Thetau 11


Pahrump USA   Oct 2011  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Beatles, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Moody Blues, Carole King, Neal Sadaka, Dolly Pardon, Neal Young, ABBA, CCWR, Rolling Stones, Sting. Not necessarily in that order

My7th FAWM.... (I still need to re-write Or at least edit this for 2018)

I have made many new friends here - and for me, that is a very big part of the action. Collaboration is important not just for any individual song, but because there will be a future from there.

As a songwriter, I started out years ago with pencil and paper with notes and staffs. Yep, it was back when that's all there was, outside of the old tape recorder. I am an eclectic songwriter. That is... I mix it up. I'll always be trying to write in some new genre or style. I have a background in arrangements, and I can write innovative background rhythm tracks on any instrument. Instrumental solos are always a challenge for me because each instrument always has its own style of riffs, that don't work out easily on the keyboard (my instrument of choice), and I don't play most of those instruments. But they do work out on paper, so somehow I manage. Hmmm... I guess you could say I play Paper and Pencil. That's better than my old grand pappy. He could only play the spoons.

I also have a lot of theory under my belt, some of the things you won't even see in the normal textbooks, so if you have any questions in theory, just ask. If you would like to have me add some tracks to your vocal or your guitar/vocal, just ask.

I have studied in depth twentieth-century music. I decided several years ago, to grab up the Billboard top-ten for each year and each decade, and just rip them apart, then put them back together again. I was hoping that process would teach me something about what makes good music. Actually, I'm still in the 1980's and 1990's with this concept, but I hey... I guess I'm just slow. Anyway, I am quite fluent in the earlier decade and less fluent in the later decades. My Favorite style of the twentieth century is the AABA jazz ballad. A standard for this would be George Gershwin's "Someone to watch over me" and the 1939 Oscar winning "Somewhere over the Rainbow." So I am very fluent in what are called Jazz standards, and I do speak Rock-n-roll, Country Music, and I love Elton John's piano. Oh, and Elton John can play it pretty well too.

Here are a few songs from my earlier Fawms and 5090s all in their original form:

Trending #1
"Straight out of thin air" vocals by Michael Rattray from Scotland UK

Earlier great songs

Little Black Dress Co-written with Carrie Treder @jadesongbird
Ghost Dance
My Boyfriend's an Alien Co-written with @DawnSoap
Road Hog -Instrumental Ventures Style
Maybe Blue with lyrics by Tania Knight and Vocals by Jamie Adair @gwagirl1


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  • @jibbidy34  Feb 26

    Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Hereโ€™s your badge. Excellent work and keep bustingโ€™ those zongs!!

  • @jamkar  Feb 26

    Thanks Russ, for commenting. A purely a fun exercise on Bari-tones. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @cindyrella  Feb 25

    Hey Russ, I am emailing you what I have so far. See if I am on the right track or not.

  • @soulbird Feb 25

    thank u so much for your comments on 'green dragonfly'.

  • @brrrse  Feb 25

    Thank you sugar! I love it! It sounds great!

  • @klaus  Feb 24

    Hi Russ. Thank you for your kind words on "Dying".

  • @cindyrella  Feb 24

    I have been trying Russ, to work on Swamp Girls and this sickness is making my brain feel fried. I will keep trying as I can.

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 23

    Ah right! I understand now. I thought you had put music to Cindy's lyrics as that's what I usually do. I get ya now!

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 23

    Woo! Thanks for listening to more of my songs and your lovely comments. Much appreciated!

  • @rustyp  Feb 23

    Thanks Russ
    Glad you enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 23

    Thanks Russ! Much appreciated

  • @cindyrella  Feb 23

    Cool sound! I will work on it sometime today. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @cindyrella  Feb 23

    Me thinks you are right telepathically๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @brrrse  Feb 23

    Oh sugar I"m not worried. Life is what happens while we're busy making other plans! take your time and do it justice. I'll be around - and you got my email. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @repsurepa Feb 20

    Thank you so much for commenting and listening! I really enjoyed making the back-up vocals! : )

  • @klaus  Feb 16

    Hey Russ. Thanks for commenting Body and Ghost so kindly. I'm glad to see you have so many collabs already.

  • @defaultdave  Feb 16

    Thanks for swinging by and giving โ€œPolisherโ€™s Bluesโ€ a listen.
    Keep on Truckin!

  • @russiasaturn Feb 14

    Sent you an email ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @russiasaturn Feb 13

    By the way I should have the vocal file for Stompโ€™n today, or tomorrow at latest ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 12

    Thanks so much for your lovely words on mine and Arthurs collab. <3

  • @andread Feb 12

    Thank you for your comment on my song "Cell Phone Signal Waltz"!

