Captain Queso and the Revealing Science of Groove

by Casey Frensz

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Join Captain Queso on an astral voyage as he shares his secret sonic sciences and tips for intergalactic travel!

The funk has healed my spirit more times than I can count, I hope my groove can bring some joy to your heart as well. Don't forget to listen to your dreams, and remember that life's better with a little bit of boogie!

Huge thanks to Emma Moss for the spectacular cover art! Check out her other incredible work! emmamossart.tumblr.com

It's with great admiration and appreciation that I thank Sun Ra for introducing me to the concept of using music for interdimensional travel. I know your myth continues, extending forever into the great void.

I offer my humble gratitude to all the great funkonauts of the past, in particular, I'd like to extend thanks to George, Bootsy, Fred, Maceo, Bernie, and the rest of the P-Funk Family, WAR, Ohio Players, Kool & The Gang, The Bee Gees, Supertramp, YES, and Frank Zappa for musical inspiration on this project. Thanks for your music, and the endless joy I get from spinning your records in my living room.

All sounds* and lyrics composed, collected, performed, mixed, and mastered by Casey Frensz in his Minneapolis home during December 2018 and January 2019.

*the seaside and crowd recordings featured in the intro were generously posted on freesound.org. Special thanks to Fillmat, Milo, Justkiddink, and Quistard for their field recordings.

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released February 8, 2019

Captain Queso: Lead Vocals, Saxophones, Lead Guitars, Flute, Synthesizer, Percussion, Clavinet, Talkbox

Casey Frensz: Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Drums, Trumpet, Trombone, Yangqin, Throat Singing, Didjeridus, Clarinet

Fred and Maceo: Bumps, Scurries, Purring

Wind: Chimes


Instruments Used:

Saxophones:
Buescher Top Hat & Cane Tenor
King Zephyr Baritone
Jupiter 869 SG Alto
Taishan Winds Curved Soprano

Electric Guitars:
BC Rich NJ Classic Eagle w/Duncan 59s & Duesenberg Les Trem
MIJ Fender Contemporary Stratocaster
Hagstrom Reissue Impala
Peavy Classic VT 2X12 SS/Tube Hybrid Amp

Acoustic Guitars:
Seagull S6 Cedar
Signet Classical

Basses:
Ibanez ATK800E Electric Bass
Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic/Electric Bass

Keyboards:
Kawai ES6 Digital Workstation (Electric Pianos, Clavinet)
Hammond M3 Organ with EHX Lester K Leslie Simulator
Roland SH201 Synthesizer
Yamaha DX7 Synthesizer

Drums/Percussion:
Pearl Forum Shells
Ludwig Acrolite Snare
Paiste 302 Hi Hats and Ride
Zildjian Avedis Fast Crash and Thin Crash
LP Caliente Congas
LP Cajon
LP Cyclops Tambourine
LP Jam Block
Assorted Shaker Eggs
Assorted Cowbells

Additional Winds:
Bundy Trumpet
Bundy Trombone
Bundy Clarinet
Noblet A Clarinet
Armstrong 102 Flute
Homemade PVC didjeridus

Additional Strings:
HSingHai Yangqin

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Track Name: Posses
It’s time to grow eyes
In the back of your head
Cuz the posses, they're comin to town

They know right from wrong
And they leave sinners dead
So keep your head low and voice down

They don’t need no judge
They don’t need no proof
Cuz they've got the power to yell

To blast of their guns
And shout out their chants
And usher in the kingdom of hell

They know their place
And their place is your life
So when they come to town
You'd better start thinking twice
Cuz they know God’s truth
Justifies their abuse
So will you still be hanging around
When the posses start comin to town?

It surely won’t matter
What you’ve done over years
When they see through your soul in a flash

They call what they see
Shout it high from the trees
And burn you right down into ash

They’re drunk off their power
How they love a good w(h)ine
To help see where their enemies lie

A sip of what’s true
And they might just see you
Better grow wings, learn to fly

They know their place
And their place is your life
So when they come to town
Better start thinking twice
Cuz they know God’s truth
Justifies their abuse
So will you still be hanging around
When the posses start comin to town?

They think in a bubble
And see through a tunnel
And hear only those who agree

They listen to no one
While preaching their anthem
And bear no responsibility

They take what they covet
And claim that they love it
Then cast everything to the side

What they really desire
Is more wood for the fire
My friend, you’re looking dry

They know their place
And their place is your life
So when they come to town
Better start thinking twice
Cuz they know God’s truth
Justifies their abuse
So will you still be hanging around
When the posses start comin to town?
Track Name: Intro
Everything is vibrating-
If you tune your frequency properly,
you could wake up in a different place,
at a different time...
Perhaps as one of your other selves
Track Name: Tuning Up
If you want to travel quickly
If you really want to move
You can bypass all the distance
With the perfect kind of groove

To travel through the cosmos
Is something anyone can do
If you just know how to vibrate
With the tone that seems most true

Gotta get in tune

It can take a lot of effort
To move a quantum string
But the cosmic doors all open
If you know what note to sing

