I always thought it was too-good-to-be-true serendipity that, when Laura was recording the album Mother’s Spiritual, two of the musicians she chose to work with were surnamed Silverlight and Sunshine. Say their names together and it sounds like a Nyro lyrical line.
If you’ve read my book, you might remember that drummer Terry Silverlight and bassist Elysa Sunshine, along with guitarist John Bristow, spent nearly two years, on and off, practicing, demo’ing and finally committing to vinyl (remember records?) the 13 songs that made up Laura’s 1984 album. I’ve interviewed each of them, and they’re all three lovely people who still occasionally keep in touch.
Thought I’d give a shout out to Terry today: He has a new CD and will be performing with his band in NYC on November 12. All the info is here. Continuing the network of Nyro connections, the top musicians backing Terry on his CD include Lew Soloff (of Blood Sweat & Tears fame), who performed that lung-busting, stratospheric trumpet part at the end of the album version of “Save the Country” (see page 78 of my book for that story), and bassist Will Lee (of David Letterman band fame), who played with Laura on both Smile and Nested. Will also plays in Terry’s band.
Of course I can’t help myself from YouTubing and Googling John and Elysa as well, and here are a few little gems I’ve come up with:
–John convincingly covers Pink Floyd.
–Elysa playing and singing behind soul singer Vinny St. Marten
–Elysa’s daughter Tiana, who toddled around with Laura’s son Gil way back when in Danbury, is now a sweet-voiced musician herself.