I don't listen to recordings of my songs. I don't avoid it, I just don't go out of my way to do it.
More Quotes from Stephen Sondheim:When I was growing up, there was no such thing as Off-Broadway. You either got your show on or you didn't.
One difference between poetry and lyrics is that lyrics sort of fade into the background. They fade on the page and live on the stage when set to music.
The dumbing down of the country reflects itself on Broadway. The shows get dumber, and the public gets used to them.
By the time I was 22, I was a professional. A young and flawed professional, but not an amateur.
Musical comedies aren't written, they are rewritten.
I fell into lyric writing because of music. I backed into it.
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