Mark Silver's Summer Acoustic Demos

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1.
Yesteryear 03:33
When 2015 rolled around we were mocking the faults of yesteryear. While saying that we as a nation still need to improve. Well, half the year's gone, but what have we done in terms of progress? When you weigh out the pros, & weigh out the cons, has progress made at all? Well, gender identity is finally mainstream & all can marry in america. However, violence prevails, with law force brutality taking things to the extreme. And folks don't understand that a secular world will bring us all together if we set aside our conflicting thoughts, our conflicting ideas, & worked to make the world a better place. When 2015 rolled around we were mocking the faults of yesteryear. ...of yesteryear And folks don't understand that a secular world will bring us all together if we set aside our conflicting thoughts, our conflicting ideas, & worked to make the world a better place. When 2015 rolled around we were mocking the faults of yesteryear. ...of yesteryear
2.
Drifting 03:20
What a wonderful hesitation who would bear to feel sorry for me dropped another pill just to calm me collapsed to my knees and fell fast into sleep there I was drifting way out into the sunshine expecting to crash but I'm tied to a string look at me I'm a tangled puppet I might be a mess but I'm sure can survive find myself awake counting sad days 1-2-3 that's too many for me dropped another pill just to find me reached for my hand but it was already there then I started believin' that I fell out of a tiny raindrop that lost its way when I decided to roam chasing me was a hungry dweller but I had escaped it by pretending to die come follow me you won't expect the illusion you'll see it's my imagination hand me your eyes I will put them in front of mine you'll see a little better you'll see a little better what a wonderful destination where I am now I can no longer see dropped another pill just to kill me collapsed to my knees and fell fast into sleep there I was drifting way out into the sunshine expecting to crash but I'm tied to a string look at me I'm a tangled puppet I might be a mess but I'm sure can survive but I had escaped it by pretending to die
3.
Verse 1: What happened to “Stick's & Stones could really break my bones, but words don't weigh a dime, so they won't hurt me.”? Cause now here comes the word police. “Wrong opinions are hate speech!” Meanwhile, I am far off from the beach: Chorus: I’m just a straw in the ocean. There’s water all around. It goes in one end, out the other. No harm has it done. And I don’t need a goddamn safespace cause these waves can’t make me blue. I’m just a straw in the ocean, & that you should be too. Verse 2: Logic, Reason, Discourse. They all go down the drain when you pull the plug on every tub in the US fucking A. What happened to discussions that live respectfully? We all tread through the waters of opinionated sea. Chorus: I’m just a straw in the ocean. There’s water all around. It goes in one end, out the other. No harm has it done. And I don’t need a goddamn safespace cause these waves can’t make me blue. I’m just a straw in the ocean, & that you should be too. Just a straw in the ocean, & that you should be too.
4.
Cosmicism 02:44
No-one wants to be a burden especially to people that you know. We don’t want to be causing harm to those who mean us well. No-one wants to feel rejected. It makes us fear to take a chance at all. But that mindset skips you out of a great life you could have. And even if we don’t care to admit it, we’re all just fumbling, looking for meaning, & something to do with the short life that we live. No-one wants to be forgotten when their time is over, set, & done. Everyone wants to leave a mark, and let their name be known. But maybe we’re all just useless pawns in a universe that doesn’t care. And yet, mortality leaves us with a scare. But why approach it with pessimism? Embrace your life while you’ve still got it, so you’ll be satisfied with how you spent it.
5.
The worlds can be one together Cosmos without hatred Stars like diamonds in your eyes The ground can be space (space, space, space, space) With feet marching towards a peaceful sky All the Moonmen want things their way But we make sure they see the sun Goodbye, Moonmen We say goodbye, Moonmen Goodbye, Moonmen Goodbye, Moonmen Oh, goodbye Cosmos without hatred Diamond stars of cosmic light Quasars shine through endless nights And everything is one in the beauty And now we say goodbye, Moonmen We say goodbye, Moonmen Goodbye, Moonmen Goodbye, Moonmen Oh, goodbye
6.
Mirrors 02:42
Who is there for me to talk to? Who won't use my thoughts to hurt me? 'Seems like very few who knew me in the past will get it, but all the rest will ride the opposition down my throat, and, There are mirrors all around that reflect each word you say. And these mirrors are aimed right at me everyday. There are mirrors all around that reflect each word you say. And these mirrors are aimed right at me everyday. And I don't ask that you agree. I just ask that my voice be heard. Yes, I don't ask that you agree. I just ask that my voice be heard. There are mirrors all around that reflect each word you say. And these mirrors are aimed right at me everyday. There are mirrors all around that reflect each word you say. And these mirrors are aimed right at me everyday. And I don't ask that you agree. I just ask that my voice be heard. Yes, I don't ask that you agree. I just ask that my voice be heard.
7.
