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…

On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ph/album/bagong-gising/id1079713277
Free download at https://divinorivera.com

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

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.

Metaphors of a Restless Heart

Pleased to share my song “Metaphors of a Restless Heart”. It was first crafted as a poem and later on turned to a song. Poetry in music and music in poetry and some metaphors in between. The wonder of these three together speaks so well to a soul. See lyric video below and let me know what you think. See links at bottom to buy music.

I’m a ship lost at sea
Blown by the wind aimlessly
By the racing waves and tides
I’m worn and wry
No shore in sight
No place to hide

I’m a house broken down
My cracks are deep
From roof to ground
I’m wishing for a chance
To fix my messy leaks
I’m hurting much
And yet I’m getting numb

I need Jesus, I need Jesus
I need Jesus, oh Jesus

I’m a forgotten truck
Stuck in a rut
None alive but stains and dust
Stifled by these grimes and stubborn rust
On busted wheels
Oh, I’m crippled still

I’m a paper plane in a hurricane
Flew too high
In my last flight out
In the haste came down crashing in disdain
And ended up melting in the rain

All this time, my world relied
On fleeting wealth and alibis
And all just now my reveries subside
And all the fragments of my shattered heart
Is all that’s left I’m pricked picking up
Who can make me well? Who can make well?
In those days gone by
Even then and now

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Unos | Lyric Video

I wrote this song two years ago and kept it somewhere. On the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan, this was remembered and continued with the recording along with brokenness of heart. I believe it is timely for people to hear some sounds of hope.

Feel free to share. Translation anyone? Buy music here and give to Jesus Reigns Ministries relief and medical operations.

Divino Rivera – vocals, guitar
Anat Nevo – cello
Gur Magen – sound engineer on cello

Wishin’ Christmas be Alright

Here comes another time of year to scratch out a living. Besides, there are those who no longer feel like little children who used to be big fans of Christmas and who used to be unruffled by the arduous days behind this season. Tension and anxiety become adversaries that tend to take away intended joys. Minds run into questions as to how to get by this Christmas.

But consider for a moment to breathe as if our past, present and future difficulties have gone out of sight. And thereafter, take heart and be strong to face the reality of our troubles as if unafraid and unshaken. In fact, these troubles have already been overcome by the Savior who came to bring us Christmas.

So to friends, gazers and hearers, wishin’ Christmas be alright! Here are fun songs!

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A Christmas Benefit Project

Hi everyone… I don’t blog that much but I just want to introduce a small benefit project I have recently launched. It’s a compilation of a few Christmas cover songs and an original song I have written. Proceeds will go to Baguio City Jail Wellness Program and to typhoon Pablo victims. We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers! For info and contact, please see here.

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Wishin' Christmas be Alight

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wishin’ christmas be alright

This Christmas, Please Have Yourself a Light Heart

To have a light heart requires giving up.

I am not that person who is very good at packing things up before a travel. More often than not, I forget the more important things to bring and rather going excess in taking things I thought needed but not. I tend to worry about events I might get engaged to on that place I will travel to. I get caught in too much “what-if’s” – what if I would be invited in a formal gathering… well I think, it’s good to bring one other best clothing I have to look even better… would it be nice to bring all your favorite books so I can have a good selection on what to read depending on my mood…? And how about this bulky guitar I just need to bring to entertain myself…? And boy, to tell you honestly, I go back and forth from the closet to the traveling bag asking what to pack and not to pack. I am not really so good at this. But, my mom I think is. She can fit in hundreds of so many stuffs in a single traveling bag. She can find a corner from a hulking traveling bag just to put in another. Problem, though arrive in the airport. My mom and we, then get forced to decide what to give up to avoid the excess baggage expensive charges. We end up saying goodbye to the

There are things we aren’t intended to bear. There are burdens not designed for us carry. Jesus never wanted us to be heavy-hearted. Jesus would be happy for us to be rested in the purpose he has assigned for each one of us. So please don’t get into trouble trying to do too much forgetting the highest purpose God has ordained for us. God’s unique purpose for each one of us – this is the yoke Jesus wants us to carry together with Him. And this yoke is easy He promised “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” [Matthew 11:30] It is tailor-fit for whatever form of shoulder we each have. It is difficult to take an identity that is not us. There’s an invitation from our Lord to take the yoke purposed for each of us and give up our heavy-weighted pretensions.

And this Christmas, please…. Let your heart be light! This a song for you. 

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