Inspired by her travels and a contentious political climate, Patty Griffin says that "Luminous Places" is about "the inevitability of defeat."
"One of the things I've seen, traveling, is a search for identity," she told Entertainment Weekly. "Importing and wearing identities instead of being where we are and dealing with our history."
This is a track from Griffin's 10th album, Patty Griffin, most of which she recorded with her longtime producer Craig Ross at her home in Austin, Texas. The mood of the album was influenced by her personal travails, including her breakup with Robert Plant and her battle with breast cancer.