He notes that the songs that he has made are about love, because all the people think about this and this is the basic topic in one’s life.He states that he loves his niece and the children of his friends and adore them, but that does not make his life full because he needs to find a special someone that would be called as Gary Lightbody girlfriend and that would give birth to his children, because he really wants them.Today, Lightbody owns a small place in Glasgow and says he will never leave the country behind, though he resides in Belfast.He feels an attachment to the place, as it gave him his first taste of success.He notes that he is still with his band and they are recording songs but he has time to create a family also.
He had few guitar lessons where he learnt the basics of the instrument but did not continue them, as he felt that one should not know any instrument "inside-out". Today, he is not too fond of his earliest songs and thinks they "sucked".
As a songwriter/bandleader, he has written songs and lyrics for a wide variety of artists and genres.
In 2000, he formed the Scottish supergroup The Reindeer Section, comprising 47 musicians from 20 different bands, including members of bands like Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, Idlewild, Teenage Fanclub, Arab Strap and other musicians.
Along with Lightbody, friends Roy Kerr, Tom Simpson, and Anu Pillai also used to DJ there.
They mixed up various styles of music as house, rock, and hip hop.