We count our blessings every day!
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Thanksgiving Message from Richard
In case you were busy traveling over the river and through the woods yesterday, I’m re-posting this wonderful Thanksgiving message from our own Papa FOD (aka @onerichsong)! I still remember the very first day FOD became active online – we’ve grown and changed over the years, but the heart of this site still beats strong – thanks Richard for creating this home away from home for us – the place where we all park!
Gratitude. I’m so full of gratitude. There are mornings I wake up and can’t believe I get to live the life I do. It truly is a blessing. I think anyone that can truly say that they completely love what they do for a living is extremely fortunate, especially in these economic times.
It hasn’t been easy for us. We have had to create our own way. I teach songwriting classes every week and coach a lot of songwriters and artists privately. I’m also in the studio a ton… sometimes for a ridiculous number of hours at completely ridiculous hours. It’s not glamorous, it’s a lot of work, but we love it! And there is turkey on the table this weekend, so all is well.
It has been an interesting experience for me over the last several years since I started working with David. The music business has changed an insane amount over that time. Budgets aren’t what they used to be, both at the independent and label levels. People used to buy whole albums. That doesn’t happen anymore. People now buy singles and that has cut into the overall profits of the industry (not to mention illegal downloads). There’s nothing wrong with this and there’s nothing to be upset about it, but we’ve had to adjust. Decisions have to be made differently. Where and how we are using resources is different than even two years ago. Those who understood the business 5 years ago seem lost in the fog.
(Now, I’m not talking about the die hard loyal fans like you. I know you all buy albums and for this I say “Thank you!” Your support has been nothing short of impressive. To think that I’m sharing this message today on a website we started over four years ago just blows my mind. We have so many folks visit this site every day. Really, it’s amazing.)
I remember when we started this site. Our hope was to provide an incredibly positive and safe environment for anyone who wanted to share in the joy that David brought them. I think, for the most part, we have provided that. We have never made money from our site. All of those who write, moderate, contribute in any way… well, they do it because they love it and do so completely on a volunteer basis. The hours, and days, and even years that so many have put in to making this site incredible deserve a standing ovation!
I recognized years ago that David is unique. Most of his uniqueness, in my opinion, comes from his absolute humility. I have always appreciated that from him. I have learned an awful lot from him with his loving approach to those around him.
I can’t imagine how difficult a decision it was for him to serve a 2 year mission. To leave everything behind had to be difficult. But he made that decision and I’m so glad he did. I know he’ll come back an even better person than he was before. Mind blowing, isn’t it? But, that’s what a mission does. When you get completely outside of yourself and immerse 100% of your time, talent, and energy into the lives of those you are serving, how could you not become a better person? It’s exciting to think of how he’ll be able to share with all of us once he gets back!
We had a close friend of ours share pictures just yesterday at the airport with her son coming home from his two year mission. It honestly felt like he just left. Two years goes by so quickly. I sit and shake my head every time I think that it’s been almost five years since David was on Idol, nearly eight years since I met him, and over three years since we were in Prague recording the orchestra for “Christmas From The Heart”. Please, give me a minute while I take that all in…
I want to share a sincere thank you to all of you for supporting David, and this site, and especially his decision to serve for two years. There is nothing secret about what he’s doing on his mission. But it is sacred. There’s a big difference. Allowing him to focus on the task at hand is very generous of all of you. So, thank you!
I have been so impressed with the efforts of Kari in keeping everyone in the loop of what David is up to. I think it’s so cool that they are doing what they are for everyone. It’s actually unique that they are allowing the small glimpses into his mission that they are. But, he’s unique, so it fits. 🙂
Thank you all for being so wonderful! I look forward to the opportunities of seeing you at future concerts!
Have a beautiful Thanksgiving Day! Don’t forget to pull out the “really good” Christmas music soon 😉
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Thanksgiving Blog 2008
I stumbled across this blog last week while surfing the web for all things David – I wasn’t actually on MySpace because I haven’t been there since, well probably 2008! I never really got the hang of it and had only made an account to follow David’s MySpace. I do remember leaving comments on his MySpace back in the day, never knowing if David ever read the comments – but it was a fun time reading other fan comments and keeping up with the heartbeat of the fan base.
While I LOVE his vlogs, there is something very sweet about reading a blog that David wrote himself – rather like a peek into his journal – and he’s relaxed and includes fun, random details (there’s a mouse in here). I also love his “Songs for the Day” where he shared music from other artists he was listening to. Even in a written blog he worries that it’s “insanely longer than I intended” – to this day I don’t think he gets that we can listen to/read anything he wants to say as often and as long as he wants to say it!
p.s. Pabuckie – this is the blog I was talking about – finally found it again!
