“Feeling Good” ~on the inside
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A UPDATED Thursday (1/22/15) WOTWTC Anniversary Addition to the post!
Today, January 22nd, is the 7th year anniversary of David’s televised audition appearance on American Idol Season 7. For so many of us here, that one night changed our lives forever! I shared a few words in 2013 about that special world changing moment~
As we watched a young 16 year old boy (16 at the time of the audition) take center stage in San Diego before Randy, Paula, and Simon, explaining something about vocal paralysis, we had no idea what would happen next as he began to sing. All it took was 45 seconds…45 seconds of singing the beginning verse of a familiar John Mayer song and we were hypnotized, mesmerized, and magnetized! Our worlds were suddenly changed and they were changed forever!!! Who would have thought, who could have known that 5 (now 7) years later we would still be “here” congregating daily as his faithful followers celebrating the music he’s given us, the artistry, the gifts, the friendships, and most of all the beautiful person of David Archuleta!
And in celebration of David AI Journey, here is a recap of David’s American Idol Journey: Credit:RoxasJW
Also, we posted David’s AI WOTWTC recently so today,(and thank you to Mary Lou/Pastel for tweeting it this am) we’ll celebrate by watching David and Jeff’s magnificent spontaneous WOTWTC “jam” from Beaver Creek in the last MKOC tour show!
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Wednesday~ Happy National Hugs Day Everyone!!
Reach out and give all of your loved ones a great big squishy hug today!!!
NATIONAL HUGGING DAYTM which has become an internationally recognized observation that embraces hugging. While some encourage hugging everyone, National Hugging Day always suggests asking first. First published in Chase’s Annual Events in 1986, it has grown enormously in worldwide popularity leading many to suggest changing the name from “National” to “International.” A sample of locales include the United States of America, Canada, Germany, Bulgaria, Guam, Austrailia, Georgia (the country), England, and Russia.
1) Hugs make us feel “happy”! When we hug another person, our bodies release oxytocin, a hormone associated with “happiness,” according to scientific studies. 
2) Hugs alleviate stress! Just as a good hug increases our oxytocin levels, it decreases our cortisol or “stress” levels. 
3) Babies need hugs as much as water and food! According to researchers at Harvard University, hugs help promote normal levels of cortisol necessary for child development. 
4) Hugs make us better students! Students who receive a supportive touch from a teacher are twice as likely to volunteer in class. 
5) Hugs improve our game! Scientists at University of California, Berkley discovered that the more affectionate members of a team are with each other, the more likely they are to win. 
6) A hug a day keeps the doctor away! A hug stimulates the thymus gland, which in turn regulates the production of white blood cells that keep us healthy and disease-free. 
7) A hug stops the bug! Researchers at Carnegie Mellon proved that individuals who were sick and received hugs had less severe symptoms and were able to get better quicker. 
8) A hugging heart is a healthy heart! Research from University of North Carolina showed that a good hug helps ease blood flow and lower cortisol levels, which in turn help lower our heart rates. 
9) A hugging couple is a happy couple! Couples that experience their partners’ love through physical affection share higher oxytocin levels. 
10) Hugs let someone know you care without having to say a word! According to Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley, we can identify love from simple human touch – imagine how much love a big hug can communicate! 
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A New Trend Coming Next Week! “Moving Forward David Archuleta”
The incredible Archie trending team is ready to move forward with a new trend! Check @Pocoelsy1′s wonderfully designed graphic below for the phrase, date, and all the deets!
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Mail Those Valentine’s Day Cards and Letters
~A REMINDER to send them so they arrive at the box before Kari leaves for SLC!
Send your cards & letters to:
PO Box 4297
Apopka, FL 32704
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David Archuleta blogs about life in the spotlight as an introvert
This article was published yesterday by Deseret. It addresses David’s blog and some of the points he shared regarding his personal (introvert) personality, his feelings about “losing himself” in attempt to please others, and his plans now to create new music which shares more of who he is and with (his) own sound . Excerpts from the Face To Face chat relating to feelings expressed in his new blog are included.
