And just one more …
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Idaho State, are you ready for David????
David is going to Jensen Concert Hall tonight! 1200 seats and front levels are all sold out!
Gorgeous venue! Who is going???
And here is a vid of David on the road!!!
And goodness gracious guys folks need to eliminate the driving safety message lol!
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It was fun and games at Studio 5!
— Studio 5 (@studio5ksl) November 17, 2017
Brooke Walker from Studio 5 of KSL in Salt Lake City dis a fantastic job in sharing a 2 part interview with David on Thursday and Friday.
Here is the link to the Friday interview:
And Omar has a comment to that tentative response from David regarding a Snoop Dogg collaboration 😂😂😂
— Omar Medrano (@omarmedrano) November 18, 2017
And yesterday there were a couple of segments on FB live where David played games! We love David and game playing! The giggles alone. The game is “Never Have I Ever”
And who hasn’t got changed in their car. Raise those hands high!
and Part II (I can’t seem to rotate it, sorry)
Love Brooke Walker as an interviewer! Anyone who can make David giggle like that is cool with me!
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David Archuleta 2.0
David has been busy with interviews, and they have been fantastic.
David is making it clear he’s not the pre mission David. He can’t be. So he has spend some time explaining what has changed, how he’s changed, and how he’s in a more comfortable, and better place.
This is why I LOVE the intros to his songs. It’s like David is giving us our own personal interviews. He’s answering the questions that are in our heads. And he’s doing it in a way that weaves in beautifully with his music.
Click on the image below to read the articles.
And if you missed it, a Q&A with Deseret:
Planes, trains and automobiles ~ we did it all to see David in Kansas City!
This is my first posting week back since doing a 3 concert journey starting Oct. 31 and finishing Nov. 4th. Kalei has done a great job at covering Nashville show, Joanie is covering her home town and Hallowe’en show in Minneapolis and I am covering the show at Knuckleheads Saloon (actually moved to the much larger garage!) in Nov. 2, 2017.
And travelling to this show involved planes, trains and automobiles. Steve Martin and the late John Candy would be proud 🙂
After a day to decompress after the MN show on Oct. 31, we had an early start from Minneapolis with Joanie, so that we could get to the venue in plenty of time. Our plan was to rent a car to take us from Minneapolis to KC, and then fly from KC to Nashville.
Thank heavens the weather co operated on our virtually straight line trip south, but sadly, the trains did not. The venue was located in a very industrial part of Kansas City surrounded by, you guessed it, train tracks and trains delivering materials to the industrial establishments in the area. I’m sure this isn’t normally an issue, but on the day of the concert, just as we arrived, an unusually long train was slowly making it’s way along some of the industrial tracks. We knew we were close, but it was soooooo far! We had a significant wait which got the pulse racing there for a bit!
Just as we reached that point of real concern, we saw a light at the end of the tunnel, or end of the caboose! And beyond it, there was a SIGN!!! Literally and figuratively! Could not have planned it better lol
One hundred metres from the tracks was the venue.
But don’t let the exterior fool you. The surroundings were a bit sketchy, but the venue itself was very nice, with fairly good acoustics. As we parked we say folks we knew, and some we did not, but soon would. We settled beside the long wall of Knuckleheads “Garage” and listened to a fabulous sound check while in line.
As we waiting, we took in the local sights. And sounds. And made mental notes of the local requirements 🙂
Inside the venue was insanely cool and big! Really big!
The VIP was very intimate and David was still on vocal rest but unlike Minnesota, we were allowed to ask David some yes / no questions. Joanie and I had some prepared in advance, a perfect road trip thing to do! David answered Joanie’s question about singing Waiting in the Stars one day live.
My dream was to listen to Aiming for Hope as a VIP song so I asked “David, do you enjoy singing Aiming for Hope at VIP?”. It was the best yes / no question that got me close. Before David got too far in his answer, Kari interjects “It’s a good song to test out the keyboard”. And with that, David launched into it! Kari is such a dream, she KNOWS!!!!! David provided his intro and context on how it came about. It made total sense that it was one of the first songs written for the CD, because it really set the stage for many more of the songs to come. It was simply wonderful listening to it live a capella. Just wonderful.
I’m not sure if all of you read my summary of some of the songs on the CD (link here) but this song is extremely special to me and relatable to all of us. And, David sang it that way, with all of us in mind.
Here it is now:
The VIP was shortened due to the fact David could not speak but we were able to speak to him for a minute or so and I took the time to explain why the lyrics on the shirt I wore were important.
