Jerry Silverstein

Story

When Tom Murphy and I first met Nancy, she had been writing and performing both on the North Fork of Long Island and in Nashville. Nancy had done the beautiful harmonies on Hugh Prestwood's first two CD's and performed with him regularly. She had also written some wonderful songs that had been recorded by Linda Davis, Joe Diffie and Stephanie Bently and had performed with folk greats like Tom Paxton. Tom and I were still writing together on a weekly basis, and once we made the connection we shifted the collaboration to a three way and drove out to Nancy's house and began writing. Over the course of a year we wrote five very cool songs, but because of Nancy's publishing deal at the time we were constrained in our ability to pitch the songs independently. So these very good songs have sat in the file cabinet until now, but I'm glad to have this opportunity to share them. Those were great writing sessions that pushed everyone a bit out of their comfort zones, and that process often produces interesting and unique results. Listening to these songs now, I'm really pleased to finally get to them heard and pitched.

Performers: Nancy Lee Baxter/Tom Murphy
Writers: Nancy Lee Baxter/Tom Murphy/Jerry Silverstein

Story

"Purple Heart" was the first song that emerged from our collaboration.Tom had brought the hook and Nancy shared the story of a friend who had been stalked and intimidated by an abusive ex. We wanted to write the song as life affirming and wrote the story as a turning point where an abused woman takes a stand and refuses to be bullied.

"She's found the stength inside

She's not gonna run and hide

She lives with the bruises and the scars

Deep in her Purple Heart"

During the writing sessions, Tom and I would check in with Nancy about how her friend was doing, and it made the song more immediate and real. The next summer I attended the Summer Symposium that NSAI held in Nashville, and there was a contest where participants entered songs. The four winners would get to perform them on stage the last night of the conference at a gala dinner performance hosted by Billy Dean. "Purple Heart" was chosen and Tom Murphy and I performed the song in the ballroom of the Lowe's Vanderbilt in front of 500 songwriters which was quite the rush. It's definitely a well crafted song that was a labor of love, sweat and tears.

Performer: Nancy Lee Baxter
Writers: Nancy Lee Baxter/Tom Murphy/Jerry Silverstein

Story

"You Would Say Anything" is a song set at that moment when the line has been crossed and a  former lover finally lets her man know what she really thinks of him. I think that this song could do quite well if it finds a home because a female, uptempo song where a woman is telling off some sweet talking, two faced guy sits right in the pocket for the commercial country radio market. So, if you're a female recording artist (or an A & R person representing one) give this song a listen!

Performer: Tom Murphy
Writers: Nancy Lee Baxter/Tom Murphy/Jerry Silverstein

Story

"Falling So Fast" is a song that sets a mood. We wanted to capture what it's like when you are totally caught up in love and infatuation, swept away by emotion. Here Tom Murphy is singing on the worktape.  By the way, for the dancers in the crowd, it's a two step!

Performer: Nancy Lee Baxter
Writer:Nancy Lee Baxter/Tom Murphy/Jerry Silverstein

Story

It's hard at the end of a relationship when you're sifting through the artifacts left over from a time when you were both still in love. It makes you wonder how sincere could that love letter your reading could really have been? Could the person who wrote that note 10 years ago really be the same one who betrayed me last week? How disposable were those seemingly heartfelt emotions?

Performer: Nancy Lee Baxter
Writers: Nancy Lee Baxter/Tom Murphy/Jerry Silverstein

Story

When it comes to love, some people don't heed advice or conventional wisdom. For them, love has a logic all its own, and can be the cause of some unconventional behavior. At the time that we wrote this, some popular best sellers discussing the rules of dating and relationships were just coming out, and we wrote this song for those people who chose not to follow any of them.