Michael Bolton – The Soul Of It All: My Music, My Life
Quote from pg. 137:
“Doug and I certainly were fully engaged in our first series of songwriting sessions and in all that followed. We’d spend hours and hours in our little room playing off each other, testing riffs and lyrics. There were times when the maintenance crews threw us out so they could finish their work, but we wised up and began slipping cash to the security guards so we could work through the night to complete songs and polish the demos.
At some point, though, nearly every song becomes work. The wind isn’t always in the sails. You aren’t always coasting along. Even when you feel inspired, you have to stay focused and keep the song rooted in reality. The story must be believable and relatable and accessible. Doug and I seemed to have the right recipe with our very first song.”
Quote from pg. 160:
“As a songwriter I was jumping between sessions with the most creative minds of the era, including Diane Warren, Desmond Child, Doug James and the husband-and-wife team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (“On Broadway”, “Somewhere Out There”, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”). To have access to that level of talent, let alone to enjoy solid working relationships and mutual respect with these people, was something I never took for granted.”
— Michael Bolton (January 29, 2013)