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About Russell

The founding member of Terra Cotta, Russell is a guitarist, composer, educator, writer, and avid hiker. His love for the beautiful trails of Sedona, Arizona has been a great source of creative inspiration. He believes that a close connection to nature brings comfort to our souls and spirits, and tries to capture and reflect that in his music and in this blog. You can email him at russell@terracottamusic.com.

Eye on Nature

You may not be aware of it, but you are longing to spend time in nature. Previous generations could take this for granted and not even notice they were in it. We don’t have that luxury. Ben Franklin sought to … Continue reading

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New Feature: Good News on Tuesday

It’s high time to start posting links to articles about our state and national parks that       are encouraging. I hope you click on one or two of them and get a boost from nature.     Thanks for … Continue reading

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Oak Creek Canyon: The Silver Lining

This is the first chance I’ve had to see how bad the fire damage is in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona. The Slide Fire swept through some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. It’s one of those oddities … Continue reading

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One of the great advantages of not knowing anything is that you can experience the excitement of learning things over and over. Such was my experience today, July 3, when I did something I’ve never done before. I actually read … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar: January 25 Concert

That Saturday afternoon I’ll be performing songs from my CD as the sun sets at Lost Dutchman State Park. The concert begins at 5:30 near the campfire in the Palo Verde Ramada. Hope to see you there.–R

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The Fruit Trees of Sandy Hook

Yesterday marks the one anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that took the lives of twenty grade school children. As a teacher and a parent, I am doubly horrified by the events that occurred in that small elementary school, … Continue reading

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Boyce Thompson Music

The BTA has a thriving, ongoing music program that serves the east valley and Globe area with high quality entertainment. One of those fine performers is Jim Pipkin. He is an established folk musician, story teller, and historian who occasionally … Continue reading

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Music This Weekend

This just in: If you weren’t already planning to drive over to Boyce Thompson Arboretum this Saturday for the big Fall Plant Sale annual event — here’s more incentive to go: you’ll want to hear the Valley’s own “Mrs. Lincoln” … Continue reading

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CD Release Party–Final Installment

Thursday, October 10, 2013 will be a special night at Urban Beans. Everyone is invited to celebrate with me the completion of my new CD, “Red Rock Recesses” We’ll have live music, hors d’ouvres, and a good time. If you … Continue reading

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