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Silver Star

by J.M. Stover

The rock concept album "Silver Star" is an all-instrumental story about a military hero whose life experiences inside the military and outside strangely parallel each other.
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1. Family Reunion
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2. Playa Bonita
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3. Watch Out!
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4. Traveling Through Head Space
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5. 35 Feet Tall
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6. Ridin' the Wave
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7. Silver Star
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8. Rescued
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9. The Surgical Procedure
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10. Concussion Protocol
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11. The Room Upstairs
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12. Mr. Bean
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13. Pure Grain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Tyler (“Ty”) Martinez, a genuine American hero from his years of service in the Army, received the Silver Star award for going above and beyond the call of duty during a particular battle in which his unit lost four men. Outnumbered during an ambush, Ty risked his life, while saving two injured soldiers and keeping the enemy at bay long enough for help to arrive by helicopter. If it were not for Ty’s actions, the number of men lost that day would have been higher, however, he struggles to see himself in the same light as those who have honored him and is frequently haunted by the events of that day, watching his buddies die and thinking that he could have done more.

The fictional story featured by this album takes place a couple of years after Ty’s military service ends. It involves a deep-sea fishing trip with a group of friends and family that ends tragically and leaves one wondering how strange it is how Ty’s military and civilian life mirror each other.

Family Reunion

Cousins and immediate family get together for a barbecue where some of the guys agree to go on a deep-sea fishing trip. Ty agrees to make all of the arrangements, knowing a few of his friends will join as well (Notes: I was not a fan of this song while making it. I struggled with the beat, as it is not the style of music that I would personally ever listen to, but as the song progressed, it quickly began to grow on me and is now one of my favorites on the album).

Playa Bonita

Arriving by plane to their vacation destination, the guys make plans for a day at the beach and night out (Notes: Featuring a groovy Latin beat, this song reminds me of my many trips to Rocky Point, Mexico and is named after a beach there).

Watch Out!

On their night out the guys meet “The Shaman”, a strange elderly black man who is part fortune-teller, part voo-doo doctor, part drug dealer. He warns the guys against their plans to venture out into the ocean and “prescribes” a drink to protect them from evil (Notes: Personal favorite of mine on the album. The song wrote itself).

Traveling Through Head Space

The Shaman’s “prescription” kicks in (Notes: This is one of those songs that you can tinker with forever and I thought many times that it would take that long. The original version was 13 minutes long).

35-Feet Tall

The deep-sea fishing trip begins and an ominous wall of water is heading their way [Notes: I was happy to stumble upon a sound effect that I incorporated about half way into the song that sounds (to me) like sonar, which reinforces the ocean atmosphere in an ominous way].

Ridin’ the Wave

All Hell breaks loose as the boat and the people aboard get thrown around like shoes in a washing machine (Notes: Time to pull out the air guitar/drums. This raw song is a great little hard rocker).

Silver Star

Clinging to parts of the capsized boat, Ty saves a cousin of his who is unconscious and bobbing in the water as helicopters arrive overhead. Flashbacks of the war cross Ty’s mind (Notes: This song was the initial impetus of the story. Not by intention, the song’s beat and repeated guitar melody that ends the song gave me the impression of a proud military song. The sound effects of the helicopter and explosions were added later to support that military feel).

Rescued

Plucked from the sea, the guys are rescued, however, two people from the group were lost at sea [Notes: This is the only song in which you will hear my voice (not in a singing context, of course)].

The Surgical Procedure

Ty undergoes surgery for his internal injuries (Notes: A classy, high-brow, almost jazzy type of song).

Concussion Protocol

Physical recovery begins (Notes: A slow hard-driving rock song. I had the hardest time incorporating the right drum solo on this one).

The Room Upstairs

At home Ty continues his recovery through bed rest in “The Room Upstairs”. Unfortunately, it provides a lot of time for reflection. This is the low point as Ty blames himself for the events that took place because it was his idea to go on the excursion. (Notes: When I moved back to Ohio, I temporarily moved into my parents’ house while waiting for my house to sell in Arizona. I would usually end the day by noodling around on my guitar. I wrote this song laying in my bed in the “room upstairs”).

Mr. Bean

Ty tries to cope with his depression through drinking [Notes: The song’s drum beat reminds me of the kind of beat that a good friend of mine (who is a drummer) would have created. People tell him that he looks like Mr. Bean, which amusingly pisses him off, thus the name of the song].

​Pure Grain

Successful in coping with his mental and physical problems, Ty learns to live a happy and pure life (Notes: The song’s name comes from a combination of the pure guitar tone on this song and a nod to the brewery that I currently work in).

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