Back in the late 80's when I was a staff writer for WB, I had what I could only explain as an almost magical experience looking back on it. I was under the gun to deliver 10 songs a month which was a daunting task. My boss did me one huge favor when he placed me with my writing partner, BJ Brown about three months into this gig; the two of us really benefited from this union.
BJ was one hell of a singer and should have had his own record deal at the time. He did this hoping that one day the knuckle heads would look past his writing talent and recognize that a lot of the magic on the demos we cut were attributed to his voice. He would basically work on lyrics, hooks, and he could peck out bass lines, and beats on a keyboard. In addition to singing all the vocals on most of the tracks. While my forte
was the hardcore keyboard stuff, midi, sequencing, sampling, beats and writing (both music and lyrics).
My reasoning for calling it magical, was because the whole 10 song a month thing became so easy with BJ around. We were both in our mid 20's in California, and single. I would wake up no later then 7AM and be in the studio hard at work, BJ generally showed up between 9 and 11AM. There was always a constant rotation of women stopping by or calling, but it never seemed to interfer with our flow. In the mid afternoon we would always take a break to chase/setup some skirts for the evening. Get back in around 5PM and work till around 9 or 10 at night. Then it was time to get ready to hit the club scene. I don't know how it works now, but in the 80's a lot of business went down in the clubs, so if you weren't there you missed out. This is how we lived day in and out for over 3 years, from sun up till sun down. Never once did we have an argument or disagreement.
After 3 years BJ finally got dicouraged with WB and moved to Texas, and I left not to long after he did. I wrote more songs during that 3 year window in my life then all the other years combined, and I'm currently 43. I never came close to that experience again, and though I'm forced to, I don't enjoy working solo.
I would give almost anything to relive one week of my life back then.
I miss you Bro!!!