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Italy Part 2 (Due)

Posted on: July 29th, 2011 by lisabell 4 Comments

Lots of gigs and fun being touristas!

Gigs:
Toscolarno Moderno at the Soltto Le Piante restaurant with special guest Titi Venturelli on sax. Very fun!

Bob and I stopped into Radio Vera for a live performance of the Boomba Boomba song and to promote our gig that evening. Lisa Simmons did a fantastic job of translating during the interview.

Next up was a fantastic gig at the Cafe Grande Italia in Sirmione, owned by the amazing the fantastic and oh so generous Mario Pagiaro. It was a very fun night at this restaurant on the lake in the histroric Sirmione with an appreciative crowd.

Then it was off to Florence for a very fun gig outside in a community park. Check out a live performance there of our co-written song “The Best of Me.” which is all about manifesting your dreams. It’s never too late, as witnessed by this amazing tour in Italy I’m on right now!! Click on the song title above to see the live video!

This was Lisa & I looking “Funky Fresh” for the gig!

Bob, Kelly, Steve and I then took a few days to sight see around to Florence, Cinque Terre and Venice.


Steve in Florence

Taking a very needed wine break on the Cinque Terre trail


Steve & Bob in Pisa


Eating squid ink pasta on the Grande Canal in Venice!

A quick detour for my marketing client Natural Merchants to shoot a promotional video at the winery La Cantina Pizzolato in Treviso.

A beautiful party given by Cesare Valbusa and Daria Toffali.

And back for a gig at the Plaza in Castiglione.

More things I’ve learned:

1) Italy is much more laid back than the U.S.
-We have been going at a much more relaxed and slower pace, enjoying each other and the music along the way!
-Food, especially pranzo (lunch) is very important. A two-hour lunch is the usual, and all businesses close to go home and enjoy family and community from 1-3 in the afternoon.

2) The tourist cities are super busy and hot in peak summer season. I would skip Venice in July. Some people from other countries (which will go unnamed, but are not Italy or US, and rhyme with Terminy and pants) have still not discovered the wonders of deodorant, yet insist on riding the Vaporetti (water taxis) while holding on the to rail above their heads. Other than the masses, Venice is beautiful.

3) Espresso serves several purposes and is drunk pretty much all day long:
-It’s necessary to get going in the morning after being up until 3 a.m. at the gig
-It counteracts the effect of the three bottles of wine at lunch and dinner, so that we can get back to work and gigging in the late afternoon
-It keeps the body plumbing flowing after eating mostly fromage and pasta for the past  2 1/2 weeks!

5) My favorite “Italish” phrase: “Awesomemo!”

6) The beauty of Italy flows through food, landscape, buildings, art, friendship and music. It’s all about amore here!

Last night was the final gig with the entire Hippie Tendencies crew, for now. Next up is a CD project that I am going to put together with Bob, that will incorporate all of the tunes we have written with Lisa Simmons, and will include all of the Hippie Tendencies musicians. We’ll record parts in the US and parts in Italy, then have it mixed and mastered in Italy. More to come on this exciting project!!

I have had a wonderful time here and have a few more precious days to share with my beautiful friends, who are more like family. I’ll write one more blog post on the way hojme to recap the last experiences and send links to some more live videos. Check out more pictures, including the boys driving Ferraris on my Facebook page. Ciao for now!

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  1. Jilliandra says:

    Manifesting your dreams indeed! Thank you, Lisa, for the reminder that we are all writing our own stories in this life and we can do what ever we dream!! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your trip and safe travels home!

    xoxo
    Jill

  2. You M’dear sister, are living life to the fullest. I could not be more happy for you. When you return , we will go to an authentic Italian restaurant and have you relive these travels so as I can experience them vicariously thru you. 😉
    Travel safe. Love as always. Jennifer
    Ps send me a sneek preview of the new music. 😉

  3. Frank Weston says:

    I never knew the sacrifices that you had to make for your music — A purple tongue! (chuckle) You’ve come a long way with your music. It’s exciting to see your success. Keep riding that wave.

  4. Terri Fisher says:

    Looks like you are having a blast. enjoy!!

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Italy Days 1-6

Posted on: July 17th, 2011 by lisabell 13 Comments

The adventure begins! We arrived on Tuesday this week in Verona. Lisa & Marco picked up up and we went to their Casa for an amazing lunch and of course lots of vino. No napping! We then went to Sylvia & Matteo’s restaurant QB in Brescia and received dish after dish of incredible “apperativo” dishes and of course, lots of vino!

