Twenty-five years after marrying her on the front porch of her parents' farmhouse, I figured I owed my wife, Susan, something slightly more personal than a Hallmark card and a box of Brach's chocolates. This song was her "slightly more personal" (and slightly belated) Silver Anniversary present.
"So Nice When You're Around" also marks the recording debut of my newest musical "toy": a Dean BW6 Backwoods 6-String Banjo. Actually, I call it a "ganjo". It's a hybrid guitar/banjo -- a banjo head with a standard-tuning, six-string guitar neck -- the perfect instrument for a guitar picker who wants to play the banjo, but is too damn lazy to learn how. (Um...that'd be me, folks.)
I saw Neil Young play one on a televised concert and, of course, I just had to have one for myself. A week later, I did. And a week after that, it appeared in this song. Sometimes, laziness is its own reward.