  • @russiasaturn Feb 9

    Ok sounds good! Hopefully I can get something done by the weekend. I'll start it today but you know how it goes, once we start the time slips Thank you for letting me play around with it!

  • @mishykatz  Feb 8

    Thank you for all your comments, so very much appreciated!!

  • @pambowen1 Feb 8

    Thanks for commenting on "Chakra Shimmy"--I appreciate your time.

  • @cindyrella  Feb 8

    Thanks Russ!

  • @sciren  Feb 7

    So exciting to hear! Looking forward to your feedback and hearing more fun collabs! Happy FAWM2018!

  • @kalinasilverman Feb 3

    @thetau Hey hey, thanks for your kind comment on "Half a Dream!!" ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @dawnsoap  Feb 3

    Thanks for your comment on "Dreams (aka Purple Cactus)" We're having a little boy ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @sumi Feb 2

    I'm on it.. I'm on it!

  • @susancantey  Feb 2

    Not feelin it yet...but I'm here! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @gordon  Feb 2

    Hi Russ, I liked this one so much I added some lyrics and singing.

  • @dutch1967 Feb 2

    Thanks for your kind comment on Country Singing Man, Russ.

  • @silvermediapro  Feb 2

    oh hey, thx for the feedback on "I Am Houdini"; i'll let y'know when the updated mix is out, but the only time im gonna update tracks for fawm is when ive made the mix from my+collaborators' audio.

    also, i'll be sure to call you on board to play a few keys parts in my fawm cycle this year, but it's a popular part in the "pool of musicians" that my forum thread kinda generated, so there's more or less of a rotation lol. ๐Ÿ˜

  • @aesthetic72  Feb 2

    Hi Russ! Thanks for the note on my soundboard. I'm pretty flexible in the genre department (all except really hard rock/rap or true opera/show tunes.) I am interested in checking out your tracks. ๐Ÿ˜€ aesthetic.seventytwo [at] [g] mail

  • @williamhaight Feb 2

    Thanks, Russ. I really appreciate your comments. Can't wait to see what you post!

  • @musicsongwriter Feb 1

    Hi Russ, thank you for your kind comment on "You are no longer here".

  • @gordon  Feb 1

    Hi Russ, looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year. Have a good one sir!

  • @sheilerk  Jan 31

    Hi Russ. Hope you have a great FAWM. Looking forward to hearing some fun stuff!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @hazeyjohnii Jan 31

    Hi Russ! Thanks for the message - unfortunately I don't have time for FAWM this month, but best wishes for yours!

  • @woolford  Jan 31

    Hi Russ, thanks for the welcome. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @ballyhoot  Jan 30

    Wishing you a great FAWM this year!!

  • @dee Jan 30

    Hellloooo hope you're well.

  • @petra777  Jan 30


  • @klaus  Jan 29

    Hi Tau. Greetings from cold and rainy Helsinki. ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • @tawny249 Jan 29

    Hey there! Good to see you, too. Happy FAWM! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @musicsongwriter Jan 28

    Hi Russ, thank you for your warm welcome. Have a great fawm.

  • @valeriecox  Jan 28

    Hi there. Good to see you. Have a good Fawm.

  • @arthurrossi Jan 28

    Hi Russ! It's great you will be among us again! Have a wonderful FAWM!

  • @chasingandromeda  Jan 28

    Looking forward to your output, Russ! Have a great FAWM!

  • @oddbod  Jan 28

    Hey thanks for coming by to say hi. Enjoy your FAWM.

  • @jamkar  Jan 28

    Hey Russ, anxiously awaiting your creations!

  • @jaegerin  Jan 28

    Hi Russ, thanks for your messsage! Here's to a great FAWM!

  • @tamsnumber4 Jan 28

    Hi Russ!

  • @sherrycanary  Jan 26

    Hello there!

  • @nuj4x Jan 25

    Thank you so much for your warm wishes and welcoming me to FAWM! Iโ€™m really excited to be here ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @acromie  Jan 24

    Hi Russ! I'm glad you think so! Always love connecting with more folks here. Be prepared for lots of inner child coming out. (c:

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 23

    Hello!! Great to see you back. ๐Ÿ˜€ Yay for FAWM!!

  • @cts  Jan 22

    Hi, Russ! Welcome back, man!

  • @kahlo2013  Jan 20

    Happy FAWMing!

  • @brrrse  Jan 20

    You are my sunshine! The man who found me my first AI and gave me a hand into the world of vocal recording! It's good to see you again. I'll be around.

  • @kc5 Jan 20

    Hey Russ! Good to hear from you again! Hope all has been going well!

  • @andygetch  Jan 2018

    Hi Russ!

  • @brrrse  Jan 2018

    Hello. Good to see you again.

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2018

    Hey, there! Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018! Enjoy!