Happy Independence Day! David Archuleta and a Fourth of July remembered, God Bless America and David Archuleta, More BEGIN. snippet buzz, RAWKING the Pre-order! Illuminations in White! Trending on Friday, Utah fan dinner


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Stadium of Fire, 2011. Credit: Lily

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Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own.  ~Seneca

Photo Edit Credit:  Jennifer L. Barry

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Exclusive Preview of Somewhere Only We Know!

In case you missed it and the reverberations from it, @davidarchie, @kariontour and the OS team posted a snippet of the BEGIN. cover that got the most “PLEASE PLEASE SHARE” ‘s yesterday (and also #1 on our fun poll).  David asked us what we wanted to hear, and you responded.  How’s that for cause and effect!

Go on over to OS and listen to it!  Here’s the direct link   AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT!!!  I cut and paste a few comments, but I expect hundreds more soon.  Show the love people.  Don’t worry, that link I gave you brings you back here when you are done!

Here’s my thoughts on 20 seconds.  Loved what I heard, but I really loved the anticipation of what I heard.  I get excited just KNOWING that I am going to listen to those rich, strong vocals.  David is masterful at giving a song his take without over-singing it, or changing it up too much.  He has too much respect for the original versions.  I found this arrangement to be more uplifting than the Keane original too, but craving to hear more.

And about that MORE, for what it’s worth, I would not mind a  longer snippet.  The Other Side of Down preview snippet in 2010 was a good length, and I just remember how sweet it was to hear it.  Mind you, it was a brand new song, but all songs are new when David Archuleta sings them.  Anyway, just ML’s musings lol .

My post yesterday mentioned how well BEGIN. was pre-selling at DeseretBook and Walmart.  We don’t know yet what will be available for international purchasers, so don’t be afraid of over-buying.  We have a WorldWide FanFamily who may need our help.  Just saying 🙂

Your direct link to DeseretBook.

Your direct link to Walmart.

And from @RamblingDA: @DavidArchie @Kariontour BEGIN. is now #2 on Walmart Bestsellers and #1 on Pre-Orders… AWESOME!!!

And look what that creative Ashley (Palrice8) did…she made a BEGIN. promo vid featuring Somewhere Only We Know. So good!

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Happy Independence Day  

So, here you have it.  A Canadian is tasked with the Independence Day post!  So, let’s use this as an opportunity to learn about July 4th for everyone!

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games,family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.  Source

Have a great day of celebration and remembrance to all!

Speaking of remembrance, let’s post some July 4th memories, shall we:

As found on Google Images by Becca

July 4th, 2010.  David Archuleta performs at A Capital Fourth in Washington, D.C.  A Capitol Fourth is a free annual concert performed on the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in celebration of the Independence Day.

David Archuleta is mentioned in Wiki under A Capital Fourth:


Jack Everly served as music director following the death of Erich Kunzel. Jimmy Smits again hosted, and pointed out that A Capitol Fourth was celebrating its 30th anniversary. Performers included David Archuleta, Gladys Knight, Darius Rucker, Lang Lang, John Schneider and Reba McEntire. Schneider paid tribute to Kunzel, finishing his performance by embracing Kunzel’s Austrian wife of 44 years, Brunhilde, who was in attendance.

Here is a pre-performance interview.  How did I forget the blowing of the kisses!

David sang the Star Spangled Banner and Stand By Me.  First, SSB:

David looks luminous, and makes sure to give kudos to the gospel choir and musicians as he walks off the stage.  What a fabulous moment.

And Katie Moore’s wonderful behind the scenes video of the Washington trip, including a visit to the White House.   And speaking of @K_80, BEGIN. T’s please? Pretty please????

And a few pictures of the event and rehearsals:

And remember this blog from Vanessa Williams, who performed alongside David?  It is a stand-out for me:

I’m so impressed with the level of excellence I’ve experienced since being asked to participate in “A Capitol Fourth”. I’m especially impressed with the very polite, well-mannered, and delightful David Archuleta. No arrogance or swelled head with this young man. I’m also happy I had a chance to meet his mom, Lupe. It’s funny. All three of us background singers are old enough to be his mom! My own daughter is 10 years older than David. As old school as I am, it is SO refreshing that, in spite of his notoriety, he demonstrates such respect for his mom. That respect, then, carries over to everyone else he meets. He has been so gracious to all of us. God knows I can’t stand, and don’t have patience for bratty, smart-mouthed, disrespectful, kids who have been informed of their rights but not the responsibilities that go along with them. David is a breath of fresh air, and I pray that he doesn’t allow the trappings of fame to chip away at the standards that Lupe has clearly set. I can’t say it enough. Good home training goes a long way.  

Click here to read the rest.

Stadium of Fire, 2011

Credit for collage:  @canadianarchie

 David Archuleta performed with Brad Paisley at Stadium of Fire in Provo Utah on July 2, 2011.

Stadium of Fire Press conference. Credit: The Daily Herald

Lily’s NEW slideshow (brand new images)

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Karin (@zerogravity1) gets interviewed before the concert .  One of best and favourite cheerleaders!   And I see our west coast Archies there too in matching T’s!  You guys rawk!

Our Country ‘Tis of Thee.  Incredibly moving, including for us Canadians in the crowd.  Moved to tears.

