What Holds You Back?

There are too many gurus lecturing us about life – telling us what to do to reach our lifelong potential. But I’ll have my say.’

‘My message is simple -TAKE THE TIME. Even when you have a family or major responsibilities , you still should know who you are and what you really want. Sure there will be some compromises, but at some point you need to practice ‘your thing’ – the thing that will make you feel whole. Don’t be consumed by having to be the best because there’s generally someone better. It actually the package you bring.’

‘I watch many people living someone else’s dream, not their own. That’s probably because they’ve never really honestly thought about what they want. That’s the sad reality. Many people just really don’t know who they are and what they want. At some point in their life they might find themselves alone and far more lost that they should be. But it’s never too late to find it. It’s not selfish, it’s critical.’

‘I always wanted to write songs. I don’t have any delusions about being the greatest. I do know I want to share my music. I don’t want to keep it to myself. That’s just the truth.’

Composing ‘Lonely View’ reminded me of my true love.

Enjoy this excerpt from my first single of 2021 ‘Lonely View’. Go to Spotify to download the song https://open.spotify.com/track/3xq7ycbAuKaC3dBIu1ezKM?si=QfZzgJcpSpmzTdv119_9Kg

Published by thestevebellprojects

‘My thrill is to take relatively unknown, very unique and talented singers and compose and arrange retro songs that they record.’ Born in Melbourne, Australia, Steve Bell was brought up on seventies and eighties pop, soul and funk. He was obsessed with Earth Wind and Fire, Bee Gees, Al Jarreau, Gino Vannelli, TOTO, George Benson and, the great, David Foster. He liked class music with rich melodies - a big feature of his own writing today. While at college he played drums in numerous bands, but in his own words ‘wasn’t much chop at that’. But he did have a knack for playing piano by ear and writing ‘kind of cool’ ballads and soul songs. In his twenties he had a part-time role (on top of his day job) as a pop music critic for a local arts magazine, where he interviewed acclaimed artists from across the world. His interviews were always deep and focused on learning more and more about great songwriting and performing. Then he took a break - for over 25 years, running his company and being a family ‘guy’. However, he yearned for creative endeavours and once locked down during the COVID crisis, he started writing songs again. His first song ‘Lonely View’ was written looking out across the local bay from his composing studio and recorded using the amazing vocals of Jennifer Davids. Thus he started the journey of identifying a talented singer every few months and penning them a song with rich 70s and 80s melodies and jazz pop inspired chord structures.

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