It's amazing how a competitive nature can turn a negative into something positive.
I also used to work in the Catskill Mountains as a bus boy, and I performed in talent shows.
You can get stale writing with each other for a while.
I know at the beginning of our careers, my wife and I were gut wrenchingly competitive.
We lived, ate, and breathed pop songs.
If we were the team that won out, then life was good and we felt that we were worth something.
If we didn't get the record, we didn't exist.
We became the songs we wrote.