What a great sounding book, and all the things that many stuggle with, especially the part about write bass lines.
And the little bit you\'ve shared about his process for exploring all the possibilities for a particular melody/harmony is so revealing. He is trying the various combinations and letting that process do the writing as oppose to hearing in his mind\'s ear what should come next. I would think that process is quite different from many composers.
In addition to writing music, you could also be a book critic to so effectively pull out these interesting points.