I’ve been visiting my family in Minnesota and helping my dad remodel the upstairs. Before arriving I bought the new Neil Diamond album, Home Before Dark, and it’s been competing heavily with Credence Clearwater Revival. Even though it lacks the sort of classic rock feel you want when you’re working construction, it’s been in the CD player more than anything. The songs have been getting under my skin. Simple and deep. And I think it’s been influencing the way I mess around on the guitar these days. I’ve been leaving my pick in my case. Just thumb on the strings on a quiet porch. Nice and simple. I think I need more of that right now.