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The Gift of the Recap
Shelley has been very generous in not only sharing pictures and vids of her concert adventures, but also recaps. Shelley has said on many occasions she is blessed to have gone to a number of Orion Shows, with various friends and family members. And we are pleased as punch at FOD to post them!
Recaps take time. Recaps require you to un-vortex yourself from your concert experience and explain it in a way others understand. It’s not easy. We seek concert recaps and are very appreciative to all of you who have stepped to share your joy, you nuggets of info, your insights, your Did-He-Really-Do-That? moments. That vast majority reading recaps have not gone to concerts this tour and, together with pictures and vids, this is the closest thing to being there.
It is now Tuesday June 27th ~ the day before David’s Denver show at the Soiled Dove Underground. (It is really underground too) When I got off work I came home and took a nap for an hour before I had to pick up Shirley and Heather from the airport in Denver. On my way to the airport I stopped at Starbucks and a very nice person paid for my drink.(I will pay it forward somehow) I finally picked up Shirley, it was so awesome that she and Heather came for the show. Shirley is from Utah, and Heather is from central California. Heather finally arrived!! YAY!! We decided to go check out the Soiled Dove. It is a restaurant and a tavern. Underneath it was the venue.
There were pictures at the restaurant all over the walls of people that have played there. (I hope David’s picture will go up there.) We ate dinner and was talking to the waitress about the show. She said she works at a radio station too and they play David’s music often. We went to my house after, it was pretty late when we got there. It was so fun to have them there. The next day we got up and got ready yo head to Denver. (it was maybe a little over an hour drive) Before going to the venue we stopped at Edible Arrangements to pick up 3 boxes of chocolate covered strawberries for David and the crew.
We met up with Lisa and her daughter and decided to go to The Native Foods Cafe about an hour or 2 after David posted he ate there.(You know we always have to go check out where David eats) lol. It is a vegan cafe with pretty good food. Kind of a little whole in the wall. They had watermelon juice that was really good. After dinner we went back to the venue and waited around. We saw Amber and Emily doing Amber’s Instagram live, haha. While we were in line there was a lady there that was saying her brother worked with David in trying to get him to come to the Colorado State fair right after he won Star Search. He was all set to be there, but that’s when his vocal cord gave out so he could not sing. Interesting little tibit there.
Finally after standing in line in the heat we got to go in. It was super exciting. David was singing at the piano when we walked in. I had no idea that place was so small. It was a VERY cozy little venue with amazing sound quality when David talked and sang. He counted everyone to make sure everyone was there. I think he stopped at 20. It was now time to ask questions.
- Someone asked if he was able to do any sight seeing while in Colorado. He said not a lot this time but he has before when he came and he has family here.
- Annalea (my 9 year old grandaughter) asked him which music he liked better, country or rock? LOL (She has been saying she wanted to ask him that). He said he likes soft rock, pop rock. He said that if he is listening to the radio he would probably put on country. He likes store telling country. Then he asked her what kind of music she likes and she said rock. hahaha He asked what kind of rock and she said Christian rock. ( Her dad listens to that.)
- Heather told him she went to the Hollywood show and asked if he would dance in Denver like he did in Hollywood for Up All Night. LOL You go Heather!! Love you!! He said he would try but he hurt his neck doing limbo in Santa Fe so he has not been moving much.
- Veronica asked him if he ever wishes he was not famous. He said he really doesn’t and that he feels he is not too famous. He said life has been good. (YAY!!)
After questions he sang part of Running, Invincible and Fast Car. Boy his voice just resonated in that place. So amazing…the deep, pure shakiness in his voice. Ahhhhh just beautiful. After questions we were waiting to take pictures. Shannon and Veronica went before Annalea and I. (Shannon is Veronica’s best friend since 3rd grade that LOVES David also.
I asked David about an east coast tour. He said they have to figure out the routing first. I told him his shows have all been awesome. Annalea gave him our little gift. 2 pairs of Pokemon socks. He said we were “giving folk” after Kari told him we gave them the strawberries. lol After everyone was done taking pictures Annalea said she was going to go ask Kari if she can get a picture with her. Next thing you know we see her taking a selfie with David. LOL She told me that Kari said he would come back out and get one but she got a little busy. By the way if anyone of you has met my grandaughter, that kid is not shy at all. Her and Heather were best friends while Heather was here. She mingled with everyone.
