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Seth--My wife is Herman's grand-niece and I want to let you know we love your song very much.

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I love Watercolor Day!

Posted by: Sam C. at April 21, 2010 8:26 PM

I love your music.

Posted by: Duke Walls at November 14, 2008 8:56 AM

I'm another one of those who first heard your music on Sirius Radio's
Garage Channel.
This is what critics mean when they write about "reasons for living." My
belief that great music is still out there has been rewarded. This is the
kind of record that you want to buy a bunch of and hand them out to
friends. In a perfect world, this is what truly "pop" music would sound
like. I've had the disc for a few weeks, and must have spun it ten times.
For fans of melodic rock with hooks and harmonies and clever 60's-laced
influences, we would be hard-pressed to find anything better. Need I add
that I'm very excited to hear your next record? Thanks for the joy "She's
About to Cross My Mind" has brought me.

Posted by: Mike Czark at April 9, 2008 9:18 PM

I really liked reading your "on songwriting" seem to know how to tap into it and let it flow. I took things one step further recently -- I actually abducted my inner editor; he's now locked in a closet in the basement. I haven't really "critically" edited myself for a couple of years now. No, it doesn't make for
concise songs, but it sure is fun. One day, I'll let "Ed" back out but for now....FUSION!

Gotta scope out your music -- I can't believe you wrote "Tell It To My Heart"!!!! That in and of itself must be a huge acheivement -- congrats!!!

Love and incense,

Posted by: kErrY at December 21, 2007 10:36 AM

Hi Seth

During a nostalgia-driven search for 'Hurricane Smith' I've just discovered your wonderful 'Ticket to Rye' interview with the man himself.

I was fortunate enough to have spent two weeks in the 1980s with Norman and his wife at the villa of a mutual friend in Portugal.

Norman's stories and reminiscences were fascinating to a young, aspiring musician as I was, but it was his humour and self-effacing manner that endeared him to me most of all. (And his willingness to drop everything at a moment's notice to crack open a bottle of something!)

I am delighted to discover that he is still alive, and looking as mischievous and robust as ever.

Many thanks for publishing the interview.


Posted by: Francis Abberley at June 18, 2007 10:10 AM

Hey Seth,

I'm looking forward to receiving your new cd, "She's About to Cross My Mind". The clips sound fantastic. I ordered it on Feb, 4th., but the only email I've received since then was a confirmation from paypal. Am I just being impatient or is there anything wrong?


Posted by: kevin at February 20, 2007 1:49 PM

she's about to cross my mind again is something i feel i have heard's great.

Posted by: Anonymous at February 5, 2007 7:32 PM

I'm going crazy trying to find Al Green's version of "Love is a Beautiful Thing" to put on my web page. I love the song so much and everytime they use it in a movie, I practically turn inside out. I could be so bold as to say I'm a fellow singer/songwriter and would consider it a profesional courtesy if I could use the song, but I could never put myself in the same talent stadium as you... even if I were in the nose bleeds.

Okay I'm done gushing,

Posted by: KylaRenee at October 24, 2006 9:24 PM

Hey, Seth!

So, this might seem awkward, however, I play for a rugby team at my school, and we love your song instant pleasure and has ironically become our "instant pleasure". Buuuuut, we have two different versions of the song and we're having a fight and I cannot seem to find YOUR Instant Pleasure Lyrics anywhere!!!!! Sooo, my plea is that you could somehow get me the lyrics to your instant prove my friend wrong

Thank You!

Posted by: Colleen at September 13, 2006 6:10 PM

I was "googling" a friend of mine, Mike Ruekberg, and I came across your website. Instant Pleasure and It's Still Love are amazing!
I order your CD and can't wait to hear the entire album and am anxiously awaiting the release of Little Engine's 1st album.

