Words cannot describe the magical atmosphere of Aldon Music at the time this song was written. As given by Rich Podolsky's book Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear
, the husband-and-wife team of King and Goffin were in a half-friendly competition with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, another
husband-and-wife songwriting team working at Aldon. "There was a camaraderie but the underlying competition was close," remembered Artie Kaplan, who was very close with both couples. "When each of them had a success, it sometimes took a few months for them to talk to one another, but they always came back with warm ferocity."
The book further goes on to describe the setup: "The cubicles that they wrote in were actually half a dozen closet-sized music rooms lined up in a row against one wall. They looked like telephone booths, only slightly bigger. Each room was barely big enough for an upright piano, a chair, and an ashtray."