~ Originally posted on David’s MySpace
Hey Guys! Just wanted to say that I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!! We were in New York this week, and I had a blast! Yesterday was the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and that was really exciting. I was on the Green Dog float, and there were tons and tons and tons of people on the sides. It was pretty chilly too, but I heard that it was a really nice day compared to previous years haha. I bundled and layered up as much as I could though. I sang Crush near the end, and a couple of songs played during our time going down the streets. And there’s a mouse in here. Sorry I know that was random, but I can hear it wandering around and it keeps squeaking. I didn’t think there would be mice here but I guess there are… But anyway. Some kids from the PBS show Fetch were on my float too, and they were really nice kids. I also got to meet a bunch of other people who were in the parade, and it was really great getting to meet and talk with them. Miranda Cosgrove from iCarly was there too, and it was really cool to see and talk to her again. The sad thing is that I didn’t have my camera or phone with me, so I didn’t get to take my own pictures. Someone that worked there was nice enough to let me borrow their camera though before the parade started and I took pictures on my float, and on the Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends float! I know I’m such a dork but that’s my favorite cartoon lol. I was so excited to see it because it wasn’t too far behind me. But they were going to send me the pictures sometime soon.
The night before Thanksgiving, my mom and I went to see the musical In The Heights, and it was pretty much PHENOMENAL. It is seriously like one of my favorite musicals now. It was great that my mom was able to come to this particular musical too because it’s full of Latin music. So we had a great time with that, and also got to meet some of the cast members from it. I definitely recommend it if you ever get the chance to see it! The cast from the musical was also in the parade and did a number. Oh, the night before we saw the musical, my mom and I watched Twilight. I never read the books but a bunch of my friends are really into it, and the movie’s been getting a bunch of hype so we decided to go see it. I actually really liked it. The weird thing is when we walked into the theater Crush was playing so we walked back out because it was so weird haha. But anyway my blogs always get insanely longer than I intend for them to be, so I’ll end for today. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
P.S. It was really fun to see all the signs you guys made during the parade! haha
Songs for the day: Decode – Paramore (From the Twilight Soundtrack) It shows just how great of a singer Hayley is.
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Singing the Praises of Sound Checks
As I sprawled out on the couch in a tryptophan induced food coma, I scrolled through twitter to see what was shaking in the ArchuWorld. I came across a series of tweets posting links from various David sound checks and had the pleasure of watching vids that I hadn’t seen before (I was certain that I had seen every David vid ever posted lol).
Sound check vids have a special “raw” quality to them as David isn’t focused on “performing” so much as playing around with the melodies and tempo of a song. He tries different things out and you can see his creative process bubbling as he changes up a song to suit his whim at the moment. You’ll hear different versions of your fave songs and gain a real appreciation for David’s innate sense of timing and manipulating a melody to get maximum emotion out of every word.
Touch My Hand – New Jersey (credit: likewhoaxox)
Stomping the Roses – Grand Rapids (credit:reoracer)
Waiting for Yesterday – New Jersey (credit: likewhoaxox)
Touch My Hand – Providence RI (credit: djbell13)
Love Don’t Hate – Malaysia (credit: Sharyne881)
Elevator – Louisville KY (credit: Jonerzz)
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Another Vid I Hadn’t Seen ‘Til Now
Checking out You Tube and came across this vid – it’s titled “Latest Vlog” but I don’t remember this from any of TheOfficialDavidArchuleta vlog series. David sits on his hands during this vlog – hilarious!
Latest Vlog – DA Christmas Album (credit: DJArchieTube)
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Chords of Strength Review by Ranlatin
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Calling Creative Card Crafters!
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Archie Holidays Are Here!
The turkey leftovers are put away and the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has officially ushered in the holiday season! You can now pull out your copies of CFTH and GCT and play them on constant repeat! Yes, some of us have been doing that for a few months now, but as of today, it’s OFFICIAL!
It feels weird to not be planning for an ArchuChristmas Tour – it’s been a tradition for the past four years – but we’ve got a sleigh-full of awesome holiday music to fill the season with joy! Check out FOD daily as we celebrate David’s music – so hang on to your santa hats!
David Archuleta’s Christmas Adventures (credit: STARchuleta19)
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