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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Ready for a test drive

Credit: Dean Kaelin

love is the bridge quote

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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:

- Selfie - via Benny at DA Universe

- 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

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“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:

Dean Kaelin on Facebook

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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Camo-Flawless!

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Rockin’ the camo like a BOSS!  Great to see David in his “gear” – if only he would have worn the helmet!  Love the soldiers in the background smiling at David’s salute – what a trooper!  *I wonder if bullet-proof vests come in plaid?

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- shared by Sunny

– shared by Sunny

We’ve posted this quote before, and Sunny recently posted it on twitter – and in light of the Fab 4 spreading uplifting thoughts and positive vibes to our soldiers in the Middle East, it seems fitting to re-post it – because each of us in big or small ways can begin to improve the world right now!

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David’s Blog – One More Time!

Re-posting David’s blog from yesterday in case anyone missed it (not likely, but just in case).  Also, this wonderful blog deserves a second, and even third read because it’s so full of WIN and reminds us of the good old days when My Space and Alloy blogs were the norm.  I saw lots of responses, and not ONE of them complained that the blog was too long lol – write as much as you want David!

There’s something special when reading about David’s experiences in his own voice – with all the random quirkiness we’ve come to expect from him – I’m envisioning him in a howling sandstorm, dressed in his camo gear, typing out a letter to his family & friends, then, after giving it some thought,  turning it into a blog for his fans – he thought of us YAY!  The hot-hair-dryer-in-your-face analogy was spot on!

So take a few minutes to enjoy David’s blog again – soak in every word as he explains why he’s there, bringing a few moments of respite to our war-weary soldiers – speaking his heart to them in the way he knows best… through his music.

In the words of David Archuleta:  Blog from Afghanistan

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Posted on DavidArchuleta.com  at 3:19pm · 18 Jul 2014

daafghblog_banner1-140x140Hey everyone,

I have written a letter to my family and friends, but I decided that I should share it with all of you as well:

First off, I am sorry that I can never write less than an essay and that my emails are always so long! But please bear with me and my imperfections with this one.

I wanted to write to all of you seeing as this last week has been quite incredible for me. Right now I am writing this to you as blasting winds full of dust attack my face and my eyes (I’m outside to have some time to myself). I am currently in Afghanistan, and as I don’t know when I will ever be here again I would like to take the time to write to you under interesting circumstances.

What am I doing here? I was invited by a man named Dan Clark. He is a world renown speaker who is the main contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He has spoken many, many times to the troops all over the world. We are joined by a professional impersonator/comedian named Jason Hewlett (he’s hilarious), and my voice trainer Dean Kaelin (accompanying me on the piano and guitar, and performing himself a number) to do a military tour. It is a tour with the focus to inspire and give an uplifting message to the troops as we entertain.

July 8th we left for the Middle East. We began in the country of Bahrain– a country I had never even heard of before. Afterwards we went to Kuwait. It was amazing to see how empty it is here terrain-wise: sand, sun, dust, and desert. However, due to oil and gas these are very wealthy countries. We visited an Islamic mosque and I was amazed to see that they believe in prophets, and even believe in Jesus Christ… As a prophet of God; not as the Only Begotten, yet they believe that He will come again. It is Ramadan here which is the month of fasting, where they cannot eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. We cannot eat or drink in front of them, and have to keep long-sleeve shirts and pants when in public Muslim-eye to not offend their traditions.

Anyway, this is a military tour, not a desert tourist trip. I wanted to express my love for these military men and women. Here in Afghanistan– along with in Iraq–they are in combat and there are attacks going on. I was surprised at the friendships and the respect the local people have with and for the troops, as the reason why we have been in these countries is to protect these people from opposing groups who seek for power and are extremists and terrorists trying to overtake the countries. We are now making transitions to let the Afghan military take charge of defending their own country so that they may strengthen their own sense of duty and value those rights and liberties more by taking the lead themselves.

We have met so many fathers who have yet to meet their newborn babies in person; they are out in this blazing heat of 100-140 degrees day to day (and wow it feels like a hair-dryer blowing in your face!). We have seen and felt their appreciation for us being here as we “come out of our way” to meet with them, perform for them, and let them know we love them — it is the LEAST we can do!! It is amazing to have them come up and say, “you don’t know how much this means to us. Thank you for coming to see us and break the routine. You bring a piece of home.”

