Daily Discovery: Silver Trees, “House Home”

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Silver Trees is an indie-folk band from Nashville, TN, founded in 2013. The band’s polished sound of acoustic-crafted songs and layered soundscapes is featured in their new EP, Fighting The Rust.

ARTIST: Silver Trees

SONG: “House Home”

BIRTHDATE: 09/01/1989



AMBITIONS: To make music that brings people together, creates moments of emotional connection, showcases beauty in the human experience and God’s presence in it, and that gets us free tickets to the Olympics. Summer or winter, we’re not picky.  That and get a sport pilot’s license and learn to skydive (hopefully not at the same time),

TURN-OFFS: Bananagrams.  Not everyone in the band feels this way, but I’m the one writing this so bananagrams.  It’s an emotional sore spot.

TURN-ONS: Free queso, the lake, the mountains, days dedicated to reading good books and listening to good music, I think free queso deserves another mention

DREAM GIG: The Ryman, opening for Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, James Taylor and Tom Petty.

FAVORITE LYRIC: “We were ring-around-the-rosy children, they were circles around the sun.  Never give up, never slow down, never grow old, never ever die young” – “Never Die Young” by James Taylor

CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: This one will probably always be my good friend and video mastermind Thomas Gentry.  One of the best and craziest friends I have.

SONG I WISH I WROTE: Right now I’d say “Same Old” by the Civil Wars or “Riser” by Steve Moakler

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Malcom Gladwell, Paul McCartney, Conan O’Brien, Ryan Tedder, Bear Grylls

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Mountain View, California at the Bridge School Benefit Concert with my dad.  Neil Young hosted and a bunch of great artists like Tom Waits, Regina Spektor, John Mayer and others played acoustic sets, overall an incredibly unique and memorable evening.

I WROTE THIS SONG: This is an almost-love song about the absence of a person once strongly present, but also a story that tries to showcase the contrast and irony of keeping something protected and preserved at the cost of it’s underlying purpose.  “Someone come make this house home” is a call to disrupt the comfort, order and safety in exchange for meaning, connection, and all the risks of opening yourself up to those uncontrollable variables.

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