God Bless America and David Archuleta

How can you not want to read this!  A nice article from Sistas in Zion.  Click to read:

And here is the God Bless America:


In closing, these performances continue to seal the deal for me in understanding David’s ability to feel a song, to understand it, get inside it and translate it.   David does this with patriotic songs, inspirational songs and even pop songs.  And we get to experience it.  

Aren’t we the luckiest?

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Rocking the white sneakers!

I love how these pics just turn up, from what it appears like, out of the blue! Or WHITE!

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Let’s. Trend. This!

Joanie sent me a note that Friday’s the night!  Time to get back into trending practice!  It will be one month until the release of BEGIN. and time to let the TwitterUniverse know it!

When:  Friday, 8 pm EDT

What: BEGIN. David Archuleta 8/7/12

Where: Everywhere!

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Dinner at Thaifoon

Another fan dinner.  This time, in UTAH!

There will be a Utah Fan Dinner at 6 pm on Tuesday, August 14th at Simply Thai in Sandy, Utah.  RSVP yes or maybe to @Nellie1983 Janel Woodbury on Twitter or respond on Facebook to  Utah Fans of David.

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I have some lovely pix and gifs and other fan creations I want to post for you too!  I ran out of time, but I’ll be back.

So settle in, enjoy your holiday, and lets BEGIN. !

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190 Responses to Happy Independence Day! David Archuleta and a Fourth of July remembered, God Bless America and David Archuleta, More BEGIN. snippet buzz, RAWKING the Pre-order! Illuminations in White! Trending on Friday, Utah fan dinner

  1. VaBeachArchie says:

    HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! AWESOME post Pastel! So many GREAT memories from David’s performance at the Capital Fourth! GREAT pics and vids! Thanks to Lily, Jennifer Barry, RamblingDA, Ashley, Becca, Katie Moore and CanadianArchie for sharing! The interview with Karin was awesome! So many SUPER fans supporting David with their talents and their promotion through tweets and comments!

    LOVE Civic Duty’s footwear! David sure looks stylin’ in them!


  2. ksf (a.k.a. RIP Senseless...we'll never forget) says:

    Good Morning everyone!! HaPpY 4th!!!

    LOVE the SOWK snippet!! It sounds amazing. BUT…I for one hope that there are no more snippets released. I want to have the experience of listening to all of the music for the very first time when it arrives. Granted, if more are released, I may have to cut off my hand to stop myself, lol!

    Just had to re-post this vid from yesterday’s front post. LOVE it!! The lyrics are awesome and JoJo is an EXCEPTIONAL artist herself.

    kmb – thanks! 🙂 No wedding plans in the works for Edgar and Lisa…but I’m sure they are living happily ever after in Javid land, lol.

    And, speaking of Javid, there won’t be a new chapter today, but we will resume on Friday 🙂

    I’m off to spend the day with family. Enjoy your 4th everyone!! Be safe!

  3. ksf (a.k.a. RIP Senseless...we'll never forget) says:

    Oh, just have to say…I LOVE the way David says “minute” on SOWK!! Am I the only one who thinks it’s aborbs?? Probably.

    Anyway, for real this time! Adios!! 😛

  4. cq#DA2014 says:

    Thank you Pastel for the awesome 4th of July post. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY AMERICA!
    Nothing as good as David singing patriotic songs. Hoping that in 2014 we get treated with a lot more performance of patriotic songs at events from our golden voice man.

  5. VaBeachArchie says:

    ksf…THANKS for reposting the link to the EXCEPTIONAL vid! Agree what an AMAZING job! TALENT FOR SURE!

    SO STOKED about the SOWK snippet!! Can’t wait to get my copies of BEGIN. and listen to EVERY song a zillion times!! Wonder which will surprise me the most? David breathes new life into covers…and that VOICE.!

    Time to vote again on Chart Central!!

  6. sarahhazel says:

    Happy 4th of July and Happy 98th day!!! Woohooo! Fabulous holiday post, Pastel!!!
    Capitol 4th and SOF….wonderful memories….amazing performances by David….he looked and sounded fantastic!
    Re-read the article by V.Williams on David…so heartwarming.
    Love the fan promo vid for BEGIN. with SOWK! (snippet is addicting)
    OMH! BEGIN. is almost #1 now in Walmart and Deseret! Squeeeeeeeeee!!!!

  7. sarahhazel says:

    ksf–love how he sang “minute”, too! 🙂

  8. kimk says:


    DavidArchie’s chick ‏@davidschickipoo
    2nd Pic of the Day: Then the stripes (@DavidArchie at #DALIM3, July 2011), Happy 4th of July!

  9. kimk says:

    Pastel thank you!!

    David is the best patriotic singer out there.. today.. ever!!

  10. sarahhazel says:

    Sweet David DREAM last night….Went to Rancangua and saw D at an informal meeting and this how it went…hehe….
    –he is learning to be right-handed when writing
    –he apologized for the weird way he’s talking in English bec. he has to talk Spanish most of the time
    –he started talking louder cuz he got excited seeing a fan visit him, so I had to tell him to tone it down LOL
    –he is now wearing stylish frameless reading glasses…haha…
    –told him lots of fans will see the Devotional & informed them they will behave there…he said they might not see him well because the lights will be dimmed…so I told him the staff might use a spotlight so peeps can see him!…(he gave me a strange look)
    –he said I should be a missionary and I asked why….he said so I could get a discounted fare ticket each time I go there to visit! 🙂
    Was gonna tell him how the fandom is doing without him but my dream went POOFED! (It was already 7:30 a.m.)

