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Phil Johnson

I like these ideas a lot. The one that poses a problem more today than anything is keeping some air of "mysterious" around and artist when we're expected to document our lives online.

And while keeping a bit of vagueness in the lyrics allows people to project their own meanings onto it, one of the most effective ways to get people to listen to a song in the first place now is by explaining what it's about to hook them in.

Clyde Smith

I think explaining your songs can get people's attention when there's a great story behind it.

But most people don't care about what the lyrics mean until they care about the song itself. So I think the artist still has the option of not explaining so much.

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