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This quote is dedicated for those of us waiting for the right opportunity and timing. You know who you are. It will happen! And that includes some of us meeting our fav artist
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More from TOFW Cincinnati!
I am just catching up on all last weekend’s activities! Wow, what a great event in Cinci! I am sooooo thrilled at some of the longtime fans who ventured to Cinci and saw David, heard him sing and speak his inspirational words for the first time in 5 years at the TOFW event ~ thank you so much for sharing your great stories! And I especially appreciate some of the details left on FOD comments which additionally shared more info ~ so much appreciated. We love our commenters and we love that you e-x-t-e-n-d what’s on our Front Page. Thank You.
Today I am sharing a wonderful recount of TOFW Cincinnati from our Chat Mod David of Kentucky (DOK) who is not to be confused with David from Texas DFT. Got it? Good ;) Yes, our mods are lovingly named based upon from where they hail.
We are so pleased that DOK was able to go to the Time Out for Women event on Friday. Read on!
M-U-S-T R-E-A-D! David From Kentucky’s TOF(notonly)W story!
I was not able to leave work early even though my supervisor had attempted to find a way to do so. Congestion in Lexington led to me being about 20 minutes late by the time I arrived at Covington at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. My brother accompanied me, which left me to see if any tickets may be left to attend. Once entering the conference I was pleased with the crowd of around 1,500, waited for additional row of seats to be placed, seated, and began to hear the speaker. Later I found that David had already sang Glorious at the beginning of the program. I noticed that, as I had suspected I and my brother would be nearly the only males attending the program, but I was going to have an enjoyable time and learn from what was presented.
The lady speaking was telling about her thoughts of Eve of Adam and Eve as a hero instead of the one who caused all our problems–this lady led in her assumptions that she was led by God so that a Saviour would be needed to save us and to allow us to know what God is truly like.–I was thinking that the tone of the entire program would be in this manner, but I was wrong.
Next came David–and I noticed that David’s talk was much more inclusive for males and females alike. He sang Angel and referenced his grandfather Archuleta and how he led him to believe in music. The song Angel was one of David’s first songs he sang; David liked the song so much; it made David feel good thinking about angels and heaven, but he noticed the tough older Grandfather Archuleta had tears welling up in his eyes when the song was sang. David said he realized that the same piece of music can stir very different feelings in people, that is the magic of music.
Next David sang Beautiful, and later Bridge Over Troubled Water. I do not believe I have ever heard David sing any better. I loved his singing but to hear him talk so much from what was on his heart was even more important for me.
When David talked about American Idol and how hard it was for a boy who in middle school ate his lunch alone because no one wanted to be around him and to reach a pinnacle of attention from everyone was amazing. He had thought he might possibly reach such a height in his 30′s or 40′s but to do so at 17 was so unexpected, so where should he go now?
David was working hard to support his family, to get the fame which would get more fame, but he was not happy. He told about his finally getting to go to church and what a blessing that was. He began to realize that God in his still quiet voice had led him to try out for American Idol and God was leading him to go on the mission. He did not see the outcome, he did not know if he would fail as a musician and no one would care about him once he returned, but he he knew that is what trust and faith is. You have to allow yourself to go where you do not know the outcome, but to know that God will take of you whatever that may be–How wonderful is that-a true statement of faith.
I could talk on and on about what all David said–I was so inspired.
We had break time, then another gentleman spoke with a very inspiring message- hey my thoughts that this conference would be very anti-male began to fade and I realized this conference was to build up and encourage–not to tear down others.
During the break time Donna Higby and Nancy Glidden and I met one another. They had front row seats and my brother and I were in the very back row. Nancy so wanted me to change and take her front row seat, but she had worked so hard and gotten there so early to get that treasure position, I sure could not trade seats.
David came out at the last of the session and spoke with the crowd. He told about his relationship with Jesus and how that on the American Idol show that he often felt so alone with all the struggles except for his hope in Christ. He told about his in his high school folder that he carried with him at the American Idol days and within that folder were the words of “Be Still My Soul” which he sang at this closing of Friday evening. I was so moved by his performance of this song as well as the other songs that David had performed this night. So many emotions from so many situations and circumstances flood through my being while I hear his beautiful emotional filled voice. Then David disappears as he had done after each of his performances.
Donna notices a line forming on the left side of the convention center. We all go to investigate and find out David is doing a signing-no pictures but will sign something for you. So we quickly got in line.
The line seemed to move quickly up to the other side of the center toward the front.
We get to the front and Donna then Nancy speak with David for a lengthy time compared to the usual amount of time you get to speak with him. Donna said that only one other time since David returned from the mission has there been any greeting period and that was not a very long period of time.
When I get to speak with David, the handler had asked my name and introduced me to David. “David this is David.” David picked up on me being one of the few males and made a comment that he and I were some of the few males there. We laughed. I told him about being with the 2 ladies in front of me and that we were involved with Fans of David for the past 8 years. I did not feel that David remembered me, so I mentioned that this was my first time to attend one of his performances since he returned from mission. I thanked him and told him that I was very proud of him and what he is doing. David was pleased I could tell by his smile an his thank you.
I chatted with the others and left. I felt so good inside; I am so glad to know of a shy person who faces the struggles in trying to do what is right. I can feel the anguish of trying to not to let my fears and nearly being sick from them. But trying to allow God to lead in the way that pleases Him. I feel more identity toward David every time I meet with him. I doubt very much that David realizes how much effect he has had on me. May God continue to bless him and bring him closer and closer in God’s Kingdom here and in the next world.
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Shelly mentions David in Confessions of a Serial Songwriter
So this past weekend I extended a business trip and took an extra day of ‘not working’ (too much). It was glorious! And I got down to some reading for fun. I had been saving up a time to read Shelly Peiken’s Confessions of a Serial Songwriter. After all, she wrote with David on Elevator, Who I am and Good Place and she is a prolific songwriter. I have always been very curious about the process.
Below, Shelly was describing how her young daughter was very taken with the young singer/songwriters who were dropping by the house to write with Shelle, until her daughter grew out of that phase as her musical interests changed. The exception was David Archuleta, where her daughter was drawn to David BECAUSE of David’s music tastes.
Read the snippet below and you get the idea. Quite enjoying the book. I was so excited to come across the part about David I took the pic while on the plane lol.
I hope to finish the rest of the book this weekend so I’ll let you know if there is another mention!
I also pulled up Shelly’s mention of David on her FB blog last January and those three songs:
Let’s take a listen to the three songs Shelly helped co-write!
Elevator – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh (credit: 8throwcenter)
Who I Am- Fan Music Video (credit bbg9089)
Good Place – SLC VIP (credit: 8throwcenter)
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Kari ~ post-TOFW
Kari tweeted a few items Saturday to add some fun and anticipation to the day!
And look, here is a Cinci trolley!
and we have cute theatres in TO too
Need advice on Porto’s?
Ask Kari! Glad you did Priti!
“A moment was all I needed”.
And a lovely exchange with the lovely Chelsy. And the lovely Kari.
As Found aRound
I get the Queen Creek email notifications. Always nice to see David in my In Box!
And loved this!
You got that right Pam!
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I’ll be back later this week if there is any news!