Monthly Archives: July 2009

David Talks Muchachas, Denmark, and Electronic Music

dava31David’s latest blog from earlier today (and I’m stoked that he loves Kelly Rowland and has singled her out over Beyonce):

All right everyone, you can probably guess what I’m going to talk about in this blog. The magical 3! Yes, there are 3 amazingly talented girls with albums now out, and you should show some love! The first one is Jordin Sparks who is my Jive label big sister. Her new album is called Battlefield, and a song I’d recommend for you to listen to is Walking On Snow. 2nd is Demi Lovato, who I am out on tour with right now. Her album’s called Here We Go Again, and a song off of her album that I think you should listen to is Every Time You Lie :). The 3rd muchacha is Brooke White with High Hopes & Heartbreak, and if you haven’t heard hers yet you ought to treat your ears to Be Careful. So anyway, there are my suggestions for the 3 this week.

Friday we had the LA show at the Nokia Theater! It was a grand time! I had some of my good friends come to the show. Brooke White and her husband, Jason Castro and his family, Benton Paul, and one of my friends from Utah were all there! After the show we all went out to eat and chatted, and it was good. Thank you to all of you for coming! It was such a fun show! I seriously have been loving tour. I love going to all the different cities, and seeing all of the different crowds of people at every show. I love it when my friends or family come to a show too! It makes me want to do even better. It’s fun meeting new people at every city too. It like gives me a connection to the city. Ok well if that isn’t cheesy enough I’ll take it one step further. Aren’t bunnies wonderful?? But as wonderful as bunnies are my heart belongs to Totoro. Just kidding. Idk why I’m in a weird mood today. Maybe it’s because my band is talking about Metallica and stuff right now. I’m trying to balance it out. Ok I’m done on this ramble.

Sunday was a day off! Not to mention in Utah!! Well when I say day off I mean no show, because I recorded all day haha. But it was Christmas stuff! Starting the Christmas spirit early for myself this year. After recording all day, I got to spend time with my mom and sisters! We went over to one of my friends’ houses to say bye to my friend who is from Denmark. He was an exchange student last year, and he came back for a few weeks to visit. He was leaving Monday though, so Sunday was my only chance to see him since I was leaving that night. I love it when I unite my friends and family :). My mom thought I was kidding when I said I wanted them all to come hang out with my friends lol. But I think it’s great having my favorite little bunch of people (my family) come together with another group of people whom I enjoy being around. I want my friends to know how cool my family is, or at least how cool I think my family is lol. Everyone had a good time too. But yeah, it was fun just spending time with everyone. It’s something that’s so simple, yet so valuable to me.

So when I was hanging out with my Danish friend, he said that there was a Music channel in Denmark that dedicated a week to me and played Crush everyday or something! I was thinking what?? I didn’t even know they really knew who I was there! I think it’s so cool! Especially since I have Danish blood in me. It’s been on my mind ever since I was with my aunt in Dallas and we talked about my ancestors and had ebleskiver lol. But man I just can’t get over it! He said that the next time I go to Europe he’ll come to a show and meet me wherever I am, so I think that’d be awesome. Ever since then I’ve been wondering about all the other international fans! I want to just go everywhere! It’s so crazy to see different messages from people living all over the world. I can’t wait until I go outside of the U.S. again! It’s amazing to see that there are fans in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and even the Middle East and Canada! I haven’t even been to a lot of those places (yet? lol) so thanks to all of you guys! I hope I can make it up to you all someday and see all of you international fans! And also go back to see the fans in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and the UK haha.

Well before I end this, I just wanted to let you guys know that tomorrow’s show is sadly our last show with KSM :(. I’m really gonna miss those girls! They’ve been fun to just talk to and hang out with. Thanks KSM for coming on tour! And best of luck to you! Jordan Pruitt will be coming on the rest of the tour with us, so that should be good. But remember to show some love to KSM! And also to Jordan when she comes. KSM’s last show is actually in Kansas City, where David Cook is from! So we’re in the land of Cook again haha. Have any of you gone to his shows yet? I want to try and catch one. But yeah ok I am done now. So I will talk to you guys later! You can always follow me on twitter if you want to more… updated…updates….? Ok bye.

