears. The other thing I’ll never forget is how he raised his arms in a gesture of triumph on the final “be still my soul,” along with a big crescendo. On “restored” David bent his knees slightly and gently grabbed the mic stand before the crescendo. So not only did David show us the triumph with his voice, but he showed us the triumph with his body also. I was hanging on to every note of BSMS (well, every note of everything, but ESPECIALLY of BSMS). I am forever grateful to Nancy for capturing this performance so that I can relive it and so that each David fan can hear it. It is sublime. I think the whole audience was stunned in the best way after BSMS. I was so full of gratitude for what David had given us. The applause after BSMS seemed less loud than after BOTW, but it was no less sincere. During BSMS, I felt more like I was having a moment with God than with David. It’s very difficult to explain how I felt. The lady who gave the closing prayer right afterward was in tears. What a night!

Other David Tidbits

It was never announced that David was going to be signing stuff after the event and my mom and I didn’t even notice anything happening when we left the Convention Center. To be honest, I was quite tired and my main concern when the program ended was, “I’ve got to get through this crowd of people without running anyone over.” (I use a power wheelchair and big crowds are difficult to navigate through). It wasn’t until the next morning that a friend asked me, “Did you get his [David’s] autograph?” I said, “Wait, I could have?” Had I known about the signing, I would have fought my way through the crowd for even a glimpse of David. As it is, though, I don’t mind that I didn’t go to the signing. Hearing David speak and sing live was more than enough. I was on the best kind of overload that night – an overload of happiness. The signing would have been great icing, but the cake itself was mighty delicious! ☺

The first speaker on Saturday was Mary Ellen Edmunds, a bubbly and hilarious 76-year-old woman (I can only hope I’m even a bit like her when I’m that age – she is amazing). At one point in her talk, she was going to quote some song lyrics and joked that she had thought about singing them but not after Gentri [the musical guest on Saturday] and David. A nugget from Mary Ellen Edmunds is that somewhere in Africa where she’s been (pardon the generalization; I can’t remember where), the expected response when someone asks you how you are is, “I am well if you are well.” Wouldn’t the world be such a happier place if everyone took that to heart?

Gentri (a contraction of “gentlemen trio”) is a group of three tenors who came together as a group in June 2014 after they had all starred in a stage production of Les Mis. They sang with some backup tracks but also had their pianist/arranger with them. After lunch, they played a game with the audience where they had one audience member pick a musical or movie score and another one pick a pop song (as it happened, three people came up so it was one score and two pop songs) and then made the pianist do a mashup on the spot. The score chosen was Les Mis and the first pop song was…drumroll…”Crush” by David Archuleta. (The other pop song was a Justin Beiber song lol). Hearing “Do You Hear the People Sing” and “Crush” put together was AMAZING. When “Crush” was mentioned, Gentri said how amazing David was last night and everyone cheered in agreement. One of the guys said that he has a bit of a man-crush on David!

There were several members from my particular church congregation at this TOFW. We didn’t all travel together or sit together but it was so fun to realize that so many of us were there and to recognize some familiar faces. One sister took several pictures of us and then put them into a Flipgram and shared it on Facebook. The song she chose for background music was “Beautiful” by David Archuleta.

One of my friends who came to this TOFW plays the violin and is familiar with the more technical aspects of music. She decided to buy BEGIN. after hearing David live because he was “musically on point.” She said she understood every word and he finished all his words. When I pressed her for any other comments, she said that David “has great control over his dynamics” and that “the richness of his voice covers all registers and dynamics he sings in.” Another reason she bought BEGIN. is because she liked the lyrics. (She bought one of Gentri’s albums too because they were also musically on point). I knew David had great technique in his singing, but it was simply wonderful to have my friend confirm it with accurate terminology. So, yes, David sings flawlessly from a technical standpoint as well as singing straight from the heart!!! ☺

Final Thoughts

The main difference I noticed between seeing David in person as opposed to watching videos from live events is that when you’re actually there, the sound, both spoken and sung, simply washes over you. You’ve got the big speakers and it’s happening in the same room, so you can’t help but pay attention. Not to mention that David always speaks and sings with such clarity. At TOFW Cincinnati, the audience was mostly quiet during the songs, which further allowed me to focus on what I was hearing from David. The sensation of having the sound fully encompass and wash over me is something I’ll never forget. Still, I’m grateful for the videos so I can relive things to an extent.

I’m sorry, Andrew Lloyd Webber, but I don’t mind one bit when David closes his eyes during a performance. When David closes his eyes, you can tell he’s lost in the song in a good way. It’s simply part of the way he sings.

David is shy but not shy at the same time. There are moments when you can tell he’s not comfortable with being the center of attention. HOWEVER, when he does speak, he says important things. There is no “fluff” with David, even when he rambles. He chooses his words with care and everything has meaning behind it. I believe his mission truly helped him become even better at talking between songs. My phone ran out of space in the middle of Pride precisely because I tried to get ALL of David’s talking haha. David thinks before he speaks, and when he speaks, he speaks with complete conviction. That impresses me and I want to emulate that in my own life.

Seeing and hearing David in person was AMAZING!!!!! It was “Everything and More.” I STILL haven’t come down yet. Writing this recap has been a fantastic way to keep it fresh (and I’m working on a blog post about it too, but it won’t be as ODD ☺). For those who haven’t seen David live yet, if a feasible opportunity arises, TAKE IT!!! You won’t regret it. (And if you never get that chance, the videos really are the next best thing. It’s so wonderful how this fandom shares so much with one another).

If I have more opportunities to see David live, that will be wonderful, but if this is my one and only time, I will definitely take it. I didn’t know if it would ever happen for me but it did. It was a night that filled me to overflowing. Beautiful music and beautiful words from a beautiful soul. David is a gift to the world but, perhaps even more importantly, to each one of us individually, including me. I am more grateful to him than I can possibly express in words. Being a fan of David Archuleta is, without a doubt, a “Good Place,” so I’ll finish up my TOFW Cincinnati Recap with these words:

These are words I wanna say
Every hour of every day
These are words that say how good it feels
To be here with you today

The “you” I’m thinking of right now is specifically FOD. I know this recap is super long, but there was SO MUCH that I wanted to share with you all. Thanks for reading! ☺

Good Place/Let It Be – Anaheim 2011 MKOC Tour (credit: np1107)

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Goodies From Abrra’s Candy Jar


A huge thank you to Abrra for her wonderful candy jar treats! This time it’s mp3s and mp4s of the Chapman Baccalaureate event.  

Abrra’s Mediafire:  CLICK HERE

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I Drew A Little Picture….

Or in this case, painted a lovely picture is just what Jerry (@jwipe) did! His painting of the Japanese Gardens in Portland, Oregon was inspired by a photograph taken by Jen Barry.  

- painted by Jerry

– painted by Jerry

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- credit Deseret News

– credit Deseret News

This looks like it will be a quiet week – but I’ll be bringing you all the David news that pops up! Hope you all have a wonderful week and if you find some David news to share, please let us know!

I’m still giggling at that Chewbacca mask vid posted by Candace and enjoyed by several thousand people! Laughter is contagious – catch it and pass it on!

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