Backing into a song

Late night, picking through a pattern, a theme emerges, I mine it, digging, digging... a day or two later, after about a hundred repetitions, I have a fleshed out  "piece" but what the hell is it?
Yes, I know, it's music but I'm a songwriter, so I start to hold up the kaleidoscope I just made and start examining it in the light.

And then it dawns on me, I've written the instrumental to a new song.

Good to know! Now I have a framework of chords and transitions that I can shape a song over, oh joy!
Usually the most time consuming part of a song is figuring out the turnarounds, intro's and outro's and an instrumental break - and now that's all done.
Sometimes, if you don't pay attention, some wonderful stuff happens
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