Sep 21, 2012 9:35pm

“Let us be realists and demand the impossible: Communism,” a lecture by Slavoj Zizek. Or: “What I spent a lot of my time doing: watching Slavoj Zizek,” a confession by Sam Rocha. … [Read more...]

Sep 10, 2012 5:11pm

I submitted this rendition of “My Heart Ain’t Got No USB” for the Love Come Alive 2012 talent search, sponsored by Mysterium. I haven’t competed in this sort of competition before, but I do know that the amount of views it gets plays into the decision, so please take a view or twenty and feel free to spread it like the plague. Thanks!SR … [Read more...]

Aug 22, 2012 10:29pm

Coming soon: Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine This had better be good. I am suspicious, as usual. Expect a full review when it comes out. In case you missed it earlier, I gave a talk about a month ago on Augustine’s Confessions: “Sts. Augustine and Monica, the Head and the Heart.” … [Read more...]

Aug 18, 2012 9:00pm

Here is a rough acoustic sketch of another song for the upcoming album. It’s titled “My Heart Ain’t Got No USB.” … [Read more...]

Aug 9, 2012 7:35am

I’m anticipating being scarce for about a week or so. I know, I know, this tends to backfire.  Regardless, I’ve been working on the songs for the album I am going to Kickstart this October and try to record in 2013. Here is a very rough sketch of the of form for the title track, “Late to Love.” Enjoy!SR … [Read more...]

July 26, 2012 1:06am

My son, Gabriel Luis Rocha, performing some of his improvisational compositions; inspired, so he tells me, by a computer game. … [Read more...]

July 25, 2012 9:04am

Here is the lecture I gave yesterday at the Catholic Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake, Minnesota entitled “Liturgy as Mystagogy: Why We Must Dance to a Catholic Beat.” It follows the notes below:I. Preface My previous lecture’s principle argument—that the heart is fundamentally superior to the head, that Love is sufficient to being and becoming a human person—should primarily say something about beauty. I want to introduce today’s lecture by proposing the following relationship and order betwe … [Read more...]

July 24, 2012 8:19am

The Art of Farewell; a powerful and beautiful short film about memory, love, life, and death. … [Read more...]

July 23, 2012 12:11am

I opted against doing the live recording, mostly because I won’t have time to edit it into tracks, so here’s a video recording instead. Several of the new songs are performed here, especially towards the end of the performance. … [Read more...]

July 11, 2012, 5:53pm

A short, brilliant piece of advise from NPR’s Ira Glass for people — especially young people — doing creative work. The message is simple: keep working hard; do lots and lots of work; it will help you get to a place where you can reach your creative ambitions. The longer version — Ira Glass on the Art of Storytelling — can be found at Open Culture. … [Read more...]