I’ve been having concerns recently about the album I’m working on. The main concern is that it doesn’t sound like an album at all. It sounds like a hodgepodge of songs from different eras and different genres, which is, in fact, exactly what it is. That’s no good.

When I started working on this record I told myself that I was going to go back and finish all the songs I’ve started writing over the past few years. Then I would start writing new stuff after I could consider myself officially caught up. I thought it would give me a sense of accomplishment but it’s turning out to be more of a chore than anything. It’s like I’m forcing myself to eat all of my vegetables before allowing myself any cake. And I want some freakin’ cake already.

So I’ve started writing again. New stuff. New demos. Now I feel like I can write songs with a clear picture in my mind of how I want them all to sound and fit together.

One of the problems with me not having a band is that I have no real framework within which to write. If I write a polka one week and a punk song the next week I don’t have anyone to give me the dirty looks I need to keep my on point. When I was in a band I knew what the band sounded like, what we were capable of, and what Dino would never agree to play in public. Now I don’t have that, and I kind of need that. So now what I need to do is to set out some very specific guidelines for myself and I think I have those in place now.

First of all I want the album to sound like the cover of this book looks.

I saw this book a few weeks ago and I knew that was it. I want my music to sound like this picture.

I’ve also been reading the hymns of Isaac Watts. Good grief! There is no hope that I will ever be able to reach the transcendent majesty of his lyric writing but a boy can dream right?

If I could combine the mood of the aforementioned photograph with the weightiness of Watts’ lyrical approach I think that would be something truly revolutionary. Revolutionary in that the vast majority of music made by Christians over the past 25 years is complete garbage. How on earth can anyone expect to bring glory to the creator of heaven and earth by writing half-baked barf-rock?

I have my work cut out for me but I’m very excited to be writing fresh tunes again. I’ve got the first demo well under way and I think it will serve as a strong signpost pointing me in a new direction.