I started out this series calling it inspiring mondays but I like friends friday better.
Anyway, this week we are joined by the amazing Christopher Bell.
Christopher Bell is a cellist/audio engineer based out of Upstate NY. When not traveling around playing music he enjoys cross country skiing and hanging out with his neighbor’s cats.
I met Chris in the late 90’s at a summer camp in Western NY. I have a vivid memory of him having a shirt that said POLSKA. And If I’m remembering correctly we played a chevelle tune at the camp talent show that year.
Since then Chris has done some amazing stuff and is a person that really inspires me. Things like using the cello as his main instrument, going on tour in a canoe, and incorporating other ethnic sounds into his music. Chris I’ve seen you really push yourself and achieve some amazing dreams. I really appreciate our chats, I always leave inspired. I’m gonna let people check out this video of a cover you did that makes me smile and then I’ll let you tell us a little about you.
Landscape of New Mexico and Arizona
Looking back and seeing the sacrifices my father made while my mother was dying as well as his raising me as a single parent for 6 or so years.
I once stayed at a place on tour where the house was so dirty there was a line of ants eating a dead cockroach.
Not one thing, but connecting with people and learning i’m not as strange or a black sheep as i initially thought. That was encouraging to know that maybe I didn’t have bad ideas, and it was ok to march to the beat of my own drum.
my biggest struggle was putting in the work to get where I wanted to go, and to overcome that, i just needed to canoe from Buffalo to NYC.
reading, learning new things.
David Byrne’s book How Music Works
I have a set schedule of working out 6 days a week, house cleaning/groceries on sundays. Studying, reading, and at least 1 movie a week.
I wake up between 8 and 9:30 depending on if I have class. If a class day, then its college, home, nap, work, practice cello, exercise. On no class days its work, practice, exercise.
I’ve been studying carnatic music, a south indian style of music, and listening to that a lot lately.
World’s Fastest Indian
too much an open book for that.
Cross Country Skiing.