David’s Unfolding Story, Through Music

David signing at Mardi Gras, 2009

David signing at Mardi Gras, 2009

On a mid-summer day in 1982, my sister and I received an airmailed letter from Sydney, Australia. Tearing open the letter with excitement, I immediately recognized the writing as that of Russell Hitchcock, the co-lead singer of the pop band Air Supply, an Australian band that achieved worldwide fame in the early 1980s.

I had sent Hitchcock a letter months earlier and described myself as a young fan. Without a real address, my sister and I simply addressed the letter, “Russell Hitchcock; c/o Air Supply; Sydney, Australia,” and placed a domestic postage stamp on it.

Aside from the miracle that the letter had reached Hitchcock, I will never forget Hitchcock’s kind response to a young rural girl. To my young eyes, I viewed Air Supply as larger than life. That hand-written letter with Hitchcock’s distinctive cursive writing taught me that the band included real people with busy, often complicated lives.

Now, more than 25 years later, I view young David Archuleta’s career from an adult standpoint. I have met and spoken with David several times. Each interaction was a needed reality check for me about the sheer work that David’s career requires.

Leaving LAX (summer 2008)

Leaving LAX (summer 2008)

As avid fans, we see the photographed, videotaped, broadcasted, and blogged results when David shows up for an event. However, I often think about the hard work that is not readily visible except when David shares glimpses through his blogs and interviews: Early morning flights, endless airport check-ins, performing on little sleep, adjusting (or not) between time zones, opening the door to yet another anonymous hotel room, enjoying quick visits with extended family and friends during promotion stops, learning a score received the night before a recording session, and so on.

During one night this past week, a fan reported that David did not leave his bus after his concert because, according to the fan’s recollection, Jeff said that David was “exhausted.” This moment really struck me because we know how much David loves to interact with his fans.

Visiting new countries will soon be added to David’s list. Following David’s schedule and imagining the logistics behind the scenes leaves me tired.

David at the Detroit airport on his way to record in Indianapolis (Summer 2008)

David at the Detroit airport on his way to record in Indianapolis (Summer 2008)

However, I can also sense David’s excitement. I see a lot of my young self in David. I was about David’s age when I traveled to England and Continental Europe for the first time. Through travel, I realized that the world was much bigger and messier than my small-town and conservative upbringing ever let on.

As I watch David’s story unfold, I am delighted about the new experiences that await him while realizing his dedication in making it all happen. I know he will experience highs and lows as we all do. I anticipate how his personal growth will be communicated through his music in the coming years.

When I attended David’s Ford Day concert last September, a fellow fan showed me a hand-written postcard from David. The postcard reminded me of Hitchcock’s letter that today is tucked away with my sister’s most treasured belongings. These letters, which affirm our artists’ appreciation for the fans, accompany the music that tells their story to us.

–By Freofan


644 Responses to “David’s Unfolding Story, Through Music”

  1. 1 Kizzi March 3, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    dj – I’ll look at the Tour Reflections and fix later. Several of us are posting on that tab so wires may have gotten crossed.

  2. 2 djxox March 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Josie~ you can email me..kizzi and happy have my email.they can give it to you or send me yours ..

    I am uploading all my videos today..it takes a long time..grr
    I think I saw you arrive with Mom..was not sure though.Did you have a pink/white baseball hat on..blue vehicle??.looked for you inside but I figured you would be on one of the elevated areas.We we right up front as you can tell by my vids..glad to hear your Mom had a great time..he was spectacular last night…what a thrill!!

  3. 3 davidfanLIZ March 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    This was lovely, I brought it over to the newer comments so everyone could see it. (((bliss)))

    blisskasden March 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    David has already learned the fine, subtle art of making his concert experience one of shared friendship, rather than mere performance. The audience isn’t just watching and listening, they are interacting, relating, and in the very best sense , “hanging out” with David. David’s talents are numerous, but it is his unmatched warmth and message of welcome to everybody that make his concerts a “must-go”. When he sings, all the beauty of the universe becomes evident, euphoria and friendship fills the room, and it’s as if everyone is hugging everyone. This is the power of David’s essential goodness He’s magnificent. That’s all there is to it.

  4. 4 davidfanLIZ March 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    bliss “euphoria and friendship” Nice!

    Whether in person or muted through the videos, there’s an almost painful feeling of tenderness. A sweetness and a yearning that pulls at you, confuses you, makes you want more.


