Oh Happy Day!!!
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March Madness “Crazy” Winner on fb!
Congratulations to Shanelle Archuleta winner of our March fb banner contest themed “Crazy!”
And to Roberto Caliste Japzon who’s design came in as “runner up!”
And to Margy, Gregorie, Elaine, and Nikki on your also awesome entries!
Click Here to head over to our fb page where David (our fb CEO) has all of our FOD news, pics, postings, and more posted for your “likes,” comments, and enjoyment on a daily basis! And stay tuned as we’ll soon hear about the banner contest theme for April!
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From 32 to 39!
This is so cool! As @iamHaileyAnn and @Kimak have discovered and shared, his acct has increased the # of people he follows from 32—–> 39!!! And he’s following 7 more very cool and important people! YAY!
@JustinTimberlake @thecivilwars @HarryConnickJR @AmericanIdol @Childfund @Kariontour @ginaorr !!!!!
SO excited for the @DavidArchie tweets to begin again!!!
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A BEGIN. Photoshoot Gem ”Found”
Not sure how we didn’t see this gem before as it seems to have been posted ~ 5 months ago? Pray tell, HOW DID WE MISS THIS until now? Russ Dixon, the photographer David used for his BEGIN photoshoot has this GREAT photo posted on his Instagram and fb account. Thanks to Mary Lou (Pastel) and Jani for the find!!
Oh, and did I mention I LOVE what he wrote along side this Instagram Post? “MELTS MY BRAIN” Yup, Russ, We sure can relate!! :D
Since we’re talking about Russ, how about a look back at some of his other “BEGIN. shots?
A BEGIN collage from Cindy:
Kari also shared some of her own photos from that day.
NICE, FUN, FRUITFUL, JUST PLAIN WONDERFUL PHOTOSHOOT!!!
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In Celebration of that ’09 Columbus Love!
Today marks the 5th year anniversary of a very VERY special concert in the midst of David’s solo tour of winter 2009. Columbus, Ohio, on March 5th, 2009. There was something very special about that night. Every concert was special, but somehow it seemed like there was a little extra magic in the air (and on stage that night!) “Zero Gravity” took on a whole new meaning as David with unbridled energy and joy lit up the stage!!! The screams on video recordings could only give us a taste of what it must have been like to be there. An underwater cellcast was like nirvana to our ears at home.
And Jenny and Becky (PS I MISS THEM) were there! For fans who have been on FOD since it’s inception, I think I can safely say that we were all sooo very happy that our 2 great “leaders and buddies” were there to experience the magic of Columbus together! They were able to meet many fans and FOD followers that night, they met the band, and in fine fangurl form, they fully celebrated the man and artist who brought them here!
Today, I’m going to re-post their stories along with some music and pics from the night. That one night captured the essence of our reasons to have waited for the past two years along with our excitement and anticipation to BEGIN a new chapter as fans. Enjoy!
Becky’s blubbering Columbus love fest…
Eli takes our picture and David banters with us!
I’ve been sitting here for an hour, adding bits to this post, avoiding writing anything about my Columbus concert experience. I guess I am beginning to understand why all of the lovely fans who have been calling me after the shows have a sudden case of aphasia. All of the good words have been used to describe David and I’m left with “um,” “I just….” “uh.” Pecan Pie calls it Archuphasia.
I could come up with something flowery to say, but I’m not sure it would be right. I feel like, once again, this big circle is completed. From ONE YEAR ago to now, it’s like a star has been born. A kind, sweet, uber-talented, handsome, humble, ragingly adorable, genius star. I think I’m surprised by the amount of pride I felt watching him. I have nothing to do with anything, but I still felt like my heart would burst, I was so proud of him. There was joy too. To feel so completely happy for a person and want nothing but success and happiness for him or her is a liberating thing.
I was so excited all week, packing, shopping, returning what I bought, shopping again (and yes…after all of that, I ended up with an orange sweater that doesn’t exactly do it for my complexion), not eating but drinking too much coffee, throwing up the worst posts in the history of FOD, calling my son David and forgetting where I left the cat. You all know the drill.
So the concert. Exceeded expectations. Plain and simple. His voice was strong and silky and PITCH PERFECT. I have to say that after hearing ALTNOY and Crush (I LOVE CRUSH) on WNCI that morning, I had a feeling the vocals last night would be love. I don’t think I can describe the feeling in my stomach when he sang “WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY” during “To Be With You.” I know I didn’t breathe and I’m quite sure I was sucker punched. There was not one note off. Ever. For 70 minutes.
“Zero Gravity” was FANTASTIC! WOW! That song live is nothing but fun and rock-y and single-worthy. Honestly the biggest crowd-pleaser of the night. We jumped, Alex…we tripped all over each other and it wasn’t pretty, but we jumped.
