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Songwriting via eavesdropping on myself

The last maQLu album, Divisive, left me feeling drained. Some of the songs had been dragging on in my workflow for five years, some were newer, but at the end of it when I shipped the files off for mastering in late fall 2014, I was sick of all of them.

I quietly said to myself and a couple of my closest friends that this was it. I had no more music left in me that I cared about, just fragments that never seemed to ever congeal into anything worthwhile.

Leftovers I couldn’t be bothered to reheat.

I was so done with it that I didn’t even bother sending Divisive out to Canadian college radio, where every one of the previous EPs and albums I’d sent out had always charted in at least a few markets.

So it never really launched properly and I never really cared. I was busy with podcasts and stand-up comedy and a day job and taking night classes to learn bookkeeping to get a better day job and learning to play old Aerosmith songs on guitar rather than making new ones of my own, and I was fine with that. Relieved, even.

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