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Madonna’s Letter to Patrick Leonard


Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you.
I received your letter in NY but I had to leave for Mich. which is where I am right now.
I have thought long and hard about what I want to do with our songs, my record, the sound, the vibe, etc.
I had always intended to do a portion of the record with Nellee Hooper because I like the sound of his records and I think he has really good instincts.
Then I thought about doing the rest of the record with you not really thinking what the divide would be.
This is where my head was at when I left Miami.

Then I started thinking about how I didn’t want a record that sounds like two different producers worked on it, I already had that nightmare experience.
Then I started leaning towards Nellee doing the whole thing because he’s not a song writer and I thought he would treat all the songs fairly without favoritism and ego involved.
I sent all my demos to Nellee to listen to and while he gave it up.
He made some disturbing remarks about how he was going to have to change the music so much he would want a writer’s credit.
Which of course made me sick.

When I was in NY I had to meet with William Orbit whom as you know we’re trying to do a deal with and he played me more tracks that blew my mind and I mentioned that I would like to work with him and he said he had studio time.
We ended up doing several tracks together that I absolutely adore and more importantly I love his sound.
I haven’t formally asked him to produce my album but I’m going to and I wanted you to know first.
I know that he will be humble and eager to please which is not to say that you aren’t but I really feel strongly about taking a new direction and William’s sound is a complete departure.

After making so many records it is what I need to get my blood boiling.
I hope you will not be insulted or take offense by this decision.
I loved working with you again.
You’re a brilliant musician/songwriter and I have the utmost respect for you.
You did say you were cool with any decision I made.
Obviously if we use any of your programs you will be compensated.
I may use a rough vocal or two and I haven’t decided if I will use all the songs we wrote.
I will keep you posted on everything.
In any case these are my thoughts for now.
I’ll be in LA on Monday if you want to write or call.
Take care.


[signed] Madonna