"I didn't realize we would all need so much positive energy right now – this album has taken three years to put together – but I'm glad it's coming out now, when people need to smile and be reminded that we have to keep making new good old days, replacing the old times with better times – and we don't need money or stuff to do that."
The New Good Old Days album is upbeat and happy, without being pollyannish.
"I recognize the world can be a dark place," says McClain, "But having personally wrestled with depression, and having faced a great deal of loss in my life, I see darkness as the enemy; something we need to recognize and shun, not embrace. If you let it in, it can take over. These songs were written as an antidote to the 6 0'Clock news. I was pushing the dark stuff out of my heart as I wrote these songs, and hopefully, it will push it out of your heart as you listen."
"There are plenty of song writers out there who can take you to the dark side and drop you off. I'm not interested in being that kind of tour guide. I want to drive you out to the sleepy side of town and show you all the beautiful, everyday stuff that gets overlooked."
McClain lost his mother and father to lupus and lung disease, respectively. They were in their early 50's.
"I went through a hard time for a few years, a time of withdrawal and loss. It affected me in every way; my marriage, all my relationships, my faith, my music. After a while of writing these cathartic, healing songs, I started to feel the fog lifting. And I've seen my writing take on a different tone since. I'm giving myself pep talks, reminding myself of what's important, and maybe scolding myself a little for not seeing the bigger picture."
"All in The Trip and Another Happy Song are clearly written to me. I'm saying, 'Snap out of it, man! Get on with life. Look at all the good stuff around you!'"
"So, this is actually a very self-indulgent album (laughs) but it may be the most important album I've ever written – if only because it helped heal some things inside of me that needed to be healed. And maybe others will respond to it in the same way. Who knows? We just make the music and throw it out there. We don't have any control over it's impact."