  11. sarahhazel says:

    …informed *him* they will behave…..

    Sorry, didn’t realize it’s gonna be that long….LOL

  12. bds says:

    Heading down to Utah for Stadium of Fire with The Beach Boys and Scotty McCreery but I wish it was David that was going to perform. Ha. HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

  13. sarahhazel says:

    Read from last night’s post that fans from Argentina are coming to see him at the Devotional?…..and that women can only shake hands with him?…..and a guy said he thinks non-LDS peeps shouldn’t come?
    LOL…it will be interesting to know how that will go….but hope it goes smoothly….can’t wait for Bruny’s report.

  14. sarahhazel says:

    bds–have a grand time! 🙂

  15. sarahhazel says:

    kimk–love that Manila pic from @davidschickipoo….like Marylee said–love the crooked smile!

  16. sarahhazel says:

    *Rancagua*…..dang, I always get that misspelled.

  17. angelbymyside says:


    Wonderful post Pastel. Thanks!

    I could watch Katie Moore’s BTS video of their Washington DC trip over and over again. What a gem!

    David looked so handsome when he sang at the Capitol Fourth! I am going to re-watch his performance tonight. Thank goodness for DVR’s 🙂

  18. kimk says:

    sarhhazel he is one happy guy isn’t he. who else smiles like that!?

  19. angelbymyside says:

    sarahhazel ~ that comment from the guy suggesting that only LDS young adults attend the devotional had me laughing. Isn’t that one of the purposes of their LDS mission…to convert people to their faith?? lol

  20. sarahhazel says:

    abms–I could watch that again and again, too!…wasn’t there was a second one?

    Pastel–I agree…want me some BEGIN. T’s by K. Moore….and other merch too!!! merch, merch ,merch!

  21. sarahhazel says:

    abms–yeah it was funny and silly…..jealous maybe?

  22. sarahhazel says:

    kimk–that smile is unequalled in cuteness…hehe….

  23. angelbymyside says:

    sarahhazel ~ sweet dream you had last night. 🙂

  24. ATX #DA2014 says:

    Happy 4th everyone!! Been here lurking as I have been spending quality time with hubby back from 3 week trip to China.

    Sooooooooooooooo love the positive response the snippet is getting.

    GG – helllllloooo saw you posted late on the last thread. Wasn’t you who listened to TOSOD one song per week? I am wondering if you will do that with BEGIN?

    Kimk- thanks so much for your constant updates.


  25. kimk says:

    angel would imagine so.. sure all will work out and lol hope it works out so well we get.. eeek a video??!!

    ATX thanks. gosh I LOVE David.. it is almost like I need too?
    I know isn’t it great.. think everyone I saw likes it!
    just wow!

    sarahhazel easy to get jealous where D is concerned.. both girls and guys!

  26. kimk says:

    about one hour to get I’ll Never Go up on the chart at MYX!!


  27. Shanny in australia #DA2014 says:

    Sarahhazel….your dream had me laughing out loud! Loved it muchly! And I could see how some of your subconcious was bringing some of those things into the dream ( for instance, david with stylish glasses = more grown up, mature david perhaps? ) Anyway it was fun, so thanks for sharing. 🙂

  28. meagain says:

    Happy 4th of July to everyone in the USA! 😀

    LOve the the “Somewhere only we know” snippet from Begin! I wish it was longer though. I can’t wait to get the album!!

    Here’s hoping we get some pics & videos from the Devotional concert musical in Rancagua Chile. So glad Elder Archuleta get to participate 🙂 Maybe he will preview some songs from Begin? 😉

  29. VaBeachArchie says:

    Off to work but wanted to wish everyone a HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! Hope your day is filled with food , family and fun!! 🙂

    Off to vote before I leave!

  30. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Hey Everyone! Hope everyone has a Happy & Safe 4th of July. It will get to at least 100 degrees out today here in the Twin Cities, plus the humidity 😯 Days like today(& the last 5 days,lol) make me not mind the 30- below zero days 😀

    Seriously, I truely hope those in the east(plus Northern MN & other places) get their power restored as soon as possible. Hate to see people going through that, storm damage, no heat 🙁 Things will get better!

  31. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Bye VaBeach, have a great day at work & Happy 4th of July to you 😀

  32. bridget says:

    Goosebumps from the snippet SOWK…I really don’t want to hear any more snippets cuz I sooooo want to be excited listening to the CD for the first time! Happy 4th of July to all!

  33. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Well, gotta go get some things done around the house(wish you could wake up & the laundry was done, the floors & vacuuming was done, the dusting was done 😀 ) Have a great day everyone, TTYL!

    Hey bridget, Loved the snippet for SOWK too. Not too long,
    so wouldnt mind other snippets too 😀 See ya later!

  34. sarahhazel says:

    abms–it was! 🙂

    Shanny–thanks!…maybe the snippet messed my subconscious….and my listening to BOTW before bedtime didn’t help clear my mind at all….haha!

  35. sarahhazel says:

    Beth–with hot & humid temps like this….plus scary thunderstorms…..I wish we could skip summer!

  36. sarahhazel says:

    I know the excitement is building up for BEGIN., but let’s not forget to get this MV to 1 million views, guys!

