At least thats how it feels to songwriter Thom Bell, whos written soul classics like You Made Me Feel Brand New for the Stylistics and Rubber Band Man for the Spinners.
As a result, Bell is being rung in as one of this years inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Its an honor that Bell never expected but one he compares to being top of the line... in the major leagues.
It took a lot of work. Bell was one of the first songwriters working in R & B who preferred classical musical progressions as opposed to the standard blues chords.
As he puts it, Those blues chords just didnt exist for me.
But while much of Bells music is written for orchestra, he doesnt mind simpler songs. In fact, one of his biggest hits, Ill Be Around, was written on a dare because, as he puts it, Someone said, Ill bet you cant even write a simple song.
Bell will be officially inducted on June 15 in New York City.
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