For Chris Warren, the song is a kind of literature, and over three albums, Crazy Wisdom (1997), Beautiful Ruins (2005) and most recently Night for Day he has created a substantial book of literary songwriting. In Crazy Wisdom the erratic terrain of love and relationships was explored. Home-recorded Beautiful Ruins is a series of meditations on memory, mortality, the paradox of being human, and loneliness--a sustained tone poem American Songwriter Magazine called "a magnum opus from start to finish". On Night For Day, Warren's themes run from the exuberant Beatles-esque Say Yes, Say Yes! to the characteristic intensely meditative ballad that ends the album, Little Flame. The title reflects some tentative optimism.
Warren's lyricism and acoustic melodic style have resonance with artists like Fiona Apple, Elliott Smith, Jon Brion, Iron and Wine.
Night for Day is in some ways a tribute to some of Warren's songwriting heroes. Warm acoustic recording under producer James Paul is matched with the inspired contributions of Michael Herring on upright bass, Drew Jurecka on violin and viola, Ryan Granville-Martin on drums, and keyboardists Jack Breakfast and Stacie McGregor. Ron Sexsmith duets on the whimsical "Simple Grace" and two rare collaborative performances with Mary Margaret O'Hara are heard in "Some Disassembly Required" and "Carry On".