The last time I wrote a poem that ended up being a song, I was writing in my journal and I was writing about something that had happened in my life - it was about a year ago - and I just wrote this really really short poem, it said “This love is good / this love is bad / this love is alive back from the dead / these hands had to let it go free / and this love came back to me” and I just wrote it down and closed the book and put it back on my night stand [and I was like] “meh that was fun, short little poem” and then all of a sudden in my head I just started hearing this melody happen and then I realised that it was going to be a song
Lastly, when asked what advice she would give to young artists who are trying to break into the music business, Swift said: “When you are trying to shop for a label deal, never use the phrase ‘I sound just like [another famous artist]’. Don’t say that to the labels. They’ll say ‘Well, we already have those big-name artists [so we don’t need to sign you]’. For young artists, try to sound original, so you don’t sound like anyone else. If you write your own songs that’s good, but if it’s not your thing don’t force it. Not everyone’s able to do it. Also, it’s important to realize, that once you get signed and release your album, you’re competing on the charts with all the established artists. A year ago I would just be listening to Miranda Lambert’s album (as a fan) — now I’m competing with her and other artists on the charts.”
For five minutes and twenty two seconds, State of Grace acoustic captures such an ethereal sound. The soft vocals and wistful, powerfully vulnerable lyrics like “we fall in love till it hurts or bleeds, or fades in time” make you want to lie down amidst an endless sunflower field under a pastel sky, where the sun intensely illuminates every crack in your sweeping emotions, leaving you pondering about how flowers wither in time, but in this moment they’re beautifully delicate, much like many treacherous, epic loves.
That song is about the kind of wide-eyed optimism with which I approached my move to New York. I was so excited by the idea of embarking on a new adventure, and the way that that song sounds is basically mirroring that emotion, like, “Anything’s possible here.”
- Taylor Swift on her single ‘Welcome to New York’
“I first started writing songs because I didn’t really have anyone else to talk to. As sad as that sounds, I was going through this really hard time at school where I didn’t have any friends. Song writing for me just started out as therapy. When you’re dealing with something like loneliness or confusion or rejection or frustration, those emotions are so jumbled up in your head. For me, the only way to condense them down into one thing is to write a three-and-a-half minute song about it.”
The platinum edition and how Taylor gave all the extra songs their own secret messages (which she hasn’t done since)
How for the whole album every song about falling hoplessly in love is followed by a song about the repercussions of naivety and youth and trying to reconcile being a hopeless romantic who doesn’t is afraid of being heartbroken
How the intro of “Fearless” sound so whimsical and makes you want to fall hopelessly in love which reflects the message of the song
How she plays Fearless every time she plays at Gillette to honor how it was her first stadium show during the Fearless Tour
How Taylor depicts love as a form of freedom and bravery
“IN YOUR LIFE YOU’LL DO THINGS GREATER THAN DATING THE BOY ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM…BACK THEN I SWORE I WAS GONNA MARRY HIM SOMEDAY BUT I REALIZED SOME BIGGER DREAMS OF MINE” <– she wrote that!! When she was 17/18!!
How “Fifteen” is a complete story of a year in Taylor and Abigail’s life of when and how they decided to put their careers and dreams above boys when they were taught by society to put boyfriends above everything else
How “Fiteen,” both song and music video, was a warning to teenage girls to not trust young love and to value themselves above boys and to look for themselves before they look for love
The motif of light to depict love: “dancing ‘round your room when the light ends,” “i saw a light in you,” “shine, shine, shine,” “you used to shine so bright”
The motif of saving: “no one here to save me now,” “try to catch me now,” “Romeo save me,” “I come home crying and you grab the keys”
The motif of driving: “we’re driving down the road,” “there in my rear view mirror disappearing now,” “I see your face in my mind as I drive away,” “I get into his car,” “and we drive and drive until we find a town far enough away”
The motif of calling: “you’re on the phone with you girlfriend,” “you don’t have to call anymore,” “he calls exactly when he says he will,” “I stare at the phone / he still hasn’t called,”
How hundreds of people have gotten engaged to the bridge of “Love Story”
How “Love Story” follows “Fifteen” and Taylor takes out the ending of Romeo and Juliet which follows more with the message of “Fifteen”
Taylor’s random reference of “The Scarlet Letter” in “Love Story” which doesn’t really make sense unless she’s just using the theme of stigma
How cute and simple the production, music, and lyrics of “Hey Stephen” is to reflect how innocent and pure her crush on Stephen is
“All those others girls, well they’re beautiful, but would they write a song for you?”
