paul steven silva jr / Blog

changing viewpoint

Before I get into this let me be clear that I'm not complaining or feeling sorry for myself. I love playing music live again and wouldn't trade it for anything.

When I was young the way things worked was- you played and the people that liked what you were doing would make an effort to find out where you were playing, if you had any recordings, and would tell their friends. So word would get around that you were someone who's art should be checked out.

As an older musician not playing pop music, and in my case, not playing in a style that is not easily pigeonholed, most of my audience is accidental, folks that just happen to be in the same place where I am playing. They almost never sign the mailing list and aren't really interested in following what I'm up to. I'm not insulted, it's a busy world and music is a peripheral thing that can easily be consumed elsewhere without much effort at all. I myself have a hard time keeping up with bands that I love, and going out to see them play? Well, sometimes when I get home from work the last thing in the world I want to do is leave again. So, I try to remind myself that I am blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of your life for a couple of hours, and that it's a fine way to spend my time.

I'm an old man now, can't do nothin'...

I guess I should be more consistent about this blog. I'll try but, I ain't makin' no promises. I'm pushing 60 now, I can see the end from here. I've topped out at work, there's no more raises or promotions coming my way. I love what I do, but this is it, this is what I do until I can't do it anymore. I have a band called Wood that is actually very good, we have a unique sound, we're tight, have a ton of originals, and the covers we do are familiar and unexpected. The band's a blast. But... Getting five guys on the same page has proven to be quite the challenge. This is kind of how it works- Email club, introduce yourself, send link to your page. Repeat Go by club, ask who books bands Email Booker, send link Repeat Repeat Go by club ask if Booker is there. Email Booker Booker emails back, offers some open dates. Email band with dates, wait two days to hear from every body. Three band mates can do two of the dates, one can do any of them, one is tired of playing those kind of gigs, two cant stay awake that late anymore. Email Booker with the one date you can do. Booker emails back, says sorry that one is no longer available and we're booked till next year.


The Long Fade

First, let me thank the guys that participated in this project. Mike Hopkins, who played the steel guitar on Come Back. Courtney Newbie, who sang on Scarlett and Blue. Gram Rhea, who laid down the mandolin tracks on In a Hard Place. Judy Brown, for the fiddle and vocals on Cool Water and One of a Kind And Eric Peterson, for the bass and Chapman Stick on Cool Water and One of a Kind.

Thanks guys, you did a fantastic job!

This album has a lot of dark themes in it, death, disappointment, heart ache, as well as themes of hope. Though I didn't set out with any particular vision in mind, it seems to paint a picture of how life is for most of us- highs and lows all mixed in.

Crowd review

So I gave the crowd review a shot, I figured "hey, it's ten bucks" let's see what happens. As a result I got a most fascinating commentaries on my music. Here it is- This song has a very old fashion feel to it it is a classical sounding song in the beginning first 50 seconds and then it turns into a weird creepy guy thing. This song sounds like it could be cool back in the day but not anymore, not in this century athletes. It also sounds likekind of mid evil sounding like it has flutes and will pinnacles and I made that word up and yeah.mine own opinion is because I am in huge sick genius, I feel like this song deserves a seven out of 10 for the effort that was given and because the sound quality itself was pretty good I do however wonder if he is ever going to update the lyrics because the song sound so old that it's so original. Pretty cool eh? I'm not sure how helpful it is, but it's easily $10 worth of entertainment.

riding off into the sunset

I may just put up an occasional dispatch from the post 50 side.