Bob Story (my guitar player) and his wife Kelly were arriving much later and had quite the travel story, but I will let them tell that one as they want!

The next day we spent  making   gnocchi and enjoying the company of our hosts in their casa!

That evening we went to the beautiful town of Sirmione and enjoyed the sites and more food & drink!!

Wednesday we had an 8 hour rehearsal (!) at a studio near Pozzolengo in a beautiful house/studio in the country. That is the dream! To own a studio and agriturimo here in Italy where we can host touring musicians, allow them to record in the studio and have beautiful music 24/7!


 
We had a 50th Birthday party that evening for Marco, my husband Steve and Bob & Kelly’s host Laura, at a beautiful agritusimo in the country just 5 minutes from the studio. Lots of amazing food, drink, fun and music!
 

Friday Steve and I and Bob & Kelly went early to Parma to find some authentico parmesiano reggiano and to eat Parma proscuitto (along with authntico parmigiano and Lambrusco of course!) in Parma before heading to the private party we were performing at nearby.

The party was in the country near Parma in an amazing setting!

 

We had them dancing all night long! Then it was back home-at 4 a.m.!

After a few hours of sleep and of course more delicious food prepared by Marco, it was off to Gargnano to the amazing 5 star resort Lefay. A perfect evening under the stars, with a view of the lake, beautiful mountains and glorious surroundings. Lots of tourists from around the world enjoyed our music all night.

Things I’ve learned so far:

1) Musicians are revered here in Italy far more than in the states. We have been treated with respect, fed well, our music enjoyed and CDs purchased, and the pay scale is nearly double that in the states!
2) European tourists love American music-originals and covers-as English is the common language for everyone. They just eat up everything, dance to the music and welcome us with open arms!
3) I have eaten more in the past five days than I have in a month at home! I have to slow down or my performance clothes will never fit by the end!
4) I’m in love with Italy and certainly my Italian hosts and friends. The long-term dream is to spend a great deal more time here!

Today we went to a BBQ party in our honor and then a free night with no performances! Though of course we all made music together anyway! Even my husband Steve sang!



Three more gigs this week! More photos can be found on my Facebook page and more blog to come…

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  1. Bates Reed says:

    Wow, what a wonderful experience you’ve been having. A Blast, Fun, Some of the Best Food in the World, and Lisa Bell. I wish I was in Italy.

  2. Laurie Gabriel says:

    Yay for you, Lisa!!!
    Cinque Terre and Venice are my 2 most favorite places on earth. I wanna be your groupie!

  3. Brad Weisman says:

    Wow! Enjoying life . . . being in the now . . . what a crazy concept! Keep up the good work!

  4. Rosey says:

    I am having a great time following your adventures.
    So glad you have the opportunity to gig it up with Lisa & Hippie Tendencies!

    It makes me smile!

    xxoo
    Rosey

  5. Lisa Simmons says:

    So happy to have you all here, could not be more fun!! It’s flying by waaaaay to fast!

  6. Marian Rothschild says:

    Bellisimo!

  7. Denise says:

    Wow, what a wonderful experience for you and Steve. I’m so happy that you are enjoying yourselves so much.You’ve worked so hard for years and you totally and completely deserve all the goodness and love you receive.

  8. So glad you got to make the journey!!! Please give everyone my regards and do enjoy everything to it’s fullest!!!!!!!!!

  9. Jilliandra says:

    Beautiful Lady! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences! I am so very happy for you and am loving my vicarious Italian vacation. Thanks! xoxoxo

  10. OMG! You are livin the dream baby sister. 😉 I cannot be happier for you. Traveling like you guys do…well I look forward to more blogs and pics. So as to live the trip vicariously thu you. 😉

    PS Jill and Liz and I are having dinner at an Italian restaurant in honor of your trip. Oxoxoxox

  11. Natalie Nelson says:

    What a wonderful adventure! Enjoy every moment!!!

  12. Kevin says:

    This looks like soooooo much fun!

  13. Tommi Wolfe says:

    It looks absolutely amazing. Have a blast!

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My “Feel Good” Music Adventure

Posted on: June 27th, 2011 by lisabell 12 Comments

This past weekend I had the privilege of participating in the First Annual Bates Place U Rock Retreat and Concert Series in Orlando, FL. I have been involved as a Bates Place marketing/booking client, helping me to bring my “feel good” music to venues across the country. “What exactly is feel good music?” you may ask. We all struggled with that definition over the weekend, as it’s not a musical genre per se, but simply “music that makes you feel good,” no matter what the style. It’s been called “Positive” or “Conscious” music, but mostly the songs simply contain messages that are meant to bring joy, awareness, and healing to the world.

