The first time I ever played “Are We Alone Now” live was a few days after I wrote it, at a Pete Holmes comedy night at Largo, in West Hollywood. I was considering moving to LA and spending some time there. I was one of several unannounced guest performers at the show, albeit the only non-comedic one — or so I thought. After a particularly amusing set by someone hilarious (I want to say it was Zach Galifianakis, but that would be too perfect), I went on. I didn’t introduce myself, just started singing acapella the first verse of “Are We Alone Now,” which now features as a standalone track called “There Is No Certain Thing” on the Patience album. After quietly crooning the lines “Love is upon us/Two bodies fit/Our minds align, but in the end we must admit/There is no certain thing except that we will die alone,” I immediately felt the crowd anticipating (or perhaps longing for) a punchline of sorts to resolve the tension. This was a comedy show, after all.