I've been listening to Pete Yorn a lot, and this morning I figured out why - a lot of my stuff sounds similar to his. Imagine John McEntire (Tortoise, Sea and Cake) playing drums on a Pete Yorn song, and you're very much in the ballpark of what I'm trying to do. And it's in that light that this looping idea seems less and less attractive, and the idea of starting a band really soon sounds more and more necessary.
Oh man, starting a band... Jesus, I don't know if I'm ready to lead. It would certainly be easier to do a 3-piece, but I'm starting to think that I'll need another guitarist, or maybe even a really kick-ass keyboard/Rhodes player. And these'll need to be near-pro-style players, considering some of the things I want to be able to do. If I can even do them myself.
If I had money, I'd feel a lot better about the whole thing. I could get a kick-ass acoustic guitar... I could get a digital studio... I could make the record that's bubbling around in my head and make it sound awesome... I was even thinking this morning about just calling up a studio and pricing what it would take to do 3 songs, all by myself...
Sometimes these daydreams get depressing, instead of inspiring.