Hello Taylor Nation,
Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who wishes he’d have the skills and the credentials to interview the Princess in Red, we know I’d just mumble and not be able to speak in complete sentences. I’m glad there are professionals out there who, besides knowing how to ask the right questions, have the charisma and the presence to make her feel at ease.
Guy Raz from NPR got her to open up about success, setbacks and her well known preference of writing about love and heartbreak. Have a listen, it’s good:
When asked about the letters in the liner notes that are capitalized – her secret messages – the Sparkly Dressed kinda shifts the focus around back to the lyrics. She’s good at doing this, she did it once to me too. She has a reason for that, in the end it’s just a better question she’s choosing to answer.
The first thing that I think about when I’m writing my lyrics is directly communicating with the person the song is about. I think what I’ve learned recently is that it’s not … heartbreak that inspires my songs. It’s not love that inspires my songs. It’s individual people that come into my life. I’ve had relationships with people that were really substantial and meant a lot to me, but I couldn’t write a song about that person for some reason. Then again, you’ll meet someone that comes into your life for two weeks and you write an entire record about them. When I first started writing songs, I was always scared that my songs were too personal — like, if I put someone’s name in a song, people won’t relate to it as much. But what I saw happening was, if I let my fans into my life and my feelings and what I’m going through — my vulnerabilities, my fears, my insecurities — it turns out they have all those things, too, and it kind of connects us.
– Taylor Swift via NPR
Another very revealing answer was her whole take on the Grammy performance with Stevie Nicks. I don’t know how NPR got away with asking this one. I’ve heard her say a word or two about it before, but she actually answered in great detail this time.
Absolutely. My confidence is easy to shake. I am very well aware of all of my flaws. I am aware of all the insecurities that I have. I have a lot of voices in my head constantly telling me I can’t do it. I’ve dealt with that my whole life. And getting up there on stage thousands of times, you’re going to have off nights. And when you have an off night in front of that many people, and it’s pointed out in such a public way, yeah, that gets to you. I feel like, as a songwriter, I can’t develop thick skin. I cannot put up protective walls, because it’s my job to feel things.
The kind of magical way that criticism has helped me is that that’s another thing that I put into my music. I ended up writing a song called “Mean” about that experience, and about this one particular guy who would not get off my case about it. To stand up at the Grammys two years later, to sing that song and get a standing ovation for it, and to win two Grammys for that particular song, I think was the most gratifying experience I’ve ever had in my life.
– Taylor Swift via NPR
Read the full story at NPR.
The Sparkly Dressed will switch on the Christmas lights at Westfield Shopping Center on Tuesday, November 6 at 6pm (London time) in London, UK.
I’m guessing she will remain in Europe for the 2012 MTV EMA on November 11. However, I can’t say for sure about her whereabouts between these dates. You want to see the Queen of Sparks win some awards? VOTE! She’s nominated for:
- The 2012 MTV EMA (November 11) for Best Female, Best Pop, Best Look, Best Live and Best World Stage. You can vote here.
- The American Music Awards (November 18) for Favorite Female Country Artist. You can vote here.
- The American Country Awards (December 10) for Artist of the Year, Best Female Artist, Single of the Year, Best Female Single and Best Female Video. You can vote here.
- The People Choice Awards for three possible nominations: Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Country Artist and Favorite Song for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
Coming up on the Calendar!
- November 6: Taylor Swift will switch on the Christmas lights at Westfield Shopping Center in Shepherd’s Bush, West London at 6pm and perform three tracks.
- November 9: Taylor Swift chats about her new album on the Alan Carr Show in the UK.
- November 11: Taylor Swift appears onVH1 Storytellers including a performance at Harvey Mudd College recorded on October 15.
- November 11: The 2012 MTV EMA will be broadcast on MTV channels worldwide at 9pm Central European Time. You can vote for Taylor here.
- November 16: Tickets go on sale for the first dates announced of the Red Tour. Click here to sign up for pre-sale ticket access
- November 18: The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards air at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central on ABC. Taylor Swift is nominated for Favorite Female Country Artist. She is also scheduled to perform. Go VOTE!