According to her blog post, the song was recorded on April 6 by Andrew Geha and edited by Sean Francis.
She explained the making of the song:
“i wrote this 3 days ago, at bard college.
it came to me in the morning, while i was still in bed, and i was lucky, neil had left, i woke up alone with the rattle.
i went downstairs to the kitchen of the house we were renting in red hook and wrote down the lyrics.
i instagram’ed a picture.”
“i got coffee at murray’s, then drove to bard and went to the little room with the piano and wrote the chords (but i pretty much already knew what they would be).
i played it the next night at my show in northampton, and again the night after at me and neil’s show at bard itself, a few feet from where i wrote it.
i can still write songs. that makes me happy.
i used to worry about saving songs when i wrote them.
like saving money. or something.
i thought it was important to not share things and hold them and hoard them and wait until maybe it was the right time to record them in a studio and put them on a record and hope that the record would make money and and and and and and
as of today, honestly
i wrote a new song three days ago.
then i played it and i let people record in the audience, come what may.
one of those people was a teacher named Andrew Geha and he put it up on tumblr this morning.
i texted sean, and sean reached out to him and asked if we could use it, and he said yes. (because pretty much everyone who would attend/record my shows is inherently awesome like that.) sean did a little bit of quick EQ’ing and cleanup, and voilà.
i don’t want to wait anymore, and put it in a pile, and tell anyone to take it down and not share.
i just want you to have it, so here.
listen, enjoy, and maybe someday i’ll put it on a record but maybe the ultimate message is records are fucking done forever.
i wrote a song and the reason i wrote it is i want people to hear and like my music and now that i can just let you hear it, i want to.
if you like it….donate to the blog (there’s a place at the bottom of this).
here are the lyrics.
the title is weird, neil, right after i played it, suggested i call it “the thing about things”.
that had been my first idea…but i had also been thinking about calling it “the ring”.
for now, neil wins.”