  5. 5 jackryan4da March 3, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Am not talking of shrills and screams between pauses. It is when the i love you’s compete with his singing that grates me.

    I mean even in rock concerts – and you can imagine how rowdy the crowd can get in those – when the performer slows down so to speak, the audience follows.

    When a friend wants to boogie, we dance along. When a friend wants to talk, we listen. That’s all what am saying.

    End of rant.

  6. 6 pabuckie March 3, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    jackryan4da at 2:13pm – trying to catch up – although it’s very hard – but I agree with you –
    I just finished watching twice TBWY from Richmond, VA and it is stunning, beautiful until we have to hear girls competing “I love you’s” and who “loves him more” while David is sooo focused and into the song – UGH !! I don’t mind screams and understand them fully but when vocals interfere with a stunning performance it’s just makes it harder for us to stay focused on David’s voice – but I DO – and I often wonder how does David do it? If he can do it I guess so can I.

  7. 7 jackryan4da March 3, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    KIZZI @ 1:58 – I usually send this matrix to Marlie as a reference for most vids we post here and eventually embedded in the tour reflection page.

    It is hardly definitive but hope this helps 🙂


  8. 8 Kizzi March 3, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks JR – it is gorgeous!

  9. 9 Josie March 3, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    dj-yes, you saw me! I was in a blue truck completely parked like in the middle of the street trying to maneuver a wheelchair in slushy unplowed snow. I really wish I’d gotten the chance to say hi – but since I wasn’t sure you were you, it might have been sketchy to walk up to some random person and say “Hi, I’m Josie with the pink hat”…LOL – believe me, I’m glad you stayed where you did. Your videos are such sweetnesssss!

    I will email the gals for your addy – I have a quick question offline.

    I’m still pretty foggy….My mom wanted to go to Buffalo today. I know her limitations. I (very, very sadly) said no.

  10. 10 Angelica March 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Liz? I think it was you who asked for haiku. Anyway, I tried. It is my first time to do this. Three lines consisting of 7, 5, and then 7 syllables is not as easy as it sounds. But for you, I make haiku.

    Here is the voice that enters

    Closed hearts open wide

    He steps over the threshold

  11. 11 vee60 March 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Good morning everyone,just woken up. it is now 6:43 am here in Sydney

    I do have a new megaupload,my new favourite : My hands (from lancaster concert)

    With this video, aside from that acappela at the end of the song (which is to die for) and audience participation ( clapping to provide the music) , almost throughout the entire song, David was SMILING. The look of happiness on his face.

    For me, the smile was so infectious just like his dancing and bumping (in his fast songs) that I was smiling with him.

    If you want to start your day happy, please include this video from your list.

    My hands (as David said, too many hands on his album, but make “this hands” unique and distinct from the other). I must say a standout in this tour….

  12. 12 beebee March 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm


    {{{Bliss}}} Magnificent. Oh yes. Amen.

    {{{dj}} <– da bomb!

  13. 13 beebee March 3, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Dj’s ZG! woot!

  14. 14 djxox March 3, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    ZERO GRAVITY….Northampton

  15. 15 bluebarsa March 3, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Hello everyone – I will be going to the Infinity show later this evening. Wanted to let you know I briefly saw David at a shopping center(in Williamsville) about an hour and a half ago. He was there for the Meet and Greet sponsered by the radio station KISS 98.5. He had lunch at a restaurant called Sole’ and then went onto a clothing store to pick out (I think) what he was going to wear tonight. One lucky caller into the radio station got to be there with his stylist! I didn’t get any photos, and was only able to say “Hello”! I wasn’t part of the M&G, so I had to leave…Haha, after I spent $200 in clothing for myself, too. David looked well and in his usual good spirits and lots of smiles.

  16. 16 djxox March 3, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    had technical difficulties uploading that ZG..not very clear will redo later..ARCHUBOUNCE in OVERDRIVE on this one..WOOT !!..too funny

  17. 17 beebee March 3, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    {{vee60}} <– plenty’o’LOVE for you, TOO! 🙂 :::downloading:::

  18. 18 vee60 March 3, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I forgot to say, the audience was with the song, singing with him, .If you see him looking up, he was not looking up to heaven , he was looking up to the other audiencse at the other levels, “just to say , I KNOW YOU ARE WITH ME”)

    Now I was about to share and upload Angels. I do have a few versions some from the concert but also of the famous acappella of New Orleans (with him praying). Concert versions have their own special moments. but i love the Angels of Lancaster ( THE voice sours),but all other versions are also too die for (from VA, Richmond, Sayreville and Allentown , nothing yet from Northampton).

