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Adam Schlesinger Remembered by Friend and Songwriter Sam Hollander – Variety



I first met Adam 14 years in the past outdoors the Juice Bar in Nantucket. I shortly launched myself as a result of my awkward gawking would’ve made any abnormal individual uncomfortable. I’d been a fan for years.

Like most songwriters, I used to be utterly in awe of his energy pop songbook. From “That Factor You Do” and “Stacy’s Mother” to Tinted Home windows’ “Form of a Woman” and Click on 5’s “Simply The Woman” — it was all brilliantly crafted. However on a barely subversive word, I equally dug the truth that he scribed each The Crank Yankers and Howard Stern themes. These are some Adam deep cuts, however classics nonetheless. You see, Adam straddled musical worlds like a champion. If he was a seesaw of track, one half was indie cool as f–ok, whereas the opposite facet was hilarious Borscht Belt brilliance — and but beneath all of it have been these moments of melancholy that made all of it imply one thing.

Nobody else may pull off that delicate steadiness fairly like Adam.

These within the business acknowledged his immense expertise. On the accomplishment tip, he was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a few Tonys and Grammys, and he took residence a Grammy and three Emmys for “Loopy Ex-Girlfriend.” He was a dwelling, respiratory, victory lap.

We first began collaborating collectively after we have been each requested to jot down “Muppet Film” songs (ill-fated as most songwriting pitches are). I used to be giddy concerning the prospects. That first day, I instantly seen a dynamic in our friendship that I had by no means actually skilled with a peer earlier than. Adam was completely prepared to tolerate my misfires, my wack concepts with none judgements or one-upping. We all the time ran on parallel musical tracks and but he by no means as soon as flexed any type of aggressive nature with me. He was all the time one among my greatest believers and I clearly was one among his superfans (sure, I do know all of the phrases to the soundtrack of “Music & Lyrics”). I’ve by no means had some other friendship prefer it. Morrissey could have sang “We Hate It When Our Associates Turn out to be Profitable,” however Adam needed me to win. Adam needed everybody to win. He was 100-percent cheerleader.

It’s additionally value noting that wherever he roamed, Adam was certainly the epicenter of enjoyable. He cherished holding court docket in each locale. Although his internal circle was tight, he was additionally an incredible folks collector — not in a showy approach, extra in in an “I get pleasure from each single individual on this room” approach. Each group dinner we ever had, he often added a couple of new of us into the combo and so they have been all the time stellar grabs.

The subculture of Adam was actually a factor and I cherished each little bit of it. I’ve stacks of reminiscences of nights operating round collectively. Japanese wings and Sapporo within the East Village. Piano karaoke insanity on each coasts. Our Stephen Bishop fanboying that we embraced like Deadheads singing alongside to Bob Weir. I discovered a lot about life from this man. His mantra was “No spec work!” God I cherished that. He hipped me to the one spectacular bagel in Los Angeles (Maury’s). He was obsessed together with his Zillow app. He’d shoot me New York listings on a regular basis in an try to get me to maneuver again. Two weeks in the past I advised him I used to be certainly shopping for a spot again East. Man, I used to be so excited for bonus Adam time. Extra tears.

Years in the past, once I was hiding in my Manhattan lodge room coping with the upcoming lack of my hospice-bound pops, it was Adam who took me out each night time to clear my head. Truthfully, he was simply the funniest, sweetest, most beneficiant and upbeat man on the market.

God, I may go on and on.

His daughters have been every little thing to him. He was so unbelievably pleased with each Sadie and Claire, and always up to date all of us on their wonderful developments again in Riverdale. His pleasure concerning the April premiere of his musical “Bedwetter,” that he wrote with Sarah Silverman, and a Broadway musical adaptation of the TV present “The Nanny” that he was growing with Rachel Bloom earlier than this evil virus ruined every little thing, was palpable.

As our pal Mike Viola identified final night time, most of our inventive careers are akin to Motion Park rollercoasters — stuffed with epic highs and spectacular crashes. Adam’s by no means crashed. It was only one excellent trajectory up. He was blessed like that. That’s why none of us ever envisioned something on this life taking him down.

To say I’m in shock can be an enormous understatement. God, I actually cherished this fella. I do know I communicate for everybody who knew him once I say, I really feel utterly robbed. That is bullshit. He was among the finest buddies I ever had, and I actually can’t envision life with out him. I wish to ship my ideas, love and luxury to his household, prolonged household and close to expensive mates, girlfriend Alexis, his musical co-conspirator Stephen Gold, lifelong brothers Jonathan Small and Jeremy Freeman, FOW, Fever Excessive crew, James Iha, Eric Weinberg, Sid Gold’s, WXOU and so on.

For many who have been blessed to know him, he was merely the King.

Sam Hollander is a veteran songwriter who was named one among Selection‘s 2019 Hitmakers of the Yr for his work on Panic! on the Disco’s “Excessive Hopes.” Signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Hollander’s extra credit embrace Panic’s “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” and Fitz and the Tantrums’ “HandClap.”

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