Jackson told The Boot
that even when he's writing about something as personal as his wife's battle with cancer, he tries to make his songs universal enough for people to relate to. "I've always tried to be careful. If I write something that's that personal, I try to write them so they aren't so obvious," he said. "That song for Denise, 'When I Saw You Leaving,' if you don't listen to it close, you'd think it was about some guy's wife or girlfriend leaving them. You have to listen to it a little bit to really understand what it's about and that's the way I like to do it.Even when I wrote the song when my daddy died years ago, that 'Drive
' song," he continued, "if you listened to it, you wouldn't necessarily think it was a song you wrote for your daddy that died. So I'm trying to camouflage. I've written heartache songs over the years, too, that have been inspired by my own life, but you'd have to really be close to know it."