David Archuleta and Banner Brilliance on a Monday, New pictures from Regional Command East, Dean Kaelin Blogs! Encounter in Kuwait, Where and What in the World for the Military Team, FOD reader Sparkles shares, Orrigami Entertainment Explains it Well, National Junk Food Day!, Friday Trend, Prayers to members of our Fan Family, As Found aRound

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Two lead pics today!

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Collage from Melissa Gross

Let’s make that threeeee~

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Last week of Military Tour!

… and the Team has many shows on the go!

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And David wraps up Afghanistan with a tweet to the troops:

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New pictures surfaced!

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Thanks PattyAnn for tweeting us this:  Regional Command East posted an album entitled “Motivational Theatre” with some pictures of David, Dan, Jason and Dean during their performance.

Here is how the album is described:

World renowed speaker/author Dan Clark, American Idol superstar recording artist David Archuleta, and celebrity impressionist Jason Hewlett performed for deployed troops and civilians at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, July 18, 2014.

Motivational Theater

regional command east motivational theatreMotivational Theater Motivational TheaterWOW!!! Here is the link for all the rest!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rceast/sets/72157645791299234/

and another album here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rceast/sets/72157645776628521/

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You can BET we’ll be putting a super duper slideshow together for you!

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Banner Brilliance!

Don’t you love this?  Thanks David from Texas for a very fitting banner!  LINK

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Dean Kaelin blogs!

Wow, this one gives us more insight into security for the Military Team.  A dose of reality.  A must read!  Source

Yesterday we checked out of Ali Al Salem and drove to Buehring Camp, which is the closest U.S. military base to Iraq. Talk about desolate!! Nothing but flat land and sand as far as the eye can see. It is amazing. We even saw a few dead camels by the side of the road. Heck, if camels can’t even survive out here what hope is there for the rest of us?! Haha

The base was as nice as they could make it being in the middle of nowhere in a desert, but it was far from nice. There were a lot of very young soldiers here doing their training. They had a very nice, little theater we performed in. It is the same place they use for showing movies. It seemed like a bit of a tough audience since they were so young. They didn’t even know some of the people Jason was impersonating I think. However, at the end they gave us a standing ovation so I guess we did ok.

After the show we drove to Camp Arifjan. It was a scary ride. The freeway here is pretty crazy. And the security team that is driving us around are treating us like we’re the president or something. Whenever we travel there are 3 SUVs that go as a convoy. They split us up so that 2 of us are in two cars, then another vehicle follows up in the rear. The thing that is scary though is that they drive so close together it is like we are in the Daytona 500. Seriously! They were driving between 70 – 80 miles an hour with literally only 10 to 30 feet distance between the vehicles. I guess they do that to keep people from cutting into the convoy. At one point there was a car that cut in and broke up the convoy. You look over and it is a guy in all white robes with a beard and turban and such, so they don’t know if it’s a good guy or a bad guy. So they race like heck to try and force him out and get back in the convoy. Honestly, I felt safer on the helicopter in Afghanistan getting shot at by insurgents! Haha. I guess it’s their job though and they do it well. They are very concerned about security here. In Afghanistan nothing goes out alone, everything is in at least twos; planes, helicopters, convoys, etc. I guess they are responsible for our safety, but it seems a little over the top, especially since we are in Kuwait, which is overall pretty safe. Two shows tomorrow.

(Dean has friended a number of people so you can now comment on his blogs on FB)

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Encounter in Kuwait

Yesterday, PattyAnn responded to an innocent tweet, as many of you often do, re: “who is David Archuleta”.  But this tweet was more than just a general question.  This young woman is in Kuwait! emmilouu 1 And Emily L. has a great vantage point during the performance and tweets this picture: emmilouu 2 great voice And lucky Emily gets to meet David after the show!  I hope she was able to get a BEGIN. CD! selfies emmilouu 3 More from Emily on the message from Dan Clark: emmilouu 3 dan clark I hope you had a good time Emily!  Thanks for the recount for the fans! * * * * *

Where in the world are the FOUR?

First, a summary from Jason: jason hewlett tweet travel And how hot is it? Yikes, always the same:  sun sun sun sun sun :)  And heat!  Even in the evening, it’s close to 100 degrees F! *Editor’s Note:  I have no idea if the group is in Kuwait City or elsewhere; just a guess* kuwait city temperature Yesterday, Dean mentioned that they had to travel the “long way around” to get to Kuwait, as they could not fly over Iran airspace.

