Thetau 3


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

My 6th FAWM.... (I still need to re-write Or at least edit this for 2017)

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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  • @sheilerk  Feb 28

    Check it again. I've done some streamlining.

  • @sheilerk  Feb 28

    I posted the lyrics and added you as collaborator. I could lock it until you get the music up, or get the vocal version up. Whatever you want. The lyrics read pretty free verse without the musical reference points. If they're not what you want, let me know and I'll try to do a rewrite or whatever you'd like.

  • @sheilerk  Feb 27

    Thanks Russ. I got the trax and am working on it today. i spent the weekend doing skirmishes to catch up, since I jumped in so late.

  • @mishykatz  Feb 27

    Got my demo up in case you wanna hear!

  • @sheilerk  Feb 25

    I definitely am still interested in the Poodle! I really liked that song, I just didn't manage to get it done before I lost the files from crashing my computer. I'll watch for the files! 😀

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 19

    Thanks for listening to Tip of the Iceberg!

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 19

    -smiles and waves- Hello Russ 😀 Thank you for the thoughtful comments.

  • @mishykatz  Feb 19

    Thank you for the thoughtful feedback on "February Rain" loved it!

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 19

    Hey Russ
    Thanks for the kind words on It Wasn't Me. Still amazed it will be ain a Real Book. Being a jazz composer, I am sure you can relate!

  • @barbara  Feb 19

    Hi Russ, thanks for the little nudge to use "Reverie" in some fashion. I'll let you know if I get anything up. That's going to take some pre-meditation, and I'm still in winging-it mode, mostly. Happy FAWM!

  • @janeg  Feb 17

    Thank you so much for your praise for Blood Prophet. I will cherish the comparison to Donovan!

  • @gordon Feb 17

    Hi Russ, thanks so much for your comments. I feel humbled!

  • @boyatheart  Feb 16

    Thanks for the listens and the comments. Hope you're well. 😀

  • @russiasaturn  Feb 16

    Thank you so much for your kind comments on Fingertips! You made my day. 😀 I'm glad you got the 60s folk feel as that was some of my inspiration, well the 60s/70s. That music never goes out of style!

  • @jadesongbird  Feb 13

    Hi Russ! Happy February!

  • @angelinapowersuit Feb 8

    Hi Russ! Thanks for reaching out! All is good, though I'm barely hanging on to FAWM. Hoping to ramp it up a bit. Thanks for comments on "Dead," though does your Halloween reference mean the lyrics are scary? Well, I guess a song with the title "Dead" isn't going to be so optimistic, is it? 😉 Good luck this month!

  • @celaphane  Feb 7

    And also with you! 😀

  • @gerrybhoy  Feb 7

    Hi Russ, just checking in : )

  • @sarahk Feb 6

    I don't think I've mentioned how much I appreciate your encouraging words on "My Gravetational Getaway." They mean so much coming for a musician of your caliber! Thanks!!

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 5

    shoot me your email for suggestions. I think this can work

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 5

    will do. it is,the perfect vibe.
    Maybe you could look at the lyrics and get an idea too

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 5

    I will play with it and see. I tried, but the form didn't seem to fit the chorus. I'll try again cause I like it a lot

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 5

    Russ, I love the music you sent. Ironically enough it is is exactly the vibe I was looking for in Superior!

  • @boyatheart  Feb 5

    Hey Russ. Looking forward to hearing something from you this year. When's it coming?

  • @aprilm Feb 5

    Hi Russ! I am a flower child at heart, after all. Thanks for checking out my groovy song 😉

  • @sarahk Feb 4

    Hi, Russ!
    I got that soundcloud link working again, thanks for letting me know! about to hit your song . . . yippee!

  • @susancantey  Feb 4

    I got up this morning and my PC was dead. I don't know if I'll be up and running any time soon so these 2 songs might be it for FAWM this year. Sigh.

  • @tonyw  Feb 3

    Hi Russ, thanks for the encouraging note. First FAWM, first songs I present as listenable (if not really finished) and first of many FAWMs (hopefully)

  • @ryako  Feb 2

    May the FAWM also be with you. Amen.

  • @mishykatz  Feb 1

    And more thanks!

