“Ping Me means, as one line kind of suggests, that you don’t have to have a long conversation; you just want to know that people are thinking of you. At first I thought that the song seemed to say that you’re just too busy, which is certainly a valid way of looking at it.
“After I finished it, though, I thought that it meant that you’re really in a situation where you can’t communicate, which makes whatever little bit of communication that is possible that much more important. Like say you’re a grunt out in the middle of Afghanistan – you just can’t pick up the phone and have a conversation with someone.
“It’s a real guitar on this track; in fact, wherever you hear a guitar on the album, it’s the real thing. I’m using a Gibson Music Maker, which I bought for one of my kids, but they never ended up playing it. I had several guitars lying around. I picked up the Gibson and managed to get a good sound out of it. It’s not as if I couldn’t get a good sound with a different guitar, though.”