We flew back to Kuwait on an C-130. Everyone was hoping for a C-17 because the C-17 is a jet and the C-130 is a 4 engine prop plane. It was a 5 ½ hour flight in not very comfortable seats, no beverage service, SUPER loud, and not even a lavatory. It was extra long because we can’t fly over Iran so we have to go around.  Source

Here’s a reminder geography-wise of where the group has travelled: afghanistan map Yesterday, Jason reminded us of where they all are :) jason hewlett kuwait It appears from Dan Clark’s early blog there are stops in Ethiopia and Djibouti : we’ll see!  All the best to the team and wishing them continued success and safety in the days ahead!

Our Reader Sparkles2 Shares

The reality of dealing with life changing events in the military came to life in our comments section yesterday.  Sparkles shared her story about her son’s struggles, and we appreciate her doing that with us.  David and his team are helping to inspire and uplift those who need it most.  Thanks again Sparkles2

Sparkles 2 (Big Time Lurker) says:

You know our children leave for war having no idea what awaits them. My son was always adverturesome and happy go lucky. No matter what, he could find a way to be happy. Since returning from Afghanistan, he is different. Smiles don’t come as easily and he feels like he is always on guard. He says, they told us that as long as we are consistent things will be okay. That doesn’t explain why a fellow soldier decided to end his life during their tour of duty by shooting himself. Seeing this was life changing for my son. He says now this need for consistency has followed him home and he needs a sense of order to things. Depression has replaced his happy deameanor. Fighting the never-ending paper work and different channels that the VA puts him through in seeking help has only added to this tragedy. Bring Them Home…The question is..Who are they when they come home? Where is the help they need when they now need our country to fight for them? They fought so others could have peace and freedom from oppresion. When will their internal peace return and the constant impressions the stain of war has left on their young souls fade. My heart weeps for my son. He may not have missing limbs, but he is wounded none the less. Pray for all our young men and women as they make that transition back home and may they find the support they need from their country and not be victimized again when they seek help.

Thanks Fab-4 for what you are doings. Thanks David.

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From Orrigami Entertainment

From Gina Orr’s FB page.  A good reminder of all those goes into bringing a musical artist to each of us to perform.  A large investment!  Source here.

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From Orrigami Entertainment’s FB page

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Celebrate!  National Junk Food Day today

national junk food daySo, I did a Topsy search looking for “junk” as in junk food on David’s account, of course, and found nothing.  David tweets about the good stuff, but I’m sure there is a hamburger, handful of fries, or chips with dip sprinkled here and there in the diet.   My man child certainly does! This is about the closest I got to today’s national day with this one … burger tweet Sad, right?  A few tweets about elk and bison burgers.  No tweets about junk food, but boy, did I ever find ALOT about food.  I could take a map of the world and colour in all the countries David has mentioned in his food tweets.  Of course, Asia and South and Central America would be an explosion of colour!  Maybe we’ll do just that on World Food Day in October! * * * * *

This Friday!

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Prayers to members of our Fan Family

Thinking of members of our Fan Family at this time.  Thanks to TheVoice for letting us know:

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As Found aRound

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A Summery Sunday Summary ~ Bring Them Home, Dean Kaelin’s Latest Blog, David Archuleta Blog follow up, Coming full circle with Les Miz, as Found aRound

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Credit: Dean Kaelin

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A Glimpse of Things to Come

Yesterday, a private vid surfaced on Dan Clark’s timeline.  It was from Walter Clark, the nurse who had posted a picture with David on his instagram:

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- David Archuleta with Walter Clark

Here is the link to a  most lovely, most sublime, most stirring Bring Him Home performances I have ever heard.  However, as it is private video, we cannot post it yet ~ it’s not “embeddable”.  It can only be seen, unfortunately, if you are ‘friended’ on Facebook by Walter Clark, the owner, or by anyone else tagged in the video.  One of those individuals is Dan Clark, and so those friended by Dan have been able to watch it.  However, it is apparent that it was intended to be private, and so we respect the security of the video as requested by the videographer.  In case the security settings change to public have posted the link here:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=755273897862011

We will be checking continuously to see if/when that occurs.  Clicking on the visual below also brings you to the link:

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David and Les Misérables

As we all know by now, David Archuleta fell in love with music after listening to 1980 musical, Les Misérables“, composed by French composer Claude-Michel Schonberg.

