Category Archives: Music

Grace Flows Down

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His Grace is sufficient for me.

it’s going to be 2weeks now since Ashton’s born and he’s nothing like his older sister! Arielle was an easy baby… an angel, she hardly ever cried even when she’s hungry. Ashton however cries very very VERY loudly when he’s hungry, especially when he’s hungry and not getting his milk. this time i’ve chosen to breastfeed baby fully and so far it’s proven to be quite a challenge for me.

some days are good when he’s latching on properly, other nights are horrible when he cries and cries and forgets how to latch and that made me panic and frustrated as well. with sleepless nights and body aches, he’s being a big bully when he doesn’t stop crying (to put it nicely). every time i feel like losing it, i look up to God and ask for H.E.L.P.!!! short simple prayers get answered all the time, and i’m so grateful i’m still able to sit and find time to blog about this, otherwise i think i would have already gone crazy pengsan (fainted)!!

this is an old song; heard it in one of Passion’s live concert album that’s in my pc and it captured me immediately. it’s simple yet comforting. i found the vid from YouTube and cried after watching it. So great is God’s love for us. Thank You God for Your faithfulness and Your grace.

Nostalgia

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don’t know about you, but sometimes when i hear a song over the radio, i’m transported back to a particular time and place where i connected with the song. memories come flooding into my mind and i remember exactly where, how old i was, my surroundings, with who i was with, what i was doing, etc as i sing along with the song, remembering the lyrics fully with all the expressions from the singer(s).

it’s crazy… i don’t know how i’m able to do this, must be my superpower! (watching too much Heroes). my dad used to say if only i can remember my history books as well as i remember lyrics!

so just about 10mins ago, the radio played Wilson Phillip’s ‘Impulsive’; and all the memories of singing some of the band’s fav songs with Mel came back to me. i recall vividly our Std 5M classroom upstairs, a bit dark and cool with wooden plank flooring, battered wooden tables and chairs – lazy days as sometimes the teacher was absent and we’d start singing together. this was one of our fav songs – Mel’d be Carnie and i’d be Chynna (yea, we need another person to be Wendy but no one had a voice as good as us, right Mel?) LOL!!

You are Holy – Nicole Nordeman

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Our church has been singing this awesome song; thought I’d share it. Enjoy and be blessed!

Capo 1

D

VERSE 1
              D             Bm
Praise Father God, giver of life
          G                   Asus
Power and might, goodness and light
         D
Ruler of all

              D               Bm
Praise to the Son, the living Christ
         G                Asus
Body and blood, mercy and love
           D
Sweet sacrifice

CHORUS
        G D   Asus Bm
You are holy, ho - ly
        G D   Asus A
You are holy, ho - ly

VERSE 2
            D                   Bm
Praise Holy Ghost, voice in the dark
           G                Asus
Healer and friend, fire and wind
            D
Lord of our hearts

              D                  Bm
Praise Father God; praise to the Son
            G                     Asus
Praise Holy Ghost; Praise Father, Son
         D
And Holy Ghost

CHORUS

D Bm G Asus D

        G D   Asus Bm
You are holy, ho - ly
        G D   Asus Bm
You are holy, ho - ly

CHORUS

A
Be thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart
* Lyrics and tabs taken fom www.higherpraise.com

Un-Charismati-zing

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i thought this song is superb. ‘The God I Know’ – City Harvest Church; like it a lot! 

honestly, i really really miss the worship we have back in KAOG. there were live music, and we could clap or dance or lift our hands whenever we wish – a far cry from where i used to attend church in Penang (Burmah Road Gospel Hall). i wonder how or when i’ve become so ‘charismati-zed’. 

attending church here brings me back to the days at church in Penang; it reminds me of how i could worship without loud music, without the ‘essential’ instruments, without having to clap even. because worship also comes in a form of reverance – i don’t always need to lift my hands to show how much i want to praise God, it’s the heart that matters most. the thing is, i got so used to having those ‘environment’ for worship in KAOG that i’ve become somewhat lost in service here in a Lutheran church. 

then i start asking myself:

why has music become such an important part of worship for me? am i able to worship just the same without it? if not, why? 

‘Heart of Worship’ by Matt Redman speaks volumes about this. i really need to re-consider and check myself.

Thuum, chak thuum thuum…

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Without realising it, it’s already 12 years since I first wanted to learn to play the drums.

I remembered the day clearly; it was a few months after I become a Christian that I decided that I wanted to serve in the local church where I was attending. I did many things in the church, children’s ministry, youth ministry, setting up the chairs and cleaning the church after Sunday service, the weekday special services, etc… It was not that big a church, so a pair of hands did many things. I was particularly drawn to the worship team, the music and the songs that they sing every week. So I approached the guy, Richard, who played the drums and told him that I would be interested to learn and serve together with the team. And thus, my journey as the drummer began. We practised after church service, nothing spectacular, just the normal rhythm and tempo. The practices must have gone on for a few months, and after not long, I was playing for the youth and main service.

The beginning wasn’t all that dandy and flowery; being a new drummer attracts a lot of criticisms, in my case. I get  lot people telling me that I make more rolls than necessary, I was too loud etc… Well, I guess that’s what all drummers go through. I still get it once in a while, I guess that’s ok; what peeves me off is when I get these sort of criticisms from people who know nuts about music. Worst still is when they are totally tone-deaf and possess no musical ability… It’s like a basketball player telling the football player how to kick a ball; irritating nia.. Haha. But someone also told me, long time ago, she had a dream of me playing the drums in heaven, on the mountains! (whether there will be drums in heaven or not is another story though).

I also remembered a period of time when I was totally lost with drumming; I was probably in Form 6 that time and I felt that my drumming has reach a plateau. Didn’t know what else to do with it, I was playing the same style week in week out; it just got kinda tiring. Then we had some worship team from Singapore coming to the local church to give some workshop, and drums was included, so I quickly signed up!

The guy’s name was Wilson, and the song he used to teach during the workshop was “Jesus, we celebrate Your victory”. Looking back, the song was not that difficult to play, but in those days, for a freshie like me, it meant a lot. The style, different rolls, different tempo for the chorus and stanzas opened up a whole new possibilty for me. I felt something was loosened inside of me; a revelation that there is more than what I know! And with that workshop, I was reborn (pardon the pun). I call it the “Wilson moment”.

So, after 12 years, here I am in Slovakia, a young nation recently freed from communism, and soaking in different musical styles from all over the world. My chances of playing drums here are quite limited; the church I attend is quite a traditional one, and I only play the bongo instead of the full set. That being said, I play maybe twice a month. Not that I am complaining, since my working place is 1 hour drive from home and it would quite challenging to come back in time for practice.

My hope is that one day (while I’m still here in Europe), I’ll be able to serve the church more with this skill that I have, and maybe teach the younger (and maybe older) generations on how to play drums as well. I still recall my godmother, Aunty Maureen (wonder what she’s doing now) encouraging me with the verse from Psalms 33:3

Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy (NIV).

Very apt indeed.