It was a career-changing experience for me. Before that I had always done my co-writing with friends. But working with Madonna...it was the first time I had ever written one-on-one with a great artist/writer.'' - Rick Nowels
''I was struck by her lyric writing. It was deep, poetic and intelligent. When she's on and at her best she's on a par with Joni Mitchell or Paul Simon." - Rick Nowels
''I know she grew up on Joni Mitchell and Motown, and to my ears she embodies the best of both worlds. She is a wonderful confessional songwriter, as well as being a superb hit chorus pop writer… She doesn’t get the credit she deserves as a writer.'' - Rick Nowels
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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