From the Trent Toone interview in 2011 (read more in our post here)

Archuleta said he fell in love with music at age 6 when he first heard “At the End of the Day,” a song in the “Les Miserables” score.

“Hearing the melody, the way they sang and performed it, it was amazing and I couldn’t get enough of it, couldn’t stop watching it,” Archuleta said. “It was very influential to me and introduced me to a love of music.”

From Chords of Strength, Chapter 2:

The first day my dad gave us the video, he was gone all day, I think for about 12 hours.  When he came home, guess where we (David and Daniel) were?  Still in front of the video, with about half of the songs memorized already.  I’d literally beg my parents to play the video over and over again for us, wich they did, desite being somewhat surprised by our sudden interest in what usually is considered a more adult musical.  Each time we would press play, Daniel would wait for his part, Gavroche, and I would wait for “my parts” – both the male and female.  It didn’t matter, we took turns singing each song, and quickly had them memorized word for word.  I definitely didn’t even understand the plot of the show. I mean, really, I didn’t even know what a plot was at that time.  It didn’t matter, as I wasn’t driven by the story but instead by the emotion that filled the room each time I’d hear that beautiful music.  The melodies were magical to me, mysteriously warming me from the inside every time I would hear them.  Something about it just consumed me…It was an unconscious pull toward something that I couldn’t possibly understand in an intellectual way – but something that I knew I was totally obsessed with.  Singing seemed to fill a void I didn’t know I had, and from this point on, I was completely hooked.

29 (1)Here’s my Les Miz story.  My grandmother was a voracious reader and loved to share that love with all of us.  She was not highly educated, but that did not affect her daily reading of the bible, other religious works as well as and the classics.  Because of her urging and due to the fact that I always had a long wait for the bus after working at the family tourist business, I dived into the English and some of the très difficile French version of  Les Misérables one summer while she sat next to me peering over my shoulder.  My curiosity, accompanied by her respect for Victor Hugo’s storytelling, made for the most wonderful talks about the French Revolution and the characters in this book.  I fell in love with the heartwarming and heartbreaking story about humility, sacrifice, forgiveness, strength and profound and unconditional love.  

It was not until I was older that I discovered that the story had been woven into the most amazing score, where it came even more alive, and had even more meaning.  Of course, one of those songs in the score is Bring Him Home, where Valjean begs God to save Marius in the ensuing battles; to return him home safely for his adopted daughter to marry.   It’s interesting that many like me loved the story first, while many like David loved the music first, but we are affected by the story just the same.

How wonderful that this love of Les Misérables has come full circle with David singing so masterfully, moving the audience with HIS voice, with his interpretation, just as he had been moved 17 years earlier.

I can’t wait to hear more like this from this amazing young interpreter.

And it’s not too late to pick of Les Miserables as a summer read, if you haven’t read it already. It’s very long, but it’s worth it.

Late addition from Donna:

Donna says:

When I was 14, I decided to spend the summer reading classic novels. One day I got up early and started reading Les Miserables and didn’t go to bed until I finished it. :)

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David’s blog ~ follow up

If you haven’t read it yet, you must do so!  Click below.  And you MUST leave a comment

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From the OS, here is a great comment, as brought over my Maureen

nellabells / July 19, 2014
“Hi David!!! Thank you again for coming out here!!! It was awesome running into you at a few places here. I wanted to post the pictures I had from the concert and of the one I got from the flight line. It was great seeing you Mr. Clark and Mr. Hewlett perform for us yesterday. It felt great to feel a little “normal” for a bit. Thank you all again for being out here and giving all of us here a piece of home.”

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AWESOME blog by Dean Kaelin!

Must READ!  From tearful goodbye’s, men with beards, heat and Honduras.  From July 20th:

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Wow, the time seems to really be flying by. It is amazing that we only have one more week. Jason and I were “roomies” at Bagram Air Base and got along really well. We got up early (5:30am), ate and had to go through customs before leaving the country. (We have had to wake up early most every morning, but I haven’t minded for some reason.) There were somewhat tearful goodbyes as the 2 people who have been in charge of our tour over here and have traveled with us at every point said goodbye. They said they loved our show and that it was probably the best they had had, especially since it was so different than anything else they had seen, and also because it had an uplifting feeling and strong, positive messages. They invited us back at any time. In fact they asked if we could come back in October! They were talking with David about possibly doing a tour to Honduras. We’ll see.

