“Everything Changes” was written on two consecutive New Years Eves. The chorus was written first on New YearsEve on an old rickety piano in the parlor of a historic B&B in rural Missourri and the verses and bridge were completed one year later on the following New Years Eve. Like a lot of people on New Year‘s Eve, I was contemplating whether my life was on track and whether I could actually achieve my biggest dreams.
At the time I was unemployed and more down than usual and the song has a lot of fear built into it, but is also an encouraging “don’t give up” note-to-self. The core theme of the song– something I think about often– is that people shouldn’t “find themselves,” they should create themselves. The idea of “finding yourself” implies a passive approach to life, and the implication that who you are is a fixed point you should return to. The people I admire most constantly reinvent themselves– create a new version of themselves that’s still rooted in the same core values. When Bob Dylan went electric people told him he wasn’t “being himself” and if he listened we wouldn’t have “Like A Rolling Story.