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Taylor Swift + Olivia Benson 

Swift leads the way upstairs to her bedroom. Asleep on her massive four-poster bed is a tiny white ball of fur. “Olivia!” Swift says, scooping her up. It’s her two-month old kitten, named after Olivia Benson, from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. “Hear how loud she’s purring? She’s a stage-five clinger, for sure.” Downstairs somewhere is her other cat, Meredith, named after Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy. “Strong, complex, independent women,” Swift says. “That’s the theme.” – Rolling Stone (x)

When I sit down to write a song I’m not like, okay, I’m going to start out kind of dark and then let it evolve into a bit of hope. But I think that’s indicative of my personality a little bit. There’s just this underlying darkness, but somewhere there’s hope. When I think about my favorite songwriters or even my favorite movies, there’s always a bit of hope. Even in the darkest of stories you sort of see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Jenny Lewis

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… and my friend persuaded me that playing the bass would be easier than playing the guitar because it only had four strings. I was sold. I couldn’t believe that I could just forget about the B and E strings on my guitar. It seemed too good to be true. I started learning bass lines on my Hohner until I’d sold enough lizards to buy myself a proper bass guitar - a Fender Squier that cost me a couple hundred quid. 

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