This is an album about places — including Calgary. What’s behind that song? It doesn’t seem to be directly about Calgary.
Each song is different. Calgary is a place I’ve never been, for example. So I was able to look at it in a certain way. It’s like a wedding-vow song between two people that haven’t met. Having never been to Calgary, you tend to beautify it or put it into some form in your mind. When I think of Calgary, I think of an isolated capital city. I think about the Rockies. I think about high places. I’ve always sort of dreamt about it. So Calgary became this place that true love comes from.
Are you more eager to visit there now to see how it compares, or more wary of having the reality burst your bubble?
Kind of neither. If I went to Calgary, I would probably be there for a total of 36 hours. That’s not how you experience a place or judge a place. So it works just as well as a dream as it would if I moved there tomorrow and lived there every single day for the rest of my life. I would still have questions about it.
I’ve spent a lot of time in Calgary. I still romanticize it. There’s something special about that city.