Jerry Silverstein

Performer: Rozz Morehead
Writer: Jerry Silverstein

Story

I wrote "Dances Turn Into Dreams" for the score "Urban Cowboy-The Musical" which appeared on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater in 2003. The pitch sheet said that the creators were looking for a barroom benediction to be sung to announce the last call at Gilley's, The show had work-shopped in New York and then had an out of town run at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida, Former Vice President Al Gore attended the Broadway opening being from Tennessee, and former Governor Ann Richards from Texas recorded the cell phone announcement. A few months into the run, the songwriters, including myself and musical director Jason Robert Brown, were nominated for "Best Original Score" for the TONY Awards.  The TONY Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall and Sarah Jessica Parker read the names for our category. Dances do turn into dreams!

Silverstein/Trainor
Jerry Silverstein/Sean Trainor

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This is the latest song to come from my ongoing collaboration with Sean Trainor. The writing session in Sean's studio in Nashville was a perfect collaboration. I showed up with some hooks that I had prepped; Sean liked the first two but loved this one. After talking about a bunch of angles from which we could approach the hook and coming up with our "North Star', I fished out a unique first line and Sean countered it with a great second. He found the groove on his guitar, and when we were done writing he insisted that I sing this one. He then proceeded to lay down a great track for the work tape, including taking my harp playing and editing it down to some tasteful licks.In the past I enjoyed writing with Sean on Skype, but working in person was truly a pleasure.

Performer: Jerry Silverstein
Writer: Jerry Silverstein

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"I Just Hate Missing You" is a poignant waltz that deals with the ambivalence that occurs when someone is at the crossroads of realizing that they're in a relationship with a person that they can't live with and can't live without. This one (hopefully) has a happy ending!

Performer: Jerry Silverstein
Writer: Jerry Silverstein

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Certain songs are timeless. This one came deep from the heart and it has continued to ring true and resonate with listeners.

Performer: Jerry Silverstein
Writer: Jerry Silverstein

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This song was written at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. I have a special place in my heart for Boston, and now the entire country does as well. We were all deeply moved both by the senseless tragedy and by the city's heroic response.

Performer: Jerry Silverstein
Writer: Jerry Silverstein

Story

Over the years, love keeps evolving and changing. Here's a song about love and marriage and how it's not always obvious on the surface when true love deepens with time.

Performer: Jerry Silverstein
Writer:Jerry Silverstein

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A 50"s rock song that asks the question:


So what’s left for me to hang on to
But fading memories of me and you?
I believed you from the start
Now I believe my broken heart

Performer: Jerry Silverstein
Writer: Jerry Silverstein

Story

Here's another hook that came from a wonderful movie.  This Swedish film tells the story of a husband whose wife is under the grips of Alzheimer's disease. He is a carpenter and decides to build their small dream house, a one room, manageable farmhouse in which they can safely spend the rest of their days. During the film he talks about their dining room table. He had made that grand table out of pine when they were younger because that was the only wood they could afford. Because it is such a soft wood, that pine table held the scars of their lives.

"It holds our memories, that's the thing about pine"

Performer: Jerry Silverstein
Writer: Jerry Silverstein

Story

"I guess it shouldn't blow my mind that I screwed up one too many times"

"Long December" paints a scene of a man who realizes a little too late that he had had everything that was important. Sitting during a December snowstorm, all he has left is the time to reflect and hope.

Performer: Jerry Silverstein
Writer: Jerry Silverstein

Story

People often ask where songs come from, and the answer is an easy one for "The Whole Enchilada." Elaine and I were driving down from visiting her brother in Oakland to spend a couple of nights at a Ventana, a beautiful hotel that we love in Big Sur. On the way we passed a Mexican restaurant called The Whole Enchilada and I wrote down the name as a potential hook. When we arrived at Ventana, I thought of how many people go to beautiful vacation destinations only to bicker and lose sight of what's important. The song came quickly except for the bridge which I added years later. Elaine had the expression, "would you rather be happy or would you rather be right." Once I started writing the bridge, I realized that sentiment was perfect and now the song really works. Whenever I sing it, I particularly enjoy the internal rhymes.

Performer: Jerry Silverstein
Writer: Jerry Silverstein

Story

This is one of the most touching songs that I have written, but it is also one of the most profoundly sad songs that I could imagine. It tells the story of a relationship that looks fine from the outside but in reality is dysfunctional.