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A new Taylor Swift?

0 Comments 12 December 2014

Taylor Swift once said “If you are lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change.”

However, the terms change and Taylor Swift are quite controversial at the moment due to the singer songwriter’s recent transformation.

Born in Reading, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1989, Swift was singing before she could walk. Beginning to craft songs at the age of 5 and learning the guitar by 12, no wonder she and her family moved to Tennessee to pursue her dreams. Never fitting in at high school, dealing with mean girls and nasty boyfriends provided great material for song writing. Now at 24, Swift is an incredibly successful pop sensation who has produced 5 albums of outstanding music, won 7 GRAMMYs to date and broken numerous records.

The change Swift advised against was about refusing to be who you are and acting as someone you’re not, which is completely different from the shift Swift has recently made. Taylor’s transformation this year on the release of her album 1989 from country music to pop was most certainly on her own terms and she definitely feels true to herself. “I’ve woken up every day not wanting, but needing to write a new style of music. I needed to change the way I told my stories,” she shares.

Stories are the best way to describe Taylor Swift’s songs. The honesty in her lyrics will always be raw and powerful whatever the style of music. It is the truth within her music that draws fans to her name. Everyone can relate to at least one Taylor Swift song. “These songs were once about my life. They are now about yours…” she tells us. There are not many artists who share the way Taylor does. This pure openness builds relationships with her fans and drives her popularity.

1989, Swift’s fifth album, was released on October 27 this year and sold over 1 million copies within the first week of sales. This extraordinary result also occurred after the release of Speak Now in 2010 and Red in 2012. Taylor Swift is the first artist ever to have released three albums that sold a million copies in a week. 1989 is the year’s second-highest seller overall, just behind the Frozen soundtrack.

There is a song for everyone in the outstanding album 1989. Whether you are in to Taylor’s soft slow classics or you prefer her up beat singles, you can relax with Wildest Dreams and I Know Places or you can dance to Shake It Off and sing along with Blank Space and Wonderland. This on trend album is fresh, filled with new tunes that aren’t variations of songs you’ve heard before. It’s creative too, the title being the year Swift was born, and includes Polaroid pictures of Taylor with song lyric captions in the hard copy album.

So are we meeting a new Taylor Swift? Yes and no. Yes, we are listening to an overall pop inspired style of music and yes she has cut her hair to a bob. However no, Taylor Swift is still writing amazing songs which may be more sophisticated but they are still her stories. Of course her stories change, so do ours. Swift is maturing with her music and so are we as we listen. Most importantly Taylor stays true to her famous motto, because although her musical style may have changed, she is still an individual, and is confident and happy to be just that. How many other artists enjoy cosy things like fuzzy sweaters and cats?

There are not many pop stars with no interest in loud and hectic places like clubs. “I know that it’s really in style to be edgy and cool and blasé and unaffected, but I’m none of those things,” Taylor Swift admits. It seems that not fitting in has worked splendidly for the singing, song writing super woman. Her individuality has been key to her success. So if you are feeling alone, remember Taylor’s wise words, “If you are lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change.” – you never know what might happen…

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A passionate supporter of social justice, especially for girls’ education. Can be found dancing and singing along to Taylor Swift. Some may say over-committed at school, spending too many lunchtimes at choir, orchestra and every school committee. Relaxes at home watching Offspring and loves to be hooked on a good book.

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