Quiet Times
by Dido

Album: Safe Trip Home (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • This melancholy song was written and recorded by Dido on to her laptop, at home. She plays every instrument on the track, including the drums. The singer songwriter told the Los Angeles Times November 18, 2008 that she gained a great deal of confidence in her own ability to play and record on different instruments whilst working on Safe Trip Home with producer Jon Brion in LA. When she returned to London, thinking that the album was completed Dido found that she couldn't stop writing. The English multi-instrumentalist recalled: "I went home, and I had all my instruments around, and I now knew how to record and work all the computer programs and everything, and how to engineer it, and ended up basically doing a whole album's worth of stuff on my own at home, from what I'd learned."

    The initial plan was to keep these new efforts to herself, but after she played them to her brother Rollo, from the electronic music group Faithless, he encouraged her to complete the songs. As a result this and several others appear on Safe Trip Home.
  • Dido explained the meaning of this tune to Canada.com: "A very personal song about being close to someone who is depressed and won't admit it. It's the hollow feeling of being with someone without actually being with them, if that makes sense."

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