Cas had been on the road much of the time in the three years since the release of his last album, Connection, playing some 150 shows a year in just about every U.S. state as well as overseas and releasing a holiday EP (Gifts to Give). Now that he was back in the studio, as he explains, "I wanted to capture a moment. If I died tomorrow, and my kids had only one musical statement through which to know me, what would I want that record to be?" His answer: "I wanted them to feel their father in this music. I wanted it to be a recording that really is alive and I'm really present in; a true, pure, honest take of what happened."