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New Album: The Glad Surprise (release date: September 2024)

I’ll be going into the studio early in the new year to begin recording my 22nd album, tentatively called The Glad Surprise. It will include, among other things, a couple of new songs I’ve written with Malcolm Guite; my setting of William Blake’s “The Divine Image”; a cover of Bruce Cockburn’s “Lovers in a Dangerous Time”; and at least one new guitar instrumental piece.

As with the last album, I’ll be writing a book of reflections as a companion to the songs. We’ve already begun to plot new music videos as well.

For your interest, this is designer Roberta Landreth’s first stab at an album cover. She borrowed heavily from the lyrics of one of the songs Malcolm and I wrote, simply called “Pentecost.”2.

The chorus goes:
This is the feast of fire, air, and water
Poured out and breathed, and kindled into earth
The earth herself awakens to her maker
Translated… translated out of death and into birth. 


“Such is the glad surprise,” writes Howard Thurman. “This is what Easter means in the experience of the [human] race. This is the resurrection! It is the announcement that life cannot ultimately be conquered by death… that there is strength added when the labours increase, that multiplied peace matches multiplied trials, that life is bottomed by the glad surprise.”3.

I could really use your support for this project. Costs of production and manufacturing will exceed $40,000 on top of salaries and business expenses requisite to this work.

As you are discerning how you might disperse your year-end giving, please consider my work and this particular project which we hope to release in early fall, 2024.

Of course, your donation is fully tax-receipt-able via our ministry partner IncarNation Ministries.  

I deeply appreciate your consideration. I have been able to create meaningful music and events for over 30 years largely because of the support of the wider community. 

Thank you so very much. Peace to you and yours this season. 

Steve Bell

1.Fr. Gabrielle of St Mary Magdalen, Divine Intimacy
2.Adapted from Malcolm Guite’s poem “Pentecost,” Sounding the Seasons
3.Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart

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