The Boundaries of Fandom

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So, last Monday, I read with fascination a discussion that ensued about David Cook’s recent myspace post calling out his “scary fans.” Not surprisingly, a debate got under way about the difference between a “normal” fan vs. a “crazy” fan, the difference between being “obsessive” and being a full on gunning-down-Selena-style lunatic. So, how in this conversation do I go from shaking my head at some of the shenanigans that full-on lunatic stalker-fans engage in to seeing someone lumping “an adult who gushes on about the beauty of an 18-year-old” in the same category as a crazy fan who bugs her idol’s tour bus with a GPS tracker? Since I recognize myself in the former scenario vs. the latter, I am definitely having a “hold up…wait a minute!” reaction.

Let me get this straight since the David Archuleta Bus is the first serious ride I’ve ever taken in the world of fandom. Because I’ve decided that I like an 18 year old who charmed me through my TV screen last year and have been following him ever since. Because I love his voice, his beauty, and what I assume to be his sweet personality and have found an online community of fellow David admirers who love the same qualities. Because he is mentioned in 14 posts in a sea of 400+ posts on my personal blog, and is the subject of four fan videos that I created just for a whole lot of fun. Because I went to one concert of his when he came to town. Because I bought his CD and downloaded his iTunes stuff. I could go on and on, but how do any of these actions even remotely place me in the same category as a stalker-fan who bugs her idol’s tour bus with a GPS tracker? Oh! Because I’m over 30 and gushing over an 18 year old!

What I find remarkably limited about this conversation – a conversation I think is worth having – is the sexist and ageist stereotyping going on, so that instead of just rightly calling out certain disrespectful (and, quite frankly, ILLEGAL) behavior on the part of obsessive fans – because that’s the problem more than what people personally choose to do for their own enjoyment – assumptions are made about who “crazy” fans are “over there” vs. the “normal” fans we all assume ourselves to be. Such assumptions made (did you know, for example, that Arch Angels are really Claymates who needed to find a new American Idol? Funny to me because Ruben Studdard was the reason I started watching American Idol religiously to begin with), especially ones that assume Idol stalker-fans are either “unattractive” or “fat” or “bored housewives,” do nothing to address the ways that stalker-fans who show no respect for the artist they admire should be roundly dismissed or chastised for their bad behavior. Instead, these assumptions are designed to belittle mostly women and girls who dare to go over the top in their love and appreciation for the artist and his music. Ever notice how when guys develop obsessions over music or sports or gaming, and travel to every concert or fan conference and every sports event, they’re not called “stalker-fans,” they’re just called “hardcore fans”?

I’m bringing this up because I find it disturbing that it would be so easy to lump all fans in the same category of “crazy,” especially those of us (women in particular, who have often been characterized in patriarchal societies as “hysterical” since we have “wombs”) who publicly declare our love and admiration for David Archuleta (as if the story is about him but somehow Archies are a “point of reference”). For I do believe there is a difference between disrespectful obsessive behavior and just your average ODD when you log in to your favorite fan site on a regular basis and get your latest David news or watch your latest David YouTube video. I don’t have certain resources to travel to several concerts, but for those fans who do, more power to ’em is what I say! As long as nobody is getting hurt. Fortunately, JD (and prior to that, ND) has never made me or anyone else feel like a “bad fan” because we didn’t or couldn’t attend David’s solo tour. Perhaps in not being judgmental in these ways, I’ve never thought to question which of us was “normal” and who is “the crazy over there.” Besides, we’re already so self-critical and mature enough to know the boundaries of our fandom, we don’t need to point fingers at anyone but ourselves – if we care to or worry about it at all.

Having said all this, I would be remiss to also not mention that, within every fandom, and David’s is hardly unique in this way, the boundaries have been drawn, and JD is here precisely because ND’s blog owner no longer felt his views were welcome. Needless to say, hierarchies are established – from those who think they have an “in” with the artist (or the artist’s family member or band member) to those who create “insider” groups within a fan site.  Regardless, I always have to ask the basic question: why am I apart of this community? Or any community? Someone or something binds us together. Here, it is the love of the artist and his music. When that stops being the point, it’s time to move on, or it’s time to regroup and refocus.

I’ve never had the desire to be a groupie. If an artist is in town, and I want to see him, I see him. Or, if I have an opportunity to travel somewhere for vacation or to meet up with members of said community, that’s the enjoyment and the pleasures of fandom, I would think. Music is such a personal gift, a direct connection straight to the heart, that there’s a reason that music artists, more than any other celebrity, inspires the fanaticism. But, to me, whenever fanaticism bumps up against respect issues and privacy issues, then we have a problem. Traveling hours to see your favorite artist in concert is about love and respect. Calling up your favorite artist’s hotel room number or tracking his tour bus, that requires a restraining order.

At the end of the day, where’s the fun and the joy that started us on this journey? I hope we, as JDers, will always keep this goal in mind and not ever lose sight of this aspect of our love and enjoyment of David.

– Hello Gorgeous

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252 Responses to “The Boundaries of Fandom”


  1. 1 vee60 March 31, 2009 at 2:13 am

    First to make a comment. 🙂

    But to start this the first part of the snarky video


    Of almonds and songwriting……

    Doesn’t like that much music. Just random, Love the Beatles but not really a fan who has a laptop, dedicated to watching videos of a certain 18 year old man/boy. haven’t seen him perform live but just with you tubes, I am now at peace with myself. He literally saved me ( through his music) so I can live again.

    I am 48 , old enough to be his mother but I feel young at heart. My boys tease me. But what the heck. I can hear his voice anywhere ( am I hallucinating?) probably but I don’t care. Life is too short and so let us enjoy.

    probably some young fans think we are creepers(??) but as long as we are not hurting other people, I don’t care ….. As long as we respect each other and respect him, then …….Archuland here I come….. This Achucholism is way better than alcoholism. Is he my cocaine to make me feel better, then I am an addict, I confess from the bottom of my heart <33333333

    I luv you all , my efamily here in jD. Thank you for accepting me. JD is a hospital for people suffering from ODD, Archucholism, David addict, Archulitis or david fanatism… I am confined here for ever. My hospital bed is 26012008. Heard him first sing waiting for the world to change in AI7 audition of 26 January 2008 ( Sydney is one day ahead ).

    See you guys !!

  2. 2 mbmonchi March 31, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Hello Gorgeous- Great post. I do remember reading that comment on another site about “adults gushing over an 18 year old” and being really annoyed by it.
    It completely misses the point of what music is and can do for a person. Music can be an expression of one’s soul that touches another soul. It’s universal and knows no age, race, or religion. I just don’t think that the person who wrote that comment understands that and that’s a shame. That an adult can be touched by an 18 years olds voice and music just shows how powerful music can be.
    Honestly I think that the difference is that some people just look at the superficial aspect of music and others listen to music with an open heart and what moves them moves them regardless of the vessel that music comes from. That’s why I enjoy reading this site so much. I get the sense that the people who come are very open hearted people who have been touched David’s music and soul.
    I’m 27 and have never really been a fan of someone before. But I think it’s so rare to find an artist who bares their through music and I feel lucky to be fan and have a site like this to visit.
    Well off to sleep…nite!

  3. 3 fandaforeverti48 March 31, 2009 at 3:28 am

    HG – interesting post. For the past year, I have been entrapped in the web of the VOICE – hurrying to get home to watch AI7 so I could watch & listen to a voice like I have never heard before; moved onto purchasing & listening to every download itunes provided; progressing to reading & watching a couple of hours a day (notingDavid who provided a link to YouTube) on the internet; to anticipating spending the evening on the internet (starting with notingDavid/justDavid then to YouTube) to download all the amazing AI tour videos, JB/Xmas videos and Solo Tour videos to a Zune. So now I have this extensive library to watch/listen to my heart/souls content – and I am content to the nth degree. It wasn’t until the past 2+ weeks that I actually listened to the words of this extensive DA library. I was lost & searching for resolve in my life turned upside down. On my way home from the hospital, I was listening to my DA CD, as I always do when I am alone in my car. I had been playing DLG on repeat (for reasons I didn’t know) & I HEARD the words that reached out & helped me understand what I was going through. Since then, I have listened to the words of every song I have of his & cannot believe he was communicating to my heart & soul (not directly to me personally but for me to know) in so many of them. Now I feel like I have come full circle & I know – it is the VOICE that I love – for everything he has given me from his heart & soul…….

  4. 4 hell0g0rge0us March 31, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Good morning, everyone! Vee, thank you so much for sharing that Snarky video here. What I absolutely love about this interview is that it’s the kind that a die-hard fan would give, which is why it’s so delightful. Now, how sharp of them to re-play that radio dj game of word association by turning it on its head, knowing who David is, having him do a “song association.”

    Now, I’m pleased to say that, just like David, as soon as they said “book,” the Reading Rainbow theme song (love that song) also popped into my head too! And, GAH! he likes sesame chicken (my favorite Chinese dish)! Great minds think alike! 🙂

    Mbmonchi, that particular line disparaging “an adult who gushes on about the beauty of an 18 year old” was what prompted this post to begin with. It was just amazing to me that, in a discussion about the excesses of inappropriate fan behavior – really, pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable – that this type of admiration we have for David would be seen as equally problematic. I agree that only people who are caught up in the superficialities of music (or just the limitations of those who just don’t get David and, therefore, don’t get why others would react to him in this way) would see our love and respect for David as somehow “inappropriate.”

    Fandaforever, I know what you mean about being intoxicated by the Voice. I don’t really see my daily fix for David Archuleta as “archuholism” though. I see it as being drawn to the light – these past few weeks have been very challenging for me personally and professionally. David’s music – that direct link to my heart – keeps the darkness away.

    You see, I do believe there’s a difference, which is what I want to draw on here, between loving and absorbing the essence of an artist – via audio and video – and going over the edge to break down the barrier between yourself and the artist in troubling ways that Cookie complained about. One is just about loving and respecting an artist and his role in your life, the other is trying to force a literal connection with that artist, whether it maintains a respectful distance or not.

    Does that mean that I wouldn’t want to meet David in real life? Of course I do! Actually, I want to be able to do what the Snarky girls did, which is to have a really nice, laid back interview with him. Since I have an entire chapter in my new book project devoted to American Idol, I really ought to work on getting some kind of “press” access!

    But that’s it. Following him all over the country, or tracking his tour bus, as other fans have done for other artists, seems to be really pushing some boundaries of fandom. Which is why I asked about what the fun and joy is in doing that?

    Granted, someone like Perez Hilton (an obvious David Archuleta fan – heh) blasted Cook for complaining about such excessive fan behavior in the first place since such excesses are hardly new for musicians – think the Beatles, the Jackson 5, any popular boy band, and even our current Jonas Brothers – and basically argued that this kind of fandom comes with the territory. So, perhaps obsessive fan behavior is nothing out of the ordinary either. Still, I did want to make distinctions because I do believe our ODD is harmless (or am I wrong here?). As harmless as the artist we are fixated by.

  5. 5 dawn65 March 31, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Good Morning HG !!

    Wow..what a thought provoking post. Every now and then I’ll come across a hater. Sometimes I’ll engage them, depending on the day I’m having.. other times..I pardon them..for they know not what they do.

    There’s just a large group of people that WILL be threatened by David. He invokes strong feelings, he unknowingly makes us examine ourselves. Those who aren’t liking what they are finding, will resent this about him.

    Others may be resistant to change, because yes.. he IS changing the music scene. His fanbase is widely diverse, and that’s not something anyone is familiar with…even Jive doesn’t know what to do with our boy. He’s multitalented.. he put out a CD that has a little of this..a little of that.. he embraces genres of pop, soul, R&B, latin, I’ve even heard him try rapping.. he writes from his heart.. starting at the ripe old age of 12 years old…he connects with his audience without even trying.. he gives all he has to give.. and truly adores us…as much as we adore him. WE are who he’s in love with.

    This threatens people on such a deep level..because they just can’t make him fit into a preconceived notion. It must be hard to always carry the idea that “David” was robbed. Regardless of whether or not that IS the truth.. it’s very common “point of contention”. David’s fanbase has hit international mania in a year. He’s THE hot commodity.. everyone and everybody wants him.. throughout all this.. he still stays true to who he is.. he family, his faith, still are his driving forces.. the level of respect he shows for himself, his family, his friends, his fellow artists, his peers.. is warm and genuine.. there’s no passive aggressiveness to him.. he’s just TOO real for someone who tries very hard to remain distant and cold..unaware of themselves..who they are..where they are going.

    The “haters” can hate.. I’ll keep the love in my heart.. I don’t really care who thinks I’m “too old” to be a fan.. I passing this legacy down to my granddaughter..because 25 years from now.. she’ll have a little bit of history that I’ve collected for her.. because I can PROMISE you..beyond a shadow of a doubt.. that David.. is not only here to STAY.. he’s building a legacy…and I could NOT be prouder.. to be an ArchAngel.

    sorry for the book length post.. HG.. you always make me dig deep.. Thank you for that.

    “did you know, for example, that Arch Angels are really Claymates who needed to find a new American Idol?”

    For the record.. I’ve never watched idol.. not before..not after David. He called..I answered.. so that dismisses that theory.

  6. 6 hell0g0rge0us March 31, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I’m on my way to work so will have to check back in later. But before I go, just wanted to respond to this:

    “He invokes strong feelings, he unknowingly makes us examine ourselves. Those who aren’t liking what they are finding, will resent this about him.”

    Thank you for saying this, Dawn. That’s really what the “hate” is about, isn’t it? It’s also why we love him. Because those of us who examine ourselves and like what we see, we like it because we’ve let David’s light in. And love him all the more for letting the light shine through his music.

    OK, gotta go! Until next time! 🙂

  7. 7 thefunnygirl March 31, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Good Morning my fellow ODDers! I never saw the original post or comment about the 30 year olds gushing over the 18 year old, and I’m kinda glad cuz I might have said something very un-David-like. This whole fandom thing is crazy, that is for sure. I’ve been called every name in the book about this ODD, from creepy to gross and even ‘there’s a special place in hell for women like you’ (HUH?) I’m telling you that most people honestly don’t want to even listen, they just want to judge. They use thier preconceived notions about age/sex/gender and BOOM – you fit nicely into their box of well-defined things that make sense to them. If you are an adult woman (or a homosexual adult man)and you like/enjoy/listen to an 18 year old male singer, it means that you are sexually attracted to them and it has nothing to do with their talent or material. This is the absolute general opinion of most people I have encountered. They have never seen or heard David post-Idol, except maybe for Crush, and they have never heard him live. They will never take the time to youtube him, or visit a fansite, despite their supposed ‘concern’ for you. Any well-intentioned comments on your part, or links you send them fall upon deaf ears, yet the judgement remains. Your attempts to explain yourself, because they asked you to, are met with severe eye-rolling and heavy sighs. Then comes the judgement about being on-line. It is crazy to seek out other fans. What could there be to talk about?

    Sometimes, you have to grin and bear it. Sometimes, it weighs heavy on your heart. Sometimes, you shake your head and wonder what their problem is? I have come to a happy place. It has taken a long time, and people still think I am crazy, but the difference now is that I have let it go. David makes me happy – plain and simple. Think what they will.

