"When I was a little kid," she says, "we used to drive back and forth to [Nevada City] and I used to look at the houses that we passed and I never fell asleep on the drive home, although the kids in the car all fell asleep. I just sort of watched the houses as we’d drive by and watch the windows. Sometimes you’d see people moving behind them, and sometimes they’d just be sitting across from one another at the table.
"I was really little then and I think that little kids know something," she continues. "I think they’re a lot braver than we give them credit for, because they’re willing to look straight at a thing that’s big and sad and beautiful, that is too much for us to look at when we’re a little older. And I guess when I write songs, I’m trying to write them from the place in myself that’s childlike. But not childlike simplistic, childlike in the opposite way, that kind of bigness of awareness that kids have. Like, the part of them where they’re watching the window and they’re not gonna tell their mom and dad and they’re not gonna tell the other kids, but like, they just saw a moment between two people sitting at a table and they know something about that moment and they’re going to remember it until the day that they die."