So let’s start with the significant mental health challenges faced during a lockdown-especially if you had built a company from nothing then everything you have built seems like it’s done for. It did not finish badly because my team was determined and the government did a lot of the right things.
So there I was during lockdown, feeling somewhat depressed but remaining disciplined. Morning staff zoom meetings, weekly directors zoom meetings, regular client zoom meetings 🥴, daily fitness regime of light weights and intervals, creative outpouring into my songs and a lot of love from my beautiful wife. Fortunately we also had this beautiful view. So this is the view, the LONELY VIEW, that soothed our souls and gave us hope.
Suddenly I felt the drive to write songs after over twenty years. To compose pieces using the key influences on my music tastes going back to the seventies such as The Bee Gees, David Foster, David Bowie, Al Jarreau, TOTO, Kenny Loggins, Renee Olstead and even Earth, Wind and Fire. I had also been listening to some South Korean adult contemporary music. A producer by the name of Yoon Jong Shin, who was fusing music from vastly spanning ages and making it work across the world, had really sparked my interest.
I wrote this song to express the idea that although we were locked away, a kind of freedom was created. A feeling that we were free of the grind and expectations of a fully functioning capitalistic society. That society which had given me a lot but not the emotional freedom I felt without aimlessly driving for all those wants. I was becoming more enlightened about what mattered. As soon as lockdown ended I was in the studio with vocalist Jen Davids and Technical Producer Matt Creedon.
So here are the lyrics:
There’s a time to let it go.
There’s a dream that floats away
Now I’m here, free at last.
Take the time my lonely view
There’s a wave I thought was mine
Pulled my life, from side to side
Now I’m free, it’s rolled away
From here it’s clear my lonely view.
Fooled by the scene we loved
Trapped by the people that took our souls
Then the joker smiled on us
There are things we think we need
There are wants that fuel our greed
Now i”m free, locked in here
I can see my lonely view
You are my lonely view
My saviour; my lonely view.
C. Stephen Bell 2020
2 thoughts on “Lonely View”
Great story Steve. Great attitude and openness you have demonstrated, under duress. Kind regards Sam McNally (Stylus, Tommy Emmanuel, other).
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Thank you so much Sam.