  8. 8 sandybeaches2009 March 31, 2009 at 10:12 am

    HG…a most interesting reading this morning…

    There is a place that we arrive at if we are fortunate enough and that place is realizing that there will be a percent of the population who can never understand a great deal of what is around them and the meaning and impact of what is around them. There are people who do not understand the workings of medicine or the healing powers that are new to medicine such as energy healing etc. but that does not mean that something new and wonderful does not exist. I believe that there are more people in the world who have difficulty understanding the workings of the good things in life then there are those who understand.

    There is almost nothing in life that bothers my beliefs or causes me to question myself. Perhaps my age has something to do with that. People who criticize our interests and friendships are people to exclude from our thoughts. In the grand scheme of things, these rather…seeming to be uneducated people…mean little. As a matter of fact in reverse somehow it makes me stronger…

    I was pleased that my husband could be with me in SLC because I wanted him to see the passion that is felt for David leaving much less for me to try to explain…Thank you friends who were there…When we took pictures at our last get together the word spoken to make us smile was not “cheese” but “smile like David would”…and we smiled believe me…

  9. 9 renaid March 31, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Why am I a fan of David’s? After all I am old enough to be his grandmother. Quite simply he saved my life or rather his music did. I had never watched Idol before season 7 but tuned in because a friend’s daughter was auditioning. She didn’t make it past Hollywood but I found David at a time when I was seriously considering suicide because of the tremendous pain I was dealing with. I actually was drawn to him while he waited in line and Ryan talked about him. His look was so open and there was such joy in his eyes. I was afraid after hearing about his vocal paralysis that Simon was going to ridicule him and I was in tears. Then I heard his magical voice.
    This gave me something to hold onto each week as I waited to hear him sing. I voted like crazy. Listening to his music gave me such comfort and left me in peace. Do I still experience pain? Yes, but I listen to David and it helps. When I heard him sing “Falling” it was like he understood. I like the fact that he gave a more positive ending to the song. Like Fanforeverti48 “Don’t Let Go” has become very special to me. Like a special message from David’s soul to mine. Do I love him? Yes. I love him like I love my grandchildren and I don’t think that is crazy or sick.

  10. 10 tawna21 March 31, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Thank you HG for this thought provoking post this morning. Between your thoughtful words and those of all the rest of you who have commented this morning, it relieved my heart and soul. I’ve felt so overcome with emotions–that will just come from nowhere at any time–since SLC, that I was beginning to feel a little ‘weirded out’. I’ve known since I joined this community that everyone here agrees ‘about David’, but I guess I just needed these words this morning to feel validated. Like SB, I was so glad my husband was with me in SLC to be able to partake of the love that David exudes. David did deliver that love and my husband did partake, and now understand not only David, but me. Dang–I’m crying again.

    Would I like to meet David? Of course! Will my life go on if I don’t? Of course! I have his music and spirit that will continue to bring me joy as he grows and becomes what he really wants to be–a master in his field of art.

  11. 11 blisskasden March 31, 2009 at 11:49 am

    HG, thanks for a great post. A month ago, I submitted a post that raised some of these kind of issues, and it created quite a lively “debate”. Now, I’m getting the feeling that we can discuss David on a deeper and more provocative level without going over some arbitrary “line” of appropriateness. We have David ,himself, to thank for this. This tour showed us all that David can function very well in the “adult” world, and discussing things about him in that world is not out of line.

    I am a middle aged man who has been profoundly touched by David. I am a different person than I was a year ago. Like many of you here, I am going throught a difficult time in my life. David is a source of comfort, hope and grounding for me.
    It’s real. I haven’t “lost it” or gone into denial. When I watch him sing SOT, for example, I can actally feel something changing within me. I’ve referred to it as the “cleaning out of the debris in my soul”. I have also had to deal with people who think I’m “creepy” to be this emotionally involved with a young, handsome boy who teenage girls are wild over.
    I remind these aging hippies that the Beatles were also revered by screaming teenage girls before their music and philosophy changed the world forever.

    David is an enigmatic person. Like all great ,influential people, he is also misunderstood by those who are uncomfortable with anyone they cannot immediately place in a preconceived category. Anything new always brings out the naysayers. Wasn’t it yesterday that these people were saying that no one would want a personal computer?

    David is doing just fine, and being a fan of his is also fine. He’s a wonderful, thoughtful, brilliant singer and person. It could be worse. This site could be “JustJonasBrothers.” Now, that’s creepy.

    I say, never justify or explain your love for David to others. It takes time away from the loving. They’ll have to be touched by him the same way we were in order to “get” him. Our relationship with David is personal. No one else needs to understand it. David doesn’t need missionaries. He just wants to sing. That will be enough, I promise you.

  12. 12 river992 March 31, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    HG- A timely and thought provoking post. I’ve been an uber-fan before, but he’s an athlete and I’m still his fan. I travel to watch him compete, watch all the news on him and have met up with great people who share the interest. I’ve never, ever, felt odd about it. It’s part of my bucket-list (yes I’m old enough for that) to want to see and hear the best of the best, no matter what field they’re from. I’ve been very fortunate in that regard. David came along with his incredible talent and charm and it didn’t take long before I knew he was one of those chosen few who would be “the best ever ever” and so I joined the parade. He brought me back to listening to all kinds of music, to rethinking how I perceive others’ behavior, to monitoring how I think and act, to realizing great joy in little things and so how could I not treasure every minute of Davidom that I can absorb. I don’t have 50 years left to watch his journey unfold but I can be here now and I’m not going to feel one speck of guilt for suffering ODD. this Blog is another home for me and I love its makeup … so many interesting, bright, kind, friendly similarly focused people. At the end of the day, it’s David’s voice and character that I’m in love with and anyone near me who takes issue with that hasn’t got a clue what I’m all about.

  13. 13 djafan March 31, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    hg – love your post, it needed to be outlined, we are not crazy fanatics.

    bliss – I say, never justify or explain your love for David to others. It takes time away from the loving. They’ll have to be touched by him the same way we were in order to “get” him. Our relationship with David is personal. No one else needs to understand it. David doesn’t need missionaries. He just wants to sing. That will be enough, I promise you.

    You’re comment couldn’t have come at a better time for me, especially the last paragraph. I was considering doing just that, making an attempt to justify my love for David. A relative asked if I had gone to my concert yet, it had already passed. Asked, how was it? Great, had a great time, he’s an amazing performer, his voice is unreal live….relative rolled eyes and walked out…. why ask then?

    This relative was very connected to music as I was in our youth. I believed if anybody was able to understand me. this person one would. So, I was going go on a mission to enlighten said person. You’re right I don’t need to justify myself…thank you.

  14. 14 sj6179 March 31, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks for the fan article. I too am older and absolutely adore David Archuleta, and definitely not in a creepy way. I told my family I don’t need to touch his hand during his opening number or even meet him, there is just something about his music and persona that touches my spirit and soothes me. Whenever I have that knot in my gut from something that is really bothering or upsetting me I find that just hearing him sing calms me and settles me. My family and I were talking about fans and the comments that “celebrities signed up for this” and I totally disagree, they have given up something to share their talent or gift with others and the only thing we are entitled to is a performance or appearance or whatever it was we bought the ticket for. I think our society has issues with entitlement, so many feel they are entitled to every part of a celebrities life. When watching interviews with David I am so impressed with how grounded and self-aware he is at 18 years old. He really seems to know who he is and where he wants to be, just like his song says. I think a lot of the perception of us older fans being creepers comes from the way his label has chosen to market him, and also the style of music he is choosing to do now. I don’t think anyone was calling older fans of Josh Groban creepers when he was 18 or 19 because of the type of music he was putting out. I think in time David’s music will mature, probably faster than he will physically. We already see a lot of that in some of the songs he has had a hand in writing. And I think the need for some of these fan sites is just because those around us don’t get it and we need somewhere to share those David moments that touch us. Sorry this got really long, but no one around me wants to listen. Thanks

  15. 15 sj6179 March 31, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Oh, also wanted to mention that what struck me the most when I was able to attend his concert was the sheer joy emanating from him, you could see it, feel it, hear it and you couldn’t help but feel it too. I just couldn’t stop smiling, it just made me so happy to experience all of it.

  16. 16 Abrra March 31, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Very good timing on posting this blog HG!
    Much of what you point out was the topic of several posts in the previous blog. It is refreshing to see some mature perspective and validation here today.
    I have had only one fiend question my ODD. She recently asked me for David’s CD. She may understand a bit more over time. But the point is, I really do not concern myself with what others who are critical of fandom have to say. I consider them uninformed. Putting someone down about fandom when you have no clue about the artist, is just mean spirited.

    Quote:
    “especially those of us (women in particular, who have often been characterized in patriarchal societies as “hysterical” since we have “wombs”)”
    This gave me a chuckle. In her stand up long ago Roseann Barr used to say ” My husband used to think I knew where to find the lost remote. He considered my uterus a tracking device. The way the fan sites ( who are run mainly by women) find out the latest David news and sightings, I am beginning to think Roseann’s hubby had a point.

    Abrra

  17. 17 thefunnygirl March 31, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    blisskasden – amen!

    abrra – LOL!

    sj – David is pure JOY.

    Everyone – thank goodness for all of you!

  18. 18 thefunnygirl March 31, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    This is one of my favorite David tributes, I think you will like it:

  19. 19 refnaf March 31, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Okay… After my 4 day trek to SLC, I am so overwhelmed by the experiences and emotions I have had and shared with other fans, that I will need time to absorb it all.

    I went from the most thrilling concert, smiling ear to ear as I saw David in his element, tellin’ it to us just like he said he would do to the judges when he sang “Heaven'(seems like so long ago)

    Then having brunch and laughing and crying and sharing some more…((hugs Liz, SF, Awestruck and VBH ,mike, vermeer, TOfan)

    I then find myself touring the Temple square, taking in the beautiful stories, told in art and sculptures.

    Then to a Spanish Mass (never been to a mass before((TOfan))Where I cried and sang in spanish (I don’t know spanish)

    Then to a eating funeral potatoes and sharing heartfelt and emotional stories with more beautiful loving people.

    Then to chatting with a neurologisit at the airport, about being thankful in each moment, and how that connects us all, to God, or Allah, or sourse, or whatever word you use… and it’s like everything comes full circle for me.

    I have been catching up (trying) and thinking (while vacuuming) and if this makes me crazy so be it..

    I love David… I love him for his voice that soothes me and lifts me up, no matter where I am.

    I love him for the joy that bounces off the screen in every video and interview and fan encounter that I view.

    I love him for the efriends that I have , the ones I have met and the ones I will meet in the future.

    I love him for being just david and inspiring me , to be just refnaf…

    HG thanks for this post. Amen sister. Let’s say goodbye to sterotypes and judgments and just be who we are…

  20. 20 refnaf March 31, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    funnygirl… looove that tribute… thanks,

  21. 21 vee60 March 31, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Bliss I don’t know as soon as I read your post and then this last paragraph

    “I say, never justify or explain your love for David to others. It takes time away from the loving. They’ll have to be touched by him the same way we were in order to “get” him. Our relationship with David is personal. No one else needs to understand it. David doesn’t need missionaries. He just wants to sing. That will be enough, I promise you.”

    ….just started to cry….

    yes, we don’t have to explain to anybody or justify our actions to them. As long as we know in our hearts that we truly love this man/boy not in a sexual way ( probably sometimes……) but as person who loves music and loves to share this magical, healing music to the world. Anyone can listen, no exceptions to the rule, any age, any gender, any skin colour, rich or poor, any body….. his music is for the whole world to hear.

    I love this man/boy like he is my son, my eldest son. Every now and then , I will tell my boys that David did this, David said this. He is my son, he is ow part of the family. I’d shown them that video promoting his Manila concert where he said “Salamat po” (meaning thank you in a respectful way) and both said he can speak Tagalog with an American accent.

    Isn’t it, if you love someone , you go out of your way to please them. He loves his Filipino fans and so to show his appreciation to their devotion, he tried to learn and say some word in Pilipino. He did the same token to his Japanese and Chinese fans. He is a part of my everyday life, my family life. Sometimes, my seven year old would say he will allow me to watch extra David’s videos if he had some extended TV time.

    P.S. someone on my office sometimes teased me and asked about my “toyboy”. My answer, “Doing quite well”. No denial

  22. 22 sandybeaches2009 March 31, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    refnaf…I so remember saying good-bye outside the hotel and everyone was giving a good-bye hug…you turned around and came back and repeated that generally you were not a hugging person but guessed you were going to join in and get used to it…BECAUSE…refnaf as you saw…David friends are just that way!!! Fun to meet you…see you when he comes to this side of the continent!! Probably TORONTO…

  23. 23 sandybeaches2009 March 31, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    P.S. …hugging in regards to hugging new David fan acquaintances!!

  24. 24 ninaf March 31, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    HG – thank you for the post – it is very thought provoking. You can tell that by looking at the length of all the responses and comments.

    I don’t really discuss David with anyone who doesn’t “get him.” My family, husband and kids believe and understand his talent – he just doesn’t move them in the same way, (I know, hard to believe). They know me to be a bit obsessive, as I tend to be at times, and they’re waiting for it to pass, as it usually does. With David it is different, it will never pass. I am a complete and utter fan for life!! I am reminded of my high school days when I was obsessed with Neil Young, (btw – I still love his old music), but it’s just different now. David’s voice has captured a place in my heart that no other musical artist ever has, and believe me, that’s saying a lot, as music has always been one of my greatest passions.

    I don’t look at my fandom for David as anything but normal and natural. It’s the music and the connection I feel – it has nothing to do with his age. Believe me, I wish I had the resources to follow him around the country so I could be at every concert. The feeling I get when he sings, (especially live), is like a drug for me – my soul becomes transformed. Why shouldn’t I want to experience that as much as I can!!

    I compare this kind of obsession to David similiar to the one my son has with baseball. His dream is to spend a summer driving cross country with his friends to visit and watch a professional game in every park. People do not look at this as strange behavior – it’s all part of being a big sports fan.

    My daughter, who is 18, lusts after Brad Pitt, an actor who is in his mid 40’s. This seems very cute and totally acceptable in our society. Why do people find it bizaare when a middle age woman is a fan of an 18 year old singer, but not an 18 year old girl, who is a fan of a 45 year old actor? I just don’t see the difference and to me it is a blatent form of discrmination.

    David’s voice is ageless and timeless. This will always be a fact to me and I won’t ever allow myself to feel it is inappropriate to be a hopeless fan.

  25. 25 Angelica March 31, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Hg,

    Thanks for this post. I think it brings to the forefront things that need to be discussed. How can we, as older adults, be fans of an 18 year old beautiful man? Add to that, the fact that we are a bit obsessive in our love and spend inordinate amounts of time researching and writing about him with others who feel as we do. I can understand how people would think this strange. I do not claim to understand it myself. What I am dealing with here is an unprecedented event in my life, and if I don’t understand it, how can I even begin to enlighten others? I refuse, at my age, to begin to learn how to teach swine the value of pearls. Like some of you who have commented previously, I have recently been through a very dark time. I had lost all hope that things would change, and I felt convinced that I knew how my story would end. Well, that’s a page that David rewrote when he came into my life. I was in such despair that I remember praying to God to take my life. When He didn’t, I somehow found the courage to pray for things to change, that I could once again feel joy. There was a small part of me that wanted so badly to feel alive again but I didn’t know how. It was like my soul was dead, or nearly so, and curled up inside me in a fetal position. Then one night I heard David sing. My soul looked up, blinked, and smiled for the first time in over a year. Now I am creating again, making art and enjoying writing, which is something I didn’t even know I could do before he came into my life. He restored my soul, but I know that it was really God who did it, acting through David in answer to a prayer. He gave me back my joy, and no one is ever going to steal that from me again. I love him for his voice and for giving my voice back to me. I can not help that he is young and beautiful and I am not. It has never been about that, but that is the surface and most won’t bother to look beneath. I can not even begin to express how deeply I respect this young man: his life, his art, his boundaries. This is not a perversion; it is a renascence.

