Natalie Rogers is a musician and performer based in Pittsburgh, PA. This is her song story…
What is the song and who is it by?
Why is this song so important to you?
I grew up listening to disco/funky music, thanks to my mom. When I was in elementary school and possibly even into high school, a local Pittsburgh radio station would broadcast disco music every Saturday at 9pm. Obviously we would have that blaring in our house every Saturday night. I loved it! To this day that genre is still one of my favorites. “Ring My Bell” of course was one of the songs that would have been broadcasted. Also when I was young, my mom was part of our neighborhood’s Bunco group, and they used “Ring My Bell” as the song to end each round. I had a great childhood and my mom is one of my best friends, and I just love the dynamics of the song. It’s been a favorite of mine for about 20 years.
Do you remember the first time you heard it? Did you know right away it was going to be a favorite/important song or did it have to grow on you?
I can’t remember the exact time, but I know I was really young. I was probably at home/around my mom. With being so young, I didn’t have the capacity to think that it would be “meaningful” to me in the long-run haha, but I knew it was one of my favorites!
Fill in the blank: If this song came on at a bar or restaurant I would probably..
Scream and start singing and wonder what freaking bar am I at that would possibly play this song.
Do you know how to play the song and have you ever performed it?
No I’ve never even sung the song publicly.
If you could put this song at one point in the Lifetime TV movie about you, what would it be and why?
It would either have to be me when I’m little listening to the radio and am first being introduced to disco music. You know how in movies when the song starts faint and it’s in the scene and then it gradually becomes the forefront and transitions into the next scene. Does that make sense? Or it would have to be used in a scene that depicts the first few times I met my boyfriend. LOL
What is your favorite lyric (or musical moment, if instrumental) of the song and why?
Oof. I definitely wasn’t drawn to the song due to its lyrics, except for the chorus because it’s repetitive and catchy. The chorus has great vocal harmonies and instrumentation, so that’s probably why it’s my favorite part of the song.
Fill in the blank: If someone told you “I HATE Ring My Bell” you would say..
“Well it hates you.” Just kidding (maybe). I would probably frown and say “THIS SONG RULES.”
How do you feel about other versions of the song? Do you not like hearing anything other than your favorite version or do you enjoy it regardless of who’s singing?
I’ve never heard a cover of this song but I don’t think I would want to either. I love Anita Ward’s version not because of her singing, but I have an attachment to it since I have good memories associated with it.
Do you remember the last time you heard it or went out of your way to listen to it?
It’s not a popular song so it’s not regularly on the radio… I definitely would have had to voluntarily listen to it. It’s probably been months since I have.
Learn more about Natalie by checking out her website – www.natalierogersmusic.com
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