By Vince Bell
In detailing his restoration from the twist of fate and his roundabout climb again onstage, Bell shines a gentle in these darkish corners of the tune company that, for the lone musician whose good fortune is measured now not by way of the pinnacle forty yet via nightly victories, often fall open air of the highlight. Bell’s prose isn't really not like his lyrics: spare, attractive, evocative, and infrequently sneak-up-on-you humorous. His chronicle of his personal lifestyles and close to loss of life at the highway unearths what it capacity to dwell for one’s art.
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That was the fan base we played to. You took those long-haired hippie weirdos, and you had the rednecks, and they got together— they all liked Willie Nelson and they all liked to drink a cold beer— and you ended up with a bunch of great big, broad-shouldered, longhaired, kick-ass hippies. “We were on the road all the time, playing music, drinking whiskey, and smoking pot. ’ When I wasn’t out playing with the band, I did a lot of work with Vince, all over Texas, because I really loved his music.
My first few lessons about the ragtag of showbiz taught me that if you couldn’t fool yourself first, that if an idea didn’t light you up like Times Square, you couldn’t fool anyone else into believing they were on Times Square. That guitar and I were growing up in a showbiz life together. I was a hopeless kid in an art world that delighted in its own shadow. My saving grace was that I was young and tough enough to be a pain for one loudshoutingwhile. But I got tired of playing in between songs on the jukeboxes in the same hick towns.
An acoustic guitar, because of the creative freedom it had always offered, was the thing I coveted above all else and held on to the hardest. My trusty guitar had been relegated to playing backup to a pawn shop thrill. ” Though the 40â•‡ �â•‡ One Man’s Music: The Life and Times of Texas Songwriter Vince Bell acoustic guitar didn’t fit so well with the popular music of the ’60s it was part of me like something skintight when I began to perform in the ’70s, and every year after that. It was the companion I wrote with, be it a ballet or a barroom ballad.
One Man's Music: The Life and Times of Texas Songwriter Vince Bell (North Texas Lives of Musician Series) by Vince Bell