She walked down the neon streets, and up again, and found her way back to the hotel. It was dark.
He was lying on the bed watching a band on television. A girl was sitting at the dressing table, also watching, a spiky girl in a black and white houndstooth dress. Athena spoke from the door.
‘I’m going home tonight.’
He sat up with a jerk. ‘Come in,’ he said, as if she were a visitor. ‘Athena, this is . . . ummm . . . She’s been showing me a song she wrote.’
‘I was just going,’ said the girl. The music was very loud. All these songs, thought Athena, are about the end of love, or its wrong beginnings.
‘Hang on,’ said Philip. ‘Excuse me, Athena. Listen. I like your song. Look, I’ll give you a tip. Go home and write it again. Take out the clichés. Everybody knows ‘‘It always happens this way’’ or ‘‘I went in with my eyes wide open’’. Cut that stuff out. Just leave in the images. Know what I mean? You have to steer a line between what you understand and what you don’t. Between cliché and the other thing. Make gaps. Don’t chew on it. Don’t explain everything. Leave holes. The music will do the rest.’
Some parts in the dialogue in bold is unclear to me.
Does "Just leave in the images.You have to steer a line between what you understand and what you don’t. Between cliché and the other thing. Make gaps. Don’t chew on it. Leave holes. The music will do the rest" mean "just use your imagination. you have to know what you understand and what you don't and find your way to write a song. you do not have to write every thing. The music will explain what you haven't written."?
Is the meaning of "Don’t chew on it" here the same as "Don’t explain everything."?
Explain: I think "It always happens this way" and "I went in with my eyes wide open" are the name of songs, am I right? after some search I found a song named "It always happen this way" but I didn't found a song named "I went in with my eyes wide open"
Source: The Children's Bach by Helen Garner