Vance Joy wrote this song just prior to a three-month vacation while studying for a law degree. It proved to be a breakthrough for the fledgling singer-songwriter. "'Winds of Change' is the first song I ever wrote that I thought was any good," the Melbourne native said. "It was 2009. It was a breakthrough. It planted the seed in my head of me being able to write good songs."
"So I went away and I had all these ideas running through my head, I didn't take an instrument, I just made notes in a book," he continued. "When I came back I wrote 'From Afar.' 'Winds of Change' was the first coherent song I wrote that I wanted to show people. I'm glad that song opens that album. It was the change in my song writing, I discovered that strumming rhythm. It started something."
"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" was written by Nick Lowe in 1974. The original version with his group Brinsley Schwarz was kind of somber, but Elvis Costello made it a classic with his 1978 uptempo take.