  37. breanne says:

    Thanks for the post Pastel!! Love all the pics of David!

    Keep voting for I’ll Never Go on MYX, use all your email accounts:

    Vote 1 song hourly for I’ll Never Go, Forevermore & Nandito Ako on Chart Central:

  38. sarahhazel says:

    This one too! 70,855 views now!

  39. Very Patriotic post Pastel. Thank you. Sarahhazel wish i could dream like you, your so lucky.
    meagain, i think there will only be christian music at that concert. Don’ even know how many songs David will sing on his own. But either way it will beautiful’ Hope we do get an audio at least.
    Have a nice fourth everyone. I will be in and out today.

  40. breanne says:

    I’ll Never Go mv has 70,000+ views:

    Forevermore has 838,000+ views, let’s get it to 1 million:

  41. CindyUT says:

    Happy 4th of July, everyone!! May you all have a very safe and blessed day!! Today will not be the same without David perfoming patriotic songs at some national event in honor of our independance. Thank goodness for all the amazing videos in the Archuvault! David and patriotic music go together as much as David and Christmas songs do! 🙂

  42. kimk says:

    Travis Arnold ‏@ubergusterfan
    At the Provo parade, they just compared david archuleta to ghandi, mlk jr, and president monson. #wt*

    lol guessing the float is in action again. 😉

  43. sarahhazel says:

    The buzz are coming! Thanks for the links, Martha! 🙂

  44. Jhen says:

    the snippet was so short, it keep me hanging lol, can’t wait to hear all the songs. Getting excited.

  45. sarahhazel says:

    kimk–oh, that float again…guess it will get more attention (or controversy?)….

  46. Jhen says:

    sarah- whoa! Argentina are coming to see David, but only the LDS member 🙁

  47. Jhen says:

    Hope we could get some pictures or video at devotional.

  48. sarahhazel says:

    Jhen–guess the snippet is like an appetizer…but I think it made our hunger worse!

  49. sarahhazel says:

    Jhen–not sure if that report is true…we’ll have to wait and see.

  50. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    Hi everyone. HAPPY Fourth of July. Pastel thanks for all the super holiday vids of David. I cried listening to David singing the SSB in Washington,D.C. and Stand By Me. No one sings patriotic songs like David. I’m glad I was able to hear the snippet. Need MORE!. The ING mv is dreamy. I love it. I’m feeling a little better today. It’s been almost a week and a half. Missed you all and caught up to ksf’s Javid story. I’m so ecstatic that David proposed. Atta Boy! Been voting when I can. Going to try and catchup to all that I missed.

  51. sarahhazel says:

    sgj–Hi!…been missing you here!…glad you’re feeling better! 🙂

  52. Martha (formerly Really a Lurker) says:

    sgj – welcome back!!

  53. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Hey supergrand! So good to see you & I’m glad you’re starting to feel better 😀 Please take good care of yourself & comment when your able!!! Lots of excitement here in Archuletaville 😀

  54. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    Hi sarahhazel. Thanks I sure missed you and all the guys and gals. I was knocked righy off my feet. I’m still not that steady. Don’t know when I can drive. It’s so hot that even if I could get out, it wouldn’t be good for me. The weather has the whole country in a turmoil. Than the Lord we didn’t lose power here(knock on wood) because I wouldn’t survive without air conditioning. Oh, and I see you’ve been meeting with David. Tell him I said hello in your next dream, please!

  55. Anne-Marie says:

    Hello everyone! Just stopping by to wish everyone a wonderful 4th of July! Loved re-watching the vids of David singing our patriotic songs and SBM! Nobody sings those songs with more reverence and respect than our David!! Have a great day!

  56. sarahhazel says:

    sgj–We lost power yesterday but only for 5 minutes when there was a short thunderstorm…..am not liking this summer…..
    Yes, I will send your hellos to D in my next dream….haha…
    (I’m a prolific dreamer) 😉

  57. Anne-Marie says:

    Welcome back SGJ!! Glad to hear you’re feeling better!! 🙂

  58. Martha (formerly Really a Lurker) says:

    sarahhazel – I loved your dream. Easy to visualize. Tell him hi for me next time too!

  59. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    Beth, Martha and Anne-Marie Hello and thanks for caring.

  60. SGJ– Welcome back. Trending on fri, but i forgot what it was, Duh!
    They are playing ALTNOY on sonic music right this minute. So good to hear David.

  61. sarahhazel says:

    Martha–thanks!…was surprised I remembered the details when I woke up….and BTW, he was wearing a plain white tee and sporting his Bench hair….haha!

  62. sarahhazel says:

    Linda–ALTNOY! wonderful!

  63. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    Lind.. I was just thinking about the trending and HaHaHaHa I forgot what it was too. DUH! Hope someboy reminds us before then . 😆

  64. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    Why aren’t you all at a barbeque somewhere???Pardon all my mistakes. I’m more dizzier than I was before. 🙄

  65. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Pastel, love your post! Thanks for posting about the fan dinner.
    Anyone going to the stadium of fire this year, bring your binoculars. Girl Scouts of Utah is going to do the flag ceremony (a few hundred girls). They will be bringing in the US flag, the state flags and 100 year birthday for Girl Scouts flags. The little Brownie and Daisy girls will stay on the field and girls Junior and older (4th grade and older) will sing the National Anthem on stage with a choir. That I know of, 3 of my girls will be there, maybe more. Look for their troop number on their vests or sashes. Troop 1010 are my Girl Scouts. I know of one Brownie, Cassidy (brown vest or sash), one Junior, Michelle (green sash/vest) and one Cadette, Kelsey (Khaki vest/sash). Kelsey might be easiest to spot, she’s wearing a khaki skirt, white shirt and her khaki vest.

