"'I don't know how I made it.'
The response to this was startling. John (Cage) jumped up and down, and with a kind of high monkey squeal,
screeched, 'Isn't that marvelous. Isn't that wonderful. It's so beautiful, and he doesn't know how he made it.'
Quite frankly, I sometimes wonder how my music would have turned out if John had
not given me those early permissions to have confidence in my instincts."