Strong As Love

Your eyes never surrender
Awake all night when I retreat to slumber
And you catch me even when I hide
So I can only hide cringed by your side

Your eyes never surrender
It meant love even in anger
With affection forgiving my wrongs
And find me in tears sinking in your song

Your eyes see me in my weakest
Wise enough to know how to fix it
And there’s a fire burning bright
Unraveling my heart bared at your sight

Your eyes are strong as love
Intense enough melting down my pride
Your eyes gaze with stubborn grace
And saw me even before I was made

Copyright 2014 Divino Rivera


Beyond Melody

How easy at times to be singing songs
And write profound words that makes me look like I’m strong
But then all along I could all be wrong
And see I am but human after all

So I’ll sing not because I can
And write songs not just because of who I am
It never was all about me
But all about the One
Whose unfailing grace resounds beyond melody

Not at all this strength to boast
It’s not how I can tune out this melancholy
Oh how it breaks me
When my weakness is wrapped in God’s mercy

Beyond the melody
Beyond this poetry
Beyond faults and folly
His love is upholding me

Copyright 2014 Divino Rivera

Us (Old Piano Version)

We sat by an old piano, around 20 years old, slightly out-of-tune and sounding antiquated. We can only look forward to reaching years beyond this old piano while singing and recording. All I know, both of us are in this journey together and will count anniversaries together. And this song is about us.

Live happily with the woman you love through all the meaningless days of life that God has given you under the sun. The wife God gives you is your reward for all your earthly toil. – Ecclesiastes 9:9 NLT


There are roads not worth traveling
There are races not worth running
When everything seems meaningless
May I only choose what matters most

There are moments not worth lingering
There are bygones not worth remembering
When everything seems meaningless
May I only choose to move forward to tomorrow

There are dreams not worth chasing
There are risks not worth taking
When everything seems meaningless
May I only live for what I was made for

There are wars not worth waging
There are words not worth saying
And if I choose to fight
May I only fight for what’s worth fighting for

There are pains not worth keeping
And there are joys worth pursuing
And if there is a joy to pursue
May it be the joy of being with You

Copyright 2014 Divino Rivera

Your Voice is a Lovesong

Reveal to me that lovesong you’re humming
I can’t figure out but a familiar melody
As it echoes the thousand words it is painting
Oh, it brings me back to sanity

Whisper to me that lovesong you’re humming
How could it leave me sighing
As it floods over me relentlessly
With peace divine and heavenly

Is there a lovesong left for my awakening?
For my placid days long and slow
As this heart dies for some meaning
It rhythms fast longing for you home

Copyright 2014 Divino Rivera

Student Film Fest 2014

As an indie artist just starting to venture the music business, every exposure opportunity from a small or large scale is valuable. To seek after these opportunities sometimes can be difficult. I am grateful to have been offered a chance to get my music out to a certain group of audience.

A month ago, students from a nearby and prominent university, Saint Louis University, found me on the internet and asked me to be interviewed. And you don’t have to guess the initial reaction. I said yes with no hesitation. I was delighted to have known it was for a film fest for this year in their university. A poster and documentary/music video will be the entries featuring my singles “Unos” and “Strong” from my recent benefit EP.

Part of this project will be asking people to like and share the entry in Facebook. With this said, we are asking favor- a little like and a little share would be a lot of help for these students and for me as an indie artist. So please see below or simply click here and we would appreciate you adding count to the likes and shares. Thank you.

The Power of Embrace

Getting wrapped inside the arms as if saying that you are accepted – this is a place called embrace. Yes indeed, embrace is a place. It could be the narrowest yet the fondest. It sometimes won’t let you escape yet freeing. It could mean nothing at times but could never lose its worth. It pulls you in a place that feels safest – a place like home; a place like heaven.

Come to Me, oh Summer Skies

Ices shake my rigid spine
This bitter cold I can’t decline
Tightly shivering are these bones
Locked up bland in the freezer zones

Come to me, oh summer skies
I want to run free pulling kites
When you come please be mine
Never leave when I couldn’t shine

Come to me, oh sunny days
Longing for you like a holiday
Dying to flap these idle wings
As I hear the call of the whistling wind

I can only wait while seasons change
These moving clouds I can’t arrange
But I ask as I wish the end of winter
Will heaven be forever summer?

Father Time

Not at all can we escape
Our father time we try to chase
Won’t fast forward when we’re bored
Not slowing down when we’re getting old

Fear rises when mother earth trembles
Shaking knees give up and fumble
Only the brave-hearted will withstand
Wise enough to make a story grand

Memories spoor joy and scars
Bodies break down and even cars
When father time passes us by
Ready your heart to get by or say goodbye