I started writing for The Long Winter in October, 2013. The song Alone was the second song written for this project. As the album title implies, sometimes the "winters" of our lives can last a long time. Winter speaks of a lack of warmth, a lack of life, and extended darkness. These things are also understood metaphorically as conditions of the human soul. When the soul endures a long winter, it can tend to see life through lenses of discouragement and even hopelessness. The soul considers things that normally would be quickly dismissed. There are many things that bring a long winter to a soul; some external and others internal.
Some people think that a follower of Jesus ought never have to suffer through extended periods of "winter", but we are told that even Jesus understood this condition. Isaiah 53:3 tells us about Jesus...
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Jesus was often found in the middle of a crowd, but He also knew what it was like to be alone.