Before leaving for this concert road trip, I spent some time at a local T shirt shop to get my Hallowe’en T shirt designed and also to print a T with some of my favourite words from David and his collaborators. As a writer, I have to think David likes to know which message resonates with the readers or listeners, and why. I felt incredibly blessed to share what resonated with me.
During the wait for the concert to start, it was lovely to chat with Amber and Emily and of course pick up a number of CDs! The merch table looked amazing and very professional. Remember, when you go to a concert, merch is where the artist has alot of control re: what to sell and although the venue does get a percentage of proceeds, the artist can do well. So, remember to buy if you can, it helps!
Amber certainly is her brother’s sister. When she listens to you, she has the same intent listen-to-understand focus as David does. She thinks before she speaks. And she finds simple things endearing. And Emily is a sweetheart and girl after my own heart in her inspiring fitness journey. Fun to chat with both of them.
I ended up standing near the stage next to two fans that travelled from Nebraska. They had been fans since American Idol and were incredibly engaged during the entire concert. Janey and I gave them our signed 8 x 10 posters which they enjoyed.
David has SOOOOOO many long time fans that were just waiting for this opportunity to see him again. In their eyes, David never went away, he is just took a longer than usual time to get to their neck of the woods 🙂 .
The show was amazing and just sealed the deal for me on my preferred concert experience. General admission. All the way. Just so much more interactive, David can feel the excitement more and we get to feel the excitement of those around us. I cannot see David adding Something Bout Love at the last minute if the audience hadn’t been free to stand up. Of course you can stand at seated venues, but in GA it seems easier to sway with your pals, link arms, fist pump together and all those fundamental and critical concert behaviours. Fundamental! And critical! And is was so much fun doing it with Joanie, Tina, Janey, Max and many others, fans new and not-so-new 🙂
Here are a mix of pictures and vids from the event, all are from pastel or FOD unless otherwise stated.
It was hot inside! I always feel we should have towels at the ready to toss on the stage, not the other way around lol!
He Lives in You snippet!
Something Bout Love! He threw this in once he realized how responsive the audience was, I’m convinced of it!
My Kind of Perfect!
When David discussed his recent visit with the orphans in Manila, it broke my heart. And David’s. Very emotional.
David’s discussion of Holt International is not filler. This is not just another cause for the tour. This is foundational for David. It seems to me that he has found his charitable passion. It’s so him.
*** Note from Pastel: Christmas / holidays are coming. If you are considering donating to charities, you don’t have to necessarily sponsor a child in order to donate to Holt International. There are many ways to support children. More from me in a future post ****
David with the star in the sky over his head 🙂
David and Leah
At the VIP, we were asked to provide yes / no questions to David and uber fan and sweetheart Leah asked for Touch My Hand. I could see wheels turning as the question came, as David and his band don’t normally have this song queued up.
But given David is the type of person he is, and saw the hope on Leah’s face, he scrambled with his MD Brady, and the rest of the band, and voila. Here it is. Enjoy! It was indeed a highlight.
Leah stood beside us during the evening and danced the night away. And David came coming back to her time after time.
And then as Crush was played, he turned to Leah yet again to sing some of the words. It was one of the best shows for being an audience member since there was a beautiful story of engagement and admiration unfolding over the course of the evening. It was so sweet to see.
We left the venue absolutely thrilled with what we had just experienced. We event talked to the gentlemen at the door about his thoughts on the concert. Let’s just say we agreed to disagree regarding charity promotion at a concert 😉
After we left, Joanie experienced a close encounter of a strange kinds with a series of train tracks and discovered that yes, you actually can traverse them without actually heading in the same direction as a train lol! Again, a very interesting neighbourhood! Our quest to find dinner at that late evening led us to a pancake place close to our hotel, and who did we run into? Leah and her awesome mom Cindy!
Leah is one interesting girl; she writes a blog with her sister on different perspectives of the same issue. It’s called Upside Down and you can go to it by clicking on the pic below!
As Found aRound
As found by Patty Ann and Shirley!
Well well well looks who has a top 2 in the Singer Songwriter category in Amazon! @davidarchie has been either 1 or 2 in the past 24 hours! Time to pick up more copies! Thanks for the find @shirleycook49. pic.twitter.com/KDzqZ1T3FK
— David Archuleta FOD (@FODFansofDavid) November 17, 2017
And FINALLY closing with what David does at his GA events and also his seated events this tour, he shakes hands or fist bumps. Just a nice geture and way to to close the memorable evening
Did any of your reading this post go to Kansas City? Love it if you could share in comments your reflections too. I’m just one opinion 🙂 so ‘d love to hear yours!
Will be back tonight with the Idaho State U concert news!!!! Have a good Saturday all! <3