We began our journey with a two-day retreat hosted by Dr. Kelly Brady, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Psychotherapist , goddess and overall extraordinary human being. Kelly took us on a journey within, to learn about the key things we can do to be creative, from that joyful place within our souls in order to bring our healing musical messages to the masses. We talked about cultivating and nurturing the seeds of that positive energy, while acknowledging but letting go of the negativity that so often gets in our way of becoming our best most creative selves.

The retreat was entertaining, exhausting, enthralling and enlightening (and a few more e words I’m not thinking of at the moment!). It also served to bring a group of musicians together, many for the first time, in a uniquely heartfelt manner that would produce two amazing collaborative concerts.

The first night’s concert was held at Christ’s Church Unity. Though we had heard snippets of music throughout the two-day retreat, this would be the first time that all thirteen musicians had really performed in front of each other. Many had quick rehearsals before sound check to add others into their acts for background vocals, percussion, trumpet or sax solos and keyboard magic. It was a true collaborative effort. The concert was magical and enlightening, and each artist was incredibly diverse with his or her musical style. Everyone was outstanding in their own musical way and brought the joy of the past few days to life in their music.

U Rock Artists and Staff

The 2nd night’s concert was in the John & Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando, in one of their beautiful theaters. The songs changed, more collaborative efforts were formed and the audience ate up the entire 4-hour show!

The most touching part of the evening for me was a presentation by one of the two invited non-profits for the evening, Base Camp. The organization helps to comfort and nourish families of terminally ill children as their children undergo treatments at the Children’s Hospital of Orlando. A young girl named Marley, who had entertained us throughout the evening with her joyful shrieks of laughter and dancing, was there that evening with her family and best little girlfriend. At the age of 3 she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The doctors had little hope for her even after surgery and gave the young girl days to live. But the family refused to give up, and worked with their faith, along with the best that Western medicine had to offer, to try and save the life that had barely begun. Marley is now 7 years old and is in full remission. She touched all of our hearts and this “old soul” had many lessons to teach us about the power of faith and never giving up in life, no matter how dire the situation may seem.

The evening was a fundraiser for the Bates Place non-profit, which has been set up to help artists like me to spread joyful, uplifting messages to the world. Money was raised, with the help of the nation’s only singing auctioneer Mari Harris.

The last evening was spent conducting a very casual closing concert on the waterfront in Tampa. Held outside of an old Trolley Car warehouse and repair station (among other things!), it was a very special night of making music together and saying our long goodbyes.

Click here for a goofy video I took that night!


Lisa and Teri Wilder

I have to say that the whole experience far exceeded my expectations. We were well taken care of with fabulous food and food for thought, lodging and oodles of love. All of us connected on an amazing level, and musical collaborations born out of the process were outstanding, exuberant and many longer term than just the weekend performances. In fact, for those of you in the Boulder/Denver area, two of the amazing artists, Teri Wilder and Mari Harris, will be appearing live in my own backyard for a house concert extraordinaire on Saturday, September 10. Details to come!

Mark, Bates and Rique

Thank you Bates and the entire staff of Bates Place for letting us be a part of your dream to bring this amazing “music that makes you feel great” to the world. This is only the beginning.

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  3. Lisa says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for the notes from the road. Oh, how I miss the European lifestyle. Nothing like those 2 hour lunches ;~)
    Can’t wait to see you when you get back…
    Much Love,
    Lisa

  4. Geoffrey says:

    Lisa and Travelers, Glad the adventure is being so fruitful, no pun intended.
    Be safe and enjoy life. All the best for great music making.
    Geoffrey

  5. seneca says:

    Is that GF Pasta? What has your GF experience been in Italy?

  6. Brad Weismann says:

    Wow! Keep those words and pictures coming! Awesome . . . why can’t I reach through this screen and get some prosciutto?

  7. Alphonse says:

    I will spread the word about your touring in Italy! Way to go, Lisa!!!

    AK

  8. Judy Brandt says:

    Lisa, oh my gosh, what an amazing adventure. The food, the scenery, everything looks & sounds awesome. Maybe your next visit you will need to take along your esthetician!! Love you…can’t wait to hear more.

  9. Lisa Simmons says:

    Sounds fantastic, wish I coulda been there, but so looking forward to having you here sister!

  10. Cliff Aerie says:

    Lisa:

    Thanks for your gentle spirit and grace-filled music… what a joy it was to meet and share our music together with so many new friends.

