Irish songwriter Rosie Bell has written songs about homelessness, bullying and nursing homes – but her infectious new single is about falling hopelessly in love with a vampire. In the promo photo for “Cursed”, Rosie’s wearing a silver cross for protection, but most vampires are exceedingly good-looking, a la Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. You get the feeling that Ms. Bell will soon be spending her nights with a hemoglobin-guzzling hottie.
Believe it or not, there’s a pretty large catalog of pop songs about vampires. Two of my favorites are Kings Of Leon’s “Closer” and the 1990 Concrete Blonde song “Bloodletting”. Bell’s new song is a fang-tastic addition to the canon.
Like many UK and Northern Ireland songwriters, Bell loves coming to Nashville to co-write. There’s already a “Van Morrison Day” in Nashville because the Belfast singer is good pals with a former mayor – so maybe Rosie will get her own official day, too.
Bell is putting the finishing touches on a new EP that’s due in May. I predict that her tales of vampire lust will be a streaming sensation. Songs about bullying and nursing homes may not be magnets for new listeners, but tunes about necking with the undead have perennial appeal.