  66. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Well, back to the laundry 🙄 😀 Adios!

    supergrand 😀

  67. Anne-Marie says:

    Linda-That’s wonderful that they were playing ALTNOY! I’ve only heard Crush playing in the stores.

  68. sarahhazel says:

    Janel–nice!…the girls must be very excited!…is it hot there too?

  69. Martha (formerly Really a Lurker) says:

    July 4, 2009 – Patriotic videos with David included. He deserved to be included with this group.


    “And finally, David Archuleta had no trouble hitting any of his notes at this year’s Pro Bowl. I like this video because not only does David sound great, but the camera pans to lotsa cute football players.”

  70. sarahhazel says:

    Martha–Epic SSB!

  71. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Thanks Sarah. Just as hot as SOF last year. It will be in the mid 90’s, but with smokey haze too because of the fires.

  72. sarahhazel says:

    Janel–you mean the fires from Colorado?…yikes!…unhealthy air for sure.

  73. kimk says:

    Pastel lol just saw Marylee and I and fellow fan friends up there from GCT!!! ohh.. what a wonderful time that was.. magical!!

  74. kimk says:

    Martha rofl.. lotsa cute football players!!


  76. kimk says:

    Linda woo hoo that is fabulous!! 😀

  77. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Sarah, the smoke haze is from the fires here in Utah. There’s one in the hills and mountains above Alpine, here in Utah County. Almost 3,000 acres burned already. Last I heard it hadn’t been contained. Went outside earlier and can’t smell the smoke though. The news report said the smoke is blowing the direction of SLC. We’ve had 9 bad wildfires in the past couple weeks.

  78. sarahhazel says:

    kimk–very good fan promo video!….bet more are gonna come out!…yay for Archies!!!

  79. sarahhazel says:

    Janel–that’s awful…hopefully they contain the whole thing soon.

  80. sarahhazel says:

    Linda–that’s awesome!

  81. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    Janel.. read about the fires in Col. and Utah. Take care and stay safe.

  82. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    JackRyan4DA.. Great BEGIN. video. You are always right on top of things for David. Nice work. Thanks for all you do.

  83. sarahhazel says:

    Thanks to jackryan4DA for that promo vid! You’re one amazing Archie!

  84. Grace says:

    Happy 4th of July, everyone!! Been busy this morning.
    We’ve seen this pic before, right?

    Hunter Schwarz ‏@hunterschwarz
    Great Americans like Abe Lincoln, Thomas Monson, MLK and David Archuleta. RT @benmillr: Gotta love the freedom festival http://pic.twitter.com/cmRF8WDJ

  85. sarahhazel says:

    Grace–nice to see that float again….puts a big smile on my face!

  86. kimk says:

    hehe.. love the float!

  87. Martha (formerly Really a Lurker) says:
  88. Martha (formerly Really a Lurker) says:

    Sorry, meant to post this one:


  89. JackRyan4DA Thank you for the SOWK promo clip. You are awesome. I’m getting so excited.

  90. Martha (formerly Really a Lurker) says:

    I believe BEGIN. is going to be a bigger hit then we all dreamed. Especially if all the songs are of the quality of SOWK.

  91. sarahhazel says:

    Martha–hope it becomes #1 at Walmart before the release date.

  92. Martha (formerly Really a Lurker) says:

    sarahhazel – I do too..its heading there. I also am looking forward to it being on Itunes – thats where it will really get attention, especially if it charts high.

  93. sarahhazel says:

    Martha–that would be great….but doesn’t an album become available in iTunes on or after its release date?

  94. Martha (formerly Really a Lurker) says:

    sarahhazel – yeah, thats true. When we can finally download BEGIN., I hope it charts at least in the top ten. If there were a single to download too, that would be great. Kari just said there MIGHT not be one, it may depend on pre-order sales or something else. All the fans would need to organize and download at the same time, then others will take notice and maybe look into the album.

  95. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Found out now that 5 of my girls are at the SOF tonight. My co-leader Dave is there to help along with other leaders. Wish now that Alyssa wanted to do this because Alex Boye is going to sing the NA with them, not to mention Scotty McCreery performing!
    My Brownie GS Cassidy (standing to the right, brown pants) http://twitpic.com/a3xbou
    Alex Boye and my Junior GS Michelle (left bottom corner of pic, green vest) http://twitpic.com/a3xb2j

  96. sarahhazel says:

    Martha–a downloading party would be awesome!…crossing fingers it will happen!

  97. sarahhazel says:

    Janel–thanks for sharing the pics….hope those girls are well hydrated!

  98. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Dave said he’ll make sure of it for me. He was one of the nurses up at our Camporee. Heat exhaustion was the number one problem he treated with bee stings. I’m sure they’ll have fun. My oldest Girl Scout Hope (she just graduated from HS) will be there too so she is good at being a leader herself. She’ll help Dave out for me. I shared other pics on my FB wall too. Those are the only two with my GS in them so far. He’ll take more pics of them tonight and hopefully a group pic.

