Chapter One

Blank page, anxious pen
All night long from six to eleven
Head is dripping as a thousand words wind
Gushing through this dreamy mind

Where should I get to start?
What is the beginning part?
A dash, bullet or question mark?
My exclamations are igniting sparks

Empty canvas, empty space
Each palette awaits their own place
We are colors in our own ways
A motion picture our footprint paints

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There is a Heartbeat

there’s a heartbeat in those keys you were playing
through these walls this lovesong is reverbing
as you were sitting by the old piano
purest of love sings at its echo
this familiar tune still feels so near
a nostalgia i hold so dear

there’s a heartbeat in the keys you were playing
the highs and lows valleying and peaking
through the battles we’ve fought
you’ve always thought
where trials are audacious
life remains more melodious

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My First Full-Length Album

This record is 10 years in the making and my first full-length. It was indeed a journey and an awakening.

My previous years revolved around experimenting on sounds, songwriting, recording, playing at our local church and a little bit of charity work. These have become a cycle of my life and I never have imagined the long journey all these took. From a pile of songs I’ve written, I have thought of releasing a full length album. The past years were more of searching and anticipating. I eagerly went through an unorthodox process of writing and recording. I was just sure of this passion and work that kept progressing. It has been impelling to be impregnated with songs waiting for full birth.

I still remember those days of discovering, learning and trying as teenager. I remember that song I wrote where I won in a songwriting contest in high school. I remember those early days I was recording songs on casette tape. I have witnessed the sunset of cassettes and VHS’s, the rise and fall of CD’s and the emergence of digital music.

And here we go. The album is out within this internet-hyped era. Thank God I would not have been able to afford releasing an album during the days of labels and compact discs.

Life is a series of waking up and this is what this record is all about. It is about rising above our existence, impossibilities, needs and struggles. It is about the tangibility of joy, pain and everything in between. It posts the questions of what and how we wake up and live for each day. It tells that there is a soul that has to be awakened more than just this physical body.  It took some inspiration from Psalm 57:8 “Wake up, soul! Wake up, harp! wake up, lute! Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!”

I thank God for the opportunity and freedom to write songs about this life as it all will resound back to Him. Check out my sounds out and feel free to share it to your world…

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Calling

Down for quite a while
Am i back up just in time?
You caught me dead sleeping
Three-fourth of my life’s been missing

‘Cause this silence made me slumber
Awakened when you called my number
Recognized you like a long lost lover
This fire you made me remember

And Oh, I gave my heart to the wind
Lost it and sought it back again
‘Cause I was down for quite a while
Am I back up just in time?

 

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Broken Song

beating but a broken sound
rattling and mumbling words
confessions more than melancholy
sorrows and plain regrets
all i am a wretched king,
begging for indispensable mercy
committed crime beyond remedy

i reckon i’m a man of war
brave enough to face my foes
but I.. I cringe in fear
to lose the One I hold so dear
i admit i dread all consequence
dismissive now is my eloquence
in the light of You there’s no pretense

the mess i made
this guilt I bear
conquered kingdoms but grace i can’t buy
desperation is the currency
i need You so in this misery
nothing i can give
but a broken heart singing a broken song

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Black and Gray

Color blue is yellow and green
Lookin’ for you somewhere in between
Hues are true when eyes are keen
Nothin’ to undo, we are kings and queens

Who you are, just plainly be
As beautiful as you in simplicity
Your greatness rests in your humanness
God must have etched your blessedness

Your rainbows burst even in black and gray
Lucid like the sun of a picturesque noonday
With that smile oh so down-to-earth
Did you know planets rejoiced on your day of birth

 

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