Happy September~ Time To Begin Again!
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Wednesday Updates September 2, 2015
More Amazingness Found From Down Under!!
Thank you Shanelle @ShadowBenny for the finds! Credit: (TOFW) Bruce and Patsy Brereton
And~ a “Blue Hoodie” collage created by Shanelle!!
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Twist Mentions David’s Quote~
A Late night Reflection (quote) re: giving of your time/self to someone in need~
Taking time to help someone in need~ like taking time to create a video singing a hymn and sending it to a fan and her family~ a beautiful example.
Trent Dabbs is right on in his response to David’s quote. “rarity” is a wonderful thing..and a personal thank you for David being David <3 (click Trent’s name to read more about Trent from a post earlier by Kalei)~ David was at the Ten Out Of Tenn concert, created by Trent Dabbs in Nashville with buddy David Cook earlier this year)
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Thoughts, Prayers, and Condolences Extended to Virginia Banker’s (@bankergin1) Family~
Our deepest condolences go out today to the family and friends of one of our own, Virginia Banker, a Golden Archie who we’ve been holding up in prayer recently. Kari also shared recently that she had been placed in hospice care. DavidFT received word from her daughter that Virginia passed away earlier this morning. We are so very sorry to hear of her passing. She will be so greatly missed! Please lift her family in your prayers during this most difficult time. This is the note and information she shared~
From Margaret Torres-Furno To all. I am sorry to say that my mom Virginia has passed away this morning. She was a wonderful and caring person and we will miss her. I would like to thank David Archuleta for sending mom a personal video and singing one of his hymns. David you are truly a wonderful person and your music kept mom in a peaceful place.
God Bless David for his kindness and thoughtfulness to a dear fan. I’m sure his “reaching out” meant the world to her and her family. What an incredibly special act of caring and kindness. ♥ ♥ ♥ In remembering Virginia today, I can’t think of a more lovely song to share than David singing Be Still My Soul~
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It’s September- Let The Shows BEGIN!!
It’s September!! Time for MORE CONCERTS TO BEGIN!!!
ARE YOU R E A D Y ????? WE ARE SOOOOO READY!!!
Gwen is reminding us today that it’s only 16 more days to wait!!!
And More Anticipation/ Excitement From Wishal Shown in Her Collage
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David’s Coming to Idaho Falls ~”Expect a Heartfelt Performance!”
From pop to classic rock, Getaways Resort Management has the latest update on the best music performances in Eastern Idaho this fall.
ISLAND PARK, Idaho (PRWEB) August 31, 2015
While fall is considered one of the best times to enjoy the natural beauty this corner of Idaho has to offer, there are still plenty of events to enjoy back in town.
For visitors to Timbers at Island Park Village, Getaways Resort Management has the scoop on upcoming concerts at nearby venues. Hiking, fishing and hunting are exciting activities, but Getaways Resort Management says nothing brings on a second wind like an evening of live music.
**David Archuleta: Not yet 25 years old, this American Idol star already has six albums under his belt. David Archuleta has been singing on television since he was 12 years old, first on Star Search and then on a variety of talk shows and other competitions. And it’s no wonder: his mother is a salsa singer and his father is a jazz musician. According to Getaways Resort Management, this talented vocalist is also a philanthropist, donating his time and money to a variety of causes. Attendees at this show, which will be held in nearby Idaho Falls on Sept. 17 and 18, can expect a heartfelt performance from this genuine young man.**
Now THAT’S a nice bit of concert promo for Idaho Falls… “Expect a heartfelt performance” … They’ve sure got THAT right! :) For the complete article, click on “Source” above! Don’t have your tickets but are in the area or considering to make it to Idaho Falls for David’s September return to the concert stage?? Click below to head over to get your tickets now!
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Tickets on Sale For Midland Texas in November!
Thank you, DavidFT, For posting this “Midland” reminder as well on fb!! Click below!
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Writing the Music that “feels right” ~ Muses on Songwriting with DA connections
This past few days has been slowwww for news, so today as we gear up for the new shows, and excitement of hearing a little of what David’s been working on, I’ll share some thoughts about the writing process from David in the past as well as a couple songwriters with DA connections. First, from the man himself, David shared a thought earlier this year about writing his new music.