  99. Pickles says:

    Feliz 4 de Julio Peeps in the US
    I just realize that David is not going to sing in English but in Spanish !!!! Ah plEase God let there be someone recorded even if it’s juts the audio.

  100. sarahhazel says:

    Pickles–OMJ…Spanish!…yes, an audio would be fantabulous but I’m kinda worried they might not allow any kind of recording. **crossing fingers it’s OK**

  101. pocoelsy says:

    Hi all,

    Hope all American has a nice Independence day celebration :).

    I see that there are a lot of fantastic “fan promo” vids out already :), hope you don’t mind or too tired to have one more, I made as an update from my last vid…haha we are all super excited about that beautiful snippet aren’t we, here we go

  102. kimk says:

    David singing in Spanish?


  103. sarahhazel says:

    pocoelsy–very nice…love it!…thanks!!!

  104. pocoelsy says:

    Thank you Sarahhazel, glad you like it.

    As for David’s going to perform in Chile, I wonder what kind of songs he’s going to sing..guess religious songs…

    Pickles David’s gong to sing in Spanish!!! oh let there be at least some audio

  105. kimk says:

    pocoelsy very nice!! 🙂

  106. kimk says:

    ditto…. audio, video… anything!!!

  107. pocoelsy says:

    Thank you Kim, David is gaining a lot of respect from the bloggers and musicians lately…from what I see (and you all bringing all the link here hehe) and I hope this “phenominal” will last until David comes back in 2014, Kari and his team are doing a very good job, this is David without major label !!! imagine him with the label that willing to promote him properly!!! and they don’t have to put so much effort into it too !!! I’d like to see they line up…ask him to sigh with them!!

  108. pocoelsy says:

    *sign* not sigh lol

  109. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Remember Mayor Snarr of Murray Utah, you know the one who declared May 9, 2008 as David Archuleta Day, has a handle bar mustache? Well, he’s putting his mustache up for vote for the people in Murray on whether he should shave it off or keep it. LOL http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=21115309&title=mayor-to-residents-save-or-shave-18-inch-mustache&s_cid=queue-2

  110. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Hello Everyone! Gosh, it got to 101 degrees here in the Twin cities & it felt like 110 outside, Uff da 😀 Hope you all are staying cool 😎

    Great news from Wisconsin. There was a 5 year old boy with autism missing for over 21 hours out in this heat, a ton of volunteers looking for him & a guy with his 8 year old golden retriever named Autumn found him 😀 A few mosquito bites & needed some water, otherwise he’s doing fine. Tough little guy, so glad they found him 😀

  111. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Hope Candy is doing ok with the parade today. Looks like its very hot there, hope everyone has plenty of water & they are taking care of themselves.

  112. Russ says:

    Hello. Happy Independence Day everyone. Hope everyone is having a safe and fun day with family and friends.

  113. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Hey Russ! Happy 4th of July to you too. Hope you’re doing ok, considering the damage to your car & house! Had an early dinner with my Mom & Dad & my Grandma who will be 103 soon 😀 Hope you’re having a good 4th.

  114. Russ says:

    Hi Beth. House roof fixed and my car should be finished this week. I don’t know how they could fix it, it was crushed pretty bad. I will miss the 35 year old rhodadendrins(?) that were wiped out. Your Grandma will be 103, wow. That is wonderful. Now I feel young. lol.
    Have a great holiday with her and your folks.

  115. Candy says:

    And on the 5th day he said “Let there be Internet, Phone & TV.” Thanks Comcast! So many people here still without power.

    Happy July 4th everyone! I have five days worth of posts and comments to catch up one.

  116. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Russ, Glad to hear the house is fixed & they can fix the car? Thought you would need to get a new one, wow. Hahaha, feel younger 😀 You can put in new flowers or bushes, but it is sad to see something go, thats been there so long.

    Hey Candy, You have your computer back, WOOOT. Hope everyone survived the heat at your parade today 😀

  117. Candy says:

    I don’t know why but that lead pic just makes me sigh and miss him even more! He looks great in any color but there is something about red/white/blue that makes his skin glow even more! GAH, what a handsome guy, Miss the stuffings out of him!

    Bethy-I think I’m following you on twitter now. The parade was great, it was officially declared the biggest in the state. Yes, the day was hot, and long but so worth the years worth of time that went into it!

  118. Candy says:

    *waving to my dear friend Russ* Miss you, hope you are doing well.

  119. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Candy, Oh you are. I’m following you. I’m WingsFOD on twitter. I’m moving right along with technology(well, not right along, kind of being dragged along, if I want to be able to communicate with others 🙄 ) So glad the parade went well, was worried with this heat.

  120. Candy says:

    Beth-Ahhh so it is you I’m following. Very fitting name…in honor of the trio Im sure! 🙂

  121. sarahhazel says:

    Hi, Russ and Candy!!! 🙂

  122. Candy says:

    Hi Sarahhazel, how are you, hope you had a nice 4th!

  123. sarahhazel says:

    Beth–thanks for sharing the story of that autistic boy….love happy endings!

  124. sarahhazel says:

    Candy–doing fine here with the family….glad you got power back on and congrats on the success of the parade!