Never thought we'd meet again. Look at all the plastic people acting like we don't exist. All these trends they come & go, but stick with me. It won't be long 'till we find a way out of here. But it’s alright if we leave tonight and never make it home. It’s alright. We’ll find brighter light if we begin to roam. All these men living haunted lives No one ever knows what’s going on behind the stage at night Skeletons shining all their bones And shadow men who never learned the difference between wrong and right But it’s alright if we leave tonight and never make it home. It’s alright. We’ll find brighter light if we begin to roam. But it’s alright if we leave tonight and never make it home. It’s alright. We’ll find brighter light if we begin to roam. All of the plastic people hiding underneath the skylines. All of the plastic people hiding In the corners of my eyes. But it’s alright if we leave tonight and never make it home. It’s alright. We’ll find brighter light if we begin to roam. But it’s alright if we leave tonight and never make it home. It’s alright. We’ll find brighter light if we begin to roam. All of the plastic people hiding underneath the skylines. All of the plastic people hiding In the corners of my mind.
8.
Wonderwall 03:08
Today is gonna be the day That they're gonna throw it back to you By now you should've somehow Realized what you gotta do I don't believe that anybody Feels the way I do about you now Back beat, the word is on the street That the fire in your heart is out I'm sure you've heard it all before But you never really had a doubt I don't believe that anybody feels The way I do about you now And all the roads we have to walk are winding And all the lights that lead us there are blinding There are many things that I would Like to say to you But I don't know how Today was gonna be the day But they'll never throw it back to you By now you should've somehow Realized what you're not to do I don't believe that anybody Feels the way I do About you now And all the roads that lead you there were winding And all the lights that light the way are blinding There are many things that I would like to say to you But I don't know how I said maybe You're gonna be the one that saves me And after all You're my wonderwall Today was gonna be the day But they'll never throw it back to you But they'll never throw it back to you
9.
Staring out the window in the early morning Anticipating precipitation A winter storm is on everyone’s mind mixed with tire and hesitation. December didn’t feel like winter, no, but now you can’t go inches without seeing snow. They say the worst is yet to come, but I really hope it already has. I was done with winter before it began. But now it seems that it is still far from its end. So, when I get the chance, I’ll cozy up in my bed and wait for winter to turn into spring. Watch the weather forecast on the nightly news. Anticipating precipitation The winter storm is just all that they are watching Until they flip over the show’s sports section. December didn’t feel like winter, no, but now you can’t go inches without seeing snow. They say the worst is yet to come, but I really hope it already has. I was done with winter before it began. But now it seems that it is still far from its end. So, when I get the chance, I’ll cozy up in my bed, and wait for winter to turn into spring.
10.
Move Forward 05:00
One day I’ll move forward from the former me who has stuck around for far too long. Throughout these years he’s simply been a facade For the greater person that I have become. I am not one to stand for something that drives me up & down the wall. This I can’t yet oppose directly when you’re near. But someday the confidence will come. One day I’ll move forward from the former me who has stuck around for far too long. Throughout these years he’s simply been a facade For the greater person that I have become. For the greater person that I have become. Speaking out on my behalf won’t help a soul. It’s misrepresentation at its best. Censorship you push asserting dominance. It builds no character at all. One day I’ll move forward from the former me who has stuck around for far too long. Throughout these years he’s simply been a facade For the greater person that I have become. For the greater person that I have become. For the greater person that I have become. One day I’ll move forward from the former me who has stuck around for far too long. Throughout these years he’s simply been a facade For the greater person that I have become. For the greater person that I have become. For the greater person that I have become.
11.
Generova 02:46
I will find a day You can go your own way I've got nothing left to say Moving at the speed of sound Can you leave you underground And you never will be found But that's alright I will follow you Running out of energy Finding out there's nothing left to see Generova Burning memories Write it on a plastic tree Rinse and repeat Precipitate your thoughts upon the street And it's okay Don't you run away Imprints on the midnight sky They will only fade away Generova I will find a way Generova
12.
Walking down the same ol' street. Walking by the same ol' feet. Weather's cold like it always is at this time of year. Living life in the same ol' way. Life is just the same every day. But I hope & I dream from time to time again. 'Cause someday, the time will come when the world doesn't feel so dull. & we've all got greater things that we can work for. 'Cause someday, the time will come when the world doesn't feel so dull. & we've all got greater things that we can work for. Some great ideas can come from boredom. Why do you think you are hearing this song now? Sometimes you've got a go with the flow. Thoughts will come to you. 'Cause someday, the time will come when the world doesn't feel so dull. & we've all got greater things that we can work for. 'Cause someday, the time will come when the world doesn't feel so dull. & we've all got greater things that we can work for.

