Jerry Silverstein



Last January, I had a great Skype writing session with Sean Trainor in Nashville. Skype is one of the technological innovations that have totally transformed songwriting. It gives you the ability to sit down with someone who lives in a totally different time zone and co-write as if you were in the room together. Sean and I wrote a song called "Canvas" which deals with a message close to both of our hearts. This was followed by "Bad Love After Bad."

During my April visit to Nashville, Sean and I got to actually be in the same room and wrote and demoed our latest song "We Need The Wood." in his studio (listen above) It was a fun session and in one morning we wrote what we both think is a great song.

The rest of the trip to Nashville was very productive. I got to attend Tin Pan South as well as going to meetings at NSAI, co-writing and reconnecting with friends. This was an exciting week which this year that included connecting with Shane Adams, the co-write with Sean and another with Bill Maier, lunch with Jenny Ray and a chance to connect with our NSAI mentor Victoria Shaw. Elaine joined me this year after having a great visit last year while I was at the Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman workshop. The only down side was that I ran out of time and wasn't able to get to see a number of friends.

Kudos to a co-writer:

I want to congratulate Katrina Lenk who I met when she participated in the Dramatico Publishing songwriting circle that I ran both in New York and LA. She and I got to write one day at ASCAP on Sunset Boulevard. Katrina currently is featured in the ensemble cast of a wonderful new play, "Indecent," that opened to rave reviews this week on Broadway. This all comes after her incredibly successful starring role in "The Band's Visit' at the Atlantic with Tony Shalub and, of course, her beautiful stint in "Once" which was also also on Broadway. Go see "Indecent" which will definitely be honored this year at the Tonys.

Some older news:

Last Fall I played for the first time with the Bushwick Book Club in an outdoor concert in DUMBO under the arch of the Manhattan Bridge. This is a group of songwriters and artists who read a book and get together to perform original songs, dance and even film inspired by the book. The songs that we performed were based upon Jonathan Larsen's Fortress Of Solitude. My first songs with the Book Club was "The Best Kept Secret In The City" and talked about the unintended consequences of gentrification on a poor Brooklyn neighborhood in the 60's and 70's.

This Summer I also began writing with a singer songwriter born and raised in Nashville named Kat Saul. Our first song, "Good Attitude" will be posted shortly.

I was in Nashville for the  week of Tin Pan South in early April this year for meetings at NSAI. I connected with some good friends and co-writers including Bill Maier, Shelly Riff and Jenny Ray as well as Shane Adams who received his second Grammy nomination this year in the music educator category! II also had the chance to visit with Sebastian Marbury, a friend who recently moved to Nashville and is producing a rap album and video documentary. During that Nashville trip I wrote a new song with Bill Maier entitled "Lifetime of Love." 

Last April also had a bonus trip to Nashville where I  participated in a master class with Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Don Schlitz and Mike Reid. The weekend was excellent and I am looking forward to an ongoing relationship with Gary and Georgia. One extra bonus was the participation of two of my favorite co-writers, Sandy and Tom Murphy, in the workshop. Getting a chance to hang out together was an added blessing. Gary and Georgia will be bringing their "Nashville to New York" writers series to the Cutting Room in November featuring the incredible Big Al Anderson as well as talented Jessie Alexander.

Last year I also spent three days writing with Michael Grimm, former winner of "America's Got Talent" where we finished three songs and started a fourth.I did get the opportunity to play harp on some songs with Michael and his talent band at the House Of Blues on the Las Vegas Strip. Here's one of the songs that we wrote based upon his growing up with his Grandmother in Mississippi called "Just South Of Where I'm From." I just saw Michael on my 2017 trip to Las Vegas and we will be continuing our collaboration later this year.

Below you can also hear two tracks written for a television project in Israel. The producer, Ashira Morgenstern, has created a great blog and is she is now working on an upcoming book about the project. Once the book is published, the television show based upon the book is scheduled to follow.