“I didn’t know I was a writer. I thought you had to be able to read and write music and understand theory before you could write songs. Then as I got into Motown, I realized probably half of the great writers there couldn’t read or write music …
“It set me free from the standpoint of technically trying to write the notes down … I think by not knowing much theory, it set me free from the rules.”
—Lionel Richie (in an interview with Billboard magazine)
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