David’s quote from Blog #1 of 2015 included a thought about his current and continuing songwriting process:
“I have still been writing and working, and in the next few months will continue doing that, as I am really excited to find the right story to tell this time in music. “
Finding the right story to tell and the “emotions expressed” in a song is a highly personal decision and journey each songwriter must take whether writing alone or collaborating with another artist. David, in Chords of Strength though much younger, shared great wisdom and personal goals regarding the writing process:
“One of my goals is to continue learning as much as I possibly can about songwriting. Though it’s one of the scariest things for me, it’s necessary for my shaping as an artist. Not to mention that without songwriters there would be no songs to sing! As a performer of songs, I feel I should understand the process from the beginning — to participate in the process. Songwriting is the new dimension for me, the next level.
I’ve been able to feel good about songs I’ve been a part of writing in the past, whether on my own or ones I’ve been able to write with other great songwriters, but I just feel I have so much farther to go. I can really appreciate the idea that being able to create something is incredibly satisfying. You can look at it and say, Wow, this is something I helped create. It came to life. It’s from my soul.” …”What mark do I want to leave? What is my message? What do I stand for? what is my sound? These are huge questions, and the answers will color and shape my future as a singer, writer, and interpreter. [~ David Archuleta -Chords of Strength p. 231]
David has worked with a great number of artists in his past endeavors, and over the past year, he’s been working with many additional artists, i.e. Stephanie Mabey, Naima Adedapo, Casey Abrams, Isabeau Miller, Drew Castle, Joe Cruz, The Nashville Tribute Band, and Jeffrey Trott just to name a few.
It’s wonderful that he’s been able to take the time so vitally needed to explore different music styles and a variety of artists as he continues to learn more about himself and the “story he’s chosen to tell” with his new music.
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Shelley Peikin~Serial SongWriter Confessions of a serial songwriter
Shelly, who collaborated with David on Elevator and Who I am, has a book coming out soon ! “Confessions of a Serial Songwriter” will hopefully hit the shelves this Fall. You can read about it on her BLOG and also read more about Shelly on her AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE! Below, she muses about her songwriting experiences and where inspiration can come from.
We posted Shelley’s words on working with David (and his talent) earlier this year when she mentioned him on FB. Wonder if they’ve had any new collaborative sessions and if we might hear something new from them in the future? *hope so!*
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Five For Fighting on Songwriting
*Ed note* I recently saw John Ondrasik (Five For Fighting) perform at a Concert On The Lake held at my neighbors last month for charity. He performed an acoustic set…just John, his guitar(s), a keyboard, and his voice. It was A W E S O M E!!! Ironically, one of my favorite Five For Fighting songs that he didn’t perform, was none other than “The Riddle” which David so perfectly covered on his CFTH tour in 2009! (Thus the DA connection.) Maybe that’s a good thing though as David’s rendition will forever have a special place in my heart.* ;) We were treated when David posted a pic of himself with John following an outdoor concert last year in Utah. Awwww the two had finally met.
Somehow, I’m thinking David or someone else possibly shared with John that he had covered “The Riddle” because not long after, John tweeted the following~
Anyway, excuse me for getting sidetracked. During the concert on the beach, John shared some great stories about songwriting over the years…the ups, the downs, the unexpected successes, and the many lessons learned. I wish I’d been able to record all of what he said because he really did share a lot of great wisdom.
One of the things he said was that when it comes to songwriting, “for every one good song you write, you leave at least 100 on the floor.” Wow! He also shared a great story about one of his songs that became a big hit. He said it was originally written for a big blockbuster movie but instead he chose to have the song used in a small budget film because it felt “right” to him. Not sure which “big” film didn’t get the song, but it all worked out ok as the song was “Chances” and the “little” film that ended up getting it was The Blind Side.
Although I wasn’t able to record the things John talked about re: his experiences songwriting, I found a video of his where he discusses some of the things he shared. Good stuff!
Where Songs Come From: John Ondrasik at TedxMidwest
If you ever have the chance to go to a Five For Fighting concert, doooo it! Great music, and a truly great artist.
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An Additional Related Article on Writing Songs~
In the following article, Cliff Goldmacher describes the 4 different ways songs can come together in the creative process. Click the pic below if you’d like to head over to read it on BMI. It would be fun to hear from David in the future which of the four approaches described seems to work best for him.
Four dos and Don’ts when writing songs:
Closing out the post for now with a couple of great Fan Finds/Creations!
And an uber cool vlog-collage by @Magdelenaa123
That’s all for now from “moi”. I’ll be around to update over the next few days and Kalei will return on Friday!! It’s getting closer and closer to concert time and I’m so very happy for all the fans who will be able to see David as he takes the stage beginning his Fall concert series in Idaho Falls! Thanks so much from us here on the site and from DavidFT on facebook for being here with us! And again, please keep Virginia’s family in your thoughts and prayers.