Jesse's original role with the Gin Blossoms was as lead singer. He switched to guitar with the introduction of vocalist Robin Wilson to the band. Yet he was - and is - one of the band's most prolific songwriters. While some artists may have a rough time of it allowing someone else to sing their words when they themselves are perfectly capable of doing it, Jesse says it doesn't bother him. Quoting his great long-time friend, JD Souther (songwriter for the Eagles and Jackson Browne, among others), Jesse says, "He's been asked that same question. And he says, 'No, man, that's cool. Whoever wants to sing them is fine with me.' And I'll tell you what, he sings them beautifully."
On this song, however, it was a different situation, probably because the song is so special to him. "I turned in the demo with me singing it," recounts Jesse, "and the label says, 'Can we just leave it like this? Because we love the way you sound on it. You sound so earnest, like it really means something to you.' I'm just fine with that." (read the full interview with Jesse Valenzuela