“Too clever by half” is when you randomly insert 7/8 bars in a 4/4 section, only to find that if you don’t make smart choices about the drum track, it sounds like crap.
I’ve been grappling with the ‘flu this month. On the other hand, I have a new version of Cakewalk SONAR to play with, yay!
Also: it turns out that “noodling on the bass” for a few minutes every other day is not a suitable regimen for maintaining finger calluses. On the positive side, the new bass track I’ve laid down is sounding pretty good.