‘It’s like going over one of life’s hills. Doing something and turning your back on I shouldn’t do that. Just because you are in your fifties doesn’t mean you resign yourself to ‘I can’t anymore’ or I shouldn’t anymore’ unless, of course, you are more comfortable with not doing much anymore.

‘If there is one thing I have learned it’s that people who tell you not to do stuff are generally terrified. Governments and institutions that take away your freedom to do human and respectful stuff are terrified of losing control. People who sit on the sidelines scoffing at your new direction or idea, telling you that you shouldn’t are usually either scared of losing control of you or terrified of taking the risk to push themselves. I’ve had people leave my life because they get so angry, frustrated, jealous or something that I try something new. I have noticed that I often make cautious people very angry.

‘When I recorded this song and sang it, I was going over my own hill. I had to basically say ‘bad word meaning copulate 🥴 what other people think, you have wanted to release your own music for thirty years. Plus, you’ve done the pulmonary embolism thing, you’ve done the cancer thing so what’s the point of not doing it now.

‘But then there are those voices. The ones in the background telling you not to make a fool of yourself or do something you’ll regret. The ‘do something you’ll regret’ line might be ok if your thinking of an act of violence etc., but it’s an absolute bullshit statement if you’re doing something that is personal, respectful and fulfilling your own need to challenge yourself. People that utter those words are usually risk adverse and uncomfortable taking themselves out of the normal.

‘I’ve already had people say they don’t like the songs I sing. That’s ok, and I am learning to handle the professional feedback from people more seasoned than me. Social media gives us great access to feedback, some of it from people with experience and knowledge we haven’t got, much from people who are too scared to try stuff themselves.’

‘So here is a little of me challenging myself. Thanks for listening.

Just Want Your Love will be available on music platforms including Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and Amazon on June 5, 2021

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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