Jeffrey Dicera | Silent Soundtrack

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Silent Soundtrack

by Jeffrey Dicera

This concept album evolves into a theatrical suite dedicated to a true story about a boy growing up fighting to keep music education and morale in his community.
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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1. Coming At You
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2. The Cymbal Who Wanted to Be the Orchestra
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3. Silent Soundtrack
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4. Wrong Words Suite Prelude: Moonlight Rag
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5. Moonlight
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6. Bring Back the Moon
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7. Word At the Office
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8. The Last Living Patron
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9. In a Perfect World
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10. The Last Show
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11. Noisy World
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12. Alice in Wonderland
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13. Finale: Oops! Wrong Words
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14. A Thread of Tinsel
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I started coming up with ideas and songs for this album after the rough ride through 2010, which prompted the creating of my debut album, A Thread of Hope. A few songs started as bare song titles, all of which sounded special but had no premise. Due to sudden illness, I had very limited ability to commit to the ideas.

Just then, fate would lend a hand, in a cold way. A beloved music teacher from my arts magnet school back in my high school days, was put through a highly unjust trial in a movement to get her fired. Despite the mountains of evidence and the gut-wretching testimonies of over a hundred supporters, the movement prevailed and she lost her job. I and my colleagues were left lost and powerless, as the school's program made some quick protocol changes, and no one could say or do a thing about it.

I started writing lyrics in between trials, then once the case closed, new inspirations hit. The famed prog rock group, Yes, put out their then new album, "Fly From Here," featuring a 25-minute themed epic suite as the opener. I suddenly had this ambition to try the concept myself, basing the themes on the trials. Soon enough, I found out the trials weren't the only thing going wrong around me, and I started to come up with ideas to convey other brands of corruption on my community. I ended up with a progressive rock album, connecting songs that addressed issues in my environment that were usually kept silent.

Meanwhile, my illness took its toll, to the point where I could no longer handwrite, and eventually lose the ability to play bass, guitar, and eventually hold a job. The project was left on the shelf, as the illness had become serious. With Thread of Hope still unreleased at the time, my attention went to playing live after taking some vital steps to improve my health.

Once I got back into action, my debut album was released, I gradually started to play guitar and bass again, and put myself back into the work I'd left behind for those two years. The music took a whole new meaning going back to it, as I had been blessed that year with special friends, two of which instilled a little theatre and improv influence in me. It slowly occurred to me that this music would really make sense if it was a musical. Once I thought of that, everything fell right into place. In the process, I rediscovered a lot about myself, going back to some older songs of mine, and finding some abandoned songs that ironically beckoned the same message on the album. I even found use of my very first song, "Noisy Day," with a new spin-off aria, "Noisy World."

The way everything fit in place told me this was right. And as fate and magic would have it, I'd met some new friends at a birthday getaway hosted by my life-long musical idol, Todd Rundgren. At this getaway, we had all become involved in a new cause called The Spirit of Harmony Foundation, to provide awareness and support for music eduation for our youth. As I'm creating this music, the connection between the two kept nagging me, so I finally opened up about my project, and proposed it as a possible support for the foundation's efforts. In the summer of 2014, a new Todd Rundgren "retreat" is set to take place in California, and on a special day dedicated to the new foundation, I have been stunned with the honor of premiering excerpts of this new musical, known as "Silent Soundtrack."

Coming in full circle, the new album shall be released the same day as the premiere, so everyone can be there with me in this experience. It's obvious now that there's no better place and no better time to send this message of the vitality of music education in all our communities. It's just a wonder to me that something that was almost impossible to write over these three years could be finished and involved with so many great people.

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