It all started last night when I saw this retweet by my friend Joanie (@suttygal) of a message by another friend, Kari Sellards (@kariontour), whom I had the pleasure of meeting during her visit to the Philippines last February.
Kari was traveling with American Idol’s David Archuleta as his manager, and I had worked with her when I shot David’s album cover for Forevermore, his collection of covers of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) songs. I was thrilled to stay in touch with her ever since.
So here was my response.
Fast-forward to an hour later… There I was, happily sifting through images in my archive, from which I put together additional photos of candid moments with David. Let’s start with a photo you may recognize from my first post on My Afternoon with David Archuleta.
This is one of my favorite images from that session — A light moment between Kari and David. Now in case you're wondering what was going on in the other side of the room…
That's Jon from Ivory Records, who, just like me, was waiting for David's "Vangie" video to load on Kari's laptop. The spoof video had just gone viral that morning, and now has over 125,000 views.
Nothing beats sitting in during a studio recording session — As David prepared to record Forevermore, the title track of the album, I told myself, This is much better than a front row seat!
I watched with nervous excitement as the magic began to unfold between David and Jimmy Antiporda, one of the most talented composers and musical arrangers in the Philippines. A legend in his own right, Jimmy also wrote the songs Hold On and Maybe, which appear in the album.
As always, David was in top form that morning and was done recording the entire song before I could even finish one of my camera cards. Hats off to you, David!
What I will probably remember most from that afternoon was how David kept the energy in the studio light and fun for everyone attending the recording session. And yes, he's easily prone to the occasional giggle. Lol!
David took a breather in between songs, giving me the perfect opportunity to slip into the booth and pretend that I, too, was about to record my very own album. (Yes, Ivory Records. That was a hint. Hahaha!)
I have always loved the song, Forevermore, which was originally performed by the group, Side A. This song won them the 1996 Awit Award for Best Performance by a Group for the third consecutive year and Song of the Year.
I tiptoed my way around the booth, taking extra care not to make any sound that could be picked up by this incredibly sensitive microphone. The only thought in my head was, Don't sneeze, don't sneeze… Lol!
Outside the booth, Kari shared stories about David's experiences here in the Philippines while filming the local mini-series, Nandito Ako, which is Tagalog for "I'm here." Did you know it only took 15 days to shoot? By the way, that's Anna, also from Ivory Records, sitting with Kari.
No matter where he is, you can count on David to immediately locate the nearest keyboard for a quick jam session. Hahaha!
This one's dedicated to all of David's loving fans — I know you guys are missing him very much and continue to wish him all the best for his mission.
I've always loved this portrait of David — A souvenir from a wonderful afternoon with a person whose incredible talent and genuine personality I admire very much.
Forevermore is David's fourth album and is released under Ivory Music and Video.
Let me end by saying that I am so happy to have met a lot of David’s fans who sent some very nice messages after the first blog post. I would love to stay in touch with you guys, so feel free to add me on twitter (@arlu and @helloballoon). And don’t forget to send a shout-out to @IvoryMusicVideo and Jimmy Antiporda (@jamcreations) too!
Take care, guys! Hope to hear from you. Let me know what you think of the photos! As a bonus, here’s one of my favorite songs from the album.