Try A Little Kindness

Hello folks.   The new CD, KINDNESS, is officially out and we’ve completed the first leg of the tour to promote the project. The concerts have been really well received so far and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with such great musicians in bringing a measure of beauty and delight to whoever is able to take in a concert.

The first few months after a new release is always very awkward for me as folks get used to new songs and new sounds.  The responses I get range from ecstatic enthusiasm to eye-contact avoidance :).  But I can happily report that this disc is generating an unusual enthusiasm for so early in the release. Personally, I suspect it will eventually be regarded as one of my better projects but that is really not up to me to determine.

Anyhoo…. if you want to purchase a copy, there are several avenues to access KINDNESS:

You can purchase the CD directly from me either on-line or by phone. Remember that if you purchase two or more of my CDs we automatically throw in a free copy of Kindness for you to give away to a friend (or enemy for that matter.) This is the avenue that generates the most revenue for me so obviously I’m pleased if you choose this route.

To order on-line, click HERE. To order by phone please contact Yvonne or Faye at 1-800-854-3499

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You can also purchase the CD at most Christian bookstores in Canada. This saves you shipping fees and allows you to get the CD quicker than through the mail. It also supports the bookstores which play an important role in your community. I still do quite well financially with bookstore sales so don’t worry about that. Supporting neighborhood business is important and bookstores are struggling terribly these days. The stores have been very good to me over the years and I’m thrilled if my work can help them in return.

btw – In Winnipeg, the CDs are  available at Hull’s (downtown)  McNally Robinson (on Grant) and Savoir Fair (on Henderson at Johnson)

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Also – you can download KINDNESS on iTunes or CD Baby. This is the most inexpensive way for you to access the new CD. You don’t get the benefit of the packaging and lyrics but if you listen to music primarily on an mp3 player, it is hard to justify the extra expense. You also can feel good about choosing an avenue that contributes minimally to the environmental problems we are facing these days.

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In the end, I don’t really have a preference for how you get the music but I do hope you’ll give it a try. If you want more information about the CD – check out the dedicated website we’ve created for it.  There you can sample songs, read reviews and album notes, and get some of the back story.  If you like what you hear – make sure to send the Kindness e-card to your friends. You’ll find that feature at the top of the home page.

Cheers! And thanks for the support.

~Steve Bell

KINDNESS fan review from iTunes:

Steve Bell | KIN.DNESS | Each Song a Gem!

True art of rhythm, lyric, melody and harmony in each song.

It’s hard to settle on what I like best about each song – sometimes I’ll notice the turn of a lyric and think, Wow!” so beautifully crafted.” In other places I’ll notice the intricacies of of interesting rhythms. Oft times I’ll hear an amazing  blend of voice – who IS the female backup singer on some of the tracks? Her powerful and intriguing voice blends so sweetly and then suddenly contrasts with Steve’s in such engaging ways. And Steve’s arrangement of Stubble and Hay, juxtaposed with a “Tom Waits-ish” sort of poetic reading – awesome! And of course it goes almost without saying – there’s Steve’s guitar and voice though it all.

I love it!

Remaining cities on the KINDNESS tour schedule include Regina, Lethbridge, Calgary, Sylvan Lake, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Richmond, Victoria, Kelowna, Ottawa, Kingston, Bellville, Winnipeg.  For tour details see SCHEDULE

5 thoughts on “Try A Little Kindness

  1. Listened so often to the cd already that I wake up every morning with either “stubble and hay” or Absalom in my head. Luckily was smart enough to order two and got the third for free, so I can lend the other two to friends and not miss my own cd to listen to. Can’t wait for March 13 and see it live. Thanks

  2. Thank you so much for the Kindness CD, Steve. I love, love, love it. It’s on my MP3 player, my computer and in my car. I have nearly worn out the CD I play it so often. Cannot wait for your concert with the Winnipeg Symphony, less than four weeks away. Thank you so much.

  3. Hello Steve, I feel very blessed that I was able to attend your Kindness CD tour at Dominion Chalmers Church in Ottawa, and I even had the pleasure of shaking your hand and getting an autograph from both yourself and Mike Janzen !!

    I listen to Kindness in my office, and in the car and I remember back to the concert–The last time I had heard you was last Spring at the Met. Bible Church and you were playing solo, so hearing the band this time (so amazing!) was a real bonus. Like you mentioned during that evening, the world needs kindness and its up to us to (me) spread it around. Our church in Kemptville’s mission statement is “LIve and Love like Jesus” so I bought a few of your Kindness CD’s to give away. Thank you – God has blessed you with a heavenly voice and a wonderful smile.
    God Bless
    C

  4. Hi Steve,

    I purchased your Kindness album recently after not having heard much of your music for many years. I must say the musicality and tone of the project did everything to reassure me that you are a gifted musician and continue to make music that is at lovely to hear. On the other hand, my memory of the scripture and God centered songs you have written in years past was absent here and I came away from a deep listen feeling like I’d had a dose of really nice-tasting placebo that I hoped would direct me to our Creator and HIs timeless Word but instead left me feeling entertained by rather vague philosophies; thoughts that while clever and well spoken, seemed to be devoid of eternal purpose and power. What is this a commentary on? The answer is definitely not the need of another “worship genre” album because your early projects were much more real than those. Songs like “Wings of an Eagle” were a gift and encouragement to those who heard and sang along. I guess I was hoping for a bowl of Red River Cereal and feel like I left with a free continental breakfast – much more in demand to be sure, but not containing the fortifying ingredients that will build Life into you.
    Brother, bring us the Word and please don’t stop! (1 Timothy 4:16)

    Steve, I have appreciated you and your gifts and have really been blessed by what God has done through you. Praying for you…
    In Christ, Peter

    Peter – you are certainly welcome to appreciate or not appreciate my work for any number of reasons, but the reason stated here baffles me. I went back to the album to try to find one song that wasn’t thoroughly shot through with biblical world view, direct or indirect scripture references or, in the case of Absalom and Morning Like This, direct biblical narrative. “Oh Love” has the imprint of 1st Corinthians 13 all over it. “Stubble and Hay” bears the clear stamp of Ecclesiastes. “Good Friend” and “The Gifting and the Giver” are well in the tradition of any number of nature Psalms (19 in particular) as well as Isaiah 6’s “The whole earth is full of His glory.” “Changes” celebrates God’s sovereign presence in vagaries of history. “Greatest Gift” celebrates the marriage union. “These are the Ones” is taken directly out of Isaiah and “Kindness” is just good ‘ol Pauline theology about the body of Christ. Honestly, I’m not sure I’ve put out another album that is so thoroughly scripture-based or informed.

    But having said that, I have never believed that for a song to have real merit, it must be a scripture song. I’ve written songs about my family and country, I’ve based songs on ancient poetry; stories from my life as well as love songs and laments. I live my life as reverently as I can, fortified and informed by daily prayer and exposure to the scriptures and the best wisdom traditions of the Christian church. From those places I receive songs gratefully and pass them along through recordings and concerts. I don’t predetermine the effect they ought to have – that’s God’s business. And I hope to continue in this manner as long as I am able. ~ respectfully, Steve

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