  26. 26 silverfox March 31, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Good afternoon everyone! Hmmmmm. Where do I start? I guess I should start by confessing. My name is Dee aka silverfox. I am 61 years old. I am also an avid fan of David Archuleta. Not just a “fan” but an unconditional for the rest of my life fan. How & why did this happen to me at this particular time in my life? There are many reasons “how”. I’ve described it as a bolt of lightening coming down from the sky when I saw David sing “Heaven” and from that moment my broken heart & wounded soul began to heal. Some of the “why” is still a mystery. All I know is, he changed me. He brings me joy. The Voice makes my heart sing & dance. I didn’t ask for or seek a resolution for the darkness I was enveloped in. I was just existing day to day, acting like all was fine, then a miracle happened. David was my miracle, a light to replace the darkness. He makes me want to be a better Mom, Grandma, sister, friend, an overall better human being. Did I feel strange at first? You bet I did. I kept it to myself. Then I found a great website nD with others who felt as I did. My “obsession” with all things David began to grow as I learned more about him. The Voice was the catalyst, then because of his character, David and his well being & happiness became as important to me as listening to The Voice.

    For all he has done for me, how could I repay him? Buy his music, buy his merchandise? Yes, of course. How else? Go to his concerts, as many as I could. Yes, that’s how I chose to support David starting with the AI tour, then the Jingles, his solo tour and now, his future tours. And anyone who has a problem with that can…well can go on living life sitting in judgement of something they know nothing about. As long as I am able, I will attend David’s concerts simply because it makes me happy to hear The Voice live. I WILL be going to Del Mar. My sis & her daughters, my nieces age 17 & 21 will meet me there and we will make it a mini vacation as well. Does it seem like I’m “following him around the country”? Yikes! It does, doesn’t it? And it’s so much fun! I’m having a Blast! Thank you, David my luv! You may not see me, but I’ll be seeing you in Del Mar and wherever else I can make it, for as long as I can.

    Note about Cook..yesterday morning on the radio they played a recorded snippet of Cook asking the audience at one of his concerts to back up..said he would stop the concert if they didn’t back up 5 feet, then another 5 feet. He said they would start kicking people out. The audience started booing loudly. He lost control and was angry. They played the recording as a possible reason for the cancellation of some of his gigs, but it may not be the only reason why he’s coming down on his fans. To be honest, I hope it is just Cook showing an inability to handle the stress and not due to a crisis with his brother. At the same time,
    I thought of how different David handled the same type of situation at his concerts. No anger in his voice,
    only concern. Our David is something else, and I love him.

  27. 27 bebereader March 31, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    How can I top Angelica and SF??

    HG: Your post is like a catharsis. It lets us release any residual feelings about being ‘older’ fans of an eighteen year old. It’s not like we are obsessing over any artist whose music we like. This is a young man who came into our living rooms every week for five months, one whom we grew to love and respect and root for!

    At the beginning of my ODD, I couldn’t control myself. I talked about David constantly, preached to friends who liked Cook, even lost a friend over the Davids. Then I found ND back last December, a place where I feel comfortable in my addition. Yes, my family thinks I’m a little over the top because I tend to get this way when I enjoy a musician. What’s different this time is that it’s not just David’s music that moves me; it’s his spirit. He stole my heart with his voice and his music but made it permanent by letting me see the way he lives his life. I admire his strength, his stamina, his charisma, his intellect, his charm, the love he has for his family, his loyalties, his soulful laughing eyes, the timber of his voice. Let me count the ways!

    David is very aware that he has an older fan base. In a recent interview, he was asked who takes the most pictures with him, teenage girls or older women. He politely answered “I think it’s half and half.” I never met him and might never meet him but the joy he gives me at this time in my life is priceless! I didn’t ask for this. David appeared in my life the day he auditioned for AI last year and there was no turning back. He had me at hello.

  28. 28 pabuckie March 31, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Great post! I could write forever but I will just make it short and sweet. Not only has David changed my entire life and being because of his beautiful voice, his charisma, his soul, his gentleness, kindness, humility….not only have I started listening to music again because of him….but David, I noticed, has brought back a good big BELLY LAUGH for me….which I haven’t had in a long time….when I see David on these shows eating empanadas, learning silk screening and the latest, GROWING ONIONS – all I can do is CRACK UP – he is too cute for words and I don’t know how he keeps a STRAIGHT FACE on. I shouldn’t have “snuck” this video in at work cause I just can’t stop cracking up looking at David’s face throughout this whole thing…TEARS OF JOY! David brings so much to my life…whenever I feel sad, down, had a bad day…I NEED and WANT to watch a video so that I will feel better and it always makes me feel better. DAVID IS LOVE, JOY, BEAUTY ok, I said it wouldn’t be long…I guess I could say a lot more. My family and friends don’t “get” him like I do and YES think think I’m weird. I’m 48 – single, no children…and why do I like an 18 year old…..their loss NOT MINE. David has enriched my life.

  29. 29 thefunnygirl March 31, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I think this song sums things up nicely today:

    Gosh we love you David. Thanks for everything.

  30. 30 JONER March 31, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Wow, some wonderful posts here today. It’s amazing how many of us discovered David during dark times in our lives. Maybe it was our open wounds that gave him the entry into our hearts.

  31. 31 bebereader March 31, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    thefunnygirl at 3:53 pm

    Nice video! I really enjoyed reading this comment on that page:

    “…I love that David’s fans are from every age group, gender and nationality – HE IS TRULY THE WORLD IDOL.”

  32. 32 joymus March 31, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Hi Everyone!

    HG – your wonderful post, together with the personal reflections of everyone here has tearing up. As you have said in the past Joner – “David is a feeling”. As Bliss has stated – “Our relationship with David is personal. No one else needs to understand it.” SF, Renaid, Ninaf, Angelica, Vee, Bebereader – your posts are touching beyond words.

    Everytime I try to put my feeling about David into words I start to cry. How can you explain something that everyone else here understands, varying in degrees only within the context of each of our lives?
    How is is possible for us to meet and greet each other at concerts and feel like soulmates or long lost friends?

    All because of one remarkable young man, the careful choices he makes with his music, and the ability to embue a feeling of hopefulness and joy with a magnificent VOICE into our hearts and souls.

  33. 33 bebereader March 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I finally found what I was looking for…a glimpse of the audience through David’s eyes to imagine how he felt when the crowd went wild over him at his shows. This video was just posted. Most of it is blurry but if you go to 1:52, you can see what I mean! Don’t miss David’s beautiful smile of appreciation at the end on the jumbotron.
    Am I the only nut who appreciates these things?

  34. 34 joymus March 31, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Bebe –
    what an eye-opening video. You’re right – at 1:52 you can see and also appreciate just what David has to handle everytime he steps out on stage. I’m tearing up again. He has to handle and balance a truck-load of fan expectations for the forseeable future at such a young age. I can now understand how Cook’s faux pax have not gone unnoticed. Can you imagine when an admiring crowd turns around and starts to boo despite your best efforts to address a situation?

  35. 35 sandybeaches2009 March 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Wow, the readings…I am beginning to wonder, well actually I have been wondering this…if we did a poll on the people here in regards to David entering our lives…what would be the percent who have had David come into their lives during a most difficult time? I know it would be a high percent but how high I don’t know…

    I think that many have been dealing with a difficult time with the thoughts of a sad future but some of the emphasis has shifted to an enjoyable spotlight on David’s future and just how wonderful it can be…

    Talking about spotlights…he had the most wonderful glow, the most wonderful aura about him…

  36. 36 river992 March 31, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I just roamed back thru the above posts and when I got to Bliss’s hysterical sentence about “this could be called JustJonasBrothers”l.. I burst out laughing (and no one was here to wonder why.) I also love the last line from sj6179 when it says “no one around me wants to listen.” Welcome to my world..guess it has LOTS of David fans in it. I have really enjoyed all these posts. Now back to figuring out if in fact I can go to CA in June. I am totally crazy, really I am, thank goodness.

  37. 37 sandybeaches2009 March 31, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Angelica…”he restored my soul”…there is no denying that he does that however it came to be…and what is even greater is that he does it continuously…

    I remember the night of AI like so many of us do, when he first sang Imagine…of course I was spellbound. When the show was over I went to the computer and looked up David Archuleta…I said to myself that I had better learn how to remember his last name and how to spell it because I would be writing it a good many times…

    Now I have to get to work here at home while everyone is out…so I have the chance to turn David’s music up high to keep me company…

  38. 38 Abrra March 31, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    bebereader March 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Oh my Gosh! Thank you for that 1:52 moment. I sent Dawn and email with a screencap of that. I see it as the back cover on the CD! If she agrees, we will use it.

    thefunnygirl March 31, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you for that lovely video. I don’t think I have ever seen a bad picture of David. It simply does not exist.

    Abrra

  39. 39 hell0g0rge0us March 31, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Oh wow! ((group hug)) Everyone’s comments have been so profoundly moving! Thanks for your wonderful responses! You’re right, SB. I would not be surprised if a high percentage of us discovered David at a low point in our lives.

    I know for me, last February, I heard David sing “Heaven” at a time when I was stressing over a breast cancer biopsy I had to have. Everything turned out well so far, and I was relieved to celebrate the rest of the season just loving David instead.

    SF, because of that David Cook anecdote, I cannot help but demonstrate how our David is classier (exhibit A – first few seconds of my video below):

    Notice our David gets applause, not boos. Just saying…

    Anyway, just had to comment on Bliss’s “JustJonasBrothers” example. Um… yeah, if we had such a site, others would be justified in calling us creepy.

    I believe David and the JoBros are around the same age, aren’t they? And yet, I’m clear they are not for me or marketed toward me. Even though Jive seems to be playing up to David’s tween fans, somehow David himself never gave me the vibe that he was off limits to fans my age.

  40. 40 djafan March 31, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    hg – you’re post has sure brought out some wonderful comments…

    sandybeaches,
    Wow, the readings…I am beginning to wonder, well actually I have been wondering this…if we did a poll on the people here in regards to David entering our lives…what would be the percent who have had David come into their lives during a most difficult time? I know it would be a high percent but how high I don’t know…

    To expand a little, I think your comment is true about the going through difficult times, but after reading all these posts and prior posts at this site, with the all the comments, reflections, at times silliness… I see a common thread of creativity, passion, caring, humor in all who post here…. and all respect, admire, get and love David unconditionally.

    I’m so glad to have this community.

  41. 41 sj6179 March 31, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    bebereader your not crazy, that is part of the fascination for me, how it must feel to David, all of this in such a short amount of time. One of my favorite videos is Angels from Las Vegas AI tour when it focuses on the big screen and you can see in David’s eyes and face that he is just taking it all in. I have to run or I would post a link, it’s a great one.

  42. 42 betsy March 31, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I heard the most lovely thing today.

    Someone (you know who you are!) e-mailed me some of her beautiful photos of David.
    I ordered prints of them via internet to my work the next day. They turned out so good.
    They stay in our computer in out photo lab for 3 days before deleting out. Today I was looking at them and decided to show them to a woman my age who works in the lab. I began with “Please don’t think I’m weird or anything but – did you watch American Idol last year?” (I hate that I said that)
    When she said yes, I said “do you know who he is?
    Her answer ~ I LOVE DAVID ARCHULETA.

  43. 43 Abrra March 31, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    sj6179 March 31, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    This one?

    SO long ago, yet seems like yesterday 🙂

    Abrra

  44. 44 betsy March 31, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    AND – she mentioned him about 4 more times in an hour.
    Just sayin’.
    Mentionitis.

  45. 45 Angelica March 31, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    bebereader 2:52,

    “David is very aware that he has an older fan base. In a recent interview, he was asked who takes the most pictures with him, teenage girls or older women. He politely answered “I think it’s half and half.”

    I remember watching that video days ago and feeling my heart swell when he declares that some moms come to see him without their kids. Watch his subtle body language at 3.51. He thrusts his left shoulder and sways forward as if to say, “You got a problem with that?”

  46. 46 pabuckie March 31, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    djafan at 6:12pm – I loved your post and when you said this:

    To expand a little, I think your comment is true about the going through difficult times, but after reading all these posts and prior posts at this site, with the all the comments, reflections, at times silliness… I see a common thread of creativity, passion, caring, humor in all who post here…. and all respect, admire, get and love David unconditionally.

    I BEGAN TO CRY – Not sure why but it really touched me I guess just seeing this outpouring of love we all have for David and how we connect and “GET” him so much made me think how much we may be different but yet how beautiful that we all feel this same way for David and that we all have this in common – our love for him. It just made me cry and realize how passionate we all are for him.

  47. 47 awestruck March 31, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Happiness and Joy are the emotions that were my SLC experience. Now, the floodgates have opened and the tears, to be sure these tears are happy joyous tears, are releasing the emotional backlash of seeing David perform live and having the chance to meet with some very special people, some fellow ODDer’s. My release of emotion, I think, has come because of all the unconditional love displayed here for a truly remarkable and special young man.

    Thanks HG for prompting this.

    The following ”poem” is off the cuff, in the moment, and does not follow the normal rules of any specific form of poetry… it is simply my emotional response to HG’s post and from the past weekend.

    Is It Wrong

    Is it wrong to admire
    this same young man
    wise and talented beyond his years
    and yet is so youthful in his exuberance

    Is it wrong to feel hope and joy
    in our hearts, open to
    the voice of a young man
    who sings from his very soul

    Is it wrong to want to change
    prompted by the example of one
    who makes our lives better by
    embracing a more loving attitude

    Is it wrong to become renewed
    in our minds and hearts
    giving us the courage to do the things
    that we have always wanted to

    Is it wrong to be strengthened
    by the words and actions of
    someone who makes us believe
    we can rise above any challenge

    Is it wrong to feel healed
    by one who compels us to look inside
    of our selves and be accepting of ourselves
    by feeling the release of our emotions

    Is it wrong?

    NO

  48. 48 sj6179 March 31, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Abrra – yes, that’s the one. I remember being so taken by that video, just imagining how he must have felt, his dreams being realized at such a young age, up on that stage sharing with everyone what he loves so much, his music. His look is so childlike, yet he was so poised and mature on that stage. It was confirmation that he truly was born to do exactly what he is doing.

  49. 49 awestruck March 31, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Flip first two “stanzas” in the poem please

  50. 50 pabuckie March 31, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    sj6179 at 6:15 and Abbra at 6:32 – thanks for that Angels video. I loved how David’s eyes were darting all over looking every which way at the audience and taking it all in.
    I never saw that one before. Thanks.

  51. 51 pabuckie March 31, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    awestruck at 7:13 – what an absolutely beautiful poem. I love it and feel exactly the same way about David as I’m sure we all do here.

