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I wrote this while sitting on the Cornell arts quad during my daughter’s band rehearsal. The campus symbolized my past, and her future. She was almost as old as I was when my father died. All that led to some writing, and then this.

This track is quite a different approach from the first one; it’s all synths plus vocals, and a much more active texture.

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Eventually, there is no experience so small that it can’t break your heart.

This is a rough demo, and I could see doing a grander production of it, but I’m enjoying posting these quick drafts to get raw new songs out into the world.

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Troubleshooting Rule #7: Poke it with a stick

At this point in the troubleshooting process, you’re starting to feel desperate, willing to try anything, even poking the problem with a stick. Do that. But don’t do it desperately, do it scientifically. read more...

side by side

I wrote this while sitting on the Cornell arts quad during my daughter’s band rehearsal. The campus symbolized my past, and her future. She was almost as old as I was when my father died. All that led to some writing, and then this.

(Edit: Followed by another version, quite different.)

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Don't waste a good failure

My troubleshooting rules can really help focus on solving a problem, but maybe first you’d like to not solve the problem for a while.

What?

Well, let’s look at a common sequence of events in creative or constructional work of many kinds:

  1. See a problem.
  2. Figure out how to fix it.
  3. Fix it.

That’s pretty instinctual. Can’t really do those out of order. And once you’ve seen the problem, there is often some amount of urgency to get to the fix.

But the next step, if you’re conscientious, is:

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