The inspiration for Palaces came when I read a phrase in Psalm 45 verse 8: "from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad". The Psalm is a wedding song written for a king. It begins with "My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king: my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer." Even though this is written for an earthly king, it takes me to heavenly places and I like to think about the music in heaven and what it would be like to be in the palace of God. That's what was ruminating around in my musical mind at the time when this music was born.