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I discovered Myrna Loy through the Thin Man movies. She was one of the first actresses to cross from silent movies to talkies. She came from Montana, and her face reminded me of a painting by Mucha. I started writing this song on the little pad of paper from the nightstand in a hotel room - and then I kept working on the lyrics for about six months. I meant for parts to be anachronistic and other parts to hew toward the dreaminess of memory. Like “Oh Lord,” I wrote many, many verses for it, trying to get as much into the song as I could without sinking it. Long, trance-y songs only work if they aren’t too long or too trance-y. Each time I would add a verse or take one away, I would play the song over a bunch of times, trying to live with it a bit to see how it felt. I began to realize that the chorus needed to enter and re-enter with a bit less regularity, and so I pinned some verses to each other to make the final sections longer and keep the chorus a bit fresher. I added a coda to the end because I wanted the narrator’s imagination to take off, continue flying through memory even as the final chorus came around.
When it came time to record, Sam brought an incredible piano part to the song. He stressed again and again how relaxed the song should feel, and I tried in each take to sink further into my voice and guitar playing so that the other instruments could swirl around me.
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