When you really want to succeed in the business of popular music, many artists over time try to be who they are not or enter a genre they do not belong to, either by cultural roots or even by social stratum. They believe they can write songs that reach the segment of the market to which they are oriented, either because of their style, or because some manager believed that it would fit well and they embark on the adventure of inventing unreal things, phrases and situations in all their lyrics, pretending that this will reach the heart of the audience that hears it. Pathetic. You get to hear unlikely stories because they are artificial and hollow. Seldom does something happen with those who think they are geniuses of deceit and if they have sporadic success, it does not last long. That is what we call "formulas", a kind of cooking recipes applied to art and never, never will be something good what comes out of there. Regardless of the musical genre, when the artist composes from its heart and based on its own experiences, the first aspect that the public can perceive in its songs will be honesty and that is a triumph. If the lyrics connect with the audience and the melodies are smart enough to follow easily, the song will soon become a hit and the artist will become one of their favorites. Also, if the song has that magic of reflecting something that has happened to many beyond the borders of their country, it will become universal. The universality of art transcends borders because it speaks directly to an audience that lives and experiences the same as the author at certain moments of his life and is reflected in anguish, sadness, happiness, love, social aspiration or any other situation of life that has been touched by the composer and that touches the fibers of the soul of the listener. There is a very common case that exemplifies what it is to be universal and what it is to be very local: comedy, a non-musical example; for cultural and language reasons, there are few comedians in the world who have come to conquer the hearts of the public everywhere and in many countries totally different from the ones they belong to. This is because there are many things that on one side are hilarious and on others simply do not make sense. Throughout my life, I've heard that Mexican comedy is the best in the world, who says it? the Mexicans. Actually, the common comedy of Mexicans only makes sense to Mexicans, if you tell a Mexican joke in another part of the world, people will be left with a: what? because they do not make sense the greater amount of things that for Mexicans are funny. And vice versa. I have heard many Mexicans say that Americans' sense of humor is not good, why? simple: because they do not understand it, it is very difficult if you do not live in that culture to understand what is funny and what is not. So only a few like Charles Chaplin or Mr. Bean have been able to cross borders with their comedy because they have been geniuses who have been able to take their art to the field of universality, where everyone understands, everyone laughs with very common situations for all and all they're happy. Well, that's the case of Inner Monologue, Pt. 1, by Julia Michaels. A collection of honest and universal songs.