Heartdream is Steve & Mirabai Bangs, husband-and-wife singer/songwriter/musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area, who create Music of the Heart, ranging in sound from meditative and soothing to uplifting and inspirational. Their original songs express a new vision of love, unity, and peace. Steve plays guitar, and Mirabai plays metallophone, Native American flute, crystal bowls, recorder, chimes, and bell tree. Mirabai’s voice has been called angelic, crystalline, and flute-like, and it complements Steve’s warm tenor voice, creating beautiful vocal harmony.
Heartdream was a featured musical group at the 2011 Unity People’s Convention, and at the 2007 Unity West Central Regional Conference at Asilomar, and has opened for Marianne Williamson. Their music regularly captivates congregations at Unity churches, Centers for Spiritual Living, and other New Thought churches and gatherings throughout the Western United States. Heartdream has released five CD's, "Raindrops Fall in a Clear Crystal Bowl", "I Am Spirit", "Only Love Is Real", “God’s Love Is the Treasure”, and “New Millennium.” Click on STORE on the left to listen to and purchase individual song or album downloads, or physical CD's.
On the night they met, Steve & Mirabai sang together and have been making beautiful music ever since. Their love for each other shines in their eyes as they sing their songs celebrating spirit! (Please scroll down for more info about Steve & Mirabai Bangs as the Heartdream Duo.)
STEVE & MIRABAI BANGS AS THE HEARTDREAM DUO
Steve & Mirabai (then known by her middle name Laurie) were set up up to meet as a blind date by Mirabai’s sister Diane. However, neither one of them knew they were being set up. Diane 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 in Menlo Park where Steve and two other guys lived. As Diane and Mirabai were 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 to Diane, Diane laughed with a knowing smirk, saying, “You never know!”
Like many others of his generation, Steve Bangs decided to become a musician after seeing The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show! He learned to play the guitar by listening to records, figuring out guitar parts by slowing down 33 1/3 rpm record albums to 16 rpm. With his high school friends, he formed a garage band (or more accurately, a basement band) in Webster Groves, Missouri, called the Blues Salvage. Steve then moved to California to attend a prestigious private university near Palo Alto, but it turned out he was more interested in playing music than in academic studies. So when he pulled all-nighters, it was to play guitar, not to cram for exams.
Steve became the lead guitarist and vocalist for Bay Area rock band Creekfrog. Their biggest gig was as the opening act for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at a concert at the College of Southern Idaho. After Creekfrog rocked the CSI gymnasium that night, the Twin Falls area was never quite the same!
By this time, Steve had already met Mirabai (then known by her middle name, Laurie), and they fell in love at first sight (that’s a whole ‘nother story - see above for more exciting details!).
Steve is an accomplished guitarist, playing acoustic, electric, and slide guitar styles. In addition, he plays electric bass, keyboards, drums, and percussion instruments. Two other interesting facts about Steve are that he is a great whistler, oftentimes jamming with the local mockingbirds outside the window late at night, and cheek flutist, producing sounds by tapping his fingers on his cheek!
BIOGRAPHY OF MIRABAI BANGS
After meeting Steve, they transformed many of her poems into celestial songs of divine love. Mirabai has a soaring soprano vocal instrument which was described by famous Indian spiritual teacher and yogi, Swami Vishnudevananda, as a “flute voice”!
Mirabai has a master’s degree in early childhood education with an emphasis in creative dramatics. This, combined with her many years of elementary school teaching experience, has enabled her to understand the heart of the child when writing songs, stories and plays, both spiritual and secular, for children. Many of her children’s songs appear on Heartdream’s children/family CD, “God’s Love Is the Treasure.” Mirabai has also directed the children’s choir and children’s plays at Unity of Walnut Creek for Easter and Christmas Eve for many years.
Mirabai’s free-flowing vocal improvisations are a trademark of Heartdream’s celestial pop sound. Her songs feature vivid imagery and visions of universal love and global unity.
Mirabai also adds her ethereal Native American flute to many of Heartdream's songs, adding a new dimension to their sound. She also plays the metallophone, which is a small xylophone with resonating tubes that creates a celestial vibration. And she also plays the crystal bowl on several of Heartdream's songs, which enhances the meditative aspect.