First Light

by Paul Bell

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    My First Light, and my back-catalogue recordings "Small Town Boy" and "What I call Romance". 39 songs. Save £10.

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1.
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Down the middle
3.
Even when you're gone
4.
Look back, smiling
5.
Not goodbye
6.
Mend the cracks with gold
7.
So bright
8.
Things no-one knows
9.
Safely home
10.
What matters in time

about

So, when I last made an album in 2013 - "Small Town Boy" - I wasn’t sure if I’d make another. At the time I guess I felt like I’d said all I had to say. But a lot can change in five years.

These songs kind of snuck up on me. Songs about hope, songs about grief, about questions, about finding beauty in brokenness, about being together. At the start of the year I realised I’d been writing an album.

So in March 2018, along with Dan and Matt Weeks I hopped on a plane to Stockholm to make a record. We locked ourselves away for a week with a few guitars, a piano, some drums and some mics and hit record.

These are probably the most personal songs I've written, and are marker posts on the journey of the last few years, through sadness, and into a place of hope.

This is First Light.

credits

releases August 21, 2018

Paul Bell - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Hammond Organ, Backing Vocals
Matt Weeks - Bass, Wurlitzer, Hi-strung guitars, Mandolin, Synths
Dan Weeks - Percussion, Drums, Programming, Backing Vocals, Synths
Viktor Buck - Electric guitars, Lap steel, Baritone electric guitar.
Johannes Lindsmyr - Drums

Produced & Engineered by Dan and Matt Weeks for weeksweeksweeks.com
Recorded at Fred's Kitchen, Stockholm & Rubble Mansions.

Mixed by Dan Weeks.
Mastered by Svante Forsback, ChartMakers.

All songs written by Paul Bell (C) 2018

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Paul Bell Nottinghamshire, UK

"I like that, I like that very much - Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2.

Paul is a singer/songwriter based near Nottingham. Featured on BBC Introducing, toured the UK with Cafe Nero.

Gigs in Coffee Shops, Churches, Pubs, Festivals.

Four independently released solo albums.
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Track Name: Beautiful and brave
I feel the grief and the gratitude
For two weeks in a hospital room
It wasn’t enough
But you never know the difference it made

I feel the love and I feel the loss
Though it really isn’t mine to feel
My heart is changed
And you never know the difference it made

Be beautiful and brave
Every act of kindness sees the world change
In that moment I know you’ll be touched by grace
Be beautiful and brave (whoa)
Be beautiful and brave (whoa)

There is an ache hidden in the smile
Tears have flowed for a little while
Love lingers on
And nobody leaves the world unchanged

There is a light shining in the dark
And I keep it burning in my heart
Show me the way
Cos I will not leave the world the same

(And I hear you saying)