Keeping in touch with Gabe and Jonn, Michael sent periodic — and likely pertinacious — reports on the album's progress.

In 2006, he shouted from an alleyway to Charlie's over-the-shop apartment, bringing Charlie a collection of seven songs.

A year later Michael visited Dave for the first time since 2003, "standing on his back porch after dark, like out of a movie, holding out a disc."

Michael wasn't the only one convinced that the Concord's music always had something more to it. Each of the other four was not only pleased to hear their work in a definitive form, but favorable to the idea of releasing an album.