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Richard T. Bear, aka T Bear, was a leading session keyboard player and songwriter in the '70s and '80s, but then he went virtually silent for a couple of decades. Now he has his first album of new music in 25 years, "Fresh Bear Tracks," and it’s awesome. T Bear's story is one of grit, pain, redempti
Publish Date: Jul 12, 2021
Richard T. Bear, aka T Bear, was a leading session keyboard player and songwriter in the '70s and '80s, but then he went virtually silent for a couple of decades. Now he has his first album of new music in 25 years, "Fresh Bear Tracks," and it’s awesome. T Bear's story is one of grit, pain, redemption and, ultimately, joy. Hear about the making of the hauntingly beautiful "Nina's Song" off the new album in this exclusive interview you’ll find only on KMB.
that was Cleopatra by T Bear Here on keith's music box and I am here with T. Bear, the man himself, he's my guest today and I want to ask you to Bear about another song on your album. And I mentioned before that there's a lot of personal songs and this song and I didn't know the story about Nina until you just told me. But within the first notes of this song I literally started to fucking cry. I mean it is such a beautiful, emotional and heartfelt song and I wonder was writing a song like that cathartic in some way for you and and maybe you want to tell us a little what happened with Nina if you don't mind as well. Well Nina got diagnosed with stage four cancer and it was um I already had kind of taken over parts of the body and he was only given a few months to live and we were blindsided by that and she was she was a champion and she she Thought like hell they gave her they gave her 3-4 months and she got 20 months Wow, mm. He was a very she was a very powerful lady and and in the way that she you know wanted to go out a certain way. If you're talking about Nina song I will direct you to the first song that I wrote while she was sitting at her desk at school doing her homework. And that was called The Cradle to the Grave. And that's one of the lines in Yeah, this song one of the opening lines yeah from the Cradle to the grave as the journey we all must take about the time we spent together and the promises we make and I I never wanted to finish that song because because of her condition and and then she said to me, she said two weeks before she passed, she said, she wrote me a note. She said, I'm getting choked up, Please please never cancel another gig. Go out and play music, finish this album and Fall in Love again. Mhm. And I went in the studio and I sat down at ultra tone johnny lee shells place. And I said johnny want to I want to sing this song, I want to play this just piano vocal and I want to record from the cradle to the grave. And and I did. And it was Richard manual from the band, his piano, his Steinway that's got a lot of juju in it too. And so I played it, I sang it one take and then I took it over to Stevie Black, a really great string arranger composer on it. And and I said, I want to do something like abusing and have strings and things like that because Nina was saying to me and she would sing those string lines so he put those on and then I went I can't use the words Cradle to the grave. So I'm going to just call this Nina song. And it's a the album is dedicated to her. This album wouldn't have been done without her. It's the last song on the album and she is up there now smiling and pulling strings, I'm sure and and and celebrating this this record and everybody that knew her. Um and everybody that knew of our love story has As such strong feelings for for this song. And it's funny because it was her birthday April 19 And the album came out on April 16 to honor her birthday. It had to come out on friday and it couldn't come out on that monday. So it came out on a friday And within two days it was being played for example in Germany where they know me. They started playing the the album on monday which was her birthday. They said to honor her birthday We're going to play Nina Song 1st. So they played it on radio bremen and that was very very sweet of them. Yeah. Yeah. As I said, I didn't know any of that back story but I've I just feel the emotion behind it and it's just a beautiful piece of work. Thank you. Thank you. Mm Yeah. From the cradle to the great that's a journey we all mistake about the time we spend together. The promises we make From 1000 miles away. I know your voice and what you'd say to never leave me lonely. You might want to know. I love you through the end of days. I wish the days were longer. For my love for you grows stronger. Time keeps rushing by so fast until I read my last. I love you. I wish the days were longer with my love for you grows stronger. This time keeps rushing by so fast until I breathe my last. I love you, cradle to the grave with I love you. I love you too. I love you. No. Yeah. Yeah.