  52. 52 djafan March 31, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    pabuckie – Thank you!!! You just made me cry, I’ve been holding back all day….believe it or not I’ve been at work and taking a break often to read …. all the expressions of love for David are jumping out of the screen.

    I think SF mentioned the way David handled his audience with such care and respect, asking them to step back, everybody responded inkind to the point of giving him applause. And that’s what we’re doing here, giving back to him what he gives us and paying it forward.

  53. 53 hell0g0rge0us March 31, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    (((awestruck))) love your poem! 🙂 I’m really pleased to see all of your personal responses. My post was really intended as a reflection piece on what it means to be a David fan. I’m glad to know I’m not alone in my thoughts on this subject.

  54. 54 awestruck March 31, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    HG we are one here on our thought of David and that is what is so very special!

  55. 55 djafan March 31, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    awestruck – NO IT’S NOT WRONG!!!!! Wonderful poem, and off the cuff? Beautiful.

    This is one of my favorite tributes to Save the Day…. he’s pure JOY…

  56. 56 marlie7 March 31, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    HG: Your post was very timely with all that David Cook has been dealing with. I had done some wandering around looking at comments on boards regarding this – I was hoping to find out if something else was going on with him – but I was really shocked at the vitriolic remarks that I have seen.

    There is a segment of the population that seems to take great delight in ripping apart or denigrating anything – just anything – that they have not participated in. Anyone can be a target, but on these sites, it was the fans of a number of artists, but particularly those of former AI performers. What struck me was the bitterness, the nastiness to even a new poster who might side with an Idol fan in any way. Ripped, called names – ones that I’m surprised are allowed on the board – and completely dissed. The admin on one site was the worst.

    Something in people like this pushes them to cut down others to build themselves up. They must feel very hollow inside when they aren’t pushing their anger at someone else. It’s almost scary, and it makes you wonder who these people are…do you work side by side with some of them?

    When someone like David comes along, it pushes all their buttons. He doesn’t boast, doesn’t do drugs, isn’t trying to be cool (although he is very cool in his own dorky, lovable way), and he is kind and caring. That has to throw these people into a little bit of an emotional spin without them having the consciousness to understand it. They get mad because David is loved. They are spoiled children who aren’t getting enough attention, so they up the ante and cast stones at not only the artist, but anyone who loves the artist…like us.

    But then they pick out one over-the-top fan (a little psycho, perhaps) and use that as an example of all fans. We know better, and so does David. There will always be the few weird people who want to make the artist part of their real, everyday world and who may be delusional enough to believe that the artist also sees them in that way.

    David has touched lives in such positive ways, he is going to have fans for life and because of that, he will have critics for life, too. They are outliers, fringe people who cannot fathom what we know – that David can bring love and joy, that he brings together people who experience the love and joy in a shared way. More’s the pity for them.

  57. 57 awestruck March 31, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    djafan thanks!

    Check out your Save the Day Tribute at the 2:59 and witness the emotion on Simon’s face. He seems so bored this year on AI.

  58. 58 awestruck March 31, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    marlie7 Yes to what you wrote and I think David scares people which adds to the “hate”

    Your post is the reason I do not visit sites such as you describe.

  59. 59 JONER March 31, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    marlie – I too have been surfing and looking for more info on Cook’s concert cancellations and just have to say, after what I’ve seen out there, I’ve never been more proud to be a fan of David Archuleta.

  60. 60 Abrra March 31, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    marlie7 March 31, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Confused a bit. Were the haters going after Cook or our David? I lost track of things on paragraph 3. Can you give a link?

    Abrra

  61. 61 happy March 31, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    HG- wow, what a post and what a thread. I absolutely love the comments on this thread and I thank you for your heartfelt and honest reflection that started it all. It seems to have been inspiring and cathartic. Your honesty is contagious and that’s one of the reasons we love you, you keep it real. 🙂

    You do play a bit coy in your comment about meeting him though. I had you all set to marry in 7-10 years, so you will definitely have to meet… I don’t do arranged marriages. 😉

  62. 62 pabuckie March 31, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    djafan at 7:41 – love THAT video – do you know what song David is singing in Sayerville at .58?? I love how he is cracking up there.

  63. 63 djafan March 31, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    pabuckie – off the top of my head I believe it’s Barriers…need to check to confirm.

    I think I’m going to make a Save The Day t-shirt.

  64. 64 marlie7 March 31, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Abrra: Most of it was directed toward Cooks fans because of the recent episode with the tracking device on the bus. But “the Archies” were mentioned as rabid fans as well. I don’t want to leave a link here to that site. But it had Idle (not idol) and tard in the name. I’m going to bury that a little bit in this note so only serious readers will find it 🙂

  65. 65 Abrra March 31, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    marlie7 March 31, 2009 at 8:39 pm
    OK I kinda got lost there. thanks.
    I like a riddle. I have no clue Idle and tard hmmmmmm
    Doesn’t take much to throw me off target LOL
    Abrra

  66. 66 Abrra March 31, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    LMAO I will be there for days. Sad souls can’t possibly take themselves seriously. NOOOOOOOOOO wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    Abrra

  67. 67 hell0g0rge0us March 31, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Happy, was I really being coy?

    Then I remembered the whole 7-10 year reference. *blushes.*

    How about interview first, marriage later? 😀

    Abrra, it isn’t even just the issue of sad souls, think of the effort it takes to devote an entire blog to bashing fans. Seriously! What’s more demented: obsessing over an artist or obsessing over the fans who obsess over an artist?

  68. 68 hell0g0rge0us March 31, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    OK, I’m really learning to love this Adam Lambert guy on AI. He’s certainly no David Archuleta, but he’s fun to watch. ha ha!

    I also like 16-year-old Allison. I just love the husky voice, and since she’s like one of three girls left, I hope she makes it far into the competition.

  69. 69 hell0g0rge0us March 31, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Wow, Kris Allen’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” was really sexy. Again, he’s no David! There will never be another idol like our David…but Kris, who’s kinda cute, did good. Giving off that Enrique Iglesias vibe tonight! 🙂

    Actually, now that we’re in the top 9, the performances have actually stepped up. Just goes to show, once you get rid of the riff raff (well, almost since Megan Joy – who had the audacity and shameless to sing Bob Marley’s “Turn the Lights Down Low” – is still around), the talent can actually start to shine.

  70. 70 Abrra March 31, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    hell0g0rge0us March 31, 2009 at 9:14 pm
    They are guttersnipes! I always look around a site for interesting things. I was lead to this:
    http://photofunia.com/ How many ways can I put David in a painting? Let count the ways 🙂 SO it is not a total loss that I went there. I am pretty uninformed about those types of sites. I like that about myself.

    I am growing to like Adam more. Kris Allen is my fav and the 16 yr old red head, Allison. 🙂 The 3 of them are worth going to the tour in July.

    Abrra

  71. 71 Abrra March 31, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    OK Spamming now.
    I watched this and found it mesmerizing. It’s as if someone created him from thin air 🙂 He is just beautiful no matter the media.

    Abrra

  72. 72 hell0g0rge0us March 31, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Very interesting finds, Abrra!

    I agree those 3 are the best on AI (not sure if they’re worth the price of an Idol tour ticket though).

  73. 73 Abrra March 31, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks HG I am easily amused.
    Random OT
    I was thinking today about how Idol 1 gave David the push he needed to take singing seriously. He came to Idol 7 and conquered the hearts of America. Now that Idol 8 is on, it’s as if someone sucked all the life out of the room. I think last years talent was so great overall, that the bar has been set too far out of reach. I wonder if the show will survive past this year. I know Canadian Idol is gone as of last season. Theo Tams, the winner has crazy skills singing,performing and piano playing. I think his single is Sing.

    Abrra

  74. 74 marlie7 March 31, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    HG: “Seriously! What’s more demented: obsessing over an artist or obsessing over the fans who obsess over an artist?”

    Yes! Exactly! What are these people thinking about themselves?

  75. 75 hell0g0rge0us March 31, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    AI is definitely on its way out, Abrra. I do believe Simon once said after Season 10, that would be it for him and that it should be the final season for the show. So, that’s really only two more seasons.

  76. 76 swankycat March 31, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Great post HG. What’s that saying… don’t die without letting the music out…? To me this means, if it makes you happy, do it. Life is short.

    All divisions in the world come from lack of empathy or understanding. We know our admiration and love for David and his music is genuine and perfectly normal. Those who don’t understand will criticize. It’s the natural order.

  77. 77 silverfox March 31, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Just thinking about David (oh really??) and hoping he’s spending some quality time with friends & family these few days before he goes to Asia. I hope he’s resting, eating well and just chillin’. I’ll bet he’s not though. He’s working. Learning as much as he can about the places he’s going to, including the language. He will shock & leave everyone in awe. He will hypnotize & mesmerize everyone he comes in contact with in Asia. It will be sweet! He’ll do the same in the UK. In fact, he will be bigger in Asia & the UK than he is here in the U.S. There are too many here who think David is still the “little AI David”, which is why so many people think we, his older fans are “creepy”. They don’t know how much he’s grown as a person and artist. After Asia & the UK, David’s fame will skyrocket. Look for more TV appearances, and I don’t mean kid stuff. It’s inevitable. In a couple of years, David Archuleta will be a household name. A beloved household name. Yeah, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. About David.

    Good night everyone. For David, who I can never thank enough for all he does…

    Dear Lord,
    Please take care of David. Watch over him, protect him from all harm. Cloak him with your love and give him the strength to endure all that is thrown in his path. Give David the courage and guidance to say no to those who ask for more than he can reasonably give. Surround David with loving and supportive people who love him UNCONDITIONALLY as we, his Archangels do. Separate David from those who have agendas other than for his well being. Give him rest when he’s weary. Give him stamina to sustain his hectic pace. Give him assurance when he feels doubt. Give him joy when he feels sad. Cloak him always in your protective arms during this time on his journey. Keep David and HIS VOICE healthy & strong as he fulfills his Destiny which was written in his Book of Life before he was born.
    Though we may be unworthy, we humbly pray.
    Amen.

    David, sweet dreams. Be safe & secure in our love always! Contigo siempre con amor!

  78. 78 hell0g0rge0us March 31, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks, Swankycat – have you posted before? If not, welcome! 🙂

  79. 79 hell0g0rge0us March 31, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    G’nite, SF! Yep, David is all grown up, and hopefully TV audiences will soon realize this when he appears on the show in May.

  80. 80 swankycat March 31, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks HG. Not a regular poster, but a longtime fan of nD/jD. 🙂

  81. 81 Angelica March 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    awestruck,

    I love your poem. Just beautiful and so perfect for the sentiments expressed on this thread.

    djafan,

    Thanks for the Save the Day link. Got me watching every Save the Day montage I could find. If you make a T-shirt, I wear a small. 😉

  82. 82 silverfox March 31, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    HG..Oh yeah! I keep forgetting about AI. And that David is appearing on AI. I’m sure he’s looking forward to it.

    But I’m talking about shows like Oprah (finally!), Ellen, The View, all the late night talk shows, Regis & Kelly, and especially SNL.

    Good night!

  83. 83 angelofdja March 31, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Silverfox, your prayer always has such a calming effect on me. Thank you for that. And thanks for sharing your love for “our David” in such a raw and real way.
    This blog has relieving qualities that soothe my ODD.

  84. 84 valbraz March 31, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    HG,

    Thanks for yet another enlightening, thought-provoking piece. At JD/ND we have always been able to count on your special ability to address the most relevant issues with your razor-sharp critical sense. I like it that you never shy away from a good fight and you know which ones to pick too!

    So many great posts today. I love TOfan’s words:’Maybe it was our open wounds that gave him the entry into our hearts.’ I totally identify with that condition. And as SF puts it, there’s a lot of ‘healing’ taking place, thank God.

    By the way, I miss Rascal so much. Somehow he always managed to keep us grounded and lighten up on our ODD.

  85. 85 renaid March 31, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Awestruck, your poem summarizes so well all the feelings expressed here today. Lovely and off the cuff!! Now that SF has posted her prayer for David, all is well. Good night and sweet David dreams.

  86. 86 brooklyndawn March 31, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    HG, thanks you for opening up this discussion. It’s one that should be debated.

    I was at a blog the other night where a similar conversation was taking place regarding David Cook chastising his over the top fans. I knew it was only a matter of time that David’s fans would be used to obfuscate that issue. It’s been a game of tit for tat between fanbases since last year.

    I don’t have a problem with an adult female being attracted to David. He is an attractive, successful, kind, young man. What’s not to like? Although my ‘attraction’ to him is not sexual, I can’t say that I don’t find him appealing. I may not be 18, but I am certainly not dead. Not by a mile.

    I think where part of the problem is that David is chaste. The other David certainly is not and in fact began a very open fling with a young hottie straight off his idol win. He was seen as the sex symbol. David doesn’t espouse any such notion. He is sexy without ever intending to be. Since this seems to be an unlikely occurrence some don’t know what to make of it. So they scoff. What else is new?

    I think where those of us at jD are different is that we know where David stands on issues of morality. He thinks having a celebrity crush is weird, so having a group of fans called sorry to be so frank ‘fuc bunnies’ would be odious to him. What I think is so cool about this situation is that although I am sure that David has fans of both sexes and all ages wanting him in the biblical sense, he has behaved in such an honest way with his fans that they know that kind of behavior would not attract him.

    It’s funny, David seems to have the upper hand in dealing with his fans. We are supposed to be over the top and crazy, but it’s the other dudes fans who are being seen as reckless and out of control. Ironic?

    What I do no like in this discussion of both fanbases is this notion that women are idiots. That we not only hear, but think with our vaginas. That women over 30 should just shut up and never discuss music, or artistry, because our opinion couldn’t possible be valid, interesting, or even truly even wanted.

    Well I am not gonna shut up. I am not one to force my ideas on anyone. I am not going to archuvert anyone. I don’t need anyone to validate my feelings. I make no bones, no apologies or excuses. There is no shame in my game. I am a fan. Sue me!

  87. 87 brooklyndawn March 31, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Sorry for all of the darn typos ^^^^ I just had to get some of that off my chest, lol.

  88. 88 marlie7 March 31, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    brooklyndawn: “What I do no like in this discussion of both fanbases is this notion that women are idiots.”

    YES! I noticed the reference to hausfrau at one site, and I wanted to spray paint it with graffiti. 😉

  89. 89 silverfox March 31, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I tried to go to bed, but had to let the dogs out to do their business. I looked in one more time cuz I’m lovin’ all these posts..and I just gotta say one more thing..

    brooklyndawn..I love ya!

    And with that..I bid you all very sweet dreams..for real this time!

  90. 90 hell0g0rge0us March 31, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Brooklyndawn, I love you too! 🙂

    Isn’t it amazing how our David clearly has the upper hand with his fans? The other one demands his fans move back from the stage, and he gets booed.

    Our David gently and kindly asks the same thing (and this has happened on several occasions) and we happily oblige!

    I find it very ironic that the other David is the one seemingly not in control over his fan situation, whereas our David has his fanbase eating out of the palm of his hand. ha!

    I could go on and on, but what can I say? our David is simply the best! 🙂

    And everyone’s right. There’s no shame in admitting this, whatever our age.

    Thanks for your feedback, everyone. On that note, I’m going to be like SF and call it a night since I have to wake up early in the morning.

