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Some indie record that’s much cooler than mine. An Editorial

February 1, 2016
(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

You might as well face it you’re addicted to love, Taylor Nation.

It’s hard not to find it all a little bitter sweet. For us fans, it’s been the era of 1989 and we’re not willing to let it go. But here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s just some old man that blogs his opinion on the internet (really who else does that except a zillion other people), we’re once again going to share a thought and hope you consider it. I might be a card-carrying denizen of the Taylor Nation, but I’m also a listener of the world: take the time and listen to other music.

None of us will be forgetting Taylor. None of us are betraying her by having other artists on our walls or in our playlists. Listen to a little bit of everything. Find things that you like. I’m certainly not asking you to replace the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar. I’m asking you to surround and expand your taste because we really should never become listeners of just one artist. T-Swizzle never goes out of style because she changes, and the way she does it is by listening to other music. She sometimes even hints at her fans that they should listen to some of the people she does. For example, that’s Taylor hanging out with Kelsea Ballerini. There are countless other examples.

If you can, try a few other genres. Don’t only stay on pop and don’t make country music your only choice. You don’t need to drop anything, just try adding something different once in a while. We all have a favorite book and a favorite author and still we like to read other stuff once in a while. That’s a bad comparison if you hate to read, but odds are you like to read a little… Because right now you’re in the third paragraph of one of my editorial rantings ;)

Here’s the other side of that thought. Taylor going on a break is a good thing. Now, put the pitchforks and the torches down for a moment… It’s a good thing. She’ll come back refreshed and with vibrant ideas on what new things to write. Music diversity is a good thing. You want to see Taylor expand her range and see what she can do with more time to write.

You got through all that, so here’s a prize. Meredith getting head scratches from her caretaker Tay. Purr.

"So how do you spend your time now that the tour is over?"

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

And we’re coming close to the 58th Annual Grammy Awards and that means we’re going to be all pins and needles very soon. Seven more nominations and I hope the members of the Academy listened to 1989 at least once. Really, how could they not. Then again, what do I know.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • February 15: It’s the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year for 1989, Record of the Year for “Blank Space”, Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Bad Blood”, Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989 and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”.

Video Showcase: Blank Space and Wildest Dreams at the GRAMMY museum

January 7, 2016

I can read you like a magazine, Taylor Nation.

Ok, ok. I can’t. I just like the way that sounds. Anyhow, nice to see you. How you’ve been? Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who is really aware those two sentences are not the actual lyrics to Blank Space, we’re glad we’re getting an acoustic performance from the Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone from the Clive Davies GRAMMY Museum back in September 30, 2015.

I would love to attend a completely acoustic performance of Taylor like this one. Bare bones production with only Taylor playing and singing. But I understand she can’t do this all the time. Here’s Blank Space.

Watch on YouTube

Notice something that Taylor can do that most of us can’t? I’ll give you a clue. Try singing along with this song at the same pace that Taylor does. You will run out of breath before you reach the chorus. Taylor can control her breathing while singing. It’s not just taking air, she’s nailing the pitch and the tune dead on. This is particularly important with a song like Blank Space where the pacing is fast. A lot of lines are chained together. Taylor is writing songs more complicated to sing nowadays.

Another example is Wildest Dreams. Remember that bridge? That would be a killer to perform live. Wait, we got that one too. Take a look. Not only that, the lines put together are really high pitch. Yes, the Sparkly Dressed can keep that pitch up. Let’s go to the video!

Watch on YouTube

How about a bonus one? Although this was already posted back in October 27 last year, I thought you’d want to listen to it again. This is Out of the Woods from the same performance.

Watch on YouTube

On other news, Taylor Swift won the People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Pop Artist and Favorite Female Artist.

(Source: Big Machine Label Group)

(Source: Big Machine Label Group)

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • February 15: It’s the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year for 1989, Record of the Year for “Blank Space”, Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Duo Group/Performance for “Bad Blood”, Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989 and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”.

(Sources: YouTube)

Out of the Woods: The monsters turn out to be just trees. A video review and commentary.

January 6, 2016

Happy 2016, Taylor Nation!

