Solving for X

by Extraneous Solutions

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about

In February of 2015, I decided that I would write a new melody or riff every week and write, record, and release the best of these as a song or instrumental every month. Unfortunately, what I was writing did not fit neatly into Pure Kirtan’s genre or the genre of Solo Classical Guitar music. So, I created Extraneous Solutions to be a band that could release whatever I happened to make up. As an artist, it is incredibly liberating to be free of genre expectations and follow through on ideas and compositions that otherwise would be left unrecorded.

I realize this can be a stretch for the listener as you might really enjoy a song like “Vapor Proof Suit” or conversely “Let’s Get a Cat” and want to hear more just like that. But as an artist, I long to be free of that box. I love creating music – ALL KINDS OF MUSIC – The underlying structures and musical elements may change stylistically but the act of creating is the same. It is all about expressing myself in the truest way possible and giving my whole self to the creative process. No restrictions, just make music.

Why Release It? The hardest step in the creative process is setting the creation free to the public. It opens the door to criticism, rejection, and failure. It also means that you have to Finish It. When it is Released – it is Finished. I am not going back to the tracks to adjust something, tweak the master, or recreate the album art. It’s done – I have to let it go.

Releasing It also means I am serious about these compositions. They may be fun or humorous but the act of creating them is no joke. There is a voice that plagues all artists – it whispers in your ear “you can’t make that, no one will take you seriously”. So we spend all this time trying to make “Real Music” when in reality – all forms of music are real.

I chronicle this journey and share the my creative process in my blog at www.shavasanakitty.com and you can see videos on my YouTube channel "Shavasana Kitty". www.youtube.com/channel/UCmvcW2FtpV7OuV8--lyg38Q

Peace.

Josh

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released February 24, 2016

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Extraneous Solutions Cornish, New Hampshire

Extraneous Solutions is Genre Free music. Each song lives in it's own unique space. If you're like me, you like to listen outside the box.

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Track Name: Ohh Ohh Ohh
It's when you think you know what to write
that it all falls apart
a blank page staring back at you and
you don't know where to start
It would be so easy to make it up as I go
A couple of words just thrown together until it starts to flow

(chorus)
Ohh Ohh Ohh

The scratchin' pen so satisfying
when it finally hits the page
but if you're searching for wisdom
I am not your sage
Peeling back the layers
Surprised by what I find
I map my way to the center
by devising clever lines

(chorus)

Try as I may, to hear the muse speak
She knows much better than to trust me when I'm weak
The wind may tell me secrets, but in confidence I'll share
What a little birdie told me while I was standing there

(chorus)

It's when you think you know what to write
that it all falls apart
Try to share that sacred language
found within my heart
These words may be jumbled
but their meaning I'll convey
Being with you is the best part of my day
Track Name: Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty
Sometimes when I am feeling down
Sometimes when I don't wanna pick my head up from the pillow
I could wait for the sun to shine
But I don't, no I don't

Sometimes when things don't go right
And plans fall apart like all those little toys from China
I could get myself some coconut ice cream
But I don't, no I don't

I check my newsfeed and shared and shared with me yeah

(chorus)
The Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty
Nothing could be wrong cuz it looks so pretty
Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty
I just look at you
Just Look at you

(stop wait a minute)

When the bank accounts real low
Savin' ups a dream only Tony Robbins could sell n'
I may feel like a wage slave
But I don't, no I don't

I won't go occupy cuz I am so distracted by

(chorus)
The Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty
Nothin' could be wrong cuz it looks so pretty
Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty
I just look at you, just look at
The Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty
I hit the Like button cuz it's so niffty
Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty
I just look at you, just look at

OHHHHH
And the Rainforest gets cut down
OHHHHH
To make feed for live stock
OHHHHH
You say that that's impossible
Just go ask Monsanto

(chorus)
The Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty
Genetically modified in their laboratory
Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty
The problems solved cuz it's so niffty
The Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty
Nothings wrong man it's so pretty
The Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty
I just look at you yeah, just look at you
Track Name: Vegan Cafe
I just got up to smash my alarm clock
I used to sleep in but now not at all
When your life's like all the pieces of plastic
Laying in a pile right next to the wall

