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"ILLEGAL ALIEN"
Kevin Simnacher/©2011 SimRocker Publishing (BMI). All rights reserved.

There is much discussion about the controversial topic of "Illegals" infiltrating the borders of our country these days, but not many are paying attention to the "other" Illegals that come and go with no apparent government oversight.

This song was inspired when I was driving home from band rehearsal last April 2010 and saw a rare event. A GREEN fireball with a brilliant colored tail of sparks was seen traveling horizontally across the sky at approximately the altitude of a small passenger airplane. It seemed to be flying over the northern part of Cedar Rapids toward the northeast when I lost visual due to the trees and buildings.

If you have only a small amount of information to begin a song, where do you go from there to fill out the other verses? Being a HUGE fan of the "Men in Black" movies, I tied the story line in with the juxtaposition of aliens from outer space and the more "traditional" Illegal aliens.


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"TAKE ME BACK"
Dave Calhoun, Kevin Simnacher/©2011 SimRocker Publishing (BMI) All rights reserved.

The lyric idea for this song came on the back of a motorcycle from bandmate Dave Calhoun's imagination on his way home from visiting his terminally ill brother for the last time. He wrote the words down as soon as re reached home, and the next day, emailed it out to the bandmates to see if anyone had an idea for the music.

I read the words and picked up my acoustic guitar. The words were great, and the notes came quickly for me. I had the basic chords and melody down in a matter of a few minutes. The rest of the band didn't see this song as something they felt would fit in with the genre of music a band named "Harvey Headbanger" would play, so I vowed later to record it and release it on my own album.



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"GYPSY GIRL "
Kevin Simnacher/©2011 SimRocker Publishing (BMI). All rights reserved.

Have you ever spotted a beautiful someone in a crowd or at a party, gotten eye-contact for a second, and then they disappear, never to be seen again?
Well that's what this song is about.

I also got the idea for the "Gypsy Girl" concept from "Esmerelda" in Disney's animated version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".



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"TIME TO REST MY BRAIN"
Kevin Simnacher/©2012 SimRocker Publishing (BMI). All rights reserved.

I actually wrote this song back when I was 19 years old. I was contemplating leaving the "stable" life to leave to go on the road with the rock band. I kind of wanted the girl I was dating to help me make a decision to stay, but the guys in the band wanted me to go out West to "audition" with a booking agency out in Denver with no other bookings in sight. Talk about crazy! Well, the girl cut me loose and I took the gamble, but this song is about what I was feeling when I was still in "limbo". I guess I'm hoping someone out there will be able to take this song and "plug in" their own scenario they can relate to, whether it's enlisting in military service or going off to college or whatever.



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"JOHNNIE"
Daniel J. Boddicker, Kevin Simnacher/©2012 SimRocker Publishing (BMI) All rights reserved.

The year was 1981, and inspired by a new guitar I'd purchased, I came up with this picking pattern and counter rhythm which I presented to the band. Dan Boddicker, one of the lead singers of our band at the time, immediately started writing lyrics while the rest of us jammed on the idea I'd come up with the night before. It fell together rather quickly as I recall, and we had a brand-new song! Our band at the time, "Ratler" eventually did a demo recording of the song and we played it hundreds of times over the course of our time together. I always wished we'd taken the song further, so that's why I decided to include it in this project.






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"SKY IS FALLING"
Kevin Simnacher/©2012 SimRocker Publishing (BMI) All rights reserved.

I came up with the idea for this song after learning that Mark Pence's studio had a tree crash though the roof during his production work on my, "Illegal Alien" tune late one night. I'll never forget going over to his studio to help cover his equipment and console with rolls of plastic. I recall thinking what a cool idea it would make for a song. "Sky is Falling" became what would become my 6th track on the album, thanks to that one moment of destruction that fateful night.






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"AIR, FIRE, WATER"
Kevin Simnacher/©2012 SimRocker Publishing (BMI) All rights reserved.

This song idea first came to me while I was trying to come up with material for the Harvey Headbanger album back in 2010. The music and the choruses were all I had before the CD was recorded, so I saved it for my own solo CD. It is more fitting to be released in late 2012 as kind of a prophetic "doomsday" or "end of the Mayan Calendar" theme.



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"TIME MACHINE "
Kevin Simnacher/©2013 SimRocker Publishing (BMI) All rights reserved.

Just imagine what you might be able to accomplish if you had your very own Time Travel Device! The possibilities are endless...



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"WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY"
Kevin Simnacher/©2013 SimRocker Publishing (BMI) All rights reserved.

Nothing is static. The universe is in constant flux. Life is a series of windows of opportunities. Now is the time to embrace YOUR window of opportunity.



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"ON OUR WAY TO JUPITER"
Kevin Simnacher/©2013 SimRocker Publishing (BMI) All rights reserved.

Imagine travelling at the speed of light... or faster!
Now just imagine that by some freak of fate YOU got enlisted in the United States SECRET SPACE PROGRAM, and sent on a recon mission to Jupiter.

     
 
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