Mark Silver's Summer Acoustic Demos

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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. ;)

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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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Track Name: Yesteryear
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
Track Name: Drifting
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
Track Name: Straw In The Ocean
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.
Track Name: Cosmicism
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.
Track Name: Goodbye Moonmen
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
Track Name: Mirrors
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.
Track Name: Plastic People
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.
Track Name: Wonderwall
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
Track Name: Anticipating Precipitation
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.
Track Name: Move Forward
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.
Track Name: Generova
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
Track Name: Same Old Street
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.

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