Using the theme of a fairytale in “White Horse” to convey the loss of innocence when you meet reality and then again in “The Best Day” to convey her innocence as a child
“I’m gonna find someone someday who might actually treat me well”
How she drives away at the end of “White Horse” when the assumption is that the love interest was going to take her away on a white horse
“Stupid girl / I should’ve known” –> “the girl in the dress cried the whole way home / I should’ve known”
“You Belong With Me” is still a fucking bop
The secret message of “Breathe” being “I’m sorry” over and over
Fading out of “You’re Not Sorry” with just “No, no, no” over and over
The guitar and drum build ups in “The Way I Loved You” to mimic the build and explosion of emotions in the past relationship
How Taylor placed “The Way I Loved You” after all these sad songs about losing love because of the other person to show that sometimes it’s you who’s at fault because you’re stuck in the past and not appreciating what’s in front of you
During the bridge of “The Way I Loved You” when the instrumentals drop and it’s just Taylor’s voice and the guitar
How “Fifteen” played as Taylor walked up the stage to accept her first Entertainer of the Year award in 2009 and the last line that played was “you just might find who you’re supposed to be” :’)
The Best Day and Change are real songs that we can listen to :’) :’)
Ending the album with a love song to her a mother/family and a love song to her career/record label :’)
She ended the album with “Change,” which is about the struggles of being a new indie label, and then she won Album of the Year at the Grammys for the album :’)
The most awarded country album in music history :’) Written by a 16-18 year old girl :’)
taylor swift’s soft vocals on songs like safe & sound, sad beautiful tragic and this love are SO underrated and SO comforting honestly every time i listen to those songs i feel like taylor swift herself is wrapping me up in a warm blanket and singing me to sleep
I knew that they had a lot of synchronized choreography to their song Worth It. And I showed up at their dressing room before sound check and just said like, “Can you walk me through it? I think I have some of it.” And they were like, “You wanna learn the choreography?” I was like, “Yes!” So we’re in their dressing room and it’s just like, This this this this this this this this and then this. And they’re like trying to teach me how to do all this stuff.
1. on a scale of 1-10, how deep is your hatred towards canon in d?
2. which instrument do you emotionally identify with the most?
3. what was the most unnecessarily difficult piece you’ve had to play?
4. which instrument in the brass section do you think sounds most like a fart noise?
5. which instrument in the string section do you think sounds most like a dying cat?
6. opinions on society’s interest in classical music only when it is related to something in pop culture? (ex: a fairly mediocre violin cover of a taylor swift song on youtube that gets more than a million views)
7. which stock photo of a noob attempting to look like they’re playing your instrument is your favorite? explain all that is wrong with the picture.
8. most embarrassing concert experience?
9. weird misconceptions you had about your instrument before you started playing it? (for example, that it would actually sound good)
10. strangest thing you’ve heard a non-musician say about music?
11. which composer do you hate the most?
12. favorite music theory pun?
13. what is the weirdest genre outside of classical music that you enjoy?
14. opinions on the underrepresentation of the viola?
15. what is the most awkward thing you’ve done while playing your instrument? (ex: barf)
16. which piece of classical music gives you the most feels?
17. if you had to kill one, which would you choose: shostakovich, tchaikovsky, or prokofiev?
18. if you had to make a new clef symbol, what would it be?
19. schoenberg or no-enberg?
20. favorite song from the shrek soundtrack? (yes this is classical)
21. would you rather get piano lessons from chopin, liszt, or rachmaninoff? or, would you rather put these three and a piano in a room together and observe for up to two hours?
While listening to this song (the 500th time?) I thought about how as a Songwriter Taylor Swift made a specific artistic choice by choosing Little Big Town as the band she shared Better Man with. She feels strongly that the music should sound like the emotion, the singing, the chords, the instruments tell the story, as well as the lyrics. She trusted that Karen Fairchild’s singing can perfectly convey the blend of strength and vulnerability in her verses. She knew that their harmonies would find ways to be both warm and haunting. She believed as musicians, they use their instruments to move people. I’m as excited as everyone else at the possibility of hearing Taylor sing this song, but I’m also impressed by the choice she made as an Artist when she trusted Little Big Town with such a personal song.
