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God's Love Is the Treasure

by Heartdream

Steve & Mirabai Bangs, singer/songwriters from the San Francisco Bay Area known as Heartdream, perform original celestial pop music that inspires a new vision of love, unity, and peace. Think George Harrison meets Enya.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. God's Love Is the Treasure
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2. Children of Light
2:23 $0.99
3. Meditate on Love
2:26 $0.99
4. See Who I Am
2:15 $0.99
5. We Wanna Go Om
2:06 $0.99
6. Oh God I'm Love In You
3:40 $0.99
7. Sing to the Rainbow Within
2:38 $0.99
8. It's For Love
1:26 $0.99
9. God's Love Flows Throughout the Land
2:30 $0.99
10. Sing Little Angels
1:55 $0.99
11. Season of Love
2:07 $0.99
12. Dancin' in God's Heart
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Album Notes
Steve & Mirabai Bangs - Heartdream
Steve & Mirabai (then known as Laurie) were set up up to meet as a blind date by Mirabai’s sister. However, neither one of them knew they were being set up. Her sister thought it would be a good match because she knew that Steve and Mirabai were both singer/songwriters/musicians. The occasion was a party that was being held at the house where Steve and two other guys lived. While driving to the party, Mirabai got the shivers and had a premonition that she was about to meet someone that she would know for the rest of her life. When she mentioned this, her sister laughed with a knowing smirk, saying, “You never know!”

When Mirabai walked in, Steve was sitting at a table facing the door, eating cheese fondue. When their eyes met, they had a shared vision of love, and felt as if they had known each other throughout the ages! On the night they met, Steve & Mirabai sang together and talked about their spiritual beliefs and their admiration for the music of George Harrison, whose songs set a pattern for popular music reflecting a higher consciousness. At the party, they harmonized beautifully on two of George Harrison’s famous songs, “If I Needed Someone” and “Here Comes the Sun”. Thus was born the duo of Steve & Mirabai Bangs, now known as Heartdream.

When Steve’s rock group Creekfrog disbanded, Steve and Mirabai (Laurie) decided to get married. True to form, they sang together at their own wedding reception! They honeymooned in South Lake Tahoe, where they began writing celestial songs based on two of Mirabai’s poems. These songs, “Touching Life” and “See the Light”, were recorded on their first CD, “New Millennium”.

They then moved to San Francisco, where they began performing as a duo, initially known as Steve and Laurie (catchy name!), and then “The Inner Ear”. This new name was a reflection of the spiritual nature of the songs they were writing together.

Steve and Laurie became somewhat of a fixture on the coffeehouse scene in the Bay Area, playing regularly at such iconic venues as the Ghirardelli Wine Cellar and the Purple Onion in San Francisco, LaVals’s Subterranean in Berkeley, and Chuck’s Cellar in Los Altos. Not surprisingly, their act included lots of love songs, some originals, and also some lighthearted fare featuring Laurie’s tap dancing talents such as “Five Foot Two”, “Ain’t She Sweet”, and “Honey Pie”. To accommodate Laurie’s hoofing, they even brought a tap-dancing board to their gigs!

Their spiritual path of unity led them to the study of yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Center in San Francisco, where they met the famous Indian spiritual teacher Swami Vishnudevananda. Without any advance knowledge about Laurie and the fact that she was a singer, Swami Vishnu gave her the name Mirabai, which she has now taken as her legal name. Soon they learned that Mirabai was an Indian saint who wrote and sang devotional songs to God, starting as a child and continuing throughout her life. It was amazing how appropriate this name was for Mirabai Laurie Bangs, as she had also written poems and sung of her love for God since childhood. Later, after hearing Mirabai sing, Swami Vishnu said that she had a “flute voice”!

Through Swami Vishnudevananda, Steve and Mirabai then met the renowned Indian musical saint, Swami Nadabrahmananda, who taught Mirabai classical Indian singing and harmonium and taught Steve tabla. Swami Nadabrahmananda delighted in Steve & Mirabai’s daughter Cherise (Sri Devi), who was a toddler at the time. He also famously predicted, quite accurately, that the second child Mirabai was carrying would be a boy. In fact, Swami Nadabrahmananda gave their son the name Sivananda while he was still in the tummy.

Steve & Mirabai’s son Nathaniel grew up to be a drummer and tabla player, and now plays in the Heartdream band! He is also a Reiki master and California State-Certified Massage Therapist. Their daughter Cherise, and her husband Adam, are both Ayurvedic health practitioners and yoga instructors. In addition, Cherise plays the harmonium and sings, and is an actress and comedian. Adam also does comedy, acting, and hosting.

Swami Vishnu also introduced Steve & Mirabai to Sant Keshavadas, the “Minstrel of Love” and founder of the Temple of Cosmic Religion in the U.S., and the Vishwa Shanti Ashram in Bangalore, India. Sant Keshavadas’s motto was “Truth is One, Many are the Names”, and he delivered inspiring spiritual discourses combined with his bhajans (spiritual songs of devotion to God), accompanied by his virtuoso harmonium playing. Santji’s wife Rama Mata also sang with him in the classical Indian style, and their sons Murali and Shyam played tabla. Now that Santji has made his transition from the earthly plane, Rama Mata, known affectionately as Mataji, carries on the work of Vishwa Shanti Ashram (loosely translated as a religious retreat for universal peace).

Steve and Mirabai frequently sang for Sant Keshavadas at his satsangs (spiritual gatherings), and one of his favorite songs of theirs was “Touching Life” (on Heartdream’s “New Millennium” CD). Santji often remarked that when Steve and Mirabai looked at each other while they were singing, the wave of love between them uplifted everyone to feel their connection with the divine.

In 1994 Steve and Mirabai became known as Heartdream. A few years later they began singing at Unity of Walnut Creek, other Unity churches, Centers for Spiritual Living, and other New Thought churches. They released their first CD, “New Millennium”, in 1999. Their second CD, “Only Love Is Real”, was released in 2007, and their third CD, “God’s Love Is the Treasure”, a children’s/family CD, was released in 2011. Currently they are in the studio working on their fourth CD.



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