I just stumbled across this journal entry of mine from December 2010.
"12/15/10 - It is going to be all about the steel string for solo performance. Percussive and sustaining. Will have to get a nice one. Soon! The studies I have yet to do, but identified a couple years ago remain clearly at the front of my mind. I should tackle these immediately in order to hone my concept and technique for the coming music. They are: John Cage's Prepared Piano Sonatas, a piece by Moondog, one of Capt. Beefheart's solo guitar pieces, and a Chinese Traditional music piece (perhaps “The Ambush”), and Konono. These should be transcribed and performed live! For a mental note to remain this clear for this long is a sure sign of the correctness of its suggestion."