Five years and hoping! David from Kentucky’s TOFW Cincinnati story, and you will want to read this! Serial Songwriter’s @davidarchie story! Kari post TOFW, As Found aRound

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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!

5 long yearsI 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!

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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.

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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.

Donna and NancyDuring 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.

 

DOK Nancy Donna and DOKs brother 1Both ladies were so very sweet and so nice. They are fellow moderators in this wonderful Fans of David site.

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.

Cgs29VEUoAErOonAt this time Donna, Nancy, my brother and I get together and talk along with another fan from Indonesia who had come to the program to see David.

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.

fans of david buttonWhen 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.

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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:

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Let’s take a listen to the three songs Shelly helped co-write!

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Kari ~ post-TOFW

Kari tweeted a few items Saturday to add some fun and anticipation to the day!

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And look, here is a Cinci trolley!

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and we have cute theatres in TO too ;)

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Massey Hall… and that’s just  a start ;)

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Ask Kari!  Glad you did Priti!

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“A moment was all I needed”.

And a lovely exchange with the lovely Chelsy.  And the lovely Kari.

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I get the Queen Creek email notifications.  Always nice to see David in my In Box!

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Pam and other TOFW Volunteers

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And loved this!

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You got that right Pam!

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I’ll be back later this week if there is any news!

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David Archuleta ~ Saturday Turned Sunday Post: Thank You From Tina, It’s Tollbooth Betty! TOFW Cincinnati & Video Playlist, Chelsy’s Story, Sammie’s Story, Holly’s Girlfriends’ Weekend, Abrra’s Candy Jar Treats! Hello David Trending Party, Fun Fan Finds

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“Thank You!” From Tina

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To Archies everywhere who expressed their love and support to Tina during her time of great sadness and loss…

I am so moved by the outpouring of support and condolences I received following the recent passing of my father. I do apologize for the delay in responding to the amazing GroupCard that so many of you took the time to sign — I had failed to check the email account it was sent to for the past week. When I saw all the heartfelt messages included today, it definitely made me tear up but for such a good reason. David Archuleta has brought us all together but there’s something about him that draws a certain kind of person and these people have become a kind of extended family to me. My dad used to ask me if I was ever afraid to go to concerts alone — traveling all over the country to see David. I told him that I had never gone to a David concert alone. It’s always a huge reunion of friends, of people that care about you and ask how you’re doing and how your trip was and what’s going on in your life. Even people I haven’t had the pleasure to meet in person yet, I feel like I already know from all the conversations we’ve had online. You are all such beautiful souls.

I won’t lie, it’s going to be a difficult transition for me to life without my father. I’ve shared many stories about him online and while he was a source of frustration for me occasionally (do you really need to shoot at skunks under my house, dad?) he was also a source of laughter and great love. I could never convince him to join me at a David concert but he always smiled when I would tell him that I had a new trip to one coming up. My dad shared my love of travel and I know it made him happy to see me discovering new places. I did have him sit down with me once and watch a video of David singing Contigo en la Distancia at the ALMA Awards. Afterward Dad said, “Well I didn’t understand a word he was sangin’ but he sure sounded nice!” Ha! My dad put up with so much lol.

I included a little pic with my papa. It’s very special to me since it’s our last one taken together. It was just under two months ago at his 60th birthday celebration. I can’t thank all of you enough for your thoughtfulness at such a challenging time. It has meant so much to me!! Love and hope to see you all soon! <3
~ Tina

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It’s Tollbooth Betty!

Who’s got the BEST job in the world? (next to Kari of course) – It’s got to be Tollbooth Betty!  David got a chance to stop by Betty’s booth and have a chat with her – he found out that she used to work at the White House!

David is rocking a five o’clock shadow of sorts :-)

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TOFW Cincinnati

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David was back at it, captivating an audience with his rambly stories and heartfelt songs – this time in the lovely city of Cincinnati. I watched every single periscope and fan vid I could find, and he just keeps getting better and better with each performance!  You think one might get weary of listening to the same songs over and over again, but with David, every time he sings a song, it’s like he’s singing it for the first time! 

David let everyone know that he was in Cincinnati in a very David way – he posted a movie clip featuring Keanu Reeves and Drew Barrymore – Keanu is a slightly younger looking version of his current self, while Drew is adorable in her car seat! The clip is from a 1986 movie, “Babes in Toyland” – a relatively unassuming holiday film – but it must have resonated with David because he seems to remember it fondly!

