The Solution Is The Problem
The Solution is the Problem was my first full-length traditional rock release; an all-killer-no-filler collection of my songs I'm most proud of. It was recorded entirely in my home studio by me, but it sounds comparable to an entire band recorded in a studio. Notably, all of the recording sessions were streamed live, and some were recorded with extra camera angles not seen in the live streams.
A recurring theme in my work has been the frustration with how so-called "normal" people deal with their problems. One of the blessings of being burdened with an anxiety disorder is that my mind often automatically sees all sides of an issue, problem, or paradigm. This usually causes a great deal of stress when trying to make a decision, but it has given me a unusual insight into people and what they do. I can empathize with what causes someone to make the decision they do, but I can simultaneously be frustrated, angered, saddened, or disgusted with it. Having all this information often makes it much more stressful when I have to make the same decision, and I have fallen along the way as much, if not more, than anyone else.
Increasingly we're asked to make paradoxical decisions. Want the best for your family? Work 80 hours a week, removing yourself from them, and have an aneurism in your late 40s. Women seem to date a lot of jerks, so if you're having trouble finding someone to love, you should hate more. Want to fight "hatred" and "intolerance" in the world? Become more hateful and intolerant toward your political opponents. Even the "occupy" movements disgracing our cities can be described this way. They want to get on TV and appear to be oppressed, so they act in shameful ways so the police will drag them away while the news cameras roll.
It's like this in the music industry too. Art as mass entertainment has replaced art as cultural nourishment or emotional movement. In the average person's eyes, I don't deserve to make music unless it sounds like what's already on Top 40 radio. I don't even deserve a chance unless I impress Randy Jackson or Christina Aguilera. I won't get the necessary networking contacts to do this on a grassroots level unless I'm an unapologetic communist hippie, or a Tea Partier whose musical tastes begin at Francis Scott Key and end at Lee Greenwood with a quick detour through TobyMac. I am neither of those things. One group lauds new ideas and the avant-garde, the other champions individualism and entrepreneurship; but I am ignored by both of them. Politically I am conservative and damned proud of it, but musically I am a fan of powerful songs, progressive rock, massive arrangements, and emotional, thought-provoking lyrics.
Solution is available in digital and physical editions. This was a huge undertaking, but I had the time and desire - my wife and I are trapped in upstate New York, suffering from a purposely-collapsed economy, and just weird enough that we can't get a lot of the help we need. So I did this myself. I hope you will listen to Solution and hear this exciting project.