Books by Rose Rosie Russell Children's Books Author Illustrator
 
   It’s a great honor to introduce to you a friend of ours that we have known for a very long time. I want to say thirty-five plus years. In the past few years, our friend Gary has performed at a gathering that we have at a yearly reunion with friends.

How long have you been playing the guitar?

   My earliest memory of playing the guitar was when I learned a D chord on my neighbor’s guitar. I was 11 years old then. My parents loved music and had stacks of 78 records. My mom especially loved Pete Fountain, a jazz clarinet player. My dad played the guitar on his lap with a metal slide. He only knew a few songs, but it was always a fun time when he played.

Who were some others that influenced you in getting into music?

   Some of my early music influences were Motown artists like Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. I remember wearing out the 45 record we had on our Silverstone hi-fi, "Sock it to me baby." I also had a record by Archi Bell and the Drells, “Tighten it up baby” when I was just about 12 year old. Then came the 1960's, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, all great songs and fertile ground to learn how to play the guitar.

How did you get started?

   I joined the service when I was 17 years old and became a missile crewman, this gave me the GI bill.  When I was discharged, I started college at Penn Valley Community College, and took music theory and harmony, and class piano. I was invited to join the Penn Valley Jazz band, playing guitar. I was already in my first real rock band called the "Highland Blues Band", this is the first band I remember, and we practiced in my kitchen at 71st and Highland. 

I understand you write some of your songs. Can you tell us more about that? 

        It was during junior college that I remember starting to write songs, about 1978. It was common to be in several bands, some just basement jam bands. It was easy to start a chord progression and when the band got it going, and if you were ready with verses, a song was born. I later started doing this with an acoustic guitar, which is kind of backwards, because a lot of people who write with a guitar start with an acoustic. A friend on Facebook, who I was in one of those jam bands with, recently asked me about "Mental Duress." I wrote that in the late 1970's and recorded later in 2008. It’s about a girl I saw at a concert in Sunny Side Park in south Kansas City, and he was happy to hear it made it on iTunes.

Do you have a favorite song you have recorded and why?

“Mental Duress” is one of my favorites I have recorded because it blends rock and jazz elements together. All of my songs are written from the heart and have a message. I continue to write and have many new songs in the works. We are releasing a band version of, “All I Know," this fall.

Last, but not least, what would you suggest to others that are starting out in creating music or a band?

   For young songwriters or musicians, get your hands on an instrument as early as possible, and start playing and listening to music. There are many tutorials on Youtube on how to play most any instrument. If you have ideas for songs don't be afraid to try and put words to music. It's art and there are no rules! Keep it fun!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mental-duress-single/id383796748

   The current band I am in is the "Not Too Late Players" formed to perform some of the songs that I have written that are on most digital platforms. We are currently active doing selective gigs and having fun playing music. !

facebook.com/nottoolateplayers


Thank you Gary for your time and sharing your inspiring talents with us. 
Rosie 
 


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04/11/2017 12:45am

You are a seasoned guitarist and I must say that your contribution in the music industry will never be forgotten. You started out when you were still a kid and you've been in the industry ever since. Your experiences in music and in performing is a great tool to be a good singer, guitar player and a band member. You are an inspiration to those people who want to establish their names in the music industry. It's tight in the music industry and you got to have real talent to be a superstar.

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04/29/2017 6:13am

Thank you for stopping by with your kind words for Gary.
Yes, he is an inspiration with his many talents.

Have a great day,
Rosie

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04/29/2017 6:08am

I am happy to get this post online thank you so much. I hope you will enjoy this post.

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04/29/2017 6:17am

I'm glad you enjoyed this post about Gary and his many talents.
Songwriters are in many ways like authors as they write their own lyrics and music.
The best of luck to you in your music journey.

Thanks again,
Rosie

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really nice sir

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You people are doing a great job,keep up the good work.Great blog post.

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05/11/2017 9:36am

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind comment.

Rosie

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05/11/2017 8:35am

Thank you so much for sharing.Your content was very helpful. You are a marvelous writer. Good work........

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05/11/2017 9:37am

I appreciate your comment and kind words.

Thank you,
Rosie

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05/16/2017 6:44pm

I play the guitar, ukulele and piano. It makes me feel relaxed and surely helps me release some creative juices. I only play covers though, since I don't have my own music. Although, I really am planning to try making my own. I just need some inspiration

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05/17/2017 10:38am

The best of luck to you in your music journey.

Rosie

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