Slash has been previewing tracks from 4, his new album with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. His latest single is a tender ballad titled “Fill My World,” and the inspiration behind it might surprise many.

Slash explained in a press release on the track, “I thought, I don’t know what the guys are going to think… Because it has a certain sentimental kind of feel to it. But I sent it to Myles, and he came back with these heartfelt lyrics. I thought it was about the loss we’ve all been suffering during this dark period, and then he told me it was about his dog. [Laughs] I said, ‘Well, you know, everybody has had somebody that they love affected by this, so…'”

Kennedy would add regarding the track, “So, I have this little Shih Tzu named Mozart. He tries to act all tough, but he’s really not. And on one occasion, we couldn’t get home, our flight was delayed, and there was a really intense storm over our house. We have one of those little camera systems to keep an eye on the dog when we can’t be there, and we saw him just freaking out. It was heartbreaking to watch. It terrified the little guy.”

Kennedy continued, “So, the narrative of the song is inspired by what I imagined he might have been thinking as it all went down. And his plea to us to come home. When you listen to it, it could apply to a relationship between humans. But I thought it was interesting, at least for me, to sing it from Mozart’s perspective. And to be really honest, as I was singing the song in the studio, at one point you can hear my voice crack a little bit. It was getting to me. So, it’s definitely sung from the heart. And I’m man enough to admit it.”

Honestly, if you don’t have a bigger respect for Kennedy and this track after knowing the backstory, who even are you?

“Fill My World” is available for streaming and download here, while is currently available for pre-order here.

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