  125. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Candy, Yup 😆

    sarahhazel, You’re welcome. I was so happy to hear they found him 😀

  126. Candy says:

    SJG!!! I just saw that you were here earlier, so glad you are doing better, and you’re right…the weather all across the country has been crazy. Our poor little ole New Jersey has sure had its share! Its time for the boys to order up some cement shoes for Mother Nature!

  127. Russ says:

    Hi Candy. Miss you also. So many special people here on FOD, cannot ever forget them. Material things last a short time, friends last forever.

  128. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Candy, lol, cement shoes for Mother Nature ROTFL, how about a matching purse to complete the ensemble 😆

  129. Candy says:

    Beth-LOL a cement purse!

  130. sarahhazel says:

    Mosh-pit going nuts for Mr. Fashionisto!

  131. pocoelsy says:

    Janel aka Nellie, Ha Mayor Snarr mustache…I’d say keep it !!! it’s the mordern symbol of Utah apart from her majestic landscape and David Archuleta.

    Beth, what a nice story about the boy you brought here, sorry to hear that it’s so hot on your country right now, we here from this part of the world start to get lots and lots of rain now …can hear news about flash flood all over the place like… India, Manila (hope our filipino friend are ok) and even here in Malaysia.

    Candy, Russ, Good to hear you got power back and everything is fixed , back to normalcy at last 🙂 , mother nature is intense lately!!

    Sarahhazel thanks for all the pics and links you post, but dang sometimes I wish I didn’t click em before I finish my work, always stuck there …have to study those pics carefully 🙂 lol, it all your fault…when it comes to David I have zero will power haha.

  132. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Candy, lol, I’m a little perturbed at Mother Nature 🙄 I’m thinking a Hat too 😀

  133. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Hey Pocoelsy! Yeah, its pretty hot all over the US. Sorry to hear about the flash flooding, hope it eases soon. Take care, keep an eye out for the flooding, we want you safe 😀

  134. sarahhazel says:

    pocoelsy–LOL sorry about that….haha….

  135. sarahhazel says:

    OMJ…..who sweats like this and still look stunning?

  136. Beth, i don’t blame you bieng mad at mother nature. she hasn’t been very cooperative lately and lots of people are having it bad right now. Here in the low Desert we are in the 88 degree. Very strange, we will be up to 110 by sun. Usually we are 118 or lower. Its getting humid now. But I’m more concern about the people who are having it a lot worst. My prayers for them.

  137. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Hey Linda! I agree. Its pretty tough out there for alot of people. The damage we had in Duluth, MN is over $100 million, plus damage elsewhere. But the east, lots of damage from storms & the heat. Hope everyone can stay cool.

  138. Sarahhazel–Not me! I usually look like a wet mop or worst. Doesn’t he look good even sweating.

  139. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Linda, 110? 118? Oh my heck. It felt like 110 here today in the twin cities, yuk. I hope you are able to stay cool & comfortable.

  140. josie says:

    Is anyone else not having fireworks this year? We’re in a drought, so ours were cancelled due to high fire danger. It’s been stinkin’ hot here, too…just like it has been for soooo many people. Seems like the weather’s been crazy in one way or another for everyone this year. Glad you got your power back, Candy!

  141. sarahhazel says:

    Linda–that’s really HOT out there.

  142. josie says:

    Yeah, 110 & 118 is just….crazy!

  143. sarahhazel says:

    July 4th 2011 we were in Queen Creek AZ and it was about 115 degrees but the day before it was 120 degrees with dust storm. Dry heat though…..no humidity.
    I hate humidity.

  144. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Josie, Not sure. I’m not going to any fireworks shows this year, so I didnt check. I’ve heard alot of them have been cancelled though, do to the weather/heat.

  145. pocoelsy says:

    Beth, thank you I’ll keep safe 🙂 and my area is a bit on the higher ground never get flooded yet hope it keeps that way, I pray for other who’s less fortunate though, I think we have to brace ourselves for what to come in the second half of 2012!!!

    Sarahhazel, apology accepted, and you really have to post that vid and ask the question !!! Ok same like Linda from cali… I’d look like a wet zombie lol, only our guy would look good (or even better) when sweating…I can certify that 🙂

    Drink lots and lots of water my friends, we have to be in tip top condition for 7th August.

  146. Candy says:

    Hi josie, they’re having fireworks in Atlantic City, they shoot they off from barges that are about a 1/2 mile off shore, the ocean and boardwalk make a great backdrop for the event.

  147. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    pocoelsy, you’re welcome. I’m glad you’re on higher ground, thoughts & prayers for everyone there 😀

  148. Janel aka Nellie1983 says:

    Well, my power isn’t out but my Internet is. Grumble-grumble. Oh, what’s that over in my living room? Laundry I need to fold. I should maybe, perhaps BEGIN to fold it. LOL. Hope everyone is having a good 4th of July. Maybe I’ll watch a movie too.

  149. sarahhazel says:

    Beth–didn’t watch fireworks either…..for the first time.

  150. josie says:

    Beth & Candy~ OK, tks. 🙂 Oooh, the Atlantic City fireworks sound beautiful! I used to live on a lake, & the fireworks were shot off of a boat, but that’s small stuff compared to the boardwalk & ocean.

  151. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    sarahhazel, I dont go every year & its just so hot here, I didnt feel like it. I’m enjoying my air conditioner right now 😀 I hope you can go next year, if thats what you want to do. I heard a few fireworks in the neighborhood last night & right now, as I’m typing this comment.

