How A Stranger Is Made (2019)

by Luis Mojica

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1.
Insane
2.
Shaman Food
3.
Invoked
4.
Moon Men
5.
Cowboys
6.
De La Saint
7.
Witch Love
8.
City Friends
9.
10.
Queen Song
11.
Stranger Song

about

How A Stranger Is Made is the second studio album by Luis Mojica. The record was recorded at The Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY as well as at Split Rock Studios in New Paltz, NY by Jason Sarubbi. It features 11 piano-based songs that incorporate the wurlitzer, celesta, harpsichord, organ, saxophone, percussion and a rich texture of backing vocals that display Luis' wide 3+ octave vocal range.

This record follows Luis' journey into the deep parts of his mind and heart, as he faces and transforms unresolved pain into bliss and freedom. Sexuality, male identity, betrayal, love, and spirituality, particularly shamanism, are consistent themes on the record. The songs are very personal, as if taken from the artist's personal journals.

The record was arranged, performed, written, and produced by Luis. He is joined on this album by Mercury Prize nominated producers David Baron & Simone Felice who have worked with artists like Bat For Lashes, Peter Murphy, & The Lumineers. The record was mixed by Grammy Award winner Justin Guip (Levon Helm) & award winning vocalist/composer Fredo Viola. Photography for the record was shot by Kelly Merchant and the album design was created by Fredo Viola.

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releases October 4, 2019

All songs were written, performed, arranged, and produced by Luis Mojica with the exception of Stranger Song, which was written by Leonard Cohen.

All songs were mixed by Justin Guip.

Queen Song was produced & recorded by David Baron & Simone Felice.

Flute arrangement on City Friends by Anders Bostrom. Saxophone arrangement on The Ranger by Caelan Manning. Additional drum arrangement on Shaman Food & Moon Men by Evan Glen Adams. Percussion arrangement for Witch Love by Al Romao. Violin arrangement for The Ranger by Rebecca Moore. Bass & bass arrangement on Invoked, Witch Love, & The Ranger by Jason Sarubbi.

Stranger Song vocals were recorded by Fredo Viola in Bearsville, NY.
Stranger Song was mixed & co-produced by Fredo Viola in Bearsville, NY.

Vocals & drums were recorded by Jason Sarubbi at Split Rock Studios in New Paltz, NY.

All piano tracks, with the exception of Queen Song, were recorded by Jason Sarubbi on the Yamaha baby grand piano at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY.

All songs mastered by Mike Tierney at Shiny Things Studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Photography by Kelly Merchant.

Album design by Fredo Viola.

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Luis Mojica Woodstock, New York

Pianist and performer from upstate NY. Celebrating the human journey through song.

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Track Name: The Ranger
There is a man in my dreams,
Let’s call him The Ranger,
He acts like a friend,
But he’s really a stranger.

In my dreams,
We played each other’s songs,
But for him,
All of my writing is wrong.

He can’t feel,
Anyone else’s verse,
And he can’t deal,
With anyone else’s hurts.

Because his pain is his treasure box,
That he likes to flaunt,
That he likes to keep unlocked.

I know he knows me,
From a thousand lifetimes before,
I’ve called out his name,
From beneath his window,
I’ve groveled outside of his door.

He gave me his mind,
So I became The Re-Arranger
I gave him my heart,
And he held up a mirror.

Still, I was the fool,
Who fell into that narcissus cesspool,
Just another flaunt,
Drowning in their own drool.

For the Ranger,
I’m his savior,
That grave digger,
I keep him afloat.

But count on the Ranger,
To leave me in danger,
As his tears fill up,
The graves and make a moat.

It’s hard when you’re a man like him,
To find love from within,
It’s hard when you’re a man like he,
To find love for a man like me.

It’s hard when you’re a man like me,
Not to take things personally,
It’s hard when you’re a man like me,
To find men like me.

We’re strictly platonic,
Sometimes psychotic,
Always neurotic,
And oh so morose.

Friends yet strangers,
Becoming endangered,
Mama saviors,
From Daddy’s ghost.

The friends in our heads,
Sleep in our bed,
Love us instead,
So we can stay alone.

But he helped me see,
Through all of my glory,
The Ranger in me,
Deep in the unknown.

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