Posted by: Jonathan Lang at December 28, 2005 8:04 AM

I really like the cd. I dug Rufus Wainwright's version of Instant
Pleasure back in '99. I saw that you wrote it and wondered if you had any cds
out. I was on CDBaby a couple of weeks ago and came across your album.
I bought it without a second thought.
Also, your website it cool because you put time into it. A lot of artists don't
update theirs for a couple years. Nice work all around.
Take care,

Posted by: Patrick at October 31, 2005 1:31 AM

I like your music and your site, i just stumbled onto it. You need to come tour
in Michigan around the campus's Good luck.

Posted by: Tonya Schultz at October 12, 2005 7:04 AM

Hi Seth,
I just ordered your CD...I'm so looking forward to hearing it! We talked a lot
in Nashville, to refresh your memory, and we both liked some of the same
:-) Please drop me a line sometime....D
Diane Jordan (from Nashville)

Posted by: Diane Jordan at October 1, 2005 9:14 AM

I was just bored one day and decided to browse to Then i began
listening to your samples.
Great tunes, soothing and melodic. Glad to see is being used for a
good thing.

Posted by: S. at October 1, 2005 7:04 AM

Loved your cd and I recommend it to anyone who has just had a baby. Good stuff.

Posted by: Seth at August 27, 2005 1:11 AM

Seth, Manic Xpressor,
It's me, Lu. Hope your summer was a high-octane creative blizzard of adventure.
I sent you my CD "Welcome Home, My Child" (songs for mothers) and wondered if you had received it.
Eagerly awaiting your feedback!! I know you are multi-tasking God of epic proportions.
So whenever you have uno momento, por favore, drop me a line.
Thanks! LU

Posted by: Lu Hanessian at August 24, 2005 11:24 AM

hey seth--

so, i cannot believe you didn't write that song by jet called "look what you've
done" that was part of the soundtrack of A Lot Like Love.
I saw it on a plane to hawaii last week and hearing that song made me think of
you and made me miss playing music again. funny you have a song about roger on
your album.
I'm back on music again, so i hope i can buy your album tomorrow on itunes.


Posted by: Haeryung at August 20, 2005 10:04 AM

Hi Seth! I'm impressed with all your work, and I love your new CD. I like to
record some songs at home.
They are in a very poppy style. Do you know Jason Falkner?
It would be a great idea to gather you both together and record something!
By the way, I'm from Valencia, Spain and whenever you want to come you will have
everything here!
Thank you for everything and take care.

Posted by: Jorge Belda at August 2, 2005 9:01 AM

Hey Randy,

Yeah, they surprised me on "Celebrity Justice" with a request to play "Tell It To My Heart" on my acoustic guitar.
Glad you liked it.

Posted by: Seth at August 1, 2005 8:13 AM

Hey. I just saw a clip of you playing " tell it to my heart" (awesome) on
acoustic guitar on Celebrity Justice and I was wondering if you could email me
the chords.
I couldnt find any tabs on the popular websites. thanks much. ( it should have
just been a guitar single!)
P.S Did you write all the parts of it on guitar? that solo break would be wild.

Posted by: Randy at July 28, 2005 10:08 AM

Jack Ponti rocks. I hope you like my testimonial I wrote about Jack. One of the
greatest songwriters I've worked with as well as being a very warm guy.

Posted by: Seth at July 27, 2005 11:18 AM

Hi Seth,

This may seem a bit strange but here we go...First of all, the bottom line is
that Jack Ponti Boozing Society is honoring Jack Ponti's career as a writer and
We're slowly gathering stuff for the JPBS web site and one section will include
some short comments about Jack from different people he's worked with back in
the day.
As we know that you wrote some amazing songs with Jack back in the day, it would
be SO COOL if you could throw in a few lines about Jack and those days. Long or
short, anything would be highly appreciated!
Many thanks in advance and all the best,

Pekka Heino
Jack Ponti Boozing Society

Posted by: Pekka Heino at July 26, 2005 7:33 AM

Thanks Mark. Hope you like it.