    I can upload all the versions, but tell me which one you want first…. While everyone is think, I will start to upload first The New Orleans versions, one of my favourite ……

  19. 19 djxox March 3, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    OK this is better..in high quality..


  20. 20 djxox March 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    vee^)~My Angels…Northampton will be up later today.

  21. 21 vee60 March 3, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Sorry by previous comment has few typos….. apology please audience, thinking

  22. 22 bluebarsa March 3, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Forgot to add to my comment at 3:03. Here is a link to the clothing store “Tony Walker & Co.” where I saw David this afternoon! 🙂

  23. 23 Josie March 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Angelica – beautiful words:

    “Here is the voice that enters

    Closed hearts open wide

    He steps over the threshold”

    Thank you.

    All I can say is just wait til you hear MH and Angles from last night too…warning 🙂

  24. 24 river992 March 3, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Kizzi and Happy- sent reflections to you and a couple of photos to Kizzi. Wishing I were doing it all over again tonite. now I know how groupies feel.

  25. 25 blisskasden March 3, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    When David decides to move you, no suit of emotional armor can protect you, and you’d be foolish to think otherwise. Most powerful people use their power to control and manipulate others. David uses his power to uplift, heal and empower others to feel good about themselves. If you surrender to him, this will happen every time. It never fails. If you’re feeling badly in any way, look at any one of his videos, and I promise you that you will be grounded and feeling better almost immediately. If you’re really feeling bad, watch him sing “Love Me Tender” or “To Be With You.” As for “Somebody Out There”, it’s like electro shock treatment for the soul, and should never be viewed or heard standing up or while driving.

    As for Zero Gravity, everyone should watch it at least once a day. It’s like taking a 1-a-day joy pill.

  26. 26 vee60 March 3, 2009 at 4:50 pm


    As promised, Angels sang in Now Orleans by an Angel.


    DJ will wait for the Angels of Northampton to add to my collection. Do you you have MY Hands…please. Thanks in advance

    Just downloaded ZG from Northampton…..All the jumping….. bumping…..
    Have people seen the 4 in one ZG (first 4 concerts by X-factor). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4UiHDR5g-k

    Watch the progression …. the increasing intensity…..

  27. 27 djxox March 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Bliss~ beautifully said…



    (HQ should show up in a few minutes)

    we just gotta stoooooppppp..lip quivers at 2:49…I JUST DIED !!

  28. 28 Kizzi March 3, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Angelica: LOL, just read your post. I am a “shameful oaf” at times when at a David concert. I admit it…I’ll try to do better…hmmmm….so that means I have to practice….and practice means I have to go to more concerts…awwwwwww….HOORAY for me, another reason to go…to work on my weaknesses…thanks for giving me a good reason that I HAVE to go to more David concerts—hahaha.

    Also, Angelica, a gorgeous haiku.

    We have so many talented, creative ppl on jD. I have had this idea for a while that we could create a “justDavid Art Gallery” tab with a link to our prose, our poetry, our art (be it graphics, drawings, watercolors, oils, acrylics, etc.) and of course we have our blogs and videos and pixs. Nath had given David a wonderful book full of creativity a while back, remember–wouldn’t it be wonderful to have it scanned and part of the “justDavid Art Galery” a thought….

  29. 29 blisskasden March 3, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    The “Barriers” video from Northampton is so good it’s not even funny. His confidence, the audience reaction to his slightest gesture, and, of course, his voice, combine to create ,IMHO, the most professional and charismatic performance of the tour so far. If he keeps this up (and he will), the “opening” act for his next tour will be Tony Bennett.

  30. 30 davidfanLIZ March 3, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    kizzi – love the art gallery idea!

  31. 31 davidfanLIZ March 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    POETRY alert #2
    POETRY alert #2
    POETRY alert #2

    I’m sending out a call for David-inspired haiku (1st line:7 syllables, 2nd line:5 syllables, 3rd line:7 syllables).

    If you want to keep your poetry a surprise, send it to me via the Contact page and I’ll put it in line for the Random ArchuPoetry box.

    Thanks Angelica, lovely!

  32. 32 freofan March 3, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I got my Japanese David album today! It is interesting to look at the artwork and Japanese translations of the songs and David’s notes. I have not listened to “Save the Day” yet. I will wait until I have some time alone.

