All of the songs on this new collection were penned by Patterson except for “Watching Amy Dance.” (a cover of a song from the Buddy Miller's "Your Love And Other Lies" CD), and examine the coming of age experience from  a variety of viewpoints.

  “Watching and participating in my son's entry into young adulthood inspired this collection of songs. Seeing what he was going through sparked my own memories of what I felt ‘When I Was (his) Age...’, and these songs are the result.”

 The music on the disc is solidly Americana, with elements of folk, rock and country evident. Barrett once again does most of the instrumental duties, wielding an army of musical hardware, from the staples (guitars, keyboards, bass) to the slightly more exotic (pedal steel, accordion, and balalaika), but there are notable guest contributions. Bonnie Bramlett lends her unmistakable vocals to the rocking abandon of lead-off track “Come Back To Me,” and she joins the equally iconic Gurf Morlix to sing on the gospel-meets-gravel-road chorus of “Nobody’s Fault But Your Own.” Morlix also adds licks and a solo to “In Your Own Voice,” leaving his unique imprint on the song. And the inspiration himself, Barrett’s son Emerson Wells-Barrett, plays drums on the cautionary (but completely fictional) tale “The Wrong Way.”