Matt Ward told The Sun February 20, 2009 about this song, which reflects the Portland singer's relationship with music. He explained: "It goes with the idea that I've had for a long time that music is a more rewarding way of capturing a moment in time than photographic images. Just my opinion. It's the way I feel about music and what happens in the studio. You're capturing something."
Hold Time was M Ward's sixth solo album. The Portland singer-songwriter is probably best known for his She & Him collaboration with the actress Zooey Deschanel.
"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" was written by Nick Lowe in 1974. The original version with his group Brinsley Schwarz was kind of somber, but Elvis Costello made it a classic with his 1978 uptempo take.