Last night I did some new, slightly better, recordings of these songs, so they can be listened to separately. Then I’ll copy the rest of the previous post, below.

“One of the Girls”

“Out of Reach”

“Out of Reach” and “One of the Girls” are two rock songs I wrote in the early ’80’s for the band Townsend, Wilson and Friends. The songs were part of an unfinished sci-fi rock opera that my then-husband and soon to be father of our sons, Ted Wilson (now Eakins), and I were writing. We did some of the songs at Comfest ’82 (pictured above) and Raise the Roof, also in ’82:

Townsend Wilson and Friends 1982
Townsend, Wilson and Friends, 1982, Raise the Roof. L to R: Mary Colleen Russell (now Townsend), Timi Townsend, Ted Wilson (now Eakins).
me, Mary and Ted at Raise the Roof 1982
Mary, me, Ted at Raise the Roof in ’82.

More from Comfest ’82:

Mary and me, Timi, Comfest 82Comfest 82 Mary and me (2016_05_01 17_16_42 UTC)


My voice was higher and stronger back then. And I could actually play rhythm guitar. I usually played rock stuff on a Gibson Melody Maker through a Fender Vibro Champ tube amp. On Ted’s originals I often played a Jethro Tull-like flute thing.

Mary was an amazing vocalist for the band. ❤ Ted played bass guitar, as well as guitar, and sang. Gary Hang played lead guitar and some keyboards. My brother Tom Townsend, Mary’s husband now, was on keyboards, including a Farfisa stage organ, when he was in the USA. We had a really funky percussionist, whose name I’ve unfortunately forgotten, who played a mean bongo fury. 😉

The little recordings here are just for sh*ts and giggles. 😉 I did them late last night in my living room, as one-offs. I was playing my acoustic/electric Yamaha travel guitar through the Fender Mini Twin amp. See “Greenville” and “She Moved Through The Faire” for pics of the guitar and amp and descriptions.

Townsend, Wilson and Friends had an interesting repertoire of originals by both Ted and me, as well as covers from such wildly various artists as Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band, The Shirelles, and Stevie Nicks. The band’s main thrust, besides getting our space opera out into the ether, was to play danceable music for live audiences at events to raise money for social justice causes. It was lots of fun! ❤