This album is many things, only some of which i can attempt to explain.
First, like its predecessors, it is an experiment born out of a creative challenge to compose and produce a full-length concept album in one month. This past March (2020) was the fifth issuance of this annual challenge, Joe's Concept Album Month (JoCoAlbMo), in which a small and brave group of artists -- most of whom are also fulfilling many other "real life" commitments -- push their limits to see what they can create in only 31 days.
This year, the challenge was shadowed by some dark turns, both in my personal world of loved ones and in our human world overall. To no small degree, this album is also the result of those influences, and perhaps something of a cathartic expression of them.
Perhaps most of all, this album is a sketchbook -- a series of rough pictures that suggests the whole pieces that they could be if fully rendered. While this is almost certainly true of all of its predecessors, this album is perhaps most characteristic in this regard. This year's circumstances led me to both a very basic production approach and, to some degree, a visit back to my roots as a songwriter and guitarist. The result is a work to which the listener is invited in the hope that they might gently page through it, discovering the vision and story therein.
Regardless of what this album turns out to be in your own view, i hope that you find something of beauty within it. I feel as if it was somehow both the most simple and the most difficult challenge of its kin to date, and whatever that may mean, i am grateful to share it.
For a better sample of my musical efforts when i actually have time to pay attention to performance and production, check out my former eclectic rock project at northmusic1.bandcamp.com
For more about the annual creative challenge of Joe’s Concept Album Month, check out jocoalbmo.com