Cameron Crowe

At one point, the producer and the co-writer Kid Harpoon goes “Let’s do this old school move and we’ll do blah blah blah blah” and Harry said “No… let’s do the most modern tech thing we can possibly do because tape and analog was just the best system they had in the day, so let’s go with the best system we have today and just make it about the melodies.” Which I thought was really great because he was kinda smart enough to know… let’s use all the tools that we have to kinda make it a melodic thing, not necessarily an airless, pop/dance thing but let’s embrace the new tech doing old school love of melody, and I thought that was so smart of him. And that’s kinda what the album is. It really comes from him and he’s a music geek in the greatest way.
—  Cameron Crowe

“Eddie was painfully shy. It was weird because he was…barely there. But you couldn’t take your eyes off him. There’s a guy sort of sitting across from you, with his hands on his lap, and looking down, and you wanted to reach out and let him know that he didn’t have to be so shy. He was and still is an amazing listener. When he locks in and he’s talking about something that matters to him, the whole world disappears. Hours can go by.”

-Cameron Crowe

He learned this thing from Jeff Bhasker, the words don’t have to be completely logical. Sometimes you can be not exactly what you’re saying lyrically and you’ll get the same feeling across. So I think this kind of serious thought behind ‘Sign of the Times,’ he was able to shade it a little bit, so that it’s not obviously about that. He talked about that song more than any other song. I think because it was a breakthrough for him. Everybody was kind of living together at this place, and they were all eating. He was so jazzed that there was no time limit on the studio, that it was available to them around the clock. He left this table and went and found a piano and was just trying out these chords using his phone to record whatever ideas happened. And ‘Sign of the Times’ comes out. And as he said, it was nothing like the song that he was trying to write. What it ended up being was kind of a statement about today without trying to be a capital ’S’ statement about today. In his mind, it’s about a mother saying goodbye to a newborn child, but I think he was a little shy about saying that’s what it was about period. I think that’s what it’s about to him, but it’s about whatever you want it to be about as a listener. He said, 'It’s the one song I listen to every word as I sing it.’ It has that kind of meaning to it.
—  Cameron Crowe on ‘Sign of the Times’