In the arms of the Angel….
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BEGIN. Available In Malaysia!
Today was a banner day for Malaysian fans because BEGIN. was officially released for purchase! Excited fans hit the retails stores anxious to get their hands on their very own “little green gem”! Visit the blog, It’s A Rush Life, below to see the retail stores where BEGIN. is available in Malaysia
And Malaysian fans wasted no time in getting a trending party going to make sure everyone knows that BEGIN is now available there!
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#DA2014FitClub Progress Report
Pattie shared the 4th quarter status report on the progress to date of the I’d Walk A Thousand Miles for David Archuleta campaign. Impressive stats! If you’d like to join the club and get some healthy exercise while helping to meet our goal, simply follow @DA2014FitClub on Twitter and tweet your number of miles that you walk, jog, run etc… and it will be added to the grand total! Less than 200 miles left to go!
I’d Walk a Thousand Miles for David ArchuletaWeek 4 Progress Report
The finish line is in sight! Twenty-seven people walked 229.97 miles this week for a total of 824.55 miles. Forty-five people have participated over the past 4 weeks. This is so much faster than we thought possible because we’ve had such great participation. We hope this has jump-started an exercise program that will continue for you. We have had people walking amounts from a half mile to many miles. There is still time to participate, so if you’d like to join in this week, please do so. Let’s make this week our best yet with even more people participating. Thanks so much for the great pictures that have been coming in. We still would love to have more pictures of “people” i.e. “you” walking or running!
BEGIN. “Keep on running” “…put one foot front of the other…” “Don’t give up”!
Running (credit LadyGamer723)
TOSOD NYE Las Vegas (credit JR4DA)
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Cleveland, Ohio 2008
Four years ago the AI7 Idols were on tour in Cleveland! Here’s a few vids that capture that fun time – I love when he’s talking to fans as he signs autographs by the buses! I miss the days when David was so accessible and he’d hang out, sign autographs and chat – with nothing more than a piece of yellow caution tape between him & the fans.
David with Fans in Cleveland (credit Danielle1165)
David Talking to Fans (credit kelybel0319)
David Talking to Fans 2 (credit kelybel0319)
WYSYLM Cleveland (credit DMeyer77773)
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Weighing in on New Idol Judges
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Gwen’s “Mr. D” Poem – Part 3
Mr. D is perched up in a tree,
Waiting and watching for the mailman you see
Wondering if “IT” will ever arrive,
That beautiful teal disk that will make us come alive.
BEGIN is here and we are in heaven,
have it on repeat twenty four seven.
Thank you David for this wonderful gift,
it means so very much to us, really gave us a lift.
Then Kari said ”What do you think, would today be a good day for a music video?”
We were all so excited but so worth the wait.
Everybody Hurts is such a touching story
And we get to see and hear David in all of his glory.
We are up to five months now, can you believe?
I know it’s something we didn’t think we’d achieve.
We have each other, what a great group of friends,
Give us a few words and just watch us trend.
In pictures that we’ve seen David looks so happy,
I am sure he wouldn’t want us to be sappy.
can hear those word in that beautiful song,
Telling us all to just HOLD ON.
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Do You Miss Nandito Ako?
That would be a big Y to the ES – YES!!! While we all wait patiently (maybe impatiently) for the Nandito Ako Dvd to be released for purchase, many fans get their daily “fix” by watching the vids with subtitles on DailyMotion – courtesy of our Pinoy fans! Thanks to JR4DA and all the others who helped with adding subtitles! When we finally do get the dvd, I can see Nandito Ako marathon parties all around the world!
Josh, Anya, Holly, Chit, Billy, Volta and the rest of the cast – WE MISS YOU!
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VOTE – VOTE – VOTE!
Three places to vote to support David’s music! Go-Getters we have this voting thing down to a science! Click on the graphics below to go vote!
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Catching Up On FOD
Jason is working his way through the 2012 FOD posts starting back from the beginning of the year! What a great way to catch up on all things David!
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And Then I Became A Fan
– Ronald B Ruiz
I am a music lover. In fact, for me, without music, life could be so boring. I believe music is one of the greatest creations of God. Why? I found the three aspects of life – faith, hope and love in music. Through music we could express our praise and our faith to Him. Through music, God uses the singers to bring hope to those who almost give up in their life. And through music, we can feel the love and comfort of God. Then I have to say music must be for God and it shouldn’t be distorted. That’s the reason I choose singers whom I admire carefully. Singers that have a great personality and never use music to do things that are not pleasing to God. And this is the root of why I became a fan of David.
