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My Kind of Christmas From the Heart… we are almost there!
Our setlist is nearing completion. Just a few more days of voting left! FOD had one of the most active evenings in awhile in hearing the suggestions for My Hands and O Holy Night. Lots of opinions and passion for these two songs. It was hard to narrow it down to these.
As far as I am concerned, ALL vids should qualify for this vote. When we finish the MKOCFTH concert, might I suggest a MyHandstour? Yup, we could fill and hour or two!
#1 Credit: AOL Sessions. This is when I fell in love with this song. Strongest song of AOL Sessions, imo. 330,000 views baby!
#2. Providence, RI. Credit: Djbell 13. David was so expressive, really used the stage that night!
#3: York, PA Credit: ktiitk York, PA. Listen to the first few notes. Perfection. Acoustic My Hands is always good!
#4: Altar Bar. Credit 8throwcentre. This one may set the acoustic standard. Where the heck did those runs come from in the a capella part? Anyone?
#5: Delta Fair, Memphis, TN. Credit: YouCanCallMeTina. Very intense. Very focused.
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O Holy Night
Are you sitting down? These are all amazing. Each one different. Each one stunning. Each one will move you. David was born to sing O Holy Night. Kudos to David and arranger Richard Parkinson.
#1 Waukegan. Credit. apmvp05. Really great introduction. Beautiful rendition.
#2: Club Nokia. Credit: mamezamd Interesting vantage point. Full orchestra. David’s voice soars here. Sound is different from this vantage point (a bit echo-y), but really suits this song. The last 30 seconds will mezmorize you. The most tender of tender endings.
#3: Kansas City Credit: Gengen. While the last vid was taken from above, this one was taken from below, and with the white light and CO2 suspended in the background, this is heavenly. Unrushed. The quality of this vid is outstanding.
#4: Salt Lake City, MKOC tour. Credit: Pattycake04. David has just complete announcing his mission, and then….he delivers this. How did he do it? How did he compose himself. The tenderness. The strength. Setting the standard here….
#5: Cleveland, Credit: ArchuletaAvenue. Amazingly strong vocals. This vid is stunning in both audio and visual; the lighting is showcased during this song. A great all round experience in watching this vid.
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A card for a special person ~ deadline looming!
Cameron Cobb created a Thank You card for Kari Sellards, to show appreciation for all of her efforts to communicate, support and inform all of us.
Click on the pic to the left to sign now….
it will be sent to her THIS FRIDAY.
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A Christmas tour slideshow
These are from the OS! They are outstanding. Thank you DavidArchuleta.com!
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On our lite-day, we are not posting too many pics, vids or gifs, but this one had a certain charm and sentiment to it, wanted to share… From Ohnopurple tumblr
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Ending with More from Motab
It’s Rebekah’s birthday this week! I remember because we celebrated it in Motab two years ago. I ran across a wonderful recount of her Motab experience that I’m reprinting today. Worth reading right to the end. Joyful joyful.
Reflections of Gratitude ~ Rebekah/ Northernangel1
*Unless stated, all photos from Rebekah, with the exception of the one below from Motabchoir~ click to make them larger*
My MoTab experience began back in October when we learned that David would be joining the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as the special guest for their annual Christmas concerts. When I noticed what dates the concerts would be held, I knew this was something I HAD to do. You see, due to untimely weather and family commitments, I totally missed the CFTH tour. I had never heard David sing Christmas songs live and all this was happening around my bday. After hoping and praying (admittedly) for tickets, I received the good news! I was elated!! So after a long 16 month dry spell of not going to a David show, I was headed to Utah!
What makes David’s concerts even more memorable is the connection we form with other fans. Those who feel as you do about his undeniable talent, sweet demeanor and giving spirit. It was wonderful spending time with all the other fans at luncheons, breakfast, cd signing and just hanging out before or after the shows. Thanks to all the awesome organizers of these gatherings. They were so much fun! I also want to thank those who made my bday so memorable (Pastel, Roxanne, Marcia, Vicki). Embarrassed as I was, it was fun sharing the special day with so many great people. I’ve never had happy birthday sung to me so many times in one day. haha
The CD signing was a fun time to gather with fans and wait to have our quick moment with the man himself. Even though I’ve met David a few times, I still get those butterflies right before. He was all smiles and handled the pressure of getting to everyone like a pro. Believe it or not David, you’re a very good multitasker. He was sharply dressed in a white t-shirt and black jacket, looking very much like a mature, almost 20 year old. It was fun to peak and watch David interact with his fans. He really is quite engaging. After being a dedicated fan for almost 3 years, I finally have a signed CD! A wonderful momento of an unforgettable weekend.
