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Russell David - Songs, vocals, guitar #2

Russell is a songwriter, painter, and (bad) poet. Ever since he learned his first guitar chords (Em and C), he's been writing songs and using music as a sort of emotional release valve.

In that time, he's written hundreds of songs, and released 10 albums as a solo artist (see catalog).

What makes Russell happy?
"Talking to people about feelings, and drinking tea"

Favorite Russell tea?
"That's a hard one, probably Darjeeling, though Earl Grey can be wonderful too."

What makes music good, according to Russell?
"Anything personal and honest. And sadness helps. (see: Mark Eitzel, Elliot Smith, Joseph Arthur)."

Besides his current association with Mission of Ed, Russell has played in several other bands over the years, including: Armerdings & Russell, The Follow (drums), The Nick G. Hard Drive, and Bob Kidnapped.

Russell's parents say he has absolutely no musical talent.

This is probably true.

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SPECIAL RUSSELL Q&A SESSION WHERE HE
TELLS HIS SECRET TRUE FEELINGS ABOUT
FELLOW MISSION OF ED BANDMATES!!!
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What does Russell think of Mission of Ed?

ROLF
"Rolf is an amazing guitarist and keyboardist and vocalist! An absolute natural. He has ears that intuitively hear in musical terms. You simply can't learn that. I'm in awe. From the first time I met him, until now. He also has given me many free beers, so I owe him big!"

AURELIUS
"Aurelius brings amazing passion and strength to Ed. He's thoughtful and sensitive, and at the same time, precise and demanding. Musically, it's a cool mix, and provides the bedrock for the songs. Aurelius has also given me free beers, and I owe him big too."

LOUIS
"Louis knows music for reals. He knows the math, the how and why. Since I donít, it's wonderful to have someone around who can translate my chords and thoughts into notation. And far beyond that, is the feeling that Louis brings to the songs, through the bass. Itís a sort of feeling-with-the song. And itís the best thing.Ē

RUSSELL
"How'd I ever get hooked up with real musicians?!?!?! Oh, and I promise to bring beers to the next practice!"