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Tania Alexandra woke up one morning to see a piano taking up most of her bedroom. She was nine, and that piano became her diary.

Immersed in the performing arts and her father’s eclectic tastes, she counts The Muppets, Igor Stravinsky, John Coltrane, Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson and Joni Mitchell among her earliest influences. Born and raised amid the beauty of the Colorado mountains, she honed her songwriting in secret while studying music education at Ithaca College, only revealing herself after moving to Philadelphia.

After recording her debut album Chrysalis, Tania infused herself into the arts community as a singer-songwriter, music and movement teacher, session vocalist and vocal arranger. Her resulting album, Emergence, captured her represented both a milestone in her songcraft and a culmination of her experiences as an artist in Philadelphia. The huge sounds featured a wide array of musicians from drummers and percussionists, to trombonists and flutists, to cellists and string quartets, to lap steel and guitar slingers.

Her latest release, Abnormal (NCM East Records), finds Tania performing with a stripped down quartet featuring Eric Hastings on drums, Geoff Hazelrigg on bass, and George Hazelrigg on organ. Tania’s powerful voice and inventive piano playing shine through in this format as her songwriting takes center stage.

Propelled to spread creative energy like a colorful weed, Tania Alexandra muses her listeners. Her passionate voice weaves through piano driven primal grooves creating a collage filled with poetic lyrics and engaging melodies. Tania's songs are edgy, evocative, and subtly complex. Some haunting, some playful, some reflective, some bold - her music explores her journey into the connections and emotions in life through generations and over time between people, nature, and love.

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released November 10, 2009

Tania Alexandra: Piano and Vocal
Eric Hastings: Drums
Geoff Hazelrigg: Bass
George Hazelrigg: Organ

Produced by Geoff Hazelrigg and Tania Alexandra
Recorded and Mixed by Geoff Hazelrigg
www.hazelriggbrothers.com - www.collectiveacoustics.com
Additional recording by Dave Schonauer @ Morning Star Studios - www.morningstarstudios.com

All songs written by Tania Alexandra, Tumbletat Publisihing/SESAC
www.taniaalexandra.com
www.ncmeast.com

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Described as quirky and kind, Tania Alexandra’s music captures her love of the authentic oddities of life and the spirit that lies within them. An award winning songwriter, recording artist, music and movement specialist, session vocalist, and arranger, Tania (Gitali) is taking her music to new depths, combining her practice of mantra and Bhakti Yoga with her zeal for songwriting and performance. ... more

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Track Name: Little Have Not
feeling just a little lost today
hoping that i soon will find my way
everybody's asking how... and i don't have clear answers
feeling just a little bit confused
hoping that i'll soon know what to do
decisions beckoning... and choosing is overwhelming me

i live in these words
i live in these thoughts
i live in them
and they are not my identity
i live in the throngs of my right and wrongs
representing a little have not
a little have not

walking down the streets of philly-o,
bumping into all these peeps i know
seeing a familiar face
it helps me to feel comfortable, secure
turn another corner and i see
a shift in my reality
conversations lose their sense
and emptiness feels nourishing

i live in these words
i live in these thoughts
i live in them
and they are not my identity
i live in the throngs of my right and wrongs
representing…

as we shed our skin
the skin we shed
is in the past
the past is dead
yet it still remains a part of who we are
and what were here to be

so i'm stepping off the cadence of this drone
finding that is what makes us alone
crazy people speak to me
and i don't think they're crazy anymore
i'm dancing with a lion in my soul
falling into those which make me whole
i am the sum of all my actions
and that is all i own


i live in these words
i live in these thoughts
i live in them
and they are not my identity

i live in the throngs of my right and wrongs
representing a little have not.
a little have not
Track Name: Holding Hands
Holding hands should not be reserved
For only lovers and children
Rules like that are only preserved
By those afraid of taking a chance to feel

And i choose to be vulnerable
Raw and open to love
diving in like a drop to the see
Emerging me in the soul of all

Precious cargo on the school bus
Everyone’s watching and careful
At what age does all of that end?
When does that preciousness cease to be?
No.

I will choose to be honorable
Unattached to the mold
Ageless wisdom and innocence
Surrounding me in the soul of

Timeless and priceless these moments we lead
Delicate, strong balance effort and ease
There is nothing to prove and there’s no one to please
All we need is love

I reserve the right to express
Any which way that I’m called to
Even if I’m not in the trend
I won’t pretend to be anything but me

And I choose to be bountiful
Burn like sun flow like sea
Blooming wide like a flower to the sky
Enticing me try the soul of all

Holding hands should not be reserved
For only lovers and children.
Track Name: Imperfect Perfectionist
consistently inconsistent
imperfect perfectionist
wandering around this space
that’s been perceived and defined

as time…

has a way of being what it is
without knowing how she’s convinced herself of controlling
it just moves on and on and on and on and on…

so the artist inside outs her heart and soul
and hangs it on a wall for all the world to see
she’s living chances, open, bleeding, pumping, breathing, feeling
and a circumstance is vulnerability

to criticize is easy when one sees the other raw like that
he catches flaws
but that’s okay
she does it anyway
she has no choice
it’s all she knows
and so she grows

and so does Love…

has a way of being what it is
without knowing how she’s convinced herself of controlling
it just moves on and on and on and on and on…

through the deepest rage
in silent moments
through the upsurd days
when all is normal
and so she tries to find her sense
in this crazy world

consistently inconsistent
Track Name: Parasite
Parasite, parasite.
Feeding off the energy of another
Doing what he will
So he’ll survive
Feeding off the body that’s giving him life
Parasite.

