One for the Boys
Jerry Styner is no stranger to the recording studio. He has produced, arranged, and engineered hundreds of sessions and worked with some of the world's top film and recording artists. His BMI catalog contains over 300 songs including many from more than 30 feature motion pictures. He has worked in Hollywood, New York and Nashville and was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best song from a motion picture. In 'One For The Boys,' Jerry sings a collection of songs which tell his own story. As he explains: 'In my life, I have experienced both pain and ecstacy in expressing my sexuality. The songs on this CD reflect those feelings. Each of them portrays a stage of my emotional and spiritual growth as a gay man. A few of my friends have questioned the wisdom of my coming out to the whole world by retaining the gay content of these songs. I am aware that by just changing a pronoun or two, I could have avoided the issue altogether. I choose to be authentic. Fundamentally, this CD is more about love than sexual orientation, as important as that may be to each individual. It is my hope that these songs may touch you, and whomever you love as well.' The album opens with 'One For The Boys' - a celebration of the emotions surrounding the awakening of young love. As often happens, the journey starts out in a questionable direction, seeking acceptance and love in the arms of 'The Perfect Stranger.' Suddenly, it seems that Mr. Right has arrived with the simple greeting, 'Hello There.' But all is lost when Mr. Right just as suddenly disappears 'When Love Goes Wrong.' In 'Good Morning, Morning,' the hurt turns to despair as it appears that love is gone for good. Then, from out of the 'Shadows' comes the abstract realization that we are never alone. We heed the music of twilight and venture out for another look. But 'How Do You Find A Lover?' This time we're going to analyze it and get it right! Thinking it through, we know the answer must come from the heart. Then, in an instant, all doubt is dissolved. This one's for real, and 'From The First Moment I Saw You' I knew it would last. This is the way it feels when love is perfect. This is 'Living With Love In My Life.' Looking back, we recognize a few truths. Love, like all of life has to be intuitive. For love to sing it's song in your heart, 'You've Got To Have The Music.' Ultimately, young love is a state of mind that only applies to one time - right now! 'These Are The Good Times!' This CD is, perhaps obviously, a true labor of love. All of the songs were sung, arranged, and played, in their entirety, by Jerry Styner. All compositions, words and music, are by Jerry Styner except: 'Shadows' - by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner 'From The First Moment I Saw You' - by Wayne Moore 'These Are The Good Times' - by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner Cover photograph by Ed Freeman.