    G’nite all! 🙂

  91. 91 beebee March 31, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    oh gosh, HG, I really appreciated your post when I read it this a.m. and even started a reply (now long gone) but had to tear myself away to do, you know… dang real life.

    I come back to an amazing body of responses that I am still catching up on!

    I’ll throw this in, as it crossed my mind (even though it’s possible somebody has said it better and more succinctly already.) Only that it’s likely that most who seem to think that people over…? 25? are somehow disallowed to appreciate, revel in, embrace and celebrate real talent, real gifts, real beauty, real charisma, real art, in short, the real deal (in any form) are fairly young themselves. Such is the myopia of youth.

    It will be a rude awakening IF and when they surpass age 30, 40, 50, beyond and find not just that they are still rejoicing at extraordinary artists and art, but with a capacity far exceeding what was once their limited frame of reference. One thing for sure, if they live that long, the perspective comes with the territory. lol I have to wonder if they will deny themselves because they are (horrors =:O) *old*. Wouldn’t that be a cryin’ shame. But, wutevah.

    Rather than blither on and on about this (ruh roh) I’ll just nip myself in the bud right here and make a simple point: My heart has never expanded so wide with joy as it has in the wake of everything that is David Archuleta, and at a time when this heart needed it most. Everything about him — especially his mind-numbing talent — has done nothing but make me happy to my very core. There is nothing wrong and everything right about that, and I’m here to announce (to naysayers): I ain’t givin’ THAT up, folks. So, git over it. lol

  92. 92 TOfan March 31, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    HG, haven’t had a chance to give your post the good read it deserves yet but wanted to drop in quickly to say how much I enjoyed meeting my jD peeps this weekend.

    Need to collect my thoughts on the whole experience, but I love you guys … and David, of course … and don’t care who knows it! Night all!

    P.S. Welcome, swankycat!! 😉

  93. 93 tawna21 March 31, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    SF 2:24– can you believe how gentle our David was when asking the fans to move back? If I could develop my patience with others to just a tenth of what he has, I would be a much happier person. Actually, that has been one of my goals since “getting David” happened to me.

    I’m still reading down thru the posts, so I don’t know if this has been mentioned, but my husband just ran across a bulletin on the internet that said that David Cook cancelled two shows because of personal reasons–it mentioned his brother, Adam, but also said it wasn’t known if that was the reason for the cancelation. It makes me sad to think it could be that.

  94. 94 happy April 1, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I love beebee.

  95. 95 djafan April 1, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Angelica – I’ll make a note of that. I’ll send the graphic for you to view when I’m done.

    Brooklyndawn – Amen to all of that!!!

    Beebee – I love the feisty attitude with your statement… I’m putting it to practice…lol

  96. 96 emmiegirl April 1, 2009 at 12:07 am

    HG – applause, great post!
    Besty – love your sharing with your friend at work and that she
    subsequently mentioned him 4 times in the next hour!!!
    brooklyndawn – love your entire post. He really leads by example and
    it’s like his fans are following that lead. It is like we want to act
    accordingly and not disappoint him or loose his respect.
    beebee – again, a bullseye!

    I just have to say how much I am loving the snarky’s interview. An interview where they really do care about what he has to say!

  97. 97 djafan April 1, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Hope no one minds I brought this over from Snarky’s… goes hand in hand with today’s posts.

    Hi All,

    I was trying to wrap my head around the amazing experience we had at Mom’s (Julee’s) house on Saturday. It still just gives me chills when I think about it. I was trying to put my thoughts down on paper and this is what came out.

    David… Did You Know?

    Did you know sitting in front of the piano the first time you played that you would touch hearts the way that you do?

    Did you know at the American Idol audition that you would touch lives the way that you have?

    Did you know that you would become a mentor to men, women, young, old because of the person that you are?

    Did you know that you would be a healer? That you would heal wounded hearts and troubled souls with your voice?

    Did you know that you would become a friend to all that you come into contact with? And even more that you never have?

    Did you know that the tenderness of your smile would be able to make someone’s day better or take the pain away?

    Did you know that you would be the person that we would travel far and wide to see… from state to state and country to country for just 60 minutes of your voice and presence? It is because of the wonderful person that you are that we do this.

    Did you know that you would be a rock of hope for so many? Hope that one day the world would be filled with only people as kind and caring as you are.

    Did you know that your angelic voice would bring smiles, joy, tears, contentment, fulfillment and so many other emotions that can’t clearly be defined in one word?

    Did you know that we, your fans, would have just as much appreciation for David, the person, as we do for David, the singer/songwriter? We do.

    Did you know that your eyes would be the window for us to see only goodness in the world?

    Did you know that your spirit would inspire? Inspire us to be better people every day?

    David… Did You Know?

    David… although you may never read this… I hope you know.

    I heard a quote one day that I thought would be fitting.

    “If you want to go fast… Go Alone. If you want to go far… Go with others”

    David… we will walk this journey with you, my friend. We will give you strength
    as you have given us strength. We will always be here for you.

    Sincerely,
    A Fan

  98. 98 emmiegirl April 1, 2009 at 12:08 am

    djafan – so nice and so true.

  99. 99 djafan April 1, 2009 at 12:20 am

    emmiegirl – that Snarky interview, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched…. then listened to it while I worked. I can’t wait for part 2.

    David… we will walk this journey with you, my friend. We will give you strength
    as you have given us strength. We will always be here for you.

    This statement is from all true fans.

    On another note I pray that Cook’s brother is ok. I remember reading somewhere that during idol tour, Cook was signing autographs and several fans were asking him about Jason, Cook threw his marker and walked away. Sounds like he may have anger control issues in the light of his behavior… I don’t condone what some of his fans have been doing, but I do believe there was a better way of handling this situation. He may now have alienated true respectful fans.

  100. 100 betsy April 1, 2009 at 12:22 am

    I love david.
    Sometimes I feel like I am *losing my religion*
    But listening to this is like the most beautiful prayer I’ve ever heard. I am touched by this acoustic ~ I don’t even know what to call it.
    A blessing, I think.

  101. 101 djafan April 1, 2009 at 12:28 am

    betsy – when and where did he sing this? I’d never seen or heard this. Thank you, added to my favorites.

    What a beautiful “blessing”.

  102. 102 betsy April 1, 2009 at 12:31 am

    A few years ago -2-3 maybe? Not sure. Written by Merrick Christenson, sung by David.
    Makes me cry every single time.

  103. 103 marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 12:35 am

    djafan: This one and another are (or were) available on iTunes.

  104. 104 beebee April 1, 2009 at 12:36 am

    GOLLY, what a nice collection of comments to HG’s great post. LORDY.

    {{happy}} I love you, too. (And not just for your excellent baked goods. :p)

    awww… Betsy, that song. Haven’t listened in a long time. Makes me *sniffy*… Thanks for dropping that in.

    djafan, was my feisty showing? lol oopsie. OH, and I am so stuck on that snarky interview. Guh. *You are the sweetest thiiiing* Oh don’t EVEN get me started. lol

    *runs off to watch snarky interveiw again*

  105. 105 juliebug April 1, 2009 at 12:39 am

    You guys are killing me Gah! Love you all.

    Sorta OT. Was watching this documentary on the music industry tonight. VERY interesting if you’ve got 90 minutes.

  106. 106 betsy April 1, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Awww beebee… I hadn’t listened in awhile either.

    Marlie ~ The other one is “Angels in the alleyway”.

  107. 107 djafan April 1, 2009 at 12:40 am

    marlie7 – going to check

    beebee – oh yes…. but I think sometimes it’s necessary. I have the interview on in the background now…just listening.

    *You are the sweetest thiiiing* Oh don’t EVEN get me started. lol

    and a oh yes on this…not getting you started.

  108. 108 betsy April 1, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Hint:
    I like to watch snarky interview on youtube under snarkyarchies account/channel – whatever you call it. It’s a big screen. Better quality.
    Like good quality pad tai.

  109. 109 beebee April 1, 2009 at 12:42 am

    getting out archu_scales: watch snarky interview for 90 mins? / watch 90 mins of something that might teach me something useful I don’t already know?

    hmmm…

    *runs off to watch snarky interveiw again*

  110. 110 beebee April 1, 2009 at 12:49 am

    (juliebug, confession: watching the hulu vid. Intro has me. I’m in for 90 mins. Thanks!)

  111. 111 betsy April 1, 2009 at 12:50 am

    “There are certain questions I don’t mind being asked in a straightforward kind of way”
    Love this.

  112. 112 Angelica April 1, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Brooklyndawn,

    “Well I am not gonna shut up.” Haha. You go girl. 😆

    It is interesting how David seems to have the upper hand in dealing with his fans. I have a theory. I think David is an extremely strong individual. He may be meek and mild mannered, but that is not weakness. It takes courage to be kind and loving and decent. Very little to be the opposite. David is someone who is in complete control of himself; he is not blown by every wind to change and be something other than exactly who he is. He is centered and focused and very much his own master. I think he is probably very stubborn in the best sense of the word. So he can quietly ask his fans to stand back and they don’t hesitate to comply, because he exerts a power that is very real. He loves them and he is concerned for them and they feel it. That is the real source of his power. Love. Never underestimate the power of it. It is the strongest force in the universe. It holds the worlds apart and brought us all here together, to be with him.

  113. 113 emmiegirl April 1, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Angelica you have a gift.

  114. 114 djafan April 1, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I like this one

    I give my mind space to really think.

    This really is deep…I want to try this….

  115. 115 juliebug April 1, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Ooops! I forgot to give a LANGUAGE WARNING on that link I posted about the documentary. Eeeeek!

  116. 116 beebee April 1, 2009 at 1:02 am

    {{{Agelica}}}

  117. 117 juliebug April 1, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Angelica – love.

  118. 118 djafan April 1, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Angelica – you got a way with words… Are you the one writing a book? Did you mention something about a press badge?

    Hmmmm…. the questions for David need to be prepared in hopes of a justDavid interview,

    I nominate Angelica

    to be part of the interview panel…I think at least two or three people should partake.

  119. 119 fandaforeverti48 April 1, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Off topic of post but was reviewing tour vids – Reno WFM with the bluesy beginning (by daviddaily.com) – he fed off his bands’ lead into the song. The music starts, his reaction…. shaking his head as he gets into the beat & says “yeaaaahhh?” Then begins the bluesy lead into the song. Wow! What a mind blowing moment. Just shows his improv skills. These are THE moments to remember…………

  120. 120 beebee April 1, 2009 at 1:29 am

    lol… fanda…tell me about it.

  121. 121 djafan April 1, 2009 at 1:34 am

    fandaforeverti48 – that’s one of the best starts… I wish he would’ve kept that start for the remainder of the tour.

    Got to go listen to it again.

  122. 122 fandaforeverti48 April 1, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Sorry about the previous post but I had virus/worm/trojan infection & had to have my computer cleaned all day today. It’s that big win32 virus that is supposed to be unleashed tomarrow (today on east coast). Anyway, just logged in & had to post the comment on vid that I had been watching.

    Am working backwards and came to Angelica’s. Like David delivers with his soulful voice you deliver with your soulful words. Seems like every word you pen reaches inside & touches my heart & soul (followed by a BIG sigh……. aaaahhhhh).

  123. 123 Angelica April 1, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Thanks all my fellow nite owls for the kind words. Now I have to go watch Reno WFM and also…this is another one that now kills me. SLC YEDL, the ending. Ohhhh, baby! The way he finishes that song almost finishes me every time.

    djafan, no that is not me that is writing a book or mentioned a press badge. HG? Not sure. Anyway, I humbly accept the nomination to sit down and have a conversation with David Archuleta. Mind you, it will be a great personal sacrifice, but somebody’s got to be lumbered with it. Any selfless volunteers to be on the interview panel?

    Night all. Off to Reno by way of SLC.

  124. 124 fandaforeverti48 April 1, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Back to WFM Reno – like Kizzi said about the band, way back to the first or second concert on solo tour. They (esp Mike) are a very talented group of musicians and have helped feed David’s performance growth. It proves the VOICE is all about music – down to the infinitesimal cell within. Just feed it & watch it grow!!!

  125. 125 marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 2:18 am

    juliebug: Thank you for that link. I just spent 90 minutes learning a whole lot about the music business that I didn’t understand before. David will need the fans that really understand him as time goes by. Whew!

  126. 126 goboywonder April 1, 2009 at 2:20 am

    HG, thanks for broaching a very timely and much needed topic–efforts to stereotype older fans of David as creepers.

    I also read the comments on the other site about older women gushing over a 18 year. I personally felt that those comments were efforts to deflect or distract from some of the negativity that was being heaped upon another idol and his fans. Sorta like my idol’s fans are not as bad as other idol’s fans. I also see this as another way to try to discount David’s popularity. First they kept insisting he only has teens and tweens fans, he was Disney material. But lo and behold, now they are realizing he has fans of all ages. Well they put a negative spin on this by implying that if you are older and you prefer David Archuleta something is wrong with you (perverted).

    Bliss 11:49, “I say, never justify or explain your love for David to others. It takes time away from the loving. They’ll have to be touched by him the same way we were in order to “get” him. Our relationship with David is personal. No one else needs to understand it. David doesn’t need missionaries. He just wants to sing. That will be enough, I promise you.” Agreed, my love and admiration for him is pure and I don’t need or want anyone’s permission or validation to feel the way I do about David–period.

    awestruck 7:13 No, it’s not wrong. Simply lovely.

    Brooklyndawn 10:51, RIGHT ON!

    beebee 11:35, humph, naysayers, who do they think they is? I am in awe of your wit.

  127. 127 blisskasden April 1, 2009 at 2:37 am

    David’s appeal is timeless, ageless, genderless, orientationless, and every other “less” you can think of. David appeals to people of good will and those who yearn for a better world where people respect each other and enjoy each other. David is a complex, dynamic (in the literal sense of always changing) person who has been and will continue to be full of surprises, and, in some cases, shocks (Duluth AND Lancaster). He will move you to tears one minute and have you rolling on the floor laughing the next. He has a singing voice that defies description and is getting better.

    I could go on and on. My point is, what’s not to love about him? He’s wonderful. I adore him. Case closed. Anyone who has a problem with it is the one with the problem. I’d rather spend my time watching the look on his face as he learns about onions and looks at his “green thumb”. David has given me so much joy and happiness, and it’s available to everyone. Anyone who opts not to “hop on the Archuleta Express” is a dang fool.

  128. 128 beebee April 1, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Juliebug, I really enjoyed the documentary. I’ve already passed it along to some family music nerds. Learned things, and it confirmed LOTS of what I already knew or suspected. SO nice to hear it from the mouths of such wonderful musicians. Danged enjoyable, and surprisingly optimistic, too. So, thanks. I know David’s authenticity on every level will hold him in good stead, regardless of the paths he chooses and the choices he makes.

    goboywonder, yeah, :::hands on hipz::: they iz NOT the boss’o’ME. So THERE. lol

    Bliss, you’re the best. {{hug}}}

    AlRIGHTY, it’s definitely time to turn in for the nite.

    (after I watch Reno WFM for the three millionth time, and then the snarky interview, perhaps followed by a nice little SLC YEDL chaser. Yeah, that’s the ticket.)

    …. you are the sweeetest thiiiiing….

