Sunday, August 28, 2011

Things Are Gonna Get Better

For the last couple of weeks, my life has been spinning out of control at full force in many different directions all at the same time. I know that happens to everyone sometimes but I don't like it one bit. I need to be in control and I am not even close to it right now. 

I have been listening to David's inspirational songs a lot lately, trying to find some peace of mind.  One song that has helped me a lot this weekend is Things Are Gonna Get Better.  I wish that David would perform this song again, because I think it has a message we all need to hear each day. Life isn't easy but we can make it. Life will get better.  We will be fine.

video credit to jhann062392


I have written an acrostic poem for Things Are Gonna Get Better. I hope you like it. I hope it helps you with whatever problems you are facing in life just like David's song has helped me. 


The storms of life work hard to rage against us,
Hurling anything and everything our way. Sometimes
It feels as if the entire world is out to get us, plotting
New and painful ways to bring us down. We might
Get kicked over and over again by strangers or even
Stepped on by the people that we love the most.


All of us have made mistakes in our past but sometimes
Regret rears its ugly head and, POW, it won’t let go.
Everybody hits their breaking point sooner or later and hope is gone.


Grief can take a hold of us and cause our normally happy minds to be
Overcome with sadness and confusion. “Why did this happen to me? I’m
Not a bad person. I don’t deserve all of this trouble, all this pain.
Nothing’s right all of the time but why does it seem that I have my share
And everyone else’s too. Can’t I catch a break sometime?”


Great burdens can be placed upon our shoulders, forcing us to become
Exasperated by this life and world. We feel as if we can never rise up again
To the heights that we once aspired to. Our spirit can be crushed in an instant.


But, I know things are gonna get better. I know that God will be there with me
Every step of the way, holding my hand, keeping me from falling off that
Terribly rocky ledge called life. I just need to ask Him for help and He will send
The right people to stand by me, to love me, to help me find my way.
Everything happens for a reason but that reason is not always my fault.
Real hope is here for me. Life is gonna get better. I will be fine.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Believe

So, once again, Juan Morales has created a beautiful David Archuleta album cover for his fanmade album "Home."  This one is entitled "Believe" and Juan has said that he envisioned this reflecting David's strong faith.  While I can not profess to know David's exact beliefs, as I do not follow the same religious practices as David, I do know that David leans on his Heavenly Father and asks for his help in life. He is a believer. 

I too am a believer. I am a Christian who believes in the power of the Holy Trinity. The following poem is my personal profession of my own belief in a God and His love for us.

Graphics created by Juan Morales 



Believe

Life can be so confusing,
     You never know what will come.
People can bring such sorrow
     And stomp on your heart so hard.
But when these things do happen
     I will not get mad or wail,
'Cause I know my Heavenly Father
     Knows my needs and answers my prayers.

I believe in the Great Almighty,
     The creator of all that is.
I believe in the Lord of Love,
     And his Spirit that sets me free.
I believe that He cares about me,
     Just as much as He loved his Son.
I believe that my life is so blessed,
     Because of His amazing Love.

I ask Him for his wisdom
     When I have a choice to make.
I ask for strength and courage
     When life's trials my spirit break.
I ask Him for forgiveness
     And his grace for all of my flaws.
I ask to wear His armor
     To shield me from evils' claws.


Believe! Yes, I believe!
I believe in the One who is so good to me.
Believe! Yes, I believe!
I believe in the One who sets me free.

Believe! Yes, I believe!
I believe in the One who is so good to me.
Believe! Yes, I believe!
I believe in the One who sets me free.



I believe in the Great Almighty,
     The creator of all that is.
I believe in the Lord of Love,
     And his Spirit that sets me free.
I believe that He cares about me,
     Just as much as he loved his Son.
I believe that my life is so blessed,
     Because of His amazing Love.

I know he's watching over me
     In case I stumble or fall.
His outstretched hand is there for me
     To grab hold of in the dark.
I feel Him there right by my side
     When pain is all around.
His loving arms hold me so tight
     When evil seeks to strike.

Believe! Yes, I believe!
I believe in the One who is so good to me.
Believe! Yes, I believe!
I believe in the One who sets me free.

Believe! Yes, I believe!
I believe in the One who is so good to me.
Believe! Yes, I believe!
I believe in the One who sets me free.



Saturday, August 6, 2011

My Plea For An Austin Tour Stop -Revisited and Revised

I originally posted this article on January 4 of this year. At that time, David was still signed to a label and everyone was anticipating a nationwide tour to promote his latest album, The Other Side Of Down. In in this article, I explained why I felt that a tour stop in Austin, Texas would be a great idea. Unfortunately, this tour never materialized. Jive dropped the ball and didn't promote TOSOD, much to the bewilderment and disappointment of David's fan base. Since that time, David has split from Jive and has taken time to relax and find himself. David just completed an exceptionally powerful mini tour in Asia this past month. Now we fans are all anxiously waiting on word of tour stops for a possible winter tour in the states.  As fans start to wonder where and when we will be able to see and hear David "live" again, speculation grows and our minds start to ponder ideas of songs he can cover and venues worthy of the magnificence of The Voice.  Just yesterday the Canadian fan site Snowangelz posted an article asking "Where is your @DavidArchie dream venue."  So I have decided to update my post with some new venue information as well as venue photos and send this idea back out into the world.  If, by any minuscule chance David or any of his team happens to read this, please consider Austin for any future tours.

Note: The top four shots of David and the shot of The Civil Wars are mine.  All of the other shots are my husbands Limelight Imaging  except for the house shot of ACL-Live which belongs to Scott Newton, their house photographer.


