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Composers have different ways of getting their message out. So, when my teacher told me not to be a snob, this is what he did that put me right in my place. I mean, man, I was such a jazz snob, and he said to me, when I cracked on him about "Sugar, Sugar", he said, "Let me tell you something little brother, any song that makes it into the Top 40 is a great composition." And I said, "Why would you call it a great composition?", Ted. And he said, "Because it speaks to the souls of a million strangers." I was like, "Whoo!" I was like "Pap, smack little kid, now go sit down, and write 'Do-do-do-do' -- punk. Huh huh. Go sit down and write that." I did...
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