From one of the flats near to where I live I saw a woman lowering a wicker basket down to the shop below, which they filled with items, took money, and she reeled back up again. They were chatting away and it was apparent that this was a regular if not daily occurrence. I found this charming, interesting and completely alien to the little town of Ipswich where I live.
This is the kind of thing that happens in provincial villages in France, or on some black and white film during a 'meet cute'. The whole scenario got me thinking about the ways we ask for what we want. This interaction was so pure and uncomplicated; items were requested, money was exchanged and everybody was happy. Yet so many interactions I see these days involved unsaid words and hidden meanings. This is what inspired the song. I saw a person ask for what they wanted and receive exactly what they had asked for. But more than that, I felt that I was witnessing something magical and blessed.
Now I know that as a songwriter I look at most things and think; 'there's a song in that'! But usually I'm writing to try to understand a thing, to see the heart of it and to lay it bare. In this instance I wrote in order to be part of that beautiful interaction. Here's to the courage and candor to ask for what you want in the hope that you may actually get exactly that!
Here's a video of 'Basket' played live at the Arbor House in March.