I don’t have a favorite. Nope. You can’t make me. ALLLTHOUGH…Crush is just meant to be live. The ballads were love and “One” was a tease. I want to hear his take on the entire song. It was jazzy and soulful. I will admit something here, but ya’ll can’t tell a soul. I LOVE TMH. Yep…that coolio Mike K guitar jam leading up David’s appearance on stage built our anticipation and then BAM…Big D comes out and we’re screaming and dancing and singing. So ya…I’m shipping TMH. Becky + TMH =4eva.
The Band. THE BAND! The Best Dang Band in the Land. Every last one of those guys (and courageous girl) is kind and sweet and COOL! Alex is funny and kind and EXCITED! Eli is my new BFF. Don’t tell him because he doesn’t know and I don’t want to freak him out. He did derive a bit too much joy from reliving draining his own fingernail, but I won’t go there. He thinks John Mayer is sick. Yep. We’re BFF’s. Kendra is gorgeous and holding her own in a bus full of men. I gave her a candle, thinking she’d need something girly. She did share that the bus was a bit, um, odiferous. But I get the vibe that Kendra can handle it. And she has some fierce shoes. I like her already. Mike is sweet and we talked babies and Nashville and I made a fool of myself by gushing too much. I did manage to swallow “OMGosh! YOU WROTE BREAKAWAY!!!!! AHHH!”
Rambling. I loved meeting back up with Jenny. We went to the AI Indy show together and this felt very emotional. No one knows more about this crazy existence I now have than Jenny.
Thank you David…
Nancy’s TMH video from Columbus is LOUD and SCREAMY! I’m sure I’m down there somewhere, adding to the noise. WOW!
An audio remix, using emilylovesarchie’s audio and our video.
credit to rascalrg
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Jenny’s Columbus Recount~
Columbus! Just A Few Thoughts From a Fangirl
Do you know how is it to be frozen in time? To be so enraptured and completely invested in a precise moment of your life that time graciously and patiently stands by while you are lost in your reverie? I had a few of those moments last night.
The first moment was when David took the stage–and what a divine job the band does in drumrolling and riffing and keyboarding and teasing the masses, building the excitement to a palpable level. And then…and then…
And then David runs out and there he just simply is, glowing and smiling hugely and waving and just exuding a level of pure joy and pleasure that I’m not quite sure I’ve ever managed to convey, and then launching directly into Touch My Hand. Touch My Hand..who knew that this song could rock the house? David stomped and jumped and ran the stage, and I could just picture his friends up there with him dancing the night away as they are prone to do.
The second enrapturement for me was when David sang To Be With You. He slid right into Archutopia, a place entirely separate from the shabby-chic venue and even the confines of the stage. He was somewhere else, but working hard, so hard, to bring us with him.
The vocals last night were insanely good. Who sounds like this? And this new David, this older, freer, less inhibited and awkward David, is learning, with the help of sublime band and the crazy fans, to have fun, fun, fun on that stage. He belongs there; I really felt that last night and believed it to the core.
They were gracious enough to stay for quite a while after the concert (any fan can meet them; there was no special meet and greet), and Becky and I, I am somewhat ashamed (not really) to confess, hung out until the security guard snapped, “Ladies! There is NO ONE ELSE in here! You are the last ones! It is time to leave!” Alex is funny and goofy and sweet and a great hugger. Mike is solicitous and caring and–um–a great hugger. He smells really, really good. Eli is just a cutie, no doubt it. That smile! He loves to talk and he showed us his injured finger and launched into a description that can only be classified as TMI (ewww…). Eli is very kind and smart and, yes, a great hugger. And Kendra! I was so pleased to have a chance to really get to know her (read that as monopolize her time). She’s articulate and funny and yes, a great hugger. All of them are very skilled huggers. They grab and pull close and hang on. Be not afraid to ask for hugs, my fellow FOD’ers. We learned some interesting things about the band, the bus, the tour; items for another time, when I have had some sleep.
One of the best parts about last night? Being with Becky again. It’s hard to be separated from your BFF and just fantastic to hook back up again at a David concert. I love you, Becky! And it was so great to talk to so many FOD’ers, too!
Becky snapped some great pictures last night.
Here we are meeting the band!
Zero Gravity (fansofdavidvideos)
To Be With You (bubblesark):
Somebody Out There (emilyluvsarchie)
Touch My Hand ~ credit EmilyluvsArchie
Was That magical??? I say yes!!! And how many times in the years to follow has David given us that same FANTASTIC feeling and experience!?!? March is here, and I’m more excited than ever for what’s to come from David.
When he returns, and is rested, and ready, he’ll find us right here. That makes me very happy. In closing today, for all we’ve experienced in the past 6 years, and for what’s to come, I’m posting a sentiment shared by Maryanne (@Munkfod) yesterday on twitter. I think it says it all.
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Have a great day. I’ll be back tomorrow!