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Monday, March 8, 2021

'Just Keep Pounding on the Door'

 “You just have to believe in yourself when you've got something, and just keep pounding on the door, because if you pound long enough, somebody is going to open it.” – Cynthia Weil


Born in New York in 1940, Weil has collaborated with composer husband Barry Mann to create songs that might be called “soundtracks to people’s lives.”   Weil has more than 60 top ten hit songs to her credit.   And in recent years she’s also written several books, including I’m Glad I Did and 806.


Among her songwriting triumphs:  “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” the most played single song in the history of music; “Somewhere Out There,” from American Tale; “Here You Come Again,” which won country song of the year for Dolly Parton; “We Gotta Get Out of This Place for the Kinks;” and the poignant ballads “Just Once” by James Ingram and “Don’t Know Much” by Aaron Neville.

Cynthia Weil

Few songwriters have had such a knack for capturing and interpreting the broad spectrum of human emotions - the ups and downs of relationships and life.  And her ability to adapt to different genres has created words for songs that have become the themes and anthems to our lives while winning her Grammys, Academy Awards and induction into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


“Although I like the work I've done in the past,” she said,  “I like what I'm writing now even more.”


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