I had tickets for Saturday night and Sunday morning (thanks to the lovely Adrianne :)) performances. Up until that point, I hadn’t kept track of the previous shows. I wanted to be totally surprised and amazed at the same time. This was a difficult feat since the excitement around the shows was undeniable. Almost caving once (thanks Deb!), I decided that if I waited this long, what’s a couple more days.
The time finally came for the Saturday night performance! I could feel the excitement in the air as we lined up outside the Conference Center. I think we all knew we were about to witness something incredible. We finally started to file in and make our way to our seats. The moment I saw the glorious stage set up, it took my breath away! It was fun chatting with surrounding patrons. Most people knew of David from American Idol, but hadn’t kept track of him since. Boy, were they in for a surprise! I’m guessing after these MoTab shows, David gained a whole slew of new fans. Finally, it was time for the show to begin! When the orchestra and then choir took the stage, my tears started to flow. I was so happy to be there!
The moment David walked onto the stage, beaming with joy and eyes sparkling, I felt completely overjoyed! If you can imagine someone grinning from ear to ear with tears streaming down her face, that was me. I was just so darn proud of him! David’s voice filled the Conference Center with his beautifully pure tone and amazing vocal control. Oh how I missed his voice live! He looked very dapper in his fitted tux, green bowtie and vest. His hair was perfection. He looked at ease up on that stage with the amazing choir behind him and 21 thousand people in front of him, like that was where he should be. When David spoke between songs, his sweet personality really shined. Apparently there was a teleprompter, but David mostly spoke from his heart. You could tell he was extremely honored and happy to be there.
As you all know, David sang five songs, some with the choir and some on his own. Joy to the World was beautiful and exuberant, David’s voice shined above the choir’s. Next was The Cat and the Mouse Carol, a sweet lullaby. I had never heard of this song before, but it was the perfect choice for David to sing. His voice was so tender as he sweetly sang of the birth of Jesus. I’ve always wanted David to someday do an album of lullabies, this is a good example of why he should. Gesu bambino is a favorite, not as well known, Christmas song of mine. David’s key changes were incredible, as one note part way through sent chills up and down my spine. Los pastores a belen was an uplifting Spanish carol which David dedicated to his Latino heritage and all those who enjoy Latino music (raises hand!). He had so much fun with that song, as if he wanted to bust out into the bachata! lol The highlight of the show, in my opinion, was Silent Night. David glowed as his voice filled the space around us. With Sam and Richard’s (so proud of you!) beautiful arrangement, our hearts were taken to that perfect moment of Christ’s birth. It was overwhelmingly beautiful! At one point I said to the couple sitting next to me, this will be the most amazing Silent Night you will ever hear. They turned to me afterwards, with tears in their eyes, and said it was. I hope David saw the standing ovation his fans gave him after Silent Night on Saturday, that was our thank you to him. <3 The performance ended with a breathtaking Angels, from the Realms of Glory. Once again, David shined as he hit some notes that I didn’t even think were possible. It was glorious! After a long standing ovation, we all sat there for a moment taking it all in. The joy I felt in my heart that night will definitely be something I carry with me for a very long time.
Sunday’s performance started out cold and rainy, but that didn’t stop the warm smiles on everyone’s faces as we waited to go in. Thanks to the nice couple standing next to me who shared their umbrella, it was much appreciated! This was a different show, as it was a broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. We got to see rehearsals, including David in his white shirt and tie, before the actual show. It was very well done! The only difficult part was not being able to clap after the songs, so the broadcast could run smoothly. Talk about challenge! It was nice to finally show our appreciation after the broadcast. Afterwards, the songs not included in the half hour broadcast were performed. We were informed that they needed to get a clean take of David’s Silent Night for the CD/DVD. Once again, no clapping until the conductor signals it’s ok. Just when I thought he couldn’t possibly top himself, David sang with such emotion, I felt it to the core. This time, David got a full, well deserved standing ovation. We were so grateful and proud of him! At the end of Sunday’s performance, they brought the special guests, conductor, and all those responsible for the fabulous production on stage for congratulations. David spoke heartfelt words of gratitude for the opportunity to perform with the choir. His face once again beamed as the choir sang their parting song, God Be With You Till We Meet Again.
Thank you to all the wonderful people who made the MoTab weekend so special, something I’ll never forget. Thanks to my family for allowing me to go and to Joanie, my travel partner and roomie. Sorry for almost losing you while taking pictures of all the pretty lights in Temple Square.
Thanks to all those who put together fan gatherings, helped us non-Utahns navigate downtown and all the small gestures of kindness. David’s fans are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met! Thank you to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for an amazing production. Besides David, the dancing was a highlight for me. Thank you to David for sharing his beautiful voice and uplifting spirit. You bring joy to the hearts of so many. Thanks for sharing your special gift! Have a blessed Christmas and happy holidays everyone!