David Archuleta’s vocal talent thrust him into the spotlight when he finished second on the seventh season of “American Idol” in 2008. While Archuleta appears to be at ease behind a microphone, he recently expressed in a blog post on his website that other aspects of fame have placed him outside his comfort zone.
In a Jan. 13, 2015, post, Archuleta wrote candidly that after stepping away from the stage to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile from 2012-2014, he realized just how much he disliked the limelight.
“I’m sorry,” Archuleta wrote, “but after these two years away and feeling comfortable to be myself, I do not want to be the suck-up type just so I can get more fans, more likes, more attention and fame. That stuff never interested me in the first place; although, I tried making everyone else around me happy who was interested in all of that. I am David. I love life; I love learning; I love sharing, and music is a way I express my passions and what is important to me.”
He wrote of previous efforts to embrace the trappings of fame but said that he plans to step back and remain true to his personality.
This is not the first time Archuleta has spoken of his insecurities and about how music has helped him understand and express himself. He stated during his“Face to Face: Live Facebook Event” hosted by the LDS Church in June 2014 that music helped him conquer communication barriers.
“I always had a hard time talking and communicating, bad communications skills,” Archuleta said. “And I was anti-social and people in school knew me for ‘the kid that didn’t talk but the kid who is smiling all the time,’ I guess. Music was a way for me to understand how I was feeling. I was like, ‘I feel this way. What am I feeling?’ And I would start singing, and it’s like, ‘Oh, now I get it. Now I understand what I’m feeling.’ ”
Archuleta’s introverted nature will not prevent him from sharing his music. He wrote in his blog post that he is working on songs for a future release, and he hopes “the music that comes will be something that you can feel is real.”
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An Article Shared by Linda~
Thanks to Linda for emailing us to share some thoughts re: David’s blog along with an interesting article looking at the mind of a prodigy!
“I read comments that introverts post, thinking that they truly understand David’s blog and what it means because they’re introverts too. They, however, are NOT child prodigies, which I believe David is. I have thought that David’s characteristics and preferences stem more from that more than simply being shy. Read the article below regarding child prodigies and characteristics they seem to have in common. A large percent would have communicative problems as well as extraordinary memory and attention to detail….. similar to David. This explains his challenges in being talkative, his musical jukebox memory as a child, his inability to decide, his need to find a closet.
This is one of many reasons that i admire David so much. The things he has done in his life are truly remarkable, given that he was a child prodigy. That sometimes comes at a cost we ungifted people can’t know. NO ONE should take offense at his wish to pull back a bit.
We assume that we all share the same experiences and thought patterns, but some are more special. I’ve sometimes been frustrated by David’s seeming disinterest in upward mobility and popularity, because I wanted so much for him to be positioned as a refreshing, decent role model in today’s pop culture. But then I think about this. I’m so proud of who (I think) he is, and overjoyed that he understands and is proud of who he is too. ~Linda~
The Mind of the Prodigy
New study on prodigies reveals some startling findings.
Prodigies dazzle us with their virtuoso violin concertos, seemingly prescient chess moves, and vivid paintings. While their work would be enough to impress us if they were 40, prodigies typically reach adult levels of performance in non-verbal, rule-based domains such as chess, art, and music before the age of 10.
Their performances are hard to explain from a purely deliberate practice perspective. While it’s true that many prodigies receive support, resources, and encouragement from parents and coaches early on, such support is typically the result of a demonstrated “rage to learn”, as the prodigy expert Martha J. Morelock refers to the phenomenon. The reason why they are so driven to deliberately practice in their domain requires explaining.
A new study in the journal Intelligence sheds some new light on prodigies. Psychologist Joanne Ruthsatz and violin virtuoso Jourdan Urbach adminstered the latest edition of the Stanford-Binet IQ test to nine prominent child prodigies who have all been featured on national and international television programs. Most of the children reached professional level performance in their domain by the age of 10, and their chosen domains were notably rule-based. There was one art prodigy, one math prodigy, four musical prodigies, one prodigy who switched from music to gastronomy and another prodigy who switched from music to art.