We flew back to Kuwait on an C-130. Everyone was hoping for a C-17 because the C-17 is a jet and the C-130 is a 4 engine prop plane. It was a 5 ½ hour flight in not very comfortable seats, no beverage service, SUPER loud, and not even a lavatory. It was extra long because we can’t fly over Iran so we have to go around. Basically, it was maybe the worst flight of my life. We were again travelling with several soldiers, most of which were returning from their tours and some on R&R. One woman who works as an electrician has already been in Afghanistan for 13 months. She is going home for 2 weeks, then will be back until October. She is part of the group that is “deconstructing”; basically, taking things down so that we “reduce our footprint”. Some of the bases are being turned over to the Afghan army, but several are being taken apart. There are a few bases that will still house American soldiers. At the height of the conflict there were over 30,000 military in Afghanistan. Now there is around 20,000 and by December we will have around 9,400. Many of the big, hi-tech trucks that we saw in Jalalabad that are used for mine sweeping operations are actually being shredded and the sheet metal sold for 12 cents a pound rather than trying to ship it all home. They said it is actually cheaper to destroy it and rebuild it then to ship it. Also, there is not a lot of wood in Afghanistan for building so they love it when we leave big piles of wood that they can use for building. There was a Special Ops” guy sitting next to me. You can tell them because they have the big beards that allow them to blend in a little with the Afghanies. He was watching footage on his computer of what I can only guess was from some of his missions taken with a helmut cam. Pretty intense stuff! These are the guys that go “outside the wire” and do the more scary stuff hunting down bad guys.We arrived back in Kuwait at the Ali Al Salem Air base. (Wow, it’s so much hotter here than in Afghanistan!) We are back in the same rooms and it is a little bit like heaven after Afghanistan; free internet (that actually works), private rooms and private bathrooms, etc, etc. I guess I’ve become pretty soft and spoiled over the years. Today was a rest day. (We need it after that flight!!) We are back doing shows tomorrow. No real exciting pics from today, so here’s a few from the past week and a half I haven’t posted yet.

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(repeat from yesterday) From July 19th.  Last show in Afghanistan!

Today was our last day in Afghanistan. We started by going around to some of the places where soldiers were working in the Bagram Air Base and probably wouldn’t get a chance to come to our show. We did little “mini-shows” for them where Dan told a story, Jason did some funny bits and David sang a song and I accompanied on guitar. They seemed to really appreciate it since they are the “behind the scenes people” with loading and maintenance, etc on 24 hour shifts and are often forgotten.

We also got a chance to tour the airfield. We saw A-10s and F-16s (fighter planes) and got great information about them and what they can do. We saw a few take-off as well. They are LOUD! There were a couple of Air Guard units that are currently based here out of Kansas and Alabama. They are just “regular guys” with normal jobs, but are also in the guard and they got deployed. They were really nice to us and seemed very appreciative that we had taken the time to come to them. They are going out on missions every day.

We did our biggest show so far in the “Clam Shell” in the evening. Once again we performed in a giant tent with winds howling outside and blowing the canvas on the tent around. The sound was pretty “echoie” since it was a large space with a cement floor. They use it as a full court basketball court as well as other things. We had a private dinner with the two base generals. They were very gracious. Military leaders all have their own special coin created. When someone offers exceptional service, the leader will sometimes “coin” the person. They do this by placing the coin in their palm and then shaking your hand, passing the coin to you. We have been “coined” at nearly all of the places we have performed. So I have a very cool collection of coins to bring home as souvenirs.

The show was probably our best so far. The audience was great. They were very responsive, laughed and seemed to really enjoy it. The show clicked along really well. We changed things up a bit and David and I started with two songs we hadn’t done so far; “Stand by Me” and “Fields of Gold”. The other songs we did were “Crush”, “Imagine”, “Hero”, “Everybody Hurts”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and he did “Bring Him Home” as an encore. His voice sounded really great in the echoing “Clam shell”. Jason was really funny. Dan’s stories clicked and all and all we felt it was a great way to end our tour of Afghanistan. When “Vertical Horizons” was here on July 4th there were a couple of incoming mortars that hit nearby in the middle of their show so everyone had to hit the ground with their hands over their head until the “all clear” was given after several minutes and they were able to finish their show. Unfortunately we didn’t have that kind of excitement this time! haha

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Looks like today is a day off for the group, so let’s end with a short As Found aRound

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Credit: Shadowbennie

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.  I suspect it will be quiet on this day off.  I’ll see all of you tomorrow :)

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