Three of the songs on All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu are adaptations of Shakespeare's sonnets. Wainwright composed music for each of the trio, along with several others, after playwright/director Robert Wilson asked him to help on his 2009 production Sonette, which premiered in Berlin in April 2009. "I knew a little bit about the sonnets, but I'd never immersed myself in them before, and I really did for this project," Wainwright explained to Billboard magazine. "Once you dip into that stream you're pretty much rushed down the river by the beauty of it all. There is an innate musicality within the vowels and the consonants and the spaces and so forth. My life changed after the sonnet, so I thought it was necessary to present that new addition to my lexicon."
The first part of the album title, "All Days Are Nights", comes from the final couplet "Sonnet 43" ("All days are nights to see till I see thee...").
This is one of 154 sonnets that Shakespeare wrote, which were circulated amongst colleagues of his patron the Earl of Southampton. 1-126 were addressed to a "fair youth," 127-154 to a "dark lady."
Robin Thicke and his mom, Gloria Loring are the first the first ever mother-and-son to have both tallied top 10 singles on the Hot 100 as solo artists or duos. Loring reached #2 with Carl Anderson in 1986 with "Friends and Lovers" and Thicke topped the chart in 2013 with "Blurred Lines."
The lyrics for "Mary, Did You Know?" were written by Christian singer and comedian Mark Lowry, after his pastor asked him to write a Christmas musical for their church. Southern gospel musician Buddy Greene later added music to his words.