No, what it comes to making music, I don’t have any rules. And by saying no, I of course mean yes, I have plenty of rules.
Here’s a bunch:
§9 – Completed tune must be like, really, really good.
§14 – Maintain a good posture.
§87 – Mellotron is not mandatory, albeit desirable.
§203 – Wear pants, unless it’s very hot.
§5678 – If at all possible, when working, try to have some fun.
DATES wrecks a few of these rules to pieces – it has both a modulation and a fade-out.
That’s perfectly fine, because of the following rule:
§1 Breaking these stupid rules is absolutely ok.
Take that, law!