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Spent the past couple of days visiting with the in laws, gorging myself on food, drinking, watching our babies play together. It was entirely satisfying, but didn't get any songwriting done. Thought about it a lot though. Watched this video with Nellie McKay on All Songs Considered - she's given 3 days to write a song and she writes a really complicated 1920's musical theater pastiche that's really impressive and intimidating http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89287187 . Anyways she's brilliant, just the fluency on the wide variety of instruments, the theoretical knowledge, the comfort around studio technology - it's all intimidating. I'm amazed by anyone who can do this, as I've not proven myself capable yet. Came home, had to clean the house, threw two loads on laundry in, had to put the baby to bed, it's almost 10 o'clock right now and I have to stay up until the clothes are dry and I totally don't want to go to work tomorrow. I'm not sure how I can fit songwriting into my life, it's just too hectic. Been thinking of the partial song that I wrote over the past few days - it's way to poppy and 'teenagey', like something Weezer would write. But maybe I just need to write a whole bunch of really bad songs that aren't what I want to achieve at all just to get the process down, before I start writing songs that I feel proud of. I'm prepared to do that, I guess. There's no time limit but it would be nice to have something to show for all this effort in the next couple years.

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