Sufjan Stevens composed both "Mystery of Love" and "Visions of Gideon" for the 2017 film Call Me by Your Name, a coming-of-age story of a teenage boy who enjoys a fleeting summer romance with an older man.
The film's director, Luca Guadagnino, approached Stevens to contribute to Call Me by Your Name as a narrator, but the singer declined and agreed to record an original song instead. Eventually, Stevens offered Guadagnino two tunes.
Stevens was granted full creative control during the songwriting process and received inspiration from James Ivory's script and André Aciman's novel of the same name. The lyrics to this airy ballad are about romance and are not specific to the relationship between the two main characters in the movie.
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