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Something New and Wonderful!

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There are those of us who have been knocked sideways by the music of David Archuleta. It might have been at “Heaven,” or “Shop Around,” or “Imagine,” but David grabbed us and didn’t let go.

There are those of us who have visited YouTube obsessively, keeping up with every new song, every fan interaction, every new interview. We have begun to think of David as a member of the family.

There are those of us who have had the opportunity to meet David, to talk with him and to feel the strength and serenity and compassion of David Archuleta in person. His hold on us has grown even stronger.

Beginning in April 2008, some of us found our way to notingDavid. Rascal, its founder, writes with passion and clarity. His site quickly became the place to go for the analysis of David’s artistry and career. This was a place for fans of David who enjoyed the discussion of ideas, the sharing of stories, and the occasional fangirl/fanboy silliness. We all felt privileged to be watching David Archuleta at the beginning of his career, and it was a joy to discuss all aspects of this career and his artistry. Here at last was a place where many of us felt at home.

As the months went by, something else happened. The commenters grew to know each other and grew to appreciate not only the articles and reviews, but also the people who congregated regularly in Rascal’s house. A community began to take shape, not necessarily of like-minded individuals, because we didn’t always agree, but of people who enjoyed a finely crafted article and a good discussion.

When notingDavid rested in February 2009, there were many who refused to let the community disintegrate. A core group emerged and chose a name, solicited articles from the larger notingDavid community and continued the conversation at justDavid.

Now a new opportunity presents itself, something new and wonderful. We are combining the strengths of notingDavid and justDavid to create a site that is more than the sum of its parts:

THE DAVID CHRONICLES.

THE DAVID CHRONICLES is a place where Rascal can continue to write reviews and articles; it is a place where the larger notingDavid / justDavid community can contribute their own articles, and it is a place where our community can continue the conversation in a more spacious house. We are not losing anything here. We will have the same justDavid article writers. We will have the same justDavid commenters. We will still be the place you will want to visit every day. We warmly invite all of you in this lovely community to move with us to this new site. You will find all that you have enjoyed about justDavid, plus you will be delighted to find so much more. Welcome to THE DAVID CHRONICLES!

– the Administrators and Editors of justDavid

http://thedavidchronicles.com

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justDaviders… Who The Heck Are We?

rascalx16We are a participatory group blog, celebrating the artistry of David Archuleta. Our community was created in notingDavid. On Black Saturday, known elsewhere in the free world as Valentine’s Day ’09, Rascal decided to let his site rest, and we moved here.

This site was created for all of us, the refugees of Rascal. Some of us will contribute articles and we will be exposed to many different voices and viewpoints. Some of us will volunteer to keep the schedule or help with tech issues. Some of us will lurk, some of us will comment and bring in news and videos and share concert reports.

We welcome your feedback about the site. The Suggestions page is there, ready for your comments. Are you suddenly inspired to write an article or a poem that just needs to be shared? Use the Contact page to get more involved. There will also be occasional live chats where your voice can be heard.

Many thanks to Kizzi, Marlie7 and TOfan who were the mighty three who put in the work to start the site. Thanks also to those who volunteered to help during the live chat on that Monday after Black Saturday. We chose a name and a purpose and restarted the conversation. As much as possible, justDavid will continue to be relentlessly consensus and community-based.

My hope is that we will bring here many of the elements from Rascal’s house that made visiting there such a pleasure. We were adults gathering together to celebrate our love of David. I hope that we will hear a variety of voices here, both in the articles and in the comments. I hope that we can discuss events with both an in-the-moment excitement and a long-term view. I hope that we can enjoy an adult sensibility for wit and humor and critical thinking, and although Rascal’s eloquence is a high standard, dang it, we can aim for it.

And not to canonize the poor guy, but Rascal also set a pretty high standard for calm and respectful dialogue within the net of a widely diverse community at notingDavid: gay and straight, conservative and liberal, Christian and Buddhist and non-believer. There is something powerful about staying in the fire and listening to an opposing view without judgment. Minds will stretch, hearts will expand.

So let’s not be afraid to discuss ideas calmly and respectfully. We don’t need to agree on every issue. If things get out-of-control occasionally, so be it. Heck, we don’t need to agree or even to laugh at all the same things. There will be plenty that binds us together, we can let the other things slide.

“Sometimes (we) have to give a strong opinion, but that
doesn’t make (us) evil, just honest!” DA

Let’s not be afraid to embrace all of what we are, including our minds and bodies and spirits. Let’s not push away anything in the human experience. David’s spirit, his compassion, his exquisite good looks, the unearthly beauty of his singing, all speak to us or we wouldn’t be here. Let us celebrate together here, in this new house, the glory that is David Archuleta.

– davidfanLIZ

When We’ve Said Goodbye

We all love David, that is taken for granted. But where would we be without Rascal and notingDavid?

The most obvious thing that Rascal has done is to provide a range of opinions and critiques of all things David. He inspired us to carefully craft our opinions and offered an open door to anyone who criticized the ideas rather than the person. Hopefully his strong and independent voice will return soon. Rascal – please know that we all think of you fondly!

But less obvious is that without Rascal, we wouldn’t have a community. Under his gentle and sometimes firm leadership a group of us have slowly built up trust and e-friendships. After reading months of comments, personalities emerge and you feel like you know each other. We’ve shared our stories, from the sublime to the painful to the lighthearted. Hearts were opened and support generously given. Tennis balls were lobbed. It’s all been whacky and wonderful and a delightful soap opera that rarely failed to entertain.

These e-friendships have in many cases progressed to attending concerts and dinners together. Close friendships are developing. The upcoming tour will find an explosion of these connections.

This community has given us the opportunity to share our talents of writing or art or videos or gathering fast-breaking news. Some among us have created gifts for the community – Caseydog’s Timeline, Hello Gorgeous’ All Things David, and FSteven’s artwork are some examples. These gifts have been given back to the community without thought of compensation. There is so much passionate, selfless creation going on here, it is quite beautiful to witness.

Creating community was perhaps a mere byproduct of Rascal’s passion for David, but it has become a precious gift that he has left us. Of course Rascal is the main player in the group and he will be sorely missed. His eloquence and wit cannot be matched here. I respect his decision to rest his site, but I can only hope that he will be refreshed and ready to return before long.

We have chosen to continue this lovely community. It will be different, and we will probably have some bumps along the way. But I am committed to help keep this little group together and to nurturing it until Rascal returns. This community has taken a long time to put together. It’s not going away anytime soon.

My school community moved to a new school several years ago. Everyone was excited but anxious. I wrote a new song for the occasion that starts out, “Here are my friends, here is my school.” We sang it at the old school and then we sang it at the new school. This helped to reassure the children that this new situation was going to be okay.

Silverfox’s prayer was posted on the last night of notingDavid and the first night of the new temporary site. I’m sure I was not the only one who found this reassuring.

Community nurtures our soul.

You might want to visit April 24, Think of Me: Studio Version

http://www.notingdavid.org/2008/04/

-davidfanLIZ


Quotable ArchuQuote

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

From the notingDavid Archives

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

From the Comments

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

Archu-love

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

Random ArchuPoetry

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

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