We've accumulated a lot of things over the years and many things from our grandmother. Hopefully it'll be all right. I really don't want to cry, but I can't help it.
The man in our society is the breadwinner; the woman has enough to do as the homemaker, wife and mother.
A song just doesn't come on. I've always had to tease it out, squeeze it out.
No thesaurus can give you those words, no rhyming dictionary. They must happen out of you.
There aren't more lady songwriters for the same reason that there aren't more lady doctors or lady accountants or lady lawyers; not enough women have the time for careers.
A songwriter should have friends who are similarly interested; should move about in the milieu of work he has chosen for himself.
A rhyme doesn't make a song.
Write what you feel. Write because of that need for expression.
I began to be impressed by what made a good book-how you needed to have a sensible story, a plot that developed, with a beginning, a middle, and an end that would tie everything together.
Love is the reason you were born.
A song must move the story ahead. A song must take the place of dialogue. If a song halts the show, pushes it back, stalls it, the audience won't buy it; they'll be unhappy.
The songwriter mustn't fall in love with his own song. If it doesn't belong, he can't push it into a show. Let him save it; maybe it'll fit in another show.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning could write a poem two pages long. Could she have brought it to a music publisher?
I don't care how good a song is - if it holds back the storyline, stalls the plot, your audience will reject it.
If you don't have a story that will hold the audience, you won't have a successful show.
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