At Home In The Big Lonesome- Song By Song- 1- When I’ll Miss You Most

At Home In The Big Lonesome- Song By Song
1- When I’ll Miss You Most
This song started in two different places. My co-writer, Davis Naish, composed the melody and the piano accompaniment and he stashed it away in that brilliant brain of his, but not before stamping my name on it. I’m forever grateful for that, because one bright fall afternoon in Nashville he said, “I’ve been saving this for you.” He played it for me and I was absolutely awestruck by its beauty. Listening, I began to recall this scene in my that had been wandering around, unnoticed in my brain, from five or six years earlier. I had been on tour with my friend Austin Collins and we had played The Hummingbird in Macon, Georgia. The next morning as we were leaving town we passed a man, probably in his eighties, who was shuffling down his front walkway– clothed in an old bathrobe and slippers– seemingly headed for a newspaper that was laying on the ground halfway between his front steps and the street. As we drove towards Atlanta I built his fictionalized backstory in my head. Quite often I see something or someone that catches my eye and I make up a story in my head about what I’ve just seen. I might be embarrassed to admit to that were I not a songwriter, but a songwriter I am. I’ve found a lot of songs thanks to this kind of creative exercise, I’m happy to say. Anyway, fast forward to Davis hitting the keys and, man, that story came out of the pen like I had seen that guy the very day before. Some songs develop in their own time like that, and you never know when that time will arrive. In the case of this song, it took from December 9th, 2009 to September 24th, 2015.
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