I took a break from my songwriting project, Extraneous Solutions, when we packed up our old house and moved to Vermont. I tried writing some songs in September and October of 2017 in my new studio and came up with a concept and a chorus that I liked but was unhappy with the results of the recordings. Then the siren call to make a yoga/meditation album caused me to put Extraneous on the cooling rack. I spent the next two months writing and recording This Side of the Mountain. Since January 2018 I hadn’t written anything.
I practiced classical guitar music, booked some weddings and restaurant gigs, taught middle school chorus & band full time, and left my songwriting journal untouched.
Fast forward to May 2018. I keep a stack of CD’s in my car and one day I listened to the songs I was working on back in Sept/Oct. I still really liked the chorus of one of the songs and decided I would rework the rest of it. I ditched all of the music and lyrics for the verses and began rewriting.
With previous Extraneous Solutions songs I gave myself a one month deadline. It was now June and no one was expecting anything from me, so there was no pressure to release. Extraneous Solutions had been quiet for almost a year and a half. It would be easy to just let it go and focus on the more commercially viable stuff I write. I ignored that internal voice and kept working on it with the intention of releasing if I thought it was any good (That means that I like it. Good is a highly subjective term to apply to a song!! And frankly the only reason Extraneous Solutions exists at all is because I like to listen to the songs.)
I finished it. I actually really like it. I call it “Body of Evidence”. It represents an Artistic departure from most of the Extraneous Solutions catalog, however it still fits the “No Genre, No Artistic Limitations” rule that I set from the beginning of the project. Songwriting is a lot like gardening. You put seeds or little plants in the ground, give them lots of water and sunlight, weed out the bad stuff, and what grows will nourish you. Extraneous Solutions are the songs that maybe are not as nutrient packed, look as pretty, or are as popular as the Kale and Spinach but they keep the artist healthy and satisfied.
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