[Grammar] Do I "invoke" or "evoke" images in another's mind??

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I'm a songwriter wishing to create a bio and would like to know which is the correct way of stating the following, using 'evoke' versus 'invoke':

"Through my songs, I try to evoke / invoke images and emotions in the listener."

Which is correct? Are both correct? To clarify, the images and emotions I try to evoke / invoke can be either completely imagined by the listener, or founded on his or her actual experiences. Does that make a difference on the word selection?

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(When you 'invoke' something it exists already - before the invocation.)

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I'm a songwriter wishing to create a bio and would like to know which is the correct way of stating the following, using 'evoke' versus 'invoke':

"Through my songs, I try to evoke / invoke images and emotions in the listener."

Which is correct? Are both correct? To clarify, the images and emotions I try to evoke / invoke can be either completely imagined by the listener, or founded on his or her actual experiences. Does that make a difference on the word selection?

Thanks in advance! :-D
well,'evoke' is the right word here.'Invoke' means 'to beg for help or inspiration from some higher powers'.
Alexander Pope invokes the muse of poetry in 'The Rape of the Lock'
 

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Would "conjure" be OK here? I'm not sure if I can use this word to something else than sorcery.
 

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Would "conjure" be OK here? I'm not sure if I can use this word to something else than sorcery.
Like 'invoke', you can't 'conjure' something [up] unless it already exists (maybe in a different form). So I don't think it would be an appropriate word in this context.

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