Confessions of a Fearless mind

(Source: Big Machine Records)

As we count down the days to the release of her third studio album, Speak Now, (T minus 13 days) Taylor Swift prepares herself for some busy days ahead. Although she’s done countless interviews on a variety of subjects, there’s one that people seem to be unable to let go. The Fearless One has indeed approach this subject in her usual manner, she wrote a song about it. Recently she expanded a little more on the subject of her confessional songs, yet to be released.

Taylor opened up on the subject during her interview with New York magazine which resulted in this illuminating article by Chris Willman.

Although Taylor has already made it clear the VMA incident (Willman calls it The Interruption)  is not one of her favorite subjects, she finally talked about it by approaching the subject from the idea of writing a song about it.

“I think a lot of people expected me to write a song about him. But for me it was important to write a song to him,” says Taylor. The result was a song that has been seen both as sympathetic and patronizing by viewers. If I may add, the song’s vein is really uncommon to the pop genre. It speaks a lot about understanding, sincerity and forgiveness. It’s hardly a language that is spoken in the attitude-driven performances of the pop genre. Taylor’s still a country artist at heart.

Later in the same article, Taylor addresses the topic of her own innocent being affected. “How it affected me,” she says, then pauses. “It doesn’t really add anything good if I start victimizing myself and complaining about things. Because I’m proud of that performance at the VMAs last year, where my fans helped me get through it. And there was a lot that went down backstage that I will always be thankful for, and the fans in the subway [where she sang “You Belong With Me” shortly after The Interruption] know exactly what happened that night. I feel everything. I’ve never had this thick skin that can’t be … It’s not like I am bulletproof in any sense of the word.”

To quote directly from the article: Adult life is just like high school. That brings us then to the last quote from Taylor regarding Story Of Us.

“It was at an awards show and there had been this falling-out between me and this guy,” says Swift. “I think both of us had so much that we wanted to say, but we’re sitting six seats away from each other, just fighting this silent war of ‘I don’t care that you’re here.’ I remember getting home and sitting at the kitchen table and saying to my mom, ‘It was like I was standing alone in a crowded room.’ That’s when my eyes glazed over and I got distracted and walked away to write. My mom is used to me doing that.”

The article concludes this could be a direct reference to Taylor Lautner at the People’s Choice Awards, which happened shortly after the break up. I can’t help but agree here. You can read the entire article on the New York magazine.

If I may expand a bit on the subject, I often think that Taylor’s songs, despite being inspired by her true life, show its true potential on the fact of being relatable to regular life. You can hear Innocent and remember an incident in your own life where someone did you wrong but you forgave them. Story Of Us can possibly (I have not heard it yet) be identified with every situation where you run into someone you used to have feelings for. Taylor uses real life for inspiration but her true songwriting skills come into full effect as she brings forth a universal message of heartache and hope that everyone can understand. You just have to forget the superstar and listen to the woman who, in all her accomplishments, still wants you to hear her as you would a friend. That’s her true talent.

That last bit was not from the article. I just felt compelled to add something. Okey, I promise to go back to being funny on the next post (or failing miserably at trying to be funny that is). Get ready for Back To December on iTunes at midnight!

Coming up! Direct from our Calendar:

  • October 12: Back To December goes on sale on iTunes.
  • October 18: Mean will get a 30-second preview on Comcast On Demand and XfinityTv.com starting one minute past midnight. E! News will show a clip and interview in the evening.
  • October 19: Mean goes on sale on iTunes.

(Sources: New York magazine)

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One thought on “Confessions of a Fearless mind

  1. You are funny! 🙂
    I agree with you about ‘Innocent’! It’s not something that is written about. It was a kind of song that can change your mind about a situation like it did for me. Like it did for me!
    And you know what I just wrote an essay about how Taylor is more of a friend to us than just some superstar! Great minds think a like 😉

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