Yup. Still here.

I’ve lagged with my journal posts again, but I have a couple of reasons. They might even be good ones.

First, I’ve been far more interested with working on my music. The only reason I’m doing doing it instead of typing this is I’m feeling tired and a touch burned out - not on my music, really, but on the level of focus it requires. I haven’t really done it consistently since about 2014. Yes, I just completed a collection of songs for my wife, but I wasn’t working with a deadline, and for whatever reason, there wasn’t a sense of urgency. Plus, I’m dealing with a high level of stress right now. Nothing I want to discuss here, at least not yet. Suffice it to say that sometimes, I need a night off and the chance to just let things go. Or least try to do so.

Second, I haven’t had much to say. I don’t right now, actually, but something did come to mind yesterday.

I go through spurts where I strongly desire new guitars. Back in 2008, I really wanted a telecaster, and I wound up with a Taylor electric. It’s a great tool, but I still kind of want a tele. But, the strongest urge I have now is for baritones guitars - one acoustic, one electric.

I have two CA Guitars, both of which I’ve treated as baritones at different times. Right now, the OX Raw is active. But, I’d like an acoustic designed and built as a baritone, and I came very close to buying an Emerald baritone guitar last January. Instead, I chose to take a vacation where I visited friends and family in AZ and WA.

It was the right choice. I hadn’t seen those people in a decade. But, I still want a proper acoustic baritone.

Having a baritone electric would be nice, but it’s not a necessity. Hell, neither is the acoustic. If either was, I would’ve found a way to get it.

I’ve also been exploring MIDI options online. If you don’t know what it is, I’m not going to explain it, partly because I don’t thoroughly understand it myself. Suffice it to say that having the right tool would allow me access to literally any sound I want, with the ability to play them using a midi keyboard or even one of my guitars. However, the more I investigate, the more I realize I’m not prepared to invest the time or money. I’d rather focus on being the best songwriter I can be and use the tools I have. I may change my mind, but probably not for album I’ll release on 8/9/19.

That’s it for now. Be good.

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