Saying Bye to Jess

Saying Bye to Jess

It’s 5:42 am and I’ve already been awake for three hours trying to keep a lid on the welling sadness billowing about my heart and memories. In a couple of days Nance and I are driving our son Jesse to Victoria. Both he and his girlfriend, Lauren, are going to the U of Vic  this fall – Jesse in music and computers, and Lauren is going into  Law (good call Jess!) Somehow I know these kids won’t be back. Their vocations will likely take them to other places. And so this season, like so many other blessed seasons, is over. And, oh my, we will miss them both. Jess hasn’t lived at home for over a year but he still pokes around, keeping our aging souls supple with new music, humour and kooky cultural info. Lauren is light-filled, fun...

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Reparations and Love Songs

Reparations and Love Songs

When Nanci and I first got married I remember getting all doe-eyed and telling her how I couldn’t wait to grow old together. It was a lovely sentiment to be sure, but “old” was still a fairly remote concept…

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Keeping Vigil | A Pitiless Universe or a Lover’s World?

Keeping Vigil | A Pitiless Universe or a Lover’s World?

My friend Morley is a thoughtful atheist and, I might add, a fine and interesting fellow. He came to a concert of mine a few years ago and that sparked more than one evening of friendly but challenging conversation…

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New Signpost Website and post-Lollapalooza report

New Signpost Website and post-Lollapalooza report

So very pleased to announce a new website for Signpost Music which is the mother company for all things Steve Bell as well as an online distribution outlet for notable artists such as Bob Bennett, Carolyn Arends, Jacob Moon etc.

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Song-starts and Roadtrips

Song-starts and Roadtrips

I posted on Facebook yesterday that I had a new song brewing and quite quickly got a ton of excited responses, which makes me feel like I should have waited til I knew how it would turn out. I have friends in business that are always talking about new business starts – the assumption is that some work out and many don’t. It’s the same with songs.  This one started with some considerable energy but quickly turned from a happy mountain stream to a slow sliding mud slough.  Sigh…  I only really got as far as a first draft of a verse. This was a day’s work: Why do we toss about And trouble with trifles Why bother to glory In honour and dress Why so enamoured by trinkets and treasures (Lord) that which you cherish in our hearts impress (It’s better with...

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