to Maximum Crowe for the post!
message from Russell!
so as usual the media and some sad types have picked up on what
I've written to you and turned it, but also as usual the vast
majority of you get it and understand and thanks for all your
positive feedback.and no matter what Bruno says,if you've got a
question,ask him,or Ray for that matter. apart from the I-tunes
stores,over time we will have information for you as to what
service you will be able to use in Australia etc all the places
you ask us about that I-tunes doesn't cover.
maybe I shouldn't write to you in this manner because it certainly
gives lazy and petty people something to do with their
days,however,all the other options are quite simply tainted.we
don't demand anything of the sites we offer things like this
too,they are independent and can post or not.for those of you
asking for official corporate structures, for minute to minute
minutiae and for things to never change or evolve,please go away.
my enthusiasm for these new songs is in no way meant to denigrate
tofog or anyone who has played in the band or anyone I have
written songs with.
I love the guys in tofog and have had some amazing experiences
I have always written from the heart,but is it too hard to imagine
that I might have always felt I was capable of more,as a composer
,as a lyricist;that I could simply do better.i thank all of you
that have expressed love for certain songs and hope you find
something in the new ones.
I took the advice of some well known colleagues and turned down
the white noise that can come with a band with a 20 year
history.and allowed myself in the studio to concentrate on the
simple tasks of composition and singing,not being a den
mother,designated driver,referee , father confessor or travel
agent as my job in the band seems to include.
I wrote a song called raewyn with Alan Doyle in Toronto in June or
July,he happened to have planned his honeymoon for nz and aust in
Jan/Feb,we hooked up after he and his wife had a grand adventure,
he was going to be around,eucalyptus fell over ,I had time and we
both had the inclination,stories just started to pour out.after a
couple of weeks of writing,we called some guys up to the
farm,spent two weeks in the padded cell,popped down to the pub at
coff's to try out some songs,lived and breathed recording 24/7 and
here's a record.there is nothing sinister or strange,it was all in
the moment.if you will recall I did say in my buried reply to the
telegraph, after their coverage of the demise of eucalyptus became
about vilifying me,that it would only serve to make me write more
songs.once again,just telling it how it is.
if there is a strange thing about my friendship with Alan,it's
that for two guys who spend most of our time together laughing and
talking s**t,we write some serious stuff.
sensationalizing this is just pointless.
as usual the press are using phrases like "embarking on a
solo career".no I'm not,I've just made a record,we will try
very hard to set it up in a way you can get it without you having
to resort to illegal means ,and if you'd like us too Alan Doyle
and I ,and all the other guys who played on this record,would love
to meet you in a venue somewhere and sing you some songs.
that is all it's ever been
about.music is it's own reward.
but as I said I need to chat this
through with dani and understand her plans with her new record and
if any of this traveling can coincide because I can only go a
certain amount of time without seeing my family,about 45 minutes
apart and panic sets in.as I said we are doing a lot of talking
about things and appreciate your input re towns and venues.would
somebody go over to necie's place please and cheer her up.
April 19th. [Song released on iTunes]
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