Many of you are probably not aware that I started my writing adventure as a songwriter. I co-wrote the lyrics of several songs. Below are samples of some of them. I enjoyed working with different writers, singers, and musicians in a variety of musical styles. I think you’ll agree for example that “No More Secrets/No More Lies” and “My Old Friend” are about as different as one can get.
“Nature’s Symphony” http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Symphony/dp/B00AFIZA48/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1377312639&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=Kvin+Harris+Nature%27s
“My Old Friend” http://www.amazon.com/My-Old-Friend/dp/B00B4T99EE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377312778&sr=8-1&keywords=%22My+Old+Friend%22+Russ+Towne
“Katie Sue” http://www.amazon.com/Katie-Sue/dp/B00DWRQC46/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1377312871&sr=8-5&keywords=%22Katie+Sue%22
“What Kind Of Man Does That?” http://www.amazon.com/What-Kind-Man-Does-That/dp/B00CIAGYIW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1377313008&sr=8-3-fkmr0&keywords=%22What+Kind+Od+Man+Does+That%22
“No More Secrets/No More Lies” http://www.amazon.com/No-More-Secrets-Lies/dp/B00CK5CJOS/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1377313157&sr=8-11&keywords=no+more+secrets%2Fno+more+lies
Thank you, Annette.
Thank you, Joanne.
It was nice to hear the clips of the tunes. I like No More Secrets and What Kind of Man Does That.
So, I noticed the Record Label is Rusty Bear Music and one of your children’s books is about Rusty Bear…so what’s the story behind Rusty Bear. Curious people want to know! lol 😀
Thank you for your feedback, Mrs P. I was named after the little boy character on the TV show RinTinTin named Rusty. Though Russell is my legal name I was known as “Rusty” as a child and adults who knew me then still sometimes call me Rusty. As I’ve been able begin reliving or be reminded of many parts of my childhood through enjoying time with my three grandsons and writing children’s books, I’m gradually reintroducing Rusty back into important parts of my life. The working title of one of my near-term future book projects is “Rusty’s Tales” and will probably include 3 or 4 of my children’s stories.
The Bear part of Rusty Bear comes from my love of redwood trees and animal carvings from redwood. My children bought a cute redwood bear for me a few years ago that now greats visitors to my small redwood grove. He can be seen behind my dog Duke on the cover of my song, “My Old Friend.” I named the bear Rusty.
One of my first children’s books is titled, “Rusty Bear and Thomas Too” and features a redwood bear that comes to life to help a little boy named Thomas rescue a bird family that is in dire straights. Thomas is the name of my first grandson.
One of my most recent books, “Zach and the Toad Who Road a Bull” features character with the name of my second grandson, Zach (aka Zachary). I’m now attempting to come up with a story worthy of my third grandson Alex (aka Alexander).
Love the backstory. That makes the books and songs you wrote have even greater meaning… A true family treasure!
Thank you, Mrs. P.
nice work, russ. you are a man of many talents –
Thank you, Beth. I finally started listening to the whispers of my heart a few years ago and my life has been transformed. The blessings multiply daily and I am truly a grateful man. I count you among those blessings.