Who is Jim Steinman

A songwriter ? Composer ? Producer ?

Jim Steinman is all that and more.He was the mastermind behind one of the best selling albums of all time "Bat out of hell",He was responsible for Bonnie Tylers change from country artist to top selling rock diva with "Total Eclipse of the heart",his song "It's all coming back to me now" gave Celine Dion her first album #1 and he dusted off Meat Loaf's faded career with "I'd do anything for love".

In recent years Jim has turned to musicals where he wrote the music to the best selling musical in Europe,"Der Tanz der Vampire" and he wrote the lyrics to the latest Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical "Whistle down the wind" and it's mega hit "No matter what".His style is unique.It's grandiose and over the top, with songs rarely shorter than 6 minutes.His deep and meaningful lyrics has touched many people over the years.

"We got the music in our bodies and the radio"
"And I never had a girl looking any better than you did"
...it's the way your stomach feels when you have your first kiss...and a
trophy you claim when you are on top of the world....
"Hey Jenny, Jenny why are you crying?"
"When you really, really need it the most"
...it's an elixer for your soul when despair looms large...and when you are
alone with your demons...
"I can barely stand the wait, I barely stand at all"
"I think he's right behind me now and he's gaining ground"
...it's a message that reminds us that stagnation is dangerous...and a reminder that regret is malignant....
"I want to take you out of the frying pan and into the fire"
"The Harley howled in pain, the guitar howled in heat"
...it's about youth and life and speed and leather...and about beautiful girls and hard-bodied boys on motorbikes...
"There were times when we'd never fake it"
"But I'll never stop dreaming of you every night of my life - no way"
...it's a recognition of loss... and a story of longing....
"Prowling in the alley and stalking all the prey in the bars"
"And I like my music like I like my life - everything louder than everything else"
...it's about desire...and excess....
"All I wanted was a spot in the light, it never had to get so dark"
"Toll a bell for the broken heated, burn a torch for your sons and daughters"
...it's about how the world really is...and a prayer for humanity...
"I'm gonna hit the highway like a battering ram"
"I want to go on the red, I want to go on the green"
...it's about staying forever young...and about going for it...
"Turn around bright eyes"
"When you touch me like this and when you hold me like that"
...it's a love story...about a lost boy and his golden girl...
"Do you know what it's like - all revved up with no place to go?"
"I'd rise above the carcass of the nature of the beast"
...it's about being pent up...and about dying to break free...
"They've blown up the YWCA like a giant balloon and sent it out to sea"
"I'm looking for anonomous and fleeting satisfaction"
..it's fun...and hysterically funny...
"And all our god's we have outwitted, we are running with the crowd"
"I can't tell you that I'm something I'm not"
...it's sad... and very honest...
"And my body is burning like a naked wire"
"There's just no protection from that look in your eyes"
..it's incredibly sexual...and very romantic...
"There was a time when I knew just what I was living for"
"We'll be ravishing each other till the end of this endless night"
...it is about being a slave...and about obsession...
"And I never really sleep anymore"
"And the mirrors get even hungrier"
...it's about Jim...and who he really is...
"A little over the edge a little under the weather"
"A raven's wing as bright as tin, then you my love would be darker than sin"
...it is about us...and who we really are...
"And your speed is all you'll ever need and all you'll ever need to know"
"Somewhere just beyond my reach is someone reaching back for me"
...it's about action...and magic...
"What about hope? it's defective!"
"To all of you I say just forget my phone number!!"
...it's pissed-off...and mad as hell...
"I was lost till you were found"
"And the melody's gonna make me fly without pain without fear"
...it's so pretty...and so grand...
"There's no escaping the music and I'm psyching up my feet"
"They'll never let a night like tonight go to waste"
...it's thrilling...and adventurous...
"Again!  Will he offer me his hunger?"
"What's it gonna be boy - 'yes' or 'no'?"
...it's seductive...and a risk...
"I've been lying in our bed in the dark all alone"
"Then I saw you making love to my best friend"
...it's about the deepest pain...and betrayal...
"But damn me and curse me for still needing you"
"And like a bolt of lightning I go answer the call"
...it's about never needing someone so bad...and about being selfless...
It is all this and so much more.  In every line, in every note the vision is
there  Do you see it?  Do you hear it?