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07/05/2004 @ 02:48 AM: The following is text I wrote for a post a couple of months ago, approximately. I was going to delete it tonight (it is kind of a boring rant), but upon reading through it again I decided the content was worthy of presentation. I was thinking out loud in a sense about the solo album I'm very eager to find time to work on. Incidentally, the song "State Of Gray" still isn't done.

Well my attention to the new song "State Of Gray" lately has me thinking excessively about the new solo album I want so desperately to finish.

"State Of Gray" has been in the works since February 29th--the day we tracked drums. Aside from some rough guitar tracks I put down for reference, the song didn't get any attention again until about two weeks ago. Unlike the last couple of songs I've recorded, where complete tracking was able to occur in just a matter of days and realizing my produced "vision" of each song was as easy as playing the parts, "State Of Gray" has been a painstaking process of putting instruments down one at a time, then often going back later to do them again. I've used the excuse that the song's medium tempo groove is to blame for the challenges, but that's only half of it; I'm also putting a great deal of pressure on myself to make this a really great song. "State Of Gray" is the last song I plan to record for my new solo album and my only solo contribution to the revisions movie soundtrack. If I am able to complete recording within the next couple of weeks, it will be the new song I release to the internet via this website.

Once "State Of Gray" is in the can, I'll be turning my attention back to the remaining thirteen songs for the new album. Many of them need some touching up before they're mixed, with only one, "Democracy," that still needs to have the majority of its parts tracked.

I have been extremely hesitant to say much of anything about the new album short of the occasional recording update. When I was actively working on my first attempt at a second album, the now-defunct Gemini project, I hyped up the process so much I couldn't live up to it. So this post will probably be it for a while. Then I'll be back to diligently--and quietly--plugging away at tracks. I'll keep going, one song at a time, until all are ready. I doubt I will actually complete all fourteen currently in production; I suspect the two-to-four songs that don't make the final cut will become apparent before I invest too much time into finishing them.

One song I am not optimistic about is a Gemini hold-over: "Not Like Church Bells." Like most of the songs I wrote and recorded for Gemini (twenty-nine in all), "Not Like Church Bells" has some moments that give me chills. The guitar solo, in this case, is perhaps one of my proudest recording moments, but the rest of the song doesn't quite live up. If I can make it all work, perhaps you'll hear it. If not, I know I'll want to revisit the song at some point down the road.

All of the Gemini hold-overs slated for the new album are easily my biggest obstacle. Prior to mixing them, I'll be gong back and reworking many of the parts. "People Can Talk" and "Hard To Say Goodbye" will even get entirely new drum tracks!

I haven't entirely ruled out recording some more new songs for inclusion, though I am hesitant to do anything that will hold up an already long-overdue CD. I'm holding myself to some very high standards, in case you couldn't tell.

I don't measure time for this second album chronologically anymore; it's much better to take a different perspective. For example... Since starting Gemini, abandoning it in 2002, working on new songs, and now finalizing the batch that will make up the new album, I have replaced the power tubes in my 5150 amp four times; Jeremy and I moved the recording studio from St. Louis Park to Bloomington; I have worked on approximately seventy-five other projects for studio clients; the ADATs have logged more than 12,000 hours collectively; my side project band, AT/DT, recorded and released an EP; and seven versions of "People Can Talk" have been recorded.

And that is where the writing stopped.

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Andrew Thomas