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The Woof of Now

Golden Retrievals………………Mark Doty

Fetch? Balls and sticks capture my attention
seconds at a time. Catch? I don’t think so.
Bunny, tumbling leaf, a squirrel who’s — oh
joy — actually scared. Sniff the wind, then

I’m off again: muck, pond, ditch, residue
of any thrillingly dead thing. And you?
Either you’re sunk in the past, half our walk,
thinking of what you never can bring back,

or else you’re off in some fog concerning
— tomorrow, is that what you call it? My work:
to unsnare time’s warp (and woof!), retrieving,
my haze-headed friend, you. This shining bark,

a Zen master’s bronzy gong, calls you here,
entirely, now: bow-wow, bow-wow, bow-wow.


There is a Buddhist idea of being in the now, of being present. You are in a calm middle ground that is not pulled by regrets of the past or by anxiety about the future. You are fully in the moment, you are fully “present.” The demands of ego dissipate, and judgment is in short supply.

This state is blissful and is not easy to attain. Some people practice meditation to achieve this state. Some look to their canine buddies for inspiration. Some special beings simply have this quality from an early age.


When I met David during the AI tour last September, I was struck by his calm presence. He had a joyfulness that rested on a deep peace. He stood there, so patient, so ready for whatever would come. He was present, completely in the now. As I’ve watched him over the past few months, he has shared many different public sides of himself, but through it all, I see a core of calm, of living from his center.

David has a full range of musical connections. He can bring on the schmexy and get us dancing (think Zero Gravity); he can go to that almost agonizing place of yearning and make us ache with pain (think Don’t Let Go). He can also bring us to a place of stillness and peace.

When he sang Angels in Albuquerque, there was a stillness in that dinghy club. Bodies were calm, voices mercifully quieted. David went to that place of deep peace and those of us who were ready, went with him. Past and future fell away and there was only the Voice that took us on a ride. Soaking up his voice felt like a blessing. As he stood up to go, he said, “I love you!”

And I know that he does.

Another fan site has referred to David as Jesus 2.0. A family friend has talked about his “Christ-like nature.” Perhaps. But perhaps he is simply living from his true self, our Bodhisatva David, being present.

– davidfanLIZ


Don’t Let Go!

davidnhampIt is a known fact that behind every work of art, literature or music, there is usually an underlying theme or premise upon which an artist hinges his/her body of work. While on the surface most performers in music can produce a theme-based album, for the most part it is either limited to the title of the artist, in which case all we get is a reflection of their personal taste in music, or a main title track.

In the case of David Archuleta, I believe his music straddles two ideals – physical and spiritual. In his self-titled debut album, to the casual listener, it is made glaringly obvious on a physical level (eyes and ears), that David intentionally chose to include songs with mostly upbeat, positive messages. In any further reading of his biography, that casual listener can then easily connect the dots, and come to the conclusion that his song choices may simply be a reflection of his personal values. Case closed.

Case closed? With David Archuleta? Not quite so fast. So now that you’ve oohed and ahhed over the beauty of his voice, and hit that repeat play button a couple times, you wake up one day and realize that in the span of a short time….there is something more here than meets the eye, and before you know it – your heart is also engaged.

We’ve known all along that David is an especially emotive performer. His first tour (de force) performances on Youtube have now revealed to even us die-hard fans, a never-before seen glimpse of a performer with something more to give – his heart…And oh what a heart it is. Now that our hearts and his have merged we come to the crux of the other underlying ideal expressed in his body of work: spiritual. This one may not be as blatant as the other physical ideal, but is there nevertheless. David’s spiritual message is this – Don’t Let Go!

Not only is this message lyrically repeated in many of his set list songs – My Hands, Waiting For Yesterday, Don’t Let Go, but now David is relaying the message in more subtle ways. He literally takes us on a journey with his burgeoning performance skills – the care he gives to enunciate each word because they carry an important message. If you missed that, there are always his hand motions. With this lovely pas de deux in play, he then sets us down gently back to earth, like a dancer – letting go of us one finger at at time but still with the admonition – Don’t give up, no matter what you’re going through, it’s going to be okay – you’re not alone, we’re in this together. Upon reflection, David probably did not have to look too far for inspiration, after all, he had to persevere through vocal paralysis and not let go of his desire to pursue a singing career.

It’s one thing to produce an album with upbeat songs. However, it is entirely another matter when the artist actually cares about the emotional well-being of his listeners as well.

Click here to see the beautifully penned lyrics to Don’t Let Go.
Lyrics to Don’t Let Go
Made with Love – Joymus

The Source of His Strength


I wasn’t sure I saw the gesture when I first viewed the video. David was at yet another meet and greet at a radio station in New Orleans on February 15th. He rambles on in his usual fashion, complains that he is losing his voice because he has been yelling all day, and throws his arms around for emphasis. Then he finally settles down to sing, and before he does, he connects with his God in a gesture so quick that you might have missed it.

The performance of Angels is not perfect. He’s right, he probably should have rested his voice if he had planned on singing that day. The dynamics shift a bit too wildly when he goes for the high notes, the first “through it all” is a bit rough.

But by the time he gets to the second “through it all,” his voice is relaxed and rich, and he lovingly adds melodic flourishes to the ending of “right or wrong.”

By this time the listener is feeling chills. David is one with the song. He sinks deeper and deeper into his soul and channels the song from a place that is the source of all peace and joy. He is the song, the song is him.

“And down the waterfall, wherever iiiiiit may take me,” complete with diva hand, reaches a climax so powerful that you would have to be under the ground not to feel the beauty of that moment. David brings you down slowly and gently after that, but raises it up again with a richly embellished “I’m loving angels instead.”

“That’s why I can’t get a big head. It’s not coming from me.
That’s what I like about it. It’s all in the music, you don’t
have to say anything.” DA

Gah, this is a complicated young man – part smexy rock star, part spirit channel, part goofy kid. But the core of his strength, the rock-hard center of his being, springs from his connection to his God, a connection that, because of his pure spirit, transcends any one religion and simply connects our hearts with his.


New Orleans Angels

Quotable ArchuQuote

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

From the notingDavid Archives

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

From the Comments

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


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

Random ArchuPoetry

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

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