Monday, July 11, 2011

Step Into His Healing River

Yesterday Ryner Lai posted a status: "steps into His healing river". I was immediately inspired to write a song. The words just flowed out and in a few minutes I had the whole song. I recorded it today in about 2 hours. The quality's not so good because I don't have a good mike or MIDI keyboard since I'm just using my earphone mike to record everything but I hope I could carry the weight of the song.

When I first played the song, I almost cried because of the words that have been the strength that pushed us (me and many of my friends including Ryner) through the last two hard years. I hope the words speak to you as it has spoken to me even while I wrote it.

Step Into His Healing River
by Samuel K Lis, July 2011
inspired by Ryner Lai


In this life of suffering
When there’s pain and wondering
Take His hand
As He leads you to His glory

There’s a place of wonders beyond
That’s prepared for us who believe
But while we’re here on earth
He has promised His glory


Just step into His healing river
Soak in His Presence
Where there is life
Just step into His promises
Drink from His water
Where there is joy
For I’ve seen the river
That flows eternally
Just drink from the fountain
Step into the river


In this world of wandering
There is hope for those who need
For He gives endlessly
To those who’d ask Him

I have tasted of His goodness
I have tasted of His grace
So I say, come follow Jesus
You will never be the same
You will never be the same


Come, praise
For He is good
Come, praise
For He is Jesus
Come, drink from the fountain
Come, step into the river

[Note: This must be one of the longer songs I've recorded at around 8 minutes in length]

Genius Fish

Quote from Albert Einstein: "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

Najihah Zalkapli: "It'll take millions and millions of years before that quote become irrelevant."

Now, is that funny, or what?

I don't believe in Evolution, for the sole reason that I believe I am special in God's eyes.

Friday, July 08, 2011

I Will Survive IB

Now that IB is officially over and results are out, I can safely say that yeah, you can survive IB. But getting 45... maybe not so easy, hmm? I wrote this song sometime during first semester at KMB. I was planning to "release" it towards the end of IB but I forgot, so here goes... (loosely based on or inspired by I. Houghton's "Just Wanna Say")

So, to my juniors, especially my bros Everard and Cyril, you can do it!!! To my batch-mates, good luck wherever you go!! If you can survive IB (especially in KMB), you can survive anywhere!! Maybe the song should go "I have survived"... never mind.

“I Will Survive IB”
By Samuel Kana Anak Lis, recorded 21 September 09

Once upon a time when all was fine
I came here with my luggage I came in with a smile
I was happy I was lucky I was satisfied
But sooner or later all that changed in a while
I realized that it was not as simple as I thought
So many things to remember so many things to recall
But at the end of the day when the battle is fought
I’ll be grateful and thankful I won’t regret at all

I will survive (IB!)
I’ll win the race
Although it won’t get better (for now)
I will survive (IB!)
I won’t give up
Cos’ we’ll do it together

Time is precious it’s hard to get it back
Because work to do comes stack upon stack
Time to relax is so hard to come by
But one day when it’s over, I’ll be ready to fly
We won’t die, but I hope that we won’t crumble
Though I’m sure we might stumble and tumble
Because we’re strong, we are hardy we are tough
But how much is too much, when enough is enough?
Yet I’m thankful for this opportunity
Cos’ I know some people will kill to be me
If we weather the storm in this raging sea
I wonder, how hard could getting 45 be?

I will run I will battle I will fight to the end
I will turn every corner every twist and bend
Greatness is waiting if I work a little more
At the end of the tunnel who knows what’s in store?

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Project Love Song 1: My Hands Tremble

This is a song which I haven't properly title yet so it was titled "Project Love Song 1" when it was saved, but temporarily named "My Hands Tremble" for now. It was recorded by Anders Cheng and I, just now, for about 2 hours, using his super cool MIDI keyboard and condenser mike. It's just the first trial but I think it sounds pretty neat.

The lyrics are actually a poem I wrote way back in 2006 or 2007. I found it when clearing my room of junk. I think it was supposed to be for a certain someone but I'm not sure if I ever gave it to her. Here goes the lyrics/poem:

My hands tremble at the sight of your face
My heart races at the thought of your name
For how I fear to hold you in my embrace
Like you will never be mine to claim

Oh how I am afraid just to look at you
For you are like a fragile crystal rose
Becoming more and more amazing as you grew
From your beautiful hair to your toes

But no - you are not mine
And I don't expect you will ever be
Not at this moment of time
But one day well, we'll see

A crush? Well maybe
Infatuation? Quite plausible, actually
But could it be true love, could it be?
Would I ever risk my life for thee?

P.S. Thanks ANDERS CHENG!!!!