This was released as the first single from Life Imitating Life. "Ash and Ember came from a very pure and honest part of me," Augustana frontman Dan Layus told USA Today. "It was one of the most satisfying experiences I've ever had writing a song. I really wanted to both push myself into a more challenging place lyrically and melodically while keeping myself in a place that felt natural and sincere."
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve samples an obscure orchestral arrangement of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time." The Verve had to sign away most of the royalties before they could release the song.
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" was the most successful digital track of 2007 in the US with 2,909,000 downloads. On January 6, 2008 it became the first song ever to sell 3 million digital copies in the States.