“I’m in my 40s now, and I meet people who are getting on with their second marriages and things like that. One of the themes of the album is in the fact that just because you’re getting older, you can still find true love. It’s not something that’s exclusive to the very young. Real love between two people who are starting their lives again can be incredibly meaningful.
“For the orchestral part in the chorus, Gregg Wattenberg and I were messing around with synthesizer strings. I came up with the melody, and he said, ‘Hey, that’s kind of Elton John-ish.’ He suggested that we call Paul Buckmaster, the guy who did all of the string arrangements on Elton’s records. It's so cool that we got him. [Laughs] The guy is such a force, so unbelievably talented.
“I remember sitting in the studio watching Paul and his engineer, and I was thinking, ‘These guys are the real deal. These guys are legit.’ [Laughs] The way Paul spoke with the musicians was incredible. The whole time, I kept reminding myself, ‘OK, just listen to what’s happening. Maybe you’ll learn something.’”