    Wild Blessings!
    Cliff

  11. Rique says:

    Hey Lisa
    What an incredible time I had sharing this most amazing weekend with you
    Can’t wait to do more
    Have a great trip
    Peace and Blessings!
    ALL THE BEST
    Rique

  12. Denise says:

    Wow, Lisa, it sounds like it was truly a life-changing experience. May the good vibes, love, nurturing and new friends sustain you for years to come!

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A weekend with Franco and Stone

Posted on: February 23rd, 2011 by lisabell 2 Comments

I am part of the core staff of the Boulder International Film Festival, which just wrapped up on Sunday. As the Filmmaker Liaison Coordinator it’s my job to find and coordinate volunteers who will pick up and take care of all of the filmmakers who come to town for the festival. We have a great team of liaisons who take them back and forth to the airport and make sure all of their needs are met during the festival.

My other role, along with my husband Steve, is to help transport and take care of the celebrities who visit the festival. This year it was James Franco and Oliver Stone.

The best way I can describe James is “overwhelmed.” The young star (32) is getting a PhD in English Studies at Yale,  just finished a book, has a multi-media art exhibit opening in June in Venice, is on General Hospital, is nominated for Best Actor for his role as Boulder’s own Aron Ralston in “127 Hours” and is hosting the Academy Awards this coming Sunday! And I thought I was oversubscribed! His manager told me James has a true photographic memory. He can read through a script once and have his lines down cold for the next scene. That would explain in part his super human skills but still thats all got to wear a guy out!

So it was no real surprise to me that he seemed a bit tired during his interview on Saturday night. Aron Ralston’s introduction was fabulous and I enjoyed meeting him every bit as much as the star who played him in the movie. If you haven’t seen “127 Hours,” by all means go see it! Though the pinnacle of the movie is him cutting off his arm, it’s only 90 seconds of the whole two hours and is so well done that I only had to look away once! It’s a very spiritually powerful movie and an amazing story of courage and determination.

Oliver Stone was super lively during his interview and in person as well. He is so hyper intelligent that I really believe his brain is wired differently than most. Steve and I enjoyed his “testing” conversations with us and he was simply delightful to be around. Here is a photo of us at the end of the festival on Sunday before the rest of the crowd rolled into the bar.


Taking care of the celebrities is exciting but amazingly stressful at the same time. From making sure security is in place to seeing that they have every single need taken care of, it’s a lot of work. Overall it’s a great gig but we certainly didn’t get to see much of the festival from the front of the house.

Some of the other highlights of the weekend for me included opening night and watching “Troubadors” about the famous bar of the same name in LA that launched just about every musical career in the 70s; watching my son Brendan have a great time volunteering at the festival for the first time as part of the Youth Advisory Council; watching the movie “Freedom Riders” with our boys and meeting the amazing Representative John Lewis; watching my stepdaughter Kaity blossom as a reporter as she interviewed and photographed just about every filmmaker in town for the festival blog, (including an exclusive interview with Oliver Stone); and watching the crazy Karaoke show at Sushi Zanmai with Franco’s manager on Saturday night-if you’ve never gone you should! As I told his manager, “It’s so bad it’s hip!”

An eventful weekend to be sure! Come talk to me at a show and I’ll tell you more about my role at BIFF and how you can be involved in the festival next year!

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  1. Marci James says:

    Lisa, looks like you’re having an amazing trip! LOVE the photos. The food looks amazing and your performances sound wonderful. So happy that you are feeling loved and appreciated by such a beautiful country. Hope things continue to go well! We miss you, but we’re happy to hear you’re having such a good time!

  2. Tom brock says:

    Hey – great blog… Almost feel like i was there…. no wait a minute…I WAS there!! Nice job!!

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International Skype Songwriting!

Posted on: January 6th, 2011 by lisabell 2 Comments

When I reconnected last September with Lisa Simmons of Hippie Tendencies for the first time in 25 years, something magical and unexpected happened. Not only did we become great friends, but a special musical partnership began as well.

Since October, Lisa, my co-writer, fantastic guitar player and great friend Bob Story and I have been holding weekly International Skype Songwriting sessions. Every Friday at 8:30 a.m. our time, which is 4:30 p.m. in Italy, we hold video Skype songwriting sessions. They have been both fun and very fruitful. We have two songs completed and several more in the works. Two of those songs will be performed this weekend by Bob and I at the Hotel Boulderado.

The Skype sessions have not been without their difficulties such as frozen screen images and a mysterious wind noise that inevitably wooshes through during each session. We have lovingly named it the “winds of change” as we are certainly changing the way that we have ever written songs in the past.

