When I was going through a hard time, I called my magical friend Sandy Bell, one of the most beautiful and talented people I have been privileged to know in my life. I was sad and confused and she said, "It's not like the movies, babe", and I felt a song come in. Over many months I worked on this piece, gathering in some of the flavor of the music my mother loved most, opera. While it is far from opera and more akin to musicals, I could have never made the leap without my mother's presence encouraging me. As I wrote, I sensed she was opening a door for me to pursue this kind of theatrical songwriting. I owe a great debt to Stephen Sondheim - my parents took me to see a production of "A Little Night Music" when I was ten or so and it haunts me to this day. Thanks to Greta and Adam for their stupendous arrangement and the work of all the choristers and instrumentalists.