  • @mishykatz  Feb 1

    Thank you for the thoughtful feedback , very much appreciated!

  • @leslie  Feb 1

    And also with you! Happy FAWMing.

  • @ferry0123 Feb 1

    Hey Russ, have a productive and inspiring February! 😀

  • @andygetch  Feb 1

    Songwriting, are you not? You will be <prods with walking stick>, heh, you will be

  • @valeriecox  Feb 1

    I am one with the FAWM and the FAWM is with me. Happy FAWMing to you as well.

  • @arthurrossi Feb 1

    Hey, mister! I wish you a wonderful and productive February! 😀

  • @gordon Jan 31

    Greetings friend! Let's have another fine year and see what pops up this time. Happy songwriting.

  • @ballyhoot  Jan 31

    Greetings fellow lifeform!

  • @corinnecurcio  Jan 31

    Happy Fawming Russ 😀

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 31

    How very "Star Wars" of you Russ! I hope you enjoy your FAWM!! Thanks for the greeting!!

  • @sherrycanary  Jan 30

    darn spell check Russ 😀

  • @sherrycanary  Jan 30

    Hi Russian
    Maybe a collab this year!

  • @charliecheney  Jan 30

    Russsssssss. Rock the year. Slight sibilance is satisfactory, seductive sometimes actually.

  • @airbagtester  Jan 30

    Thanks Russ! Good FAWMing to you too!

  • @gerrybhoy  Jan 30

    Hi Russ, enjoy

  • @marvsmooth  Jan 30

    Hey Russ 😀

    FAWM long and prosper.

  • @klaus  Jan 30

    Hi Russ! Thanks for the welcome. "Straight out of thin air" still sounds great. Hope you have a wonderful Fawm. 😀

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 30

    Hi back atcha Russ
    On the verge of FAWMing eve -
    All right, let's do this!

  • @chariotbaldwin  Jan 30

    Anyone who loves the 80's & 90's music is pretty damn groovy in my book 😉

  • @mdavisto Jan 30

    Hey Russ, hope you have a great FAWM. Let tunage commence!

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  • @karan  Jan 29

    Here we go again! Enjoy 28 fabulous days!

  • @oddbod  Jan 29

    Hi, have a good one

  • @tcelliott  Jan 29

    Great to see you here as well, Russ. Looking forward to listening.

  • @metalfoot  Jan 29

    And a happy FAWMtide to you!

  • @musicsongwriter Jan 29

    Hi Russ, Happy Fawm.

  • @ericdistad  Jan 29

    Hey Russ! Great to see you back!

  • @johncrossman  Jan 29

    Hello hello, let's go!

  • @zecoop  Jan 29

    Welcome back and great to see you... Let's do this! FAWM away! 😀

  • @helene  Jan 29

    Welcome back! Happy FAWMing to you 😀

  • @cts  Jan 29

    Cool - I've got a list right beside my workstation. I know what to do...

  • @fuzzy  Jan 29

    Hey, man, Thanx for the welcome!

  • @mosley  Jan 29

    Hiya Russ! 😸 Happy FAWMing!! Looking forward to checking out your tunes 😀

  • @cts  Jan 29

    ...and the FAWM with you, Tau-Kenobi. By the way, you still gonna have tracks hanging around your page for perusing?

  • @wobbiewobbit  Jan 29

    you too Russ... have a great FAWM, love this arriving at the party vibe 😀

  • @tiller2  Jan 29

    Hiya, Russ, looking forward to great music coming forth from you!

  • @jaegerin  Jan 29

    Thanks for the hello, Russ. Great to see you. Here's to an amazing FAWM 😀

  • @tawny249  Jan 29

    Heya! Happy FAWM! Only a couple more days, whee!

  • @dragondreams  Jan 29

    Hi Russ. 😀

  • @nancyrost  Jan 29

    Welcome back!

  • @standup  Jan 29

    Hey Russ, happy FAWMing

  • @mishykatz  Jan 29

    Thank you for the message and for being here , what a great thing I have found, hooray!

  • @brrrse  Jan 29

    Hello darlin' -thanks for the note - looking forward to more of your awesome amazing tracks to put lyrics and voice to 😉 I got a new mic this year!