Teresa Storch swapped her computer for a guitar

Jay N. Miller

Losing her job as a software developer was the best thing that ever happened to Teresa Storch, who then swapped a computer for a guitar.

“I began playing in the subways and around town, and making music my main focus,” said Storch, who lives in Boston.  “Now I still enjoy part-time software jobs to make ends meet, but my music is the main thing.”

Storch’s debut CD, “Streams of Concrete,” has just been released.

Of course, engineers and software developers make a pretty good living, while the income for young musicians on the way up can be  scarce. Storch, who grew up in Omaha, said she has no regrets, despite her mother’s warnings.

“She was very concerned, worrying about me, and what I was going to do if the music didn’t work out,” Storch said.  “It just seemed so clear to me, and overwhelming, that now I’m so happy with what I do. Working on software is not a bad life, but with music and creativity, I’ve discovered a part of me I never knew.”

The first song on “Streams of Concrete,” in fact, spewed out a conversation Storch had with her mother. The song, “Your Story,” is a remarkably vital and rock-inflected, horn-fired bit of musical caffeine, and it has a companion piece in the rock/funk “Time Is Yelling.”

The latter is a paean to seizing the moment, delivered with the kind of sizzling arrangement you’d find on a Tower of Power record.

Clearly, Storch is not your average folkie, and the guest list on her album includes musicians like T. Lavitz of the Dixie Dregs on organ, David Goodrich on guitar, and brothers John and Scott Aruda on sax and trumpet, respectively.

“I always write with funky rhythms,” she said, “and I put a lot of soul and energy into my shows. I still can get people kind of grooving, even solo, and that is my goal.”

In other cuts on the CD, Storch achieves a twangy feel (“Streams of Concrete”), jazzy R&B as Steely Dan might’ve done it (“Tongue Tied”) and classic Tin Pan Alley (“Mr. Moon”).

“My brothers were Steely Dan fans, but I was not of that era,” Storch said.  “A friend told me that ‘Tongue Tied’ sounded like them, and played me one of their records. I said ‘Oh my God.’ It’s actually just a song about me flirting with a guy. People say ‘Mr. Moon’ is my Hoagy Carmichael song, which is a huge compliment. I wrote it when one of my brothers got married, and it’s about choosing to love one person the rest of your life.”

Storch has a full-band CD release show scheduled for Nov. 21 at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. In the meantime, she’s built a solid fan base around three areas: Boston, Colorado and Omaha.

“I love touring,” Storch said, adding she has 200,000 miles on her old Pontiac. “I love driving alone for long distances, and I’ll go out to Omaha and Colorado four times a year.”

Jay N. Miller writes about music for The Patriot Ledger.