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First they came

First they came for Muslims and I did not speak out because I was not a Muslim. Then they came for the undocumented immigrants and I did not speak out because I was not an undocumented immigrant. Then they came for the LGBTQ community and I did not speak out because I wasn’t part of it. Then they came for the climate scientists and I did not speak out because I was not a climate scientist. Then they came for the press and media and I did not speak out because I was not part of the press or media. Then they came for the government employees and I did not speak out because I was not a government employee. Then they came for women’s rights and I did not speak out because I was not a woman. Then they came for me and there was no one left to stand up for me.

Paraphrased from Martin Niemöller’s poem. 

NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest Entry – T. Mitchell Bell – Simple

This song Simple was inspired by a bumper sticker I saw while sitting in Northern Virginia Fairfax County traffic one day. I wrote it years ago but it seems even more relevant now with all the electronic devices that we are plugged into.

I worked in the high tech industry until 2008 when I unplugged and was laid off during the recession. So I went to Nashville to make my debut recording and haven’t looked back. This song was recorded at my actual desk built into the wall in our den. Thanks to NPR for playing the best music. Where would radio be today without you?

Peace,
Mitch

Bell Family Jam

A very special evening, three generations of family, five bands all together for one night of great music.

Tommy Bell, Harry Turner and Tony Janflone Sr. formed Marshmellow Steamshovel, a psychedelic rock band, in Pittsburgh back in the 60’s. They released only one single on Head Records in 1968 with the songs Mr. Mold and Steamshovel.

Sadly Harry Turner passed away, but the surviving original members Tony Janflone Sr., guitar, and Tommy Bell, drums, will reunite with Don Czaplicki on bass and Charlie Barath on harmonica, to play at The Bell Family Jam at The Rex Theater July 25th, with doors opening at 7 pm the music starts at 8 pm.

T. Mitchell Bell, Tommy’s son, will play with his band The Wandering Coalition.

Christopher Bell and Matthew Locy, T. Mitchell’s sons will play with their bands The Weathered Road and The Rusty Haywhackers.

Shannon Jones, Tommy’s granddaughter and daughter of Chere Bell Jones will play with her and her partner Joe Pritchard’s band The Recipe.

This will prove to be a once in a lifetime all out jam that you don’t want to miss.

Advance tickets are available online at: http://www.showclix.com/event/s20140725bell for $10 and $12 at the door.

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