I came across a letter that John Steinbeck wrote to his son Thom in 1958 on the subject of love, and thought it was pretty great.
I loved the sentiment and the wording of the last line of the letter, which inspired this song.
And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
I’m pretty happy with the song, overall, because it feels like it can stand alone as a folky number that doesn’t need much else. I didn’t spend a ton of time on this recording—all I did was set up a couple of mics, strap on the ol’ guitar and harmonica, and get to sangin’ for a few takes. This was the best one.
This is easy compared to something like Take What You Need, where the song didn’t feel right without bass, drums and other guitars, and I spent forever messing with it until it felt right. That can be fun to do and fulfilling in its own right, but it’s also pretty nice to have the roots of a song present itself one day, and have it feel pretty complete not too long later.