chester the walrus meets his grandfather.

for the second time this year, i decided to skip the end-of-the-month video progress report. the reason is the same as before — some months there just isn’t a whole lot to talk about. all it really means is that april’s progress report will be more action-packed, because i’ll have more to say than “i continue to make progress on THE ANGLE OF BEST DISTANCE, and my nails are so long right now they could slice through a loaf of bread.”

on the subject of that album, now i find myself in the tricky position of trying to figure out which of the new songs i’m writing belong on it, and which ones i should save for something else. the problem is, pretty much anything will fit on ANGLE, given how insanely sprawling it is. i guess it’s more a matter of where i want things to go, and not so much where they need to go (which is something they tend to figure out on their own).

the last time i had this dilemma, i ended up recording MY HELLHOUND CROOKED HEART while pushing ANGLE into the background just as i was starting to make some real progress. i can feel the creative energy trying to make something like that happen again…but this time i need to keep that impulse on ice for a while.

i’ve kind of hit the ceiling for how long i can procrastinate with this album before it becomes impossible to finish. the last thing i need to do is undercut all the progress i’ve been making. though i always seem to be a little behind where i’d like to be, within the next few days i should have the second disc sequenced, mixed, and hammered down. that means i’ll be halfway there.

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