“Every time I’m in this city it reminds me of this:”  Exactly how often does David visit Cincinnati? :-)

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Lots of Archies packed up and headed to Cincinnati and we are so grateful for all of the pics, vids, stories and Periscopes that were shared! You guys ROCK!

- Muldur & Donna arrived!

- Muldur & Donna arrived!

- Some things never change! Waiting in line for David.

- Some things never change! Waiting in line for David.

Since the dawn of time (actually about 8 years ago) we started lining up and waiting to see David – in concert, for VIP M&Gs, book signings, cd signings and just about any other reason we could think of to see David.  This time was no different!

- The waiting paid off BIG TIME!

- The waiting paid off BIG TIME!

- Emily got a great view too!

- Emily got a great view too!

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When David starts singing, it’s easy to lose track of time and forget the little details – like the set list and in what order he sang the songs!  There were 7 songs total, and the actual order isn’t that important – what IS important is that David managed once again to capture the attention (and the hearts) of a venue full of people!  Most were fans, but for those who weren’t in the beginning, they surely were by the end!

Here’s a handy dandy playlist so you can feel like you were there too!  A huge thank you and ((HUGS)) go out to 8throwcenter, Donna & Mikinzie for sharing their wonderful YouTube vids with all of us!

This rendition of True Colors is breathtaking with it’s change-ups and added runs and the “hey!” – it’s about as close to a “get-happy-quick-pill” as you can get!  When David closes his eyes and starts singing you can feel the music just flowing through him – he dances and sways and puts his whole being into the music – no offense to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, but David can sing with his eyes closed ANYTIME!  And if you think I was waving my arms along with David – you betcha!

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Click on the graphic below for the TOFW Playlist to see the videos of all 7 songs!

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The nice thing about these TOFW events is that David stays afterwards to greet fans and sign autographs – just like the good old days! 

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And this is one of the best things about being a fan of David – all of the wonderful friendships we’ve made over the years – in this case, eight of them – and to finally meet face-to-face at an event or concert – it’s as if we’ve all known each other all of our lives!

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Chelsy’s Story

Chelsy hadn’t seen David perform for 5 years, so this TOFW event was going to be extra special!  She and Kari had exchanged some tweets prior to the event, and when Chelsy confirmed that she could go, the stage was set!

Read all about it in Chelsy’s own words as she shares her amazing adventure to Cincinnati to see David for the 1oth time!

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Let’s talk about David Archuleta, shall we? ;)
7/22/08. 8/16/08. 10/17/08. 3/8/09. 7/25/09. 8/5/09. 8/22/10. 9/26/10. 11/20/10. And 4/22/16.

What do all of these dates have in common? They are the 10 times I have seen the wonderful, incredible David Archuleta live and in person. Last night was the first time in 5 years, so obviously I had to share my experience!

To be perfectly honest, my friend and I were fairly skeptical about going to the Time Out for Women event in Cincinnati last night, as we are not members of the church. However, after hearing the other speakers and David’s wonderful speeches, I knew that we had made the right decision. It started to feel like it didn’t matter what religion you were last night. You could just come and celebrate your own relationship with God and connect with the words and music that were being shared. (I don’t want to get too much into this part, but I felt I should address it!)
The second David walked on stage was like a sigh of relief for me. I hadn’t seen him live in 5 years, and it was just incredible to have him standing there in front of me again, singing like the magical, beautiful angel being he is. My friend made a comment later that it felt like he was ‘real’ again. As odd as that sounds, it’s completely true–after only listening to the recorded songs and videos for so many years, it was a pivotal moment to be in the same room and to hear that voice firsthand again.

I won’t go into crazy detail, but let’s just say David sang just as beautifully and was just as inspirational (and delightfully dorky!) as he always is! I was personally very happy when he prompted one of the other speakers to acknowledge those in the audience from Indiana! ;)

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David sang “Glorious”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Beautiful”, “Angel”, “True Colors”, “Pride (In the Name of Love)”, and “Be Still My Soul”. (Am I forgetting one?? I’m still on a blurry cloud 9. ;)) I LOVE BOTW–his voice is so pure and meaningful in that tune. Pride is one of my favorites from Begin. and he definitely got into that one. But “Be Still My Soul” holds a special place in my heart. Hearing David sing that song helps me to connect with something deeper, to feel that beautiful spirit that David always talks about feeling. Hearing him sing that live for the first time was indescribable.