  152. pocoelsy says:

    josie, no fireworks during the dry spell is a very smart move.

    Gotta run, have a nice day/night all.

  153. Beth, The Freud, Lloyd, Boyd & Floyd #DA2014 says:

    Goodnight Everyone, Take Care All, Stay Cool!!!

  154. josie says:

    Bye, Beth & Pocoelsy. Have a good 4th! Awww, suddenly I’m missing David. Someone just sang SSB on TV, and…it wasn’t him. 🙁

  155. Russ says:

    Just watched Water for Elephants. Great movie. Time to say goodnight everyone.
    Stay cool and enjoy what is left of the 4th.

  156. sarahhazel says:

    Goodnite, Russ!

  157. sarahhazel says:

    Gotta go….it’s Dream Sky High before bedtime for me….Take Care & GOODNIGHT!!!

  158. Good Night everyone. Sweet David Dreams. I thought that by this time after David had been gone for some time we would be distraught. But God is Good. And so is David and Kari. You guys are awesome. Thank you David for not forgetting that we are here waiting for you.

  159. Candy says:

    Been up since 5:00 for the parade, going to say Good Night. So happy to be back commenting with everyone. No internet sucked. Sweet Dreams All

  160. cq#DA2014 says:

    Candy so glad to have you back commenting, too. Always love the sense of humor you bring to this site.

    Man, I’m so beyond excited to get my hands on that BEGIN. album, especially after listening to that FABULOUS snippet. I also love the artwork for the snippet and that picture of David is so cool.

  161. Miss Vicki #DA2014 says:

    Hey all…Hope everyone had a blast this 4th of July….Just got home from watching fireworks at Colonial Downs racetrack where my son works this summer……Twas a full moon….Enjoying watching all the David videos of 4th of July past with David….Miss him so much….He sure can sing patriotic songs better than anyone else……BTW where was the fan dinner at Thaifoon?????? Need to have a fan dinner or get together in the mid-Atlantic region……VA Beach, Baltimore, Richmond, DC, ect…..Miss Vicki

  162. Happy fourth to all of you lovely people! So reflecting back to a year ago at the Stadium of Fire events. Thank you so much for posting those memorable pics and vids. The day before the concert is when I had just flown into the SLC airport and lol and behold guess who was standing just outside the baggage claim door but Mr. Archuleta and his band! Thanks to my brave and bold husband I got a picture with him and the band and I’ll never forget it! He was so kind to take the time (and our camera was acting up) despite the fact he was on his way down to Provo to start rehearsals. Such a great day!

  163. lurker#1millionth&9 says:

    Happy 4th of July.

  164. lurker#1millionth&9 says:

    OMG, Javier Colon is singing Stand By Me at the Capitol 4th of July and said exactly the same thing David said when he performed there.


  165. jeani/ut says:

    Thank you Pastel for a great 4th post.

  166. Janel aka Nellie says:

    lurker#1millionth&9 sounds like whomever the script writer was couldn’t come up with something new. LOL
    Oh, and David sounded better by the way, just saying!

  167. kimk says:

    Good morning folks!

    Happy Thursday!

    BEGIN is still #2 at Walmart!
    only thing changed is Phillip Phillips is #1
    probably most likely because his appearance on TV.


  168. kimk says:

    oh lol Stand By Me.. umm couldn’t find another song or intro to do? I
    was watching the show last night but it didn’t seem the same so changed it.. no David!
    but I do see Phillip Phillips was on it..
    Home is a nice song and glad to see him better now!
    his appearance helped too it seems it helped him at Walmart?
    glad to see the two of them up top and lol the other one #3.

  169. kimk says:

    I’ll Never Go.. was #7 yesterday up from #8!! 😀


  170. kimk says:

    Ivory Music & Video ‏@IvoryMusicVideo
    Let your callers listen to “I’ll Never Go” by David Archuleta (originally sung by NEXXUS) while waiting for you…


    over 73,000 views!!

  171. kimk says:


    A new David recording – Even though David Archuleta is still in the early stages of his Mormon mission, he is continuing to find even more ways to get some music out there — including a snippet from one of the tracks off of his new album “BEGIN.”
    The audio clip (which you can hear over at this link) is a cover of the Keane hit “Somewhere Only We Know” that sounds rather soulful — we really just can’t wait to hear more of it.

  172. kimk says:


    sandritangel #DA2014 ‏@sandritangel
    Good morning!!…32 days. Are you ready to BEGIN.?

  173. kimk says:


    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie
    Another exclusive preview from BEGIN. today from David! What will it be? (ks)

  174. kimk says:

    @kariontour If you could get up the courage to BEGIN., you have the courage to succeed. – David Viscott

  175. VaBeachArchie says:

    Good morning kimk and FOD! Another HOT day at the beach!

    kimk…..THANKS for all the links!! So HAPPY to see all the buzz for David!!

    josie…Fireworks for sure here at the beach! From now till Labor Day we have fireworks twice a week….think it’s Wednesday and Saturday nights!

    Glad to hear Candy came through the storm is good shape. Also glad to hear supergrandjudie is feeling better!

    Off to water…ENJOY YOUR DAY and your David time!

  176. VaBeachArchie says:

    ANOTHER SNIPPET!!!!!!! DANG! Wonder what it’ll be???

  177. kimk says:

    new thread!

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