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Barry Mann
February 9, 1939 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

I also used to work in the Catskill Mountains as a bus boy, and I performed in talent shows.


It's amazing how a competitive nature can turn a negative into something positive.


If I waited for inspiration every time I sat down to write a song I probably would be a plumber today.


If we were the team that won out, then life was good and we felt that we were worth something.


One other thing, if it's possible, as songwriters, you should also develop yourself as record producers.


A guitar riff played on a piano doesn't come close to the purity of it being played on a guitar but I faked it enough to get by.


You're going to have more rejection than acceptance.


There's so much fear involved in trying to do something you don't know how to do that drugs and alcohol can become a big part of your life if you have an addictive personality or are very unsure, which most songwriters are.


The real danger of writing a great song when you're on something is that it might get you thinking that the only way to repeat that is by only writing when you're high.


You've got to really be able to accept the rejection.


I quit college. I was studying architecture for about a year.


We've written something like 900 songs in all.


It's very important, at least for me and for Cynthia, to get outside input.


I get a different kind of lyric from someone else that might make me go in a different musical direction.


We became the songs we wrote.


I think that most writers who wait until they're inspired to write are just waiting for the fear to subside.


Cynthia's lyrics always expressed the feelings people felt but they couldn't express themselves.


You can get stale writing with each other for a while.


You have to be very brave in that first writing session.


I looked through our catalog year by year, and I saw that there were pockets of time when we wrote some terrific songs. Then all of a sudden, we'd go for another two or three months and there weren't great songs.


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