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17 Unusual Selected Quotes From Alan Menken

17 Unusual Selected Quotes From Alan Menken
17 Unusual Selected Quotes From Alan Menkene

I always felt great about what I wrote for 'Newsies,' but 'Newsies' was a total flop.

Alan Menken

As a kid, I loved classical music. Composers like Beethoven were like rock stars to me. Then there were the real rock stars: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan.

Alan Menken

The job, when you write film underscore, is to be ignored. That comes with the gig, no question about it.

The job, when you write film underscore, is to be ignored. That comes with the gig, no question about it.

Alan Menken

When I write the music for any of my songs, I write as a composer-lyricist in my head.

When I write the music for any of my songs, I write as a composer-lyricist in my head.

Alan Menken

Whatever I gain from writing lyrics, I feel I lose a little bit for the musical aspect by having that lyrical burden on me. But when I'm liberated from worrying about the words, frankly, I feel I'm a better composer.

Whatever I gain from writing lyrics, I feel I lose a little bit for the musical aspect by having that lyrical burden on me. But when I'm liberated from worrying about the words, frankly, I feel I'm a better composer.

Alan Menken

Songs should have an infectious melody and rhythm and, I think, should elicit an emotion of happiness or of celebration or of sadness or of sorrow or of love or laughter, whatever.

Songs should have an infectious melody and rhythm and, I think, should elicit an emotion of happiness or of celebration or of sadness or of sorrow or of love or laughter, whatever.

Alan Menken

The Disney tradition - number one, it's a great American classic tradition - and it's something where you don't want to go over certain lines. You want to poke fun, but you don't want to poke fun in a way that's hurtful.

The Disney tradition - number one, it's a great American classic tradition - and it's something where you don't want to go over certain lines. You want to poke fun, but you don't want to poke fun in a way that's hurtful.

Alan Menken

Composing easy? I find it easy if - big if - the idea is right, if I have the right collaborator, and if my collaborator is in the room. I like my collaborator to be in the room.

Composing easy? I find it easy if - big if - the idea is right, if I have the right collaborator, and if my collaborator is in the room. I like my collaborator to be in the room.

Alan Menken

I'm not interested in being the producer of somebody else's song.

I'm not interested in being the producer of somebody else's song.

Alan Menken

I have a team who I respect immensely, so if they have opinions, I'm interested in hearing them.

I have a team who I respect immensely, so if they have opinions, I'm interested in hearing them.

Alan Menken

I'll always work with my collaborator in the room so I have a reaction on a note-by-note basis. I know in my gut when something works for me, and I'll fight for it, but I'm a very easy re-writer.

I'll always work with my collaborator in the room so I have a reaction on a note-by-note basis. I know in my gut when something works for me, and I'll fight for it, but I'm a very easy re-writer.

Alan Menken

I'm not intimidated by embracing a familiar form and what's familiar about it and making it my own. It is, I think, one of my gifts.

I'm not intimidated by embracing a familiar form and what's familiar about it and making it my own. It is, I think, one of my gifts.

Alan Menken

Movies, you can insulate yourself more from audience, to a degree, and just look at box office. In theater, the audience is a very dynamic part of your process, and you feel much more exposed.

Movies, you can insulate yourself more from audience, to a degree, and just look at box office. In theater, the audience is a very dynamic part of your process, and you feel much more exposed.

Alan Menken

Of my Disney material, 'Tangled' is my most pop-oriented.

Of my Disney material, 'Tangled' is my most pop-oriented.

Alan Menken

The act of writing a song involves a degree of letting go of yourself, and that's very much being a child.

The act of writing a song involves a degree of letting go of yourself, and that's very much being a child.

Alan Menken

Howard Ashman was an amazing lyricist and an amazing artist.

Howard Ashman was an amazing lyricist and an amazing artist.

Alan Menken

Every time I play 'Part of Your World,' a whole part of my life comes back to me. It's just inescapable - it was an innocent time, and a sense of discovery that we were all involved with.

Every time I play 'Part of Your World,' a whole part of my life comes back to me. It's just inescapable - it was an innocent time, and a sense of discovery that we were all involved with.

Alan Menken

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