Now if you follow through this definition
It doesn’t take a brilliant man to see
That how we go about our own survival
Makes parasites of you and out of me

So pick your distraction
Could be drugs or sleep or sugar
Maybe it’s sensual, or tickles intellect
Possibly fixing all the others who seem crazy
Or maybe its indifference
It doesn’t change that we are parasites
Parasite

Now I’m not making any kind of judgment
Not saying if it’s good or if it’s wrong
Cause some parasites can help their hosts to live
While other ones will eat their hosts alive

Symbiotic
Embryonic

Choose your adventure
Could be living in the moment
Maybe its finding fame, or monetary gain
Possibly searching joy, or spiritual improvement
And it doesn’t change anything
We’re still all living here as parasites

Pointing fingers…
Who’s to blame?
As we eat our world away.
Words and policies extend.
Talking, talking to the end.

Where is the follow through?
From the words that tend to linger?
Who has the stamina to stand by their intent?
It’s highly implausible it will be the politicians
It’s got to start from within
To become symbiotic parasites
Parasite, parasite.
Track Name: I'm Still Here (The Weed Song)
I’m still here.
I’m a weed.
And you can pull me from my roots
You can throw me out
With your boots, you can stomp me
You may not want me
but that’s your perception

I am a weed, I will survive
I’ve got purpose
i am alive
i’ve got my seeds
i’ve got the ground
And I’ve got the wind

I’m still here.
I’m a weed.
And I’ve been ripped up, tossed aside,
I’ve been picked at, but I won’t abide
You try to control me
You think you know me
But that’s your perception

I am a weed, I will survive
‘cause I’ve got passion
I am alive
I’ve got my seeds
I’ve got the ground
And I’ve got the wind

Been making love to the breath of the air
My ‘Ness is scattering everywhere
Beautiful pieces spread and recognized by the wise eyes of a child
Not yet hypnotized by lies

I am a weed, I will survive
I’ve got passion
I am alive
I’ve got my seeds
I’ve got the ground
and I’ve got the wind

I’m still here.
Track Name: Beautiful Malfunction
beautiful malfunction
dear pebble in the clam
my inspiration lies in witnessing the evidence
that you’re not what you seem..

beautiful malfunction
dear mutilated plan
my gratitude lies in the process of your evolution
you are why I am…

it doesn’t really matter how twisted it seems
there’s always something wonderful in asymmetric things
deranged and a skewed, used, twisted, and gnarled
only bares a wisdom that no one else can borrow
i vow to honor sweet malfunction

beautiful malfunction
dear nova in the sky
i wonder if within the blemish of your transformation
you feel awkward like me…

it doesn’t really matter how twisted it seems
there’s always something wonderful in asymmetric things
i vow to honor sweet malfunction
Track Name: Not Even These Blues
i’m not worried anymore
checked my troubles by the door
there’s nothing here to fear in this physical plane
my lover’s left me far behind
wants to erase me from his mind
says even memories that are good will only bring him pain

these are the blues that I’ve sown…

but this soul of mine has love to give
and this heart of mine still has joy to live
and no one can take that away…
not even these blues

i’m not worried anymore
checked my troubles by the door
there’s nothing here to fear in this physical plane
all my treasures have been stolen
don’t know where or when I’m going
but there’s nothing left here for me to stay for

these are the blues that I’ve sown…

but this soul of mine has love to give
and this heart of mine still has joy to live
and no one can take that away…
no nothing can take that away…
not even these blues

when there’s nothing left to loose
there’s possibility

and this soul of mine has love to give
and this heart of mine still has joy to live
and no one can take that away…
no nothing can take that away…
i said no one will take that away
not even these blues…
Track Name: What This Isn't
Windows of the soul
Are mirrors at a glance
Reflecting our own images
Realized given chance

Look closely
Do you like what you see?
Do you recognize the you in me?
There’s light in there…
Is it mine or is it yours?


Deep within these thoughts
Are someone else’s vibes
Unconsciously absorbed by me
And spoken in disguise

Dig deeper
Do you trust what you hear?
Did it come from sense?
Or did it just appear?
There’s more to this
Than from mouth to ear

Don’t get caught in what this isn’t

Hidden in the words
Of everything we read
Lies it’s own agenda
From which all of us feed

Take chances
Look behind every source
Did you welcome them?
Or did they sneak by force?
There’s more to this
Than just meets the eye.

Don’t get caught in what this isn’t
Track Name: Me and Rhodi Night
me and rhodi night
we walk together down the city street
and she smells bacon at the wrap shack
and she tells me that smells good to eat
but I wouldn’t know
‘cause I’m a vegetarian
but I let her have some anyway
its ruff being a vegan’s best friend

me and rhodi night
she wakes me up
she tells me its time to go outside and have some fun
she’s my delight
unconditional love
she reminds me to take a break and play out in the sun
that’s my rhodi night

me and rhodi night
we walk together down the city street
and she meets abbey, go-go, blue, and gus
and she smells all of their little butts
like humans shaking hands
just a way of saying “hey, its nice to meet you. do you want to play? okay!”

me and rhodi night
she wakes me up
she tells me its time to be yourself and have some fun
she’s my delight
unconditional love
she reminds me to take a break and play out in the sun

lets chase some pigeons, bark at squirrels,
lick all the faces of the boys and girls
lets play some games, how bout some fetch?
you throw the ball to me, and i won’t catch

that’s my rhodi night
she wakes me up
she tells me its time to be yourself and have some fun
she’s my delight
unconditional love
she reminds me to take a break and play out in the sun
that’s my rhodi night
Track Name: The Cat and Lioness
The cat and lioness don’t speak
But they know the others there
Even though they’re unaware
The other knows

And no distance, time, or greater space
No anger, shame, or grave mistake
Can ever truly separate
True love between two souls

In other words…
I love you.