I realized that I could use this blog page to keep track of some thoughts. I've been at this project for over a year but I've already lost track of the order of things. I found this passage in my notebook on a page dated January 4, 2022:
My handwriting has only gotten worse since elementary school.
"My goal, as of today, is to produce an album's worth of material by the end of 2022 and press vinyl records."
I did get all the music done by the end of 2022, but the vinyl records are still in the works (that's due to both financial and technical issues -- more on that later).
I'm surprised by how much music I was working on before I committed to that central organizing goal of producing a record. I had already been working on "Disappear," "Left Behind," "Same Size Hole" (not on the album but forthcoming), "Automatic," and "Highway Help Me." I had already started an equal number of songs that I didn't complete for the album.
I'm a taker of notes and a jotter-downer of things. That's a benefit when you want to understand origins. Those same notes can become shackles, though, if they make it hard to just throw out ideas and start with something fresh.