These are people who learn what the word “duty” means. They literally put their lives on the line with rockets being shot at the bases, mines exploding their and civilians’ paths, and suicide bombers coming at them. It is real, but they do it because of their duty to our families and to our country, and to their duty to protecting countries and people who cannot do it alone. How grateful I am for their dedication and for them being awakened to their duty.

I hope the next time you see one of these service men and women, you think of their commitment that they have to this duty: to protecting our amazing and beautiful country where we have freedom, and working to help others have freedom as well. We take what we have for granted– whether- we go to the air-conditioned malls, or sit at our peaceful homes bored. Let us think twice about our liberty that we have in this promised land, and how God has truly blessed us. During this trip we are also getting to do some special faith-based events that we call firesides. It has been a wonderful bonus to the trip.

We have one more week of shows, and I will try and give you another (shorter) update as we come to a close.

I hope you are all well!

David

P.S. I’ve attached some photos

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- David always stands out in a crowd!

– David always stands out in a crowd!

If you haven’t left a glowing comment on the OS yet, please do so now – let him know how much we appreciated his blog!

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Dean Kaelin’s FB Update x 2

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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He felt the FANIC!

- David smiling in the corner!

– David smiling in the corner!

Ok, today was much more peaceful. I didn’t mean to make everyone nervous with my last post. We actually feel very safe here. The soldiers are doing a great job and we are exclusively on bases throughout our tour. However, we are in a war zone and things are constantly happening. Troops go out on missions daily either by air or on ground. 

We flew on a C-130 plane to Jalalabad which is fairly close to the border with Pakistan. It was probably collectively our favorite day on the tour thus far. The troops were super happy to see us. They gave us a great tour of their base, which was like a small village. The perimeter of this camp was 3.5 miles. The biggest problem here is with IEDs, which are the hidden explosives that insurgents hide in the ground. There is a group of brave young men that go out frequently to check for and dig up these explosives before they can hurt anyone. There is amazing equipment that helps them be able to do it with relative safety. There is tons of high-tech stuff as well. 

This is also a big helicopter air base and we got a great tour about the blackhawk and apache helicopters. We also visited the med station. There were several huge David Archuleta fans there. It was really fun. We performed a mini-concert for them since they were working and would not be available to come to the show. The show was in the camp chapel. There was a huge U.S. flag as our backdrop so it looked really cool.

The terrain was much different here; quite a bit of water (lakes, rivers) and lower elevation (900 feet), so it was hot and humid. Yesterday we were really high (7600 feet), and Bagram is 4500 feet).

At the end of the day we flew back to Bagram on a Chinook helicopter again. No excitement in the flights today! Here are a few pictures.

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To read Dean’s posts on his FB:  CLICK HERE

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Ready – Set- TREND!

Mark your calendar! It’s time for some twitter trending fun!  In honor of the Fab 4 spreading joy and inspiration to our troops:

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Trend:  Fab 4 Military Tour
Date & Time:  Refer to the graphic above for your state/country

Warm up those trending fingers because we’re going for a WWTT!

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Dan Clark FB Update

Dan posted a quick update on his FB that includes a collage!

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To visit Dan’s FB: CLICK HERE

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Operation Gratitude – You In?

You can help the Troops!  Donate a little or a lot – every bit helps! Try your hand at making a Paracord bracelet or find a new home for your well-loved beanie babies!  

Re-posting the information on how you can get involved and participate!


I have found an organization, Operation Gratitude, (  www.operationgratitude.com ), who does this for US troops and several people have told me that this is a worthwhile organization. How can you help?

  • Send items to me, which I will package up and send to Operation Gratitude, based upon their mailing requirements:    

      A.  To help, there is a list of items that the troops desire. Add David Archuleta CD’s to that list!  https://www.operationgratitude.com/get-involved/wishlist/ .           



       B.  Another idea for donation is Beanie Babies. Soldiers carry the stuffed toys with them and give them to local children as gifts and sometimes the children give locations of IEDs when they receive these toys. I remember doing this several years ago with my own children when they outgrew their beloved Beanie Babies. Operation Gratitude also accepts Webkinz, trolls and other small plush toys 6 inches or less. Please make sure they are clean and in good shape. 
       C.  They also like hand knitted scarves and hats. There are specifics as to size and material. Find that info here: http://opgrat.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/scarf-hat-cool-tie-project-details-materials-size-patterns/ .
       D.  For you crafty people Paracord “Survival” Bracelets are needed. They are known as survival bracelets, because they can be unraveled and the paracord can be used for many purposes in a pinch. They are also exchanged among the servicemen and women as friendship bracelets.  Here are instructions for making them:  http://opgrat.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/how-to-make-a-paracord-survival-bracelet/. I have also seen these pre-made at many stores.



