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Todd Russell - Questions and Answers

1. Where were you born and when did you discover music?
Stamford, CT
Beatles on Ed Sullivan Show

2. Musically who or what inspired you to play and who do you admire as a musician?
Beatles, John Denver, Led Zeppelin, Steve Howe

3. Do you have any formal training??? If so, where did you study and who have you studied under?
Ph.D. in Music Theory, University of Kentucky.

4. How did you arrive at your current instrument?
Just was drawn to it as a youngster.

5. When you write/play what are you trying to do or say with your music?
Just provide an interesting lick or chord sequence. Usually they are only interesting to me.

6. What other interests outside of music do you have or had?
Swimming, Division III All-American in Swimming - 200 breaststroke and 400 IM, Johns Hopkins University.

7. What do you consider your greatest accomplishments?
Arriving at a more positive attitude at age about 44. Coincides with finally finding a good
dermatologist and meeting my wife.

8. What are your musical goals?
Write some music that people will listen to and record for at least the next 200 years.

9. Any words of advice to anyone, about anything?
Don't take crap from anyone.

10. If you could have lunch with three people, living or dead who would they be? Why?
Me, myself and I. I prefer eating lunch by myself.

11. If you were stranded on a deserted island what 5 albums would you take with you?
Brandenberg Concerti
Close to the Edge
Relayer
Tomas Luis De Victoria madrigals and masses
John Dowland lute pieces.

12. If you could play another instrument what would it be? Why?
Trumpet - like guitar, trumpet can fit in just about any style of music.

Rapid fire questions, one word or short answer.
13. What is your favorite song?  And You and I
14. Favorite singer?  Jon Anderson, Alison Krauss
15. Favorite drummer?  Neil Peart
16. Favorite keyboardist?  Bach
17. Favorite guitarist?  Steve Howe
18.
If you were to have any superpower what would it be?  Fly
19. Favorite food?  Chocolate milkshake
20. Favorite drink?  Diet Dr. Pepper
21. Favorite TV Show?  Breaking Bad
22. Favorite actor/actress?  Anthony Hopkins
23. Favorite color?  FFFFCC
24. Favorite car?  Honda Odyssey
25. Favorite place to vacation?  Anyplace except Hell
26. Motivational phase that you love?   Why I oughta . . . !!!