SAMUEL SMILED

SAMUEL SMILED

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SAMUEL SMILED is a Christian song duo with uplifting music that is a combination of praise, worship, and testimony driven songs. The two present performances that are fun-filled and family oriented. Their ministry has taken them from the West Coast to the Midwest to the East Coast and back.

Biography

Rocco Tavani:
Three weeks into Junior High School, while doing his usual happy–go–lucky impersonation of himself while ambling down the halls, the vocal teacher insisted he join Boys Glee Club. Two weeks later he sang his first solo, portraying a girl. This led to a no-stopping-me-now attitude and his own form of theatrics. Eventually Rocco taught himself guitar and formed several folk groups (after all, that was the era.) From the Travelin’ Two to Roc and Donna to the New Freedom Trio; from junior high school to college, and beyond, he has been performing ever since. With many years spent in theatre and over 200 shows to his credit, he has also produced, directed, and taught Theatre, Children’s Theatre, make–up design, communications and marketing courses in several colleges. With a background that includes twenty years in television, his own advertising agency, and several years (and awards) for production and design of a four-county monthly newspaper, Rocco has never let the music stop. After becoming involved with his faith, he gave writing music a try and discovered that he loved it. It was a way to get his feelings onto paper and into the hearts of many, and as such, has become his own heart.
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L.J. Nickisch:
Raised in Minnesota, L.J. Nickisch was strongly influenced by three "North Woods" musicians: the amazing melodic rhythms of Leo Kottke, the power and poetry of Bob Dylan's lyrics, and the intense imagery of Neil Young. Some teased that he just loved bad voices. He learned to play recorder at a young age and transitioned to trombone in grade school, with a little harmonica thrown in on the side. Through college he enjoyed the many styles of jazz and symphonic music that the trombone afforded him as well as the camaraderie of fellow musicians, and he seriously considered a career in music. Then physics got hold of him as he became fascinated by the notion that the regularity and diversity of the world could be described mathematically, and almost before he knew it he was pursuing a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. During college years, L.J. picked up the recorder again and for the first time found himself playing freely and creatively. During his last year of graduate school his wife, Laurie, bought him his first guitar, which soon became his primary instrument. He still plays recorder, harmonica, and has since picked up the hammered dulcimer. L.J. began writing songs at the age of 36 upon becoming a worship leader at his church. He likes to work with rhyme and alliteration in his lyrics, using rhythm to carry one image quickly to another. L.J. believes it is the same creativity that is used by the physicist in bringing forth a theory that is used by the poet-musician in bringing forth a song. "It's the same part of the brain that fuzzes out and explores the possibilities, sifting the good ideas from the bad," he says. L.J. uses his physics to describe the creation. He uses his songwriting to describe his Creator.

Lyrics

Walk Between the Raindrops

Written By: Rocco Tavani

WALKIN’ IN THE MOMENT AS IT STARTS TO RAIN

A CLOUD COVERED SUN WITH A SINGLE RAY

TRIES TO SHED SOME LIGHT ON EACH STEP THAT I MAKE

TRY TO WALK BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS

EACH LIFE IS LIKE THAT WHEN YOU STOP AND THINK

YOU TRY TO DO RIGHT AS YOU TRY TO COMPETE

BUT THINGS DO GO WRONG, THE DEVIL’S HARD TO DEFEAT

YOU CAN’T WALK BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS

GOOD AS IT GETS THE SUN IS LIKE THAT

BUT RAIN MUST COME AND YOU MUST GET WET

YOU GROW BY MISTAKES AS THE GROUND GETS DAMP

FLOWERS AND FOOD GROW FROM SEEDS YOU PLANT

LOOK FOR THE SUN, THE GOODNESS EACH DAY

YOU CAN’T WALK BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS WHATEVER YOU SAY

YOU WILL GET WET AS MISTAKES ARE MADE

TRY TO WALK BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS...

IT’LL NEVER PAY

© 2005 ASCAP Rocco Tavani

I Believe in Jesus

Written By: Rocco Tavani

I BELIEVE IN JESUS, I BELIEVE IN HIM

HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY HE KNOWS WHERE I HAVE BEEN.

I BELIEVE HE WAITED NEW THAT HE WOULD WIN

I BELIEVE HE GAVE ME GRACE AND RESCUED ME FROM SIN.

Chorus:

HE’S IN ME, I PRAY YOU SEE HE HAS SET ME FREE

TAKE MY HAND, UNDERSTAND HIS DEATH UPON THAT TREE.

HE DIED BECAUSE HE LOVED US, HIS FATHERS WILL WOULD BE

ERASE THE BLACK AND SHINE THE LIGHT OF LIFE ETERNALLY.

I BELIEVE IN JESUS NOW I HAVE RELEASE

I’LL TELL EVERYONE I SEE HE’S THE REASON THAT I’M ME!

© 2000 ASCAP Rocco Tavani

The Letter

Written By: Rocco Tavani

I WROTE A LETTER TO MY SON

WOULD HE KNOW WHO IT CAME FROM

I WROTE SOME WORDS I’D NEVER SAID

FROM MY HEART, NOT MY HEAD

I REMEMBER HIM A LITTLE KID SLEEPING IN HIS BED

I SHOULD HAVE GONE IN AND SHOWN HIM PRAYER

INSTEAD I JUST IGNORED HIM, I WATCHED TV AND READ

I’M SORRY NOW I MISSED THAT TIME I NOW HAVE MY REGRETS

Chorus:
OH LORD, PLEASE LISTEN TO ME

GUIDE MY SON SO CAREFULLY

LET HIM KNOW I LOVE HIM SO

HOLD HIM IN YOUR ARMS FOR ME

WHILE YOU WATCH HIM GROW

HE’S NOW GROWN UP, OR SO HE THINKS, HE IS A SOLDIER NOW

HE’S READY TO FIGHT FOR ANYONE, THE POOR, THE MEEK, THE PROUD

BUT HE DOESN’T KNOW THE SIMPLE TRUTH OF WHO YOU ARE TO HIM

I PRAY EACH DAY THAT HE FINDS YOUR LOVE, YADAH ELOHIM*

*To know God
© 2005 ASCAP Rocco Tavani

Why We Celebrate His Day

Written By: Rocco Tavani

It’s cold outside today,
As I’m sure it was so long ago.
A baby slept in hay
And dreamed of things we do not know

But as His Father promised He would grow,
Walk on sand and stone to us He’d show,
The way to glory is through Him alone.
And so we celebrate His day

I gave my wife a gift today.
One she never thought that I would give.
The story of His love,
The joy of learning to forgive.

I gave a Bible wrapped so carefully.
Filled with words He said to set us free.
She smiled, I told her tearfully
Why we celebrate His day.

The gift I gave my kids
Meant so much more than they could know.
I gave to them a book,
A story told that He bestowed

In the beginning was He alone.
The Father’s Son was born to show
He lived and died so we would share His throne.
That’s why we celebrate His day.

Set List

Typical set runs approx 1 hr and 20 min.
1. I Believe In Jesus
2. Hallelujah, I Knew Ya
3. Beautiful, Scandalous Night
4. Children of Joy
5. The Book
6. Fair Winds & Following Seas
7. I’ll Fly Away
8. Said He
9. Did Jesus Use A Modem
10. Questions of Your Heart
11. Something Special
12. My Dear Sweet Lord
13. 800 Pound Jesus
14. Are You There?
15. The Lord’s Prayer
16. Joyful Noise