Listen close and open up
You gotta feel the sympathetic vibration
Hear and buzz and hum along
You're gonna reach your destination

Gotta get in tune

Wait a minute!
Got to sink into the groove now

Elevate your frequency
Vibrate with intensity
Shine like the neon lights
That buzz and funkatize the night

Groove with serendipity
resonate with imagery
Of windows to the higher place
We’re blasting through inner space
Track Name: Spaceship Stereo
Now, I know what you’re thinking
I’ve tried this whole space cruise business before
Frankly, it was pretty long and the zero gravity
It gets old after a while

Let me assure you that here on Queso cruise lines,
We handle space travel the right way
With only the finest frequencies to caress your ears
As you cruise the edge of the milky way

And if you’re feeling funky, well
We’ve got you covered
With luxurious basslines
And syncopated grooves
To soothe and move you
As you cross the vacuum between worlds

Everybody needs a chance to relax
To escape and sit in the vast emptiness of space
With nothing but high fidelity sound to take you away

Any captain worth his salt
Keeps a radio on board
As he’s crossing galaxies
Cuz space is wide
And time is long
And most of us get bored
But music puts our minds at ease

Every ship in Queso’s fleet
Is fit for juicy jams
With stereo sound in every seat
Fully equipped with the finest in hi-fi
To keep it funky while we fly

Yeah we’re gettin down
With our spaceship stereo
You never what you’ll find
When you tune in to the show

Oh we singin along
To the alien radio
Groovin with astral jams
In Queso’s UFO

Out here the reception is crystal clear
And we’ve got stations
That you might never hear
If you don’t leave the planet earth
You’ll never know just how it works
So I think it’s time to get in gear

Yeah we’re gettin down
With our spaceship stereo
You never what you’ll find
When you tune in to the show

Oh we singin along
To the alien radio
Groovin with astral jams
In Queso’s UFO

Let’s see if they’re still spinnin those cosmic didj jams on the Andromeda station

Yeah we’re gettin down
With our spaceship stereo
You never what you’ll find
When you tune in to the show

Oh we singin along
To the alien radio
Groovin with astral jams
In Queso’s UFO
Track Name: Captain Queso
You might find me cheesy
But I’m really extra sharp
I’m fresh from Wisconsin
You know the funk is in my heart

I’m an explorer on a mission
And I’m chasing down a vision
That my imagination showed me
While I was sitting feeling lonely

There were billions grooving gears
Interlocked throughout the years
And they were syncopating perfectly
While balancing in harmony

Sailing these cheesy seas
Captain Queso’s on the groove

I’ve seen what happens when music dies
And I’ve been to harbors were groove resides
You know the music makes a metaphor
That guides a lonely sailor to its shores

Anything can be groovy
If you lean learn to look between
The unpleasantries surrounding you
Things aren’t always what they seem

You know it everyone
Captain Queso’s got the beat

You might find me cheesy
But my record never skips
Call me Captain Queso
Welcome to my ship

I sequester secret subtle sounds
And gather grooves from all around
To make some magic with my cats
Recomposing tones I’ve found

I commandeer a timeless beat
And my record never ends
My music sits on a mobius strip
But my pocket never bends

Don’t pretend you can’t hear it
That’s Queso’s funky horn

You might find me cheesy
But it never stops my art
Call me Captain Queso
Come onboard my ark

I learned from those that came before
And walked right through the funky door
To funkadelic communication
Groovaliscious good vibrations
Sympathetic conversations

Interstellar destinations
Resonating revelations
Heart destroying realizations
Happiness and pure elation
Mind expanding elevation
Tantalizing sweet temptations

I had some soul defeating cold frustration
But underwent a transformation
and now I’m chillin on a soul vacation
Enjoying a little funky creation
Jammin out on my groovy station

You might find me cheesy
But I’m pretty sure you’re wrong
Call me Captain Queso
And I just sang my song
Track Name: Let There Be Funk
Sometimes I’m just so tired
So sick
So lonely
So broke
So single
So down
So out
So close to the edge
So ready to stop
So far from the light
So deep in the pit that I just want to scream

LET THERE BE FUNK

Hey Queso
Do you need a bit of boogie?
Don’t let it get you down
Don’t you know there’s always a little more funk to go around

Don’t sweat it
Planet earth is getting foggy
But we’ve still got the beat
And if you listen it might help you feel complete

Yeah, but
Sometimes I get so scared
So angry
So confused
So lost
So lazy
So ashamed
So hopeless
That It seems
Nothing could change
The way that I feel
And I just want to scream

LET THERE BE FUNK

Go and grab your favorite pair of shoes
You know it’s time to bust a move
There ain’t no reason to be down
When the DJ’s pumping out that motown sound

Get down and glide your body on the floor
We're gonna dance our way to heaven’s pearly door
Feels so good to boogie with the band
Come on now everybody clap your hands
Track Name: Forces of the Unfunky
Back when the ancient funkonauts descended from above
A little group discovered greed and lost their will to love
Now it’s time to wake up, yeah you better be aware
There’s unfunky forces on the loose and they’re coming for their share

They like to slap a price tag on the things that once were free
And they like to keep the artists in a state of slavery
They don’t see any value in the things they cannot take
And they only like emotion when it’s bottled up and fake

And be careful, cuz they’re pressing all the buttons-
Hey you- no funkin around in here! -
That’s better….

