The writing of “Alive Again” started 2 years before it was finished; I actually started writing it the same day that I wrote “Empty & Beautiful.” For some reason as I was writing that song, the chorus of “Alive Again” was born. About 2 years later I was driving from McAllen, Texas to San Antonio, Texas to catch a flight. The band and I left our hotel around 4:30 in the morning. As we were driving north I realized, at one point, that the sky had changed colors. It started at a dark, dark indigo and it was slowly getting lighter. The sun hadn’t broken the horizon yet and immediately the lyric came to me, “I can see the light, before I see the sunrise,” so after all that time, I had a chorus and an idea for a verse.