The sessions are creative and structured so that we truly accomplish writing tasks each week. We often work on ideas individually during the week between, then present them to the group on Fridays.

I’m very proud of the work that has been created so far and look forward to many more fruits of our labor to come. By the time we hit Italy in July, we should have almost a full set’s worth of new material to perform together.

To keep in touch with the rest of the Hippie Tendencies bands, Lisa Simmons often invites us to Skype into a rehearsal or get together to say hello.  I did so just last week and it really felt like I was in the room with them all. Though we can’t actually exchange any hugs, it’s the next best thing to being there! We also did a fun joint breakfast/dinner get together in November with all of our family members.

Who knows, maybe we have started a trend! I have also worked with Colorado songwriter Andy Ard via Skype to put finishing touches on a song we are working on as well. It sure beats wasting time driving for an hour each way. While nothing replaces being in the same room to write a song, this grand experiment is certainly yielding some fun material.

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  1. miriam paisner says:

    buon giorno Lisa
    what a wonderful trip you are having; how did it come to be? when are you due back in Boulder;
    enjoy the rest of it.
    miriam

  2. Bates Reed says:

    The energy at the house where we all spent two full days rewiring, meditating, singing and sharing energy and vision is still here. It’s been a week since all of the artists arrived into the space and I have to share that I’m still lifted to a new level of vibration everytime I enter a meditation.

    I am so looking forward to experiencing and understanding what shifts occurred for each and everyone of us as we integrate the energy and information that came through.

    Now, a few days in S. Florida to just allow.

    I sure do love you guys and Lisa, thanks for this incredible blog.

    Bates

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What a lovely way it was to start the Holidays!

Posted on: December 5th, 2010 by lisabell Click to Comment

I had an amazing Holiday House Concert and party last night at the home of Richard and Mary in North Boulder. The setting was perfect and the house was full of lovely new fans, great long-time friends/fans and family. I could not have had a better start to this glorious Holiday Season!

This was my very first house concert and I certainly plan to do more in the coming year! I was joined by my fabulous friends and co-writers Bob Story and Mark Oblinger who also performed their original music and helped me to make some holiday classics really unique and fun to sing and hear.

As part of the evening, I provided sparkling wines from around the globe and homemade gluten-free carrot cake. Since I was asked for it by dozens of people there, the recipe, from my mom Carole and made gluten-free by me, follows below.

Thank you to Richard and Mary especially for hosting the concert and to everyone who made the evening so very special. Happy Holidays! Lisa

Carole & Lisa’s Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

Cake:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
2 cups all-purpose gluten-free baking mix (I use the mix from Boulder-based Outrageous Baking www.outrageousbaking.com)
2 cups sugar
1 cup crushed pineapple (1 small can)
2 cups grated carrots
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups oil (canola or similar)
2 teaspoons vanilla

Sift the dry ingredients together (very important!)
Beat the 4 eggs in a large mixer or bowl with the oil and vanilla.
Add the flour mixture and blend. Then add the carrots and pineapple.
Pour into a greased and floured 9×13 pan.
Bake for 50-55 minutes. Let cool, then frost with:

Frosting:
1 8 oz block of cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
1/2-1 cup powdered sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
2 teaspoons vanilla

Let the cream cheese and butter sit at room temperature (while making the cake) to get soft. Blend the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together in a large mixer or bowl with hand mixer. Sift the powdered sugar (to remove lumps) and add according to your taste. I use about 1/2 cup per 8 oz cream cheese. Frost and top with pecans if you like. Enjoy!!!!

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The Power of Manifestation-My Journey with Hippie Tendencies

Posted on: September 28th, 2010 by lisabell 15 Comments

I am so very blessed to have just spent two weeks performing and hanging with the most amazing group of friends and musicians. I was fortunate to host Hippie Tendencies (HT) from Verona, Italy for two weeks at my house while they performed in the Boulder/Denver area.

HT at Rocky Mountain National Park

I helped them to book & promote the tour, sang backup and was the opening act for them at the big Soiled Dove show. I brought them one of my core band members, electric guitar player Bob Story and he did an amazing job playing their music and reveling in the love fest as well! And they LOVE Bob Story!

Bob Story and Lisa Simmons

Both HT’s lead singer Lisa Simmons and I manifested this dream and the experience was far beyond our wildest imaginations. Not only did HT get to experience the full gamut of American performance venues, but deep, lasting friendships were born in the process.

The beginnings of manifestation
When I first started my professional musical journey 9 years ago, one of my dreams was to perform in Europe. I said this as often as I could in interviews and to anyone who would listen. And even though it will have been ten years since putting that out to the Universe, it will come true next July when we turn the tables and they host me and some members of my band in Italy.

