13. Break All the Rules!
Minor: Songs are kind of taking on a different structure, and sometimes change is good. I like songs starting with the chorus – that was unheard of. Who cares? Who made those rules? It's been around since time began, but does it make it right? Here’s a good example: [Florida Georgia Line's] "Cruise." It starts out with the chorus. That's a rule-breaker. But look how big it was. The biggest country song in history, or close to it? It set all kinds of records. Another one was Luke Bryan, "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye." That is the shortest verse in the history of songwriting mankind. Big ol' hit. It had like a two-line verse and a big ol' chorus. That one broke rules. There's a lot of writers in town writing those songs where they’re changing the structure up.