37 Total Quotes

Barry Mann Quotes

You're fools to try to be songwriters!
Barry Mann
#Fools And Foolishness

It's very important, at least for me and for Cynthia, to get outside input.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

We happened to start writing pop songs in a time when the old music business was beginning to fade and a new kind of music was emerging.
Barry Mann
#American Musician #Beginning

I was very fortunate, though, to have a writing partner that truly is brilliant with words and at the same time very soulful.
Barry Mann
#Words

You have certain writing tools but generally creating something from nothing makes one quite mad and Cynthia and I are quite mad you know.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

You can get stale writing with each other for a while.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

The biggest problem is getting to work.
Barry Mann
#Work #American Musician

I'm very nervous that this whole affair will hurt our business financially.
Barry Mann
#Business

One other thing, if it's possible, as songwriters, you should also develop yourself as record producers.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

If I waited for inspiration every time I sat down to write a song I probably would be a plumber today.
Barry Mann
#American Musician #inspirational

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.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

I quit college. I was studying architecture for about a year.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

Cynthia's lyrics always expressed the feelings people felt but they couldn't express themselves.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

I also used to work in the Catskill Mountains as a bus boy, and I performed in talent shows.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

I get a different kind of lyric from someone else that might make me go in a different musical direction.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

I know at the beginning of our careers, my wife and I were gut wrenchingly competitive.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

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.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

I think if one wants to be in a continual state of insanity one should stay married to that writing partner.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

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

I've written songs sober and I've written songs high.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

If we didn't get the record, we didn't exist.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

If we were the team that won out, then life was good and we felt that we were worth something.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

It's amazing how a competitive nature can turn a negative into something positive.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

It's very hard to teach someone how to write a song if to begin with there's no creative crop to harvest.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

Probably most successful songwriters have an innate songwriting ability.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

Right now we're writing a Broadway show.
Barry Mann
#American Musician

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.
Barry Mann
#American Musician