Then it's time to go some place hip
Where on the corner there's a Vegan Cafe
And if I asked you would you think and bite your lip
Or would you just grab my hand and say

(chorus)
Wooo ohh ohh ohh, wouldn't that be nice
We should go today
wooo ooh ohh ohh , it's a paradise
throw all my cares away
Vegan Cafe

The stereo plays Zappa and Phish
Coltrane and Monk, and Duran Duran
Jai and KD, Queen and the Dead
Luminaries and Blind Guardian


We could walk or just take our bikes
And meet all our friends
down at the Vegan Cafe
And everything on the menu
would be something we like
How about that for a change

(change)
Ohh It's much better than going to work my friend
And I'll be drinking Ginger Powershots
And I wont even have to tell them how there made
(First you juice the Ginger, then the Lemons, add the Cayenne)

(Chorus)
Woo ohh ohh ohh, It’s a paradise
We should go today
Woo ohh ohh ohh, It’s a cool as ice,
Throw all my cares away
Woo ohh ohh ohh, Wouldn’t that be nice
Just to get away
Woo ohh ohh ohh, Don’t you think twice
(Let’s GO!) Let’s Go today!!
Vegan Cafe

Ohh my, everything sounds so scrumptious
I think I’ll try one of those cup cakes
Track Name: Run Over by Lemurs
Instrumental!!
Track Name: My Baby and Me
Me and my baby sip kombucha by candlelight
Me and my baby hug and kiss our kids goodnight
Me and my baby got no time for your war machine
Cuz me and my baby would rather cuddle if you know what I mean
(raise your hands up if you'd rather cuddle than drop bombs)

Me and my baby go walkin' in the woods
Me and my baby doin' yoga does a body good
Me and my baby got no time for your factory farms
Cuz me and my baby would rather be in each other's arms
(yeah, put your arms around each other and give a hug)

(chorus)
Buy in bulk at the Co-Op, Gettin' Clothes at the Thrift Shop
We're eatin' plants and making love
Don't need much money, Just spend time with my Honey
It's the simple life for my baby and me

Me and my baby think its cool to have zero waste
Me and my baby want everyone to have a livable wage
Me and my baby got no time for your wall street greed
Cuz me and my baby think if your hungry you should have enough to eat and safe place to sleep
(yeah, break the bread, feed the world, yeah share the bread, feed the world)

(chorus)
Buy in bulk at the Co-Op, Gettin' Clothes at the Thrift Shop
We're eatin' plants and making love
Don't need much money, Just spend time with my Honey
It's the simple life for my baby and

Me and my baby live spiritually
Me and my baby read Ananadamayi Ma and Gandhi
Me and my baby got no time for violent revolution
Cuz me and my baby know that Love is the solution.


(chorus)
Buy in bulk at the Co-Op, Gettin' Clothes at the Thrift Shop
We're eatin' plants and making love
Don't need much money, Just spend time with my Honey
It's the simple life for my baby and
Track Name: Green Juice Baby
To the farm stand take a trip trip trip
out into the garden passed the Parsnip
To the lettuce kale going snip snip snip
juice the cucumber baby put it to your lips
The apple of my eye gonna give it a try
oh that you can’t deny

(pre-chorus)
Because I know what I like
Got what I need I’m in love

(chorus)
With my Green Juice Baby
you’re my Green Juice Baby baby
Green Juice Baby I’m in Love with You

(let me tell you about it)
I think I need a shot, think I need a shot girl
give it all you got, give it all you got
To the fridge get the lemons
shake your lululemons shake your lululemons
Now the ginger let’s grind it down
juice it up, juice up, don’t stop now
Hot damn cayenne when you wiggle it wiggle it
damn cayenne when you wiggle
Do some tricks with your Vita-Mix
cuz your Crazy Sexy Crazy Sexy
Teach me some tricks with your Vita-Mix
Crazy Sexy Sexy

(Pre Chorus & Chorus)