We got a pretty sweet present on New Year’s Eve. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy that was visiting some family down south (wayyy down south in South America, actually), we had to wait after the fireworks display was over to have a look. It’s Out of the Woods in video form, as directed by Joseph Kahn and starring the Enchantress herself:

Watch on YouTube

And yes, it was beautiful and meaningful. It should not escape nobody that this video was about heartbreak- but this time, the solution was not getting the guy. If you’ve heard the song, you probably have sensed the spirit of the chase. The video embodies this as Taylor is chased by wolves, trees, nature in distinct environments. Earth, wind, water and fire are present. In the end, she doesn’t really lose her captors. She stops running. Spoiler alert. She finds herself.

It’s a very specific imagery she’s using. Personally I think wolves get a bad rap. Here once again they are the pursuers. Vines tangle and snare. Mud soils and stain. Tabloid media is well represented BUT here’s the trick – Taylor makes songs to represent the feeling rather than the actual situation. This allows YOU the viewer to make this relatable to your life. Intentionally, you can apply this hunting allegory to a bad situation you’re working through. And yes, it might be a little too corny to say the solution is to find yourself but we need to hear it. Favorite moment: Taylor’s face-of-fury as she goes through the mud.

Update: On other news, the People’s Choice Awards were happening a moment ago. Taylor Swift won for Favorite Pop Artist and Favorite Female Artist.

(Source: Big Machine Records)

(Source: Big Machine Records)

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • January 6: People’s Choice Awards.
  • February 15: It’s the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year for 1989, Record of the Year for “Blank Space”, Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Duo Group/Performance for “Bad Blood”, Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989 and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”.

(Sources: YouTube)

News Update: Out of the Woods video is out on December 31st, 2015

December 23, 2015
1989 World Tour Montreal 2015-07-07 21.25.38

(Photo: TheSwiftAgency.com)

Remember when we hit the brakes too soon, Taylor Nation?

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s on a holiday vacation, we might have called a time off too soon. The Sparkly Dressed announced she’s releasing Out of the Woods as a single and dropping the video on December 31st, 2015 during the New York Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Just when I was out, she pulls me back in. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to review it right away, but you can count on me having a review as soon as possible. Hope you are having a happy holiday season!

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • December 31: The Out of the Woods video premieres during New York Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
  • January 6: People’s Choice Awards. Taylor is nominated for Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Song for “Bad Blood” and Favorite Social Media Celebrity. Remember to Vote!
  • February 15: It’s the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year for 1989, Record of the Year for “Blank Space”, Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Duo Group/Performance for “Bad Blood”, Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989 and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”.

(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

The 1989 World Tour Live is now available on Apple Music

December 20, 2015

Like you didn’t know, Taylor Nation.

(Source: Apple Music)

(Source: Apple Music)

The 1989 World Tour Live is out and is amazing but considering the source material (hint: it’s a Taylor Swift tour named after her acclaimed 1989 album), how could it not? If Apple Music wanted more people to sign up for the three-month trial, they just got the entire fandom on board. Incidentally, you can watch offline content on your iPad and iPhone. Just mind you, the concert was recorded on HD and it’s going to be hefty (4.28 GB). And of course, it will only be watchable for the duration of the trial or if you choose to continue the membership. Here at the Swift Agency, we’ll be glad if/when it becomes available on other formats.

And he just writes back "What will I wear?" @mickjagger #1989WorldTourLIVE @applemusic December 20

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Tonight! Midnight eastern, 9pm pacific!! #1989WorldTourLIVE on @applemusic

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Make sure you catch The 1989 World Tour Live on Apple Music!

Bonus! Meredith, the very temperamental cat of the Sparkly Dressed, becomes adorable for the Christmas season. Take it away, Mer.

It's a Christmas miracle.

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • January 6: People’s Choice Awards. Taylor is nominated for Favorite Female ArtistFavorite Pop Artist, Favorite Song for “Bad Blood” and Favorite Social Media Celebrity. Remember to Vote!
  • February 15: It’s the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year for 1989, Record of the Year for “Blank Space”, Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Duo Group/Performance for “Bad Blood”, Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989 and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”.

(Source: Apple Music)

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