A Kind of Silence

by Aron Van Alstine

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National Geographic. You’re there on the couch, perusing panoramas, skimming scientific discoveries, when BAM! They hit you with one of those climate change articles that just makes you want to go live in cave in the hills. That really chaps my hide. But now, looking back on it, this song isn’t just about media overload. It’s also a message to my unborn son. I wrote it around the time my wife and I were engaged, and I think subconsciously I was preparing for a change. And let’s face it. The idea of bringing an innocent baby into this society is pretty crazy. But through all the doubt runs a current of stubborn hopefulness.

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A Kind of Silence
/E C / x4
7 billion: /E- E /
quite a number, don’t you think?
Lead a horse to water
But how much is there left to drink?
There’s a trace of steroids in the ink.
I don’t worry
Skating round the roller rink.
/E C /
Paranoia: /E- E /
Fact from fiction separate.
Take a number:
don’t forget to vaccinate.
Pick a color, choose a style:
these are decisions that you fake. /F#7 /

There are wings that are beating in your chest. /C /
Caterpillar, have butterfly effect. /D /
Feel the pain, lift the weight that makes you strong. /C /
Hear a kind of silence in the song. /D /F /E- /Eb /

The sky ain’t fallin,
But there’s a hole above your head.
Chairmen, lawyers
Clerks and Johns, we’re all asleep in the same bed.
No alarm to wake you.
No appointment you should make.
There is one mind for you to make.


Population, erosion, /E E- /
chemical leaching, global warming,
War on terror, the recession,
Fries and a milkshake.
How’s your burger? /E C /
How do antibiotics taste?
So many questions
Skip the story and cut directly to the chase. /F#7 /


released October 2, 2015
A Kind of Silence is the title track from the 2012 EP. Recorded by Rory Stalwick at Yellow Recording Studios in Ventura, CA. Mastered by Tony (The Godfather) Humecke. Drums by Greg Weiser. Bass by Dave Anter. Everything else by Aron Van Alstine. ASCAP.


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Aron Van Alstine Ojai, California

Aron Van Alstine emerged from the Bolivian jungle in 2003 with a guitar and a backpack. His travels brought him to Ojai, California. Along the way he’s performed everything from the Beach Boys to Beethoven on the guitar, bass, keyboard, and voice. He released his first solo album in 2010, followed by EPs in 2011 and 2012. He’s back in 2016 with a new band, a new sound, and a new album. ... more

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