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Incipit-Melody-Guitar-Develop-Tea is a method by which Weezer front man and primary songwriter Rivers Cuomo has previously written songs. This method, along with many others, were part of The Encyclopedia of Pop, in which Cuomo dissected popular rock songs to help write his own. In the booklet for Alone 2: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, Cuomo explains that "I Admire You So Much" was written using the "Incipit-Melody-Guitar-Develop-Tea", as well as the "IAEVC" method:
"I would then compose the incipit (the opening lyric) which was a seed idea, the main thrust of the lyric, then write the melody, start strumming the guitar and continue developing the lyric, melody, and guitar from there freely. And all throughout the experiment, I would be sipping a cup of tea with half-and-half."