Work on the next collection of songs continues.

I was briefly afraid I wouldn’t be able to write songs I like anymore. Why? Well, it didn’t feel like they were coming along for a few days. As someone who posted something new every week for a full year, not being able to come up with something on demand was a touch distressing. But, my fears weren’t founded.

I have the outlines of about 5 songs, and I’d like to have at least 10. I also plan to do alternate versions of some tunes, maybe all. Chris Smither has been doing that lately, and I like it. I have one song that’s about 2.5 minutes long and is strictly acoustic. Doing a separate, “full band” version of it is appealing. I also plan to do entirely different versions of songs. Why not? What’s to stop me? Nothing, and no one. It’s going to be fun.

I'm also getting getting the itch to play live again. I won’t do what I’ve done before - play to audiences who don’t care for little to no money - but i’m getting the urge to play for people. I’m even thinking a band situation would be good.

I’ve tried to do it before, and it wasn’t too long ago. I’d like to have an acoustic band consisting of me, a violin/fiddle player, bass, a percussionist (preferably a cajon player), and maybe someone who can play multiple instruments - keyboards, harmonica, mandolin, maybe guitar. I’d want to play some originals, but I suspect we’d make our bread and butter playing covers - which I generally dislike. But, if we could do our own versions of songs as an acoustic act, I think that could be great. Consider a slow, bluesy version of AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie.” Each member could bring songs to the band so we have a varied repertoire of material. I think it could work.

Now all I have to do is find the players.

But, my next album is my priority.


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