The Band

Vij Sodera: vocals, guitar, keyboards, recording, production
Pardeep Sodera: guitars
Andrew Dickinson: bass
Chris Height: drums, percussion
Additional vocals:
Jez Greetham, Jackie Hackett, Chris Height
Music & lyrics by Vij Sodera

Didn’t our hearts fail
When they led Him off
He said ‘they know not what they do’
Didn’t our hearts fail
With the nails and
The contempt
Of the multitudes
Didn’t our hearts fail
When the sky turned black
The rocks broke up
The sun subdued

Oh, didn’t our hearts fail

Didn’t our hearts fail
When He cried out loud
And breathed His last
For me and you
And didn’t our hearts fail
When they laid Him down
Bound myrrh and aloes
In the tomb

Oh, didn’t our hearts fail

But, didn’t my heart burn
When I looked inside
And turned around
He called my name
Didn’t our hearts burn
When we ran to tell the others
Risen! Empty grave!
Didn’t our hearts burn
When He opened up the Scriptures
When we saw His face
And didn’t our hearts burn
When we walked Emmaus Road
Side by side

Oh, didn’t our hearts burn!

Didn’t our hearts burn
When He hailed us in the morning
He stood there on the sand
And didn’t our hearts burn
When we hauled the net ashore
We ate fish side by side
Didn’t our hearts burn
When we dared not ask the question
As to who He was
Didn’t our hearts burn
Because we knew!

Oh, didn’t our hearts burn!

Vij’s Notes:
Burning hearts is a song which celebrates the fact that although Jesus was crucified and died, He did not stay dead but was resurrected.

While two of the disciples were walking along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus, on the third day after the crucifixion, the risen Jesus appeared to them and interpreted to them the Old Testament prophecies about Himself. Later that day, when they met up with the other disciples in Jerusalem, they exclaimed: ‘Didn’t our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road…’

Many years ago, I had the original idea for a song starting with the rhythm of heartbeats and with a joyful chorus ‘O didn’t our hearts burn’ in a major key.

However, when I revisited the song a few years ago, I felt that the arrangement needed a sad first half in a minor key depicting the misery of the crucifixion, in contrast to a second half in a major key portraying the joy of the disciples as they realise that Jesus has been raised from the dead. I then added a musical transition between the two halves of the song. To emphasise the dramatic change of mood, the first part of the transition comprises a melancholy guitar solo with simple slow notes, which then leads to a powerful guitar crescendo representing the resurrection, at the end of which I added a choir, and a little further on, some rapturous applause representing the ecstatic responses of the angels in heaven. Finally, as the song ends, the angels are again heard cheering and applauding enthusiastically, and the sound of the heartbeat returns which declares that Jesus was raised from the dead and is alive today.

The video
The first half of the video was filmed using a slow shutter, and the blue colour emphasises the sadness associated with the crucifixion. For emphasis, the first half of the transition shows a blown-out smoking candle as the heartbeats fade away, depicting the death of Jesus; but when the powerful lead guitar comes in, the candle reignites to represent the resurrection, and from that point the video is in full colour to emphasise the joy of the resurrection.

The eastern shoreline of the Sea of Galilee was filmed using a drone.

For the final chorus and outro, I attached tiny LED lights to the musicians’ hands and all the instruments, and deliberately left additional LED lights dangling on trailing wires. When filmed in the dark with a slow shutter, some pleasing abstract imagery emerges. Right at the end of the song, the video shows all the instruments merged into a light-show collage.

For the shot of my fingers inside the classical guitar, I lit up the inside with a ring LED light and filmed my fingers through a hole in the back of the guitar.  A friend of mine was horrified when he saw that I’d made a hole in a perfectly good musical instrument. However, I view my guitar as a tool, and anyway, like all classical guitars, it already had a big hole in the front.

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