One of the things to learn about manifesting is that you need to be very specific. For example, I don’t know that I was ever specific about the timing of this mythical European tour of mine. ” So what if it takes 10 years?” says the Universe. I had hoped that it would be sooner than that but I’ll take it. I had gotten very close over the years, but never had a way to get band members once I was overseas. Now I have a fantastic band who all already know my music, a place to stay and amazing support of our new friends.

We learned a lot about expectations as well over the two weeks. While the Soiled Dove show was the highest profile event during the two weeks, it was by no means the best performance for everyone. As the tour progressed, everyone jelled more and relaxed into the music. Our outdoor performance at Boulder’s Fall Festival was probably the best overall with a good crowd and a far more relaxed atmosphere. The lesson? Sometimes when you put too much emphasis on one thing vs. another, the Universe steps in to remind you that each event in life  should be cherished as much as the next. Revel in the moment.

While they were here, we took them to Red Rocks to see the amazing venue and to step on to the stage to feel what it would be like to perform there. I had no idea it would be so easy to perform a few tunes on stage!

Lisa Bell, Christian Codenotti and Lisa Simmons on stage at Red Rocks!

We attracted a crowd and they gained some new fans from around the world. We worked on really “feeling” the performance at Red Rocks, putting ourselves on that stage for a full house paying audience. The day before they had made a newspaper in Estes Park with a headline that we asked one of their new fans to read.

Believe it, feel it and be in the space. The key to manifestation is to see the moment in the future, but also to feel it with your whole body, mind and spirit. No better way to do that then to physically do it.

Throughout the week, HT performed at every type of American performing venue:

The Whistler-an eclectic bar in Nederland:
Baker Street-a restaurant in Boulder:

Soiled Dove-a major big stage venue in Denver
Rock N’ Soul open mic night in Boulder:
The Laughing Goat-coffee shop:

Boulder’s Harvest Fair-an outdoor festival:
El Chapultepec Too-traditional dive bar
And culminating with a house concert in my backyard!

Friendship Manifested
For the last few years I have felt a need for a group of close friends who I could also call a real band. Again, it’s too bad that I wasn’t specific enough with my manifestation! Little did I know that HT from Italy would welcome me as one of them on their songs and completely kick butt playing mine! Now for finding that reality in the states!

The most exciting thing that happened over the two weeks though was the deep friendships that were developed. Though Lisa and I barely knew each other in high school, it was as though we had known each other our entire lives, and maybe before. We fell almost immediately into a close, comfortable relationship, discovering in the process that while we live in opposite ends of the world and have had very different lives on the surface, our similarities were unbelievable. Lisa has become the best friend I have been seeking. Again, bummer that I wasn’t very specific about manifesting a true, deep friendship with someone I could actually hang out with on a regular basis!


The rest of the band also become very close to my husband Steve (on my left) and I as well as Bob.

Each brought a different element to the mix, and all were lovely and amazing individuals. We truly believe we have found a group of people with whom we were meant to be with, and perhaps we have all been friends before, in some other time and place. We can’t wait for our time in Italy next year, as well as many more things in the future years to come.


Lisa and I both believe that this is only the beginning and the future holds some amazing surprises for us. To that end, Lisa and I have made a pact to write music together weekly via Skype-a grand experiment that Bob wants to be a part of. Three way international Skype songwriting-it may be a first!

The Final HT Manifestation
On the way to the airport early yesterday morning, everyone was quite somber. Lisa’s life partner and HT keyboard player, co-writer and music director Marco mentioned that he did not want to go home. He said maybe they should see how much it would be to change their tickets and stop over in NYC for a bit. Lisa said that they could possibly stay at a friends apartment in the city. But the realities and cost of changing airline tickets for everyone was daunting and not likely. As the day progressed, their flights kept getting delayed, and in the end, by no fault of their own, they were stuck for nearly 24 hours in-you guessed it-NYC. Lisa called her friend and he happened to be out of the country, but offered the use of his huge and amazing Manhattan apartment for the night. As they called last night to tell me the exciting news, we talked about this amazing last manifestation and how precise it was. Marco saw it, felt and and believed he was going to be able to see NYC for the first time.

I look forward to the future with my new found friends and amazing musical colleagues. For those of you who made it to any of the concerts, I know you could feel the love emanating from stage. Pure joy is created when true friends and fantastic musicians get together to perform such powerful music. Lisa’s father said that the whole situation was truly a miracle, and I believe that’s right. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined a better two weeks and that it would lead to a lifetime ahead of adventures in music with these amazing soul sisters and brothers.