Posted by: Seth at July 25, 2005 8:03 AM

Hey Seth. I ordered your CD today and I'm really looking forward to hearing it
in its entirety. Enjoyed meeting you in Nashville (I'm Joey's friend. We took a
quick stroll to the car. Anyway, take care and keep on rockin' and writin'!

Mark Vander Boegh

Posted by: Mark Vander Boegh at July 24, 2005 12:11 PM

This record has not left my cd player since the day I got it.
I have not taken "Instant Pleasure" out of my car since I got it a few days ago.
Killer production, awesome songs. I love Seth's voice and the way he sings these
songs. My fave right now is, 'It's always the same'.
I listened to 'Herman Cherry' over and over for the last few days. I just love
the range of this record.
Hit songs, beautiful songs, funny songs, incredibly meaningful songs. I think
this record is true to the artist. It's such a tall order to achieve that. I'm
so happy and inspired that this record got made.

Posted by: Eddie Chacon at June 2, 2005 8:45 AM


Nice to hear from you. I think, these days, it's very important to have a high
quality demo. This means you'll have to hire someone who has a good home set up.
They can make the demo that will sound good. The cost? Probably between $200 and $1000.
Then, you need the absolute best singer you can get to help 'sell' your song.
Another $200-$500. But, look what you get: a demo that you can pitch to
recording artists. And even though it's a longshot to have artists record
outside materialit always is a longshot), you will have one of your songs rendered
What better way, if you can afford it, to spend your money on! So, it's a little
expensive, but I do think it's important to show your work in its best light.
Would you show up at a business meeting wearing a nice suit or sweats?

Good luck!

Posted by: Seth at June 1, 2005 8:23 AM

Hey Seth, how's it going?

Hope you had a good holiday weekend.

I was hoping to get your expert insight on something.
In addition to being intrigued by your work for a long time now (in all the
various arts,) you have also partly been an inspiration to me in my recent, yet
somewhat aggressive, pursuit of songwriting (I haven't quit my day job).
For the sake of pitching songs, how necessary is it to have an expertly produced
demo? Is a high quality recording of vocals and guitar (the two things I do)
enough to capture someone's attention if the songs are good or need they be
filled-out with other instruments and the ear of a strong producer?
I've met with producers, A&R people at publishing companies, songwriters, etc.,
and heard all sorts of varying views. I'd really value yours if you had a moment
to talk or write.
I hope I don't sound like too much of a rookie but I'm just trying to learn as
much as I can from very knowledgable and accomplished people in the field. And
you're among them. Plus I've always admired you and feel that I would trust
whatever you had to say.

Sorry for the long email.
All the best,

Andrew Katcher

Posted by: Andrew Katcher at May 31, 2005 9:07 AM

Believe in the title of this disc and buy it!
I just discovered this CD and am really impressed by the songs, the vocals and
the production. If you are a fan of Jellyfish and Elliott Smith (R.I.P.), then I
would be shocked if this disc didn't appeal to you.
If you love intelligent pop music that has an optimistic feel to it, then you
must listen to these MP3s and then BUY this disc.
"It's Still Love" sounds like a tune that Roger Manning (Jellyfish) could have
sung and this disc is solid from stat to finish. I plan on buying a copy today.

Posted by: Rich Miller at May 28, 2005 2:25 AM

Brighlty Beatlesque, and genuine like John Lennon
Bright melodies that are so good I can't stop visualizing my fingers playing
them on a piano. Introspective lyrics that come across honest, earnest and
sincere. Reminds me of Lennons better solo stuff. This a feel good artistic
record reminding us that all we need is love... and Instant Pleasure.

Posted by: Gary L. at May 25, 2005 7:15 AM

Real Life Sounds Beautiful Baby!!!
Seth Swirsky gives INSTANT PLEASURE in this tight CD about real life. Beautiful
Baby!!! What else needs to be said other than buy it and find out for yourself.

Posted by: James B. at May 21, 2005 8:41 AM

All you'll get is...Instant Pleasure
If I had my own record company, I would want to work with you and to let
everyone around the world hear this Album because it is a true Gem. Everytime I
listen to it, I hear something new.

