It’s World Kindness Day!
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More Instagram Stories: David opens up on how to deal with criticism, vulnerability and the spotlight
For the second week in a row, David has spent a considerable amount of time sharing thoughts and reflecting on issues that are top of mind for him. Today, he shared two videos where Taylor Swift discusses how she deals with criticism, the spotlight, her honest lyrics and fame in general. They were good interviews and she made a powerful point about being allowed to be genuine in her music.
As well as this them, David introduces us to his morning routine. Using the 8 x 10 awesome glossy of Amber (which is fantastic!). And Natsu the uber feline!
As I watched it at lunch today I quickly moved out of fan mode into one of a much older (but not necessarily wiser) counseller, pondering how I’ve dealt with criticism in the past. It’s a challenge we all face, no matter what your profession or what’s going on in our lives. David wears his heart on his sleeve and as a self confessed HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) this is probably a challenge area for him. It is for all of us! I’m just happy he takes to his fans to be honest about what’s on his mind and invites us to share our thoughts as well.
Here is the youtube video. What are your thoughts? How would you advise David?
Here are the Taylor videos:
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Meet Cason Cooley and Jeremy Bose
Love these deep dives from David into the songwriters and producers that helped make Postcards in the Sky the masterpiece that it is.
Here’s a tip. You should all comment. And if you want David to notice your comment, add @davidarchie to you reply. You never know if he will reply to you!
A couple more story times for y'all to go! Cason Cooley is a writer/producer that helped me finish writing "I'm Ready," and along with @the_katie_herzig the 3 of us wrote "A Little Goes a Long Way." In addition to doing production on those 2 songs that we wrote together, Cason also produced "Invincible," "Waiting in the Stars," and "Shine a Light." I reached out to Cason after I heard his work that he did on @ingridmichaelson 's song "Girls Chase Boys," and other songs on her "Lights Out" album. I have always loved @ben_rector 's music as well and I came across Cason's name on the credits of a few of Ben's songs. Aside from creating music, Cason loves food and introduced me to a lot of great restaurants! He also loves to cook, and I've yet to try some of his Thai dishes that he makes. What's great is Cason is a lover of life and experiences rather than being a workaholic obsessed with getting music done, and so creating experiences and interacting with people is what motivates him to do music. During lunch his wife Katie (not herzig) would sometimes join us or Cason would catch me up on his kids and show me he latest pictures. Other times he'd share with me artwork and architecture he loves or talk to me about a podcast that was interesting. It was great collaborating with Cason on 5 songs off of the Postcards album along with Katie Herzig. Thanks for an outstanding job on everything and here's to more in the future! I added a throwback photo to when we wrote A Little Goes a Long Way too. #storytime #casoncooley #katieherzig #musicproducer #songwriters #postcardsinthesky
In honour of Cason’s collaboration, here’s a little I’m Ready! Partial from the Listening Event in Toronto. Acoustics very very good.
Next up DAvid introduces Jeremy Bose. Jeremy is a long time collaborator with David, both in songwriting and producing. David discusses Say Me, Other Things in Sight and Someone to Love but saves a special space for explaining a bit of Upset with Me.
Upset with Me has to be the song that has had the most intense reaction from the fans, with it’s intense lyrics and haunting production. Now we know David was solo on this project and it means even more. You really need to read some of the comments on this IG. Fans are so supportive and empathetic, I just love all of you for extending a warm blanket of love around him.
This is writer/producer Jeremy Bose! Jeremy took part in writing 3 songs on the Postcards album. I gave background on "Say Me" on the Trent Dabbs post and how "Other Things in Sight" was a collab the 3 of us did. Jeremy and I worked with @cindymorganmusic to write "Someone To Love." (Which you'll see how the time flew in the picture since the day we wrote it. 😂) Jeremy also did additional production on the title track "Postcards in the Sky," (produced by Jeff Trott) and then I chose Jeremy to produce "Upset With Me," the only song on the album I wrote by myself. I knew Jeremy would get the emotional journey I needed to take it on, and wanted the song to feel like I was in the room alone like when I had written it. Many of you have asked about details on this song by the way. It was a feeling of being alone, nearly defeated, and surrounded by darkness, but also a sense of hope and movement forward. Although it was from a dark place there was a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. It was finding strength to move toward that light. Writing about it helped me know where I really stand. It brought healing and closure. For a while it wasn't on the album as I've since moved out of that place, but I knew there are people in that same place now, and they may need to hear they're not alone and can have hope and get help needed just like I needed help. The rest of the story for now is still personal and I need my space and time with it. I didn't know how else to express the emotions of loss, darkness combined with hope and moving forward aside from chords, and melodies. Thus the section without words and just chords, vocal expressions, etc. I knew Jeremy would get this too. Jeremy and I have known each other for 7 years now after being introduced to each other through @sensibilitymusic and @joy__williams. We wrote 2 songs with Joy and producer Robert Marvin (though these songs were never released) and bonded after that. This lead to the sessions where we wrote "The Other Side of Down" (along with Joy and Blair Daly) and "My Kind of Perfect" (also with Joy, and Cindy Morgan). Thanks for all the wonderful collabs Jeremy on this album, and also Cindy!
