Diane penned the songs for To Be Still
in a small, remote cabin in North California, with only her cat, Bramble Rose (immortalized in the song "My Brambles
") for company. The album was completed after she moved to Portland, Oregon, where her boyfriend, Tom Bevitori, lives. She explained to The Sunday Times
January 11, 2009: "The songs shifted to being about love, living in a little house, re-creating home. Home is such an important thing for me."