Song for the day: When Love Takes Over – David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland

I just love Kelly Rowland lol. This might sort of surprise you guys (but maybe it won’t) but there was a time in my life that I went through a major dance/electronic music phase, including some David Guetta stuff. I’m actually getting into electronic sounding stuff again (Owl City for example..) But anyway, what’s interesting is that that phase was during the same time that Stole by Kelly Rowland was one of my new favorite songs, so the combination in this song really surprised me (in a good way.) So it’s the song for the day. P.S. Sorry if this confused you.

Six Seconds of the Archugaze!

David meeting fans in Las Vegas (thanks to Jackryan4da over at TDC for bringing this to my attention):

Showing Signs of Public Self-Awareness

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I had caught it in the twitpic David shared of himself and his stuffed Totoro.  

But, this latest pic really makes it obvious that not only is David aware of a certain public image of cuteness and adorableness, he’s consciously making fun of it.  This is definitely the most tongue-in-cheek snarky I’ve ever seen him, or what David Cook once characterized as his “dry wit.”  There was a time David would be too honest, too self-conscious to “pose” and yet, here he is, giving of himself in a not-so-genuine way.  He is soooooo rebelling against the stereotype either his label/management or his fans have of him as this “super cute kid.”  I think he’s at that age where he truly wants to grow beyond this image, wants to be known for his music, and while he must “suffer” through Disney tween marketability, he’s going to passive-aggressively poke fun at himself (and at those of us insisting on his adorability factor).

And I gotta tell ya: I’m loving it! He’s finally taking stock of his public image and ready to poke a few holes in it.  Hopefully, once he’s at a place where we can take him seriously as a musician, he will continue to maintain this self-awareness and shape his public image on his own terms.

Sweet Dreams of David

Thanks to Pabuckie over at TDC for calling my attention to this fan video by “MrDavidArchuleta”:

Church of David … Cult of David

 

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Ever since I was lured to an event this week, which turned out to be a disguise for recruitment efforts into a cult, I’ve been googling for information on said cult.  It was a close call since the guy who invited me was awfully cute, and I was actually looking forward to getting acquainted with him.  Now that I know he’s mixed up with – ahem – a shady group of people, I have to breathe a sigh of relief that 1) I wasn’t particularly vulnerable when attending this event and 2) he wasn’t “David Archuleta cute” (otherwise there’s no telling how easy it might have been for him to reel me in).

Of course, when the cult leader was trying to convince me of the great and wonderful “revelatory” opportunities I would have if I joined their program, that I just need to open myself to the”a-ha” moments that exist in our world, I said, “Thanks, but I’m already open to the various a-ha moments in life.” He looked at me incredulously and asked me, “Really?  What could that possibly be?”  Instead of saying, “I have God,” I actually said, “I have art.”  Heh.

And had I really been bold, I might have said, “I have David Archuleta!”  So, I’m thinking of this because I actually did feel sorry for Mr. Cutie-can-I-have-your-number-Oops!-forget-it-you-belong-to-a-Cult.  I can only imagine how terribly alone or lost he might have been when these vultures descended on him and convinced him to spend $7,000 to join their little club (oh yeah, on top of everything else, they wanted me to write a big ol’ check).  I don’t think people start off crazy; no one ever decides to join a cult. They start by wanting to join a community.  I realize that I was not in that particular mindset to be sucked in because, really, I wasn’t lost and looking for self-revelation or “a-ha moments.” I really have been feeling quite content with my life, not least of which is nursing this ODD that’s got me keeping up this blog and participating in other fan sites like The David Chronicles, along with various other communities.

So, since this is my first venture into fandom, I’ve been wondering if our community of Arch Angels is more church like than cult like. How can you tell if your community is made up of devoted worshippers (and no, dear Christian folk, don’t take me literally as I’m not endorsing any worship of “graven images”; I’m being tongue in cheek here) who gather around similar interests (You Tube vids of David, following his twitter, getting the latest on his record sales, concert tour, and various appearances), or if they have gone off the deep end (i.e. certain dogma dominates, group think is the prevailing thought, and certain hierarchies abound in which an Internal group arbitrarily makes up rules while the external group simply follows along unquestioningly)?  Can fan communities devolve into cults?   How does one jokingly distinguish between ODD and straight up craziness? And, it doesn’t matter if the one we are organized around – David – encourages these communities or not, they just happen.  

What is the measuring stick for fans, who are by definition “fanatics”?  Do fans need a community to foster the fanaticism, or can a fan do ODD all by her lonesome?  My inquiring mind wants to know!