“I’d Rather Be Whole,” an Essay About Art at Ethika Politika

Today I have an essay at Ethika Politika where I think about what sort of artist and person I am. As I've mentioned a few times here, many of the reviews and questions surrounding Late to Love have led me to think and re-think not only my art, but also myself.Here is an excerpt: ... questions of artistic identity may not be about art in the sense that is strictly related to the making and crafting of music or other things. I suspect that the desires of the artist are nothing more or less … [Read more...]

Gradualism and the Aesthetics of Communication

I've stayed away from the Synod news. I'll read the documents in due time, but I have no journalistic interests to hasten me. Two small impressions have occurred to me, which I offer below in limited relation to the actual Synod event. These are speculative remarks, made in response to the always unreliable informant that is my Twitter feed and Facebook wall. Feel free to ignore them or to apply them where they might fit in that discussion, but do keep in mind that this is not really about the b … [Read more...]

A Soap Box Interview at Solidarity Hall

Solidarity Hall has a thing for lefty Catholic native Texans. Their Soap Box interview series began with Elizabeth Stoker-Bruenig and was followed by Hunter Sharpless, both originally from the Republic of Texas. I am now their third. We talked about my review of God's Not Dead, the Christian film that came out this summer.Read the write-up that goes along with the recorded interview. … [Read more...]

Pre-Order Late to Love! UPDATED

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Wiseblood Records, my small but mighty music label, sent out the following memo a few days ago: On August 28, 2014, Wiseblood Records will release our inaugural collection of music, Late to Love, by Sam Rocha. Late to Love is musically inspired by the genealogy of soul music that scans the genres of spirituals, folk, gospel, country, R&B, blues, funk, jazz, hip-hop, neo-soul and nu-jazz. T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Gil Scott Heron, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, and Curtis Ma … [Read more...]

Listen to the World’s First Augustinian Soul Album!

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On August 28th --- the feast of St. Augustine --- Wiseblood Records will release my first studio LP, Late to Love, a concept album bringing together soul music and Augustine's Confessions. The process has been exhilarating and, most of all, has produced some remarkable music, a testament to the grace of God and fine creative team I am working with. This has never been done before, as far as I know. It is new. Augustinian soul music has never existed before now. At the same time, the music draws … [Read more...]

When the Soul Gets Blues, The Blues Get Soul

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My socks, underwear, and toiletries are stuffed into two guitar cases and a 1945 tube amp. My pedalboard arrives at the studio tomorrow with my shirts and pants and pedals and cords. My wife and children and I will leave tomorrow morning for the Twin Cities (where they will stay) and from there I'll head to Pittsburgh where Dan Bozek, the studio engineer and producer, will pick me up and take me to Steubenville where I'll be recording my first full-length studio album, Late to Love. I was … [Read more...]

“Musings” on LATE TO LOVE with Iguana

Almost two years ago, my good friend and fellow philosopher of education (at Hofstra University), Eduardo Duarte (a.k.a. "Professor Iguana," his radio deejay name), began "Musings," an experimental community radio project trying to think and talk about about the relationship between philosophy and music or even the idea of philosophy as music and vice versa.I've been the featured guest twice and today we recorded the first of an eventual trio of conversations focused on my forthcoming album, … [Read more...]

‘God’s Not Dead’ is Sort of Catholic? UPDATED

More here soon, for now read this: Though it is frequently described as a “Christian film” (which it is), the fact is not always mentioned that the two men who penned the screenplay are devout Catholics, Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman. Read the interview at the National Catholic Register.I'll post a longer update soon, after I teach class this evening. If you haven't read it yet, I'll be referring to my review of God's Not Dead, here.UPDATE:I don't really feel like typing more eff … [Read more...]

#GodsNotDead Soars on Bald Eagle Wings: Or, Postmortem Apologetics

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WARNING: Spoilers abound (not that they really matter).(Preface) As a film, a work of art, a motion picture, a combination of acting, light, camerawork, editing, postproduction, color, music and more, as that sort of thing that is interested in beauty for beauty's sake, a story and good writing and all the complexities of directing and the tragicomic, in that respect let me be very clear: God's Not Dead does not qualify to be called a 'movie' in the artistic sense. To judge it alongside the … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss “The Image of God,” Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, in Portland, OR, two of my great loves — Terrence Malick's masterpiece, The Tree of Life, and Augustine's Confessions — will be combined into a very exciting event, led by  John O'Callaghan, professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.The event is "The Image of God: Malick's Tree of Life and Augustine," tomorrow, March 22nd, from 3 to 7 pm, in Buckley Center Auditorium at the University of Portland.For those of us who are not able to attend, the event is being live-s … [Read more...]


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