about

EDIT: Track 2 is a cover. I am not doing drugs.

Over the past several years, my music has undergone a seemingly constant evolution. Stylistically, I've been practically all over the board, save for a few umbrella genres. One of the great things about making music independently is the fact that I've always had 100% creative freedom to do what I wish with my music, & so I've taken it upon myself to experiment with a lot of things in my music, while working to better myself as a musician.

Most musicians live under the pressure of releasing new material in a timely manner, & while I get nagged by some to release music more frequently, it's important for me to put time & thought into the content I produce. I've tried time & time again to write out setlists for albums to put together, but in reality, it's not really something I can make myself follow through with. In March of this year, I slowed down on formally releasing to bandcamp, & began putting my focus into a collaborative demo archive with some friends. In April of this year, I switched from the "Silver Media Productions" handle to the "Mark Silver" handle, as the former didn't feel quite right as an artist handle any longer.

My first release under Mark Silver was a 16-track instrumental album that I made over the course of a week, & released on silveralt.bandcamp.com, & it's probably one of my favorite releases to this date.

But instrumentals are only half the battle. Over the past year, it has been my goal to put a lot of effort into writing lyrics. Throughout this time, I've written atleast 40 something songs. Most of these songs either are or originated as demos of just my guitar & vocals, & the songs I write lyrics to & accompany with guitar are some of my favorite tracks that I've ever made. Throughout this past year, I've also made a rather large improvement in my guitar skills, & I think that has gone hand & hand with the improvement in my songwriting.

So, that brings us here. Over the course of this summer, I recorded around 20 some acoustic demos, featuring me playing the guitar, & laying down atleast one vocal track, & today you will hear what I consider to be the 13 best of these demos. The selection here today includes 5 covers (tracks 2, 5, 7, 8, & 11), 5 originals that debuted in different releases (1, 6, 9, 10, & 12), & 2 tracks that are appearing in an official release of mine for the first time (3 & 4).

Now, what the future holds is the effort to combine the best of my instrumental work with the best of my lyrics, in order to form a full-fledged album. And fortunately, I finally settled in to a 100% opensource linux multi-DAW production setup that I'm comfortable achieving this with.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this release, & stick around to see what will come in the future. ;)

credits

released August 22, 2016

Everything by Mark Silver EXCEPT:

Track 2: Written by Linda Perry for "4 Non Blondes"
Track 5: Written by David Phillips & Dan Harmon for the show "Rick & Morty"
Track 7: Written by Christopher Tom w/ help from myself
Track 8: Written by Noel Gallagher for "Oasis"
Track 11: Written by Josh Price for "Probehead"

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