Pop Music


And now for something completely different; presenting a remix of the very first performance we posted on the blog!  Here is “Born This Way” performed and arranged by Brian Seemann and remixed by Aaron Cheng. You have to admit that’s pretty fantastic.  It has been far too long since the last time we posted a electronic remix of bells. Aaron, the producer of the piece, is surprisingly not a handbell...

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Video of the Week: Blackbird


Posted By on Feb 26, 2015

The Beatles song “Blackbird” is a timeless classic.  Like much of the music by the Beatles, “Blackbird” continues to be a popular song.  At their concert last month, Bell Appeal premiered a cover of Blackbird beautifully written for bells and voice by Jen Hayes.  The concert was entitled “The Story of my Life”, and group members recounted times in their lives each song had touched...

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The Agape Ringers recently uploaded a video of their session playing the new piece “Some Nights” originally by FUN, arranged for bells by Douglas Anderson. It is very exciting to see a popular song with such a good arrangement pop up! I would love to see more songs arranged involving drums and other rhythm section instrumentation.  I think you can agree it adds a whole new dimension to the music. In case you...

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Nick and Noah, a pop duo from the East Coast, are on a quest to write and record an EP for each season.  While brainstorming things they wanted to include in their Winter EP handbells were one one the first things they thought of.  According to Nick Frenay from the duo, “I remember always hearing the bell choir in church service when I was younger, and specifically around the holidays. As a pop duo, everything we do starts with...

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After recording our Firework Cover last year, I have been looking for an excuse to try to record a pop song again.  We learned a lot from our first attempt and I wanted to put that knowledge toward another video.  Thanks to my nerdy friends Brian Seemann and Greg Urban, the opportunity presented itself, and in less than two weeks we arranged, recorded, and edited this cover of the amazing Clean Bandit’s song...

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Hallelujah! From Shrek to Bells


Posted By on Apr 22, 2014

When the producers of the first Shrek movie decided to use Rufus Wainwright’s cover of “Hallelujah”, I don’t think even they realized how perfect the song would fit in the movie.  The melancholy, haunting lyrics swelled at just the right moment in the plot and left not a dry eye in the audience.  That’s why I and the rest of the world fell in love with this song. Originally written by Lennard Cohen in...

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