Bebe Buell (2011)

Written by Randy Patterson

September, 2011

bebebuellhardloveI have to start this piece off by emphatically saying that Bebe Buell has been a good, supporting friend of Boomerocity.  She was among the first ten interviews granted to this site and she has been so generous in voicing her support of our endeavor ever since.  For that, I’ll be forever grateful.

I’m not alone in feeling this way.  It’s that kind, loving heart that has drawn people into her vortex and her music has been a melodic hook that has kept them captivated.  All one has to do is read her interaction with fans on her Facebook page and the incredible, favorable press that she receives – even when she doesn’t have a new CD to promote.

And, speaking of new CD’s to promote, Bebe has a tremendous new project that lands on September 27th entitled Hard Love.  It’s here first album since her highly acclaimed Sugar album and promises to not only solidify her already strong fan base but will result in adding more people to it.

Bebe called me recently to discuss Hard Love and starts off by bringing me up to date on what has been filling her calendar in recent days.

“I’m just basking in the afterglow of a year of really, really hard work, making this record, meeting Wendy. I’m coming up on the anniversary of when I met Wendy Dio, which was October 26th, 2010.  It’ll be a year and in that year I’ve lost 35 pounds, recorded a new album and getting ready to play live shows again.  It’s just amazing. I think it’s a message to anyone who thinks there’s an expiration date on our art.”

Did she say “35 pounds”?  I had to ask how she lost that much weight.

“Jenny Craig!” And she then breaks out into a song about Jenny that she improvised on the spot. After extolling the virtues of the Ms. Craig’s dietary program coupled with exercise, Bebe concludes the subject by saying, “I think that it was Michele Rundgren (wife of her former beau, Todd) that did that fabulous video of how you incorporate exercise into your everyday, domestic goddess duties. Very funny!  I laughed so hard. She really is a funny woman.”

Ever the rocking artist, Ms. Buell then segues into the realm of music.

“But, for me, too, being blocked into this creative space and actually having a manager and somebody giving me advice and guidance, it puts a whole different spin on the work.  You can actually concentrate on the work. You don’t have

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