I was listening to this piece of music on the bus and I had some new ideas about it. It’s melancholy but hopeful and quite confident. It says that life is hard and there’s only a little hope in a dark world, but if we keep walking steadily across this overworld, we will find opportunities for both intimacy and greatness, and we can have confidence that we’re going to come across them.

The sense of ‘find’ here is of coming across and calmly approaching, full of the knowledge of the significance or lack thereof of what we’ve found. I don’t mean stumble upon and be pleasantly surprised; we’re to at least some extent expecting these opportunities.

The flute in the track, especially when it climbs to its highest note, expresses our individual fragility as we attempt big things.