Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Where No One Stands Alone

When I was 16 years old, my friend and I tried our best to get the proper lyrics of the gospel song Where no one Stands Alone from a cassette recording by my uncle Joel Tingbaoen but were unsuccessful. What we did was to sing the song without the correct lyrics. 

When I recorded this song at the church on October 19, even if I have the proper lyrics in front of me, the recording wasn't accurate because I still remember how we used to sang, and I inadvertently sang the way we used to. Click below to hear the song. You will spot a few error in the lyrics. 

Take Two....


Once I stood in the night with my head bowed low

In the darkness, as black as could be

And my heart felt alone
And I cried oh Lord
Don't hide your face from me

Hold my hand all the way
Every hour every day
From here to the grave
I know
Take my hand
Let me stand
Where no one stands alone

Like a king I may live in a palace so tall
With great riches to call my own
But I dont know a thing
In this whole wide world
Thats worse then being alone

Thursday, October 17, 2013

For Those Tears I Died

After cycling the other day, I dropped by at church and recorded this song, For Those Tears I Died (Come To The Water). This is my second song I uploaded on Youtube. I mentioned in my previous post that I had not really been singing a solo, over the last decade. Because I am the only person who can use my own singing, I have to use it or lose it. 

Here is the funny part. Few hours after I uploaded the video on Youtube, I received a COPYRIGHT notice from Youtube that the Harry Fox Agency (HFA) owned the recording. I strongly dispute such claim. I take pride in the fact that my voice is mistaken as someone else's voice-a copyrighted recording-, or that lip-sync. Am I really that good, that it can be mistaken as someone else? Well, if Youtube will remove it, I will sing and record it again. I own my voice and no one will take my voice away from me. I acknowledge I don't own the composition, but I own the recording. I recorded it for pleasure and the recording is not for sale and my Youtube channel is not even monetized. 

Again, I acknowledge that the composition is not mine but the recording is rightfully mine and I also own the Copyright. The Copyright notice, however, is not about the lyrics but it is about the recording because my song matches an original recording starting at 1: 47. The fact that this is my own voice and recording, the Copyright claimed by HFA is baseless. 

By the way, the thumbnail pic of the video I made is not my own photos, I put it together on Photoshop, but the original photos do not have Copyright on them. 

The song For those Tears I Died (Come to the Water) according to Wikipedia was written my Marsha Stevens in 1969. The song has been around for about 44 years. Below is the Complete lyrics of the song. In my recording, I didn't sing the third stanza. 

For Those Tears I Died (Lyrics)

You said You'd come and share all my sorrows,
You said You'd be there for all my tomorrows;
I came so close to sending You away,
But just like You promised You came there to stay;
I just had to pray!

And Jesus said, "Come to the water, stand by My side,
I know you are thirsty, you won't be denied;
I felt ev'ry teardrop when in darkness you cried,
And I strove to remind you that for those tears I

Your goodness so great I can't understand,
And, dear Lord, I know that all this was planned;
I know You're here now, and always will be,
Your love loosed my chains and in You I'm free;
But Jesus, why me?

Jesus, I give You my heart and my soul,
I know that without God I'd never be whole;
Savior, You opened all the right doors,
And I thank You and praise You from earth's humble
Take me, I'm Yours.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

God on the Mountain Lyrics

When I was younger, I used to dreamed to be a professional Gospel country music singer, but I guess didn't really had the courage to create the opportunity to make my dream into reality. When I came to Cambodia as missionary, I had long forgotten my dream. As a matter of fact, I have not really sang a solo in a decade,  maybe once in two or five years in the last 10 years. Lately, I started singing again. Here is a song I recorded at church yesterday after I finished cycling.

God is the God on the mountain as well as the God in the valley. He's God in the good times and God in the bad times. 


Life is easy, when you're up on the mountain
And you’ve got peace of mind
Like you’ve never known
But then things change and you're down in the valley
Don’t lose faith for you're never alone

For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley
When things go wrong, He’ll make them right
And  the God of the good times is still God in the bad times
The God of the day is still God in the night

You talk of faith when you're up on the mountain
Oh, but the talk comes so easy
When life’s at its best
But it's down in the valley of trials and temptations
That’s where faith is really put to the test

Saturday, October 12, 2013


Sometime ago, I was listening to my most favorite motivational speaker, Les Brown and heard these fascinating words I will never forget:

“The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.” 

Wow! The Graveyard is the richest place on earth! After hearing this, I asked Mr. Google and found another similar quote made by Pastor Myles Munroe.

"What is the richest place on earth?
This place of endless riches is not in the Middle East, where there’s rich black gold buried deep beneath the Earth’s surface—nor is this place in South Africa where there is a plethora of diamond mines. The wealthiest place in the world is a cemetery. Now one would ask, “For what justifiable reason is the wealthiest place in the world a cemetery?” Simply put, in a cemetery, you fill find that there are books that were never written. There are songs that were never sung. There are ideas that were never acted upon-dreams that were long forgotten. If one were to die today, then what ideas and what aspirations would die with him or her?" Read the source here: This is the Richest Place on Earth

If the cemetery is the richest place on earth, then why don't we go look for those buried treasure? Well, it's the riches place but the treasure cannot be recovered, it cannot be dug; it can only be prevented. Only in this life, the wealth can be utilized! 

In Cambodia though, this is not pretty applicable because they don't have graveyard; they cremate and kept the ash of their dead loved ones. Nonetheless, the principle still applies.