While we were waiting there were to teenage girls at Shirley and Annalea’s table. (This place had small round table with chairs, the ones up front were touching the stage.) The girls just had a VIP ticket and not an actual ticket to the show. Oh no!! I am so glad that I had 2 extra tickets for them by us. Veronica and Shannon had a table touching the stage too. Every seat was a great seat because this venue was like a giant living room. Heather and I had an elevated seat that was right in the center. It felt like 3rd row elevated. When he came down the aisle everyone screamed and had a smile on their face. Again the sound in there was amazing. Maybe because it is underground?
He was pretty much on fire in Denver. ALTNOY was so good. Also He Lives in You was just….um watch the video. Wow!! One of my favorites on the EP is Invincible. I can totally relate to that song. Higher Ground was on a new level. He did do a little dancing in Up All Night. Say Me was pretty heartfelt and so was Broken. I love both of them! During Something Bout Love Heather, another girl by her and I were standing up dancing, and an older man told Heather we were the only 3 standing and he couldn’t see. Hmmmm.
David was so energetic and we all sang it with him. He held the mic down to to Shannon and boy did she belt it out. Good job girl!! For the last several songs I stood up and danced even though I looked foolish. I think I embarrassed Veronica. I saw Shannon looking at me and telling Veronica something like “look at your mom” lol. Oh well. He ended the show with making sure he touched EVERYONE’S hand…he even came back after he started walking away.
My last show for awhile. But it was so so good. After the show we were hanging around outside. It wasn’t long until David and Kari came out. We all lined up and got our pictures taken and got some stuff signed. I thanked him for coming to Colorado and I didn’t have to travel. I think he said something like “I know right?” I told him again that he made new fans. There was a lady that sat next to me at the show that has never seen him live. I asked her what she thought and she said he was just amazing. Not only amazing but she said he was a class act. Yes he sure is. After the show Annalea finally got her picture with Kari that she has been wanting since she met her.
Thank you David, Kari, Chad, Brady, Aaron, Jay, and even the 2 beautiful Merch girls Amber and Emily for making this tour a special and wonderful experience. Until next time. We got home around midnight and didn’t fall asleep until a few hours later. The next morning I took my wonderful friends Heather and Shirley to the airport. We had such a wonderful time! Thank you ladies!!
Shelley’s letter to David,
While I was driving home from Denver the day after your show, I was thinking about all the people on this tour that saw you froor the first time and were just in awe of you. Your talent, your character. You really are a class act in every way. Like I told you in Pocatello, you have made so many new fans on this amazing tour. At every show I would look around at everyone when you get on that stage and everyone just had a huge smile on their face the whole time. Me included. Sometimes tears of how your music affected them, me included during Broken or My Little Prayer. (Which was at the Christmas shows). You may be starting to understand why your fans love you so much and go to several of your shows. You are the kind of artist that people should be fans of. Your music and the way you sing your music is so real and raw. People also love the fact that you gave up your music, career and everything to follow your heart to serve our Heavenly Father. That says so much about your character. Most people love that in a person. When we hear about all the “behind the scenes” things that you do, visiting sick kids or elderly people, whatever it is that you do or announce or let us know, it shows what an amazing heart that you have. You have that light that bounces onto your audience at every single show. I see it with my own eyes when I look around at other people at your shows. Thank you for sharing your light and music with us. You give us joy.
Always and forever a fan, Shelley
And a few videos from the Denver show
Intro to Beautiful and Scars to Your Beautiful
Say Me. ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
And here’s a slideshow for you to enjoy!
Everything is coming up yellow!
David seemed to be in Layton at the launch of Archuleta Performing Arts 🙂
Pretty in pink, as in pink lemonade!
Ever one to support local initiatives, David stopped for a “cold one” 😉
When David Archuleta stops by your daughter's lemonade stand, randomly driving through the neighborhood….you try not to stare but then can't help but go over to the car and say "you look so much like David Archuleta." Oh my word!!! We all about died and of course I was tearing up. Yep. I'm kind of a fan. Pretty happy that on this 100 degree day, it was so worth the sweat. @davidarchie thank you for making our day.
Tuesday Afternoon Cartoons
Why not? Arthur was a staple at our house. I miss it!
David really enjoying the humor here. Love the last shot especially!
Ending with David’s quote from
Many people have a clear idea on how we should live our lives, but none about his or her own.
— Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) July 11, 2017
It reminds me of a favourite quote from To Kill a Mockingbird
That’s it for now, will add more throughout the day.
Enjoy the mid week milestone!