"Synergy" is the latest release from "The Smokin' Silvertones". Roger and I have worked diligently on it throughout the past year (2012), and we hope you enjoy the music as much as we enjoyed making it.
1. Roger That 4:05
The basic riffs come from Rimsky-Korsakov “Flight of the Bumble Bee”. Lyrically, I guess this one eliminates whatever fading hope I had for admission to the convent. Mostly I try to write meaningful, soul searching, make-the-world-a-better-place type stuff, but, well, sometimes you just gotta let go. Props to Roger for the Gary Richrath toggle switch licks. Mentions Edgar Allan Poe.
2. Synergy 3:25
Chainsaw’s guitar just breathes fire. Synergy, indeed. Thank you, Roger. Synergy: The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.
3. High Road 3:23
Here’s one in the tradition of the great Allman Brothers Band. It features Roger channeling Dickie Betts, a fair dose of harp, and some smooth bass lines. It is an ode to those most noble aspects of the human spirit: modesty, humility and courage. Contains a reference to the Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken”.
4. Critical Mass 4:46
This one is all about my talented young friend Clement Serano. That’s him on the clarinet, merely hinting at his amazing chops. Roger contributes some very complementary, beautiful acoustic guitar. The piano melody offers a heart-felt, hopeful resolution. Critical mass: the minimum mass of fissionable material that can sustain a nuclear chain reaction.
5. Doin’ 90 4:17
Bikes, the road, and rock and roll. Props to Ronnie Montrose and Sammy Hagar. Just another song about enjoying life to the max. Fun bass line. Features the word “crap”. Twice.
6. Really, Really Want You 2:52
I really, really like Saw’s guitar sound on this one. And there is an air of frustrated longing, of unrequited love, of pent-up emotion. The bluesy piano is nice. Contains the word “wanna” 25 times, maybe more.
7. Coming Fast 2:26
Once Roger remarked that this one sounds like Blue Oyster Cult, there was no choice but to add some cow bell. It’s a cheerful rocker about impending death. You can never have too much cowbell.
8. Rock Solid 2:49
All about the joy of singing and dancing with a rowdy audience. I love Roger’s layered rhythm guitar sound. We believe it is important to include the word “rock” whenever possible.
9. Rule It Out 5:20
Thanks to friend Mandi for encouraging me to play my harp. As a child I was always suspicious of the ark story, but I never did buy that Jonah and the whale thing.
10. The Way It Is 2:58
This song (and some fudge) was to be my contribution to my sister’s surprise wedding anniversary party. At least they got the fudge. Yee haw!
11. Cover Story 3:08
Roger’s sweet acoustic guitar and forlorn fiddle give this song a whimsical, haunting color. The lyrical question reflects my own struggle to just understand, as The Who put it, “the real me”. Chameleonic: changeable or fickle
12. Absolutely Gone 3:36
Paints an image of a cavalry soldier, bravely facing imminent battle, and the tragic inevitability of war. “We can only hope for our release, someday to live in a world at peace.”
13. Nobody Died 3:03
Thanks to Mose Allison for vocal inspiration, and the TV series “Harry’s Law” for the line “Take it outside”. Life is hard, but it sure beats the alternative.
14. American Blues 2:57
The USA has many good reasons to be proud. But our arrogance keeps getting us in trouble. We could use some moderation and humility. Just sayin…8. Rock Solid 2:49
Guitar and violin: Roger "Chainsaw" Ward
Clarinet: Clement Serano
Bass, vocals, keys, harp, guitar: Randy Scott
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