Posted by: KJS - 1016 a.d. at May 17, 2005 10:33 AM

Instant Pleasure is just that.
Seth Swirsky's 11 new songs artfully combine optimism, happiness, and fun into
musical brilliance. Mr. Swirsky, like myself, is obviously a huge fan of the
late 60's Beatles music.
The influences of Sgt. Pepper and Revolver can be heard throughout the CD. All
of the music is joyfully optimistic and the lyrics are very direct, yet thought-
provoking at the same time.
Future pop classics such as Edinburgh, Only Me Fair May, and It's Still Love
will have you singing along while putting a smile on your face. The concluding
song, Butterfly on Jupiter,
is the best song to come out this year. The perfect stylistic cross between The
Beatles and Elton John will leave you anxiously wanting to hear more.

Posted by: Alan Newman at May 5, 2005 9:25 AM

hey seth -

great site! i'm very impressed to learn that you wrote "instant pleasure." i'm
a big fan of rufus wainwright's cover.

Posted by: Charlie at May 4, 2005 10:36 AM

Hey Colleen, Al Greens version is the best version of the song. I think, you can
get it here:

Posted by: Seth at May 2, 2005 7:17 AM

Can you please tell me where I can get a copy of your song "Love Is A Beautiful
Thing" either the album or on iTunes. Thank you!

Posted by: Colleen at April 30, 2005 11:55 AM

You may or may not remember me from Laurelwood.
I was the AV and maintenance person.
I remember you were 'Tommy' in the rock-opera at camp and your talent
so many years ago. Your cousin Heidi married my old buddy Jay Dworkin.
Anyway, I stumbled upon your site by accident while researching some baseball
quotes on Google. One site lead to your baseball collection and the rest has
lead to one very enjoyable evening. Incredibly well designed web site.
I didn't realize that you became the accomplished musician that you have. I
read a number of your anecdotes to people in the office today. Very cool!

Posted by: Steve Garson at April 28, 2005 9:35 AM

Instant Pudding, Instant Karma, INSTANT PLEASURE!

I'd give this album one million stars if I could! Fantastic record! Every song
is a dream, there are a few that stand out (for me at least)-the title track,
"Ordinary Man," "Only Me Fair May," and "Butterfly on Jupiter." Should be played
on the radio, but sadly it won't (not rap or crap).
One of the nicer suprises CD Baby has given this listener...INSTANT PLEASURE is
simply a pleasure to hear. Buy this one TODAY if you like: John Lennon (or The
Beatles), Jellyfish, Fountains of Wayne...etc. Buyer beware-these hooks are

Posted by: Jason Wendleton at April 18, 2005 7:21 AM

Just wanted to drop a line letting whoever know that we cannot take the CD out
of our player. We wake up to it, go to bed to it, shower to it, make love to
it. Brilliant minds all think alike, all I want to do is paint!

Posted by: Jennifer at April 14, 2005 10:05 AM

The best advice I can give for getting your songs recorded is to immerse yourself in the scene in either L.A., Nashville, N.Y. or London. Write all the time with other writers. It increases your odds of getting on a record.
Sometimes just having a great song is not all it takes.
So, if you're serious about being a songwriter, you have to commit yourself to it - participate in ASCAP workshops, meet other writers, write with other writers. In short, write, write and write some more.
Good luck,

Posted by: Seth at April 13, 2005 7:37 AM

For a songwriter who's just starting out what kind of advice would you have? And
what would be the first step to getting songs heard by artists?

Posted by: Joie at April 12, 2005 12:05 PM

Lyrical wit and a passion for the British Invasion With ties to Jellyfish,
Rembrandts, and probably the most overlooked producer,
John Strawberry Fields, this Album is a roller coaster ride of lyrical and
musical twists and turns through the landscape of pop. Seth's guests are the
royalty of Beatle-esque pop.
The Fab4 are payed homage generously through-out as well as ELO. With his
influences on his sleeve he still has a very original voice. Even though it
comes in at under 30 minutes it's worth the $10 without question. Another CD
Baby recomendation gone right.

