Songwriter Diane Warren On Inspiration From ‘The Life Ahead’ For Oscar-Nominated Song “Io Si (Seen)”: “It’s About Understanding, It’s About Love”

Songwriter Diane Warren On Inspiration From ‘The Life Ahead’ For Oscar-Nominated Song “Io Si (Seen)”: “It’s About Understanding, It’s About Love”
One night, when Diane Warren was 15 years old, someone actually paid her to stop singing at a restaurant. “They had said, ‘Bring your guitar and play a couple of songs. Maybe you’ll get discovered.’ I got paid after one song to stop. $15. They said I was interfering with people’s dinners.”

But this teenage horror story is not the reason why Warren won’t perform any of the numerous hit songs she’s written—it’s because she’s only ever wanted to write, not sing. “As a kid I would look to see who wrote songs. I didn’t care to sing them really even then. It’s just nothing I ever wanted to do in my life,” she says, in a Zoom conversation from her L.A. studio.

Despite a list of hits as long as a phonebook, and her latest—incredibly, her 12th—Oscar nomination for Best Original Song,
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