Here is Other Things in Sight from our Instagram Account. Have you followed us yet???? You should!
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DA: Touching Hearts And Souls
Brenda shares a very honest letter on David’s impact on her. What a letter it is! Brenda thank you for sharing with all of us ~ Pastel
In order to truly express the impact David’s music has had on me I have to let my armor down, to follow his example of speaking painful truths. That may sound strange but hopefully after you read my thoughts and observations you’ll understand. That maybe this might help someone too. So here goes…
My family includes a child with a long term extremely serious illness, adults with severe mental health challenges and children with Attention Deficit Disorders and other related conditions that make living a normal life extremely challenging. I am and have always been the go to person to solve problems, sooth hurts and provide comfort and support to all in need no matter how intense the need might be. It’s be strong for everyone else..no time to give in to anything emotional yourself. After a while it became necessary to suppress my own emotions, put up shields of self preservation in order to give others strength. After a while it becomes a way of life. A form of numbness that David speaks of until something breaks through it..something powerful.
That something for me came in the form of David’s music and light which reentered my life last December when The Prayer showed up on my Facebook page as suggested music I might like. It hit me hard! I listened too many times to count and felt moved to share it with my granddaughter who at age 15 has been battling a rare incurable kidney disease since she was a baby and had went back on 8 hour daily dialysis a year earlier in October 2016 eight years after her first kidney transplant. She had a kidney transplant at age 5 after being on the same type of dialysis for 2 years. So now she’s struggling really hard physically and mentally and David’s music is soothing her, encouraging her. She had met him at the White House in 2010 at a Children’s Miracle Network Champion’s event and really, really liked David! So now as new music is being released I’m sharing it with her. We had a very emotional conversation about the meaning of Say Me and my dedication of it to her. And we texted constantly everytime either of us heard new songs or found something we hadn’t heard on YouTube. She told me that David’s music really really helps to keep her spirits up. (so grateful) For myself the words “you don’t have to be Invincible” slowly started sinking in. And when I heard David sing Be Still My Soul for the first time I was stunned by the sense of calmness that I immediately felt, the obvious quieting of the noise and chaos that is my world. I found a go to place. One that I have since shared with family, friends, other Children’s Miracle Network families. Anyone who can use a be still moment.
As really toxic situations escalated fueled by untreated and uncknowledged mental health issues within my family I was leaning toward walking away, actually moving away from a extremely difficult and seemingly impossible situation to resolve when “that voice” sang Be Still My Soul again. This time it sounded like a shout! Wait it said. Shortly afterwards I saw David perform for the first time at TOFW Atlanta and the whole experience touched something really deep. I was blessed to meet and be sitting with Joanie, Mary Lou and Karin with whom we all share our support for David on social media! There was a immediate warm connection!!! And then there he was, right in front of me almost glowing from the light that he personifies. Uplifting my spirit with his testimony, with the beauty of his faith. And when he sang Be Still My Soul I cried tears that seemed almost foreign to me. Reaffirming that God has a answer for me, stay still..wait..not yet. I got to meet David afterwards and the wonderful Miss Kari and I was truly touched by how warm he was with everyone and his telling me that he remembered my granddaughter from a picture I showed him of them together from our Whitehouse visit. And then excitedly telling the person behind me about it too!
Fast forward to Postcards In The Sky’s release. When I listened to the title song I immediately realized that God was sending me my answer now, guidance through his divinely favored servant David. Channeling his message through David’s voice and heart. “Your heart is like a map of scars but it still carries the love”. It does. He said to “throw your words into world, what you feel and you’ll be heard”. I’m crying now after about 20 seconds. And then I hear “all the hurt you’re hiding, for everyone you’re missing gotta throw it in the sky “. This..these words..they broke through the scars, the shields, the hurt. And so much emotion and pain poured out that it was overwhelming, as it needed to be. This went on for a few more days and after listening to the other songs and their powerful messages of struggles overcome, remaining hopeful, words of encouragement and self empowerment I felt what David wanted us to feel. I felt God in his music. I felt David’s heart and soul wide open and speaking directly to mine when I needed it the most.
