Jerry Silverstein

Jay Janoski


Jay and I had a long relationship. First he was a student at the Middle School where I taught, and subsequently he returned and worked as my teaching assistant teaching photography and video production. He is a passionate musician who early on created a popular blues show on a local radio station. He played lead guitar in a popular local band, The Hackensack Men and the Trenton Horns, eventually leaving them to form his own group, The Vendettas. At that time Jay invited me to join the Vendettas to play keyboards and blues harp which I did for a couple of years. During that time, Jay would come over and we would write songs based upon entries in his journals. Those journals were wonderfully creative and there was no shortage of hooks and ideas that we were able to glean from them. In addition, at the time, he was going through the aftermath of a difficult break up, so we definitely had a rich vein to mine.