“I wrote it with my friend Andy Stochansky. We got together in my garage and started playing the piano together. Once we had something that we liked, I did some free-form singing, scatting melodies at the microphone. A line popped out – ‘Hey, what’s that mean? What are we talking about? I don’t know... ’ It developed from there.
“We made up a story about this woman. Is she real? Is she a dream? What is she? What is she saying? And this guy finds a little bit of hope in her. Whether she’s real or a figment of his imagination, she’s something that can bring some peace.
“The garage is what I call my ‘Fonzie apartment.’ It’s just this little one-room thing above a one-car garage. I have an old Pro Tools rig with very little else. I have two guitars, a bass, a keyboard, a microphone and the Pro Tools rig. I don’t even have an amp in the room. I used to have a massive amount of recording equipment and all sorts of vintage stuff, but I got rid of it all. It was a pain in the ass, and I wasn’t using it.
"Having less gear keeps me focused on writing and not on producing. Now I’m not trying to produce myself out of a mediocre song. I’m locked in; I don't have all of these options. So that's it – the song has to be good. Let somebody else produce it.”