My Plea For a Tour Stop in Austin

David Archuleta has been telling us, his fans, that plans are in the works for a tour. We all are anxiously awaiting the details, hoping that our cities, or at least some that are near us, are included on the itinerary. We all want to see David in our home towns but obviously that can't happen. He can't be everywhere. There are many fans who have been fortunate enough and financially able to travel all over the country, and some all over the world, to be able to see David perform live. Unfortunately, there are many, many more fans who are not able to travel anywhere outside of their own cities, who would love to see David perform live. I have been blessed with the opportunity to see David perform live 4 times now, all in the state of Texas, but never in my home, Austin. I traveled to San Antonio to see him in March 2009, on his first tour,




and then to Houston, to see him open for Demi Lovato on July 3, 2009.





Then there was a terrible drought in Texas, both meteorologically and "Archieologically" (Oh, I made up a new word!) and I didn't see David in an actual performance until this past Dec. 2010, in Dallas at the Children's Hospital benefit.




and then a few days later in San Antonio, again, this time with Kaleidoscope, but performing only two songs.



These last two performances were absolutely wonderful but not long enough to satisfy the need to see and hear David live. The Dallas show gave us a few songs from The Other Side of Down and a couple of the songs from Christmas From the Heart and a couple of songs from David Archuleta, David's first album. Unfortunately, David's performance for the skating show, Kaleidoscope, only gave us two songs, Falling Stars and I'll Be Home For Christmas.  Beautiful, but he left me wanting more.  I need to see and hear a full concert from this incredible young man, soon.

Since everyone is talking about where new tour stops should be, I thought I would put in a plug for my favorite possibility:  I would like to nominate Austin, TX as a great tour stop for David. David has never appeared here. We are the capital of Texas and are centrally located for easy access. (Or at least as easy as it gets in a state this big. An eight hour drive is not that long for David’s fans, right?)

We are a very music-oriented city. We are known as “The Live Music Capital of the World” with over 200 live music venues in our city.  This city lives and breaths music. On any given night you can find acts performing any kind of music you want to hear: jazz, rock, hip hop, country, Tejano, indie, rap, pop, etc., basically, anything you like.


We are the home of the legendary PBS music program “Austin City Limits” which began in 1976. This year ACL has moved to a new venue and it is wonderful. In the past, only show tapings took place in at the ACL studio but now the theater is open to regular bookings also.  The seating capacity is 2,700 in three tiers. There is not a bad seat in the house and this is a seated venue.  This photo is from opening night featuring Willie Nelson and a full orchestra.





We are the home of the “ACL Music Festival”, an outdoor fest celebrating 10 yrs this Sept., which this past fall hosted 125 acts on 8 stages over 3 days and had approximately 80,000 attendees.




Austin also hosts the South by Southwest (SXSW) music fest and conference. The fest, which is held in March, began in 1987 and has grown to include over 2,000 acts from all over the world playing in over 90 venues in downtown Austin. The music industry conference, which is held at the same time, had over 13,000 industry reps attending last year.  David's good friend and co-writer Joy Williams was here this past year for several days of mini shows with The Civil Wars.  I was very fortunate to catch them at a small show in the parking lot of a hotel. Yes, music is everywhere in Austin during SXSW.  I guarantee they will never play a parking lot here again.




We have some wonderful outdoor venues built specifically for music, including one that overlooks the Texas Hill Country, that David would love. One in particular is The Backyard at Bee Caves.  This venue is built on a huge track of hill country land.  I love this venue, especially since my husband is the house photographer here.  The second photo is Arcade Fire, who performed there recently.





If David prefers, I could suggest a standing room as well as seated venue.  The Austin Music Hall is a fun venue that has two levels and excellent acoustics. The upper level is seated but the floor can have SRO or have chairs placed in it.  I have attended concerts both ways here, and I prefer the SRO for the floor.  This photo, which shows the upper balcony as well as the stage and floor, was shot during a performance by Third Day.



As you can see, Austin has a variety of wonderful venues which would work well for a David concert.   He can perform in any size venue that he likes, from tiny clubs to fabulous theaters to a stadium that holds 100,000+.  The above listings are just a few of the marvelous concert halls.  There are also several on the University of Texas campus that would be perfect as well as the wonderfully ornate Paramount Theater in downtown Austin, just steps from the capitol building, which was built in 1915.

I think that The Backyard would be a perfect place for the concert in late fall. (Maybe then it will have cooled down here and temperatures might be under 100 degrees.)   The Austin City Limits -Live at the Moody Theater could be an excellent seated venue.  I'm really not worried about which venue David plays at as long as he finally comes to Austin, Texas.  I just hope to actually see and hear David perform live in Austin sometime in my lifetime.

Monday, August 1, 2011

This Crush Ain't Going Away

          Today, August 1, 2001, is the third anniversary of David Archuleta releasing his first single, CrushCrush is still loved by all of David's fans the world over.  It is our anthem. Our crush on and our love for David is never going away. In fact, as these three years have unfolded, many of us have gained an even greater passion and appreciation for this young man. Each performance, each interview, each tweet or vlog, reveals another little morsel, another little glimpse into his mind and being. And we all marvel at the complexity of this young man.  How can one person have so much passion for and knowledge of the world, especially at his age?  It boggles the mind.

So today, in honor of David and Crush, I have added another poem to my collection.



OUR CRUSH ON DAVID

Cries of  "Da...vid"  "Da...vid" rock the venue as our hero prepares to take the stage.
Reeling with anticipation, our minds and hearts explode as we await his entry.
Unbelievable energy flows through the audience as he bounds out before our eyes.
Sheer delight radiates from every person in the house as his voice touches our souls.
Heartbeats quicken and all in attendance realize that our "Crush" on David ain't going away.