Good post Anselm.
There's just something about Distant Sun that gets me every time. One day it means something, the next day it means something entirely different to me.
I have a friend who is crazy about music, loves a lot of music that really doesn't grab me - I can see that the stuff he chooses to listen to is very technically good, and probably really difficult to write and play (I am no musician so I think I lose a bit of understanding there), but we always differ because of our different angles.
When it comes to Together Alone, I always felt I had two favourite songs anyway. There was Distant Sun, of course, which always had a deep emotional personal impact on me; and secondly Fingers of Love, because I love it in an entirely different way, perhaps more musically than lyrically. My friend thinks I put too much emphasis on lyrics btw, but that's what works for me! I don't think it's the best song Neil has ever written (or co-written), but it is by far my favourite.