In the days afterwards I felt a new sense of clarity. I felt a renewed strength to to stay still and fight to resolve family conflicts, to try even harder to to encourage my daughter to seek help for her mental health challenges. And to remain hopeful for a reconciliation after a year of non communication with her and residual reduced communication with my granddaughter. God did this after I took to heart the words “you gotta throw it in the sky” from David’s own heart. As I prayed like I’ve never prayed before. And praise God a small ray of hope is now shining through as a older family member has offered to try hard to help me reach out.. Shine A light..
So now three weeks after TOFW I’m in Nashville to see my first concert too!!! I’m here with a renewed spirit and a heart full of hope from Postcards In The Sky. I had no idea what a life changing experience this would be too! Almost from the moment I got there I met many, many fellow amazing fans gathered from all over the country at the same hotel!:We proceeded to hang out all weekend for dinner, breakfast and the fan lunch of all fan lunches! I’m biased it being my first one but it was AWESOME!!! I was warmly welcomed and felt a immediate bond with everyone.and was so touched by their excitement for me and my first upcoming concert. I loved that they let me be involved in getting things ready too and that Joanie, MaryLou, Kalei, Gwen, Linda and many others kept a close eye on me to make sure I was enjoying myself (YES!!!) It felt like coming home…
Vid credit to Fans of David – Start of concert with Up All Night
And now the concert: I was lucky to be seated up front at a table. As I set there waiting for David to come out it felt so surreal. It still does. Every second, I’m still consciously slowly processing it like you savor that last bit of something extremely delicious, a slow sweet satisfaction remembering his voice, that I would buy his toothpaste brand and go to his dentist smile, his incredible dancing..YES David no more charades..you dance..you rock!!!, DA’Band (Brady original), and that wonderful verbal hugs for our hearts talking. So raw, real and touching especially with the self deprecating humor! David please don’t ever stop speaking from your heart through songs or just your words. EVER!!! And now you’re up close on a stage that almost seems to small to hold all that you bring to it. I danced, I sang along loudly, I waved my hands in the air like I just didn’t care. I set myself free to enjoy every single thing about this experience. I was in my own happy place. Afterwards I felt changed in a way that was startling. Renewed, happy, lifted to “higher ground!” So inspired by David’s advocacy for disadvantaged children that assisted by his incredibly sweet sister Amber I signed up to sponser a sweet little precious baby myself. I was also thankful to see Miss Kari again and thank her for all that she does too. Feeling so insanely happy it was overwhelming but in the best way possible!
We all hung out again that night sharing our lingering excitement, pictures, videos, any and EVERYTHING DA related!!! I really was up all night myself still too excited to sleep. I didn’t care!!! We got to hang out the next morning to bond a little more before we all headed out to our far flung homes or sightseeing for those staying to explore Nashville. I literally floated home during my 5 hour drive back to the Atlanta area blasting my new cd. Moving and grooving as I “eased on down the road!” I probably got crazy looks from other drivers as I took car dancing to a whole new level but if they could hear what I was hearing(best driving music ever) they would have been grooving too while enjoying David’s beautiful musical gift to us. The gift from his heart and soul that will never grow old or stop giving us reminders of what truly matters…to always embrace, dwell within and share the light..
(please pardon all of Pastel’s hmmmm’s and awwww’s)
Thank you David..from the bottom of my heart thank you.
Brenda Sharpe: itsallbs2017
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Reunited and it feels so goooood!
Look who was in the same place, at the same time!
And by permission, from Dave Filice’s FB page
Ok but 😍😭😍🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/0LSY0HZqLE
— rhiminee (@rhiminee) November 12, 2017
And Dave has a new CD out! I bought it and it’s so much fun! You should check it out. Click to go!
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From LDS Living and Deseret News
— David Archuleta FOD (@FODFansofDavid) November 14, 2017
— David Archuleta FOD (@FODFansofDavid) November 14, 2017
As Found aRound
Isn’t it the best when you recognize a gift you gave to David? Well, Barb should know!
OMG!! I was halfway through this before I realized David is wearing the T-shirt I gave him at the Pittsburgh VIP!! I've never given him clothes before. I'm freakin' out!
— Barb (@EL_FOD) November 13, 2017
— Barb (@EL_FOD) November 14, 2017
Love this from Shanelle.
@DavidArchie 25 hours every day, I got nothing else better to do than watching the smile light your face…It doesn't get better than you ❤️😍🎶@FODFansofDavid Monday smiles from our guy 😁Hope y'all are having a great Monday 🎉 pic.twitter.com/vwP404rOsT
— David Archuleta Fans (@DavidUniverse) November 13, 2017
That’s it for now! Starting to write up my Kansas City adventure! Because it was one! Hope to post it before the week is out!
And Saturday is the Pocatello show! Who is going?