Jerry Silverstein

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Rich Bach is one of the hardest working writers that I know. He went down to Nashville one week a month for ten years, and his efforts culminated in a number one hit "She's Taken A Shine" for John Berry. I started writing with Rich at first in three way co-writes with Tom Murphy, but eventually Rich and I wrote 20 plus songs together. We first wrote songs to pitch in Nashville, and eventually collaborated for a year and a half on a dozen songs for the independent film "The Marconi Bros." "The Marconi Bros." premiered at the South By Southwest and was eventually released for international distribution as "The Wedding Bros." Five of our songs ended up in the final soundtrack including the soaring wedding song "Once."

You can check Rich out on the web at Dan Hodges Music in Nashville.

 

Once

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Performer: Lisa Cocharan
Writers: Rich Bach/Jerry Silverstein

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"Once" is a soaring ballad that was featured in the independent film "The Marconi Bros." that appeared in Austin at South By Southwest. The film was later released as "The Wedding Bros," and starred Tony Award winner Dan Fogler. Rich started out in advertising where he learned how to produce recording sessions, and he has produced most of our demos for our more than 20 songs that we've written together. "Once" would make a great wedding song and is available for licensing for film or television.

Performer: Lisa Cochran
Writers: Rich Bach/Tom Murphy/Jerry Silverstein

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"One Frog Down" was a hook that Rich Bach brought to the session. Once we came up with an approach to writing the hook, the great groove and tempo followed quickly. This has proven to be one of our most popular songs at writer's nights.

Writers: Richard Bach/ Jerry Silverstein

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I brought this hook to Rich which I had scribbled down in a dark movie theater during a showing of "Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil." It was Rich who suggested that we turn it into a Christmas song, and that's how it became a beautifully romantic song set on Christmas Eve. We have recently updated the lyric (available upon request) and I would love to see this song find a home on a Christmas album.

Performer: Lisa Cocharan
Writers: Rich Bach/Jerry Silverstein

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"High Maintenance" was written with Bette Midler in mind and we have never quite gotten the song to her.  So, anyone who happens to have a Bette Midler connection, we would love if you would pass this on! When we were creating the demo, we did make one concession to Nashville and changed a reference to Bergdorf and made it Tiffany. if Bette does decide to record this, we'll happily change it back to Bergdorf! 

Performer: Steve Ronson
Writers: Rich Bach/Jerry Silverstein

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This was a song that Rich and I wrote for "The Marconi Bros." that got cut from the final film. It's a fifties doo wop that has a great sound and a sweet lyric. It's one I love to sing and hopefully it will find another home!

Writers: Jerry Silverstein/Rich Bach

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I had the hook "Milk Of Amnesia" and actually had written a completely different song with it. It was one of those cases where I thought the hook was better than the song, so I took it to Rich and said let's rewrite this completely, just keeping the hook. We ended up writing a commercial country song in the Kenny Chesney vein, and it's a fun song to sing though perhaps a touch politically incorrect.

Performer: Lisa Cocharan
Writers: Rich Bach/Jerry Silverstein

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Both Rich and I have daughters who we love and have had loved ones affected by breast cancer. We wrote this song to donate to the cause.  We would like to connect with a breast cancer organization who would be able to use this song for fundraising to bring us closer to the day when there will be a cure for this dreaded disease. We built the song around the image of a child marching in a breast cancer walk proudly and lovingly holding a picture of her grandmother for all to see. If anyone has a connection with an organization working to support breast cancer patients and research, please share this track with them.

Performer: Jerry Silverstein
Writers: Rich Bach/Jerry Silverstein

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Rich and I wanted to write a song in the piano bar, jazz vein and "Then There's Love" filled the bill. Rich is an experienced producer and set up a studio session for this and "High Maintenance' where the studio musicians got to play instruments like an upright bass and an arch top guitar that they rarely get to use in Nashville sessions. The tracks are wonderful and I added my vocal to that mix which was a real blast. I love writing AABA standards, and getting one produced this well was particularly enjoyable.