At first I didn’t know anything about David or his songs. Only I knew was he is a singer. I learned about him from my sister who is a fan of him since American idol. I just ignore it because I’m not a big fan of international singers. Most (not all) of the foreign singers today always connect lust in their music that’s why I just focus in patronizing Filipino singers although I have favorsite foreign songs. So back to David, even my sister is a fan; it didn’t catch my interest to know him more. I never get a chance to listen carefully to any of his songs. And the worst is I bullied my sister for being so fanatic to him. So that happened for four years since he became famous in AI.
That magical moment
I always believe for a turning point moment. Sometimes, things you always ignore before became your interest to be treasured of. Last May 2012, I got a chance to watch MYX daily top 10. Part of the top 10 is the “Forevermore” rendition of David Archuleta”. Forevermore is one of my favorite love songs so it got my attention. That was the first time I listen carefully to the whole song of David and to my surprise he nailed that song more than anyone else who sang it. I was amazed with his wonderful voice that really soothes your heart and soul. It’s the first time that I heard a singer connecting to the heart of the listener without watching him live! His powerful vocals are given but what I really admire to his singing is the life he gave in every songs. Many singers can sing, but I could count those singers who could give life to what they sing. And that’s the start of my interest to this wonderful singer. I said to myself, there is something good behind this person why he sings like that. I’m sure this person has amazing character. Because that’s what I believe in every singers that their personalities reflect on how they deliver the song to their listeners. In fact he had quoted this in COS- “The bottom line is that while you’re performing it’s hard to hide who you really are. It’s all about the interpretation of the song, not just the song itself.” Page 198
Hei! I’m now a huge fan!
It’s my tradition that before I admire a singer, I always check first his/her personality. Why? First, I don’t want to be influenced by a singer who will lead you to the dark path. I tell you, a lot of foreign singers are like that so be careful on choosing your idols. Second, I don’t want to waste my money for a singer who is not worth spending because of his/her personality. So after that magical moment of hearing Forevermore by David, I’ve done research about David’s life, career and personalities for me to prove my instinct on the character of this person. I read a lot of articles, interviews, biographies and even comments about him. I watched some of his performances. I was wowed because I never read or heard any negative things about his personalities. And then I learned the counting david’s character site. This site really overwhelmed me about his personality. I never knew an artist with this so genuine character. I am right to my instinct. That time, I said to myself that from now on I am a certified archie. It’s funny that I am surprised that he is already in his mission when I became fan but I’m really proud to his decision. Choosing to serve God first is not that easy for being a successful singer like him. I really admire him on that decision. Another thing I admire on him is he rather sticks to his principle and purpose in doing music than compromising and following the flow of worldly music. He could be so famous if he follows the steps of those top rating singers but he always believe on his real purpose why he is doing this. And that’s what you called a great singer! Then I buy his book, Chords of Strength, to know him further. That book really changed my life. I can’t measure the impact of David’s life to mine. He’s so awesome. I had read someone’s’ life but only his turned me to cry. I cried not just because of his inspiring life but most of all because his life convicted me. I couldn’t imagine this person is almost perfectly nice having that amazing character that mine is so far behind his. Being inspire with his life, I decided to go back to church again. For, me David’s life should be an inspiration to all so that this world could be a good place to live.
Currently and I believe it’ll be forever, David is my most favorite singer of all. He might not have those 20 millions of followers in twitter, multiplatinum awards on albums, no. 1 spot on billboards and most viewed in youtube but I know he has the most important thing that many artists miss nowadays. And that’s tha anointing of God! That’s a big reason to become a big fan to him! I might be too late for being a fan but I assure to all I’m the one of those last people who will stand for him.
I want to leave one of amazing quotes of David in COS that really made me cries.
“As I said, I strongly believe that fame brings with it the opportunity to help others people. You can use your name for the purpose of doing good, as opposed to just being tabloid material all the time. You can actually make difference. I feel that all celebrities should take this responsibility seriously and take advantage of their position to spread positive messages. I hold this as a top priority as I move further along in my career; whatever “status” I have will be as much for others as it is form myself, BECAUSE FAME IS NOTHING WITHOUT GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS” –David Archuleta ~ Chords of Strength page 236 (emphasis added)
To all his fans, I would like to encourage you not just to follow his music, but also to follow his character! I would like to have some archu-friends! Please follow me on twitter @iamnadruiz, add me on fb facebook.com/ronald.b.ruiz
God bless ~ Nad
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700+ Photos – Oh My!
Peacesignpam hit the mother lode! She found over 700 of her photos that have not previously seen the light of day. Her caveat was that they are not ALL David pics – but hey, we’ll take whatever we can get! Check out a few she shared so far – click to bigger!