‘My young daughter is utterly obsessed with apples. While other interests come and go, they are a constant. I never take her out without at least one in the bag. When it came to writing about Newton’s famous moment of inspiration under a tree, I couldn’t not include that.
Dear Gravity is a kind of modern, personal re-telling of the story. This time the falling apple leads to a different realisation about gravity – that it is the cause of so much of her daily grief. It knocks her to the ground, bashes up her knees, and worst of all steals the apples from her hand. Life can be seen as a long fight against gravity, one we’ll ultimately lose but that will make us who we are. As epiphanies goes, it’s certainly not as impressive, but it’ll do for a songwriter.
I included some of Newton’s own words, see if you can spot them. The more traditional guitar parts were a nod to the age of the story. Plus I tried to mess with the harmonic floor of the song as an act of defiance to gravity. It won’t notice or care, but it made me chuckle which is something.’
Jake Morley July 2021