You can obtain my address for shipping these to me by emailing me at thankstothetroops@gmail.com

  • If you prefer that someone else makes the selection or you cannot send an item, I will accept monetary donations via Paypal for use in purchasing items and for shipping costs. If Paypal is not your thing I will accept checks or cash.   You can get my Paypal account info and mailing address for checks by emailing me at thankstothetroops@gmail.com


We are working on landing on a similar organization for sending care packages to Canadian Peacekeepers.  More on that soon.   And of course, Jason’s blog suggested other ideas to make military and peacekeepers know they are appreciated.  http://jasonhewlett.com/us-troops-tour-kuwait/

So, are you with me?  Can you help show the soldiers how much we care and appreciate them?   Please write me and let me know if you can help!

~ Holly

If you prefer, you can send Direct Contributions:  

Shipping Address for Item and Letter Donations:
Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Here is the address to send candy: 

Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Attn: Halloween Candy

For Canadian letters and packages to be sent individually, please visit Morale Mail ( https://www.familyforce.ca/sites/FIL/EN/deployment/Pages/MoraleMail.aspx  ).  If you would like Holly to help co-ordinate, please email her.



Holly informed us that the deadline for all mailed items  is August 15, 2014, and donation deadline is one week before: August 8, 2014.

Thanks Holly for co-ordinating this!

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Abrra’s Candy Jar Goodies! 

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Abrra shared some mp3 and ringtone links of Imagine & Bring Him Home – visit her mediafire to download – Thanks Abrra!

Abrra’s Mediafire:  CLICK HERE

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David Blog BUZZ

Nice to see BUZZ about David’s blog!

 

Even though she got the season wrong – should be AI7 not season 8 lol – it’s still great to see David’s blog get some promotion!

They posted David’s entire blog with all the photos!  Go leave a nice comment!

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How Smart Are Your Tweets?

A fun look at how smart your tweets are – at least grade-level-wise. Apparently, David’s tweets are 5th grade level.  Pastel, Joanie and I all came in at 6th grade level and our FOD site scored at a 7th grade level!  It’s hard to be eloquent in 140 characters lol!

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Test your tweet-smarts below!

- click to try it out!

- click to try it out!

No matter your tweet grade level, we’re glad that you’re here with us to share in all the amazing David news!

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David Concerts Coming To Town? 

A link to a site “Bandsintown” that tracks where your fave artists are booked for concerts was posted on David’s FB recently.  Anxious fans clicked on the link hoping to find concert dates, but alas, there are no concert dates currently scheduled for David.  However, this could be part of preparing for future concerts to come!

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RATS!  No upcoming tour dates…. so far!! :-(  Download the the app and be prepared!

To download the app:  CLICK HERE 

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Celebrating Peace 

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Yesterday would have been Nelson Mandela’s 96th birthday.  In these troubled times, we continue t0 honor those that work for peace against incredible odds.  We look forward to the day when Troop Tours will no longer be necessary because the world will be at peace.

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For the Troops – Everybody Hurts

Given everything that’s going on in the world, this video speaks to the universal emotions of pain, fear, hope and love – a fitting tribute to our Troops.

Everybody Hurts (credit: David Archuleta)

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Tweets & Pics

- collage credit to Mary Dee

– collage credit to Mary Dee

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- Selfie - via Benny at DA Universe

– Selfie – via Benny at DA Universe

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- via Benny DA Universe

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Glad to see the Troops enjoying the shows & love that they’re sharing their pics via social media sites – another great way to keep up with David!

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Closing today’s Salute To The Troops Saturday – hope you guys are enjoying the posts – it’s kind of like old times when David was traveling from venue to venue on tour.  Hope he does a few concerts when he returns home *crossing fingers* I know a lot of fans would love to hear the full version of Bring Him Home!

Well my vacation is wrapping up – sad that it’s almost over, but when I get back home my internet will be much faster so posts will be easier to create!  I’ll also get started on donations for Operation Gratitude – hope we gather lots of donations to send to the Troops!  I’m sure I have some beanie babies stashed away somewhere!

Have a great weekend, and Pastel will be back tomorrow with an inspiring Sunday post!

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