Artist: David Silva
I recently had the privilege or checking out David Silva's latest release entitled "Moorpark Oasis". It's amazing & Has no weaknesses that I can see or hear under my microscope. David Silva brings so much to the table. His Playing, his singing, his world class song writing, his wisdom, his life experiences, his sense of humor, & yes his bold honesty. His music is rock solid, especially while many artists play the space game of using filler songs to complete a full album these days. The writing, playing abilities of Silva & his band are clearly above the bar, & I especially liked some of the fancy fretwork I heard on there as well. Like the aforementioned he is a musical triple threat, & clearly a premier talent within this particular genera. So if you like a classic Americana experience that will show Silva’s brilliant perspective of love, loss, & Life itself I highly recommend you jump head first into the Moorpark Oasis by David Silva as soon as possible. But be advised Dave’s been singing this song for 28 years now & he still doesn’t know what I want to be when he grows up.”
"world class songwriting"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST:-
IMD How would classify your music?
DSI consider it to be modern folk. As written it is music about life and my living experience. And when performing live I just accompany myself on an acoustic guitar and tell stories and sing. On the other hand, when I get into the studio I intentionally try to create recordings that are difficult to classify. Some of my favorite albums growing up were the ones by Simon and Garfunkle, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles and the Dead that introduce sounds and instruments to the mix that would bend and stretch the imagination. There is a focus on lyrics but a carnival of sound supporting them.
IMD Who are some of your top 5 musical influences as far as bands & composers go? Starting with the most influential?
DSJohn Prine first and foremost. When I heard him for the first time, there was a truth in his lyrics that made me comfortable writing from my heart and my own life experience. Before I discovered him, being a child of the 60s and 70s I tried to emulate the phrasing and chords of Paul Simon, and Leonard Cohen and of course The Beatles and Dylan. Tom Russell writes some of the best songs I have ever heard and sets the bar that I continue to strive for. OK. That is 6 not five. I may not be able to follow rules, but I can count…
IMD I hear everything from John Prine, to John Denver to maybe even David Allen Coe. Am I off the mark?
DS I am not really familiar with David Allen Coe beyond knowing that he recorded a Steve Goodman song. But I am humbled to be compared to either Prine or Denver.
IMD What inspired you to start writing & composing in the first place?
DS Short answer, girls. Though I suspect that is a variation of the answer you would get from every creative artist from Aeschylus, Mozart, Shakespeare, and Michelangelo to Lennon, Picasso, Brando and Miles Davis. To get more personal though, I grew up in a home of artists. My father is an artist by vocation. He did the watercolor that graces my CD cover. My late mother was a writer of stories and books. My younger brothers are both successful architects, and one of them is also an amazing photographer. In other words, when I was growing up creating was as natural as loving corn on the cob. Song creating was the outlet that drew me. The combination of creating musical sounds that had not been heard coupled with writing stories that fit into a certain cadence was both challenging and exciting, and left me feeling a sense of jubilation upon completion.
IMD Where was the strangest place you ever wrote a song?
DS I would love to say in an Argentinean bordello. In the arms of Ruby Valdez as bombs exploded in the distance and rebels stormed the doors. The reality however is that I have never been to either South America or a bordello anywhere in the world. But if I answer truthfully and say that I wrote “Life Is Good” on a napkin in a Korean restaurant that had exceptionally slow service in Rancho Cordova I will seem unworldly. Maybe someday Ruby…
IMD Is there on particular song you wrote that stands out as you’re more favorite or most memorable piece?
DS “Hal’s Train Song” was written at the end of a long creative dearth. I pretty much retired from music when my first son was born in 1985 as my priorities became more focused on being a husband and father than being a folk singer in the age of hair metal. And for close to 15 years my guitar sat under my bed. When I finally had my life in a place that allowed me, I took it out I had to relearn how to write. I looked at a blank page for hours, maybe weeks, then suddenly it all came back to me and “Hal’s Train Song” was the result. I also think it may technically be one of my strongest songs. My favorite song is probably September Bride. It is not my strongest song, but it is a very special one. I wrote it for Kathy, my wife, celebrating her 50th birthday. It was a collection of memories of our time together and at the time I thought I would sing it one time and never again. Then a few months later I was doing a gig and ran out of songs I had rehearsed before I ran out of time to fill. And I began singing every song I ever knew. I sang “The Ballad Of The Green Berets.” I sang “Plastic Jesus.” I sang “Society’s Child.” Still having time to fill I did “September Bride.” I had believed that the references were so specific that no one would ever relate, but was shocked to see that our human experience as a couple was, while unique, still universal.
"if the songs touch them, either to put them in an emotionally
better place or perhaps causes them to look at something in a
different way then they had been comfortable doing
I will consider it a job well done..."
IMD What is the best concert you have been to over the years?
DSIt is hard to top the first time Kathy and I saw Bruce at Arco. Right there with that night though was Arlo Guthrie at Snug Harbor in Staten Island when he did the revised Alice’s Restaurant. Every time I saw Steve Goodman it was a treat. Possibly the topper of them all though was when Tom Russell opened for John Prine in Reno. Each of them are tremendous influences to me as a song writer and performer and I will go anywhere to see either of them in concert. For this show I got advance tickets through a John Prine fan site http://www.jpshrine.org and suspected that the seats would be pretty good, but when we went to will call to get them the guy at the window asked who we knew. I had no idea what he was talking about until we got into the theatre and found our seats were dead center in the front row. We were about 10 feet away from the performers. We had better seats than John Prine’s brother. And it was possibly the best show I had seen either John or Tom ever do.
IMD I especially enjoyed the piece ‘September Bride & “Blessings” what else can you tell us about that particular piece, what inspired that one?
DS In addition to what I said above about September Bride, the song itself was a reliving of three memories from the shared living experience Kathy and I have had together. The first week we were married we drove across the country from Sacramento, where we were married, to Brooklyn NY where we would be living. Midway through the first week we blew off the schedule to go to an amusement park we saw off the highway and had the time of our lives. We have tended to live with more focus on spontaneity than order ever since. Blessings was a love song I started writing in 1982, but didn’t finish until 2008. I think it is because I didn’t know how it was supposed to end until I realized that I am in fact in the process of living happily ever after. The actual recording of it was done from beginning to end in one day-the only song on the CD which that can be said about. It was a magical day. Not only was it the first day Scott and I worked together, it was also the day my grandson was born.
IMD How about “It Will Be Perfect” could you tell us more about that piece of music?
DS That was a song that was surprisingly easy to write. I have an acquaintance I have known for close to 20 years. In that time she has gone from bad relationship to worse, to worse still. And either she keeps seeing something in the guys she chooses that no one else sees or everyone else is seeing something that she is blind to. I tried to put myself inside her head and “It Will All Be Perfect” was the result. I intentionally recorded it using a nylon string guitar with very dead strings to remove as much color and soul from the music as possible.
IMD What’s the one thing you want fans to take from your music?
DSCDs. Lots and lots of them. Actually, if the songs touch them, either to put them in an emotionally better place or perhaps causes them to look at something in a different way then they had been comfortable doing I will consider it a job well done.
IMD What’s next for David Silva?
DSI am having a blast, living the dream I put away with my guitar when Steve, our first son was born. My focus now is just on enjoying myself and making music that pleases me. Ideally it will touch other people too…
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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