As I was saying

They don’t like dancing and they’re not so into fun
They never syncopate and they don’t put it on the one
They’ll play as long as they can change the rules that guide the game
And they know that friendship fails compared to all important fame

They’ll sell a million souls if they can make another buck
while they cackle at the beggar as he’s running out of luck
They have lots of eyes and ears so they can catch you out of line
And take some of your things away and tag you with a fine

And watch out, cuz they’ve got evil robots (TARGET IDENTIFIED)
Hey- I said no funk!

THE MAN:
WE INTERRUPT THIS BROADCAST
FROM THIS MOST HORRIFIC MAN
YOU CANNOT LISTEN TO HIS WORDS
HE’S MESSING WITH THE PLAN

WE HAVE THINGS TO SET YOUR MIND AT EASE
AND WE’LL TAKE CARE OF ALL YOUR NEEDS
WE’RE NEVER STINGY WITH THE SLEAZE
OF COURSE, THERE’LL BE A FEW SMALL FEES

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CAPTAIN QUESO SHOULD KNOW BETTER
HE’S JUST ANOTHER LOWLY DEBTOR
JUST COME RIGHT THROUGH THIS DOOR WITH ME
WE’LL PUT YOU ON OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES

But thing about funk is it’s free
Track Name: The Way That You're Movin'
Oh, The way that you’re movin
Oh, The way that you’re movin
Oh, The way that you’re movin
Makes me feel so good now

Oh, The way that you’re movin
Oh, The way that you’re movin
Oh, The way that you’re movin
Makes me feel so good now

You know you move about the room
With such a gentle grace
I got a million memories
That I’m never gonna erase

You know the way you catch my eye
With every little turn
I know that nothing could compare
You know my heart still burns

Oh, The way that you’re movin
Oh, The way that you’re movin
Oh, The way that you’re movin
Makes me feel so good now

You know you’ve got the sweetest steps
Your spins are so sublime
You dance like a child in the rain
And you’ve got that funky time

Keep swinging and a spinnin babe
Dance forevermore
You’ve got that perfect pirouette
And you’re the one that I adore

Oh, The way that you’re movin
Oh, The way that you’re movin
Oh, The way that you’re movin
Makes me feel so good now
Track Name: Stormy Seas
Out there in other galaxies
I find my path with careless ease
But when I come back to my home
There’s always stormy seas

I’ve learned to wrestle with the wind
I’ve learned the meaning of my sins
I’ve tried to navigate this place
And light the fire within

But it’s hard to keep a candle lit
Afloat on stormy seas
With winds that howl and rains that freeze
You’ll need some expertise

And wisdom has no shortcuts
So life needs a few wrong turns
Just find some shelter for the storm
And see what you can learn

At times my ship is tossing
In the waves that roll my life
But I’ve braved my share of storms before
And I embrace my strife

I want to reach the distant shores
I’ll take the longest trip
And navigate through stormy seas
Til I go down with my ship

It’s hard to keep a candle lit
Afloat on stormy seas
With winds that howl and rains that freeze
You’ll need some expertise

And wisdom has no shortcuts
So life needs a few wrong turns
Just find some shelter for the storm
And see what you can learn
Track Name: In the Groove
Send me to the void
I’ll fill it with funk
Throw me in a black hole
And music spills out the other side

When that type of thing happens
It can create a whole new universe
Where the funk reigns supreme
And everything cycles back to the one

Ours is one such universe
Created so long ago, by the great funkonauts of the past
But we’ve let it fall out of balance
Our record teeters on its spindle
And the needle loses the groove

We can feel the noise
Of the needle skidding about

We are the keepers of the music
And we need to help it move back
To that perfect balance
Of rhythm, melody, harmony
With the one at the center
And all of us bouncing off in celebratory syncopation
Reveling in the joy of life in the groove

There’s an awful lot of noise these days
Let’s turn it back into music

It don’t matter how you move it
Keep it in the groove

It don’t matter how you feel it
Keep it in the groove

It don’t matter what you look like
Keep it in the groove

It don’t matter how your voice sounds
Keep it in the groove

It don’t matter what you play
Time of day
What they say
How you pay
Keep it in the groove

It don’t matter who you are
Near or far
Chump or star
Serf or tzar
Keep it in the groove

It don’t matter what clothes you wear
Keep it in the groove

It don’t matter how you style your hair
Keep it in the groove

It don’t matter if you’re a little bit weird
Keep it in the groove

Just do your thing and lose your fear
Keep it in the groove

It don’t matter who you know
What you show
Nerd or bro
Gotta flow
Keep it in the groove

It don’t matter what you thought
Who you’re not
How you fought
Now you’re caught
Keep it in the groove

Keep it in the groove
Keep it in the groove
Keep it in the groove
Keep it in the groove

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