Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pride and pleasure that I am formally announcing the release of my 4th album, Lighting Fires on April 6th, 2019.
When I look around at what is going on in the world, I get the sense that we are losing touch with ourselves and one another. There is too much division and not enough connection. Too much fear and not enough faith. Too much hate and not enough love. Too much shouting and not enough listening. Our world has become so complex. It has become so hard to separate truth from lies. I've found that in times like these it is increasingly important to listen to your heart. Your intuition. Fear is the language of the mind. And our minds have become so cluttered.
Anyway long story short, I like to keep my messages simple and universal. Don't be afraid. The more love is better. Take responsibility for your life. Kinda like a Chinese fortune cookie. No one wants to listen to stupid political songs about how we should stop voting for authoritarian strong men who enable big corporations to destroy the planet while draining the economy by not paying their taxes and then automating everything, thus leaving more people unemployed who then in turn can no longer pay taxes while more and more wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few and society stands on the brink of collapse.
So I made a point of not writing songs about any of that...
released April 6, 2019
All songs written, performed and recorded by Rocky Leon except Warm Warm Water, written by Ben Keeler, and Change the Weather, written and performed by Rocky Leon and El Oso.
Trumpets on Drawer, Burn That Coal and Light Up your Fire as well as the Harmonica on Burn That Coal by VZI (vzi-live-looping.com
Additional Vocals on Burn That Coal by Antoine Beaudoin Humbert (picarosmusic.org
Backing vocals on Marie and Change The Weather by Mie. Saxophone on Burn That Coal by Dmitry Rekun.
Recording engineering, additional programming, mixing and mastering by Lukas Wiltschko at LW Sonics (lwsonics.com
Graphic design by Veronika Šlachtová (slachtova.rocks). Cover photo by Ruslan Zakirov.
Special thanks to Marie Macheiner, Mario Parizek, Carla Weinzierl, my mom and everyone else who supported this project. Love you guys!
© 2019 Rocky Leon Productions