Impulse. Signal. Tremor. Proof.
The fleeting moment of a heartbeat serves so many purposes. It’s an impulse the body sends, a signal of activity, a tremor starting the work, a proof of life. It’s something we humans rarely think about, but are in constant search of — within ourselves, within our relationships with each other, even within our interaction with forces unseen. If we can find that heartbeat…attune ourselves to its rhythm…discover what it says to us…we are made that much more complete. The six young people who have come together to form the worship band Bellarive understand that search. They have experienced, and now present, The Heartbeat.
Making it to this point — presenting an album of original material to the world — isn’t something that was an initial goal of the six members of Bellarive.
“This whole thing is fairly new for us,” says Sean Curran, “the group’s lead vocalist, keyboardist and principal songwriter. We met at our home church and felt like kindred spirits pretty quickly. We felt like God was doing something in our hearts and in our community, so we just embarked on this journey to try to figure out what exactly that vision was. It’s been very much seeking after the will of God and letting that be the focus, and then seeing the opportunities come and making sure they’re God-driven, and then stepping into them and seeing where they lead us.”
Those opportunities have led down some interesting roads for a young band that found a big, epic sound for itself in the midst of listening for God’s still, small voice. The tracks that make up Bellarive’s LP debut crackle with an intensity even in the most quiet of moments; songs meant for joyous corporate worship living alongside instances meant for one-to-one contemplation.
“Most music is meant to bring attention to the artist, maybe for some simple enjoyment. It’s all kind of focused on the stage,” Sean says. “Worship music creates a space for people to step into, to direct their attention, their hearts, their souls and their focus, to God. When those moments happen, everything else disappears. There’s no stage anymore… everybody in the room has gotten to the same place and they’re doing the same thing together.”
The thread throughout is that idea of chasing after God’s heartbeat, striving for the grace, comfort, strength and rest that comes when you finally allow yourself to hear it. “When we were writing these songs, they definitely all seemed of a set,” Sean says. “Each one revealed a little bit more of who God is to all of us, a different glimpse of His glory or love. Taking “Taste of Eternity” as an example, “It’s about worshipping God forever and acknowledging that from the beginning of time, we were intended to worship Him,” Sean says. “It was the revelation that in this instant, even in our human skin, we can step into an eternal realm when we’re praising God. We’re linked with all the praise that has been and all the praise that ever will be. So ‘heart’ and ‘heartbeat’ became very natural symbolism for the context of each song. It’s a force, a supernatural power that’s pulling you in closer to the depths of God’s heart.”
The symbolism of an impulse. The imagery of a signal. The force of a tremor. The proof of power. All point at the impact accepting God’s heartbeat can mean for a life, be it one or many.
For the members of Bellarive, this is the goal. This is their pursuit…embrace The Heartbeat.
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