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hey everybody,

i’m very pleased to announce the release of my new album entitled (for obvious reasons) Awesome! XD. it is a collection of the work i have done over the last year. in the past i have put a lot of time into producing a lot of music that i often ended up leaving unfinished. often i would put so much time into producing something that the final result was never good enough to justify all the work i’d put into it, so i’d just lose interest and move on. also, music doesn’t tend to get better when it’s overproduced.

i recognized that what makes a song great it the song it self. the idea. the soul. not the packaging. packaging in this case refers to the production. you can have a great song recorded with the simplest means available and it will touch more people then a song recorded by the best studio musicians with the best recording equipment and produced by the best producers that just doesn’t have the heart in it. also, putting a lot of energy into producing is a complete waste if the music is never released.

i decidid to give priority to the soul of the music. i created a workflow that allows me to produce the music extremely fast and learned to finish songs to a level i can live with instead of getting caught up in details and abandoning them. most of the songs on Awesome! XD were done in a matter of days rather than weeks from initial idea to finished production.

i wrote the song sara for my cousin’s 15th birthday literally while i was making breakfast that same day. i wrote the song awesome on mothersday 2010 when i was hanging out with my mom by the riverside in salzburg, austria playing the ukulele. the last stand is a song i did together with my good dude derek who i met in the summer of 2010 as he was traveling through salzburg. we basically made the whole track in two evenings before he returned home to canada. little clown was also written and recorded in a day. the next day i went for a walk and made a music video for it too. the only song that falls out of this new technique is what’s real, but i put that on the album because it’s just too awesome not to. XD that’s a prime example of a song that i put a lot of time into. everything you hear, i did with my mouth. see it all is interesting in that it’s the first and only song i ever made without guitar. i did that after a pretty bad bike crash in san francisco on halloween 2009 where i broke my thumb and couldn’t play guitar. (yeah i know, breaking my thumb doesn’t sound like a ‘pretty bad’ bike crash, but i was really lucky. i flew like 30ft through the air and landed on my face) see it all is also the first song i did where i simply left the improvised gibberish i sang instead of actually writing any words. on my life is fun i did that again. i built the song structure and recorded the vocals of the chorus and then just improvised the verses and guitar solo ontop of that. i even filmed myself doing it. check it out! after having produced the last stand together with another person i only just realized how great that is, so i called up my good man josef and invited him over to do a song with me as well. we took turns playing producer, composer and singer and named the song change the weather. the final song on the album, inside of a soul only made it onto the album in the last minute. i wanted to give the people a demonstration of what it’s like when i perform live and compose and produce new music on the spot. everything that happens in that song is completely improvised; the beat, the chords, the bass line, the guitar picking, the hook and all the singing. you can watch it happen here.

so i hope you all enjoy listening to my tunes half as much as i enjoyed making them. you can buy a download of the album for 5 euro’s so, something like 7 dollars or you can just download the 2 songs awesome and little clown for free, but then i want your email address so i can spam the sh*t out of you with offers for viagra prescriptions. no… so i can tell you when i release something new.

i am currently touring down the west coast of north america as i’m writing these words, so if you live along my stretch you may have the good fortune of hearing me live sometime over the next few weeks and months.

good times,
rocky

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released October 7, 2009

all songs were written, recorded and produced by rocky leon except the last stand by rocky leon and derek powell and change the weather, by rocky leon and josef hofer.

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Track Name: Sara
sara doesn't care about what you think is right
cuz sara know's much better what is lame and what is tight
sara doesn't wear alot of clothes the way they come, she'll go and
tear them up and turn them into something awesome

sara don't compare - to all the other fools
because she's kicking asses left and right like noone else is cool and if she's
standing there or on a chair or brushing out her prettly hair
the people always stop and stare whenever they see sa-sa-sara

sara is gonna go far
sara's already a star
sara's gonna rock it, she's got power like the socket
and she's awesome just the way she are

sara's gonna own it while the others try to clone it
sara's gonna bust it while the others just discuss it

chords:

verse:
C C a a
C C a a
F F C C
C C G G

chorus
C F C F
a F G C
Track Name: Awesome
standing by the river side looking at the trees
and they're fucking awesome
standing by the river side looking at the
and they're fucking awesome

