Amos Lee acted as his own producer for the first time on Spirit. It was noted that the demo versions are remarkably different from the final versions that came out through the recording process. He said: "With something like 'Highways and Clouds,' I didn't want to just do the standard waltz feel that's led by the acoustic guitar. I wanted to add dimensions to the arrangements and try to transform them, rhythmically and instrumentally, so that the album was cohesive."
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.