Smoke and Mirrors

Firstly, apologies for the lack of post last month but things have been getting hectic! But now I’m back on track. Rebel’s back and yelling louder than ever!
As none of you know I’ve recently started university. That’s right folks I’m one of those clinically insane people who actually decide to stick with education longer than legally required AND pay huge amount of money for it! But you should be use to my lunacy by now. Besides in the words of Mr. Billie Joe Armstrong “the most punk thing to do is to do the things no one expects”…or something along those lines…the point is a musician going to university? Well…this next fact could blow you right of the water (if you’ve been living under a rock all of this century) but I’m at an actual music school working towards a degree in Songwriting. Yupp. I know what you’re all thinking…”How can you do a degree in Songwriting?” and “Whatdoes it entail? Just sitting round writing songs?” but that my friends is another story for another time.
Left to right:
Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly
Trust me there is a point to me informing you about my current lifestyle choices, in a recent class I learnt that one of my favourite songs was not actually written by the band themselves, instead professional songwriters are behind the piece. The song being Alone by Heart, was in fact written by two men called Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. Within this class it was also unveiled that they are in fact the masterminds behind classics such as Eternal Flameby The Bangles and The PretendersI’ll Stand ByYou as well as writing the song that arguable put Madonna on her pedestal Like a Virgin.
Again why am I telling you all of this? Because I am fully aware of how stubborn and ignorant musicians, fans and writers are when it comes to the role of commercial songwriters thing. Myself included in this. We tend to assume that it is only Pop artists such as One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer rely on other professionals to write their music; sometimes even collaborating with these writers. But this is not the case at all. Some of the largest names in the Rock world have been created through others, for instance, a man called Jim Steinman founded the artist Meat Loaf, you know who he is right? To me Steinman is a legend. Up in the same league as Elton John and Michael Jackson.
Some of his most well known songs include:
– “Bat Outta Hell” – Meat Loaf

– “Total Eclipse of the Heart” – Bonnie Tyler


– “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” – Celine Dion


– “Dead Ringer for Love” – Meat Loaf feat. Cher


– “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” – Air Supply


And so many more!

Artist such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley had professional songwriters writing their music. To the degree that Sinatra was known to make writers compete with each other in order to get the best songs on to his albums. Another artist who doesn’t get the recognition she deserves by the general public is Diana Warren, her hits list include:


– “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith
– “Bed of Nails” – Alice Cooper
– “Loving You Is All I Know” – The Pretenders
– “Blue Eyes Blues” – Eric Clapton
– “Cruel Nights” – Heart

Basically, these passed few lessons I’ve been subjected to made me realise as a fan and musician that there are so many people behind the scenes and back stage that help artists tremendously. To the degree that most bands wouldn’t be where they are today if it wasn’t for these writers.
So the point of this Rebel Yell article? To (hopefully) make you see that there are some insanely talented people out there who are either unknown, undiscovered, or simply don’t want the same version of ‘fame and fortune’ as artists. I guess that’s it really…I realise there isn’t much to go off of in this article. I am also aware it is very different from my usual entries, but hey see I can be somewhat sophisticated too!
Don’t worry everything won’t be like this, I will go back and forth, sticking primarily to my little quirky reviews and what not. But every now and again I will drop something insightful your way…like this…after all I’m a uni girl and all that jazz now aye!
I am also aware I may have shatter some of you own illusions about some of your favourite artists…such as I was with Heart. Don’t worry you’ll get over it, and hopefully make something useful of it! But I’m sorry(!!!) if I’ve destroyed some of your little, perfect worlds…or just wasted some of your time. Maybe I should have put a disclaimer at the top of here…hmmm…ahh well…
Until next time…”unpleasant dreams”
(Yes I just stole that line from Elvira…for all of you who knew that reference I salute you! If you didn’t get yourself educated on her now!)

Rebel Yell.

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