“That song is about the kind of wide-eyed optimism with which I approached my move to New York. I was so excited by the idea of embarking on a new adventure, and the way that that song sounds is basically mirroring that emotion, like, "Anything’s possible here.” - Taylor Swift on Welcome to New York
So, Halsey deactivated her Twitter account, as you might all have heard, most probably because of the extreme stress she’s going through and, oh, the HATE she’s been getting.
She doesn’t deserve that HATE.
“She’s a terrible person,” you say.
“She hates her fans and is rude to them”
“She has no morals and is so shallow”
“She writes shitty music”
^ALSO WHY WOULD YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT JESUS LISTEN TO YOUR OWN MUSIC INSTEAD OF HATING ON SOMEONE ELSE’S. In the words of Gerard Way, “Music isn’t about choosing sides, it’s about celebrating the sounds that you love.”
“She ripped off Taylor Swift”
Idk about you but I can see a clear difference in these songs??? Also you can say “BUT SHE USED BLUE AND RED AND GREY AND THEY’RE THE SAME” Excuse you but ‘feeling blue’ is universally accepted as feeling down and upset, grey is accepted as ‘an emotionless, moody color’ and also while Taylor is comparing experiences to colors, Halsey is comparing HERSELF and HIM to colors(you were red, I was blue, touched me and I was a lilac sky etc)
“She’s a misogynist and she’s so self absorbed”
MY POINT IS, Halsey is a beautiful human being inside and out who just wanted to be loved but got hate instead. Do you have any idea how crushing that is? She struggles with bipolar and you throw this hate in her face? Do you realize what devastating effect this could have on a person who has a mental illness? She’s remained resilient for so long, well congratulations, haters, you got what you wanted. You emotionally destroyed her. Do you enjoy that sick sadistic pleasure from shaming her off Twitter?
Rant aside, I hope Halsey’s doing okay and I hope she nourishes herself back to health, she’s been through an INCREDIBLY stressful time and she’s still holding on. I hope she realizes the love her fans have for her.
wants you to THINK he only listens to clasical music, but he is a liar. his ipod is comprised of entirely taylor swift and katy perry.
unironically listens to and loves ALL party music. he loves ke$ha, pitbull, lady gaga, lmfao, all the songs you would hear at a high school prom
has a deep appreciation for all kinds of music, but feels a deep and spiritual connection to any weird underground band you can think of. If it sounds like a guy is playing a pickle tub instead of the drums, he probably likes it
their ipod is just full of meditation music and shit with like. soothing waters in the background. they like any kind of music that is relaxing, calming, and balancing.
is really here and there about music; he either likes a band's sound or he doesnt. particularly drawn to early to mid-70s rock.
IS A MUMFORD & SONS NERD DONT FIGHT ME ON THIS. HELL DANCE TO THE BANJO LIKE ITS THE BEST BASS DROP HES EVER HEARD
will listen to anything, really, but he likes fun happy songs more than sad songs. feels like music is a celebration rather than a lamentation, so he prefers to dance to it rather than tk cry to it. will listen to whatever joly is listening to.
smooth jazz probably. as well as whatever weird shit ferres gotten him into. probably a healthy mix of jehans meditation cds. he is a Huge Weirdo
he learns the playlists that play at work by heart, so his music tastes are all over the place. his favorite songs are genie in a bottle and i want it that way
probably likes country music. he just thinks its so fun and summery and he always gets cheered up when he listens to it.
everyone thinks shed listen to like punk girl bands, and while they arent wrong necessarily, she is also indie music trash. she lives for the arctic monkeys and do i wanna know is her theme song
really likes female vocalists and ukeleles. her favorite artist is almost definitely ingrid michaelson, but she also loves regina spektor. while this surprises no one, she also has a deep and unfailing love for fall out boy
loves 90s alt rock. owns at least 3 cranberries cds. loves green day and nirvana like her own children
listens to intro-to-punk-rock music. rise against, rage against the machine, the killers, 30 seconds to mars. has shockingly good taste for a middle schooler