"Luca, Songs From The Second Floor"
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"Luca, Songs From The Second Floor"
3/21/11 RALSongs releases new album:
"Luca, Songs From The Second Floor", which contains 14 cuts from songwriter and recording artist Rich Luca.

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American Rock buffet of Boomer Music for Bars and Cars.
Haven't heard songs like these in quite awhile. Songs with lyrical depth, while backed by a Rockin' band. The album is without dead spots, as it starts off strong and then just keeps on runnin'. It displays its very own unique personality, without losing us.
You can feel the classic Rock influences blended with originality throughout the album. Each tune is interesting and catchy, as the album moves along with familiar traces of the best American Rock songwriter/performers of the last 35 years.
I was pleasantly surprised to hear so many tunes with continuous forward momentum, and yet so listenable. It is also one of the albums that continually grows on you, and where upon repeated listens you hear stuff you haven't noticed or "heard" before.
There are straight ahead Rockers such as, "Sweet Temptation" and "Questions (W)". There are southern Rockers such as "Long Time Since Love" and "Silence Says So". There are story songs such as "Somewhere Burns A Fire" and "That Day". There is the surreal imagery of "Mysterious Saint". There are pop Rockers such as "Only One" and "It All Depends". There are the relationship songs of "This Crazy Thing" and "Where Was the Time". There is the spiritual thoughtfulness of "Memphis to Heaven" and "Song for GoodBye". The album is capped off with the meditative ambient flow of "Standing Aside the Angels", which serves as an instrumental sonic movie ending.
"Luca, Songs from the Second Floor" is simply an American Rock buffet of Boomer Music for bars and cars. Hey Rich, where have these songs been hiding for all these years?

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Jeff Markowitz - Liner Notes
“Where does the light go when you close your eyes? Where does the moon go when the sun doesn’t rise?” (Song of GoodBye).
When I was a kid, we listened to albums. An album was a lot more than just songs. An album was songs connected by a concept, an A side and a B side, with cover art and liner notes. So I was pleased when asked to write these liner notes. Pleased, but also confused. Where exactly do you put liner notes if not on the back of an album cover? What is the purpose of liner notes in a digital world?
The process of creating music is transformational. So it’s fitting that these are songs about transformation. Rich said to me, “My songs are all about the in-betweens.” Not about the being. About the becoming.
“How do you get from Memphis to Heaven?” (Memphis to Heaven).
Talk about your in-betweens. The journey from ashes-to-ashes, from dust-to-dust. Life is the grandest in-between of them all. These are songs about life, and about the people who matter to us during our own brief moment in the in-between.
“Why complicate the moment?, Why complicate the time?, Let’s be here now.”
(This Crazy Thing).
You’re going to work, earning a living, playing it safe and then, one day, playing it safe isn’t enough any more. So you change. You allow yourself to become who you were always meant to be. In the liner notes for Alice’s Restaurant, in 1967, Harold Leventhal wrote, “It was just a little over a year ago that Arlo Guthrie bounced into my office and announced, ‘Kid – I’ve just decided to quit working for you and have you work for me.’” And that’s how I imagine it for Rich, facing his own transformation. “Kid,” he says to himself, “I don’t work for you anymore,” Rich staring at himself in the bathroom mirror, “from now on you work for me.” These are songs about becoming. Becoming a lover. A husband. A father. A friend. Becoming a songwriter-singer. Being is easy. Becoming is hard, no matter what the pop songs say.
“Don’t listen to the things people say to you. You’ll only regret that which you never do.” (Silence Says So).
I have said in other places that creativity is the capacity to look at the same thing everyone else is looking at (or, in this case, to listen to the same thing everyone else is listening to) and to see (or hear) something different.
“I wanna know what’s different for you, what’s different from me” (Only One).
Rich Luca and I grew up listening to many of the same musical influences. We listened to the same music, but Rich was hearing something else. That something else has been fermenting for decades until Rich looked in the mirror and decided to do something with all that music.
And now, Rich has decided to let us hear the music that he hears. So take a listen and then send Rich a message. Tell him that his music needs to be in barrooms and in juke joints, in coffee houses and clubs, on your iPod, in your CD player, and especially on your turntable. Tell him to put the songs out on vinyl, an album, with an A side and a B side, with cover art, and, of course, with a proper place to read these liner notes.
- Jeff Markowitz; author of the Cassie O'Malley Mystery Series http://jeffmarkowitz.com

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