Song Review: “Heaven Changes Everything” by Big Daddy Weave
- In January 2021, Jay Weaver, founding member of the group, passed on to glory. The band wondered how they could go on. At the memorial service, testimony after testimony spoke of the impact Jay and the band had on so many people.
What do we do with the pain, sorrow, and struggle we experience in this world? So many things are so messed up, so many things are upside down (Isaiah 5:20). In their new single Heaven Changes Everything Bid Daddy Weave shares a song birthed from pain, sorrow, and loss to speak THE TRUTH to these questions.
In January 2021, Jay Weaver, founding member of the group, passed on to glory. The band wondered how they could go on. At the memorial service, testimony after testimony spoke of the impact Jay and the band had on so many people. The question turned from how can we go on to how can we not keep going on. A heaven-centered perspective changes everything. That’s what those testimonies testified to, and that’s what this song is about.
Music and Production
Heaven Changes Everything starts with an ethereal piano establishing a musical motif heard throughout the piece in different instruments. The four-on-the-floor drive pushes the song forward at a good clip, giving it energy. There are many sonic layers in the sound reflecting the depth of the theme of the song. The accompaniment is rich in organic and electronic elements, with a break at the 2:16 mark that loads the song like a cannon to a chorus that launches the song to its conclusion.
Big Daddy Weave drew the theme Heaven Changes Everything from the pain of losing their bandmate and brother, both in person and in Christ. It is common for some to ask why God allows pain and loss in our lives. The answer is because Heaven Changes Everything. If your focus is on earth there is no hope, but if you know Jesus, and you know that “This world’s where I am, but this world’s not my home,” your perspective changes.
Mike Weaver sings in the chorus, “In the light of eternity I have this hope. You hold my heart and I’m never alone.” God wants to build strength, hope, and love in us because those are the branches from which hang the Fruits of the Spirit. But growth doesn’t come without work, effort, challenges, and, yes, often pain and sorrow.
The song’s bridge has a telling lyric, “The peace in this pain, the hope in this grief, the beauty beyond this I have to believe.” There lies the seed of a heavenly perspective. Coming to that place where you can find hope in grief and peace in pain is where the journey takes us. Coupled with the knowledge that, “This world’s where I am, but this world’s not my home,” makes us strong, by the grace of God.
The message of Heaven Changes Everything is earth-shaking. It goes far beyond the music. The raw courage to bring THE TRUTH to the world in this format will change hearts, soothe souls, and bring understanding to those who don’t know the love of Christ. This is a must-have on my playlist.
Thank you, gentleman, for boldly singing the truth.
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Christopher Watson is an author of six books, both fiction and non-fiction. He is also a musician and composer with a B.A. in Music from Azusa Pacific University. For several years Christopher led worship at The Springs Church while attending Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas Texas. He's been involved with worship in a number of churches in California and the Pacific Northwest both as a musician and in production and technology. Now he lives and writes in Washington State with his amazing wife, wonderful daughters, and highly intelligent dog, Ellie Mae.