Yes, it’s tracking time. “Into The Shade” has crystalized at 110 bpm after all, and the key signature resolved down a 4th from E to B.
For various guitar-related reasons, the middle-8 bridge section really wanted to stay in D (originally the same root as the choruses). I’ve compromised: it stayed in D. So now we have a nice little key signature change from the second chorus in C into the bridge in D, and then we stay up a 4th for the last verse and outro in E. This actually works really well, and makes the piece more interesting harmonically.
A side-effect of dropping the main body of the song by a 4th is dealing with the finger-picked acoustic guitar part. Obvious in hind-sight: Switching to Lute Tuning means that I can play with exactly the same fingering, one string down, and in the appropriate key. Also, it gives me an extra string at the top for added embellishment.
I’ve also learned my lesson: The first serious track recording has been the acoustic guitar followed by the vocals. So next up: lock in those drums and bass (Chapman Stick).