Writing a new record is like going on a trip someplace you've never been, with no map and no idea how long it will take to get there. As I said in a previous post, albums take on a life of their own and change direction the more you write. This continues to be true of this one. I wrote a new song on Friday night and while it's in keeping with the dark tone of this record, it's kind of a mountain ballad which will probably consist simply of vocals, guitar and banjo. That being said, there is also a murder ballad on this record that seems to be heading towards a more Eleanor Rigby-like sound with strings and piano.