Seth Swirsky, a New Haven, Connecticut native, is a self-described "manic expressive," an American pop music songwriter (including the Grammy-nominated "Tell It To My Heart"), an author, a recording artist, a filmmaker, a political writer and a noted baseball memorabilia collector.
In 1980, at the age of 20, Seth Swirsky wrote the national jingle for Thomas' English Muffins. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1982, Swirsky wrote the Grammy-nominated hit "Tell It To My Heart" with Ernie Gold for Taylor Dayne. The song was on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart for six months in 1988, reaching No. 7. Following this hit, Swirsky went on to write or co-write many hits for a variety of popular artists such as Al Green, Tina Turner, Rufus Wainwright, Michael McDonald, Air Supply, Olivia Newton-John, The Go-Go's, and Celine Dion, among many others.
A recording artist in his own right, Swirsky has released five award-winning ablbums of his own.
An avid collector of baseball memorabilia, Swirsky's collection includes the ball that went between Bill Buckner's legs in the 1986 World Series (it was originally owned by Charlie Sheen; Swirsky got it in April, 2000); the only known bottle of 1986 sparkling wine from the Red Sox celebration that would never be; Reggie Jackson's third home run ball from the 1977 World Series; a ball signed by The Beatles the night they played their famous Shea Stadium concert in 1965; Tom Seaver's 1969 World Series jersey; the only known surviving ball from the second game of Johnny Vander Meer's two consecutive no-hitters, and the letter written by baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banning Shoeless Joe Jackson from playing Major League Baseball, among other historic items.
His love of all things baseball led him to write three books on the subject. Baseball Letters, the first of Swirsky's four books, was published in 1996. This bestseller consists of his handwritten correspondence with Major League baseball players including Ted Williams, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Whitey Ford. Every Pitcher Tells A Story, Swirsky's second book, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. The book consists of his correspondence with Major League baseball pitchers including Pedro Martínez, Roger Clemens, Tom Glavine and 70 others. Something to Write Home About, the third book in the trilogy, consists of letters to Swirsky from both ballplayers and fans of the game, including Sir Paul McCartney, President George W. Bush, President George H. W. Bush, Senator Ted Kennedy, former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, journalist Tim Russert, sportscaster Bob Costas and Peter Tork of the Monkees.
Swirsky’s fourth book, 21 Ways to a Happier Depression: A Creative Guide to Getting Unstuck from Anxiety, Setbacks, and Stress, was released in April of 2017.
Swirsky has been featured in many books including How to Raise an American Patriot: Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American, Beatles engineer Norman Smith's autobiography, John Lennon Called Me Normal, Chuck Negron's (of Three Dog Night) autobiography, Eric Carmen's autobiography and Clive Davis' autobiography.
In addition to baseball, Swirsky is also a huge fan of The Beatles. His full-length documentary, Beatles Stories, was chosen as an Official Selection at the 2011 European Independent Film Festival—considered the Sundance of Europe—and had its world premiere in Paris, France on April 3, 2011. This was followed by premiering in several notable festivals throughout the country. Beatles Stories was nominated for Best Score for an Indie Film or Documentary at the 2013 Hollywood Music and Media Awards.
The documentary consists of filmed interviews that Swirsky conducted with people who had a personal story or recollection about themselves and one or all of The "Fab Four." Some of the more than 110 individuals that Swirsky interviewed for the film are Sir Ben Kingsley; Graham Nash; Art Garfunkel; Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues; actor Jon Voight; Susanna Hoffs; former first daughter Luci Baines Johnson; former New York Yankee Bernie Williams; Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick; Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys; actor Henry Winkler; Indianapolis Colts football owner Jim Irsay; Smokey Robinson; Donovan; Beatles longtime producer Sir George Martin; John Lennon's "Lost Weekend" girlfriend May Pang; Beatles engineers Norman Smith, Ken Scott and John Kurlander; and American cultural icons Frank Gifford and Bob Eubanks, among others.
Swirsky's short film The Last Giant (which consisted of on-camera reminiscences of 1930s major league baseball All-Star Harry "The Horse" Danning, who was the last living member of the depression-era New York Giants baseball team until his death in 2004) was a 2007 Official Selection in both the (Washington) D.C. International Film Festival (DCIFF) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's 2nd Annual Film Festival.
Swirsky has contributed articles to online sites such as Real Clear Politics, The National Review (NRO), The Huffington Post, PoliticalMavens.com and The Jewish Journal. One of his pieces, "Why I Left the Left," caught the attention of Karl Rove, who invited him to lunch at the White House in July, 2006.
Swirsky's works have been written about in The New York Times Week In Review, Newsweek, Forbes, People Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, and Parade Magazine. USAToday did a feature story on him in 1997. He has been a guest on many major talk shows, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld on the Fox News Channel. He has been a frequent guest on ESPN's Outside The Lines as well as The Dennis Miller Show.
In 1999, Swirsky was featured in a PBS documentary about his eclectic life called The Passion of Play.
At his 50th birthday party at his home, Seth sang a duet with Davy Jones of The Monkees, which was captured in three sequences on film by photographer Henry Diltz.
Swirsky sang the National Anthem at Wrigley Field before the Cubs-Braves baseball game on August 23, 2011.
On June 23, 2013, Swirsky received a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University