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  1. MihaelaMadalina, cursurile nu se pot lua decat de la profesori. Majoritatea pun suportul de curs pe portal la sfarsitul semestrului.Nu te poti duce numai la examene. La FEAA conteaza in general 50% ceea ce faci in timpul semestrului si 50% examenul. Nu poti intra in examen daca nu mergi macar la seminarii. Daca nu poti ajunge la cursuri, vb cu profesorii, dar la seminarii trebuie sa ajungi.

  2. Experienced it in January this year in London Was surreal, massive fluffy snow flakes were falling but there was very little wind for some Close to 1ft of snow in 30

  3. buenoo te entiendoooo io te tengo terror alas ratas y la neta es ke … si te paralizas sientes ke el aire te falta …. pero .. todo se vence cuando ves ke lo ke mas amas …. esta en peligro eso kreo io

  4. Fantomzeit – Dunkelheit oder Leere im frühen Mittelalter? » Die Phantomzeitthese (nicht) bei Barbarossa (update) sagte hierzu am 14. März 2010 um 09:47: […] können wir uns auch in der Gegenwart über mediale Aufmerksamkeit nicht beklagen, wie etwa hier und hier nachzulesen. Am …

  5. WHAT? A cute little girl peeking out of a darling cup? Wayyyyy too cute! I love your color choices and that lace trim is perfection. Hugs my friend!

  6. Lapsityövoimalla tehtyä tuotetta ei kaupassa erota mitenkään, mutta turkiksen erottaa. Valvonta olisi siis huomattavasti helpompaa, jos haluttaisiin kieltää myös myynti. Pelkästä tarhauksen kieltämisestä Suomessa ei ole kai oikein mitään hyötyä, ellei se sitten vaikuta turkistuotteiden kysyntään. Jotenkin en näe kärsivien elukoiden siirtämistä kauemmaksi minään ratkaisuna.

  7. It’s about time someone wrote about this.

  8. Lynn Skinner says:

    Ahhhhhh, such radiance. II was away during your gigs, and am so happy they went so well.
    I am thrilled for you, Lisa, and also Bob. I can’t stop here, can I?? I am also thrilled for Lisa Simmons and her ensemble. What a wonderful story of many riches, and a lesson for us all.
    Thank you for modeling such success on so many levels.
    Lynn

  9. Lou says:

    It was the highlight of my 2 week vacation @ home to see these musicians perform with the great energy & emotion.

    Keep me posted out here in Santa Barbara.

  10. Lisa Simmons says:

    Ah Lisa, what a beautiful beautiful summation of those 2 weeks! I feel exactly as you do .. so blessed so lucky and am still enchanted by the connection felt by all involved. It was a powerful and extraordinarily moving experience. I know profoundly that we all created this joy .
    I visualized and wished for .. longed to play in the States with H.T. and have forever been looking for a deep friendship with a musical sister and voila it’s all happened. Words fail me (some songwriter!!) when trying to describe the immense sense of “rightness” felt throughout those two weeks, not just on stage but in our burgeoning friendships.
    Bob Story is an amazing man and musician who I feel honored to have played with and so look forward to collaborating with. I agree Bob, I’m ready to do it all over again, as soon as possible! Let’s keep this show on the road!! Now that we have all experienced the power of manifestation , we must keep the ball rolling!
    You , my dear , could not be more my sister if we were blood related. Your kindness, sensitivity , sense of humor and boundless talent is an enormous source of inspiration. I can’t wait to start our skype experiment! I miss you both as well as Steve, feel a real sense of loss not being near you all and am glad to have the thought of our future collaborations to console. Your music in Italia is going to be so loved and we are no doubt going to have a blast sharing that indefinable energy and joy with as many audiences as we can pack in !
    Steve and Lisa – Thank you for opening your heart and home to us, Lisa for lending us your gorgeous voice. Thank you Bob for sharing your extraordinary talent with us, thank you both for sharing a sense of wonder with us, for your amazing professionalism and delightful senses of humor. This is the beginning… and what a beginning!!

  11. Mountain Max says:

    …..BOB
    thank’s so much for everything!! 🙂

  12. Mountain Max says:

    Colorado is very great land!!
    Lisa, was a big pleasure for me and for us to share this emotion with you
    thank you very much Lisa, thank you very much Steve!
    big hug

    massimo

  13. bob story says:

    Lisa, It is true what you write and could not have been said better. Playing my first note/groove with the guys in your house something felt special and right. All of the musical pleasure centers started firing and it took me a few moments to realize the cause of. A musical conversation was going on like your experience with Lisa Simmons. We had known each other for a long time and just hooked up again after a long absence.

