This page was last updated on 7/1/2005.

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ page). Below, we have tried to answer the most common questions visitors to this our Web site may have. If you find that your question is not answered on this page, please email Rob at

Q: Can I email Russell?
A: You can email Russell by sending it to
RussellSongBook@AOL.COMI will be sure that Russell receives the email.

Q: Who is that geek with the Laptop on the Piano when Russell plays?
A: That would be me, Rob. I am the webmaster of this website as well as the author of the Russell Songbook.  I have the entire songbook on the laptop and use it to read the words to whatever song Russell happens to be playing.

Q: Can I look over your shoulder to read the words to songs?
A: Everyone is welcomed to look over my should to read the word.  If I notice that you are looking on, I usually try to make it easier for you to see the screen.

Q: Does Russell play at private parties?

A: Over the years, Russell has been asked to play at literally thousands of affairs, such as weddings, birthdays, commitment ceremonies, Bar Mitzvahs, Bas Mitzvahs, Bris ceremonies, New Years Eve parties, Valentine’s parties, St Patrick’s Day parties, Hat Parties, Memorial Day Parties, 4th of July Parties, Labor Day Parties, Holloween Parties, Thanksgiving Parties, Christmas Parties, retirement parties, going away parties, coming back parties (OY!), graduations, baby showers, engagements parties, bachelor parties, and of course, the Gala opening of the Metropolitan Opera House, just to name a few.  He has refused to play at all of them (claiming a prior engagement). What makes you think that he has time to play at your sad affair (unless of course, you are the Queen of England)?

Seriously, Russell prefers to limit his playing to the Raven on Thursdays and Saturdays.


Q: Can Russell Read Sheet Music?

A: Of course Russell can read sheet music, assuming that he has his glasses handy. In fact, on Thursday nights, Russell will sometimes bring a couple of fake books which he uses to play the more obscure pieces that one rarely hears.  Most of the songs however, he plays from memory.


Q: Can I add any song to the song book?

A: The purpose of the Song Book is to list the lyrics of the songs that Russell plays.  So if he doesn’t play the song, there’s no point in adding the lyrics. However, there are many songs that Russell plays that haven’t made it into the song book. If you know the lyrics to these songs, please email them to Rob at



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