*Andrae Crouch‘s songs have made him a gospel legend.

Crouch has written dozens that he himself made classic hits, while others have been sung by the likes of Elvis Presley, says the Associated Press.

But for Crouch, the songwriting process isn’t actually about writing because of his dyslexia.

Crouch, whose signature songs include “Soon and Very Soon” and “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory),” usually starts off with drawings of how he thinks the song would sound before he begins to write lyrics. From there, he memorizes the images of his drawn characters and sometimes asks his twin sister, Sandra, to help him comprehend a difficult word, so the words do not “look like a bunch of hay stacks.”

“I memorized everything through sight, the shape of the word,” said Crouch, who also pastors at New Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in San Fernando, Calif., which was founded by his parents. “Some things that I write, you’ll see a page with cartoon pictures or a drawing of a car — like a Ford — or a flag. I still do it on an occasion when a word is strange to me.”

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