and everything is see
is so awesome to see
and i live everything
everything i see

cuz the world is fucking awesome
yeah the world, it fucking rocks
and everything is awesome
and everybody rock

finally the spring is here, lovin's in the air
and they're fucking awesome
everything is blooming and there's pollen in the air
and they're fucking awesome

chords:

verse:
A A f# f#
A A D E
x2

bridge:
D D E E
x2

chorus:
A E D D
Track Name: The Last Stand ft. Impakt
chords:

c# c# Esus2 B
Track Name: Little Clown
all of my life i been a little clown
jumping up, falling down
all of my life i been a little troll
feeling with my mind and thinking with my soul

the little clown i am has got a lot to learn and
if you set a fire then it's probably gonna burn and if
you value life then it is your concern so
get yourself in the back of the line and wait for your turn

no matter who that you think that you are
chances are you are off by far
the more you think what your thinking is right
the more you lose what is real out of sight

i have got to get my head on straight
before my efforts come to late
there is no more time left to wait
i am responsible for my fate

chorus

all of my life i've been a silly little clown
making people smile while making people frown
try a lot of different ways to get through the days like
playing in the streets just to see who stays

are you gonna stay? baby woa poppy row
to see me play - baby woa poppy row
out in the sunshine - baby woa poppy row
let's have a fun time - baby woa poppy row

the entire concept of respect
is one i completely reject
i'd rather u be straight with me
then recognize authority

cuz all i wanna do is love
the earth below, the skies above
and if you think you are the boss
then i'm completely at a loss

chords:
e e e e B B B B
Track Name: What's Real Accapella
What’s real in me and what is make believe?
I feel empty when I take what I receive.
My head’s not spinning. I’m back at the beginning.
My heart is numb now and I must wake it somehow.

My heart is beating but it’s under control.
My head’s defeating both my heart and my soul.
After retreating to a dark little hole…
Cold comfort filling, killing, blocking my goal to get out.

What can I see and how much am I missing?
This plan for breaking free – foiled by reminiscing.
My love is like a shadow when there’s no Sun in the sky.
I ride off into battle knowing I’m gonna die.

You are amazing and I wish I could love you.
Your heart is blazing and mine’s just like a rock.
There is a door in me, I’m gonna need to break down
‘cause I can’t find the key that fits the lock.

I’m thinking I must be missing something inside.
I’m thinking maybe when my heart broke it actually died.
Weak to begin with maybe I should never have tried.
And now I can’t, baby can’t, baby why, why, WHY!?

chords:
a F C G
Track Name: See it All
chords:

D D b b
Track Name: My Life is Fun
my life, it is fun
til my time, it is done
and i ride, i don't run
so rocky, so rocky

chords:

b b b b
b b G F#
Track Name: Change the Weather ft. El Oso
chords:

verse:
G G a a
e e D D

chorus:
G G D C

bridge:
- G D -
E B G A (x4)
- B... C D -

A little cloud passes in front of the sun
and you fear, the party is done
and the beer that you're drinking cannot stop your thinking
and you wanna run, but' the fun's just begun

So come shake your bum bum in the rain water
come every mum mum mother every daughter
if you've only got a little here's alotta fun
and not a rotten apple

Chorus
Life's what it is, so live with it
Just be yourself, try to deal with it
Can change yourself, but you can't change the weather
Or run away if you really think that's clever

The rain has stopped, the sun's dried all up
The party is rockin', I'm back at the top
There is that girl that you've been waiting for so long
Walk over for a drink and ask yourself what could go wrong

And there's that dude you've known since you went to school
And you can count on him to be a drunken fool
Comin' over to ya' smile like wanna screw ya'
“Is that the chick you banged after goin' to the pool bar?”

Chorus
Life's what it is, so live with it
Just be yourself, try to deal with it
Can change yourself, but you can't change the weather
Stick your head in the sand if you really think that's clever

Life's what it is, so live with it
Just be yourself, try to deal with it
Can change yourself, but you can't change the weather
Or hide from life if you really think that's clever
Track Name: Inside of a Soul (Live Looping)
chords:
f# f# b b