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Wednesday Update August 12, 2015
~Shanny’s Terrific Day at “Time Out For Women” Australia! … Especially for the fans~
ed note: I approached Shanny the other night with an invitation to possibly collect all of her thoughts together in one “writing” about her TOFW experience and seeing David “live” for her very first time. I told her if she agreed that it could be own her own time table (no deadline pressure) as her home life is very busy and she needs to catch up on sleep! She told me she’d be happy to oblige! I was both surprised and delighted this morning to hear from her and to find her story recap in our box!
Shanny, you are amazing and we are all so incredibly grateful to you for bringing us along on this very special journey! Your videos, pictures, tweets, and now your beautifully written recap have brought us right “down under” with you to share in your experience! I’m so looking forward to meeting you one day!! Much love and thanks from all of us! ~joanie ~ p.s.~ your grandmother rocks!
**I’ll begin her story here, then continue below at the bottom of the post**
In years past, upon arrival at TOFW, my first mission has always been to get to the sales tables before the merchandise runs out but this time I had no concern with such trivial matters, I had one mission and that mission was to get as close to the front of the stage as possible. With this in mind, I dropped my grandmother off at the door with instructions to hold a place for us in line while I went and found a carpark.
When I joined her, the auditorium doors hadn’t opened yet but I was disappointed by how far back we were in the line and I found out that we would be entering from up the back at the top of the bleachers – meaning the furtherest point from those blessed front seats. I had seen some people entering the building from a lower floor so I decided to leave my nana in line there while I went and investigated down below. People were already entering the hall there and there wasn’t a queue at all. I didn’t have my ticket on me – my nana had it with my bags – but it was pretty informal so I just quickly slipped through and headed right over to the front middle section. There was lots of reserved seating right there in the prime position but just as I came up, some ladies in the second row stood up and decided to sit up in the bleachers area, enabling me to jump into their spot. My poor grandmother soon found me, huffing and puffing carrying both our bags.
While we waited I got all my recording devices ready and at hand. One was for photos and tweeting, one was for video recording and one was for back up. I sent a tweet of the stage and messaged my family members that knew we were here and they were sending me excited texts in response, wishing me a ton of fun and so forth. Reflecting back, I had anticipated being ultra nervous but I was just too busy to have time to feel nervous. *** CONTINUE BELOW IN THE POST***
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Shanny’s TOFW Videos in a Playlist
Definitely worth a reposting are Shanny’s videos of David performing and speaking at Time Out For Women in Sydney, Australia August 2015. I’ve put them in a neat little playlist for you to continue to enjoy as David makes his way to New Zealand later this week. As I told Shanny, her videos are like sweet manna for the fans. Thank you, again, Shanny! * * * * * *
DA Candy “Down Under” From Abrra!
Abrra at The Voice has all of the Sydney TOFW MP4s and MP3s from Shanny’s videos ready for you in her special candy jar! Click above to save these special treats! Thank you, again, Abrra and Shanny! * * * * * *
Onward to Auckland
But While in Australia
And one of the firesides he’s expected to attend will be in Melbourne! I hope he’ll have a little time to sightsee there! CLICK TO LEARN MORE about Melbourne! Still hoping to see David in a picture with one of these darling fellas, too!! * * * * * *
Lisa King’s Blog: TOFW
Yesterday, I took some time to read Lisa J King’s blog about her experience as a presenter and time spent with David Archuleta for TOFW in Sydney. She’s an absolutely lovely woman who’s been through great loss and heartache over the past few years losing both a 10 year old son and her husband within months of each other. Her attitude is beautiful and her spirit, humble and bright. Lisa has great admiration for David, too, as she shares some endearing moments and observations from the day. Click the pic above to read her blog in its entirely, and be sure to watch her (background) video and the video of David’s message to her sons. Here are just a few highlights BUT BE SURE TO CLICK ABOVE TO READ THE ENTIRE BLOG!: * * * * * *
True Colors MGR vid by Pocoelsy (Live Track credit Shanny)
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Upcoming David Archuleta Shows!
Tickets available and on sale now to see David in Idaho Falls, Midland, Texas, and Arizona (2016) Click the links below!
Idaho Falls September 17th and 18th
Midland, Texas November 12th
Queens Creek Arizona March 26, 2016
An Awesomesauce Australia (and Mexico) Collage by Shanelle
A Mexico “Muy Bueno” Screencap by Patty-Ann!
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SHANNY’S TERRIFIC DAY *CONTINUED*
Soon the countdown on the screen begun, an introductory video began to play on the screen – and as in previous years, I was expecting the Emcee to come out first and welcome everyone and then introduce the presenters. But not this year! As the short video concluded, it was announced over the speaker ‘Introducing David Archuleta!’, people began to clap and cheer and suddenly there was the man himself, walking on stage with a microphone stand in his hands! He instantly began to sing Glorious and I just had the feeling like this was all the most natural thing in the world. Like I had seen him and heard him do this very thing a million times before. Lol.
