Several of the songs on Life Changes push the country boundaries with rhythmic, pop-based production. This track, for instance, has a Latin feel to it. Rhett explained it was his time on stage performing for fans that gave him the courage to keep experimenting with his sound.
"The more I started getting comfortable being me on stage, whether that means dancing or playing a Bruno Mars song in our set, the more it changed the way I wrote songs," he said. "I want to continue making our concerts a fun place for all people, including people who wanna dance to love songs and people who wanna rock to rock songs. I just love having a mixture."
Thomas Rhett wrote the song with Sean Douglas, Sam Ellis and Emily Weisband. He discussed the tune during a media listening event. "I was very influenced with - a lot of the pop songs about a year ago were definitely heavily Latin-beat influenced, if you will," he said. "So I wanted to write a song with that Latin bass beat.
My buddy Sean Douglas said the title 'Gateway Love,' Rhett continued. "I think we got really excited about writing a song like that. It was just really fun to be able to put such a lyric like that over such a Latin beat, if you will."
"Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk" describes a time in Rufus Wainwright's life when he found himself hungover and pounding chocolate milk to feel better. It didn't work, so he smoked a cigarette, which is when he realized his addictive personality could be a problem.
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.