I could think of no better way to start the music section of this blog than this new, contagious, innovative worship album by the Orlando-local band “Bellarive”. Bellarive does indeed have a previous, six track, release entitled, “The Being Human Project…Start Listening”. Some of the songs have been re-recorded from the original album and added to the new release such as, “Love Has Found Us”, “Sing”, “Shine On”, and “Stories”. Each of these re-releases are perfect examples of Bellarive’s unrest with their music. I do not use the word “unrest” in a derogatory manner, but instead to feature their desire to constantly be growing as musicians and followers of Christ.
I have had the pleasure of attending the church that Bellarive began to form within, as well as see each individual’s heart for worship outside of the context of the band. I think is clearly evident in this new album.
One aspect of this music project that is assumably neglected in much of music lately is intricacy. With instruments such as euphonium, tape reels, even crunching chips into a microphone (all this available for view on their YouTube channel), you learn that Bellarive obtains no confines to what can be added to a record in order to enhance their message. Some other noticeably contagious features of intricacy are sleigh bells, stomping, clapping, spoken word, and what I refer to as “Gang Vocals”. These screaming vocal groups encourage even the most bashful of listeners to worship along with them, even if it’s within the confines of your nearest SUV’s stereo system.
The subtle concept of the Heart that is introduced immediately in the title track provides a thought-provoking mental concept to explore throughout listening to the album. I really enjoy the lyrics of music, and focus much more than others on this aspect of songs. In the midst of all these tracks I found myself pondering about my personal relationship with God, how that affects my relationships in my day-to-day encounters and even my closest friends, as well as what I would desire my love and relationship with God to look like through the struggles of my life.
If nothing else, by exploring Bellarive, you get the delight of supporting a very humble, amazing group of local musicians and God-followers, pursuing what their relationships with Christ look like in their own lives