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A rhyme doesn't make a song.
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A song just doesn't come on. I've always had to tease it out, squeeze it out.
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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.
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A songwriter should have friends who are similarly interested; should move about in the milieu of work he has chosen for himself.
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A woman may write a book at home, at her leisure, and that's it. When it's finished it goes off to the publisher.
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning could write a poem two pages long. Could she have brought it to a music publisher?
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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.
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I do not think men have more talent. There are a great many women in the arts; novelists, painters, sculptors, poets-but the proportion is far lower in the field of song writing.
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I do think song writing is a man's game. It requires push, energy, movement, mixing; it is a field that is and has been dominated by men.
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I don't care how good a song is - if it holds back the storyline, stalls the plot, your audience will reject it.
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If you don't have a story that will hold the audience, you won't have a successful show.
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In a show or a movie, one must work with many people. Many women just don't have the time for it.
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Keep it in tune with the times, but don't write with the specific purpose of trying to create a hit. If you're doing it strictly to make money, you're crazy. There are easier ways to make money.
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Love is the reason you were born.
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My father assigned me to keep his scrapbooks. At first I was interested in reading only his rave notices, but I got interested in reading what the critics were saying about whether the play was good or not.
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No thesaurus can give you those words, no rhyming dictionary. They must happen out of you.
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The audience, going along with the story, knows when the song is stuck in, feels it, resents it and can't enjoy it, and the song fails.
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The man in our society is the breadwinner; the woman has enough to do as the homemaker, wife and mother.
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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.
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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.
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We're confined to a framework of music, and I feel that the words can be poetic, but I wouldn't say poetry in the strictest sense.
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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.
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Write what you feel. Write because of that need for expression.
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