I was trying to position the camera somewhat discreetly but there was no such thing unless we were going to just see his head and shoulders. After Glorious concluded, he invited the other presenters up on stage and then shared a little of how he was asked to record that song while he was still on his mission in Chile. Then he handed the microphone to the other presenters and stepped back in line with the others.
After introductions were over, everyone left the stage and it was announced that David would be doing an autograph session during the first break. I had considered bringing some David paraphernalia with me for him to sign but had opted against it since we had only brought carry-on luggage on the airplane. Due to trying to get a seat, I also hadn’t purchased any merchandise yet. I wasn’t worried though, I quickly formulated a plan to execute during the break.
One of the presenters spoke first. After her spot David came back out and spoke about what true beauty means to him and followed that up with singing Beautiful. I was so excited about that song choice and so glad, knowing that the audience would love it. And of course….he killed it, adding all his signature licks and runs….showing this audience of whom most probably weren’t all that aware – exactly what kind of a treat they were in for! He got a great response with people whooping it up and cheering and clapping. At the conclusion he walked off stage and a clip from his missionary DVD ‘Called to Serve’ was played on the screen. I was so glad about that because it gave the audience an opportunity to get to know more about what a special person David is and that he is more than just a stellar voice. I knew that in doing so, they would come to love him all the more.
David then came back out on stage and spent some time speaking about his experiences with American Idol and his decision to go on a mission and the things that have helped to bring happiness into his life. I love how he speaks so carefully, with so much intention, not rushing onto the next point until he has expressed the first thought clearly.
Next up, was Bridge over Troubled Water and he slayed it, and the audience. This was where some stood up to give him a standing ovation. Personally, I was overcome with exhilaration and adrenaline and excitement that squashed any remaining nerves about meeting him.
As soon as that was over, it was time to execute my plan. I had drunk too much water and had to take a small detour lol, so I sent my dear grandmother yet again, to the merchandise tables with instructions to buy a copy of whatever they were selling of David’s. I met up with her while she was waiting in line to pay – she had the Begin CD and the Called To Serve DVD. I left her in line, went over to where David was sitting at the autograph table, snapped a pic of him to tweet and then went to the back of the line. His line was easily the longest of anyone who was doing autographs. In fact they’ve never done autographs before and I believe that idea came about simply to control the anticipated rush for David. Click below to continue~
Part of my plan was to try and get close to the back of the line because I knew that David was very likely to stay to sign them all and I wanted to try and have a chance to speak with him at least a little bit. If I was up the front there would have been more pressure to push through more quickly. As soon as I was in line – about 5 people from the back – it was announced that the line would close when the intermission period was up but that David would sign for anyone who was in line at that point.
The line moved quickly ….and suddenly – after all these years!!! – I finally had my chance to speak to Mr David Archuleta in the living flesh! Of course I was struck by the flawlessness of his skin (“dang-that skin” anybody? Lol) He was very gracious and I think when he realized I was a genuine fan, he asked me what my name was and added that to his autograph. Along with his signature he also wrote ‘God Bless’ on one of them and ‘CTR’ (Choose The Right) and “John 17:3″ on the other one.
It was then that I asked if I could get a picture for the fans and he instantly snapped his head up to pose for the picture. A lady beside the table asked if she could take the pic, so I handed her the camera. Afterwards, my nana stuck her hand out to shake his hand, which he did then he offered his hand to me to shake. I realized as I walked away that I had accidentally walked away with the gift bag I had given him and so I took it around to Gina and gave it to her.
Afterwards, we hung around a little bit in the back ground. I was a little bit torn, I didn’t want to make David feel uncomfortable, like a stalker fan but over the last year I’ve being trying to push my comfort levels and not let timidness or shyness or an over consciousness of ‘good manners’ stop me from experiencing new opportunities, like I feel I have done too much in my past. If some opportunity came up with David, I didn’t want to miss out on it because I had let fear of something get to me. So I used the time to text the picture of David to my family members – they all responded excitedly – and also tweet the picture. He ended up talking to a few people at the table for a while but we were too far away at that point to join in discreetly and so we decided to wander back to our seats where the presenters were doing their things. As we did so, I met an old friend just standing there, so whilst my nana took a bathroom break, I caught up with my friend and she freely gushed about how big of a David fan she was and we talked about her daughter who is on a Spanish speaking mission in Texas. As we were talking David came walking past with a handler beside him and progressed out the back.
During the lunch break the presenters stayed and spoke to people down on the floor, I didn’t expect David to come out though because he had told me he wasn’t planning on coming out later. We used the time to recharge the phones and iPods.
After lunch, David was up second. He came straight out and begun singing Angel – probably my favorite from the album, so I was excited to hear him sing that. The problem by now though, was that I was too pumped up with adrenaline and excitement to truly settle in and enjoy the emotion and message of that song. I’m glad we have the vids of it though because looking back on it, it is so beautiful and emotive and I’m so grateful he chose that song to sing.
