Welcome to School Car 8/12

So, Steve Howe has left Asia again. Well, at least he hasn’t left over creative differences that spell the end of Asia’s ability to write anything but sappy power ballads. The problem is, I tend to think of Steve as the technical architect of the band. He keeps them from recording nothing but pop songs. Even this iteration of the band has had its fair share of light weight material, and his contributions have generally been the chewiest pieces on the album. They’re all fantastic musicians and composers, but they don’t have a great track record when it comes to keeping the progressive end up. We’ll see if they fare any better this time.

Makes me wonder who they’ll recruit to replace Steve… they can’t go out and hire another generic shredder like they did last time. They need someone like a Trevor Rabin or an Eddie Jobson or Guthrie Govan. And no, I don’t think any of those guys would come onboard. My personal choice is the least likely of them all: Steve Hackett. Brian May would be a nice choice, too. Also incredibly unlikely.

Okay, so, enough about Asia. I’m only a casual fan anyway, but it does make me realize that I still have to review the last three albums… maybe all at once… something to consider…

Other than that, I’ve been working on a few things. One is a set of promo banners for the writing project I’m tinkering with at present. It’s not ready, they’re not ready, so I can’t show you, but still, I’m pretty excited just to have a project that sounds like it has real commercial potential while being an intriguing and cool concept. Kind of like ‘original formula’ Asia, actually. It’s not my crunchiest idea, but it’s got teeth. And it’s got a potentially-significant audience, as near as I can tell.

The other is a cover for the next Richard Burley novel, which is the actually continuation of the actual story. See, the novel I wrote most of at the end of last year was a sort of fluke, off-the-top-of-my-head thing that was never intended to be the proper sequel. That it turned into one was almost a mistake. However, since my next Burley book is completely different, I’m not too worried. The Burley books aren’t actually intended to follow one another like a regular series. They all more or less happen in their own realities, so having a sequel that takes place in the same continuum is really not part of the plan. Having them end in such a way that you can’t really have a proper sequel is part of the formula.

Anyway, here’s the cover so far. I have plans to do more with it, but this is as far as I could get yesterday… or was it the day before… the days have been bleeding together a bit on me… yeah it was the day before. Here, take a look:
Perpetual Tuesday cover 001a

As I said, this is just the demo. Plenty more work to do, I suspect. I want those letters looking at least as convincing as the ones in Terminal Monday.

Okay, I really ought to get back to work. I’m tentatively expecting Gary over to do some rehearsing, and I’m totally not in the right frame of mind for that. If I don’t get enough work done, I’ll probably cancel on him and stick with writing/plotting through the day.

Have a great day.


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