Rachael Yamagata's third album, Chesapeake, finds the American singer-songwriter lightening up after the intensity of her sophomore release, Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart. She told Magnet magazine: "So many ways. I've lightened up a little bit. I discovered how to let go, especially in the studio. Elephants was so precious; every song was strategically arranged and intellectual on the production side. This record is more fly by seat of pants, no preconceived template of what I was going to record or how to do it. I left it up to being spontaneous. We ran through the songs before we recorded them, then played 'em live. There's more of an ease to this one. It's very in the moment.
Lyrically, I figured to how to have depth without concentrating on sorrow. I realized I don't have to focus on the heartache. I have some almost-positive songs. That's a new thing for me. 'Saturday Morning' has a lighthearted vibe. It's a positive song but hints at the challenges of a relationship. I find it hard to write positively, but I think I'm figuring out a bridge for myself."
Ronnie Van Zant wrote the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Gimme Three Steps" after making the mistake of dancing with a girl whose boyfriend was in the bar and probably had a gun. He asked for a 3-step head start.