It always seems like there’s plenty of time, then you turn around and realize you’ve spent about half of it. And while Travis Meadows has a story of moving from point A to point-somewhere-before-Z, we all have a path.
And, we don’t always get to our destination immediately. Part of knowing where you want to go is the journey you’re on . . . who do you want to be? How do you want to be remembered? What will you leave behind?
So how do you talk about those kinds of things in a song?
My approach was to link “north of forty” in terms of a point in life, with a point on a map. I tried to use elements that show up on a map, like railroad tracks and the mile markers we all see in our peripheral vision as we zip by them – sort of like the years of our life.