the uk is actually perfect for taylor bc we love to mind our own business
she was such a beautiful and talented actress that brought to life so many iconic characters, and from what the people around her have said, she seemed like a kind and powerful soul. she made everything she was in better, and she will be missed tremendously. rest in paradise helen mccrory
WELL WELL WELL you all really went out and left my greatest expectations in shambles this week. 😆 Word on the street is you made Fearless (my version) the biggest country album first week of the last 6 years and the top release of 2021 so far. Honestly??? How?? Did I get this lucky???? I wanted to say thank you to you so today I will be addressing a very pressing issue. 🐈🐈⬛❓
not seeing any posts about superstar I know that’s right
“I think one of my favorite songs to re-record on Fearless, I think “the way I loved you” and “hey stephen”, those were always like low key favorites of mine and favorite songs to sing live and everything. And I think having a bit more of a grown up voice really lended themselves to songs like “the way I loved you” and “tell me why” and songs that maybe I struggled to kind of really master live back when I was 18. They were so much easier to sing now and they kinda felt more like they fit. It was also really fun to do the songs that were from the vault because these were the first impressions of the songs and I wasn’t trying to go back and emulate anything that had been heard before, so those were really fun. I really love the song “don’t you”, I love “mr. perfectly fine”, I love “you all over me”, basically all the ‘from the vault songs’ is my answer.”
— Taylor on her favorite Fearless songs to re-record
this comment on a tiktok about blank space 😳
Idk who needs to hear this but like… Taylor was like a major independent artist her entire career 💀 she had to earn that shit herself, built a label from the groun up herself, paid for her music videos herself
this is completely true and the most underrated part about her. people instead focus on her dad owning a single digit percentage of the company (which was brand new, so not like… insane amounts of money)
taylor WALKED AWAY from a large label because she wanted to release a full LP so bad. she took a chance on a man who left a large label as well. she made that place everything it is today.
SHE sat on the floor and sent CDs of her singles to radio. SHE baked cookies and other goods for hosts to promote. SHE wrote her songs. SHE created the themes of her albums, tours, merch designs. SHE decided to use social media HER WAY to interact with fans and authentially grow.
Taylor Swift made herself who she is. Yes, she had help from a team as she grew, she had a family with money who supported her, but NEVER, EVER dismiss how much work it was for a TEEN GIRL to put herself out there like that. In a male dominated genre. With radio that is still explicitly sexist.
when I first listened to songs like the best day and never grow up I never really related bc I was so young and now it’s been a decade I’ve moved out for uni and I’m having complicated emotions about my parents they just hit a bit different
“The song ‘Fifteen’ is a song that I wrote on my own. And I wrote it about the journey that my best friend, Abigail, who, you know, we’re still tight. We met in freshman year of high school and we both had these trials and tribulations and lessons and adventures and mishaps and heartbreaks and glorious excitements and let downs. And so I wanted to tell the story of being 15, kind of through the lens of a friendship. And, you see what these two people go through together as friends and on their own. It still gets me, this song, because those were all real insecurities of like walking in your freshman year and thinking like, where am I going to fit in, in this massive ocean of people? Like, where’s my locker? How do I fit in here? You’re like, who am I going to be? That’s a question that we ask ourselves a lot through the course of life, but I think never more than when we’re 15.“
— Taylor to iHeartMedia on Fifteen (x)
“The song ‘Breathe’ is a song about having to let go of someone in your life who you care about, and you don’t want to hurt, but you’ve outgrown the friendship or the relationship. And I wrote the idea for it, and Colbie Caillat was in town who’s just one of my favorite artists, I absolutely love her music and I love her voice. And she was in town playing a show and I brought her this idea and she really liked it, and we wrote it together. We sat there and wrote the song right before her show. I mean, it was the afternoon, she was about to play that night. And she sang backup vocals on it that are just so haunting. And I’m so lucky because she agreed to do the same backup vocals on my version of 'Breathe.’ So, it absolutely would not have been the same without her. I’m really, really grateful that she decided to return to the project.“
— Taylor to iHeartMedia on re-recording Breathe and working with Colbie Caillat again
there’s something inherently romantic about being so fucking familiar with an album that you can catch every minute change from a breath somewhere new to a lengthened vowel and what it all boils down to is fearless was a formative album for me and it always will be and i love revisiting it in such a wonderful way
its also really interesting to hear where she really pushed the old accent in songs bc I do think that sometimes they really define the song
tell me why is PERFECT I’m djdhdhhd she captured that young angst and anger so perfectly
god but the thing about fearless that was so important when it was released, and the thing that still makes it have so much impact all these years later, is because this was a teenage girl entering a male dominated music scene and saying, “no, i’m going to sing about my feelings, i am going to be open about my emotions, i am going to tell my stories.” it was so openly and honestly an album by a teenage girl, and that’s what made it so endearing. that’s what drew so many people to taylor, people who have now stuck around for over a decade, people who grew up with her. it was an album about crushes and puppy love and your best friend and your mother and the first day of high school and all those little moments in your life that seemed so huge at the time. she named names, she recounted specific details, she made sure we knew exactly what she was feeling and exactly who she was talking about. that’s what made it stand out, that’s why it put taylor on the map. it was an album that wanted to be a voice of young girls everywhere. and now she’s revisiting it, and she’s not as young as she once was, but she’s still honest and emotional and tells her own stories. and she’s kind to the girl she once was. treats every song that she wrote as a teenager with as much care and love as she did when she first recorded them, because taylor knows how important they were. how important they are. to the young girl who wrote them, and to the people they inspired everywhere.