David then spoke about lessons he’s being learning along the way, lessons about happiness and forgiveness and leaning on God when we feel burdened. He followed that up with his last song for the day, ‘True Colours’. He sung it with swagger and some of the little nuances which catch your breath away and make each rendition unique.
As David left the stage, although he didn’t have to do any such thing, Brad Wilcox guided David back to the centre of the stage and with some short but what appears to me, to be sincere words full of much more than what was spoken in that short moment, he thanked David for being the special person he is. David seems to have quite the effect on everyone doesn’t he.
The presentations continued on, another refreshment break came and went and then during the last presenter’s talk, David and Gina slipped out and came and sat with the presenters about 10 seats away from where I was. Sandra Turley sung as a part of the closing programme, Prayer of the Children, and while she too has an exquisite voice and is as sweet and beautiful as anything, the Archie in me, kept feeling ‘Hey! This is DAVID’S song!’ Lol.
The programme concluded, people began to get up and my nana was pulling at my arm, saying ‘Come on, go talk to him before he leaves!’. But I didn’t want to rush up there and he didn’t leave and within a minute he was surrounded by people wanting to speak to him, get his autograph and take pictures. I couldn’t help but wonder if he had have come out in the breaks, maybe he could have prevented the semi-mobbing at the end as everyone rushed him at once. I enjoyed just hanging back, watching and filming a little of the David love. It was nearly my favorite part of the day. I never tire of watching David being showered with love.
As we all know, this sort of experience is not David’s favorite part of being so awesome and he would kind of take some steps towards the door, and then draw back again as no doubt his two conflicting desires – to run from the situation and to return the love by giving of his time and energy – fought within him. But he stayed right to the end giving of himself. It was during this time that my grandmother kept tugging on my arm and saying ‘Get in there and get a photo Shantelle’ but I felt no need and was just enjoying watching. Next minute, when there was a break in the crowd, SHE jumped in and asked for a picture lol, so David stood there while we positioned ourselves on either side. Unfortunately it didn’t come out so well as it was dark and slightly blurry but hey, I have pictures and videos and memories and that is more than enough. It was then that I quickly asked him if I could post the video’s on YouTube. He looked down and paused, he seemed like he had to really struggle to direct his thoughts to what I asked – he was clearly overwhelmed by the mob situation – but after a second or two, he looked up again and said ‘Yes, that should be alright, that should be alright’.
We stood to the side watching for a while longer and then went and sat down on some nearby chairs while I tweeted a picture of him signing something for a girl in a wheelchair (I don’t think you can see the wheelchair in the pic but he gave her special attention). Eventually everyone who specifically wanted to see David had had their opportunity and he walked back behind the curtain. My grandmother and I just sat there for a while soaking up the atmosphere of the event while a few stragglers hung around talking. That’s when the Emcee lady came up and talked to us for a while. She was lovely and friendly. I knew some of the TOFW people were coming to speak at our Stake Centre in Brisbane a few days later and I asked about the possibility of David coming too but she explained to me that he had been assigned already to speak in Melbourne/Adelaide.
And thus ended our Archu-TOFW experience.
I’m going to be completely honest here – and this may be a comfort to those who have never seen David live – but so often people say David sounds better in person than he does in the video’s. Well, I would have to disagree, to me he sounded EXACTLY the same as he does on the videos. That’s no slur on David’s phenomenal talent or my enjoyment of the experience however. There is still nothing like experiencing it all live or actually meeting him and feeling of his gentle spirit.
As David has being going about Australia doing these subsequent firesides and as he prepares to travel to Auckland to do the second TOFW, I guess I’m secretly grateful for a husband who keeps me grounded because if it wasn’t for him, I would probably be hoping planes to go re-live the experience live all over again! Such is the effect of this guy called David Archuleta who can take normal, reasonable people and make them do unreasonable things. Lol
Thanks to everyone for all the thanks I have received for what are really quite blurry, shaky videos with far too much of me in them! Live and learn there for sure! I think we can all agree, the thanks and praise belong to the man himself! That he is so willing to step out of his comfort zones, willing to be mobbed by people, to give public speeches, to share so much of himself despite being a private, simple person and to share so much love and goodness through his beautiful, beautiful voice! I feel nothing but gratitude.
….oh, ok, well maybe I also feel an intense desire to….DO IT ALL AGAIN!!!!
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Now that’s an awesome recap!!! Thanks again, so much, Shanny!!!! So excited for you that come this fall, you WILL be doing it all again when David takes to the stage…and this time, it will be on “this side of the pond!”
Have a great Wednesday evening and Thursday, everyone! Kalei will be back on Friday! Leaving you with one pic shared from David in Melbourne yesterday (courtesy of Benjamin Mitchell)