You made a lot of mistakes, and you wrote a lot of crap. But it was all part of the learning process.
Sharing a triumph with someone you love is an incredible high.
You just have to believe in yourself when you've got something, and just keep pounding on the door, because if you pound long enough, somebody is going to open it.
When you feel good about what youve written, there is just no high that is greater.
We wrote what sounded good to us and hoped it would find a home.
That's what it is every time you walk into the room to write with someone new. It's like, oh god I have to take my clothes off 'my creative clothes' and let them see all of my flaws.
The business today is completely different and it's very producer driven, so that a songwriter needs to have producing chops, be a singer, songwriter, or find a singer to develop.
She could only write with him at night and she was wasting her days just sitting around. So he thought I could write with her during the day. And that was Carole King.
My nature is to be linear, and when I'm not, I feel really proud of myself.
Although I like the work I've done in the past, I like what I'm writing now even more.
Even when I think I'm writing really young, they say it's too mature.
I can't seem to write young enough anymore.
But I'm someone who the more afraid I am, the more I want to do it to get the fear over with.
Actually I was writing with people that didn't get records.
I wanted to write for Broadway.
We all have fertile creative periods and times when we can't figure out how we ever did it.
On the other hand when you are someone who records their own songs you are basically stuck writing for one voice and for one style that can stifle you a bit. It's a real trade off.
That first writing session, what Dan Hill calls a creative blind date, is always a real challenge, and you bring that back to your partner when you return to writing with them.
We have gone through some difficult times like everyone else and perhaps our working together and respecting each other's abilities, in addition to that little thing called love, helped us survive.
But also there are all the famous stories about the songs that have been rejected, but then went on to become hits.
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