    Now lets get it on the road because it will be irresistible to those who experience what you describe. I am ready to do it all over again now.
    bob

  14. A F Simmons says:

    This is a wonderful essay. I loved every bit of it & it shows your true loving nature. I am a lucky person to be included in your circle of friends.
    afs

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What a lucky person I am!!

Posted on: September 14th, 2010 by lisabell 2 Comments

We had our first rehearsal today with Hippie Tendencies from Italy, gearing up for our big show at the Soiled Dove this coming Saturday, September 18.

As I was sitting in rehearsal, I got all teary eyed realizing just how lucky I am and what great manifestation powers I have! It’s been nine years since I started my musical journey, and that first year I said that my goal was to be able to play in Europe. It’s now going to finally become a reality and with the most amazing group of musicians I could possibly imagine.

Check out more photos of Lisa Simmons, Marco Cremaschini, Massimo Saviola, Cesare Valbusa and Christian (too bad he’s married all you single gals) Codenotti, along with me and my fantastico guitar player Bob Story on my Facebook page.

The band sounds amazing and I am really enjoying hosting three of the band members at my house for 2 weeks. They are so grateful for a place to stay and food on the table! It makes me feel like my home is a very special place indeed.

Thank you universe for helping to answer my call to be a professional musician and take my music to lands far away. Thanks to Lisa Simmons and her fantastic band Hippie Tendencies for coming along when we needed each other the most.

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  1. pat salas says:

    I’ve watched/known LisaMarie since she was a pre-teen (being a friend of her dad). But this tour brought many, many more people ‘out’ and ‘together’ — very inspirational. Great music, of course. But watching the Energy of the Universe was as good (or better)

  2. Mountain Max says:

    Colorado is very great land!!
    Lisa, was a big pleasure for me and for us to share this emotion with you
    thank you very much Lisa, thank you very much Steve! 🙂
    big hug

    massimo

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The Italians are Coming!

Posted on: September 2nd, 2010 by lisabell 1 Comment

The Italians are coming! In just 2 weeks we have a very special concert at the Soiled Dove Underground in Denver, opening for Hippie Tendencies from Verona, Italy! This is a really big concert for me as it kicks off my manifested dream come true!

I have always wanted to perform in Europe and thanks to Facebook, that dream is going to become reality.

Last fall, I was right in the middle of working on my new CD project and noticed that a friend of mine from high school who I haven’t seen in over 25 years, Lisa Simmons, had friended me on Facebook. I noticed that Lisa’s profile picture was of her in a recording studio. We started a discussion and discovered that we were both singer/songwriters working on new projects. We cheered each other along throughout the CD birthing process, and started the ‘what if’ discussion about touring in Colorado and Italy along the way. Lisa wanted to come home to Colorado to perform for the first time in 20 years and I have always wanted to play in Italy. Before we knew it, the idea for a ‘band exchange program’ was born.

I am hosting Hippie Tendencies during their two-week Colorado tour in September, opening for them at the Soiled Dove and a few other smaller gigs throughout Colorado. We’ll reverse that in Italy when I go there next spring to headline shows.

Hippie Tendencies is a great funk/jazz/pop/rock band that is Indy at their core, with music that defies categorization. It’s a fantastic compliment to my new music and we are both looking forward to helping each other by singing backup and exchanging musicians both here and in Italy.

Don’t miss the big show at the Soiled Dove on Saturday, September 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and available at www.soileddove.com.

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  1. Susan Gricus says:

    Lisa,

    I got goosebumps reading this!! What an amazing experience for you all…so special!! No wonder you were so looking forward to this the last time we saw you 🙂

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New Review-Feminist Review

Posted on: August 26th, 2010 by lisabell Click to Comment

A fun new review today from Feminist Review.

“The varied material on the disc provides plenty of opportunities for Bell to show off her versatile voice, which conveys longing, acceptance, hopefulness, anticipation, and joy in turn. With superb guitar and percussion throughout, it’s clear she is interested in each song not just as a showcase for herself but as a means of communication between artist and listener. Mostly, you get the sense that Bell loves what she’s doing and wants to share the beauty and excitement of these songs with you. Dancing On The Moon is an enjoyable outing of both smooth and improvisational songs, with an upbeat feel, and the blend of styles makes it perfect for the musically adventurous.”

Read the rest of the review on the Reviews page.

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