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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.

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.

A brand new me!

Posted on: April 24th, 2010 by lisabell Click to Comment

Wow, a whole new CD, Web site and a whole new me!! Thank you to all of my fans who have stuck with me over the past 9 years on my amazing musical journey. I feel like I have come so far from my first CD, Dare To Be… where I primarily covered jazz standards. It’s All About Love took me further into the Singer/Songwriter realm, and now Dancing on the Moon takes me miles further along that journey.

I can’t wait to share the new music with you either live at one of our upcoming shows, or with the new CD. You can download Dancing on the Moon now at and soon the hard copies will be for sale as well (if you just can’t wait, please email me at and I can arrange to send one to you in the mail).

Tonight’s the big night for the CD release concert and I am so excited! The band is killer and the music is really fun, plus there is a way cool storyteller and healing sound wave concert aspect to the show as well. Come out if you can make it:

Saturday, April 24, 7 p.m., Nomad Theatre, 1410 Quince Ave.-doors open at 6:30.

A lovely article appeared this morning in the Denver Post about the concert and 424.