Looking at all eight children together, the researchers found some striking patterns. The first thing they noticed is the wide spread of IQ scores- ranging from 108 to 147. Consistent with the earlier work of Feldman and Morelock, it appears that a high IQ is not necessary to be a prodigy. More telling, however, were the subtest scores. All of the prodigies showed uneven cognitive profiles. In fact, one prodigy obtained a total IQ score of 108 and a visual spatial IQ score of 71, which is worse than 97 percent of the general population. That didn’t prevent him from winning a prestigious award for his jazz improvisational abilities, becoming the youngest person ever to perform with a well-known musician at one of the best know music venues in America! He also scored three films without any formal composition lessons. Again, this is consistent with prior research showing that balanced cognitive test profiles are more the exception than the rule among academically precocious students as well as students who are precocious in art and music.
More striking is that every single prodigy scored off the charts in working memory — better than 99 percent of the general population. In fact, six out of the eight prodigies scored at the 99.9th percentile! Working memory isn’t solely the ability to memorize a string of digits. That’s short-term memory. Instead, working memory involves the ability to hold information in memory while being able to manipulate and process other incoming information. On the Stanford-Binet IQ test, working memory is measured in both the verbal and non-verbal domains and includes tasks such as processing sentences while having to remember the last word of each sentence, and recalling the location of blocks and numbers in the correct order in which they were presented. There have been many descriptions of the phenomenal working memory of prodigies, including a historical description of Mozart that involves his superior ability to memorize musical pieces and manipulate scores in his head.
Of course, the million-dollar question is this: How did all the prodigies develop such a high working memory? Anders Ericsson and Walter Kintsch proposed a mechanism called Long-Term Working Memory (LTWM) to explain how experts can store incoming information so quickly in their area of expertise. According to Ericsson and Kintsch, experts acquire their superior memory skills by gradually building up an elaborate, well-connected database of knowledge in long-term memory that is always on call. Experts then quickly link the current contents of short-term memory to this database, making the short-term memories more vivid and meaningful. Deeper memory encoding makes it much easier to access memories when they are cued at a later time. The proof in the pudding is that people can be trained to increase their memories dramatically for seemingly random bits of information by making the information meaningful. Most memory champions have spent years deliberately practicing techniques such as the method of loci to increase their memories for random strings of digits, numbers, faces, and even decks of cards.
But can the deliberate practice of memory techniques explain the high working memory of prodigies? Presumably, they weren’t trying to win a memory championship. Instead, they were far more interested in mastering music or art. One of the prodigies in the study reported that he sometimes pretends to not remember things since he found that people become uncomfortable with his prodigious memory. “People assume I must be thinking about them 24/7 when I am not,” he noted. “It’s just that I can remember every detail of the past.” In their terrific book Superior Memory, Elizabeth Wilding and John Wilding present cases of superior memory performance that are not easily explained through the use of deliberate strategies. **CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE* ~ It’s a great article with some good food for thought, so be sure to read it in its entirety!! Thank you Linda, for sharing your thoughts and sending it our way!
David’s ability to remember song melodies and lyrics as we all know, is uncanny! How many times in the past have you just stopped to wonder where he pulled that lyric, verse, or song from?
His “walking jukebox” nickname perfectly suits his gift to randomly recall songs from just about any genre at a mere beckon! And he further “WOWS” us as he always delivers in perfect tune and harmony! It was briefly addressed in a past interview by Snarky Archies. (vid credit Tinabeebop)
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More Blog Connection/ Dissection
It’s been over week since David shared his brave words and admissions to all of us in his first blog of 2015, and fans continue to share kind words and affirmations in our comments. Today I’m bringing two more lovely comments to the front page which also offer great depth, understanding, and support.