Best Collection of Barry Mann Quotes

Barry Mann, American Musician ( February 9, 1939 - )

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

Positive Nature Amazing

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

Time Today Song

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

Writing Partner Think

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

Life Fear Personality

You're going to have more rejection than acceptance.~Barry Mann

Acceptance Rejection You

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

Wife Beginning Know

Probably most successful songwriters have an innate songwriting ability.~Barry Mann

Successful Most Ability

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

Creative Teach Song

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

Yourself You Should

We lived, ate, and breathed pop songs.~Barry Mann

Lived Pop Pop Songs

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

Life Good Team

If we didn't get the record, we didn't exist.~Barry Mann

Exist Get Record

We became the songs we wrote.~Barry Mann

Wrote Became Songs

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

Fear Waiting Think

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

Writing Nothing You

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

Guitar Enough Piano

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

Me Direction Go

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

People Feelings Always

I've written songs sober and I've written songs high.~Barry Mann

High Sober Songs

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

Great Thinking Writing

I quit college. I was studying architecture for about a year.~Barry Mann

Architecture College Quit

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

Work Mountains Talent

We've written something like 900 songs in all.~Barry Mann

Something Like Songs

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

Time Great Three

You have to be very brave in that first writing session.~Barry Mann

Writing Brave You

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

Me Important Outside