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Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart…filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.
~Bess Streeter Aldrich in “Song of Years”
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MoTabChoir feature David Archuleta Broadcast on Christmas
What fun to be able to watch this again, and on 3 occasions on Christmas day. You can stream in live from your computer too: Click here to access the BYUtv site!
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Beaver Creek Memories
It was a year ago last Friday night that David delivered his last concert performance in the US before departing on his mission. Great memories that day…I thought I would share some with all of you today. There isn’t alot out there, however. This was the concert where fans moved heaven on earth to try to get information and pictures and vids to share, given some extreme security.
Beaver Creek VIP: We’ll Be There
Monica (@starrynites01) and Karin (@zerogravity1) changed the lyrics around to the Jackson 5 song I’ll Be There to help articulate a message to David from all of his fans around the world.
I see this performance as a prelude to #DA2014!
I still have the lyrics to this song and God Be With You Till We Meet Again too, which we never got to perform but we were ready!
Coming Full Circle in Beaver Creek
From road to Idol and initial audition to John Mayer’s Waiting on the World to Change, to the last MKOC tour song before his mission, David showed us how OUR world had changed right along with his. The tour rendition with Jeff Leblanc is so much fun, and it was mastered with only a few rehearsals, I was told.
Waiting On The World To Change – American Idol Audition ~ credit radiatedspider
~ credit marknilanjr
And Waiting By the Buses
This was my very first time going to meet/say goodbye at the buses, and David took a little time with each one there. It seemed fitting that this spontaneous event occurred with fans at Beaver Creek, many of which I understand had never met David before.
~ credit youcancallmetina
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A Beaver Creek Vlog:
David uploaded a vlog from the side stage of the Vilar Performing Arts Center immediately following his Beaver Creek show. He let us know there was still ‘more’ to come. Bring on Nandito Ako!
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A few more pix from Beaver Creek
It was a bittersweet, but overall very happy day and I was very lucky to be there. Looking forward to David’s return there one day!
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Postcript on the MKOCFTH Concert
You can find the taped broadcast here, all 2 hours and 47 minutes!
We will do it again!
Well now you can have one more opportunity to watch MKOCFTH and chat live! Kalei, who was not able to come on line due to other commitments last Friday, will be looking for a suitable time for a new broadcast. The entire setlist is ready and waiting to go.
I have to admit, putting on the concert was a nerve-wracking experience! We wanted to ensure it would look and sound as close to perfect as possible. We hurriedly had to change our channel from BlogTV to Ustream after substandard quality during the test on Thursday night. New software was acquired and ‘learned’, backups made, hardwires established, and fingers were crossed. We ensured each selection was a feast for the eyes and ears too. While streaming the 30 ‘movies’ created that day from ManyCam to the Ustream channel, we had a second laptop as back up, just in case, ready to go (in case of what, I have no idea, it might have had something to do with the Mayans). Joanie lost her internet connection several times and couldn’t watch or chat and ended up ‘borrowing’ signal from her neighbour (people are so friendly in Minnesota). It wasn’t until intermission time that we could say it was working.
We really hope, in all of this, we were able to simulate the concert experience for you. I do think that Friday night helped us all to appreciate what a great talent David is, how blessed we have been to listen to his music and watch his performances, and how generous David has been for these tours, especially the last one which was indeed a labour of love.
Thanks to all of you for your selections from the 3 weeks of FOD polls including tweeting us for vid ideas (NOW what do we post about? lol) and to Joanie and Kalei for going through selections for posting. Thanks also to Muldur for her inspiration and for creating a great setlist from them, as well as the VIP and encores!!! Thank you to all the videographers (see list in credits on the recorded broadcast) and a special thank you to Marcella for creating two special compilation vids of Falalalala and Little Drummer Boy and keeping them private so we could unveal them on Friday. Thanks to our guests (Kari, Richard Parkinson, Sunny Hilden and Dave Filice ) for dropping by and chatting ~ you all rock! Thanks to the donors of the trivia contest gifts (see Joanie’s post yesterday for the winners). Thanks to David From Texas (DFT) for great promo on Facebook and for the opening visual for the concert program.
And to all of you, in the words of David: “Thanks for coming out“. I think you will agree with me that, once you have taken in this many great performances strung together like we experienced together on Friday, you realize again just was a brilliant artist David is. He can be powerful and persuasive, or gentle and sublime. All in the same concert. His interpretation skills are masterful. Second. To. None. His voice is gaining richness and depth. I gained a whole new appreciation for these skills of David’s on Friday night, after working on the setlist and previewing every single vid and most of the alternate options, and re-running the selected ones for dozens of hours last week. For me, getting ready for this virtual concert was a gift in itself.
And Friday night’s experience, after all was said and done , was an example of just why we all miss him. Tons
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A blessed Christmas Eve to all of you!