My Way of Defying the Age Things.

‘Ok so I am in my fifties and well passed my midlife crisis. In fact I had about three of those from the age of 35 to 45. It was a fair ride for me and those around me. These days I totally accept my age but stare down the limitations it might seem to bring.

‘The music thing has been really important. Fifty something man starts a regime of recording original songs and publishing them; one song per month. Writing is ‘that thing’ for me. That thing that gives me a sense of doing something I can do better than I could 25 years ago. It’s better because I have more life experience, technology and money. I spend around $1k per month per song. A lot of people spend that a year on golf club memberships – well that’s what I tell my wife.

‘I recently got diagnosed with a minor form of manageable cancer. It certainly doesn’t define me and, in fact, I do everything I can to stare it down. Eat better and exercise with a fairly disciplined regime of weights and intervals (Still do a bit of red wine in moderation, but that’s one of life’s good things). You have to be prepared to stare this cancer shit down.

‘I don’t want to be a pop star but I want to put my stuff out there. I want to see if I can find an audience for my creative energies. I’m slowly building up social media followings on IG,FB and YouTube and publishing that one song a month usually using a professional singer. I have a cool dude technical producer, Mat Creedon who does the cream on the top such as final mixes and mastering. He also has encouraged me to sing on my next release.

‘I was inspired by this really great South Korean producer/performer Yoon Jong Shin. He releases one song per month; has been doing so for years. I came across him when I stumbled on this Korean singer on iTunes. Park Ji Yoon is this talented artist who sings adult contemporary music these days, but she evolved from being a K-Pop star. Check out Tree of Life. The really inspiring aspect of Yoon is his commitment to releasing that monthly song. From both a personal and marketing perspective his regime is highly successful.

‘The most important thing in overcoming the age and health thing is being prepared to accept the fact of where you are, but stare down the limits it may seem to bring. Creating your own regimes that take you to places that allow you to rekindle or find your potential best. One song a month is now my regime. Once you stop staring down the limitations it beats you up. Don’t let it.

Enjoy a preview clip of ‘I Just Want Your Love’. It is a kind of mixture between Bowie, Gibb and me😄.

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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