You’d be surprised how much of a strong role honesty plays in how your song comes across to an audience. Honesty, from a audience’s perspective, is simply this: Are you writing music that accurately reflects the person you are.
You can spend an awful lot of time trying to figure out what your target audience wants from you. But those kinds of songs might miss the mark if all you’re doing is giving others what they think they want to hear.
Honesty in songwriting, at least as far as an audience can tell, usually means that the things you write about, and even the style (as far as that can be determined by the songwriter) give an accurate picture of who you are.
The way you approach the task, and therefore the end result, is likely going to modify over time. With every change in your outlook on life, you make a change to the way you write. You’ll lose old fans, but gain new ones.
You can spend a lot of time wondering and worrying about what audiences want from you, and then even more time trying to figure out how to give it to them.
It’s far better to spend that time writing lyrics that reflect what and how you think, and then (if you’re performing the songs yourself) recording them in a way that sounds natural and true to yourself.
The ones who connect to this version of yourself are your true fans — your true audience.
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