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Barry Mann

Barry Mann in 1974
Background information
Birth name Barry Imberman
Born (1939-02-09) February 9, 1939 (age 77)
Brooklyn, New York City
Genres Pop, country pop, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1961–present
Associated acts Cynthia Weil, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Carole Bayer Sager
Notable instruments

It's very important, at least for me and for Cynthia, to get outside input.
Barry Mann
One other thing, if it's possible, as songwriters, you should also develop yourself as record producers.
Barry Mann
I also used to work in the Catskill Mountains as a bus boy, and I performed in talent shows.
Barry Mann
You have to be very brave in that first writing session.
We've written something like 900 songs in all.
I know at the beginning of our careers, my wife and I were gut wrenchingly competitive.
Barry Mann
If we didn't get the record, we didn't exist.
Cynthia's lyrics always expressed the feelings people felt but they couldn't express themselves.
Barry Mann
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
I think that most writers who wait until they're inspired to write are just waiting for the fear to subside.
Barry Mann
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
I get a different kind of lyric from someone else that might make me go in a different musical direction.
Barry Mann
I think if one wants to be in a continual state of insanity one should stay married to that writing partner.
Barry Mann
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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We became the songs we wrote.
If I waited for inspiration every time I sat down to write a song I probably would be a plumber today.
Barry Mann
You can get stale writing with each other for a while.
I quit college. I was studying architecture for about a year.
It's amazing how a competitive nature can turn a negative into something positive.
Barry Mann
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.
Barry Mann
If we were the team that won out, then life was good and we felt that we were worth something.
Barry Mann
I've written songs sober and I've written songs high.
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
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
You're going to have more rejection than acceptance.
Probably most successful songwriters have an innate songwriting ability.
You've got to really be able to accept the rejection.
We lived, ate, and breathed pop songs.