If you read my past post ‘Let’s get Personal’ then you’ll know that number 5 of my 13 point list of fun facts about me was:
“5. I’m a big Taylor Swift fan and have seen her live 7 times.”
Now you could have taken that in the “fan girl alert!!!” term of things or you may have taken it in the way I actually feel: its honesty. To me Taylor is a huge inspiration, correct I do love her music, I do follow her on Instagram and Twitter and I do have a picture of her on my wall in my bedroom but there are other things that I love about Taylor that the ‘fan girling’ term just does not cut.
Taylor has a way with words.
Need I really say much more? There is something about the way Taylor writes that has me 100% on board, understanding and feeling exactly what she felt when she wrote those words the first time. That’s what she’s so good at. Putting you in the moment, and vocalising something that otherwise is tough to talk about.
Granted, the best example of this is her music, but her interviews and album promo’s exhibit this too. With a little help from Google, It’s not hard to find things that make you realise there’s more to Taylor than the catchy pop beat of ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’.
“[Feeling understood] when you truly thought you were alone.”
I first heard of Taylor’s music, in 2006, the summer before her second album ‘Fearless’ dropped (note point 10 of my last post). At that point, I was in the midst of my High School drama’s. I related to Taylor’s music in ways which I didn’t really think was possible in a time where you truly believe you’re all on your own. Since then I have grown up alongside Taylor and her music. It feels as if she’s always there telling me “we’re in this together” like the best friend I wish I had.
It’s the way that she can take a scenario like breaking up with someone and turn it into a lyrical masterpiece that is far beyond my literate capabilities. Take Dear John or Back to December for example, Taylor has taken a emotion or event that most people go through in their lives. But, she’s moulded it into something that makes you understood.
Holding a discussion
Anyway, what I was trying to get at, is that it doesn’t stop there either. Taylor recently wrote an article for ‘The Wall Street Journal’ (You can read it here.) Which admittedly is the reason I’m sat here writing this now. The article titled ‘The Future of Music is a Love Story’ is all about the impact of the 21st century on the music industry.
There are things that Taylor touches upon where I was just like “oh yeah, I hadn’t even realised” and “yep, you got that spot on.” It made me think more about how Taylor’s way of writing is impeccable. She can hold her space in discussion that other artists would shrivel in the shadows.
If you’re not a Taylor Swift fan, then it’s more important for you to read because you’ll learn so much about yourself, not only Taylor.