What I remember doing at that session was something I did a lot back then whenever I was having a problem in the studio. Instead of staying in the control room, I would break the orchestra for ten minutes and go into a stall in the men’s room and lock the door behind me. That way there was no music coming at me and I could just try to sort it all out in my mind. Was the problem the string voicing in the first eight bars? Was that it? Should the strings even be there? More times than not, I would come out of there and have the problem solved. But for me, it was always by thinking it through in my head rather than going to the piano, because if I did that, my hands would just automatically go to all the old familiar places and I would never be able to think it through at all.

Burt Bacharach, “Anyone Who Had A Heart”.

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