1 "Into The Light" is based on a little guitar figure I've played for decades. Its motion suggested the idea of "walking."
2 "Lizzie Wears A Six Gun" is made of stories my father told me about being a little boy in the Mormon colonies in Mexico (his uncle fled there with two wives). At eight, he was baptized there in an irrigation ditch, then confirmed in El Paso.
3 "Eddie, Sweet Sand Dragon" is a true story about a sand creation my family made by the Sea of Cortez.
4 "The End Of The World" gave this album its title. Our world is different sizes, each of them real.
5 "The Stranger" grew out of Christlike kindnesses I witnessed shown to an immigrant family.
6 "New Heart," the last song written here, was suggested by my nephew having received a literal new heart, but this is spiritual rather than medical. Something about the law being inscribed "on fleshy tables of the heart."
7 "How Far Can You See?" was written after the album title was chosen. There needed to be a "title song." It was fun to produce--Eagles influenced.
8 "Wings Of Love" is a melody that came in an instant or two. Conceived as an "anthem," it became very personal instead.
9 "Snake In The Creek" sprang into songhood when I caught sight of a beautiful snake being carried inexorably along on the current of a local creek wild with spring runoff.
10 "The Borderline" was written while my wife was on the phone with a Romanian refugee family.
11 "A Dog Named Marvin" has been requested for decades now. I caved.
12 "Banjo Lullaby" is for the young spirits who made me into a great-grandfather."