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"Late to Love" will be Sam Rocha's debut LP, inspired by soul, jazz, and folk music — and Augustine's Confessions.
"Late to Love" will be Sam Rocha's debut LP, inspired by soul, jazz, and folk music — and Augustine's Confessions.
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LATE TO LOVE is an original concept album. Soul music. Blues, jazz, funk, folk, and gospel. Bill Withers, Jose Feliciano, Stevie Wonder, Wes Montgomery, Ray Charles, and Willie Nelson. Bass, drums, guitar, and vocals. 

The chorus of the title track sings, "Late / have I loved you / beauty so old / beauty so new," adapted from Augustine's Confessions. This is the soundtrack of a man seeking redemption through a profession of belated love, told in multiple layers of regret, gratitude, and hope. 

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The craft of the music is the main priority. It has been composed, and even preliminarily performed, but some of it remains unplanned, waiting to be made and remade when the recording begins. The musicians have been carefully selected for stylistic suitability, musicianship, and, most of all, friendship. My guitar and vocals will be joined by drums, electric and acoustic bass. The sound engineer is also a dear friend; the studio is familiar, warm, and sounds amazing. 

The only missing piece right now are the upfront costs. It really is that simple. Everything else is ready. If the goal is met, we will be in the studio the second week of May. If we exceed our goal, we'll have more resources for postproduction.

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I believe that soul music is religious, from it's namesake to its powerful and universal effect and affect. We need more soul music. It's gone missing nowadays, in and out of the places where we are used to finding it. We desperately need music that resists easily classification, but accepts all the responsibility and rigor of art and love. 

Art that is free to be itself without superficial conditions, with the capacity to disclose something that is as old as it is new, as beautiful as it is true: this is the work that I am asking you to help me carry out.  

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Here is the budget:

Amazon/Kickstarter fees: $800

5 days of studio recording and mix down: $3,000

Musician fees: $2,000

Travel, lodging, meals: $2,000

Perk expenses: $200

TOTAL: $8,000

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Here are some sample tracks, recorded solo in my study: 

"Late to Love" (Title Track)

 "Eggs With Love (Lie With Love)"

 "Rest in You"

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 BIG NEWS: Wiseblood Records, of Wiseblood Books, has signed on to support LATE TO LOVE (and a companion libretto), with a commitment to help with duplication costs and execute sales and distribution. 

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THANK YOU for contributing to this project. Please share it with your friends, enemies, and everything in-between. Check the updates for more information.

Risks and challenges

This project is very straight forward in terms of process. The only flexible variables are logistical, but with proper funding those fade away. This only covers the up-front costs, I will pay the rest in due time. All in all, process is as follows: artists arrive and record during five days time > engineers and producers agree on a studio mix > mix is sent out for mastering > master is sent out for duplication and registration for digital distribution. If this project is able to be funded beyond the 8k, I will have more and better resources for postproduction.

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