    *poof!*

  129. 129 bebereader April 1, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Abrra at 5:39 pm

    I love that electric moment at 1:52. What a perfect idea to use it as the CD back cover! It exemplfies the electricity in David’s audience. It’s one of those moments to remember shots. I’d love a screencap of it, too. Is it possible for you to email me a copy? Dawn has my email address. Thank you. Glad my find might be put to such good use.

    sj6179 at 6:15 pm

    The Las Vegas Angels AI tour that you pointed out with the help of Abrra was another one of those moments to remember. You could see the awe on David’s face as he took a look at the crowd before him. Good find! Thank you!

    Angelica at 6:50 pm

    That’s the video! And I saw that thrust of the shoulder!
    Maybe I’m stretching it a bit but about that ‘tie’ David referred to between young teens and older women who want to take their picture with him…From that, would you go on to say that we represent half of his fanbase? 😀

    I fell asleep during AI tonight (not surpising given the show this year) but I woke up to a picture of Cook on the screen and an announcement that he would be on the results show on Wednesday night. Or was I dreaming?

    patbuckie at 8:12 pm The song David is cracking up in the Save the Day video is “Barreirs”. I know because I was there! 😀

    We all can agree that David’s smile is very captivating. To me, David’s smile gives me the impression that he loves being alive.
    That’s why we feel so good when we see him smile. His smile is an affirmation of life and all things good.
    He’s our anchor. He’s coming to save the day!

  130. 130 blisskasden April 1, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Beebee, hug to you too. We (all of his fans) are the lucky ones. We get to love David and get so much unconditional love in return. Good night all. See you tomorrow.

  131. 131 mslv April 1, 2009 at 4:00 am

    I have been lurking on this site (ND) and now (JD) for quite a time now. After reading HG’s well-written piece on ‘fandom’, I feel it is time that I jump in. Thank you JD for making me do this.

    I AM NOT guilty in loving a gorgeous 18-year old man-child. I don’t need to apologize to anyone for that matter. David came into my life like a bolt of lighting. It struck when I least expected it!

    When I lost my only child to cancer, it was the end of the world for me. My husband didn’t know what to do except send me to a head doctor (she didn’t help either.) I was spending most of the time (rain or shine) at the cemetery. Then last year, idly surfing channels, I heard the VOICE and he was singing ‘Imagine.’ At that very moment, while he was still singing, something came over me. I felt everything was just going to be alright. I felt alive and my husband immediately saw this. He immediately helped me look for other songs on the YouTube and gradually, I felt re-born.

    My friends call me crazy when I tell them that the VOICE helped me heal and mend. When I feel down or lonely, I simply listen to David’s songs on my IPod or surf the net. His voice soothes me and his interviews make me smile.

    I am happy and excited he will soon be crossing oceans. He has a rare gift he has to share. I pray he remains unaffected, humble, kind and caring. I dream that I will be able to see him someday (and gaze into those eyes everyone has been gushing about.)

    Although I am now in the twilight of my years, I am now aging gracefully. I am DA’s fan for life!

  132. 132 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 7:20 am

    mslv April 1, 2009 at 4:00 am

    Welcome. I am so very sorry for your loss.
    I truly believe that David was put in the spotlight at this point in time to heal souls. What else can explain the effect he has on people of all ages. We all take what we need from his energy. One needs on to watch him sing to see/feel the joy. Many people here at jD are seasoned in their life experience. Finding David has turned the tide on many lives that were stuck in the doldrums. Now we all feel the warmth of the sun that is David. Here he is singing WYSYLM. It never gets old does it?

    Abrra

  133. 133 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 7:26 am

    bebereader April 1, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Dawn is working on it. I sent her a similar photo with him posing with the crowd that was much more clear that the fuzzy screen cap I sent her. She is going to try for a better cap from 1:52. The other picture is the back up plan. I have a feeling finding the front cover will be a tough call. LOL Picking a favorite picture of David is quite a task. I do not have your email, if she sees this she can oblige.

    Abrra

  134. 134 raelovingangels April 1, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Good AM friends! HG: This is just a wonderful and thought provoking post. You have said what I have been thinking as one of David’s older fans. I mean, I would like to think that our life experience and ( er…..??) maturity make us more valuable as fans because we truly realize when someone really special,who is once in a lifetime, comes along. We appreciate the talent as rare and want to nuture and support. I guess that is why I am on this bus also. Unfortunately, people being people, there will be drama, with “fangroups” being no different. I am sure you all have seen drama in any type of group- non-profits, clubs, workplaces etc! I do believe, however that by and large, David’s fans are just an exceptional group of people. I hope that none of them ever disappoint, but if they ever do, I believe that David and David’s circle will realize it is a rare abberatioin and appreciate the support we give. From a hardcore fan.

  135. 135 hell0g0rge0us April 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Djfan and Angelica, yes, that was me wanting to claim a press badge for the book I’m writing. ha ha! I’d love to sacrifice many freedoms to work on an interview panel. Count me in! 🙂

  136. 136 hell0g0rge0us April 1, 2009 at 8:40 am

    (((mslv))) Thank you soooo much for sharing, and I’m sorry for your loss.

    It never ceases to amaze me how many of David’s fans have joined the “Archuleta Express” (thanks, Bliss!) because he touched us and healed us when we were down or going through the darkness.

    Remember how SF had us all do our “Thank you David” letters, and we had so many wonderful heartfelt expressions?

    What if we created a Testimonal space, where each us discuss the specific way that David offered us healing through his voice?

    I don’t know, but it’s starting to feel a bit uncanny that so many of us were drawn to David in the same way. Many of us share the same story.

    At least it seems to me… It would really highlight that David’s voice is a miracle voice. Not that I’m suggesting we deify the man/boy or anything, but it would highlight how an awareness of the power of music (and David more than any other musician gets this) can transform and truly heal.

  137. 137 hell0g0rge0us April 1, 2009 at 9:10 am

    One more thing before I have to head out. I know I occasionally like to highlight the 987,998 ways that our David is better than the other David, but if anything is happening to Cook concerning his sick brother, then I do feel bad for him.

    The problem with some of his most recent behavior – from his myspace post to the story of him getting angry with the crowd at his concert – is that it can alienate fans. On the same discussion I was reading, which prompted this blog, a commenter mentioned that her little 12 year old sister, who had attached a gift she had brought for Cookie to his tour bus (a crossword puzzle), felt horrible about herself and was convinced that David Cook now hates her because he had implicated those fans who “attached stuff to his bus.”

    Whether his fans were acting out of order or not, sometimes you either have to let it go or just let security handle it. Because, yes, now he’s alienated a 12 year old fan.

    There are so many challenges to a public life, and if Cookie is dealing with personal issues, I’m sure certain behavior just became the “last straw,” as it were. The problem is: he needs to do damage control from here on in, because not everyone is going to interpret his behavior in terms of, “Oh, he’s dealing with his brother who’s dying.”

    Because of such stories, I cannot help but appreciate our David all the more, because he has always handled all this public attention with so much grace. We can all learn from his example.

    OK, gotta go! Thanks again for your comments everyone! Until next time! 🙂

  138. 138 renaid April 1, 2009 at 9:53 am

    {{{mslv}}} I am so very sorry for your loss and so happy that you found David and that you decided to come out of lurkdom. Welcome.

    bebereader, I loved this part of your post…To me, David’s smile gives me the impression that he loves being alive.
    That’s why we feel so good when we see him smile. His smile is an affirmation of life and all things good. Amen

    HG I like your idea of a testimonial page.

    DJAfan thanks for posting the David did you know post from Snarkies. I love how David’s fans not only love his music but the person he is, not just his physical beauty but his beautiful soul.

    Have a great day everyone.

  139. 139 blisskasden April 1, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Here’s my take on “L’affaire Cook”. Cook has fans in the traditional sense. They enjoy his style of music. They buy his CDs to listen to him sing, and they go to his concerts to watch him perform. He is on the stage doing what he does, and they are in the audience on the receiving end. There’s nothing wrong with that. They are being entertained by the entertainer. That’s Show Biz.

    Now, to David. David does not have fans in the traditional sense. People do not go to David’s concerts solely to be entertained. They go there to “be with David.” His music, although the best there is, is secondary. It makes people feel good just to anticipate being with David. The experience begins as soon as a person contemplates going. You don’t buy a ticket to a David concert, mark it on your calendar and think about it again on the day of the concert. If David announced that he could not sing that night, but could talk and hang out, not one person who bought a ticket would leave and no one would ask for a refund.

    When David asks the people in the front to please move back to avoid “squishing” the people in front of them, he’s not asking as the star of a show. This is your friend talking to you, and he cares about you. People don’t boo this request , they cheer, and willingly comply. The difference in the responses to Cook and David making the same request of the audience is all anyone needs to know about the “2 Davids”.

  140. 140 marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 11:55 am

    The two David’s – really as different as night and day.

    I recently watched a video of David Cook in concert. He filled his mouth with water and then sprayed/spit it out toward the audience. This is a whole different genre of performance than David Archuleta (class personified).

    I guess if that is the kind of performance people like, then you have to expect some pretty raucous behavior from them before, during and after the show. To some degree the genre of music encourages outlandish behavior.

    David Cook has his own style, and I thought he did some really outstanding performances on AI. He could take the high road and perform high-class rock. But it doesn’t seem as though he has done that. You get what you put out – it’s pretty simple.

    David Archuleta puts out love, respect, caring, class, and that’s what he gets back.

  141. 141 Angelica April 1, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    mslv

    Thank you for sharing your story. So sorry for your loss and happy you found David. I hope you will join us in sharing your feelings about him here often.

    bliss,

    “If David announced that he could not sing that night, but could talk and hang out, not one person who bought a ticket would leave and no one would ask for a refund.”

    Isn’t that so true? We would show up in droves with care packages loaded with throat lozenges, immune system boosters, and tokens of appreciation. I wish David knew how unconditional our love for him is. He doesn’t have to worry about meeting our expectations. He doesn’t have to do a thing. All he has to do is whistle…you know how to whistle don’t you?…Oh sorry, I digress. Still thinking about SLC YEDL. I just love that soulful ending he gives that song, “Yayeeeeyeaah.” and when he finishes the whistle…that laugh! It gives me the same feeling I get when I watch a baby in person or on a video get tickled about something and laugh with delight. The joy is infectious and you can’t not catch it.

    bebereader,

    Yes, I think he did mean that he believes we are half his fanbase. When I attended his solo concert in Beaumont, at least half the crowd was adult.

  142. 142 Angelica April 1, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Oh my gosh, you guys, go to FOD NOW! David is going to have his own satellite TV show starting May 1 and perform ZG and do interviews!

  143. 143 juliebug April 1, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Angelica – RE: FOD – You do know it’s April Fools Day today?

    Check out David Cook’s fan website

    http://www.david-cook.org/

    ahahaha!

    And the Snarky girls have a Anoop site facade going.

  144. 144 olemr2001 April 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Off topic, again – but not really. A little while ago I went to check on my water bill. There was a lady already waiting in line, so I took my place behind her. She turned around and reached her hand out toward me. Then in politeness I reached my hand out to her, as I tried to figure out whether she was somebody I was supposed to know.

    She fiercely clasped my hand as she told me that she had recently lost her 24-year-old son. “I’m so sorry,” I said, feeling tears in my eyes. She started crying as she tried to tell me about his time in the hospital, his heart trouble, his amputated arm, his blindness, and on and on. I asked her if I could give her a little bit of a hug. It was a one-armed hug that was cut short as the clerk called out, “Next,” and then the lady disappeared into an office.

    I have learned a few things from watching the way David relates to people. I don’t know whether that hug helped the grieving mother, but I am certain that it helped me.

  145. 145 Angelica April 1, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Bwahahahaha! OK. They got me. Still, it was a pretty good idea. Love the Cook site. They need to keep it.

  146. 146 djafan April 1, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    mslv – I’m so sorry for your loss….I’m glad David did for you what he has done for so many of us here.

    renaid- thanks.

    bliss and marlie7…

    David Archuleta puts out love, respect, caring, class, and that’s what he gets back.

    he’s not asking as the star of a show. This is your friend talking to you, and he cares about you. People don’t boo this request , they cheer, and willingly comply.

    These two are the major differences between the two David’s.

    Our David…class personified.

    Angelica – Isn’t that so true? We would show up in droves with care packages loaded with throat lozenges, immune system boosters, and tokens of appreciation. I wish David knew how unconditional our love for him is. He doesn’t have to worry about meeting our expectations. He doesn’t have to do a thing. All he has to do is whistle…you know how to whistle don’t you?…Oh sorry, I digress. Still thinking about SLC YEDL. I just love that soulful ending he gives that song, “Yayeeeeyeaah.” and when he finishes the whistle…that laugh! It gives me the same feeling I get when I watch a baby in person or on a video get tickled about something and laugh with delight. The joy is infectious and you can’t not catch it.

    Sitting here with a grin from ear to ear…that’s exactly what we would do.

    BTW … it’s April Fools Day….

  147. 147 djafan April 1, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Angelica and HG, you both have my vote. 🙂

  148. 148 dawn65 April 1, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Geez….I’m still under the weather…so I can’t think completely clearly…but remember in a recent interview… they asked David if he was able to go out in public..if he was mobbed..or had to wear a disguise?

    And he gleefully answered NO…not at all.

    If I saw David anywhere in public.. I may wave…or say hello if I passed him..but I wouldn’t approach him.. I’d respect his personal space.

    I wish more people would remember that.. if we give him his personal space.. and just let him be himself.. he’ll continue to be open and accessible.

    I often worry about him… knowing that to do what he loves.. he sacrifices so much…and I pray those sacrifices never get to be too much for him. I hope he’s now visiting with his grandparents…because I’m sure he’s missed them all a bunch.

    Regardless of what … nothing is more important to me than his overall happiness. I just want him to be happy. Dear David… please be happy mijo.

  149. 149 djafan April 1, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    dawn65 – Dear David… please be happy mijo.

    {{{{{mijo}}}}}}

    Techie help! I’m able to rotate video in VLC while watching, but when I close it and open it back up it reverted. How do I make the rotation stick?

  150. 150 tawna21 April 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    This is from MSN Today–just an FYI

    Zap2it, April 1, 2009
    David Cook misses tour dates for ‘family matters’Related: American Idol
    “American Idol” champ David Cook has taken time off from his fans to concentrate on family.

    The singer canceled two shows at Colby-Sawyer College and Southern Connecticut State University on March 30 and 31 because of pressing “family matters,” it was announced on his official website.

    “We are canceling Monday and Tuesday’s shows to allow David time to deal with personal family matters,” reads the post. “Please respect his privacy at this time. David would like everyone to rest assured that we are working with the Universities to reschedule the shows that are missed.”

    Although there was no word from reps about the specifics of this family matter, it’s known that Cook visited his older brother Adam, who has been battling brain cancer, last week.

    Cook plans to return to his tour on Thursday, April 2 and will appear in a pretaped performance on “American Idol” Wednesday, April 1.

  151. 151 goboywonder April 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    mslv, so sorry for your loss. I am glad that David has helped to bring healing and comfort to your heart.

    My take on “The Davids”. DC sings “for” his fans and DA sings “to” his fans.

  152. 152 djafan April 1, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    FOD has some intense screen caps…warning.

  153. 153 renaid April 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    My prayers are with David Cook and his family. I hope things go well for Adam. The fact that he is taking only a couple of days leads me to believe it is not too serious, at least I hope not.

