Happiness is contagious!
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“I am a huge fan of David Archuleta – It was his voice that brought me here, but who he is as a person made me stay” ~ Hanne Ankersen
How can you miss someone you’ve never even met? How can a distance of over 6,678.37 miles be bridged with a simple tweet? How can someone you’ve never spoken with know exactly what you’re feeling at a given moment? David Magic – that stuff of starlight and pixie dust that turns the ordinary into the extraordinary – the kind of magic that turns strangers into friends.
I’d never met Hanne in person – our friendship began like so many others, with a mutual love for an artist and his music – a connection that defied the barriers of language and distance and geography – a shared instinct that we had found something amazing and wonderful and special. In David and his music we found a common ground that became the foundation for an unlikely friendship – me posting pics of sunny days at the beach and Hanne posting pics of what seemed like a perpetual snowy winter in Denmark – if not for David, our paths would not have crossed.
It’s these surprise intersections in life that make the journey exciting – a shared adventure with people who, on the surface, appear so different from yourself, but who end up being more like you than you could have ever imagined. We weave memories out of shared moments and these memories help to sustain and comfort us in sad times.
My favorite memory involves colorful socks….
We were having a twitter convo on the topic of gifts for David. Specifically, why we felt such a strong urge to bring along a little gift for David whenever we went to a concert or event. We weren’t sure if this was a universal feeling that all fans shared with their artist of choice, or if it was unique to David’s fans. We noticed that not only did fans want to bring a little something for David, we also went out of our way to help other fans get their cards, letters and gifts to David too! We’ve developed a mail & package delivery system that rivals the US Postal Service and operates with the speed and efficiency of FedEx. We all understand the feeling of wanting to share something of ourselves with him.
We talked about gifts that we’d given David and Hanne mentioned that she had knit David a pair of socks. I was dumbfounded – I mean who knits socks? To me, socks were something that came from WalMart in packs of 10 – I thought to myself that maybe she had meant a Christmas stocking, but no, she had actually knit David a pair of socks! Then she said that David had liked the socks so much that he asked her to knit him some to use as gifts! She was so thrilled, and I was thrilled for her too! When she tweeted a pic of the socks, I was even more amazed – these were not just socks, these were SOCKS! Like knock-your-socks-off socks! I have relatively few occasions to wear socks, but I would definitely wear a pair of these lovingly hand-knit socks – colorful socks that are a reflection of our fandom – all different, all beautiful, created one stitch at a time and knit tightly together forever….perfect for our walks down memory lane.
Hanne, we love and miss you ~ you are in our hearts always.
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The Hanne Gallery
We have been so blessed that Hanne shared her photo edits and collages with us here at FOD. We’ll always remember Hanne for her amazing talent in creating beautiful photo edits from fan pictures of David – here are a few for you to enjoy!
Floating Our Love to Hanne
Louise Perry (aka Nanaweize) shared this wonderful idea on our FOD Facebook page, and Joanie thought of the beautiful saying:
Floating Love from all over the world to Hanne
Let’s fill the sky with balloons for Hanne – you can even write a note and attach it to your balloon or use a sharpie to write a message on your balloon! There is no specific time, just release your balloon(s) on Friday, May 31st, at whatever time is convenient for you. Get together with your ArchuBuddies and make an event of it!
Papa FOD Richard suggested taking a video of your balloon(s) being released and then combining all the vids into one video – great idea! I’m sure one of our many talented ArchuVid creators could set it to some David music for a very special tribute.
Something Special for Hanne
FOD is in touch with Hanne’s family to coordinate a group rememberance in honor of Hanne. Participation is completely voluntary - this is to support those fans that wanted to let Hanne’s family know how much she was loved here! Stay tuned for more details!
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Trending Party Tonight!
Please join in if you can to help get a WWTT for David!
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Are You Ready for Myrtle Beach?
It’s getting closer now, closer now… just one more day until we all gather together for our special VIP Myrtle Beach virtual concert! Tickets are going fast so get yours today! Remember that balmy day when David, fresh from a nice long vocal rest, brought the ArchuBand to the beach and filled the night sky with his amazing voice! We were given the gifts of Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Gotta Get Through This and Blackbird – truly a night to remember – and we all owe Trish some batteries for her camera!
Bringing these over from Joanie’s post yesterday:
Other voting! Musiqtone & Chart Central
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Beth Norton shares this video she made as a tribute to David: