I came up with the general idea for this some time back. While I like playing my bass every now and then, I never really considered myself to be a recording-worthy musician. That hasn't stopped me from trying to envision names of albums (not necessarily songs) and associated album artwork for songs I may have released.
While I've come up with a bunch of different naming schemes (such as one based on numbers: "First in Freedom", "Second to None", etc), for the longest time this particular "album" name has stuck with me: "Past the Fields of Gazing Grain." The name is inspired from the Emily Dickinson poem "Because I Could Not Stop for Death", or more specifically the line "We passed the fields of gazing grain." Changing the word "passed" to a homophone "past" changes the meaning of the name in a way that, like the poem, foreshadows what exists beyond.
I had been toying with the notion of making this album art almost since coming up with the name. But when I decided to search online for pictures that would suit such an album, I chanced upon this one (I did not take the photo myself) and knew right away that it was perfect. The photo combines both the fields of gazing (ripe) grain and the setting sun features that are mentioned in the poem.
The photo was modified from its original version (cropped, then added various filters), and the appearances of the name and album title underwent several revisions before the final product. The only thing that I could add that would make this album art perfect would be a picture of me (tinted and sized appropriately) in the foreground on the right side, facing the sun with a medium-sized dull-colored bag over my left shoulder. (I couldn't get anyone to take a picture of me in that pose.)