and someone record the whole thing and make it like had

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“Well, my huge dream in this whole thing, which I was told many times was an unrealistic… I was told many times to keep my expectations in check, so I did. But the ultimate dream was, ‘Can we ring that bell? Can we get a million; can we do this for the third time?’ Because we were all very well aware that if we sold a million records this time, it would be the only time in history that someone had done that three times. That was the most insane thing, when we got the first hint that we might end up actually getting to do it. And then my second biggest hope was, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be insane if we topped what we did with Red?’ And then the fans ended up making that happen, so it’s been just kind of like a dream scenario all the way around. And I just feel so lucky that people seem to understand what I was doing with this album and loved the new direction of it.”— Taylor Swift talking about 1989’s first week sales

tddk day 1: heroes/villains

loosely based from this tumblr post about an intern contacting villains for make-a-wish requests

Midoriya Izuku was a fan of heroes. He wanted to be one, once upon a time. He had All Might’s posters and figures all over his room, and he even recorded most of All Might’s interviews. Heroes were cool, and they were the light the world needed. They were the people who should be admired, who children should follow after.

So the moment he heard the child’s request, he couldn’t help but stop and stare in bewilderment and apprehension.

“What do you want again? Sorry, I must have-”

Shun, small and sickly, turning 7 years old next week, said, “I want to meet Mr. Shouto.”

“The-” Izuku stuttered, unsure of what to do. “The villain?”

“Yes,” Shun answered stubbornly. “He’s the best.”

He swallowed down the immediate responses in his head, like “All Might is the best” or “but he’s a bad person”. Instead, he took a deep breath and asked, “Why do you think he’s the best?” Children think differently from adults, he’s learned that from working in All Might’s Make-A-Wish foundation.

“He saved my family,” Shun said, eyes wide and full of admiration. “He stopped Endeavour’s fire from burning our house! It was so cool!” He giggled, finding his own words funny. “Oh, but it’s a secret.” He put a finger on his lips, turning serious. “Deku-san, you can’t tell anyone.”

Izuku doesn’t think anyone would believe, even if he did tell.

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I often feel pretty critical about my songs, especially my early albums. The more I’ve learnt about gender and sexuality and feminism, the more I fear (and sometimes feel) that my earliest songs are essentially heteronormative, 1st world problem ‘friendzone’ anthems. It normally projects itself on different lines rather than the first two albums as a whole, but their are a few lines I really wish I had reworded before recording. A fear of my lyricism being like this is that it will alienate LGBTQI listeners. As a songwriter I want to align peoples emotions with my own, and the last thing I’d want to do is create a set of lyrics where it requires someones gender or sexuality to also align with my own to take something from the song. It makes me proud to have so many LGBTQI people get in touch with me to let me know they’ve enjoyed my music though. It doesn’t affirm the idea that I don’t have these lines, more-so that a large amount of my listeners base have looked past perhaps sloppy writing on an occasion to get to the core of a song, and I appreciate that, especially as in essence it asks more from a listener.

I don’t know why I’m typing all this out and rambling about it. It’s probably because I get confused. I go over my lyrics with fine toothcombs and imagine all the ways different lines could be interpreted that deviate from the intention, and I sometimes work myself into a guilt frenzy where I am sure I have in some way been a huge bigot. Despite this though, the majority of hate mail I’ve received of late has been calling me a ‘feminazi’, saying I only write songs to pander to ‘SJW’s and Tumblr Users. For real, I’ve had pretty much these same lines sent to me on twitter, e-mail, instgram and today I saw it on a youtube comment. I don’t even think it’s the same person each time! I don’t know if perhaps I go overboard with my own scrutiny, or if perhaps the emails I receive are more focused on my presence online than my music (although they all seem somewhat directed at my music). If anything I often feel guilt that so many of my songs seem so apolitical (albeit on the surface, I think singing about depression is political), and a goal of mine in the long term is to learn how to write more poignant songs about my own beliefs.

I will admit one thing though, receiving e-mails calling me a feminazi and an SJW from anonymous angry internet people (as horrible as it can be), does also give me some stem of evidence that somewhere I’ve done something right. I’ve got such a fear of pissing off and upsetting the wrong people, it’s good to know at the moment it’s the right people who are getting annoyed by me.