Go green for your booty look better when your nudy
Gettin all I need cuz plants have protein
Yogurt Cheese and Dairy the research there is scary
Vitamin D from the Sun, Plants Got Calcium
So Na na na na na, na na na na na na na
Na na na na na

(Pre chorus & Chorus)
Track Name: Let's Get a Cat
I don’t know what to start with
Let’s start with that
And make a groovy song
About a little cat
Let’s start with that
Let’s Get a Cat

(chorus)
You fill the Dish
I’ll let her get Fat
Let’s Get a Cat

You comb the whiskers
I’ll paint the claws
We’ll send the litter
To your old boss
He wont mind that
(no)
Let’s Get a Cat

(chorus)
You fill the Dish
I’ll let her get Fat
Let’s Get a Cat

(Bridge)
Don’t know much about Goldfish
Or why a caged bird sings
But I’m savin’ my money
So I can buy a ring
And Here in the Mean Time
Through thick and Thin
When she’s clawing at the door
I will let her in

(chorus)
You fill the Dish
I’ll let her get Fat
Let’s Get a Cat
Track Name: 24 Lines of Text
1. 24 lines of text
2. the stage is set what's coming next
3. that's right we're gonna try
4. take 24 lines and make 'em rhyme
5. not strict like a sonnet
6. put the B in you're bonnet
7. the bus left the station
8. and you shoulda been on it
9. Ohh Ohh Ohh ohh Ohh
10. that was an hour ago

11. 24 lines of text
12. call the brain police and cash your ego check
13. keep it all in mind
14. that those who seek will surely find
15. that if the way is blocked
16. just take stock
17. gotta be another way
18. off this rock
19. Come on Come on Come on
20. it wasn't supposed to take this long

21. 24 lines of text
22. I'd forgotten memory refreshed
23. Do Do do do do do
24. to thine own self be true, come on.
Track Name: These Things
Used to have some guinea pigs but now they’re all gone
Used to have some chickens, they used to eat the lawn

my little red car, we could go real fast
one day the hood flew up and smashed the windshield glass
scared me half to death, I screamed just like a girl
but I made it home in one piece, now I share it with the world

(Chorus)
And it's alright. These Things happen some times
and its alright. As long as I can be with you tonight

when I wore braces they got stuck on every thing
when I wore a retainer it was kinda hard to sing

me and my friends, we were playing in the yard
my dad comes running over, he is breathing hard
there's been a lawn mower accident, your brother's lost a toe
so happy when I found it, I love my little bro!

(repeat chorus)
took care of a guy with violent tendencies
meds in his yogurt and wrist to waist restraints
many nights would come home, bites and bruises on my arms
but that's why teaching middle school is like a walk in the park (la la la la la)

used to have a dog named B-A-N-J-O (and banjo was his name-oh)
it's kinda hard to see the cars when your bounding through the snow

all of the adventures of my childhood
the scars tell my stories some are bad some are good
not really sure how I made it to today
but I sure miss the friends I've lost along the way.

(repeat chorus)
Track Name: Cup of Tea
Wrote you a letter using magnetic poetry
came out totally random
so I didn’t send it to you
Wrote you a song while watching documentaries
but it was all fat, sick, and nearly dead
so I didn’t sing to you

and the flowers didn’t make it
they just wilted and died
and the chocolate all melted
that doesn’t satisfy so

(Chorus)
Baby (Baby)
Let’s go for a Cup of Tea

Girl got me distracted
I think that kitty’s cute
I’d like to by myself a vowel
so I could hold “U”
Take this piece of paper
fold an origami newt
Inside I hide all the lines
I stumble on around you

If it was that easy
I wouldn’t be so tongue tied
maybe the way to your heart’s
the one thing I haven’t tried so

(Chorus)
Baby (Baby)
Let’s go for a Cup of Tea

Na na na na na .........