  154. 154 bebereader April 1, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    mslv 4:00 am
    Welcome!!!! Thank you for sharing your story with us. I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy that David helped to heal your broken heart. David’s smile affirms his love for life and his optimistic attitude gives us inspiration to deal with our problems. Kind of amazing when you think about it. I hope you stay de-lurked and come back to talk to us.

    Abrra 7:26 am
    Cool about the pic! I have a wealth of pictures and one or two suggestions for the front cover if you and Dawn are interested. I will email Dawn directly.

    Marlie7 11:55 am
    Cook filled his mouth with water and spit it at the audience??? Do you know if it was the same video that showed him slipping on the stage and falling down?

    Angelica 1:01 pm You’re so right about us all coming to hang out with David even if we knew he couldn’t sing that night! Do you think Cook’s fans would do the same for him?

    Angelica and HG
    WTG FTW You’d two make great interview panelists!

  155. 155 marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    bebereader:

    This is an interesting Cook video – it shows the water spewing at :25 or thereabouts, but not at the audience. I saw one with the spitting out toward the audience but can’t find it. Also, notice the audience.

    I post this not to be negative, per se, but to show the difference in performance style and why Cook may be experiencing some of the kinds of fan actions that trouble him. The genre breeds it. However, the audience seems quite placid, except for a couple of people in the front, so it’s kind of an enigma.

  156. 156 river992 April 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    On a light note, I just came from the radiologist where I had my yearly routine mammogram. While I was sitting in the final waiting area, expecting the tech, I suddenly realized “Crush” was playing thru their sound system. I found the irony hilarious. I am positive that the tech has never had such a jovial patient, and I didn’t clue her in as to why it was so funny.

  157. 157 river992 April 1, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I guess I should add, for the guys on the list, it’s sort of an inside thing. You would have had to have been thru it.
    And, BTW, I am set to go to CA for the Del Mar concert, thanks to gmalil, Lily, ever helpful when it comes to David stuff.yahoo.

  158. 158 dawn65 April 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Not feeling Cook… didn’t on AI…don’t now. It’s a lot of pressure…I’m sure.. living in David’s shadow.. that’s a huge shadow.

    Cook rightfully admitted he’d have a hard time keeping up with him.. and I think a year out..we’re seeing just that.

    I’m interested to see what happens when they appear together. That’s inevitably going to be the turning point.

    The advantage David has… well ADVANTAGES.. is that he has a pure love of all things…..he’s humble beyond belief.. he still can’t believe we all BOUGHT tickets to come see him .. (lol..I loved that video..my very favorite) ..he has NOWHERE to go but UP from where he’s at… he’s only now learning how to master his craft as an adult.. and he’s so spontaneous. There’s never a time that we know what to expect from him.. he may think this is “dorky and awkward”…but he doesn’t realize the courage it takes to actually just be yourself.

    , Dear David.. we love yourself.

    p.s. for all those emailing me…I’m not ignoring you.. I’m at the office..and we can’t access any outside mail from here..but I promise I’ll get back to you.

    p.p.s I was thinking.. all the other fansites are doing something to fund David’s charities…if this CD turns out well enough ..perhaps we could sell them and donate the funds to David’s charities?

  159. 159 Angelica April 1, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    river992,

    Ouch ❗

    djafan,

    Those FOD screencaps are exquisite. Pardon me, I have some *cough* filing to do.

  160. 161 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Dawn 4:20
    That gives me the willies. That’s all I can say. I have that song on mp3 on my Zune. Don’t want to go there with a home made Cd k ? It’s a labor of love for a few friends.

    Angelica 4:25
    I want to come back as David’s LIPS 🙂

    Abrra

  161. 162 olemr2001 April 1, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Look what I found, from tinabeebop:

    Archuleta Works For Me! Reno merry-go-round (Oh, do that AGAIN!)

  162. 163 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    river992 April 1, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I am sure Crush was a SMASH! LOLOL

    Abrra

  163. 164 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    WOW! That crowd has “Zero Energy”. It seems as though Cook has to “work” hard to impress them with antics to get any reaction. No screaming? Are they ALIVE?
    Abrra

  164. 165 marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Dawn65 4:28 – I clicked over to the youtube. It made me want to take that song and do a better job on showing his progression – except I have no video skills tee hee.

    olemr2001 4:39 Well, if you don’t think I downloaded that faster than heck…..thanks!

  165. 166 marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Abrra: Yes Zero Energy – It will be interesting to see what happens with their back-to-back performances in Asia.

  166. 167 blisskasden April 1, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Cook and David are completely different. Although I like Cook as an individual, his style of music and on-stage persona are a dime a dozen. David’s, on the other hand, is once in a lifetime. Spitting water into the air (or into the audience) is baloney. I did not see one example of David doing anything pretentious or gratuitous
    throughout his tour. It was 100% talent and honest relating. Had the correct contestant won the competition, these silly comparisons
    would have stopped months ago. You never saw Blake Lewis compared with Jordin Sparks after AI, did you? That’s because the right person won. If you want to compare David with someone named Cook(e), it should be Sam Cooke, not David Cook.

  167. 168 marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Here’s what just crossed my mind:

    David Cook on stage: “It’s all about me” spitting water into the air

    David Archuleta on stage: “It’s all about you” hand stretched out to touch his fans

  168. 169 djafan April 1, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    marlie7 at 4:07 – I hope and pray Cook’s brother is ok. That was American Idol’s winner? I like rock music, but I didn’t like his stage presence at all…. kind of raunchy to me.

    Angelica at 4:39 – is your filing done?

    olemr2001 – thanks for that link.

  169. 170 marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    bliss: well said

  170. 171 marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    djafan: I hope Adam is okay, too. They’ve had a lot of heartache and it was very clear that David C. loves his brother and family very much. I’m sure it isn’t easy to go on the road with those kind of worries. I actually liked David C. quite a bit on AI. I didn’t love him like OUR David. But I always wished him well and still do. I hope he finds a way to turn around the troubles with his performances and fans and get back on a road that is right for him.

  171. 172 djafan April 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    marlie7 – I hope he finds a way to turn around the troubles with his performances and fans and get back on a road that is right for him.

    I’m with you here…Eleonor Rigby was one of my favorite performances from him on AI… maybe he’s little lost.

    4:55 David Archuleta on stage: “It’s all about you” hand stretched out to touch his fans

    I noticed that about David’s lyrics… you feel his hand outstretched to you.

    My 12 year granddaughter had made this observation a while back regarding Miley. She told me she didn’t like her music anymore because the lyrics were selfish, all about me. David’s lyrics are all about you, the listener. She loves music and researches til no end and a wikipedia nut.

    bliss – right on the money!

  172. 173 marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Just found a new video posted today of Zero Gravity in Idaho Falls. It is taken from some distance back from the stage and you can see the audience reaction almost throughout the whole thing. Very cool. Very high energy.

  173. 174 TOfan April 1, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Great post, HG! You’re so right about the double standard for men and women, whereby male fans can get so emotionally invested in their sports team they paint their faces and other random body parts and pay $500 per ticket to show it off, yet nobody thinks twice about it.

    I’m just catching up on all the great comments now. I am sorry to hear about Cook’s troubles (both family and fan-related) but I hope his fan site’s April Fool’s joke doesn’t re-ignite the David vs David wars over there. Yikes.

  174. 175 Angelica April 1, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Abrra,

    Angelica 4:25
    “I want to come back as David’s LIPS”
    I want to come back as his mic including the stand. 😛

    djafan,

    “Angelica at 4:39 – is your filing done?”
    Don’t rush me. These things have to be done delicately.

    bliss,

    “If you want to compare David with someone named Cook(e), it should be Sam Cooke, not David Cook.”
    Amen, amen, amen!

  175. 176 dawn65 April 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Home… got Abrra’s CD… screening it now..

    I just love listening to the energy of the crowd…wow.

    Wow..

    Nice version of Touch My Hand Ab… he’s got little nuances in there that are just knocking me over.

    I may not live through this.

    Dear David.. you’re killing me.

  176. 177 beebee April 1, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    oh moz def sam cooke.

  177. 178 river992 April 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    can’t wait for Ab’s CD… I’m bouncing in my seat… Zero Gravity.

  178. 179 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I can’t wait to see the finished case cover. 🙂 Good Luck on deciding that one!

    Random
    I am liking Miley’s new song. I am feeling much better about the duet now. She can tone it down and sing nice when she tries.

    Abrra

  179. 180 djafan April 1, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Angelica – Can we take turns be the mic and stand?

    dawn65 – I can’t wait!!!!

    river992 – I must’ve been tapping my foot loudly, co-worker came by and asked me what I was listening to, because it must be good…Zero Gravity! Let her listen and view…she said she’d seen him on AI, said he’s totally changed.

  180. 181 djafan April 1, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Abrra – I thought it was ok when it came out. Really curious on how that duet turned out.

  181. 182 dawn65 April 1, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I refuse to listen to anything Miley.. it’s against my religion..so sorry. (just kidding about the religion thing.. I just have to choose my time wisely.. David Reno WFM.. or Miley… sorry Miley). Still listening to the CD. It’s a nice distraction…taking me away from the fact that I miss him 8(

    Dear David.. I miss you….hope you’re relaxing…hope you’re hanging with your peeps and just chillin…but we got used to a new David fix every day while you were on tour.. the world seems boring right now…please come back to it soon

  182. 183 betsy April 1, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    olemr2001 ~ Re the new loop video of Reno WFM:
    I love, love, love it. I just wish they had kept the first few seconds in when he starts groovin’ and says “Yeahhhhh”! It about kills me every time.

  183. 184 betsy April 1, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Beebee – that was you?! Thank you so. I could listen to a cd of just this.

  184. 185 dawn65 April 1, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Have you guys seen this …

    http://www.fresh1027.com/pages/4027464.php

    I think we’re going to have an instant replay of David vs. David.. don’t think that’s so great…but I don’t know.

    It’s already down to 8 artists.. everyone has been doing their best to keep David in there.

    Would hate to see this come down to him and Cook.

  185. 186 djafan April 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    from starrynites – all SLC concert

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=YRH13HTY

  186. 187 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    WARNING!
    http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=5lkzmznzddt&thumb=6

    Jennifer Barry needs to be David’s personal photographer.
    Abrra

  187. 188 djafan April 1, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Abrra – OMG…!!!!!!!!!!

    Been listening to the mp3 of SLC, it has David talking between the songs.

    dawn65 – it looks like it might be Alicia Keys, she’s ahead of Cook and ahead of David…. I’ve been voting.

  188. 189 beebee April 1, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    betsy… c’est moi! 🙂 (whoa, I’m dizzy) I considered including that adorable little bit you’re talking about in that vid, but… well, I didn’t. lol

  189. 190 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    djafan April 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I avoided starrynites video’s when I made mp3’s. They looked nice but she screams way loud and long LOL I will d’l that file for the future, when I learn how to edit. I had hoped X-Factor would clean out the distractions.

    Abrra

  190. 191 djafan April 1, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Abrra – yes, I could hear the screams. I will delete as soon as I get yours… I’m going through archudrawal.

  191. 192 pabuckie April 1, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I would love to get a copy (or 2?) of this fabulous CD everyone here is talking about. Is there any way I can? Unfortunately, I have a lousy computer so cannot watch anything tht says megaload on it nor can I download anything on this stupid computer like VLC mediaplayer. I really need a new computer. I can watch things on YouTube but I wish I could see the megaloads everyone is talking about. Oh well, I would love that CD though.

  192. 193 marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    jackryan4da: Can I get a copy of your latest Tour spreadsheet? I would love it with the final SLC videos listed and I don’t think I got that one. Thank you!

  193. 194 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    pabuckie April 1, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    You may have a CD. Anyone can request one. I have been holding back giving my email until we have the case cover finished. Dawn will be mailing me some things to finish the assembly of label stickers. Another reason is, I do not wish to hi-jack a thread. Once I have all the materials to mail out a finished Cd, I will post my email. This is a labor of love our friends here. I will try to pick a time when a thread slows down and give email.

    FYI megaloads is simply a file that you have to open. You can download it then right click the file and get a menu to open with windows media player. You must have that?

    djafan April 1, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Expect some screams on the tour cd, just not hers LOL. Crows noise gives you that “Live” feel.

    Abrra

  194. 195 sandybeaches2009 April 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    mslv…I am sorry for your loss and truly amazed how much David means to everyone here. Angelica said it best when she said the words about David such as spoken in the bible…”He restoreth my soul”…The finest tribute that anyone can have given to them. He gives hope when there is none, he gives happiness with his smiles, he gives his love all of the time…

    I hope that you are able to see him perform live as that is the ultimate experience in regards to David. The only problem may be the recovery time needed once you return home!!!…We ALL go through people raising their eyebrows at our admiration for this 18 yer old especially considering our ages…I went through this again last night when I went to a birthday gathering of a neighbor…I somehow,haha,got on to the wonder of David and the eyes rolled a bit but I had a phone call this morning from the birthday girl and she said how much she enjoyed the conversation and links to the sites and music…her husband past away a few months ago and I felt that she would enjoy his music…

  195. 196 dawn65 April 1, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I must say.. the LIVE CD.. is an interesting listen. It has much the reverse affect as Abrra’s use of watching YTube with no audio.

    Listening… without David distracting me … enhances your listening pleasure.

    I actually heard something on this CD that I had NOT heard him say.. and it kind of tickled me…

    He uses the phrase.. for realz.

    To ME.. this is the equivalent of .. I need ya Boo.

    I’m in stitches at Urban David. He kills me.

    Ooooooooh Lil Mama 8)

  196. 197 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    *Crowds*

  197. 198 marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Abrra: Why don’t I set up a page off the main for you to post your email and “take orders”. That way passersby won’t see your email right out there and it will make it easier for you to see who posted. Would that help?

  198. 199 sandybeaches2009 April 1, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    My feeling is that Cook will only be grounded and on the right track when he meets up with David again…I think that he really needs him around at least some of the time…

  199. 200 pabuckie April 1, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Abbra thanks a lot – I really appreciate it. I will try your advice on media player. Thanks for all your love in making that CD for us.

  200. 201 djxox April 1, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    river~ check your eeemmmmmaaaaiilllllll !!!!!

  201. 202 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    dawn65 April 1, 2009 at 9:15 pm
    I have been meaning to post about that newest “Davidism”
    It’s at the end of Running as I recall.
    “Ok This is the last song of the night for reals this time.”

    Abrra

  202. 203 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 9:25 pm
    Can you email me? Dawn will give you the address. I rather work with you on how to do this with ease.
    Abrra

  203. 204 cutter12 April 1, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you, HG.
    That was beautifully said. Isn’t it sad that we still have to justify our love for David and his music. Having David a part of my world makes me happy. nuff said.

  204. 205 dawn65 April 1, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I gotta take my butt to bed. (the downside of Keeley being a daycare teacher…she brings home every germ known to mankind..and it’s been a rough couple of weeks. we are currently battling strept throat.)

    Hopefully I’ll be further ahead on my road to recovery soon…because I miss my jD peeps…

    Abrra…I’m stopping on the way home from work tomorrow to pick up “supplies” .

    “Ok This is the last song of the night for reals this time.”

    He’s so darn cute I can’t stand him sometimes.

