Sun Kil Moon's This Is My Dinner was recorded over a few days in November and December of 2017, with singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek backed by a small group of musicians including guitarist Ramon Fermin, drummer Jim White, and keyboardist Chris Connolly. They generally play relaxed, unhurried musical backdrops, over which Kozelek sings about touring, hotels, the news, boxing, and his sex life. During "Linda Blair," he tells his listeners to show gratitude for the good things in the world. A particularly poignant moment occurs during the album's title track; the titular line comes when Kozelek is recounting a gig in Norway, and the promoter is so broke that she can only afford to eat a Snickers bar. Kozelek offers to give her some money, but she refuses, saying it wouldn't be right. On "Soap for Joyful Hands," Kozelek recalls a conversation with someone who asks what other passions he has in life beside music, and he insists that there aren't any; music is what he devotes his life to, and anything else would just be distracting. Certainly, this resonates with anyone who is obsessed with music and little else. Elsewhere, he pays tribute to David Cassidy by covering the Partridge Family's theme song, and Malcolm Young by revisiting AC/DC's "Rock 'N' Roll Singer."