The Songwriter With a Golden Touch

There are hundreds of tapes of finished songs scattered around Warren's office. She admits that she hates parting with a song: "Once the song's gone to an artist, it's no longer mine ... I hate that — when it's out of my hands."

Love Songs, But No Love

Warren's mother, who is now 86, worries that her daughter is too wrapped up in her work, and says should think about having a family. "She's always, constantly thinking of a song," her mother says.

Warren admits that, despite the hundreds of love songs she has written, she herself has never been flat-out, head-over-heels in love. "I've fallen in love with music that way. Music is the love of my life," she says.

When she writes lyrics about love, Warren says she is sometimes actually thinking of music. An example is "How Do I Live Without You?," which was a No. 1 hit for both Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes. What Warren was actually thinking, she says, was, "How would I live without music?"

Warren's best friend is a parrot called Butt Wings, who lives in a specially designed bird guest room with two other parrots, Gatso and Casper. She says people have sometimes disappointed her in the past, hurting her emotionally, and that she has seen a therapist for years. "There's a lot of pain in my songs ... I tap into that when I'm writing," she says.

Warren has been named songwriter of the year four times by Billboard magazine and six times by ASCAP, the songwriters' union. She even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

All that is not enough for her mother, though. Asked if she was impressed with her daughter's achievements, Flora Warren replied: "[If] that therapist is really helping her, she should tell her to maybe have more friends or meet a nice man and live, you know, with a companion."

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