Spheeris blended a wide variety of influences including jazz, folk and country on this album, which was produced by David Campbell. The LA-based singer received studio support from jazz musicians Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, among others. His long-time friend Jackson Browne sang the backing vocals.
On this album, Spheeris did not rely exclusively on original material, although his own songs dominate the album. Only one year later, Spheeris found himself without a record deal.
He finally returned to the studio in 1984 to begin work on his comeback. Tragically, he died at the age of 34 in Santa Monica, California, when his motorcycle collided with a van on the morning of July 4, 1984. His last album in his lifetime, “Ports of the Heart”, became a contemplative and poetic masterpiece.