Now I have an advisor and another one pending. So far that has turned out easier than I thought it would be. It seems like advisors will be a great avenue for ideas, suggestions, follow-up and accountability, all of which I like.
I have been spending more time this week listening closely to recordings with the purpose of deciphering what techniques are being used to get certain sounds and how those sounds create the "right" feel on a song. While developing a vision for how the album will be represented, studying this way will make it much less of a struggle to get the sound we want in the studio as well as for live performances.
A performance is slated during the beginning of April. I'll post the date when I know it's firm.