The signing was a very special part of the evening! I just wasn’t sure if it would happen, so it was surreal to actually get up in line and meet him. He signed for my friend first, and they actually had a little conversation! I just told him that it was great to see him perform after so long. But he was right there, right in front of me again! I think any Archie can understand the feeling. :)

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I was also fortunate enough to meet up with fellow Archie, Sammie! It was so great to see another friend from the fan community after so long. We talked about how much has changed, how incredible it was to connect over this one person and his music again. It was great! That is something that I’ve missed most about going to David’s shows–connecting with other fans, whether at the show or online, and knowing that others understand the message, the inspiration, and the true meaning behind being a fan of David Archuleta.
Bottom line is last night was incredible! My best friend was gracious enough to tag along with me (and drive all the way there) ;). The speakers were great, making the event more comfortable. And David was his usual, incredible self. I’m ready for show #11 now! ;)

Chelsy shared some vid snippets and some pics from her vantage point somewhere near the back of the venue, but the audio from the vids is great! 

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Thanks for sharing your story with us Chelsy – looks like you had a fabulous time! 

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Sammie’s Story

Sammie is another long time fan who had the opportunity to see David live at the TOFW Cincinnati event!  Sammie just got married, and she wanted to attend this event, so she asked her newly wedded spouse, and in what I’m sure is the beginning of many “Yes, you can go” moments to come, he agreed, because Cincinnati is “closer than Utah” lol!

Sammie shared her story and some pics with us!

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It’s amazing that even after many years have passed, David remember’s fans’ names and even things that have been tweeted to him!  He has a great memory! David was so generous with his time, meeting and talking to fans and signing autographs and posing for pics!  I hope that this trend continues for other events and concerts that he has planned for the rest of the year!

More Vid Snippets & Pics!

All of the Periscope vids from Kari and others have expired :-(  I hope someone who understands Periscope found a way to archive all of that amazing footage!

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Holly’s Girls’ Weekend!

Not one, but two fun events were happening in Cincinnati this weekend!  The TOFW event featuring David, and the annual celebration of the ArchuBuddies Girls’ Weekend! (also featuring David) :-)

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They were greeted by David announcing that it was time to PARTY! 

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These weekends involve, food, fun, staying up too late and laughing a lot!  It also has a community service component where everyone pitches in to support a charity. This year it was Operation Christmas Child where everyone assembled boxes of goodies for needy children – Santa’s elves started early this year!

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WOW!  Looks like charitable deeds are rewarded!  Is Kari hinting at a Cincinnati concert in the future!  Looks like they were going venue shopping while they were there!

Another fabulous, fun and festive celebration of friendship!  I keep trying to make it to one of these weekends – maybe next year!

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Gracie Sings Leave Your Light On

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David and Gracie co-wrote Leave Your Light On, and Gracie sang it for WestFest – hope we get to hear it as a live duet with David and Gracie!

The Periscope has expired, so I hope some tech savvy Archie found a way to archive it!  Wish the Periscopes could be easily saved!  Keeping an eye out for it!

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Abrra’s Candy Jar Treats! 

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Abrra has some mp3s & mp4s from both TOFW events!  She said she’ll be updating the share file today – so check back for new recordings!

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Trendtastic Time! 

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Friday was filled with Archies tweeting a shout out to David – Hello David Archuleta was seen all over the Twitterverse!  While we didn’t achieve a WWTT this time, it was a lot of fun gathering with friends and posting fun tweets for David!

Thank you to Gwen, Linda, DFT and Pocoelsy for coordinating the Trending Party!

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Fun Fan Finds 

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So sorry that the post is so late!  I started it late Saturday and it blended into Sunday! Real life got hectic this past week, so I got a late start – and there were so many goodies to post from TOFW, Holly’s Girls’ Weekend, The Trending Party and more!

Sad that all of the wonderful Periscope vids have expired – did someone archive them somehow?  We’d love to add them to our archives!

Wishing you all a Soulful Sunday, filled with music – especially David music!  I’ll update this post with any breaking news, and Pastel will be back next week with more ArchuGoodies!

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