The Songwriter’s bargain

From the great American composer Marvin Hamlisch, who died today. Hamlisch wrote the music for “A Chorus Line” and “The Way We Were,” among many others:

“I’m not one of those people who says, ‘I never read reviews,’ because I don’t believe those people,” Mr. Hamlisch said. “I think they read ‘em. These songs are my babies. And I always say, it’s like having a baby in a hospital, taking a Polaroid and going up to someone and saying, ‘What do you think?’ And he goes, ‘I give you a 3.’ That’s what criticism is like. You’ve worked on this thing forever – ‘I give you a 3.’ And it’s part of you. That’s the bargain you’ve made.”

Hamlisch knew the score. May he rest in peace.

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  1. Marty Funderburk wrote:

    It’s a tough business…even for one of the greatest writers/composers/arrangers of our time!

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