Why worry over the words
when they just get in the way
I’ll start the tea pot
Let’s have some Earl Grey

(Chorus)
Baby (Baby)
Let’s go for a Cup of Tea
(Na na na na na na na)
Track Name: Vapor Proof Suit
On an island of the undead,
I go for a walk in a vapor proof suit
I meet you and I shake your hand,
now my glove smells exactly like you
I turn around, fascinated zombie is
blocking my, pathetic rescue

(chorus)
and he's scratchin', aw clawin' yeah,
compromising my vapor proof suit
for my brains, they are hungry,
dinner wrapped in a vapor proof suit

Seemed like such a good idea at the time,
but now I'm such a sucker
nasty little hands grabbin, ripping off my juglar
and I, wish that I could run away,
but my, these boots are too damn heavy

(chorus)
and he's scratchin', aw clawin' yeah,
compromising my vapor proof suit
for my brains, they are hungry,
dinner wrapped in a vapor proof suit

Do you hear 'em comin'. Creepin' along the floor
No place to escape, No one lives here anymore

Lombie, Tombie, Bombie, Kombie, Abercrombie Fitch
Ooffie, Tooffie, Mooffie, Roofie, 9 in time saves stitch
Lazy, Hazy, Maisey, Daisey, lurching for my throat
Harry. Larry, Perry, Gary, climbing on the boat

Pocket Rocket, Lock it, Sock it, AK-47
Luger, Ruger, Mooger Fooger,
these amps go to Eleven

Blast the Undead out of here.(3x’s)

(Chorus)
and he's scratchin', aw clawin' yeah,
compromising my vapor proof suit
for my brains, they are hungry,
dinner wrapped in a vapor proof suit
Track Name: Song for the Power Failure
This is the song for the power failure
Mr. CEO and the Weapons Tailor
The Masses beat down with invisible whips
Ground into Submission for Quarterly Profits
An Ozone layer with a growin' hole in
A War Zone with Drones Patrolin'
Warnin' - Global Warmin'
Future Stolen

(Bridge)
How do you calculate the costs?
Who benefits from another Species Lost?
(Chorus)
We all live down stream
One Earthling family
To live in peace is to live free
What I do to you, you do to me
and we all live down stream

There's only one sky and we're all beneath it
Only one water and we all drink it
Green or Red blood, we all bleed it
Give it back to the land cuz damn she needs it
When the last tree's down, will we regret it
The last fish is caught in the trawler's net, it's
When the land no longer grows
You'll see how far your money goes

We keep on drilling cuz we think there's no end
and we keep on killing cuz we think it defends
and the world keeps spinning round and round
and every single song is a sacred sound
So, listen to the birds, listen to the bees
listen to the grass and to the trees
your heart has a story to tell
sit quietly and listen well
(guitar solo)

Make time now for your consideration
Such the slaughter house down it's an abomination
How are we a peace lovin' nation
When we're droppin' bombs on all of creation
Track Name: The Last Testament
We know it began with....
Genetic Experiments on mosquitoes
to eradicate malaria that’s how the theory goes
Success reads all the headlines
Humanity triumphant while the bee population
declines, declines, declines

There’s no connection, no apparent connection

(Chorus)
Close your eyes and hold still
this pain is only temporary
it’s a small sacrifice
To protect your family
To save humanity
For the Greater Good

The malaria parasite disappears
All pollinators crash in the following years
genetic mutations effect their lives
corrupted DNA the colony dies
they die, they die

There’s no connection, no apparent connection

(Repeat Chorus)

Without our natural pollinators
food shortages began effecting every community
Hunger, starvation, and food riots spread like wild fire
A billion lives were lost in just a few months
In a race to save the food supply and restore global stability
an Artificial Pollinating Process was created
The Synthetic Pollen Derivative was crop dusted globally
by fleets of airplanes.
The resulting food, though stopped hunger and starvation
caused Sudden Aggression Syndrome. We just called it “The Bites”
We shut down all travel
We never found patient Zero

In a see of blood “The Serum” was created
instituted quarantine, enforced vaccination
When all is hopeless you do what you can to survive
You’ll submit to anything if it keeps your son or daughter
Alive, Alive, Alive

There’s no connection, no apparent connection

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Dust
Instrumental
Track Name: CuCumber
Instrumental
Track Name: Arcade Party
Instrumental
Track Name: Mistaken Identity
Instrumental