    Dear David, I know you don’t like being called cute..but sometimes.. it’s all that fits.. for reals.

  205. 206 juliebug April 1, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Sandy –

    “My feeling is that Cook will only be grounded and on the right track when he meets up with David again…I think that he really needs him around at least some of the time…”

    You may be right. A couple of weeks ago a girl posted on one of the sites (can’t remember which now) although she was bringing it over from some other site.

    Cook had come to her school for a show. Later, he was outside at the bus taking pictures and giving autographs. This girl had on one of those plastic bracelets that said David Archuleta on it that everyone was wearing during the AI tour. Cook noticed it on her wrist, and said…

    “AWWWW I miss him so much. He just isn’t the same guy on the phone. You don’t get the awesomeness the same way.”

    heh

  206. 207 hell0g0rge0us April 1, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Good Lord! That was so painful and so trainwrecky to watch (American Idol that is). I didn’t know whether to cringe or ROFL.

    I’m talking about the “swan song” of Megan Joy who just got voted off tonight.

    That has got to be one of the craziest, wackiest sing out on AI ever!

    I miss watching David on this silly show…

    SB, you may be right. Cook looked so subdued on tonight’s show. I’m sure he could do with some of David’s healing powers by meeting up again.

  207. 208 gmalil4da April 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I have been a fan of *many*… I’ve met many fans along the way. I don’t wish to be a part of the “stalker-fandom”, but I’m not against being a “Hardcore-fan”; there is a difference. Along the way, over many years, I’ve developed wonderful friendships with fans of *many*, but I’ve also come to realize that some of them have become stalkers, sad to say!

    HG ~ Your post “Boundaries of Fandom” is thought-provoking, regarding fans and their behavior. I wish everyone who is a fan of ‘anything’ could read your post.

    River992 and I are “hardcore fans” of David and also some sports figures. So I’m very pleased that she’ll be coming out to the San Diego area in June, her first time in Southern California. That’s what David did for us, bring us closer together! 🙂

  208. 209 marlie7 April 1, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    HG: Megan wanted to go home

  209. 210 river992 April 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I really liked seeing Cook back on the stage. I still don’t like his band, but he does. He is very subdued..nice his mother was there. He needs a good dose of David. They seem to have a real bond and I respect it. The type of tour he’s been doing has probably been rowdy and rough, but that’s the path he chose. I am so glad they will be in Asia together and I expect Cook will benefit from it the most.
    As to Idol, there are times I have to turn away. Some of the judging has been openly preferential and prejudicial. Some performances so weak, yet extolled. I have a favorite but he has no shot. Last year surely spoiled everyone.. the bar is just too high.

  210. 211 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    EH? I am watching AI on delay……..Cook’s music video is viewed backwards? HA! that beats my listening to “silent” YouTubes. The appearance was very low key. I can’t imagine David’s visit to AI being that calm.

    juliebug April 1, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    That is so true. Cook really digs David. I bet he misses touring with him.

    Abrra

  211. 212 Abrra April 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    river992 April 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I agree about AI. The should have quit while they were on top last year. The top 10 were all great singers. I really enjoyed everyone at the tour show.
    Abrra the spammer

  212. 213 river992 April 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    what I found really interesting was the audience shot. other than the mosh pit, the people were very quiet and basically sitting on their hands. The faces were sort of blank. I think it’s safe to say that when David comes on for his performance the place will come alive. David just spreads warmth and amazement through any audience lucky enough to hear him. I saw it all last season and everywhere he’s gone, even if its singing for a small group in a radio station. People in a puddle when he’s done.

  213. 214 hell0g0rge0us April 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Yeah, I agree the audience was subdued, but then so was Cook. I do hope David brings him back to life again.

    Marlie, I pretty much figured that Megan wanted to go home, but she was still all out wacky! What a strange contestant she has been!

    Thanks for your feedback, Gmail and Cutter12 (how’ve you been? It’s been a while, I think!).

  214. 215 silverfox April 1, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Hi everyone! I downloaded starrynites SLC Concert. Sitting here listening I remembered David was ON FIRE! I’m listening to SOT right now and remembered how he turned and looked over to where his mom was sitting when he started singing, “Somebody to hold you when worries control you” to almost the end of the song. You can clearly see he is looking in her direction with this look of love & concern. I imagine his mom worries about him so much when he’s away from home with so much riding on his shoulders. We worry about him, and we’re not even related to him, so I can imagine how his mom feels each time he leaves, when he takes a piece of her heart with him.

    Good night everyone. For David..

    Dear Lord,
    Please take care of David. Watch over him, protect him from all harm. Cloak him with your love and give him the strength to endure all that is thrown in his path. Give David the courage and guidance to say no to those who ask for more than he can reasonably give. Surround David with loving and supportive people who love him UNCONDITIONALLY as we, his Archangels do. Separate David from those who have agendas other than for his well being. Give him rest when he’s weary. Give him stamina to sustain his hectic pace. Give him assurance when he feels doubt. Give him joy when he feels sad. Cloak him always in your protective arms during this time on his journey. Keep David and HIS VOICE healthy & strong as he fulfills his Destiny which was written in his Book of Life before he was born.
    Though we may be unworthy, we humbly pray.
    Amen.

    David, sweet dreams. Be safe & secure in our love always! Contigo siempre con amor!

  215. 216 river992 April 1, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    djxox- having trouble w/ my email sending reply but I will from work tomorrow. I am soo jazzed for CA.

  216. 217 betsy April 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    River ~ He does spread warmth and amazement.

    A little hippie talk:

    He has good vibes and good karma!

  217. 218 river992 April 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    night all. anyone else here, besides Dawn of course, really missing the daily dose of David? Triple D. sigh.

  218. 219 betsy April 1, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    And he’s a bit trippy.

  219. 220 betsy April 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    River ~ *raising hand*

    Wonder what he’s doing right now?

  220. 221 goboywonder April 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    betsy, “Wonder what he’s doing right now?”

    I hope with family and/or friends being justDavid. I wonder if he’s using this downtime to finish school. I would love to know how that’s going.

    Alas, I miss him too. :O(

  221. 222 bebereader April 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Marlie7 at 4:07 pm
    I watched the clip you sent from Cook’s show. Thank you!
    So that is the current American Idol?!
    Nice role model. Not!

    *raising hand, too*

    I miss David but glad he has some dowwntime now. He has surely earned it.

  222. 223 hell0g0rge0us April 1, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Well I need to get to bed right about now. Sure, I miss David, but I’m also glad he’s finally getting some rest and is at home with family and friends.

    That’s how you know we’re no ordinary fans. I think we’d put David’s needs ahead of ours. I’m just so glad his first solo tour was a huge success!

    It’s all good from here on in after that! 🙂

    G’nite all!

  223. 224 sj6179 April 1, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I thought David was on his way to Asia today or tomorrow. He is traveling with his manager Ray, no Mom or Dad this time. He’s flying solo so to speak

  224. 225 blisskasden April 1, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Cook’s new song stinks! American idol is like a rudderless ship. Simon looks like he’s lost all interest in the show. Does anyone really care who wins this thing? Lady Gaga’s song,”Poker Face” is actually very good, but this performance reminded me of Fantasia’s hellacious performance last year.

    To paraphrase Simon and Garfunkle “Where have you gone David Archuleta? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.”

  225. 226 betsy April 1, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    I bet he hasn’t relaxed much. Isn’t he cutting that new cd (x-mas or otherwise) in between road trips?

    Flying solo and soaring.

  226. 227 betsy April 1, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I hope they have a suprise for David when he returns to idol. He deserves it so.
    I didn’t hate Cook’s new song ~ didn’t like it either. Just kind of blah.
    Lady Gaga? Loathesome.

    Cannot wait for David to light up the stage and everyone’s souls. That show could use a dose of him. Everyone will be talking about it, I just know.

  227. 228 Abrra April 2, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Bliss 11:48
    This isn’t Mrs. Robinson but…..
    I had to go looking for lyrics. I used to be able to recite this by heart.
    http://www.metrolyrics.com/7-oclock-newssilent-night-lyrics-simon-and-garfunkel.html

    The more things change, the more they remain the same.

    Abrra

  228. 229 davidfanLIZ April 2, 2009 at 12:19 am

    HG – congratulations on an eloquent article. You raise some excellent points and have provoked some of the most thoughtful comments that I’ve seen on jD. Bravo.

  229. 230 bebereader April 2, 2009 at 12:21 am

    I kinda liked Cook’s song, but I don’t like the show. It lost it’s appeal for me. Although Kara seems savvy, I don’t think they need the critique of four judges. It takes too long. I don’t care for the front runner, Adam. I thought I liked Danny but not so much anymore. I don’t have a favorite and I always do by this time in the competition. Simon is more pompous this year than ever. I’m not a fan but I thought Cook was a breath of fresh air tonight because he reminded me of last year. Seemed like he was there live and not like they showed a taped segment.

    I can imagine the audience’s reaction when David hits the stage at AI. He creates a happy aura whereever he goes.

    I rarely watch TV. This was one of the only shows I looked forward to. Oh well, another one bites the dust.

  230. 231 djafan April 2, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Richard from FOD posted a thank you for all and apology for the ticket issue.

    He ended it with this,

    Oh, and I think we may have written a hit song today. I am a little blown away with that! It was incredible!

    Off to write another one – after a little chow!

    I don’t know what his connection to David is. Could he mean he’s writing with David?

    betsy – Cannot wait for David to light up the stage and everyone’s souls. That show could use a dose of him. Everyone will be talking about it, I just know.

    Those that have no idea of how much he’s grown are in for a good surprise. I’m giddy with anticipation.

  231. 232 bebereader April 2, 2009 at 12:31 am

    djafan You’re so right! We’re seeing it in real time, each day and we still see changes! For those who haven’t followed David’s career or seen him since the finale of AI last year, they are in for a real surprise. Can’t wait!

  232. 234 juliebug April 2, 2009 at 12:33 am

    djafan – Richard is in Nashville at a writing session. I don’t think it has anything to do with David.

  233. 235 djafan April 2, 2009 at 12:34 am

    juliebug… Oh…. thanks.

  234. 236 Abrra April 2, 2009 at 12:37 am

    djafan April 2, 2009 at 12:25 am
    Richard was selling pianos in Sam’s Club and Jeff started a conversation about music. He told Richard about David’s love of singing and then left Sam’s only to return with his laptop. He played David singing and then asked Richard if he wanted to work with David on arrangements. Richard has played piano for David at events. He helped on Mariah Carey week. I think I saw him sitting with Jeff in the front row that week. I got this info from a chat Richard did I think before it was FOD. Fanblast maybe.

    Abrra

  235. 237 Abrra April 2, 2009 at 12:39 am

    djafan April 2, 2009 at 12:32 am
    Hah I posted that earlier tonight up the thread.
    SMOKIN:

    Abrra

  236. 238 djafan April 2, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Abrra – Thanks… I knew there was a connection, didn’t know how.

  237. 239 djafan April 2, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Abrra – beyond smoking, I had to look away…

  238. 240 djafan April 2, 2009 at 12:53 am

    bebereader – I had the opportunity to show a co-worker a couple of youtubes of him, she was very surprised and impressed… (SOT and ZG)

    I feel like a spammer…a lot of me’s above…lol

  239. 241 bebereader April 2, 2009 at 1:32 am

    djafan No worries. At this time, there’s only a skeleton crew so spam away! Thanks for remembering to let me know which songs you sent. I’m showing David’s videos to some non-believers too and was wondering if we were on the same ticket. We are! Those are the two I sent!

  240. 242 djafan April 2, 2009 at 1:48 am

    bebereader – Coincidence? lol… I try to show at least two sides of David, because we now know that we don’t know all he is, he keeps surprising us.

    I tested uploading to youtube, was successful… end partial of TBWY. I have a great Barriers full…but it’s sideways and haven’t been able to figure out how to rotate it.

  241. 243 Angelica April 2, 2009 at 1:57 am

    That Jennifer Barry pic. He’s pushing the boundaries of my fandom. What are we going to do with his pulchritudinous self?

  242. 244 djafan April 2, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Angelica – …. He’s just too much… a little at a time…where’s dawn65, that’s not a picture of a boy.

  243. 245 djafan April 2, 2009 at 2:17 am

    This was over at FOD

    This is Eunice from Malaysia! Hope you still remember that we met last Friday at the E center, SLC. Kim has returned to Malaysia and she is helping out with the Fanclub to plan for DAvid’s visit next Saturday!!!

    Thank you so much for everything you have done for both of us. We met David finally.
    And I spoke to Ray about the flood of David’s fans to Malaysia from the neighboring countries. Both Kim and I are really grateful to you. Hope we will meet again. You folks at FOD deserve all the recognition! God bless you and family!

    Getting really excited about the “FLOOD”

  244. 246 fandaforeverti48 April 2, 2009 at 2:23 am

    beebee – not finished reading all the posts but when I hit Olemr’s & your latest video…… Oh yeah!!!!! I about died laughing, esp – “Archuleta Works For Me! Reno merry-go-round (Oh, do that AGAIN!)”. Love it. Thanks.

    I now have it on my Zune account & it repeats your repeat – how OTT is that?

  245. 247 bebereader April 2, 2009 at 2:36 am

    I just send Dawn some possible cover pics for the CD she and Abrra are creating. Sigh….it was a difficult job looking at my file of David Archuleta pics but someone had to do it. haha

  246. 248 bebereader April 2, 2009 at 2:45 am

    I’m in Archuletaheaven…..listening to StarryNite’s mp3 of SLC. I suggest listening with headphones! It’s incredible!!!

    djafan What a tease that was! I just clicked on your link of the end of TBWY and it’s amazing!!! More, please! Do you have the whole song? You were that close???

    Angelica 1:57 and djafan 2:01
    Ladies, which picture are we referring to?

  247. 249 beebee April 2, 2009 at 3:28 am

    djafan, I wish I could help you with the video flipping, but I’ve only ever flipped a vid on quicktime pro, so don’t know how to help you if you’re not using that.

    Well, I’m allll worn out from my lil trip to reno.

    fandaforever…lol. Why that’s precisely as I’d hoped the merry-go-round would be used. Sort of like the hamburger helper of the get-your-fix-o-reno-wfm variety. (yeah. that’s it…)

    nitey nite.

  248. 250 Abrra April 2, 2009 at 7:50 am

    bebereader April 2, 2009 at 2:45 am
    Here you go! It’s a picture worth repeating. Just don’t stand too close, cuz it’s SMOKIN’
    http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=5lkzmznzddt&thumb=5

    Abrra

  249. 251 bebereader April 2, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Abrra at 7:50 am

    Thanks!
    Smokin’?
    You ain’t kidding!

    Ooooh There’s a new post. >>>>>>>
    What am I still doing here?

  250. 252 kurt1960 April 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Seems I may have waited too long to delurk to post this, but I never saw anything wrong in any way regarding an older woman being a fan of a young singer. But, try being a 48 year old guy being a fan of an 18 year old male singer and see what kind of looks that’ll get ya! Do I care? no. Is it going to prevent me from following this amazing young man’s career? no. I know what I like and at this point in my life, I’m too damn old to care about what others may think of me. David’s voice and his music move my soul like nothing ever has before. He makes me feel like I’ve never felt before. If I am to be ridiculed for my fandom, so be it, Jedi.


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