  33. 33 Kizzi March 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    River has posted her beautiful reflections of her center stage Northampton concert extravaganza, complete with pictures! Not to be missed, simply beautiful!

    Click here for the Northampton Tour page for Rivers review and all dj’s videos to date are also posted–just scroll down the page for a plethora of goodies!


  34. 34 vee60 March 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Bee bee, hope the download was successful…

    Better go now, I do have to work ( damn…oops sorry) , lots of videos left unseen. Another concert tonite……

    Bye for now….

  35. 35 davidfanLIZ March 3, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    River – I loved reading your post. Thanks!

  36. 36 djxox March 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    TOUCH MY HAND…..Northampton..

    seems to take a few minutes for the HQ option to catch up..??..worth the wait though

  37. 37 vee60 March 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Sorry if this has been posted previously. “Farrah’s First rock show” Remember the little girl that David was holding, that was Mike’s little cute girl. A video supposedly made by her.

    Enjoy, looove the pics and comments…..with ALTNOY music

  38. 38 vee60 March 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    it is like the recap of the first concert…..she is really so cute. She is a groupie…… She might had a kiss from Mr David

  39. 39 dakgal March 3, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    As I posted about two weeks ago, I have posted on Noting David as GrammyC a few times–have decided to go with a new name for Just David. Thank you so much for this site and for all the videos. I can’t make it to any of David’s concerts–SOB SOB. I don’t know how survive without being able to come here and read all your wonderful accounts of the concerts, they make me feel as if I were there.

    ABBRA –hope you read this, you said you wanted a Japanese CD, well it is on its way, my son is getting me five –so I may have three to spare. He should return from Japan at the end of next week.

    Thanks once again for all the hard work in setting up this site.

    HOW ‘BOUT THAT ZERO GRAVITY–there’s that tingly feeling again, I only feel it when David sings.

  40. 40 blisskasden March 3, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    David was on fire in Northampton. “Touch My Hand” killed. David might be living in Graceland by Easter.

  41. 41 Kizzi March 3, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    new post up – click past the “Chat” post to get to it. Txs

  42. 42 jackryan4da March 3, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    BLISS! “…David might be living in Graceland by Easter.”

    You should see me smiling now! Love it!

    That TMH – whatta!

    DJ & VEE – I reiterate my appreciation for the 2 of you for providing the daily dosage of ODD sustenance. Please make sure I know if you are around my area

    SB – this is such a delayed reply but I am from Manila, Philippines. My time zone is similar to VEE that’s why it seems we are up almost always 🙂

  43. 43 Abrra March 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    dakgal 601
    Thank you for remembering me! I do want a Japan CD. Email me at alphawav@comcast.net so we can work out details? WOW!


  44. 44 bebereader March 4, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Betsy…Been keeping your son in my prayers!

    I know there are so many fans who can’t get to a show this tour and I know that I already went to Sayreville so I should be thankful. But, my ODD is so out of control now that I wish I’d gotten tickets to an additional show. It’s not gonna happen since either they’re sold out or at locations that I can’t get to. I think my family wonders why I keep listening to the same songs over and over, clueless to the fact that the videos I’m watching are from a different show each night! Duh! LOL

    Only diehard fans like us are able to notice how fast David is progressing, on this tour alone. The tour isn’t even half over. and he already has complete command of the stage and the audience, at times, rocking it out like a rockstar.

    David brings me so much joy that sometimes I can’t contain myself. The gift of his smile after every song is sheer bliss!

    Speaking of Bliss, your comment at 5:17 about Tony Bennett…LOL..You ain’t kidding!

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Quotable ArchuQuote

"I'm just David and a lot more people know who I am now than before, but it's not like I'm a different person because of that." — Square Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2009

From the notingDavid Archives

"One of the reasons I know that David Archuleta is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience is because there is an entire category of people who find themselves inexplicably drawn to this remarkable young man who are not the kinds of people commonly–if ever–given to fanaticism of any kind.” - Rascal
notingDavid, June 1 Trust the Archulator

From the Comments

"I just listened to How Great Thou Art. NEVER have I heard anything so moving and beautiful. Just when I think I’ve heard the most beautiful sound in the world, he goes and does something like this. He keeps outdoing himself. I swear his voice could stop wars.."
— betsy


"He pulls us up on stage with him,” all right! Then he shakes the dickens out of us ’til all the stuffing comes out our heads!! GAH.
- — highervibe

Random ArchuPoetry

Wishing for wings, I've waited
but none were sprouting
then you came to take me up.

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