Posted by: Joe Giddings at April 11, 2005 3:21 AM

hi seth,
i played your instant pleasure cd yesterday,and i loved it!! do you have any
other cds to buy? i'm sure all your other music is great too. good luck with
musical future i'll be looking forward to more.
all the best!
thanks again!
p.s. what songs did you write with eric carmen? please let me know.
thanks again!!!

Posted by: Jody at March 26, 2005 8:30 AM

My name is Mihailo Vasovic and I'm writing from Serbia and Montenegro (ex-
Yugoslavia). I've heard about SETH SWIRSKY - "Instant Pleasure" CD through my
very good friend Goran Obradovic of the Popism radio show and I am fascinated by
it !!!
It is definitely the best album I've heard lately !!! I would like you to know
that I also have a radio show (Radio Vidra) and it's pretty popular here.
I really would be very grateful if you could send me SETH SWIRSKY - "Instant
Pleasure" and I promise that I will play the album in order to promote it.
Anyway, you can be sure that I'm willing to return the favour anyway you

Posted by: Mihailo Vasovic at March 24, 2005 4:33 AM

I got this CD for my Mom because I heard it was Beatles-esque. My Mom loved it
and, after hearing it, I loved it as well. The CD is easy on the ears, and is
multi-generational. I recommend it to everyone.

Posted by: Jeremy B at March 13, 2005 8:21 AM

Still enjoying "instant pleasure" very much. it stands up to repeated
listens quite well... maybe it should have been called continual pleasure??

Posted by: Gregory at March 4, 2005 12:08 PM

Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed your CD "Instant Pleasure"
which I got through CD Baby.
You are a great songwriter and I hope you do some more music in the future
perhaps you could do your own versions of those great songs you have written in
the past as well, thanks again for the music
regards Stewart K-D
Queensland Australia

Posted by: Stewart K-D at February 18, 2005 8:19 AM

Doesn't get much better than this

If you're looking for great Beatlesque pop/rock, it doesn't get any better than
this. The only complaint I have is that the cd wasn't long enough! I look
forward to more releases from this talented guy.

Posted by: Joe Lynch at February 2, 2005 7:23 AM

I've been listening to the new CD by LA singer/songwriter Seth Swirsky, called
Instant Pleasure. Really good stuff, not unlike a more laid back Jon Brion but
often with more whimsical lyrics.
He's also got some key players on the album, including Andy Sturmer and Danny
Wilde on background vocals, as well as Phil Solem and John "Strawberry" Fields
on various instruments.
Swirsky is also quite the renaissance man, having written tunes for Al Green and
Michael McDonald, along with three books compiling various letters from major
league baseball players!

Posted by: David Bash: Founder/C.E.O. of The International Pop Overthrow Fe. at January 1, 2005 3:21 AM

X-mas gift for sis, she likes beatles I am getting this cd for my sister for christmas.
She likes the beatles so she will probably like seth swirsky.
I liked what I heard from his website, and what I heard on cold pizza. thanks, nathan.

Posted by: Nathan Hull at December 12, 2004 3:29 AM

Sheer joy; gorgeous melodies artfully arranged and deceptively sophisticated
Instant Pleasure is a vision of a world wished simpler. There is, perhaps, the
suggestion of some sadness for that unfulfilled wish. The pieces of this work
are so well suited to one another; I wonder at the number dismised enabling this
sense of cohesion.
"Instant Pleasure" is a delight to listen to, as one is called to revisit these
songs again and again and again. The melodies are complex in their simplicity -
tight sophisticated arrangements with vocal accompaniment in a panoply of 2nd's
and ethereal voices.
I expect I shall be devouring this departure from radio junk food for some time.

Posted by: Jack Salta at November 12, 2004 6:11 AM

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