If there’s one person in pop who divides opinion more than most then that accolade must go to Miss Taylor Swift.
I’ve found, especially in recent years, you’re either firmly in the I HEART TAYLOR SWIFT club (remember THAT T-shirt?!) or you’re someone who wishes Taylor would quite simply; twat off.
Me? Well, I’m in the I HEART TAYLOR SWIFT club. And it’s a subscription that I am actually quite proud and totally unapologetic for.
“She’s a snake”
“She’s a fake and a fraud”
“All she does is harp on about her famous break ups”
“She can’t sing”
The above quotes are just a small snapshot of the vitriol that is often aimed at Taylor, and I, someone who is utterly cynical of so many celebrities, just cannot understand it.
Here we have a young woman who, in my humble opinion, is really quite talented.
She’s won 10 Grammy’s and she isn’t even 30 yet. A pretty amazing feat even the harshest TS critic would have to concur.
The girl can sing. She can write. And, dare I say it, she’s relatable.
OK, so she’s worth a whopping $280,000,000. Something I will never relate to. I can’t even relate to the $28 part let alone all those zeros after it, but still I can relate to her as a person.
I write. Yes, I don’t write songs. I wouldn’t even know where to begin. And as for singing, well, imagine the worst sound you’ve ever heard and you might be close to what I sound like when I try and belt a note out. However, I do like to write.
I write about my opinions. Often, I’ll write just to have a rant. But, above all I write about my experiences. It helps me process what has happened in my life and come to terms with the trials and tribulations I’ve encountered over the years.
That is my passion. It helps me stick things in a proverbial box and move on.
And it was upon hearing Taylor’s latest track, the instantly catchy ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, that I realised that’s exactly what Taylor does too.
Her way of coming to terms with life and all the dramas it brings is to write about it. It’s just that she sings her words.
Look What You Made Me Do is a nod to her evolving and learning. It’s an ode to her haters and the people that have poured endless criticism upon her. She’s telling us that she’s grown up. She’s explaining that she’s learnt some hard lessons along the way and the already iconic line “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now because she’s dead” is her shedding her previous, almost sickly sweet persona to make way for a hardened, more mature image. And I love it.
The video that accompanies the song is wickedly clever. It’s slick, it’s self-deprecating, it’s showcasing her transformation and reminding us that this is the Taylor she wants to be known as from hereon in. A Taylor who won’t take no shit from anyone. Regardless of who it is throwing it her way (Kimye anyone?!)
She knew that with lines like “The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama. But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma”, the world’s media would jump straight on it and question who it was about. She knew that declaring she had a list of names and there’s one that’s underlined would cause fans and critics to take to Twitter declaring they knew who she was referring to. And they did, for days after LWYMMD was released she was the number 1 trending topic on Twitter, probably contributing to the fact she scored her first UK number 1.
She’s clever. Yes, I think she’s calculated too. But so what? Don’t we all have the capabilities to be calculated at times? And, above all that, don’t we all want to right the injustices we experience in our lives and have our say?
Taylor, I salute you. And I’m not embarrassed to admit LWYMMD is the second most played song on my iTunes (and YouTube) at the moment. It fucking rocks.