When Toad The Wet Sprocket released their eighth album, Starting Now
, in 2021, lead singer Glen Phillips had been divorced for seven years but he was still contemplating the aftermath. In his last (he hopes) divorce-related tune, "Transient Whales," he ponders what he once had.
"It's about missing the cradle of family and having a stable home, or thinking
I had a stable home," he told Songfacts in 2022
. "And my kids growing up and missing that sense of purpose of having small kids, and being able to address their needs directly. There's that family-shaped hole when your kids grow up. What do you fill that with? If anything, I find myself at 51 being that guy that is ready for grandkids in a pretty strong way. More babies!"